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August 18, 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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  • - 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
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  • 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.
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  • And, if you'll think about
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  • today, our whole society is
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  • geared toward tempting us for
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  • something.
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  • You turn on the radio, you hear
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  • it, we ought to buy this.
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  • You watch the television, you
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  • 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
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  • want to look, there is the
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  • temptation to have, oftentimes,
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  • what we do not need,
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  • what we should not have,
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  • and the result of temptation
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  • is division and destruction.
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  • And so, if I should ask you,
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  • what's Satan's objective in
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  • tempting you?
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  • You're a fine Christian person,
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  • you love God.
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  • What's his objective?
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  • First of all, to draw us away
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  • from God to himself.
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  • Satan wants to draw us away from
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  • God.
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  • So, he knows exactly what it
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  • takes to get our mind off of
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  • God, off of spiritual things,
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  • onto material things or on to
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  • sensual things.
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  • He knows exactly what it takes.
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  • What does it take?
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  • What's his objective?
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  • To draw us away from God to
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  • himself and to thwart God's
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  • purpose in our life.
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  • In other words, if the devil can
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  • change, thwart God's purpose in
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  • your life, he's got you where he
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  • wants you because, remember
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  • this, God has a will for your
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  • life, He has a plan for your
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  • life.
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  • He's got the best.
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  • And so, Satan is not going to
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  • say, "Well, I want to destroy
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  • you."
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  • No, he just wants to move your
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  • attention from God, spiritual
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  • things to earthly things,
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  • material things, sensual things,
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  • and then to deny God the worship
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  • and glory due to Him.
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  • That is, the devil doesn't want
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  • you worshiping God.
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  • So, listen, he's given us as a
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  • whole plate full of stuff to get
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  • our attention away from God
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  • because that's his purpose.
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  • And then, to destroy us.
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  • Satan's ultimate goal for
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  • temptation is 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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  • That's his goal.
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  • And yet, we know that, and isn't
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  • it interesting that in spite of
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  • what we know, how many sermons
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  • have you heard in your life?
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  • You can't even count them.
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  • And, I certainly hope you're
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  • going to hear a lot more.
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  • But the issue is, what are you
  • 00:09:35.040 --> 00:09:36.240
  • going to do about the truth that
  • 00:09:36.240 --> 00:09:38.030
  • you hear?
  • 00:09:38.030 --> 00:09:39.120
  • Satan knows about the truth that
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  • you're listening to.
  • 00:09:40.150 --> 00:09:42.050
  • And here's what he does, he
  • 00:09:42.050 --> 00:09:43.110
  • shows up to distract you from
  • 00:09:44.090 --> 00:09:47.090
  • hearing the truth, so you'll
  • 00:09:47.090 --> 00:09:49.150
  • keep moving in a direction
  • 00:09:49.150 --> 00:09:52.050
  • that'll take you away from God.
  • 00:09:52.050 --> 00:09:54.120
  • All of us face some kind of
  • 00:09:54.120 --> 00:09:56.100
  • temptation in life.
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  • I didn't say every single day,
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  • but listen, everybody has
  • 00:10:00.180 --> 00:10:02.180
  • something that they can be
  • 00:10:02.180 --> 00:10:03.260
  • tempted by.
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  • It may be something that you
  • 00:10:05.020 --> 00:10:06.220
  • keep having victory over, time
  • 00:10:06.220 --> 00:10:08.120
  • after time after time, or you
  • 00:10:08.120 --> 00:10:09.230
  • may feel defeated time after
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  • time.
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  • But Satan's goal is to get you
  • 00:10:12.140 --> 00:10:15.000
  • away from God.
  • 00:10:15.000 --> 00:10:16.250
  • So, he'll tell you why you don't
  • 00:10:16.250 --> 00:10:19.010
  • have time to read the Bible.
  • 00:10:19.010 --> 00:10:20.200
  • He'll say, first of all, you've
  • 00:10:20.200 --> 00:10:22.280
  • got to be somewhere at a certain
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  • time.
  • 00:10:24.090 --> 00:10:25.030
  • Secondly, he says,
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  • you don't need to read,
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  • you don't even understand it.
  • 00:10:27.130 --> 00:10:29.220
  • You don't understand what--
  • 00:10:29.220 --> 00:10:30.200
  • why read something, what about
  • 00:10:30.200 --> 00:10:32.190
  • Deuteronomy and Leviticus and
  • 00:10:32.190 --> 00:10:34.270
  • Second Kings and why do you want
  • 00:10:34.270 --> 00:10:37.090
  • to read the Bible?
