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  • - You know the most radical step
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  • we can take towardsfreedom is repentance.
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  • Allowing God to shape our hearts
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  • is the only way to changefrom the inside out.
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  • Come on, we needto talk about it.
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  • (vocalizing)
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  • - I remember when Christ
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  • genuinely interruptedmy life in college.
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  • I had grown up,
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  • in the church I'd grownup kind of in religion,
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  • but it wasn't until college
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  • in the midst of so muchbrokenness and adversity
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  • that I really come tounderstand the relationship
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  • and when the HolySpirit encountered me
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  • I was such a mess.
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  • I had a reputationthat preceded me.
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  • I was in the throes ofperversion and filth
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  • and deceit and it was ugly,
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  • but I remember His love,that personal encounter
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  • when He met me in that mess
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  • and called me His own,
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  • and it was very realand very powerful.
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  • Suddenly, I was so overwhelmedby his grace and by his love,
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  • that it wasn'teven a hard choice
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  • to turn from what Ihad been walking in,
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  • turn away from that andturn towards his heart.
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  • His love was so immeasurable.
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  • I couldn't even understand it.
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  • I couldn't evenwrap my head around
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  • how He could haveloved a woman like me.
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  • I resonated so much withthe woman at the well,
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  • that we read about andjust soaked in shame,
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  • but turning awayfrom what I knew
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  • and turning towards Him madeperfect sense in that moment,
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  • in that hour that Ifirst came to believe,
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  • and it wasn't untillater journeying in faith
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  • that the word repentancewas brought up.
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  • I hadn't really heard thatin church much growing up
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  • and now I was realizing,
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  • oh, this is kind of arhythm in a believers life
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  • but that word feels scaryor confusing or shameful,
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  • or what doesrepentance really mean?
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  • And it was there in thatplace of wrestling with that.
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  • What does it mean torepent, to bear fruit
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  • and keeping with repentance?
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  • Surely you don't justyoke shame upon us God.
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  • How do I liverhythmically in this place
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  • of throwing off that whichso easily entangles me,
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  • a fleeing from the sinthat I am wrestling with?
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  • How do I do that rightly?
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  • And it was again Hislove that encountered me
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  • and called me back to that hour
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  • that I first came to believe,
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  • and He said, "Well, how didyou do it the first time?"
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  • It's the rhythm that Iwant to walk with you in
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  • of realizing you're turning away
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  • from what's held you captive,
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  • what harms you, whatis not my best for you,
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  • what is not beneficial for you,
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  • but you're notturning away blindly,
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  • you're turning backto your true identity.
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  • You're turningback to my heart.,
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  • You're turningback to the garden
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  • where we know intimacyand oneness and communion
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  • and you are in repentance,
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  • turning away from deceptionand turning back to truth
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  • and so live in this rhythm
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  • and know that mygrace is sufficient,
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  • and man, when I started tounderstand repentance that way
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  • I literally would wakeup with a heart cry,
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  • like stretch myheart and know me,
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  • make me new, what doI repent of today?
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  • 'Cause it's just so rich.
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  • It's just so full to realizethe pain, the tension
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  • that we have toreally face stuff.
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  • It's really hard, butthen it is really holy
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  • to have those shackles fall off
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  • and to turn back to ourmaker and to know Him
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  • more and more and more,
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  • and so I feel like repentance
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  • has become like mygreatest heart cry
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  • and I have to remembersometimes crying that out
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  • a lot of people don'tunderstand His heart behind it.
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  • It seems solely like a fireand brimstone type deal.
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  • It can feel shameful,
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  • but I've exploded in faith
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  • navigating what repentancereally looks like
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  • for the children of God
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  • and it's beautiful.
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  • It's a beautifulrhythm for the believer
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  • and so I delight in it
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  • and I scream it fromthe mountaintops,
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  • repent of your sins (laughs).
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  • Turn back to God, He loves you.
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  • It's what's best,it's what's best
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  • and I love seeing more andmore come to embrace that
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  • and realize that,
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  • and I think it's beautiful.
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  • I don't know about you all.
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  • - Yeah, Mo I love that about you
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  • and I can just seeas you talk about it
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  • you light up like thisis a part of your story
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  • and it's a part ofall of our stories,
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  • but there's a definite graceon your life to talk about it.
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  • I was thinking aboutthat scripture,
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  • when I first learned that Godconvicts the sinner of sin,
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  • but He convicts therighteous of righteousness,
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  • which means He's reminding usof who we are all the time.
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  • You are Holy, you are redeemed,
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  • you are worthy, you are healed
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  • and I was thinking aboutthis the other day.
