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My Maker Is My Mirror: Trading Truth

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November 20, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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My Maker Is My Mirror: Trading Truth

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  • - Paul said, "I'm pressed.
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  • It's true, but I'm not crushed.
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  • One is what I'm thinking,
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  • one is what I'm feeling,
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  • one is what I'm experiencing,
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  • but it is also true
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  • I'm not crushed.
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  • I'm struck down for a minute,
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  • but it's also true
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  • I'm not destroyed.
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  • I'm lonely, but I'm not alone.
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  • I'm weak, but He's strong.
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  • I've got a better word
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  • on the situation.
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  • - The proof that something
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  • is true in your life
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  • is not that you can
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  • understand it
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  • or say "Amen" to it,
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  • but that you can live on it.
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  • That you can live on it.
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  • Sometimes, we are too impressed
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  • with cliches and sometimes
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  • we think something is true
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  • just because it rhymes,
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  • you know?
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  • I found that in preaching
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  • sometimes you can make
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  • something rhyme and it can be
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  • totally, totally opposite.
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  • You know, you can make something
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  • start with the same letter.
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  • Curiosity killed the cat.
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  • That's good, meow.
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  • Amen.
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  • Actually, the original saying
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  • wasn't curiosity
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  • killed the cat;
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  • it was care killed the cat.
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  • And it used to mean that
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  • they fed the cat too much
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  • and he died because
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  • he was too fat.
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  • They cared too much.
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  • And they change it from
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  • care meaning the overfed
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  • him to care,
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  • he was too worried.
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  • So, no it means that
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  • worry killed the cat.
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  • But then, one day,
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  • it just became "curiosity
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  • killed the cat".
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  • Now, there are no statistical
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  • evidences of dead felines
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  • based on inquisitive natures.
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  • But it just sounds good.
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  • And some stuff sounds good,
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  • but it ain't true.
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  • Just because it sounds good,
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  • doesn't mean it is.
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  • Just because it rhymes,
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  • just because it is aligned
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  • with your life experience
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  • up to this point,
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  • doesn't make it true.
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  • Just because it's the way
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  • it's always been for you
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  • and your mom,
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  • it doesn't make it true.
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  • And, so, then we get
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  • really bad advice
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  • and we say really bad things
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  • that sound good
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  • on the surface,
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  • but beneath them,
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  • they're really bad
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  • belief systems.
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  • I thought about
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  • calling this message,
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  • "What's Your B.S.?"
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  • for, Belief System.
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  • "What's Your Belief System?"
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  • I wanted to call it that
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  • because that's what's
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  • driving your life.
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  • They say live your truth.
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  • I heard that before.
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  • Live your truth.
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  • That's the important thing.
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  • Just live your truth.
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  • It sounds good,
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  • but what if my truth is a trap?
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  • What if your truth
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  • isn't the truth?
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  • Do you have to stay
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  • stuck in a story
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  • and call it the truth?
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  • Let me go back to Matthew 4,
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  • "Jesus said, 'It is written,
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  • men shall not live
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  • on bread alone,
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  • but on every word that
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  • comes from the mouth of God.'"
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  • So, then the devil,
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  • he does something that
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  • I was very interested
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  • to study this out,
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  • and if I preached on this
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  • passage 10 times before,
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  • I apologize to the other 10
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  • that I never pointed this out
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  • because I never saw it.
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  • We always assume that
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  • the enemy comes to us
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  • with lies and then we quote
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  • the word of God,
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  • which is the truth,
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  • and then the lies go away.
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  • Okay, fine, whatever.
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  • But many of us love God too much
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  • to just believe a lie
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  • if we see it as a lie.
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  • And so what the enemy does is
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  • he presents you not with a lie,
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  • but with a truth.
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  • The next thing
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  • the enemy does to Jesus,
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  • remember He's hungry,
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  • He's in a weakened
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  • physical state,
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  • He's on the verge of three years
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  • of ministry that
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  • will shape the world
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  • and overturn the Roman Empire.
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  • He's in a period of preparation.
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  • He knows who He is.
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  • He not only knows truth,
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  • but He is Truth.
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  • And so the enemy knows
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  • that the only way that
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  • he can fight truth
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  • is with truth.
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  • And I promise you,
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  • I'm not just trying
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  • to be confusing.
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  • A lot of times,
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  • what the enemy will attack
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  • you with is a truth.
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  • A truth.
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  • And in this particular instance
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  • the devil took Him
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  • to the holy city, verse 5,
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  • and had Him stand on
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  • the highest point
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  • of the temple.
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  • "'If You are the Son of God,
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  • throw Yourself down,
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  • for it is written...'"
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  • The enemy doesn't attack Jesus
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  • with a lie;
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  • he attacks Him
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  • with a Bible verse.
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  • He quotes to Jesus
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  • Psalm 91:11-12.
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  • He quotes the word of God
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  • to the word of God.
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  • "'For it is written
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  • He will command His angels
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  • concerning you and they will
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  • lift you up in their hands
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  • so that you will not strike
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  • your foot against a stone.'"
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  • That's true.
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  • That's actually true.
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  • This is not made up,
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  • this is not imaginary,
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  • it is the word of God,
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  • it is the truth.
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  • So, here's what I'm realizing
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  • in my life.
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  • A lot of times,
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  • I'm not deciding between
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  • a lie and the truth,
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  • a lot of times,
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  • I'm stuck between two truths.
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  • One, is the truth
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  • of my situation
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  • and one, is the truth
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  • of my revelation.
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  • I told you, Holly,
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  • this was going to be
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  • the best one.
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  • One is the truth of
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  • what I'm going through
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  • and the other is the truth
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  • of Whose standing with me
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  • in the fire as I go through it.
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  • So, I got two truths.
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  • I've got two truths.
