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June 15, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: There's
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  • not anything in your life
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  • you can't give up when it
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  • comes to sin, if you are willing
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  • to surrender your life to Jesus
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  • Christ and tell Him, "I've made
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  • a blunder of my life.
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  • I've messed it up.
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  • I've hurt other people.
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  • I've sinned against You.
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  • I've sinned against myself,
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  • sinned against the people I love
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  • the most.
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  • God, can You help me?
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  • Here's my life."
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  • Will He help you?
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • ago, we started In Touch
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  • Ministries to lead people
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  • worldwide into a growing
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • God's greatness, His love, and
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  • His blessings in such awesome
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  • ways that we just want everyone
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  • to know Him.
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  • So, let's open God's Word and
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  • - male announcer: Next on,
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  • "In Touch",
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  • There's still power
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  • in the blood of Jesus
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  • Hope in a troubled
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  • dying land
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  • There's still cleansing
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  • in that crimson stream
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  • that frees us
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  • There's still power
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  • in the blood
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  • power in the blood
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  • There's still power
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  • Men have tried to say
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  • the blood is useless
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  • They say that
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  • in this modern day
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  • love is all you need
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  • I've never seen a love
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  • more tried and tested
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  • Than the love that came
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  • streaming down
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  • the cross of Calvary
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  • There's still power
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  • in the blood of Jesus
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  • Hope in a troubled
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  • dying land
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  • There's still cleansing
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  • in that crimson stream
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  • that frees us
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  • There's still power
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  • in the blood
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  • power in the blood
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  • There's still power
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  • Nothing but the blood
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  • can purify me
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  • My sins were washed away
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  • when I stepped
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  • in the crimson flood
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  • When I'm needin' victory
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  • over Satan
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  • I can stand my ground
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  • look at him
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  • then I claim the blood
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  • There's still power
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  • in the blood of Jesus
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  • Hope in a troubled
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  • dying land
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  • There's still cleansing
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  • in that crimson stream
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  • that frees us
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  • There's still power
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  • in the blood
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  • power in the blood
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  • power in the blood
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  • power in the blood
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  • There's still power
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  • in the blood of Jesus
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  • Hope in a troubled
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  • dying land
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  • There's still cleansing
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  • in that crimson stream
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  • that frees us
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  • There's still power
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  • in the blood
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  • power in the blood
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  • There's still power
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  • [music]
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  • Oh there's power, power
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  • Wonder working power
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  • in the blood of the Lamb
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  • Oh there's power, power
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  • Wonder working power
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  • in the precious blood
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  • of the Lamb
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  • Oh there's power
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  • in the blood of Jesus
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  • Hope in a troubled
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  • dying land
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  • There's still cleansing
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  • in that crimson stream
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  • that frees us
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  • There's still power
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  • in the blood
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  • power in the blood
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  • There's still power
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Is there
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  • any area of your life that
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  • you would consider
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  • as being out of control?
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  • What about your finances?
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  • Are they out of control?
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  • What about your moral life?
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  • Would you say that's out
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  • of control?
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  • What about your relationship
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  • with other people?
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  • Is it out of control?
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  • What about your attitudes toward
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  • some people?
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  • Like jealousy.
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  • When you think about your life,
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  • is there any area of your life
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  • that you say, Well, I think
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  • that's out of control?
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  • For example, you drink.
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  • And maybe you take drugs.
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  • Or maybe you gamble a little
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  • bit, you say.
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  • And what about gossiping?
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  • What about just having a
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  • critical spirit?
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  • What about being lazy?
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  • None of those fit who we are.
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  • And that's why Paul said to the
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  • Galatians, "The fruit of the
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  • Spirit is love, joy, peace,
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  • patience, kindness, goodness,
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  • faithfulness, gentleness,
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  • self-control."
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  • So, when you think about your
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  • life, would you say that your
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  • life is under control?
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  • Or would you say that there are
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  • some areas of my life that
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  • certainly are not in control.
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  • Well, it's a battle.
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  • And that's the title of this
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  • message, "The Battle for
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  • Self-Control."
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  • We all want to be in control of
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  • our lives.
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  • And now what I mean by that is
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  • this.
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  • We want to have the relationship
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  • with our Lord by which we are
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  • submitted to Him to the point
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  • that we're not always battling,
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  • because watch this.
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  • When things are not right
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  • between you and God, it's like a
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  • tug of war.
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  • God wants you to do the right
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  • thing.
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  • You'd like to but you don't and
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  • so there's tension and stress
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  • and uneasiness and oftentimes
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  • unhappiness, lack of peace, lack
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  • of joy, lack of all the things
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  • that Paul just mentioned.
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  • You see, you cannot be living a
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  • life of disobedience to God and
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  • have love, joy, peace, goodness,
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  • and all the rest.
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  • You can't.
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  • You say, Well, I'm sort of happy
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  • the way I am.
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  • Sort of.
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  • But you cannot have real
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  • happiness, real joy, real peace,
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  • real love when you and the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ are not in
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  • agreement about your life.
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  • So, I want us to think about
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  • this whole issue of the battle
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  • for self-control in our lives
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  • because all of us either have
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  • had a battle or are in a battle
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  • right at the present time.
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  • So, think about this.
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  • Would you say that your life is
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  • under control?
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  • That you have a sort of a
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  • healthy attitude about all of
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  • these things.
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  • The desire for acceptance by
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  • others.
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  • How strong is that desire that
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  • you have that you want to be
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  • accepted by everybody else?
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  • The desire to be loved by
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  • others.
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  • Do you want people to love you?
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  • That is, have a close
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  • relationship.
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  • What about desires for all types
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  • of pleasure?
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  • Does that characterize you?
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  • That just whatever is fun;
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  • whatever makes you feel good for
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  • the moment; that's what you're
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  • looking for.
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  • What about sex?
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  • Do you have sexual desires that
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  • are outside the will of God?
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  • We're living in a very sexually
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  • oriented society.
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  • And Paul lived in a society that
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  • was a cesspool of immorality.
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  • And so, he knew about it.
  • 00:09:07.280 --> 00:09:10.120
  • What about desires for wealth
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  • and security?
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  • Where does that rate on your
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  • list of important things?
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  • Wealth and security.
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  • What about desires to achieve
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  • and to excel?
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  • Is that healthy desire you have;
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  • or do you want to excel above
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  • other people?
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  • You want to be better than.
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  • What about the desire to have
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  • notoriety and fame?
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  • You see, this is the reason
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  • people do atrocious things.
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  • They'll get their name on
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  • television and their picture and
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  • in the newspaper, but look what
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  • it costs them.
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  • What about would you say that
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  • you have a strong desire for
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  • happiness?
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  • If that's true, what are you
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  • doing to be happy?
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  • What are you being to be happy?
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  • What about your desire for
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  • personal attractiveness?
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  • Is that wrong?
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  • No, it's not wrong; but does
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  • that demand a lot of your time,
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  • lot of your thinking?
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  • Do you just want to look good or
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  • do you want to look good better
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  • than somebody else?
  • 00:10:13.280 --> 00:10:16.090
  • But as you think about all of
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  • these, would you say that your
  • 00:10:17.190 --> 00:10:19.050
  • life is under control?
  • 00:10:19.050 --> 00:10:21.250
  • That you have a sort of a
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  • healthy attitude about all of
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  • these things.
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  • Now, let's talk about what
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  • self-control is.
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  • Self-control is basically
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  • thinking before you act; which
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  • is what a lot of people do not
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  • do.
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  • Thinking before you act and
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  • considering seriously the
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  • possibility of the results that
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  • you'll have.
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  • Would you say that's true of
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  • your life?
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  • Your life's under control.
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  • You think before you act.
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  • So, the battle for self-control.
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  • Now, beginning in the nineteenth
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  • verse of the fifth chapter, Paul
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  • sort of sets us up for the
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  • fruits of the Spirit by saying,
  • 00:11:03.020 --> 00:11:05.080
  • verse nineteen, "Now, the deeds
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  • of the flesh."
  • 00:11:07.190 --> 00:11:09.010
  • Now, notice what he says.
  • 00:11:09.010 --> 00:11:10.180
  • There are fruits of the Spirit;
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  • that is, this is the--these
  • 00:11:12.230 --> 00:11:14.190
  • things we just mentioned, love,
  • 00:11:14.190 --> 00:11:16.060
  • peace and joy, these attitudes
  • 00:11:16.060 --> 00:11:18.190
  • come from the work of the Holy
  • 00:11:18.190 --> 00:11:19.290
  • Spirit within us.
  • 00:11:19.290 --> 00:11:21.120
  • But notice how he contrasts that
  • 00:11:21.120 --> 00:11:23.000
  • in verse nineteen in the fifth
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  • chapter, "Now, the deeds," our
  • 00:11:24.280 --> 00:11:27.130
  • actions, "of the flesh," the way
  • 00:11:27.130 --> 00:11:29.040
  • we live, "are evident, which
  • 00:11:29.040 --> 00:11:31.160
  • are."
  • 00:11:31.160 --> 00:11:32.220
  • And the first three of them have
  • 00:11:32.220 --> 00:11:34.020
  • to do with sexuality.
  • 00:11:34.020 --> 00:11:36.280
  • He says, "Immorality, impurity,
  • 00:11:38.000 --> 00:11:41.000
  • sensuality, then idolatry,
  • 00:11:41.000 --> 00:11:43.280
  • sorcery, enmities, strife,
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  • jealousy, outbursts of anger,
  • 00:11:46.000 --> 00:11:47.130
  • disputes, dissensions, factions,
  • 00:11:47.130 --> 00:11:50.100
  • envying, drunkenness, carousing,
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  • things like these, of which I
  • 00:11:53.070 --> 00:11:55.000
  • forewarn you, just as I have
  • 00:11:55.000 --> 00:11:57.180
  • forewarned you, that those who
  • 00:11:57.180 --> 00:11:59.200
  • practice such things will not
  • 00:11:59.200 --> 00:12:01.080
  • inherit the kingdom of God."
  • 00:12:01.080 --> 00:12:03.020
  • Now, watch this verse.
  • 00:12:03.020 --> 00:12:06.020
  • You may be seated here, or out
  • 00:12:06.020 --> 00:12:07.200
  • there somewhere, and you're
  • 00:12:07.200 --> 00:12:08.210
  • saying, Then I guess I'm not
  • 00:12:08.210 --> 00:12:10.040
  • going to heaven because I've
  • 00:12:10.040 --> 00:12:11.060
  • done one of all of those things.
  • 00:12:11.060 --> 00:12:14.010
  • The key word in this passage is
  • 00:12:14.010 --> 00:12:15.230
  • that "I have warned you, those
  • 00:12:15.230 --> 00:12:18.110
  • who practice such things."
  • 00:12:18.110 --> 00:12:20.200
  • And so, I won't get into the
  • 00:12:20.200 --> 00:12:21.250
  • Greek of the verb here but what
  • 00:12:21.250 --> 00:12:23.250
  • that means is it's a way of
  • 00:12:23.250 --> 00:12:26.000
  • life.
  • 00:12:26.000 --> 00:12:27.210
  • Not that there has not happened
  • 00:12:27.210 --> 00:12:29.110
  • in your life, because more than
  • 00:12:29.110 --> 00:12:30.200
  • likely, when I look at this
  • 00:12:30.200 --> 00:12:32.020
  • list, all of us to some degree
  • 00:12:32.020 --> 00:12:34.100
  • have it--sometimes probably
  • 00:12:34.100 --> 00:12:36.040
  • committed one or all of those.
  • 00:12:36.100 --> 00:12:39.100
  • But it's not a practice; it's
  • 00:12:39.100 --> 00:12:40.280
  • not a way of life for us.
  • 00:12:40.280 --> 00:12:42.130
  • When you trusted Jesus Christ,
  • 00:12:42.130 --> 00:12:43.260
  • those things do not fit who we
  • 00:12:43.260 --> 00:12:45.250
  • are.
  • 00:12:45.250 --> 00:12:47.070
  • So, he's saying, "Those who
  • 00:12:47.070 --> 00:12:49.060
  • practice such things."
  • 00:12:49.060 --> 00:12:50.100
  • It's their lifestyle.
  • 00:12:50.100 --> 00:12:52.210
  • A person who drinks all the
  • 00:12:52.210 --> 00:12:53.230
  • time, it's their lifestyle.
  • 00:12:53.230 --> 00:12:55.240
  • A person who's always into
  • 00:12:55.240 --> 00:12:57.000
  • something sexual, it's their
  • 00:12:57.000 --> 00:12:58.150
  • lifestyle.
  • 00:12:58.150 --> 00:12:59.070
  • You could just go down the list.
  • 00:12:59.070 --> 00:13:01.160
  • So, we're not saying that a
  • 00:13:01.160 --> 00:13:02.140
  • person who does one of these is
  • 00:13:02.140 --> 00:13:04.180
  • not going to heaven.