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  • I have a 13-and-a-half-year-oldin my house,
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  • who amazingly enoughknows everything
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  • and we were having aconversation about life
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  • and there was a pointwhere he had done something
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  • that I knew he wasn'treally telling the truth
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  • about like I was poking athim, like did you do this?
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  • Are you sure you didn't do this?
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  • He's like no, no, no
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  • and smoke and mirrors,smoke and mirrors
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  • and finally, I just feltthe Holy Spirit say to me,
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  • I want you to remind him ofwho he is in this moment,
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  • and so I just leanedover and I was like,
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  • son, you have a callof God on your life
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  • and there is a challenge theenemy wants to take from you,
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  • he wants to rob from you,he wants to steal from you,
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  • but I want you to know
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  • you're called to be aleader in your generation
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  • and you don't need to be afraid,
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  • but God has got you.
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  • He's gonna take care of you
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  • and I began to likepreach to him in some ways
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  • about his future
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  • and I saw the countenancein him begin to shift
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  • and his eyes welled up withtears and tears came down
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  • and he goes, mom,you don't know,
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  • it's just so hard,life is so hard
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  • and I'm thinking like, son,life isn't hard at all for you,
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  • you're 13 years old
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  • and all your worries aretaken care of right now,
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  • but I can't say thatto a 13-year-old.
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  • I just said, "I know son,
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  • "but you just need to knowthat God has got you."
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  • And I just saw
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  • and immediately hejust softened his heart
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  • and he was like, you'reright, and you know what?
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  • This is what really happened
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  • and I saw him shift,
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  • and I think that'show God speaks to us.
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  • He doesn't go Shame onyou, get it together,
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  • clean it up, figure it out.
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  • He's like, listen, youare living so below
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  • what I've called you to live.
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  • You're healed, you're restored.
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  • you're worthy, you're holy now
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  • and all of a suddenyou're right with me.
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  • We begin to go I am?
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  • I am?
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  • And he goes, yeah,
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  • and so when itcomes to repentance
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  • it is not like, I'm sorry,we turn from our ways,
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  • and we walk the other way,
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  • actually, biblically it means,
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  • but I just find myself
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  • when I start to feel overwhelmed
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  • with I should bedoing this better
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  • and I need to be doing this,and I should think this way,
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  • I begin to remind myselfof who I am in Christ
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  • and it begins to shift that,
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  • and I just think we coulddo it to our friends,
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  • we could do to thepeople that we lead.
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  • I think we could...
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  • I just found myselfbeing convicted
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  • to really encourage peoplein the opposite spirit
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  • and I think that's whatrepentance does with God,
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  • is He doesn't justtell us what's wrong,
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  • but He shows us the way out
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  • and He tells us what is right
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  • and it gives us the, yes.
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  • So I don't knowabout repentance,
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  • but that's how it's reallyoperated in my life.
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  • - I love that.
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  • My parents were pastors
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  • and I was taughtto ask forgiveness
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  • and to forgive veryearly in my life,
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  • and I love that there'snothing that you have ever done
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  • that nullifies youfrom God's grace,
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  • and His love, and His best,
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  • and I think a lot of peoplethink that they deserve it.
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  • I probably came from more,
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  • I'm always so good,
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  • that's kind of whatmy problem was,
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  • but knowing that youare undone without God,
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  • without His grace andwithout His mercy,
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  • that every day you'rean open book towards God
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  • and just I was taught
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  • that God is alwayslooking at your heart.
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  • So even through repentance.
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  • Sometimes I just say,"God, you know my heart.
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  • "You know what's in there.
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  • "Take what needs to be taken.
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  • "Take it out God, just,I am nothing without you,
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  • "without your grace,
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  • "and without yoursovereignty in my life."
  • 00:08:58.294 --> 00:09:00.963
  • - I think that whenwe experience repent,
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  • like forgiveness from God
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  • I think that we putthat out in practice
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  • with other people in our world.
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  • So I was reading in 1st Johnjust in my regular devotions,
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  • just to spend time withJesus and I was so convicted.
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  • I had an encounter withsomeone who good acquaintance
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  • and there was a falling out
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  • and in my heart and in my mind,
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  • y'all let me tellyou, I was right.
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  • Like I knew I did no wrong
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  • and I felt likeGod's spoken to me
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  • and like that personwas absolutely wrong
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  • through and through
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  • and I read in 1st John,
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  • how can we say that we loveGod and not love our brother
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  • and I was so convicted.
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  • I felt like the spiritof God took those words
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  • that just leapt off thepage and into my heart
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  • and I realized whetherI thought I was right,
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  • I needed to reach out tothis person and reconcile
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  • because that's thenature of Christ,
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  • and as we are called to,
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  • we get to repent with God,
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  • I think that sometimes
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  • we need to repent withothers in our life
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  • and so I use thisas an opportunity.
