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A Way in the Wilderness: Strength

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November 19, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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A Way in the Wilderness: Strength

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: Are you hearing me? Ok
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: Are you hearing me? Okay
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: Are you hearing me? Okay.
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  • Prayer is rolling off the burden.
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  • It's getting on your knees and rolling it off.
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  • If you go in your prayer closet, and you come out
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  • and you still have the burden, you didn't pray,
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  • you just griped.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: All right, so if you want to turn in your Bibles
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  • to Isaiah 35, we're gonna be there for four weeks.
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  • Isaiah 35 is a Messianic chapter.
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  • You've heard of Messianic verses.
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  • A Messianic verse is a verse in the Old Testament,
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  • which Jesus called the Scriptures.
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  • Every time He referred to the Scriptures,
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  • He was referring to the Old Testament,
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  • the Scriptures. The Scriptures, okay.
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  • So, it's a Scripture that refers to the Messiah.
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  • That would be a Messianic verse, but there are Messianic chapters
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  • and Isaiah 35 is one.
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  • And I was simply reading through it a while back,
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  • and four things hit me, and Isaiah says it this way -
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  • this is what will happen when the Messiah comes.
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  • Now, it's the whole context, it doesn't use those exact words.
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  • But when the Messiah comes, this is what's going to happen
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  • to the nation of Israel, and we know
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  • that we've been grafted in to Israel as believers.
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  • And as I was reading it I saw four things,
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  • so I'll go through those four things.
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  • So, Isaiah 35:1, and the title of the series is,
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  • A Way in the Wilderness, that when the Messiah comes,
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  • that He's already come, He makes a way in the wilderness.
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  • So if you're walking through a dry season,
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  • He's gonna make a way for you, and there are four things
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  • that He is going to do, four attributes
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  • that Jesus brings, four blessings that He brings.
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  • Even though we're still living in a wilderness
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  • type environment in the world, we don't have to live
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  • in the wilderness, we can live in a garden.
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  • If you remember, this whole thing started in a garden.
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  • Adam and Eve would walk and talk with God
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  • in the cool of the day in the garden,
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  • and the very first thing the resurrected Lord did
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  • was walk and talk with Mary in the garden.
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  • Did you all hear that?
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  • That was better than you thought.
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  • That's the very first thing the resurrected Lord did.
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  • Isaiah 35:1, this is what's gonna happen
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  • when the Messiah comes, and the Messiah's come,
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  • so this has already happened, all right?
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  • The wilderness and the wasteland,
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  • the wilderness and the wasteland,
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  • shall be glad, that's amazing
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  • that the land's gonna be glad, for them.
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  • This is referring to the nation of Israel.
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  • And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.
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  • It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,
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  • even with joy and singing.
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  • Now, let me just explain.
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  • Because we believe in Yeshua, we've been grafted in
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  • to the nation of Israel. That's you.
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  • What was dry, and barren, and a desert,
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  • and a wasteland, is now blossoming abundantly
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  • and rejoicing with joy and singing,
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  • because the Messiah has come.
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  • That's what that's telling us.
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  • And then Verse 2 goes on to say, The glory of Lebanon
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  • shall be given to it, the excellence
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  • of Carmel and Sharon.
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  • Now, Lebanon is a country now, but it was not a country then,
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  • so you need to know that.
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  • There are Bible words that we just kind of read over,
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  • but Lebanon was a very fruitful place
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  • in the northern territory of Canaan, the Promised Land.
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  • And if you've ever been to Israel,
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  • it is a garden in the middle of a wilderness.
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  • I mean, it's unbelievably fruitful
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  • in the middle of a desert. That's what it is.
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  • And, so let me just show you.
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  • Lebanon was this fertile region in northern Canaan.
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  • In other words, God prepared a garden for His people
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  • in the wilderness. Now, hear me.
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  • What I'm trying to get you to hear is that we may be living
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  • in a fallen world, but we're living in a garden
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  • if we're believers, and it's a beautiful garden.
