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A Way in the Wilderness: Signs

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November 20, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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A Way in the Wilderness: Signs

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: Please understand this,
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  • if you're a believer in Jesus,
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  • God will never punish you for your sins,
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  • because He already punished Jesus.
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  • He's a just God.
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  • He cannot punish two people for the same sin,
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: So we're in a series called,
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  • "A Way in the Wilderness,"
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  • and what we're talking about is we're coming out of Isaiah 35,
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  • which is a Messianic chapter,
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  • and it's telling us what the Messiah will do
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  • when the Messiah comes, but we know
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  • the Messiah's already come. All right?
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  • And this weekend, the title of the message is Signs,
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  • that when the Messiah comes, or He has already come,
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  • we know, but Isaiah's telling us when He comes,
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  • He'll do signs and wonders.
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  • He'll bring signs and wonders with Him, all right?
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  • So, we stopped at Verse 4 last week,
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  • so this week we're gonna start at Verse 5.
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  • Isaiah 35:5 says, Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
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  • and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
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  • Then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
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  • and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
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  • So, what he's saying is the Messiah's
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  • gonna come with signs and wonders.
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  • Now, I want you to understand something.
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  • It's natural for God to be supernatural.
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  • That's normal for God. I'm going to say something.
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  • The first part of this sentence is tongue in cheek.
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  • If God wakes up in the morning,
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  • He's going to do a miracle that day.
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  • And obviously, He never sleeps or slumbers,
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  • but He just does miracles. It's normal.
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  • God does signs and wonders.
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  • Jesus did miracles when He was on this earth.
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  • But, here's what we need to know and we need to remember,
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  • that the Bible tells us Jesus is the same
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  • yesterday, today, and forever.
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  • And, there were miracles going on, signs and wonders,
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  • before Jesus ever came to this earth.
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  • God was doing miracles.
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  • So, I have three points that I want to share with you.
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  • Here's number one, God does signs and wonders.
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  • God does signs and wonders.
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  • And I love that word, wonder
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  • because what I think it means is,
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  • is that you can't figure it out,
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  • you just have to wonder about it.
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  • I don't know why God decided to say,
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  • but signs and wonders are all through the Bible.
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  • And the reason I'm saying that to you
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  • is because for some of you, your mind is one
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  • of your greatest assets and one of your greatest liabilities,
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  • because you have to figure everything out,
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  • and I just want you to know you can't figure out God.
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  • You just can't.
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  • You can learn about Him and you can get to know Him,
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  • but God is infinite.
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  • So, God does signs and wonders.
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  • So, let me show you a few Scriptures
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  • about signs and wonders.
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  • Exodus 7:3 says, And I will harden Pharaoh's heart,
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  • and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.
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  • Here we have the second book of the Bible
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  • and God talking about signs and wonders.
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  • Psalm 135:9, He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you
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  • Daniel 4:3, How great are His signs,
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  • and how mighty His wonders!
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  • And then, Acts 2:22,
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  • Men of Israel, hear these words:
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  • Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you
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  • by miracles, wonders, and signs,
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  • which God did through Him in your midst.
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  • Acts 2:43, Then fear came upon every soul,
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  • and many wonders and signs
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  • were done through the apostles. So, they keep going.
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  • Romans 15:18, I will not dare to speak to you,
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  • this is Paul talking to the Romans,
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  • to any of those things which Christ
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  • has not accomplished through me, in word and deed,
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  • to make the Gentiles obedient -
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  • in mighty signs and wonders. Paul did signs and wonders.
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  • Of course, God did them through him.
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  • Hebrews 2:4, God also bearing witness
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  • both with signs and wonders, with various miracles,
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  • and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Now, I like this just because I just want to say
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  • that some people will say gifts of the Holy Spirit
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  • have passed away.
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  • They say miracles and wonders have passed away,
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  • signs have passed away. Okay.
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  • The only problem with that is, is that God has not passed away.
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  • So, what God does hasn't stopped either.