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  • I sent a long text message.
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  • I prayed over it,
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  • and I thought,okay, this is great.
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  • I did what God asked me to do,
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  • but then I got silence.
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  • Like I was iced out
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  • and then I'm thinking,wait, I was so offended.
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  • I was like, why didI just apologize
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  • for something thatI was not wrong in?
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  • Like are you notgonna say anything?
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  • And you know when someoneleaves their receipts
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  • on their iPhone,
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  • like as you can tellwhen someone reads it?
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  • They read it and theychose not to respond,
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  • like insult to injury
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  • and I realized three days in
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  • that God was speaking to me,
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  • did you apologize
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  • because you thought
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  • that you were gonnaget affirmed by them,
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  • or did you do apologizebecause I asked you to?
  • 00:10:36.392 --> 00:10:38.160
  • And that was it.
  • 00:10:38.160 --> 00:10:39.361
  • God just simply askedme to seek apology
  • 00:10:39.361 --> 00:10:41.330
  • and the ball was in their court.
  • 00:10:41.330 --> 00:10:44.200
  • Well, I could say asof a couple days ago
  • 00:10:44.200 --> 00:10:46.435
  • they did reach out
  • 00:10:46.435 --> 00:10:47.570
  • and we had a reallygreat conversation.
  • 00:10:48.771 --> 00:10:51.540
  • We got to hear both sides
  • 00:10:51.540 --> 00:10:52.975
  • and I think that when weexperience repentance with God
  • 00:10:52.975 --> 00:10:57.747
  • I think it makes us prone
  • 00:10:58.614 --> 00:10:59.782
  • to seek repentancefrom others in our life
  • 00:10:59.782 --> 00:11:01.517
  • and I firmly believe thatit's learning lessons
  • 00:11:01.517 --> 00:11:04.253
  • that when get todo that with God,
  • 00:11:04.253 --> 00:11:06.055
  • we get to do that with others.
  • 00:11:06.055 --> 00:11:08.057
  • - That's so good.
  • 00:11:08.057 --> 00:11:09.258
  • I tell you theone barrier for me
  • 00:11:09.258 --> 00:11:11.494
  • in repenting really is pride.
  • 00:11:12.995 --> 00:11:15.831
  • I like to think
  • 00:11:15.831 --> 00:11:17.032
  • that I did it the rightway the first time.
  • 00:11:17.032 --> 00:11:19.535
  • (panelists laughing)
  • 00:11:19.535 --> 00:11:21.537
  • I mean, let's justbe honest here.
  • 00:11:21.537 --> 00:11:23.105
  • I'm like no, no, but I thinkI got it right, you didn't,
  • 00:11:23.105 --> 00:11:27.309
  • and so what I'm learning
  • 00:11:27.309 --> 00:11:29.345
  • is that repentance is reallyfor the believer a way of life,
  • 00:11:29.345 --> 00:11:34.016
  • kind of like whatyou were saying Mo.
  • 00:11:34.016 --> 00:11:35.851
  • If it is a realizing howyou've missed the mark, right?
  • 00:11:37.219 --> 00:11:41.757
  • Which is sin, which we doall the day long, every day
  • 00:11:43.192 --> 00:11:45.761
  • because we are stillbeing sanctified.
  • 00:11:45.761 --> 00:11:48.030
  • If I am missing the mark,
  • 00:11:48.030 --> 00:11:50.266
  • then it's my saying,
  • 00:11:50.266 --> 00:11:51.500
  • oh, Lord, I've missedthe mark, I'm sorry
  • 00:11:51.500 --> 00:11:54.303
  • and now let me turn toyour way in this regard,
  • 00:11:54.303 --> 00:11:58.474
  • and especially as a believer
  • 00:11:58.474 --> 00:11:59.842
  • when the Lord saysHis yoke is easy
  • 00:11:59.842 --> 00:12:01.677
  • and his burden is light,
  • 00:12:01.677 --> 00:12:03.279
  • I mean, it is more awkward.
  • 00:12:03.279 --> 00:12:05.314
  • It seems to have abit in your mouth
  • 00:12:05.314 --> 00:12:07.516
  • and to be turned to the side
  • 00:12:07.516 --> 00:12:09.251
  • trying to act like youactually are yoked in this way
  • 00:12:09.251 --> 00:12:13.789
  • and so it's just a reminderevery day as a believer
  • 00:12:13.789 --> 00:12:16.826
  • that I am going inthe way of the Lord
  • 00:12:16.826 --> 00:12:20.196
  • and when I missed the markin ,that which I will,
  • 00:12:20.196 --> 00:12:24.099
  • I don't have to feel ashamed.
