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The Power To Choose Freedom Part 2

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December 8, 2020
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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The Power To Choose Freedom Part 2

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  • Allen Jackson: We cannotpractice sexual immorality and
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  • expect the blessing of God.
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  • We cannot sustain it;it is unsustainable.
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  • I read the church literature,we want to be accepting of
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  • what, ungodliness?
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  • I'm not being condemning, wesimply have to say those
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  • behaviors, God has said, areoutside what's available to
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  • his people.
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  • We cannot practice those andinherit the kingdom of God.
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  • There's really no ambiguityin the Scripture.
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  • Allen Jackson: In Galatianschapter 5, in verse 19,
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  • there's a description ofour earthly nature.
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  • Descendants of Adam, and thatwould be all of us, because of
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  • his sin and his fall we have anearthly Adamic, from Adam, a
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  • carnal nature.
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  • We don't have to be taught howto be ungodly.
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  • I can do that all on my own.
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  • You know, I've got two brothers,when we were little, my parents
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  • never got us together and said,"Let me teach you how to be
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  • selfish," but they didn't havethis weird idea about sharing
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  • that they wanted us to practice.
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  • "Wouldn't you like to share someof your candy with
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  • your brother?"
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  • No, let him get his own,this is mine.
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  • I didn't need any coaching onthat, it was natural to me.
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  • I needed coaching on how to letanother attitude grow in me.
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  • So in Galatians 5, in verse 19,it says, "The deeds of the flesh
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  • are evident," and then he beginsa list, and it's not intended to
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  • be an inclusive list.
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  • I didn't try to build a list ofall the places in the New
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  • Testament, it's just arepresentative sample.
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  • "The deeds of your flesh areevident, immorality, impurity,
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  • sensuality, idolatry, sorcery,enmity, strife, jealousy,
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  • outbursts of anger, disputes,dissensions, factions, envying,
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  • drunkenness, carousing, andthings like these, of which I
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  • forewarn you, and I haveforewarned you."
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  • This is a difficult enoughlisting, he said I told you
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  • before and I'm gonna tell youagain, once wasn't enough, it
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  • won't be for us either.
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  • "That those who practice suchthings will not inherit the
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  • kingdom of God."
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  • Now, that's the punchline, youcan't practice that and inherit
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  • the kingdom of God.
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  • You can struggle with that, youcan be tempted by that, that
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  • could have been in yourportfolio and you have repented
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  • and renounced and released itand been released from it.
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  • But you can't say, "I'm gonnalive like this," and sit in
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  • church and then think you'llinherit the kingdom of God.
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  • It's a warning.
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  • So if we pull it back to the 2Chronicles passage, we're gonna
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  • humble ourselves and say, "God,I'm gonna take your council over
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  • my own.
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  • I'm gonna take your councilover my culture's.
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  • I'm gonna take your councilover some PhD, I'm gonna take
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  • your counsel.
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  • You said I have to turn awayfrom these things."
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  • Now, here's the good news:everything in that list is not a
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  • temptation to everybody.
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  • You missed a great shot at amenright there, 'cause that is
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  • good news.
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  • If I read that list and everyone of them you thought, "Ah."
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  • Good news, right?
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  • In fact, the fun things in thatlist to hear a sermon about are
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  • the ones that don'tbother you, right?
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  • Those are the ones you like,"Preach hard on that one,
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  • Pastor, go for it, yes."
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  • Now, here's the not so goodnews: there's something on that
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  • list that is a challenge, 'causewe all have that earthly nature.
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  • Now, I wanna use that list asjust kind of an
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  • organizational point.
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  • I'm not gonna go long, but Ichose kinda some buckets that we
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  • can put that list into as pointsof repentance.
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  • And I'm just gonna touch them,I'm gonna send you away, we're
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  • gonna pray a prayer together,but I want to send you away to
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  • begin to say to the Spirit ofGod, "Is there anything in me?"
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  • See, this isn't about thecandidate you don't like or the
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  • party you don't like, or whoeveryou think's cheating, one side
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  • of the aisle of the other, thisis about, "If my people."
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  • So one of the buckets, and Ichose three that to me are
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  • predominant in contemporaryAmerican culture, my opinion,
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  • but I'm entitled to an opinion.
