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August 24, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: I'm
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  • telling you, Satan is real.
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  • He's a liar.
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  • He's a deceiver.
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  • And many, many,
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  • many people are very deceived.
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  • And their deception's
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  • very evident when they say,
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  • "I don't believe
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • ago, we started In Touch
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  • Ministries to lead people
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  • worldwide into a growing
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • God's greatness, His love, and
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  • His blessings in such awesome
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  • ways that we just want everyone
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  • to know Him.
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  • So, let's open God's Word and
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  • - male announcer: Next on,
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  • "In Touch",
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  • - Rodney Brooks: Starts out
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  • like this.
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  • On a hill far away.
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  • Stood an old rugged cross.
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  • The emblem of suffering and
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  • shame.
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  • - Rodney: "And I love that
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  • old cross."
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  • And I love that old cross.
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  • Where the dearest and best.
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  • For a world of lost sinners
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  • Oh, that old rugged cross.
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  • So despised by the world.
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  • Has a wondrous attraction
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  • for me.
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  • - Rodney: "For the dear
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  • Lamb of God."
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  • For the dear Lamb of God.
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  • Left His glory above.
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  • To bear it to dark Calvary.
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  • So I'll cherish the old
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  • rugged cross.
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  • 'Til my trophies at last I
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  • lay down.
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  • I will cling to the old
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  • rugged cross.
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  • And exchange it some day for
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  • a crown.
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  • To the old rugged cross.
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  • I will ever be true.
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  • Its shame and reproach
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  • gladly bear.
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  • - Rodney: This is the
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  • best part.
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  • Then He'll call me some
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  • day.
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  • To my home far away.
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  • Where his glory forever I'll
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  • share.
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  • So I'll cherish the old
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  • rugged cross.
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  • 'Til my trophies at last I
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  • lay down.
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  • I will cling to the old
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  • rugged cross.
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  • And exchange it some day for
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  • a crown.
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  • In the cross, in the cross.
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  • Be my glory ever.
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  • 'Til my ransomed soul shall
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  • find.
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  • Rest beyond the river.
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  • So I'll cherish the old
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  • rugged cross.
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  • 'Til my trophies at last I
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  • lay down.
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  • I will cling to the old
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  • rugged cross.
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  • And exchange it some day for
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  • a crown.
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  • And exchange it some day for
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  • - Rodney: Are you thankful
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  • for the cross?
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  • - Dr. Stanley:
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  • Many people will live
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  • their whole life and wonder
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  • why things don't go too well.
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  • They trusted Jesus Christ
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  • as their personal Savior,
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  • and yet, they suffer one defeat
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  • after the other.
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  • Can't quite figure out why.
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  • Do not realize they have an
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  • enemy, an enemy that's very
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  • real, an enemy that's laughed
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  • at, criticized, disbelieved,
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  • but very, very real,
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  • whose goal is three-fold.
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  • To draw us away from God,
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  • to thwart God's purpose
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  • in our life, and divide us.
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  • Satan is a very real person.
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  • And so, what I want us to talk
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  • about in this message, it's,
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  • "Satan's Strategy to Defeat Us,"
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  • all of us, every one of us.
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  • He hasn't left any of us alone.
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  • When somebody tells me, "I don't
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  • believe in the devil," I think
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  • that's like being in a ring with
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  • a bunch of lions and you say,
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  • "No, I don't believe
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  • in animals."
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  • I'm telling you, Satan is real.
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  • He's a liar.
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  • He's a deceiver.
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  • And many, many,
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  • many people are very deceived.
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  • And their deception's
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  • very evident when they say,
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  • "I don't believe
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  • in such a person as the devil."
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  • So, I want us to read a passage
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  • of Scripture from Romans,
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  • chapter eight, if you will.
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  • And then I want us
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  • to talk about his strategy.
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  • How does Satan defeat us?
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  • What is his strategy?
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  • But Romans, chapter eight,
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  • and let's slip down
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  • to verse five to start with,
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  • "For those who are according
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  • to the flesh."
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  • That is they're living in sin,
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  • have never trusted Christ as
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  • their Savior, maybe, "according
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  • to the flesh set their minds
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  • on the things of the flesh."
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  • So, let me define flesh.
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  • We're not talking about flesh
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  • and bones and skin and blood.
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  • We're talking about that drive
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  • within us, that drive within us
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  • that opposes God.
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  • There's something in every one
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  • of us that opposes God.
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  • And Paul called it the flesh,
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  • "For those who are according to
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  • the flesh set their minds on the
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  • things of the flesh, but those
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  • who are according to the
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  • Spirit."
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  • That is we have the Holy Spirit
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  • living within us, trusting Him,
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  • the things of the Spirit.
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  • Watch this, "For the mind."
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  • And remember this.
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  • The mind is Satan's playground
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  • and his battlefield.
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  • Listen, all of his work is done
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  • in the mind.
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  • It may follow down to the feet,
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  • but Satan works on your mind.
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  • He's there.
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  • "For the mind set on the flesh."
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  • That is a mind that's set on the
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  • things that the devil wants,"
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  • listen, "is death."
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  • Look at that, "For the mind set
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  • on the flesh is death,
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  • but the mind set on the Spirit,"
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  • that is, the Holy Spirit,
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  • "is life and peace, because
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  • the mind set on the flesh
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  • is hostile toward God."
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  • You think about your thinking,
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  • your thoughts, how much time of
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  • your day is given to thinking
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  • things maybe you shouldn't, or
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  • thinking about people, whatever
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  • it might be.
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  • He said mind set on the flesh is
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  • hostile toward God.
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  • You can't think holy things and
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  • hostile things at the same time,
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  • for it does not subject itself
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  • to the law of God, for it is not
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  • even able to do so.
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  • That is, "The mind that's
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  • controlled by the devil is not
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  • going to be controlled by God at
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  • the same time, and those who are
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  • in the flesh cannot please God.
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  • However, you are not
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  • in the flesh but in the Spirit,
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  • if indeed the Spirit of God
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  • indwells you."
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  • That is, when you trusted Christ
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  • as your Savior,
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  • you're a child of God.
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  • And the Spirit of God is in your
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  • life to rule and reign.
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  • But if you choose, you can
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  • disobey God.
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  • You can listen--
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  • You can listen to the voice of
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  • the devil, disobey God.
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  • Does that mean that you're lost?
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  • No, but you'll think you are.
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  • You'll find yourself acting
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  • like you are.
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  • "However, you are not
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  • in the flesh but in the Spirit,
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  • if indeed the Spirit of God
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  • dwells in you.
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  • But if anyone does not have the
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  • Spirit of Christ, he does not
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  • belong to Him."
  • 00:10:09.000 --> 00:10:10.190
  • Now get that verse, "If anyone
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  • does not have the Spirit of
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  • Christ, living within them, they
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  • don't belong to Him."
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  • So, when you ask somebody, "Are
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  • you a Christian?"
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  • They say, "Sure I am."
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  • Well, on what basis would you
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  • say that you're a Christian?
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  • "Well, I grew up
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  • in a Christian home.
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  • I went to Sunday School
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  • when I was a kid.
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  • I got baptized and I've tried
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  • to do the best I can
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  • all these years.
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  • And so, yeah, I am one."
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  • Not necessarily.
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  • There are people who've done all
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  • of that and who've never trusted
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  • Jesus Christ as their personal
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  • Savior.
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  • And so, when we talk about the
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  • work of the devil, his primary
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  • work is that of deception,
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  • lying.
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  • He is a liar from the very
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  • beginning.
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  • The Word of God says he is.
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  • Jesus said he was.
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  • He's a liar.
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  • Whenever you are listening to
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  • the devil speak to you,
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  • you are listening to a liar.
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  • And so,
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  • with that passage in mind,
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  • I want us to think about it.
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  • And that is, every single one
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  • of us who is a follower
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  • of Jesus Christ, our mind is a
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  • battlefield.
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  • And we're battling every day.
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  • You wake up in the morning,
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  • everything may have seemed to go
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  • right or it all may seem to go
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  • wrong.
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  • But whatever it might be, you
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  • have an enemy with one sole
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  • purpose, to deceive you,
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  • ultimately to destroy you, and
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  • certainly to keep you from
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  • walking in obedience to Almighty
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  • God.
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  • And so, when I look at all these
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  • passages, in Second Corinthians,
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  • for example.
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  • I want you to look at Second
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  • Corinthians, just a verse or two
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  • here, and what Paul says
  • 00:11:51.260 --> 00:11:54.260
  • in this fourth verse.
  • 00:11:54.260 --> 00:11:56.260
  • He says, "In whose case
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  • the god of this world--"
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  • Who's the god of this world?
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  • Satan.
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  • "Has blinded the minds
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  • of the unbelieving so that they
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  • might not see the light of the
  • 00:12:09.030 --> 00:12:11.060
  • gospel of the glory of Christ,
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  • who is the image of God."
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  • What's he do?
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  • Satan is a liar.
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  • He's the source of lying.
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  • He is a liar, misleading and
  • 00:12:20.110 --> 00:12:22.070
  • causing people to distrust
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  • Almighty God.
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  • So, the truth is every single
  • 00:12:25.260 --> 00:12:27.090
  • one of us, we're a battlefield.
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  • There's something going on in
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  • our mind.
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  • Even when you're a believer,
  • 00:12:32.040 --> 00:12:33.290
  • your mind is also a
  • 00:12:33.290 --> 00:12:35.180
  • battlefield for the devil.
  • 00:12:35.180 --> 00:12:38.090
  • Who is it that causes you in a
  • 00:12:38.090 --> 00:12:39.210
  • moment to lie about something
  • 00:12:39.210 --> 00:12:42.150
  • you knew, you know better?
  • 00:12:42.150 --> 00:12:44.200
  • Or to look with lust or to take
  • 00:12:44.200 --> 00:12:46.210
  • advantage of, or whatever it
  • 00:12:46.210 --> 00:12:48.080
  • might be.
  • 00:12:48.080 --> 00:12:49.180
  • Satan is very much alive.
  • 00:12:49.180 --> 00:12:52.020
  • Now, he cannot overpower a child
  • 00:12:52.020 --> 00:12:54.000
  • of God unless we give him
  • 00:12:54.000 --> 00:12:55.140
  • permission, because we have the
  • 00:12:55.140 --> 00:12:57.110
  • Holy Spirit living within us who
  • 00:12:57.110 --> 00:12:59.000
  • reminds us that Christ died on
  • 00:12:59.000 --> 00:13:02.010
  • the cross, shed His blood to
  • 00:13:02.010 --> 00:13:04.090
  • forgive us of our sins.
  • 00:13:04.090 --> 00:13:06.000
  • Who lives within us, who has
  • 00:13:06.000 --> 00:13:07.140
  • sealed us, watch this, we have
  • 00:13:07.140 --> 00:13:09.100
  • been sealed by the Spirit of
  • 00:13:09.100 --> 00:13:12.100
  • God, as a child of God we cannot
  • 00:13:12.100 --> 00:13:14.090
  • be lost.
  • 00:13:14.090 --> 00:13:16.020
  • Live in sin?
  • 00:13:16.020 --> 00:13:17.000
  • Yes.
  • 00:13:17.000 --> 00:13:17.270
  • Disobey God?
  • 00:13:17.270 --> 00:13:18.210
  • Yes.
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  • Suffer the consequences?
  • 00:13:19.160 --> 00:13:20.120
  • Yes.
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  • Just because you're a believer
  • 00:13:21.100 --> 00:13:22.180
  • does not mean you can sin
  • 00:13:22.180 --> 00:13:24.280
  • against God without any
  • 00:13:24.280 --> 00:13:26.140
  • consequences.
  • 00:13:26.140 --> 00:13:27.150
  • There are always consequences to
  • 00:13:27.150 --> 00:13:28.240
  • sin.
  • 00:13:28.240 --> 00:13:30.080
  • It is Satan's lies that convince
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  • people they can do this, that
  • 00:13:32.200 --> 00:13:34.110
  • and the other, disobey God and
  • 00:13:34.110 --> 00:13:36.030
  • think, "Well, it's not too bad
  • 00:13:36.030 --> 00:13:37.170
  • and nobody's perfect."
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  • Listen.
  • 00:13:39.150 --> 00:13:40.170
  • Satan has a bag full of tricks.
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  • That he's willing to show us how
  • 00:13:42.170 --> 00:13:44.250
  • to get by, how to do this, how
  • 00:13:45.010 --> 00:13:48.010
  • to do that, all oftentimes lying
  • 00:13:48.010 --> 00:13:50.090
  • against what we know is the
  • 00:13:50.090 --> 00:13:52.120
  • absolute truth.
  • 00:13:52.120 --> 00:13:54.130
  • So, what I want us to think
  • 00:13:54.130 --> 00:13:55.150
  • about for a few moments is his
  • 00:13:55.150 --> 00:13:57.020
  • strategy.
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  • This is how he works.
  • 00:13:58.070 --> 00:13:59.210
  • He's always working to do
  • 00:13:59.210 --> 00:14:01.060
  • anything in His power to mislead
  • 00:14:01.060 --> 00:14:03.140
  • us, to destroy us because we
  • 00:14:03.140 --> 00:14:05.170
  • bear witness of the Son of God
  • 00:14:05.170 --> 00:14:07.210
  • and His love and graciousness to
  • 00:14:07.210 --> 00:14:09.130
  • us.
  • 00:14:09.130 --> 00:14:10.180
  • So, let's think about it a
  • 00:14:10.180 --> 00:14:11.110
  • moment.
  • 00:14:11.110 --> 00:14:12.140
  • This is how Satan operates.
  • 00:14:12.140 --> 00:14:14.230
  • Are you interested in that?
  • 00:14:14.230 --> 00:14:17.060
  • This is how he operates.
  • 00:14:17.060 --> 00:14:18.270
  • He directs our attention towards
  • 00:14:18.270 --> 00:14:20.260
  • a need or a desire.
  • 00:14:20.260 --> 00:14:23.120
  • That's the way he always gets
  • 00:14:23.120 --> 00:14:24.060
  • in.
  • 00:14:24.060 --> 00:14:25.100
  • He starts out with that.
  • 00:14:25.100 --> 00:14:27.010
  • For example, here's Adam and Eve
  • 00:14:27.010 --> 00:14:28.170
  • in the Garden of Eden.
  • 00:14:28.170 --> 00:14:30.000
  • Everything is absolutely
  • 00:14:30.000 --> 00:14:31.140
  • perfect, could not be better.
  • 00:14:33.000 --> 00:14:36.000
  • They have everything.
  • 00:14:36.000 --> 00:14:37.240
  • They have each other.
  • 00:14:37.240 --> 00:14:39.130
  • Everything's perfect.
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  • The one thing that they didn't
  • 00:14:41.200 --> 00:14:44.200
  • have is fruit from the Tree of
  • 00:14:45.190 --> 00:14:48.190
  • the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
  • 00:14:48.190 --> 00:14:51.010
  • Look at everything else is
  • 00:14:51.010 --> 00:14:52.020
  • perfect.