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  • But there are ways that we can receive strength
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  • in this garden, because the Messiah brings strength,
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  • and I'll show you that in a moment. All right.
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  • But, anytime you want to know what a word means,
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  • you can go to the root of the word through the Latin
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  • and then into the Greek.
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  • That's one way, but another way is you could just look up
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  • that word everywhere in the Bible,
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  • and what you'll see is that Lebanon
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  • represents fertile trees, fertile soil,
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  • but you're gonna be surprised by this one verse
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  • about Lebanon, all right?
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  • Psalm 104:16 says, The trees of the Lord,
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  • of the Lord, are full of sap, the cedars of Lebanon
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  • which He planted.
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  • In other words, I'm telling you God
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  • planted the land of Canaan for His people.
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  • But in the same way, God has planted...
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  • He's already provided for you a rich and fertile garden
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  • for you to live in once you become a believer.
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  • So, that's what Lebanon represents, all right?
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  • Carmel actually means garden land.
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  • It means plentiful and beautiful cultivated soil.
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  • That's what the word means.
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  • All right, but here's a verse.
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  • 2 Chronicles 26:10, Also he, and I put in
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  • parentheses Josiah, so you would know that it's Josiah.
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  • That's who this is talking about.
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  • Built towers in the desert, so in the wasteland.
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  • He dug many wells, so God put water there,
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  • even in the desert, for he had much livestock,
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  • both in the lowlands and in the plains;
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  • he also had farmers and vinedressers,
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  • you've got to have plenty of water for that,
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  • in the mountains and in Carmel, for he loved the soil.
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  • So again, this is telling us about this wilderness,
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  • and it's a place where God Himself planted trees
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  • and made the soil fertile. Are you all following me?
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  • I know this is some history, but I want you to smile more
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  • than you're smiling right now, I want you to get --
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  • because I get excited about this.
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  • All of this refers to stuff! Then he talks about Sharon.
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  • Sharon refers to the beauty of the bride of Christ.
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  • Go to the Song of Solomon. Think about this.
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  • You've heard this Scripture, Song of Solomon 2:1.
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  • I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley.
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  • That is the Shulamite woman and she represents the church,
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  • the Christ -- I mean the bride of Christ.
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  • And then, here's an other Scripture again
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  • about that it's a garden, it's a place of fertility.
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  • Isaiah 65:10, Sharon shall be a fold of flocks,
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  • a place for herds to lie down
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  • Do you see what I'm saying?
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  • So, that's why God uses these words,
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  • because they mean something, but we come along
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  • and read them and we don't know what they mean,
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  • unless you study the Bible.
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  • So if you ever come across a word that you think,
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  • I don't know what that means, look it up everywhere else
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  • in the Bible and you'll find verses like this, all right?
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  • So, now let me get to strength.
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  • Verses 3 and 4 of Isaiah 35, Strengthen the weak hands,
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  • I want you to notice hands, make firm the feeble knees.
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  • Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
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  • so you've got hands, knees, and heart, Be strong, do not fear!
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  • Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
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  • with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.
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  • Yeshua means God saves. Okay?
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  • So, again this is saying the Messiah will come,
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  • and He's gonna do this when He comes, but remember,
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  • He already has come. Does everyone follow me?
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  • So when He comes, He brings strength.
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  • Hands could represent what you do,
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  • knees could represent where you walk,
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  • and your heart could represent how you think, because,
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  • As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
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  • So, let me say it again.
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  • He's going to strengthen your hands.
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  • Would it be okay if God strengthened whatever you do,
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  • whatever He's called you to do, if He gave you strength?
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  • Well, I'm telling you it's available.
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  • If He strengthened where you walk,
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  • and if He strengthened how you think.
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  • So, what we're gonna do is we're gonna take hands,
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  • knees, and heart, and I'm gonna show you extremely,
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  • extremely practical ways to strengthen your hands,
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  • your knees, and your heart. All right?
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  • Are you all as excited as I am about this message?
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  • You better be.
