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700 Club Interactive: Falling in Love with God - Oct. 14, 2013

Hear on woman's story of how she fell in love with God. Read Transcript


Gordon: A WOMAN LOOKING

FOR LOVE --

I KNEW WHAT IT MEANT TO

BE ALONE.

Gordon: DISCOVERS IT IN

AN UNLIKELY PLACE.

I JUST CAME TO DONATE

CLOTHES AND SEE HOW I CAN

HELP MEET THE NEEDS AND

INSTEAD I MET GOD.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S "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.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

NO MATTER THE ECONOMIC

CLIMATE, THE PEOPLE OF

AMERICA HAVE PROVEN THEIR

COMMITMENT TO HELPING THOSE

IN NEED.

JUST IN 2012, AMERICANS GAVE

OVER $316 BILLION TO

CHARITIES AND DONATED OVER

7.9 BILLION HOURS OF THEIR

TIME.

Terry: ELAINE CHIA IS

ONE OF THOSE VOLUNTEERS.

AS A TEEN MOM, SHE

UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT MEANT TO

BE ALONE AND IN NEED.

AFTER DEALING WITH REJECTION

FROM HER FAMILY, ELAINE

MOVED TO SAN FRANCISCO TO

START A BETTER LIFE.

ALTHOUGH BECOMING FINANCIAL

SECURE, SHE STILL FELT A

VOID IN HER HEART, UNTIL

ELAINE BEGAN HELPING THE

HOMELESS IN HER COMMUNITY.

MY NAME IS ELAINE CHIA.

THEY CALL ME MRS. CHIA.

I GREW UP IN THE SUBURBS OF

SACRAMENTO, 12 YEARS TO

ABOUT 16, I JUST PRETTY MUCH

DID WHAT I WANT BECAUSE MY

PARENTS WERE WORKING

MULTIPLE JOBS.

I WAS YOUNG AND REBELLIOUS.

BROKEN HOME.

NO ONE WAS EVER THERE.

WE'D HAVE PARTIES AND INVITE

EVERYONE OVER.

AND A LITTLE CONFUSED WITH

WHO I WAS AS A YOUNG

ADOLESCENT.

YOU KNOW, GROWING UP, THEY

CALLED ME NAMES, BEING

ASIAN.

AND YOU'RE JUST CONFUSED

ABOUT WHO YOU ARE.

AND YOU GO LOOKING, YOU

KNOW, FOR COMFORT IN THE

WRONG PLACES.

RELATIONSHIP AND MONEY,

MATERIAL THINGS, AND YOUR

OWN ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

I WAS VERY AMBITIOUS.

I HAD A JOB AT 12,

BABY-SITTING NEIGHBORHOOD

KIDS.

14 YEARS OLD, I WORKED FOR

K.F.C., AND DURING THAT TIME

I WAS DEVELOPING SKILLS FOR

LIFE, AS FAR AS WORKING AND

NOT DEPENDING ON MY FAMILY,

BUT REALLY JUST DEPENDING ON

MYSELF TO MAKE IT.

AT 16 YEARS OLD, I BECAME A

YOUNG TEENAGED MOM.

AND THAT WAS THE TURNING

POINT IN MY LIFE.

I WAS REJECTED BY MY FAMILY

BECAUSE I WAS A YOUNG MOM.

THEY WERE JUST IN SHOCK, AND

THEY SAID YOU CAN'T LIVE

HERE.

IT WAS EMBARRASSING FOR

THEM.

AND SO I LEFT SACRAMENTO AND

I CAME TO SAN FRANCISCO.

YOU SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS,

THE BIG CITY.

AND THE OTHER THING I SAW IN

THE STREET WAS A LOT OF

HOMELESSNESS, AND THAT'S

SOMETHING I DIDN'T SEE IN

SACRAMENTO.

I KNEW WHAT IT MEANT TO BE

ALONE.

AND ON YOUR OWN.

WHEN I SAW THE HOMELESSNESS

ON THE STREETS, I WAS

AUTOMATICALLY COMPELLED TO

HELP THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE

IN NEED.

ON MY LUNCH BREAK, I WOULD

BUY TWO BAR RET TOES,

BURRITOS, ONE FOR ME AND ONE

FOR SOMEONE ON THE STREET.

