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700 Club Interactive: God's at War - March 21, 2013

Does idolatry still exist? Pastor and author Kyle Idleman discusses the current issues we all face with modern day idols. Read Transcript


Gordon: THE BATTLE IS

RAGING.

LITTLE GODS ARE AT WAR

FOR YOUR HEART.

Gordon: AND YOUR HEART

IS THE TARGET.

THE GOD OF FOOD, THE GOD

OF ENTERTAINMENT -- WHAT'S

NEXT?

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW TO

WIN THE WAR ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

OVER THE LAST DECADE,

HOLLYWOOD HAS MADE MILLIONS

TELLING THE STORIES OF THE

ANCIENT GREEKS.

FROM "TROY" TO "CLASH OF THE

TITANS," AMERICA IS A NATION

FASCINATED BY TALES OF THE

GODS.

Terry: HOWEVER,

ACCORDING TO OUR GUESTS

TODAY, GODS ARE NOT LIMITED

TO THE MOVIES, BUT MAY BE

SHOWING UP IN YOUR LIFE

DAILY.

RIDDLE ME THIS, RIDDLE ME

THIS.

WHAT IS YOUR IDOL, YOU

FOLLOW ALL OF THE

COMMANDMENTS, BUT HERE IS

FACT, VIRTUAL IN WEB FORM,

SPAWNING OF SORROWS, WHICH

WHO YOU FOLLOW, IDOLS ARE

SEARCHING FROM BODIES TO

BORROW.

THE SKIES IN THE SECRET ARE

THE ROLE MODELS.

WHO'S SUCCESS COVERS

FAILURE, IS IT TOO LATE TO

TELL YOU.

LITTLE GODS ARE AT WAR FOR

YOUR HEART, DON'T IGNORE.

START TO EXPLORE THE REASONS

YOU LIVE FOR, LIKE, HOW CAN

I GIVE MYSELF AWAY.

ONE BEDROOM SHARING A FEW

PARTNERS, AND DARKNESS

STEALS YOUR CARCASS.

THEY ROB US OF OUR PURPOSE.

HISTORY OPEN THE CHAPTERS,

BUT I HAVE TO CLOSE THOSE

CURTAINS.

IDOLS PUSH ME BACK.

ONCE A YOUNG, LITTLE DUMMY,

I WAS SEARCHING.

I WAS NERVOUS.

I NEVER I WAS TO WORSHIP.

THEN I GAVE MYSELF TO

SERVICE.

MY PRAISE TURNED TO FERVENT,

AND I WENT LOOKING ABOUT FOR

CHURCHES, LIKE WOMEN WHO

SHOP FOR PURCHASES.

I WAS WANDERING ON MY

JOURNEY TO FIND OUT MY HEART

WAS PURCHASED.

HISTORY OPENS THE CHAPTERS,

AND NOW MY MASTER HAS CLOSED

THE CURTAINS.

SHOW ME CHRIST AND I WILL

LEARN HIM.

WITHOUT THE INFLUENCE OF THE

WORLD AND ALL OF THE TRAPS.

REMOVE THEM.

I CHOSE THE ROOM OF RUBY.

MY CULTURE WANTS TO FEED ME,

AND I'M NOT ALL TOO COOL

WITH THIS.

GOD OF FOOD.

THE GOD OF SUCCESS.

AND ENTERTAINMENT, WHAT'S

NEXT?

THE GOD OF MONEY, FAMILY AND

ACHIEVEMENT.

THE GOD OF ME IS DECEIVING,

AND IT IS NOT OVER.

THE BATTLE DOESN'T END UNTIL

THE GUARD IN ME STANDS UP

AND STANDS STRONG AND BREAKS

IN.

AND EVEN THEN, THE CONQUER

CONQUEROR DOESN'T WIN.

THE GODS ARE AT WAR.

Gordon: THOSE ARE JUST

A FEW OF THE GODS BATTLING

FOR OUR HEART THESE DAYS.

JOINING US NOW, VIA SKYPE,

IS THE AUTHOR OF THAT BOOK,

KYLE IDELMAN.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON.

Gordon: I THOUGHT I WAS

OKAY WITH THE FIRST

COMMANDMENT BEFORE I READ

THE BOOK.

BUT YOU SORT OF OPENED MY

EYES.

THERE IS A LOT OF OUT

THERE.

WHY IS IDOLATRY SUCH AN

ISSUE FOR PEOPLE TODAY?