  • 00:14:52.020 --> 00:14:53.200
  • And so, what does Satan do?
  • 00:14:53.200 --> 00:14:55.270
  • He points them to the one thing
  • 00:14:55.270 --> 00:14:57.140
  • they don't have.
  • 00:14:57.240 --> 00:15:00.260
  • How many men and women point to
  • 00:15:00.260 --> 00:15:02.200
  • some other person lustfully
  • 00:15:02.200 --> 00:15:04.140
  • because they have everything
  • 00:15:04.140 --> 00:15:05.190
  • else in life they need
  • 00:15:05.190 --> 00:15:08.050
  • but him or her.
  • 00:15:08.160 --> 00:15:11.160
  • And how many decisions are made
  • 00:15:11.160 --> 00:15:13.170
  • not because people don't have
  • 00:15:13.170 --> 00:15:15.060
  • certain things, but they don't
  • 00:15:15.060 --> 00:15:16.270
  • have a particular one.
  • 00:15:16.270 --> 00:15:19.220
  • Satan is a liar.
  • 00:15:19.260 --> 00:15:22.260
  • Satan is a deceiver.
  • 00:15:22.260 --> 00:15:24.190
  • And one of the first things he
  • 00:15:24.190 --> 00:15:25.200
  • does is to point out something
  • 00:15:25.200 --> 00:15:27.250
  • in your life that
  • 00:15:27.250 --> 00:15:28.210
  • you don't have.
  • 00:15:28.210 --> 00:15:31.070
  • He does not remind you of how
  • 00:15:31.070 --> 00:15:32.230
  • much you do have, how blessed
  • 00:15:32.230 --> 00:15:35.050
  • you are, how healthy you are,
  • 00:15:35.050 --> 00:15:37.270
  • what you drive, where you live,
  • 00:15:37.270 --> 00:15:39.090
  • what you wear.
  • 00:15:39.090 --> 00:15:40.260
  • He points out the one thing you
  • 00:15:40.260 --> 00:15:42.020
  • don't have.
  • 00:15:42.020 --> 00:15:43.230
  • What about, suppose you had
  • 00:15:43.230 --> 00:15:44.230
  • that?
  • 00:15:44.230 --> 00:15:45.170
  • He's a liar.
  • 00:15:45.170 --> 00:15:47.180
  • He's a deceiver.
  • 00:15:47.180 --> 00:15:49.050
  • And he uses the same tactics he
  • 00:15:49.050 --> 00:15:51.080
  • used in the garden.
  • 00:15:51.080 --> 00:15:52.250
  • You'd think by now we'd have
  • 00:15:52.250 --> 00:15:54.020
  • caught on.
  • 00:15:54.020 --> 00:15:56.220
  • How does he operate?
  • 00:15:56.220 --> 00:15:58.040
  • He points out the thing you
  • 00:15:58.040 --> 00:15:59.040
  • don't have, so that if you want
  • 00:15:59.040 --> 00:16:01.280
  • to be complete, you'll have it.
  • 00:16:01.280 --> 00:16:03.170
  • Did it satisfy her?
  • 00:16:03.170 --> 00:16:05.020
  • No.
  • 00:16:05.020 --> 00:16:06.000
  • And it doesn't satisfy people
  • 00:16:06.000 --> 00:16:06.280
  • today.
  • 00:16:06.280 --> 00:16:09.030
  • He creates this desire in order
  • 00:16:09.030 --> 00:16:11.010
  • to get people off base,
  • 00:16:12.000 --> 00:16:15.000
  • off track.
  • 00:16:15.000 --> 00:16:16.160
  • If you only had that.
  • 00:16:16.160 --> 00:16:18.220
  • Listen carefully.
  • 00:16:18.220 --> 00:16:20.080
  • You can't ever have enough of
  • 00:16:20.080 --> 00:16:22.200
  • anything that is not the will of
  • 00:16:22.260 --> 00:16:25.260
  • God for your life to ever make
  • 00:16:25.260 --> 00:16:28.000
  • you happy, ever make you feel
  • 00:16:28.000 --> 00:16:30.000
  • complete, ever make you feel
  • 00:16:30.000 --> 00:16:31.280
  • content.
  • 00:16:31.280 --> 00:16:33.100
  • You'll just go from one thing to
  • 00:16:33.100 --> 00:16:34.220
  • the other believing one lie
  • 00:16:34.220 --> 00:16:36.120
  • after the other.
  • 00:16:36.120 --> 00:16:38.020
  • You'll find yourself in
  • 00:16:38.020 --> 00:16:39.080
  • self-destruction.
  • 00:16:39.080 --> 00:16:42.050
  • One of his tactics, get our
  • 00:16:42.050 --> 00:16:44.040
  • attention on something we think
  • 00:16:44.160 --> 00:16:47.160
  • we need.
  • 00:16:47.160 --> 00:16:49.000
  • A second one is this.
  • 00:16:49.000 --> 00:16:50.070
  • Watch this carefully.
  • 00:16:50.070 --> 00:16:51.170
  • Satan chooses his timing.
  • 00:16:51.170 --> 00:16:53.250
  • He knows when we're the most
  • 00:16:53.250 --> 00:16:55.270
  • vulnerable.
  • 00:16:55.270 --> 00:16:57.270
  • When Jesus had fasted forty days
  • 00:16:57.270 --> 00:17:00.150
  • and forty nights, what did the
  • 00:17:00.150 --> 00:17:02.130
  • devil say to Him?
  • 00:17:02.130 --> 00:17:04.090
  • "Oh, been fasting.
  • 00:17:04.090 --> 00:17:06.070
  • Glorifying the Father.
  • 00:17:06.070 --> 00:17:08.090
  • Well, all You have to do is turn
  • 00:17:08.090 --> 00:17:09.270
  • that stone into a piece of
  • 00:17:09.270 --> 00:17:11.270
  • bread.
  • 00:17:11.270 --> 00:17:13.050
  • You'll be satisfied," which
  • 00:17:13.050 --> 00:17:14.170
  • would have been a violation of
  • 00:17:14.170 --> 00:17:16.090
  • the Father's will and purpose
  • 00:17:16.090 --> 00:17:17.290
  • and plan for His life.
  • 00:17:17.290 --> 00:17:20.090
  • And so, the devil does the same
  • 00:17:20.090 --> 00:17:21.170
  • thing.
  • 00:17:21.170 --> 00:17:22.270
  • That is, he knows the timing in
  • 00:17:22.270 --> 00:17:25.190
  • our life.
  • 00:17:25.190 --> 00:17:27.070
  • And so, when you get hungry,
  • 00:17:27.070 --> 00:17:29.110
  • angry, lonely, or tired,
  • 00:17:29.170 --> 00:17:32.170
  • you're vulnerable.
  • 00:17:32.170 --> 00:17:35.080
  • Hungry, angry, lonely, tired,
  • 00:17:35.090 --> 00:17:38.090
  • think about it.
  • 00:17:38.090 --> 00:17:39.060
  • H-A-L-T, remember that, halt.
  • 00:17:40.120 --> 00:17:43.120
  • When you, when you start feeling
  • 00:17:43.120 --> 00:17:44.210
  • hungry, angry, lonely or tired,
  • 00:17:44.210 --> 00:17:47.140
  • H-A-L-T, stop and think.
  • 00:17:47.140 --> 00:17:50.110
  • I am now vulnerable
  • 00:17:50.110 --> 00:17:51.170
  • to a satanic attack.
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:54.100
  • Did you get that?
  • 00:17:54.100 --> 00:17:56.130
  • A satanic attack is an attack by
  • 00:17:56.130 --> 00:17:59.000
  • Satan in one of those areas of
  • 00:17:59.000 --> 00:18:01.050
  • your life where you're the most
  • 00:18:01.050 --> 00:18:02.290
  • vulnerable.
  • 00:18:02.290 --> 00:18:04.270
  • When you get hungry, how do you
  • 00:18:04.270 --> 00:18:05.290
  • feel?
  • 00:18:05.290 --> 00:18:07.090
  • When you get angry, how do you
  • 00:18:07.090 --> 00:18:08.070
  • feel?
  • 00:18:08.070 --> 00:18:09.010
  • When you're lonely, how do you
  • 00:18:09.010 --> 00:18:09.280
  • feel?
  • 00:18:09.280 --> 00:18:10.270
  • And when you're tired and worn
  • 00:18:10.270 --> 00:18:11.200
  • out?
  • 00:18:11.200 --> 00:18:13.090
  • We're the most vulnerable, and
  • 00:18:13.090 --> 00:18:15.070
  • that's when Satan will attack.
  • 00:18:15.070 --> 00:18:17.070
  • He knows exactly when
  • 00:18:17.070 --> 00:18:19.220
  • to attack us, how to attack us.
  • 00:18:19.220 --> 00:18:22.060
  • He knows our weakest points.
  • 00:18:22.060 --> 00:18:24.020
  • Everybody has a weakness,
  • 00:18:24.020 --> 00:18:26.000
  • at least one or more.
  • 00:18:26.000 --> 00:18:27.090
  • That's the way he operates.
  • 00:18:27.090 --> 00:18:29.080
  • A third thing he does is this.
  • 00:18:29.080 --> 00:18:30.180
  • He creates doubt in our mind.
  • 00:18:31.000 --> 00:18:34.000
  • This book from Genesis
  • 00:18:34.000 --> 00:18:35.000
  • to Revelation is
  • 00:18:35.000 --> 00:18:36.010
  • the Word of the Living God.
  • 00:18:36.020 --> 00:18:39.020
  • It's all true, not part true,
  • 00:18:39.020 --> 00:18:40.260
  • all true.
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:42.120
  • The devil will attack you in
  • 00:18:42.120 --> 00:18:43.280
  • those areas that you are the
  • 00:18:43.280 --> 00:18:46.100
  • weakest.
  • 00:18:46.100 --> 00:18:48.080
  • And he creates doubt in our
  • 00:18:48.080 --> 00:18:51.020
  • minds.
  • 00:18:51.020 --> 00:18:52.100
  • And so, what I've noticed is,
  • 00:18:52.100 --> 00:18:54.120
  • when I talk to people who
  • 00:18:54.120 --> 00:18:56.020
  • are really under temptation
  • 00:18:56.020 --> 00:18:57.210
  • about something, it's amazing
  • 00:18:57.210 --> 00:18:59.280
  • how they can bring up other
  • 00:18:59.280 --> 00:19:01.160
  • Scriptures that have nothing
  • 00:19:01.160 --> 00:19:04.030
  • to do with that, and try to
  • 00:19:04.030 --> 00:19:06.110
  • interpret that verse of
  • 00:19:06.110 --> 00:19:08.110
  • Scripture to say, "Well,
  • 00:19:08.110 --> 00:19:09.220
  • nobody's perfect and, you know,
  • 00:19:09.220 --> 00:19:11.290
  • he had this problem, she had
  • 00:19:11.290 --> 00:19:13.050
  • that problem and."
  • 00:19:13.050 --> 00:19:14.110
  • And so, what happens?
  • 00:19:14.110 --> 00:19:16.110
  • The next thing you know, they've
  • 00:19:16.110 --> 00:19:17.230
  • rationalized themselves right
  • 00:19:17.230 --> 00:19:19.030
  • into sin.
  • 00:19:19.030 --> 00:19:21.110
  • That's his tactic, create doubt
  • 00:19:21.110 --> 00:19:23.100
  • in your mind.
  • 00:19:23.100 --> 00:19:24.210
  • So, if I should ask you, "Do you
  • 00:19:24.210 --> 00:19:26.000
  • believe the Word of God?"
  • 00:19:26.000 --> 00:19:27.180
  • What would you say?
  • 00:19:27.180 --> 00:19:29.220
  • "Well, do you believe all of it?
  • 00:19:30.160 --> 00:19:33.160
  • You mean you believe all the
  • 00:19:33.160 --> 00:19:34.050
  • Word of God?
  • 00:19:34.050 --> 00:19:36.090
  • Well what about this one?"
  • 00:19:36.090 --> 00:19:37.290
  • "My God shall supply all your
  • 00:19:37.290 --> 00:19:39.050
  • needs according to His riches in
  • 00:19:39.050 --> 00:19:40.170
  • glory in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:19:40.170 --> 00:19:42.250
  • "Do you believe that?
  • 00:19:42.250 --> 00:19:44.050
  • Well why do you sin
  • 00:19:44.050 --> 00:19:46.250
  • to get your needs met?"
  • 00:19:47.250 --> 00:19:50.250
  • Listen, the devil's a liar.
  • 00:19:50.250 --> 00:19:52.250
  • He's a deceiver.
  • 00:19:52.250 --> 00:19:54.280
  • He will cheat you, deceive you
  • 00:19:54.280 --> 00:19:56.160
  • any way he can to get you to
  • 00:19:56.160 --> 00:19:58.130
  • follow him rather than Jesus.
  • 00:19:59.040 --> 00:20:02.040
  • And so, if he can create doubt
  • 00:20:02.040 --> 00:20:04.080
  • in your mind about the Word of
  • 00:20:04.080 --> 00:20:05.250
  • God, that's a dangerous doubt.
  • 00:20:07.050 --> 00:20:10.050
  • If he can create a doubt in your
  • 00:20:10.050 --> 00:20:11.240
  • mind about His Word, listen, he
  • 00:20:11.240 --> 00:20:13.160
  • doesn't have a toe-hold, he's
  • 00:20:13.160 --> 00:20:15.220
  • got a stronghold and a grip in
  • 00:20:15.220 --> 00:20:17.200
  • your life.
  • 00:20:17.200 --> 00:20:19.030
  • Because when you get tempted,
  • 00:20:19.030 --> 00:20:20.150
  • here's what you'll do.
  • 00:20:20.150 --> 00:20:21.210
  • You'll say, "Well I believe the
  • 00:20:21.210 --> 00:20:23.120
  • Bible, but some of it's not
  • 00:20:23.120 --> 00:20:25.130
  • relevant."
  • 00:20:25.130 --> 00:20:27.040
  • Which part is that?
  • 00:20:27.040 --> 00:20:29.140
  • Or, this is it--that's just your
  • 00:20:30.010 --> 00:20:33.010
  • interpretation.
  • 00:20:33.010 --> 00:20:34.130
  • Well, let me ask you this.
  • 00:20:34.130 --> 00:20:35.230
  • How do you interpret,
  • 00:20:35.230 --> 00:20:36.280
  • "Thou shalt not steal.
  • 00:20:36.280 --> 00:20:39.100
  • Thou shalt not kill.
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  • Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  • 00:20:41.120 --> 00:20:43.110
  • Thou shalt not bear
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  • false witness"?
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  • How do you interpret those?
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  • There's only one way
  • 00:20:48.110 --> 00:20:49.040
  • to interpret,
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  • "Thou shalt not do it."