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  • God is God. He can never stop being God.
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  • God is a God of the miraculous.
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  • So, just don't believe any theology that tries
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  • to tell you that God doesn't do miracles anymore,
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  • because God has to do miracles, because God's God!
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  • That's just God is God! That's just what God does.
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  • [Applause]
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  • So again, years ago, God just...
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  • I don't know what happened,
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  • but somehow God put it on my heart.
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  • We met this family and they couldn't conceive,
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  • and I prayed for and I'd been reading in the Scripture
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  • about how God opens wombs,
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  • and I'll show you those Scriptures in just a moment.
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  • And so, I just prayed that God would open this woman's womb,
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  • and she got pregnant.
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  • Then before you know it, there was another,
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  • and then another, and another.
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  • And so, anyway, years and years ago,
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  • probably around 35 or 36, because I'm not quite sure
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  • how old my nephew is,
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  • but Debbie's sister and her husband,
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  • who are now members of our church and wonderful people,
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  • but they were trying to get pregnant.
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  • And so, we were staying with them
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  • for a vacation or something,
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  • and Debbie just said, Hey, Robert prays for ladies
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  • that are trying to conceive, and it's just God
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  • has just given him faith in this area.
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  • Would you like for him to pray with you?
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  • And she and her husband both said, "Absolutely,
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  • we'd love that." You know?
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  • And so I prayed, but while I was praying,
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  • I heard this statement, and I've learned
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  • to just say what I hear when I pray and trust the Lord.
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  • And so I said, You will have a son in less than a year.
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  • Now, you think you've got a year there,
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  • but you really don't. You've got three months.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • So, the Lord has taught me when I prophesy something
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  • that the next step is to pray earnestly,
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  • and so I prayed earnestly, you know, for the next few months.
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  • But, here's the thing.
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  • I said, In less than a year, you'll have a son.
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  • Eleven months, two weeks later, she had a son.
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  • And then, she got pregnant again very quickly,
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  • and then she had a daughter.
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  • Then she got pregnant again very quickly,
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  • and their children were like, first, second,
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  • and third grade, you know - sophomore, junior, senior.
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  • You know, they were that way, just a year apart,
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  • and all three of their children.
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  • But when she got pregnant the third time,
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  • she called Debbie and said, Tell Robert to stop praying.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • So, number one, God does signs and wonders.
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  • That's just normal. That's normal for God.
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  • Here's number two, God heals spiritually.
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  • He doesn't just heal physically, He heals spiritually.
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  • And it's very important for us to know this,
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  • because I want to just talk to you about something.
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  • It said the blind are gonna see, the deaf are gonna hear,
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  • the lame are gonna walk, and the mute are gonna speak.
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  • Would it be all right if God healed your spiritual lives?
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  • And I just want to tell you, that's pretty important
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  • when you can open this book
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  • and it jumps off the page at you,
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  • and you see that this is a spiritual book
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  • written by a spiritual being to spiritual beings.
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  • It's pretty fun, and it's fun when you get to hear God.
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  • God opens your spiritual ears and you can hear God
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  • speak something to your heart.
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  • And it's fun when God heals your lameness in an area
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  • of your life and you can walk in the Spirit in that area,
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  • and it's fun when God looses your tongue when you're afraid
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  • to speak to people, and now you can speak to people
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  • and share about your faith in Jesus Christ.
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  • And in Acts 2, when God loosed their tongues
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  • at the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost,
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  • it says, They heard them speaking
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  • the wonderful works of God in their own languages.
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • So, we want God to also do it spiritually.
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  • So I want to show you something about this to let you know
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  • that if you're saved, the Messiah's done this for you.
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  • He's made you whole. He's made you whole.
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  • So, in Luke there's a story about
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  • ten lepers that God healed.
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  • You've probably read the story.
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  • And one leper, who was a Samaritan,
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  • the other nine were Jews, came back to say thank You.
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  • And then, Jesus says this.
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  • Jesus answered and said, Were there not ten cleansed?