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  • And the first is the occult, andI lumped up, I put right
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  • alongside that idolatry.
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  • When I say the occult, what Imean is the pursuit of any
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  • spiritual insight,understanding, knowledge,
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  • information, from some sourceother than the Holy Spirit.
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  • And when I say idolatry, I don'tmean the little statues made out
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  • of wood or gold or metal orsomething, I mean anything that
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  • you put in a place of priorityabove the priority you give to
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  • the Lord.
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  • And that isn't so much aboutyour words.
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  • I'll tell you that if you wantto start to sort that out in
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  • your life, look honestly at yourexpenditures and your calendar.
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  • Where your time and your moneygo are the things that you are
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  • most interested in.
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  • So the occult and idolatry, Iwanna start in Revelation 21,
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  • 'cause it goes right along withthe Galatians 5 passage.
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  • Revelation 21 is very near theend of your New Testament.
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  • In the chronology of the NewTestament story, it's very near
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  • the return of Jesus.
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  • And the people that are gonna berewarded, the book of Revelation
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  • is written to one specificcategory of people.
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  • It's delivered to seven churchesbut to one category of God's
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  • people, they're the overcomers.
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  • The overcomers.
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  • You're gonna have to overcome.
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  • There's no other way I know tofollow the Lord.
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  • Jesus used a little differentlanguage, he said,
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  • "Anyone who follows mehas to take up his cross."
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  • He didn't mean little piece ofgold jewelry around your neck or
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  • in your ear lobe, the cross wasan instrument of execution, of
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  • capital punishment.
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  • He said, "If you follow me,you're gonna have to put
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  • yourself to death."
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  • Not your physical body, but thatold, earthly, carnal nature,
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  • you're gonna have to execute it.
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  • Those things that say, "I want,"and, "I feel," and, "I think,"
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  • when they're in contradiction towhat God has said, we're gonna
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  • have to say to them, "I don'tcare, you will not dominate
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  • this discussion."
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  • Now, that is not easy stuff, andthat's not harder for a teenager
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  • than it is for an old codger,that just never gets easy.
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  • Revelation 21, "He who overcomeswill inherit these things,
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  • and I will be his Godand he'll be my son.
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  • But the cowardly and theunbelieving and the abominable
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  • and the murderers and theimmoral persons and the
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  • sorcerers and the idolaters andall liars," they'll have to sit
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  • in the back of the church.
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  • It says, "Their part will be inthe lake that burns with fire
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  • and brimstone," which is thesecond death.
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  • Now, again, this letter, thebook of Revelation, is written
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  • to the churches, and the passageI just read to you from
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  • Galatians 5 is written to thechurch in Galatia, and Paul
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  • said, "I warn you, as I haveforewarned you, you can't
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  • practice these things."
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  • I'm not gonna take the time inthis session to draw the
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  • parallels of the lists,but there's one that I think
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  • we miss a lot.
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  • It was in both the Galatianspassage and the Revelation
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  • passage, it was sorcerers.
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  • I think we think of sorcerersbecause of Disney,
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  • "The Sorcerer's Apprentice,"and long pointed hats.
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  • But the Greek word that'stranslated sorcerer is
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  • pharmakea, you may recognize it,from which we get pharmacy or
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  • pharmaceutical, it's about analtered mental state.
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  • Well, that's your initiated by achemical or a Spirit, God said
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  • you can't give yourself to thatand inherit the kingdom of God.
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  • So when I see a spiritual forcethat is bringing increasing
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  • authority of pharmaceuticalsinto the lives of our young
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  • people and our families, and Ithink of the resources that'll
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  • go towards those things and awayfrom the care of children, I
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  • want to get on my knees and say,"God, be merciful to us, what
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  • are we thinking?
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  • God, help us.
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  • That we would tolerate that,God, be merciful to us."
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  • We have council,and we've been quiet.
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  • We don't want to offend, wedon't want to be seen as the
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  • lunatic fringe, we want to bewelcomed into polite society, we
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  • don't want our names to be leftoff of the party list or the
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  • gatherings, might bea business impact.
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey,it's Pastor Allen.
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  • America is in need of anawakening, a renewal, a revival,
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  • whichever word you prefer.