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  • You better be excited now, all right? Okay.
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  • All right, so Isaiah 35:3, Strengthen the weak hands.
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  • Hands refer to worship.
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  • If you want to strengthen what you do,
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  • you're going to have to become a worshipper.
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  • Nehemiah 8:6, And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God.
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  • Then all the people answered, 'Amen,'
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  • while lifting up their hands.
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  • And they bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord
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  • with their faces to the ground.
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  • Okay, so I'm gonna go real simple here for a moment,
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  • and we're gonna talk about one element of worship
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  • that has freaked many people out...
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  • ...lifting hands.
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  • Has anyone ever gone to a church where you got freaked out?
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  • Now, you may not be freaked out anymore,
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  • or you might have been freaked out today.
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  • That's okay, cause I was freaked out the first time
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  • I saw it, too. All right?
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  • The only problem is you don't get freaked out
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  • when people do it at the football game,
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  • but we get freaked out when they do it at church.
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  • So, I came up with four excuses that I've heard of why people
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  • don't lift their hands in church
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  • and I'm gonna answer each of them with a Scripture,
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  • cause His opinion matters more than your opinion.
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  • Excuse number one, I'll lift my hands
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  • when I get to heaven. I've heard that.
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  • That's just not my personality.
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  • Again, I'd like to see you in a football game, sir.
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  • I'll lift my hands when I get to heaven.
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  • Psalms 63:4, Thus I will bless You while I live.
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  • I will lift up my hands in Your name.
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  • So, don't wait till you get to heaven.
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  • That's the Bible. All right?
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  • Here's excuse number two I've heard -
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  • Pastor, I lift my heart up.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Lamentations 3:41, Let us lift our hearts
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  • and hands to God in heaven. [Laughter and applause]
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  • I'm the last person you want to play Bible trivia with.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Excuse number three, the Bible doesn't specifically
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  • tell us to lift our hands in church.
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  • Psalm 134:2, Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
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  • and bless the Lord.
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  • [Applause]
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  • Let's just do it! Just lift them!
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  • That's what the Bible said!
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  • Excuse number four -
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  • well, those are Old Testament Scriptures.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • 1 Timothy 2:8, I desire therefore
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  • that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands.
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  • It's in the Bible. So, but, I understand.
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  • I was an evangelist when I was young.
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  • I was a Baptist evangelist, and I don't mean that wrong.
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  • I have nothing negative to say about the Baptists, all right?
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  • But, we didn't lift hands in church,
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  • except when we were voting people out.
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  • [Laughter] That's the only reason we...
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  • When we were voting a pastor out.
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  • I'm in favor of that, you know, so.
  • 00:12:56.170 --> 00:12:58.110
  • All right, but I remember I was going to a Baptist church.
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  • It was a Baptist church, but we were having revival,
  • 00:13:03.060 --> 00:13:07.220
  • and you've got to watch out
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  • when you're having a revival, you know?
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  • And we had this worship pastor, and a few people in the choir
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  • would lift their hands, and a few people in church,
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  • but we figured they were visitors, but it was okay.
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  • But I was sitting, like right down here on the second row,
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  • and no one was on the front row.
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  • I don't know if it was reserved or what,
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  • but I was right there, you know?
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  • And I was staff evangelist, so I went out
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  • and did revivals and crusades, so everybody knew who I was.
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  • And the worship pastor said...
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  • Of course, I don't know if he was called worship pastor,
  • 00:13:38.270 --> 00:13:40.200
  • he might have been called music leader, you know.
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  • I don't know. But he said, You know what?
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  • On this last chorus, let's just all lift our hands
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  • as we sing this.
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  • And I remember thinking, let's not all lift our hands
  • 00:13:51.100 --> 00:13:53.230
  • while we sing this.
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  • But everybody did, and so this is what I did.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • I remember that, but I also remember
  • 00:14:06.240 --> 00:14:10.030
  • the first time I thought, you know,
  • 00:14:10.060 --> 00:14:12.050
  • I got saved in a motel room and I don't care
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:14.270
  • what anybody thinks.