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  • Where are the other nine?
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  • Were there not any found who returned to give glory
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  • to God except this foreigner?
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  • And He said to him, Arise, go your way.
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  • Your faith has, now watch this, made you well.
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  • One version says, made you whole.
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  • Now, this made you well is one Greek word.
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  • These three words, made you well, or made you whole..."
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  • Now, ten of them were healed, one of them was made whole,
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  • made well completely - made whole,
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  • spirit, soul, and body. It's a Greek word.
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  • It's pronounced sode-zo - sodezo.
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  • But, it means to be made whole - to be healed, spirit, soul,
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  • and body, to be made whole, to be made well.
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  • And, this word is in the New Testament 110 times,
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  • this Greek word, sozo.
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  • 93 times, though -- think about this, 85% of the time.
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  • 93 out of 110 it's translated save or saved.
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  • As a matter of fact, here's one of the most famous verses,
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  • and this is the word sozo.
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  • Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be made whole.
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  • Okay, here's why I'm telling you this.
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  • If you've called on the name of the Lord,
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  • then He's already opened your spiritual eyes.
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  • He's already opened your spiritual ears.
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  • He's already healed your lameness.
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  • He's already loosed your tongue. He's already done this for you.
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  • It's like last week when I was saying
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  • the Messiah brings strength,
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  • but here's how you receive that strength in your everyday walk.
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  • Here are some things you need to do. Okay.
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  • So, I want you to know God has already made you whole.
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  • He's already done that because you came to Jesus on the cross.
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  • So, let me just show you a few verses on opening
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  • your spiritual eyes and ears.
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  • Jeremiah 5:21, Here this now,
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  • O foolish people without understanding.
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  • See, you don't understand
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  • if you don't have your spiritual eyes open.
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  • Who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not.
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  • Ezekiel 12:2, Son of man, you dwell in the midst
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  • of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see,
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  • and ears to hear but does not hear.
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  • Remember, by the way, when Paul, who was called Saul before,
  • 00:11:26.060 --> 00:11:29.210
  • on the Damascus Road he meets Jesus.
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  • He's blinded, literally, in the natural.
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  • But when Ananias comes and lays hands on him, Acts 9:18,
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  • Immediately there fell from his eyes
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  • something like scales, and he received his sight at once.
  • 00:11:41.020 --> 00:11:44.260
  • Well, he not only received his physical sight,
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  • he received his spiritual sight.
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  • Because when you read the writings of Paul,
  • 00:11:49.210 --> 00:11:52.280
  • some of the things are pretty hard to understand
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  • is what the Bible says, and this guy began to see
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  • in the Spirit, and I think it's fantastic
  • 00:11:59.000 --> 00:12:01.100
  • when God opens your spiritual eyes.
  • 00:12:01.130 --> 00:12:03.020
  • So, but Jesus talked constantly to His disciples
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  • about you have eyes, but you can't see,
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  • and I've preached on this
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  • in several different types of series
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  • that our spiritual eyes can be opened.
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  • You have eyes, but you can't see.
  • 00:12:17.030 --> 00:12:18.290
  • Now, I've thought about this because ladies, to me,
  • 00:12:19.020 --> 00:12:28.060
  • can see things many times that men can't see,
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  • and I'm not just talking about in the spiritual.
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  • They can see things in the spiritual,
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  • but sometimes they see things in the natural.
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  • For instance, I will look in my closet for a certain shirt.
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  • I will go through every shirt individually, looking for it.
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  • And then I will say to Debbie, Sugar,
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  • I know that shirt's here, but I can't see it.
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  • She walks in and says, It's right here.
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  • [Laughter] Okay.
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  • So, then she said to me one time, You have eyes,
  • 00:13:02.270 --> 00:13:06.090
  • but you can't see.
  • 00:13:06.120 --> 00:13:07.170
  • [Laughter]
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  • Okay.
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  • But I've decided it's not just that she can see things,
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  • I think she can make things appear that aren't there!
