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August 17, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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Facing a Satanic Attack: The Truth About Temptation Part 1

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Satan's
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  • ultimate goal for temptation is
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  • destruction.
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  • Destroy our relationship to God,
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  • destroy our interest in Him,
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  • destroy our faith in Him,
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  • destroy our desire to pray,
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  • destroy our sense of eternal
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  • security, destroy, destroy,
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  • destroy, destroy, destroy.
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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
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • "In Touch," Dr. Charles Stanley
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  • begins his series,
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  • "The Truth about Temptation."
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  • Today's message:
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
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  • How excellent, how
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  • excellent.
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  • Is Thy name.
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  • In all the earth.
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  • We give You the praise.
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  • That You deserve.
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  • Mmm.
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  • Is Thy name.
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  • Mmm, in all the earth.
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  • Right now we give You the
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  • praise.
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  • That You deserve.
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  • Who, oh Lord is like You.
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  • There is none above, beside
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  • You.
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  • No, not one in all the
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  • heavens.
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  • Or in all the earth.
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  • Creation sings, How
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  • excellent!
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  • How excellent!
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  • Oh, you alone are worthy of.
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  • The praise and all the
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  • glory.
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  • You deserve it, we will give
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  • it, making.
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  • Known Your deeds in all the
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  • earth.
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  • O Lord, how excellent.
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  • How excellent, how
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  • excellent.
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  • Ooh, is Thy name.
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  • In all the earth.
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  • Right now, right now, we
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  • give You the praise.
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  • That only You deserve.
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  • O Lord, how excellent is Thy
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  • name.
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  • For you alone are worthy.
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  • Who O Lord is like You?
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  • There is none above, beside
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  • You.
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  • No, not one in all the
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  • heavens.
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  • Or in all the earth.
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  • Creation sings, How
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  • excellent!
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  • Oh.
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  • You alone are worthy of.
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  • The praise and all the
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  • glory.
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  • You deserve it, we will give
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  • it, making.
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  • Known Your deeds in all the
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  • earth.
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  • O Lord, how excellent!
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  • How excellent!
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  • How excellent!
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  • How excellent is Thy name!
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  • In all the earth.
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  • Right now, we give You the
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  • praise.
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  • Only You, only You deserve.
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  • O Lord, how excellent is Thy
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  • name.
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  • You, Lord are worthy.
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  • Who, oh Lord is like You.
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  • There is none above, beside
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  • You.
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  • No, not one in all the
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  • heavens.
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  • Or in all the earth.
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  • Creation sings, How
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  • excellent!
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  • You're so excellent!
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  • For you alone are worthy of.
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  • The praise and all the
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  • glory.
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  • You deserve it, we will give
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  • it, making.
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  • Known Your deeds in all the
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  • earth.
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  • How excellent.
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  • Thank you, Jesus.
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  • Is Thy.
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  • Thy name!
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  • - Dr. Stanley: When is
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  • the last time you found yourself
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  • feeling very vulnerable?
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  • In fact, the temptation was so
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  • strong that you just think,
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  • "I can't handle this."
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  • And you found yourself very,
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  • very puzzled maybe because of
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  • why you're being tempted.
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  • Or, you found yourself thinking
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  • this is the same old temptation
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  • I've faced over and over and
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  • over again.
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  • Or, you might say, "Well, this
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  • was so alluring, so enticing, so
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  • inviting, how could I possibly
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  • resist this?"
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  • That's the devil's line.
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  • That's the way he talks.
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  • So, I would ask you this
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  • question, when's the last time
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  • you found yourself facing
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  • something that you really had to
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  • struggle with, turn away from,
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  • turning away from?
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  • Or saying no to?
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  • You felt great pressure, you
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  • wanted to walk away, you debated
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  • about whether you could or not,
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  • or should or not.
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  • Or, you know, you should.
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  • But whether you would or not.
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  • And, maybe, finally, you walked
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  • away, but maybe finally you
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  • thought, "Well, God
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  • understands."
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  • And have I ever heard this, God
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  • understands, and you yielded to
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  • whatever that temptation was.
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  • So, we can think all kind of
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  • things, but the truth is this,
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  • if you're alive, you're going to
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  • get tempted.
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  • And so, when you find yourself
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  • in that position, what do you
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  • think?
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  • Do you stop to think, where is
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  • this coming from?
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  • Is this in my heart?
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  • Where is this coming from?
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  • I can tell you, it is a satanic
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  • attack.
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  • The devil knows exactly when you
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  • and I are the weakest.
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  • He knows at what point and he
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  • knows exactly what it takes to
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  • get our attention and to make us
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  • think, "I've just got to have
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  • that.
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  • Got to have one of those.
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  • Forget the price, I'm going to
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  • have one of those."
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  • Satan has a whole line of
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  • excuses to persuade us of what
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  • we deserve and nobody's perfect
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  • and God loves us, and He'll
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  • forgive us, and on and on and on
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  • he goes to set us up, to
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  • position ourselves to miss out
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  • on God's best blessings in our
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  • life.
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  • So, I want to talk about facing
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  • a satanic attack.
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  • And, if you'll turn to Ephesians
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  • for a moment, and the first
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  • three chapters of Ephesians are
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  • three of the most beautiful,
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  • encouraging chapters in the
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  • Bible because it talks about a
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  • believer's wealth.
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  • What we have as a result of
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  • knowing Christ as our Savior.
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  • And then, beginning in the
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  • fourth chapter and the
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  • fifth, here is our walk.
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  • This is the way we should walk,
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  • following the Lord, Jesus
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  • Christ.
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  • Then, we come to the last
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  • chapter and we see there's a
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  • battlefield.
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  • And that is a battlefield with
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  • Satan.
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  • God is so good to us, He walks
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  • with us and yet, there are times
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  • when we are tempted and tried.
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  • And so, I want us to look, if
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  • you will, at the tenth verse and
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  • as he concludes this epistle,
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  • listen to what he says,
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  • "Finally, be strong in the Lord
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  • and in the strength of His
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  • might."
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  • He didn't say be strong in
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  • yourself, he said, "Be strong in
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  • the Lord and in the strength of
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  • His might.
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  • Put on the full armor of God, so
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  • that you will be able to stand
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  • firm against the schemes of the
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  • devil.
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  • For our struggle is not against
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  • flesh and blood, but against the
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  • rulers.
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  • Against the powers, against the
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  • world forces of this darkness,
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  • against the spiritual forces of
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  • wickedness in the heavenly
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  • places."
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  • All of us are going to face
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  • temptation.
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  • Now, when you think about it, I
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  • would just ask you this
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  • question, think about what is
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  • the strongest temptation you
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  • face in your life today?
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  • I don't mean just this
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  • particular day, but in your
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  • daily life today?
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  • What's the strongest temptation?
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  • Why do you think it's--why do
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  • you think the devil has used
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  • that to tempt you?
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  • To turn you away from God?
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  • To walk in a different path?
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  • To ignore God's warnings?
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  • To ignore His blessings?
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  • His awesome blessings in your
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  • life?
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  • But, somehow, you find yourself
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  • being tempted and getting in a
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  • position where the blessings God
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  • wants to give you, He can no
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  • longer give you.
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  • Paul says, we're to stand firm
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  • against the schemes of the
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  • devil.
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  • He certainly has schemes.
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  • So, the first thing I want to do
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  • is define what is a satanic
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  • attack?
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  • A satanic attack is a
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  • deliberate, willful assault by
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  • Satan upon an individual with
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  • the purpose of doing them harm
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  • either in their spirit, soul, or
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  • body, or all three.
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  • Look at that, a deliberate,
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  • willful assault by Satan upon an
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  • individual with the purpose of
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  • doing them harm either in their
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  • spirit, soul, or body, or all
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  • three.
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  • And, when is that?
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  • Anytime, anywhere.
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  • Satan knows exactly when you and
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  • I are the weakest.
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  • He knows exactly what it takes
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  • to trip us up.
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  • He may know who is the best to
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  • trip us up or what it is we are
  • 00:11:57.040 --> 00:11:59.150
  • allured by.
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  • What does it take to trip us up?
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  • Every single believer is faced
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  • with temptation.
  • 00:12:05.160 --> 00:12:07.070
  • And, if you'll think about
  • 00:12:07.070 --> 00:12:08.070
  • today, our whole society is
  • 00:12:08.070 --> 00:12:10.150
  • geared toward tempting us for
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  • something.
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  • You turn on the radio, you hear
  • 00:12:14.090 --> 00:12:15.180
  • it, we ought to buy this.
  • 00:12:15.180 --> 00:12:17.160
  • You watch the television, you
  • 00:12:17.160 --> 00:12:19.040
  • ought to buy this and see this,
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  • or have that or have him or have
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  • her.
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  • And you can look anywhere you
  • 00:12:23.050 --> 00:12:25.090
  • want to look, there is the
  • 00:12:25.090 --> 00:12:27.010
  • temptation to have, oftentimes,
  • 00:12:27.010 --> 00:12:29.170
  • what we do not need,
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  • what we should not have,
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  • and the result of temptation
  • 00:12:34.210 --> 00:12:37.210
  • is division and destruction.
  • 00:12:37.210 --> 00:12:40.100
  • And so, if I should ask you,
  • 00:12:40.100 --> 00:12:42.110
  • what's Satan's objective in
  • 00:12:42.110 --> 00:12:43.200
  • tempting you?
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  • You're a fine Christian person,
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  • you love God.
  • 00:12:46.150 --> 00:12:47.180
  • What's his objective?
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  • First of all, to draw us away
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  • from God to himself.
  • 00:12:50.230 --> 00:12:53.050
  • Satan wants to draw us away from
  • 00:12:53.050 --> 00:12:54.220
  • God.
  • 00:12:54.220 --> 00:12:55.260
  • So, he knows exactly what it
  • 00:12:55.260 --> 00:12:58.110
  • takes to get our mind off of
  • 00:12:58.110 --> 00:12:59.280
  • God, off of spiritual things,
  • 00:12:59.280 --> 00:13:02.200
  • onto material things or on to
  • 00:13:02.270 --> 00:13:05.270
  • sensual things.
  • 00:13:05.270 --> 00:13:06.290
  • He knows exactly what it takes.
  • 00:13:06.290 --> 00:13:09.080
  • What does it take?
  • 00:13:09.080 --> 00:13:10.290
  • What's his objective?
  • 00:13:10.290 --> 00:13:13.050
  • To draw us away from God to
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  • himself and to thwart God's
  • 00:13:14.210 --> 00:13:16.160
  • purpose in our life.
  • 00:13:16.160 --> 00:13:18.240
  • In other words, if the devil can
  • 00:13:18.240 --> 00:13:20.140
  • change, thwart God's purpose in
  • 00:13:20.220 --> 00:13:23.220
  • your life, he's got you where he
  • 00:13:23.220 --> 00:13:25.270
  • wants you because, remember
  • 00:13:25.270 --> 00:13:27.110
  • this, God has a will for your
  • 00:13:27.110 --> 00:13:28.230
  • life, He has a plan for your
  • 00:13:28.230 --> 00:13:29.220
  • life.
  • 00:13:29.220 --> 00:13:30.160
  • He's got the best.
  • 00:13:30.160 --> 00:13:31.220
  • And so, Satan is not going to
  • 00:13:31.220 --> 00:13:33.220
  • say, "Well, I want to destroy
  • 00:13:33.220 --> 00:13:34.180
  • you."
  • 00:13:34.180 --> 00:13:35.130
  • No, he just wants to move your
  • 00:13:35.130 --> 00:13:37.230
  • attention from God, spiritual
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  • things to earthly things,
  • 00:13:40.140 --> 00:13:42.150
  • material things, sensual things,
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  • and then to deny God the worship
  • 00:13:44.290 --> 00:13:46.250
  • and glory due to Him.
  • 00:13:46.250 --> 00:13:48.010
  • That is, the devil doesn't want
  • 00:13:48.010 --> 00:13:49.210
  • you worshiping God.
  • 00:13:49.210 --> 00:13:52.040
  • So, listen, he's given us as a
  • 00:13:52.040 --> 00:13:54.070
  • whole plate full of stuff to get
  • 00:13:54.070 --> 00:13:57.060
  • our attention away from God
  • 00:13:57.060 --> 00:13:59.170
  • because that's his purpose.
  • 00:13:59.170 --> 00:14:01.230
  • And then, to destroy us.
  • 00:14:01.230 --> 00:14:03.290
  • Satan's ultimate goal for
  • 00:14:03.290 --> 00:14:06.110
  • temptation is destruction.
  • 00:14:06.110 --> 00:14:09.040
  • Destroy our relationship to God,
  • 00:14:09.040 --> 00:14:11.240
  • destroy our interest in Him,
  • 00:14:11.240 --> 00:14:13.290
  • destroy our faith in Him,
  • 00:14:13.290 --> 00:14:15.240
  • destroy our desire to pray,
  • 00:14:15.240 --> 00:14:17.110
  • destroy our sense of eternal
  • 00:14:17.110 --> 00:14:19.020
  • security, destroy, destroy,
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  • destroy, destroy, destroy.
  • 00:14:21.020 --> 00:14:23.020
  • That's his goal.
  • 00:14:23.020 --> 00:14:25.120
  • And yet, we know that, and isn't
  • 00:14:25.120 --> 00:14:27.220
  • it interesting that in spite of
  • 00:14:27.220 --> 00:14:29.020
  • what we know, how many sermons
  • 00:14:29.020 --> 00:14:30.070
  • have you heard in your life?
  • 00:14:30.070 --> 00:14:31.250
  • You can't even count them.
  • 00:14:31.250 --> 00:14:34.010
  • And, I certainly hope you're
  • 00:14:34.010 --> 00:14:35.060
  • going to hear a lot more.
  • 00:14:35.060 --> 00:14:37.020
  • But the issue is, what are you
  • 00:14:37.020 --> 00:14:38.220
  • going to do about the truth that
  • 00:14:38.220 --> 00:14:40.010
  • you hear?
  • 00:14:40.010 --> 00:14:41.100
  • Satan knows about the truth that
  • 00:14:41.100 --> 00:14:42.130
  • you're listening to.
  • 00:14:42.130 --> 00:14:44.030
  • And here's what he does, he
  • 00:14:44.030 --> 00:14:45.090
  • shows up to distract you from
  • 00:14:46.070 --> 00:14:49.070
  • hearing the truth, so you'll
  • 00:14:49.070 --> 00:14:51.130
  • keep moving in a direction
  • 00:14:51.130 --> 00:14:54.030
  • that'll take you away from God.