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  • Anything he can do to get your
  • 00:10:39.040 --> 00:10:40.140
  • mind off of spiritual things is
  • 00:10:40.140 --> 00:10:42.260
  • what he'll do.
  • 00:10:42.260 --> 00:10:45.130
  • And, he wants to divide
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  • relationships.
  • 00:10:49.100 --> 00:10:51.160
  • Anything to divide families,
  • 00:10:51.270 --> 00:10:54.270
  • anything to bring divorce, any
  • 00:10:55.130 --> 00:10:58.130
  • kind of sexual sins, anything
  • 00:10:58.150 --> 00:11:01.170
  • that'll take your mind off God.
  • 00:11:01.180 --> 00:11:04.180
  • That is, you ought to buy this,
  • 00:11:04.180 --> 00:11:06.170
  • ought to buy that.
  • 00:11:06.170 --> 00:11:07.270
  • Don't ask God about it, you
  • 00:11:07.270 --> 00:11:09.080
  • worked hard, you worked forty
  • 00:11:09.080 --> 00:11:10.150
  • hours or fifty and sixty hours a
  • 00:11:10.150 --> 00:11:11.180
  • week.
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  • You've been working all these
  • 00:11:12.130 --> 00:11:13.110
  • years, you deserve it.
  • 00:11:13.110 --> 00:11:15.170
  • So, think about it.
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  • You're trying to reach your
  • 00:11:17.240 --> 00:11:18.240
  • goals in life and he's working
  • 00:11:18.240 --> 00:11:20.060
  • against you.
  • 00:11:20.060 --> 00:11:21.140
  • You're trying to live a pure
  • 00:11:21.140 --> 00:11:22.140
  • life; he's working against you.
  • 00:11:22.140 --> 00:11:24.040
  • You're trying to save your
  • 00:11:24.040 --> 00:11:25.010
  • money, he's telling you you
  • 00:11:25.010 --> 00:11:26.000
  • ought to buy this.
  • 00:11:26.000 --> 00:11:27.170
  • Satan is your enemy.
  • 00:11:27.170 --> 00:11:29.190
  • Now, his strategy can be found
  • 00:11:29.260 --> 00:11:32.260
  • in three words, just three
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  • words.
  • 00:11:35.030 --> 00:11:36.230
  • I mean, as complex as we may
  • 00:11:36.230 --> 00:11:38.030
  • think the devil is, strategy is
  • 00:11:38.030 --> 00:11:40.130
  • three words.
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  • The first one is this, his first
  • 00:11:41.080 --> 00:11:43.190
  • step is to deceive us, that is
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  • to lie to us.
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  • If you believe a lie, you've
  • 00:11:48.170 --> 00:11:50.090
  • taken the first step toward
  • 00:11:50.090 --> 00:11:52.240
  • absolute defeat and siding up
  • 00:11:52.240 --> 00:11:55.030
  • with the devil.
  • 00:11:55.160 --> 00:11:58.160
  • And, often times when people
  • 00:11:58.160 --> 00:12:00.180
  • want to sin against God, they'll
  • 00:12:00.180 --> 00:12:03.000
  • take the truth of God and try to
  • 00:12:03.000 --> 00:12:04.140
  • twist it all around and, watch
  • 00:12:04.140 --> 00:12:06.220
  • this, I can hear this many
  • 00:12:06.220 --> 00:12:08.170
  • times, "But you don't know about
  • 00:12:08.170 --> 00:12:10.100
  • my situation."
  • 00:12:10.100 --> 00:12:12.060
  • Well, God knows about your
  • 00:12:12.060 --> 00:12:13.210
  • situation.
  • 00:12:13.210 --> 00:12:14.270
  • "Well, you don't know how long
  • 00:12:14.270 --> 00:12:16.060
  • I've suffered."
  • 00:12:16.060 --> 00:12:17.060
  • Well, God knows how long you've
  • 00:12:17.060 --> 00:12:18.060
  • suffered.
  • 00:12:18.060 --> 00:12:19.150
  • "Well, you don't know how long
  • 00:12:19.150 --> 00:12:20.230
  • I've been in need."
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  • You can come up with all kind of
  • 00:12:22.240 --> 00:12:23.290
  • excuses, remember this, God's
  • 00:12:23.290 --> 00:12:25.280
  • heard them all.
  • 00:12:25.280 --> 00:12:27.280
  • And they didn't come from God,
  • 00:12:27.280 --> 00:12:29.030
  • they came from the devil.