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  • Very simple.
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  • And yet, I've seen people come
  • 00:20:59.160 --> 00:21:01.060
  • and say, "Well,
  • 00:21:01.060 --> 00:21:02.150
  • that's your interpretation."
  • 00:21:02.150 --> 00:21:03.270
  • Well, how--
  • 00:21:03.270 --> 00:21:04.200
  • what's the interpretation of,
  • 00:21:04.200 --> 00:21:05.250
  • "Thou shalt not"?
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  • And what I want to say is,
  • 00:21:08.070 --> 00:21:09.050
  • "You shall not doubt
  • 00:21:09.050 --> 00:21:10.050
  • the Word of God."
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  • This is how Satan operates.
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  • He works on our desires,
  • 00:21:14.010 --> 00:21:15.150
  • he works on our spots
  • 00:21:15.150 --> 00:21:17.030
  • that are most vulnerable,
  • 00:21:17.030 --> 00:21:18.170
  • creates doubt in our mind.
  • 00:21:18.170 --> 00:21:20.000
  • And then he loves this.
  • 00:21:20.000 --> 00:21:21.110
  • He wants to get us in a debate.
  • 00:21:21.110 --> 00:21:22.270
  • And to debate with him is
  • 00:21:22.270 --> 00:21:24.230
  • disastrous.
  • 00:21:24.230 --> 00:21:26.270
  • Jesus said, "It is written.
  • 00:21:26.270 --> 00:21:28.040
  • It is written.
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  • It is written.
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  • It is written."
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  • Here's what the Father has said.
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  • When somebody wants to debate
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  • with you about what's right and
  • 00:21:34.280 --> 00:21:36.110
  • wrong, just give them God's
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:37.210
  • Word.
  • 00:21:37.210 --> 00:21:38.180
  • You say, "Well, I don't know
  • 00:21:38.180 --> 00:21:39.110
  • God's Word."
  • 00:21:39.110 --> 00:21:40.020
  • That's why you need to be
  • 00:21:40.020 --> 00:21:41.120
  • reading God's Word.
  • 00:21:41.120 --> 00:21:42.250
  • You can't, you can't just come
  • 00:21:42.250 --> 00:21:44.180
  • to church and listen to a sermon
  • 00:21:44.180 --> 00:21:45.240
  • once in a while and think you're
  • 00:21:45.240 --> 00:21:47.150
  • fit to deal with the devil.
  • 00:21:47.150 --> 00:21:50.080
  • Listen.
  • 00:21:50.080 --> 00:21:51.230
  • You're not fit to deal with the
  • 00:21:51.230 --> 00:21:52.240
  • devil unless you know the Word
  • 00:21:52.240 --> 00:21:54.070
  • of God.
  • 00:21:54.070 --> 00:21:55.200
  • It doesn't mean that you have to
  • 00:21:55.200 --> 00:21:56.170
  • know all of it, but listen.
  • 00:21:56.170 --> 00:21:57.270
  • You can deal with him if you
  • 00:21:57.270 --> 00:22:00.060
  • know the basics.
  • 00:22:00.060 --> 00:22:02.000
  • Thou shalt not.
  • 00:22:02.000 --> 00:22:03.220
  • And when you--listen.
  • 00:22:03.220 --> 00:22:05.010
  • When you start trying to reason,
  • 00:22:05.010 --> 00:22:06.220
  • "Thou shalt not" to say well,
  • 00:22:06.220 --> 00:22:09.060
  • "Thou should not."
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:10.260
  • That's not what it said.
  • 00:22:10.260 --> 00:22:11.210
  • Thou shalt not.
  • 00:22:11.210 --> 00:22:14.070
  • Now, is God trying to keep us
  • 00:22:14.070 --> 00:22:15.190
  • from something good?
  • 00:22:15.190 --> 00:22:16.210
  • No!
  • 00:22:16.210 --> 00:22:18.130
  • He's trying to keep us from
  • 00:22:18.130 --> 00:22:19.250
  • self-destruction.
  • 00:22:19.250 --> 00:22:22.230
  • And so, what does Satan do?
  • 00:22:22.230 --> 00:22:24.220
  • He wants to engage us in a
  • 00:22:24.220 --> 00:22:25.230
  • debate, and Jesus simply said,
  • 00:22:25.230 --> 00:22:28.130
  • "It is written.
  • 00:22:28.130 --> 00:22:30.060
  • That settles it.
  • 00:22:30.060 --> 00:22:31.080
  • It's what the Father said."
  • 00:22:31.080 --> 00:22:32.280
  • Then of course, he uses
  • 00:22:32.280 --> 00:22:34.090
  • deception as his key weapon.
  • 00:22:34.090 --> 00:22:36.150
  • If he can deceive you about
  • 00:22:36.150 --> 00:22:39.030
  • anything, he has you.
  • 00:22:39.030 --> 00:22:41.290
  • Think about it.
  • 00:22:41.290 --> 00:22:44.020
  • To deceive simply means
  • 00:22:44.020 --> 00:22:45.190
  • to mislead by making something
  • 00:22:45.190 --> 00:22:48.110
  • appear other than
  • 00:22:48.110 --> 00:22:49.230
  • what it really is.
  • 00:22:49.230 --> 00:22:52.100
  • And Jesus said Satan is
  • 00:22:53.210 --> 00:22:56.210
  • a deceiver.
  • 00:22:56.210 --> 00:22:58.190
  • And this is how he operates.
  • 00:22:58.190 --> 00:23:01.130
  • He'd like to deceive us to make
  • 00:23:01.130 --> 00:23:03.210
  • bad things good, lying not
  • 00:23:05.000 --> 00:23:08.000
  • so bad, or telling a story.
  • 00:23:08.000 --> 00:23:10.240
  • And so, there are all kinds
  • 00:23:10.240 --> 00:23:12.110
  • of ways Satan attempts
  • 00:23:12.110 --> 00:23:13.240
  • to deceive us.
  • 00:23:13.240 --> 00:23:15.290
  • And he knows when we are the
  • 00:23:15.290 --> 00:23:17.160
  • most vulnerable in whatever area
  • 00:23:17.160 --> 00:23:19.250
  • of life he chooses to attack us.
  • 00:23:20.120 --> 00:23:23.120
  • And then he wants to create
  • 00:23:23.120 --> 00:23:25.010
  • division.
  • 00:23:25.010 --> 00:23:26.240
  • And Satan's going to say to
  • 00:23:26.240 --> 00:23:28.010
  • young people, "Oh, that's okay
  • 00:23:28.010 --> 00:23:29.290
  • for your parents.
  • 00:23:29.290 --> 00:23:31.130
  • But you know what?
  • 00:23:31.130 --> 00:23:32.100
  • They're old fogies.
  • 00:23:32.100 --> 00:23:34.170
  • Or, that was true a long time
  • 00:23:34.170 --> 00:23:36.240
  • ago, but not now.
  • 00:23:36.240 --> 00:23:38.210
  • Which part of the Word of God is
  • 00:23:38.210 --> 00:23:39.290
  • outdated?
  • 00:23:40.010 --> 00:23:43.010
  • Not any of it.
  • 00:23:43.010 --> 00:23:45.180
  • The New Testament interprets
  • 00:23:45.180 --> 00:23:46.290
  • for us the Old Testament.
  • 00:23:46.290 --> 00:23:49.050
  • We understand the truth
  • 00:23:49.050 --> 00:23:50.130
  • of the Word of God.
  • 00:23:50.130 --> 00:23:52.010
  • But if I don't--
  • 00:23:52.010 --> 00:23:53.080
  • Listen, wherever you remove
  • 00:23:53.080 --> 00:23:54.220
  • the Word of God, you're going
  • 00:23:54.220 --> 00:23:56.040
  • to have division and strife,
  • 00:23:56.040 --> 00:23:58.140
  • unbelief and distrust.
  • 00:23:58.140 --> 00:24:00.270
  • The Word of God harmonizes us
  • 00:24:00.270 --> 00:24:03.190
  • together.
  • 00:24:03.190 --> 00:24:05.080
  • We know what the truth is.
  • 00:24:05.080 --> 00:24:06.290
  • We know the truth from error,
  • 00:24:06.290 --> 00:24:08.240
  • from lying.
  • 00:24:08.240 --> 00:24:10.000
  • We want to follow the Lord God.
  • 00:24:10.000 --> 00:24:11.100
  • That gives us harmony and peace
  • 00:24:11.100 --> 00:24:13.110
  • and joy.
  • 00:24:13.110 --> 00:24:14.220
  • We don't have to have everything
  • 00:24:14.220 --> 00:24:16.200
  • in life we would like to have
  • 00:24:16.200 --> 00:24:18.270
  • maybe.
  • 00:24:18.270 --> 00:24:20.100
  • Satan will tell you, "Well,
  • 00:24:20.100 --> 00:24:21.140
  • you're not complete without
  • 00:24:21.140 --> 00:24:22.270
  • this, that and the other."
  • 00:24:22.270 --> 00:24:24.070
  • On the same side, we could say,
  • 00:24:24.070 --> 00:24:26.090
  • "Well, the Bible says my God
  • 00:24:26.090 --> 00:24:27.250
  • shall supply all my needs
  • 00:24:27.250 --> 00:24:29.200
  • according to His riches in glory
  • 00:24:29.200 --> 00:24:30.280
  • in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:24:30.280 --> 00:24:32.230
  • Is it true, or not the truth?
  • 00:24:33.040 --> 00:24:36.040
  • It all boils down to this.
  • 00:24:36.040 --> 00:24:37.220
  • Is this the Word of God,
  • 00:24:37.220 --> 00:24:38.290
  • or is it not?
  • 00:24:38.290 --> 00:24:41.030
  • Is it the truth or is it not?
  • 00:24:41.030 --> 00:24:42.280
  • If it's not the truth,
  • 00:24:42.280 --> 00:24:44.170
  • then what is it?
  • 00:24:44.170 --> 00:24:46.170
  • And if part of it's not the
  • 00:24:46.170 --> 00:24:47.170
  • truth, what is it?
  • 00:24:47.170 --> 00:24:49.140
  • And if some of it is not the
  • 00:24:49.140 --> 00:24:50.120
  • truth, what is it?
  • 00:24:50.120 --> 00:24:52.070
  • It is the Word of the Living God
  • 00:24:52.070 --> 00:24:54.160
  • true from cover to cover.
  • 00:24:54.160 --> 00:24:57.060
  • And God intends for us to live
  • 00:24:57.060 --> 00:24:58.180
  • by it.
  • 00:24:58.180 --> 00:24:59.280
  • If we want to have peace and
  • 00:24:59.280 --> 00:25:01.090
  • harmony and joy and fulness and
  • 00:25:01.090 --> 00:25:02.240
  • completeness and security and
  • 00:25:02.240 --> 00:25:04.290
  • all the rest, we live by the
  • 00:25:04.290 --> 00:25:06.290
  • Word of God.
  • 00:25:06.290 --> 00:25:08.090
  • You notice I didn't say happy,
  • 00:25:08.090 --> 00:25:10.180
  • because happiness comes
  • 00:25:10.180 --> 00:25:11.170
  • and goes.
  • 00:25:11.170 --> 00:25:12.250
  • But truth and joy, godliness.
  • 00:25:14.110 --> 00:25:17.110
  • God wants the best for us.
  • 00:25:17.110 --> 00:25:20.020
  • He's given the best for us, but
  • 00:25:20.020 --> 00:25:21.160
  • we have an enemy in the devil
  • 00:25:21.160 --> 00:25:23.100
  • and he lies.
  • 00:25:23.100 --> 00:25:25.080
  • He does his best to get us to be
  • 00:25:25.080 --> 00:25:27.000
  • divided, because ultimately
  • 00:25:27.100 --> 00:25:30.100
  • his goal is to destroy us.
  • 00:25:30.100 --> 00:25:32.260
  • If Satan can get you to doubt a
  • 00:25:32.260 --> 00:25:34.150
  • verse of Scripture, a verse of
  • 00:25:35.080 --> 00:25:38.080
  • Scripture, he's got a toe hold
  • 00:25:38.180 --> 00:25:41.180
  • into your life, because here's
  • 00:25:41.180 --> 00:25:44.040
  • what happens.
  • 00:25:44.040 --> 00:25:45.120
  • If he can get you to doubt,
  • 00:25:45.120 --> 00:25:46.250
  • watch this carefully, if he can
  • 00:25:46.250 --> 00:25:48.160
  • get you to doubt one verse, he
  • 00:25:48.160 --> 00:25:50.130
  • will lead you to some other area
  • 00:25:50.130 --> 00:25:53.100
  • of your life in which you would
  • 00:25:53.100 --> 00:25:55.270
  • like to disobey God, and get you
  • 00:25:55.270 --> 00:25:58.020
  • to possibly consider, "Well,
  • 00:25:58.020 --> 00:26:00.080
  • that's not true."
  • 00:26:00.080 --> 00:26:02.120
  • "Well, maybe, maybe this is not
  • 00:26:02.120 --> 00:26:04.040
  • all that true after all," and
  • 00:26:04.040 --> 00:26:06.040
  • here's what he does.
  • 00:26:06.040 --> 00:26:07.200
  • Step by step he gets you to
  • 00:26:07.200 --> 00:26:09.120
  • doubt this.
  • 00:26:09.120 --> 00:26:10.280
  • Before long, you're doubting
  • 00:26:10.280 --> 00:26:12.060
  • this.
  • 00:26:12.060 --> 00:26:13.060
  • Before long, you're doubting the
  • 00:26:13.060 --> 00:26:14.120
  • Word of God.
  • 00:26:14.120 --> 00:26:15.200
  • That's how treacherous he is.
  • 00:26:15.200 --> 00:26:17.180
  • He's a liar, a deceiver.
  • 00:26:17.180 --> 00:26:20.180
  • And all he wants you to do is to
  • 00:26:20.180 --> 00:26:22.080
  • start doubting the Word of God.
  • 00:26:22.080 --> 00:26:24.080
  • And if you'll doubt a little of
  • 00:26:24.080 --> 00:26:26.020
  • His Word, you'll doubt more.
  • 00:26:26.020 --> 00:26:28.050
  • And then here's what happens.
  • 00:26:28.050 --> 00:26:29.190
  • You'll find yourself doing what?
  • 00:26:29.190 --> 00:26:32.010
  • You'll find yourself picking out
  • 00:26:32.010 --> 00:26:34.050
  • the verses of Scripture that you
  • 00:26:34.050 --> 00:26:35.260
  • want to doubt.
  • 00:26:35.260 --> 00:26:37.140
  • And I can tell you which ones
  • 00:26:37.140 --> 00:26:38.200
  • they'll be.
  • 00:26:38.200 --> 00:26:40.000
  • The one area in which you want
  • 00:26:40.000 --> 00:26:41.090
  • to sin are the areas in which
  • 00:26:41.090 --> 00:26:43.140
  • you want to doubt the truth of
  • 00:26:43.140 --> 00:26:45.040
  • God's Word.
