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ANNOUNCER: COMING UP ON "MARRIAGE TODAY WITH JIMMY &

KAREN"... JIMMY: BUT DID YOU KNOW

WHEN YOU ASK GOD TO LEAD YOU AND GUIDE YOU, HE WILL?

WHEN YOU ASK HIM TO SPEAK TO YOU, HE WILL?

AND DID YOU KNOW THAT EVERY SINGLE THING THAT HE SAYS WILL

WORK AND SUCCEED IN YOUR LIFE? EVERYTHING HE SAYS TO YOU WILL

BEAR FRUIT IN YOUR LIFE. SEE, GOD HAS AN ETERNAL

PERSPECTIVE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TOMORROW,

HE KNOWS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN FOR ETERNITY.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT REASONS THAT JESUS LIVES WITHIN

OUR HEART IS THAT HE GUIDES US AS OUR SHEPHERD, HE GUIDES US

IN LIFE. DID YOU KNOW THAT BECAUSE OF

GOD'S VOICE IN YOUR LIFE YOU CAN MAKE EVERY DECISION RIGHT

FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY HAVE MADE

SOME BIG MISTAKES EARLIER IN YOUR LIFE, DEAD WORKS, THINGS

THAT YOU DID WITHOUT CONSULTING GOD. THEY SEEMED RIGHT, THEY

FELT RIGHT, BUT THEY WEREN'T RIGHT, AND THE FRUIT OF THOSE

THINGS WAS BAD. THAT'S THE WAY I WAS BEFORE I

CAME TO THE LORD. BUT DID YOU KNOW WHEN YOU ASK

GOD TO LEAD YOU AND GUIDE YOU, HE WILL?

WHEN YOU ASK HIM TO SPEAK TO YOU, HE WILL?

AND DID YOU KNOW THAT EVERY SINGLE THING THAT HE SAYS WILL

WORK AND SUCCEED IN YOUR LIFE? EVERYTHING HE SAYS TO YOU

WILL BEAR FRUIT IN YOUR LIFE. SEE, GOD HAS AN ETERNAL

PERSPECTIVE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TOMORROW,

HE KNOWS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN FOR ETERNITY.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S IN ANOTHER PERSON'S HEART, HE KNOWS

WHAT'S IN EVERY PERSON'S HEART. HE KNOWS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN

TO THE ECONOMY. HE--HE KNOWS EVERYTHING. AND SO WHEN I'M

ASKING HIM TO GUIDE ME, HE HAS THE MASTER PLAN, AND HE KNOWS

EVERY MOVE TO MAKE IN MY LIFE. WHEN I'M GUIDING ME, I'M JUST--

I'M JUST USING EMOTION OR REASON OR FEAR OR WHATEVER IT IS

THAT I WOULD USE TO GUIDE-- TO GUIDE MY LIFE.

AND SO, IF JESUS IS TRULY THE LORD OF MY LIFE, I'M GOING TO

STOP AND LISTEN TO HIM BEFORE I MAKE A DECISION, THEN I'LL MAKE

THAT DECISION. SO HEARING GOD IS PROOF THAT JESUS IS ALIVE,

THAT WE HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM, AND THAT HE'S LORD

OF OUR LIVES. LET ME TALK ABOUT HOW GOD SPEAKS. SO YOU

SAY, WELL, "I WANT TO HAVE, JIMMY, A RELATIONSHIP WITH

GOD, AND I WANT TO HEAR GOD." WELL, GOOD. WELL, LET ME--LET ME

TELL YOU HOW JESUS SPEAKS, BECAUSE HE SPEAKS TO US IN

DIFFERENT WAYS. THE FIRST WAY THAT GOD SPEAKS TO US IS THROUGH

THE BIBLE, OBVIOUSLY. IS, EVERY TIME YOU'RE READING

THE BIBLE, YOU'RE--YOU'RE READING THE WORD OF GOD, AND GOD

IS SAYING SOMETHING TO YOU ON SOME LEVEL. NOW, WHEN THE BIBLE

USES THE WORD "WORD," IN OTHER WORDS, THE WORD OF GOD,

THERE ARE TWO WORDS FOR THE WORD "WORD,"

AND ONE OF THEM IS "LOGOS," THAT MEANS THE WRITTEN WORD OF

GOD. IT JUST MEANS THE BIBLE. YOU PICK IT UP AND YOU'RE

READING WHAT IS UNIVERSALLY TRUE FOR EVERY PERSON, OK?

THE OTHER WORD IS "RHEMA," ROMANS 10:17 SAYS, "FAITH COMES

BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD," THAT WORD THAT IS

RHEMA AND IT MEANS THE LIVING VOICE OF GOD.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WE DO IN READING THE BIBLE

IS EVERY TIME YOU'RE READING THE BIBLE, YOU'RE GIVING GOD AN

OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU, AND HE IS.