  • 00:12:29.030 --> 00:12:31.010
  • But the issue is this, God has
  • 00:12:31.010 --> 00:12:33.220
  • the best life for every single
  • 00:12:33.220 --> 00:12:35.130
  • one of us and the devil has his
  • 00:12:35.130 --> 00:12:37.240
  • best to do what?
  • 00:12:37.240 --> 00:12:38.290
  • To deceive us and to divide us.
  • 00:12:38.290 --> 00:12:41.190
  • You think about how many
  • 00:12:41.190 --> 00:12:42.190
  • churches get divided over
  • 00:12:42.190 --> 00:12:44.010
  • somebody disagreeing with this,
  • 00:12:44.010 --> 00:12:45.130
  • that, and the other.
  • 00:12:45.130 --> 00:12:46.150
  • Nations are divided, churches
  • 00:12:46.150 --> 00:12:47.230
  • divided, families divided,
  • 00:12:47.230 --> 00:12:49.180
  • friends divided, divided,
  • 00:12:49.180 --> 00:12:51.060
  • divided, divided, separate,
  • 00:12:51.060 --> 00:12:52.230
  • separate, separate because then
  • 00:12:52.230 --> 00:12:55.130
  • you've got chaos.
  • 00:12:55.130 --> 00:12:57.040
  • No love, criticism.
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  • They say things they would say
  • 00:12:59.200 --> 00:13:01.230
  • one day, they wouldn't say the
  • 00:13:01.230 --> 00:13:02.290
  • next.
  • 00:13:02.290 --> 00:13:04.030
  • Satan is a divider, he's a
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  • deceiver.
  • 00:13:05.210 --> 00:13:06.290
  • He is a destroyer.
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  • That's his purpose, to destroy
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  • our testimony, to destroy our
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  • life physically, to destroy our
  • 00:13:12.190 --> 00:13:14.180
  • finances, destroy our marriage,
  • 00:13:14.180 --> 00:13:16.170
  • destroy our families, destroy,
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  • destroy, destroy.
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  • So, deceive, divide, destroy,
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  • that's all he needs.
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  • Deceive, divide, destroy.
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  • The next time you feel tempted,
  • 00:13:26.180 --> 00:13:28.070
  • ask yourself the question: Is
  • 00:13:28.070 --> 00:13:30.150
  • Satan deceiving me?
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  • Am I feel--am I being divided
  • 00:13:32.210 --> 00:13:34.140
  • from what I ought to be doing?
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  • And am I headed toward
  • 00:13:36.020 --> 00:13:38.030
  • destruction?
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  • If a child of God, if you are a
  • 00:13:40.270 --> 00:13:43.020
  • believer, will stop when you are
  • 00:13:43.020 --> 00:13:45.170
  • tempted and ask yourself those
  • 00:13:45.170 --> 00:13:47.230
  • Number one question.
  • 00:13:53.170 --> 00:13:55.160
  • Is my mind being divided?
  • 00:13:56.000 --> 00:13:59.000
  • Am I headed toward some
  • 00:13:59.000 --> 00:14:00.070
  • destruction?
  • 00:14:00.070 --> 00:14:03.070
  • Ask yourself the question.
  • 00:14:03.070 --> 00:14:05.040
  • So, we need to be alert and
  • 00:14:05.040 --> 00:14:08.000
  • watchful.
  • 00:14:08.000 --> 00:14:09.090
  • And, as a child of God, none of
  • 00:14:09.090 --> 00:14:11.250
  • us can boast of being so strong
  • 00:14:11.250 --> 00:14:14.230
  • that we'll never be tempted.
  • 00:14:14.230 --> 00:14:15.260
  • When somebody says, "Well, I may
  • 00:14:15.260 --> 00:14:17.090
  • be tempted about some things,
  • 00:14:17.090 --> 00:14:18.100
  • but not that."
  • 00:14:18.100 --> 00:14:19.150
  • Satan just puts a check by that
  • 00:14:19.150 --> 00:14:20.180
  • one.
  • 00:14:20.180 --> 00:14:23.010
  • None of us, not any of us can
  • 00:14:23.070 --> 00:14:26.070
  • say, "I will never be tempted by
  • 00:14:26.070 --> 00:14:28.160
  • this, that, or the other."
  • 00:14:28.160 --> 00:14:30.020
  • We think we aren't.