  • 00:12:24.099 --> 00:12:25.401
  • It is a convictionand not a condemnation
  • 00:12:25.401 --> 00:12:27.469
  • because there isn'tcondemnation in Christ,
  • 00:12:27.469 --> 00:12:29.638
  • but it is like, oh, mygoodness, I missed that,
  • 00:12:29.638 --> 00:12:32.007
  • and whether it wasmissing it by a mile
  • 00:12:32.007 --> 00:12:35.945
  • or missing it by amillimeter, I missed it,
  • 00:12:35.945 --> 00:12:38.681
  • and because our God is holy,
  • 00:12:38.681 --> 00:12:40.716
  • it matters to then say, "Oh,Lord I'm sorry, I missed that
  • 00:12:40.716 --> 00:12:45.554
  • "and I'm turning to your way."
  • 00:12:45.554 --> 00:12:47.756
  • Because the reality is ifyou let that millimeter smile
  • 00:12:47.756 --> 00:12:50.593
  • after a while it will.
  • 00:12:50.593 --> 00:12:52.228
  • If you let the millimeterride after a while,
  • 00:12:52.228 --> 00:12:55.164
  • it will be a mile.
  • 00:12:55.164 --> 00:12:56.131
  • You understand what I'm saying,
  • 00:12:56.131 --> 00:12:57.600
  • like that little bit of a wedgeends up growing and growing
  • 00:12:57.600 --> 00:13:01.203
  • just because pride tells you,
  • 00:13:01.203 --> 00:13:02.504
  • ah, you didn'tmiss it that much.
  • 00:13:02.504 --> 00:13:04.006
  • It's okay, like Bianca, youdon't have to say sorry.
  • 00:13:04.006 --> 00:13:07.776
  • Like, look, I'mright on this thing,
  • 00:13:07.776 --> 00:13:09.445
  • but the reality is if theLord says do it in obedience,
  • 00:13:09.445 --> 00:13:13.515
  • you do it
  • 00:13:13.515 --> 00:13:14.450
  • and we find that it becomes,
  • 00:13:14.450 --> 00:13:17.586
  • kind of like Mo isexcited about it.
  • 00:13:17.586 --> 00:13:19.355
  • It becomes such a practice
  • 00:13:19.355 --> 00:13:20.823
  • that is freeingwhere you are not.
  • 00:13:20.823 --> 00:13:24.627
  • There is this thing,
  • 00:13:24.627 --> 00:13:27.029
  • especially with many of us women
  • 00:13:27.029 --> 00:13:28.998
  • who are gifted in theseways in particular,
  • 00:13:28.998 --> 00:13:33.435
  • we have an idea of how thingscan and should go, right?
  • 00:13:33.435 --> 00:13:37.473
  • And so in that, that'show we approach life
  • 00:13:37.473 --> 00:13:40.843
  • and the Lord is like,ah, ah, manner every day,
  • 00:13:40.843 --> 00:13:44.546
  • like don't store up a week'sworth or a month's worth,
  • 00:13:44.546 --> 00:13:48.317
  • come back to me andbe led every day
  • 00:13:48.317 --> 00:13:50.853
  • and in that leadingwe're going to realize
  • 00:13:50.853 --> 00:13:54.623
  • where we tend to miss it,
  • 00:13:54.623 --> 00:13:55.891
  • even that millimeter orthat yard, or the mile,
  • 00:13:55.891 --> 00:14:00.029
  • whatever it may be,
  • 00:14:00.029 --> 00:14:01.830
  • but it is a way of life thatwe can get excited about
  • 00:14:01.830 --> 00:14:05.167
  • because all of a sudden, weare not driving this thing
  • 00:14:05.167 --> 00:14:09.138
  • and there is freedom in that.
  • 00:14:09.138 --> 00:14:11.240
  • There is pressure thatis released from that
  • 00:14:11.240 --> 00:14:13.575
  • and I think repentanceis the way to remind us
  • 00:14:13.575 --> 00:14:16.445
  • that, hey, let thesteam valve go (laughs).
  • 00:14:16.445 --> 00:14:18.948
  • Turn off the little steamvalve on the instant pot
  • 00:14:20.382 --> 00:14:22.885
  • and just let it go, whoosh,
  • 00:14:22.885 --> 00:14:24.687
  • and just relax, youknow what I'm saying?
  • 00:14:24.687 --> 00:14:26.822
  • Just relax, I maypulled pork last night
  • 00:14:26.822 --> 00:14:29.191
  • so instant pot is on my mind.
  • 00:14:29.191 --> 00:14:30.926
  • (panelists laughing)
  • 00:14:31.961 --> 00:14:34.029
  • Such a visual,
  • 00:14:34.029 --> 00:14:35.531
  • but anyway so that's whatrepentance really is to me.