  • 00:13:13.290 --> 00:13:16.060
  • [Laughter]
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  • So, God not only heals naturally,
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  • God heals spiritually as well.
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  • So, here's number three, God opens wombs.
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  • Now, this is scriptural, God opens wombs.
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  • Now, I'm gonna show you something at first
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  • and you may wonder why I'm showing it to you,
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  • but I want to explain it to you.
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  • If you remember, Abraham lied about Sarah being his wife
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  • because he thought they would kill him,
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  • and Abimelech, the king, took her into his harem,
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  • but he didn't sleep with her.
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  • And of course, God shows up in a dream and, you know,
  • 00:13:50.200 --> 00:13:53.150
  • says to him, you're a dead man, you know, to Abimelech,
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  • and he obviously gives Sarah back.
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  • But, Genesis 20:18 says, For the Lord had closed up
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  • all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah,
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  • Abraham's wife.
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  • Okay, so not only does God open wombs,
  • 00:14:08.120 --> 00:14:10.200
  • it says God closes wombs.
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  • Now, please, please, I've got to explain this.
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  • Well, this was for judgment, but listen to me.
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  • If you're a believer in Jesus,
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  • God would never close your womb for judgment -
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  • never, because Jesus has already taken your judgment.
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  • If you don't hear anything that I ever say in no matter
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  • how many years you attend here, please understand this.
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  • If you're a believer in Jesus,
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  • God will never punish you for your sins,
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  • because He already punished Jesus.
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  • He's a just God.
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  • He cannot punish two people for the same sin,
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  • and so many times we think this.
  • 00:14:51.110 --> 00:14:54.050
  • We're on the way to work and we get a flat tire,
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  • and we think, yes, yes, I didn't have my quiet time
  • 00:14:56.230 --> 00:14:59.020
  • this morning, so -- I see, God.
  • 00:14:59.050 --> 00:15:02.220
  • You know, You're punishing me for not having my quiet time.
  • 00:15:02.250 --> 00:15:05.270
  • And then it starts to rain and we're like, oh, nice touch.
  • 00:15:06.000 --> 00:15:08.090
  • That's a nice touch, God.
  • 00:15:08.120 --> 00:15:09.130
  • [Laughter]
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  • Okay, you didn't get a flat tire
  • 00:15:12.180 --> 00:15:13.200
  • because you're under the judgment of God!
  • 00:15:13.230 --> 00:15:15.290
  • Let me give you the theological reason
  • 00:15:16.020 --> 00:15:17.090
  • you got a flat tire - a nail.
  • 00:15:17.120 --> 00:15:19.150
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:15:19.180 --> 00:15:22.080
  • But if you're a believer,
  • 00:15:22.110 --> 00:15:24.020
  • God is not punishing you for your sins.
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  • There's no sentence of guilt against you,
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  • because God said it.
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  • So if you've had difficulty conceiving, listen to me.
  • 00:15:30.280 --> 00:15:36.090
  • It's nothing you've done wrong.
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  • It's nothing you've done wrong.
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  • You've got to know that, because God doesn't do that.
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  • He punished Jesus for all of our sin. Okay?
  • 00:15:43.260 --> 00:15:47.040
  • So, but I want to show you another place
  • 00:15:47.070 --> 00:15:48.190
  • where He closed a womb and talk about where God
  • 00:15:48.220 --> 00:15:50.190
  • might close a womb for a season.
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  • I want to show it to you, 1 Samuel 1:5.
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  • But to Hannah he, that's her husband,
  • 00:15:56.140 --> 00:16:00.050
  • would give a double portion, for he, that's her husband,
  • 00:16:00.080 --> 00:16:03.120
  • loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb.
  • 00:16:03.150 --> 00:16:10.210
  • Now, He wasn't punishing Hannah,
  • 00:16:10.240 --> 00:16:13.100
  • but the Lord had closed her womb.
  • 00:16:13.130 --> 00:16:15.290
  • Okay, so why would God close a womb?
