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August 4, 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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  • Allen Jackson: And we have aspecial program for you today.
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  • We're having churchoutside these days.
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  • Tennessee's opened up a bit, butwe're not back in the building.
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  • It's the safestways to be outdoors.
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  • But God did something lastweek, he opened our hearts to a
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  • perspective that was valuableenough that we scrambled this
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  • week to be able to sharethe program with you today.
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  • There's a battle underway in ournation for the heart and soul of
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  • who we're becoming.
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  • And it may have been introducedto us with the virus from China,
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  • and it's being extended now withunrest in the streets, but the
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  • underlying challenges to all ofthis are spiritual, which means
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  • the church's responseis mission critical.
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  • The politicians can't fix this.
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  • The scientistswon't resolve this.
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  • It's the spiritual authorityof the church that's necessary.
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  • Get your Bibles out, open yourhearts, and ask God to give you
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  • a perspective of the authorityhe's given you for this unique
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  • season to be a difference maker.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen: We've talked agood bit that there's a battle
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  • underway for the heartand soul of our nation.
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  • Not a physical battle, nota battle between groups or
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  • segments of our nation, butthere's a spiritual battle
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  • underway for the heartand soul of our nation.
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  • And that the primary forcebehind all the disruption, be it
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  • medical, or to our health, or toour habits, or whatever it may
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  • be, the primary force beneath itall is the spirit of antichrist.
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  • We'll look at that abit more in a moment.
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  • There's some evidence thatthere's a spiritual struggling
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  • unfolding before us.
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  • That if you're not listening, ifyou don't have eyes to see and
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  • ears to understand and areceptive heart,
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  • you could miss it.
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  • But there's some thingshappening around us that I don't
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  • think you can define in any
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  • other way except asexpressions of evil.
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  • There's unprecedented chaos andconfusion, and that's not just
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  • about what's happeningin our streets.
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  • It started weeks and weeks andweeks ago with fear, tremendous
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  • fear that sent us home,disrupted our routines, emptied
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  • our schools, and our collegecampuses, and our stadiums,
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  • and our arenas.
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  • There's been tremendousdeception and manipulation.
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  • There have been physicalchallenges, there's been hungry
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  • people, there's been murder.
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  • We've seen the weak andthe powerless abused.
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  • All of those things are
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  • descriptions of theexpressions of evil.
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  • They're not the result of avirus or antagonism between
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  • segments of our culture.
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  • All of those things emergeas the presence of evil.
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  • But in parallel to that, wesee unprecedented expressions or
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  • evidence of the movingof the Spirit of God.
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  • We have spent more time inprayer in these last weeks than
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  • I suspect at anytime in our lifetime.
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  • Hundreds and thousands of you
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  • have prayed everyhour on the hour.
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  • You've taken timefor the Word of God.
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  • You've attached newvalues to your families.
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  • You've given moreattention to your children.
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  • You've laid aside the busynessof our lives, all expressions of
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  • the Spirit of Godmoving amongst us.
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  • Don't give your attentionto the expressions of evil.
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  • Focus your heart and yourthoughts and your minds and your
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  • emotions on what God is doing.
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  • It will keep you and protectyou, it'll bring a joy to you.
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  • Now, there are two things thathave occurred in the last couple
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  • of weeks that I believe are of
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  • tremendous significance inthe kingdom of God.
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  • And if you recognize them inthat way, it will give you some
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  • insight and understanding.
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  • I believe they were pleasing toGod and are expressions of his
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  • purposes comingforth in the earth.
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  • The first was in May, thepresident of the United States,
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  • still the most influential andpowerful nation in the world,
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  • said as a matter of publicrecord that the church of Jesus
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  • Christ was essential to thewell being of this nation.
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  • Now, that's a victory.
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  • When the president of the UnitedStates says open the churches,
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  • they're essential.
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  • The early reports had said theliquor stores were essential,
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  • and the abortion clinics wereessential,
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  • but the churcheswere in question.
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  • And the presidentsaid, "Open the churches."
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  • And that messagewent around the world.
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  • It went far beyond theborders of our nation.
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  • It was a declaration about the
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  • significance of thechurch in the earth.
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  • And there was a second thingthat happened, you could have
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  • missed it, it's aboutthe nation of Israel.