  • 00:14:35.531 --> 00:14:37.967
  • What about you, Mo (laughs)?
  • 00:14:37.967 --> 00:14:39.368
  • - Well there's twothings for me in growing
  • 00:14:40.669 --> 00:14:43.238
  • and the understanding of itand even and leading others
  • 00:14:43.238 --> 00:14:47.176
  • in the understanding of whatreally the full dynamic nature
  • 00:14:47.176 --> 00:14:50.612
  • of repentance looks like.
  • 00:14:50.612 --> 00:14:52.448
  • A lot of the times
  • 00:14:52.448 --> 00:14:54.450
  • we don't always see clearlythere's a difference
  • 00:14:54.450 --> 00:14:56.885
  • between just asking forgiveness
  • 00:14:56.885 --> 00:14:59.521
  • versus truly repenting,
  • 00:14:59.521 --> 00:15:01.256
  • and asking for forgiveness alot of the times comes sadly
  • 00:15:01.256 --> 00:15:06.261
  • when we just feel theconsequence of something
  • 00:15:07.429 --> 00:15:09.665
  • and we don't likethat consequence
  • 00:15:09.665 --> 00:15:11.233
  • and it grieves us andwe asked to be forgiven,
  • 00:15:11.233 --> 00:15:15.771
  • but repentance has these dynamic
  • 00:15:15.771 --> 00:15:18.841
  • sort of identifiers onit, like indicators.
  • 00:15:18.841 --> 00:15:22.644
  • One being, thescripture even talks
  • 00:15:22.644 --> 00:15:24.813
  • about repentance ismarked by a Godly sorrow.
  • 00:15:24.813 --> 00:15:28.817
  • It even compares it to likenot just anguish of the flesh,
  • 00:15:28.817 --> 00:15:32.154
  • but a Godly sorrow
  • 00:15:32.154 --> 00:15:34.256
  • and I wrestled withthis for a while
  • 00:15:34.256 --> 00:15:36.525
  • of like what doesthis look like?
  • 00:15:36.525 --> 00:15:38.027
  • And do you wanta sorrowful wold,
  • 00:15:38.027 --> 00:15:40.095
  • but I realized the beauty
  • 00:15:40.095 --> 00:15:42.231
  • in coming to understand thismore and more dynamically
  • 00:15:42.231 --> 00:15:44.900
  • that Godly sorrowcomes in recognizing,
  • 00:15:44.900 --> 00:15:48.537
  • Lord, I have grieved your heart.
  • 00:15:48.537 --> 00:15:51.974
  • You know what's best for me.
  • 00:15:51.974 --> 00:15:53.575
  • You have spoken to my identity,
  • 00:15:53.575 --> 00:15:54.943
  • yet I have come intoagreement with this
  • 00:15:54.943 --> 00:15:57.579
  • and, or continueto carry this out
  • 00:15:57.579 --> 00:15:59.715
  • or just flinched it notliking the repercussions,
  • 00:15:59.715 --> 00:16:02.751
  • but the Godly sorrowgrips us when we realize,
  • 00:16:02.751 --> 00:16:07.489
  • Lord, you're so good
  • 00:16:07.489 --> 00:16:09.324
  • and you're so worthyand you're so holy,
  • 00:16:09.324 --> 00:16:12.694
  • and the fact that I havechosen anything apart from you
  • 00:16:12.694 --> 00:16:17.699
  • I'm grieved, I'm truly grieved
  • 00:16:18.567 --> 00:16:21.537
  • and that's okay.
  • 00:16:21.537 --> 00:16:23.272
  • That's okay tosit in that place.
  • 00:16:23.272 --> 00:16:25.374
  • Christianity, Christ following
  • 00:16:25.374 --> 00:16:26.875
  • is not always justfeel good, all smiles.
  • 00:16:26.875 --> 00:16:29.978
  • It is the grief on ourbathroom floor, face down
  • 00:16:29.978 --> 00:16:33.348
  • of like maybe feelthe weight of sin,
  • 00:16:33.348 --> 00:16:37.219
  • that we may flee from it,
  • 00:16:37.219 --> 00:16:38.353
  • that we may not desire that.
  • 00:16:38.353 --> 00:16:40.289
  • Like may we really bringthe fullness of our heart
  • 00:16:40.289 --> 00:16:44.193
  • and our humanity to Him
  • 00:16:44.193 --> 00:16:45.594
  • and allow that Godlysorrow to not trap us there
  • 00:16:45.594 --> 00:16:49.798
  • where we just say stuck,
  • 00:16:49.798 --> 00:16:51.467
  • but feel the fullness of it.