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  • We're not asking God to dosomething that he's never done
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  • for us before.
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  • We have a heritageas a Christian nation.
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  • Multiple times God has pouredout his Spirit upon our nation.
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  • The first Great Awakening, thesecond Great Awakening, the
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  • Western Revival, we've watchedit with our own eyes.
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  • Many of us remember Billy Grahamon television as a fixture in
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  • our homes in the evenings.
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  • Well, we desperately need theSpirit of God to move in our
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  • land again.
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  • We're not powerless, together wehave taken the name of Jesus to
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  • Listen to Leviticus 20, in verse6. God said, "I'll set my face
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  • against the person who turns tomediums and spiritists to
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  • prostitute himself by followingthem, I'll cut him off from
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  • his people."
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  • See, we discount spiritualthings, "Ah, no big deal,
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  • you know, doesn't meananything to me.
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  • I didn't really attachany value to it.
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  • I was just fooling around."
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  • Do you understand the disrespectto the Lord in that?
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  • When you say to God, who is aSpirit, who says to us in his
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  • Word the only way we can trulyworship God is in spirit and in
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  • truth, and then we look at Godsay, you know, "Spiritual things
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  • don't really matter to me."
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  • He's warned us.
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  • God thinks spiritual things arereal, and he's given us some
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  • direction, some information.
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  • Involvement with the occult,involvement with the pursuit of
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  • spiritual direction,information, influence,
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  • understanding, insight, whetheryou intend it to be significant
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  • or not significant is anexpression of unfaithfulness
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  • to God, and we haveto turn away from it.
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  • And when we practice it as anation, when we tolerate it,
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  • when we let it proliferate, whenwe celebrate it, when we
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  • celebrate it in our television,in our movies, in our
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  • recreation, in our habits, weare waving a flag of disrespect
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  • to the Lord, and wedon't grieve over it.
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  • "If my people."
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  • Isaiah 47, verse 12, "Stand fastnow in your spells and then your
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  • many sorceries with which youhave labored from your youth.
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  • Perhaps you'll be able toprofit, perhaps you may
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  • cause trembling.
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  • You are wearied with your manycounsels, let now the
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  • astrologers, those who prophesyby the stars."
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  • Don't raise your hand, how manyof you know what your
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  • astrological sign is?
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  • How many of you know some of thecharacteristics around it?
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  • Did you know God saidnot to do that?
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  • Say, "Well,I didn't mean anything."
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  • God didn't ask youif you meant anything.
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  • "Those who predict by the newmoons, stand up and save you
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  • from what will come upon you."
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  • Again, you see, we've beencasual, we've been idolaters,
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  • we've given preference to somany things, and we've treated
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  • God like an appointment.
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  • That if the weather's nice, andit's easy to get there and the
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  • sermon is at a time that'sconvenient and the preaching is
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  • entertaining enough, I'll keepGod on the calendar.
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  • So one of the buckets that Iwant to ask you to prayerfully
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  • give a little time to is theoccult and idolatry.
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  • There's a lot more layers to it,we may come back and talk about
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  • some of them more.
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  • Another one of the buckets thatis such a problem in our nation,
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  • it's so rampant, is sexualimmorality.
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  • I'll read one passage,1 Corinthians chapter 6,
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  • beginning in the 9th verse,"Do you not know."
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  • Now, you know enough about yourBible now, when the sentence
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  • begins with, "Do you not know,"no, we've forgotten.
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  • "Do you not know that theunrighteous will not inherit the
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  • kingdom of God?
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  • Do not be deceived, neitherfornicators, nor adulterers, nor
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  • homosexuals, nor thieves, northe covetous, nor drunkards,
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  • will inherit the kingdom ofGod."
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  • It gives us a pretty goodoverview there of what sexual
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  • immorality is.
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  • First of all, we need tounderstand, sex was God's idea.
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  • You know, we're in church, and Isaid that out loud in front of
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  • God and everybody, but it'strue, he's the creator and
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  • the designer.
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  • God's not prudish, he's notshocked by who we are, he
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  • created us, but he putboundaries around
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  • sexual activity.
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  • He didn't say it's just for youto do whatever you want to with.