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  • At the center of God's purposesin the earth is the regathering
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  • of the Jewish people to that
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  • piece of territory thathe promised them.
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  • It goes back tothe book of Genesis.
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  • And in May, the plan for Israelto acknowledge the west side of
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  • the Jordan river valley,biblical Samaria, the hills of
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  • Samaria and the Jordan valleywould be recognized as Israeli
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  • territory with the blessing ofthe United States of America.
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  • It didn't get a lot of attentionin the media, other things were.
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  • But Israel is emerging into
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  • the territory that Godsaid were theirs.
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  • Now, both of those things arestatements, declarations that
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  • influence the earth, and theyare of biblical importance.
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  • Without spiritual awareness, ifyou don't have ears to hear and
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  • eyes to see, those eventsseem to be nothing more than
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  • political maneuveringor posturing.
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  • However, with a bit of anunderstanding of God's purposes,
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  • I would submit to you theyare of tremendous importance.
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  • So, what did we see onthe heels of those things?
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  • We saw all of suddenly, almostinexplicably, our streets filled
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  • with riots and expressions of
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  • chaos and violence andprofanity and murder.
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  • I understand Satan and hiskingdom are violently opposed to
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  • the purposes of Godemerging in the earth.
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  • There was a demonic torrentreleased in response to what the
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  • Spirit of God was doing.
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  • There's biblical precedent.
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  • When Jesus was born inBethlehem, the arrival of the
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  • Messiah, overlooked by almosteveryone, a handful of shepherds
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  • and a few travelersfrom distant countries.
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  • Most didn't see and hear,
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  • but there was a demoniconslaught unleashed.
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  • And all the male children inBethlehem from two years old
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  • and under were murdered.
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  • There's a spiritual battletaking place in the earth.
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  • Yes, there are physicalcomponents, and we have to give
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  • awareness to that, and attentionto that, and concern to that,
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  • and prayer to that.
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  • But underlying it arethe spiritual forces.
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  • There will be a new source ofconfusion in a couple weeks.
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  • There will be anew source of chaos.
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  • There will be an introductionof something else to disrupt
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  • because the circumstancesthat are being presented are
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  • secondary to the underlyingcause, and it's spiritual.
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  • We need to be consciousthat Satan rules the kingdom.
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  • And it has a structure toit, there's a hierarchy to it.
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  • Satan or Lucifer, both names areattached to him in Scripture,
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  • was a chief angel, one of the
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  • chief angels inthe kingdom of God.
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  • But he led a rebellion and tooka third of the angels with him
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  • in that rebellion.
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  • And he was--he lost his place,he lost his authority in the
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  • kingdom of God.
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  • He was cast out, but heestablished his own kingdom.
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  • And he mimicked the structure hehad seen in the kingdom of God.
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  • In the book of Revelation, we're
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  • given a little window intothat whole drama.
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  • Revelation 12 and verse 7 said,"There was war in heaven, and
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  • Michael and his angels foughtagainst the dragon, and the
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  • dragon and hisangels fought back.
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  • But he wasn't strong enough,
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  • and they lost theirplace in heaven."
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  • So, I want to plant an idea inyour heart that Satan is the
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  • ruler of a very carefully,systematically structured
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  • kingdom of authority.
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  • It's not imagination, it's verymuch the fabric of Scripture.
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  • And Ephesians chapter 6, wejust read the book this week, in
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  • verse 10 it says, "Be strong in
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  • the Lord and in the strengthof his might."
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  • That's our assignment, to lead
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  • our lives through timestrong in the Lord.
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  • "Put on the full armor of Godso that you'll be able to stand
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  • against theschemes of the devil.
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  • Our struggle isn'tagainst flesh and blood."
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  • The Living Bible says that we'rein this wrestling match with
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  • persons without bodies.
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  • I like the imagery of that.
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  • "We're in a wrestling match withpersons without bodies, against
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  • the rulers, against the powers,against the world forces of this
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  • darkness, and against thespiritual forces of wickedness
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  • in the heavenly places.
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  • Therefore, take up the fullarmor of God, so that you'll be
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  • able to resist in the evil day,and having done everything,
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  • to stand firm."