  • 00:13:04.180 --> 00:13:05.270
  • But if you've come to the place
  • 00:13:05.270 --> 00:13:07.180
  • in your life you practice those,
  • 00:13:07.180 --> 00:13:10.000
  • it's the way you think, that's
  • 00:13:10.000 --> 00:13:11.210
  • who you are, it's because you're
  • 00:13:11.210 --> 00:13:13.230
  • not saved.
  • 00:13:13.230 --> 00:13:15.040
  • You can't live like that
  • 00:13:15.040 --> 00:13:16.140
  • continuously and really be
  • 00:13:16.140 --> 00:13:18.050
  • saved.
  • 00:13:18.050 --> 00:13:19.120
  • You say, Well, now I
  • 00:13:19.120 --> 00:13:20.100
  • thought--no, listen to what he
  • 00:13:20.100 --> 00:13:22.030
  • said, "Those who practice those
  • 00:13:22.030 --> 00:13:23.150
  • things will not inherit the
  • 00:13:23.150 --> 00:13:25.160
  • kingdom of God."
  • 00:13:25.160 --> 00:13:27.100
  • So, that's our actions.
  • 00:13:27.100 --> 00:13:28.190
  • But what about the fruit of the
  • 00:13:28.190 --> 00:13:29.210
  • Spirit?
  • 00:13:29.210 --> 00:13:30.230
  • So, let's think about that for
  • 00:13:30.230 --> 00:13:32.050
  • just a moment and ask here a few
  • 00:13:32.050 --> 00:13:35.010
  • questions.
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  • And when I think about that and
  • 00:13:37.270 --> 00:13:40.270
  • think about the society in which
  • 00:13:40.270 --> 00:13:43.090
  • you and I live; think about the
  • 00:13:43.090 --> 00:13:46.080
  • fruit of the Spirit versus what
  • 00:13:46.080 --> 00:13:48.080
  • we live around.
  • 00:13:48.080 --> 00:13:50.140
  • And ask yourself the question,
  • 00:13:50.140 --> 00:13:52.150
  • Would you be considered a
  • 00:13:52.150 --> 00:13:53.230
  • follower of Jesus with your
  • 00:13:53.230 --> 00:13:55.190
  • conduct, the things that
  • 00:13:55.190 --> 00:13:57.140
  • you--that do and see and the
  • 00:13:57.140 --> 00:14:00.140
  • thing--places you go, how you
  • 00:14:00.140 --> 00:14:01.260
  • spend your money.
  • 00:14:01.260 --> 00:14:03.150
  • In other words, are all of those
  • 00:14:03.150 --> 00:14:05.230
  • things in your life that you
  • 00:14:05.230 --> 00:14:07.160
  • consider important, do they fit
  • 00:14:07.160 --> 00:14:09.070
  • who you are?
  • 00:14:09.070 --> 00:14:11.020
  • When you trusted Christ as your
  • 00:14:11.020 --> 00:14:12.080
  • Savior, you turned your back on
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:13.280
  • sin.
  • 00:14:13.280 --> 00:14:15.160
  • Doesn't mean that you'll never
  • 00:14:15.160 --> 00:14:16.260
  • sin again, turns your back on
  • 00:14:16.260 --> 00:14:18.010
  • sin.
  • 00:14:18.010 --> 00:14:19.130
  • And so, your commitment to the
  • 00:14:19.130 --> 00:14:20.200
  • Lord is to be obedient to Him
  • 00:14:20.200 --> 00:14:21.280
  • and to walk in His ways because
  • 00:14:21.280 --> 00:14:24.160
  • you want the fruit of the Spirit
  • 00:14:24.160 --> 00:14:25.190
  • in your life, of love and joy
  • 00:14:25.190 --> 00:14:27.070
  • and peace and goodness and
  • 00:14:27.070 --> 00:14:28.110
  • gentleness.
  • 00:14:28.110 --> 00:14:29.100
  • And all of these fruits you want
  • 00:14:29.100 --> 00:14:31.150
  • in your life because You're
  • 00:14:31.150 --> 00:14:32.270
  • going to be more satisfied.
  • 00:14:32.270 --> 00:14:35.030
  • You're going to be more secure.
  • 00:14:35.030 --> 00:14:36.270
  • You're going to be able to
  • 00:14:36.270 --> 00:14:38.060
  • relate to other people totally
  • 00:14:38.060 --> 00:14:39.180
  • different than what you used to.
  • 00:14:39.190 --> 00:14:42.190
  • So, as you look at your life,
  • 00:14:42.190 --> 00:14:44.090
  • would you say at this point that
  • 00:14:44.110 --> 00:14:47.110
  • you are walking in the Spirit?
  • 00:14:47.170 --> 00:14:50.170
  • And those who know you, would
  • 00:14:50.170 --> 00:14:52.030
  • you say they know you as a
  • 00:14:52.030 --> 00:14:54.000
  • person who walks in the Spirit?
  • 00:14:54.000 --> 00:14:56.000
  • Something different about you.
  • 00:14:56.000 --> 00:14:58.170
  • Or, do they see in you this
  • 00:14:58.170 --> 00:15:00.220
  • tension, this stress, this
  • 00:15:00.220 --> 00:15:03.060
  • anxiety, this--it's like a tug
  • 00:15:03.060 --> 00:15:05.130
  • of war.
  • 00:15:05.130 --> 00:15:06.110
  • How do you break that tension,
  • 00:15:06.110 --> 00:15:07.240
  • stress and all the rest?
  • 00:15:07.240 --> 00:15:10.070
  • By surrendering to the Lord; by
  • 00:15:10.080 --> 00:15:13.080
  • turning your life over to Him;
  • 00:15:13.080 --> 00:15:15.140
  • by saying, God, the way I've
  • 00:15:15.140 --> 00:15:16.180
  • been living doesn't work.
  • 00:15:16.180 --> 00:15:18.130
  • That's not the way I want to
  • 00:15:18.130 --> 00:15:19.100
  • live in my life.
  • 00:15:19.100 --> 00:15:20.190
  • And I think about people who
  • 00:15:20.190 --> 00:15:21.200
  • live their whole life captured
  • 00:15:21.200 --> 00:15:24.150
  • by some sin; living in slavery
  • 00:15:25.080 --> 00:15:28.080
  • in their hearts and their minds;
  • 00:15:28.080 --> 00:15:30.180
  • Many people live and die and
  • 00:15:30.200 --> 00:15:33.200
  • never experience the love of
  • 00:15:33.200 --> 00:15:35.100
  • God, the goodness of God, the
  • 00:15:35.130 --> 00:15:38.130
  • freedom of God, the gentleness
  • 00:15:38.130 --> 00:15:40.140
  • of God, the rewards of God.
  • 00:15:40.140 --> 00:15:42.030
  • They lived their whole life and
  • 00:15:42.030 --> 00:15:43.280
  • never experienced that.
  • 00:15:43.280 --> 00:15:45.150
  • So, if somebody should say to
  • 00:15:45.150 --> 00:15:46.190
  • you today, Well, at this point
  • 00:15:46.190 --> 00:15:48.210
  • in your life, whatever your age,
  • 00:15:48.210 --> 00:15:50.020
  • where would you say you are?
  • 00:15:50.020 --> 00:15:52.120
  • Would you say that you're a
  • 00:15:52.120 --> 00:15:53.160
  • person who experiences the love
  • 00:15:53.290 --> 00:15:56.290
  • of God?
  • 00:15:56.290 --> 00:15:59.010
  • A person who recognizes that
  • 00:15:59.010 --> 00:16:01.020
  • He's the source of everything?
  • 00:16:01.020 --> 00:16:03.150
  • Would you say that you're a
  • 00:16:03.150 --> 00:16:04.170
  • person who loves other people?
  • 00:16:04.170 --> 00:16:07.050
  • You're happy when you see other
  • 00:16:07.050 --> 00:16:08.110
  • people being blessed.
  • 00:16:08.110 --> 00:16:10.110
  • You're happy when you see other
  • 00:16:10.110 --> 00:16:11.150
  • people be saved.
  • 00:16:11.150 --> 00:16:13.120
  • You love listening to the Word
  • 00:16:13.120 --> 00:16:15.010
  • of God.
  • 00:16:15.010 --> 00:16:16.190
  • Could that be said of you?
  • 00:16:16.190 --> 00:16:17.210
  • Or would you have to say, Huh!
  • 00:16:17.210 --> 00:16:19.290
  • I can't exactly explain it, but
  • 00:16:19.290 --> 00:16:22.090
  • I'm really unhappy.
  • 00:16:22.090 --> 00:16:24.120
  • I'd like to be different.
  • 00:16:24.120 --> 00:16:26.060
  • There are things in my life I'd
  • 00:16:26.060 --> 00:16:27.180
  • like to get rid of but there are
  • 00:16:27.180 --> 00:16:29.070
  • some things in my life I--that I
  • 00:16:29.070 --> 00:16:30.190
  • just can't give up.
  • 00:16:30.190 --> 00:16:32.160
  • Yes, you can.
  • 00:16:32.160 --> 00:16:34.090
  • There's not anything in your
  • 00:16:34.090 --> 00:16:35.130
  • life you can't give up when it
  • 00:16:35.150 --> 00:16:38.150
  • comes to sin, if you are willing
  • 00:16:38.150 --> 00:16:41.050
  • to surrender your life to Jesus
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:43.150
  • Christ and tell Him, I've made a
  • 00:16:43.150 --> 00:16:44.290
  • blunder of my life.
  • 00:16:44.290 --> 00:16:46.160
  • I've messed it up.
  • 00:16:46.160 --> 00:16:47.170
  • I've hurt other people.
  • 00:16:47.170 --> 00:16:48.270
  • I've sinned against You.
  • 00:16:48.270 --> 00:16:50.000
  • I've sinned against myself;
  • 00:16:50.000 --> 00:16:51.180
  • sinned against the people I love
  • 00:16:51.180 --> 00:16:52.220
  • the most.
  • 00:16:52.220 --> 00:16:53.240
  • God, can You help me?
  • 00:16:53.240 --> 00:16:54.280
  • Here's my life.
  • 00:16:54.280 --> 00:16:56.010
  • Will He help you?
  • 00:16:56.010 --> 00:16:57.010
  • Change your life.
  • 00:16:57.010 --> 00:16:59.140
  • Change everything about you.
  • 00:16:59.140 --> 00:17:02.060
  • Self-control.
  • 00:17:02.060 --> 00:17:03.030
  • Would you say that your life is
  • 00:17:03.030 --> 00:17:05.130
  • under the control of God?
  • 00:17:05.130 --> 00:17:08.050
  • If not, let me ask you a
  • 00:17:08.050 --> 00:17:09.120
  • question.
  • 00:17:09.120 --> 00:17:10.180
  • Are you happy?
  • 00:17:10.180 --> 00:17:13.080
  • No, you're not.
  • 00:17:13.080 --> 00:17:14.280
  • Are you satisfied with how
  • 00:17:14.280 --> 00:17:15.290
  • you're doing in life?
  • 00:17:15.290 --> 00:17:16.270
  • No.
  • 00:17:16.270 --> 00:17:18.110
  • You can't be living outside of
  • 00:17:18.110 --> 00:17:21.080
  • God's will and plan and purpose
  • 00:17:21.080 --> 00:17:23.000
  • for your life and be happy.
  • 00:17:23.000 --> 00:17:24.270
  • You cannot.
  • 00:17:24.270 --> 00:17:26.030
  • Not real joy.
  • 00:17:26.030 --> 00:17:27.090
  • Not real peace.
  • 00:17:27.090 --> 00:17:28.250
  • Not any of those fruit of the
  • 00:17:28.250 --> 00:17:29.260
  • Spirit.
  • 00:17:29.260 --> 00:17:30.190
  • That's not going to be in your
  • 00:17:30.190 --> 00:17:31.080
  • life.
  • 00:17:31.080 --> 00:17:33.110
  • The fruit of the Spirit, not of
  • 00:17:33.110 --> 00:17:35.240
  • the flesh.
  • 00:17:35.240 --> 00:17:38.030
  • And the thing that concerns me
  • 00:17:38.030 --> 00:17:39.130
  • most is how people live their
  • 00:17:39.130 --> 00:17:41.160
  • lives and look back and think,
  • 00:17:41.160 --> 00:17:42.280
  • Well, why did this happen to me?
  • 00:17:42.280 --> 00:17:45.200
  • Why wasn't I blessed?
  • 00:17:45.240 --> 00:17:48.240
  • Was it not because you didn't
  • 00:17:48.240 --> 00:17:50.100
  • listen to God?
