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Better Together LIVE | Episode 103

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September 9, 2020
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The truth can set us free from any lie spoken over us! We’re talking about how to allow God to be our source of worth; value; and identity! | TBN Prayer Line: 1-888-731-1000

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Better Together LIVE | Episode 103

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  • - Rejected,
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  • abandoned,
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  • unwanted,
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  • damaged goods.
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  • What lies are weallowing to define us?
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  • God says you will knowthe truth and the truth
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  • will set you free.
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  • Today we're going to embracewhat God says about us
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  • and find freedom.
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  • Come on y'all join us.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - When I was in junior high,
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  • we would love to go to myaunt's house in El Paso, Texas
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  • on Wednesday afternoons
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  • because my brotherand I were not allowed
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  • to have any sugarat our own home.
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  • But my aunt always letus eat captain crunch
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  • after we finished our homework.
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  • Well, the problem was
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  • my brother's fiveyears younger than me
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  • and he was in third grade
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  • and he would finish his homework
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  • and one particularWednesday afternoon
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  • he ate all of thecaptain crunch.
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  • So when I was donewith my homework
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  • and I went to go withthe captain crunch,
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  • there was none left,
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  • to which I had a bit ofa meltdown and called him
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  • several very terrible names.
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  • But my aunt said somethingvery interesting to me.
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  • And she said, "Wordsare like seeds.
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  • Be careful whatyou are planting."
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  • That word hit me so hard
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  • that I took that in the waythat I spoke with others.
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  • However, somethingvery interesting noteven a decade later
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  • when I first got to WallStreet out of college
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  • and I sat at myfirst board table
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  • and started having meetings,
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  • the women, the very fewwomen that there were,
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  • were such tremendousdistractors for me
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  • that they would saysuch negative things.
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  • They would say,"what an empty suit,"
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  • or, "She's stammering,"
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  • or, "She shouldn't be here,"
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  • and those words fed into me.
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  • Those were seeds thatgot planted in me.
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  • And I think that thewords that we allow
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  • to get planted into us whetherthey are going to bear fruit
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  • and whether they are good seeds
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  • or whether they're going tobe weeds that chokes us up,
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  • it's up to us to identify those
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  • and to make sure that we areweeding out those bad seeds.
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  • What words havebeen spoken over you
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  • that have been impacting,
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  • either in a negative wayor in a transformative way?
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  • - First of all, I love whatyou just mentioned about how,
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  • the story of howwords are like seeds.
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  • You know, as a kid, Ionce went on a youth camp.
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  • I think I was about 15.
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  • So maybe not a kid, a teenager.
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  • But I went on this youth camp
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  • and I had this supernaturalexperience with the Lord
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  • that made me reallyunderstand the power of words.
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  • They had like these cardboards
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  • and so on each cardboard
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  • every student was supposedto stand in front of one
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  • and speak about themselves,
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  • speak up speak wordsthat we've learned
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  • from the different Bible studies
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  • about what God says about us.
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  • And so all of a sudden Ibegan to speak and I said,
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  • "I am loved, I amcherished, I am,
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  • all these words,
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  • but the crazy thingthat happened,
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  • actually, maybe I was 17.
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  • The crazy thing thathappened is that I saw
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  • the word come out of mymouth and into the paper.
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  • It was the craziestexperience I've ever had.
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  • And I said, I'm Iseeing the words
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  • literally being written asI'm saying it in the air
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  • and it was going into the paper.
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  • And the Lord beganto minister to me,
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  • he said, "Your words are trulyspirit and they are life,
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  • that when you are speakingfrom the authority of who I am,
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  • your words have power."
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  • And you know, we just lookeven in the book of Genesis,
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  • we see that,
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  • you know, the Bible couldhave said that God could have,
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  • he could have just, you know,thought about the creation,
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  • he could have said, you know,
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  • he thought about the firstday and there was day,
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  • but he spoke it into existence.
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  • So there's a principleabout speaking
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  • and so when people cometo me and they talk
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  • about the identities thathave been put on on them,
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  • either by word spoken
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  • from a place ofbrokenness or wholeness,
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  • but words that have affectedthem in negative ways.
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  • In that moment, I beginto speak a reversal.
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  • And I join them inprayer and I said,
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  • "Agree with me in prayer,
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  • because that is when thepower of the Holy Spirit
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  • can show up to break offmindsets and mental strongholds
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  • and also to encourage them
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  • to begin to meditateon the Word of God.
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  • To meditate on whatdoes God say about you
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  • and every time thatsomething negative shows up,
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  • because the crazy thing isthat when you have adapted
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  • the negativity that has comeout of a person's brokenness,
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  • there is a part of your lifethat identifies with that lie
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  • because you lived it out.