BUT MANY TIMES WHEN YOU READ THE BIBLE, YOU'LL BE READING ALONG

AND A VERSE WILL JUST JUMP OUT AT YOU, A VERSE WILL JUST KIND

OF EXPLODE OFF THE PAGE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL BEGIN TO SAY

SOMETHING POWERFUL IN YOUR LIFE THROUGH THAT VERSE OR THAT

PASSAGE. THAT'S CALLED RHEMA. THAT'S CALLED THE LIVING VOICE

OF GOD. THE LOGOS IS JUST, I'M READING

THE BIBLE, AND THAT'S THE LOGOS. BUT THE RHEMA IS SOMETHING

EXPLODED OFF THE PAGE AND GAVE ME FAITH. FAITH COMES BY HEARING

AND HEARING BY THE RHEMA OF GOD. THIS RHEMA WORD THAT COMES INTO

MY HEART, THIS RHEMA WORD THAT JUMPS OFF THE PAGES OF THE

BIBLE, AND GOD USES THAT TO DIRECT ME IN MY LIFE.

THE SECOND WAY THAT GOD SPEAKS TO US IS HIS STILL, SMALL VOICE

INSIDE OF OUR HEARTS. THIS IS FIRST KINGS 19, THIS IS

SPEAKING ABOUT ELIJAH AND HIS ENCOUNTER WITH GOD.

"THEN HE SAID GO OUT AND STAND ON THE MOUNTAIN BEFORE THE LORD.

AND BEHOLD, THE LORD PASSED BY, AND A GREAT AND STRONG WIND

TORE INTO THE MOUNTAINS AND BROKE THE ROCKS

IN PIECES BEFORE THE LORD, BUT THE LORD WAS NOT IN THE WIND.

AND AFTER THE WIND, AN EARTHQUAKE, BUT THE LORD WAS NOT

IN THE EARTHQUAKE, AND AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE, A FIRE, BUT THE

LORD WAS NOT IN THE FIRE, AND AFTER THE FIRE, A STILL, SMALL

VOICE." AND THAT'S HOW GOD SPOKE TO ELIJAH.

A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY, WELL, YOU KNOW, HOW DOES GOD SPEAK? HE

SPEAKS IN A STILL, SMALL VOICE INSIDE OF OUR HEART.

WHEN GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU, IT'S NOT HERE NOW, IT'S--HE'S IN

HERE. AND YOU HAVE SPIRITUAL EARS. WHEN YOU'RE BORN AGAIN,

YOU HAVE SPIRITUAL EYES AND YOU HAVE SPIRITUAL EARS, AND HE'S

LIVING INSIDE THERE. AND YOU SAY, WELL, WHY DOESN'T HE SPEAK

LOUDER THAN HE SPEAKS? WELL, FOR SEVERAL REASONS, ONE IS BECAUSE

HE DOESN'T WANT TO INTIMIDATE US. GOD DOESN'T BARK. ONE OF THE

MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VOICE OF GOD

IS IT'S THE MOST LOVING VOICE YOU'LL EVER--YOU'LL EVER HEAR.

GOD'S VOICE IS ALWAYS LOVING. EVEN WHEN GOD IS WARNING US,

HIS IS THE SWEETEST, MOST TENDER VOICE YOU'LL EVER HEAR IN

YOUR LIFE, AND THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW YOU'RE HEARING FROM GOD.

IF YOU'RE HEARING FROM THE DEVIL, HE'LL BRING FEAR AND

CONDEMNATION AND ALL OF THOSE KINDS OF THINGS, BUT GOD DOESN'T

USE FEAR, GOD DOESN'T USE CONDEMNATION.

BECAUSE WE'RE FORGIVEN AND WE'RE FRIENDS WITH GOD BECAUSE OF THE

BLOOD OF JESUS. BUT THE OTHER REASON THAT GOD

DOESN'T TALK LOUDLY IS BECAUSE HE'S INSIDE OF OUR VOICE.

WHEN YOU'RE CLOSE TO SOMEONE, VOLUME IS A LIABILITY.

MY LITTLE GRANDDAUGHTER KATE CRAWLED UP ON MY LAP ONE DAY

AND SHE SAID, "PAPPY, I WANT TO--I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING

TO YOU AND I WANT TO TELL YOU A SECRET," AND I SAID

"OK," AND SO SHE GOT UP RIGHT IN MY EAR. SHE PUT HER LIPS LIKE

RIGHT ON MY EAR AND SHE STARTED TALKING. WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I