  • 00:14:54.030 --> 00:14:56.100
  • All of us face some kind of
  • 00:14:56.100 --> 00:14:58.080
  • temptation in life.
  • 00:14:58.080 --> 00:15:00.100
  • I didn't say every single day,
  • 00:15:00.100 --> 00:15:02.180
  • but listen, everybody has
  • 00:15:02.180 --> 00:15:04.180
  • something that they can be
  • 00:15:04.180 --> 00:15:05.260
  • tempted by.
  • 00:15:05.260 --> 00:15:07.020
  • It may be something that you
  • 00:15:07.020 --> 00:15:08.220
  • keep having victory over, time
  • 00:15:08.220 --> 00:15:10.120
  • after time after time, or you
  • 00:15:10.120 --> 00:15:11.230
  • may feel defeated time after
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  • time.
  • 00:15:13.080 --> 00:15:14.140
  • But Satan's goal is to get you
  • 00:15:14.140 --> 00:15:17.000
  • away from God.
  • 00:15:17.000 --> 00:15:18.250
  • So, he'll tell you why you don't
  • 00:15:18.250 --> 00:15:21.010
  • have time to read the Bible.
  • 00:15:21.010 --> 00:15:22.200
  • He'll say, first of all, you've
  • 00:15:22.200 --> 00:15:24.280
  • got to be somewhere at a certain
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  • time.
  • 00:15:26.090 --> 00:15:27.030
  • Secondly, he says,
  • 00:15:27.030 --> 00:15:28.210
  • you don't need to read,
  • 00:15:28.210 --> 00:15:29.130
  • you don't even understand it.
  • 00:15:29.130 --> 00:15:31.220
  • You don't understand what--
  • 00:15:31.220 --> 00:15:32.200
  • why read something, what about
  • 00:15:32.200 --> 00:15:34.190
  • Deuteronomy and Leviticus and
  • 00:15:34.190 --> 00:15:36.270
  • Second Kings and why do you want
  • 00:15:36.270 --> 00:15:39.090
  • to read the Bible?
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  • Anything he can do to get your
  • 00:15:41.040 --> 00:15:42.140
  • mind off of spiritual things is
  • 00:15:42.140 --> 00:15:44.260
  • what he'll do.
  • 00:15:44.260 --> 00:15:47.130
  • And, he wants to divide
  • 00:15:48.100 --> 00:15:51.100
  • relationships.
  • 00:15:51.100 --> 00:15:53.160
  • Anything to divide families,
  • 00:15:53.270 --> 00:15:56.270
  • anything to bring divorce, any
  • 00:15:57.130 --> 00:16:00.150
  • kind of sexual sins, anything
  • 00:16:00.170 --> 00:16:03.170
  • that'll take your mind off God.
  • 00:16:03.180 --> 00:16:06.180
  • That is, you ought to buy this,
  • 00:16:06.180 --> 00:16:08.170
  • ought to buy that.
  • 00:16:08.170 --> 00:16:09.270
  • Don't ask God about it, you
  • 00:16:09.270 --> 00:16:11.080
  • worked hard, you worked forty
  • 00:16:11.080 --> 00:16:12.150
  • hours or fifty and sixty hours a
  • 00:16:12.150 --> 00:16:13.180
  • week.
  • 00:16:13.180 --> 00:16:14.130
  • You've been working all these
  • 00:16:14.130 --> 00:16:15.110
  • years, you deserve it.
  • 00:16:15.110 --> 00:16:17.170
  • So, think about it.
  • 00:16:17.170 --> 00:16:19.240
  • You're trying to reach your
  • 00:16:19.240 --> 00:16:20.240
  • goals in life and he's working
  • 00:16:20.240 --> 00:16:22.060
  • against you.
  • 00:16:22.060 --> 00:16:23.140
  • You're trying to live a pure
  • 00:16:23.140 --> 00:16:24.140
  • life; he's working against you.
  • 00:16:24.140 --> 00:16:26.040
  • You're trying to save your
  • 00:16:26.040 --> 00:16:27.010
  • money, he's telling you you
  • 00:16:27.010 --> 00:16:28.000
  • ought to buy this.
  • 00:16:28.000 --> 00:16:29.170
  • Satan is your enemy.
  • 00:16:29.170 --> 00:16:31.190
  • Now, his strategy can be found
  • 00:16:31.260 --> 00:16:34.260
  • in three words, just three
  • 00:16:34.260 --> 00:16:37.030
  • words.
  • 00:16:37.030 --> 00:16:38.230
  • I mean, as complex as we may
  • 00:16:38.230 --> 00:16:40.030
  • think the devil is, strategy is
  • 00:16:40.030 --> 00:16:42.130
  • three words.
  • 00:16:42.130 --> 00:16:43.080
  • The first one is this, his first
  • 00:16:43.080 --> 00:16:45.190
  • step is to deceive us, that is
  • 00:16:45.190 --> 00:16:48.180
  • to lie to us.
  • 00:16:48.180 --> 00:16:50.170
  • If you believe a lie, you've
  • 00:16:50.170 --> 00:16:52.090
  • taken the first step toward
  • 00:16:52.090 --> 00:16:54.240
  • absolute defeat and siding up
  • 00:16:54.240 --> 00:16:57.030
  • with the devil.
  • 00:16:57.160 --> 00:17:00.180
  • And, often times when people
  • 00:17:00.180 --> 00:17:02.180
  • want to sin against God, they'll
  • 00:17:02.180 --> 00:17:05.000
  • take the truth of God and try to
  • 00:17:05.000 --> 00:17:06.140
  • twist it all around and, watch
  • 00:17:06.140 --> 00:17:08.220
  • this, I can hear this many
  • 00:17:08.220 --> 00:17:10.170
  • times, "But you don't know about
  • 00:17:10.170 --> 00:17:12.100
  • my situation."
  • 00:17:12.100 --> 00:17:14.060
  • Well, God knows about your
  • 00:17:14.060 --> 00:17:15.210
  • situation.
  • 00:17:15.210 --> 00:17:16.270
  • "Well, you don't know how long
  • 00:17:16.270 --> 00:17:18.060
  • I've suffered."
  • 00:17:18.060 --> 00:17:19.060
  • Well, God knows how long you've
  • 00:17:19.060 --> 00:17:20.060
  • suffered.
  • 00:17:20.060 --> 00:17:21.150
  • "Well, you don't know how long
  • 00:17:21.150 --> 00:17:22.230
  • I've been in need."
  • 00:17:22.230 --> 00:17:24.240
  • You can come up with all kind of
  • 00:17:24.240 --> 00:17:25.290
  • excuses, remember this, God's
  • 00:17:25.290 --> 00:17:27.280
  • heard them all.
  • 00:17:27.280 --> 00:17:29.280
  • And they didn't come from God,
  • 00:17:29.280 --> 00:17:31.030
  • they came from the devil.
  • 00:17:31.030 --> 00:17:33.010
  • But the issue is this, God has
  • 00:17:33.010 --> 00:17:35.220
  • the best life for every single
  • 00:17:35.220 --> 00:17:37.130
  • one of us and the devil has his
  • 00:17:37.130 --> 00:17:39.240
  • best to do what?
  • 00:17:39.240 --> 00:17:40.290
  • To deceive us and to divide us.
  • 00:17:40.290 --> 00:17:43.190
  • You think about how many
  • 00:17:43.190 --> 00:17:44.190
  • churches get divided over
  • 00:17:44.190 --> 00:17:46.010
  • somebody disagreeing with this,
  • 00:17:46.010 --> 00:17:47.130
  • that, and the other.
  • 00:17:47.130 --> 00:17:48.150
  • Nations are divided, churches
  • 00:17:48.150 --> 00:17:49.230
  • divided, families divided,
  • 00:17:49.230 --> 00:17:51.180
  • friends divided, divided,
  • 00:17:51.180 --> 00:17:53.060
  • divided, divided, separate,
  • 00:17:53.060 --> 00:17:54.230
  • separate, separate because then
  • 00:17:54.230 --> 00:17:57.130
  • you've got chaos.
  • 00:17:57.130 --> 00:17:59.040
  • No love, criticism.
  • 00:17:59.040 --> 00:18:01.220
  • They say things they would say
  • 00:18:01.220 --> 00:18:03.230
  • one day, they wouldn't say the
  • 00:18:03.230 --> 00:18:04.290
  • next.
  • 00:18:04.290 --> 00:18:06.030
  • Satan is a divider, he's a
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:07.210
  • deceiver.
  • 00:18:07.210 --> 00:18:08.290
  • He is a destroyer.
  • 00:18:08.290 --> 00:18:10.250
  • That's his purpose, to destroy
  • 00:18:10.250 --> 00:18:12.180
  • our testimony, to destroy our
  • 00:18:12.180 --> 00:18:14.190
  • life physically, to destroy our
  • 00:18:14.190 --> 00:18:16.180
  • finances, destroy our marriage,
  • 00:18:16.180 --> 00:18:18.170
  • destroy our families, destroy,
  • 00:18:18.170 --> 00:18:20.170
  • destroy, destroy.
  • 00:18:20.170 --> 00:18:22.000
  • So, deceive, divide, destroy,
  • 00:18:22.000 --> 00:18:24.010
  • that's all he needs.
  • 00:18:24.010 --> 00:18:26.200
  • Deceive, divide, destroy.
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  • The next time you feel tempted,
  • 00:18:28.180 --> 00:18:30.070
  • ask yourself the question: Is
  • 00:18:30.070 --> 00:18:32.150
  • Satan deceiving me?
  • 00:18:32.150 --> 00:18:34.210
  • Am I feel--am I being divided
  • 00:18:34.210 --> 00:18:36.140
  • from what I ought to be doing?
  • 00:18:36.140 --> 00:18:38.020
  • And am I headed toward
  • 00:18:38.020 --> 00:18:40.030
  • destruction?
  • 00:18:40.030 --> 00:18:42.270
  • If a child of God, if you are a
  • 00:18:42.270 --> 00:18:45.020
  • believer, will stop when you are
  • 00:18:45.020 --> 00:18:47.170
  • tempted and ask yourself those
  • 00:18:47.170 --> 00:18:49.230
  • Number one question.
  • 00:18:55.170 --> 00:18:57.160
  • Is my mind being divided?
  • 00:18:58.000 --> 00:19:01.020
  • Am I headed toward some
  • 00:19:01.020 --> 00:19:02.070
  • destruction?
  • 00:19:02.070 --> 00:19:05.070
  • Ask yourself the question.
  • 00:19:05.070 --> 00:19:07.040
  • So, we need to be alert and
  • 00:19:07.040 --> 00:19:10.000
  • watchful.
  • 00:19:10.000 --> 00:19:11.090
  • And, as a child of God, none of
  • 00:19:11.090 --> 00:19:13.250
  • us can boast of being so strong
  • 00:19:13.250 --> 00:19:16.230
  • that we'll never be tempted.
  • 00:19:16.230 --> 00:19:17.260
  • When somebody says, "Well, I may
  • 00:19:17.260 --> 00:19:19.090
  • be tempted about some things,
  • 00:19:19.090 --> 00:19:20.100
  • but not that."
  • 00:19:20.100 --> 00:19:21.150
  • Satan just puts a check by that
  • 00:19:21.150 --> 00:19:22.180
  • one.
  • 00:19:22.180 --> 00:19:25.010
  • None of us, not any of us can
  • 00:19:25.070 --> 00:19:28.070
  • say, "I will never be tempted by
  • 00:19:28.070 --> 00:19:30.160
  • this, that, or the other."
  • 00:19:30.160 --> 00:19:32.020
  • We think we aren't.
  • 00:19:32.020 --> 00:19:33.200
  • We would almost swear we
  • 00:19:33.200 --> 00:19:34.250
  • wouldn't be, and we can give you
  • 00:19:34.250 --> 00:19:36.210
  • a lot of reasons we wouldn't be,
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:38.070
  • but the devil wants a sense of
  • 00:19:38.070 --> 00:19:41.070
  • self-confidence that's based on
  • 00:19:41.070 --> 00:19:43.110
  • mush, no foundation, but based
  • 00:19:43.180 --> 00:19:46.180
  • on mushy attitudes about what
  • 00:19:46.180 --> 00:19:49.120
  • you will or will not do.
  • 00:19:49.120 --> 00:19:52.050
  • And, when I think of this great
  • 00:19:52.050 --> 00:19:54.170
  • passage of Scripture in First
  • 00:19:55.030 --> 00:19:58.030
  • Corinthians ten, thirteen,
  • 00:19:58.030 --> 00:20:00.110
  • listen to what Paul says,
  • 00:20:00.110 --> 00:20:02.130
  • everybody ought to know this
  • 00:20:02.130 --> 00:20:03.100
  • one, "No temptation."
  • 00:20:03.210 --> 00:20:06.210
  • Listen to that, "No temptation
  • 00:20:06.210 --> 00:20:09.020
  • has taken you," or tempted you
  • 00:20:09.020 --> 00:20:10.250
  • or tried you, "but such is
  • 00:20:10.250 --> 00:20:13.120
  • common to man."
  • 00:20:13.120 --> 00:20:15.170
  • Listen, "common to man."
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:18.060
  • And that being the case, "God is
  • 00:20:18.060 --> 00:20:20.110
  • faithful, who will not allow you
  • 00:20:20.110 --> 00:20:23.040
  • to be tempted more than you are
  • 00:20:23.040 --> 00:20:24.140
  • able to bear but will with the
  • 00:20:24.140 --> 00:20:26.170
  • temptation also make a way of
  • 00:20:26.170 --> 00:20:28.090
  • escape that you can bear it."
  • 00:20:28.090 --> 00:20:31.050
  • We have a promise from God, I do
  • 00:20:31.050 --> 00:20:33.000
  • not have to do that.
  • 00:20:33.000 --> 00:20:34.140
  • I may want to do it, I may want
  • 00:20:34.140 --> 00:20:36.070
  • it more than anything else, but
  • 00:20:36.070 --> 00:20:37.250
  • I don't have to.
  • 00:20:37.250 --> 00:20:39.010
  • If I don't have to, then I'll
  • 00:20:39.010 --> 00:20:40.000
  • make the choice, either I will
  • 00:20:40.000 --> 00:20:41.210
  • or I will not.
