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The Faithfulness of God

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August 2, 2019
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Ever Increasing Faith with Fred K. Price

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The Faithfulness of God

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  • Apostle Price: Welcome to "Ever Increasing Faith."
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  • Dr. Betty Price: Grow in godliness.
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  • Frederick K. Price, Jr.: We walk by faith, not by sight.
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  • With the power of faith
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  • You can do the impossible
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  • With the power of faith, you can live a victorious life
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  • Changing one life after
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  • another from burned-out hopes to
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  • Gleaming joy
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  • With the power of faith, you can change your life
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  • Let the power of faith transform your life
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  • Apostle Price: We have been talking about the faithfulness
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  • of God and we want to continue down that same path.
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  • Now, if you will remember, I pointed out the fact that there
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  • are two kinds of knowledge that we must have in order
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  • to walk by faith.
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  • Number one is what?
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  • Yeah, right, I--and the second kind of knowledge is?
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  • Okay, we--in order to walk by faith we have to have two kinds
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  • of knowledge.
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  • Number one, we have to have knowledge about what
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  • God has said.
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  • That's why he gave us this book so if we--that we would never
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  • have to guess or wonder what has God said.
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  • So we have to have knowledge about what God has said and then
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  • we have to have knowledge about the reliability of the
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  • one who said it.
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  • That only comes by, experientially speaking,
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  • that only comes by walking in faith,
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  • walking by faith, and walking by the Word.
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  • And, of course, that takes time to develop.
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  • And we can understand that from just the natural things of life.
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  • Everything that we get involved in usually,
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  • as time goes on, we get better at it because we become more
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  • proficient, we get used to using it,
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  • and so we gain more confidence as time goes on.
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  • So we have to have this kind of knowledge.
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  • Now, I wanted to point this out because right away you could
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  • say, "Okay, well, you know, how do I get this knowledge or how
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  • do I get this experience?"
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  • Well, again, it comes by walking in the Word over
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  • time just like everything else.
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  • And sometimes when you first begin it looks like,
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  • "Oh, my God, this mountain is too high,
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  • I'll never be able to climb it.
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  • This valley is too wide, I'll never be able to cross it."
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  • And yet, when we look back in our lives in other areas,
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  • like practical things for instance,
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  • you look back and say, "Now, gee,
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  • at first I didn't know if I was gonna be able to do that or
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  • not," and then after a while it becomes second nature.
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  • Now, for all the young people here,
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  • you wouldn't know anything about this because probably in your
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  • lifetime all of the automobiles have automatic transmissions but
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  • way back in time there was a time when there was no automatic
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  • transmission and you had to learn how to drive with what's
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  • called a clutch.
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  • And you had to learn how to synchronize the gas pedal with
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  • the brake pedal with the clutch pedal and I can remember
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  • thinking right now, a particular area in the city where I was
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  • learning how to drive, and because you don't know what
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  • you're doing at first, you have a tendency to look down at the
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  • floorboard to see where your feet are,
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  • next thing I knew I was over on the other side of the street.
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  • But then, after a while, it becomes--you can chew gum and
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  • drive and shift gears all at the same time.
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  • But why? Over time.
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  • Using that analogy, it's the same thing with the things of
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  • faith, you can start out and think,
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  • "This is monumental.
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  • I'll never be able to really do this.
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  • How can I achieve this goal?"
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  • But if you look at other people and that's one reason we pointed
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  • out last time that we have these stories in the Bible,
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  • is because we can gain information and inspiration and
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  • revelation from the lives of others who have already
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  • gone ahead of us.
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  • So it's important to understand that.
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  • Now, we looked at Sarah in Hebrews chapter 11.
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  • Now, we need both kinds of knowledge,
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  • the knowledge of what God has said and then the knowledge of
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  • the reliability of the one who said it.
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  • Both kinds of knowledge will help us to get started in the
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  • walk of faith, the life of faith.
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  • Let's look at Hebrews 11 again. Do you have it?
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  • All right, look at verse 11 again.
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  • It says: "By faith Sarah herself also received strength to
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  • conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the
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  • age," why?