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  • And so what the enemywants to do is to say,
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  • "Hey, but you were that person,"
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  • and I teach people that wehave to learn how to separate
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  • who God says we areversus who we've been,
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  • because who I was wasa product of ignorance.
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  • My ignorance and theignorance of other people,
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  • but who God says I am,that is my true identity.
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  • And so begin tomeditate on that person,
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  • you know there is this sayingabout what would Jesus do
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  • but the Lord began to teach me
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  • that "Stephanie also say,what would Stephanie do?
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  • Because the version ofyou that I show you,
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  • that version wouldthink higher thoughts,
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  • that version would actin a different way."
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  • And so I encourage people,
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  • there is a versionof you that God knows
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  • and you wanna get so,- Amen.
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  • in love with whatGod knows about you
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  • that you don't knowabout yourself.
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  • That people were onlyignorant about you
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  • and that's why theysaid what they said
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  • and so is to begin toreverse those words,
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  • you know, theBible tells us that
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  • we are transformed bythe renewal of our minds.
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  • And so our minds arerenewed by the word of God
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  • and so I really encouragepeople about meditating
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  • on what God says about you
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  • and knowing that that istruth and the other is a lie.
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  • We have to draw a linebetween truth and lies
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  • and to really standour ground in that.
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  • What about you Elaine?
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  • - Wow, I mean, youcould keep preaching.
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  • This is so good, Imean and it's true,
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  • I feel like we have theopportunity to water the seeds
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  • or to grab a shoveland pull the weeds out.
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  • You know, we are,
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  • we get to garden ourhearts and our minds
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  • like you're talking about.
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  • And I just think it'sone of those things
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  • where I asked myself, you know,
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  • you talked about Godcreating the earth
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  • and my dad taught methat God repeats himself
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  • for three reasons.
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  • And one of thosereasons is because
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  • he is creating within you.
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  • He's creating theuniverse when he speaks.
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  • But in Joshua, wesee that he says
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  • be strong and courageousmultiple times
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  • for multiple people as well.
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  • And why was that?
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  • Because he wascreating within Joshua,
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  • what he needed forwhere he was headed.
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  • And so I think we canlook at words both ways.
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  • You can have things that are
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  • creating in you negativity.
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  • When I was in middle school,
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  • I was riding on a bus andwe were headed to youth camp
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  • and there was a reallycute boy on the bus
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  • and I had set right next to him
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  • because I was hopeful thatwe would love God together
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  • or whatever we were gonna do.
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  • But we were in middle school
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  • and I thought this would be fun.
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  • And I remember about halfwaythrough the road trip,
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  • he looked me dead inthe eyes, and he said,
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  • "You're too kind
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  • and one day you're gonna gettaken advantage for that."
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  • And I thought,
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  • I thought the wholegoal was to be kind.
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  • I mean, Jesus is kind.
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  • And I remember being sorocked by what he said,
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  • that I remember thinking, Ibetter start hardening my heart.
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  • So as a young teenager,
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  • I began to be mean to people
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  • because I was so afraid ofbeing taken advantage of.
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  • But the other side of it was,
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  • I so believed that I wouldbe taken advantage of
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  • that many yearslater, I actually was
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  • and when it happened, I thought,
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  • "Well, I guess this is whatwas supposed to happen.
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  • He was right."
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  • And I wished that Iknew what I know now,
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  • that I could havedenied that curse
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  • the moment it was saidto me, but instead,
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  • I took it in my heartand I began to water it.
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  • And then when it becamefruit in my life,
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  • I said, "Well, I guess thiswas what it was meant to be."
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  • And that was never howGod planned it in my life.
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  • And so I think about that,
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  • I think about how I have theopportunity to garden my heart
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  • and my mind when somebodysays something to me
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  • that I disagree with.
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  • This just happened in my life.
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  • I was preaching atour church on Sunday
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  • and a man came up to meafterward and began to tell me
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  • why I shouldn't be preaching
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  • and telling me myissues in life.
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  • And this past Sunday, Ihad the opportunity to say,
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  • "No, I know whoGod says about me."
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  • I know this andit didn't faze me.
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  • But four years ago,
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  • that would have stoppedme in my tracks.
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  • And I just think that that'swhere we're talking about
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  • coming into this truth of like,
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  • I'm gonna garden my heart,
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  • I'm gonna say,
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  • "I rebuke that inthe name of Jesus.
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  • You will not speakthat over me."
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  • Or I'm gonna say,"Amen, I agree with you.
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  • So be it."
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  • And so that's where I'vebeen really wrestling with,
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  • what do I listen to?
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  • Whether it be on socialmedia and it's indirect to me
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  • or direct to me,
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  • I make sure thatI take everything
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  • through the filterof the Word of God,
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  • just like we've talked about
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  • that we take that and we say,
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  • "God, is this the truththat I need to water
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  • or is this something Ineed to grab a shovel
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  • and get to work in myheart with and say,
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  • "I'm gonna remove that weedbecause this has no place here."
