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AS LAMBS AMONG WOLVES - an important lesson for all of us! - overcoming your fear

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    The Call of Jesus
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    Welcome to this lesson 9 that is called
    "As Lambs Among Wolves".
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    I hope it's okay I'm going to provoke
    a little here.
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    I'm going to challenge you and say
    something that will really make you think.
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    I hope you are ready for that.
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    We start to get a lot of feedback
    from my new book "The Call of Jesus".
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    A person from Canada wrote this
    about the book:
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    "Best book I've ever read besides
    the Bible.
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    This book is a must read for everybody,
    especially the Body of Christ!
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    It's a wake-up call that's urgently
    needed in these last days,
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    and will lead believers back to
    the first love with real joy and excitement
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    in their walk with the Lord!"
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    So, one person said that it was the best book
    he has ever read, beside the Bible.
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    And I believe also, when you read the book,
    the whole book,
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    or move on in this video series with me,
    you will find it very, very good,
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    very interesting. Why?
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    Especially in the end, when we are
    going to put it all together.
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    What we are doing now is we are
    taking it verse by verse,
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    word by word, what Jesus is saying
    in Luke 10.
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    And then later we will put more
    meat on it,
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    and later we will put it together,
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    and send you out with it,
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    send you out to live this life
    Jesus has for you.
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    After Jesus said in the beginning
    of Luke 10 that the harvest is ready
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    and the workers are few,
    then He said that we should pray
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    the Lord of the harvest
    to send out workers -
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    something we have been looking at.
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    And then in Luke 10:3 He says this:
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    "Go your way: behold, I send you out
    as lambs among wolves."
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    This is what we are going to look at today.
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    One of the first things He said there is:
    Go!
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    Go your way.
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    What you need to understand is that
    the harvest is ready.
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    The harvest is plentiful.
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    The harvest is not the problem.
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    The problem is the workers.
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    And we looked at that last time,
    that we should pray the Lord of the harvest
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    to send out workers.
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    But then He says this:
    Go your way.
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    Or said in other works:
    Go out in harvest.
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    Go out in the harvest.
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    Why? Because the harvest is not going to
    come to us.
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    Try to imagine a farmer,
    a farmer out in the real world,
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    who is standing there and looking
    at the harvest.
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    And when he's looking at the harvest
    he sees that the harvest is huge,
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    the harvest is plentiful and
    the harvest is ripe.
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    The harvest is so ready,
    the harvest is so ripe.
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    And he just feels the joy.
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    What does he do?
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    He opens the barn door
    and then he looks over the harvest,
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    and then this farmer would say:
    Harvest! Come in!
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    Come in to the barn!
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    And then, he looks at the harvest
    and he sees something interesting.
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    He sees that the harvest doesn't
    come into the barn.
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    So, he starts to think.
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    What is wrong with the harvest?
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    Maybe the harvest doesn't hear me.
    Maybe I need to shout a little louder.
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    Harvest! Harvest! Come in!
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    Harvest, the barn is ready!
    The barn is ready for you!
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    Come in, harvest!
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    And he shouts louder.
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    But still the harvest doesn't come in.
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    So, he starts to think what is wrong
    with that harvest.
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    Why the harvest doesn't want to come in
    to the barn?
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    And then he looks at the barn and
    he thinks: Oh, now I know it.
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    The barn is dirty.
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    The harvest doesn't want to come
    into a dirty barn.
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    So, he fixes the barn now.
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    He gets all the dirt out and he even
    puts a nice carpet on the barn floor.
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    He even puts a coffee machine into the barn,
    he fixes it up, and have light,
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    and he makes the barn so cozy.
    He even puts some very nice soft music in,
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    to the barn, so the barn is so amazing
    and so cozy.
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    And then he goes out and he looks
    at the harvest and says:
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    Harvest, come in!
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    And the harvest still doesn't come in.
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    Why?
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    Because the harvest doesn't care
    how cozy the barn is.
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    The harvest cannot stand up and come in.
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    The harvest is not created
    to come into the barn.