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  • I'm gonna stand like this in church.
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  • [Applause]
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  • And I am going to give Him the praise He deserves from me,
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  • no matter what anybody thinks.
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  • So, if you want to strengthen your walk
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  • with God, learn to worship.
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  • Learn to express your worship to God.
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  • Here's number two, knees.
  • 00:14:36.270 --> 00:14:39.090
  • Isaiah 35 said, Make firm the feeble knees.
  • 00:14:39.120 --> 00:14:42.090
  • Knees refer to prayer.
  • 00:14:42.120 --> 00:14:44.120
  • If you're not physically able to kneel,
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  • that doesn't mean you can't pray,
  • 00:14:46.100 --> 00:14:47.230
  • so please don't --
  • 00:14:47.260 --> 00:14:49.130
  • I'm just saying in the Bible it refers to prayer, okay?
  • 00:14:49.160 --> 00:14:51.270
  • 1 Kings 8:54, And so it was,
  • 00:14:52.000 --> 00:14:55.180
  • when Solomon had finished praying
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  • all this prayer and supplication to the Lord,
  • 00:14:58.130 --> 00:15:01.100
  • watch, that he arose from before the altar of the Lord,
  • 00:15:01.130 --> 00:15:05.120
  • from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven
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  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17, I'm gonna skip down a little bit.
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  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Never stop praying.
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  • Never stop praying.
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  • Philippians 4:6, Be anxious for nothing.
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  • How could you be anxious for nothing?
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  • The very next part tells you,
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  • In everything by prayer and supplication,
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  • with thanksgiving, let your requests
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  • be made known to God.
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  • That's the only way you're ever going to learn
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  • to get over anxiety.
  • 00:15:40.160 --> 00:15:42.110
  • You know, the problem is that we think about things,
  • 00:15:42.140 --> 00:15:45.160
  • and we think about things, and we think about them,
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  • and the more we think about them, the more anxious
  • 00:15:48.010 --> 00:15:50.200
  • and the more worried we get.
  • 00:15:50.230 --> 00:15:53.130
  • But if we'd pray about it...
  • 00:15:53.160 --> 00:15:55.210
  • Okay, so let me explain something to you
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:15:56.250
  • about prayer, okay?
  • 00:15:56.280 --> 00:15:58.140
  • I'm going to read you a Scripture that you've heard,
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  • that again, when you go to the root of a word,
  • 00:16:02.160 --> 00:16:06.050
  • it's wonderful once you find out what it means.
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  • Proverbs 16:3 says, Commit, I want you to notice
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  • this word, commit, your works to the Lord
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  • and your thoughts will be established.
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  • The word commit, it's a Hebrew word, it's galal.
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  • It's in the... it's obviously Old Testament
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  • because it's Hebrew, 18 times.
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  • 11 of those times it is not translated commit,
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  • it is translated roll away.
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  • Prayer is rolling off the burden.
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  • It's getting on your knees and rolling it off.
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  • If you go into your prayer closet...
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  • I heard Pastor Jimmy Evans say this,
  • 00:16:48.110 --> 00:16:50.030
  • so I want to take credit for it, but I can't.
  • 00:16:50.060 --> 00:16:52.080
  • Pastor Jimmy said it this way.
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  • He said, If you go in your prayer closet,
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  • and you come out and you still have the burden,
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  • you didn't pray, you just griped.
  • 00:16:58.290 --> 00:17:01.190
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:17:01.220 --> 00:17:03.190
  • Cause prayer is rolling off the burden,
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  • but here's what we do, and I've shared this before,
  • 00:17:07.250 --> 00:17:10.230
  • but it bears sharing it again.
  • 00:17:10.260 --> 00:17:12.070
  • We say, Lord, I can't carry this anymore,
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  • it's too heavy for me.
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  • I'm just gonna lay it at Your feet, Lord.
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  • I'm just gonna lay it at Your feet.