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  • And what Jesus said
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  • was so powerful.
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  • When the enemy tried
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  • to get Him to turn the stones
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  • into bread, He said,
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  • "It is written...'"
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  • because He knew the temptation
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  • to turn something
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  • into something that it's not.
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  • A lot of times,
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  • we try to do this
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  • with relationships;
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  • we try to turn them into
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  • something they are not.
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  • We turn people into our God
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  • and we need their approval
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  • more than we need
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  • God's approval.
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  • And then when they
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  • disappoint us,
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  • we lose our hope
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  • because we try to turn
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  • stones into bread.
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  • You know, some of us try
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  • to turn money into security,
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  • but your trust was
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  • never supposed to be
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  • in resources.
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  • Your trust was supposed to be
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  • in the One your help comes from.
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  • The source.
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  • You're supposed to lift
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  • your eyes to Him.
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  • Your trust was never
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  • supposed to be in the stuff.
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  • Your trust was supposed
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  • to be in the source.
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  • But when you don't know
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  • the truth of who you are,
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  • you will try to turn
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  • stones into bread,
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  • and you will try to live off
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  • of people's compliments,
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  • and then so you die
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  • by the criticism because
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  • you try to turn it into
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  • what it was not.
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  • And you trade the truth
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  • for a lie.
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  • And you trade the truth
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  • of God's assessment of you
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  • for someone else's
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  • opinion of you
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  • "...serving created things,
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  • rather than the Creator --
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  • who is forever blessed, Amen."
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  • Romans 1:25.
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  • I love what Jesus said.
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  • I never saw it before.
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  • Did you ever see this
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  • before I preached, at 9:30?
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  • I never saw it.
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  • The first and He said,
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  • "It is written...",
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  • but this time
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  • He said something different.
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  • He said, 7,
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  • "It is also written..."
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  • What you just said is true,
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  • but I know something truer.
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  • It's true I made
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  • some mistakes in my life,
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  • but it's also true that
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  • my greatest mistake
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  • has the potential to become
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  • my greatest miracle.
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  • It's true, but it's also true.
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  • Somebody shout,
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  • "It's also true."
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  • Come on, shout it
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  • from Riverwalk to Roanoke,
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  • "It's also true."
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  • Paul said, "I'm pressed,
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  • it's true, but I'm not crushed."
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  • See, I know how to stand
  • 00:08:58.210 --> 00:08:59.190
  • between two truths.
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  • One is what I'm thinking,
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  • one is what I'm feeling,
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  • one is what the doctor said.
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  • One is what I'm experiencing,
  • 00:09:08.100 --> 00:09:11.080
  • but it is also true
  • 00:09:11.080 --> 00:09:12.250
  • I'm not crushed.
  • 00:09:12.250 --> 00:09:15.150
  • I'm persecuted, is true,
  • 00:09:15.150 --> 00:09:17.170
  • but I'm not abandoned.
  • 00:09:17.170 --> 00:09:18.290
  • It's also true.
  • 00:09:18.290 --> 00:09:20.240
  • I'm struck down for a minute,
  • 00:09:20.240 --> 00:09:22.200
  • but it's also true
  • 00:09:22.200 --> 00:09:24.000
  • I'm not destroyed.
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  • I'm lonely,
  • 00:09:25.120 --> 00:09:26.220
  • but I'm not alone.
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  • I'm weak, but He strong.
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  • Poor, but He's rich.
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  • It is also written.
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  • I've got a better word
  • 00:09:39.120 --> 00:09:40.160
  • on the situation.
  • 00:09:40.160 --> 00:09:42.210
  • I've got a new truth.
  • 00:09:54.130 --> 00:09:56.250
  • I've got a new truth.
  • 00:09:57.020 --> 00:10:00.020
  • I've got a new truth.
  • 00:10:00.020 --> 00:10:02.210
  • That means I know
  • 00:10:02.210 --> 00:10:03.210
  • the difference between
  • 00:10:03.210 --> 00:10:05.050
  • my truth and my story.
  • 00:10:08.120 --> 00:10:11.120
  • So, when Jesus was
  • 00:10:11.120 --> 00:10:13.020
  • confronted by the Jews,
  • 00:10:13.020 --> 00:10:15.100
  • He had a conversation
  • 00:10:15.100 --> 00:10:16.040
  • with them about truth
  • 00:10:16.040 --> 00:10:17.180
  • and it says that
  • 00:10:17.180 --> 00:10:19.000
  • many of the Jews
  • 00:10:19.000 --> 00:10:19.210
  • had believed in Him
  • 00:10:19.210 --> 00:10:21.000
  • because of what He did,
  • 00:10:21.000 --> 00:10:22.020
  • but they didn't fully
  • 00:10:22.020 --> 00:10:22.260
  • understand who He was.
  • 00:10:22.260 --> 00:10:25.040
  • And they were putting
  • 00:10:25.040 --> 00:10:25.290
  • their faith in Him,
  • 00:10:25.290 --> 00:10:27.010
  • but they were still
  • 00:10:27.010 --> 00:10:27.270
  • attached to the old story,
  • 00:10:27.270 --> 00:10:30.110
  • the old story.
  • 00:10:30.110 --> 00:10:32.080
  • You know, the old story.
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  • The one you tell yourself
  • 00:10:33.020 --> 00:10:33.270
  • about why people reject you.
  • 00:10:34.170 --> 00:10:37.170
  • And you did it as a means
  • 00:10:37.170 --> 00:10:39.110
  • of survival because
  • 00:10:39.110 --> 00:10:42.000
  • it's sometimes easier for you
  • 00:10:42.000 --> 00:10:43.250
  • to reject yourself in advance
  • 00:10:43.250 --> 00:10:45.280
  • than to put yourself out there
  • 00:10:45.280 --> 00:10:47.150
  • and risk rejection again.