  • 00:17:50.100 --> 00:17:52.050
  • If you live disobediently before
  • 00:17:52.050 --> 00:17:53.280
  • God, you suffer the
  • 00:17:53.280 --> 00:17:55.040
  • consequences.
  • 00:17:55.040 --> 00:17:57.030
  • In other words, all of us who
  • 00:17:57.030 --> 00:17:58.100
  • claim to be followers of Jesus,
  • 00:17:58.100 --> 00:18:00.170
  • there is no acceptable excuse
  • 00:18:01.140 --> 00:18:04.140
  • for our not attempting to live a
  • 00:18:04.140 --> 00:18:06.160
  • godly life whereby the Holy
  • 00:18:06.160 --> 00:18:09.000
  • Spirit is in control of our
  • 00:18:09.000 --> 00:18:10.090
  • thinking and of our actions.
  • 00:18:10.120 --> 00:18:13.120
  • And when He's in control I think
  • 00:18:13.120 --> 00:18:15.230
  • before I act, and my actions
  • 00:18:15.230 --> 00:18:18.130
  • will follow His purpose and His
  • 00:18:18.130 --> 00:18:20.020
  • plan and His will for our life.
  • 00:18:20.210 --> 00:18:23.210
  • So, what is the key to our
  • 00:18:23.210 --> 00:18:25.030
  • self-control?
  • 00:18:25.030 --> 00:18:27.020
  • And so, this brief passage of
  • 00:18:27.020 --> 00:18:29.160
  • Scripture is Paul's way of
  • 00:18:29.160 --> 00:18:31.240
  • giving us an opportunity to
  • 00:18:31.240 --> 00:18:33.190
  • examine ourselves to see where
  • 00:18:33.190 --> 00:18:36.000
  • we are in our relationship to
  • 00:18:36.000 --> 00:18:37.100
  • the Lord.
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:38.050
  • So, self-control requires that
  • 00:18:39.210 --> 00:18:42.210
  • we think before we act.
  • 00:18:42.210 --> 00:18:45.040
  • You ought to get that down.
  • 00:18:45.040 --> 00:18:46.240
  • Self-control requires that we
  • 00:18:46.240 --> 00:18:48.200
  • think before we act.
  • 00:18:48.200 --> 00:18:50.270
  • And this is the problem, people
  • 00:18:50.270 --> 00:18:52.220
  • act before they think, and then
  • 00:18:52.220 --> 00:18:55.070
  • they're sorry.
  • 00:18:55.070 --> 00:18:56.200
  • And so, you must have a strong
  • 00:18:57.050 --> 00:19:00.070
  • desire to obey God.
  • 00:19:00.070 --> 00:19:02.160
  • If you don't have a strong
  • 00:19:02.160 --> 00:19:03.120
  • desire to obey God, you're not
  • 00:19:03.120 --> 00:19:04.250
  • going to live a godly life.
  • 00:19:04.250 --> 00:19:06.280
  • You're not going to overcome
  • 00:19:06.280 --> 00:19:07.290
  • most anything without that
  • 00:19:07.290 --> 00:19:10.240
  • strong desire for Him in your
  • 00:19:10.240 --> 00:19:12.050
  • life to enable you.
  • 00:19:12.050 --> 00:19:14.220
  • So, you've got to believe in
  • 00:19:14.290 --> 00:19:17.290
  • your heart that the Holy Spirit
  • 00:19:17.290 --> 00:19:20.160
  • who lives within you is going to
  • 00:19:20.160 --> 00:19:22.100
  • enable you.
  • 00:19:22.100 --> 00:19:23.070
  • Now, think about this.
  • 00:19:23.070 --> 00:19:24.280
  • Jesus knew all about temptation
  • 00:19:24.280 --> 00:19:27.020
  • and trials, and everything else.
  • 00:19:27.110 --> 00:19:30.110
  • Therefore, when He promised us
  • 00:19:30.110 --> 00:19:33.020
  • the Holy Spirit, He knew how
  • 00:19:33.090 --> 00:19:36.090
  • awful society was in those days.
  • 00:19:36.090 --> 00:19:39.020
  • When you trusted Him as your
  • 00:19:39.020 --> 00:19:40.010
  • Savior, the Spirit of God came
  • 00:19:40.010 --> 00:19:41.130
  • into your life to enable you to
  • 00:19:41.130 --> 00:19:43.110
  • live in whatever society you
  • 00:19:43.110 --> 00:19:44.230
  • live in, to overcome all types
  • 00:19:44.230 --> 00:19:47.160
  • of sin.
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  • So, it's not just you against
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  • your environment, it's you and
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  • the Holy Spirit who's promised
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  • to give you whatever you need to
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  • be victorious.
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  • He's there for the asking, and
  • 00:19:59.120 --> 00:20:01.150
  • at the yielding of your life.
  • 00:20:01.170 --> 00:20:04.170
  • So, when you think about that,
  • 00:20:04.170 --> 00:20:05.270
  • and you think about you have
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  • someone to help you through
  • 00:20:07.040 --> 00:20:08.100
  • this, so, you should consider,
  • 00:20:08.100 --> 00:20:10.200
  • seriously, the following
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  • questions.
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  • Think about it for a moment.
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  • Before you do anything, ask
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  • yourself these questions: How
  • 00:20:18.190 --> 00:20:20.150
  • will this affect me,
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  • spiritually?
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  • Secondly, how will it affect me
  • 00:20:23.160 --> 00:20:25.270
  • financially?
  • 00:20:25.270 --> 00:20:27.060
  • And how's it going to affect my
  • 00:20:27.060 --> 00:20:28.090
  • health?
  • 00:20:28.090 --> 00:20:29.220
  • Many people today are where they
  • 00:20:29.220 --> 00:20:32.090
  • are physically because they have
  • 00:20:32.090 --> 00:20:35.050
  • violated the physical laws that
  • 00:20:35.050 --> 00:20:37.220
  • God has given us.
  • 00:20:37.250 --> 00:20:40.250
  • And then they wonder why they're
  • 00:20:40.250 --> 00:20:41.250
  • where they are.
  • 00:20:41.250 --> 00:20:43.290
  • So, often times it's a violation
  • 00:20:43.290 --> 00:20:46.190
  • of a principle God's given us.
  • 00:20:46.190 --> 00:20:48.220
  • So, think about it.
  • 00:20:48.220 --> 00:20:49.190
  • How's it going to affect me
  • 00:20:49.190 --> 00:20:50.170
  • spiritually, financially, how's
  • 00:20:50.170 --> 00:20:52.100
  • it going to affect my health?
  • 00:20:52.100 --> 00:20:54.210
  • And, how will others--how is it
  • 00:20:55.030 --> 00:20:58.030
  • going to affect how others see
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  • me?
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  • Will they look at you and say,
  • 00:21:00.230 --> 00:21:02.140
  • "She's really committed to the
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  • Lord"?
  • 00:21:03.180 --> 00:21:04.230
  • "I can tell he's really
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  • committed to the Lord."
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  • You will never talk them into
  • 00:21:07.080 --> 00:21:08.080
  • going in a place like that.
  • 00:21:08.080 --> 00:21:10.080
  • They would never allow that in
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  • their life.
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  • That is, when you think about
  • 00:21:13.010 --> 00:21:14.040
  • your life, how do others see
  • 00:21:14.200 --> 00:21:17.200
  • you?
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  • Not perfect, none of us are
  • 00:21:19.290 --> 00:21:21.030
  • perfect, but do they see you,
  • 00:21:21.030 --> 00:21:23.290
  • watch this, do they see you as a
  • 00:21:23.290 --> 00:21:26.040
  • true believer?
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  • Do they see in you a person who
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  • not only claims to be a
  • 00:21:29.210 --> 00:21:30.270
  • Christian, but person who lives
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  • it out?
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  • Not perfect, but they see the
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  • difference in you.
  • 00:21:35.260 --> 00:21:37.210
  • And so, you ask this question,
  • 00:21:37.210 --> 00:21:40.170
  • all these questions, and ask
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  • this question.
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  • What are the consequences of my
  • 00:21:43.270 --> 00:21:46.080
  • actions?
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  • Do the people I work with, do
  • 00:21:47.230 --> 00:21:49.210
  • they see me as having lived a
  • 00:21:49.210 --> 00:21:51.060
  • Christian life?
  • 00:21:51.060 --> 00:21:53.030
  • Do my friends see me as someone
  • 00:21:53.030 --> 00:21:55.140
  • who was honest today in this
  • 00:21:55.140 --> 00:21:57.040
  • situation?
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  • Do others see me as somebody
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  • who's very reckless with my
  • 00:22:01.120 --> 00:22:03.190
  • money?
  • 00:22:03.190 --> 00:22:05.040
  • Reckless with my morals?
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  • Reckless with my attitude?
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  • In other words, is the fruit of
  • 00:22:08.280 --> 00:22:10.140
  • the Spirit evident in our lives
  • 00:22:11.080 --> 00:22:14.080
  • every day?
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  • All day?
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  • Now, think about this for a
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  • moment.
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  • God has provided His very, very
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  • best for you, and listen.
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  • I didn't say His best was easy.
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  • It's not easy.
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  • It's difficult sometimes to have
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  • God's best.
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  • But let me ask you a question.
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  • What's better than God's best?
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  • Nothing!
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  • And so, when Paul wrote this
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  • whole book of Galatians,
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  • he--listen to what he says.
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  • For example, he says in the last
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  • chapter, "Do not be deceived,
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  • God is not mocked; whatever a
  • 00:22:50.170 --> 00:22:52.240
  • man sows, this he will also
  • 00:22:52.240 --> 00:22:54.020
  • reap."
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  • All through this, these six
  • 00:22:55.010 --> 00:22:56.230
  • chapters, he's encouraging us to
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  • live a godly life.
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  • And what does he say?
  • 00:23:01.140 --> 00:23:02.170
  • Don't be deceived.
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  • In other words, don't believe
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  • the devil's lie.
  • 00:23:04.200 --> 00:23:06.130
  • In other words, you can't mock
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  • God and say I don't believe in
  • 00:23:09.010 --> 00:23:10.060
  • God and all the rest.
  • 00:23:10.060 --> 00:23:11.180
  • "Whatever a man sows, he will
  • 00:23:11.180 --> 00:23:13.290
  • also reap."
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  • Whether he believes it or not.
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  • "God is not mocked; for whatever
  • 00:23:17.250 --> 00:23:19.070
  • a man sows, this he will also
  • 00:23:19.070 --> 00:23:20.280
  • reap."
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  • Period.
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  • You say, Well, I don't believe
  • 00:23:23.140 --> 00:23:24.120
  • you always reap what you sow.
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  • Then what you're saying, God
  • 00:23:25.250 --> 00:23:26.260
  • lied.
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  • I'll tell you another reason you
  • 00:23:29.160 --> 00:23:30.210
  • can believe it.
  • 00:23:30.210 --> 00:23:31.240
  • Look around you.
  • 00:23:31.240 --> 00:23:34.030
  • Look around your friends who
  • 00:23:34.030 --> 00:23:35.060
  • drink; who are on drugs; who are
  • 00:23:36.000 --> 00:23:39.000
  • living in immorality day after
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  • day after day.
  • 00:23:41.020 --> 00:23:43.000
  • Who cheat when they can; lie
  • 00:23:43.000 --> 00:23:44.050
  • when they can and brag about
  • 00:23:44.050 --> 00:23:45.250
  • getting away with it.
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  • You don't want to live that kind
  • 00:23:48.180 --> 00:23:49.270
  • of life because, listen, you
  • 00:23:49.270 --> 00:23:51.280
  • cannot change the law of God.
  • 00:23:52.210 --> 00:23:55.210
  • You can't change His law and His
  • 00:23:55.210 --> 00:23:57.020
  • law is, listen, whatever we sow,
  • 00:23:57.020 --> 00:23:59.150
  • we'll reap.
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  • And think about this.
  • 00:24:01.010 --> 00:24:02.060
  • You've been sowing something all
  • 00:24:02.060 --> 00:24:03.210
  • these years.
  • 00:24:03.210 --> 00:24:06.160
  • Now, God says you're going to
  • 00:24:06.160 --> 00:24:07.230
  • reap a harvest.
  • 00:24:07.230 --> 00:24:10.200
  • Does God miss anything?
  • 00:24:10.200 --> 00:24:12.000
  • No.
  • 00:24:12.000 --> 00:24:13.080
  • Does God--is He a judgmental
  • 00:24:13.080 --> 00:24:15.010
  • God?
  • 00:24:15.010 --> 00:24:15.250
  • No.
  • 00:24:15.250 --> 00:24:17.100
  • What--the problem is we hear
  • 00:24:17.100 --> 00:24:19.260
  • what He says but we don't
  • 00:24:19.260 --> 00:24:21.040
  • believe what He says.