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  • "Because she judged Him faithful who had promised."
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  • Now, you have to receive strength to begin a faith
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  • journey but you also have to recognize you have to have
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  • strength to complete that journey.
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  • And what is, to me, so sad as a minister and or a teaching gift
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  • in the body of Christ, to look at people's lives over time to
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  • see how they started out in a blaze of glory,
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  • they just was all hot to trot, on fire,
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  • but they petered out after a while.
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  • They didn't stay with it. They weren't consistent.
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  • And it takes effort to do that, to stay right on course and
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  • never deviate.
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  • But the biggest thing that will cause you to be able to do that
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  • successfully is a very simple principle.
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  • You've got to make up your mind, this is what I wanna do and this
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  • is what I am going to do.
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  • And it's interesting that it seems like it's only when it
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  • comes to the things of God that it seems like Mount Everest,
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  • we can't cross over it.
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  • And yet in daily life, we do that all the time.
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  • When we wanna do something, we do it.
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  • We make up our mind to do it, we do it.
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  • I mean, it's one of the most prevalent things that we're
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  • mostly conscious of today is this obesity or overweight
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  • situation and it's really interesting to watch somebody
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  • who knows they are over the hill,
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  • I mean, they're over, out of--you know,
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  • overweight, and they know what to do to lose the weight but
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  • they don't do it.
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  • Then you look at other people, they started out.
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  • The next time you see 'em, you wonder what happened to 'em.
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  • They lost all that weight.
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  • Only because they made up their minds to do it.
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  • And in reference to the things of faith,
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  • it's the same thing.
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  • It's just simply making up your mind,
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  • setting some goals, some standards,
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  • and then never deviating.
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  • And the thing about it, you're in control of that.
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  • You can do that.
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  • We do it all the time in every other area of life.
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  • Now, I know that there--now don't take this personally and
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  • don't be offended by this because I don't mean to be
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  • offensive but I'm just using it as an illustration simply
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  • because I have some experience in this area.
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  • Now, there are some females, some women,
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  • they don't do--they don't do nothing to themselves to enhance
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  • what they have in terms of beauty.
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  • They don't put no makeup on, they don't wear no lipstick,
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  • they don't get their hair fixed, they don't get their nails done.
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  • They don't do anything. That's not a putdown.
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  • But then, those that do that, it's a consistent never-ending
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  • commitment and determination, "I'm gonna do this."
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  • I'm thinking about my wife. I watch her.
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  • She--I have one too, as far as a male.
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  • I have a routine that I do in terms of getting ready before
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  • I hit the street.
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  • But watching my wife.
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  • I mean, she does every day, every night.
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  • And she won't leave home without it.
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  • No, that's her--you couldn't shoot her out of the cannon and
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  • get her out of the house before she gets through
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  • doing all this stuff.
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  • But it takes time, but the biggest thing is the
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  • commitment to do it.
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  • And then to stay with it.
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  • And if people would do that with the things of God,
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  • they'd get the same kind of results.
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  • She never leaves the house until she looks in the mirror and
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  • she's pleased at what she sees.
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  • And then there's some, you can tell they don't have a
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  • mirror in their house.
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  • Moving right along. I'm sorry, it's the truth.
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  • Either they don't know how to spell mirror or something,
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  • hallelujah, praise the Lord.
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  • I don't mean any harm by that.
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  • But the difference, you can see the results.
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  • The results are the effect of a cause.
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  • That cause is taking time to make up your mind that you're
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  • gonna--you're going to do something a certain way to
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  • achieve a certain goal or result.
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  • Same thing with the things of faith.
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  • It's not any harder or any easier.
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  • It's a simple determination, make up your mind,
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  • "I'm gonna do this."
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  • And you do it.
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  • You don't do it because you feel like doing it.
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  • You don't do it because you've got a lipstick feeling.
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  • Ooooh. No, no, no, no, no.
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  • I got a hair--no, you just do it.
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  • It's a part of your routine.
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  • And if you think about it, you check this out when you go home
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  • or the next time you get ready to get up in the
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  • morning and to go out.
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  • You do the same thing the same way all the time.
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  • You put your lipstick on exactly the same way.
