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October 12, 2019
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Leading the Way with Michael Youssef

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Counting The Wrong Stars... Causes You Trouble Part 6

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  • Dr. Michael 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 want to 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: I want you to imagine with me
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  • a baseball team that has found themselves
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  • a super-duper pitcher.
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  • I mean, he's a wonderboy.
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  • He can throw it 120 miles, he can throw every kind
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  • of conceivable ball: fast ball, knuckle ball, spinning ball.
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  • I mean, he can do it all.
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  • He has only one problem.
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  • He refuses to watch the catcher's signals.
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  • And so, when the catcher would signal him for a low fastball,
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  • he sends an inside curveball.
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  • And it goes on and on and on.
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  • You have to agree with me that is not a pretty picture.
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  • I'm gonna submit to you this morning that this is
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  • a picture of an average Christian today.
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  • They are busy doing things, they are busy
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  • going through the motions.
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  • They are busy being Christians and being church people.
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  • And yet, they refuse to get their cues from the catcher,
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  • that is the Word of God.
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  • They will get their advice from everyone else.
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  • They will get their signal from everyone else,
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  • except where they should be getting it,
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  • and that is the Word of God.
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  • And that is why you see so many of them when they hit the wall,
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  • they fold, they collapse.
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  • They become easily discouraged.
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  • They become easily frustrated.
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  • They become easily disappointed.
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  • They begin to play the blame game:
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  • "Well, if he didn't do this," or, "If she didn't do this,"
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  • or "If he didn't say that," and "If he didn't the other thing,
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  • this would not have happened," but that's in--
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  • always the blame game.
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  • Instead of regrouping, instead of retracing our steps
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  • and figuring out what got us here,
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  • instead of facing the reality of our ignoring of the signals
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  • from the Word of God, they become disappointed,
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  • they become discouraged, and they become complacent.
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  • You often hear me say that a test always nips at the heels
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  • of a blessing.
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  • So, if you are blessed right now, heads up,
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  • test is around the corner.
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  • Beloved, I know that biblically, and I know that experientially.
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  • And I want to show it to you from here,
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  • from the Word of God, right here,
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  • because if Genesis chapter 15 can be called
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  • the chapter of faith, Genesis 16 can be called
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  • the chapter of failure.
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  • If in chapter 15 Abraham walked by faith,
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  • in chapter 16, he walked by the flesh.
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  • If in Genesis 15 Abraham listened to God,
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  • in chapter 16 he listens to his wife.
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  • Just before the elbows start flying, just let me--
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  • let me stop and remind you that it was Abraham
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  • who asked Sarah to lie for him when they were in Egypt,
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  • all right?
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  • The ground is level here.
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  • I know I speak for many men when I say that
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  • I get wise counsel from my wife.
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  • I get very good advice from my wife, godly counsel.
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  • Furthermore, I'm gonna show you this morning,
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  • you might not have heard it before and it may be
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  • the first time you heard this, but I wanna show you today
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  • something about Sarah's counsel to Abraham.
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  • Now I wanna show it to you as a selfless act.
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  • I wanna prove it to you in a minute.
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  • But to do that, I have to transport you
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  • 4000 years back in history, not only in history,
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  • but culturally so you understand what was going on.
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  • You hear me often say, "Make sure you put the text
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  • in its context, and context doesn't only mean
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  • the verse before and the verse after,
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  • but you have to understand to whom it was written,
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  • who are the recipients, what it intended to say,
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  • and what was the culture like at that time because that is
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  • very important, in faithfulness to the Scripture."
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  • Bible always relevant to the people they're speaking to.
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  • So, we learn from it and we take lessons from it.
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  • You see, men in those days, particularly at that time,
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  • their standing in society, it was dependent on
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  • how many children they have.
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  • Abraham, importance in his society,
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  • in fact, his manhood is at the stake here,
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  • and Sarah felt deeply for what is perceived to be
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  • her husband's disgrace in society.
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  • In fact, I wanna submit to you that Sarah wanted the world
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  • to know that the reason they're not able
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  • to have children was her fault and not her husband's fault.
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  • That's something I wanted you to really take a grasp
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  • and understand.
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  • She was absolutely sure that if she followed
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  • the cultural norms and, make no mistake about it,
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  • it was the cultural norms, everybody was doing it.