  • 00:24:21.040 --> 00:24:23.010
  • For example, if somebody said to
  • 00:24:23.010 --> 00:24:24.160
  • me, Well, I'll tell you what,
  • 00:24:24.160 --> 00:24:25.270
  • pastor, if you'll just step out
  • 00:24:25.270 --> 00:24:27.270
  • all the way down here and here's
  • 00:24:27.270 --> 00:24:30.010
  • what's going to happen.
  • 00:24:30.010 --> 00:24:30.250
  • If you do that, you're going to
  • 00:24:30.250 --> 00:24:31.230
  • break your leg.
  • 00:24:31.230 --> 00:24:33.090
  • Wouldn't I be foolish to look
  • 00:24:33.090 --> 00:24:34.160
  • down four steps and say, "Well,
  • 00:24:34.160 --> 00:24:35.260
  • I'm going to do it anyway"?
  • 00:24:35.260 --> 00:24:38.010
  • You know what?
  • 00:24:38.010 --> 00:24:38.250
  • That's exactly what people do
  • 00:24:38.250 --> 00:24:40.240
  • when they hear the Word of God,
  • 00:24:40.240 --> 00:24:42.280
  • they listen to the Word of God,
  • 00:24:42.280 --> 00:24:44.190
  • they say, Well, yeah, I do
  • 00:24:44.190 --> 00:24:45.200
  • believe that.
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  • Walk right out and do something
  • 00:24:46.240 --> 00:24:48.180
  • totally opposite.
  • 00:24:48.180 --> 00:24:50.050
  • Now, listen carefully.
  • 00:24:50.050 --> 00:24:52.000
  • It is a dangerous thing to
  • 00:24:52.230 --> 00:24:55.230
  • listen to the Word of God and
  • 00:24:55.260 --> 00:24:58.260
  • then deliberately, willfully,
  • 00:24:58.260 --> 00:25:01.240
  • knowingly disobey God.
  • 00:25:01.240 --> 00:25:03.280
  • Dangerous.
  • 00:25:03.280 --> 00:25:05.260
  • Because whatever a man sows,
  • 00:25:05.260 --> 00:25:07.170
  • he's going to reap.
  • 00:25:07.170 --> 00:25:09.030
  • Reap what he sows, more than he
  • 00:25:09.030 --> 00:25:10.140
  • sows, and later than he sows.
  • 00:25:10.140 --> 00:25:12.000
  • We don't like that part.
  • 00:25:12.000 --> 00:25:14.230
  • Just because you're not having a
  • 00:25:14.230 --> 00:25:17.050
  • bad time at this point in your
  • 00:25:17.050 --> 00:25:18.130
  • life, and you've been
  • 00:25:18.130 --> 00:25:20.000
  • getting--you think you've been
  • 00:25:20.000 --> 00:25:21.030
  • getting away with sin, you
  • 00:25:21.030 --> 00:25:22.210
  • haven't gotten away with it.
  • 00:25:22.210 --> 00:25:24.290
  • I'll tell you why.
  • 00:25:24.290 --> 00:25:26.200
  • God loves you too much to let
  • 00:25:26.200 --> 00:25:28.060
  • you get by with it.
  • 00:25:28.240 --> 00:25:31.240
  • He loves you too much for that.
  • 00:25:31.240 --> 00:25:33.290
  • Besides that, He would not be
  • 00:25:33.290 --> 00:25:35.100
  • being Himself.
  • 00:25:35.100 --> 00:25:37.180
  • God has chosen the very best for
  • 00:25:38.290 --> 00:25:41.290
  • those who are willing to listen,
  • 00:25:42.290 --> 00:25:45.290
  • surrender, and walk in His ways,
  • 00:25:45.290 --> 00:25:48.240
  • He's got the best.
  • 00:25:48.240 --> 00:25:50.060
  • Don't look around and compare
  • 00:25:50.060 --> 00:25:51.110
  • yourself with somebody else.
  • 00:25:51.110 --> 00:25:53.260
  • God has a plan for your life.
  • 00:25:55.000 --> 00:25:58.000
  • He's got the best plan for your
  • 00:25:58.000 --> 00:25:59.000
  • life.
  • 00:25:59.000 --> 00:25:59.280
  • Ask yourself this question.
  • 00:25:59.280 --> 00:26:01.240
  • What am I doing in my life
  • 00:26:01.240 --> 00:26:03.200
  • that's, watch this carefully,
  • 00:26:03.200 --> 00:26:05.080
  • what am I doing in my life
  • 00:26:05.080 --> 00:26:06.150
  • that's cheating me out of God's
  • 00:26:06.150 --> 00:26:09.020
  • best?
  • 00:26:10.250 --> 00:26:13.250
  • What is it?
  • 00:26:13.250 --> 00:26:15.090
  • What are you doing that's
  • 00:26:15.090 --> 00:26:16.040
  • cheating you out of God's best?
  • 00:26:16.040 --> 00:26:18.290
  • Creating stress and tension and
  • 00:26:18.290 --> 00:26:20.150
  • strife, tug of war in your life.
  • 00:26:20.150 --> 00:26:23.000
  • What is it in your life that you
  • 00:26:23.000 --> 00:26:24.140
  • just can't let go?
  • 00:26:25.280 --> 00:26:28.280
  • What is it in your life that you
  • 00:26:28.280 --> 00:26:30.250
  • What is it in your life that
  • 00:26:36.280 --> 00:26:37.280
  • you're doing that slammed the
  • 00:26:37.280 --> 00:26:40.030
  • When I think about how awesome
  • 00:26:45.140 --> 00:26:48.140
  • loving God is, and then people
  • 00:26:49.280 --> 00:26:52.280
  • who hear the truth and walk away
  • 00:26:52.280 --> 00:26:55.150
  • thinking there are no
  • 00:26:55.150 --> 00:26:56.210
  • consequences.
  • 00:26:56.210 --> 00:26:59.070
  • Listen to me carefully.
  • 00:26:59.070 --> 00:27:01.020
  • If you will listen carefully,
  • 00:27:01.020 --> 00:27:02.130
  • you'll hear the devil tell you
  • 00:27:02.130 --> 00:27:03.120
  • this.
  • 00:27:03.120 --> 00:27:04.060
  • The devil is saying, You don't
  • 00:27:04.060 --> 00:27:05.070
  • have to believe all that.
  • 00:27:05.070 --> 00:27:06.210
  • You don't have to believe all
  • 00:27:06.210 --> 00:27:07.140
  • that.
  • 00:27:07.140 --> 00:27:08.060
  • But on this side, God is saying,
  • 00:27:08.060 --> 00:27:09.290
  • You're going to reap what you
  • 00:27:09.290 --> 00:27:10.200
  • sow.
  • 00:27:10.200 --> 00:27:12.250
  • We have a choice.
  • 00:27:12.250 --> 00:27:14.240
  • And I will say to you, It's a
  • 00:27:14.240 --> 00:27:16.120
  • dangerous thing to hear the
  • 00:27:16.120 --> 00:27:17.170
  • gospel.
  • 00:27:17.170 --> 00:27:20.030
  • It's very dangerous for you to
  • 00:27:20.030 --> 00:27:21.120
  • listen to the gospel and turn it
  • 00:27:21.120 --> 00:27:23.060
  • off, walk away, because then
  • 00:27:23.060 --> 00:27:25.220
  • you're responsible for knowing
  • 00:27:25.220 --> 00:27:28.040
  • the truth, denying the truth,
  • 00:27:28.110 --> 00:27:31.110
  • and saying no to God.
  • 00:27:32.100 --> 00:27:35.100
  • It's a dangerous thing to hear
  • 00:27:35.100 --> 00:27:37.280
  • the gospel.
  • 00:27:37.280 --> 00:27:39.050
  • And it's an awesome wonderful
  • 00:27:39.050 --> 00:27:40.280
  • thing to hear the gospel.
  • 00:27:40.280 --> 00:27:43.000
  • It depends upon how you respond,
  • 00:27:43.000 --> 00:27:44.290
  • how you react.
  • 00:27:44.290 --> 00:27:47.200
  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, in Jesus's name, what a
  • 00:27:49.020 --> 00:27:52.020
  • critical moment this is.
  • 00:27:53.190 --> 00:27:56.190
  • For people seated here and
  • 00:27:56.190 --> 00:27:57.180
  • people who are listening and
  • 00:27:57.180 --> 00:27:58.280
  • watching it, their eternity may
  • 00:28:01.110 --> 00:28:04.110
  • hinge upon their decision in
  • 00:28:04.110 --> 00:28:06.290
  • this moment.
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  • Oh God, may Your love sweep over
  • 00:28:09.210 --> 00:28:12.210
  • them.
  • 00:28:13.040 --> 00:28:16.040
  • May Your love surround them and
  • 00:28:16.040 --> 00:28:17.160
  • undergird them.
  • 00:28:17.160 --> 00:28:20.100
  • May they be wise enough to
  • 00:28:20.120 --> 00:28:23.120
  • recognize that You're God, the
  • 00:28:24.000 --> 00:28:27.000
  • only true God, and you have the
  • 00:28:27.000 --> 00:28:29.060
  • best, the best plan possible for
  • 00:28:30.190 --> 00:28:33.190
  • them from this point on, if
  • 00:28:33.250 --> 00:28:36.250
  • they're willing to say, yes,
  • 00:28:36.250 --> 00:28:37.260
  • Lord.
  • 00:28:37.260 --> 00:28:39.050
  • Yes, yes, yes Lord.
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  • - announcer: Coming up
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  • in just a moment,
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  • - announcer: Did you know the
  • 00:28:56.280 --> 00:28:57.160
  • church isn't just a building?
  • 00:28:57.160 --> 00:28:59.170
  • It's all of us, a community of
  • 00:28:59.170 --> 00:29:01.000
  • believers uniquely gifted,
  • 00:29:01.000 --> 00:29:02.170
  • called together by God.
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  • Do you feel led to do more, to
  • 00:29:04.090 --> 00:29:05.270
  • connect and be a brighter light
  • 00:29:05.270 --> 00:29:07.150
  • in God's church?
  • 00:29:07.150 --> 00:29:09.020
  • By growing together in prayer,
  • 00:29:09.020 --> 00:29:10.230
  • studying God's Word, and
  • 00:29:10.230 --> 00:29:12.080
  • discipleship, we can build a
  • 00:29:12.080 --> 00:29:13.200
  • healthy local and global
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  • Christian community.
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  • Are you ready?
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  • Join us as we find our place in
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  • the whole church.
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  • To learn more, go to
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: You have
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  • a message.
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  • You have a testimony.
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  • Based on the truth of God's
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  • Word, you have a story to tell.
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  • And the scripture says you're
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  • obligated by divine obligation
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  • to tell it to your children, to
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  • teach it to your children.
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  • You cannot leave that
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • "In Touch," "Touching the Hearts
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  • - Dr. Stanley: The title of
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  • this message is, "Touching the
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  • Hearts of the Next Generation."
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  • We have a divine obligation to
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  • teach our children the truth of
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  • God's Word so that they'll be
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  • equipped to face life and
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  • understand that they are
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  • children of God.
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  • He has a will for their life, a
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  • plan for their life; and it's
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  • the parents' responsibility to
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  • introduce them to the Lord.
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  • And every following generation
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  • has the same responsibility.
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  • We have a responsibility to
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  • teach our sons and daughters.
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  • Our sons and daughters have the
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  • responsibility to teach their
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  • sons and daughters.
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  • And they have the responsibility
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  • to teach their sons and
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  • daughters.
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  • And no place in the Bible does
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  • it say we can have a generation
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  • gap when it comes to teaching
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  • the Word of God.
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  • So, I want you to turn if you
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  • will to the seventy-eighth
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  • Psalm, and I want us to look at
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  • this admonition concerning just
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  • exactly what we're talking
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  • about.
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  • Psalm seventy-eight.
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  • And sometimes people will say,
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  • "Well, right in the middle of
  • 00:31:10.150 --> 00:31:11.220
  • your sermon, you'll say, 'Now
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  • listen.'
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  • Where'd you get that from?"
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  • Right here.
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  • "Listen, O my people, to my
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  • instruction."
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  • That's the way it goes, "Listen,
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  • O my people, to my instruction;
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  • incline your ears to the words
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  • of my mouth."
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  • That is, listen carefully.
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  • What he's about to say is very,
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  • very important.
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  • "I will open my mouth in a
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  • parable; I will utter dark
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  • sayings of old, which we have
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  • heard and known, and our fathers
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  • have told us."
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  • Listen to this, "We will not
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  • conceal them from their
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  • children, but tell to the
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  • generation to come the praises
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  • of the Lord, and His strength
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  • and His wondrous works that He
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  • has done.