WE TEND TO THINK OF

IDOLATRY ANTIQUATED, AND WE

ASSOCIATED IT BACK THEN, AND

NOT NOW.

AND WE READ IT IN SCRIPTURE

CONSTANTLY, WHICH IS

INTERESTINGLY.

THERE ARE MORE THAN A

THOUSAND REFERENCES.

IT IS A BIG DEAL IN THE

BIBLE.

I WOULD SAY YOU COULD DO A

SURVEY OF SCRIPTURE, AND

IDENTIFY IDOLATRY AS THE

NUMBER ONE PROBLEM, AND YET

WE DON'T THINK OF IT THAT

WAY BECAUSE WE'RE THINKING

OF CARVED IMAGES OF GOLDEN

STATUES.

GODS ARE DIFFERENT, BUT MY

THINKING IS GOD HAS NEVER

HAD MORE COMPETITION.

WE JUST DO OUR WORSHIPPING

DIFFERENTLY.

IT IS NOT THROUGH BOWING AND

KNEELING.

IT IS THROUGH SPENDING, AND

HOW WE GIVE OUR TIME AND

ATTENTION TO OTHER THINGS.

IDOLATRY HAS NEVER BEEN MORE

RELEVANT THAN IT IS TODAY.

WE JUST STARTED TO CALL IT

SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

Gordon: IN YOUR

BOOK, "GODS AT WAR," YOU

MAKE A VERY GOOD POINT THAT

YOU CAN'T BREAK ANY OF THE

OTHER 10 COMMANDMENTS

WITHOUT BREAKING THOSE FIRST

TWO.

WHY IS THAT?

I SHOULD PROBABLY GIVE

CREDIT TO MARTIN LUTHER ON

THAT OBSERVATION.

HE SAID THAT INITIALLY, YOU

CAN'T BREAK ANY OF THE

OTHERS WITHOUT BREAKING ONE

OF THOSE FIRST TWO.

BECAUSE EVERY SIN WE

STRUGGLE WITH ULTIMATELY HAS

IDOLATRY AT ITS ROOTS.

WE TALK ABOUT NOT COVETING.

WHAT IS COVETING, BUT

IDOLATRY.

YOU HAVE HELD SOMETHING UP

THAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS, AND

YOU WANT THAT.

SO YOU'RE CHOOSING TO GIVING

YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION TO

PURSUING THAT, CHASING AFTER

IT.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE SIN OF

LUST OR THE SIN OF PRIDE,

ULTIMATELY AT THE ROOT OF

THESE INNS IS IDOLATRY.

WHAT HAPPENS IN CHRISTIANITY

AND THE CHURCH, WE KIND OF

GOT CAUGHT UP WITH DEALING

WITH THE SYMPTOMS.

SO SOMEONE COMES IN WITH A

STRUGGLE OR THEY'RE DEALING

WITH DISCOURAGEMENT, WE WANT

TO TREAT THE SYMPTOMS.

BUT AT THE ROOT OF IT, THERE

IS AN IDOL.

THERE IS SOMEONE OR

SOMETHING COMPETING FOR THE

THRONE OF OUR HEARTS.

UNTIL THAT GOD IS DETHRONED

AND GOD TAKES HIS RIGHTFUL

PLACE, IT DOESN'T WORK.

BECAUSE WE WERE CREATED TO

WORSHIP HIM EXCLUSIVELYLY.

Gordon: ON THE FLIP

SIDE OF THAT, YOU WRITE ALSO

WHAT A PERSON COMPLAINS

ABOUT IS ALSO VERY

REVEALING.

AND WILL REVEAL THE IDOLS IN

THEIR LIVES.

IT IS NOT JUST WHAT WE

PURSUE, BUT WHAT WE EXPLAIN

ABOUT.

YEAH.

IF YOU THINK ABOUT WORSHIP,

IT IS ULTIMATELY PUTTING

YOUR HOPE IN SOMETHING AND

THEN CHASING AFTER IT.

WHEN YOU ARE EXPLAINING

ABOUT SOMETHING, IT REVEALS

AN AREA OF YOUR LIFE THAT

YOU'RE DISAPPOINTED IN.

THE REASON YOU'RE

DISAPPOINTED IN IT

OFTENTIMES IS BECAUSE WE

HAVE PUT OUR HOPE IN IT.