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  • When you can't have children, you give him your slave,
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  • your servant, and when your slave
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  • becomes pregnant, ready to deliver a baby,
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  • she would sit on her mistress's lap
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  • and deliver the baby as if it's her own.
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  • That was the done thing.
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  • It was everybody doing it.
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  • But here's the kicker, here's the kicker.
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  • Regardless of how selfless Sarah tried to be,
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  • regardless of how much she wanted to take the blame
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  • for not having children, regardless of how she wanted
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  • to vindicate her husband,
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  • it was the wrong course of action.
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  • And I'm convinced that if it's anybody else suggested
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  • that other than Sarah, Abraham would not have gone
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  • through with it.
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  • And so, Sarah suggested to Abraham
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  • that he could have children through her Egyptian maid,
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  • Hagar.
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  • Go home and read Galatians chapter 4,
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  • and read it very carefully because Paul argues that we,
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  • the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • are the spiritual descendants of Abraham because it is the seed,
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  • not seeds, and he's talking about Jesus.
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  • And that is why Jesus, the Messiah,
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  • was born from the free woman, Sarah,
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  • not the slave woman, Hagar.
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  • Read it when you go home.
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  • But you remember back a couple of messages ago,
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  • I showed you how Abraham tried to kind of do a run-in
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  • on God's promise.
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  • He did it before and he did his estate planning
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  • and he said to God, he said, "Now I'm working my estate here
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  • and I'm doing my estate planning here.
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  • And now my chief of staff, Eliezer the Damascus,
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  • will be my heir."
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  • You know what God said to him?
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  • Here's a Youssef translation: "Read my lips.
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  • You're gonna have a child by Sarah."
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  • But somehow, somehow, this time, waiting for Abraham and Sarah
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  • become hard, waiting became difficult.
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  • I would be the last person on the face of the earth
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  • to tell you that waiting is easy.
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  • I would never do that because I know it is not easy.
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  • And Sarah and Abraham felt that they had to do something
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  • to help God out.
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  • When we stop trusting God to fulfill his promise,
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  • no matter how rational, no matter how reasonable,
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  • no matter how good it sounds, we are actually blaming God
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  • for our difficulties.
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  • Look at verse 2 with me please.
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  • "Sarah said, 'The Lord has kept me from having children.'"
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  • Well, as a statement of fact, that is true.
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  • That is true.
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  • But there's more to this verse
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  • and to what she just said than meets the eye.
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  • I want you to listen carefully.
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  • As if Sarah was saying, "I know we should trust God,
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  • I know that we should take him at his word,
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  • I know that we should trust in his promise,
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  • I know we should wait, I know we should be
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  • counting stars and getting ready, but look at us.
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  • We are ready for the nursing home,
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  • not building a nursery."
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  • Hello, beloved, I know and you know that sometimes
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  • we do the wrong thing with good motives.
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  • And we say, "My motive was good."
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  • Question: who's at fault here, Sarah or Abraham?
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  • Both.
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  • Both of them.
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  • The only person involved here who's not at fault was Hagar.
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  • She was a servant, she was a slave girl.
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  • I mean, she was--got to do what she was told to do.
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  • She had no authority.
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  • Now, let me give you a counsel that I give myself,
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  • and trust me, I give myself a whole lot and very often.
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  • It's a counsel I give myself, and it is this.
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  • When I'm waiting for God to do the supernatural,
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  • I am very careful not try to do the natural.
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  • When you're waiting for God to do the supernatural,
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  • be very careful not to go for the natural.
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  • But you know what?
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  • I often show you the problem, I show you the sin,
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  • I show you the mistake, but then I want to lift up
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  • your eyes from Abraham, lift up your eyes from Sarah,
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  • from Hagar, from all of the mess that we are looking at
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  • right now.
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  • I want to lift up your eyes to the Lord Jesus.
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  • I want to lift up your eyes to our God and show you
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  • how gracious he is, how incredible our God is.
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  • Here, he supernaturally specializes in picking up
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  • the threads of our disobedience and our distrust of him
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  • and he weaves 'em into a beautiful, beautiful tapestry.
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  • God is renowned for pasting together the fragments
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  • of our fractured lives into a beautiful picture.
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  • God is famous for picking up all the throwaway material
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  • and he produces a magnificent tapestry.
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  • That's the God I want you to look at.
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  • That's the God I want you to encounter today.
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  • Sarah and Abraham came with their plan to help God out.
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  • I help you perform miracle, God, and it backfired.