  • 00:14:30.020 --> 00:14:31.200
  • We would almost swear we
  • 00:14:31.200 --> 00:14:32.250
  • wouldn't be, and we can give you
  • 00:14:32.250 --> 00:14:34.210
  • a lot of reasons we wouldn't be,
  • 00:14:34.210 --> 00:14:36.070
  • but the devil wants a sense of
  • 00:14:36.070 --> 00:14:39.070
  • self-confidence that's based on
  • 00:14:39.070 --> 00:14:41.110
  • mush, no foundation, but based
  • 00:14:41.180 --> 00:14:44.180
  • on mushy attitudes about what
  • 00:14:44.180 --> 00:14:47.120
  • you will or will not do.
  • 00:14:47.120 --> 00:14:50.050
  • And, when I think of this great
  • 00:14:50.050 --> 00:14:52.170
  • passage of Scripture in First
  • 00:14:53.030 --> 00:14:56.030
  • Corinthians ten, thirteen,
  • 00:14:56.030 --> 00:14:58.110
  • listen to what Paul says,
  • 00:14:58.110 --> 00:15:00.150
  • everybody ought to know this
  • 00:15:00.150 --> 00:15:01.120
  • one, "No temptation."
  • 00:15:01.230 --> 00:15:04.230
  • Listen to that, "No temptation
  • 00:15:04.230 --> 00:15:07.040
  • has taken you," or tempted you
  • 00:15:07.040 --> 00:15:08.270
  • or tried you, "but such is
  • 00:15:08.270 --> 00:15:11.140
  • common to man."
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:13.190
  • Listen, "common to man."
  • 00:15:13.190 --> 00:15:16.080
  • And that being the case, "God is
  • 00:15:16.080 --> 00:15:18.130
  • faithful, who will not allow you
  • 00:15:18.130 --> 00:15:21.060
  • to be tempted more than you are
  • 00:15:21.060 --> 00:15:22.160
  • able to bear but will with the
  • 00:15:22.160 --> 00:15:24.190
  • temptation also make a way of
  • 00:15:24.190 --> 00:15:26.110
  • escape that you can bear it."
  • 00:15:26.110 --> 00:15:29.070
  • We have a promise from God, I do
  • 00:15:29.070 --> 00:15:31.020
  • not have to do that.
  • 00:15:31.020 --> 00:15:32.160
  • I may want to do it, I may want
  • 00:15:32.160 --> 00:15:34.090
  • it more than anything else, but
  • 00:15:34.090 --> 00:15:35.270
  • I don't have to.
  • 00:15:35.270 --> 00:15:37.030
  • If I don't have to, then I'll
  • 00:15:37.030 --> 00:15:38.020
  • make the choice, either I will
  • 00:15:38.020 --> 00:15:39.230
  • or I will not.
  • 00:15:39.230 --> 00:15:42.050
  • And, when I think about the
  • 00:15:42.050 --> 00:15:43.170
  • condition our nation is in, and
  • 00:15:43.190 --> 00:15:46.190
  • the things that tempt people,
  • 00:15:46.190 --> 00:15:48.270
  • and the people who are being
  • 00:15:48.270 --> 00:15:49.280
  • destroyed, being destroyed,
  • 00:15:49.280 --> 00:15:52.270
  • self-destruction as a result of
  • 00:15:52.270 --> 00:15:55.050
  • yielding to temptation.
  • 00:15:55.050 --> 00:15:57.150
  • Deceive, divide, destroy.
  • 00:15:57.150 --> 00:15:59.240
  • So, whether it's a nation,
  • 00:15:59.240 --> 00:16:02.170
  • whether it's a church, whether
  • 00:16:02.170 --> 00:16:03.270
  • it's a family, Satan's busy.
  • 00:16:04.170 --> 00:16:07.170
  • So, when you feel tempted, what
  • 00:16:07.170 --> 00:16:09.120
  • do you do?
  • 00:16:09.120 --> 00:16:11.160
  • Do you, watch this carefully, is
  • 00:16:11.160 --> 00:16:13.110
  • your first response a sudden
  • 00:16:15.220 --> 00:16:18.220
  • desire to find a real good
  • 00:16:19.000 --> 00:16:22.000
  • sounding excuse?
  • 00:16:22.000 --> 00:16:24.280
  • Or, when you're tempted, did you
  • 00:16:24.280 --> 00:16:27.150
  • know it's--you say, "This is of
  • 00:16:27.150 --> 00:16:29.130
  • the devil, it's not who I am,
  • 00:16:29.130 --> 00:16:31.100
  • doesn't belong in my life.