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  • - I love the theme thaty'all have set about
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  • counteracting lies with truth,
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  • because I think a lot ofus have swallowed lies,
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  • thinking they were truth.
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  • We've done ourselves sucha disservice as Christians
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  • when we characterizeSatan as innocuous,
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  • you know, as wearing a redBeyonce onesie with horns,
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  • that is not who he is.
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  • He is so much more dangerousin the way he speaks to us.
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  • I love that Sheila talked about
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  • the verse that calls him a lion,
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  • because if the enemysaid things to me like,
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  • "Lisa, you're such an introvert
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  • with such a high metabolism."
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  • I'd be like "Liar,liar pants on fire."
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  • I would see it coming.
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  • But what he does is heusually takes a seed of truth
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  • and then he serves that inwith poison and I swallow it
  • 00:10:34.323 --> 00:10:37.193
  • thinking it's the truthbecause it smells familiar.
  • 00:10:37.193 --> 00:10:40.629
  • And so I think there'sa lot of people who go,
  • 00:10:40.629 --> 00:10:42.932
  • "Oh, no, I'm notliving under a lie,"
  • 00:10:42.932 --> 00:10:45.768
  • because there was justenough of the truth
  • 00:10:45.768 --> 00:10:48.604
  • woven into that liethat it sounded true
  • 00:10:48.604 --> 00:10:52.241
  • and that's what we haveto go back to God's word.
  • 00:10:52.241 --> 00:10:54.610
  • I remember being undonewhen I was in my 20s
  • 00:10:54.610 --> 00:10:58.214
  • because I heard amessage real simple,
  • 00:10:58.214 --> 00:11:00.382
  • but it slayed mewith a pastor saying,
  • 00:11:00.382 --> 00:11:03.285
  • you know, when God createddogs and cats and cantaloupes,
  • 00:11:03.285 --> 00:11:07.123
  • I don't rememberexactly how we put it.
  • 00:11:07.123 --> 00:11:08.824
  • But before God createdman, he said it was good.
  • 00:11:08.824 --> 00:11:12.061
  • Then God createdus in His image.
  • 00:11:12.995 --> 00:11:15.865
  • We are the only beingsthat bear God's image.
  • 00:11:15.865 --> 00:11:18.734
  • He made us in His image andHe said we were very good.
  • 00:11:18.734 --> 00:11:23.572
  • And I remember going,- Yeah.
  • 00:11:24.607 --> 00:11:26.008
  • "Wow, I can connectwith that I'm very bad,"
  • 00:11:26.008 --> 00:11:30.079
  • because of my behavior,because of my need for God,
  • 00:11:30.079 --> 00:11:32.515
  • but I had neverreally considered that
  • 00:11:32.515 --> 00:11:35.284
  • God called me from the beginning
  • 00:11:35.284 --> 00:11:38.053
  • very good.
  • 00:11:38.053 --> 00:11:40.523
  • You know, when I broughtMissy home from Haiti,
  • 00:11:40.523 --> 00:11:42.558
  • my little girl that I adopted,
  • 00:11:42.558 --> 00:11:44.059
  • she was just 4 1/2.
  • 00:11:44.059 --> 00:11:45.795
  • Sheila met us at the airport.
  • 00:11:45.795 --> 00:11:47.596
  • Sheila I will never forgetyou taking that flight.
  • 00:11:47.596 --> 00:11:51.233
  • Sorry, I'll getall estrogen on you
  • 00:11:51.233 --> 00:11:53.669
  • and being right outside the gate
  • 00:11:53.669 --> 00:11:56.005
  • so you could be on the otherside of security in Nashville
  • 00:11:56.005 --> 00:11:58.574
  • even though you hadnothing to do in Nashville
  • 00:11:58.574 --> 00:12:00.376
  • but meet Missy as soon aswe walked off the plane.
  • 00:12:00.376 --> 00:12:03.212
  • That,
  • 00:12:03.212 --> 00:12:04.713
  • one of the kindest thingsanybody's ever done for me.
  • 00:12:04.713 --> 00:12:06.816
  • That was Jesus whisking on.
  • 00:12:06.816 --> 00:12:08.951
  • But Missy was 4 1/2when I brought her home.
  • 00:12:08.951 --> 00:12:12.454
  • Her first mama diedwhen Missy was just two.
  • 00:12:12.454 --> 00:12:15.491
  • Her first mama diedof undiagnosed AIDS.
  • 00:12:15.491 --> 00:12:17.960
  • Missy has HIV,
  • 00:12:17.960 --> 00:12:19.461
  • so in the rural village thatshe was born in in Haiti,
  • 00:12:19.461 --> 00:12:24.366
  • there's a lot ofVoodoo practiced
  • 00:12:25.334 --> 00:12:26.669
  • and they thought mylittle girl was cursed.