  • 00:16:16.020 --> 00:16:17.290
  • Well, I know some people that could not conceive and adopted,
  • 00:16:18.020 --> 00:16:23.200
  • and right after they adopted, they conceived.
  • 00:16:23.230 --> 00:16:27.220
  • But you've got to remember, if you're a believer,
  • 00:16:27.250 --> 00:16:30.000
  • God's working all things for good,
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  • and God wanted that child raised in a Christian home.
  • 00:16:34.010 --> 00:16:38.060
  • And so, He may have worked those circumstances out
  • 00:16:38.090 --> 00:16:41.060
  • for you to consider something
  • 00:16:41.090 --> 00:16:42.060
  • you wouldn't have even considered.
  • 00:16:42.090 --> 00:16:43.230
  • Are you following me?
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  • So, you've got to always look at God according
  • 00:16:44.280 --> 00:16:46.230
  • to His character and His nature.
  • 00:16:46.260 --> 00:16:48.200
  • Another reason that God might close a womb
  • 00:16:48.230 --> 00:16:51.050
  • for a season is that He was waiting --
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  • I'm gonna say it this way.
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  • He was doing a work in Hannah's heart,
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  • because He needed Samuel to grow up in the temple
  • 00:16:58.140 --> 00:17:03.090
  • and learn to hear God's voice from an early age,
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  • and Hannah was so grateful she dedicated him
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  • to the Lord then. See?
  • 00:17:10.070 --> 00:17:12.060
  • So, He was doing a work in her heart during the time,
  • 00:17:12.090 --> 00:17:14.030
  • but here's another thing.
  • 00:17:14.060 --> 00:17:15.130
  • God needed Samuel born at the exact time
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  • to anoint David as the king of Israel.
  • 00:17:19.050 --> 00:17:22.260
  • See, God, He wants your child born at exactly the right time
  • 00:17:22.290 --> 00:17:30.000
  • to meet the right mate.
  • 00:17:30.030 --> 00:17:33.170
  • See, there are so many reasons that God does things,
  • 00:17:33.200 --> 00:17:36.150
  • but they're all for our good. That's what you have to know.
  • 00:17:36.180 --> 00:17:40.000
  • When Debbie was in the second grade,
  • 00:17:40.030 --> 00:17:43.110
  • at the end of the second grade the teacher said
  • 00:17:43.140 --> 00:17:46.020
  • there were some areas that she just felt like
  • 00:17:46.050 --> 00:17:49.170
  • it'd be better if she would repeat the second grade.
  • 00:17:49.200 --> 00:17:51.250
  • It wasn't like she failed, but the teacher said
  • 00:17:51.280 --> 00:17:54.190
  • it would be better if you would, because of these areas,
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:58.050
  • and I don't remember what those areas were right now,
  • 00:17:58.080 --> 00:18:00.160
  • so she was held back a year. Okay.
  • 00:18:00.190 --> 00:18:03.040
  • What you may not know, and I have to be careful
  • 00:18:03.070 --> 00:18:06.100
  • how I say this, is Debbie is a little older than I am.
  • 00:18:06.130 --> 00:18:12.160
  • So, 11 months and 1 week, okay?
  • 00:18:12.190 --> 00:18:16.200
  • So, for three weeks of the year we're the same age,
  • 00:18:16.230 --> 00:18:20.050
  • and so it's a really fun thing that I get to do
  • 00:18:20.080 --> 00:18:23.110
  • for 11 months and 1 week.
  • 00:18:23.140 --> 00:18:25.190
  • But I've told her several times, You know,
  • 00:18:25.220 --> 00:18:27.260
  • when you're 100, I'll only be 99.
  • 00:18:27.290 --> 00:18:30.060
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:18:30.090 --> 00:18:33.050
  • But, here's the thing.
  • 00:18:33.080 --> 00:18:34.250
  • She was put back one class, but that was my class.
  • 00:18:34.280 --> 00:18:43.010
  • I might not have ever met her.
