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November 9, 2019
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Leading the Way with Michael Youssef

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  • Dr. Michael Youssef: Blessed Veterans Day.
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  • I thank God for the veterans, and I thank God
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  • for the sacrifices that they have made
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  • on behalf of this nation.
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  • May the Lord bless you and reward you
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  • and encourage you today.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Abraham is the central figure
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  • in the Old Testament.
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  • He kept on counting stars regardless of the circumstances,
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  • regardless of the discouragement.
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  • He kept on counting stars when he could see none.
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  • I discovered that the place of blessing
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  • is in the place of obedience.
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  • The place of blessing is where he wanted me to be,
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  • not where I wanna go.
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  • When you place your whole confidence
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  • and trust in God's Word
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  • even when you see no evidence whatsoever,
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  • counting stars in an empty sky, that is faith.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Laughter does the heart good like a medicine,
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  • but a broken spirit makes the body sick.
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  • I think of all the people in the face of the earth
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  • that ought to be joyful all the time regardless
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  • of the circumstances are the believers
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  • in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Amen.
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  • And yet I think the reason why we are not joyful
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  • and we easily lose our joy
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  • is because we take ourselves too seriously.
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  • We really do. That's part of the problem.
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  • Now, if you read Psalm 126, it says that laughter
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  • is indeed a gift from God,
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  • and it is connected to the song of praise.
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  • There is no doubt in my mind that joy for the believer
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  • comes from living day in and day out
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  • with the eternal perspective.
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  • It really does, and I'm gonna tell you
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  • this world is filled with hatred and anger
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  • and bitterness and fear and worry and anxiety,
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  • and I refuse to be part of that, amen?
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  • If you ever want to lose your joy
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  • follow these ten things I'm gonna show you.
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  • Okay, number one make little things bother you.
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  • Now, don't just let them.
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  • Make them.
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  • Secondly, lose your eternal perspective,
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  • and I'm not saying just for a few moments
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  • or a few hours when you're facing some problem.
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  • I'm talking about lose your eternal perspective
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  • and keep it lost.
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  • Third, get yourself a good worry.
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  • Now, what about with which you can do nothing
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  • except worry.
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  • That will help you.
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  • Be a perfectionist.
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  • I mean condemn yourself and everybody else
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  • who cannot attain perfection.
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  • Number five, be right, always right,
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  • all the time right.
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  • That will turn your home into--figure it out.
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  • Number six, don't trust or believe people
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  • or accept them at anything but their worst
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  • and their weaknesses.
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  • Number seven, always compare yourself
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  • unfavorably with others.
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  • This is sure will give you misery.
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  • Number eight, take personally everything that happens to you
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  • that you don't like.
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  • Take it all personally.
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  • Number nine, don't give yourself wholeheartedly
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  • to anyone or anything.
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  • Just close up.
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  • And here is the lulu of them all.
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  • Number ten, make happiness to be the aim of your life.
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  • Instead of being filled with joy of the Lord
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  • that comes from praise and thanksgiving,
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  • make happiness to be your goal.
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  • If you want joy unspeakable
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  • and you want the joy to stay with you,
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  • I want you to turn with me, please, to Genesis 21.
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  • I'm gonna show it to you in those first seven verses,
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  • because here you're going to discover
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  • that counting stars when you see none,
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  • the count begin with what?
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  • We have been seeing this story of the life of Abraham.
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  • And finally at this point of his life
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  • when he is a hundred and Sarah is 90
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  • they get star number one, and they named him Isaac,
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  • which means laughter.
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  • But the one thing I couldn't get out of my head for over a week
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  • as I'm praying and thinking and reflecting on this passage:
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  • the graciousness of our God.
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  • It is absolutely mind boggling,
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  • because the Lord takes Sarah's laughter of disbelief,
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  • and he changes it and gives her a laughter of joy.
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  • He takes her laughter of being incredulous,
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  • and he turns it into the laughter
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  • of the indescribable.
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  • He takes her laughter of sarcasm,
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  • and he gives her the laughter of salvation.
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  • What a God we worship.
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  • What a God we worship.
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  • What a great God we have.
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  • After all of the waiting, finally a son of promise comes,
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  • has been born, and his name is Laughter.
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  • Sarah could have sung Psalm 126, verses 1 and 2,
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  • except it was not written yet.
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  • It was written 3.000 years later.
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  • "When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion,
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  • we were like men who dreamed.
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  • Our mouths were filled with laughter,
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  • our tongues with songs of joy."