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  • Only God can bring the miracle, and all he's asking you and me
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  • to do is to have faith, to trust in him,
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  • to wait upon him,
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  • and to believe that sooner or later he will do it.
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  • Sadly, when Hagar fell pregnant and Sarah's scheme succeeded,
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  • Sarah resented her.
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  • And the only thing that Hagar could do at the time
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  • is run away.
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  • That's the only thing she could do.
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  • What happened when she ran away?
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  • Look at verse 7.
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  • "The angel of the Lord appeared,"
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  • to this fatigued slave woman now pregnant with a boy.
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  • By the way, in verse 7 of chapter 16 of Genesis,
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  • it's the first time you see the term,
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  • "the angel of the Lord."
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  • And this is no ordinary angel.
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  • This is no other than the pre-incarnate
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  • Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Theologians call that theophany because he appeared.
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  • Don't ever forget that Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
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  • co-existed with the Father before all worlds.
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  • In fact, Paul said, "It is for whom
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  • and through whom the world was created."
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  • You see it clearly here in verse 13.
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  • Hagar calls him, "the Lord", and then she goes on to say,
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  • "He is the God who sees me."
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  • If, whenever you are tempted to think that God
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  • has forgotten you, whenever you're tempted to think
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  • that God had forsaken you, whenever you're tempted to think
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  • that God does not see or care about what's going on
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  • in your life, whenever you are tempted
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  • to think that he is not aware of your difficulties,
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  • he's not aware of your problems, he's not aware of your pain,
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  • he is not aware of what's going on,
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  • I want you to remember Hagar here.
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  • Remember what she said: "He is the God who sees me."
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  • He's the God who sees you.
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  • He doesn't only see you, he sees all of the details
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  • in your life.
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  • He sees all of what's concerning you.
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  • He's concerned about what concerns you.
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  • All the minutest details in your life is before him.
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  • He is watching over all things in your life,
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  • all the surrounding things, things that you can't even see
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  • or know.
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  • Psalm 139:9-10 said: "If I take the wings
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  • of the morning and dwell in the uttermost depths of the sea,
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  • even there your hand shall lead me,
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  • and your right hand shall hold me."
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  • Have you ever tried to run away from the place of obedience?
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  • I mean, when the Lord wants you to be patient and wait,
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  • but you run.
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  • I know, I've tried a couple of times in my life.
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  • It's miserable.
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  • I discovered that the place of blessing is
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  • 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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  • Today, the motto in our culture is when things get tough,
  • 00:16:12.270 --> 00:16:16.280
  • the tough gets going, out the door.
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  • You see, most would rather run away than stay
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  • and deal with the issues.
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  • That's the problem with our culture today.
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  • We quit jobs and we quit schools and we quit churches
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  • and we quit marriages and we do it with dizzying speed.
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  • What we don't realize is that when people quit whatever it is,
  • 00:16:39.230 --> 00:16:43.150
  • thinking they can run away, they're running away
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  • with their problems and they're just gonna repeat it
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  • and they're gonna repeat it until they stop
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  • and deal with the core issue.
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  • For Hagar, she probably was going back to Egypt.
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  • Ha, there's not much call for unwed mothers in Egypt.
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  • She'd only be in misery.
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  • Look at verse 4.
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  • See, Hagar began to despise Sarah
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  • and Sarah returned the favor.
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  • Verse 5: "Sarah said to Abraham,
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  • 'May the wrong you have done to me be on you!
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  • May the Lord judge between you and me!'"
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  • She has forgotten that was her idea, amazing,
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  • even though it was well-intended.
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  • It was well-intended.
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  • In my kind of-- in my flesh I try to imagine
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  • Abraham reacting to this.
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  • The Bible doesn't say, so don't go and look for it.
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  • But I try to imagine poor old guy is dazed and confused
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  • and looking at Sarah and said,
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  • "But, sugar pumpkin, that was your idea."
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  • She'd say, "What do you mean, it was my idea?
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  • Don't pin that on me.
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  • You could have said no."
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  • And the more Hagar's figure blossomed,
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  • the more cantankerous Sarah got.
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  • I think you have to agree with me that up to this point,
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  • up to this point of Hagar's life,
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  • she experienced undeserved troubles, right?
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  • You agree?
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  • But here's what I wanna show you, more importantly,
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  • that she received unexpected blessings.
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  • Don't ever underestimate God to give you unexpected blessing
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  • when you're going through undeserved trouble.