SO IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT YOU

COMPLAIN ABOUT, AND YOU LOOK

AT THE AREAS WHERE YOU'RE

DISAPPOINTED, IT HAS A WAY

OF SHOWING WHERE WE HAVE PUT

OUR HOPE, AND OF COURSE

WORRY DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE

AS PAUL SAYS IN ROMANS,

THERE IS ONLY ONE HOPE THAT

DOESN'T DISAPPOINT, AND

THAT'S JESUS CHRIST.

SO IF YOU'RE COMPLAINING

ABOUT, MAYBE MONEY, OR

COMPLAINING MAYBE ABOUT YOUR

MARITAL STATUS, OR YOU'RE

COMPLAINING ABOUT YOUR JOB,

THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO

LOOK AT IT AND ASK YOURSELF

A QUESTION: AM I MAKING THIS

MORE IMPORTANT THAN GOD?

IS THAT WHY I'M

DISAPPOINTED?

I'VE HEARD IT EXPLAINED THIS

WAY: THAT WHINING IS THE

OPPOSITE OF WORSHIP.

YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN CALLED

TO WORSHIP THE LORD.

BUT WHEN WE WHINE, WE DID

THE OPPOSITE.

WE ARE NOT ACKNOWLEDGING WHO

GOD IS AND WHAT HE CAN AND

HAS DONE FOR US.

AND HE HAS CALLED US TO

WORSHIP HIM, WHERE WE

REMEMBER WHO HE IS, AND WE

ARE THANKFUL FOR WHAT HE HAS

DONE.

Gordon: WHEN GOD LAYS

OUT THE COMMANDMENTS ON

IDOLATRY, THERE IS SORT OF A

CURIOUS VERSE AND I THINK A

LOT OF PEOPLE TRIP OVER IT.

AND HE SAYS, I'M A JEALOUS

GOD.

AND NORMALLY WE THINK OF

JEALOUSY AS A BAD THING.

WHAT DOES HE REALLY MEAN

THERE?

WE ASSOCIATE JEALOUSY AS

TWO JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS WHO

LIKE THE SAME BOY.

IT SEEMS TO BE INDICTING OF

IMMATURITY OR INSECURITY.

BUT IN THE CONTACTS OF THE

SCRIPTURE, WHEN GOD IS

DESCRIBED REPEATEDLY AS A

JEALOUS GOD, IT IS VERY

REVEALING OF HOW MUCH HE

LOVES US.

IN FACT, IDOLATRY IS

CONSISTENTLY PORTRAYED AS

ADULTERY.

THAT GOD IS SOMEONE WE'VE

BEEN UNFAITHFUL TO BY GIVING

OUR ATTENTION TO ANOTHER.

HE IS JEALOUS OF THAT

AFFECTION IN THE SAME WAY

THAT A LOVING SPOUSE WOULD

BE JEALOUS OF THEIR HUSBANDS

OR THEIR WIFE'S AFFECTION.

IF THE WIFE SAW HER HUSBAND

BEING FLIRTACIOUS WITH

ANOTHER WOMAN, SHE IS GOING

TO BE JEALOUS, AS SHE SHOULD

BE BECAUSE SHE LOVES HIM.

AND IF SHE WASN'T JEALOUS,

IT WOULD SAY THAT HER LOVE

REALLY WASN'T THAT

SIGNIFICANT.

SO INSTEAD OF INDICTING GOD

AS INSECURE, HIS JEALOUSY

REVEALS HIM TO BE LOVING.

THAT IS REALLY WHAT THIS IS

ABOUT.

HE WON'T SETTLE TO SHARE OUR

HEARTS.

HE LOVES US SO MUCH THAT HE

WANTS US.

Gordon: WHAT CAN YOU

TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE

SURPRISING IDOLS THAT PEOPLE

HAVE IN THEIR LIVES?

I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT

TO UNDERSTAND THAT GOD'S

GOOD GIFT TO US, HIS GOOD

THINGS, CAN BECOME HIS

GREATEST COMPETITION.

IF THAT MAKES SENSE.

SO THAT WE DESCRIBE

DIFFERENT IDOLS, AND YOU

THINK, THAT'S NOT SINFUL.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE GOD OF FOOD

OR THE GOD OF SEXUAL

PLEASURE, THE GOD OF

ENTERTAINMENT.

THESE THINGS ARE NOT WRONG.

THEY'RE GIFTS FROM GOD,

EXERCISED IN THE CONTEXT HE

HAS GIVEN US IN SCRIPTURE.