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  • I think Sarah would have paraphrased that,
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  • and Sarah would have sang, "While the Lord brought
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  • back fertility to my old body, I was like one who's dreaming.
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  • My mouth was filled with laughter
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  • and my tongue with a song of joy."
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  • But that's what Sarah said.
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  • She said, "The Lord has brought me laughter,"
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  • but there is something here I don't want you to miss.
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  • Don't miss that.
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  • The reason for joyful laughter in Sarah and Abraham's life,
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  • sure the birth of Isaac.
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  • I wouldn't minimize that whatsoever,
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  • but I genuinely believe that the real joy
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  • that has come into their heart is their delight in the Lord.
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  • Question: what lessons did Abraham and Sarah learned
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  • through these 25, 30 years of waiting?
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  • What lessons can you and I learn from this?
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  • What God had done will cause generations
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  • to come to trust in the faithfulness of God
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  • and here we are 4.000 years later we are reading
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  • and we are encouraged about the faithfulness of God.
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  • Can I get a witness?
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  • We can read of how in spite of their doubt,
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  • in spite of their partial belief,
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  • in spite of their taking matters into their own hands,
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  • in spite of the fact that they thought they can help
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  • God out--only a year earlier they were distrusting
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  • in the promise,
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  • and yet they learned the important lessons,
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  • and they are three in number.
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  • I wanna share them with you.
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  • First of all, they learned that God always keeps his Word.
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  • Can you say, "Keeps his Word"?
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  • Always keeps his Word.
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  • Secondly, Abraham and Sarah learned that God
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  • is a powerful God.
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  • God is a mighty God. He's El Shaddai.
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  • Nothing is impossible with God.
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  • Can you say that with me?
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  • "Nothing is impossible with God."
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  • For emphasis at the supernatural power of God that worked
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  • and brought about star number one,
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  • for emphasis it is repeated three times in seven verses.
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  • Three times, verse 2, verse 5, and verse 7,
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  • but some of you probably will say,
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  • "Well, Michael, I understand that.
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  • It's in the Bible, and I believe the Bible,
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  • but you don't understand, Michael,
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  • my situation is different."
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  • Our God is a God of the impossible.
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  • Sarah not only given the strength
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  • to conceive a baby.
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  • This is the amazing part.
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  • She was given the strength to nurse the baby.
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  • And not only that, she was given the supernatural strength
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  • to nurse the baby.
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  • Abraham, his body was so rejuvenated,
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  • so renewed by the power of El Shaddai
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  • that he fathered six more children
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  • after Sarah died and he married Keturah.
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  • Now, when God miraculously heal--listen to me.
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  • When God miraculously heal it is not a partial healing.
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  • When God miraculously heal it is complete.
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  • It's instant restoration.
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  • When God calls you to a task, he will equip you
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  • to the task to perform it.
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  • The third lesson Abraham and Sarah have learned
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  • and we should learn is that God in no hurry
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  • to carry out his promise.
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  • Now, this is a bugaboo to a lot of Christians.
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  • Hello? Am I right?
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  • Yep, I know it is, 'cause I know it is my life.
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  • He rather, as the Bible said, makes all things beautiful
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  • in his time.
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  • I know and you know that one of the hardest things
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  • we face in life is what seems to be God's delay.
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  • God's delay does not mean denial.
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  • The Word of God is true whether you experience it or not.
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  • The Word of God is true whether you believe it or not,
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  • but I think most of us can testify
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  • to the difficulty of dealing with God's delays,
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  • but there is a far bigger picture here
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  • than even those magnificent lessons
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  • that they learned, and we are learning,
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  • and there is a far greater picture
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  • that I don't want you to miss in this chapter.
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  • Isaac's birth, to Abraham and Sarah,
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  • brought them delight,
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  • taught them three things about God,
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  • but there is even more what the kids would call
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  • humongous picture beyond that.
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  • This is far bigger and far greater and is beyond
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  • the birth of Isaac the son of promise.
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  • There is even greater joy in understanding
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  • what I'm gonna tell you.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • The birth of Isaac is a foreshadowing
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  • of another supernatural birth, the birth that will take place
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  • 2.000 years after Isaac.
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  • This is a foreshadowing of Jesus's birth.
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  • You see, when Abraham said--when God saved Isaac from sacrifice,
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  • and Abraham said, "Yahweh Yireh,"
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  • Jehovah-Jireh, God will provide,
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  • he was saying that God will provide himself
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  • the sacrifice.