I WOULD GIVE THEM A

BLANKET.

EVERY TIME I WOULD TALK TO

SOMEONE ON THE STREET, THEY

WOULD ALWAYS TALK ABOUT

THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHO JESUS WAS

OR WHO GOD WAS.

I JUST KNEW I DIDN'T WANT TO

GIVE THEM MONEY FOR DRUGS.

I JUST WANTED TO MEET

WHATEVER NEED.

MY COUSIN, WHO HAD JUST

GIVEN HER LIFE TO JESUS,

FOUND THIS HOME MISSION

CHURCH, THAT REACHED OUT TO

THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY.

THE MINUTE I WALKED THROUGH

THESE DOUBLE-GLASS DOORS,

THERE WAS THIS UNDENIABLE

PRESENCE OF LOVE.

I STILL DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO

DEFINE WHAT LOVE WAS, AND

THAT SECURITY THAT I WAS

LOOKING FOR.

AND OUT OF NOWHERE, I START

CRYING, UNCONTROLLABLY, AND

I THOUGHT, I'M AN

INDEPENDENT WOMAN.

I'M NOT UPSET.

I'M NOT DEPRESSED.

I'M FINE.

I WAS JUST BALLING, OUT OF

CONTROL.

I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT I

WAS CRYING ABOUT.

AND I WAS AUTOMATICALLY IN

LOVE WITH THE ATMOSPHERE AND

THE PEOPLE.

SO I WENT HOME AND I LIT A

CANDLE AND I STARTED TO READ

HIS WORD.

AND HIS WORD BECAME VERY

ALIVE IN ME.

AND IT WAS JUST LIKE THIS

REVELATION, LIKE, OH, MY

GOSH, THIS IS REAL.

IT'S NOT JUST A BOOK, A

REALLY GOOD LITERATURE

BOOK.

IT WAS SOMETHING THAT REALLY

TOUCHED MY HEART.

SCALES FELL OFF OF MY EYES,

AND I WAS ABLE TO SEE THE

TRUTH.

AND WHAT WAS TRUE LOVE AND

WHAT WASN'T TRUE LOVE.

I GAVE MY LIFE TO CHRIST

WHEN I WAS 23 YEARS OLD.

AND NOTHING MADE ME FEEL AS

FREE AND COMFORTED AND

PEACEFUL THAN HIS WORD AND

BEING AROUND HIM AND

WORSHIPPING HIM.

IT IS LIKE YOU'RE IN LOVE

WITH THIS GOD THAT YOU CAN'T

SEE, BUT YOU KNOW -- THERE

IS AN UNDENIABLE PRESENCE OF

WHO HE IS.

HE IS RIGHT THERE, RIGHT

WITH YOU.

HE HAS PROTECTED YOU ALL OF

THESE YEARS.

HE HAS ALLOWED YOU TO GO

THROUGH SOME OF THE

HARDSHIPS AS A CHILD BECAUSE

HE WAS PREPARING ME FOR, YOU

KNOW, SOMETHING GREATER.

THAT LOVE THAT I FIRST CAME

IN WITH WAS THAT UNDENIABLE

PRESENCE OF THE LORD.

AND THE HOLY SPIRIT JUST

OVERWHELMED ME.

I JUST CAME TO DONATE

CLOTHES AND SEE HOW I CAN

HELP MEET THE NEEDS.

INSTEAD I MET GOD.

Gordon: AND YOU CAN

MEET HIM, TOO.

HOW DO YOU DO IT?

WELL, YOU JUST ASK FOR IT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE LIKE

ELAINE, WHERE YOU SAY, OKAY,

I'M GOING TO TRY TO HELP

OTHER PEOPLE.

I'VE BEEN THROUGH HARD

TIMES.

I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE.

LET'S GO HELP OTHER PEOPLE.

AND IN THAT PROCESS, SHE MET

HIM.

YOU CAN MEET HIM RIGHT WHERE

YOU ARE.

AND YOU CAN DO IT VERY

EASILY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK

HIM.

IT'S ONE OF THE GREAT

PRAYERS.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE, IF

THIS IS REAL, IF YOU REALLY

CAME TO BE THE SAVIOR OF THE

WORLD, COULD YOU COME TO ME

AND COULD YOU BE MY SAVIOR?