  • 00:18:43.040 --> 00:18:45.230
  • And so, what seemed like a bad thing to her at the time
  • 00:18:45.260 --> 00:18:49.200
  • was actually God just arranging things
  • 00:18:49.230 --> 00:18:53.030
  • for what He wanted to do in the future.
  • 00:18:53.060 --> 00:18:54.290
  • It was for her good and for my good.
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  • You follow me? So, God opens a womb.
  • 00:18:57.190 --> 00:19:00.230
  • Now, let me show you some Scriptures
  • 00:19:00.260 --> 00:19:01.250
  • about Him opening wombs, and of course,
  • 00:19:01.280 --> 00:19:03.230
  • we know He opened Hannah's womb.
  • 00:19:03.260 --> 00:19:05.270
  • Genesis 29:31, When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved,
  • 00:19:06.000 --> 00:19:10.120
  • He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.
  • 00:19:10.150 --> 00:19:14.200
  • Genesis 30:22, Then God remembered Rachel,
  • 00:19:14.230 --> 00:19:18.180
  • and God listened to her and opened her womb.
  • 00:19:18.210 --> 00:19:22.250
  • Now, the reason I wanted to show you this part is,
  • 00:19:22.280 --> 00:19:25.120
  • God listened to her. In other words, she prayed.
  • 00:19:25.150 --> 00:19:29.010
  • You need to pray. You need to ask God.
  • 00:19:29.040 --> 00:19:32.200
  • And, sometimes we have different personalities,
  • 00:19:32.230 --> 00:19:34.280
  • and my personality is to kind of go for it.
  • 00:19:35.010 --> 00:19:37.200
  • And I didn't realize this, Debbie's personality
  • 00:19:37.230 --> 00:19:40.210
  • is not the same as my personality,
  • 00:19:40.240 --> 00:19:42.210
  • and when we got married, I mean,
  • 00:19:42.240 --> 00:19:43.270
  • I knew it was a little different,
  • 00:19:44.000 --> 00:19:44.290
  • but we started growing and learning more things
  • 00:19:45.020 --> 00:19:47.190
  • about each other.
  • 00:19:47.220 --> 00:19:49.040
  • So, God gave me the names of both of my sons
  • 00:19:49.070 --> 00:19:52.150
  • before they were born.
  • 00:19:52.180 --> 00:19:53.270
  • He actually gave me the day that James
  • 00:19:54.000 --> 00:19:55.250
  • would be born, the exact day.
  • 00:19:55.280 --> 00:19:59.050
  • And so, God would speak to me, and so I knew
  • 00:19:59.080 --> 00:20:02.040
  • I would have a son named Josh, and then a son named James.
  • 00:20:02.070 --> 00:20:05.160
  • When I thought we were gonna have a daughter,
  • 00:20:05.190 --> 00:20:06.260
  • that was three years later, and then I started praying
  • 00:20:06.290 --> 00:20:09.270
  • for a daughter, cause I wanted a daughter,
  • 00:20:10.000 --> 00:20:11.280
  • and it was five years until we had Elaine.
  • 00:20:12.010 --> 00:20:14.090
  • But, one of the things that happened was during
  • 00:20:14.120 --> 00:20:16.200
  • that time I said to Debbie,
  • 00:20:16.230 --> 00:20:18.290
  • Hey, when we pray for a daughter,
  • 00:20:19.020 --> 00:20:21.260
  • I mean, are you with me on this?
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:24.050
  • Are you agreeing?
  • 00:20:24.080 --> 00:20:25.070
  • Do you not want any more children?
  • 00:20:25.100 --> 00:20:27.050
  • Do you not want -- you know.
  • 00:20:27.080 --> 00:20:28.100
  • She said, No, I do, and I want a daughter.
  • 00:20:28.130 --> 00:20:30.280
  • And then she said something that I just didn't realize
  • 00:20:31.010 --> 00:20:33.270
  • that she was thinking this way.