  • 00:26:45.040 --> 00:26:47.020
  • He's treacherous.
  • 00:26:47.020 --> 00:26:48.100
  • He's a liar.
  • 00:26:48.100 --> 00:26:49.050
  • He's a deceiver.
  • 00:26:49.050 --> 00:26:51.090
  • We have an enemy.
  • 00:26:51.090 --> 00:26:52.160
  • Watch this.
  • 00:26:52.160 --> 00:26:53.060
  • We all have the same enemy.
  • 00:26:53.060 --> 00:26:55.150
  • He works the same way
  • 00:26:55.150 --> 00:26:56.290
  • in our mind.
  • 00:26:56.290 --> 00:26:58.290
  • He works in our mind,
  • 00:26:58.290 --> 00:27:00.220
  • how we think.
  • 00:27:00.220 --> 00:27:02.200
  • If we are saved by the grace
  • 00:27:02.200 --> 00:27:04.150
  • of God and we're thinking
  • 00:27:04.150 --> 00:27:06.190
  • the way God thinks,
  • 00:27:06.190 --> 00:27:08.020
  • we'll live a godly life.
  • 00:27:08.020 --> 00:27:09.220
  • When we chose to think
  • 00:27:09.220 --> 00:27:11.080
  • other than the way God thinks,
  • 00:27:11.080 --> 00:27:13.130
  • we find ourselves in trouble,
  • 00:27:13.130 --> 00:27:15.150
  • disobeying God.
  • 00:27:16.280 --> 00:27:19.280
  • When you read the Word of God,
  • 00:27:19.280 --> 00:27:21.090
  • it's crystal clear.
  • 00:27:21.090 --> 00:27:23.190
  • I either believe it,
  • 00:27:23.190 --> 00:27:24.250
  • or I don't believe it.
  • 00:27:24.250 --> 00:27:26.130
  • If I don't believe it, I must
  • 00:27:26.130 --> 00:27:28.150
  • assume responsibility for
  • 00:27:28.150 --> 00:27:30.070
  • unbelief in all the wonderful,
  • 00:27:30.290 --> 00:27:33.290
  • absolutely awesome promises
  • 00:27:33.290 --> 00:27:35.220
  • of God found in the Scripture.
  • 00:27:36.030 --> 00:27:39.030
  • This is a sacred Book,
  • 00:27:39.030 --> 00:27:41.060
  • holy Book, God's Book.
  • 00:27:41.220 --> 00:27:44.220
  • I either believe it or I don't.
  • 00:27:44.220 --> 00:27:46.260
  • Believing part of it is not it.
  • 00:27:46.260 --> 00:27:48.280
  • Believe all of it.
  • 00:27:48.280 --> 00:27:50.120
  • Genesis one, one, to the last
  • 00:27:50.120 --> 00:27:51.250
  • verse of the Revelation.
  • 00:27:51.250 --> 00:27:54.010
  • It talks about Heaven and Hell.
  • 00:27:54.010 --> 00:27:55.150
  • It talks about good and evil.
  • 00:27:55.150 --> 00:27:57.040
  • Talks about Satan and angels.
  • 00:27:57.040 --> 00:27:58.280
  • Talks about all the things we
  • 00:27:58.280 --> 00:28:00.050
  • need to talk about.
  • 00:28:00.050 --> 00:28:01.170
  • The issue is not anything
  • 00:28:01.170 --> 00:28:02.220
  • specific.
  • 00:28:02.220 --> 00:28:03.180
  • Do I believe it, or do I not
  • 00:28:03.180 --> 00:28:05.070
  • believe it?
  • 00:28:05.070 --> 00:28:07.150
  • Satan will lie to you.
  • 00:28:08.010 --> 00:28:11.010
  • He'll bear false witness to you.
  • 00:28:11.010 --> 00:28:13.140
  • He'll mislead you.
  • 00:28:13.140 --> 00:28:15.000
  • He'll do everything in his power
  • 00:28:15.000 --> 00:28:16.060
  • to get you to doubt the Word of
  • 00:28:16.060 --> 00:28:18.110
  • God.
  • 00:28:18.110 --> 00:28:20.190
  • But one thing for certain,
  • 00:28:20.190 --> 00:28:22.070
  • you're going to die and you're
  • 00:28:22.070 --> 00:28:23.200
  • going to be judged by the Word
  • 00:28:23.200 --> 00:28:26.020
  • of God.
  • 00:28:26.020 --> 00:28:27.210
  • Where would you say you stand?
  • 00:28:27.210 --> 00:28:29.240
  • Have you trusted Jesus Christ as
  • 00:28:29.240 --> 00:28:31.040
  • your personal Savior?
  • 00:28:31.040 --> 00:28:32.230
  • Maybe you don't understand it
  • 00:28:32.230 --> 00:28:33.250
  • all.
  • 00:28:33.250 --> 00:28:35.040
  • Maybe you don't understand
  • 00:28:35.040 --> 00:28:35.200
  • everything that happened
  • 00:28:35.200 --> 00:28:36.180
  • at the cross.
  • 00:28:36.180 --> 00:28:37.080
  • Maybe you don't understand
  • 00:28:37.080 --> 00:28:37.270
  • everything that happened
  • 00:28:37.270 --> 00:28:38.280
  • at the empty tomb.
  • 00:28:38.280 --> 00:28:40.110
  • But do you believe the truth
  • 00:28:40.110 --> 00:28:41.140
  • of God's Word?
  • 00:28:41.140 --> 00:28:43.040
  • Believe on the Lord Jesus
  • 00:28:43.040 --> 00:28:44.250
  • Christ, giving yourself to Him,
  • 00:28:45.040 --> 00:28:48.040
  • and you'll have the gift
  • 00:28:48.040 --> 00:28:49.030
  • of eternal life.
  • 00:28:49.030 --> 00:28:50.230
  • Do you believe it enough
  • 00:28:50.230 --> 00:28:52.160
  • to live by it?
  • 00:28:52.160 --> 00:28:54.190
  • That's the key.
  • 00:28:54.190 --> 00:28:56.070
  • Do you believe the Word of God
  • 00:28:56.070 --> 00:28:57.160
  • enough to live by it?
  • 00:28:58.100 --> 00:29:01.120
  • When you answer that question,
  • 00:29:01.120 --> 00:29:03.020
  • you'll know whether you believe
  • 00:29:03.020 --> 00:29:04.220
  • the Word of God or not.
  • 00:29:04.220 --> 00:29:06.190
  • Amen?
  • 00:29:06.190 --> 00:29:08.110
  • And Father, we thank You that
  • 00:29:08.110 --> 00:29:09.100
  • You made the Word of God crystal
  • 00:29:09.100 --> 00:29:10.190
  • clear.
  • 00:29:10.190 --> 00:29:13.180
  • You've exposed the devil to be
  • 00:29:13.180 --> 00:29:16.100
  • the liar that he is.
  • 00:29:16.210 --> 00:29:19.210
  • You've shown us the Lord Jesus
  • 00:29:19.210 --> 00:29:21.250
  • Christ to show us the truth that
  • 00:29:22.220 --> 00:29:25.220
  • He is and He embodies.
  • 00:29:25.220 --> 00:29:28.190
  • And that all of our hope and
  • 00:29:28.190 --> 00:29:30.030
  • help, and our way of living is
  • 00:29:30.030 --> 00:29:33.010
  • to be found in Him.
  • 00:29:33.010 --> 00:29:35.220
  • And Lord, I pray that every
  • 00:29:35.220 --> 00:29:37.010
  • person who hears this message
  • 00:29:37.010 --> 00:29:39.020
  • will recognize that one day
  • 00:29:39.020 --> 00:29:41.280
  • they'll stand before You and
  • 00:29:41.280 --> 00:29:43.220
  • then for sure they'll know that
  • 00:29:43.220 --> 00:29:46.100
  • You were telling the truth.
  • 00:29:47.110 --> 00:29:50.110
  • But for some people too late.
  • 00:29:50.110 --> 00:29:52.260
  • Thank You for Your Word.
  • 00:29:52.260 --> 00:29:55.030
  • Thank You for Your promise and
  • 00:29:55.030 --> 00:29:56.020
  • thank You for the power to live
  • 00:29:56.020 --> 00:29:58.230
  • by it every day, is our prayer
  • 00:29:58.230 --> 00:30:01.050
  • - announcer: Coming up
  • 00:30:07.230 --> 00:30:08.080
  • in just a moment,
  • 00:30:08.080 --> 00:30:09.130
  • - Dr. Stanley: "Therefore go."
  • 00:30:21.280 --> 00:30:24.000
  • - male:
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: If
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  • you're genuinely saved, you
  • 00:30:48.110 --> 00:30:50.260
  • will never be happy or satisfied
  • 00:30:50.260 --> 00:30:53.230
  • living in sin.
  • 00:30:53.230 --> 00:30:55.080
  • You will not.
  • 00:30:55.080 --> 00:30:56.110
  • You cannot, you know why?
  • 00:30:56.110 --> 00:30:58.030
  • Because you have a whole
  • 00:30:58.030 --> 00:30:58.280
  • different nature.
  • 00:30:58.280 --> 00:31:00.020
  • You have the Spirit of God
  • 00:31:00.020 --> 00:31:01.060
  • within you, convicting you of
  • 00:31:01.060 --> 00:31:02.140
  • sin.
  • 00:31:02.140 --> 00:31:03.180
  • Many people will tell you that
  • 00:31:03.180 --> 00:31:04.140
  • they're saved.
  • 00:31:04.140 --> 00:31:05.170
  • They're not saved.
  • 00:31:05.170 --> 00:31:07.060
  • They've believed about Him, but
  • 00:31:07.060 --> 00:31:09.040
  • they're not truly believed in
  • 00:31:09.040 --> 00:31:10.220
  • Him, surrendering their life to
  • 00:31:10.220 --> 00:31:12.190
  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Do you
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  • find yourself confessing the
  • 00:31:21.280 --> 00:31:24.040
  • same sin to God over and over
  • 00:31:24.040 --> 00:31:25.270
  • again?
  • 00:31:25.270 --> 00:31:28.120
  • Why do you think that's
  • 00:31:28.120 --> 00:31:29.030
  • happening?
  • 00:31:29.030 --> 00:31:30.200
  • You say, "Well, because I'm
  • 00:31:30.200 --> 00:31:31.190
  • committing the same sin over and
  • 00:31:31.190 --> 00:31:33.050
  • over again."
  • 00:31:33.050 --> 00:31:34.210
  • Well, why would you have to
  • 00:31:35.000 --> 00:31:38.000
  • commit the same sin over and
  • 00:31:38.000 --> 00:31:39.070
  • over again?
  • 00:31:39.070 --> 00:31:40.220
  • Do you think it's because you
  • 00:31:40.220 --> 00:31:42.000
  • haven't dealt with it to begin
  • 00:31:42.000 --> 00:31:43.120
  • with?
  • 00:31:43.120 --> 00:31:44.160
  • You say, "Well, the Bible says
  • 00:31:44.160 --> 00:31:45.230
  • if I confess my sin, He's going
  • 00:31:45.230 --> 00:31:48.040
  • to forgive me."
  • 00:31:48.040 --> 00:31:49.160
  • You need to read the whole
  • 00:31:49.160 --> 00:31:50.120
  • verse.
  • 00:31:50.120 --> 00:31:51.180
  • What is He really saying?
  • 00:31:51.180 --> 00:31:52.160
  • He says, "If we confess our
  • 00:31:52.160 --> 00:31:53.280
  • sins, He is faithful and just to
  • 00:31:53.280 --> 00:31:56.110
  • forgive us our sins and to
  • 00:31:56.110 --> 00:31:57.230
  • cleanse us from all
  • 00:31:57.230 --> 00:32:00.200
  • unrighteousness."
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  • I think there are a lot of
  • 00:32:02.150 --> 00:32:03.080
  • people who become a Christian,
  • 00:32:03.110 --> 00:32:06.110
  • but they don't have any victory
  • 00:32:06.110 --> 00:32:07.080
  • in their life.
  • 00:32:07.080 --> 00:32:08.140
  • They become a Christian with
  • 00:32:08.140 --> 00:32:09.160
  • failures in their life, sins in
  • 00:32:09.160 --> 00:32:11.150
  • their life.
  • 00:32:11.150 --> 00:32:12.110
  • They ask God to forgive them.
  • 00:32:12.110 --> 00:32:13.120
  • They trust Jesus Christ as their
  • 00:32:13.120 --> 00:32:15.080
  • personal Savior.
  • 00:32:15.080 --> 00:32:16.110
  • They really and truly believe
  • 00:32:16.110 --> 00:32:17.260
  • that that's the thing to do and
  • 00:32:17.260 --> 00:32:19.060
  • they've done that.
  • 00:32:19.060 --> 00:32:20.260
  • Then when it comes to dealing
  • 00:32:20.260 --> 00:32:21.250
  • with sin, it appears that the
  • 00:32:21.250 --> 00:32:23.220
  • same old sins are either still
  • 00:32:23.220 --> 00:32:25.110
  • there; or when they confess
  • 00:32:25.110 --> 00:32:27.090
  • them, it seems that nothing
  • 00:32:27.090 --> 00:32:29.010
  • happens.
  • 00:32:29.010 --> 00:32:30.110
  • And they read that verse and
  • 00:32:30.110 --> 00:32:32.090
  • they think, "Well, why don't I
  • 00:32:32.090 --> 00:32:34.030
  • have any victory?"
  • 00:32:34.030 --> 00:32:35.220
  • I want to answer that question
  • 00:32:35.220 --> 00:32:36.250
  • in this message.
  • 00:32:36.250 --> 00:32:38.180
  • So, I want you to listen
  • 00:32:38.180 --> 00:32:39.130
  • carefully.
  • 00:32:39.130 --> 00:32:41.150
  • Wherever you are, you may be
  • 00:32:41.150 --> 00:32:42.260
  • lost, that is, you've never
  • 00:32:42.260 --> 00:32:44.210
  • trusted Jesus as your Savior.
  • 00:32:44.210 --> 00:32:46.190
  • You desperately need this.
  • 00:32:46.190 --> 00:32:48.260
  • If you are a Christian, you
  • 00:32:48.260 --> 00:32:50.100
  • could equally as desperately
  • 00:32:50.100 --> 00:32:52.000
  • need it because you're not
  • 00:32:52.000 --> 00:32:53.290
  • having victory in your life.
  • 00:32:53.290 --> 00:32:55.260
  • You don't have any real peace
  • 00:32:55.260 --> 00:32:57.030
  • because you're still sinning in
  • 00:32:57.030 --> 00:32:58.110
  • your life.
  • 00:32:58.110 --> 00:32:59.140
  • You're doing things that you
  • 00:32:59.140 --> 00:33:00.130
  • know you should not do.