BUT OFTENTIMES THE GOOD

THINGS GOD GIVES US BECOME

HIS COMPETITION.

I THINK THAT IS SPRIECHG.

SURPRISING.

IMAGINE YOU HAVE A CHILD AND

YOU GIVE YOUR CHILD A NEW

GAMING SYSTEM.

THE CHILD LOVES THE GAMING

SYSTEM AND STARTS PLAYING IT

ALL OF THE TIME.

AND YOU'RE HAPPY ABOUT THAT

BECAUSE THEY'RE ENJOYING THE

GIFT YOU GAVE.

BUT THEN YOU SAY TO YOUR

CHILD, DO YOU WANT TO GO TO

LUNCH?

AND NO, MOM, DAD, NO, I

CAN'T BECAUSE I'M PLAYING

THIS GAME.

HE DOESN'T WANT TO GO FOR A

WALK WITH YOU OR BE PART OF

DINNER WITH THE FAMILY

BECAUSE HE IS CONSTANTLY

PLAYING THE GAMING SYSTEM.

AT SOME POINT THIS GOOD GIFT

YOU HAVE GIVEN HIM REPLACES

THE GIVER.

WHAT WE WOULD WANT IS NOT TO

SEE GOD'S GOOD THINGS AS

SINFUL IN THEMSELVES, BUT TO

UNDERSTAND THAT THE GOOD

GIFTS THAT GOD GIVES US HAS

THE POTENTIAL TO ROW PLACE

REPLACE THE GIVER.

SO SOME OF THOSE GODS, FOOD,

SEX, ENTERTAINMENT, THESE

ARE GOOD GIFTS FROM A FATHER

WHO LOVES US, BUT THEY CAN

BE DANGEROUS IF WE CHOOSE TO

PUT OUR HOPE IN THEM.

Gordon: ISN'T THAT

SOMEWHAT AN INDICTMENT OF

THE AMERICAN CULTURE TODAY,

IN TERMS OF WE HAVE LET LOTS

OF THINGS BECOME GODS.

WHEN YOU START LOOKING AT

HOW MUCH WE PURSUE THINGS TO

EXCESS, WHETHER IT IS MONEY,

SUCCESS, CAREER,

ADVANCEMENT, PROMOTION, OUR

SPORTS, OUR FOOD, OUR

ENTERTAINMENT, OUR GAMES --

YOU GO ALL THE WAY DOWN THE

LINE.

I THINK EVEN EDUCATION --

THE PURSUIT OF THAT AND

TRYING TO GET ADVANCED IN

THAT CAN TURN INTO THIS.

WOULD YOU AGREE THIS IS SORT

OF AMERICA -- AMERICA IS A

CULTURE NOW FILLED WITH

IDOLATRY?

YES, BECAUSE WE ARE

CONSTANTLY BEING PULLED IN

THOSE DIRECTIONS.

EVERY TIME YOU WATCH AN

ADVERTISEMENT -- PAY

ATTENTION TO COMMERCIALS

BECAUSE THEY'LL SET UP A

PRODUCT AS IF IT'S A

SAVIOR.

IF YOU'LL JUST BUY THIS, OR

GIVE YOUR ATTENTION TO THAT,

IT WILL BE -- YOU'LL FEEL

BETTER.

LIFE WILL BE BETTER.

THEY'RE USING REDEMPTION

LANGUAGE TO TALK ABOUT

WHATEVER PRODUCT THEY'RE

SELLING.

AND SO WE'RE JUST SURROUNDED

BY THAT MESSAGE.

AND I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT

TO LOOK AT DIFFERENT AREAS

OF YOUR LIFE THAT YOU GIVE

YOUR TIME AND YOUR ATTENTION

TO, AND TO ASK YOURSELF,

OKAY, WHERE IS MY HEART IN

THIS?

FOR EXAMPLE, I'M A BIG

SPORTS FAN.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS

REVEALING TO ME IS I TOOK MY

DAUGHTER TO AN INDIANAPOLIS

COLTS' NFL GAME AND WE WENT

TO CHURCH SUNDAY MORNING

BEFORE THE GAME, AND WE WENT

TO THE NFL GAME THAT SUNDAY

AFTERNOON.

AS I WAS DRIVING HOME, I

THOUGHT TO MYSELF, I'VE BEEN

TO TWO DIFFERENT WORSHIP

SERVICES HERE.

WHERE WAS I MOST

PASSIONATE.

AND IT WAS REVEALING TO ME.