  • 00:20:41.210 --> 00:20:44.030
  • And, when I think about the
  • 00:20:44.030 --> 00:20:45.150
  • condition our nation is in, and
  • 00:20:45.170 --> 00:20:48.170
  • the things that tempt people,
  • 00:20:48.170 --> 00:20:50.250
  • and the people who are being
  • 00:20:50.250 --> 00:20:51.260
  • destroyed, being destroyed,
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  • self-destruction as a result of
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  • yielding to temptation.
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  • Deceive, divide, destroy.
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  • So, whether it's a nation,
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  • whether it's a church, whether
  • 00:21:04.150 --> 00:21:05.250
  • it's a family, Satan's busy.
  • 00:21:06.150 --> 00:21:09.150
  • So, when you feel tempted, what
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  • do you do?
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  • Do you, watch this carefully, is
  • 00:21:13.140 --> 00:21:15.090
  • your first response a sudden
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  • desire to find a real good
  • 00:21:20.280 --> 00:21:23.280
  • sounding excuse?
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  • Or, when you're tempted, did you
  • 00:21:26.260 --> 00:21:29.130
  • know it's--you say, "This is of
  • 00:21:29.130 --> 00:21:31.110
  • the devil, it's not who I am,
  • 00:21:31.110 --> 00:21:33.080
  • doesn't belong in my life.
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  • I choose to reject this."
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  • We have a choice.
  • 00:21:38.290 --> 00:21:40.080
  • Now, a person who's an
  • 00:21:40.080 --> 00:21:41.150
  • unbeliever, they don't that kind
  • 00:21:41.150 --> 00:21:42.150
  • of choice, I'll tell you why.
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  • Because they have a fallen
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  • nature.
  • 00:21:46.110 --> 00:21:47.180
  • And so, when Satan comes on with
  • 00:21:47.180 --> 00:21:49.250
  • a very, very strong,
  • 00:21:49.250 --> 00:21:51.210
  • overpowering event in their life
  • 00:21:51.230 --> 00:21:54.230
  • or presentation of something
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  • they want, they already have
  • 00:21:56.130 --> 00:21:58.180
  • three strikes against them.
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  • It's the way they've been
  • 00:22:00.150 --> 00:22:01.110
  • living.
  • 00:22:01.110 --> 00:22:02.260
  • So, it's sort of easy to just
  • 00:22:02.260 --> 00:22:04.110
  • slip into what you've been
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  • doing.
  • 00:22:05.120 --> 00:22:06.130
  • When you're a child of God,
  • 00:22:06.130 --> 00:22:08.100
  • you trusted Him as your Savior.
  • 00:22:08.100 --> 00:22:11.020
  • You begin on a platform of
  • 00:22:11.020 --> 00:22:12.170
  • strength, you have the Holy
  • 00:22:12.170 --> 00:22:14.220
  • Spirit within you to, first of
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  • all, identify what you're facing
  • 00:22:16.280 --> 00:22:19.280
  • as a sin, that it doesn't fit
  • 00:22:19.280 --> 00:22:22.010
  • your life, it isn't of God, and
  • 00:22:22.010 --> 00:22:24.150
  • it's destructive.
  • 00:22:24.150 --> 00:22:26.000
  • It cannot bring you anything
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  • that's good.
  • 00:22:27.210 --> 00:22:28.230
  • You have the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:22:28.230 --> 00:22:30.050
  • The person who's not a believer
  • 00:22:30.050 --> 00:22:31.080
  • doesn't have that.
  • 00:22:31.080 --> 00:22:33.030
  • And the Word of God is our
  • 00:22:33.030 --> 00:22:34.190
  • greatest defense against the
  • 00:22:34.190 --> 00:22:35.280
  • devil because we don't have to
  • 00:22:35.280 --> 00:22:38.160
  • choose sin.
  • 00:22:38.160 --> 00:22:40.120
  • We have the Holy Spirit living
  • 00:22:40.120 --> 00:22:41.230
  • within us, He promises that.
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  • You have the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:22:43.240 --> 00:22:44.250
  • What does He do?
  • 00:22:44.250 --> 00:22:46.070
  • He makes you aware of the
  • 00:22:46.070 --> 00:22:47.080
  • temptation, He reminds you maybe
  • 00:22:47.080 --> 00:22:49.200
  • it's with some Scripture or
  • 00:22:49.200 --> 00:22:50.260
  • something He's already done in
  • 00:22:50.260 --> 00:22:52.040
  • your life, that God will give
  • 00:22:52.040 --> 00:22:54.000
  • you victory.
  • 00:22:54.000 --> 00:22:55.060
  • He reminds you, you do not have
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  • to yield to this.
  • 00:22:57.160 --> 00:22:59.070
  • It is a choice you make.
  • 00:22:59.070 --> 00:23:00.210
  • And, we can blame it on other
  • 00:23:00.210 --> 00:23:02.020
  • people, "Well, my mother, my
  • 00:23:02.020 --> 00:23:03.190
  • father, my sister, my brother,
  • 00:23:03.190 --> 00:23:05.010
  • my friend, my friends, this,
  • 00:23:05.010 --> 00:23:06.240
  • that, and the other."
  • 00:23:06.240 --> 00:23:07.160
  • That's not the issue.
  • 00:23:07.160 --> 00:23:09.110
  • If you want to keep living in
  • 00:23:09.110 --> 00:23:11.040
  • sin, all you have to do is close
  • 00:23:11.040 --> 00:23:13.040
  • this Book and don't open it up,
  • 00:23:13.040 --> 00:23:15.180
  • just, you can open it up once a
  • 00:23:15.180 --> 00:23:17.010
  • week, it's not going to keep you
  • 00:23:17.010 --> 00:23:18.170
  • from sinning.
  • 00:23:18.170 --> 00:23:20.190
  • God has given us, watch this,
  • 00:23:20.190 --> 00:23:22.070
  • He's given us His written Word
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  • and He's given us the Holy
  • 00:23:24.250 --> 00:23:26.050
  • Spirit to live inside of us in
  • 00:23:26.050 --> 00:23:28.020
  • order to interpret that Word for
  • 00:23:28.020 --> 00:23:29.280
  • us, to remind us that the wages
  • 00:23:30.140 --> 00:23:33.140
  • of sin is death.
  • 00:23:33.140 --> 00:23:35.270
  • And so, we all have to face
  • 00:23:35.270 --> 00:23:37.010
  • temptations, only you know how
  • 00:23:38.020 --> 00:23:41.020
  • you handle them.
  • 00:23:41.020 --> 00:23:43.200
  • Somebody says, "Well, you know,
  • 00:23:43.200 --> 00:23:45.150
  • I think God understands."
  • 00:23:45.150 --> 00:23:47.140
  • That is not our excuse for or
  • 00:23:48.020 --> 00:23:51.020
  • our explanation for living in
  • 00:23:51.020 --> 00:23:53.110
  • sin because God wants the best
  • 00:23:53.110 --> 00:23:56.050
  • for us.
  • 00:23:56.050 --> 00:23:57.090
  • And the Christian experience
  • 00:23:57.090 --> 00:23:58.280
  • does not mean that you'll never
  • 00:23:58.280 --> 00:24:00.240
  • sin against God.
  • 00:24:00.240 --> 00:24:03.040
  • All of us at some point at times
  • 00:24:03.040 --> 00:24:05.010
  • in our life do things or say
  • 00:24:05.010 --> 00:24:06.160
  • things or see things or whatever
  • 00:24:06.160 --> 00:24:07.260
  • it might be, we know are not of
  • 00:24:07.260 --> 00:24:09.130
  • God, what do you do?
  • 00:24:09.130 --> 00:24:10.120
  • In other words, you just give up
  • 00:24:10.120 --> 00:24:11.140
  • and say, "Well, see, I tried to
  • 00:24:11.140 --> 00:24:12.240
  • live a Christian life, I can't,
  • 00:24:12.240 --> 00:24:13.270
  • so forget it."
  • 00:24:13.270 --> 00:24:15.050
  • No, the Apostle Paul never
  • 00:24:15.050 --> 00:24:17.140
  • claimed perfection.
  • 00:24:17.140 --> 00:24:19.000
  • The only person who can claim
  • 00:24:19.000 --> 00:24:20.000
  • that's Jesus.
  • 00:24:20.000 --> 00:24:21.140
  • But a true believer, when you
  • 00:24:21.140 --> 00:24:23.110
  • are tempted, you turn to God.
  • 00:24:23.110 --> 00:24:25.160
  • "Lord, here's what I'm facing, I
  • 00:24:25.160 --> 00:24:27.020
  • don't want this in my life.
  • 00:24:27.020 --> 00:24:28.170
  • I feel so, help me, Jesus, help
  • 00:24:28.170 --> 00:24:30.170
  • me, help me, help me, Jesus."
  • 00:24:30.170 --> 00:24:32.040
  • Whatever it takes.
  • 00:24:32.040 --> 00:24:33.130
  • You say, "Well, then suppose I
  • 00:24:33.130 --> 00:24:35.040
  • yield anyway?"
  • 00:24:35.040 --> 00:24:37.050
  • You ask God to forgive you, to
  • 00:24:37.050 --> 00:24:39.110
  • strengthen you to make you aware
  • 00:24:39.110 --> 00:24:41.040
  • of that in your life that that's
  • 00:24:41.040 --> 00:24:42.110
  • an area of weakness.
  • 00:24:42.110 --> 00:24:43.260
  • And, if I should ask you, how
  • 00:24:43.260 --> 00:24:45.120
  • many of you know at least one
  • 00:24:45.120 --> 00:24:47.090
  • area of weakness in your life?
  • 00:24:47.090 --> 00:24:49.040
  • Don't raise your hand, no,
  • 00:24:49.040 --> 00:24:50.130
  • please don't.
  • 00:24:50.130 --> 00:24:52.150
  • But how many of you know at
  • 00:24:52.150 --> 00:24:54.040
  • least one area of weakness in
  • 00:24:54.040 --> 00:24:55.280
  • your life?
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  • We all do.
  • 00:25:00.130 --> 00:25:03.070
  • Anybody who says they don't, is
  • 00:25:03.070 --> 00:25:05.160
  • not telling the truth.
  • 00:25:05.160 --> 00:25:07.040
  • You know when, for example, if
  • 00:25:07.040 --> 00:25:10.010
  • it's gossip, if it's lust, if
  • 00:25:10.030 --> 00:25:13.030
  • it's overeating, if it's the way
  • 00:25:13.290 --> 00:25:16.290
  • you spend your money, or if it's
  • 00:25:16.290 --> 00:25:18.290
  • your lack of faithfulness in one
  • 00:25:18.290 --> 00:25:20.170
  • another, whatever it might be.
  • 00:25:20.170 --> 00:25:22.090
  • And, besides that, remember
  • 00:25:22.090 --> 00:25:23.190
  • this, God knows it.
  • 00:25:23.190 --> 00:25:25.280
  • In other words, you never have
  • 00:25:25.280 --> 00:25:26.260
  • to come to Him and say, "God, by
  • 00:25:26.260 --> 00:25:28.000
  • the way, let me remind You of
  • 00:25:28.000 --> 00:25:29.060
  • something."
  • 00:25:29.060 --> 00:25:29.280
  • No, He knows our areas of
  • 00:25:29.280 --> 00:25:31.280
  • weakness.
  • 00:25:31.280 --> 00:25:33.030
  • I think about how many families
  • 00:25:33.030 --> 00:25:34.030
  • are destroyed by somebody
  • 00:25:34.030 --> 00:25:37.010
  • falling into temptation, whether
  • 00:25:37.010 --> 00:25:39.040
  • it's a teenager or whether it's
  • 00:25:39.040 --> 00:25:40.060
  • the parents.
  • 00:25:40.060 --> 00:25:42.060
  • I think about people who go to
  • 00:25:42.060 --> 00:25:44.050
  • jail because they fell in the
  • 00:25:44.050 --> 00:25:45.170
  • temptation of stealing.
  • 00:25:45.170 --> 00:25:47.290
  • They could justify it, other
  • 00:25:47.290 --> 00:25:49.140
  • people have it, they don't have
  • 00:25:49.140 --> 00:25:50.140
  • it, and therefore, they'll just
  • 00:25:50.140 --> 00:25:51.140
  • take what they want.
  • 00:25:51.140 --> 00:25:53.120
  • You can go right down the list
  • 00:25:53.120 --> 00:25:54.140
  • of every sin in the Bible, we
  • 00:25:54.140 --> 00:25:56.130
  • could give an excuse for it, but
  • 00:25:56.130 --> 00:25:58.250
  • it's not acceptable to God.
  • 00:25:58.250 --> 00:26:01.010
  • Now, here's what I want you to
  • 00:26:01.010 --> 00:26:01.290
  • see, you do not have to.
  • 00:26:02.060 --> 00:26:05.060
  • Somebody says, "But I just
  • 00:26:05.060 --> 00:26:06.080
  • couldn't help myself."
  • 00:26:06.080 --> 00:26:08.120
  • You have God who will help you
  • 00:26:08.120 --> 00:26:10.260
  • through anything you face.
  • 00:26:11.290 --> 00:26:14.290
  • You say, "Well, suppose I sin,
  • 00:26:14.290 --> 00:26:16.170
  • then what?"
  • 00:26:16.170 --> 00:26:18.060
  • Here's what He says, "If we
  • 00:26:18.060 --> 00:26:20.020
  • confess our sins."
  • 00:26:20.020 --> 00:26:21.290
  • That is, we agree with God about
  • 00:26:21.290 --> 00:26:23.240
  • the nature of our sins, "If we
  • 00:26:23.240 --> 00:26:25.170
  • confess our sins, He is faithful
  • 00:26:25.230 --> 00:26:28.230
  • and just," to forgive me for my
  • 00:26:28.230 --> 00:26:30.080
  • sins.
  • 00:26:30.080 --> 00:26:31.010
  • Why?
  • 00:26:31.010 --> 00:26:31.280
  • Because Jesus Christ is my
  • 00:26:31.280 --> 00:26:33.090
  • Savior.
  • 00:26:33.090 --> 00:26:34.140
  • I've yielded to Him as the Lord
  • 00:26:34.140 --> 00:26:36.090
  • of my life and this is a point
  • 00:26:36.090 --> 00:26:38.120
  • of failure and I'm asking You,
  • 00:26:38.120 --> 00:26:39.270
  • God, to forgive me, not on the
  • 00:26:39.270 --> 00:26:41.070
  • basis that I deserve it, but on
  • 00:26:41.070 --> 00:26:42.280
  • the basis that Jesus' shed blood
  • 00:26:42.280 --> 00:26:44.290
  • atoned for my sin and I have
  • 00:26:44.290 --> 00:26:46.270
  • another chance.