  • 00:16:31.100 --> 00:16:33.160
  • I choose to reject this."
  • 00:16:34.010 --> 00:16:37.010
  • We have a choice.
  • 00:16:37.010 --> 00:16:38.100
  • Now, a person who's an
  • 00:16:38.100 --> 00:16:39.170
  • unbeliever, they don't that kind
  • 00:16:39.170 --> 00:16:40.170
  • of choice, I'll tell you why.
  • 00:16:40.170 --> 00:16:43.030
  • Because they have a fallen
  • 00:16:43.030 --> 00:16:44.130
  • nature.
  • 00:16:44.130 --> 00:16:45.200
  • And so, when Satan comes on with
  • 00:16:45.200 --> 00:16:47.270
  • a very, very strong,
  • 00:16:47.270 --> 00:16:49.230
  • overpowering event in their life
  • 00:16:49.250 --> 00:16:52.250
  • or presentation of something
  • 00:16:52.250 --> 00:16:54.150
  • they want, they already have
  • 00:16:54.150 --> 00:16:56.200
  • three strikes against them.
  • 00:16:56.200 --> 00:16:58.150
  • It's the way they've been
  • 00:16:58.150 --> 00:16:59.110
  • living.
  • 00:16:59.110 --> 00:17:00.280
  • So, it's sort of easy to just
  • 00:17:00.280 --> 00:17:02.130
  • slip into what you've been
  • 00:17:02.130 --> 00:17:03.140
  • doing.
  • 00:17:03.140 --> 00:17:04.150
  • When you're a child of God,
  • 00:17:04.150 --> 00:17:06.120
  • you trusted Him as your Savior.
  • 00:17:06.120 --> 00:17:09.040
  • You begin on a platform of
  • 00:17:09.040 --> 00:17:10.190
  • strength, you have the Holy
  • 00:17:10.190 --> 00:17:12.240
  • Spirit within you to, first of
  • 00:17:12.240 --> 00:17:14.220
  • all, identify what you're facing
  • 00:17:15.000 --> 00:17:18.000
  • as a sin, that it doesn't fit
  • 00:17:18.000 --> 00:17:20.030
  • your life, it isn't of God, and
  • 00:17:20.030 --> 00:17:22.170
  • it's destructive.
  • 00:17:22.170 --> 00:17:24.020
  • It cannot bring you anything
  • 00:17:24.020 --> 00:17:25.230
  • that's good.
  • 00:17:25.230 --> 00:17:26.250
  • You have the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:26.250 --> 00:17:28.070
  • The person who's not a believer
  • 00:17:28.070 --> 00:17:29.100
  • doesn't have that.
  • 00:17:29.100 --> 00:17:31.050
  • And the Word of God is our
  • 00:17:31.050 --> 00:17:32.210
  • greatest defense against the
  • 00:17:32.210 --> 00:17:34.000
  • devil because we don't have to
  • 00:17:34.000 --> 00:17:36.180
  • choose sin.
  • 00:17:36.180 --> 00:17:38.140
  • We have the Holy Spirit living
  • 00:17:38.140 --> 00:17:39.250
  • within us, He promises that.
  • 00:17:39.250 --> 00:17:41.260
  • You have the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:41.260 --> 00:17:42.270
  • What does He do?
  • 00:17:42.270 --> 00:17:44.090
  • He makes you aware of the
  • 00:17:44.090 --> 00:17:45.100
  • temptation, He reminds you maybe
  • 00:17:45.100 --> 00:17:47.220
  • it's with some Scripture or
  • 00:17:47.220 --> 00:17:48.280
  • something He's already done in
  • 00:17:48.280 --> 00:17:50.060
  • your life, that God will give
  • 00:17:50.060 --> 00:17:52.020
  • you victory.
  • 00:17:52.020 --> 00:17:53.080
  • He reminds you, you do not have
  • 00:17:53.080 --> 00:17:55.180
  • to yield to this.
  • 00:17:55.180 --> 00:17:57.090
  • It is a choice you make.
  • 00:17:57.090 --> 00:17:58.210
  • And, we can blame it on other
  • 00:17:58.210 --> 00:18:00.040
  • people, "Well, my mother, my
  • 00:18:00.040 --> 00:18:01.210
  • father, my sister, my brother,
  • 00:18:01.210 --> 00:18:03.030
  • my friend, my friends, this,
  • 00:18:03.030 --> 00:18:04.260
  • that, and the other."