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    The only thing he, actually, got out of
    fixing the barn and making it so cozy,
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    with soft music, and light, and sofa,
    and coffee machine,
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    is that now all the workers are sitting in
    there and doesn't want to go out.
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    The only thing we really get out of
    fixing our churches
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    is that is so cozy and nice that no one
    wants to leave them.
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    But you know, the people out there,
    the harvest, the sinners,
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    they don't care how fine the churches are.
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    Harvest is not created to stand up
    and go into the barn.
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    No, the workers are created to stand up
    and go out in the harvest.
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    And this is what we should have done
    in the churches.
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    Instead of making nice churches and
    hoping that people will come in to us,
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    we should have train them and equip them,
    the workers, to go out there.
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    And again, I'd like to say,
    not go and stand on a platform in Africa.
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    Just go out to that harvest that's just
    outside the door,
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    to find the person of peace,
    and go to their house,
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    and eat and drink what they serve,
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    and do everything
    I'm going to look at later in this book.
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    I want to read here.
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    "Are we not doing exactly
    what the farmer did in our churches?
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    We use a lot of time, money,
    resources to make our churches (barns)
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    look nice and cozy
    with beautiful carpet and lights.
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    We even play music
    to set the right atmosphere.
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    We do all of this with the belief
    that if the church is nice and cozy
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    and the sermon is just right,
    then people will start to come
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    into the church by themselves
    and get saved."
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    I just want to say...
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    This is what most people are doing.
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    Yes, of course, you can see a little fruit
    of that.
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    Of course, there are some people today,
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    and mostly church people,
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    who change one church to another,
    and so on,
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    but a sinner out there...
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    Yes, we see a little fruit,
    but I guarantee you...
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    You will see so much more fruit
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    instead, if you start to train and equip
    workers to go out.
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    Why? Let's say you have a church
    with 100 people.
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    And you have a few people come in,
    to you, here and there.
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    But how often you see a church
    with 100 people
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    that is 100 one year and then 200
    next year, and then 400, and then 800,
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    and then 1600, and 32000 and 64000?
    We don't see that.
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    That is just 100% growth.
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    That is just one person
    leading the one to Christ.
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    Per year.
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    Why? Because most people in church
    never lead anyone to Christ.
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    They are not equipped for it.
    They don't know what to do.
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    They don't go out and do it.
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    And this is what you are called to lead
    people to Christ.
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    You are not called to just be in church
    where other people do it.
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    You are called to lead the harvest,
    the people to Christ.
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    So, what we are saying is that the harvest
    is not the problem.
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    The harvest has never been the problem.
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    The problem is us.
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    The problem is you and me.
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    But we can do something about it.
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    And we need to start with obeying
    what Jesus has commanded us to.
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    Let's move on and look at what Jesus
    also is saying in Luke 10:3:
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    "Go your way; behold, I send you out
    as lambs among wolves."
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    I send you out as lambs among wolves.
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    I think we have read that so many times
    without really stopping up and thinking:
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    What? What? What? What is it
    Jesus You are saying?
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    What are You saying here, Jesus?
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    I send you out as lambs among wolves.
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    Try to imagine Jesus standing
    with a little, little lamb;
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    I have a picture here;
    with a little lamb in his arms.
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    A lamb is very, very, very helpless.
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    Meeeeeh, or baaaaah...
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    In Europe we say: meeeh.
    In America I think they say: baaah.
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    But, no matter if it's a meeeh or baaah,
    what happenes?
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    A little meeeh cannot scare wolf away.
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    But Jesus takes this little lamb
    and send him out among wolves.
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    Try to imagine this.
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    Try to imagine Jesus's standing
    with a little lamb. Meeeh... baaah....
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    And then He sees wolf out there.
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    Whoa! Look at those wolves.
    Those wolves want to eat you.
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    Baaah! They want to eat you. Baaah!
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    And then He takes this little lamb
    and then He says: Out with you.
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    I send you out as lamb among wolves.
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    What can a lamb do?
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    A lamb is, as I said, very helpless.
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    That "baaah" is not going to
    chase the wolf away.