WAS LAUGHING BECAUSE IT WAS TICKLING MY EAR. I DIDN'T HEAR

A WORD SHE SAID BECAUSE SHE WAS RIGHT THERE TALKING, AND WHEN

YOU'RE RIGHT THERE, YOU HAVE TO BE SO QUIET IN WHAT YOU SAY FOR

A PERSON TO BE ABLE TO HEAR YOU. WELL, JESUS ISN'T RIGHT HERE,

HE'S IN HERE. HE SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE. WHEN

YOU'RE QUIET AND YOU'RE ASKING GOD TO SPEAK TO YOU, HE'LL SPEAK

YOUR LANGUAGE. IN AN UNMISTAKABLE WAY YOU'LL

HEAR INSIDE OF YOUR HEART WHEN YOU LISTEN THIS VOICE SPEAKING

TO YOU. AND YOU WOULD SAY, "WELL, JIMMY, HOW DO I KNOW

IT'S NOT THE DEVIL? HOW DO I KNOW IT'S NOT ME

JUST TELLING ME WHAT I WANT TO HEAR." WELL, LET ME TELL YOU HOW

YOU KNOW. EVERYTHING THAT GOD SAYS ALWAYS AGREES WITH

SCRIPTURE. IT ALWAYS DOES. GOD WILL NEVER TELL YOU TO DO

SOMETHING THAT IS SINFUL. SO ALWAYS WHEN YOU BELIEVE THAT

YOU'RE HEARING SOMETHING FROM GOD, ALWAYS MEASURE IT AGAINST

SCRIPTURE. IT'S ALWAYS CONSISTENT WITH THE CHARACTER

OF GOD. GOD IS A LOVING, GENEROUS, GOOD GOD.

GOD IS NOT GOING TO TELL YOU TO BE IMMORAL, GOD IS NOT GOING TO

TELL YOU TO HATE SOMEBODY OR HURT SOMEBODY.

GOD IS NOT GOING TO TELL YOU TO ROB A BANK AND DO THINGS LIKE

THAT. HE'S NOT GOING TO TELL YOU THOSE THINGS. SO, GOD'S VOICE IS

ALWAYS CONSISTENT, AND IT'S CONSISTENT WITH HIS CHARACTER,

BUT ALSO IT WORKS. WHEN YOU'RE CULTIVATING A

LISTENING EAR TO THE LORD AND YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD IS SPEAKING

TO YOU, AGAIN, ALWAYS SCRIPTURAL, ALWAYS LOVING, NEVER

CONDEMNING, NEVER USES FEAR OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, BUT THE MOST

WONDERFUL THING ABOUT IT IS IT WORKS.

AND YOU BELIEVE THE LORD IS TELLING YOU TO DO THIS, OR GO

HERE, OR TAKE THIS JOB OR, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER IT IS THAT HE IS

SAYING TO YOU, AS YOU STEP OUT AND DO THAT

THING, YOU'LL SEE THAT IT WORKS. NOW, IF IT DIDN'T WORK,

YOU HAVE TO GO BACK AND QUESTION, DID I NOT

HEAR GOD? YOU KNOW, WAS--WAS THERE SOME FLAW IN

THE PROCESS OF ME HEARING GOD? BUT MORE TIMES THAN NOT, WHEN

YOU'RE HEARING THAT VOICE AND YOU STEP OUT, YOU'LL FIND OUT

IT WAS GOD AND IT WILL WORK IN YOUR LIFE.

ANOTHER WAY THAT GOD SPEAKS TO US IS PEACE. NOW, BY THE WAY, IN

HEARING GOD, GOD CAN ALSO USE DREAMS AND VISIONS.

ACTS CHAPTER 2 SAYS, "WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES, YOUNG MEN

WILL SEE VISIONS AND OLD MEN WILL DREAM DREAMS."

EVEN UPON MY MAIDSERVANTS, GOD SAYS HE WILL DO THIS.

AND A VISION IS JUST, I'M SEEING SOMETHING IN MY HEART.

GOD IS GIVING ME THE ABILITY IN MY HEART TO SEE SOMETHING BEYOND

THE NATURAL REALM. WELL, GOD USES THOSE THINGS IN

OUR LIVES, AND WE NEED TO-- WE NEED TO ASK GOD TO USE

THOSE THINGS, HOWEVER HE WANTS TO COMMUNICATE, THAT HE

DOES--LET ME TELL YOU WHY GOD USES DREAMS. BECAUSE GOD CAN

BYPASS YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND. SOMETIMES YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND

WILL KEEP YOU FROM HEARING SOMETHING FROM GOD.

I FIND OUT THAT SOMETIMES WHEN I'M JUST ON THE VERGE OF WAKING

UP THAT GOD WILL SPEAK SOMETHING TO ME BECAUSE HE CAN BYPASS MY

NATURAL MIND, BECAUSE MY NATURAL MIND SOMETIMES BLOCKS WHAT GOD

IS TRYING TO SAY. NUMBER 3 WAY THAT GOD SPEAKS

TO US IS PEACE. COLOSSIANS 3:15 SAYS, "LET THE

PEACE OF GOD RULE IN YOUR HEARTS TO WHICH YOU ARE CALLED IN

ONE BODY AND BE THANKFUL." LET THE PEACE OF GOD

RULE YOUR HEART. THAT WORD RULE IS THE WORD

BRABEULO, AND IT MEANS TO UMPIRE. THE PEACE OF GOD, LIKE

BALLS AND STRIKES OR SAFE OR OUT, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT--

THE PEACE OF GOD UMPIRING THE DECISION OF OUR LIVES. REMEMBER

WHEN JESUS SAW HIS DISCIPLES AFTER HE WAS RESURRECTED,

THE FIRST THING HE SAID WAS "PEACE TO YOU." JOHN 14,

JESUS SAID, "THE HELPER, THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM THE FATHER

WILL SEND IN MY NAME, HE WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS AND BRING

TO YOUR REMEMBRANCE ALL THAT I SAID TO YOU.

PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU. MY PEACE I GIVE TO YOU,

NOT AS THE WORLD GIVES DO I GIVE TO YOU.

LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED, NEITHER LET IT BE AFRAID." THIS

IS A PROFOUND THING. PEACE IS A PROFOUND THING. AND YOU CAN

FEEL IT. THE PEACE OF GOD IS NOT

SOMETHING THAT'S INTANGIBLE OR JUST SUPERNATURAL AND SPIRITUAL,

IT IS A TANGIBLE THING THAT YOU CAN FEEL GOD'S PEACE. AND THE

BIBLE SAYS, "LET THE PEACE OF GOD RULE IN YOUR LIVES."

AND JESUS SAID, "I'M GOING TO SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TEACH

YOU EVERYTHING." PEACE, HE'S GOING TO BRING WITH HIM WHEN HE

COMES. AND MANY TIMES WHEN YOU'RE MAKING A DECISION AND

YOU'RE ASKING THE LORD TO GUIDE YOU--SEE, IF THE BIBLE SAYS

DON'T DO SOMETHING, DON'T DO IT. IF THE BIBLE SAYS DO SOMETHING,

DO IT. I MEAN, IT'S VERY CLEAR. BUT THERE ARE MANY THINGS THE

BIBLE JUST DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT.

THE BIBLE DOESN'T TELL US WHICH CAR TO BUY. THE BIBLE DOESN'T

TELL US WHICH HOUSE TO BUY. IT TELLS US PRINCIPLES OF HOW TO

HANDLE OUR FINANCES. THE BIBLE DOESN'T TELL US--

IT DOESN'T TELL US WHICH MAJOR TO TAKE IN SCHOOL, OR WHICH

JOB TO TAKE, OR WHO TO MARRY. IT TELLS US TO MARRY A CHRISTIAN,

BUT IT DOESN'T SAY MARRY BOB OR MARRY TERESA, YOU KNOW, IT JUST

GIVES YOU PRINCIPLES. BUT WHO DO YOU MARRY? WHAT JOB DO YOU

TAKE? WHAT--WHAT MAJOR DO YOU CHOOSE? AND I'M SAYING AS

YOU'RE--AS YOU'RE CONSULTING GOD, AS YOU'RE ASKING GOD TO

GUIDE YOU IN LIFE, HIS PEACE IS PROFOUND. HUNDREDS OF TIMES AS

KAREN AND I HAVE MADE DECISIONS, SOMETIMES EVERYTHING LOOKS RIGHT

BUT YOU JUST DON'T HAVE PEACE ABOUT IT.

IN THE NATURAL, YOU'RE LOOKING AT IT, EVERYTHING LOOKS RIGHT,

BUT SOMETHING INSIDE OF YOU IS TELLING YOU, "DON'T DO IT."

AND YOU HEAR SOMEONE SAY "I JUST DIDN'T HAVE PEACE ABOUT IT,"

THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENT.

BECAUSE GOD'S TELLING--THE LACK OF PEACE IS GOD SPEAKING TO YOU.

BUT SOMETIMES THINGS CANNOT LOOK SO RIGHT.

SOMETIMES THINGS CAN KIND OF LOOK--ON THE OUTSIDE, THEY'RE

JUST, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE BLURRY AND YOU DON'T SEE THINGS

CLEARLY, BUT YOU HAVE A PROFOUND SENSE OF PEACE. I'VE MADE

HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF DECISIONS IN MY LIFE

BASED ON PEACE, AND I'VE NEVER MADE A WRONG DECISION BASED ON

PEACE. THE ONLY TIMES THAT I HAVE MADE WRONG DECISIONS IS

WHEN I DID SOMETHING AND I IGNORED THE LACK OF PEACE THAT I

HAD. KAREN IS REALLY GOOD AT THIS. AND WE WERE MAKING A

DECISION LAST YEAR, AND IT WAS SOMETHING THAT MADE SENSE TO ME,

AND I SAID TO KAREN, I'M GOOD WITH THAT. YOU KNOW, WE WERE

DOING THIS AND THIS, AND KAREN SAID, "I DON'T FEEL PEACE ABOUT

THAT, JIMMY. I JUST DON'T FEEL PEACE," AND I SAID, "WELL..."

BECAUSE WE DON'T BULLY EACH OTHER, WE ALWAYS MAKE ALL

OF OUR DECISIONS TOGETHER, AND, UH, KAREN JUST SAID, "I JUST

DON'T FEEL PEACE ABOUT IT." AND I SAID "OK," SO WE DIDN'T

MAKE THAT DECISION. THANK GOD, BECAUSE IT WAS A WRONG DECISION.