  • 00:10:47.150 --> 00:10:49.150
  • So, when you can't
  • 00:10:49.150 --> 00:10:50.070
  • touch the bottom,
  • 00:10:50.070 --> 00:10:51.040
  • you tell yourself
  • 00:10:51.040 --> 00:10:52.120
  • a story for survival.
  • 00:10:52.170 --> 00:10:55.170
  • It's called "pre-jection".
  • 00:10:55.170 --> 00:10:58.000
  • It's one instead of dealing
  • 00:10:58.000 --> 00:10:59.090
  • with the reality of rejection
  • 00:10:59.090 --> 00:11:01.070
  • and healing from it, you begin
  • 00:11:01.070 --> 00:11:02.290
  • to tell yourself a story
  • 00:11:02.290 --> 00:11:04.180
  • about how worthless you are,
  • 00:11:04.180 --> 00:11:06.150
  • and now you stay alone because
  • 00:11:06.150 --> 00:11:08.030
  • to really be loved
  • 00:11:08.030 --> 00:11:09.190
  • requires vulnerability
  • 00:11:09.190 --> 00:11:10.260
  • for the sake of connection
  • 00:11:10.260 --> 00:11:12.140
  • so you would rather stay stuck
  • 00:11:12.140 --> 00:11:14.020
  • in an old story
  • 00:11:14.020 --> 00:11:15.080
  • than embrace a new truth.
  • 00:11:16.220 --> 00:11:19.220
  • "And Jesus said to the Jews
  • 00:11:19.220 --> 00:11:20.250
  • who believed in Him..."
  • 00:11:20.250 --> 00:11:21.200
  • -- watch this and John 8:32:
  • 00:11:21.200 --> 00:11:24.170
  • "He said,
  • 00:11:24.170 --> 00:11:25.110
  • 'You will know the truth
  • 00:11:25.110 --> 00:11:28.060
  • and the truth
  • 00:11:28.060 --> 00:11:28.240
  • will set you free.'"
  • 00:11:28.240 --> 00:11:31.160
  • Now, see, the second part
  • 00:11:31.160 --> 00:11:32.220
  • of that does not work
  • 00:11:32.220 --> 00:11:33.290
  • without the first.
  • 00:11:33.290 --> 00:11:36.030
  • "You will know the truth."
  • 00:11:36.030 --> 00:11:38.060
  • This is not
  • 00:11:38.060 --> 00:11:38.270
  • a propositional statement.
  • 00:11:38.270 --> 00:11:40.270
  • This doesn't mean
  • 00:11:40.270 --> 00:11:41.180
  • you will be able
  • 00:11:41.180 --> 00:11:42.110
  • to quote the truth.
  • 00:11:42.110 --> 00:11:44.090
  • To know the truth is not
  • 00:11:44.090 --> 00:11:45.160
  • to quote the truth,
  • 00:11:45.160 --> 00:11:47.020
  • it's to trust in it.
  • 00:11:47.020 --> 00:11:49.250
  • It's to trust in the truth.
  • 00:11:50.270 --> 00:11:53.270
  • And what you trust in
  • 00:11:53.270 --> 00:11:55.260
  • is what is true to you.
  • 00:11:56.030 --> 00:11:59.030
  • What you trust in
  • 00:11:59.030 --> 00:12:00.250
  • is what is true to you.
  • 00:12:02.080 --> 00:12:05.080
  • That's why He wouldn't
  • 00:12:05.080 --> 00:12:06.170
  • turn the stone to bread.
  • 00:12:06.180 --> 00:12:09.180
  • It wouldn't have been a sin
  • 00:12:09.180 --> 00:12:10.140
  • for Him to do it;
  • 00:12:10.140 --> 00:12:12.290
  • it would have been a substitute.
  • 00:12:13.130 --> 00:12:16.130
  • I don't live by that.
  • 00:12:16.130 --> 00:12:18.150
  • I don't trust in that.
  • 00:12:18.150 --> 00:12:21.000
  • That's not my truth.
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:24.270
  • When you know the truth --
  • 00:12:24.270 --> 00:12:27.060
  • and a lot of times
  • 00:12:27.060 --> 00:12:27.270
  • we think we know the truth
  • 00:12:27.270 --> 00:12:29.070
  • better than we do.
  • 00:12:29.190 --> 00:12:32.190
  • We think we know what
  • 00:12:32.190 --> 00:12:33.100
  • other people are like
  • 00:12:33.100 --> 00:12:34.140
  • because we've never traded
  • 00:12:34.140 --> 00:12:35.070
  • truth with them.
  • 00:12:37.100 --> 00:12:40.100
  • We think we know what
  • 00:12:40.100 --> 00:12:41.110
  • we would do if we were them.
  • 00:12:42.160 --> 00:12:45.160
  • Sit down with a single mom.
  • 00:12:45.250 --> 00:12:48.250
  • You know what she would do
  • 00:12:48.250 --> 00:12:49.170
  • if you were them,
  • 00:12:49.170 --> 00:12:50.030
  • you would have
  • 00:12:50.030 --> 00:12:50.160
  • a pill addiction.
  • 00:12:50.160 --> 00:12:51.050
  • You wouldn't make it
  • 00:12:51.050 --> 00:12:51.210
  • out of bed in the morning.
  • 00:12:51.210 --> 00:12:52.180
  • You wouldn't be
  • 00:12:52.180 --> 00:12:53.270
  • strong enough to do it.
  • 00:12:53.270 --> 00:12:56.230
  • Well, if I were them,
  • 00:12:56.230 --> 00:12:58.130
  • I'll tell you what right now,
  • 00:12:58.130 --> 00:12:59.190
  • if I was running
  • 00:12:59.190 --> 00:13:00.060
  • that Elevation Church,
  • 00:13:00.060 --> 00:13:01.070
  • I'd do a few things differently,
  • 00:13:01.070 --> 00:13:02.170
  • I sure will say that right now"
  • 00:13:02.170 --> 00:13:04.270
  • [laughter]
  • 00:13:09.280 --> 00:13:12.280
  • So, Jesus is trading truth.