  • 00:16:51.467 --> 00:16:53.202
  • So we can feel thefullness of release
  • 00:16:53.202 --> 00:16:55.170
  • when He lifts that,
  • 00:16:55.170 --> 00:16:56.839
  • when He receives that and says,
  • 00:16:56.839 --> 00:16:58.674
  • "My blood is sufficient, youare covered, you are forgiven.
  • 00:16:58.674 --> 00:17:01.944
  • "My Mercy is for you."
  • 00:17:01.944 --> 00:17:03.879
  • Man, when you felt theGodly sorrow of that weight
  • 00:17:03.879 --> 00:17:06.248
  • you feel the freedom thatcomes when He takes it.
  • 00:17:06.248 --> 00:17:09.451
  • You feel the shift,
  • 00:17:09.451 --> 00:17:10.986
  • and so repentanceis marked by that
  • 00:17:10.986 --> 00:17:13.155
  • and I've also foundit's usually marked
  • 00:17:13.155 --> 00:17:16.325
  • almost always markedtrue Godly repentance
  • 00:17:16.325 --> 00:17:19.795
  • by a change in our actions,
  • 00:17:19.795 --> 00:17:22.798
  • a change in how we carryourselves moving forward.
  • 00:17:22.798 --> 00:17:26.068
  • If we ask for forgiveness
  • 00:17:27.402 --> 00:17:28.604
  • 'cause we don't likethe consequences
  • 00:17:28.604 --> 00:17:29.838
  • but then continueto sin the same way,
  • 00:17:29.838 --> 00:17:32.107
  • we probably haven't reallyfully repented in our heart
  • 00:17:32.107 --> 00:17:35.911
  • because repentanceis recognizing,
  • 00:17:35.911 --> 00:17:38.347
  • whoa, I've grievedthe heart of God,
  • 00:17:38.347 --> 00:17:40.349
  • this isn't what's best for me,
  • 00:17:40.349 --> 00:17:41.917
  • and now man, I am turning.
  • 00:17:41.917 --> 00:17:46.488
  • I am going to make amends here,
  • 00:17:46.488 --> 00:17:50.592
  • or seek forgiveness,or change direction,
  • 00:17:50.592 --> 00:17:54.429
  • or reach out to thatperson, whatever it may be.
  • 00:17:54.429 --> 00:17:57.766
  • I'm going to put up thebarriers and the boundaries
  • 00:17:57.766 --> 00:17:59.935
  • so that I'm not lulledinto that sexual sin again.
  • 00:17:59.935 --> 00:18:02.437
  • The practical work
  • 00:18:02.437 --> 00:18:04.173
  • that we would workout our salvation withfear and trembling
  • 00:18:04.173 --> 00:18:06.375
  • that we wouldco-labor with Christ.
  • 00:18:06.375 --> 00:18:09.111
  • This is the work thata truly repentant heart
  • 00:18:09.111 --> 00:18:11.747
  • is ready and willing to take on
  • 00:18:11.747 --> 00:18:14.416
  • because we know thatweight that's been lifted
  • 00:18:14.416 --> 00:18:16.351
  • and we're like, I'm not goingback in that prison cell.
  • 00:18:16.351 --> 00:18:18.353
  • No, you open thedoors and I came out
  • 00:18:18.353 --> 00:18:20.956
  • and I felt that andI feel that freedom
  • 00:18:20.956 --> 00:18:24.393
  • and so how do I move forward
  • 00:18:24.393 --> 00:18:27.329
  • in the fullness of thefruit of repentance
  • 00:18:28.497 --> 00:18:32.834
  • that there is lifechange and heart change
  • 00:18:32.834 --> 00:18:35.003
  • and I write my wrongs.
  • 00:18:35.003 --> 00:18:37.539
  • So I see those tworeally clear indicators
  • 00:18:37.539 --> 00:18:40.275
  • when we are fullyembracing repentance
  • 00:18:40.275 --> 00:18:42.945
  • and being made more and moreinto the image of Christ,
  • 00:18:42.945 --> 00:18:46.348
  • is that not our hope, our goal?
  • 00:18:46.348 --> 00:18:47.883
  • Our faith walk is to betransformed into His likeness
  • 00:18:47.883 --> 00:18:51.353
  • and that usually lookslike loving the father
  • 00:18:51.353 --> 00:18:56.291
  • more than we love our comfort
  • 00:18:56.291 --> 00:18:58.594
  • and grieving when we've wronged
  • 00:18:58.594 --> 00:19:00.229
  • and also walking a different way
  • 00:19:00.229 --> 00:19:02.264
  • because His ways are betterand what's best for us.
  • 00:19:02.264 --> 00:19:05.968
  • So those two things they'vereally stuck out to me.