  • 00:33:00.130 --> 00:33:02.000
  • In fact, you don't even want to
  • 00:33:02.000 --> 00:33:03.040
  • do them.
  • 00:33:03.040 --> 00:33:03.250
  • In fact, you look at Romans
  • 00:33:03.250 --> 00:33:05.130
  • chapter seven, you say, "Well, I
  • 00:33:05.130 --> 00:33:06.290
  • sound like the Apostle Paul who
  • 00:33:06.290 --> 00:33:08.100
  • said, 'I do the things that I
  • 00:33:08.100 --> 00:33:10.000
  • don't want to do and I don't do
  • 00:33:10.000 --> 00:33:11.240
  • the things that I want to do.'"
  • 00:33:11.240 --> 00:33:13.240
  • So, what's the real key?
  • 00:33:13.240 --> 00:33:16.040
  • What's the missing link and real
  • 00:33:16.040 --> 00:33:18.040
  • victory in your daily life and
  • 00:33:18.180 --> 00:33:21.180
  • oftentimes continuous defeat?
  • 00:33:21.180 --> 00:33:24.070
  • So, I want you to turn to the
  • 00:33:24.070 --> 00:33:25.100
  • last chapter of the book of
  • 00:33:25.100 --> 00:33:27.000
  • Luke.
  • 00:33:27.000 --> 00:33:28.040
  • And this last chapter of the
  • 00:33:28.040 --> 00:33:29.100
  • twenty-fourth chapter, Jesus is
  • 00:33:29.100 --> 00:33:31.260
  • giving a message to His apostles
  • 00:33:31.280 --> 00:33:34.280
  • before He leaves them.
  • 00:33:34.280 --> 00:33:37.020
  • And I want you to notice what He
  • 00:33:37.020 --> 00:33:38.030
  • says beginning in this
  • 00:33:38.030 --> 00:33:40.130
  • particular verse, verse
  • 00:33:40.130 --> 00:33:42.120
  • forty-four of the twenty-fourth
  • 00:33:42.120 --> 00:33:43.270
  • chapter, "Now, He said to them,
  • 00:33:43.270 --> 00:33:46.160
  • 'The,'" watch this now.
  • 00:33:46.160 --> 00:33:47.290
  • How in--how serious this is,
  • 00:33:47.290 --> 00:33:49.240
  • "Now, 'These are My words which
  • 00:33:49.240 --> 00:33:52.060
  • I spoke to you while I was still
  • 00:33:52.060 --> 00:33:54.000
  • with you, that all things which
  • 00:33:54.000 --> 00:33:56.130
  • are written about Me in the Law
  • 00:33:56.130 --> 00:33:58.140
  • of Moses and the Prophets and
  • 00:33:58.140 --> 00:34:00.190
  • the Psalms must be fulfilled.'
  • 00:34:01.010 --> 00:34:04.010
  • Then He opened their minds to
  • 00:34:04.010 --> 00:34:06.060
  • understand the Scriptures, and
  • 00:34:06.060 --> 00:34:09.020
  • He said to them, 'Thus it is
  • 00:34:09.020 --> 00:34:11.040
  • written, that the Christ,'" the
  • 00:34:11.040 --> 00:34:13.290
  • Messiah, Jesus, "would suffer
  • 00:34:14.100 --> 00:34:17.100
  • and rise again from the dead the
  • 00:34:17.100 --> 00:34:19.060
  • third day, and that repentance
  • 00:34:21.260 --> 00:34:24.260
  • for forgiveness of sins would be
  • 00:34:24.260 --> 00:34:27.240
  • proclaimed in His name to all
  • 00:34:27.240 --> 00:34:29.240
  • the nations, beginning from
  • 00:34:29.240 --> 00:34:31.200
  • Jerusalem.
  • 00:34:31.200 --> 00:34:33.020
  • You are witnesses of these
  • 00:34:33.020 --> 00:34:34.040
  • things.
  • 00:34:34.040 --> 00:34:34.290
  • And behold, I am sending forth
  • 00:34:34.290 --> 00:34:36.020
  • the promise of My Father upon
  • 00:34:36.020 --> 00:34:37.140
  • you; but you are to stay in the
  • 00:34:37.140 --> 00:34:39.180
  • city until you are clothed with
  • 00:34:39.180 --> 00:34:41.120
  • power from on high."
  • 00:34:41.120 --> 00:34:42.240
  • And He was referring to the
  • 00:34:42.240 --> 00:34:44.000
  • coming of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:34:44.000 --> 00:34:46.020
  • What I want you to notice here,
  • 00:34:46.020 --> 00:34:47.130
  • He says, "This is your message."
  • 00:34:48.280 --> 00:34:51.280
  • This is your message, "that
  • 00:34:51.280 --> 00:34:53.040
  • repentance for the forgiveness
  • 00:34:53.040 --> 00:34:55.130
  • of sins would be proclaimed in
  • 00:34:55.130 --> 00:34:58.000
  • His name to all the nations,
  • 00:34:58.000 --> 00:35:00.110
  • beginning from Jerusalem."
  • 00:35:00.110 --> 00:35:02.200
  • To the uttermost parts of the
  • 00:35:02.200 --> 00:35:03.240
  • earth.
  • 00:35:03.240 --> 00:35:05.000
  • Now, when I look at that passage
  • 00:35:05.000 --> 00:35:06.280
  • and I think about what Jesus is
  • 00:35:06.280 --> 00:35:09.130
  • commanding them, He uses the
  • 00:35:09.130 --> 00:35:12.120
  • word repentance here.
  • 00:35:12.120 --> 00:35:14.030
  • And if you look through the
  • 00:35:14.030 --> 00:35:14.270
  • Bible, for example, you'll
  • 00:35:14.270 --> 00:35:16.080
  • discover that twenty-four times
  • 00:35:16.080 --> 00:35:19.040
  • in the New Testament the word
  • 00:35:19.040 --> 00:35:20.150
  • repent is found.
  • 00:35:20.150 --> 00:35:23.070
  • Now, what does that really mean?
  • 00:35:23.070 --> 00:35:25.230
  • In other words, it's one thing
  • 00:35:25.230 --> 00:35:27.030
  • to say, "Well, I repent of my
  • 00:35:27.030 --> 00:35:28.030
  • sins."
  • 00:35:28.030 --> 00:35:28.230
  • Well, what does that mean?
  • 00:35:28.230 --> 00:35:29.180
  • So, I want to give you a couple
  • 00:35:29.180 --> 00:35:30.100
  • of definitions, one of them's
  • 00:35:30.100 --> 00:35:31.230
  • sort of elaborating on the other
  • 00:35:31.230 --> 00:35:32.250
  • one, and the first one says
  • 00:35:32.250 --> 00:35:33.260
  • simply this.
  • 00:35:33.260 --> 00:35:35.180
  • To repent means I have a
  • 00:35:35.180 --> 00:35:37.010
  • heartfelt sorrowfulness in my
  • 00:35:37.010 --> 00:35:39.290
  • heart for sin followed by
  • 00:35:39.290 --> 00:35:42.090
  • renouncing of sin and a sincere
  • 00:35:42.090 --> 00:35:44.290
  • commitment to forsake it and
  • 00:35:44.290 --> 00:35:46.280
  • walk in obedience to Christ.
  • 00:35:46.280 --> 00:35:48.150
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:35:48.150 --> 00:35:49.250
  • Repentance isn't just feeling
  • 00:35:49.250 --> 00:35:51.080
  • sorry about it.
  • 00:35:51.080 --> 00:35:53.000
  • But it's feeling sorrowful in my
  • 00:35:53.000 --> 00:35:55.030
  • heart toward God about it and
  • 00:35:55.030 --> 00:35:57.200
  • followed by a renouncing of it.
  • 00:35:57.200 --> 00:35:59.240
  • It doesn't fit who I am.
  • 00:35:59.240 --> 00:36:01.110
  • It doesn't fit in my life.
  • 00:36:01.110 --> 00:36:03.110
  • And a sincere commitment to
  • 00:36:03.110 --> 00:36:05.090
  • forsake it, to walk away from it
  • 00:36:05.090 --> 00:36:06.290
  • in obedience to Christ.
  • 00:36:06.290 --> 00:36:08.190
  • So, the very word, repentance,
  • 00:36:08.190 --> 00:36:10.130
  • talks about what?
  • 00:36:10.130 --> 00:36:12.020
  • It means a change of direction.
  • 00:36:12.020 --> 00:36:13.260
  • If I'm heading in this
  • 00:36:13.260 --> 00:36:14.250
  • direction, the wrong direction
  • 00:36:14.250 --> 00:36:16.030
  • in my life, and I genuinely
  • 00:36:16.030 --> 00:36:17.200
  • repent, what I'm going to do is
  • 00:36:17.200 --> 00:36:19.080
  • I'm going to head in the other
  • 00:36:19.080 --> 00:36:20.140
  • direction, which is the right
  • 00:36:20.140 --> 00:36:21.240
  • direction.
  • 00:36:21.240 --> 00:36:23.010
  • Now, I want to give you another
  • 00:36:23.010 --> 00:36:24.050
  • just elaboration on that
  • 00:36:24.050 --> 00:36:26.270
  • definition for a moment.
  • 00:36:26.270 --> 00:36:29.020
  • Repentance is the recognition
  • 00:36:29.020 --> 00:36:31.280
  • that sin is wrong.
  • 00:36:31.280 --> 00:36:34.150
  • It isn't just a mistake, sin is
  • 00:36:34.150 --> 00:36:36.100
  • wrong.
  • 00:36:36.100 --> 00:36:37.180
  • It is against God, followed by a
  • 00:36:37.230 --> 00:36:40.230
  • definite decision to turn away
  • 00:36:40.230 --> 00:36:43.060
  • from sin and walk in obedience
  • 00:36:43.060 --> 00:36:44.280
  • to Christ.
  • 00:36:44.280 --> 00:36:45.240
  • That is, there's something
  • 00:36:45.240 --> 00:36:46.290
  • definite that happens when a
  • 00:36:46.290 --> 00:36:48.090
  • person genuinely repents.
  • 00:36:48.090 --> 00:36:50.060
  • It's a recognition of why
  • 00:36:50.060 --> 00:36:51.280
  • they're sorrowful.
  • 00:36:51.280 --> 00:36:53.120
  • They're sinning against Almighty
  • 00:36:53.120 --> 00:36:54.200
  • God, not just themselves and
  • 00:36:54.200 --> 00:36:56.090
  • maybe others.
  • 00:36:56.090 --> 00:36:57.230
  • And it's a sorrow that doesn't
  • 00:36:57.230 --> 00:36:59.200
  • stop at feeling bad for being
  • 00:36:59.200 --> 00:37:01.210
  • caught or feeling guilty.
  • 00:37:01.210 --> 00:37:04.020
  • It's a sorrow that leads to
  • 00:37:04.020 --> 00:37:05.210
  • genuine repentance which means I
  • 00:37:05.210 --> 00:37:08.130
  • don't need that in my life.
  • 00:37:08.130 --> 00:37:10.110
  • I don't want that in my life,
  • 00:37:10.110 --> 00:37:11.170
  • because God doesn't want it in
  • 00:37:11.170 --> 00:37:12.220
  • my life.
  • 00:37:12.220 --> 00:37:13.230
  • And I choose to walk in a
  • 00:37:13.230 --> 00:37:15.090
  • different direction and to walk
  • 00:37:15.090 --> 00:37:17.020
  • away from that and to walk in
  • 00:37:17.020 --> 00:37:18.240
  • obedience to Christ.
  • 00:37:18.240 --> 00:37:20.050
  • Which simply means repentance is
  • 00:37:20.050 --> 00:37:21.240
  • all about a change of life.
  • 00:37:22.110 --> 00:37:25.110
  • So, let's think about the place
  • 00:37:25.110 --> 00:37:27.090
  • of repentance when it comes to
  • 00:37:27.090 --> 00:37:28.280
  • salvation.
  • 00:37:28.280 --> 00:37:31.050
  • Because believers are to repent
  • 00:37:31.050 --> 00:37:33.090
  • of our sin, but what about
  • 00:37:33.090 --> 00:37:34.230
  • salvation?
  • 00:37:34.230 --> 00:37:36.040
  • What part does that have?
  • 00:37:36.040 --> 00:37:37.190
  • Somebody says, "Well, you just
  • 00:37:37.190 --> 00:37:38.200
  • believe in Jesus and that's it."
  • 00:37:38.200 --> 00:37:40.190
  • Well, let's think about this for
  • 00:37:40.190 --> 00:37:41.210
  • a moment.
  • 00:37:41.210 --> 00:37:43.070
  • There's, watch this, there's a
  • 00:37:43.070 --> 00:37:44.100
  • difference in believing about
  • 00:37:44.100 --> 00:37:45.280
  • Him and believing in Him.
  • 00:37:46.010 --> 00:37:49.010
  • I can believe about Jesus.
  • 00:37:49.010 --> 00:37:50.210
  • I can believe everything the
  • 00:37:50.210 --> 00:37:51.260
  • Bible says about Jesus and say,
  • 00:37:51.260 --> 00:37:53.160
  • "Yeah, well, that's that, that's
  • 00:37:53.160 --> 00:37:54.260
  • probably true."
  • 00:37:54.260 --> 00:37:56.180
  • But believing in Him means that
  • 00:37:56.180 --> 00:37:59.070
  • I accept Him for who He is.
  • 00:37:59.070 --> 00:38:01.280
  • And as a result of that, knowing
  • 00:38:01.280 --> 00:38:04.140
  • Him as the Christ, the Messiah,
  • 00:38:04.140 --> 00:38:06.140
  • the Savior, and the Lord, I
  • 00:38:06.140 --> 00:38:08.170
  • yield my life to Him.
  • 00:38:08.170 --> 00:38:10.200
  • Many people believe about Him.
  • 00:38:10.200 --> 00:38:12.160
  • And they'll tell you, "Oh yes, I
  • 00:38:12.160 --> 00:38:13.180
  • believe in Jesus."
  • 00:38:13.180 --> 00:38:15.060
  • What they're saying is I believe
  • 00:38:15.060 --> 00:38:16.080
  • about Him.
  • 00:38:16.080 --> 00:38:17.080
  • They don't question that the
  • 00:38:17.080 --> 00:38:18.100
  • Bible is true, or they don't
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  • question the fact that God loves
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  • us.
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  • And they can have all kind of
  • 00:38:24.030 --> 00:38:24.280
  • general ideas, but to believe in
  • 00:38:24.280 --> 00:38:27.040
  • Jesus involves repentance.
  • 00:38:27.120 --> 00:38:30.120
  • And so, when we think of
  • 00:38:30.120 --> 00:38:31.110
  • repentance, we think in terms
  • 00:38:31.110 --> 00:38:33.070
  • of, well, for example, in Second
  • 00:38:33.070 --> 00:38:35.050
  • Peter, a very important passage.