COULD YOU SHOW ME THAT

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

I HEAR ABOUT IT, READ ABOUT

IT, BUT I WANT TO KNOW IT.

I WANT TO EXPERIENCE IT.

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, THE BIBLE

SAYS THAT WHEN YOU SEEK ME

WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART,

YOU'LL FIND ME.

IT ALSO SAYS DRAW NEAR TO

GOD, AND HE'LL DRAW NEAR TO

YOU.

AND ELAINE EXPERIENCED THAT

MANIFEST PRESENCE OF GOD,

WHERE IT'S THERE.

IT IS LIKE THE LIGHT TURNS

ON.

SHE SAYS THE SCALES FELL OFF

MY EYES.

YOU REALIZE THAT IT'S TRUE,

THAT HE'S THERE FOR YOU.

THAT HE'LL GUIDE YOU, HE'LL

PROTECT YOU.

IF YOU FACE DIFFICULTIES IN

YOUR LIFE, YOU CAN WALK

THROUGH THEM WITH HIM.

AND YOU CAN HAVE THAT SAME

PEACE AND THAT SAME JOY THAT

YOU SAW IN HER EYES.

THAT CAN BE REAL FOR YOU.

AND YOU CAN EXPERIENCE IT

EVERY DAY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK

FOR IT.

NOW, IF YOU WANT HELP WITH

THIS, IF YOU WANT HELP WITH

THIS PRAYER -- MAYBE THERE

ARE THINGS THAT YOU'VE DONE

WHERE YOU THINK GOD CAN'T

FORGIVE ME FOR THIS -- THE

GOOD NEWS IS YES, HE CAN.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK

HIM.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH THE

PRAYER, JUST CALL

1-888-777-1999.

I WANT TO KNOW IF GOD IS

REAL?

WILL HE SHOW UP FOR ME?

WILL HE BEEN A SAVIOR FOR

ME?

WHEN YOU CALL, WE HAVE A NEW

PACKET FOR YOU.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE, THE

PACKET IS FREE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET IT

IS CALL US AND ASK FOR IT.

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: , WELL, COMING

UP, A LOVE TRIANGLE WITH NO

BOUNDARIES.

FIND OUT HOW ONE COUPLE

FOUND THE ANSWERS THEY

NEEDED TO SAVE THEIR

MARRIAGE, AFTER THIS.

Terry: FOR YEARS CATHY

AND CHARLIE PANOSH WERE

INVOLVED IN A LOVE TRIANGLE

THAT ALMOST RUINED THEIR

MARRIAGE.

AND THE THIRD PARTY WAS

PLASTIC.

THE COUPLE RACKED UP $30,000

IN CREDIT CARD DEBT BEFORE

THEY FOUND A SOLUTION THAT

SAVED THEIR FINANCES AND

THEIR MARRIAGE.

Reporter: AS A NEWLY

MARRIED COUPLE, CHARLIE AND

CATHY FELL INTO A TRAP THAT

ENSNARES MANY YOUNG COUPLES,

BUYING ON CREDIT.

WE'LL GET IT NOW AND PAY

FOR IT LATER.

IT WILL BE OKAY.

WE'LL JUST PAY A LITTLE BIT

AT A TIME.

AND THAT STARTED THE CYCLE

AND IT JUST SPIRALLED

DOWNWARDS.

Reporter: THE COUPLE'S

DEBT GREW UNTIL THEY OWED

$30,000 ON THEIR CREDIT

CARDS.

FROM THERE IT GREW WORSE.

CHARLIE LOST HIS JOB SELLING

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WHEN HIS

COMPANY DOWNSIZED.

THERE WAS RENT DUE AND

FOOD BILLS AND ALL OF THE

OTHER BILLS.

AND CAR AND INSURANCE.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY

CHARLIE AND CATHY DECLARED

BANKRUPTCY.

THE FINANCIAL STRESS TORE AT

THEIR MARRIAGE.

OUR WHOLE WORLD WAS

FALLING APART.

WE WERE SPIRALLING DOWNWARD

AND DOWNWARD AND DOWNWARD

AND DOWNWARD AND DOWNWARD.