  • 00:20:34.000 --> 00:20:35.020
  • She said, I don't really want to pray about it,
  • 00:20:35.050 --> 00:20:38.290
  • because if I pray about it I'll get my hopes up,
  • 00:20:39.020 --> 00:20:41.140
  • and I might get disappointed.
  • 00:20:41.170 --> 00:20:45.160
  • And that's a very real sense that people have,
  • 00:20:45.190 --> 00:20:48.260
  • and I want you to understand, ladies,
  • 00:20:48.290 --> 00:20:50.180
  • it's important that you pray. It's important that you pray.
  • 00:20:50.210 --> 00:20:54.120
  • Make your requests known to God.
  • 00:20:54.150 --> 00:20:55.230
  • It's important.
  • 00:20:55.260 --> 00:20:56.250
  • And I could show you many, many Scriptures,
  • 00:20:56.280 --> 00:20:58.240
  • but I just want to show you one, Matthew 20:29-34.
  • 00:20:58.270 --> 00:21:04.050
  • Now as they went out of Jericho,
  • 00:21:04.080 --> 00:21:05.290
  • a great multitude followed Him.
  • 00:21:06.020 --> 00:21:07.150
  • And behold, two blind men sitting by the road,
  • 00:21:07.180 --> 00:21:10.020
  • when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out,
  • 00:21:10.050 --> 00:21:13.000
  • saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!
  • 00:21:13.030 --> 00:21:16.060
  • Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet;
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:19.140
  • but they cried out all the more, saying,
  • 00:21:19.170 --> 00:21:20.290
  • Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!
  • 00:21:21.020 --> 00:21:23.070
  • So Jesus stood still and called them, and said,
  • 00:21:23.100 --> 00:21:27.130
  • now listen to what He said,
  • 00:21:27.160 --> 00:21:28.220
  • What do you want Me to do for you?
  • 00:21:28.250 --> 00:21:31.100
  • They're blind!
  • 00:21:31.130 --> 00:21:33.050
  • Have mercy on us, Son of David.
  • 00:21:33.080 --> 00:21:35.020
  • But He asked them, What do you want Me to do for you?
  • 00:21:35.050 --> 00:21:37.250
  • They said to Him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
  • 00:21:37.280 --> 00:21:40.080
  • So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes.
  • 00:21:40.110 --> 00:21:42.150
  • And immediately their eyes received sight,
  • 00:21:42.180 --> 00:21:44.030
  • and they followed Him.
  • 00:21:44.060 --> 00:21:45.150
  • Jesus asked blind Bartimaeus, What do you want Me to do?
  • 00:21:45.180 --> 00:21:48.250
  • Jesus asked the father - remember, the father
  • 00:21:48.280 --> 00:21:51.220
  • whose son was demonized.
  • 00:21:51.250 --> 00:21:53.220
  • The father said, If you can do anything,
  • 00:21:53.250 --> 00:21:58.060
  • and Jesus said - in essence He said, if I can do anything?
  • 00:21:58.090 --> 00:22:03.050
  • He said, No, if you can believe,
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:07.290
  • then all things are possible.
  • 00:22:08.020 --> 00:22:09.030
  • And then he made a great response,
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:11.060
  • and it's okay to say this to God.
  • 00:22:11.090 --> 00:22:13.180
  • Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.
  • 00:22:13.210 --> 00:22:17.050
  • Jesus said to a man
  • 00:22:17.080 --> 00:22:18.190
  • who was laying 38 years, Do you want to be made well?
  • 00:22:18.220 --> 00:22:23.090
  • Why would He do this? Because it's important.
  • 00:22:23.120 --> 00:22:26.050
  • I don't know why. I really don't know why.
  • 00:22:26.080 --> 00:22:28.270
  • It's important that you ask God.
  • 00:22:29.000 --> 00:22:32.120
  • You know, the Bible says He knows
  • 00:22:32.150 --> 00:22:34.100
  • what you need before you ask.