AND SO LISTEN TO THE PEACE LEVEL IN YOUR LIFE, BECAUSE THAT'S GOD

SPEAKING TO YOU. ANOTHER WAY THAT GOD SPEAKS--I'LL HURRY UP

HERE--IS CIRCUMSTANCES, OPEN AND CLOSED DOORS. THIS IS

REVELATION 3. "TO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA WRITE

THESE THINGS SAYS HE WHO IS HOLY, HE WHO IS TRUE, HE HAS THE

KEY OF DAVID, HE WHO OPENS AND NO ONE SHUTS

AND SHUTS AND NO ONE OPENS." AND HERE'S MY PRAYER THAT I PRAY

ON A REGULAR BASIS, "GOD, CLOSE DOORS FOR ME THAT NO MAN CAN

OPEN, AND OPEN DOORS FOR ME THAT NO MAN CAN CLOSE UNTIL I'M

STANDING IN YOUR PERFECT WILL." AND HE'LL ANSWER THAT PRAYER.

[APPLAUSE] BE SENSITIVE TO CIRCUMSTANCES,

BE SENSITIVE TO OPEN AND CLOSED DOORS, AND WHEN A DOOR OPENS

TO YOU, ASK GOD, "DO YOU WANT ME TO GO THROUGH THAT DOOR?"

AND AGAIN, HE WILL GIVE YOU PEACE ABOUT IT AND HE'LL GUIDE

YOU. BUT SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, WHEN GOD CLOSES A DOOR

IN OUR LIVES AND WE GET FRUSTRATED BECAUSE WE DIDN'T

HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY OR WE DIDN'T GET TO DO THIS AND THAT,

SOMETIMES IT'S THE BEST--IT'S GOD LOVING US NOT ALLOWING US TO

DO SOME OF THOSE THINGS. NUMBER--THE FINAL WAY, AND THIS

IS--THIS IS PROBABLY NOT EXHAUSTIVE--BUT ANOTHER WAY

THAT GOD SPEAKS TO US IS PEOPLE. MANY TIMES GOD WON'T SAY

ANYTHING SPECIFICALLY TO ME. HE WOULD SAY IT MAYBE THROUGH KAREN

OR MAYBE A FRIEND. UH, PROVERBS SAYS, "WHERE THERE IS NO

COUNSEL, THE PEOPLE FALL, BUT IN THE MULTITUDE OF

COUNSELORS THERE IS SAFETY." SOMETIMES, WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW

WHAT DECISION TO MAKE, OR MAYBE YOU THINK YOU KNOW,

BUT YOU NEED CONFIRMATION, ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN

DO IS FIND A BELIEVER WHO IS SUCCESSFUL.

NEEDS TO BE A BELIEVER AND THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE

AREA THAT YOU'RE NEEDING HELP. AND YOU GO TO THEM AND YOU ASK

THEM TO CONSULT WITH YOU, AND AGAIN IT HAS TO BE BIBLICAL

WHATEVER THEY SAY. BUT SOMETIMES GOD SPEAKS TO US

THROUGH OTHER PEOPLE, BUT THAT'S GENERALLY HOW GOD SPEAKS TO US,

BUT GOD SPEAKS. AND THERE'S AN INTERACTIVE

RELATIONSHIP THAT WE HAVE WITH GOD, WITH HIM GUIDING US AS OUR

SHEPHERD. AND LET ME CLOSE BY SAYING HERE'S WHAT HINDERS GOD

FROM SPEAKING TO US. NUMBER ONE IS UNBELIEF. IF YOU

DON'T HAVE--IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT GOD SPEAKS, YOU'RE RIGHT,

HE DOESN'T. HE DOESN'T SPEAK TO PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE HE DOESN'T

SPEAK. AND HEBREWS 11:6, "WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE

TO PLEASE HIM, FOR HE WHO COMES TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS

AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO SEEK HIM." HE IS, GOD

IS IN MY LIFE. YOU KNOW, LET ME TELL YOU THE FAITH THAT YOU NEED

TO HAVE TO HEAR GOD. NOW, I WANT YOU TO LISTEN WHAT

I'M ABOUT TO SAY NOW BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

YOU NEED TO HAVE FAITH THAT HE LOVES YOU.

SEE, SOMETIMES, THE DEVIL COMES TO US EVEN AS I'M SPEAKING IN

THIS MESSAGE AND THE DEVIL WILL SAY, "YEAH, GOD SPEAKS, BUT HE'S

NOT GOING TO SPEAK TO YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE A LOUSE." WELL,

THAT'S THE WAY THE DEVIL SPEAKS, DEMEANING, CONDEMNING, YOU

KNOW, GOD DOESN'T LOVE YOU ENOUGH, THINGS LIKE THAT.