Reporter: DURING THIS

TIME, CHARLIE LEARNED ABOUT

TITHING FROM "THE 700 CLUB,"

AND BELIEVED IT WAS TIME TO

PUT THOSE PRINCIPLES TO THE

TEST.

BUT CATHY, WHO PAID THE

BILLS, DIDN'T UNDERSTAND HOW

THEY COULD GIVE MONEY THEY

DIDN'T HAVE.

IT'S THAT KIND OF THING,

CHARLIE.

IF WE TITHE AND DO THIS FULL

10%, SOMETHING IS NOT

GETTING PAID.

TRYING TO CONVINCE ME

THERE IS BETTER THINGS RIGHT

NOW WE CAN PUT THAT MONEY

TO.

AND ONCE WE GET OUT OF THE

DITCH, THEN WE'LL START

GIVING.

Reporter: CHARLIE HAD

STARTED A NEW JOB AS A MUSIC

INSTRUCTOR, BUT HE REALIZED

TO SAVE HIS MARRIAGE AND GET

THEIR FINANCES ON TRACK, HE

NEEDED TO TURN TO GOD.

HOW DO I SAVE THE

RELATIONSHIP THAT YOU PUT

TOGETHER.

MONEY SHOULD NOT BE THE

THING TO TEAR WHAT YOU PUT

TOGETHER APART.

Reporter: CHARLIE

CONVINCED CATHY TO TRUST GOD

WITH THEIR FINANCES.

I THINK VERY SHORTLY

AFTER THE BANKRUPTCY, EVEN

WITH HIM AND I KIND OF STILL

BUTTING HEADS ON THE 10%, I

FINALLY JUST SAID, OKAY, I'M

JUST GOING TO TRUST AND I'M

GOING TO DO IT.

I'M GOING TO START IT RIGHT

AND DO IT RIGHT THIS TIME.

AND I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE

THE SAME MISTAKE.

Reporter: CHARLIE AND

CATHY WERE FINALLY IN

AGREEMENT, AND BEGAN TO

TITHE FAITHFULLY.

AND AS PROMISED, GOD BLESSED

THEIR GIVING.

TODAY THESE CBN PARTNERS

HAVE PAID OFF NEARLY ALL

THEIR DEBT.

THEY UNDERSTAND THAT GOD'S

PRINCIPLES OF TITHING AND

GIVING DO WORK.

WE WENT INTO IT

WHOLEHEARTEDLY, DEVOTED, ON

THE SAME PAGE, AS A UNITED

FRONT, AND IT WORKED.

Terry: WE WANT YOU TO

UNDERSTAND THE THINGS THAT

GOD HAS OUTLINED IN HIS WORD

THAT OPEN OUR LIVES UP TO

BLESSING.

TITHING IS NOT OUR IDEA.

IT'S GOD'S IDEA.

HE INVITES US TO BE A PART

OF A GREAT ADVENTURE WITH

HIM.

AND YOU KNOW AT THE SAME

TIME, HE IS TEACHING US TO

TRUST HIM AND SHOWING US WHO

HE IS AS OUR FATHER AND

PROVIDER, HE IS USING US TO

REACH OUT TO PEOPLE IN

NEED.

WE WANT TO INVITE YOU TO BE

PART OF THAT.

THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO

BELONG TO "THE 700 CLUB."

ONE OF THE REASONS THEY

JOINED IS THEY ARE OUT TO

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WE ARE DOING CLEFT PALATE

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BE A PART OF THAT.

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UP NEXT, ABUSED BY FIVE

MEMBERS OF HER OWN FAMILY.

I ALWAYS HAD THAT

FEELING, THAT FEELING THAT I

WAS DAMAGED GOODS.

AND SO I GOT INTO THE MEN, A

LOT OF MEN, AND TRIED TO

FIND LOVE.

Terry: HOW THIS WOMAN

FOUND TRUE LOVE, AFTER

THIS.

Terry: CHARLOTTE HUNT

WAS A BORN PERFORMER.

EARLY ON, SHE LEARNED THAT

PRETENDING TO SOMEONE ELSE

WAS THE EASIEST WAY TO

ESCAPE HER REAL LIFE.

IT WAS ALSO THE BEST WAY FOR

CHARLOTTE TO GAIN THE

APPROVAL THAT SHE NEEDED SO

DESPERATELY.