  • 00:19:05.968 --> 00:19:08.737
  • - Wow, I love those two points
  • 00:19:08.737 --> 00:19:11.240
  • and I think we could spend hours
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:14.676
  • just thinking about how thatcan work out in our own lives,
  • 00:19:14.676 --> 00:19:17.446
  • at least I could.
  • 00:19:17.446 --> 00:19:18.280
  • I was thinkingpeople often ask me
  • 00:19:19.414 --> 00:19:22.584
  • you were raised ina minister's home,
  • 00:19:22.584 --> 00:19:25.420
  • how did you serve God?
  • 00:19:25.420 --> 00:19:26.722
  • How did your parentsget you to serve God
  • 00:19:26.722 --> 00:19:28.724
  • because ministers kids don'talways have that reputation?
  • 00:19:28.724 --> 00:19:32.227
  • And I can honestly say it'sbecause they asked forgiveness,
  • 00:19:32.227 --> 00:19:37.232
  • and what I found was that myparents when they were wrong
  • 00:19:38.700 --> 00:19:41.403
  • or they said somethingthat they didn't wanna say,
  • 00:19:41.403 --> 00:19:43.605
  • and my parents were notraised in Christian homes.
  • 00:19:43.605 --> 00:19:46.775
  • It wasn't likepastors being pastors,
  • 00:19:46.775 --> 00:19:49.411
  • they were first generationbelievers, both of them,
  • 00:19:49.411 --> 00:19:52.881
  • but when theywould do something,
  • 00:19:52.881 --> 00:19:54.950
  • whether they got angrythey didn't want to,
  • 00:19:54.950 --> 00:19:56.785
  • or they said something,or they, whatever it was,
  • 00:19:56.785 --> 00:19:59.788
  • they would literallysit my sister and I down
  • 00:19:59.788 --> 00:20:02.424
  • and say, "You know what?
  • 00:20:02.424 --> 00:20:03.558
  • "We were wrong.
  • 00:20:03.558 --> 00:20:04.760
  • "We're so sorry fortreating you like this.
  • 00:20:04.760 --> 00:20:07.562
  • "This is not how God treats us
  • 00:20:07.562 --> 00:20:09.364
  • "and we wanna askyour forgiveness."
  • 00:20:09.364 --> 00:20:12.968
  • And I have alwaysremembered that
  • 00:20:12.968 --> 00:20:15.170
  • and it's on a weekly basis,
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:18.073
  • I will sit my own kids down
  • 00:20:18.073 --> 00:20:19.908
  • and sometimes formallysometimes informally,
  • 00:20:19.908 --> 00:20:21.977
  • but just say, "You know what?
  • 00:20:21.977 --> 00:20:23.612
  • "I was so wrong, willyou please forgive me?
  • 00:20:23.612 --> 00:20:25.514
  • "Or I shouldn't have said that.
  • 00:20:25.514 --> 00:20:26.915
  • "I shouldn't havegotten angry like that."
  • 00:20:26.915 --> 00:20:28.817
  • And just taking ownership formy own ways of doing life,
  • 00:20:28.817 --> 00:20:33.422
  • I don't do itperfectly by any means.
  • 00:20:33.422 --> 00:20:35.057
  • There are certain things
  • 00:20:35.057 --> 00:20:36.325
  • that I'm like I can feelthe Holy Spirit saying,
  • 00:20:36.325 --> 00:20:37.659
  • come on Hav, are yougonna say something?
  • 00:20:37.659 --> 00:20:39.728
  • Are you gonna own that?
  • 00:20:39.728 --> 00:20:40.929
  • And I wanna say,well, I'm the adult.
  • 00:20:40.929 --> 00:20:42.197
  • I can act how I wanna act.
  • 00:20:42.197 --> 00:20:43.899
  • Then He goes, but you'rerepresenting me to them.
  • 00:20:43.899 --> 00:20:46.768
  • So you have a differentresponsibility,
  • 00:20:46.768 --> 00:20:48.603
  • and I'm like, you're right God,
  • 00:20:48.603 --> 00:20:50.138
  • and so just going to themand saying, I'm so sorry.
  • 00:20:50.138 --> 00:20:52.674
  • Mom was wrong, Ishouldn't have said that.
  • 00:20:52.674 --> 00:20:53.942
  • I shouldn't have gotten angry,
  • 00:20:53.942 --> 00:20:55.243
  • shouldn't havetreated you like that,
  • 00:20:55.243 --> 00:20:56.778
  • shouldn't have brought that up
  • 00:20:56.778 --> 00:20:58.013
  • even after you askfor forgiveness.