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  • I know people say, "Oh, life is not fair," and all this.
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  • I understand, but God also is the God of justice
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  • and he sees what's going on.
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  • But before she receives that blessing,
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  • that unexpected blessings, she had to go back.
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  • She had to go back into the path of blessing.
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  • Look, let me tell you something.
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  • There is a path of blessing and there's a path of no blessing.
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  • Bible makes it clear.
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  • There's just no third way.
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  • And in order to receive the blessing,
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  • you're gonna have to stand in the path of blessing.
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  • Running away from the place of obedience is not
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  • gonna bless you.
  • 00:19:25.090 --> 00:19:27.260
  • Running away from the place where God wants you to be
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  • will not bring about the blessing
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  • and you can fight it all you want,
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  • and for as long as you want.
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  • You can take this to the bank.
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  • Only where he wants you to be is the place of blessing.
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  • In my early years in my walking with the Lord, like many people,
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  • I would cry to God in a situation and I would say,
  • 00:19:46.250 --> 00:19:49.270
  • "God, please change my circumstances,
  • 00:19:49.280 --> 00:19:52.090
  • please change my circumstances."
  • 00:19:52.100 --> 00:19:54.100
  • And I know you read my bio, and you know some of the stuff
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  • I've been through, and I would cry to God
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  • and God lets me cry for a little while,
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  • for a little while, for a little while,
  • 00:20:01.280 --> 00:20:03.070
  • for a little while, and then, in his sweet,
  • 00:20:03.080 --> 00:20:05.000
  • quiet voice he would say, "Michael, I wanna change you.
  • 00:20:05.010 --> 00:20:10.150
  • I wanna change you before I can change your circumstances,
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  • before I will change your circumstances."
  • 00:20:15.230 --> 00:20:18.190
  • Here, God said to Hagar, he said,
  • 00:20:18.200 --> 00:20:20.080
  • "I'll bless you, and when you go back
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  • to the place of obedience, I will bless you.
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  • You will have a son and you shall call his name,
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  • Ishma--Shama, God who hears, El, the name of God.
  • 00:20:32.190 --> 00:20:38.020
  • Ishma-El, God hears."
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  • He heard you.
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  • And as God's saying to Hagar, and he's saying
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  • to so many of you who are listening to me right now,
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  • whether it'll be in this place or around the world,
  • 00:20:50.020 --> 00:20:52.100
  • he is saying, "I hear the cry of your affliction.
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  • I hear the cry of the one who's been wronged.
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  • I hear the cry of the inner pain of those who have been deceived.
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  • I hear the cry of injustice.
  • 00:21:06.260 --> 00:21:09.220
  • I hear the cry of a true victim of unfaithfulness.
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  • I hear your cry."
  • 00:21:13.150 --> 00:21:16.000
  • And that is why, when God asked Hagar,
  • 00:21:16.010 --> 00:21:19.010
  • "Where did you come from, and where are you going?"
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  • It's not because God did not know where she's coming from,
  • 00:21:23.020 --> 00:21:25.070
  • where she's going.
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  • He's omnipresent, omniscient.
  • 00:21:27.200 --> 00:21:29.150
  • But because he wanted her to verbalize her pain.
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  • He wanted her to verbalize her pain.
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  • Beloved, I'm convinced that when Hagar returned back,
  • 00:21:41.270 --> 00:21:47.080
  • she returned back a changed woman, but that's not all.
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  • God also changed the heart of Abraham and the heart
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  • of Sarah and went on for 13 years.
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  • Sometimes, in our eagerness to change our circumstances
  • 00:22:00.270 --> 00:22:04.280
  • and we wanna change 'em our way,
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  • we wanna change 'em in our time,
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  • and in our eagerness we don't see how God works
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  • and how that he's working in so many fronts
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  • all at the same time.
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  • He is preparing so many hearts all at the same time.
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  • How he's setting up all the events,
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  • how he is lining up all of the circumstances so that
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  • the blessing can be revealed and his purpose be fulfilled.
  • 00:22:30.240 --> 00:22:36.090
  • 00:22:36.190 --> 00:22:43.190
  • Dr. Youssef: 2009, ten years ago this month,
  • 00:22:44.250 --> 00:22:49.060
  • we rejoiced in the fact that God entrusted us
  • 00:22:49.070 --> 00:22:54.120
  • to launch Kingdom Satellite, that is now reaching
  • 00:22:54.130 --> 00:22:58.010
  • in hundreds of millions of homes in the Arab world.