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  • For he established a testimony
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  • in Jacob and appointed a law in
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  • Israel, which He commanded our
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  • fathers that they should teach
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  • them to their children, that the
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  • generation to come might know,
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  • even the children yet to be
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  • born, that they may arise and
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  • tell them to their children,
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  • that they should put their
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  • confidence in God and not forget
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  • the works of God, but keep His
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  • commandments, and not be like
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  • their fathers, stubborn
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  • and rebellious."
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  • That is a clear command.
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  • And remember this: when the
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  • writer of this Psalm was writing
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  • this, remember they didn't have
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  • a Bible like you and I have.
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  • And so, telling each other,
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  • sharing with each other is the
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  • way God used them to spread the
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  • Word.
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  • Moses gave us an awesome amount
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  • of information inspired by
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  • Almighty God, when you look at
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  • Genesis through Deuteronomy.
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  • And remember this, they were to
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  • tell their children and the
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  • children were to tell their
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  • children.
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  • And it was to be handed down.
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  • Remember how it was handed down?
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  • They didn't give them a Bible to
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  • hand down to.
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  • What did they do?
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  • They simply told them.
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  • And they were very clear about
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  • it, and had to be very, very
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  • accurate about what they said.
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  • So, what they had was
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  • hand-me-downs of what God had
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  • said to them.
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  • And somebody says, "Well, they
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  • could have made lot of
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  • mistakes."
  • 00:33:42.130 --> 00:33:43.160
  • They could have, but remember
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  • who was doing the guiding,
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  • Almighty God.
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  • God knew thousands of years ago
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  • that you and I would be here,
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  • and that we would need to know
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  • the truth and what He has for
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  • us.
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  • And so, what do we have?
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  • We have this awesome,
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  • incredible, eternal book called
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  • the Word of God, the Holy Bible,
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  • and in it is all the instruction
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  • you and I need about anything
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  • and everything in life, no
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  • matter where you came from
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  • in life, no matter
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  • what you've been taught.
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  • The truth is found in
  • 00:34:16.040 --> 00:34:17.290
  • the two covers of what we call
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  • the Holy Bible, the Word of God.
  • 00:34:19.260 --> 00:34:22.190
  • And the reason the emphasis is
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  • such it is, is because they
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  • didn't have that.
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  • Parents were to tell their
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  • children, to instruct them and
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  • to guide them.
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  • And those children were to--they
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  • knew that.
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  • They knew that if the truth was
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  • to be shared, that's the way it
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  • had to be.
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  • So, when we talk about the
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  • command to touch the hearts of
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  • the next generation, what I'm
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  • simply saying is this.
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  • To teach by instruction and
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  • example, the truth of God's Word
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  • that results in a desire to walk
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  • obediently before God in the
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  • power of the Holy Spirit.
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  • That's what we're talking about.
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  • So, you need to write that down
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  • if you're not sure.
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  • Teach by instruction and
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  • example.
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  • And, watch this, you're going to
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  • teach by example whether you
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  • teach by instruction or not.
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  • It's going to happen.
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  • The truths of God's Word that
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  • results in a desire to walk
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  • obediently before God in the
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  • power of the Holy Spirit, and
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  • that's going to happen only when
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  • there is consistency between
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  • what you say and what you do.
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  • And so, we're to teach the next
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  • generation the Word of God.
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  • In the Old Testament days, those
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  • early days, their personal
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  • testimony was all about who God
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  • was, and what He'd done in their
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  • life.
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  • Imagine being one of those who
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  • grew up in Egypt and having
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  • experienced freedom from
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  • Egyptian bondage and the death
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  • angel passing through your
  • 00:35:51.010 --> 00:35:52.040
  • community that night, and the
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  • awesome, horrible sound of death
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  • all over Egypt.
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  • Imagine the kind of testimony
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  • they had.
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  • And then coming to the Red Sea
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  • and watching God perform this
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  • awesome miracle of bringing them
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  • through, and then getting down
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  • to Sinai and Moses going up to
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  • the top of the mountain,
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  • and coming back with these
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  • Ten Commandments, and then
  • 00:36:16.040 --> 00:36:18.070
  • instructing them, "These are the
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  • laws by which we are to live."
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  • They were taught it and they
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  • were to live it out.
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  • So, what they did in those days,
  • 00:36:26.050 --> 00:36:29.050
  • Moses, as he wrote, as he
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  • reminded them of what God
  • 00:36:31.260 --> 00:36:33.040
  • had done, he said,
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  • "You're to tell it.
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  • You're to teach it to your
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  • children.
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  • And not only to teach them, but
  • 00:36:37.230 --> 00:36:39.140
  • you are to obey the Word of God
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  • and be an example as what you
  • 00:36:41.290 --> 00:36:44.090
  • have seen and what you have
  • 00:36:44.090 --> 00:36:45.120
  • heard."
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  • And there's not to be any
  • 00:36:46.140 --> 00:36:47.180
  • generation gap, that is, there
  • 00:36:47.180 --> 00:36:49.190
  • doesn't come a time from God's
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  • perspective when we say, "Well,
  • 00:36:51.040 --> 00:36:52.080
  • you know, I'm not a very good
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  • teacher.
  • 00:36:54.270 --> 00:36:55.220
  • I'm going to let the professors
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  • teach my children.
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  • I'm going to--"
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  • No, you're not.
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  • If you do, it will be a total
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  • disaster.
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  • We are responsible to our
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  • children, for our children under
  • 00:37:05.150 --> 00:37:08.090
  • a divine command
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  • of Almighty God.
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  • It doesn't mean that you're to
  • 00:37:11.170 --> 00:37:12.070
  • start and give them an outline
  • 00:37:12.070 --> 00:37:14.070
  • of the Word of God and try to
  • 00:37:14.070 --> 00:37:15.110
  • explain everything.
  • 00:37:15.110 --> 00:37:16.260
  • But, if you've been saved by the
  • 00:37:16.260 --> 00:37:18.190
  • grace of God, you know what
  • 00:37:18.190 --> 00:37:19.280
  • salvation's about.
  • 00:37:19.280 --> 00:37:21.260
  • And as you have read the Word of
  • 00:37:21.260 --> 00:37:24.050
  • God and God's worked in your
  • 00:37:24.050 --> 00:37:25.170
  • life and you have watched God do
  • 00:37:25.170 --> 00:37:27.120
  • some awesome things in your
  • 00:37:27.120 --> 00:37:28.170
  • life, everybody in here and
  • 00:37:28.170 --> 00:37:30.110
  • everybody who's listening,
  • 00:37:30.110 --> 00:37:31.190
  • multitudes of people out there,
  • 00:37:31.190 --> 00:37:33.120
  • you have a testimony of how God
  • 00:37:33.120 --> 00:37:35.190
  • saved you, how He's kept you,
  • 00:37:35.190 --> 00:37:38.110
  • how He's provided for you, how
  • 00:37:38.110 --> 00:37:40.040
  • He's lifted you up, He's kept
  • 00:37:40.040 --> 00:37:41.130
  • you safe.
  • 00:37:41.130 --> 00:37:42.250
  • You've been through all kind of
  • 00:37:42.250 --> 00:37:43.200
  • difficulty, hardship, pain, and
  • 00:37:43.200 --> 00:37:45.210
  • sorrows in life, and yet there
  • 00:37:45.210 --> 00:37:47.270
  • you stand absolutely, eternally
  • 00:37:47.270 --> 00:37:49.250
  • secure in the grace of God.
  • 00:37:49.250 --> 00:37:52.030
  • You have a message.
  • 00:37:52.030 --> 00:37:54.030
  • You have a testimony.
  • 00:37:54.030 --> 00:37:55.180
  • Based on the truth of God's
  • 00:37:55.180 --> 00:37:57.170
  • Word, you have a story to tell.
  • 00:37:58.010 --> 00:38:01.030
  • And the scripture says you're
  • 00:38:01.030 --> 00:38:02.200
  • obligated by divine obligation
  • 00:38:02.200 --> 00:38:04.170
  • to tell it to your children, to
  • 00:38:04.170 --> 00:38:06.140
  • teach it to your children.
  • 00:38:06.140 --> 00:38:08.140
  • And there's not a single person
  • 00:38:08.140 --> 00:38:09.270
  • today who has been saved by the
  • 00:38:09.270 --> 00:38:12.090
  • grace of God who doesn't know
  • 00:38:12.090 --> 00:38:13.290
  • enough to pass on to your
  • 00:38:13.290 --> 00:38:16.090
  • children the truth, so
  • 00:38:16.090 --> 00:38:18.120
  • absolutely essential because
  • 00:38:18.120 --> 00:38:20.050
  • we're living in a time when the
  • 00:38:20.050 --> 00:38:22.080
  • civilization of which you and I
  • 00:38:22.120 --> 00:38:25.120
  • are a part is full of error,
  • 00:38:25.210 --> 00:38:28.210
  • full of dangers, and full of
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  • things that would trip them up
  • 00:38:31.150 --> 00:38:33.140
  • and destroy their life.
  • 00:38:33.140 --> 00:38:35.090
  • Things that God has given us as
  • 00:38:35.090 --> 00:38:37.280
  • inventions and whatever it might
  • 00:38:37.280 --> 00:38:39.160
  • be; I think about television and
  • 00:38:39.160 --> 00:38:41.220
  • iPhones and all the rest that
  • 00:38:41.220 --> 00:38:43.210
  • can be used for awesome things
  • 00:38:43.210 --> 00:38:46.080
  • to get the gospel out.
  • 00:38:46.080 --> 00:38:47.260
  • But oftentimes look how we
  • 00:38:47.260 --> 00:38:48.250
  • choose.
  • 00:38:48.250 --> 00:38:49.260
  • We have many ways to teach, but
  • 00:38:49.260 --> 00:38:51.170
  • as parents, grandparents,
  • 00:38:51.170 --> 00:38:53.170
  • great-great grandparents, we
  • 00:38:53.170 --> 00:38:55.120
  • have an obligation to teach our
  • 00:38:55.120 --> 00:38:57.250
  • children, first by our own life,
  • 00:38:57.250 --> 00:39:00.170
  • and then by what we've learned.
  • 00:39:00.170 --> 00:39:02.130
  • And so, it's very evident from
  • 00:39:02.130 --> 00:39:04.000
  • this that we have an obligation.
  • 00:39:04.000 --> 00:39:06.080
  • And so, Moses said over and over
  • 00:39:06.080 --> 00:39:08.110
  • again, "You're to teach them
  • 00:39:08.110 --> 00:39:10.260
  • to your children diligently,
  • 00:39:10.260 --> 00:39:13.150
  • not casually, diligently.
  • 00:39:13.220 --> 00:39:16.220
  • So, I'll ask you a question:
  • 00:39:16.220 --> 00:39:18.110
  • when's the last time you sat
  • 00:39:18.110 --> 00:39:19.080
  • down with your sons and
  • 00:39:19.080 --> 00:39:20.190
  • daughters and said, "Let me ask
  • 00:39:20.190 --> 00:39:23.110
  • you where you are
  • 00:39:23.110 --> 00:39:24.080
  • in your Christian life.
  • 00:39:24.080 --> 00:39:26.210
  • What do you really believe?"
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  • We think that if we just grow up
  • 00:39:28.260 --> 00:39:30.180
  • children and they go to school,
  • 00:39:30.180 --> 00:39:33.090
  • and they'll hear the truth and
  • 00:39:33.090 --> 00:39:34.100
  • if they go to Sunday School and
  • 00:39:34.100 --> 00:39:35.210
  • on and on we go.
  • 00:39:35.210 --> 00:39:37.120
  • And we've raised up a whole
  • 00:39:37.120 --> 00:39:39.080
  • generation of young people who
  • 00:39:39.080 --> 00:39:41.110
  • do not know God, nor do they
  • 00:39:41.110 --> 00:39:44.100
  • know the Word of God, nor do
  • 00:39:44.100 --> 00:39:46.100
  • they have any interest in the
  • 00:39:46.100 --> 00:39:47.230
  • things of God.
  • 00:39:47.230 --> 00:39:49.200
  • That does not mean it's true of
  • 00:39:49.200 --> 00:39:50.240
  • everybody.
  • 00:39:50.240 --> 00:39:51.230
  • There are many godly young
  • 00:39:51.230 --> 00:39:53.030
  • people out there who have the
  • 00:39:53.030 --> 00:39:54.200
  • courage to share their
  • 00:39:54.200 --> 00:39:55.230
  • testimony.
  • 00:39:55.230 --> 00:39:57.080
  • But overall, we have a
  • 00:39:57.080 --> 00:39:58.190
  • generation, because we as adults
  • 00:39:59.000 --> 00:40:02.000
  • have created a society that is
  • 00:40:02.110 --> 00:40:05.110
  • leaning toward totally being
  • 00:40:05.110 --> 00:40:07.020
  • anti-God, anti-scripture,
  • 00:40:07.020 --> 00:40:09.250
  • anti-things that are holy.