  • 00:12:26.669 --> 00:12:29.738
  • And so when she wastaken to an orphanage,
  • 00:12:29.738 --> 00:12:32.942
  • the caregivers at theorphanage wouldn't touch her.
  • 00:12:32.942 --> 00:12:36.745
  • They thought they would getHIV if they touched her.
  • 00:12:36.745 --> 00:12:39.148
  • They thought theirfamily would be cursed
  • 00:12:39.148 --> 00:12:40.950
  • if they touched her.
  • 00:12:40.950 --> 00:12:42.084
  • So
  • 00:12:42.084 --> 00:12:43.419
  • the umbrella of shame
  • 00:12:43.419 --> 00:12:45.754
  • my little girl carriedinto our home was palpable.
  • 00:12:45.754 --> 00:12:50.759
  • And so one of the veryfirst things I started doing
  • 00:12:52.127 --> 00:12:54.263
  • was speaking life over Missy,
  • 00:12:54.263 --> 00:12:57.233
  • what you just said Stephanie,
  • 00:12:57.233 --> 00:12:58.767
  • just reversing what theworld had said to her
  • 00:12:58.767 --> 00:13:02.137
  • and I would say every singlenight to her, I would say,
  • 00:13:02.137 --> 00:13:06.242
  • "Missy, u tre bel."
  • 00:13:06.242 --> 00:13:09.144
  • In Korea, that meansyou're very beautiful.
  • 00:13:09.144 --> 00:13:11.347
  • I would say, u tre bel,
  • 00:13:11.347 --> 00:13:13.449
  • u tre brav, you're very brave.
  • 00:13:13.449 --> 00:13:15.985
  • U tre intelligentsia,you're very smart.
  • 00:13:15.985 --> 00:13:19.255
  • One of the nannies told meMissy would never read or write.
  • 00:13:19.255 --> 00:13:22.591
  • They thought shewas damaged goods
  • 00:13:22.591 --> 00:13:24.793
  • and then I would say,
  • 00:13:24.793 --> 00:13:26.262
  • "I love you very,very, very much
  • 00:13:27.429 --> 00:13:31.066
  • and Jesus loves you more."
  • 00:13:31.066 --> 00:13:33.535
  • And I spoke that over hernight after night after night
  • 00:13:33.535 --> 00:13:38.073
  • and maybe it was a month
  • 00:13:38.073 --> 00:13:39.408
  • after I brought herhome from Haiti.
  • 00:13:39.408 --> 00:13:41.110
  • I can still remember this.
  • 00:13:41.110 --> 00:13:42.311
  • We were lying inher little twin bed
  • 00:13:42.311 --> 00:13:44.647
  • and she looked at me,
  • 00:13:44.647 --> 00:13:45.848
  • she barely spoke Englishbut when I finished,
  • 00:13:45.848 --> 00:13:48.918
  • u tre bel,
  • 00:13:48.918 --> 00:13:49.952
  • u tre brav,
  • 00:13:49.952 --> 00:13:51.487
  • u tre intelligentsia.
  • 00:13:51.487 --> 00:13:53.155
  • I love you very, very muchand Jesus loves you more,
  • 00:13:53.155 --> 00:13:55.758
  • she went,
  • 00:13:55.758 --> 00:13:57.326
  • "You love me,"
  • 00:13:57.326 --> 00:14:00.629
  • Took about 30 days
  • 00:14:00.629 --> 00:14:02.665
  • of me just speakingthe truth to her
  • 00:14:02.665 --> 00:14:05.567
  • before she began to believe.
  • 00:14:05.567 --> 00:14:07.903
  • My mama blonde, mywhite mama, loves me.
  • 00:14:07.903 --> 00:14:12.408
  • And I think for so many of us,
  • 00:14:12.408 --> 00:14:14.009
  • that's what we need.
  • 00:14:14.009 --> 00:14:15.277
  • We need to take thesewords in Isaiah.
  • 00:14:15.277 --> 00:14:18.213
  • It says, "You shall nomore be called forsaken."
  • 00:14:18.213 --> 00:14:23.052
  • God does it call us forsaken.
  • 00:14:23.052 --> 00:14:24.753
  • "You shall no morebe termed desolate,
  • 00:14:24.753 --> 00:14:28.490
  • but you shall be calledMy Delight is in Her."
  • 00:14:28.490 --> 00:14:33.429
  • Don't y'all sometimes
  • 00:14:34.763 --> 00:14:35.931
  • just need to speak the truth
  • 00:14:35.931 --> 00:14:37.933
  • to yourself to kind ofwash off the ugly names
  • 00:14:37.933 --> 00:14:40.970
  • that life has spoken over us?
  • 00:14:40.970 --> 00:14:43.138
  • - Yes.