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  • I'm gonna leave it at Your feet, Lord.
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  • I'm just gonna lay it at Your feet.
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  • Well, if You're just gonna sit there.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Sheep were never designed to carry burdens.
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  • You have never heard anyone say I'm going on a safari
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  • and I need to rent some pack sheep.
  • 00:17:49.150 --> 00:17:52.160
  • [Laughter]
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  • You are designed to carry burdens
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  • only to the feet of Jesus,
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  • and you're not even designed to walk with them.
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  • You're designed, that when it puts on you,
  • 00:18:02.170 --> 00:18:04.020
  • you just turn around and lay it at His feet.
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  • That's as far as you can carry a burden right there.
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  • That's what prayer does.
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  • That's how your knees are strengthened.
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  • And here's number three, hearts.
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  • Isaiah 35:4, Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
  • 00:18:15.230 --> 00:18:21.120
  • notice what the heart does when it's not given over to God.
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  • Fear comes in and takes over.
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  • But it says, Say to those, Be strong, do not fear!
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  • Okay, this term, Be strong,
  • 00:18:30.260 --> 00:18:32.090
  • is in the Bible more than you think,
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  • and it's spiritual fathers to spiritual sons.
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  • Joshua - you've heard, Be strong and of good courage,
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  • or Be strong and very courageous.
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  • What you may not know is Joshua heard it seven times,
  • 00:18:43.120 --> 00:18:47.090
  • so I'm gonna do it quickly for you.
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  • Three times Moses said it, three times God said it,
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  • and then one time the children of Israel said it to him.
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  • So, Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and of good courage.
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  • This is Moses, talking to Joshua.
  • 00:18:57.280 --> 00:19:00.060
  • 31:7, Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight
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  • of all Israel, 'Be strong and of good courage.'
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  • Deuteronomy 31:23, Then He inaugurated,
  • 00:19:06.270 --> 00:19:09.270
  • or laid His hands on, Joshua the son of Nun, and said,
  • 00:19:10.000 --> 00:19:12.120
  • 'Be strong and of good courage.'"
  • 00:19:12.150 --> 00:19:14.030
  • In Joshua 1, God shows up and says Moses is dead.
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  • Moses is dead, you're the leader now.
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  • Verse 6, He says, But be strong and of good courage.
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  • Verse 7, Be strong and very courageous.
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  • Verse 9, Have I not commanded you,
  • 00:19:25.220 --> 00:19:28.060
  • be strong and of good courage
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  • Then Joshua shares with all of Israel
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  • what the Lord said to him, and they answered him, Verse 17.
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  • Just as we heeded Moses in all things,
  • 00:19:35.220 --> 00:19:37.190
  • so we will heed you.
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  • Only be strong and of good courage.
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  • Personally, if I was Joshua, by now I'd have thought,
  • 00:19:42.170 --> 00:19:45.160
  • I wonder what's up ahead of me.
  • 00:19:45.190 --> 00:19:47.080
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:19:47.110 --> 00:19:49.030
  • But here's what God was doing, and here's what they were doing,
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  • and this is how you be strong.
  • 00:19:52.130 --> 00:19:54.070
  • Moses was putting a word in his heart.
  • 00:19:54.100 --> 00:19:59.130
  • What he was saying was you're going to win,
  • 00:19:59.160 --> 00:20:02.210
  • you just have to be strong, and you have to be courageous.
  • 00:20:02.240 --> 00:20:05.250
  • Don't fear. You're going to win.
  • 00:20:05.280 --> 00:20:08.230
  • God is going to give you this Promised Land.
  • 00:20:08.260 --> 00:20:10.240
  • He was putting the word of God in his heart.
  • 00:20:10.270 --> 00:20:13.010
  • All right, David told Solomon, on his death bed,
  • 00:20:13.040 --> 00:20:18.140
  • I go the way of all the earth. This is 1 Kings 2:2.
  • 00:20:18.170 --> 00:20:22.050
  • Be strong therefore, and prove yourself a man.