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  • What a great blessing of God.
  • 00:23:02.050 --> 00:23:04.100
  • What a responsibility.
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  • Without you I couldn't have done it.
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  • So, I want you to stand with me so we continue into expanding
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  • the kingdom of God in the darker spots of the world.
  • 00:23:12.160 --> 00:23:15.210
  • 00:23:16.200 --> 00:23:26.190
  • M.M.: My story began when I started examining
  • 00:23:26.200 --> 00:23:30.040
  • and comparing many religious texts.
  • 00:23:30.050 --> 00:23:32.140
  • I finally found that my mind and heart lean toward Jesus Christ.
  • 00:23:32.150 --> 00:23:38.070
  • M.B.: I grew up in a family with a fanatic Muslim father
  • 00:23:38.080 --> 00:23:41.040
  • and religious Christian mother.
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  • I then started searching online trying to find a solution
  • 00:23:43.130 --> 00:23:46.220
  • for my solitude and pain.
  • 00:23:46.230 --> 00:23:49.250
  • A.M.: I cannot go to any church because
  • 00:23:49.260 --> 00:23:51.240
  • of my background and the security issues in our country.
  • 00:23:51.250 --> 00:23:55.070
  • M.B.: I stumbled upon The Kingdom Sat
  • 00:23:55.080 --> 00:23:57.100
  • TV channel and started following its programs,
  • 00:23:57.110 --> 00:24:00.210
  • particularly, Dr. Michael Youssef's.
  • 00:24:00.220 --> 00:24:03.180
  • A.M.: I contacted The Kingdom Sat channel
  • 00:24:03.190 --> 00:24:05.260
  • by phone, asking them to help me become
  • 00:24:05.270 --> 00:24:08.000
  • a follower of Christ.
  • 00:24:08.010 --> 00:24:09.130
  • M.M.: I keep this new relationship with Christ
  • 00:24:09.140 --> 00:24:11.140
  • to myself in a secret way while connecting
  • 00:24:11.150 --> 00:24:14.020
  • with The Kingdom Sat to help me grow in Christ.
  • 00:24:14.030 --> 00:24:17.240
  • M.B.: I felt that I finally got what I was searching for
  • 00:24:17.250 --> 00:24:21.190
  • through one of his sermons.
  • 00:24:21.200 --> 00:24:23.210
  • I contacted one of The Kingdom Sat
  • 00:24:23.220 --> 00:24:25.150
  • team members who could answer all the questions I had.
  • 00:24:25.160 --> 00:24:30.010
  • A.M.: I consider The Kingdom Sat
  • 00:24:31.010 --> 00:24:32.160
  • as my church and the field team is my family
  • 00:24:32.170 --> 00:24:34.270
  • who always answers my questions about Jesus Christ,
  • 00:24:34.280 --> 00:24:37.230
  • to know him better and grow in my faith in the right way.
  • 00:24:37.240 --> 00:24:41.090
  • A.F.: The Kingdom Sat is now our worship place
  • 00:24:42.140 --> 00:24:45.060
  • and the source of spiritual nourishment.
  • 00:24:45.070 --> 00:24:48.080
  • A.M.: They explained what Christianity is
  • 00:24:48.090 --> 00:24:50.180
  • and how God planned to save humanity through Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:50.190 --> 00:24:55.220
  • A.S.: Despite being a conservative Muslim,
  • 00:24:55.230 --> 00:24:58.160
  • Jesus knocked at my heart's door and touched me.
  • 00:24:58.170 --> 00:25:02.040
  • Najm: I want to become a Christian.
  • 00:25:02.050 --> 00:25:04.140
  • There is nobody that can help me in my country.
  • 00:25:04.150 --> 00:25:07.070
  • There are no churches I can go to as well.
  • 00:25:07.080 --> 00:25:10.140
  • Marie: Thank God for this great channel.
  • 00:25:10.150 --> 00:25:13.000
  • You provide a full spiritual meal
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  • on a daily basis to all of us.
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  • Samer: May the Lord bless you all.
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  • May he use you to serve us in Syria.
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  • A.R.: The Kingdom Sat is my church
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  • that introduced me to Jesus Christ.
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  • B.D.: Since the closing of our churches,
  • 00:25:31.030 --> 00:25:32.280
  • The Kingdom Sat channel has been our only spiritual food.
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