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  • Second Peter, that third chapter
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  • and the ninth verse, listen to
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  • what He says, "The Lord is not
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  • slow about His promise, as some
  • 00:38:43.090 --> 00:38:45.020
  • count slowness, but is patient
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  • toward you, not wishing for any
  • 00:38:46.250 --> 00:38:48.030
  • to perish but for all to come to
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  • repentance."
  • 00:38:50.070 --> 00:38:51.180
  • So, here the word repentance
  • 00:38:51.180 --> 00:38:54.010
  • implies and speaks of salvation,
  • 00:38:54.010 --> 00:38:56.240
  • that is a change in heart.
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  • Repentance isn't just being
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  • sorry.
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  • Repentance means being sorrowful
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  • under the conviction of the Holy
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  • Spirit to the point that I make
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  • a change.
  • 00:39:08.150 --> 00:39:09.240
  • I turn, to repent means that I
  • 00:39:09.240 --> 00:39:11.150
  • turn.
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  • I've been walking this way all
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  • of my life, and when I repent of
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  • the way I've been walking, I'm
  • 00:39:15.170 --> 00:39:17.050
  • going to turn and go in the
  • 00:39:17.050 --> 00:39:18.090
  • opposite direction.
  • 00:39:18.090 --> 00:39:20.080
  • And so, repentance is a very key
  • 00:39:20.080 --> 00:39:22.060
  • word.
  • 00:39:22.060 --> 00:39:23.060
  • It was the message of John the
  • 00:39:23.060 --> 00:39:24.100
  • Baptist, the message of Jesus,
  • 00:39:24.100 --> 00:39:26.030
  • Paul, Peter, you name it.
  • 00:39:26.030 --> 00:39:29.010
  • In the book of John, he says,
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  • "For God so loved the world
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  • that He gave His only
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  • begotten Son, that
  • 00:39:34.260 --> 00:39:36.010
  • whosoever believes in Him would
  • 00:39:36.010 --> 00:39:37.200
  • not perish but have everlasting
  • 00:39:37.200 --> 00:39:39.030
  • life."
  • 00:39:39.030 --> 00:39:40.040
  • He didn't say, "Believes about
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  • Him."
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  • He said, "Believes in Him."
  • 00:39:41.290 --> 00:39:44.000
  • And to believe in Him is to
  • 00:39:44.000 --> 00:39:45.120
  • accept what He says about
  • 00:39:45.120 --> 00:39:46.260
  • Himself is true.
  • 00:39:46.260 --> 00:39:48.110
  • And as a result of believing
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  • that He is the Savior, the
  • 00:39:49.240 --> 00:39:51.040
  • Messiah, our only hope; "no one
  • 00:39:51.040 --> 00:39:52.280
  • comes to the Father but by Me,"
  • 00:39:52.280 --> 00:39:54.150
  • He said.
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  • Believing that, placing your
  • 00:39:55.160 --> 00:39:57.230
  • trust in Him as Savior, Lord,
  • 00:39:57.230 --> 00:39:59.260
  • and Master, that is salvation,
  • 00:40:00.110 --> 00:40:03.110
  • but that also involves
  • 00:40:03.110 --> 00:40:04.210
  • repentance, confession and
  • 00:40:04.210 --> 00:40:06.100
  • repentance.
  • 00:40:06.100 --> 00:40:07.040
  • And so, repentance is my
  • 00:40:07.040 --> 00:40:08.220
  • willingness to let God turn me
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  • around and send me in a whole
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  • different direction.
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  • You say, "Well, now wait a
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  • minute.
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  • If salvation means I'm forgiven
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  • and repentance means I have a
  • 00:40:21.160 --> 00:40:23.180
  • change of life, suppose I sin
  • 00:40:23.180 --> 00:40:26.140
  • again, am I lost?"
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  • No.
  • 00:40:28.060 --> 00:40:29.230
  • "Well, then how do I deal with
  • 00:40:29.230 --> 00:40:31.270
  • that?"
  • 00:40:31.270 --> 00:40:32.150
  • In other words, what's God's
  • 00:40:32.150 --> 00:40:33.030
  • attitude?
  • 00:40:33.030 --> 00:40:34.030
  • Here is God's attitude about
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  • that, that's so absolutely
  • 00:40:35.130 --> 00:40:37.000
  • crystal clear.
  • 00:40:37.000 --> 00:40:38.040
  • If you'll turn to First
  • 00:40:38.040 --> 00:40:39.030
  • Corinthians chapter 3 for a
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  • moment.
  • 00:40:40.200 --> 00:40:42.030
  • And remember that Corinth was
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  • one of the most, it was
  • 00:40:43.180 --> 00:40:45.080
  • considered the most wicked city
  • 00:40:45.080 --> 00:40:47.190
  • in those Roman times.
  • 00:40:47.190 --> 00:40:48.280
  • In fact, you couldn't be more
  • 00:40:49.060 --> 00:40:52.060
  • sinful and wicked and vile and
  • 00:40:52.060 --> 00:40:54.250
  • ungodly than being a
  • 00:40:54.250 --> 00:40:56.220
  • Corinthians.
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  • Listen to what he said, watch
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  • this now, to the Christians
  • 00:40:59.120 --> 00:41:01.240
  • living in Corinth, verse one of
  • 00:41:02.040 --> 00:41:05.040
  • chapter three, "And I, brethren,
  • 00:41:05.040 --> 00:41:07.090
  • could not speak to you as to
  • 00:41:07.090 --> 00:41:08.200
  • spiritual men," mature people in
  • 00:41:08.200 --> 00:41:10.240
  • the faith, "but as men of
  • 00:41:10.240 --> 00:41:13.180
  • flesh," you know, having a
  • 00:41:13.180 --> 00:41:15.180
  • problem with sin in their lives,
  • 00:41:15.180 --> 00:41:17.150
  • "as to infants in Christ.
  • 00:41:17.150 --> 00:41:20.090
  • I gave you milk to drink."
  • 00:41:20.090 --> 00:41:21.240
  • He says, "I've taught you the
  • 00:41:21.240 --> 00:41:23.000
  • simple things of the Word of
  • 00:41:23.000 --> 00:41:24.050
  • God, not solid food; for you
  • 00:41:24.160 --> 00:41:27.160
  • were not yet able to receive
  • 00:41:27.160 --> 00:41:28.290
  • it."
  • 00:41:28.290 --> 00:41:29.200
  • He knew what they could
  • 00:41:29.200 --> 00:41:30.120
  • understand and couldn't
  • 00:41:30.120 --> 00:41:31.040
  • understand.
  • 00:41:31.040 --> 00:41:31.260
  • He said, "I taught you the
  • 00:41:31.260 --> 00:41:32.240
  • simple things because you
  • 00:41:32.240 --> 00:41:33.280
  • weren't ready to see the
  • 00:41:33.280 --> 00:41:34.190
  • others."
  • 00:41:34.190 --> 00:41:35.120
  • "Indeed, even now you are not
  • 00:41:35.120 --> 00:41:36.240
  • yet able," watch this, "for you
  • 00:41:36.240 --> 00:41:39.100
  • are still," now, they're
  • 00:41:39.100 --> 00:41:40.250
  • believers, "still fleshly.
  • 00:41:40.250 --> 00:41:43.010
  • For since there is jealousy and
  • 00:41:43.010 --> 00:41:44.160
  • strife among you, are you not
  • 00:41:44.160 --> 00:41:46.140
  • fleshly, and are you not walking
  • 00:41:46.140 --> 00:41:48.160
  • like mere men?"
  • 00:41:48.160 --> 00:41:50.120
  • And he begins--he keeps on
  • 00:41:50.120 --> 00:41:51.250
  • talking about that.
  • 00:41:51.250 --> 00:41:52.270
  • So, what is he saying?
  • 00:41:52.270 --> 00:41:54.180
  • A person can be saved by the
  • 00:41:54.180 --> 00:41:56.040
  • grace of God.
  • 00:41:56.040 --> 00:41:57.100
  • Repent of your sins, trust Him
  • 00:41:57.100 --> 00:41:59.010
  • as Lord of your life.
  • 00:41:59.010 --> 00:42:00.130
  • But it's a brand new life.
  • 00:42:00.130 --> 00:42:02.270
  • You have the Holy Spirit living
  • 00:42:02.270 --> 00:42:04.000
  • within you to enable you to live
  • 00:42:04.000 --> 00:42:06.110
  • a godly life.
  • 00:42:06.110 --> 00:42:08.070
  • Well, who knows that?
  • 00:42:08.070 --> 00:42:10.290
  • I think about when I was saved,
  • 00:42:10.290 --> 00:42:13.160
  • and I know I was saved and never
  • 00:42:13.160 --> 00:42:14.240
  • doubt it.
  • 00:42:14.240 --> 00:42:15.270
  • On that Sunday morning, I got
  • 00:42:15.270 --> 00:42:17.000
  • down on my knees at the altar
  • 00:42:17.000 --> 00:42:18.020
  • and asked the Lord to save me.
  • 00:42:18.020 --> 00:42:19.170
  • I didn't know much.
  • 00:42:19.170 --> 00:42:20.160
  • I'd listen to the pastor week
  • 00:42:20.160 --> 00:42:21.220
  • after week.
  • 00:42:21.220 --> 00:42:22.130
  • I'd sit on the second row every
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  • Sunday right at the end.
  • 00:42:23.220 --> 00:42:25.140
  • But I knew that morning
  • 00:42:25.140 --> 00:42:27.040
  • I was saved,
  • 00:42:27.040 --> 00:42:28.080
  • and I have never doubted it.
  • 00:42:28.080 --> 00:42:30.250
  • What did I know about living a
  • 00:42:30.250 --> 00:42:31.260
  • Christian life?
  • 00:42:31.260 --> 00:42:33.000
  • Not too much.
  • 00:42:33.000 --> 00:42:34.140
  • Did I sin after I was saved?
  • 00:42:34.140 --> 00:42:36.030
  • Yes, I did.
  • 00:42:36.030 --> 00:42:37.080
  • Did I get convicted about sin?
  • 00:42:37.080 --> 00:42:39.000
  • Yes, I did.
  • 00:42:39.000 --> 00:42:40.060
  • I was convicted.
  • 00:42:40.060 --> 00:42:41.040
  • Did you repent every single
  • 00:42:41.040 --> 00:42:42.000
  • time?
  • 00:42:42.000 --> 00:42:42.180
  • I'm not even sure I understood
  • 00:42:42.180 --> 00:42:43.170
  • what repentance was about.
  • 00:42:43.220 --> 00:42:46.220
  • As a young lad twelve years of
  • 00:42:46.220 --> 00:42:48.280
  • age, I didn't understand much.
  • 00:42:48.280 --> 00:42:51.160
  • I was exactly what the Apostle
  • 00:42:51.160 --> 00:42:53.040
  • Paul was talking about.
  • 00:42:53.040 --> 00:42:54.120
  • He says, "You're still babes in
  • 00:42:54.120 --> 00:42:55.220
  • Christ."
  • 00:42:55.220 --> 00:42:56.280
  • And so, what Paul is saying here
  • 00:42:56.280 --> 00:42:58.050
  • is this.
  • 00:42:58.050 --> 00:42:59.000
  • Even though we've been saved by
  • 00:42:59.000 --> 00:43:00.240
  • the grace of God, if we're
  • 00:43:00.240 --> 00:43:02.260
  • immature in our faith, and some
  • 00:43:02.260 --> 00:43:04.210
  • people are immature in their
  • 00:43:04.210 --> 00:43:05.190
  • faith because they choose to be.
  • 00:43:05.190 --> 00:43:07.270
  • If you've trusted Him as your
  • 00:43:07.270 --> 00:43:08.280
  • Savior, the responsibility of
  • 00:43:08.280 --> 00:43:11.050
  • learning the Word of God.
  • 00:43:11.050 --> 00:43:12.130
  • You say, "Well, I don't have
  • 00:43:12.130 --> 00:43:13.040
  • anybody to teach me."
  • 00:43:13.040 --> 00:43:14.030
  • If you'll keep listening to "In
  • 00:43:14.030 --> 00:43:15.210
  • Touch," you'll begin to learn.
  • 00:43:15.210 --> 00:43:17.090
  • This is not the only place, but
  • 00:43:17.090 --> 00:43:18.190
  • it's one place.
  • 00:43:18.190 --> 00:43:19.250
  • You have a responsibility to
  • 00:43:19.250 --> 00:43:21.230
  • learn what it means to live a
  • 00:43:21.230 --> 00:43:23.030
  • Christian life, to live a godly
  • 00:43:23.030 --> 00:43:24.110
  • life; to repent of sin.
  • 00:43:24.120 --> 00:43:27.120
  • Because repentance is naturally
  • 00:43:27.120 --> 00:43:29.290
  • a part of all of that.
  • 00:43:29.290 --> 00:43:31.050
  • And so, when we come to that
  • 00:43:31.050 --> 00:43:32.230
  • passage, that simply means this.
  • 00:43:33.070 --> 00:43:36.070
  • I can be saved, but I still have
  • 00:43:36.070 --> 00:43:38.070
  • a difficult time of overcoming
  • 00:43:38.070 --> 00:43:39.170
  • things.
  • 00:43:39.170 --> 00:43:40.040
  • For example, let's take the
  • 00:43:40.040 --> 00:43:41.170
  • person who is an alcoholic and
  • 00:43:41.170 --> 00:43:43.080
  • he genuinely gets saved.
  • 00:43:43.080 --> 00:43:44.240
  • Does that mean there's no more
  • 00:43:44.240 --> 00:43:46.080
  • desire?
  • 00:43:46.080 --> 00:43:47.060
  • There are people and testimonies
  • 00:43:47.060 --> 00:43:48.170
  • I've heard; people got saved,
  • 00:43:48.170 --> 00:43:50.190
  • lost all desire for any.
  • 00:43:50.190 --> 00:43:53.150
  • Other people get saved and they
  • 00:43:53.150 --> 00:43:55.020
  • struggle for different reasons.
  • 00:43:55.020 --> 00:43:56.220
  • And there are people, for
  • 00:43:56.220 --> 00:43:57.140
  • example, who have a bad habit of
  • 00:43:57.140 --> 00:43:58.290
  • their language.
  • 00:43:58.290 --> 00:44:00.110
  • They use profanity; they get
  • 00:44:00.110 --> 00:44:01.140
  • saved, and three or four days,
  • 00:44:01.280 --> 00:44:04.280
  • or a week or two weeks go by,
  • 00:44:04.280 --> 00:44:06.150
  • and they think, "Praise God,
  • 00:44:06.150 --> 00:44:07.200
  • He's delivered me."
  • 00:44:07.200 --> 00:44:08.120
  • And then all of a sudden, they
  • 00:44:08.120 --> 00:44:09.060
  • get in a situation, they come
  • 00:44:09.060 --> 00:44:10.120
  • out with something.