  • 00:14:43.138 --> 00:14:44.473
  • - Oh, absolutely,
  • 00:14:44.473 --> 00:14:46.608
  • gosh and I cannot believehow old Missy is now
  • 00:14:46.608 --> 00:14:49.378
  • and I mean, I cannot,
  • 00:14:49.378 --> 00:14:51.246
  • I don't know a less cursedchild on the planet.
  • 00:14:51.246 --> 00:14:54.283
  • She, it's almost like Godhad a protective covering
  • 00:14:54.283 --> 00:14:57.386
  • over her Lisa until Hewas able to deliver her
  • 00:14:57.386 --> 00:14:59.989
  • safely into your arms.
  • 00:14:59.989 --> 00:15:01.957
  • She's one of the mostjoy-filled people that I know
  • 00:15:01.957 --> 00:15:05.160
  • and I just think that'sthe mercy and grace of God
  • 00:15:05.160 --> 00:15:07.696
  • and the gift of a mother who,
  • 00:15:07.696 --> 00:15:10.899
  • I mean
  • 00:15:10.899 --> 00:15:11.734
  • I've seen you weep tearswaiting for this child.
  • 00:15:12.935 --> 00:15:15.437
  • And the tears that you now share
  • 00:15:15.437 --> 00:15:17.072
  • and joy because she's yours
  • 00:15:17.072 --> 00:15:18.874
  • just blow me away.
  • 00:15:18.874 --> 00:15:20.476
  • It's just, it's so so good.
  • 00:15:20.476 --> 00:15:22.444
  • You know when we weretalking about positive words
  • 00:15:22.444 --> 00:15:25.514
  • when spoken and negative,
  • 00:15:25.514 --> 00:15:26.982
  • when I was growingup in Scotland,
  • 00:15:26.982 --> 00:15:29.051
  • my big horrible deal wasthat I had really bad skin.
  • 00:15:29.051 --> 00:15:33.389
  • You know, I had acneand I had greasy hair
  • 00:15:33.389 --> 00:15:36.725
  • and I cannot tell youhow it bothered me.
  • 00:15:36.725 --> 00:15:38.927
  • I spent every single cent I had
  • 00:15:38.927 --> 00:15:41.563
  • buying what we had back then,
  • 00:15:41.563 --> 00:15:42.831
  • it was called Clearasil.
  • 00:15:42.831 --> 00:15:44.400
  • It was for the skin tone,
  • 00:15:44.400 --> 00:15:45.734
  • which is fine ifyou're born on a planet
  • 00:15:45.734 --> 00:15:47.403
  • where people have orange faces
  • 00:15:47.403 --> 00:15:49.838
  • and I would try everythingand it never got any better.
  • 00:15:49.838 --> 00:15:53.442
  • And then I went toseminary in London
  • 00:15:53.442 --> 00:15:55.411
  • and the guy who washead of the cap,
  • 00:15:55.411 --> 00:15:56.945
  • the tennis team, hestarted dating me
  • 00:15:56.945 --> 00:15:59.648
  • and I thought,
  • 00:15:59.648 --> 00:16:01.050
  • maybe everything I've thoughtabout myself is wrong.
  • 00:16:01.050 --> 00:16:03.685
  • And then one morning,
  • 00:16:03.685 --> 00:16:05.187
  • I'm taking back a textbookthat I borrowed from him
  • 00:16:05.187 --> 00:16:07.656
  • and I knock on hisdoor and he opens it
  • 00:16:07.656 --> 00:16:09.091
  • and the sunlight is comingthrough and hits me on the face.
  • 00:16:09.091 --> 00:16:12.061
  • And he said, "Wow, Imust really love you
  • 00:16:12.061 --> 00:16:14.363
  • because you look terrible
  • 00:16:14.363 --> 00:16:16.665
  • and yet I love you."
  • 00:16:16.665 --> 00:16:18.567
  • And I mean for years,
  • 00:16:18.567 --> 00:16:21.503
  • those words were likea dagger in my heart
  • 00:16:21.503 --> 00:16:24.106
  • because it was likesomebody had said out loud
  • 00:16:24.106 --> 00:16:26.975
  • what I'd alwaysfelt about myself.
  • 00:16:26.975 --> 00:16:29.311
  • - And it took mea long, long time
  • 00:16:29.311 --> 00:16:31.346
  • to be able to reject those.