  • 00:18:04.260 --> 00:18:05.180
  • That's not the issue.
  • 00:18:05.180 --> 00:18:07.130
  • If you want to keep living in
  • 00:18:07.130 --> 00:18:09.060
  • sin, all you have to do is close
  • 00:18:09.060 --> 00:18:11.060
  • this Book and don't open it up,
  • 00:18:11.060 --> 00:18:13.200
  • just, you can open it up once a
  • 00:18:13.200 --> 00:18:15.030
  • week, it's not going to keep you
  • 00:18:15.030 --> 00:18:16.190
  • from sinning.
  • 00:18:16.190 --> 00:18:18.210
  • God has given us, watch this,
  • 00:18:18.210 --> 00:18:20.090
  • He's given us His written Word
  • 00:18:20.090 --> 00:18:22.270
  • and He's given us the Holy
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:24.070
  • Spirit to live inside of us in
  • 00:18:24.070 --> 00:18:26.040
  • order to interpret that Word for
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  • us, to remind us that the wages
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  • of sin is death.
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  • And so, we all have to face
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  • temptations, only you know how
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  • you handle them.
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  • Somebody says, "Well, you know,
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  • I think God understands."
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  • That is not our excuse for or
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  • our explanation for living in
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  • sin because God wants the best
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  • for us.
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  • And the Christian experience
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  • does not mean that you'll never
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  • sin against God.
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  • All of us at some point at times
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  • in our life do things or say
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  • things or see things or whatever
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  • it might be, we know are not of
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  • God, what do you do?
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  • In other words, you just give up
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  • and say, "Well, see, I tried to
  • 00:19:09.160 --> 00:19:10.260
  • live a Christian life, I can't,
  • 00:19:10.260 --> 00:19:11.290
  • so forget it."
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  • No, the Apostle Paul never
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  • claimed perfection.
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  • The only person who can claim
  • 00:19:17.020 --> 00:19:18.020
  • that's Jesus.
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  • But a true believer, when you
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  • are tempted, you turn to God.
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  • "Lord, here's what I'm facing, I
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  • don't want this in my life.
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  • I feel so, help me, Jesus, help
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  • me, help me, help me, Jesus."
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  • Whatever it takes.
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  • You say, "Well, then suppose I
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  • yield anyway?"
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  • You ask God to forgive you, to
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  • strengthen you to make you aware
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  • of that in your life that that's
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  • an area of weakness.
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  • And, if I should ask you, how
  • 00:19:41.280 --> 00:19:43.140
  • many of you know at least one
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  • area of weakness in your life?
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  • Don't raise your hand, no,
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  • please don't.
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  • But how many of you know at
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  • least one area of weakness in
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  • your life?
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  • We all do.
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  • Anybody who says they don't, is
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  • not telling the truth.
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  • You know when, for example, if
  • 00:20:05.040 --> 00:20:08.010
  • it's gossip, if it's lust, if
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  • it's overeating, if it's the way
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  • you spend your money, or if it's
  • 00:20:14.290 --> 00:20:16.290
  • your lack of faithfulness in one
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  • another, whatever it might be.
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  • And, besides that, remember
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  • this, God knows it.
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  • In other words, you never have
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  • to come to Him and say, "God, by
  • 00:20:24.260 --> 00:20:26.000
  • the way, let me remind You of
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  • something."
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  • No, He knows our areas of
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  • weakness.
  • 00:20:29.280 --> 00:20:31.030
  • I think about how many families
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  • are destroyed by somebody
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  • falling into temptation, whether
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  • it's a teenager or whether it's
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  • the parents.
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  • I think about people who go to
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  • jail because they fell in the
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  • temptation of stealing.
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  • They could justify it, other
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  • people have it, they don't have
  • 00:20:47.140 --> 00:20:48.140
  • it, and therefore, they'll just
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  • take what they want.
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  • You can go right down the list
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  • of every sin in the Bible, we
  • 00:20:52.140 --> 00:20:54.130
  • could give an excuse for it, but
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  • it's not acceptable to God.
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  • Now, here's what I want you to
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  • see, you do not have to.
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  • Somebody says, "But I just
  • 00:21:03.060 --> 00:21:04.080
  • couldn't help myself."
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  • You have God who will help you
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  • through anything you face.
  • 00:21:09.290 --> 00:21:12.290
  • You say, "Well, suppose I sin,
  • 00:21:12.290 --> 00:21:14.170
  • then what?"