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  • You comb your hair on the same side every single time.
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  • Now, we do it so habitually, you don't
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  • really consciously think about it.
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  • But if you really do stop and think,
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  • you do everything the same way most--all the
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  • time, the same way.
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  • You start on a certain side of your face,
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  • you work to the other side, whatever it might be.
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  • Taking a shower, taking a bath, whatever it is,
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  • brushing your teeth.
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  • You do one side at a--opposed to the other side.
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  • You don't think about it consciously because it's
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  • a habit now.
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  • That's the same way it ought to be with the Word of God.
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  • Same thing. It's just, same thing.
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  • Same principle. Simple as it can be.
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  • Now, again, we receive strength. Look at this.
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  • This is a very interesting statement in reference to Sarah.
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  • It says: "By faith Sarah herself received strength."
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  • It could have said: "By faith Sarah herself conceived seed."
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  • What's the strength business got to do with it?
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  • Well, it took strength and it takes strength to walk by faith,
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  • commitment, in other words.
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  • So you have to receive strength to begin a faith adventure or a
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  • faith journey and then you also have to have strength to
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  • complete it, to go through it until you get to your objective
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  • or your goal.
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  • As I said earlier, we see many as,
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  • again as a pastor and teacher, you see people,
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  • they started out with a blaze of glory.
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  • That's why I started years ago when we first started Crenshaw,
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  • I wasn't--I don't know where I got it from.
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  • I guess the Spirit of God gave it to me,
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  • but I wouldn't just take people in and put 'em in positions of
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  • helps ministry until a certain period of time had elapsed
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  • 'cause I saw people starting to get all excited
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  • on the front row.
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  • Man, they'll kill for that front row seat.
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  • I mean, boy, you get in their way and,
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  • man--you got it.
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  • And, but then, three months later they're on
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  • the third row back.
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  • And six months later, they're halfway back.
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  • A year later, they may be in the last seat or you may not
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  • see them anymore.
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  • No, I'm serious.
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  • It sounds funny but it's really not.
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  • It was really sad.
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  • But the Lord gave me that because I wanted to see people
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  • that were committed and it takes time to prove commitment.
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  • Anybody can get excited right now about something but will
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  • they stay with it consistently over time?
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  • And that's called the proof of the pudding,
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  • if you like pudding.
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  • So we see a lot of people that judge God faithful enough to
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  • begin a faith journey.
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  • They've stepped over that threshold that we talked about,
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  • that place where you say, "Now, how am I gonna get past this?
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  • My age, my nationality, my ethnicity,
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  • or my education," or whatever it might be,
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  • to believe I can get over there and do that?
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  • But how do I get across this with what I call the threshold
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  • that stopped us.
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  • And we all, at varying times, have to deal with that
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  • threshold, whatever it might be.
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  • For each one of us, it could be a different thing.
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  • But it's that area where we get to the point where it's almost
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  • like a blockage.
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  • You run into a stone wall. How am I gonna get past this?
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  • How do I get past this?
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  • I know I've got to get past this to get over there?
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  • But how do I do it?
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  • So you've got to have strength to do that.
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  • Now, from Hebrews 11 we see that not only judging him faithful in
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  • terms of Sarah will help--it helped her and will help us to
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  • get started, but it will also help us to finish what we start.
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  • Now, what we looked at in Hebrews 11:11 tells us Sarah not
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  • only judged God faithful to get started but she continued
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  • judging him faithful to complete it.
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  • Now, go to Hebrews chapter 10. All right, chapter 10.
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  • If you have it, say, "I have it."
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  • And look at verse 23.
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  • It says: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope."
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  • Now, notice it didn't say: "Let us hold fast our hope
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  • without wavering."
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  • It says: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope."
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  • In other words, the talking about our hope or,
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  • as the traditional says, faith.
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  • It says: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope," or
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  • faith, "without wavering, for He who promised is," unreliable.
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  • Say what? Isn't that interesting?
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  • Look at that: "Let us hold fast."
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  • Hold fast means get a grip on it, don't let go.
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  • Get a grip on it and don't let go.