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  • Indeed, he was prophesying of the coming of Jesus,
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  • and that is why Jesus said to those hardheaded Pharisees,
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  • he said, "Abraham saw my day and rejoiced,"
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  • and they wanna kill him.
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  • "What do you mean? You're not even 50 years old.
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  • Can you say Abraham saw your day?"
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  • If you look closely at Isaac, you will find him prefiguring
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  • of Jesus in many points,
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  • and I wanna just share seven of them.
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  • First, Isaac and Jesus were sons of promise.
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  • In Genesis 3:15 God said to Adam and Eve
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  • that he's gonna send his son, and he's going come,
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  • and he's gonna crush the serpent's head.
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  • That was the first promise about the coming of Jesus,
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  • and God affirmed it again and again
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  • and again in the pages of the Scripture,
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  • until you come to Isaiah 7:14,
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  • 700 years before the birth of Jesus,
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  • and here is what God said.
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  • "The virgin will be with child and call his name Immanuel."
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  • This promise from God of the birth of the coming Son, Jesus,
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  • was affirmed hundreds of times, as I said,
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  • throughout the pages of the Old Testament.
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  • The second commonality between Isaac and Jesus
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  • is the period of delay
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  • between the time they were promised
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  • and the time actually took place.
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  • Now, in the case of Isaac it was 25, 30 years.
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  • In the case of Jesus
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  • the delay was thousands of years.
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  • The third commonality between Isaac and Jesus
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  • is that when Sarah asked in chapter 18, verse 13,
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  • "Will I really have a child at my old age?"
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  • verse 14 answers it.
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  • God said, "Is anything impossible for God?"
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  • At the birth of Jesus, Mary, who had far greater faith
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  • than that of Sarah, when she asked in Luke 1:34,
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  • "How can that be? I'm a virgin.
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  • I've never been with a man,"
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  • verse 37 of Luke 1 the angel said,
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  • "Nothing is impossible with God."
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  • Let's say that again.
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  • "Nothing is impossible with God."
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  • And the fourth similarity is this:
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  • the names of both Isaac and Jesus were symbolic.
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  • They were symbolic.
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  • They were given these names by God himself.
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  • He's the one who named them before either were born.
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  • God told Abraham, "You shall call his name Isaac."
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  • In Matthew 1:21 God said to Joseph
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  • that "Mary will give birth to a son,
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  • and you shall call his name as Jesus,
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  • for he shall save his people from their sin."
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  • Number five, the fifth similarity,
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  • both occurred at the appointed time, at the appointed time.
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  • This probably is the most stunning similarity of all.
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  • Like the birth of Isaac, Jesus's birth was exactly
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  • on God's schedule.
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  • Not too early and not too late.
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  • Sixth similarity between Isaac and Jesus is that both
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  • were regarded as miraculous birth.
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  • Now, of course, the miracle of Jesus's birth
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  • is far greater because it did not require
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  • a man at all,
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  • but that is expected because the shadow
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  • is not greater than the real.
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  • The real person is greater than a shadow,
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  • and therefore Isaac was a shadow,
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  • but the greater is the real thing,
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  • and that's Jesus.
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  • Finally, the seventh is the matter of joy.
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  • To be sure, the birth of any child,
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  • they bring joy to the family.
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  • They bring joy to the community, bring joy to the relatives,
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  • but the joy of Abraham and Sarah continued from generation
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  • to generation to generation.
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  • In Mary's case, her unspeakable joy is your joy.
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  • It's my joy.
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  • It's the joy of millions of people around the world
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  • who come to put their faith and trust
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  • in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • In Luke 1:46 Mary said, "My soul glorifies the Lord.
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  • My spirit rejoices in God my Savior."
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  • Here is that rejoicing again, but think with me.
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  • Think with me just for a minute, okay?
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  • The birth of Jesus and the joy of Mary and Joseph
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  • had nothing to do
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  • with the surrounding circumstances.
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  • In fact, if they were dependent on the surrounding circumstances
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  • they would have been miserable,
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  • not rejoicing.
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  • Oh, you know the story as well as I do.
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  • Pregnant.
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  • No father.
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  • Oh, my goodness.
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  • Back then that was--I mean, that was--she will get stoned.
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  • Outward circumstances are miserable.
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  • Pregnant in a strange part of the country.
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  • No place to have the baby, going from door to door
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  • looking for a place.
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  • All of these difficult outward circumstances
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  • could have stolen their joy.
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  • Oh, by they didn't.
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  • They didn't.
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  • Beloved, listen to me.
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  • In the same way, for all of us who are saved,
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  • only through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • It only saves through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
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  • We have inner joy regardless of our circumstances.