I KIND OF ALWAYS HAD THAT

FEELING, THAT FEELING LIKE I

WAS DAMAGED GOODS, THAT I

WAS WORTHLESS.

MY CHILDHOOD STARTED OUT

PRETTY ROUGH.

I WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY

FIVE MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY.

AND TWO NEIGHBORHOOD BOYS.

AND I WAS PHYSICALLY ABUSED

BY MY MOTHER AND EMOTIONALLY

ABUSED.

SO THAT FEELING THAT, YOU

KNOW, SOMETHING IS WRONG

WITH ME.

YOU KNOW, WE WENT TO CHURCH,

BUT I KNEW THE FAMILY THAT I

SAW AT CHURCH WASN'T THE

FAMILY THAT I WAS LIVING

WITH AT HOME.

IT WAS JUST A PLACE THAT YOU

GO AND YOU PRETEND.

I LEARNED THAT.

AND I JUST CARRIED THAT ON,

YOU KNOW, THROUGH MOST OF MY

LIFE.

I GOT INTO THEATER AND THE

ARTS AND MUSIC REALLY EARLY

WHICH, FOR ME, GAVE ME AN

OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO

ESCAPE.

I CAN PRETEND.

ON STAGE, I COULD BE ANYBODY

THAT I WANTED TO BE.

I COULD ACT.

AND THEN I FOUND OUT, WOW, I

COULD BE SOMEBODY THAT I

WANTED TO BE OFF STAGE.

I COULD PRETEND TO BE A GOOD

GIRL.

I COULD PRETEND TO BE

STRONG.

BUT PERFORMING, I COULD BE

LOVED.

BEFORE I GOT INTO COLLEGE, I

WAS IN JAZZ.

I WAS DOING JAZZ CLUBS.

I GOT INTO MUSICAL THEATER,

TALENT SHOWS AND COMMUNITY

THEATER.

I GOT DISCOVERED WITH

MODELING AND GOT INTO THAT

VERY EARLY.

I WAS DOING ALL OF THOSE

THINGS AND I WAS GETTING

AWARDS AND I WAS GETTING

ACCEPTED.

BUT THE PROBLEM WAS IT

WASN'T ENOUGH.

IT WAS LIKE THIS DRUG, BUT I

KEPT NEEDING MORE.

AND SO I GOT INTO THE MEN, A

LOT OF MEN.

YOU KNOW, TO TRY TO FIND

LOVE.

BUT THEN I WAS FINDING THAT

THERE WEREN'T ENOUGH MEN

THAT WERE FILLING THAT UP.

THERE WAS STILL THAT

EMPTINESS.

I REMEMBER GOING TO A

PASTOR, AND I JUST HAD SOME

QUESTIONS.

AND HIS REPLY TO ME WAS,

CHARLOTTE, I KNOW A LITTLE

BIT ABOUT YOUR FAMILY, AND

I'M SORRY TO TELL YOU, BUT

YOU'RE DAMAGED GOODS, AND

GOD IS NEVER GOING TO USE

YOU.

I REMEMBER I HAD TWO

SEPARATE FEELINGS.

ONE WAS RELIEF.

IT WAS RELIEF OH, FINAL AND

I HAVE AN ANSWER.

THAT'S WHAT I AM; I'M

DAMAGED GOODS.

THE OTHER FEELING WAS, I'M

FURIOUS.

NOT AT THAT PASTOR.

I WAS FURIOUS WITH GOD.

I WAS FURIOUS BECAUSE IT WAS

ONCE AGAIN YOU, GOD, JUST

LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE -- ALL

YOU'RE ABOUT IS MY

PERFORMANCE.

AT THAT POINT THERE WAS A

PRISON WALL UP.

AT THAT POINT IT WAS BLAM!

NOBODY WILL GET TO MY HEART,

NOT YOU, NOT ANYBODY, AND

ESPECIALLY NOT GOD.

I STARTED HAVING FEELINGS OF

SUICIDE.

SO AFTER SEVEN TIMES OF

TRYING TO COMMIT SUICIDE, I

WAS SO ANGRY AT GOD.

I BLAMED HIM FOR THE ABUSE.

I BLAMED HIM FOR WHY MY LIFE

WASN'T WORKING.