  • 00:16:31.346 --> 00:16:33.515
  • And I think of people watchingand all the labels they wear,
  • 00:16:33.515 --> 00:16:36.585
  • you know, likeyou're overweight,
  • 00:16:36.585 --> 00:16:37.986
  • you're a single mom,
  • 00:16:37.986 --> 00:16:38.987
  • you're divorced
  • 00:16:38.987 --> 00:16:40.389
  • and it was in a psych hospital
  • 00:16:40.389 --> 00:16:43.125
  • that I learned to peelall those labels away
  • 00:16:43.125 --> 00:16:46.361
  • and my only,
  • 00:16:46.361 --> 00:16:47.863
  • the way I defined myselffrom that point of the day
  • 00:16:47.863 --> 00:16:50.566
  • is that my name is Sheila Walsh,
  • 00:16:50.566 --> 00:16:52.401
  • daughter of the king of kings,
  • 00:16:52.401 --> 00:16:54.536
  • loved,
  • 00:16:54.536 --> 00:16:55.571
  • chosen,
  • 00:16:55.571 --> 00:16:56.405
  • cherished
  • 00:16:56.405 --> 00:16:57.873
  • and I want that for everysingle person who is,
  • 00:16:57.873 --> 00:16:59.942
  • who's watching.
  • 00:16:59.942 --> 00:17:01.376
  • You are not what otherpeople have spoken into you.
  • 00:17:01.376 --> 00:17:03.745
  • When God spoke,
  • 00:17:03.745 --> 00:17:05.214
  • He has the final word andhe calls us beautiful.
  • 00:17:05.214 --> 00:17:08.517
  • - Yeah.- That's right.
  • 00:17:08.517 --> 00:17:09.751
  • - He absolutelyhas the final word
  • 00:17:09.751 --> 00:17:11.720
  • and thinking about whatLisa was saying a moment ago
  • 00:17:11.720 --> 00:17:15.257
  • about how the enemycomes in a very devious
  • 00:17:15.257 --> 00:17:19.027
  • and almost even a seductive way,
  • 00:17:19.027 --> 00:17:21.530
  • he can also come through people
  • 00:17:21.530 --> 00:17:25.000
  • with motivations thatwe don't understand.
  • 00:17:25.000 --> 00:17:27.769
  • So when they'respeaking ill of you,
  • 00:17:27.769 --> 00:17:29.872
  • when they'respeaking lies to you.
  • 00:17:29.872 --> 00:17:31.607
  • Why is it that weallow ourselves to
  • 00:17:31.607 --> 00:17:34.710
  • consume it and ingestit and allow it
  • 00:17:34.710 --> 00:17:37.546
  • to manifest in ourselves?
  • 00:17:37.546 --> 00:17:39.381
  • You know, it's interesting,
  • 00:17:39.381 --> 00:17:40.849
  • the Bible says, "Gentlewords bring life and health,
  • 00:17:40.849 --> 00:17:43.018
  • a deceitful tonguecrushes the spirit."
  • 00:17:43.018 --> 00:17:46.655
  • It also says, "Kindwords are like honey,
  • 00:17:46.655 --> 00:17:48.624
  • sweet to the soul andhealthy for the body."
  • 00:17:48.624 --> 00:17:51.493
  • So the words thatpeople speak over you
  • 00:17:51.493 --> 00:17:54.296
  • and what you decide thatyou're going to allow
  • 00:17:54.296 --> 00:17:57.966
  • in your system willactually impact
  • 00:17:57.966 --> 00:18:01.570
  • not only your spiritual health,
  • 00:18:01.570 --> 00:18:03.272
  • not only your mental healthbut your physical health.
  • 00:18:03.272 --> 00:18:07.609
  • The Bible is very clear that
  • 00:18:07.609 --> 00:18:09.945
  • these will dry your bones,
  • 00:18:09.945 --> 00:18:12.414
  • these words will dry your bones.
  • 00:18:12.414 --> 00:18:14.516
  • I gotta tell you, I mean,
  • 00:18:14.516 --> 00:18:16.151
  • I take a lot of calciumfor osteoporosis
  • 00:18:16.151 --> 00:18:18.887
  • and everything else.
  • 00:18:18.887 --> 00:18:20.155
  • I don't want anythingelse drying my bones.
  • 00:18:20.155 --> 00:18:22.791
  • - Right.
  • 00:18:22.791 --> 00:18:23.992
  • - You know, in Proverbs,it also talks about
  • 00:18:23.992 --> 00:18:25.928
  • that telling lies, evenif they're half truths
  • 00:18:25.928 --> 00:18:30.666
  • are like hittingsomeone with an ax.
  • 00:18:30.666 --> 00:18:33.735
  • It says that in Proverbs 25.
  • 00:18:33.735 --> 00:18:35.337
  • And so the visual that I get
  • 00:18:35.337 --> 00:18:37.139
  • is the Wile CoyoteRoad runner cartoon.
  • 00:18:37.139 --> 00:18:41.243
  • It's very visual to me.
  • 00:18:41.243 --> 00:18:43.378
  • Wile Coyote is constantlytrying to hurt the Road Runner,
  • 00:18:43.378 --> 00:18:48.383
  • but he never gets him.
  • 00:18:49.117 --> 00:18:50.852
  • Why do we allow people'swords to get us?