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  • It's very clear we're notcalled to a passive response.
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  • We're called to engagein a wrestling match.
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  • We're called toresist, to stand.
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  • And our opponent are notpeople, or institutions, or
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  • organizations, orexpressions of government.
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  • The wrestling match is with
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  • spiritual forces of darknessin this world.
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  • And far too frequently, we'vejust preferred to dismiss it and
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  • say, "Well, you know, Idon't believe in that."
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  • That's a verychildlike response.
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  • Our stubborn refusal to
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  • acknowledge it doesn'tdiminish reality.
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  • Those spiritual forces ofwickedness in the heavenly
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  • places clearly interact withwhat's happening on earth.
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  • And the posture we're given inEphesians is that standing firm
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  • is our posture of victory.
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  • Having done everything tostand, it says stand therefore.
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  • Standing firm in our faith,that is our declaration of the
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  • victory that is ours through the
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  • redemptive work ofJesus on the cross.
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  • He won the battle,
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  • but Satan hasn't been banishedfrom his realm yet.
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  • Jesus referred to Satan asthe ruler of this world.
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  • In John 12 and verse 31, hesays,
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  • "Now is judgment of this world.
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  • The ruler of thisworld will be cast out."
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  • He was speaking about Satan.
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  • In Ephesians 2, we're told thatSatan is the ruler of a kingdom.
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  • That's important to know.He's not some rogue agent.
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  • He's not an escapeefrom the purposes of God.
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  • he's a ruler of a kingdom.
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  • Ephesians 2:2 said, "Youfollowed the ways of this world
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  • and the ruler of the kingdom ofthe air, the spirit who is now
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  • at work in thosewho are disobedient."
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  • You understand, I hope, that
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  • your life is influenced byspiritual forces.
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  • To the degree that we'llcooperate, the Spirit of the
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  • living God will dwell within us,and bring guidance and direction
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  • and leadership to help us be
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  • transformed more completely intothe image of Jesus.
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  • If you reject that, we aresubject to a whole host of
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  • unclean, demonicspiritual forces.
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  • Satan opposes thepurposes of God.
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  • If he can't stop them outright,if he can't stop you from
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  • yielding your life to thelordship of Jesus, he'll do
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  • everything in his power todelay, distract, diminish,
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  • obscure thepurposes of God for you.
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  • He's not bound in hell.
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  • There's a rather naive opinionamongst many people who fill
  • 00:11:51.836 --> 00:11:53.938
  • churches that Satanis condemned to hell.
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  • That may be a part of hisfuture, but he's not there now.
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  • He's alive andwell on planet earth.
  • 00:11:59.110 --> 00:12:02.647
  • And it's significant to notethat these forces of darkness
  • 00:12:02.680 --> 00:12:04.783
  • have a structure, they'reintentional and purposeful.
  • 00:12:04.816 --> 00:12:07.552
  • They are not random.
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  • They may implement chaos,but they're not chaotic.
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  • They're described in thatpassage in Ephesians as rulers,
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  • spiritual authorityover regions of the globe.
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  • Do you have that imagination?
  • 00:12:22.300 --> 00:12:24.169
  • There are spiritual forces thathold authority over regions of
  • 00:12:24.202 --> 00:12:27.172
  • planet earth, powers Paul said.
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  • They express unique spiritual
  • 00:12:30.542 --> 00:12:32.043
  • power over theaffairs of humanity.
  • 00:12:32.076 --> 00:12:35.513
  • If you study a bit of history,it should be no surprise that
  • 00:12:35.547 --> 00:12:37.816
  • almost every expression of humanauthority over a variety of
  • 00:12:37.849 --> 00:12:41.452
  • formats, over many centuries andcultures and languages always
  • 00:12:41.486 --> 00:12:46.157
  • deteriorate into oppression.
  • 00:12:46.191 --> 00:12:51.663
  • Without a spiritual backdrop,
  • 00:12:51.696 --> 00:12:52.997
  • there is no satisfactorysolution for that.
  • 00:12:53.031 --> 00:12:56.568
  • Spiritual forces ofwickedness opposing.
  • 00:12:56.601 --> 00:12:59.070
  • You see, Satan hates humanitybecause we're the object of
  • 00:12:59.103 --> 00:13:01.906
  • God's love.