  • 00:26:46.270 --> 00:26:48.210
  • God wipes away our guilt.
  • 00:26:48.210 --> 00:26:51.110
  • Now, you say, "Well, I've been
  • 00:26:51.110 --> 00:26:52.240
  • to God about the same thing
  • 00:26:52.240 --> 00:26:53.280
  • over and over and over again."
  • 00:26:53.280 --> 00:26:55.160
  • Well, God knows whether you
  • 00:26:55.160 --> 00:26:57.180
  • really and truly are committed
  • 00:26:57.180 --> 00:26:59.010
  • to Him or not.
  • 00:26:59.070 --> 00:27:02.090
  • And some sin, watch this, some
  • 00:27:02.090 --> 00:27:03.250
  • sins leave scars that you can't
  • 00:27:05.130 --> 00:27:08.130
  • erase.
  • 00:27:08.130 --> 00:27:11.090
  • Remember this statement, the
  • 00:27:11.090 --> 00:27:13.090
  • scars of sin can last you a
  • 00:27:13.250 --> 00:27:16.250
  • lifetime.
  • 00:27:16.250 --> 00:27:18.260
  • Only the blood of Jesus can
  • 00:27:18.260 --> 00:27:20.160
  • atone for them.
  • 00:27:20.160 --> 00:27:22.000
  • But you know what?
  • 00:27:22.000 --> 00:27:23.150
  • Scar's still there.
  • 00:27:23.150 --> 00:27:26.000
  • And we have to thank God for His
  • 00:27:26.000 --> 00:27:27.280
  • awesome power to enable us to
  • 00:27:27.280 --> 00:27:29.230
  • overcome them.
  • 00:27:29.230 --> 00:27:31.290
  • So, I'm simply saying to you,
  • 00:27:31.290 --> 00:27:34.040
  • whatever the weakness is in your
  • 00:27:34.040 --> 00:27:35.280
  • life, you need to bring it to
  • 00:27:35.280 --> 00:27:37.050
  • God.
  • 00:27:37.050 --> 00:27:38.140
  • Will He help you through it?
  • 00:27:38.140 --> 00:27:39.090
  • Yes.
  • 00:27:39.090 --> 00:27:40.190
  • So, I would just ask you to
  • 00:27:40.190 --> 00:27:41.210
  • consider in your own life, "What
  • 00:27:41.240 --> 00:27:44.240
  • effect has temptation had on my
  • 00:27:44.240 --> 00:27:47.000
  • life?
  • 00:27:47.000 --> 00:27:48.210
  • Why have I reasoned that I could
  • 00:27:48.210 --> 00:27:51.110
  • excuse myself?
  • 00:27:51.110 --> 00:27:52.230
  • Why have I told God over and
  • 00:27:52.230 --> 00:27:54.170
  • over again that I'm different?
  • 00:27:54.170 --> 00:27:56.200
  • I grew up in a bad situation, I
  • 00:27:56.200 --> 00:27:59.030
  • grew up with parents who didn't
  • 00:27:59.030 --> 00:28:00.150
  • teach me.
  • 00:28:00.150 --> 00:28:01.120
  • I grew up with alcoholic
  • 00:28:01.120 --> 00:28:02.130
  • parents.
  • 00:28:02.130 --> 00:28:03.050
  • I grew up with parents who'd
  • 00:28:03.050 --> 00:28:04.110
  • married three or four times.
  • 00:28:04.110 --> 00:28:05.220
  • I did this, I did that, I did
  • 00:28:05.220 --> 00:28:07.110
  • that other," God understands.
  • 00:28:07.110 --> 00:28:09.060
  • Listen carefully, God
  • 00:28:09.060 --> 00:28:10.250
  • understands, but God doesn't
  • 00:28:10.250 --> 00:28:12.260
  • excuse sin.
  • 00:28:12.260 --> 00:28:14.250
  • He's willing to deal with it,
  • 00:28:14.250 --> 00:28:16.050
  • He's willing to forgive, He's
  • 00:28:16.050 --> 00:28:17.140
  • willing to give you the strength
  • 00:28:17.140 --> 00:28:18.220
  • that you need.
  • 00:28:18.220 --> 00:28:20.020
  • But you have to first come clean
  • 00:28:20.020 --> 00:28:22.000
  • with Him.
  • 00:28:22.000 --> 00:28:22.240
  • "Lord, here I am and I'm weak
  • 00:28:22.240 --> 00:28:24.020
  • in this area, I desperately need
  • 00:28:24.020 --> 00:28:26.270
  • You to do something for me
  • 00:28:26.270 --> 00:28:28.140
  • in my life in this area,
  • 00:28:28.140 --> 00:28:29.240
  • in Jesus's name."
  • 00:28:29.240 --> 00:28:31.110
  • Will He answer your prayer?
  • 00:28:31.110 --> 00:28:32.110
  • Yes, He will.
  • 00:28:32.110 --> 00:28:34.100
  • You say, "Well, are we supposed
  • 00:28:34.100 --> 00:28:35.060
  • to be perfect?"
  • 00:28:35.060 --> 00:28:36.030
  • No, no, that's why He says, "If
  • 00:28:36.030 --> 00:28:39.020
  • we confess our sins," agree with
  • 00:28:39.020 --> 00:28:41.090
  • Him about them, "He's faithful
  • 00:28:41.090 --> 00:28:43.070
  • and just to forgive us
  • 00:28:43.070 --> 00:28:44.050
  • and to cleanse us
  • 00:28:44.050 --> 00:28:45.010
  • from all unrighteousness."
  • 00:28:45.010 --> 00:28:46.200
  • And, some sins, we probably have
  • 00:28:46.200 --> 00:28:48.260
  • all confessed some things over
  • 00:28:48.260 --> 00:28:50.250
  • and over and over again.
  • 00:28:50.250 --> 00:28:53.000
  • But we have the Holy Spirit
  • 00:28:53.000 --> 00:28:55.250
  • living within us to enable us to
  • 00:28:55.250 --> 00:28:58.060
  • be strong enough to say "no."
  • 00:28:58.060 --> 00:29:01.060
  • And the more times you say "no,"
  • 00:29:01.060 --> 00:29:03.000
  • the stronger you become.
  • 00:29:03.000 --> 00:29:04.280
  • You always have God enabling
  • 00:29:04.280 --> 00:29:07.180
  • you, warning you, and
  • 00:29:07.180 --> 00:29:09.170
  • strengthening you to be obedient
  • 00:29:09.170 --> 00:29:11.050
  • to God.
  • 00:29:11.050 --> 00:29:12.100
  • Amen?
  • 00:29:12.100 --> 00:29:14.010
  • Father, we thank You for Your
  • 00:29:14.010 --> 00:29:15.100
  • love for us.
  • 00:29:15.100 --> 00:29:17.020
  • We thank you that in the midst
  • 00:29:17.020 --> 00:29:18.030
  • of this dark generation which we
  • 00:29:18.030 --> 00:29:19.240
  • are living that there is an
  • 00:29:19.240 --> 00:29:22.070
  • awesome light that's eternal,
  • 00:29:22.070 --> 00:29:24.250
  • that glows within our hearts,
  • 00:29:24.250 --> 00:29:27.160
  • that makes it possible for us to
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  • live godly and to walk clearly,
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  • plainly, lovingly before You day
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  • by day.
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  • I pray, Lord, this morning that
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  • somebody seated here who is
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  • going through some terrible
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  • temptation or maybe is trapped
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  • by it right now, that You'll
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  • give them this grace, God, the
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  • grace to remember they can be
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  • freed and the grace to remember
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  • that You love them in spite of
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  • all of it, and the grace
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  • to remember that Your power
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  • is greater than the temptation
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  • they face.
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  • We love You, we praise You, we
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  • thank You, we are trusting You
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  • daily to be our Guide,
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  • our Savior, our Lord,
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  • and Master of our life.
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  • Show us how to live above sin,
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  • Lord, in every way,
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  • lives of other people.
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  • And so, you and I have the
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  • privilege of praying for that
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  • person that their lifestyle,
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  • their behavior, their conduct,
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  • their language, the things that
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  • they say, the things that they
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  • do would be consistent with the
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  • person of Jesus Christ
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  • someone should say to you, "How
  • 00:31:44.010 --> 00:31:45.090
  • can I pray for you?" what would
  • 00:31:45.090 --> 00:31:46.120
  • you say?
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  • Would you have something
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  • specific that you could say?
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  • Well, sometimes you might,
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  • sometimes you may not, or
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  • sometimes you maybe a little too
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  • embarrassed to even answer the
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  • question.
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  • And you may think, "Well,
  • 00:31:59.220 --> 00:32:00.200
  • they're being a little nosey."
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  • No, they really want to know how
  • 00:32:01.210 --> 00:32:03.130
  • to pray for you.
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  • Do you have an answer?
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  • And let me ask you this: do you
  • 00:32:07.100 --> 00:32:09.150
  • know to pray for someone else?
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  • Well, your answer may be, "You
  • 00:32:12.210 --> 00:32:14.070
  • know, I'm so--I have so many
  • 00:32:14.070 --> 00:32:15.250
  • issues in my own life, I don't
  • 00:32:15.250 --> 00:32:17.000
  • have time to pray for
  • 00:32:17.000 --> 00:32:17.180
  • somebody else."
  • 00:32:17.180 --> 00:32:18.260
  • Well, you really do.
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  • You either don't because of sin
  • 00:32:20.040 --> 00:32:22.150
  • in your life.
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  • You don't because you don't
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  • care.
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  • Maybe you don't because you
  • 00:32:24.190 --> 00:32:26.020
  • don't know how.
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  • If somebody says to me, "Pastor,
  • 00:32:27.220 --> 00:32:30.180
  • how can I pray for you?"
  • 00:32:30.180 --> 00:32:31.170
  • I have an exact answer.
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  • And it's an answer I want you
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  • consider this morning.
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  • It's an answer I want you to
  • 00:32:40.160 --> 00:32:41.200
  • consider for yourself.
  • 00:32:41.200 --> 00:32:43.190
  • Because it is a prayer.
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  • Two things are true about it.
  • 00:32:45.200 --> 00:32:47.170
  • Number one: you do not have to
  • 00:32:47.170 --> 00:32:49.160
  • ask if it's the will of God.
  • 00:32:49.160 --> 00:32:52.160
  • And secondly, you can pray it
  • 00:32:52.160 --> 00:32:53.290
  • with absolute confidence.
  • 00:32:53.290 --> 00:32:56.250
  • And so, oftentimes we say,
  • 00:32:56.250 --> 00:32:58.240
  • almost like magic, "If it be
  • 00:32:58.240 --> 00:33:00.210
  • thy will.
  • 00:33:00.210 --> 00:33:01.200
  • Lord, if you'll do this, if it
  • 00:33:01.200 --> 00:33:02.260
  • be thy will."
  • 00:33:02.260 --> 00:33:03.140
  • There're some things very clear
  • 00:33:03.140 --> 00:33:04.180
  • in the Bible that's the will of
  • 00:33:04.180 --> 00:33:05.290
  • God.
  • 00:33:05.290 --> 00:33:07.130
  • And so, I want you to think
  • 00:33:07.130 --> 00:33:08.120
  • about this prayer seriously,
  • 00:33:08.120 --> 00:33:10.190
  • because if somebody prays this
  • 00:33:10.190 --> 00:33:12.250
  • prayer for you, it's going to
  • 00:33:12.250 --> 00:33:14.220
  • make a difference in your life.
  • 00:33:14.220 --> 00:33:16.290
  • If you pray, on a couple of
  • 00:33:16.290 --> 00:33:18.110
  • conditions we'll mention later,
  • 00:33:18.110 --> 00:33:19.290
  • for somebody else, it's going to
  • 00:33:19.290 --> 00:33:21.020
  • make a difference in their life.
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  • So, I want you to turn to the
  • 00:33:23.140 --> 00:33:24.190
  • first chapter of Colossians.
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  • And I want us to read a few
  • 00:33:26.290 --> 00:33:28.230
  • verses here.
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  • Paul was in Ephesus about three
  • 00:33:30.120 --> 00:33:33.020
  • years and preaching the gospel,
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  • and one of his converts that he
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  • mentions here was Epaphras, and
  • 00:33:37.110 --> 00:33:39.230
  • he went to Colossae and probably
  • 00:33:39.230 --> 00:33:42.080
  • began preaching there, and so
  • 00:33:42.170 --> 00:33:45.170
  • Paul didn't know them
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  • personally.
  • 00:33:47.020 --> 00:33:48.030
  • And so, he writes this epistle,
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  • and here's what he says as he
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  • begins in verse seven, "Just as
  • 00:33:51.270 --> 00:33:54.270
  • you learned it from Epaphras,
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  • our beloved fellow bond-servant,
  • 00:33:56.120 --> 00:33:58.090
  • who is a faithful servant of
  • 00:33:58.090 --> 00:33:59.190
  • Christ on our behalf, and he
  • 00:33:59.190 --> 00:34:02.000
  • also informed us of your love in
  • 00:34:02.000 --> 00:34:04.090
  • the Spirit.
  • 00:34:04.090 --> 00:34:05.090
  • For this reason also, since the
  • 00:34:05.140 --> 00:34:08.140
  • day we heard of it, we have not
  • 00:34:08.140 --> 00:34:10.170
  • ceased to pray for you and to
  • 00:34:10.170 --> 00:34:12.000
  • ask that you may be filled with
  • 00:34:12.000 --> 00:34:13.280
  • the knowledge of His will in all
  • 00:34:13.280 --> 00:34:16.270
  • spiritual wisdom and
  • 00:34:16.270 --> 00:34:18.000
  • understanding, so that you'll
  • 00:34:18.000 --> 00:34:20.090
  • walk in a manner worthy of the
  • 00:34:20.090 --> 00:34:21.240
  • Lord, to please Him in all
  • 00:34:21.240 --> 00:34:23.050
  • respects, bearing fruit in every
  • 00:34:23.050 --> 00:34:25.190
  • good work and increasing in the
  • 00:34:25.190 --> 00:34:27.240
  • knowledge of God, strengthened
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  • with all power, according to His
  • 00:34:30.100 --> 00:34:32.080
  • glorious might, for the
  • 00:34:32.080 --> 00:34:34.000
  • attaining of all steadfastness
  • 00:34:34.000 --> 00:34:35.120
  • and patience, joyously giving
  • 00:34:35.280 --> 00:34:38.280
  • thanks to the Father, who has
  • 00:34:38.280 --> 00:34:40.100
  • qualified us to share in the
  • 00:34:40.100 --> 00:34:42.130
  • inheritance of the saints in
  • 00:34:42.130 --> 00:34:43.220
  • Light.