  • 00:18:50.852 --> 00:18:55.490
  • We should be able to befaster and stealthier
  • 00:18:55.490 --> 00:18:58.760
  • because the Word of Godis the lamp to our feet,
  • 00:18:58.760 --> 00:19:02.731
  • a light into our path.
  • 00:19:02.731 --> 00:19:04.233
  • We see the path,
  • 00:19:04.233 --> 00:19:05.601
  • the enemy doesn't see the path.
  • 00:19:05.601 --> 00:19:07.536
  • We should be able torun that path in a clear
  • 00:19:07.536 --> 00:19:10.939
  • and decisive way so wecan get out of the way
  • 00:19:10.939 --> 00:19:15.510
  • of the enemy
  • 00:19:15.510 --> 00:19:16.745
  • and in this visual Wile Coyote.
  • 00:19:16.745 --> 00:19:19.481
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:19:19.481 --> 00:19:21.016
  • - what I'm just getting fromjust our conversation is just
  • 00:19:21.016 --> 00:19:23.518
  • understanding that inthis time in our lives,
  • 00:19:23.518 --> 00:19:26.355
  • to make no room for, tonegotiate with the enemy,
  • 00:19:26.355 --> 00:19:29.992
  • you know and to understandthat whatever may be coming,
  • 00:19:29.992 --> 00:19:33.195
  • like whatever words,if it does not sound
  • 00:19:33.195 --> 00:19:35.998
  • like the word of God,- That's right.
  • 00:19:35.998 --> 00:19:37.499
  • to not negotiate,- That's right.
  • 00:19:37.499 --> 00:19:38.767
  • do not argue withpeople that are trying
  • 00:19:38.767 --> 00:19:40.636
  • to speak about youless than who you are.
  • 00:19:40.636 --> 00:19:43.171
  • And I just felt that sostrongly while you were speaking
  • 00:19:43.171 --> 00:19:45.907
  • because we have, foreveryone watching right now,
  • 00:19:45.907 --> 00:19:48.610
  • you have to know thatwhoever is in your life,
  • 00:19:48.610 --> 00:19:51.813
  • that wants to cause you tonegotiate who God says you are,
  • 00:19:51.813 --> 00:19:55.384
  • you cannot makeany room for that.
  • 00:19:55.384 --> 00:19:57.619
  • Because too oftenwe are conflicted
  • 00:19:57.619 --> 00:20:00.255
  • with the goodintentions of people
  • 00:20:00.255 --> 00:20:02.457
  • and the deception of the enemy.
  • 00:20:02.457 --> 00:20:04.426
  • You know, Jesus did nottolerate that at all.
  • 00:20:04.426 --> 00:20:06.962
  • When Peter was wasspeaking to him,
  • 00:20:06.962 --> 00:20:09.498
  • what did not comefrom the mouth of God.
  • 00:20:09.498 --> 00:20:11.600
  • He told him he said,
  • 00:20:11.600 --> 00:20:12.801
  • "Get behind me Satan."- That's right.
  • 00:20:12.801 --> 00:20:14.269
  • He recognized the rootof that thought process,
  • 00:20:14.269 --> 00:20:17.506
  • he recognized you arenot thinking like you.
  • 00:20:17.506 --> 00:20:19.808
  • You are not eventhinking like the father.
  • 00:20:19.808 --> 00:20:21.576
  • You are, what is influencingyou in this moment
  • 00:20:21.576 --> 00:20:25.047
  • whether you know it ornot Peter is the devil
  • 00:20:25.047 --> 00:20:27.749
  • and we cannot makeroom to negotiate.
  • 00:20:27.749 --> 00:20:30.485
  • I would rather someoneelse be offended
  • 00:20:30.485 --> 00:20:33.689
  • by my boldness in Christ
  • 00:20:33.689 --> 00:20:35.857
  • instead of trying toplease you to put on me
  • 00:20:35.857 --> 00:20:38.760
  • what is not me.
  • 00:20:38.760 --> 00:20:40.228
  • And so I just believe thatfor everyone watching,
  • 00:20:40.228 --> 00:20:42.931
  • stop negotiating with the enemy.
  • 00:20:42.931 --> 00:20:45.801
  • Stop negotiating with friends,
  • 00:20:45.801 --> 00:20:47.969
  • with family members.
  • 00:20:47.969 --> 00:20:49.504
  • If they're speaking wordsthat do not sound or echo
  • 00:20:49.504 --> 00:20:52.407
  • what God has saidabout your life,
  • 00:20:52.407 --> 00:20:54.376
  • end those conversations,
  • 00:20:54.376 --> 00:20:55.977
  • because what happens is thatthe enemy is very slick.
  • 00:20:55.977 --> 00:20:58.280
  • All he's looking for is a seed.