  • 00:44:10.120 --> 00:44:11.130
  • They think, "Oh God, please
  • 00:44:11.130 --> 00:44:12.210
  • forgive me, Lord.
  • 00:44:12.210 --> 00:44:14.020
  • In Jesus' name, I'm not looking
  • 00:44:14.020 --> 00:44:15.140
  • like or sound like a Christian."
  • 00:44:15.140 --> 00:44:17.150
  • Listen, because we're not
  • 00:44:17.150 --> 00:44:19.040
  • perfect.
  • 00:44:19.040 --> 00:44:20.100
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:44:20.100 --> 00:44:21.000
  • We're not perfect, but we're
  • 00:44:21.000 --> 00:44:21.290
  • responsible.
  • 00:44:21.290 --> 00:44:23.200
  • I'm responsible for what I do,
  • 00:44:23.200 --> 00:44:26.000
  • what I say, and every aspect of
  • 00:44:26.000 --> 00:44:28.140
  • my life, I'm responsible as a
  • 00:44:28.140 --> 00:44:30.030
  • believer.
  • 00:44:30.030 --> 00:44:30.290
  • Will I live a perfect life?
  • 00:44:30.290 --> 00:44:32.020
  • No, I won't.
  • 00:44:32.020 --> 00:44:32.280
  • The Apostle Paul said in that
  • 00:44:32.280 --> 00:44:34.110
  • seventh chapter of Romans, and
  • 00:44:34.110 --> 00:44:35.240
  • everybody's read that and
  • 00:44:35.240 --> 00:44:36.240
  • wondered what in the world did
  • 00:44:36.240 --> 00:44:37.180
  • that mean.
  • 00:44:37.180 --> 00:44:38.180
  • He says, "The things I don't
  • 00:44:38.180 --> 00:44:40.100
  • want to do, I find myself doing.
  • 00:44:40.100 --> 00:44:41.290
  • The things that I want to do, I
  • 00:44:41.290 --> 00:44:43.090
  • find myself not able to do it."
  • 00:44:43.090 --> 00:44:45.100
  • He was going through a stage in
  • 00:44:45.100 --> 00:44:46.290
  • his life.
  • 00:44:46.290 --> 00:44:47.290
  • But listen.
  • 00:44:47.290 --> 00:44:49.000
  • If you're genuinely saved, you
  • 00:44:49.010 --> 00:44:52.010
  • will never be happy or satisfied
  • 00:44:52.010 --> 00:44:54.280
  • living in sin.
  • 00:44:54.280 --> 00:44:56.130
  • You will not.
  • 00:44:56.130 --> 00:44:57.160
  • You cannot, you know why?
  • 00:44:57.160 --> 00:44:59.080
  • Because you have a whole
  • 00:44:59.080 --> 00:45:00.050
  • different nature.
  • 00:45:00.050 --> 00:45:01.070
  • You have the Spirit of God
  • 00:45:01.070 --> 00:45:02.110
  • within you, convicting you of
  • 00:45:02.110 --> 00:45:03.190
  • sin.
  • 00:45:03.190 --> 00:45:04.230
  • Many people will tell you that
  • 00:45:04.230 --> 00:45:05.190
  • they're saved.
  • 00:45:05.190 --> 00:45:06.220
  • They're not saved.
  • 00:45:06.220 --> 00:45:08.110
  • They've believed about Him, but
  • 00:45:08.110 --> 00:45:10.090
  • they're not truly believed in
  • 00:45:10.090 --> 00:45:11.270
  • Him, surrendering their life to
  • 00:45:11.270 --> 00:45:13.240
  • Him.
  • 00:45:13.240 --> 00:45:15.150
  • If somebody says, "Well, if
  • 00:45:15.150 --> 00:45:17.030
  • you're saved, you won't sin."
  • 00:45:17.030 --> 00:45:19.130
  • Not even the Apostle Paul said
  • 00:45:19.130 --> 00:45:21.010
  • that.
  • 00:45:21.010 --> 00:45:22.050
  • So, the issue's this.
  • 00:45:22.050 --> 00:45:24.030
  • And it's not a fine line.
  • 00:45:24.030 --> 00:45:26.090
  • It is simply a matter of
  • 00:45:26.090 --> 00:45:27.100
  • understanding.
  • 00:45:27.100 --> 00:45:28.180
  • I place my trust in Jesus Christ
  • 00:45:28.180 --> 00:45:30.070
  • as my personal Savior.
  • 00:45:30.070 --> 00:45:31.150
  • I surrender my life to Him, and
  • 00:45:31.150 --> 00:45:33.240
  • I repent of my sins.
  • 00:45:33.240 --> 00:45:36.010
  • And as best I know my heart,
  • 00:45:36.010 --> 00:45:37.180
  • I'm--I give myself to Him as
  • 00:45:37.180 --> 00:45:39.050
  • best I understand at that
  • 00:45:39.050 --> 00:45:40.260
  • particular point in life, and I
  • 00:45:40.260 --> 00:45:42.150
  • start living a Christian life.
  • 00:45:42.150 --> 00:45:44.110
  • Then what happens?
  • 00:45:44.110 --> 00:45:45.220
  • If I'm genuinely, truly saved,
  • 00:45:45.220 --> 00:45:47.280
  • and I sin against God, the
  • 00:45:47.280 --> 00:45:49.050
  • Spirit of God's going to convict
  • 00:45:49.050 --> 00:45:50.080
  • me.
  • 00:45:50.080 --> 00:45:51.080
  • I'm going to ask Him to forgive
  • 00:45:51.080 --> 00:45:52.130
  • me and I'm going to repent of
  • 00:45:52.130 --> 00:45:53.170
  • it.
  • 00:45:53.170 --> 00:45:54.110
  • You say, "Well, how many times
  • 00:45:54.110 --> 00:45:55.070
  • do you have to do that?"
  • 00:45:55.070 --> 00:45:56.060
  • Well, I don't have any idea how
  • 00:45:56.060 --> 00:45:57.090
  • many times I've had to say,
  • 00:45:57.090 --> 00:45:58.130
  • "God, forgive me for that.
  • 00:45:58.130 --> 00:45:59.220
  • I truly repent of that sin."
  • 00:45:59.220 --> 00:46:02.070
  • 'Cause remember, when you and I
  • 00:46:02.070 --> 00:46:03.210
  • are saved, we're like babes.
  • 00:46:04.050 --> 00:46:07.050
  • And we grow in our Christian
  • 00:46:07.050 --> 00:46:08.100
  • life.
  • 00:46:08.100 --> 00:46:09.050
  • We don't tolerate it; we don't
  • 00:46:09.050 --> 00:46:10.270
  • excuse it; we deal with sin when
  • 00:46:10.290 --> 00:46:13.290
  • it becomes a part of our life.
  • 00:46:13.290 --> 00:46:15.190
  • So, there are those who say,
  • 00:46:17.000 --> 00:46:20.000
  • "Well, now wait a minute.
  • 00:46:20.000 --> 00:46:21.130
  • Doesn't the Bible say, 'For by
  • 00:46:21.130 --> 00:46:23.000
  • grace are you saved through
  • 00:46:23.000 --> 00:46:24.030
  • faith; that not of yourselves;
  • 00:46:24.030 --> 00:46:27.000
  • it is a gift of God, not of
  • 00:46:27.000 --> 00:46:28.100
  • works lest any man should
  • 00:46:28.100 --> 00:46:29.150
  • boast'?"
  • 00:46:29.150 --> 00:46:30.080
  • And the answer's, "Yes."
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  • You're not, listen, you're not
  • 00:46:31.130 --> 00:46:33.080
  • saved by your works.
  • 00:46:33.080 --> 00:46:35.000
  • You're saved by the grace of
  • 00:46:35.000 --> 00:46:35.260
  • God, the goodness and the love
  • 00:46:35.260 --> 00:46:37.040
  • of God brought about at the
  • 00:46:37.040 --> 00:46:38.130
  • cross, the shedding of His
  • 00:46:38.130 --> 00:46:39.130
  • blood.
  • 00:46:39.130 --> 00:46:40.220
  • As a result of that, then I
  • 00:46:40.220 --> 00:46:43.170
  • certainly want my life to be,
  • 00:46:43.170 --> 00:46:44.280
  • and just like you want your life
  • 00:46:44.280 --> 00:46:45.290
  • to be, one of good works.
  • 00:46:45.290 --> 00:46:47.230
  • You're not doing good works to
  • 00:46:47.230 --> 00:46:49.280
  • get saved.
  • 00:46:49.280 --> 00:46:51.100
  • Listen, it's faith in the Lord
  • 00:46:51.100 --> 00:46:53.050
  • Jesus Christ, repentance of your
  • 00:46:53.050 --> 00:46:55.250
  • sins, believing what He said.
  • 00:46:56.110 --> 00:46:59.110
  • Now, somebody says, "Okay, but
  • 00:46:59.110 --> 00:47:00.250
  • now let's talk about this matter
  • 00:47:00.250 --> 00:47:03.250
  • of confession for a moment
  • 00:47:03.250 --> 00:47:05.110
  • because that's what we usually
  • 00:47:05.110 --> 00:47:07.170
  • hear about."
  • 00:47:07.170 --> 00:47:08.190
  • I have a definition I want
  • 00:47:08.190 --> 00:47:09.160
  • to give you of confessing
  • 00:47:09.160 --> 00:47:10.270
  • for a moment because this is
  • 00:47:10.270 --> 00:47:12.190
  • what people say: "Well, I've
  • 00:47:12.190 --> 00:47:13.240
  • confessed my sins."
  • 00:47:13.240 --> 00:47:14.160
  • Watch this carefully.
  • 00:47:14.160 --> 00:47:15.220
  • To confess is to agree with.
  • 00:47:15.270 --> 00:47:18.270
  • That's what it means.
  • 00:47:18.270 --> 00:47:19.190
  • I confess this.
  • 00:47:19.190 --> 00:47:20.160
  • I agree with it.
  • 00:47:20.160 --> 00:47:21.170
  • Is to agree with, say the same
  • 00:47:21.170 --> 00:47:24.170
  • thing as God would say.
  • 00:47:24.170 --> 00:47:26.070
  • If I confess that I've sinned,
  • 00:47:26.070 --> 00:47:28.020
  • I'm agreeing with Him that what
  • 00:47:28.020 --> 00:47:29.160
  • I did was wrong.
  • 00:47:29.160 --> 00:47:31.240
  • To agree with God's view of our
  • 00:47:31.240 --> 00:47:33.010
  • sin, that it is wrong, should be
  • 00:47:33.010 --> 00:47:35.210
  • removed from our life.
  • 00:47:35.210 --> 00:47:37.170
  • Repent of it.
  • 00:47:37.170 --> 00:47:39.000
  • Agreement is not enough.
  • 00:47:39.000 --> 00:47:40.210
  • It must go.
  • 00:47:40.210 --> 00:47:42.000
  • So, somebody says, "Well, I
  • 00:47:42.000 --> 00:47:43.060
  • can--if I sin against God, I
  • 00:47:43.060 --> 00:47:44.270
  • just confess it."
  • 00:47:44.270 --> 00:47:46.110
  • Usually what that means is, "I
  • 00:47:46.110 --> 00:47:47.200
  • just tell Him about it, and as
  • 00:47:47.200 --> 00:47:49.150
  • far as I'm concerned that's the
  • 00:47:49.150 --> 00:47:50.190
  • end of it."
  • 00:47:50.190 --> 00:47:51.100
  • No, no, no.
  • 00:47:51.100 --> 00:47:52.120
  • Confession is the first part.
  • 00:47:52.120 --> 00:47:54.130
  • Confession is agreement with God
  • 00:47:54.130 --> 00:47:56.060
  • and repentance is the second
  • 00:47:56.060 --> 00:47:57.170
  • part.
  • 00:47:57.170 --> 00:47:58.160
  • It's not a matter of works.
  • 00:47:58.160 --> 00:48:00.050
  • It's a matter of the attitude of
  • 00:48:00.050 --> 00:48:01.080
  • the heart.
  • 00:48:01.080 --> 00:48:02.070
  • And so, when you see confession
  • 00:48:02.160 --> 00:48:05.160
  • in that form, it means we agree
  • 00:48:05.160 --> 00:48:07.040
  • with God about what He's saying
  • 00:48:07.040 --> 00:48:08.260
  • about our sins.
  • 00:48:08.260 --> 00:48:10.120
  • And that is, they don't belong
  • 00:48:10.120 --> 00:48:11.220
  • there.
  • 00:48:11.220 --> 00:48:13.070
  • And so, just think about this
  • 00:48:13.070 --> 00:48:14.200
  • for a moment.
  • 00:48:14.200 --> 00:48:16.110
  • A sanctified life is a life that
  • 00:48:16.110 --> 00:48:19.030
  • is set apart by God for God, for
  • 00:48:19.030 --> 00:48:22.020
  • His purposes.
  • 00:48:22.020 --> 00:48:23.130
  • When you get saved, when you
  • 00:48:23.130 --> 00:48:25.160
  • trust Him as your Savior,
  • 00:48:25.160 --> 00:48:27.130
  • listen, He not only redeems you;
  • 00:48:28.120 --> 00:48:31.120
  • He pays the price.
  • 00:48:31.120 --> 00:48:33.080
  • He justifies you; He declares
  • 00:48:33.080 --> 00:48:35.150
  • you're righteous.
  • 00:48:35.150 --> 00:48:36.230
  • He reconciles you; bringing you
  • 00:48:36.230 --> 00:48:38.250
  • back to Himself.
  • 00:48:38.250 --> 00:48:40.130
  • He sanctifies you, which means
  • 00:48:40.130 --> 00:48:42.140
  • He sets you apart for Himself,
  • 00:48:42.150 --> 00:48:45.150
  • for His purposes.
  • 00:48:45.150 --> 00:48:47.160
  • That's why living in sin, once
  • 00:48:47.240 --> 00:48:50.240
  • you've been saved, does not fit
  • 00:48:50.240 --> 00:48:52.020
  • who you are.
  • 00:48:52.020 --> 00:48:54.140
  • Because the Holy Spirit came
  • 00:48:54.140 --> 00:48:56.000
  • into our life to sanctify us, to
  • 00:48:56.000 --> 00:48:58.240
  • set us apart as the children of
  • 00:48:58.240 --> 00:49:01.030
  • God, to do what?
  • 00:49:01.030 --> 00:49:02.230
  • To live a godly life.
  • 00:49:02.230 --> 00:49:04.140
  • Listen to what he said.
  • 00:49:04.140 --> 00:49:05.240
  • He predestined, that means He
  • 00:49:05.240 --> 00:49:08.080
  • determined beforehand.
  • 00:49:08.080 --> 00:49:10.010
  • He predestined you and me to be
  • 00:49:10.010 --> 00:49:12.140
  • conformed, shaped spiritually,
  • 00:49:12.140 --> 00:49:15.010
  • be conformed to the likeness of
  • 00:49:15.010 --> 00:49:16.200
  • His Son, that's Jesus.