  • 00:13:12.280 --> 00:13:13.290
  • Oh, it is written,
  • 00:13:13.290 --> 00:13:14.190
  • it is also written.
  • 00:13:14.190 --> 00:13:16.140
  • Okay.
  • 00:13:16.140 --> 00:13:17.160
  • I'm accepting it,
  • 00:13:17.160 --> 00:13:19.120
  • but it's not --
  • 00:13:19.120 --> 00:13:20.200
  • it's not my truth,
  • 00:13:20.200 --> 00:13:21.190
  • it's just my story.
  • 00:13:21.190 --> 00:13:24.120
  • Sometimes you can live
  • 00:13:24.120 --> 00:13:25.140
  • in a story so long that
  • 00:13:25.140 --> 00:13:26.160
  • you become a slave to it.
  • 00:13:31.090 --> 00:13:34.090
  • Have you become a slave
  • 00:13:34.090 --> 00:13:35.090
  • to your own story?
  • 00:13:35.090 --> 00:13:37.210
  • To the extent that you now
  • 00:13:37.210 --> 00:13:38.170
  • think it's the truth?
  • 00:13:39.210 --> 00:13:42.210
  • The Jews had --
  • 00:13:42.210 --> 00:13:43.130
  • Jesus said, "You will know
  • 00:13:43.130 --> 00:13:44.210
  • the truth and the truth
  • 00:13:44.210 --> 00:13:45.160
  • will set you free."
  • 00:13:45.160 --> 00:13:47.280
  • And the next thing they said,
  • 00:13:47.280 --> 00:13:50.100
  • the response that they had
  • 00:13:50.100 --> 00:13:51.230
  • to that shows us just how
  • 00:13:51.230 --> 00:13:54.040
  • embedded their identity
  • 00:13:54.040 --> 00:13:55.140
  • had become in their story --
  • 00:13:55.140 --> 00:13:56.250
  • because you got to remember
  • 00:13:56.250 --> 00:13:59.110
  • some of these are people
  • 00:13:59.110 --> 00:14:00.030
  • who had spent 430 years
  • 00:14:00.030 --> 00:14:01.280
  • in Egypt as slaves,
  • 00:14:01.280 --> 00:14:04.050
  • making bricks without
  • 00:14:04.050 --> 00:14:05.000
  • straw under Pharaoh.
  • 00:14:05.000 --> 00:14:07.110
  • They had been taken captive
  • 00:14:07.110 --> 00:14:08.070
  • by the Babylonians,
  • 00:14:08.070 --> 00:14:10.010
  • the Assyrians, multiple times
  • 00:14:10.010 --> 00:14:13.000
  • before Jesus came
  • 00:14:13.000 --> 00:14:13.260
  • onto the scene.
  • 00:14:13.260 --> 00:14:15.190
  • And when He said,
  • 00:14:15.190 --> 00:14:16.270
  • "You will know the truth,
  • 00:14:16.270 --> 00:14:17.200
  • and the truth will
  • 00:14:17.200 --> 00:14:18.080
  • set you free,"
  • 00:14:18.080 --> 00:14:19.010
  • it offended them,
  • 00:14:19.010 --> 00:14:20.270
  • so they look back at Him,
  • 00:14:20.270 --> 00:14:22.000
  • in verse 33 and said,
  • 00:14:22.000 --> 00:14:24.140
  • "We are Abraham's descendents
  • 00:14:24.140 --> 00:14:25.250
  • and have never been
  • 00:14:25.250 --> 00:14:26.170
  • slaves of anyone."
  • 00:14:26.280 --> 00:14:29.280
  • The same people who had spent
  • 00:14:29.280 --> 00:14:32.030
  • centuries as slaves
  • 00:14:32.030 --> 00:14:34.150
  • had told themselves a story
  • 00:14:34.150 --> 00:14:36.290
  • that had become so true
  • 00:14:36.290 --> 00:14:38.160
  • to them they no longer knew
  • 00:14:38.160 --> 00:14:39.190
  • the difference.
  • 00:14:39.190 --> 00:14:42.070
  • A lot of times in my life
  • 00:14:42.070 --> 00:14:44.150
  • I've lied to myself so much
  • 00:14:44.160 --> 00:14:47.160
  • that my lies became
  • 00:14:47.160 --> 00:14:49.000
  • truer than my truth.
  • 00:14:50.240 --> 00:14:53.240
  • It is pretty good.
  • 00:14:56.010 --> 00:14:59.010
  • I don't willingly exchange
  • 00:14:59.050 --> 00:15:02.070
  • the truth for a lie.
  • 00:15:02.070 --> 00:15:04.240
  • It's just that certain lies
  • 00:15:04.240 --> 00:15:07.050
  • I tell myself
  • 00:15:07.050 --> 00:15:07.250
  • I've learned to love.
  • 00:15:08.230 --> 00:15:11.230
  • I like self-pity,
  • 00:15:11.230 --> 00:15:14.010
  • it's comfortable,
  • 00:15:14.010 --> 00:15:15.260
  • it's my Snuggie for my soul
  • 00:15:17.030 --> 00:15:20.030
  • to feel sorry for myself.
  • 00:15:20.030 --> 00:15:22.290
  • No one's checking on me.
  • 00:15:22.290 --> 00:15:24.250
  • No one cares about me
  • 00:15:24.250 --> 00:15:26.260
  • you know why?