AND I THINK GOD HAS GIVEN US

THESE GOOD GIFTS.

HE HAS GIVEN US THE ABILITY

TO BE ENTERTAINED, THAT'S

FINE.

BUT WHAT AM I GIVING MY

HEART TO?

WHAT AM I MORE PASSIONATE

ABOUT?

Gordon: I BET YOU

CHEERED MORE AT THE FOOTBALL

GAME?

WELL, MY FACE REVEALED

IT -- I'LL LEAVE IT AT

THAT.

Gordon: WE'VE SORT OF

IDENTIFIED THE PROBLEM, BUT

WHAT'S THE WAY OUT?

ONCE YOU REALIZE YOU'VE

GIVEN YOURSELF OVER TO

SOMETHING -- IT MAY HAVE

STARTED OFF GOOD AND YOU MAY

HAVE HAD GOOD INTENTIONS,

BUT WHEN YOU START FINDING

THIS IS NOW CO CONSUMING

ME, INSTEAD ME CONSUMING

IT.

GOD HAS MADE THE UNIVERSE

SUCH A WAY THAT LIFE WORKS

WHEN HE IS IN HIS RIGHTFUL

PLACE.

AND WHEN HE ISN'T, NOTHING

WORKS VERY WELL.

I THINK YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT

LIFE IS ABOUT THE GLORY OF

GOD.

YOU START LOOKING AT LIFE

THROUGH THAT LENS.

IF YOU LOOK AT SCRIPTURE,

AND YOU TRACE THE WORD

IDOLATRY, YOU FIND ANOTHER

WORD CLOSELY ATTACHED TO IT,

AND THE WORD IS SHOES.

CHOOSE.

AND JOSHUA SAYS BEFORE THE

PEOPLE, CHOOSE THIS DAY WHOM

YOU WILL SERVE.

AND THAT CHOICE IS REALLY

WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO.

YOU'RE CHOOSING TO PUT YOUR

HOPE IN JESUS.

THE WORD JOSHUA USES, WHEN

HE SAYS "CHOOSE," IS NOT

JUST A ONE-TIME CHOICE.

IT IS A DAILY CHOICE.

JESUS SAYS IF ANYONE WANTS

TO COME AFTER ME, THEY MUST

DENY THEMSELVES AND TAKE UP

THE CROSS DAILY.

YOU DENY YOURSELF DAILY.

YOU CHOOSE NO TO YOURSELF

AND YES TO JESUS.

WE DON'T WANT TO REMOVE THE

IDOLS IN OUR LIFE.

WE WANT TO REPLACE THEM.

UNDERSTANDING THAT IT IS

ONLY IN JESUS THAT OUR HOPE

WILL BE SATISFIED.

IT IS ONLY IN HIM THAT WE'LL

FIND WHAT WE'RE ULTIMATELY

LOOKING FOR.

SO JUST TO CONSTANTLY BE

ASKING, AM I CHOOSING JESUS

FIRST?

AND YOU START TO LOOK AT IT

THROUGH THAT LENS.

IS HE MY SATISFACTION, OR AM

I PUTTING IN PLEASURE.

IS JESUS MY FUTURE, OR AM I

PUTTING IT IN MONEY AND

FINANCES.

IS JESUS MY HOPE, OR AM I

PUTTING IT IN THE POLITICAL

PROCESS.

WHERE DO I NEED TO CHOOSE

JESUS FIRST.

Gordon: KYLE, THANKS

FOR BEING WITH US, THANKS

FOR THE MESSAGE, AND THANKS

FOR THE BOOK.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON

KYLE, YOU CAN GO TO

700clubinteractive.com, AND

HIS BOOK "GODS AT WAR," IS

AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE.

Terry: THAT IS SOME

FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

Gordon: VERY MUCH FOOD

FOR THOUGHT.

I VERY MUCH ENJOYED THE

BOOK.

I WALKED INTO IT THINKING

I'M OKAY, AND YOU START

READING AND YOU START GOING,

WAIT A MINUTE.

Terry: IT IS SO

INTERESTING WE'RE DOING THIS

TODAY BECAUSE I'M IN THE

MIDDLE OF READING A BOOK

CALLED IDOLIZE.

AND IT IS THE SAME THING,

EXAMINE YOUR HEART AND SEE

THE THINGS THAT MAY BE

MASKED AND OTHER WAYS.

IT IS GOOD TO EVALUATE ON A

REGULAR BASIS.