  • 00:40:09.250 --> 00:40:11.140
  • They don't want to hear about
  • 00:40:11.140 --> 00:40:12.100
  • it.
  • 00:40:12.100 --> 00:40:13.010
  • They're not going to teach it.
  • 00:40:13.010 --> 00:40:14.000
  • And as time goes on, they allow
  • 00:40:14.000 --> 00:40:16.120
  • less and less of spiritual
  • 00:40:16.120 --> 00:40:18.120
  • things.
  • 00:40:18.120 --> 00:40:20.200
  • And the Bible says we have a, we
  • 00:40:20.200 --> 00:40:23.010
  • have a responsibility to teach
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  • our children; to train them so
  • 00:40:25.130 --> 00:40:27.090
  • that wherever they go to school,
  • 00:40:27.110 --> 00:40:30.110
  • they'll be able to distinguish
  • 00:40:30.110 --> 00:40:31.140
  • between right and wrong.
  • 00:40:31.140 --> 00:40:33.210
  • Unless God's people stand up for
  • 00:40:33.210 --> 00:40:36.170
  • what is right and courageously
  • 00:40:36.170 --> 00:40:38.290
  • say, "I believe the Bible is the
  • 00:40:38.290 --> 00:40:40.180
  • Word of God and I want my
  • 00:40:40.180 --> 00:40:42.260
  • children to understand that and
  • 00:40:42.260 --> 00:40:44.080
  • my grandchildren to understand
  • 00:40:44.080 --> 00:40:45.220
  • that," we will be covered and
  • 00:40:45.220 --> 00:40:47.280
  • drowned in secularism and
  • 00:40:47.280 --> 00:40:50.030
  • unbelief in the very things that
  • 00:40:50.030 --> 00:40:52.150
  • have made up who we are.
  • 00:40:52.150 --> 00:40:54.270
  • And that isn't something
  • 00:40:54.270 --> 00:40:55.140
  • that's--that isn't something
  • 00:40:57.210 --> 00:41:00.230
  • that might happen; it's already
  • 00:41:00.230 --> 00:41:02.060
  • happening.
  • 00:41:02.060 --> 00:41:04.060
  • It's already happening.
  • 00:41:04.060 --> 00:41:05.230
  • But I'd ask you this as a
  • 00:41:05.230 --> 00:41:06.190
  • grandparent, or even as a
  • 00:41:06.190 --> 00:41:08.140
  • parent, when's the last time you
  • 00:41:08.140 --> 00:41:10.130
  • sat down with any of your
  • 00:41:10.130 --> 00:41:11.160
  • children and said, "Tell me what
  • 00:41:11.160 --> 00:41:13.250
  • you're learning in school."
  • 00:41:13.250 --> 00:41:14.260
  • "Ah, Mom, Dad, you wouldn't
  • 00:41:14.260 --> 00:41:16.090
  • understand."
  • 00:41:16.090 --> 00:41:17.000
  • "Yes, I would understand.
  • 00:41:17.000 --> 00:41:19.070
  • Yes, I'd understand.
  • 00:41:19.070 --> 00:41:20.180
  • Tell me, tell me, do, they ever,
  • 00:41:20.180 --> 00:41:22.090
  • they ever talk about God?"
  • 00:41:22.090 --> 00:41:24.010
  • "Oh, they, they don't mention
  • 00:41:24.010 --> 00:41:25.040
  • God because it doesn't fit the
  • 00:41:25.040 --> 00:41:27.070
  • subject."
  • 00:41:27.070 --> 00:41:28.030
  • Let me ask you: what subject is
  • 00:41:28.030 --> 00:41:30.080
  • there that doesn't have any
  • 00:41:30.080 --> 00:41:32.050
  • place for God?
  • 00:41:32.050 --> 00:41:34.210
  • That is, everything that is true
  • 00:41:34.210 --> 00:41:37.090
  • comes from Holy God.
  • 00:41:37.090 --> 00:41:39.160
  • Things that are erroneous and
  • 00:41:39.160 --> 00:41:41.160
  • unbiblical do not come from Him.
  • 00:41:41.160 --> 00:41:44.160
  • And so, whatever the subject may
  • 00:41:44.160 --> 00:41:46.020
  • be, God is the source of
  • 00:41:48.010 --> 00:41:51.010
  • everything, not error,
  • 00:41:51.010 --> 00:41:53.090
  • but truth.
  • 00:41:53.090 --> 00:41:54.270
  • It is your responsibility as a
  • 00:41:54.270 --> 00:41:57.150
  • parent to teach them what you
  • 00:41:57.150 --> 00:41:59.190
  • know about the Word of God.
  • 00:41:59.190 --> 00:42:01.230
  • You don't have to sit down with
  • 00:42:01.230 --> 00:42:02.210
  • some theological treatise,
  • 00:42:02.210 --> 00:42:04.220
  • just start with Genesis one,
  • 00:42:04.220 --> 00:42:06.100
  • one.
  • 00:42:06.100 --> 00:42:07.130
  • "Son, what does that mean?
  • 00:42:07.130 --> 00:42:09.220
  • In the beginning, God created
  • 00:42:09.220 --> 00:42:11.040
  • the heavens and the earth.
  • 00:42:11.040 --> 00:42:12.010
  • What does that mean?"
  • 00:42:12.010 --> 00:42:12.280
  • "First of all, there is a God.
  • 00:42:12.280 --> 00:42:15.030
  • Secondly, He's the creator of
  • 00:42:15.030 --> 00:42:17.160
  • all things.
  • 00:42:17.160 --> 00:42:18.170
  • He's the source of all things.
  • 00:42:18.170 --> 00:42:20.030
  • And now we go from there.
  • 00:42:20.030 --> 00:42:22.040
  • Where does Jesus fit in, in all
  • 00:42:22.040 --> 00:42:23.150
  • of that?"
  • 00:42:23.150 --> 00:42:24.210
  • And you tell that story.
  • 00:42:24.210 --> 00:42:27.140
  • You cannot neglect and leave it
  • 00:42:27.140 --> 00:42:30.060
  • to someone else.
  • 00:42:30.060 --> 00:42:31.200
  • We live in a society that's
  • 00:42:31.200 --> 00:42:33.110
  • becoming more and more
  • 00:42:33.180 --> 00:42:36.180
  • absolutely disinterested in the
  • 00:42:36.180 --> 00:42:38.130
  • things of the Spirit of God.
  • 00:42:38.130 --> 00:42:40.240
  • And so, when I look at the
  • 00:42:40.240 --> 00:42:41.270
  • Scripture, I think, "Well, is
  • 00:42:41.270 --> 00:42:42.270
  • there any place in the Bible
  • 00:42:42.270 --> 00:42:44.040
  • that says, 'Well, this
  • 00:42:44.040 --> 00:42:44.290
  • generation doesn't have to do
  • 00:42:44.290 --> 00:42:46.050
  • that'?"
  • 00:42:46.050 --> 00:42:47.060
  • Uh, no, it's not true.
  • 00:42:48.090 --> 00:42:51.090
  • Sometimes you can call it a
  • 00:42:51.090 --> 00:42:52.190
  • testimony.
  • 00:42:52.190 --> 00:42:53.160
  • You say, "Well I want to give a
  • 00:42:53.160 --> 00:42:54.080
  • testimony of what Jesus has done
  • 00:42:54.080 --> 00:42:56.090
  • for me."
  • 00:42:56.090 --> 00:42:56.250
  • Let me ask you a question: if I
  • 00:42:56.250 --> 00:42:57.290
  • asked you if you love your
  • 00:42:57.290 --> 00:42:58.290
  • children, everybody in here and
  • 00:42:58.290 --> 00:43:00.190
  • out there would say, "Sure I
  • 00:43:00.190 --> 00:43:01.190
  • do."
  • 00:43:01.190 --> 00:43:02.290
  • Well, how much do you love them?
  • 00:43:02.290 --> 00:43:04.150
  • Well, you say, "Well, I love
  • 00:43:04.150 --> 00:43:05.150
  • them enough to take care of
  • 00:43:05.150 --> 00:43:07.030
  • them, and I buy them clothes and
  • 00:43:07.030 --> 00:43:09.250
  • feed them and give them this and
  • 00:43:09.250 --> 00:43:11.100
  • give them a car and go to
  • 00:43:11.100 --> 00:43:13.040
  • school and all these things."
  • 00:43:13.040 --> 00:43:14.190
  • Do you love them enough in the
  • 00:43:14.190 --> 00:43:17.110
  • right way, true genuine love, to
  • 00:43:18.020 --> 00:43:21.020
  • deal with them in the area of
  • 00:43:21.020 --> 00:43:23.240
  • their life that will affect
  • 00:43:23.240 --> 00:43:25.030
  • every single solitary thing they
  • 00:43:25.060 --> 00:43:28.060
  • do and that is about spiritual
  • 00:43:28.060 --> 00:43:30.100
  • things?
  • 00:43:30.100 --> 00:43:31.150
  • Do you love them enough?
  • 00:43:31.150 --> 00:43:33.000
  • Well you say, "Well I don't
  • 00:43:33.000 --> 00:43:33.270
  • think I know it well enough."
  • 00:43:34.100 --> 00:43:37.100
  • Well if you've been saved, there
  • 00:43:37.100 --> 00:43:38.190
  • are several things you know.
  • 00:43:38.190 --> 00:43:40.120
  • You know there is a God.
  • 00:43:40.120 --> 00:43:41.150
  • You know that He created all
  • 00:43:41.150 --> 00:43:42.160
  • things.
  • 00:43:42.160 --> 00:43:43.190
  • You know that He has a Son,
  • 00:43:43.190 --> 00:43:44.160
  • Jesus Christ.
  • 00:43:44.160 --> 00:43:45.070
  • You know that He came into the
  • 00:43:45.070 --> 00:43:47.000
  • world for the primary purpose of
  • 00:43:47.000 --> 00:43:48.090
  • dying on the cross and shedding
  • 00:43:48.090 --> 00:43:49.230
  • His blood for your sins and mine
  • 00:43:49.230 --> 00:43:51.240
  • so that we could be forgiven of
  • 00:43:51.240 --> 00:43:53.000
  • our sins.
  • 00:43:53.000 --> 00:43:54.050
  • It isn't good works on our part.
  • 00:43:54.050 --> 00:43:55.260
  • It's the fact that He died, was
  • 00:43:55.260 --> 00:43:57.170
  • crucified, died, and that He
  • 00:43:57.270 --> 00:44:00.290
  • rose from the dead.
  • 00:44:00.290 --> 00:44:01.280
  • He ascended to the Father.
  • 00:44:01.280 --> 00:44:03.130
  • He's seated at the Father's
  • 00:44:03.130 --> 00:44:04.260
  • right hand.
  • 00:44:04.260 --> 00:44:05.210
  • And He has sent the Holy Spirit
  • 00:44:05.210 --> 00:44:07.220
  • to live within us to equip us to
  • 00:44:07.220 --> 00:44:10.190
  • do anything and everything we
  • 00:44:10.190 --> 00:44:11.280
  • need to do in life.
  • 00:44:11.280 --> 00:44:13.270
  • You do know that.
  • 00:44:13.270 --> 00:44:15.240
  • That's a lot you know.
  • 00:44:15.240 --> 00:44:17.130
  • Listen, you know enough to get
  • 00:44:17.130 --> 00:44:19.080
  • anybody saved, which means you
  • 00:44:19.080 --> 00:44:21.180
  • know enough to keep them from
  • 00:44:21.180 --> 00:44:23.160
  • destroying their life.
  • 00:44:23.160 --> 00:44:25.190
  • You might be surprised how much
  • 00:44:25.190 --> 00:44:26.190
  • you know.
  • 00:44:26.190 --> 00:44:28.070
  • But have you taken the time to
  • 00:44:28.070 --> 00:44:30.050
  • share what you know with the
  • 00:44:30.050 --> 00:44:32.020
  • most precious, should be the
  • 00:44:32.020 --> 00:44:33.170
  • most precious people in your
  • 00:44:33.170 --> 00:44:34.240
  • life, your children, your
  • 00:44:34.240 --> 00:44:36.270
  • grandchildren, your great
  • 00:44:36.270 --> 00:44:38.160
  • grandchildren, and the scripture
  • 00:44:38.160 --> 00:44:40.220
  • is very clear.
  • 00:44:40.220 --> 00:44:42.090
  • We have a divine obligation to
  • 00:44:42.120 --> 00:44:45.120
  • share the truth of God's Word
  • 00:44:45.120 --> 00:44:47.150
  • with our children,
  • 00:44:47.150 --> 00:44:48.190
  • our grandchildren.
  • 00:44:48.190 --> 00:44:50.280
  • He said, "Fathers and mothers,
  • 00:44:50.280 --> 00:44:52.200
  • pass it on to your children.