  • 00:20:58.013 --> 00:20:59.514
  • You know God doesn'tdo that to us,
  • 00:20:59.514 --> 00:21:01.149
  • and so I just thinkthat there's this,
  • 00:21:01.149 --> 00:21:03.418
  • like I think what we'reall kind of talking about
  • 00:21:03.418 --> 00:21:05.821
  • and I think Bianca mighthave mentioned this,
  • 00:21:05.821 --> 00:21:08.657
  • but we forgive othersbecause He's forgiven us
  • 00:21:08.657 --> 00:21:12.694
  • and there's this kind ofreaping and sowing in our lives
  • 00:21:12.694 --> 00:21:16.098
  • and when we hold peopleto standards of perfection
  • 00:21:16.098 --> 00:21:18.867
  • or we don't forgive people,
  • 00:21:18.867 --> 00:21:20.802
  • and the Bible says
  • 00:21:20.802 --> 00:21:22.304
  • that we end up reapingthat same kind of judgment
  • 00:21:22.304 --> 00:21:24.840
  • and that same kindof unforgiveness.
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  • So I guess in my own world
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  • I feel like the nudging ofthe Holy Spirit that says
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  • like you were talking about Mo,
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  • will you takeresponsibility for this?
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  • Will you turn and repent?
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  • And it's that bigact of obedience,
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  • but sometimes it can feel small,
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  • but when we do itwe take ownership
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  • and I remember my dad, weused to watch my dad repent
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  • and I remember being in the room
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  • when he'd be on the phonerepenting to some leader
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  • or somebody that hehad a conversation with
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  • and he would takeresponsibility.
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  • I think that is a representation
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  • of those of us that are walkingwith Christ wholehearted,
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  • is we're willing to look foolishfor the sake of obedience
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  • and to return
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  • to who we were originallycreated to return to.
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  • So Mo I just loveall of what you said
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  • and I wanna soak more on that.
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  • I don't know if you haveany closing thoughts,
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  • but I thought that was awesome.
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  • - Yeah, I justlove this scripture
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  • that reminds us to humbleourselves before the Lord
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  • and He will lift us up.
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  • Humility is hard.
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  • Taking accountability,recognizing
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  • and setting ourpride aside to say,
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  • whoa, it's just amess, like that's hard,
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  • but He doesn't just sayhumble yourself before me
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  • so you realizehow small you are.
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  • He says humble yourself beforeme and I will lift you up.
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  • I just always get the visualin the posture of repentance
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  • of just humbledbefore my Abba Father
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  • and His handscoming under my chin
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  • and just lifting my head,
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  • and saying, of course, myblood is sufficient for you
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  • and the grace, and thelove, and acknowledging,
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  • and coming to Him,
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  • but also that He justlifts us by the chin
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  • and raises us up to our feet
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  • and fixes that helmet of truth
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  • and straightens up thatbreastplate of righteousness
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  • and it's so beautiful.
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  • So I'd love to prayeven for those watching
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  • and just really soak in Hispresence in this moment.
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  • Father, we thankyou, we praise you.
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  • You are Holy.
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  • You are powerful.
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  • You are sufficient,you're so full of love.
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  • You're kind, you're merciful
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  • and you intimately know us.
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  • You love us.
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  • You are our Abba Father, God.
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  • We praise you and thank you,
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  • God, that we mayturn away from sin,
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  • that your cross, yourblood, your name,
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  • has made a way that we canbe set free of the bondage,
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  • the shame of sin,
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  • that we may throw it off,
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  • that we may turn fromthat and turn back to you.
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  • Back to the garden,back to oneness,
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  • back to our true identity
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  • as daughters as sonsof the Most High God.
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  • Thank you, Lord.
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  • Thank you for moving us inthis rhythm as believers
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  • and for nevermaking it too hard.
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  • Lord, we are pressedbut not crushed.
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  • We are pressed but not crushedand the pressing is good.
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  • It is for our good andfor Your glory God.
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  • So continue to walk with us.
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  • Teach us the rhythmof repentance, Lord.
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  • Lift those weights, God,
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  • that we may know freedom andfreedom indeed in your name.
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  • We pra you, and thank you, amen.
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  • - Thank you Jesus, amen.
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  • The beautiful, Havilah youwere talking about earlier
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  • about telling yourchildren who they are.
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  • I told the story lastweek about Michelangelo
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  • and his beautiful David's statue
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  • and he said, they asked him,
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  • "How did you do it?"
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  • And he said, " I justclosed my eyes, saw David.
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  • "and just started chipping awaythe parts that weren't him."
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  • And I love that God's notever just chipping at us.
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  • He's changing us.
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  • He's just not gonna weighthe things that aren't us
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  • and to stay open with thatbeautiful humble spirit.
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  • The spirit of repentance.
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  • Let God move radicallyin your lives.
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  • and tomorrow we're talking
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  • about how to step outof our comfort zones
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  • and share our faith with others.
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