COMING UP, HE WAS A WITCH

DOCTOR, AND SHE WAS A

FERVENT CHRISTIAN.

FIND OUT HOW THEY BECAME A

MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN, AFTER

THIS.

Terry: ANDREW WAS A

WITCH DOCTOR IN NIGERIA, AND

HIS WIFE WAS A CHRISTIAN.

THEIR MARRIAGE SEEMED

DESTINED FOR FAILURE UNTIL

THEY TURNED ON THE

TELEVISION AND SAW A

FAMILIAR FACE.

Reporter: ANDREW IS

GRATEFUL FOR MANY THINGS IN

HIS LIFE, HIS WIFE,

CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, AND

THE FARM THEY RUN TOGETHER.

I LOVE MY LIFE.

I HAVE A WONDERFUL FAMILY.

AND I HAVE PEACE.

Reporter: BUT NOT LONG

AGO, ANDREW'S LIFE WAS VERY

DIFFERENT.

AS A YOUNG MAN, ANDREW HAD

JOINED A CULT, LED BY A MAN

NAMED JOHN ALITO.

HE ORDAINED ME AS AN

AGENT OF THE DEVIL.

Reporter: ANDREW'S WIFE

WAS A CHRISTIAN, SHE SPENT

12 YEARS PRAYING FOR HER

HUSBAND'S SALVATION.

HE FINALLY GOT TIRED OF HER

PRAYERS AND KICKED HER OUT

OF THE HOUSE.

HER PRAYERS STOOD IN THE

WAY OF MY IDOL WORSHIP.

Reporter: BUT ANDREW

SAYS HE STILL LOVED HIS WIFE

AND VISITED HER.

ONE DAY WHILE HE WAS AT HER

HOME, HE TURNED ON THE

TELEVISION AND SAW HIS

FORMER CULT LEADER, JOHN.

HE HAD SEEN "THE 700 CLUB"

AND GIVEN HIS LIFE TO

CHRIST.

NOW HIS STORY WAS AIRING ON

"THE 700 CLUB."

ANDREW KNEW GOD WAS CALLING

HIM TO MAKE THE SAME

DECISION.

AS I PRAYED, I FELT LIKE

THEY HAD COLD WATER.

ALL OF THE ANGER LEFT ME.

I EXPERIENCED PEACE AND

JOY.

Reporter: ANDREW GAVE

UP BLACK MAGIC AND THE

OCCULT, AND ASKED FOR HIS

WIFE TO FORGIVE HIM.

MY PRAYERS WERE

ANSWERED.

MY HUSBAND HAD BECOME A

CHRISTIAN, AND NOW WE

EXPERIENCE PEACE AND LOVE AS

A FAMILY.

BECAUSE OF CBN, MANY

PEOPLE LIKE ME HAVE ACCEPTED

JESUS CHRIST.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Terry: JESUS SAID WE

WOULD KNOW THE TRUTH, AND

THE TRUTH WOULD SET US

FREE.

CBN IS BROADCASTING THE

TRUTH OF GOD AND JESUS

CHRIST, HIS LOVE FOR US, HIS

POWER TO FORGIVE, AND THE

FREEDOM THAT BRINGS TO THOSE

WHO CHOOSE TO FOLLOW HIM.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF

BRINGING THAT MESSAGE TO

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YOU CAN CALL RIGHT NOW AND

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WHEN YOU DO JOIN, WE WANT TO

SEND YOU THIS TEACHING,

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TWO."

THESE ARE ACCOUNTS OF REAL

PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED, SOME

GONE TO HEAVEN, SOME GONE TO

HELHELL, AND THEY HAVE COME

BACK TO SHARE THEIR STORIES

WITH ALL OF US.

I THINK THIS WILL TOUCH YOUR

LIFE IN AN IMPORTANT WAY.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOU WILL

KNOW THAT YOU'RE TOUCHING

OTHERS WITH A POWERFUL

MESSAGE OF GOD'S GREAT LOVE

FOR THEM.

STILL AHEAD, THE ONE MOVE

THAT NEARLY COST THIS STREET

DANCER HIS LIFE.

I WAS DOING A BACK SPIN,

AND AFTER THAT, I DON'T KNOW

WHAT HAPPENED TO ME.

Terry: FIND OUT HOW HIS

WIFE HELPED HIM GET HIS

GROOVE BACK.