  • 00:15:26.260 --> 00:15:28.090
  • Because I don't want
  • 00:15:28.090 --> 00:15:28.270
  • to check on anybody,
  • 00:15:28.270 --> 00:15:30.160
  • so, rather than face the fact
  • 00:15:30.160 --> 00:15:31.250
  • of the truth that
  • 00:15:31.250 --> 00:15:32.180
  • I'm not checking on anybody,
  • 00:15:32.180 --> 00:15:34.010
  • I would rather tell myself
  • 00:15:34.010 --> 00:15:35.020
  • the story that
  • 00:15:35.020 --> 00:15:35.270
  • nobody's checking on me.
  • 00:15:37.070 --> 00:15:40.070
  • I've never seen every collective
  • 00:15:40.070 --> 00:15:41.130
  • head-nod in the church
  • 00:15:41.130 --> 00:15:43.170
  • like it just happened
  • 00:15:43.170 --> 00:15:44.050
  • at Ballantyne.
  • 00:15:44.050 --> 00:15:46.190
  • When you become a slave
  • 00:15:46.190 --> 00:15:48.030
  • to your story,
  • 00:15:49.260 --> 00:15:52.260
  • you die a death
  • 00:15:52.260 --> 00:15:53.140
  • between two truths.
  • 00:15:53.140 --> 00:15:55.280
  • And preaching to somebody today
  • 00:15:55.280 --> 00:15:57.130
  • who's standing
  • 00:15:57.130 --> 00:15:58.050
  • between two truths.
  • 00:15:58.050 --> 00:16:00.050
  • One is the old story,
  • 00:16:00.050 --> 00:16:02.070
  • the way you always
  • 00:16:02.070 --> 00:16:03.020
  • saw yourself.
  • 00:16:03.020 --> 00:16:04.270
  • You know if David had
  • 00:16:04.270 --> 00:16:05.170
  • stayed stuck in his old story,
  • 00:16:05.170 --> 00:16:07.060
  • he never would have thrown that
  • 00:16:07.060 --> 00:16:08.020
  • stone at Goliath's forehead?
  • 00:16:08.020 --> 00:16:10.230
  • Because the way
  • 00:16:10.230 --> 00:16:11.090
  • his brother saw him was,
  • 00:16:11.090 --> 00:16:12.170
  • "You're just down here
  • 00:16:12.170 --> 00:16:13.060
  • to make trouble
  • 00:16:13.060 --> 00:16:13.220
  • and you didn't even
  • 00:16:13.220 --> 00:16:14.070
  • get anybody to keep the sheep."
  • 00:16:14.070 --> 00:16:17.050
  • There comes a time
  • 00:16:17.050 --> 00:16:17.280
  • when you have to challenge
  • 00:16:17.280 --> 00:16:19.140
  • your old story so that
  • 00:16:19.140 --> 00:16:20.280
  • the truth can set you free.
  • 00:16:23.200 --> 00:16:26.200
  • They used to train us
  • 00:16:26.200 --> 00:16:27.150
  • in evangelism that
  • 00:16:27.150 --> 00:16:29.160
  • we would ask people,
  • 00:16:29.160 --> 00:16:31.030
  • "How do you know
  • 00:16:31.030 --> 00:16:32.230
  • if you're going to heaven
  • 00:16:32.230 --> 00:16:33.290
  • when you die?"
  • 00:16:33.290 --> 00:16:34.290
  • And when they said their answer,
  • 00:16:34.290 --> 00:16:36.120
  • you would've asked them
  • 00:16:36.120 --> 00:16:37.000
  • the follow-up question:
  • 00:16:37.000 --> 00:16:38.020
  • "If you were wrong,
  • 00:16:38.020 --> 00:16:39.050
  • would you want to know?"
  • 00:16:39.050 --> 00:16:41.020
  • What a powerful question.
  • 00:16:41.020 --> 00:16:42.290
  • If the story you've been
  • 00:16:42.290 --> 00:16:44.010
  • telling yourself about
  • 00:16:44.010 --> 00:16:45.270
  • where you are and why you are
  • 00:16:45.270 --> 00:16:48.150
  • and what you can,
  • 00:16:48.150 --> 00:16:49.140
  • and what you can't,
  • 00:16:49.140 --> 00:16:50.080
  • -- remember,
  • 00:16:50.080 --> 00:16:51.020
  • the Israelites stayed
  • 00:16:51.020 --> 00:16:52.150
  • stuck in the wilderness
  • 00:16:52.150 --> 00:16:53.240
  • not for 40 days like Jesus
  • 00:16:53.240 --> 00:16:56.030
  • was tempted 40 days,
  • 00:16:56.030 --> 00:16:57.140
  • they were there 40 years.
  • 00:16:57.240 --> 00:17:00.260
  • All because of the story
  • 00:17:00.260 --> 00:17:02.150
  • they told themselves.
  • 00:17:02.150 --> 00:17:04.180
  • They're bigger than us,
  • 00:17:04.180 --> 00:17:05.160
  • they're stronger than us,
  • 00:17:05.160 --> 00:17:06.250
  • they're greater than us.
  • 00:17:06.250 --> 00:17:07.270
  • None of it was true.
  • 00:17:07.270 --> 00:17:09.190
  • But when it becomes true to you,
  • 00:17:09.190 --> 00:17:11.230
  • it will keep you stuck
  • 00:17:11.230 --> 00:17:13.030
  • and you are not stuck
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:14.040
  • in your reality,
  • 00:17:14.040 --> 00:17:15.060
  • you're stuck in your story,
  • 00:17:15.060 --> 00:17:16.290
  • but if the Son sets you free,
  • 00:17:16.290 --> 00:17:19.090
  • if you get this Truth,
  • 00:17:19.090 --> 00:17:21.180
  • So, I want you to stand up
  • 00:17:34.260 --> 00:17:36.020
  • on your feet, right now,
  • 00:17:36.020 --> 00:17:37.030
  • because the spirit of the Lord
  • 00:17:37.030 --> 00:17:39.020
  • is in this place
  • 00:17:39.020 --> 00:17:39.270
  • and where the spirit is,
  • 00:17:39.270 --> 00:17:40.260
  • there is freedom.