ON TOP OF ALL THAT, HE

WASN'T LETTING ME DIE.

THE LEAST -- IF HE WAS A

LOVING GOD, AT LEAST HE

COULD LET ME DIE.

THE MORNING THAT I WOKE UP

AFTER A SEVENTH FAILED

SUICIDE ATTEMPT, AFTER

TAKING THE BOTTLE SLEEPING

PILLS WITH A NYQUIL CHASER,

NOT ONLY DID I WAKE UP, BUT

I DIDN'T EVEN GET A GOOD

NIGHT SLEEP.

AND I WAS MAD BECAUSE I

REMEMBER WAKING UP AND

GOING, GOD, EITHER YOU HAVE

GOT TO LET ME DIE, EITHER

YOU HAVE GOT TO LET ME DIE

OR YOU'VE GOT TO SHOW ME HOW

TO LIVE BECAUSE THIS IS JUST

NOT WORKING.

AND THAT WASN'T THE WAKEUP

CALL, BUT THAT WAS THE

WAKEUP CALL FOR ME.

I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT.

I DON'T KNOW IF ANYBODY CAN

EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENS, BUT

SOMETHING HAD CHANGED IN

ME.

IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE

ROAD OF REDEMPTION FOR ME.

AND THAT ROAD OF REDEMPTION,

WOW!

I FOUND THAT THE ONLY PLACE

THAT I WAS ABLE TO FIND MY

IDENTITY AND MY HOPE, MY

WORTH, MY ACCEPTANCE, MY

LOVE WAS IN CHRIST.

IT WASN'T UNTIL I REALIZED

THAT THAT'S WHERE MY ONLY

HOPE LIED THAT I FOUND MY

WHOLENESS.

LEARNING HOW TO DREAM

AGAIN.

TO LEARN ABOUT LOVING AGAIN,

OPENING MY HEART AGAIN.

LEARNING HOW TO RECEIVE

AGAIN.

TO TAKE DOWN THOSE WALLS

AGAIN.

PRAISE GOD THAT HE HAS

ALLOWED THOSE DAMAGED GOODS

TO BE PLACED IN MY LIFE FOR

HIS GLORY.

NONE OF THOSE THINGS WERE

EVER EXCLUSIONS TO HIS

POTENTIAL, TO HIS LOVE, AND

TO HIS PURPOSE IN MY LIFE.

MY STORY IS NOT ABOUT THE

DAMAGE OR THE DAMAGED GOODS

IN MY LIFE.

MY STORY IS ABOUT HOW HE HAS

USED THE DAMAGED THINGS IN

MY LIFE TO BRING ABOUT HOPE.

Terry: AND THAT'S WHAT

HE DOES.

THAT'S WHY THEY CALL HIM THE

REDEEMER.

JESUS REDEEMS WHAT HAS BEEN

STOLEN, LOST, VIOLENTLY

TAKEN FROM US, WHAT HAS

WOUNDED US.

HE REDEEMS US AND HE GIVES

US THE HOPE THAT CHARLOTTE

IS TALKING ABOUT.

YOU KNOW, SHE SAYS SO MANY

PROFOUND THINGS AS SHE

SHARES HER STORY.

ONE, THAT SHE JUST KEPT

TRYING TO FILL THAT EMPTY

HOLE INSIDE.

YOU KNOW, THERE WEREN'T

ENOUGH JOBS, ENOUGH

AUDITIONS, ENOUGH MEN TO

SATISFY HER, TO FILL HER.

BUT NOT SO WITH JESUS.

YOU SEE, WE WERE CREATED

WITH HIM AS THE PIECE THAT

FITS INTO THE EMPTY PLACE IN

OUR HEARTS AND IN OUR

LIVES.

MAYBE YOU, LIKE CHARLOTTE,

ARE OUT THERE AND YOU'RE

LOOKING AROUND.

MAYBE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE

JUST DONE WAY TOO MUCH FOR

GOD TO EVER BE INTERESTED IN

YOU, TO EVER CARE ABOUT YOU,

TO EVER BE ABLE TO FORGIVE

YOU.

THAT'S BECAUSE YOU DON'T

KNOW HIM.

OUR GOD IS ALL GRACE-FILLED,

ALL MERCIFUL.