  • 00:34:43.220 --> 00:34:44.220
  • For He rescued us from the
  • 00:34:44.220 --> 00:34:46.040
  • domain of darkness, and
  • 00:34:46.040 --> 00:34:47.190
  • transferred us to the kingdom of
  • 00:34:47.190 --> 00:34:49.020
  • His beloved Son, in whom we have
  • 00:34:49.020 --> 00:34:51.140
  • redemption, the forgiveness of
  • 00:34:51.140 --> 00:34:53.050
  • sins."
  • 00:34:53.050 --> 00:34:54.040
  • You may think, "Well now, how in
  • 00:34:54.040 --> 00:34:55.160
  • the world is that prayer going
  • 00:34:55.160 --> 00:34:56.270
  • to affect anybody that I know?"
  • 00:34:56.270 --> 00:34:59.060
  • So, I want us to look at it
  • 00:34:59.060 --> 00:35:00.080
  • because yes, it will.
  • 00:35:00.080 --> 00:35:02.170
  • If somebody asks me, "Oh Pastor,
  • 00:35:02.170 --> 00:35:04.220
  • what can I pray for you?"
  • 00:35:04.220 --> 00:35:05.280
  • Here's what I say.
  • 00:35:05.280 --> 00:35:06.250
  • Pray Colossians chapter one,
  • 00:35:06.250 --> 00:35:08.240
  • nine through fourteen.
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  • Watch this carefully, it doesn't
  • 00:35:10.150 --> 00:35:12.060
  • make any difference what's going
  • 00:35:12.060 --> 00:35:13.270
  • on in your life.
  • 00:35:13.270 --> 00:35:15.240
  • That prayer will fit your life.
  • 00:35:16.270 --> 00:35:19.270
  • And I want us to take, there are
  • 00:35:19.270 --> 00:35:21.120
  • six different parts to it, and I
  • 00:35:21.120 --> 00:35:22.270
  • want us take each one of them
  • 00:35:22.270 --> 00:35:24.010
  • for a few moments and think
  • 00:35:24.010 --> 00:35:25.060
  • about it.
  • 00:35:25.060 --> 00:35:25.290
  • And you may think about it in
  • 00:35:25.290 --> 00:35:27.080
  • the light of somebody praying
  • 00:35:27.080 --> 00:35:28.220
  • for you, but you may also think
  • 00:35:28.220 --> 00:35:31.080
  • about in the light of praying
  • 00:35:31.080 --> 00:35:32.170
  • for other people.
  • 00:35:32.170 --> 00:35:33.170
  • I think about how many parents,
  • 00:35:33.170 --> 00:35:34.290
  • for example, who have small
  • 00:35:34.290 --> 00:35:37.070
  • children, very, very, small, and
  • 00:35:37.070 --> 00:35:39.170
  • they pray, "Lord, bless them,
  • 00:35:39.170 --> 00:35:40.220
  • help them to grow up and be
  • 00:35:40.220 --> 00:35:41.200
  • good," and this, that, and the
  • 00:35:41.200 --> 00:35:42.200
  • other.
  • 00:35:42.200 --> 00:35:43.110
  • I want you to think about
  • 00:35:43.110 --> 00:35:43.290
  • something as a parent.
  • 00:35:43.290 --> 00:35:45.230
  • When you bring a child into this
  • 00:35:45.230 --> 00:35:47.030
  • world, you bring a life that is
  • 00:35:48.100 --> 00:35:51.100
  • going to spend eternity
  • 00:35:51.100 --> 00:35:52.190
  • somewhere.
  • 00:35:52.190 --> 00:35:54.090
  • And you have the privilege as a
  • 00:35:54.090 --> 00:35:56.130
  • mother, as a father, as a
  • 00:35:56.130 --> 00:35:58.010
  • grandparent, of helping to mold
  • 00:35:58.120 --> 00:36:01.140
  • that life, and to mold it so it
  • 00:36:01.140 --> 00:36:03.270
  • will move in a certain direction
  • 00:36:03.270 --> 00:36:06.050
  • and accomplish certain things in
  • 00:36:06.050 --> 00:36:07.170
  • life.
  • 00:36:07.170 --> 00:36:08.140
  • You're the molder.
  • 00:36:08.140 --> 00:36:09.230
  • You have an awesome
  • 00:36:09.230 --> 00:36:10.180
  • responsibility.
  • 00:36:10.180 --> 00:36:12.090
  • And one of those
  • 00:36:12.090 --> 00:36:13.000
  • responsibilities involves this
  • 00:36:13.030 --> 00:36:16.030
  • awesome opportunity of praying
  • 00:36:16.030 --> 00:36:18.070
  • for that child.
  • 00:36:18.070 --> 00:36:19.180
  • And when you think about praying
  • 00:36:19.180 --> 00:36:22.150
  • this prayer for any child, it's
  • 00:36:22.150 --> 00:36:25.020
  • going to have an awesome impact.
  • 00:36:25.210 --> 00:36:28.210
  • So, I want you to think about
  • 00:36:28.210 --> 00:36:29.210
  • your children, moms and dads.
  • 00:36:29.210 --> 00:36:31.200
  • And I want you to think about
  • 00:36:31.200 --> 00:36:32.210
  • your grandchildren.
  • 00:36:32.210 --> 00:36:33.290
  • And think about your friends and
  • 00:36:33.290 --> 00:36:36.120
  • think about, most of all,
  • 00:36:36.120 --> 00:36:37.210
  • somebody praying this prayer for
  • 00:36:37.210 --> 00:36:39.210
  • you.
  • 00:36:39.210 --> 00:36:40.260
  • It'll impact your life.
  • 00:36:40.260 --> 00:36:43.130
  • So, let's look at these verses
  • 00:36:43.130 --> 00:36:44.190
  • for a few moments.
  • 00:36:44.190 --> 00:36:45.210
  • Here's what he says, he says,
  • 00:36:45.210 --> 00:36:48.210
  • "For this reason also, since the
  • 00:36:48.210 --> 00:36:50.210
  • day we heard of it, we have not
  • 00:36:50.210 --> 00:36:52.230
  • ceased to pray for you and to
  • 00:36:52.230 --> 00:36:55.110
  • ask that," number one, watch
  • 00:36:55.110 --> 00:36:57.180
  • this, ask that, "you may be
  • 00:36:57.180 --> 00:37:00.100
  • filled with the knowledge of His
  • 00:37:00.100 --> 00:37:02.110
  • will in all spiritual wisdom and
  • 00:37:02.110 --> 00:37:05.000
  • understanding."
  • 00:37:05.000 --> 00:37:06.150
  • Now, it's always right to pray
  • 00:37:06.150 --> 00:37:08.290
  • that somebody would know the
  • 00:37:08.290 --> 00:37:10.090
  • will of God for their life.
  • 00:37:10.090 --> 00:37:12.080
  • And I can remember before my
  • 00:37:12.080 --> 00:37:13.260
  • kids were born, I began to pray
  • 00:37:14.150 --> 00:37:17.150
  • two things: number one, that God
  • 00:37:17.150 --> 00:37:19.070
  • would show them His will for
  • 00:37:19.070 --> 00:37:20.120
  • their life; and number two,
  • 00:37:20.120 --> 00:37:21.140
  • they'd marry the right person.
  • 00:37:21.140 --> 00:37:23.160
  • Because those are the two major
  • 00:37:23.160 --> 00:37:24.110
  • things.
  • 00:37:24.110 --> 00:37:25.260
  • And then I would kneel down by
  • 00:37:25.260 --> 00:37:27.140
  • the bed at night when they were
  • 00:37:27.140 --> 00:37:28.190
  • home and I'd always talk about
  • 00:37:28.190 --> 00:37:30.060
  • the will of God.
  • 00:37:30.060 --> 00:37:31.070
  • We want to pray for God to
  • 00:37:31.070 --> 00:37:32.090
  • show you His will.
  • 00:37:32.090 --> 00:37:32.240
  • They didn't have any idea what I
  • 00:37:32.240 --> 00:37:33.190
  • was talking about.
  • 00:37:33.190 --> 00:37:34.190
  • But you know what?
  • 00:37:34.190 --> 00:37:35.230
  • Put it in their mind.
  • 00:37:35.230 --> 00:37:37.180
  • And this is why it's so
  • 00:37:37.180 --> 00:37:38.210
  • important that you begin to
  • 00:37:38.210 --> 00:37:40.040
  • program the minds of your
  • 00:37:40.040 --> 00:37:41.100
  • children so early.
  • 00:37:41.100 --> 00:37:42.120
  • They don't even know what you're
  • 00:37:42.120 --> 00:37:43.090
  • talking about.
  • 00:37:43.090 --> 00:37:43.260
  • The Spirit of God does.
  • 00:37:43.260 --> 00:37:45.020
  • And the Spirit of God'll take
  • 00:37:45.020 --> 00:37:46.010
  • that truth and He will work it
  • 00:37:46.010 --> 00:37:48.220
  • into that child's mind.
  • 00:37:48.220 --> 00:37:50.050
  • Praying, listen, he says praying
  • 00:37:50.160 --> 00:37:53.160
  • that you may be filled with the
  • 00:37:53.160 --> 00:37:56.120
  • knowledge of His will for your
  • 00:37:56.120 --> 00:37:58.030
  • life.
  • 00:37:58.030 --> 00:37:58.210
  • And notice what he says, in all
  • 00:37:58.210 --> 00:38:00.110
  • spiritual wisdom and
  • 00:38:00.110 --> 00:38:01.090
  • understanding.
  • 00:38:01.090 --> 00:38:01.290
  • What you're praying for when
  • 00:38:01.290 --> 00:38:02.240
  • you pray for somebody to know
  • 00:38:02.240 --> 00:38:04.100
  • His will, you're praying that
  • 00:38:04.100 --> 00:38:05.200
  • they may know the direction
  • 00:38:05.200 --> 00:38:07.140
  • that God has set for their life.
  • 00:38:07.140 --> 00:38:09.260
  • And until we understand the will
  • 00:38:09.260 --> 00:38:11.270
  • of God and know His will for our
  • 00:38:11.270 --> 00:38:13.090
  • life, then we're still
  • 00:38:13.090 --> 00:38:14.220
  • floundering.
  • 00:38:14.220 --> 00:38:16.020
  • You can impact that child's life
  • 00:38:16.020 --> 00:38:19.010
  • or that young person's life very
  • 00:38:19.010 --> 00:38:21.080
  • early by your prayers.
  • 00:38:21.080 --> 00:38:23.100
  • You don't want to just pray to
  • 00:38:23.100 --> 00:38:24.150
  • make somebody feel good.
  • 00:38:24.150 --> 00:38:25.120
  • You want to impact their life.
  • 00:38:25.120 --> 00:38:27.040
  • And impact means change.
  • 00:38:27.040 --> 00:38:29.160
  • And so, you have the power, the
  • 00:38:29.160 --> 00:38:31.280
  • privilege, the awesome
  • 00:38:31.280 --> 00:38:33.010
  • opportunity of doing that.
  • 00:38:33.010 --> 00:38:35.140
  • Because the truth is, we all
  • 00:38:35.140 --> 00:38:37.050
  • want to know the will of the
  • 00:38:37.050 --> 00:38:38.100
  • Father for our life, whether we
  • 00:38:38.100 --> 00:38:39.280
  • are sixty or whether you're six.
  • 00:38:39.280 --> 00:38:42.020
  • Then notice the second part.
  • 00:38:42.020 --> 00:38:43.120
  • He says, "To be filled with the
  • 00:38:43.120 --> 00:38:45.020
  • knowledge of His will in all
  • 00:38:45.020 --> 00:38:46.070
  • spiritual wisdom and
  • 00:38:46.070 --> 00:38:47.110
  • understanding, so that you will
  • 00:38:47.110 --> 00:38:49.270
  • walk in a manner worthy of
  • 00:38:49.270 --> 00:38:51.260
  • the Lord."
  • 00:38:51.260 --> 00:38:53.000
  • Well, what is that?
  • 00:38:53.000 --> 00:38:53.180
  • What you're saying is you want
  • 00:38:53.180 --> 00:38:55.170
  • that person to walk in a way, in
  • 00:38:55.170 --> 00:38:58.080
  • a manner that is worthy of, that
  • 00:38:58.080 --> 00:39:00.270
  • is, consistent with His life.
  • 00:39:00.270 --> 00:39:03.070
  • And so, what is he saying?
  • 00:39:03.070 --> 00:39:05.070
  • He's saying that you and I may
  • 00:39:05.070 --> 00:39:06.140
  • walk in a manner, listen, that
  • 00:39:06.140 --> 00:39:08.180
  • is befitting of who we are.
  • 00:39:08.290 --> 00:39:11.290
  • We are followers of Jesus
  • 00:39:11.290 --> 00:39:13.120
  • Christ.
  • 00:39:13.120 --> 00:39:14.000
  • If I'm a follower of Jesus
  • 00:39:14.000 --> 00:39:15.040
  • Christ, He has a right, the
  • 00:39:15.040 --> 00:39:16.220
  • world has a right that our
  • 00:39:16.220 --> 00:39:18.100
  • lifestyle, our daily walk is a
  • 00:39:18.100 --> 00:39:20.170
  • lifestyle that's patterned after
  • 00:39:20.170 --> 00:39:22.110
  • the life of Jesus.
  • 00:39:22.110 --> 00:39:24.020
  • Now, that doesn't mean that
  • 00:39:24.020 --> 00:39:24.270
  • you're walking up and down the
  • 00:39:24.270 --> 00:39:25.240
  • roads preaching the gospel,
  • 00:39:25.240 --> 00:39:26.270
  • but it means His character, who
  • 00:39:26.270 --> 00:39:29.060
  • He was and who He is in our
  • 00:39:29.060 --> 00:39:31.010
  • life, walking in a manner that
  • 00:39:31.010 --> 00:39:33.100
  • is pleasing to Him.