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    A lamb is not very good camouflaged?
    Is it? No.
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    It cannot climb trees. No.
    It's not very fast. No.
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    A lamb is, actually,
    very, very, very helpless.
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    And I think that's why
    Jesus chose that picture.
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    A lamb is, actually, one of those few
    animals we really see, who needs a shepherd.
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    Cats don't need a shepherd.
    They are very fast.
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    Dogs don't need a shepherd.
    It can bark, has teeth, and so on.
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    And snakes don't need a shepherd.
    Birds can fly away. Don't need a shepherd.
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    But a lamb need a shepherd.
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    Sheep need shepherd.
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    What good shepherd, in his right mind,
    would do what Jesus is doing?
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    Sending the little, little lamb
    out among wolves.
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    There is only one shepherd
    who would do that,
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    who is sending His sweet lamb
    among wolves.
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    And that is the good shepherd Jesus.
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    And that is the shepherd who goes
    with the lamb.
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    And this is what He is doing.
    He is sending us out among wolves,
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    but He is not staying behind, waiting,
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    while the wolves are coming
    and eating us.
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    He said: Go! Behold, I send you
    out as lambs among wolves.
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    And then He goes with us.
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    And this is the first what you are
    going to experience.
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    When you step out there...
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    you can feel like little lamb...
    meeeh... baaah... I'm afraid.
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    But when you go,
    you will experience that He is with you.
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    Go out there among wolves.
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    You know, the wolf can be a picture of
    everything that tries to create fear in us.
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    But the truth is - it's not easy out there.
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    It's not easy.
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    And He has never promised
    that it would be easy.
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    He has said that we will
    experience persecution.
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    He has said that people will
    speak against us.
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    He has said that people will
    even beat some of us,
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    throw us to jail and kill us.
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    He has not promised us
    that it would be easy,
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    but He has promised us
    that He will go with us.
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    Many shepherds today in the churches
    do the opposite of Jesus.
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    They keep lambs away from wolves.
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    They are like: as soon as somebody
    gets saved:
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    No, no, no. Come in, come in here
    in the fine church.
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    Oh, don't go out there.
    And when people start to go out:
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    Be careful, be careful. There's wolves
    out there. They want to eat you.
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    Be back here. And we keep people
    away from the wolves.
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    But it's out there where the harvest is.
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    And we need to be out there
    in the harvest.
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    And we should not keep people away
    from the wolves,
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    because the wolves are there,
    but Jesus is also there.
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    Jesus is going with us.
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    And this is what we need to learn.
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    I want to read more from my book here:
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    "So, do not be afraid!
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    Take the first step, and you will see
    that Jesus is with you!
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    Jesus' Word to you and me is,
    "Go!"
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    We should go out as lambs among wolves.
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    He did not say, "Stay here because
    there are wolves out there."
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    No, He said, "Go!"
    Yes, there's wolves out there,
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    and they will never disappear.
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    They are there to put fear in you,
    and that is just how it is.
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    Remember that next time you are going
    to take a step and go to somebody
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    and open your mouth to speak about
    Jesus with people you know or do not know.
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    You might feel the fear is coming.
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    You might feel like a little lamb
    and just want to say,
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    'baa' while your legs are shaking
    like a little newborn lamb
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    trying to take the first small steps.
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    But then remember Jesus' words,
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    and instead of saying, 'baa,'
    say, 'AMEN,'
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    knowing that Jesus is going with you!
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    Then, boldly take the first step in faith!"
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    What we read here is not just words.
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    What Jesus has said is real.
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    He is sending us out
    as lambs among wolves.
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    And yes, we will feel fear.
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    The fear is there.
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    The fear is never going to
    disappear completely.
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    It's not going to disappear.
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    It hasn't disappeared in my life.
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    But, I have experienced now
    so many times,
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    when I, as a little lamb, baa...
    take the first step, baa... mee...
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    and go out there, and experience
    that, wow, it went good,
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    wow, Jesus was with me!