HE WANTS TO GIVE YOU THE

LIFE YOU WERE CREATED TO

HAVE.

AND IT STARTS WITH

SURRENDER.

THAT'S SUCH AN EASY WORD TO

SAY; NOT SUCH AN EASY WORD

TO DO.

BUT CHARLOTTE TALKED ABOUT

THAT A LITTLE BIT AT A

TIME.

ONE BY ONE, AS GOD SHOWED

HER THE THINGS IN HER LIFE

TO NEEDED LETTING GO OF,

THAT SHE NEEDED TO GIVE TO

HIM.

SHE SAID, YES, LORD.

THE GATE THAT HAD GONE UP,

THE BARS AROUND HER HEART,

THE DETERMINATION THAT SHE

WOULD MAKE HER OWN

DECISIONS -- ONE BY ONE ALL

OF THOSE THINGS HAD TO BE

SURRENDERED.

NOT FOR GOD TO LOVE HER.

GOD ALWAYS LOVED HER.

NOT FOR GOD TO BE THERE.

GOD WAS ALWAYS THERE.

BUT FOR GOD TO CHANGE HER SO

THAT SHE COULD RECEIVE HIM

RIGHT INTO THE CORE OF HER

BEING.

AND THAT'S WHAT GOD WANTS TO

DO FOR YOU TODAY.

MAYBE THINGS HAVE HAPPENED

TO YOU THAT HAVE CAUSED YOU

TO QUESTION YOUR FAITH, THAT

HAVE CAUSED YOU TO PULL AWAY

FROM GOD, OR EVEN REJECT THE

IDEA THAT HE COULD LOVE YOU

OR BE THERE FOR YOU.

IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU

CAN'T HAVE A NEW BEGINNING

RIGHT NOW.

ASK HIM.

ASK HIM.

SURRENDER THE THINGS THAT

NEED SURRENDERING IN YOUR

LIFE.

JUST BOW YOUR HEAD IN THE

QUIET OF WHERE YOU ARE AND

SAY, JESUS, COME INTO MY

LIFE.

I AM A SINNER IN NEED OF A

SAVIOR, AND I'M ASKING YOU

TO FORGIVE ME.

I AM RECEIVING YOUR LOVE

TODAY, GOD.

I DON'T DESERVE IT.

I KNOW THAT.

BUT I'M RECEIVING IT AND I'M

ASKING YOU TO TAKE THE

LITTLE THAT I HAVE AND AM

AND DO SOMETHING THAT

MATTERS FOR YOU, FOR YOUR

GREAT NAME, FOR YOUR

KINGDOM'S SAKE.

AND PRAY IT IN JESUS' NAME.

GOD LOVES YOU.

HE CARES ABOUT YOU.

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING

SPECIFIC IN YOUR LIFE THAT

YOU'D LIKE TO PRAY WITH

SOMEONE ABOUT, YOU CAN CALL

THIS NUMBER THAT JUST CAME

UP ON YOUR SCREEN,

1-888-777-1999.

THERE IS A FRIEND ON THE

OTHER END OF THE LINE.

YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO GIVE

THEM YOUR NAME.

JUST ASK WHAT YOU'D LIKE

PRAYER FOR, AND THEY WOULD

LOVE TO PRAY WITH YOU

TODAY.

GORDON?

Gordon: WELL, THIS IS

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

AND YOU CAN POST PRAYER

REQUESTS ON OUR Facebook

PAGE, OR QUESTIONS.

AND YOU CAN ALSO TWEET US OR

SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS ON

OUR WEBSITE.

WE'VE RECEIVED A Facebook

POST FROM JEWEL WHO SAYS,

"I'M STRUGGLING WITH FEAR

AND LETTING GO OF CONTROL OF

THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN MY

LIFE, HEALTH, MARRIAGE, AND

RELATIONSHIPS WITH MY

DAUGHTER AND GRANDCHILDREN.

PLEASE HELP ME.

HOW CAN I LEARN TO TRUST GOD

IN ALL THINGS?"

JEWEL, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF

BIBLE VERSES FOR YOU.

ONE YOU NEED TO PUT IN THE

BACK OF YOUR MIND, AND THAT

IS, PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT

ALL FEAR.