  • 00:21:14.170 --> 00:21:16.060
  • Here's what He says, "If we
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  • confess our sins."
  • 00:21:18.020 --> 00:21:19.290
  • That is, we agree with God about
  • 00:21:19.290 --> 00:21:21.240
  • the nature of our sins, "If we
  • 00:21:21.240 --> 00:21:23.170
  • confess our sins, He is faithful
  • 00:21:23.230 --> 00:21:26.230
  • and just," to forgive me for my
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  • sins.
  • 00:21:28.080 --> 00:21:29.010
  • Why?
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  • Because Jesus Christ is my
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  • Savior.
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  • I've yielded to Him as the Lord
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  • of my life and this is a point
  • 00:21:34.090 --> 00:21:36.120
  • of failure and I'm asking You,
  • 00:21:36.120 --> 00:21:37.270
  • God, to forgive me, not on the
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  • basis that I deserve it, but on
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  • the basis that Jesus' shed blood
  • 00:21:40.280 --> 00:21:42.290
  • atoned for my sin and I have
  • 00:21:42.290 --> 00:21:44.270
  • another chance.
  • 00:21:44.270 --> 00:21:46.210
  • God wipes away our guilt.
  • 00:21:46.210 --> 00:21:49.110
  • Now, you say, "Well, I've been
  • 00:21:49.110 --> 00:21:50.240
  • to God about the same thing
  • 00:21:50.240 --> 00:21:51.280
  • over and over and over again."
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  • Well, God knows whether you
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  • really and truly are committed
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  • to Him or not.
  • 00:21:57.070 --> 00:22:00.090
  • And some sin, watch this, some
  • 00:22:00.090 --> 00:22:01.250
  • sins leave scars that you can't
  • 00:22:03.130 --> 00:22:06.130
  • erase.
  • 00:22:06.130 --> 00:22:09.090
  • Remember this statement, the
  • 00:22:09.090 --> 00:22:11.090
  • scars of sin can last you a
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  • lifetime.
  • 00:22:14.250 --> 00:22:16.260
  • Only the blood of Jesus can
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  • atone for them.
  • 00:22:18.160 --> 00:22:20.000
  • But you know what?
  • 00:22:20.000 --> 00:22:21.150
  • Scar's still there.
  • 00:22:21.150 --> 00:22:24.000
  • And we have to thank God for His
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  • awesome power to enable us to
  • 00:22:25.280 --> 00:22:27.230
  • overcome them.
  • 00:22:27.230 --> 00:22:29.290
  • So, I'm simply saying to you,
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  • whatever the weakness is in your
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  • life, you need to bring it to
  • 00:22:33.280 --> 00:22:35.050
  • God.
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  • Will He help you through it?
  • 00:22:36.140 --> 00:22:37.090
  • Yes.
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  • So, I would just ask you to
  • 00:22:38.190 --> 00:22:39.210
  • consider in your own life, "What
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  • effect has temptation had on my
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  • life?
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  • Why have I reasoned that I could
  • 00:22:46.210 --> 00:22:49.110
  • excuse myself?
  • 00:22:49.110 --> 00:22:50.230
  • Why have I told God over and
  • 00:22:50.230 --> 00:22:52.170
  • over again that I'm different?
  • 00:22:52.170 --> 00:22:54.200
  • I grew up in a bad situation, I
  • 00:22:54.200 --> 00:22:57.030
  • grew up with parents who didn't
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  • teach me.
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  • I grew up with alcoholic
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  • parents.
  • 00:23:00.130 --> 00:23:01.050
  • I grew up with parents who'd
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  • married three or four times.
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  • I did this, I did that, I did
  • 00:23:03.220 --> 00:23:05.110
  • that other," God understands.
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  • Listen carefully, God
  • 00:23:07.060 --> 00:23:08.250
  • understands, but God doesn't
  • 00:23:08.250 --> 00:23:10.260
  • excuse sin.
  • 00:23:10.260 --> 00:23:12.250
  • He's willing to deal with it,
  • 00:23:12.250 --> 00:23:14.050
  • He's willing to forgive, He's
  • 00:23:14.050 --> 00:23:15.140
  • willing to give you the strength
  • 00:23:15.140 --> 00:23:16.220
  • that you need.
  • 00:23:16.220 --> 00:23:18.020
  • But you have to first come clean
  • 00:23:18.020 --> 00:23:20.000
  • with Him.