  • 00:13:01.940 --> 00:13:04.542
  • In his grace, he intervenedon our behalf to redeem us, to
  • 00:13:04.576 --> 00:13:08.146
  • welcome us into his kingdom,that we can have a place in the
  • 00:13:08.179 --> 00:13:10.748
  • eternal kingdom of God thatSatan forfeited,
  • 00:13:10.782 --> 00:13:13.418
  • and he hates you for it.
  • 00:13:13.451 --> 00:13:16.120
  • So, the destruction of humanity,the brutal treatment of
  • 00:13:16.154 --> 00:13:19.591
  • intolerance and hate andviolence towards one another
  • 00:13:19.624 --> 00:13:23.294
  • isn't rooted in thethings that make us different.
  • 00:13:23.328 --> 00:13:25.630
  • It's rooted in aspiritual thing.
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  • It's why the mission of thechurch is so vital, to bring
  • 00:13:28.600 --> 00:13:32.670
  • peace and hope to human beings.
  • 00:13:32.704 --> 00:13:37.242
  • Now, we learned from theEphesian passage that standing
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  • firm is our posture of victory.
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  • May I ask you a question?
  • 00:13:42.513 --> 00:13:43.815
  • What would you imagine to bethe opposite of standing firm?
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  • I would submit to you it'syielding, maybe even kneeling.
  • 00:13:48.686 --> 00:13:54.459
  • In fact, I want to take justa minute with that because
  • 00:13:54.492 --> 00:13:56.361
  • biblically, kneeling ispresented to us as an expression
  • 00:13:56.394 --> 00:14:00.265
  • of yielding, particularlyin the context of worship.
  • 00:14:00.298 --> 00:14:03.835
  • We kneel as an expression of
  • 00:14:03.868 --> 00:14:06.237
  • worship to thecreator of all things.
  • 00:14:06.271 --> 00:14:09.974
  • In Psalm 95 and verse 6, itsays,
  • 00:14:10.008 --> 00:14:12.543
  • "Come, let us bowdown in worship.
  • 00:14:12.577 --> 00:14:15.146
  • Let us kneel beforethe Lord our maker."
  • 00:14:15.179 --> 00:14:17.515
  • Now, it's a consistent principlethrough Scripture that kneeling
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  • is an expression of yielding,
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  • and it's an integralpart of worship.
  • 00:14:23.054 --> 00:14:26.291
  • In fact, we could arguebiblically you can't truly
  • 00:14:26.324 --> 00:14:28.826
  • worship until in times andplaces you're willing to
  • 00:14:28.860 --> 00:14:31.763
  • kneel before the Lord.
  • 00:14:31.796 --> 00:14:35.099
  • In Philippines chapter 2,there's a message that's
  • 00:14:35.133 --> 00:14:38.436
  • delivered about Jesus, Ihope you read it this week.
  • 00:14:38.469 --> 00:14:40.738
  • It says, "God exalted him to thehighest place and gave him the
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  • name that's above every name."
  • 00:14:43.875 --> 00:14:45.710
  • How do we know that, how'sthat going to be demonstrated?
  • 00:14:45.743 --> 00:14:48.479
  • Because at the name of Jesus,every knee will bow in heaven
  • 00:14:48.513 --> 00:14:52.617
  • and on earth andunder the earth.
  • 00:14:52.650 --> 00:14:54.385
  • Every person, every spiritualforce, every spiritual being
  • 00:14:54.419 --> 00:14:58.256
  • will bow before Jesusbecause God exalted him.
  • 00:14:58.289 --> 00:15:03.461
  • "And every tongue confess thatJesus is the messiah and Lord of
  • 00:15:03.494 --> 00:15:07.065
  • all, to the gloryof God the Father."
  • 00:15:07.098 --> 00:15:10.468
  • God's power established Jesus
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  • at the highest place inall of creation.
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  • In Isaiah 45, it's a deepprinciple in Scripture,
  • 00:15:18.443 --> 00:15:21.279
  • Isaiah 45 and verse 23.
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  • God said through the prophet, "Imyself have sworn, my mouth has
  • 00:15:23.815 --> 00:15:26.718
  • uttered in all integrity aword that will not be revoked.