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  • Said: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope,"
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  • or our faith.
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  • Let's hold fast to it.
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  • "Without wavering," because that's what it--that's what it's
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  • gonna take to reach your objective or your goal.
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  • Because, remember, you not only have to deal with things in the
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  • natural environment that you live in to achieve your goal or
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  • to complete a faith journey, but you've got demonic forces that
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  • are also coming against you through the circumstances and
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  • through other people.
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  • You've got to deal with that too.
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  • So you have to stay--you have to stay faithful.
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  • You just gotta--you gotta stay with it.
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  • My wife would not leave the house without lipstick on.
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  • Come hell or high water, I mean, if she was in the process of
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  • getting ready and Jesus came and descended from heaven,
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  • she would say, "Lord, can you wait?
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  • Just hold on a minute..." Well, that's a commitment.
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  • That's not a negative. That's a commitment.
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  • But that's the kind of dogged tenacity that we have to have in
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  • order to stay where we should be in reference to our faith
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  • without giving up on it because there's enough stuff in the
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  • circumstances that sometimes you just wanna say,
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  • you know, "Forget this."
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  • In fact, I wished I had never heard about faith so I could
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  • just go on out there and knock them folk out or do,
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  • you know, whatever you've gotta do.
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  • No, you have to stay with it, because the rewards,
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  • the benefits, are so overwhelming, so awesome.
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  • And if you ever stay with it, listen to this.
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  • If you ever stay with it long enough to achieve a victory,
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  • you will never settle for anything less.
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  • Never, never. It is awesome.
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  • "Hold fast to our confession without wavering."
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  • Let me ask you this question.
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  • If you've ever done this, if you've ever gotten out into a
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  • faith journey, did you or do you waver, listen carefully.
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  • Do you waver in the realm as to what God has said,
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  • do you question what God has said?
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  • No, you don't question what God has said.
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  • What you question is whether God will do this for me.
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  • God said it. We have no problem with that.
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  • But will that work for me? Will God do that for me?
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  • You hear of the testimonies of other people,
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  • how they've achieved and things that they have experienced and
  • 00:18:06.070 --> 00:18:10.090
  • it excites us, it inspires us, but to some people it deflates
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  • them because they wonder, "Wow, will that work for me?
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  • I know God said it but, but, but, but, but."
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  • We wanna know will God do what he said he will do.
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  • And you'll never know until you let him have an
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  • opportunity to fail.
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  • That's what I've always said.
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  • That's a little thing that I believe the Lord gave me,
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  • is do what the Word says and let it fail.
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  • Arguing about it, talking about it,
  • 00:18:43.070 --> 00:18:46.050
  • guessing about it, none of that's gonna help anything.
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  • That's just gonna keep you going in circles.
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  • The quickest and best way to find out,
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  • do exactly what it says and then let it fail.
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  • Because if it's not so, if it's not true,
  • 00:18:59.210 --> 00:19:03.070
  • if it's not God, it won't work, it won't compute.
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  • So best thing to do, don't fuss, argue,
  • 00:19:08.230 --> 00:19:12.020
  • just do what it says and if it's not true, it will fail.
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  • But if it is true, you will have gained a victory.
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  • And your confidence level should rise on the heels of
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  • each victory.
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  • It should get easier and easier for you to believe God once you
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  • have had a victory.
  • 00:19:35.160 --> 00:19:39.130
  • But again, you've gotta stay with it long enough for it to
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  • produce what God said it will produce.
  • 00:19:42.270 --> 00:19:47.210
  • Now, the place where Satan will hit you the hardest
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  • is to get you to question whether God
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  • will do what he said he will do.
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  • Then also, you have to be sure that you don't ever make this
  • 00:20:05.150 --> 00:20:11.110
  • mistake of judging your faith walk by someone
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  • else's faith walk.
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  • Just because someone else failed doesn't mean I have to fail.
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  • We can draw inspiration from other people's experience but
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  • you can never afford to allow someone else's experience to be
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  • the determining factor of whether you walk by the
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  • Word or not.
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  • You can't do that. Can't do that.
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  • If you do, Satan's got you right where he wants you.