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  • Take another topic, food, Godcreated food, he said to Adam
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  • and Eve, "Everything here's foryou," enjoy it, but he also
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  • cautioned us against gluttony.
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  • In fact, the Bible talks moreabout gluttony being a sin
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  • than drunkenness.
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  • So we have to have the wisdom torecognize that we have a carnal,
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  • earthly, Adamic nature that willtake any good thing God has
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  • created, and we will pervert itinto something
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  • that's destructive.
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  • You can kill yourselfwith a fork, you can.
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  • Just use it enough times.
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  • You know, we're so anxiousaround COVID, appropriately so,
  • 00:16:14.799 --> 00:16:17.435
  • we've had over 200.000 deaths,we had more than 600.000 deaths
  • 00:16:17.468 --> 00:16:20.738
  • a year in this nation alone fromheart disease, and obesity is a
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  • primary contributor to that;that's fork induced.
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  • So don't be offended when Godsaid, listen, there's boundaries
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  • around your sexual activity.
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  • "Well, I have feelings."
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  • I know you do, you have feelingsto eat things that
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  • are destructive.
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  • Don't you understand thedifference?
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  • So God's boundaries, justunderstand them so you know how
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  • to pray.
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  • Fornication, kind of a fancyword, that's sex without the
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  • benefit or the blessing or thecovenant of marriage,
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  • that's off limits.
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  • Adulterers, that sex beyond thecovenant of your marriage.
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  • And then the one that the churchhas a little more volume around,
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  • or has, homosexuality, but thereason we have so little
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  • credibility in the discussionaround that is we've just winked
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  • and nodded at fornicationand adultery.
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  • It's not an epidemic, it isso rampant it's hardly
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  • noticed anymore.
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  • Our television programs, ourmovies, our heroes, the music we
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  • listen to, the people that wehold up, we just ignore
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  • it completely.
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  • And we've said, "Well,I'm not doing that,
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  • I'm not involved in that."
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  • Okay, again, I don't want you tofeel shame, I'm not trying to
  • 00:17:51.195 --> 00:17:55.066
  • bring a burden to you, we haveto recognize the reality in
  • 00:17:55.099 --> 00:17:58.202
  • which we're struggling.
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  • We are highly aware right now ofthe the virus that's come from
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  • China and how easilyit can be transmitted.
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  • So we socially distance, we'vechanged so many of our habits
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  • and our patterns, we've changedour lives and our routines
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  • because we understand howvulnerable we are to that.
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  • We need an understanding of thisepidemic, how it's been
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  • normalized and routinized, andif you stand up with a biblical
  • 00:18:26.197 --> 00:18:29.834
  • worldview towards sexuality,you're mocked, you're made
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  • fun of.
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  • Words just like purity andintegrity are thought to belong
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  • to the lunatic fringe, thepeople who are emotionally
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  • damaged and intellectuallylimited.
  • 00:18:39.844 --> 00:18:44.248
  • So we've been quiet, we've beenquiet because of our own guilt
  • 00:18:44.282 --> 00:18:47.151
  • and shame, but if we'll comeback and humble ourselves and
  • 00:18:47.185 --> 00:18:49.687
  • repent and get clean through theblood of Jesus, your past won't
  • 00:18:49.720 --> 00:18:53.925
  • keep you from the kingdom ofGod.
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  • If you will come and humbleyourself and repent, you can be
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  • made clean, justified.
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  • And from that place, you canbegin to pray for our nation,
  • 00:19:01.199 --> 00:19:03.568
  • for our young peopleand our old people.
  • 00:19:03.601 --> 00:19:05.369
  • It's not just the young people.
  • 00:19:05.403 --> 00:19:10.541
  • We cannot practice sexualimmorality and expect the
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  • blessing of God.
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  • We cannot sustain it;it is unsustainable.
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  • I read the church literature,we want to be accepting
  • 00:19:22.153 --> 00:19:24.388
  • of what, ungodliness?
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  • I'm not being condemning, wesimply have to say those
  • 00:19:27.792 --> 00:19:30.094
  • behaviors, God has said, areoutside what's available to
  • 00:19:30.127 --> 00:19:33.731
  • his people.
  • 00:19:33.764 --> 00:19:35.066
  • We cannot practice those andinherit the kingdom of God.
