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when it comes to things that really matter in life I think all of us know

that better is a perspective it's very subjective

you know why you think some people's lives are better than yours because you

see the part that they show you they might have a better house but I wonder

what goes on inside and see you don't know which one's better oh if you live

long enough you will find out that some of the people you spent so much of your

time envying were secretly miserable better is a perspective better is not

necessarily something that you can measure from what you can see with your

eyes but we all live in this world like ah you gotta get the iPhone what is it

11 that just came out but I gotta get it I don't even like the text I get

now from people on the old one no it's better it's got a camera I can see

through people I could put x-ray vision

it's better oh I get it it's better you know I sent you this writer of Hebrews

he goes all the way back to get the people to move forward he goes all the

way back to get the people to move forward he knows the only way that

they're gonna move forward in their faith is if they go backwards go

backwards better I thought I'd be better by now you are look where you started

you remember when you weren't even going to church look at you now you got a pen

you're gonna steal it but at least you stole it from a church that's better

touch somebody say I'm doing better I'm doing better if you could see my

bloodline I'm doing better if you could see the thoughts that I didn't act on if

you could see the temptations that I did resist I promise you I'm doing better

see a subjective and this relative better compared to what every time I

preach I know because I am a number one that the sermon could be better

of course I'm speaking on behalf of God the gap between what he knows and what I

say will always be a pretty big one so I understand that it could always be

better and that torments me sometimes truly it does because a lot of times you

know I get used to doing things a certain way remember these people that

the author is writing to so eloquently are not unfamiliar with religion they

came from a religious system not out of a meth lab they're not being tempted to

go back to the world they're being tempted to go back to an old religious

system and to drift away or he says fall away from grace he makes an argument

that you should be further along by now he says it in Chapter five that you

should be teachers by now but you're still dealing with the basics and then

he says that if you fall away from grace that it's impossible to come back when I

read that I got depressed until I realized what he was really saying

is that if you ever really get grace you can't really fall away and what he's

teaching them Jerry is kind of like on tennis he has to teach them to switch

their grip when I first came to get him to teach me the first thing he said to

me was because I had developed my my own unique style of playing tennis I wasn't

good at it or anything but I had this certain way of getting the ball over the

net that worked for me and as long as the person on the other side of the net

was less athletic than me my way worked just fine or even if they were more

athletic than me I would only pick people to play against who I knew had

never played it was good for my ego and my self-esteem but bad for my tennis

skills and when I first came out to Robert Stevens if you want to look him

up on Google get him for a tennis teacher he's pretty good but when I

first went out there this made me mad because he said let me see what I'm

working with show me your serve so I did what I do

you know I had this little thing I put my pointer finger on the racket like

that it's my grip okay it puts the ball over

the net six miles an hour maybe but it gets over the net into the box it works

and when he saw my grip he said okay now you need to hold it like this and he

switched my grip but let me tell you what happened when he switched my grip

when he switched my grip the ball no longer went over the net instead it went

over the fence when he switched my grip my percentage shots that went in the box

went way down and I looked at him like I'm paying you for this crap

you switched my grip but you didn't fix my serve but I didn't understand at the

time that sometimes in order to get to better you have to go backwards y'all

help me preach if you have spiritual ears sometimes in order to get to better

you have to go through bad and I'm preaching this for somebody today who

has been feeling like things have been going backwards for you the thing about

it is when God shows you a new grip called grace for a little while in your

life it's harder for you because you're used to controlling things and

manipulate things and when you get something new have you ever noticed if

you get something new even if it's better at first it gets on your nerves

because you don't know how to use it and the temptation for us is watch this God

will do a new thing in our life and He'll be teaching us to forgive and

He'll be teaching us to get over offenses and He'll be teaching us to

trust Him and He'll be teaching us to find

different ways to connect to joy and they'll be teaching us to not be so fake

and He'll be teaching us not to live by our feelings but then we look at what He

fixed on our grip and we see our shot going so far over the fence and I wonder

if I would actually be better off doing it the old way than the new way so I go

back instead of moving forward into better he said you can't go back you you

have something better better when you get depressed you stop believing that

when you get uncomfortable you stop believing that you start trying to grip

life like you used to

we got to go backwards to get better we got to go all the way back to get better

that means I have to be comfortable in some seasons of my life I'm looking in

the camera cuz I think this is for somebody watching online I have to be

comfortable in my life to accept that sometimes loss is the way to gain

I have to be comfortable enough in my life to know that sometimes the most

painful moments are the most purposeful moments I have to be comfortable in my

life to stop comparing myself so much with people who are not meant to be the

standard anyway Jesus is better I know some of you are intimidated because you

don't know if you're as good of a Christian as some of the other people in

the room but let me tell you something about being a better Christian you know

well they're a better Christian than me look they've memorized all this

scripture they're not better at Christians they're better at memory they

just got a better memory that doesn't make them a better Christian the

religious people that crucified Jesus had a good memory they could quote all

600 plus laws they're not better than you I wish you would tell the person next to