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  • He'll wipe you out, every time.
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  • I mean, he'll wipe you out every time.
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  • When situations arise like that and the question comes up,
  • 00:20:59.100 --> 00:21:03.150
  • "Now, when is God really gonna do this?
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  • My God, I've been believing this for six months.
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  • Is this ever gonna come to pass?
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  • Is it really gonna come to pass?"
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  • Well, you'll never know until you stay there until
  • 00:21:14.180 --> 00:21:16.140
  • it comes to pass.
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  • Guessing about it, not gonna do any good.
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  • When those times come and they will come,
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  • you'll get--in fact, you get--you can get to a point
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  • where you get tired in the natural of walking by faith or
  • 00:21:30.190 --> 00:21:36.270
  • standing on the Word or being unwavering in your confession.
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  • Because it seem like, "My God, been 35 minutes and it hasn't
  • 00:21:42.060 --> 00:21:45.080
  • come to pass yet," you know.
  • 00:21:45.090 --> 00:21:49.180
  • And one of the things that can hinder you because,
  • 00:21:49.190 --> 00:21:52.140
  • particularly in our society, everything is so microwave
  • 00:21:52.150 --> 00:21:56.000
  • and instant.
  • 00:21:56.010 --> 00:21:57.110
  • I mean, God, they got instant failure,
  • 00:21:57.120 --> 00:21:59.050
  • instant--I mean, instant everything.
  • 00:21:59.060 --> 00:22:01.150
  • And so if we don't get it right away,
  • 00:22:01.160 --> 00:22:04.080
  • and if we're not careful, you can get caught up in that
  • 00:22:04.090 --> 00:22:07.060
  • syndrome of thinking, "Okay, it's been an hour and a half,
  • 00:22:07.070 --> 00:22:10.200
  • I mean, this hasn't come to pass yet,
  • 00:22:10.210 --> 00:22:12.010
  • I'm gonna do something else now."
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:14.050
  • No, you gotta stay with it until it produces.
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  • When those times come where you're challenged like that,
  • 00:22:18.260 --> 00:22:22.260
  • sit yourself down and start considering again
  • 00:22:22.270 --> 00:22:27.210
  • the faithfulness of God.
  • 00:22:27.220 --> 00:22:32.250
  • Again, you might say, "Well, you know,
  • 00:22:32.260 --> 00:22:34.230
  • I'm a new Christian, I haven't been a Christian that long,
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:38.200
  • I don't have a long pedigree, if you would, of experiences."
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  • That's where this comes in. That's where this comes in.
  • 00:22:44.140 --> 00:22:48.080
  • And the really exciting part of this is that when you go back
  • 00:22:48.090 --> 00:22:52.230
  • and check out the Old Testament and look at how the Old
  • 00:22:52.240 --> 00:22:58.080
  • Testament saints achieve their victories,
  • 00:22:58.090 --> 00:23:00.260
  • et cetera, to think about the fact they weren't
  • 00:23:00.270 --> 00:23:05.030
  • even God's children.
  • 00:23:05.040 --> 00:23:09.150
  • They were just the chauffeur and the maid and the cook,
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  • meaning servants.
  • 00:23:13.230 --> 00:23:16.060
  • No one under the old covenant was a child of God.
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  • They could not call him Abba Father.
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  • We are his children. He is our Abba Father.
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  • If they could, so can we.
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  • We've got a leg up on 'em because we are in the family.
  • 00:23:36.010 --> 00:23:40.270
  • We're not servants, we're children.
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  • So you begin to think about if you've had experiences,
  • 00:23:45.120 --> 00:23:48.140
  • then think about those.
  • 00:23:48.150 --> 00:23:51.090
  • If you haven't had that many experiences,
  • 00:23:51.100 --> 00:23:53.170
  • then check out the book that's full of experiences of people
  • 00:23:53.180 --> 00:23:57.290
  • who achieved, who simply did what the Lord told them to do
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  • and the results came forth and they won in their issues that
  • 00:24:01.180 --> 00:24:06.040
  • they had to deal with.
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  • Same with you, same with us.