LET ME JUST TELL YOU SOMETHING. I HAVE FAITH THAT THE BLOOD OF

JESUS PAID FOR MY SINS, AND I HAVE FAITH THAT THE ANGER OF GOD

WAS TAKEN AWAY ON GOOD FRIDAY AND NOW GOD IS MY DADDY, AND

HE'S MY FRIEND. I HAVE FAITH. BUT I'VE HEARD THAT CONDEMNING

VOICE IN MY LIFE FROM THE DEVIL THAT TRIED TO COME AND SHOOT--

SEE, THE DEVIL'S WORST NIGHTMARE IS YOU BEING FRIENDS

WITH GOD. BECAUSE EVERY--EVERYTHING HE HAS

DESIGNED FOR YOUR LIFE CAN'T HAPPEN IF YOU'RE WALKING WITH

THE LORD. SO AS YOU BEGIN TO COMMUNE WITH

THE LORD, YOU NEED TO HAVE FAITH THAT GOD IS LIVING IN YOUR LIFE

AND IN YOUR HEART AND THAT HE LOVES YOU. THE SECOND THING

THAT HINDERS HEARING GOD IS DISOBEDIENCE.

GOD ALWAYS LOVES US. HE-- WE DON'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT

TO HEAR GOD. THIS ISN'T A POINT SYSTEM. BUT WHEN THE LORD

SPEAKS, IF YOU DON'T OBEY IT, HE'LL STOP SPEAKING--UNTIL YOU

MAKE IT RIGHT. I WAS TALKING TO A MAN OUT HERE IN THE

FOYER ONE DAY AFTER CHURCH, AND I HAD BEEN SPEAKING ON

HEARING GOD AND HE SAID, "PASTOR JIMMY, I HAVEN'T HEARD GOD IN

TWO YEARS." AND I SAID, "YOU HEARD HIM TWO YEARS AGO?" AND HE

SAID "YEAH." I SAID, "WELL, WHAT DID HE SAY?" HE TOLD ME

WHAT I SAID. IT WAS VERY SPECIFIC, I SAID "WELL, DID YOU

DO IT?" HE SAID, "NO." AND I SAID, "WELL, YOU NEED TO MAKE

THAT RIGHT WITH THE LORD AND HE'LL KEEP SPEAKING TO YOU."

BUT--BUT WHEN THE LORD--WHAT-- WHAT THE LORD SAID TO THAT MAN

WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR HIM TO HAVE OBEYED. IT WAS GOD. I

MEAN, WHEN HE TOLD ME, IT WAS OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING GOD WANTED

HIM TO DO. WELL, IF THE LORD SPEAKS TO US AND WE JUST KIND OF

THROW IT OVER OUR SHOULDER AND WE SAY, "I DON'T LIKE THAT WORD,

COULD YOU GIVE ME ANOTHER WORD?" YOU KNOW. THE LORD'S RESPONSE

TO THAT IS, "I'M NOT YOUR FRIEND JOE."

YOU KNOW, "I'M NOT JUST ANOTHER PERSON TALKING TO YOU, I'M GOD.

AND IF YOU VALUE MY VOICE, I'LL KEEP SPEAKING.

BUT IF I SAY THINGS TO YOU AND YOU JUST KIND OF THROW THEM OVER

YOUR SHOULDER, IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK OUT." SO AGAIN, HE ALWAYS

LOVES US AND HE'S EASY TO GET ALONG WITH, AND IF WE'VE DONE

SOMETHING WRONG, ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS TALK TO HIM ABOUT IT AND

HE'LL--HE'LL FORGIVE US. BUT YOU CAN'T JUST THROW GOD'S

WORD OVER YOUR SHOULDER AND EXPECT HIM TO KEEP SPEAKING TO

YOU. NUMBER 3-- AND THIS IS--THIS IS THE END.

BUSYNESS AND DISTRACTION. IS-- IT'S THE OLD SAYING, "IF THE

DEVIL CAN'T GET IN FRONT OF YOU AND STOP YOU, HE'LL GET

BEHIND YOU AND PUSH YOU TOO FAST. AND JUST NOT EVER SLOWING

DOWN--GOD ISN'T OBLIGATED TO CHASE US DOWN AND TALK TO US,

WE'RE OBLIGATED TO SLOW DOWN AND LISTEN TO HIM. AND THIS IS WHAT

WE CALL A QUIET TIME. WHEN I TALK ABOUT YOUR PRAYER TIME

EVERY DAY, I CALL IT A QUIET TIME BECAUSE IT'S SO IMPORTANT

TO GET A QUIET TIME EVERY DAY ALONE WITH GOD. YOU KNOW, IF

YOU'RE JUST--5 MINUTES, 10 MINUTES IS SO IMPORTANT.