  • 00:20:22.080 --> 00:20:25.210
  • Paul told Timothy, in 2 Timothy 2:1,
  • 00:20:25.240 --> 00:20:28.250
  • and 2 Timothy is the last book he wrote.
  • 00:20:28.280 --> 00:20:31.250
  • He's gonna be dead in less than two years.
  • 00:20:31.280 --> 00:20:35.050
  • You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace
  • 00:20:35.080 --> 00:20:38.270
  • that is in Christ Jesus. So, how do you be strong?
  • 00:20:39.000 --> 00:20:42.010
  • Well, look at that verse one more time.
  • 00:20:42.040 --> 00:20:44.040
  • Be strong in the grace that's in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:48.150
  • So, it's not your own strength.
  • 00:20:48.180 --> 00:20:50.110
  • It's not by might, it's not by power,
  • 00:20:50.140 --> 00:20:53.110
  • it's by the Spirit of the Lord. Right?
  • 00:20:53.140 --> 00:20:56.160
  • So, how do you become strong?
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  • Listen to me carefully.
  • 00:20:59.170 --> 00:21:01.010
  • You get the word in your heart.
  • 00:21:01.040 --> 00:21:03.260
  • You get the word in your heart,
  • 00:21:03.290 --> 00:21:05.240
  • because when you have a word from God,
  • 00:21:05.270 --> 00:21:08.030
  • it doesn't matter what comes against you.
  • 00:21:08.060 --> 00:21:09.240
  • You think, God already told me this.
  • 00:21:09.270 --> 00:21:11.280
  • God told me that this was going to happen.
  • 00:21:12.010 --> 00:21:14.140
  • But if you don't have a word, then you get fearful,
  • 00:21:14.170 --> 00:21:17.230
  • and then all of these thoughts go through your mind.
  • 00:21:17.260 --> 00:21:19.260
  • So, get the Word in your heart.
  • 00:21:19.290 --> 00:21:21.070
  • Deuteronomy 6:6, And these words which I command you today
  • 00:21:21.100 --> 00:21:23.290
  • shall be in your heart.
  • 00:21:24.020 --> 00:21:25.150
  • Deuteronomy 11:18, Therefore you shall lay up
  • 00:21:25.180 --> 00:21:27.250
  • these words of Mine in your heart.
  • 00:21:27.280 --> 00:21:29.280
  • Psalm 119:11, very famous, Your word I've hidden in my heart.
  • 00:21:30.010 --> 00:21:34.050
  • It goes on to say, that I might not sin against You.
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:36.090
  • Now, let me show you.
  • 00:21:36.120 --> 00:21:37.260
  • There are a lot of verses in the New Testament
  • 00:21:37.290 --> 00:21:40.120
  • that are also in the Old Testament.
  • 00:21:40.150 --> 00:21:42.040
  • So, let me show you one.
  • 00:21:42.070 --> 00:21:43.170
  • Ephesians 4:26, have you ever heard this Scripture?
  • 00:21:43.200 --> 00:21:46.130
  • Be angry and do not sin.
  • 00:21:46.160 --> 00:21:49.070
  • Have you ever heard that Scripture?
  • 00:21:49.100 --> 00:21:50.100
  • Be angry and do not sin.
  • 00:21:50.130 --> 00:21:52.150
  • Okay, and then it says, Don't let the sun
  • 00:21:52.180 --> 00:21:54.080
  • go down on your wrath.
  • 00:21:54.110 --> 00:21:55.100
  • Okay, watch this, Old Testament, Psalm 4:4.
  • 00:21:55.130 --> 00:21:59.140
  • Be angry and do not sin. How do you do that, though?
  • 00:21:59.170 --> 00:22:04.270
  • Meditate within your heart on your bed and be still.
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  • I didn't have time to go all through
  • 00:22:09.220 --> 00:22:11.190
  • all of the Scriptures, but, The man who meditates
  • 00:22:11.220 --> 00:22:14.110
  • on the word of God day and night,
  • 00:22:14.140 --> 00:22:15.290
  • everything he does will prosper.