THAT'S LATER ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Terry: IF YOU'RE ONE OF

THE MILLIONS WHO TUNE INTO

"SO YOU THINK YOU CAN

DANCE," THEN YOU KNOW ALL

ABOUT THE PASSION, THE

DISCIPLINE, AND THE SKILL IT

TAKES TO BECOME A

PROFESSIONAL DANCER.

STILLO WAS ONE OF THE BEST

IN THE INDUSTRY, BUT IN JUST

ONE MOMENT, EVERYTHING HE

HAD WORKED FOR WAS GONE.

STIL

FOR STILO, DANCE IS

EVERYTHING.

FOR "B" BOYS, THEY LIVE,

THE THEY BREATHE, THEY

SLEEP, BREAKING.

WE BOTH WORK IN THE

INDUSTRY.

WE'RE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS.

IT IS CHALLENGING TO BE IN

AN INDUSTRY THAT IS NOT

GODLY DRIVEN.

AND HE WAS LIGHT TO ME.

I WAS DANCING FOR BRITNEY

SPEARS, AND HE WOULD CALL ME

AND PRAY WITH ME AND

ENCOURAGE ME AND TELL ME

ABOUT DIFFERENT BOOKS THAT I

COULD READ.

AND SCRIPTURES HE HAD READ

THAT DAY THAT WERE

ENCOURAGING TO HIM, HE WOULD

SHARE WITH ME.

OUR WEDDING DAY WAS A

SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE

BECAUSE WE HAD DATED FOR

THREE YEARS, AND WE HAD BEEN

ABSTINENT.

WHEN WE FIRST MET, WE WERE

BABY CHRISTIANS, AND WE BOTH

HAD MADE THE DECISION TO

SURRENDER EVERYTHING TO

GOD.

THAT BEING OUR RELATIONSHIP

IN THE PHYSICAL,

SPIRITUALLY, OUR FINANCES,

TITHING, OUR CAREERS,

EVERYTHING.

AND WHEN EVERYTHING IS GOING

GOOD, AND YOU'RE DOING

EVERYTHING YOU CAN, AND EVEN

ON A FAITH LEVEL, YOU'RE

PURSUING GOD'S WORD, AND

YOU'RE FORGIVING, YOU'RE

LOVING, YOU'RE TRYING TO BE

EVERYTHING THAT GOD WANTS

YOU TO BE, AND THEN

SOMETHING HAPPENS, IT CAN

KIND OF SHAKE YOUR FAITH.

I WAS DOING A BACK SPIN

TO A HALF SPIN.

AFTER THAT, I HAD A

HEADACHE.

WHAT HAPPENED TO ME, I DON'T

KNOW.

I WAS GOING UP, SPINNING,

AND THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED

TO ME.

WE THOUGHT MAYBE IT WAS

WHIPLASH OR A PINCHED NERVE

OR SOMETHING.

I REMEMBER OUR SON WAS 10

MONTHS AT THE TIME.

AND HE WOULD BE CRYING, AND

HE COULD NOT HANDLE THE

NOISE.

SO THAT WAS APPARENTLY THE

FIRST RUPTURE.

AND HE SAT WITH THAT FOR

ABOUT FOUR DAYS, NOT

KNOWING.

AND THEN ON FATHER'S DAY WE

WENT TO CHURCH.

THE PASTOR SAID, I WANT

TO PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE, GET

HEALED.

I WANT TO STAND UP AND SEE

IT HAPPEN.

AFTER THAT --

THAT'S WHEN HE PASSED

OUT.

WE GOT TO UCLA, AND HE WAS

DIAGNOSED WITH A RUPTURED

BRAIN ANEURYSM, AND HAD TO

HAVE EMERGENCY SURGERY.

WE HAD EVERYONE GO TO THE

HOSPITAL AND WE HAD WARFARE

IN PRAYER.

WE WERE JUST, LIKE, FIGHTING

FOR MY HUSBAND'S LIFE.

HE HAD ANOTHER RUPTURE ON

THE TABLE.

THEY OPENED HIM UP, AND HE

HAD ANOTHER RUPTURE, AND HIS

BRAIN IMMEDIATELY SWELLED

UP.

SO THEY HAD TO CLOSE UP AND

CALL ME.

AND I'M EXPECTING THEM TO

CALL ME AND BE, LIKE, OKAY,

EVERYTHING IS GOOD.

THEY CALL ME AND THEY SAID,

THERE WAS A COMPLICATION.