  • 00:22:34.130 --> 00:22:37.150
  • Here's the way we interpret that verse -
  • 00:22:37.180 --> 00:22:39.090
  • He knows what we need, so don't ask.
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  • But, that's not what it says.
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  • He knows what you need before you ask -
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  • He wants you to ask.
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  • So, remember I told you about Debbie's sister.
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  • Well, so, our niece, which is the daughter of Debbie's sister,
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  • a year and a half ago at Thanksgiving,
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  • Debbie and I were sitting across the table from them
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  • at a family Thanksgiving.
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  • And, they'd been praying and wanting to have a child.
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  • And, I started feeling compassion.
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  • Miracles start with compassion.
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  • And I started asking the Lord, Lord, do you want me
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  • to pray for them? Do you want me to prophesy?
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  • I just feel, -- and I felt like the Lord
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  • was speaking something to me.
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  • So I said to them, I'm going to ask you a question
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  • and I know the answer, but it's important
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  • that you answer out loud.
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  • I said to each, to the husband and the wife,
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  • I said, Do you want to have a child?
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  • They said, Yes.
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  • And I said, You'll be holding your child next Thanksgiving.
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  • And this Thanksgiving, they were holding their baby.
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  • The baby was born October 29th, just a few weeks
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  • before Thanksgiving. [Applause]
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Jesus asked a lame man,
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  • Do you want to be made well?
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  • He asked the blind man, What do you want Me to do for you?
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  • I'm asking you today, what do you want God to do for you?
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  • God is a miracle working god. He can't change.
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  • Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
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  • You're watching today for a reason -
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  • because God wants to do a miracle in your life.
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  • Maybe it's to heal you spiritually from something
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  • from the past that's kept you in bondage.
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  • Maybe it's like, as we prayed for ladies who wanted
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  • to have children who couldn't,
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  • maybe God wants to open your womb today.
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  • Maybe He wants to heal you physically.
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  • But I'm asking you, I'm asking you,
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  • what do you want God to do for you today,
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  • and I want to pray for you right now.
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  • Lord, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ.
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  • I pray for miracles today.
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  • And Lord, we're not asking because of selfish reasons.
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  • We know that in the same way that we want to bless
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  • our children, You want to bless us,
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  • and that You are a God of miracles.
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  • So, Lord, we ask You for miracles today, in Jesus' name.
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  • Hey, I love you guys so much.
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  • Thank you for watching.
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  • I want you to watch next time,
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  • because I'm gonna continue this series.
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  • I'll see you then.
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  • ANNOUNCER: We're so glad you joined us for today's program
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  • as Pastor Robert shares a message from his series,
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  • A Way in the Wilderness.
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  • Taken from the book of Isaiah, Pastor Robert explains
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  • how God's people forfeited His protection and blessings
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  • when they forgot about Him and went their own way.
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  • Isaiah prophesied the arrival of a Messiah
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  • who would make a way in the wilderness,
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  • and bring a dry, barren, and desolate land
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  • back to life again.
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  • Pastor Robert shows us how Jesus is the fulfillment
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  • of Isaiah's prophecies about the coming Messiah;
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  • and because we have placed our hope and trust in Jesus,
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  • He transforms our wilderness into a lush garden
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  • overflowing with abundance.
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  • We want you to have a copy of this life changing series
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  • to watch again or to share with friends.
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  • We'd also love to hear about what God is doing in your life
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  • as a result of applying these truths from His word.
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  • of Pastor Robert Morris Ministries.
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  • [Phone ringing]
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  • NARRATOR: One day you wake up asking yourself.
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  • WOMAN: When will it ever end?
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  • [Dishes clanking] No, no, no, no...
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  • It's due when?
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  • No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!
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  • [Whimpering]
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  • [Clock ticking]
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  • [Snoring]
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  • Our fourth quarter TPS -- SON: He followed me home.
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  • [Screaming] Can I keep him?
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  • WOMAN: So, when does it all end?
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  • I discovered it can end every week.
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  • HUSBAND: Hey, tomorrow's our day off.
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  • [Sighing]
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