  • 00:39:33.100 --> 00:39:35.220
  • And so, when you think about
  • 00:39:35.220 --> 00:39:37.170
  • that, you think about the person
  • 00:39:37.170 --> 00:39:38.290
  • you're praying for, what kind of
  • 00:39:38.290 --> 00:39:40.000
  • life are they living?
  • 00:39:40.000 --> 00:39:41.250
  • Whatever it is, your prayers can
  • 00:39:41.250 --> 00:39:44.030
  • impact their life.
  • 00:39:44.030 --> 00:39:46.100
  • Make a change.
  • 00:39:46.100 --> 00:39:47.230
  • Change their life in a way
  • 00:39:47.230 --> 00:39:49.060
  • that'll be very evident because
  • 00:39:49.060 --> 00:39:51.030
  • when you talk about the idea of
  • 00:39:51.030 --> 00:39:53.060
  • walking in a manner worthy of
  • 00:39:53.060 --> 00:39:55.200
  • the Lord to please Him in all
  • 00:39:55.200 --> 00:39:57.060
  • respects, we're talking about a
  • 00:39:57.190 --> 00:40:00.190
  • person's lifestyle.
  • 00:40:00.190 --> 00:40:02.000
  • For example, remember this, when
  • 00:40:02.000 --> 00:40:04.150
  • Jesus left, He said to His
  • 00:40:04.150 --> 00:40:05.240
  • disciples, I'm leaving you, the
  • 00:40:05.240 --> 00:40:06.290
  • Holy Spirit's going to live in,
  • 00:40:06.290 --> 00:40:07.270
  • within, upon you; and so that
  • 00:40:07.270 --> 00:40:09.200
  • means that every single one of
  • 00:40:09.200 --> 00:40:11.030
  • us who is a follower of Jesus is
  • 00:40:11.030 --> 00:40:14.020
  • an extension of His life.
  • 00:40:14.020 --> 00:40:16.020
  • He says He's seated at the
  • 00:40:16.020 --> 00:40:17.040
  • Father's right hand to make
  • 00:40:17.040 --> 00:40:18.250
  • intersession for us.
  • 00:40:18.250 --> 00:40:20.020
  • But He's left us here.
  • 00:40:20.020 --> 00:40:21.170
  • That's why He doesn't just get
  • 00:40:21.170 --> 00:40:22.140
  • you saved one day and take you
  • 00:40:22.140 --> 00:40:23.220
  • home tomorrow.
  • 00:40:23.220 --> 00:40:24.180
  • He leaves us down here to bear
  • 00:40:24.180 --> 00:40:26.010
  • witness and a testimony and
  • 00:40:26.010 --> 00:40:27.130
  • influence, make an impact in the
  • 00:40:27.130 --> 00:40:29.050
  • lives of other people.
  • 00:40:29.050 --> 00:40:30.160
  • And so, you and I have the
  • 00:40:30.160 --> 00:40:32.180
  • privilege of praying for that
  • 00:40:32.180 --> 00:40:34.190
  • person that their lifestyle,
  • 00:40:34.190 --> 00:40:37.010
  • their behavior, their conduct,
  • 00:40:37.010 --> 00:40:39.010
  • their language, the things that
  • 00:40:39.010 --> 00:40:40.160
  • they say, the things that they
  • 00:40:40.160 --> 00:40:41.240
  • do would be consistent with the
  • 00:40:41.240 --> 00:40:44.180
  • person of Jesus Christ as to how
  • 00:40:44.180 --> 00:40:46.100
  • He lived.
  • 00:40:46.100 --> 00:40:47.130
  • Isn't that really the way you
  • 00:40:47.130 --> 00:40:48.160
  • want to live?
  • 00:40:48.160 --> 00:40:49.200
  • But what I want to ask is this:
  • 00:40:49.200 --> 00:40:50.290
  • who is it in your life that you
  • 00:40:50.290 --> 00:40:53.020
  • care enough about--this--how
  • 00:40:53.090 --> 00:40:56.090
  • much--what's the value you place
  • 00:40:56.090 --> 00:40:59.010
  • on anybody's life that you're
  • 00:40:59.010 --> 00:41:00.120
  • willing to spend time, invest
  • 00:41:00.120 --> 00:41:02.190
  • time praying to God.
  • 00:41:02.190 --> 00:41:04.220
  • Lord, show him, or show her your
  • 00:41:04.220 --> 00:41:06.200
  • will for their life.
  • 00:41:06.200 --> 00:41:08.140
  • Lord, I want you to work in the
  • 00:41:08.140 --> 00:41:10.190
  • way they live their lives,
  • 00:41:10.190 --> 00:41:13.080
  • pleasing to you, honorable to
  • 00:41:13.080 --> 00:41:15.030
  • you, characteristic of the life
  • 00:41:15.030 --> 00:41:16.200
  • of Christ.
  • 00:41:16.200 --> 00:41:17.200
  • God, change their life.
  • 00:41:17.200 --> 00:41:19.030
  • Speak to their heart.
  • 00:41:19.030 --> 00:41:20.240
  • I've heard many a parent, and
  • 00:41:20.240 --> 00:41:23.160
  • seen many a parent wept over
  • 00:41:23.160 --> 00:41:26.070
  • their kid's dilemma and the
  • 00:41:26.070 --> 00:41:27.250
  • things and situations and
  • 00:41:27.250 --> 00:41:29.050
  • circumstances they were in.
  • 00:41:29.050 --> 00:41:30.250
  • And I wonder sometimes, "Well,
  • 00:41:30.250 --> 00:41:32.160
  • did you just start praying after
  • 00:41:32.160 --> 00:41:34.080
  • they got in trouble?
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  • I'm afraid that's what happens
  • 00:41:36.070 --> 00:41:37.120
  • oftentimes.
  • 00:41:37.120 --> 00:41:38.150
  • Parents never get serious about
  • 00:41:38.150 --> 00:41:41.060
  • praying for their kids and
  • 00:41:41.060 --> 00:41:42.110
  • allowing--can you imagine this?
  • 00:41:42.110 --> 00:41:45.110
  • Allowing your children to have
  • 00:41:45.110 --> 00:41:46.280
  • parties, drinking parties, at
  • 00:41:46.280 --> 00:41:49.030
  • your home, and all the things
  • 00:41:49.030 --> 00:41:50.280
  • that go on today.
  • 00:41:50.280 --> 00:41:52.000
  • And I'm thinking, those parents
  • 00:41:52.000 --> 00:41:54.040
  • would say, "Oh, I," watch this,
  • 00:41:54.040 --> 00:41:55.270
  • "Oh, I love my son and my
  • 00:41:55.270 --> 00:41:57.100
  • daughter, and that is why I do
  • 00:41:57.100 --> 00:41:58.170
  • this."
  • 00:41:58.170 --> 00:41:59.020
  • No, you do not love them.
  • 00:41:59.050 --> 00:42:02.070
  • No, you want to please them.
  • 00:42:02.070 --> 00:42:04.090
  • And sometimes you want to live
  • 00:42:04.090 --> 00:42:05.290
  • your life again the second time
  • 00:42:05.290 --> 00:42:08.010
  • through them in their early
  • 00:42:08.010 --> 00:42:09.140
  • life.
  • 00:42:09.140 --> 00:42:10.070
  • If you love them, you would
  • 00:42:10.070 --> 00:42:12.000
  • forbid it.
  • 00:42:12.000 --> 00:42:13.010
  • If you love them, you would grow
  • 00:42:13.010 --> 00:42:14.220
  • them up in a godly fashion, if
  • 00:42:14.220 --> 00:42:16.080
  • you really and truly genuinely
  • 00:42:16.080 --> 00:42:18.020
  • cared for them.
  • 00:42:18.020 --> 00:42:18.280
  • You care for them not only in
  • 00:42:18.280 --> 00:42:20.020
  • this life, but in the life to
  • 00:42:20.020 --> 00:42:20.280
  • come.
  • 00:42:20.280 --> 00:42:21.180
  • No, you wouldn't give them
  • 00:42:21.180 --> 00:42:22.160
  • everything they want, let them
  • 00:42:22.160 --> 00:42:23.170
  • do whatever they want to do, go
  • 00:42:23.170 --> 00:42:24.240
  • anywhere they want to go.
  • 00:42:24.240 --> 00:42:26.040
  • You wouldn't sponsor parties
  • 00:42:26.040 --> 00:42:27.290
  • where they can sleep that night
  • 00:42:27.290 --> 00:42:29.280
  • altogether and drink and
  • 00:42:29.280 --> 00:42:31.260
  • carry on.
  • 00:42:31.260 --> 00:42:32.110
  • You--that's love?
  • 00:42:32.110 --> 00:42:33.260
  • That's not love.
  • 00:42:33.260 --> 00:42:36.170
  • That's laziness, carelessness,
  • 00:42:36.170 --> 00:42:38.270
  • indifference, selfishness, and
  • 00:42:38.270 --> 00:42:41.050
  • all the rest, but it is not
  • 00:42:41.050 --> 00:42:42.160
  • love.
  • 00:42:42.160 --> 00:42:44.060
  • It is not love.
  • 00:42:45.280 --> 00:42:48.280
  • Well, listen to what he says,
  • 00:42:48.280 --> 00:42:51.090
  • "That you may walk in a manner
  • 00:42:51.090 --> 00:42:52.170
  • worthy of the Lord, to please
  • 00:42:52.170 --> 00:42:55.120
  • Him in all respects, bearing
  • 00:42:55.120 --> 00:42:57.060
  • fruit in every good work."
  • 00:42:57.060 --> 00:42:59.280
  • Listen to that, bearing fruit in
  • 00:42:59.280 --> 00:43:02.090
  • every good work, which simply
  • 00:43:02.090 --> 00:43:04.020
  • means what?
  • 00:43:04.020 --> 00:43:05.020
  • That you live a life that is
  • 00:43:05.020 --> 00:43:07.120
  • wisely invested.
  • 00:43:07.120 --> 00:43:09.030
  • You don't waste it.
  • 00:43:09.030 --> 00:43:11.170
  • Bearing fruit in every good
  • 00:43:11.170 --> 00:43:12.180
  • work.
  • 00:43:12.180 --> 00:43:13.190
  • That is, our life is not a
  • 00:43:13.190 --> 00:43:15.180
  • waste, but is--it makes a
  • 00:43:15.180 --> 00:43:17.190
  • contribution.
  • 00:43:17.190 --> 00:43:18.200
  • So, ask yourself the question:
  • 00:43:18.200 --> 00:43:20.220
  • in what way is your life making
  • 00:43:20.220 --> 00:43:22.080
  • a contribution?
  • 00:43:22.080 --> 00:43:23.160
  • What are you saying to your sons
  • 00:43:23.160 --> 00:43:25.010
  • and your daughters about their
  • 00:43:25.010 --> 00:43:26.260
  • life and God's will for their
  • 00:43:26.260 --> 00:43:28.090
  • life and how you believe that
  • 00:43:28.160 --> 00:43:31.160
  • they have something to
  • 00:43:31.160 --> 00:43:33.100
  • contribute.
  • 00:43:33.100 --> 00:43:34.260
  • And you think about people
  • 00:43:34.260 --> 00:43:36.270
  • living their lives, and most of
  • 00:43:36.270 --> 00:43:38.080
  • their life is wrapped up in my
  • 00:43:38.080 --> 00:43:40.080
  • job, in my possessions and what
  • 00:43:40.080 --> 00:43:42.050
  • I want and my pleasures and my
  • 00:43:42.050 --> 00:43:43.210
  • plans and me, myself, and I.
  • 00:43:43.210 --> 00:43:45.170
  • And my children and my husband
  • 00:43:45.170 --> 00:43:47.060
  • and my wife; my, my, my, my.
  • 00:43:47.060 --> 00:43:49.020
  • What about God?
  • 00:43:49.020 --> 00:43:51.110
  • Where is He in all that?
  • 00:43:51.110 --> 00:43:54.010
  • You see, if we are really living
  • 00:43:54.010 --> 00:43:55.280
  • in a manner that is pleasing to
  • 00:43:55.280 --> 00:43:57.180
  • Him, I'm going to be thinking
  • 00:43:57.180 --> 00:43:59.120
  • about somebody else more than
  • 00:43:59.120 --> 00:44:00.270
  • myself.
  • 00:44:00.270 --> 00:44:01.190
  • I'm going to be thinking about
  • 00:44:01.190 --> 00:44:02.150
  • what can I contribute to them.
  • 00:44:02.150 --> 00:44:03.230
  • How can I help them?
  • 00:44:03.230 --> 00:44:04.250
  • How can I motivate them?
  • 00:44:04.250 --> 00:44:05.290
  • What can I do to encourage them
  • 00:44:05.290 --> 00:44:08.040
  • to make their life count for
  • 00:44:08.040 --> 00:44:09.290
  • somebody else?
  • 00:44:09.290 --> 00:44:12.080
  • Notice how he says it.
  • 00:44:12.080 --> 00:44:13.180
  • He says, "Bearing fruit in every
  • 00:44:14.290 --> 00:44:17.290
  • good work."
  • 00:44:17.290 --> 00:44:19.160
  • Listen, and he says, "Increasing
  • 00:44:19.160 --> 00:44:21.120
  • in the knowledge of God."
  • 00:44:21.160 --> 00:44:24.160
  • That should happen to you every
  • 00:44:24.160 --> 00:44:26.010
  • time you come to church, that
  • 00:44:26.010 --> 00:44:27.290
  • God ought to say something in
  • 00:44:27.290 --> 00:44:29.090
  • some way.
  • 00:44:29.090 --> 00:44:30.010
  • It may be sort of the same
  • 00:44:30.010 --> 00:44:31.080
  • thing, but in a different way,
  • 00:44:31.080 --> 00:44:33.080
  • increasing in the knowledge of
  • 00:44:33.080 --> 00:44:34.160
  • God.
  • 00:44:34.160 --> 00:44:35.260
  • Look at the world in which we
  • 00:44:35.260 --> 00:44:36.270
  • are growing these children up.
  • 00:44:36.270 --> 00:44:38.020
  • They desperately need the truth
  • 00:44:38.160 --> 00:44:41.160
  • very early in life because
  • 00:44:41.160 --> 00:44:44.050
  • they're going to be attacked by
  • 00:44:44.050 --> 00:44:45.130
  • everything imaginable.