  • 00:20:58.280 --> 00:21:00.515
  • If you're tryingto convince someone
  • 00:21:00.515 --> 00:21:02.317
  • that they are not who,
  • 00:21:02.317 --> 00:21:03.552
  • you are not whothey say you are,
  • 00:21:03.552 --> 00:21:05.187
  • what you have lost sight of
  • 00:21:05.187 --> 00:21:07.089
  • is that maybe you didn'ttake the whole pie,
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  • but there's some crumbs thathave been placed in your heart.
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  • And when you're laying at night,
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  • when something else happens,
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  • it's to water those seeds.
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  • When something elsethat looks like,
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  • Wait, am I actually this person?
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  • Then you start thinkingand now the enemy
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  • has a hold over your mind.
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  • And so I just feltthat so strongly.
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  • Let us stop negotiatingwith the enemy
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  • however way he may come.
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  • There's some conversationsthat needs to be shut down.
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  • And if it triggers youin any way possible
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  • to bring that to the Lord,
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  • God, am I this person?
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  • This is not who you say I am,
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  • let me know your wordsthat they would heal
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  • and transform mymind and my heart.
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  • - Wow, that is sogood, Stephanie.
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  • That is so good.
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  • I'm reminded, I readLisa Turker's book
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  • and in the very beginning,
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  • she talks about Adamand Eve in the garden.
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  • And she kind of breaksthat whole thing down
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  • and really the part that I,
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  • it struck me so strongly andI took so much weight from it
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  • is she said, that we added to,
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  • say and add it towhat God said said.
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  • And he just added onelittle couple words
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  • and all of a sudden the wholething became untrue, right?
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  • And I think oftentimes whatwe do is this same thing
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  • that Stephanie wasjust talking about,
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  • the enemy negotiates with us,
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  • he adds to what God has said,
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  • he takes away just that one word
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  • and all of a sudden itchanges this and it's totally,
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  • yet it sounds so true
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  • like what Lisa said and sowhat I've been asking myself
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  • in my walk with the Lord is
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  • God have I added ortaken away anything
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  • to what you have said?
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  • Because what happens iswe get a word from God
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  • and then over time,
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  • if we're not careful,
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  • we will add or take awayfrom that word from God.
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  • And then when we act upon it,
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  • then all of a suddenit doesn't play out
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  • like we thought it wouldand we start doubting God,
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  • instead of doubtingwhat we may have heard
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  • or what we may haveadded or taken away
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  • from the Word of God.
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  • And so I've been in thisseason with the Lord
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  • where I'm asking the Lord,
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  • God, I'm I believing anythingthat I've added to your word?
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  • Am I believing anything I'vetaken away from your word
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  • on accident?
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  • My heart is pure and I'm notchallenging the heart of it.
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  • I'm challenging theeveryday life of it,
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  • where you just simply forgethow the conversation went.
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  • It happens with our friends.
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  • It happens all the time.
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  • And the enemy just uses thatone little thing to say,
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  • "Did you hear what she said?"
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  • And he takes itcompletely out of context.
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  • And he does this with theword of God all the time.
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  • He takes it totallyout of context
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  • but you go, but I'veread that in the Bible
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  • so it must be true.
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  • And you begin to act onsomething that is inaccurate
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  • because of where it was takenfrom and how it was used.
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  • And so I've really been inthis season with the Lord
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  • and is saying, like,I know the truth
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  • but am I adding or takingaway from the truth
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  • to where I would thenbe not living in truth
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  • but I would beliving now in a lie?
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  • And that's been something thatI've been in a daily wrestle
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  • with the Lord so thatI can be at peace,
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  • knowing I can trustwholeheartedly whatyour word says,
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  • because I'm going toread it in context
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  • and I'm gonnastand by this word,
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  • not for a part of itbut for all of it God.
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  • - Yeah, here's the deal.
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  • What Stephanie andElaine just said is
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  • Satan is not our Creator.
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  • He can pervert or try topervert what God has done,
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  • but he can't name you becausehe did not create you.
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  • God is our Creator.
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  • He says that we're beautifuland wonderfully made.
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  • Lord Jesus, we pray right now
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  • that you would remindus through your spirit
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  • of the truth thatyou spoke in John,
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  • that you so loved the world
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  • that you sent your onlybegotten son, Jesus,
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  • that whosoever believes in him
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  • will not perish.
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  • Lord, would you help usrest in the so loved part,
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  • that whatever lie peoplehave spoken over us
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  • intentionally or unintentionally
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  • or to whatever shame we've worn
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  • or that that would bereplaced by the reality
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  • that we are
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  • so
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  • loved
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  • by you, our creatorand redeemer,
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  • we ask these things by the power
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  • of the blood Jesusshed on our behalf
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  • 'cause he loves us so much.
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  • Help us to live out ofthat redeemed reality.
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  • Amen and amen.
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