  • 00:19:35.099 --> 00:19:37.768
  • There's really no ambiguity inthe Scripture.
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  • Don't point your finger atsomebody else, this is
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  • our watch.
  • 00:19:44.575 --> 00:19:49.981
  • So I'll give you one morebucket, and of the list, I would
  • 00:19:50.014 --> 00:19:53.484
  • say it's at the top of the listright now in our culture,
  • 00:19:53.517 --> 00:19:55.620
  • it's self-indulgence.
  • 00:19:55.653 --> 00:19:59.824
  • And this one has more tractionamongst those of us that
  • 00:19:59.857 --> 00:20:02.393
  • are churched.
  • 00:20:02.426 --> 00:20:06.030
  • Philippians 3, in verse 18, "AsI've often told you before and
  • 00:20:06.063 --> 00:20:10.067
  • I'll now say again even withtears, many live as enemies of
  • 00:20:10.101 --> 00:20:14.538
  • the cross of Christ."
  • 00:20:14.572 --> 00:20:17.141
  • Wow, what would it be to be anenemy of the cross of Christ?
  • 00:20:17.174 --> 00:20:20.778
  • You're gonna practice anotherreligion, you're gonna worship
  • 00:20:20.811 --> 00:20:24.515
  • idols, you're gonna be sexuallyimmoral, what do you got to do
  • 00:20:24.548 --> 00:20:27.018
  • to be an enemy of the cross ofChrist?
  • 00:20:27.051 --> 00:20:28.853
  • "Their destiny is destruction,"not good, "Their God is their
  • 00:20:28.886 --> 00:20:34.025
  • stomach, and their glory is intheir shame."
  • 00:20:34.058 --> 00:20:39.797
  • The Bible says that you'refearfully and wonderfully made,
  • 00:20:39.830 --> 00:20:41.966
  • that we are--our bodies are atemple of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:41.999 --> 00:20:45.569
  • So every human being carries theimage of God, the imprint of God
  • 00:20:45.603 --> 00:20:50.007
  • upon us, that's why we say thatevery life is valuable, young or
  • 00:20:50.041 --> 00:20:52.843
  • old, born or unborn, infirmed,healthy or not, every life is
  • 00:20:52.877 --> 00:20:57.848
  • valuable before God, but theBible also tells us something
  • 00:20:57.882 --> 00:21:01.452
  • else, that our physical body isintended to remind us that we're
  • 00:21:01.485 --> 00:21:04.855
  • creatures, that we're frail,that we're limited, that
  • 00:21:04.889 --> 00:21:09.860
  • we're temporary.
  • 00:21:09.894 --> 00:21:13.497
  • And so Paul is writing to thischurch in Philippi, and he said,
  • 00:21:13.531 --> 00:21:17.034
  • "Their destiny is theirdestruction, their God is their
  • 00:21:17.068 --> 00:21:19.570
  • stomach, and they've made theirglory--" the most glorious part
  • 00:21:19.603 --> 00:21:23.374
  • of themselves is the part thatwas intended to remind them that
  • 00:21:23.407 --> 00:21:26.477
  • they're a creature.
  • 00:21:26.510 --> 00:21:29.613
  • So we make idols out of ourphysical selves.
  • 00:21:29.647 --> 00:21:33.818
  • And Paul said, "The end of thatis destruction.
  • 00:21:33.851 --> 00:21:35.986
  • Their mind is onearthly things."
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  • I'll give you an example.
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  • A businessman invested$100 million in one state
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  • to determine the outcomeof the election.
  • 00:21:48.833 --> 00:21:52.570
  • What would happen if we spent$100 million in one state
  • 00:21:52.603 --> 00:21:56.440
  • preaching the Gospel?
  • 00:21:56.474 --> 00:22:01.278
  • "Well, I don't know if we shouldspend that much money in that
  • 00:22:01.312 --> 00:22:03.147
  • kind of a way, you'd just bepoaching the people who worship
  • 00:22:03.180 --> 00:22:08.119
  • in the churches in that state."
  • 00:22:08.152 --> 00:22:10.721
  • Or some other foolish line wewould come up with, 'cause we'd
  • 00:22:10.755 --> 00:22:14.492
  • be concerned somebody wantedour money to go towards
  • 00:22:14.525 --> 00:22:16.360
  • that $100 million number.