  • 00:17:40.260 --> 00:17:43.130
  • Where the spirit of the Lord is,
  • 00:17:43.130 --> 00:17:44.230
  • there is freedom.
  • 00:17:44.230 --> 00:17:46.290
  • And the spirit of the Lord
  • 00:17:46.290 --> 00:17:47.270
  • is leading you, today,
  • 00:17:47.270 --> 00:17:49.050
  • into the wilderness
  • 00:17:49.050 --> 00:17:50.020
  • to set you free from the story
  • 00:17:50.020 --> 00:17:51.180
  • you've been telling yourself,
  • 00:17:51.180 --> 00:17:53.040
  • perhaps, your whole life long.
  • 00:17:54.110 --> 00:17:57.110
  • And I realize,
  • 00:17:57.110 --> 00:17:57.220
  • sometimes it's easier to
  • 00:17:57.220 --> 00:17:59.110
  • tell yourself a story of
  • 00:17:59.110 --> 00:18:01.110
  • why you failed,
  • 00:18:01.110 --> 00:18:02.070
  • and tell yourself a story
  • 00:18:02.070 --> 00:18:03.230
  • that you're a disappointment,
  • 00:18:03.230 --> 00:18:05.060
  • because then you don't have to
  • 00:18:05.060 --> 00:18:06.080
  • actually step out and try,
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  • because you've already
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  • told yourself a story
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  • that I'm a disappointment,
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  • but that's why Jesus
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  • went into the wilderness;
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  • not only to be tempted
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  • by the devil,
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  • but to rewrite a story.
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  • What Moses couldn't do
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  • in 40 years,
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  • Jesus did in 40 days.
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  • He wasn't just fasting,
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  • He was directing a new story.
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  • The gospel is a new story,
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  • the cross is a new ending.
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  • And, you don't have to
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  • turn stones into bread.
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  • You don't have to
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  • trade truth from lies.
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  • And you don't have to
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  • own the story
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  • that you were handed
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  • if it does not match
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  • the reality of
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  • what God has spoken,
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  • not another day.
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  • [applause]
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  • And we say things that
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  • locate us and let us know that
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  • we've embraced our story
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  • and turned it into truth.
  • 00:19:09.230 --> 00:19:12.230
  • And something bad happens
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  • and we say,
  • 00:19:13.200 --> 00:19:14.120
  • "It's the story of my life.
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  • It's the story of my life.
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  • It's the story of my life."
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  • You need a new editor.
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  • You've been letting the enemy
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  • edit the story of your life.
  • 00:19:35.250 --> 00:19:38.250
  • "But it is also written",
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  • it is also written
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  • this tension
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  • between two truths.
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  • What I feel and what I know.
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  • What I was
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  • and what I'm becoming.
  • 00:19:54.070 --> 00:19:54.290
  • This tension between two truths
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  • is exactly how faith grows.
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  • I've been waiting
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  • to preach this message
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  • for a year and a half.
  • 00:20:03.010 --> 00:20:06.010
  • And, today was the day that
  • 00:20:06.010 --> 00:20:07.130
  • God wanted me to preach it
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  • perhaps so that you could
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  • hear it and be set free
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  • from your old story.
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:24.120
  • Are you trapped in an old truth?
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  • When God has given you
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  • a new one?
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  • A higher one, a greater one.
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  • You know, the law was true
  • 00:20:33.020 --> 00:20:35.200
  • "...all have sinned
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  • and fallen short
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  • of the glory of God."
  • 00:20:37.170 --> 00:20:40.170
  • But in Jesus,
  • 00:20:40.170 --> 00:20:41.030
  • "was given grace and truth".
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  • Both are true.
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  • I don't deserve
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  • the blessings of God,
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  • nothing I could do
  • 00:20:49.280 --> 00:20:50.230
  • could earn it,
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:52.130
  • but it is also written
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  • that I am the righteousness
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  • of God in Christ
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  • through faith in Him.
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  • [applause]
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  • God brought you here today
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  • to give you a new truth
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  • and to receive your new truth,
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  • you're going to have to
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  • let go of your old story.
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  • You let go of that old story,
  • 00:21:16.100 --> 00:21:18.240
  • you will know the truth,
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  • and the truth will set you free.
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  • With your head bowed
  • 00:21:22.130 --> 00:21:22.280
  • and your eyes closed
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  • at every location,
  • 00:21:23.210 --> 00:21:24.140
  • no one moving and
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  • disturbing this moment,
  • 00:21:25.250 --> 00:21:28.250
  • what is the story
  • 00:21:28.250 --> 00:21:29.140
  • that God needs to set
  • 00:21:29.140 --> 00:21:30.140
  • you free from today?
  • 00:21:30.140 --> 00:21:33.130
  • The key is your belief
  • 00:21:33.130 --> 00:21:36.070
  • that it is also written
  • 00:21:36.070 --> 00:21:38.200
  • and that the blood of Jesus
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  • has spoken a better word.
  • 00:21:39.130 --> 00:21:42.070
  • There's a new covenant,
  • 00:21:42.070 --> 00:21:44.020
  • a new baptism, a new reality.
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  • Father, I thank You
  • 00:21:48.150 --> 00:21:49.080
  • for each person
  • 00:21:49.080 --> 00:21:50.050
  • who You brought here today
  • 00:21:50.050 --> 00:21:52.270
  • whether they're physically
  • 00:21:52.270 --> 00:21:53.170
  • in the church building
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:54.200
  • or watching on their phone.