  • 00:44:46.020 --> 00:44:49.020
  • So, he says, "Bearing fruit in
  • 00:44:49.020 --> 00:44:50.240
  • every good work and increasing
  • 00:44:50.240 --> 00:44:53.010
  • in the knowledge of God."
  • 00:44:53.010 --> 00:44:54.170
  • Where are you going to learn
  • 00:44:54.170 --> 00:44:55.100
  • that?
  • 00:44:55.100 --> 00:44:57.130
  • In a Christian private school,
  • 00:44:57.130 --> 00:44:59.050
  • you'll learn some; but in most
  • 00:44:59.050 --> 00:45:00.210
  • public schools, you're not going
  • 00:45:00.210 --> 00:45:01.180
  • to learn any.
  • 00:45:01.180 --> 00:45:02.240
  • There are some wonderful public
  • 00:45:02.240 --> 00:45:03.270
  • school teachers, but they're not
  • 00:45:03.270 --> 00:45:05.050
  • allowed to talk about the Lord.
  • 00:45:05.050 --> 00:45:07.000
  • Listen to me, if you don't do it
  • 00:45:07.000 --> 00:45:08.220
  • at home, forget it.
  • 00:45:08.220 --> 00:45:11.160
  • And if you don't bring them to
  • 00:45:11.160 --> 00:45:12.150
  • church and if you don't go to
  • 00:45:12.150 --> 00:45:13.130
  • church where somebody teaches
  • 00:45:13.130 --> 00:45:15.020
  • the Word of God and believes in
  • 00:45:15.020 --> 00:45:16.060
  • the Word of God--and I'll say
  • 00:45:16.060 --> 00:45:17.040
  • this, and I say it lovingly but
  • 00:45:17.040 --> 00:45:19.030
  • very strongly.
  • 00:45:19.030 --> 00:45:20.120
  • You go to church, I don't care
  • 00:45:20.120 --> 00:45:22.050
  • where it is, what denomination
  • 00:45:22.050 --> 00:45:24.000
  • it is, and the Pastor talks
  • 00:45:24.000 --> 00:45:25.130
  • about some of the Scripture
  • 00:45:25.130 --> 00:45:26.200
  • being true and some not.
  • 00:45:26.200 --> 00:45:27.280
  • Get out!
  • 00:45:27.280 --> 00:45:29.040
  • Here's what you're doing.
  • 00:45:29.040 --> 00:45:31.000
  • You are teaching your children,
  • 00:45:31.000 --> 00:45:33.050
  • you're teaching your children
  • 00:45:33.050 --> 00:45:34.050
  • that the Word of God is not all
  • 00:45:34.050 --> 00:45:36.010
  • true; and therefore, why should
  • 00:45:36.010 --> 00:45:38.110
  • they grow up believing it?
  • 00:45:38.110 --> 00:45:40.070
  • Why should they grow up wanting
  • 00:45:40.070 --> 00:45:41.080
  • to be a Christian?
  • 00:45:41.080 --> 00:45:41.250
  • Why should they grow up wanting
  • 00:45:41.250 --> 00:45:43.260
  • to follow God?
  • 00:45:43.260 --> 00:45:45.120
  • Why should they grow up
  • 00:45:45.120 --> 00:45:46.110
  • believing and trusting God?
  • 00:45:46.110 --> 00:45:49.070
  • Now, I know most of you read
  • 00:45:49.070 --> 00:45:50.280
  • your Bible every single day.
  • 00:45:51.130 --> 00:45:54.130
  • Amen?
  • 00:45:54.130 --> 00:45:56.140
  • Good.
  • 00:45:56.140 --> 00:45:58.100
  • The best way to teach your
  • 00:45:58.100 --> 00:45:59.080
  • children to have a desire for
  • 00:45:59.080 --> 00:46:00.280
  • the knowledge of God is to see
  • 00:46:00.280 --> 00:46:03.030
  • you reading this Book and to
  • 00:46:03.030 --> 00:46:05.230
  • read it with them.
  • 00:46:05.230 --> 00:46:07.170
  • You say, "Well, they don't
  • 00:46:07.170 --> 00:46:09.130
  • understand!"
  • 00:46:09.130 --> 00:46:11.020
  • You don't know how
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  • much they understand.
  • 00:46:11.190 --> 00:46:12.040
  • And I remember when my kids said
  • 00:46:12.040 --> 00:46:13.200
  • to me, "Dad, we don't
  • 00:46:13.200 --> 00:46:16.120
  • understand this."
  • 00:46:16.120 --> 00:46:17.190
  • I bought them a copy of The
  • 00:46:17.190 --> 00:46:19.050
  • Living Bible translation, both
  • 00:46:19.110 --> 00:46:22.110
  • of them.
  • 00:46:22.110 --> 00:46:23.210
  • I never had to ask them to read
  • 00:46:23.210 --> 00:46:24.290
  • the Bible again because they
  • 00:46:24.290 --> 00:46:26.150
  • understood it better than they
  • 00:46:26.150 --> 00:46:27.140
  • did King James.
  • 00:46:27.140 --> 00:46:28.120
  • Whatever it takes to help your
  • 00:46:28.120 --> 00:46:30.260
  • children to understand the Word
  • 00:46:30.260 --> 00:46:32.070
  • of God, and the only reason
  • 00:46:32.070 --> 00:46:33.230
  • they're going to have a desire
  • 00:46:33.230 --> 00:46:34.270
  • for the knowledge of God is
  • 00:46:34.270 --> 00:46:35.250
  • because you do.
  • 00:46:35.250 --> 00:46:37.230
  • And secondly, not only do you
  • 00:46:37.230 --> 00:46:39.150
  • have a knowledge of the Word of
  • 00:46:39.150 --> 00:46:40.210
  • God, but you got to talk about
  • 00:46:40.210 --> 00:46:42.040
  • it.
  • 00:46:42.040 --> 00:46:43.270
  • You've got to talk about what
  • 00:46:43.270 --> 00:46:44.190
  • you have learned, not just
  • 00:46:44.190 --> 00:46:46.070
  • here's what the Pastor said or
  • 00:46:46.070 --> 00:46:47.170
  • this, but here's what we are
  • 00:46:47.170 --> 00:46:48.200
  • learning.
  • 00:46:48.200 --> 00:46:49.160
  • And when children grow up in a
  • 00:46:49.160 --> 00:46:51.090
  • family where they talk about the
  • 00:46:51.090 --> 00:46:53.190
  • Lord, and I can't even imagine
  • 00:46:53.190 --> 00:46:55.280
  • any day in any family that the
  • 00:46:55.280 --> 00:46:58.230
  • Lord's name shouldn't come up
  • 00:46:58.230 --> 00:46:59.240
  • about something.
  • 00:47:00.120 --> 00:47:03.120
  • If you can live a full day and
  • 00:47:03.120 --> 00:47:05.030
  • watch TV and read the newspaper
  • 00:47:05.030 --> 00:47:06.210
  • and the magazines and your
  • 00:47:06.210 --> 00:47:07.200
  • friends and talk on the phone
  • 00:47:07.200 --> 00:47:08.240
  • and so forth and never mention
  • 00:47:08.240 --> 00:47:10.050
  • Jesus, there's something wrong!
  • 00:47:10.050 --> 00:47:11.170
  • We are followers of Him.
  • 00:47:11.170 --> 00:47:12.260
  • Tell me anything any more
  • 00:47:12.260 --> 00:47:13.250
  • important than the gospel of
  • 00:47:13.250 --> 00:47:15.290
  • Jesus Christ, nothing so
  • 00:47:15.290 --> 00:47:17.260
  • important as that.
  • 00:47:17.260 --> 00:47:19.000
  • Children need to be--listen, and
  • 00:47:19.000 --> 00:47:21.030
  • here's what happens.
  • 00:47:21.030 --> 00:47:22.100
  • I can graphically show you what
  • 00:47:22.100 --> 00:47:24.010
  • happens when you start praying
  • 00:47:24.010 --> 00:47:25.030
  • for them early in life.
  • 00:47:25.030 --> 00:47:26.160
  • They come up in life, and little
  • 00:47:26.160 --> 00:47:28.020
  • by little, as you pray for them
  • 00:47:28.020 --> 00:47:30.220
  • and you give them guidance and
  • 00:47:30.220 --> 00:47:31.270
  • direction for life, you bend
  • 00:47:31.270 --> 00:47:34.060
  • their heart and their life
  • 00:47:34.060 --> 00:47:36.010
  • toward God because they hear the
  • 00:47:36.010 --> 00:47:38.130
  • truth over and over and over
  • 00:47:38.130 --> 00:47:40.280
  • again.
  • 00:47:40.280 --> 00:47:41.230
  • Now, there are three things that
  • 00:47:41.230 --> 00:47:42.250
  • are essential for that: number
  • 00:47:42.250 --> 00:47:44.170
  • one, you got to read and study
  • 00:47:44.170 --> 00:47:46.080
  • the Word of God.
  • 00:47:46.080 --> 00:47:48.050
  • You got to read the Word of God.
  • 00:47:48.050 --> 00:47:50.050
  • And secondly, you've got to
  • 00:47:50.050 --> 00:47:52.060
  • apply it to your life.
  • 00:47:52.060 --> 00:47:53.270
  • And thirdly, which most people
  • 00:47:53.270 --> 00:47:55.210
  • forget, then you observe what
  • 00:47:55.210 --> 00:47:57.210
  • happened as a result of my
  • 00:47:57.210 --> 00:47:58.290
  • obedience.
  • 00:47:58.290 --> 00:48:00.210
  • Now, I can say this, confident,
  • 00:48:00.210 --> 00:48:02.160
  • any Sunday you come to church
  • 00:48:02.160 --> 00:48:04.290
  • here, and many other churches
  • 00:48:04.290 --> 00:48:06.040
  • too, you have enough notes, you
  • 00:48:06.040 --> 00:48:09.030
  • ought to have enough notes, and
  • 00:48:09.030 --> 00:48:10.050
  • when you go home, you can talk
  • 00:48:10.050 --> 00:48:11.250
  • to them to your kids about them.
  • 00:48:11.250 --> 00:48:13.230
  • What do you think about so and
  • 00:48:13.230 --> 00:48:14.250
  • so?
  • 00:48:14.250 --> 00:48:15.120
  • Let 'em talk.
  • 00:48:15.120 --> 00:48:16.050
  • It doesn't make any--listen,
  • 00:48:16.050 --> 00:48:17.060
  • don't say, "Mmm-mm-mm,
  • 00:48:17.060 --> 00:48:18.110
  • that's wrong."
  • 00:48:18.110 --> 00:48:19.090
  • Just let them talk.
  • 00:48:19.090 --> 00:48:20.100
  • Because what you need to find
  • 00:48:20.100 --> 00:48:21.200
  • out is what are they thinking?
  • 00:48:21.200 --> 00:48:23.170
  • How much did they hear?
  • 00:48:23.170 --> 00:48:24.200
  • And once in a while,
  • 00:48:24.200 --> 00:48:25.110
  • somebody--some child will show
  • 00:48:25.110 --> 00:48:27.140
  • me their notes, and I'll think,
  • 00:48:27.140 --> 00:48:29.050
  • "I wish your parents were that
  • 00:48:29.050 --> 00:48:30.130
  • smart.
  • 00:48:30.130 --> 00:48:31.000
  • I mean, you got every single
  • 00:48:31.000 --> 00:48:33.070
  • point down."
  • 00:48:33.070 --> 00:48:34.090
  • You know what?
  • 00:48:34.090 --> 00:48:35.100
  • Watch this, because they, they
  • 00:48:36.180 --> 00:48:39.180
  • see and hear something that God
  • 00:48:39.180 --> 00:48:42.060
  • has impressed in their little
  • 00:48:42.060 --> 00:48:43.090
  • heart, is very important.
  • 00:48:43.090 --> 00:48:46.000
  • And then watch this.
  • 00:48:46.000 --> 00:48:46.210
  • Then He says, "Strengthened with
  • 00:48:46.210 --> 00:48:48.160
  • all power, according to His
  • 00:48:48.160 --> 00:48:50.140
  • glorious might."
  • 00:48:50.140 --> 00:48:51.190
  • That is, praying for that person
  • 00:48:51.190 --> 00:48:54.000
  • to live in the power of the Holy
  • 00:48:54.000 --> 00:48:56.220
  • Spirit.
  • 00:48:56.220 --> 00:48:57.170
  • He sent Him to indwell you and
  • 00:48:57.170 --> 00:49:00.030
  • me in order that we might be
  • 00:49:00.030 --> 00:49:02.140
  • able to live a godly life.
  • 00:49:02.140 --> 00:49:03.230
  • That is, we can't live a godly
  • 00:49:03.230 --> 00:49:05.190
  • life apart from the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:49:05.190 --> 00:49:07.070
  • We can't do it.
  • 00:49:07.070 --> 00:49:09.090
  • That's why He said to them, "Sit
  • 00:49:09.090 --> 00:49:11.000
  • down in the city of Jerusalem,
  • 00:49:11.000 --> 00:49:12.200
  • tarry ye here," He says, "until
  • 00:49:12.200 --> 00:49:14.260
  • you have been filled with the
  • 00:49:14.260 --> 00:49:16.070
  • Spirit of God."
  • 00:49:16.070 --> 00:49:17.130
  • When you were saved, the spirit
  • 00:49:17.130 --> 00:49:18.270
  • of God came into your life.
  • 00:49:18.270 --> 00:49:20.060
  • Now, once in a while, some
  • 00:49:20.060 --> 00:49:21.030
  • parent will say, "Well, you know
  • 00:49:21.030 --> 00:49:22.150
  • what?
  • 00:49:22.150 --> 00:49:23.220
  • I don't have much education and
  • 00:49:23.220 --> 00:49:25.030
  • I can't really teach my kids too
  • 00:49:25.030 --> 00:49:27.290
  • much."
  • 00:49:27.290 --> 00:49:29.090
  • Listen, you're teaching them
  • 00:49:29.230 --> 00:49:32.230
  • whether you plan it or not.
  • 00:49:32.230 --> 00:49:34.130
  • You're teaching them by the way
  • 00:49:34.130 --> 00:49:35.130
  • you live, by what you say, by
  • 00:49:35.130 --> 00:49:38.030
  • what you have--by how you pray,
  • 00:49:38.030 --> 00:49:39.230
  • by how you--or whether you
  • 00:49:39.230 --> 00:49:40.150
  • don't pray.