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    In that moment I took that step,
    in that moment I opened my mouth,
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    I that moment I laid hands on people,
    when I was out there,
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    it was not so bad as I feared.
    Jesus gave me strength. Jesus was with me.
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    Ha!
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    I will never forget that.
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    And then yes, you forget a little
    till the next time,
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    but still you remember a little of it.
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    And you remember:
    Hey, He was with me last time.
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    He will be with me this time.
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    And then next time:
    He was with me last time
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    and the time before. He will also
    be with me this time.
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    And the next time: He was with me
    there, there, there.
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    He will also be with me there.
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    So, the fear will never disappear,
    but you will remember,
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    by experience,
    that He is with you,
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    and therefore it becomes easier,
    and easier, and easier, and easier.
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    So, I really want to encourage you
    out there and say:
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    Don't be afraid.
    Go!
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    Jesus did not say this we read here,
    for us only to read about it,
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    to pray about it, to memorize it,
    to even learn it in Greek and Hebrew.
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    He's teaching us His words
    that we might obey them.
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    For you to obey it.
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    And can I be a little harsh now?
    Can I provoke you a little?
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    Don't be deceived.
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    Do not be one of those
    we read about in the Bible
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    who calls on Jesus
    and calls Him: Lord, Lord!
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    But Jesus will one day say:
    Why do you call me: Lord, Lord,
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    if you do not do what I say?
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    You know from the last time
    and from the teaching we have seen until now,
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    that it's not about our church way,
    it's not about how we do mission
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    out of the church box.
    It's about Christ, Christ and Christ alone,
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    and what He has called us to,
    and we are His disciples.
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    We have looked how
    the harvest is ready,
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    the harvest is really, really ready
    and plentiful,
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    and we need to pray the Lord of the harvest
    to send out workers,
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    but then we need to go out ourselves.
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    And I encourage you to keep praying,
    keep praying every day
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    for the Lord to send out more workers,
    but I also encourage you - start to go.
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    Go. Take the first step.
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    And now again, we are not talking that
    you need to go to Africa
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    and stand on a platform, or you have to
    stand in the church with a mike in your hand.
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    Just, look around you.
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    Where are the people around you
    who need Jesus?
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    Where are the people who you can
    share Jesus with?
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    Especially this time, with the end times,
    crazy time we are living in,
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    with all the fear, with virus,
    and all of this.
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    It's really the time for the church
    to rise up and shine.
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    To open the mouth to be bold.
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    Don't say: bee... or meh...
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    Say: Amen! Amen!
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    I believe in Jesus' word.
    Yes, I feel like a little lamb,
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    but I will go out.
    I will act on Jesus' word,
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    and I will invite my neighbors over
    and sit with them and share the gospel.
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    I will take this video with the gospel
    and share with them.
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    That can be the first start with you.
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    I will go public on Facebook
    and proclaim Jesus.
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    I don't know where you'll start,
    but this is what I encourage you to do.
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    Remember the picture of Jesus,
    the lamb and the wolves.
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    Yes, you will feel fear.
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    But until the next time,
    I really, really encourage you -
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    take some steps.
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    Do something you have not done before,
    when it comes to sharing Jesus,
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    when it comes to open your mouth.
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    I remember the first time
    I should have prayed loud -
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    that was a big step for me.
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    I remember the first time I should have
    opened my mouth and talk about Jesus
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    to somebody I did not know -
    it was a big step for me.
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    I remember the first time
    I've done anything.
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    Why? Because all the beginnings
    are difficult.
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    And especially when we talk about
    sharing Jesus.
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    But I also saw that when I open
    my mouth and share about Jesus...
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    Hallelujah!
    He was with me.
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    And it encouraged me,
    and I grew from there,
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    and I saw what Jesus is saying:
    The harvest is truly ready, truly plentiful.
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    So, until next time, keep praying that
    the workers will be sent out to the harvest,
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    but also take a step in faith.
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    Do something you have not done before.
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    Share Jesus with somebody.
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    Do something you have not done before
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    and see that He is with you.
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    See you next time!
    Bye-bye!
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    The Call of Jesus
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