  • 00:21:54.290 --> 00:21:57.290
  • Whether tears are
  • 00:21:57.290 --> 00:21:58.120
  • streaming down their face
  • 00:21:58.120 --> 00:21:59.260
  • because they're facing
  • 00:21:59.260 --> 00:22:00.190
  • a situation right now
  • 00:22:00.190 --> 00:22:01.240
  • that's too great for them
  • 00:22:01.240 --> 00:22:04.030
  • or whether they're in a place
  • 00:22:04.030 --> 00:22:05.190
  • in their life where
  • 00:22:05.190 --> 00:22:06.110
  • they've actually accepted
  • 00:22:06.110 --> 00:22:07.110
  • the lie and it no longer
  • 00:22:07.110 --> 00:22:08.080
  • even feels like a lie, anymore.
  • 00:22:08.080 --> 00:22:09.240
  • I pray that You would
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  • disturb those places
  • 00:22:10.140 --> 00:22:13.130
  • of disbelief and dysfunction
  • 00:22:13.130 --> 00:22:14.250
  • in our life so that we can
  • 00:22:14.250 --> 00:22:16.010
  • know the truth and be set free.
  • 00:22:16.120 --> 00:22:19.120
  • We choose the unpredictability
  • 00:22:19.120 --> 00:22:20.230
  • of freedom over the comfort
  • 00:22:20.230 --> 00:22:22.190
  • and the certainty
  • 00:22:22.190 --> 00:22:23.100
  • of slavery today.
  • 00:22:23.100 --> 00:22:24.100
  • We want to be set free.
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  • Thank You for telling us
  • 00:22:28.170 --> 00:22:29.130
  • the truth.
  • 00:22:29.130 --> 00:22:31.160
  • Thank You for speaking over
  • 00:22:31.160 --> 00:22:32.200
  • our lives the true identity.
  • 00:22:35.220 --> 00:22:38.220
  • I asked now, Lord,
  • 00:22:38.220 --> 00:22:39.190
  • that in this moment,
  • 00:22:39.190 --> 00:22:42.160
  • that You would speak Your word
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  • in that personal way
  • 00:22:43.260 --> 00:22:46.260
  • whether it's an area
  • 00:22:46.260 --> 00:22:48.020
  • of bitterness or resentment
  • 00:22:48.020 --> 00:22:50.290
  • or maybe it's something
  • 00:22:50.290 --> 00:22:51.190
  • much more subtle than that
  • 00:22:51.190 --> 00:22:52.280
  • that we been telling ourselves
  • 00:22:52.280 --> 00:22:54.010
  • to keep ourselves
  • 00:22:54.010 --> 00:22:54.260
  • in a cycle of failure.
  • 00:22:55.030 --> 00:22:58.030
  • We believe that
  • 00:22:58.030 --> 00:22:58.180
  • You have called us overcomers
  • 00:22:58.180 --> 00:23:00.160
  • and we will only overcome
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  • - Hey, it really is
  • 00:23:05.290 --> 00:23:06.230
  • a privilege
  • 00:23:06.230 --> 00:23:07.110
  • to share God's Word with you.
  • 00:23:07.110 --> 00:23:08.250
  • Thank you for joining me.
  • 00:23:08.250 --> 00:23:10.070
  • But, each week we just have
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  • a little bit of time together,
  • 00:23:11.160 --> 00:23:13.040
  • and, I'd love to take
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  • just a TV program.
  • 00:23:14.280 --> 00:23:16.240
  • So, if you wanna go deeper,
  • 00:23:16.240 --> 00:23:18.250
  • if you wanna connect
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  • on another level,
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  • you can call or go online,
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  • right now, and request
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  • exclusive resources
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  • from today's message.
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  • We'll make them available to you
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  • with your gift of any amount
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  • to the ministry.
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  • But, I wanna tell you about
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  • something else, too.
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  • Live, every single Sunday,
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  • we broadcast a message
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  • from Elevation Church;
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  • the church where I pastor.
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  • And so, you can tune in,
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  • worship with us,
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  • hear a message,
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  • experience the ministry,
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  • live, as it happens.
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  • And, what's even better,
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  • you can connect with
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  • a community of people
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  • from all over the world;
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  • we call it "E-Fam".
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  • 'E', like Elevation,
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  • 'E', like extended --
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  • it means a lotta
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  • different things.
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  • But, it's just our way,
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  • to connect with you
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  • beyond this broadcast.
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  • I would love for you
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  • to join us, live,
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  • this weekend.
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  • And, you can go online:
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  • StevenFurtick.com/Live.
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  • Don't forget the "slash Live";
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  • it will take you directly
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  • to the details and the times,
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  • so do it now, visit the website.
  • 00:24:13.170 --> 00:24:15.210
  • - God says,
  • 00:24:17.200 --> 00:24:18.120
  • "I made you in My image
  • 00:24:18.120 --> 00:24:20.040
  • because I see Myself in you."
  • 00:24:20.040 --> 00:24:21.250
  • That's what a mirror does
  • 00:24:21.250 --> 00:24:23.020
  • and that's why
  • 00:24:23.020 --> 00:24:23.130
  • God wants to tell you,
  • 00:24:23.130 --> 00:24:24.200
  • "It's not about what you're not;
  • 00:24:24.200 --> 00:24:26.110
  • it's about what I am.
  • 00:24:26.110 --> 00:24:27.170
  • I'm your Maker,
  • 00:24:27.170 --> 00:24:28.200
  • and I'm your mirror.
  • 00:24:28.200 --> 00:24:30.100
  • And I want you to look to Me
  • 00:24:30.100 --> 00:24:32.060
  • for what's unique about you."