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  • Before me every knee will bow.
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  • By me every tongue will swear.
  • 00:15:34.459 --> 00:15:37.295
  • They will say of me, 'In the
  • 00:15:37.328 --> 00:15:38.763
  • Lord alone are righteousnessand strength.'
  • 00:15:38.796 --> 00:15:41.432
  • And all who have raged againsthim will come to
  • 00:15:41.466 --> 00:15:43.534
  • me and be put to shame."
  • 00:15:43.568 --> 00:15:45.503
  • It goes back to the firstcommandment, God said, "You can
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  • have no other gods before me.
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  • You'll bow your knee to noone but me or it's idolatry."
  • 00:15:50.808 --> 00:15:56.214
  • In Romans 14 and verse 11,it's picked up, it says, "It's
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  • written, 'As surely as I live,says the Lord, every knee will
  • 00:15:59.751 --> 00:16:02.286
  • bow before me, everytongue will confess to God.
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  • Each of us will give an accountof himself to God.'"
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  • We will all yield to God and hisrighteous judgments.
  • 00:16:09.560 --> 00:16:13.398
  • Now, Satan in his pride, in
  • 00:16:13.431 --> 00:16:15.299
  • his arrogance led arebellion against God.
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  • He said, "I wantto be like God."
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  • Jesus did the exact opposite.
  • 00:16:20.471 --> 00:16:22.073
  • In Philippians chapter 2,it says of Jesus, "He didn't
  • 00:16:22.106 --> 00:16:25.076
  • consider equality with Godsomething to be grasped, but he
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  • made himself nothing,taking the form of a servant."
  • 00:16:29.047 --> 00:16:32.917
  • He became one of us.
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  • Becoming a human was the
  • 00:16:34.752 --> 00:16:36.054
  • ultimate expression ofhumility for Jesus.
  • 00:16:36.087 --> 00:16:40.358
  • He humbled himself and says hebecame obedient, even to death.
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  • Now, Satan rebelled, hewanted to usurp God's place.
  • 00:16:44.162 --> 00:16:47.498
  • He wanted the worshiprightly due to Jesus.
  • 00:16:47.532 --> 00:16:50.802
  • Again, it's not asubtle theme of Scripture.
  • 00:16:50.835 --> 00:16:52.537
  • In Matthew 4 and verse 8 says,"The devil took Jesus to a very
  • 00:16:52.570 --> 00:16:56.007
  • high mountain and showed him allthe kingdoms of the world and
  • 00:16:56.040 --> 00:16:58.176
  • their splendor.
  • 00:16:58.209 --> 00:16:59.944
  • And he said, 'Iwill give you this.
  • 00:16:59.977 --> 00:17:02.013
  • I'll give you all of this, allthe kingdoms of the world if you
  • 00:17:02.046 --> 00:17:05.383
  • will bow down and worshipme.'"
  • 00:17:05.416 --> 00:17:09.120
  • Now, Jesus didn't disputeSatan's authority.
  • 00:17:09.153 --> 00:17:12.457
  • He didn't say, "You don't haveauthority over those kingdoms."
  • 00:17:12.490 --> 00:17:16.794
  • But he said,"Away from me, Satan.
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  • It's written, 'Worship the Lordyour God, and serve him only.'"
  • 00:17:18.663 --> 00:17:25.069
  • Now, the book of Revelationor the last book of your New
  • 00:17:25.103 --> 00:17:27.905
  • Testament is an account of God'sjudgment at the end of this age.
  • 00:17:27.939 --> 00:17:34.145
  • Doesn't have to be frightening,evil is going to be judged and
  • 00:17:34.178 --> 00:17:36.614
  • destroyed, but righteousnessis going to be rewarded.
  • 00:17:36.647 --> 00:17:40.685
  • And at the center, or at leastas a significant part of the
  • 00:17:40.718 --> 00:17:43.154
  • book of Revelation, is anindividual who will accept that
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  • bargain that Jesus rejected.
  • 00:17:46.090 --> 00:17:49.494
  • He will bow hisknee to worship Satan.
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  • And he's labeled in thebook of Revelation as a beast.