HOPEFULLY IT COULD BE LONGER THAN THAT. AND YOU SAY, "WELL,

JIMMY, MY HOUSE, YOU CAN'T IMAGINE ALL THE ACTIVITY AROUND

MY HOUSE." GET IN YOUR CAR BEFORE WORK AND SHOW UP TO WORK

EARLY, AND JUST SIT OUT IN THE PARKING LOT BY YOURSELF FOR 5

OR 10 MINUTES. OR SCHOOL. OR--OR WHEREVER YOU CAN GO--

AT THE PARK--JUST TO GET TIME ALONE WITH GOD.

AND IN THAT ALONE TIME WHEN YOU'RE QUIET, TURN THE RADIO

OFF, TURN THE TV OFF, GET QUIET. AND ASK GOD QUESTIONS.

YOU KNOW, READ--READ YOUR BIBLE, READ A PROVERB, READ A

PSALM EVERY DAY, IT'S SO ENCOURAGING. YOU KNOW,

READ--READ THE WORD, AND TELL--TELL GOD WHAT YOU'RE

WORRIED ABOUT. TELL GOD WHAT YOU'RE NEEDING. HE'S YOUR DADDY.

HE LOVES BEING YOUR DADDY. AND THEN SAY, "LORD, I NEED YOU TO

SPEAK TO ME ABOUT THIS." AND THEN JUST GET QUIET.

YOU'LL BE--LET ME TELL YOU, MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE

LORD, HE'S A TALKER. HE'S A TALKER.

HE TALKS A LOT. AND WHEN THE LORD TALKS,

IT'S SO COMFORTING. IT'S JUST...THROUGH MANY YEARS

OF HEARING GOD, HE IS THE MOST GRACIOUS, WONDERFUL, SWEET,

CONSISTENT... PERSON I'VE EVER KNOWN.

AND HE LIVES INSIDE OF HERE. HE DOESN'T COME AND GO.

HE'S HERE TO STAY. AND WE ALWAYS HAVE GOD TO DIRECT

US IN OUR LIVES. IT'S--IT'S--IT'S MORE THAN

IMPORTANT. IT'S JUST--IT'S FANTASTIC. YOU CAN MAKE EVERY

DECISION RIGHT. YOU CAN KNOW THAT GOD IS LEADING YOU IN LIFE.

AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO CAN SUCCEED.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS MESSAGE TODAY. YOU KNOW, JESUS--

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JIMMY: AND HERE'S MY PRAYER THAT I PRAY ON A REGULAR BASIS. "GOD,

CLOSE DOORS FOR ME THAT NO MAN CAN OPEN AND OPEN DOORS FOR ME

THAT NO MAN CAN CLOSE UNTIL I'M STANDING IN YOUR PERFECT WILL."

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LIFE." Jimmy: AND WHEN YOU WAKE UP

IN THE MORNING, YOU SAY, "I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO PRAY

ABOUT." WHAT ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT, RIGHT? YOUR PRAYER LIST

IS YOUR WORRY LIST. ANNOUNCER: GOD HAS A FULFILLING

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WHEN YOU'RE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH SOMEONE, YOU TALK, AND IT'S

NOT A MONOLOGUE, IT'S A DIALOGUE.

YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST SO UNFORTUNATE IN MY HEART AND MIND

THAT SO MANY PEOPLE, EVEN CHRISTIAN PEOPLE, EVEN LEADERS

AND SOMETIMES EVEN PASTORS TEACH THAT YOU CAN'T HEAR GOD.

WELL, I GOT SAVED 40 YEARS AGO, AND IN THE MORNING I GOT

SAVED I DIDN'T KNOW ANY THEOLOGY.

I--I HAD NO IDEA, YOU KNOW, WHERE THE BOOK OF GENESIS WAS.

BUT I REMEMBER WHEN I GOT SAVED, WITHIN A FEW MINUTES OF

RECEIVING CHRIST AS LORD OF MY LIFE, THE LORD SPOKE TO MY

HEART AND SAID, "DON'T SEE YOUR FRIENDS AGAIN." I HAD A LOT OF

UNGODLY FRIENDS. I WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE IF I WOULD'VE KEPT THOSE FRIENDS. THEY

WOULD'VE DRUG ME BACK INTO THE OLD LIFESTYLE THAT I WAS IN.

BUT I REMEMBER--I DIDN'T HEAR IT WITH THIS EAR, I HEARD IT IN

MY HEART AND I KNEW IMMEDIATELY THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO GIVE UP