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  • Our hearts have been turned sofar towards the world we don't
  • 00:22:23.033 --> 00:22:28.806
  • even have an imagination.
  • 00:22:28.839 --> 00:22:32.810
  • We've lost our balance,we've lost our bearings,
  • 00:22:32.843 --> 00:22:36.213
  • not the wicked, not theungodly, God's people.
  • 00:22:36.247 --> 00:22:42.052
  • "If my people, who are called bymy name, will humble themselves
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  • and pray, and seek my face, andturn from their wicked ways...
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  • I will forgive their sin,and heal their land."
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  • This is not somebody else'sproblem, this is us.
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  • Ten righteous men would havechanged the destiny of Sodom and
  • 00:23:09.947 --> 00:23:13.551
  • Gomorrah, the Ark only hadeight, Jesus trained eleven and
  • 00:23:13.584 --> 00:23:19.590
  • unleashed them on the world.
  • 00:23:22.493 --> 00:23:25.529
  • We've got enough people here tostart a revolution for the king,
  • 00:23:25.563 --> 00:23:27.431
  • we do.
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  • Allen Jackson: You know, one ofthe highlights of each of our
  • 00:23:35.906 --> 00:23:37.708
  • broadcasts is the opportunity wehave to pray together, I look
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  • forward to that.
  • 00:23:41.278 --> 00:23:42.580
  • Standing together in prayerchanges things, and it's an
  • 00:23:42.613 --> 00:23:44.381
  • honor for me to be able to praywith you.
  • 00:23:44.415 --> 00:23:46.817
  • One of the great challenges weface in the church, as religious
  • 00:23:46.851 --> 00:23:49.687
  • people in general, isself-righteousness.
  • 00:23:49.720 --> 00:23:52.523
  • It's the imagination that we'vedone something that has elevated
  • 00:23:52.556 --> 00:23:55.259
  • us, that's made us somehowbetter, more
  • 00:23:55.292 --> 00:23:57.661
  • significant, unique.
  • 00:23:57.695 --> 00:23:59.263
  • And the reality is we're allbroken, but we stand in the
  • 00:23:59.296 --> 00:24:02.166
  • grace and the mercy of Godthrough the redemptive work of
  • 00:24:02.199 --> 00:24:05.202
  • Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:05.236 --> 00:24:06.804
  • I want to close today with aprayer, a prayer of humility and
  • 00:24:06.837 --> 00:24:10.040
  • a prayer of repentance.
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  • It's not pointing a finger atsomeone else, it's acknowledging
  • 00:24:11.408 --> 00:24:13.777
  • before God and in our own heartsthat we have needed mercy, and
  • 00:24:13.811 --> 00:24:18.015
  • therefore we can ask God for hismercy upon other people.
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  • I want to pray with you.
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  • Father, I thank you for thegreat honor of standing
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  • together, and I thank you forwhat you've done for us through
  • 00:24:25.155 --> 00:24:27.858
  • Jesus's redemptive work, thatthrough the blood of Jesus we
  • 00:24:27.892 --> 00:24:30.928
  • have been redeemed out of thehand of the enemy.
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  • Forgive us of our sins as weforgive those who have sinned
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  • against us, and we thank you foryour great love and mercy for
  • 00:24:36.133 --> 00:24:39.603
  • us, in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • You matter to God.
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey,it's Pastor Allen.
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  • We've faced things together thisyear, we've never seen before.
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  • We've been quarantined in ourhomes, our churches have been
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  • closed, it's been a year of morefear and more confusion, things
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  • I never imagined possible havefilled our calendar year, and
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  • we're not finished yet.
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  • But in the midst of that, wehave the greatest opportunities
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  • We've changed our whole processhere to invite you with us on a
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  • You've gone outside with us whenwe had church outside and we
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  • Well, the best is still in frontof us, God has begun something,
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  • you at World Outreach Churchin Murfreesboro.
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  • We're easy to find, so lookus up when you're
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  • traveling through.
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  • And don't forget to connect withPastor Jackson every day through
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  • social media.
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  • Thanks so much for joining usand being a part of
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  • this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next timefor another encounter with
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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