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  • A man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly,
  • 00:22:18.060 --> 00:22:20.130
  • but he walks uprightly, he meditates on the word of God,
  • 00:22:20.160 --> 00:22:23.290
  • and he will have good success
  • 00:22:24.020 --> 00:22:25.110
  • It's over, and over, and over in the Bible.
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  • You meditate on the word of God.
  • 00:22:28.130 --> 00:22:30.070
  • So, meditate means to think on, all right?
  • 00:22:30.100 --> 00:22:33.160
  • So, let me just say this.
  • 00:22:33.190 --> 00:22:35.190
  • Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night
  • 00:22:35.220 --> 00:22:38.190
  • and started thinking about something
  • 00:22:38.220 --> 00:22:41.040
  • and couldn't go back to sleep?
  • 00:22:41.070 --> 00:22:43.080
  • Am I the only one that's ever happened to?
  • 00:22:43.110 --> 00:22:45.200
  • And has that happened to anybody else?
  • 00:22:45.230 --> 00:22:47.050
  • Has that happened to you? Okay.
  • 00:22:47.080 --> 00:22:49.290
  • Let me tell you what you do when that happens.
  • 00:22:50.020 --> 00:22:52.160
  • You meditate on the word of God.
  • 00:22:52.190 --> 00:22:55.220
  • So, I woke up one night, could not go back to sleep.
  • 00:22:55.250 --> 00:22:58.280
  • Thinking, thinking, thinking about a problem I had,
  • 00:22:59.010 --> 00:23:02.140
  • trying to figure it out, and the Lord said to me,
  • 00:23:02.170 --> 00:23:05.230
  • Stop it, just like that. Stop it.
  • 00:23:05.260 --> 00:23:10.180
  • And He said, Start speaking the word.
  • 00:23:10.210 --> 00:23:13.260
  • So, now I didn't do it out loud, because Debbie
  • 00:23:13.290 --> 00:23:16.130
  • was still sleeping wonderfully,
  • 00:23:16.160 --> 00:23:17.280
  • so I didn't want to bother her, but I just started
  • 00:23:18.010 --> 00:23:21.030
  • quoting a Scripture that I've memorized over the years.
  • 00:23:21.060 --> 00:23:23.190
  • So, I started quoting Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd.
  • 00:23:23.220 --> 00:23:30.060
  • And I remember stopping, thinking,
  • 00:23:30.090 --> 00:23:33.050
  • the Lord is my Shepherd.
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  • What in the world am I worried about?
  • 00:23:36.190 --> 00:23:39.010
  • I shall not want for anything.
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  • The Lord is my Shepherd.
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  • And I started going through, and before I could get
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  • through the Psalm, I went back to sleep.
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  • And, I had a dream, and when I woke up,
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  • I had the solution to the problem.
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  • [Applause]
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  • God spoke to me, just like that.
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  • I'm telling you, I know these sound simple.
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  • I know they sound simple.
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  • Worship, pray, and read the word,
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  • and the Messiah will strengthen you.
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  • That's where strength comes from.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Isn't it amazing that no matter how long
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  • we've known the Lord, we still go through
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  • wilderness seasons?
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  • And yet, in the wilderness God provides strength,
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  • and I've given you three simple ways to strengthen yourself.
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  • That's with your hands, your knees, and your heart.
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  • In other words, lifting your hands in worship,
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  • but not just your hands, obviously -
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  • entering into His presence.
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  • That is bowing before Him, kneeling before Him in prayer,
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  • and that is meditating in your heart on the word of God -
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  • worship, prayer, and the word.
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  • I want to encourage you, whatever wilderness
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  • you're going through right now, spend time worshipping God,
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  • spend time in prayer, and spend time in His word,
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  • and watch God provide strength in the middle of the wilderness.
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  • Hey, I love you so much.
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  • I'm gonna continue this series next time.
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  • 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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  • about any prayer needs you may have.
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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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