  • 00:49:16.200 --> 00:49:18.150
  • Not physically, but spiritually.
  • 00:49:18.150 --> 00:49:21.010
  • His goal, He predestined.
  • 00:49:21.010 --> 00:49:22.280
  • That is, He predetermined before
  • 00:49:22.280 --> 00:49:24.030
  • it all began.
  • 00:49:24.030 --> 00:49:25.110
  • He predetermined that once you
  • 00:49:25.110 --> 00:49:26.280
  • and I are saved, what would
  • 00:49:26.280 --> 00:49:28.080
  • happen?
  • 00:49:28.080 --> 00:49:29.090
  • He would begin to form in our
  • 00:49:29.090 --> 00:49:30.220
  • lives the character, conduct,
  • 00:49:31.160 --> 00:49:34.160
  • our conversation like that of
  • 00:49:34.190 --> 00:49:37.190
  • His Son.
  • 00:49:37.190 --> 00:49:39.190
  • That's His will and purpose for
  • 00:49:39.190 --> 00:49:40.170
  • us.
  • 00:49:40.170 --> 00:49:41.180
  • We can't ever excuse sin.
  • 00:49:41.180 --> 00:49:43.230
  • If we sin in our life, we are to
  • 00:49:43.230 --> 00:49:44.240
  • confess it and repent of it,
  • 00:49:44.240 --> 00:49:46.200
  • deal with it right then.
  • 00:49:46.200 --> 00:49:47.200
  • "God, this doesn't fit who I am
  • 00:49:47.200 --> 00:49:48.230
  • and so I'm asking You to forgive
  • 00:49:48.230 --> 00:49:50.280
  • me and cleanse me."
  • 00:49:50.280 --> 00:49:53.130
  • And any, listen, any confession
  • 00:49:53.130 --> 00:49:55.150
  • that has no repentance is
  • 00:49:55.150 --> 00:49:57.200
  • incomplete.
  • 00:49:57.200 --> 00:49:58.290
  • Now, let's look at First John
  • 00:49:58.290 --> 00:50:00.000
  • one nine, if you don't know
  • 00:50:00.000 --> 00:50:01.010
  • where that is, turn to
  • 00:50:01.010 --> 00:50:01.270
  • Revelation, Jude, Third, Second,
  • 00:50:01.270 --> 00:50:03.110
  • and First John backwards.
  • 00:50:03.110 --> 00:50:04.220
  • Look at this.
  • 00:50:04.220 --> 00:50:05.230
  • Let's start with verse seven,
  • 00:50:05.230 --> 00:50:07.240
  • "But if we walk in the Light
  • 00:50:07.240 --> 00:50:09.030
  • as He Himself is in the Light,
  • 00:50:09.030 --> 00:50:11.040
  • we have fellowship
  • 00:50:11.040 --> 00:50:12.010
  • with one another, and the blood
  • 00:50:12.010 --> 00:50:13.230
  • of Jesus His Son cleanses us
  • 00:50:14.010 --> 00:50:17.010
  • from all sin."
  • 00:50:17.010 --> 00:50:18.160
  • Now, he's writing to Christians.
  • 00:50:18.160 --> 00:50:19.270
  • If, listen, if we're walking in
  • 00:50:19.270 --> 00:50:21.270
  • the light as He is in the light;
  • 00:50:21.270 --> 00:50:24.170
  • listen to what he says.
  • 00:50:24.170 --> 00:50:25.220
  • He says here's what happens, "we
  • 00:50:25.220 --> 00:50:28.150
  • have fellowship with Him, with
  • 00:50:28.150 --> 00:50:30.080
  • one another, and the blood of
  • 00:50:30.080 --> 00:50:31.290
  • Jesus Christ His Son is
  • 00:50:31.290 --> 00:50:34.140
  • continually cleansing us from
  • 00:50:34.140 --> 00:50:36.080
  • sin."
  • 00:50:36.080 --> 00:50:37.140
  • That's if we're walking in the
  • 00:50:37.140 --> 00:50:38.250
  • light.
  • 00:50:38.250 --> 00:50:39.150
  • If we're not walking in the
  • 00:50:39.150 --> 00:50:40.070
  • light, that's not true.
  • 00:50:40.070 --> 00:50:41.050
  • Look, "If we say that we have no
  • 00:50:41.050 --> 00:50:43.000
  • sin, we are deceiving ourselves
  • 00:50:43.000 --> 00:50:45.290
  • and the truth is not in us.
  • 00:50:45.290 --> 00:50:48.250
  • If we confess," agree with God
  • 00:50:48.250 --> 00:50:51.070
  • about our sin.
  • 00:50:51.070 --> 00:50:52.040
  • Now, let me ask you a question.
  • 00:50:52.040 --> 00:50:53.120
  • What do you think God thinks
  • 00:50:53.120 --> 00:50:54.170
  • about your sin?
  • 00:50:54.170 --> 00:50:57.090
  • You know, it's wrong.
  • 00:50:57.090 --> 00:50:59.100
  • It doesn't belong in your life.
  • 00:50:59.100 --> 00:51:01.000
  • It doesn't fit who you are.
  • 00:51:01.000 --> 00:51:02.150
  • It doesn't fit your relationship
  • 00:51:02.150 --> 00:51:03.220
  • to Him.
  • 00:51:03.220 --> 00:51:04.120
  • It shouldn't be there at all.
  • 00:51:04.120 --> 00:51:05.270
  • Therefore, we need to repent of
  • 00:51:05.270 --> 00:51:06.260
  • it.
  • 00:51:06.260 --> 00:51:07.160
  • Amen?
  • 00:51:07.160 --> 00:51:08.090
  • Okay now, amen.
  • 00:51:08.090 --> 00:51:09.110
  • Now, listen, "If we confess our
  • 00:51:09.110 --> 00:51:11.130
  • sins," what is confess?
  • 00:51:11.130 --> 00:51:13.020
  • We agree with God that it's
  • 00:51:13.020 --> 00:51:15.060
  • wrong, "He is faithful and just
  • 00:51:16.230 --> 00:51:19.230
  • to forgive us our sins and to
  • 00:51:19.230 --> 00:51:22.100
  • cleanse us from all
  • 00:51:22.100 --> 00:51:23.150
  • unrighteousness."
  • 00:51:23.150 --> 00:51:25.100
  • That is, He makes things
  • 00:51:25.100 --> 00:51:26.270
  • different.
  • 00:51:26.270 --> 00:51:29.050
  • So, is confession important?
  • 00:51:29.050 --> 00:51:30.160
  • Yes, it is.
  • 00:51:30.160 --> 00:51:31.220
  • This is what Paul said.
  • 00:51:31.220 --> 00:51:33.080
  • He said, "'Til you change
  • 00:51:33.080 --> 00:51:34.070
  • clothes, take it off."
  • 00:51:34.070 --> 00:51:35.280
  • That's what He said in
  • 00:51:35.280 --> 00:51:36.230
  • Colossians that third chapter,
  • 00:51:36.230 --> 00:51:37.250
  • eighth verse, he said, he said,
  • 00:51:37.250 --> 00:51:39.280
  • "Put it away.
  • 00:51:39.280 --> 00:51:41.040
  • Put away those things that do
  • 00:51:41.040 --> 00:51:43.080
  • not fit who you are as a child
  • 00:51:43.080 --> 00:51:45.240
  • of God.
  • 00:51:45.240 --> 00:51:47.000
  • Put them away.
  • 00:51:47.000 --> 00:51:48.010
  • Take it off."
  • 00:51:48.010 --> 00:51:49.010
  • So, he uses a term in the Greek
  • 00:51:49.010 --> 00:51:51.130
  • like you take off your clothes.
  • 00:51:51.130 --> 00:51:53.150
  • Take it off.
  • 00:51:53.150 --> 00:51:54.100
  • It doesn't fit who you are.
  • 00:51:54.100 --> 00:51:56.290
  • If you've ever trusted Jesus
  • 00:51:56.290 --> 00:51:58.030
  • Christ as your personal Savior
  • 00:51:58.030 --> 00:51:59.260
  • and you really meant it, then
  • 00:51:59.260 --> 00:52:01.040
  • you confessed your sins to Him.
  • 00:52:01.220 --> 00:52:04.220
  • Maybe you didn't know what
  • 00:52:04.220 --> 00:52:05.280
  • repentance was all about.
  • 00:52:05.280 --> 00:52:07.240
  • Here's what it's all about.
  • 00:52:07.240 --> 00:52:08.290
  • It's about your confessing and
  • 00:52:08.290 --> 00:52:10.290
  • agreeing with God about it, and
  • 00:52:10.290 --> 00:52:13.160
  • then what?
  • 00:52:13.160 --> 00:52:14.290
  • Deliberately, willfully doing
  • 00:52:14.290 --> 00:52:16.260
  • what?
  • 00:52:16.260 --> 00:52:17.240
  • Walking away from that in your
  • 00:52:17.240 --> 00:52:18.280
  • life because you don't want that
  • 00:52:18.280 --> 00:52:20.190
  • in your life.
  • 00:52:20.190 --> 00:52:21.150
  • God can read your heart.
  • 00:52:21.150 --> 00:52:23.210
  • He knows whether you want it or
  • 00:52:23.210 --> 00:52:24.160
  • not.
  • 00:52:24.160 --> 00:52:26.010
  • He knows when we'll fail, but He
  • 00:52:26.010 --> 00:52:27.190
  • knows our heart.
  • 00:52:27.190 --> 00:52:29.000
  • He knows it, we don't want to.
  • 00:52:29.000 --> 00:52:30.170
  • And there are times when people
  • 00:52:30.170 --> 00:52:31.210
  • get themselves in situations,
  • 00:52:31.210 --> 00:52:33.050
  • they don't want to be
  • 00:52:33.050 --> 00:52:33.280
  • disobedient, but they find
  • 00:52:33.280 --> 00:52:35.160
  • themselves doing it and do what?
  • 00:52:35.160 --> 00:52:37.230
  • The more you weep over it and
  • 00:52:37.230 --> 00:52:39.090
  • the more sorrowful you are; and
  • 00:52:39.090 --> 00:52:40.200
  • notice what he said, "sorrowful
  • 00:52:40.200 --> 00:52:42.100
  • unto repentance."
  • 00:52:42.100 --> 00:52:44.170
  • "God, I don't want that in my
  • 00:52:44.170 --> 00:52:45.220
  • life."
  • 00:52:45.220 --> 00:52:47.060
  • Remember what you have.
  • 00:52:47.060 --> 00:52:48.240
  • You have the Holy Spirit living
  • 00:52:48.240 --> 00:52:51.000
  • within you who will enable you
  • 00:52:51.000 --> 00:52:53.020
  • to overcome anything and
  • 00:52:53.020 --> 00:52:54.230
  • everything that is not of God.
  • 00:52:56.290 --> 00:52:59.290
  • It's a choice we make.
  • 00:52:59.290 --> 00:53:02.020
  • Is it an easy choice?
  • 00:53:02.020 --> 00:53:03.100
  • No.
  • 00:53:03.100 --> 00:53:05.000
  • Is it a choice that you fail
  • 00:53:05.000 --> 00:53:06.120
  • sometimes?
  • 00:53:06.120 --> 00:53:07.120
  • Yes.
  • 00:53:07.120 --> 00:53:09.170
  • He didn't say be perfect.
  • 00:53:09.170 --> 00:53:11.270
  • He said be obedient.
  • 00:53:11.270 --> 00:53:13.270
  • And there are times in our life
  • 00:53:13.270 --> 00:53:14.290
  • when we have to ask Him, "God,
  • 00:53:14.290 --> 00:53:16.140
  • forgive me for saying that or
  • 00:53:16.140 --> 00:53:17.220
  • thinking that.
  • 00:53:17.220 --> 00:53:19.030
  • I genuinely repent.
  • 00:53:19.030 --> 00:53:19.290
  • I don't want that in my," in
  • 00:53:19.290 --> 00:53:21.050
  • other words, I don't have to, I
  • 00:53:21.050 --> 00:53:22.230
  • tell Him this and you would tell
  • 00:53:22.230 --> 00:53:24.060
  • Him this.
  • 00:53:24.060 --> 00:53:25.140
  • We don't have to convince God of
  • 00:53:25.140 --> 00:53:27.220
  • whether we're sincere or not.
  • 00:53:27.220 --> 00:53:30.040
  • He already knows.
  • 00:53:30.040 --> 00:53:32.010
  • And He answers accordingly.
  • 00:53:32.010 --> 00:53:33.220
  • Amen?
  • 00:53:33.220 --> 00:53:36.050
  • If you've never trusted Jesus as
  • 00:53:36.050 --> 00:53:37.250
  • your Savior, think about this
  • 00:53:37.250 --> 00:53:39.030
  • moment.
  • 00:53:39.030 --> 00:53:41.080
  • You're living in a world that's
  • 00:53:41.080 --> 00:53:42.100
  • a fouled up, mixed up, horrible
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  • mess.
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  • And so, it's just you against
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  • the world.
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  • What you need is to ask the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ to forgive you of
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  • your sinfulness, genuinely
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  • repent of it.
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  • Lord God, I don't want it in my
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  • life any longer.
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  • I genuinely want You to remove
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  • this from my life.
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  • Somebody says, "Well, you mean
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  • to tell me that I can't be saved
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  • unless I repent of my sin?"
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  • Well, let me ask you: What's
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  • believing all about?
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  • We explained that.
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  • It's all about you putting your
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  • trust in Him on the basis that
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  • you know about your sinfulness;
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  • and that only He can forgive
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  • you; and that He will, when you
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  • ask Him sincerely and repent of
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  • it.
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  • That is, you choose to walk away
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  • from it.
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  • Not be perfect.
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  • Doesn't mean you'll never do it
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  • again, but your whole heart, you
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  • want Him to have your life.
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  • He makes everything different,
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  • if you'll trust Him.
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  • And Father, we pray the Holy
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  • Spirit will take the truth of
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  • Your Word.
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  • Let it be like fresh water, cool
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  • spring, to those who are
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  • struggling and wondering if
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  • You'll ever forgive them or
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  • cleanse them enough to be clean
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  • and pure in their life.
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  • I pray that they'll be willing
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  • to acknowledge sinfulness; ask
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  • You to forgive them and
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  • genuinely repent of that sin and
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  • trust You to enable them to walk
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  • a godly life; because that is
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  • Your will, purpose for every
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  • single one of us.
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  • And we ask this in Jesus's name,
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • God's Word.
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  • I want to capture something that
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  • God uses to send me a message so
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  • I can share it with you.
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  • - female announcer: For years,
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  • Dr. Charles Stanley has used
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  • photography to express his love
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  • for God's handiwork.
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  • Now we want to share a beautiful
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  • With the "Praying with Purpose"
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  • intimacy.
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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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  • - male 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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  • 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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