  • 00:44:52.200 --> 00:44:54.230
  • And you teach them how to pass
  • 00:44:54.230 --> 00:44:55.270
  • it on to their children.
  • 00:44:55.270 --> 00:44:58.010
  • And you teach them how to pass
  • 00:44:58.010 --> 00:44:59.040
  • it on to their children."
  • 00:44:59.260 --> 00:45:02.280
  • It is a line of testimony,
  • 00:45:03.050 --> 00:45:06.050
  • of witness.
  • 00:45:06.050 --> 00:45:07.010
  • It is a line of truth that
  • 00:45:07.010 --> 00:45:08.080
  • should not be broken, and should
  • 00:45:08.080 --> 00:45:10.040
  • not be taken for granted.
  • 00:45:10.040 --> 00:45:11.270
  • So, I'd ask you again: how many
  • 00:45:11.270 --> 00:45:14.000
  • parents today who go to church,
  • 00:45:14.150 --> 00:45:17.150
  • listen to sermons, or watch the
  • 00:45:17.150 --> 00:45:19.000
  • television, who take the time to
  • 00:45:19.000 --> 00:45:22.000
  • question their children about
  • 00:45:22.000 --> 00:45:23.030
  • what they believe, about how
  • 00:45:25.070 --> 00:45:28.070
  • you're living now?
  • 00:45:28.070 --> 00:45:30.220
  • You buy them an automobile, you
  • 00:45:30.220 --> 00:45:32.170
  • pay for their education, watch
  • 00:45:32.170 --> 00:45:34.180
  • this, you have the right and the
  • 00:45:35.210 --> 00:45:38.210
  • authority to find out what they
  • 00:45:39.000 --> 00:45:42.000
  • believe and how they're living,
  • 00:45:42.000 --> 00:45:44.270
  • because they're your children,
  • 00:45:44.270 --> 00:45:46.280
  • and you have a divine obligation
  • 00:45:46.280 --> 00:45:48.130
  • to oversee their life, to
  • 00:45:48.130 --> 00:45:50.210
  • provide for them, but also to
  • 00:45:50.210 --> 00:45:52.280
  • have a report.
  • 00:45:52.280 --> 00:45:55.080
  • They get a report card, but you
  • 00:45:55.080 --> 00:45:57.080
  • want a report of their heart.
  • 00:45:57.080 --> 00:46:00.040
  • You want a report of how they're
  • 00:46:00.040 --> 00:46:01.010
  • living.
  • 00:46:01.010 --> 00:46:02.100
  • Because the way they're living
  • 00:46:02.100 --> 00:46:03.230
  • now is the way they're going to
  • 00:46:03.230 --> 00:46:04.220
  • live.
  • 00:46:04.220 --> 00:46:07.000
  • And so, the scripture is very,
  • 00:46:07.000 --> 00:46:08.240
  • very clear.
  • 00:46:08.240 --> 00:46:10.180
  • We have a divine obligation to
  • 00:46:10.250 --> 00:46:13.250
  • train up our children in the way
  • 00:46:13.250 --> 00:46:15.100
  • they should go, that when
  • 00:46:15.100 --> 00:46:17.100
  • they're older, they will not
  • 00:46:17.100 --> 00:46:18.140
  • depart from it.
  • 00:46:18.140 --> 00:46:20.100
  • You can't just bring them in the
  • 00:46:20.100 --> 00:46:21.120
  • world and say, "Okay, I'm going
  • 00:46:21.120 --> 00:46:22.280
  • to trust the schools and trust
  • 00:46:22.280 --> 00:46:24.010
  • this and trust that."
  • 00:46:24.010 --> 00:46:25.030
  • No.
  • 00:46:25.030 --> 00:46:25.280
  • We have a responsibility to find
  • 00:46:25.280 --> 00:46:28.130
  • out what they're being taught
  • 00:46:28.130 --> 00:46:31.040
  • and how they're living, and what
  • 00:46:31.040 --> 00:46:32.270
  • they're watching, and how
  • 00:46:32.270 --> 00:46:35.060
  • they're using their iPhones or
  • 00:46:35.060 --> 00:46:37.070
  • whatever.
  • 00:46:37.070 --> 00:46:38.240
  • We live in a society they have
  • 00:46:38.240 --> 00:46:41.100
  • all the means necessary for
  • 00:46:41.100 --> 00:46:43.130
  • self-destruction.
  • 00:46:43.130 --> 00:46:46.130
  • But all the means also to spread
  • 00:46:46.130 --> 00:46:49.060
  • the truth of the gospel.
  • 00:46:49.060 --> 00:46:51.070
  • And I believe that parents by
  • 00:46:51.070 --> 00:46:52.290
  • example, what is your emphasis
  • 00:46:52.290 --> 00:46:55.080
  • in your home?
  • 00:46:55.080 --> 00:46:56.110
  • What have you said to your
  • 00:46:56.110 --> 00:46:57.150
  • children that make your children
  • 00:46:57.150 --> 00:47:00.070
  • want to teach their children how
  • 00:47:00.070 --> 00:47:02.230
  • to live a godly life?
  • 00:47:02.230 --> 00:47:05.160
  • And you hear me say this
  • 00:47:05.160 --> 00:47:06.160
  • very often, obey God and leave
  • 00:47:06.160 --> 00:47:08.090
  • all the consequences to Him.
  • 00:47:08.090 --> 00:47:10.090
  • And, not many times,
  • 00:47:10.090 --> 00:47:11.250
  • but oftentimes some child
  • 00:47:11.250 --> 00:47:13.240
  • or some young person,
  • 00:47:13.240 --> 00:47:15.090
  • sometimes very small children
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  • would say, "Dr. Stanley,
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  • obey God and leave
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  • all the consequences to Him."
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  • I know that that mother
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  • or father has, said enough
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  • to them that that young age,
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  • they may not fully understand
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  • what that means, but somebody
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  • is doing a good job.
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  • You say, "Well, should you
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  • indoctrinate your children?
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  • Yes!
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  • It's their salvation.
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  • Yes!
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  • Teach them the truth.
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  • I wish every kid in the world
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  • would say that.
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  • Obey God and leave
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  • all the consequences to Him.
  • 00:47:45.130 --> 00:47:47.260
  • "Tell to the generation to come
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  • the praises of the Lord, and His
  • 00:47:50.010 --> 00:47:52.170
  • strength and His wondrous works
  • 00:47:52.170 --> 00:47:54.030
  • that He has done."
  • 00:47:54.030 --> 00:47:54.240
  • We have a divine obligation to
  • 00:47:54.240 --> 00:47:57.000
  • tell it like it is.
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  • And to tell and to share the
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  • truth of God's Word.
  • 00:48:01.010 --> 00:48:02.260
  • You say, "Well I don't know that
  • 00:48:02.260 --> 00:48:03.280
  • I'll understand all that."
  • 00:48:03.280 --> 00:48:05.200
  • Neither did I.
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  • But you know what?
  • 00:48:07.200 --> 00:48:09.080
  • There is the promise of God of
  • 00:48:09.080 --> 00:48:11.010
  • the Holy Spirit who lives within
  • 00:48:11.010 --> 00:48:13.090
  • the heart of every single person
  • 00:48:13.090 --> 00:48:15.110
  • who is saved, willing to speak
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  • to the unbeliever about your
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  • sins and willing to show you how
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  • to be forgiven of your sins.
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  • But now that you've become a
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  • believer, He will show you what
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  • to read and where to read.
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  • And you know, when I grew up,
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  • when I was going through
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  • something and I didn't know what
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  • to do and I'd just flip through
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  • the Bible.
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  • It's amazing how many times God
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  • would bring me right to the
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  • verse.
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  • It's as if God said, "Charles,
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  • here's what I'm saying to you."
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  • You don't have to have that
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  • happen but a few times and what
  • 00:48:45.230 --> 00:48:47.180
  • happens?
  • 00:48:47.180 --> 00:48:48.110
  • It becomes a habit in your life.
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  • You want to read the Word of
  • 00:48:50.190 --> 00:48:51.080
  • God, you want to know what He's
  • 00:48:51.080 --> 00:48:52.110
  • saying.
  • 00:48:52.110 --> 00:48:53.060
  • You have a decision to make, a
  • 00:48:53.060 --> 00:48:54.280
  • very important decision.
  • 00:48:54.280 --> 00:48:56.050
  • And I can tell you the Word of
  • 00:48:56.050 --> 00:48:58.000
  • God will answer your question no
  • 00:48:58.240 --> 00:49:01.260
  • matter what.
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  • Your personal life, the things
  • 00:49:03.140 --> 00:49:05.150
  • that you have to deal with.
  • 00:49:05.150 --> 00:49:07.000
  • And I think about, I started out
  • 00:49:07.000 --> 00:49:08.190
  • with not knowing anything about
  • 00:49:08.190 --> 00:49:09.220
  • the Word of God.
  • 00:49:09.220 --> 00:49:11.260
  • But somehow, He would lead me to
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  • a verse that He knew that, how
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  • ignorant I was, but He would
  • 00:49:16.230 --> 00:49:18.240
  • show me some verse of scripture.
  • 00:49:18.240 --> 00:49:20.110
  • And I can go through a couple of
  • 00:49:20.110 --> 00:49:21.260
  • old Bibles I have, especially,
  • 00:49:21.260 --> 00:49:23.240
  • and see the dates that are down
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  • by them and I look at it and
  • 00:49:25.180 --> 00:49:27.190
  • think about well what happened?
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  • Sometimes I'll put a word or
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  • two, because it was God's way of
  • 00:49:30.000 --> 00:49:32.250
  • showing me in my ignorance, or
  • 00:49:32.250 --> 00:49:34.240
  • not knowing where to read, what
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  • to read.
  • 00:49:36.270 --> 00:49:38.040
  • And you see, over and over and
  • 00:49:38.040 --> 00:49:39.180
  • over is a word of encouragement.
  • 00:49:39.180 --> 00:49:42.140
  • I couldn't give you a better,
  • 00:49:42.140 --> 00:49:43.160
  • a lot of doctrinal answers
  • 00:49:43.160 --> 00:49:45.200
  • to anything, but here's one
  • 00:49:45.200 --> 00:49:47.020
  • thing I learned early in life.
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  • If I had a question,
  • 00:49:48.080 --> 00:49:49.220
  • I didn't know what to do,
  • 00:49:49.220 --> 00:49:50.230
  • get in the Word of God.
  • 00:49:50.230 --> 00:49:51.250
  • And what I learned is,
  • 00:49:51.250 --> 00:49:52.260
  • I would flip through
  • 00:49:52.260 --> 00:49:54.220
  • the Word of God and I'd come,
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  • listen to this verse,
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  • Delight yourself in the Lord,
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  • "He will give you the desires
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  • of your heart."
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  • Commit your way to the Lord,
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  • trust also in Him,
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  • and He will do it.
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  • He will bring--
  • 00:50:04.280 --> 00:50:06.050
  • In other words,
  • 00:50:06.050 --> 00:50:06.290
  • "Rest in the Lord
  • 00:50:06.290 --> 00:50:07.160
  • and wait patiently for Him."
  • 00:50:07.160 --> 00:50:10.060
  • Listen to me carefully, if you
  • 00:50:10.060 --> 00:50:12.100
  • will open the Word of God and
  • 00:50:12.190 --> 00:50:15.190
  • ask Him to speak to your heart,
  • 00:50:15.190 --> 00:50:17.200
  • He loves you enough to give you
  • 00:50:17.200 --> 00:50:19.110
  • clear direction about anything
  • 00:50:19.160 --> 00:50:22.160
  • that you need to know about.
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  • That's who He is.
  • 00:50:24.200 --> 00:50:26.080
  • That is the truth for us, our
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  • children, our grandchildren and
  • 00:50:29.130 --> 00:50:30.220
  • on we go.
  • 00:50:30.220 --> 00:50:32.170
  • We have a divine obligation to
  • 00:50:32.170 --> 00:50:34.050
  • teach them, and that's a simple
  • 00:50:34.050 --> 00:50:36.190
  • way to start.
  • 00:50:36.190 --> 00:50:39.190
  • And I look back over the years
  • 00:50:39.190 --> 00:50:40.150
  • and realize, where did I learn
  • 00:50:40.150 --> 00:50:42.260
  • the most?
  • 00:50:42.260 --> 00:50:44.040
  • In seminary?
  • 00:50:44.040 --> 00:50:44.290
  • No, I learned the most going
  • 00:50:44.290 --> 00:50:47.170
  • through difficulty, hardship,
  • 00:50:47.170 --> 00:50:49.180
  • pain, trouble, loss, you name
  • 00:50:49.180 --> 00:50:52.110
  • it, turning to the Word of God,
  • 00:50:52.110 --> 00:50:54.220
  • listening to what He had to say;
  • 00:50:54.220 --> 00:50:56.140
  • Watch Him bring me through that
  • 00:50:56.140 --> 00:50:58.230
  • over and over and over again and
  • 00:50:58.230 --> 00:51:00.170
  • do what?