  • 00:17:53.231 --> 00:17:56.667
  • In Revelation 13 and verse 11,
  • 00:17:56.701 --> 00:17:58.302
  • "I saw another beast comingout of the earth.
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  • He had two horns like a lamb,and he spoke like a dragon.
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  • And he exercised all the
  • 00:18:04.609 --> 00:18:05.910
  • authority of the first beaston his behalf.
  • 00:18:05.943 --> 00:18:07.812
  • And he made the earth and its
  • 00:18:07.845 --> 00:18:09.180
  • inhabitants worshipthe first beast."
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  • Two persons are describedthere, a false prophet.
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  • The antichrist will be avery religious character.
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  • And the beast is the antichristhimself, the embodiment of this
  • 00:18:20.258 --> 00:18:23.528
  • spirit that we're seeing
  • 00:18:23.561 --> 00:18:24.929
  • displayed aroundthe earth right now.
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  • Deception, hatred,violence, murder.
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  • There's no other explanation forwhy we wouldn't freely disclose
  • 00:18:31.402 --> 00:18:35.139
  • information about somethingthat had the ability to destroy
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  • hundreds of thousandsor millions of people.
  • 00:18:38.209 --> 00:18:40.278
  • Why would you hidethat information?
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  • That is demonic.
  • 00:18:42.079 --> 00:18:45.716
  • That can't be explained simply
  • 00:18:45.750 --> 00:18:47.251
  • as competition betweennation states.
  • 00:18:47.285 --> 00:18:49.987
  • But in Revelation 13, wemeet these two persons, a false
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  • prophet and the antichrist.
  • 00:18:52.590 --> 00:18:54.225
  • The false prophet has theappearance of the Lamb, but the
  • 00:18:54.258 --> 00:18:56.260
  • nature of the dragon.
  • 00:18:56.294 --> 00:18:59.530
  • A wolf in sheep's clothing.
  • 00:18:59.564 --> 00:19:01.666
  • The antichrist is described bythe Spirit of God as beastly.
  • 00:19:01.699 --> 00:19:06.170
  • And the objective of theantichrist, please note this, is
  • 00:19:06.204 --> 00:19:09.440
  • to obtain the worship due thetrue Christ, the true Messiah.
  • 00:19:09.473 --> 00:19:14.979
  • In fact, the whole initiativein the book of Revelation on the
  • 00:19:15.012 --> 00:19:17.615
  • part of the antichrist is tosecure the worship of human
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  • beings underthreat of execution.
  • 00:19:20.952 --> 00:19:25.890
  • We see that spiritthroughout Scripture.
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  • We see it in Babylon withNebuchadnezzar and a statue, and
  • 00:19:27.658 --> 00:19:31.028
  • people bowing to worship him.
  • 00:19:31.062 --> 00:19:34.265
  • It's not about empires.
  • 00:19:34.298 --> 00:19:36.634
  • It's not about theexcuses being presented.
  • 00:19:36.667 --> 00:19:38.970
  • The underlyingforce is spiritual.
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  • It's the spirit of antichrist.
  • 00:19:42.406 --> 00:19:46.911
  • In Revelation 14 and verse 9,it says, "If anyone worships the
  • 00:19:46.944 --> 00:19:49.580
  • beast and his image and receiveshis mark on the forehead or his
  • 00:19:49.614 --> 00:19:52.783
  • hand, he'll drink the wineof God's fury, which has been
  • 00:19:52.817 --> 00:19:55.620
  • poured full strengthinto the cup of his wrath."
  • 00:19:55.653 --> 00:19:59.123
  • The messaging is clear.
  • 00:19:59.156 --> 00:20:01.726
  • Be careful of whatyou bend your knee to.
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  • It's disturbing whatwe've seen happening.
  • 00:20:06.664 --> 00:20:10.434
  • Whole groups of people kneelingin the streets,
  • 00:20:10.468 --> 00:20:13.404
  • not even sure what for.
  • 00:20:13.437 --> 00:20:16.207
  • The motive behind it is notpolitical, it's not ideological,
  • 00:20:16.240 --> 00:20:21.579
  • it's not a responseto current events.
  • 00:20:21.612 --> 00:20:23.814
  • The underlyingmotive is spiritual.