you you're not better than me not when it comes to my purpose see

better is relative to purpose can I preach this so I walked into Guitar

Center and I asked Jamie behind the counter which one is better

I was buying software for Elijah to make beats which one is better

he said that depends what you want to use it for that depends how you intend

to utilize the software better is relative to purpose some of you think

that everybody else is better smarter taller maybe God needed somebody short

enough to fit through that door have you ever thought about that maybe God needed

somebody ignorant enough to display His wisdom maybe God may needed somebody

hopeful enough to know that it is not i but Christ in me

and besides if Jesus Christ walks in this room none of us are gonna have any

fashion show to put on none of us are gonna roll out our

righteous deeds we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and

grace is a way of life because you need Him like I need Him and His blood that

was enough for you was enough for me if it cleansed Billy Graham it can hit me


because He's better because He's better and the fact that He's better doesn't

mean that sometimes life won't get worse so we need a new definition of better

what if better is not always higher what if better sometimes is deeper

what if better is not always a feeling what if it's more like a foundation what

if better is not always what God is doing for you but sometimes it's what

He's doing through you they couldn't recognize Jesus when He came in the form

of a baby because they were waiting for something better

they couldn't recognize Jesus when He was led away silently and didn't say a

word before His accusers because if He's really the Son of God he should say

something and come down they expected better and is it possible that better is

right in front of us and we don't even recognize it so we don't receive it you

know what some of us are so used to bad that we reject better when it comes

sometimes backwards feels better feels familiar sometimes we'll go back to bad

relationships because they feel better oh I'm preaching now it got quiet when

when backwards I called the sermon when better feels backwards but what about

when backwards feels better but I think I'll just go back to this I think I'll

just go back to that I think I'll just quit trying at this I think I'll use my

old grip I'm tired of waiting on that's what

happened to Abraham by the way God told him he was gonna do it a certain way but

he thought he knew better so instead of waiting he went in and slept with the

servant of his wife Sarai her name became Sarah but Abraham went in and

made a baby with her because God had a promise and a timetable for the promise

but Abraham I know you never did this before but he thought he knew better

than God and the Bible even uses this illustration of Abraham in Hebrews 6 he

reaches backward to show them how much better it is to wait for the promise of

God he reaches all the way back to Abraham that was like the progenitor or

the father of the faith of the whole nation this is what they came from and

now as they're tempted to go back away from what they're walking into

as their lives get worse as their situation seems to decrease and diminish

he reaches back to Abraham and he talks about how he patiently waited for the

promise of God but that's not the whole story see before Abraham patiently

waited for Isaac the child of promise to be born through Sarah he got the word

from God and then he went in did something that he thought was better

because he got tired of waiting he had the right word but the wrong womb

and so he went in now I know why he did this because Abraham was from a place

called Ur of the Chaldeans and so are we not geographically and is spelled

differently he was from Ur u - r - but ours is spelled ER because anything that God

does in our life all we have to do is go on our phones and find somebody who is

earth than us bet-er rich-er strong-er happy-er thin-er ripped earth cute

this the one that will break your heart you think your kids are smart and then

you get around some other kids and you realize that your kids by product of

comparison we're better than their three-year-old brother but around the

same age kids it's always this temptation you don't have to do anything

but flip on a commercial and they will be pulling you back to the land of ur

it's better it's better and there are things in your life right now that

you're like it'd be so much better if would it really are you sure yeah yeah

if I was famous that would be amazing I would be significant if people knew my

name oh really that would be better you never saw celebrity commit suicide

are you sure it would be better is that what better really is well if I had this

amount of money I wouldn't have any problems are you sure about that you've

never met a miserable rich person I can introduce you to a few it's it's not

it's not like this is new it's not like it's only for the church here in Rome

that is being persecuted for their faith we are all drawn back to the land of

Ur of looking around and never feeling really enough and comparing

ourselves to things that were never meant to be our standard the only

standard worthy of of your comparison is the full

potential of Christ in you the hope of glory and I want to declare over some of

our lives today we don't even realize how good it already is we are forgiven

set free redeemed breathing clapping walking talking examples of the

miracle working power of God I release this over your life it's already better

you can already rejoice you can give thanks right now for His goodness hey

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