  • 00:51:00.170 --> 00:51:01.090
  • Solidify my faith.
  • 00:51:01.090 --> 00:51:03.180
  • That no matter what, all these
  • 00:51:03.180 --> 00:51:05.220
  • years of God answering prayer.
  • 00:51:05.220 --> 00:51:08.170
  • At times, I doubted Him.
  • 00:51:08.170 --> 00:51:10.160
  • I didn't know what to do.
  • 00:51:10.160 --> 00:51:11.200
  • "God, what do I do next?"
  • 00:51:11.200 --> 00:51:13.120
  • I've never faced anything that I
  • 00:51:13.120 --> 00:51:15.170
  • couldn't come to the Word of God
  • 00:51:15.170 --> 00:51:16.280
  • and find a word of
  • 00:51:16.280 --> 00:51:18.040
  • encouragement, somehow a word of
  • 00:51:18.040 --> 00:51:21.020
  • direction for the Word of God.
  • 00:51:21.050 --> 00:51:24.050
  • Now I would be foolish and I
  • 00:51:24.050 --> 00:51:27.010
  • would be extremely selfish, and
  • 00:51:27.260 --> 00:51:30.260
  • to the point of being ungodly if
  • 00:51:30.260 --> 00:51:33.170
  • I didn't share with other people
  • 00:51:33.170 --> 00:51:36.030
  • what He's taught me.
  • 00:51:36.030 --> 00:51:38.160
  • There's a world of
  • 00:51:38.160 --> 00:51:39.100
  • people around you who are
  • 00:51:39.100 --> 00:51:41.010
  • hungry, thirsty, tired, weary,
  • 00:51:41.270 --> 00:51:44.270
  • discouraged, want to give up,
  • 00:51:44.270 --> 00:51:47.190
  • ready to give up who desperately
  • 00:51:47.190 --> 00:51:49.220
  • need to hear what Almighty God
  • 00:51:49.220 --> 00:51:52.010
  • is doing in your life.
  • 00:51:52.010 --> 00:51:54.010
  • You need to tell them.
  • 00:51:54.010 --> 00:51:55.210
  • You can't give me a single
  • 00:51:55.210 --> 00:51:56.270
  • reason not to tell them,
  • 00:51:56.270 --> 00:51:59.090
  • starting with your family; the
  • 00:51:59.090 --> 00:52:01.280
  • people who are your friends, the
  • 00:52:02.150 --> 00:52:05.150
  • people you work with, people who
  • 00:52:05.150 --> 00:52:07.280
  • are strangers, whom God brings
  • 00:52:07.280 --> 00:52:10.030
  • into your life, who are really
  • 00:52:10.030 --> 00:52:12.120
  • searching for something, seeking
  • 00:52:12.120 --> 00:52:14.020
  • something.
  • 00:52:14.020 --> 00:52:15.230
  • We're under divine obligation,
  • 00:52:15.230 --> 00:52:17.210
  • first with our children, our
  • 00:52:17.210 --> 00:52:19.220
  • grandchildren and all those that
  • 00:52:19.220 --> 00:52:22.030
  • God places in our path to share
  • 00:52:22.050 --> 00:52:25.050
  • the truth of the Word of God in
  • 00:52:25.050 --> 00:52:27.280
  • the name of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:52:27.280 --> 00:52:29.210
  • Well you may be one of those
  • 00:52:37.070 --> 00:52:38.110
  • persons, maybe you've listened
  • 00:52:38.110 --> 00:52:40.150
  • to all kind of broadcasts, all
  • 00:52:40.150 --> 00:52:41.280
  • kind of things.
  • 00:52:41.280 --> 00:52:42.290
  • Maybe you visited church at
  • 00:52:42.290 --> 00:52:44.050
  • times, but the truth is you
  • 00:52:44.050 --> 00:52:46.070
  • don't know exactly what to do.
  • 00:52:46.070 --> 00:52:47.270
  • Let me tell you how to start.
  • 00:52:47.270 --> 00:52:49.250
  • You start the same way all
  • 00:52:49.250 --> 00:52:50.200
  • of us start,
  • 00:52:50.200 --> 00:52:53.050
  • and that is to acknowledge
  • 00:52:53.050 --> 00:52:54.160
  • to Holy God that you have sinned
  • 00:52:54.160 --> 00:52:57.030
  • against Him,
  • 00:52:57.030 --> 00:52:58.030
  • that you're living in sin,
  • 00:52:58.030 --> 00:52:59.170
  • you're living in disobedience.
  • 00:52:59.170 --> 00:53:01.090
  • And you said, "Like what?"
  • 00:53:01.090 --> 00:53:02.210
  • Just read the Ten Commandments
  • 00:53:02.210 --> 00:53:03.260
  • and you'll come up with your
  • 00:53:03.260 --> 00:53:04.270
  • problem, at some point.
  • 00:53:04.270 --> 00:53:07.190
  • Asking Him to forgive you,
  • 00:53:07.190 --> 00:53:09.120
  • not because you deserve it,
  • 00:53:09.120 --> 00:53:10.170
  • you won't ever deserve it.
  • 00:53:10.170 --> 00:53:12.070
  • Asking Him to forgive you
  • 00:53:12.070 --> 00:53:13.120
  • because He promised to forgive
  • 00:53:13.120 --> 00:53:16.060
  • you if you would confess
  • 00:53:16.060 --> 00:53:17.130
  • your--watch this word confess.
  • 00:53:17.130 --> 00:53:19.170
  • "If you confess your sins, He's
  • 00:53:19.170 --> 00:53:21.020
  • faithful and just to forgive you
  • 00:53:21.020 --> 00:53:22.250
  • of your sins and to cleanse you
  • 00:53:22.250 --> 00:53:24.130
  • from all unrighteousness."
  • 00:53:24.130 --> 00:53:26.110
  • Confession isn't just telling
  • 00:53:26.110 --> 00:53:27.200
  • somebody.
  • 00:53:27.200 --> 00:53:29.110
  • Confession is opening your
  • 00:53:29.110 --> 00:53:30.220
  • heart, surrendering your heart
  • 00:53:30.220 --> 00:53:33.010
  • to God, and acknowledging by
  • 00:53:33.010 --> 00:53:35.260
  • repent, listen, true confession
  • 00:53:36.210 --> 00:53:39.210
  • is followed by genuine
  • 00:53:39.210 --> 00:53:40.270
  • repentance.
  • 00:53:40.270 --> 00:53:41.250
  • I'm willing for God to turn me
  • 00:53:41.250 --> 00:53:43.130
  • around, to lead me in another
  • 00:53:43.130 --> 00:53:44.270
  • direction, asking Him to forgive
  • 00:53:44.270 --> 00:53:47.020
  • you of your sins, forgiving you,
  • 00:53:47.020 --> 00:53:49.230
  • not on the basis that you'll do
  • 00:53:49.230 --> 00:53:50.210
  • better and that you're worthy,
  • 00:53:50.210 --> 00:53:53.100
  • forgiving you on the basis that
  • 00:53:53.100 --> 00:53:54.160
  • He loved you enough to send
  • 00:53:54.160 --> 00:53:56.040
  • Jesus, His only Begotten Son,
  • 00:53:56.040 --> 00:53:58.240
  • into the world to show us the
  • 00:53:58.240 --> 00:54:00.150
  • truth, to bring about change of
  • 00:54:01.170 --> 00:54:04.170
  • life; went to the cross, shed
  • 00:54:04.170 --> 00:54:07.110
  • His blood on the cross, paid our
  • 00:54:07.110 --> 00:54:10.010
  • sin debt in full and makes it
  • 00:54:10.010 --> 00:54:12.140
  • possible for us to come straight
  • 00:54:12.140 --> 00:54:14.160
  • to God to ask Him as a result of
  • 00:54:14.160 --> 00:54:16.270
  • what Jesus has done, to forgive
  • 00:54:16.270 --> 00:54:19.010
  • us of our sins and give us
  • 00:54:19.010 --> 00:54:21.020
  • a new start in life.
  • 00:54:21.040 --> 00:54:24.040
  • No matter who you are and where
  • 00:54:24.040 --> 00:54:25.250
  • you are, He will forgive you
  • 00:54:25.250 --> 00:54:27.270
  • of your sin.
  • 00:54:27.270 --> 00:54:30.060
  • He will change your life.
  • 00:54:30.060 --> 00:54:32.130
  • He will give you a sense of
  • 00:54:32.130 --> 00:54:33.120
  • eternal security forever a child
  • 00:54:33.120 --> 00:54:35.200
  • of God, if you're willing to
  • 00:54:35.200 --> 00:54:38.130
  • surrender your life to Him.
  • 00:54:38.130 --> 00:54:40.090
  • And that's my prayer for you.
  • 00:54:40.090 --> 00:54:42.220
  • Whatever it takes, get right
  • 00:54:42.230 --> 00:54:45.230
  • with God while you have the
  • 00:54:45.230 --> 00:54:48.070
  • opportunity.
  • 00:54:48.070 --> 00:54:50.100
  • And Father, we thank You for the
  • 00:54:50.100 --> 00:54:51.090
  • truth of Your Word.
  • 00:54:51.090 --> 00:54:53.260
  • Lord God, we're not asking You
  • 00:54:53.260 --> 00:54:54.180
  • to save us because we deserve
  • 00:54:54.180 --> 00:54:57.080
  • anything, we're asking for
  • 00:54:57.080 --> 00:55:00.020
  • mercy.
  • 00:55:00.020 --> 00:55:02.030
  • I pray that the Holy Spirit will
  • 00:55:02.030 --> 00:55:04.230
  • sink this truth so deep, and yet
  • 00:55:05.150 --> 00:55:08.150
  • keep it on the surface that we
  • 00:55:08.150 --> 00:55:11.030
  • think about it, and then we
  • 00:55:11.030 --> 00:55:13.120
  • apply it to our hearts and pray
  • 00:55:13.120 --> 00:55:16.070
  • with all of our heart, You'll
  • 00:55:16.070 --> 00:55:18.180
  • help us and enable us to make a
  • 00:55:18.180 --> 00:55:21.170
  • difference in this generation in
  • 00:55:21.170 --> 00:55:24.130
  • which we live, and we ask this
  • 00:55:24.130 --> 00:55:26.210
  • - announcer: If you've been
  • 00:55:32.280 --> 00:55:33.170
  • blessed by today's program,
  • 00:55:33.170 --> 00:55:34.280
  • - male: Kick it over this way.
  • 00:56:10.170 --> 00:56:11.270
  • - announcer: You don't need
  • 00:56:11.270 --> 00:56:12.140
  • to be perfect;
  • 00:56:12.140 --> 00:56:14.110
  • but with just a little
  • 00:56:14.110 --> 00:56:15.060
  • encouragement,
  • 00:56:15.210 --> 00:56:18.210
  • a lot of laughter,
  • 00:56:19.050 --> 00:56:22.050
  • some time and attention,
  • 00:56:22.070 --> 00:56:25.070
  • and a bit of patience,
  • 00:56:25.070 --> 00:56:28.070
  • you'll pass along confidence
  • 00:56:29.170 --> 00:56:32.170
  • and a firm connection with God
  • 00:56:32.170 --> 00:56:34.250
  • - male: Whether we are 8 years
  • 00:56:41.250 --> 00:56:42.230
  • old or 88, we don't wanna be
  • 00:56:43.040 --> 00:56:46.040
  • known for our worst mistakes.
  • 00:56:46.190 --> 00:56:49.190
  • We wanna know that the days we
  • 00:56:49.190 --> 00:56:50.230
  • live are actually making a
  • 00:56:50.230 --> 00:56:52.010
  • difference.
  • 00:56:52.010 --> 00:56:55.010
  • What does it take to stand
  • 00:56:55.010 --> 00:56:56.110
  • during the storms?
  • 00:56:56.110 --> 00:56:59.000
  • Live a life built on a strong
  • 00:56:59.000 --> 00:57:00.140
  • foundation?
  • 00:57:01.000 --> 00:57:04.000
  • What does it take to live a life
  • 00:57:04.000 --> 00:57:06.080
  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
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  • This program is sponsored by
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  • In Touch Ministries and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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  • - female: One of the hardest
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  • things about that day was
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  • telling the children that Mom
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  • had cancer, and to try to help
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  • them understand it was gonna be
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  • okay when I didn't believe I was
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  • going to be okay.
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  • I've learned through Dr. Stanley
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  • that you cannot be full of fear
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  • and full of faith at the same
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  • time.
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  • Every time he says somethin',
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  • I'm like, "Oh, wow, I see it,"
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  • and I get excited because I
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