SO IF YOU'RE EVIDENCING FEAR

AND YOU'RE THINKING IN THE

FUTURE BAD THINGS ARE GOING

TO HAPPEN, OR BAD THINGS ARE

HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, AND

YOU'VE GOT THAT FEAR OVER

YOU, JUST PRAY AND ASK THAT

GOD'S PERFECT LOVE WOULD

COME TO YOU, THAT HIS PEACE

WOULD COME TO YOU.

NOW, HERE IS SOMETHING FOR

YOU TO MEDITATE ON ACTIVELY,

AND IT COMES OUT OF THE

ROMANS IN THE EIGHTH

CHAPTER: "ALL THINGS WORK

TOGETHER FOR GOOD."

FOR WHO?

"FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND

ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS

PURPOSE."

JEWEL, YOU LOVE GOD.

JUST GET THAT STRAIGHT.

YOU LOVE GOD.

AND YOU'RE CALLED.

AND REALIZE YOU'RE CALLED

ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.

SO ALL THINGS CONCERNING

YOU, WHETHER IT IS YOUR

MARRIAGE, YOUR CHILDREN,

YOUR GRANDCHILDREN, ALL

THINGS CONCERNING YOU -- ALL

THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR

GOOD FOR YOU.

SO MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS

AND LET THEM CHANGE YOUR

THOUGHT PROCESS.

AND WHEN YOU DO THAT, IT IS

THROUGH THE RENEWING OF YOUR

MIND, IT'S IN THE STUDY OF

THE WORD.

HERE IS WHAT I'M THINKING,

AND HERE IS WHAT GOD'S WORD

SAYS I SHOULD BE THINKING.

SO LET'S TRANSPOSE WHAT I

THINK WITH WHAT GOD SAYS.

WHEN YOU DO THAT ON A

REGULAR BASIS, YOU'LL GET

THE BREAKTHROUGH YOU'RE

LOOKING FOR.

Terry: SHANE SAYS, "I

LET GOD DOWN SO MUCH.

I'M IN A REAL HARD PLACE AND

I HAVE NOTICED MYSELF

BEGINNING TO SWEAR AND BE

CRUDE AND RUDE.

HOW CAN I BREAK THAT CYCLE.

I TRY, BUT I KEEP FAILING."

WELL, YOU SAY, SHANE, YOU

HAVE NOTICED.

THAT'S THE FIRST THING.

TO BE AWARE YOU ARE SLIPPING

IN THAT AREA.

AND ASK YOURSELF WHO ARE YOU

HANGING WILL?

USUALLY WHEN THAT HAPPENS IS

BECAUSE YOU'RE HEARING IT

ALL AROUND YOU.

AND THE THIRD THING I WOULD

TELL YOU IS GET INTO THE

WORD OF GOD.

FILL YOURSELF WITH THE

GOODNESS OF GOD, WITH HIS

POWER AND HIS WORD, AND

THOSE THING WILS WILL

LEAVE.

FILL YOURSELF WITH GOD WHEN

HE IS SPEAKING TO YOUR HEART

AND TO YOUR SOUL.

AND THEN EVERY TIME YOU HAVE

SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPEN,

WHEN SOMETHING COMES OUT OF

YOUR MOUTH, OR THERE ARE

THOUGHTS IN YOUR MIND THAT

YOU DON'T WANT, STOP RIGHT

THEN AND SAY, GOD, I REJECT

THIS.

I WANT YOUR GOODNESS.

I WANT YOUR SPIRIT.

I WANT THE HOLINESS OF GOD

TO BE ME RIGHT NOW.

Gordon: THAT'S ALL THE

TIME WE HAVE FOR THIS

PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM 1 CORINTHIANS 9:

"NO EYE HAS SEEN, NO EAR HAS

HEARD, NO MIND HAS IMAGINED

WHAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR

THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."

MEDITATE ON YOUR FUTURE, AND

MEDITATE ON YOUR DESTINY.

WHEN YOU KEEP HEAVEN IN

MIND, THEN THE THINGS OF

THIS EARTH ARE PASSING AWAY,

AND YOU'LL START LOSING

SIGHT OF THEM, IN THE SIGHT

OF HIS GLORY AND WHAT HE HAS

INTENDED FOR YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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