  • 00:20:23.848 --> 00:20:27.485
  • We have rejectedthe truth of God.
  • 00:20:27.518 --> 00:20:30.321
  • We've set it aside, we don'twant to be encumbered by God's
  • 00:20:30.354 --> 00:20:32.657
  • truth and his ideas.
  • 00:20:32.690 --> 00:20:33.991
  • It's inconvenient to us.
  • 00:20:34.025 --> 00:20:36.727
  • We want power andwe want authority.
  • 00:20:36.761 --> 00:20:40.665
  • The only peace that will come
  • 00:20:40.698 --> 00:20:42.300
  • to humanity will come from theprince of peace.
  • 00:20:42.333 --> 00:20:45.469
  • It's only the transformation ofa human heart that allows us to
  • 00:20:45.503 --> 00:20:48.372
  • live together in unity and
  • 00:20:48.406 --> 00:20:50.408
  • respect and love andkindness and dignity.
  • 00:20:50.441 --> 00:20:57.448
  • I would encourage you notjust in this season, but in the
  • 00:20:57.481 --> 00:21:00.384
  • season to come, guard yourheart,
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  • be careful whatyou kneel before.
  • 00:21:02.853 --> 00:21:07.024
  • And don't in stubbornnessrefuse to worship the Lord.
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  • I pray one of the outcomes ofthis season is that as we go
  • 00:21:11.929 --> 00:21:15.032
  • forward, we'll stop ourquibbling about how to worship.
  • 00:21:15.066 --> 00:21:17.601
  • "That's not my musicalstyle,
  • 00:21:17.635 --> 00:21:19.103
  • I'm just not goingto participate."
  • 00:21:19.136 --> 00:21:21.072
  • Get over yourself.
  • 00:21:21.105 --> 00:21:23.607
  • If we have a kazoo and a bucketdrum, we can worship the Lord.
  • 00:21:23.641 --> 00:21:32.450
  • I understand we have preferencesin taste, but we are worshiping
  • 00:21:32.483 --> 00:21:35.953
  • the King of kingsand the Lord of lords.
  • 00:21:35.986 --> 00:21:40.925
  • I brought you a prayer.
  • 00:21:40.958 --> 00:21:43.260
  • It's one we've prayedbefore,
  • 00:21:43.294 --> 00:21:44.695
  • but it seemed even moreappropriate today.
  • 00:21:44.729 --> 00:21:47.231
  • I took it from thebook of Ephesians.
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  • Don't be alarmed atwhat you're seeing.
  • 00:21:49.600 --> 00:21:51.335
  • Begin to pray.
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  • Take those daily prayers and
  • 00:21:52.737 --> 00:21:54.105
  • pray them morning,noon, and evening.
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  • Pray them asfrequently as you have time.
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  • Get groups together.
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  • Get your text, you communicatein so many ways, I'm not even
  • 00:22:00.311 --> 00:22:02.813
  • clever enough to keep track.
  • 00:22:02.847 --> 00:22:05.082
  • You know how tomobilize your friends.
  • 00:22:05.116 --> 00:22:06.617
  • Let's begin to pray.
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  • The way through this season, itisn't about a virus,
  • 00:22:07.985 --> 00:22:10.421
  • it isn't about hatred.
  • 00:22:10.454 --> 00:22:12.223
  • It's not just about injustice.
  • 00:22:12.256 --> 00:22:14.125
  • It's a spiritual conflict,
  • 00:22:14.158 --> 00:22:15.559
  • and the church has a centralrole to play.
  • 00:22:15.593 --> 00:22:18.162
  • God is moving in the earth,
  • 00:22:18.195 --> 00:22:21.065
  • and we don't want to missour opportunity.
  • 00:22:21.098 --> 00:22:25.269
  • Why don't you stand with me?
  • 00:22:25.302 --> 00:22:30.040
  • I've taken a prayer fromthe book of Ephesians.
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  • It's the third chapter.
  • 00:22:33.444 --> 00:22:36.313
  • And in it, Paul's invitingthe church at Ephesus to kneel.
  • 00:22:36.347 --> 00:22:40.518
  • And I'm going to invite you tokneel with me this morning, but
  • 00:22:40.551 --> 00:22:42.887
  • I want you to understandbefore whom we're kneeling.