  • 00:24:32.060 --> 00:24:33.180
  • And sometimes the pressure
  • 00:24:33.180 --> 00:24:35.030
  • that we feel to be special
  • 00:24:35.030 --> 00:24:37.090
  • comes from culture,
  • 00:24:37.090 --> 00:24:38.190
  • who tells you that
  • 00:24:38.190 --> 00:24:39.250
  • you've got to be
  • 00:24:39.250 --> 00:24:40.130
  • so special, so different,
  • 00:24:40.130 --> 00:24:42.090
  • so unique, so set apart,
  • 00:24:42.090 --> 00:24:43.230
  • but you already are.
  • 00:24:44.060 --> 00:24:47.060
  • You already are.
  • 00:24:47.060 --> 00:24:49.070
  • When you live out of that place,
  • 00:24:49.070 --> 00:24:50.260
  • it affects you to be able
  • 00:24:50.260 --> 00:24:53.080
  • to do it for purpose,
  • 00:24:53.080 --> 00:24:55.200
  • and not for proof.
  • 00:24:55.200 --> 00:24:56.110
  • It's true, I made
  • 00:24:56.110 --> 00:24:57.130
  • some mistakes in my life,
  • 00:24:57.130 --> 00:24:59.080
  • but it's also true
  • 00:24:59.080 --> 00:25:00.090
  • that my greatest mistake
  • 00:25:00.090 --> 00:25:02.000
  • has the potential to become
  • 00:25:02.000 --> 00:25:03.060
  • my greatest miracle.
  • 00:25:03.060 --> 00:25:05.010
  • And you don't have
  • 00:25:05.010 --> 00:25:05.170
  • to own the story
  • 00:25:05.170 --> 00:25:06.130
  • that you were handed
  • 00:25:06.130 --> 00:25:07.110
  • if it does not match
  • 00:25:07.110 --> 00:25:08.120
  • the reality of
  • 00:25:08.120 --> 00:25:09.020
  • what God has spoken,
  • 00:25:09.020 --> 00:25:10.280
  • not another day.
  • 00:25:10.280 --> 00:25:12.020
  • I've got a new truth;
  • 00:25:12.020 --> 00:25:13.130
  • maybe God doesn't see you
  • 00:25:13.130 --> 00:25:15.080
  • through the lens
  • 00:25:15.080 --> 00:25:16.010
  • of your mistake.
  • 00:25:16.010 --> 00:25:17.280
  • Maybe, He sees you through
  • 00:25:17.280 --> 00:25:19.160
  • the lens of His grace.
  • 00:25:19.160 --> 00:25:21.270
  • Maybe, when He looks at you,
  • 00:25:21.270 --> 00:25:23.210
  • He sees the finished work
  • 00:25:23.210 --> 00:25:25.090
  • of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:25.090 --> 00:25:26.290
  • Have you ever thought
  • 00:25:26.290 --> 00:25:27.230
  • about the fact that
  • 00:25:27.230 --> 00:25:28.290
  • if they didn't make you,
  • 00:25:28.290 --> 00:25:30.210
  • they can't define you?
  • 00:25:30.210 --> 00:25:32.140
  • - ANNOUNCER: If we're made
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  • in the image of God,
  • 00:25:36.140 --> 00:25:37.260
  • we should walk
  • 00:25:37.260 --> 00:25:38.170
  • in who He says we are.
  • 00:25:38.170 --> 00:25:40.140
  • It's about trading in
  • 00:25:40.140 --> 00:25:41.160
  • an artificial façade,
  • 00:25:41.160 --> 00:25:42.270
  • for a God-given truth.
  • 00:25:42.270 --> 00:25:44.170
  • Call or go online now
  • 00:25:44.170 --> 00:25:46.000
  • and get your copy of
  • 00:25:46.000 --> 00:25:46.280
  • You made a way
  • 00:25:49.160 --> 00:25:52.120
  • Where there was no way
  • 00:25:52.120 --> 00:25:55.060
  • And I believe
  • 00:25:55.060 --> 00:25:57.280
  • I'll see You do it again
  • 00:25:57.280 --> 00:26:01.000
  • I've seen You move
  • 00:26:01.000 --> 00:26:03.160
  • You moved the mountains
  • 00:26:03.160 --> 00:26:06.120
  • And I believe
  • 00:26:06.120 --> 00:26:09.100
  • I'll see You do it again
  • 00:26:09.100 --> 00:26:12.060
  • You made a way
  • 00:26:12.060 --> 00:26:14.290
  • Where there was no way
  • 00:26:14.290 --> 00:26:17.050
  • And I believe
  • 00:26:17.050 --> 00:26:19.290
  • I'll see You do it again
  • 00:26:19.290 --> 00:26:22.270
  • I've seen You move
  • 00:26:22.270 --> 00:26:25.160
  • You moved the mountains
  • 00:26:25.160 --> 00:26:28.120
  • And I believe
  • 00:26:28.120 --> 00:26:31.040
  • I'll see You do it again
  • 00:26:31.040 --> 00:26:33.280
  • You made a way
  • 00:26:33.280 --> 00:26:36.190
  • Where there was no way
  • 00:26:36.190 --> 00:26:39.150
  • And I believe
  • 00:26:39.150 --> 00:26:42.080
  • I'll see You do it again
  • 00:26:42.110 --> 00:26:45.110
  • I've seen You move
  • 00:26:45.110 --> 00:26:47.270
  • You moved the mountains
  • 00:26:47.270 --> 00:26:50.230
  • And I believe
  • 00:26:50.230 --> 00:26:53.210
  • I'll see You do it again
  • 00:26:53.210 --> 00:26:56.170
  • You made a way
  • 00:26:56.170 --> 00:26:59.100
  • Where there was no way
  • 00:26:59.100 --> 00:27:01.180
  • And I believe
  • 00:27:01.180 --> 00:27:04.120
  • I'll see You do it again
  • 00:27:07.160 --> 00:27:10.160
  • I'll see You do it again
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