  • 00:49:40.150 --> 00:49:41.060
  • In other words, you are teaching
  • 00:49:41.060 --> 00:49:42.280
  • them.
  • 00:49:42.280 --> 00:49:44.060
  • And then the last thing he says,
  • 00:49:44.060 --> 00:49:46.080
  • "Giving thanks to the Father,
  • 00:49:46.080 --> 00:49:48.040
  • who has qualified us to share in
  • 00:49:48.040 --> 00:49:50.260
  • the inheritance of the saints in
  • 00:49:50.260 --> 00:49:52.110
  • Light."
  • 00:49:52.110 --> 00:49:54.200
  • And he says, "For He rescued us
  • 00:49:54.200 --> 00:49:57.060
  • from the domain of darkness,
  • 00:49:57.060 --> 00:49:58.200
  • transferred us to the kingdom of
  • 00:49:58.200 --> 00:50:00.220
  • His beloved Son."
  • 00:50:00.220 --> 00:50:01.260
  • Look at this.
  • 00:50:01.260 --> 00:50:02.280
  • He says, "I'm praying that you
  • 00:50:03.000 --> 00:50:06.000
  • would live in such a way that
  • 00:50:06.000 --> 00:50:08.010
  • you would joyously, joyously
  • 00:50:08.240 --> 00:50:11.240
  • give thanks to the Father.
  • 00:50:11.240 --> 00:50:13.080
  • What are you saying?
  • 00:50:13.080 --> 00:50:14.210
  • I'm praying for you that you
  • 00:50:14.210 --> 00:50:16.160
  • will have joy in your life, that
  • 00:50:16.160 --> 00:50:18.090
  • you'll have happiness in your
  • 00:50:18.090 --> 00:50:19.110
  • life, that you'll have peace
  • 00:50:19.110 --> 00:50:20.190
  • in your life.
  • 00:50:20.190 --> 00:50:21.190
  • Because look what God has done
  • 00:50:21.190 --> 00:50:23.030
  • for you.
  • 00:50:23.030 --> 00:50:23.180
  • You see, when a person begins to
  • 00:50:23.180 --> 00:50:25.010
  • understand what God has really
  • 00:50:25.010 --> 00:50:27.060
  • done in their life, really begin
  • 00:50:27.060 --> 00:50:29.020
  • to grasp that, you're going to
  • 00:50:29.020 --> 00:50:30.030
  • be thankful.
  • 00:50:30.030 --> 00:50:30.270
  • There is going to be a joy in
  • 00:50:30.270 --> 00:50:32.000
  • your heart you cannot explain.
  • 00:50:32.000 --> 00:50:34.180
  • But now watch what he says, he
  • 00:50:34.180 --> 00:50:36.160
  • says, "Giving thanks to the
  • 00:50:36.160 --> 00:50:37.230
  • Father," for what?
  • 00:50:37.230 --> 00:50:39.240
  • Number one, He's qualified us to
  • 00:50:39.240 --> 00:50:42.200
  • share in the inheritance of the
  • 00:50:42.200 --> 00:50:44.050
  • saints of God in heaven.
  • 00:50:44.050 --> 00:50:46.000
  • He's qualified us.
  • 00:50:46.000 --> 00:50:47.070
  • Look at these, all passed,
  • 00:50:47.070 --> 00:50:49.130
  • qualified us, "Rescued us from
  • 00:50:49.130 --> 00:50:51.230
  • the domain of darkness,
  • 00:50:51.230 --> 00:50:53.010
  • transferred us to the kingdom of
  • 00:50:53.010 --> 00:50:54.120
  • His Beloved Son, in whom we have
  • 00:50:54.120 --> 00:50:56.110
  • redemption, and the forgiveness
  • 00:50:56.110 --> 00:50:57.220
  • of sin."
  • 00:50:57.220 --> 00:50:58.190
  • You can pray that for somebody.
  • 00:50:58.190 --> 00:51:00.260
  • Listen, pray that that person
  • 00:51:00.260 --> 00:51:03.160
  • walking in darkness would be
  • 00:51:03.160 --> 00:51:05.250
  • transferred to the Kingdom of
  • 00:51:05.250 --> 00:51:07.240
  • His Light.
  • 00:51:07.240 --> 00:51:09.000
  • Notice what He says, He says
  • 00:51:09.000 --> 00:51:10.210
  • He's qualified us, He's
  • 00:51:10.210 --> 00:51:13.020
  • transferred us.
  • 00:51:13.020 --> 00:51:14.080
  • He's delivered us.
  • 00:51:14.080 --> 00:51:15.240
  • He's redeemed us.
  • 00:51:15.240 --> 00:51:17.180
  • He's saved us.
  • 00:51:17.180 --> 00:51:20.080
  • And praying for somebody in that
  • 00:51:20.080 --> 00:51:22.160
  • light, that God would do that in
  • 00:51:22.160 --> 00:51:24.080
  • their life, is God going to
  • 00:51:24.080 --> 00:51:25.180
  • answer that prayer?
  • 00:51:25.180 --> 00:51:26.160
  • Yes, He is.
  • 00:51:26.160 --> 00:51:27.130
  • Why?
  • 00:51:27.130 --> 00:51:28.030
  • Because He's committed to it.
  • 00:51:28.030 --> 00:51:29.170
  • Here's what He said: First John
  • 00:51:29.170 --> 00:51:31.280
  • Chapter five, say it again,
  • 00:51:32.110 --> 00:51:35.110
  • "This is the confidence that we
  • 00:51:35.110 --> 00:51:36.220
  • have in Him, that if we ask
  • 00:51:36.220 --> 00:51:38.120
  • anything according to His will,
  • 00:51:38.120 --> 00:51:40.270
  • He hears us."
  • 00:51:40.270 --> 00:51:41.200
  • If we know that He hears us, we
  • 00:51:41.200 --> 00:51:43.080
  • know that we have the petition
  • 00:51:43.080 --> 00:51:45.230
  • that we desired of Him.
  • 00:51:45.230 --> 00:51:47.280
  • This prayer is the will of God
  • 00:51:47.280 --> 00:51:49.280
  • for every single person.
  • 00:51:50.030 --> 00:51:53.030
  • So, I don't have to ask you if
  • 00:51:53.030 --> 00:51:54.100
  • it's Your will.
  • 00:51:54.100 --> 00:51:55.240
  • Now, you want to impact somebody
  • 00:51:55.240 --> 00:51:58.030
  • else's life, this is the way to
  • 00:51:58.030 --> 00:51:59.110
  • do it.
  • 00:51:59.110 --> 00:52:00.110
  • But let me remind you of
  • 00:52:00.110 --> 00:52:01.060
  • something.
  • 00:52:01.060 --> 00:52:03.030
  • I mentioned this earlier.
  • 00:52:03.030 --> 00:52:05.070
  • Two conditions: number one, a
  • 00:52:06.200 --> 00:52:09.200
  • clean heart.
  • 00:52:09.200 --> 00:52:11.120
  • In that sixty-sixth Psalm,
  • 00:52:11.120 --> 00:52:12.220
  • here's what He says, "If I
  • 00:52:12.220 --> 00:52:14.260
  • regard iniquity in my heart, He
  • 00:52:14.260 --> 00:52:17.220
  • will not hear me."
  • 00:52:17.220 --> 00:52:18.270
  • To regard it means I hold on
  • 00:52:18.270 --> 00:52:20.130
  • to it.
  • 00:52:20.130 --> 00:52:21.040
  • I know it's there.
  • 00:52:21.040 --> 00:52:22.090
  • I practice it.
  • 00:52:22.090 --> 00:52:23.260
  • I'm ignoring God about the whole
  • 00:52:23.260 --> 00:52:25.120
  • issue.
  • 00:52:25.120 --> 00:52:26.050
  • I am allowing sin in my life.
  • 00:52:26.050 --> 00:52:28.000
  • He says, "I'm not going to
  • 00:52:28.000 --> 00:52:28.170
  • hear you."
  • 00:52:28.170 --> 00:52:30.160
  • And secondly, I've got to
  • 00:52:30.160 --> 00:52:31.290
  • believe Him.
  • 00:52:31.290 --> 00:52:34.070
  • So, here's the issue, do you
  • 00:52:34.070 --> 00:52:36.140
  • value the person that you're
  • 00:52:36.140 --> 00:52:38.070
  • praying for enough to live a
  • 00:52:38.070 --> 00:52:39.240
  • godly life?
  • 00:52:39.240 --> 00:52:41.160
  • So God will hear you?
  • 00:52:41.160 --> 00:52:44.080
  • And secondly, do you believe the
  • 00:52:44.080 --> 00:52:46.150
  • Word of God that what He says He
  • 00:52:46.150 --> 00:52:48.110
  • will do?
  • 00:52:48.110 --> 00:52:50.270
  • If those two things are true,
  • 00:52:52.240 --> 00:52:55.240
  • there is no estimation of the
  • 00:52:55.240 --> 00:52:58.060
  • kind of impact you can have in
  • 00:52:58.060 --> 00:53:01.040
  • somebody else's life.
  • 00:53:02.140 --> 00:53:05.140
  • Do you value your own life
  • 00:53:05.140 --> 00:53:07.290
  • enough to pray that prayer for
  • 00:53:07.290 --> 00:53:09.040
  • yourself?
  • 00:53:09.040 --> 00:53:12.030
  • God, I want to know your will.
  • 00:53:12.030 --> 00:53:14.100
  • I want to walk in a way that is
  • 00:53:14.100 --> 00:53:15.100
  • pleasing to you and honorable to
  • 00:53:15.100 --> 00:53:16.240
  • you, and all the rest of those
  • 00:53:16.240 --> 00:53:17.280
  • things.
  • 00:53:17.280 --> 00:53:19.180
  • Do I value it enough to keep my
  • 00:53:21.060 --> 00:53:24.060
  • heart clean and my faith in Him?
  • 00:53:26.010 --> 00:53:29.010
  • Amen?
  • 00:53:29.010 --> 00:53:30.220
  • Father, we pray the Holy Spirit
  • 00:53:30.220 --> 00:53:33.140
  • will speak to every person who
  • 00:53:33.140 --> 00:53:34.280
  • hears this message and remind
  • 00:53:34.280 --> 00:53:37.250
  • them of what an awesome
  • 00:53:37.250 --> 00:53:39.030
  • opportunity they have to impact
  • 00:53:40.090 --> 00:53:43.090
  • the smallest child or the eldest
  • 00:53:43.110 --> 00:53:46.110
  • parent or the eldest person.
  • 00:53:46.270 --> 00:53:49.270
  • Thank you for the awesome
  • 00:53:49.270 --> 00:53:51.030
  • privilege of prayer.
  • 00:53:51.030 --> 00:53:53.200
  • Thank you for those who've
  • 00:53:53.200 --> 00:53:54.240
  • prayed for us all these years.
  • 00:53:55.170 --> 00:53:58.170
  • And I pray the Holy Spirit will
  • 00:53:58.170 --> 00:54:01.090
  • sink this so deep that not a
  • 00:54:01.090 --> 00:54:03.080
  • parent who hears it could
  • 00:54:03.080 --> 00:54:05.050
  • be--even think about going to
  • 00:54:05.050 --> 00:54:06.170
  • sleep at night without praying
  • 00:54:06.170 --> 00:54:09.040
  • this prayer for their children.
  • 00:54:09.040 --> 00:54:11.140
  • Is my plea to you, God, in
  • 00:54:11.140 --> 00:54:13.030
  • Jesus's name.
  • 00:54:13.030 --> 00:54:14.290
  • Amen.
  • 00:54:14.290 --> 00:54:17.010
  • Well, you may not be a believer
  • 00:54:17.010 --> 00:54:18.170
  • and you say, "Well, how does all
  • 00:54:18.170 --> 00:54:19.130
  • that stuff fit me?
  • 00:54:19.130 --> 00:54:20.160
  • I'll tell you how.
  • 00:54:20.160 --> 00:54:21.210
  • It doesn't fit you at all until,
  • 00:54:21.210 --> 00:54:23.170
  • first of all, you ask the Lord
  • 00:54:23.170 --> 00:54:24.290
  • Jesus Christ to forgive you of
  • 00:54:24.290 --> 00:54:26.100
  • your sins, lay it all down, ask
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  • Him to pardon you on the basis
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  • of what He did at the cross,
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  • trusting Him as your personal
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  • Savior.
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  • Once you do that, you have
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  • access to the throne of God.
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  • You can pray, and He'll hear
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  • and answer your prayers.
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  • Think about this, every single
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  • one of us sitting here is going
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  • to spend eternity somewhere.
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  • If you really and truly thought
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  • that your prayer would influence
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  • someone to the point, and
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  • instead of going to hell they'd
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  • go to heaven, would you do it?
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  • If it's somebody you love, you
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  • surely would.
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  • This whole message has one
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  • simple idea: you have within
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  • your capacity to impact
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  • somebody's life by your prayers
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  • with a clean heart and a simple
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  • childlike faith to believe that
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  • He'll hear and answer you.
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • - announcer: What's my role in
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  • the church?
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  • Maybe it's helping those outside
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  • the church get closer to God
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  • while making lasting friendships
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  • or serving those in need while
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  • living and growing with others.
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  • When we share God's love and
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  • support each other, we
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  • participate in the work of
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  • building God's kingdom in our
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  • local community.
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  • Let's do more.
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  • Continue with us as we find our
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  • place in the whole church.
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  • To learn more, go to
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  • - announcer: Sometimes it feels
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  • as if all is lost.
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  • Life seems broken, beyond
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  • repair.
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  • But during those moments, we can
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  • have faith God will heal.
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  • He will redeem our brokenness.
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  • "Finding God's blessings in
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  • brokenness,"
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  • - female announcer: Does your
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  • prayer life need a jump start?
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  • With the "Praying with Purpose"
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  • cards, the time you spend
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  • talking with God will take on a
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  • whole new level of energy and
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  • intimacy.
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  • Beautifully designed and
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  • easy-to-use or to share with a
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  • friend, there are suggested
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  • prayers to lift up each day of
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  • the month along with
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  • corresponding Bible verses and
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  • words of encouragement that will
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  • brighten your day.
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  • For your set of "Praying with
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  • Purpose" cards go to
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • Leading people worldwide into a
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  • growing relationship with Jesus
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  • Christ and strengthening the
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  • 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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