YOUR HUSBAND HAD ANOTHER RUB

RUPTURE, AND WE NEED TO DO

ANOTHER PROCEDURE AND WE

NEED YOUR APPROVAL.

IF THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO

IN THE NATURAL, I HAVE TO DO

IT IN THE SUPER NATURAL.

WHAT I HAD TO DO AS HIS WIFE

AND A WOMAN OF GOD, I HAD TO

FIGHT, PRAY.

BECAUSE I KNOW GOD CAN HEAL

LIKE THAT.

AT ANY MOMENT GOD COULD HAVE

JUST HEALED HIM AND HE WOULD

HAVE MIRACULOUSLY SAT UP AND

TOOK ALL OF THE TUBES OUT,

AND HE WOULD HAVE WALKED OUT

OF THE HOSPITAL.

BUT THAT WASN'T THE PLAN.

HIS ANEURYSM TOOK AWAY

HIS ABILITY TO SPEAK, TO

WALK, TO TALK, TO EAT.

I'M RELEARNING

EVERYTHING, HOW TO TALK,

PRAY, READ THE BIBLE.

EVERYTHING I DO, I PRAISE

GOD.

I REMEMBER IN I.C.U., AT

THE VERY BEGINNING, I ASK,

WILL HE BE ABLE TO DANCE ON

THE FLOOR?

AND THEY SAID PROBABLY NOT.

AND NOW, JUST IN THIS PAST

WEEK, HE STARTED DANCING ON

THE FLOOR AND BALANCING ON

HIS HANDS AND PUTTING WEIGHT

ON HIS HEAD.

AND HE IS FINE.

I'M SO HAPPY.

I FEEL SO HAPPY.

FIRST I THANK GOD IN MY LIFE

AGAIN.

I'M DANCING AGAIN.

I WAS SO HAPPY ABOUT IT.

AND NOW I'M HAPPY.

I'M JUST SO GRATEFUL, AND

I'M SO THANKFUL THAT GOD HAS

HAD HIS HAND ON STILO FROM

EVEN BEFORE THE ANEURYSM.

I THINK IT IS PART OF THE

AMAZEMENT.

I'M A CHRISTIAN, I'M HEAR.

GOD IS AMAZING.

PRAISE GOD.

GOD CAN DO THE

MIRACULOUS.

AND I THINK GOD IS BRINGING

NEW PURPOSES IN HIS LIFE

BESIDES JUST DANCE.

SO I'M EXCITED TO SEE WHAT

GOD'S GOING TO DO THROUGH

HIM.

Terry: FROM A HOSPITAL

BED, FROM WHAT APPEARED TO

BE HOPELESS, RESTORATION.

RESTORATION.

A NEW BEGINNING.

NEW VISION.

A NEW START.

LIFE.

GOD DOES ALL OF THAT FOR

ANYONE WHO CALLS UPON HIS

NAME.

THE BIBLE SAYS HE IS NO

RESPECTER OF PERSONS.

AND WHATEVER YOU ARE NEEDING

TODAY, YOU HAVE GOD'S EAR.

IT SAYS HE LISTENS TO YOU.

HE SEES YOU.

HE KNOWS YOUR NEED.

CRY OUT TO THE LORD TODAY.

ASK HIM TO RESTORE UNTO YOU

THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION,

AND FOR HIM TO MAKE YOU

WHOLE IN EVERY WAY.

WHATEVER YOUR STRUGGLE IS.

MAYBE IT IS NOT PHYSICAL.

GOD IS ABLE AND WILLING.

YOU'RE ONE OF HIS KIDS AND

HE IS WAITING TO HEAR FROM

YOU.

GORDON?

Gordon: SOME HEALINGS

ARE INSTANTANEOUS, AND SOME

ARE GRADUAL.

SOME TAKE TIME.

GOD WORKS IN WAYS WE DON'T

ALWAYS UNDERSTAND.

BUT IF YOU NEED PRAYER, IF

YOU NEED SOMEONE TO AGREE

WITH YOU IN PRAYER, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS CALL US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

1-888-777-1999.

IT'S A MIRACLE WHAT HAPPENED

TO HIM OVER THE COURSE OF A

YEAR.

AND THE MIRACLE IS STILL

HAPPENING.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM MATTHEW 22:

"JESUS SAID TO THEM, YOU

SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD

WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART, WITH

ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL

YOUR MIND."

WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THAT THAT

IS THE FIRST AND GREATEST

COMMANDMENT, THEN WE'LL GET

ALL OF THE OTHERS.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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