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  • Okay, one of the most important reasons
  • 00:24:10.290 --> 00:24:20.290
  • again for the Old Testament writings was to establish for us
  • 00:24:22.170 --> 00:24:28.160
  • that we serve a faithful and reliable and trustworthy God.
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  • Let me say that again.
  • 00:24:38.270 --> 00:24:42.060
  • The things written in the old covenant give us graphic proof
  • 00:24:42.070 --> 00:24:48.260
  • of the reliability and the trustworthiness of our heavenly
  • 00:24:48.270 --> 00:24:55.010
  • Father, by simply looking at the past.
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  • Now, we don't live in the past because the Word tells us:
  • 00:25:00.210 --> 00:25:06.170
  • "Forgetting those things which are behind,
  • 00:25:06.180 --> 00:25:08.100
  • reaching forth unto those things which are before,
  • 00:25:08.110 --> 00:25:10.200
  • we press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of
  • 00:25:10.210 --> 00:25:13.100
  • God in Christ Jesus."
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  • That's simply talking about we don't live in the past,
  • 00:25:14.250 --> 00:25:18.260
  • perhaps dealing with the failures of the past.
  • 00:25:18.270 --> 00:25:22.060
  • We forget those but we move on.
  • 00:25:22.070 --> 00:25:25.040
  • But you never forget the victories because that's what
  • 00:25:25.050 --> 00:25:29.100
  • gives you inspiration or certainly can give you
  • 00:25:29.110 --> 00:25:32.150
  • inspiration for the future, the thing.
  • 00:25:32.160 --> 00:25:35.060
  • I mean, I won that one, I won that one,
  • 00:25:35.070 --> 00:25:37.190
  • I won that one, I'll win this one.
  • 00:25:37.200 --> 00:25:40.210
  • But if all you've ever done was lose,
  • 00:25:40.220 --> 00:25:43.100
  • it doesn't leave you with much encouragement to continue on.
  • 00:25:43.110 --> 00:25:48.040
  • But to be able to catalog where I came from.
  • 00:25:48.050 --> 00:25:51.040
  • So I forget the defeats of the past.
  • 00:25:51.050 --> 00:25:55.030
  • I forget all of the challenges that wanted to turn me
  • 00:25:55.040 --> 00:26:00.030
  • every way but loose.
  • 00:26:00.040 --> 00:26:01.150
  • But I don't forget the victories,
  • 00:26:01.160 --> 00:26:04.080
  • I don't forget the faithfulness and the reliability of the
  • 00:26:04.090 --> 00:26:08.120
  • heavenly Father.
  • 00:26:08.130 --> 00:26:09.290
  • I don't wanna forget those things, never, never.
  • 00:26:10.000 --> 00:26:12.220
  • You don't forget those.
  • 00:26:12.230 --> 00:26:14.020
  • But you forget all the negative stuff,
  • 00:26:14.030 --> 00:26:16.110
  • the things that hindered or would hinder you or could
  • 00:26:16.120 --> 00:26:19.100
  • hinder you for the future.
  • 00:26:19.110 --> 00:26:21.000
  • You forget those.
  • 00:26:21.010 --> 00:26:26.260
  • Now, let's go to Joshua again because there is--we looked at
  • 00:26:26.270 --> 00:26:32.200
  • this briefly or I alluded to it briefly but I wanna look at it
  • 00:26:32.210 --> 00:26:37.120
  • again because I think it's another excellent illustration
  • 00:26:37.130 --> 00:26:42.290
  • of the kinds of things that all of us either have or will
  • 00:26:43.000 --> 00:26:50.030
  • eventually face because Satan will see to it.
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  • He doesn't want us to win.
  • 00:26:56.210 --> 00:27:00.100
  • So, he'll challenge us through the circumstances,
  • 00:27:00.110 --> 00:27:04.230
  • with the circumstances, or in spite of the circumstances.
  • 00:27:04.240 --> 00:27:09.010
  • Anything and any way he can to get us off of our confession
  • 00:27:09.020 --> 00:27:14.040
  • without wavering, counting him faithful who promised,
  • 00:27:14.050 --> 00:27:20.090
  • remembering the victories.
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  • Thank you.
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