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  • We have inner peace regardless of our surroundings.
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  • We have inner contentment regardless
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  • of the events in life.
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  • Can I get a witness?
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  • The question is, do you have joy?
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  • Have you lost your joy?
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  • Have you ever found joy?
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  • If there are seven similarities between the birth of Isaac
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  • and the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • I believe there are four similarities
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  • between Isaac's birth and our rebirth,
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  • our being born again, our spiritual birth.
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  • I pray to God if there is one single soul here
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  • who has not been born again, today will be the day,
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  • but I don't want you to miss a far greater birth
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  • than a childbirth, the birth that every human being
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  • that is ever born of a woman needs to experience,
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  • and that's a spiritual birth.
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  • Rebirth.
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  • Born again.
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  • Take time to sit quietly and read
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  • Romans chapter 4, verses 8 to 23.
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  • Just read them carefully, read them thoughtfully,
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  • and underline 'em,
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  • because there you're gonna find what I'm gonna tell you.
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  • It's a rich passage in actually comparing the birth of Isaac
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  • with our spiritual birth.
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  • Here they are, the similarities.
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  • Four in number.
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  • Number one, the birth of Isaac was humanly impossible.
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  • The bodies of Abraham and Sarah, for all intents and purposes,
  • 00:19:37.180 --> 00:19:41.180
  • were dead.
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  • Though they're living, but their bodies were dead,
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  • and that's precisely
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  • what we were before our hearts were invigorated, regenerated,
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  • and the Holy Spirit awakened us
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  • to the desperate need for salvation.
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  • Ephesians 2:1 says that we were dead in our sin,
  • 00:19:59.220 --> 00:20:05.220
  • not in a coma.
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  • Dead, and it had to take a supernatural intervention of God
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  • to wake us up.
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  • We could no more rise ourselves to rebirth and to a new life
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  • and be saved than Sarah could have naturally born Isaac.
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  • Both needed supernatural intervention,
  • 00:20:25.210 --> 00:20:27.210
  • and that is why Jesus said to Nicodemus,
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  • "You must be born again."
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  • Unless you're born again, you will not see heaven.
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  • That's the bottom line.
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  • You could be in church all of your life,
  • 00:20:38.200 --> 00:20:40.290
  • yet if you're not born again
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  • you will not go to heaven, but if you are born
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  • of the Spirit of God it is supernatural.
  • 00:20:48.110 --> 00:20:50.260
  • Secondly, the second similarity between Isaac miraculous birth
  • 00:20:50.270 --> 00:20:56.260
  • and our supernatural spiritual birth is faith.
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  • The Bible said Abraham believed God,
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  • and it was counted to him righteousness,
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  • and when you and I are raised spiritually to life
  • 00:21:09.060 --> 00:21:14.030
  • we placed our whole trust--we placed our faith in Jesus
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  • as our Lord and as our Savior.
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  • We were spiritually reborn.
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  • And the third similarity.
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  • Here we see again clearly in Romans chapter 4
  • 00:21:27.150 --> 00:21:31.220
  • between Isaac's birth and our spiritual birth
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  • it was so that God may get all of the glory,
  • 00:21:35.250 --> 00:21:43.070
  • all of the glory.
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  • In our spiritual rebirth it is not of good works,
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  • good as that may be.
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  • Why? Lest we get the glory.
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  • Lest we boast.
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  • Through faith alone we're saved, lest anyone take the credit.
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  • 1 Corinthians 1:28 and 29.
  • 00:22:04.180 --> 00:22:07.010
  • Paul said, "God chose the lowly things of this world,
  • 00:22:07.020 --> 00:22:10.250
  • the despised things--the things that are not--to nullify
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  • the things that are, so that no one may boast."
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  • Fourth and the final similarity between Isaac's birth
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  • and our spiritual rebirth.
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  • You see it again in Romans 4.
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  • That even the events of the life of Abraham
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  • were not written for him alone.
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  • They were written for us so that we may come to believe
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  • and receive the righteousness of God,
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  • just as he believed
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  • and received the righteousness of God.
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  • Abraham received a miracle, and it's only a miracle
  • 00:22:49.130 --> 00:22:55.260
  • that will bring about a spiritual birth,
  • 00:22:55.270 --> 00:22:58.050
  • but that miracle also is God offering to some of you today
  • 00:22:58.060 --> 00:23:01.120
  • who have never received it.
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  • God is saying, "I brought you to this Church of the Apostles
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  • for a reason, because I want you to be born again.
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