  • 00:22:42.920 --> 00:22:46.824
  • We're not kneeling in submissionto anything other than the
  • 00:22:46.857 --> 00:22:49.226
  • lordship of Jesus of Nazareth,and acknowledging Almighty God's
  • 00:22:49.260 --> 00:22:53.564
  • authority over our lives.
  • 00:22:53.597 --> 00:22:55.866
  • He is our defenderbecause in him, we stand.
  • 00:22:55.900 --> 00:22:59.236
  • We stand against principalitiesand powers and the spiritual
  • 00:22:59.270 --> 00:23:01.872
  • forces of wickednessin the heavenly places.
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  • We are yielded to him.
  • 00:23:04.675 --> 00:23:06.811
  • He is the source of truth.
  • 00:23:06.844 --> 00:23:08.813
  • He is the author of justice.
  • 00:23:08.846 --> 00:23:10.848
  • There is no justice inthe earth apart from him.
  • 00:23:10.881 --> 00:23:13.017
  • There's no just government
  • 00:23:13.050 --> 00:23:14.952
  • because governmentsare composed of people.
  • 00:23:14.985 --> 00:23:16.821
  • And if our hearts aren'ttransformed,
  • 00:23:16.854 --> 00:23:18.322
  • we're not just creatures.
  • 00:23:18.355 --> 00:23:20.758
  • We're filled withselfish ambition.
  • 00:23:20.791 --> 00:23:24.728
  • But if we will kneel beforeAlmighty God and acknowledge his
  • 00:23:24.762 --> 00:23:27.698
  • authority over our lives, andturn away from ungodliness,
  • 00:23:27.731 --> 00:23:31.335
  • he'll initiate transformationwithin us that brings a dignity
  • 00:23:31.368 --> 00:23:34.638
  • to every human being, theunborn and the elderly.
  • 00:23:34.672 --> 00:23:40.678
  • We've set too many aside.
  • 00:23:40.711 --> 00:23:43.848
  • I'm excited aboutwhat God is doing in us.
  • 00:23:43.881 --> 00:23:47.318
  • Would you kneel with me?
  • 00:23:47.351 --> 00:23:48.652
  • If you're not in a good space,if you're on the asphalt, or you
  • 00:23:48.686 --> 00:23:50.754
  • didn't come dressedappropriately, or it's not age
  • 00:23:50.788 --> 00:23:52.790
  • appropriate, I'm in.
  • 00:23:52.823 --> 00:23:54.558
  • But it's Ephesians 3:14, theprayer's on the website,
  • 00:23:54.592 --> 00:23:58.362
  • you can have it.
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  • For this reason on this morning,we kneel before the Father, from
  • 00:24:00.064 --> 00:24:05.536
  • whom his whole family in heaven,on earth derives its name.
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  • We pray that out of hisglorious riches he may be
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  • strengthened--strengthen us withpower through his Spirit in our
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  • inner being, so that Christ
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  • may dwell in our heartsthrough faith.
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  • And we pray that, being rootedand established in love, we may
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  • have power, together with allthe saints, to grasp how wide
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  • and long and high and deep isthe love of Christ, and to know
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  • this love that surpassesknowledge, that we may be filled
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  • to the measure of allthe fullness of God.
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  • Now to him who is able to doimmeasurably more than all we
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  • ask or even imagine, accordingto his power that is at work
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  • within us, to him be glory inthe church and in Christ Jesus
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  • through all generations,forever and ever, amen.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • Now, let's stand andgive the Lord a hand, huh?
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  • Hallelujah, Lord, we praise you.
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  • We give you glory today.
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  • We lift our voices to you and
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  • our hands to you andour hearts to you.
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  • Let Jesus be honored as Lord inthis nation, in our schools and
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  • universities, our hospitals andcourtrooms and classrooms, in
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  • the halls of government.
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  • We praise you for it.
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  • Let Jesus's name be honored
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  • throughout thenations of the earth.
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  • Let the name ofJesus be lifted up.
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  • We praise you today.
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  • We give you glory andhonor and thanksgiving.
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  • Let the confusion lift,may the chaos be broken.
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  • May truth prevail.
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  • We praise you for ittoday in Jesus's name, amen.
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