  • 00:23:20.000 --> 00:23:20.240
  • "Lord, here I am and I'm weak
  • 00:23:20.240 --> 00:23:22.020
  • in this area, I desperately need
  • 00:23:22.020 --> 00:23:24.270
  • You to do something for me
  • 00:23:24.270 --> 00:23:26.140
  • in my life in this area,
  • 00:23:26.140 --> 00:23:27.240
  • in Jesus's name."
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  • Will He answer your prayer?
  • 00:23:29.110 --> 00:23:30.110
  • Yes, He will.
  • 00:23:30.110 --> 00:23:32.100
  • You say, "Well, are we supposed
  • 00:23:32.100 --> 00:23:33.060
  • to be perfect?"
  • 00:23:33.060 --> 00:23:34.030
  • No, no, that's why He says, "If
  • 00:23:34.030 --> 00:23:37.020
  • we confess our sins," agree with
  • 00:23:37.020 --> 00:23:39.090
  • Him about them, "He's faithful
  • 00:23:39.090 --> 00:23:41.070
  • and just to forgive us
  • 00:23:41.070 --> 00:23:42.050
  • and to cleanse us
  • 00:23:42.050 --> 00:23:43.010
  • from all unrighteousness."
  • 00:23:43.010 --> 00:23:44.200
  • And, some sins, we probably have
  • 00:23:44.200 --> 00:23:46.260
  • all confessed some things over
  • 00:23:46.260 --> 00:23:48.250
  • and over and over again.
  • 00:23:48.250 --> 00:23:51.000
  • But we have the Holy Spirit
  • 00:23:51.000 --> 00:23:53.250
  • living within us to enable us to
  • 00:23:53.250 --> 00:23:56.060
  • be strong enough to say "no."
  • 00:23:56.060 --> 00:23:59.040
  • And the more times you say "no,"
  • 00:23:59.040 --> 00:24:01.000
  • the stronger you become.
  • 00:24:01.000 --> 00:24:02.280
  • You always have God enabling
  • 00:24:02.280 --> 00:24:05.180
  • you, warning you, and
  • 00:24:05.180 --> 00:24:07.170
  • strengthening you to be obedient
  • 00:24:07.170 --> 00:24:09.050
  • to God.
  • 00:24:09.050 --> 00:24:10.100
  • Amen?
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  • Father, we thank You for Your
  • 00:24:12.010 --> 00:24:13.100
  • love for us.
  • 00:24:13.100 --> 00:24:15.020
  • We thank you that in the midst
  • 00:24:15.020 --> 00:24:16.030
  • of this dark generation which we
  • 00:24:16.030 --> 00:24:17.240
  • are living that there is an
  • 00:24:17.240 --> 00:24:20.070
  • awesome light that's eternal,
  • 00:24:20.070 --> 00:24:22.250
  • that glows within our hearts,
  • 00:24:22.250 --> 00:24:25.160
  • that makes it possible for us to
  • 00:24:25.160 --> 00:24:26.280
  • live godly and to walk clearly,
  • 00:24:28.140 --> 00:24:31.140
  • plainly, lovingly before You day
  • 00:24:31.240 --> 00:24:34.240
  • by day.
  • 00:24:34.240 --> 00:24:37.090
  • I pray, Lord, this morning that
  • 00:24:37.090 --> 00:24:39.220
  • somebody seated here who is
  • 00:24:39.220 --> 00:24:41.090
  • going through some terrible
  • 00:24:41.090 --> 00:24:43.000
  • temptation or maybe is trapped
  • 00:24:43.000 --> 00:24:45.000
  • by it right now, that You'll
  • 00:24:45.000 --> 00:24:47.210
  • give them this grace, God, the
  • 00:24:48.110 --> 00:24:51.110
  • grace to remember they can be
  • 00:24:52.150 --> 00:24:55.150
  • freed and the grace to remember
  • 00:24:55.170 --> 00:24:58.170
  • that You love them in spite of
  • 00:24:58.170 --> 00:24:59.240
  • all of it, and the grace
  • 00:24:59.240 --> 00:25:02.070
  • to remember that Your power
  • 00:25:02.290 --> 00:25:05.290
  • is greater than the temptation
  • 00:25:05.290 --> 00:25:07.130
  • they face.
  • 00:25:07.130 --> 00:25:09.080
  • We love You, we praise You, we
  • 00:25:09.080 --> 00:25:10.130
  • thank You, we are trusting You
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  • daily to be our Guide,
  • 00:25:14.140 --> 00:25:17.140
  • our Savior, our Lord,
  • 00:25:17.140 --> 00:25:19.040
  • 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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