THOSE FRIENDS, AND I DID. TWO WEEKS LATER, I WAS--KAREN

AND I--I GOT SAVED THE WEEK BEFORE WE GOT MARRIED,

SO THIS WAS A WEEK AFTER WE GOT MARRIED. I WAS IN THE

BACKYARD OF OUR HOME AND WE HAD A LITTLE BITTY APARTMENT, AND I

WAS IN THE BACKYARD AND, YOU KNOW, I WAS A NEW CHRISTIAN, AND

I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ANYTHING, AND I HAD NEVER

THOUGHT OF MYSELF AS A PREACHER BEFORE. BUT AT 19 YEARS OLD I

WAS SITTING IN THE BACKYARD OF MY HOUSE AND I SAW--I JUST SAW

LIKE A SHEET DROP DOWN IN FRONT OF MY EYES. I DON'T KNOW

HOW TO EXPLAIN IT. BUT I SAW MYSELF PREACHING TO A MULTITUDE

OF PEOPLE AND GOD CALLED ME THEN INTO THE MINISTRY AND BEGAN TO

SPEAK TO ME ABOUT MY FUTURE, AND THE LORD TOLD ME HOW I WOULD

GO INTO THE MINISTRY. I MEAN, AGAIN HE JUST SPOKE TO

MY HEART. I WAS JUST LEARNING EVERYTHING

ABOUT GOD, BUT YOU KNOW WHEN I LOOK BACK--THOSE

THINGS WERE GOD. I MEAN, I HEARD GOD. GOD TOLD ME NOT TO SEE MY

FRIENDS AGAIN, AND NOW 40 YEARS LATER, I SAY THANK GOD HE TOLD

ME THAT. GOD CALLED ME INTO THE MINISTRY

AND NOW I SIT HERE ALL THESE YEARS LATER SAYING, "THANK GOD

I'M DOING WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO DO WITH MY LIFE."

BUT YOU KNOW SOMETHING--WHAT IF YOU NEVER HEARD GOD?

HOW WOULD YOU KNOW THOSE THINGS? NOW, THE BIBLE HAS A LOT TO SAY,

OBVIOUSLY, AND EVERYTHING IN THE BIBLE IS GOD'S VOICE TO US.

I AGREE WITH THAT COMPLETELY. BUT SITUATIONALLY, THERE ARE

MANY THINGS THAT JUST AREN'T IN THE BIBLE THAT GOD WANTS TO

SPEAK TO US. FIRST OF ALL, JUST LOVE. YOU KNOW, WHEN I HEAR GOD

EVERY DAY, MANY TIMES WHEN I'M HEARING GOD HE'S JUST TELLING ME

HOW MUCH HE LOVES ME, OR HE'S GIVING ME SOME SPECIFIC

GUIDANCE. YOU KNOW, THE BIBLE HAS A LOT TO SAY,

BUT WHICH HOUSE DO YOU BUY? WHICH CAR DO YOU BUY?

YOU KNOW, WHERE DO YOU PUT YOUR KIDS IN SCHOOL?

YOU KNOW, WHO DO YOU MARRY? ALL THOSE THINGS LIKE THAT,

THEY'RE SITUATIONAL. THERE ARE BASICS IN THE BIBLE

THAT ARE ALWAYS TRUE. BUT GOD IS A GOD WHO WALKS WITH

US RELATIONALLY, SPECIFICALLY, FOR YOU.

GOD HAS SOMETHING TO SAY TO YOU HE'S NOT SAYING TO ANYBODY ELSE.

AND LET ME SAY SOMETHING ELSE. IF YOU'RE BORN AGAIN, YOU HAVE

SPIRITUAL EARS, YOU HAVE SPIRITUAL EYES, YOU HAVE--

YOU HAVE A SPIRIT PERSON ON THE INSIDE OF YOU THAT IS CAPABLE OF

HEARING FROM GOD. AND MY CHALLENGE TO YOU IS THIS.

GET ALONE, TALK TO GOD, ASK GOD SPECIFICALLY SOMETHING THAT YOU

NEED IN YOUR LIFE AND JUST WAIT. AND LISTEN, LISTEN TO HIM IN

YOUR HEART. AND WHEN HE SPEAKS, IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE

CONSISTENT WITH THE BIBLE WHEN HE SPEAKS TO YOU.

DO IT, FOLLOW IT, PUT FAITH. FAITH COMES BY HEARING

AND HEARING THE WORD OF JESUS. LISTEN TO GOD. IT WILL TRANSFORM

YOUR LIFE. I HOPE THAT THIS HAS BEEN

HELPFUL TO YOU, AND LET ME JUST SAY THAT EVERY TIME WE COME TO

YOU HERE AT "MARRIAGE TODAY," WE ARE ABLE TO COME TO YOU BECAUSE

OF THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF OUR PARTNERS, A PRECIOUS GROUP OF

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WOULD YOU PLEASE BECOME A ROCK SOLID PARTNER?

KAREN AND I ARE ASKING YOU TO STAND WITH US TO HELP US COME

BACK TO YOU, BUT ALSO TO SEND US AROUND THE WORLD TO PEOPLE IN

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ANNOUNCER: GOING THROUGH DIVORCE IS A LOT TO ASK OF CHILDREN AND

OFTEN RESULTS IN YEARS OF EMOTIONAL PAIN. IT'S A VIOLENT

RIPPING APART OF THEIR PARENTS AND A SENSE OF ABANDONMENT. WHAT

SOMETIMES WE SEE AS A QUICK WAY OUT CAN MEAN COMPLETE LOSS FOR A

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OF SUCCESS IN MARRIAGE. YOU WERE MADE FOR MARRIAGE.

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