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The Contrast: Self Effort vs. Rest Part 2

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November 21, 2019
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Creflo Dollar

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The Contrast: Self Effort vs. Rest Part 2

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  • by the partners and friends of Creflo Dollar Ministries.
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  • Creflo Dollar: You and I have been made righteous not because
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  • of our works, our performance, and our self-effort.
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  • It's not because you just pray ten hours a day, and you're just
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  • awesome, but you were declared righteous because you believed
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  • in the works of Jesus.
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  • You believed in the finished works of Jesus.
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  • You believe that you're righteous
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  • because Jesus is righteous, and you believe in him,
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  • and now you've been made righteous.
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  • It's not because of what you do, but you've been made righteous
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  • because of what Jesus has done.
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  • You put your faith and your belief in who Jesus is,
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  • and he has been made unto us righteousness,
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  • so you are righteous because of your belief in Jesus.
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  • Somebody shout, "I believe in Jesus."
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  • And heaven says you're righteous.
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  • Creflo: So, I'm prophesying it right now in the air.
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  • I'm putting it right now that there's a change.
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  • There's a metamorphosis getting ready to take place.
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  • female: I just believe that being here this time is the best
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  • place for me to be right now.
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  • female: It's an experience that I don't feel like anybody
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  • could sum up into words.
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  • It is undescribable.
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  • female: You will not be disappointed.
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  • announcer: Admission is free, but seats are limited.
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  • Call or go online to register today.
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  • This is your world,
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  • so let's vow to make it a better place.
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  • Let every heart that needs to know
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  • your love is here to stay.
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  • Oh, it's time we live a new life.
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  • Oh, let his love shine bright in you.
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  • Oh, we're saved by his grace,
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  • so we embrace your love today,
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  • we are changed.
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  • Creflo: Father, we thank you for this--another opportunity
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  • to minister to these your precious sheep.
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  • Thank you, Lord, that revelation knowledge will flow freely,
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  • uninterrupted, and unhindered by any satanic or demonic force.
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  • And, Father, I pray that you will speak through my vocal
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  • cords and think through my mind.
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  • None of me and all of you.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, and everybody said amen.
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  • Amen.
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  • If you have your Bibles go with me once again to the book
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  • of Saint John chapter 1, verse 14 and 17,
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  • then Romans chapter 6:14, and then 2 Timothy 2:15.
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  • Your Bibles ought to have dents there by now, amen?
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  • Praise the Lord.
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  • Let's read verse 14 out loud together again.
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  • Ready? Read.
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  • "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us,
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  • (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten
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  • of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
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  • Now, how many of you know the Word made flesh
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  • that's Jesus, right?
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  • And how many of you know that the only begotten of the Father,
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  • that's Jesus, right?
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  • So, Jesus full of grace, which is the truth.
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  • Full of grace, which is the truth.
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  • Grace is the truth that makes men free.
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  • Say that out loud.
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  • "Grace is the truth that makes men free," but also realize
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  • in verse 14 that grace is not just a curriculum
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  • or a subject matter.
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  • Grace is a person.
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  • His name is Jesus, so Jesus full of grace, which is the truth.
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  • Jesus full of grace, which is the truth.
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  • Now, go to verse 17 and verse 17 now presents before us
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  • a contrast, which I am believing more and more every day.
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  • That as we teach the gospel we need to continue to look at the
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  • contrast that are there, because it's one thing for you to share
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  • the new covenant and what it says, but it won't communicate
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  • well if people don't understand where they have been.
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  • And so, the Bible says in verse 17, "For the law was given
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  • by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
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  • Say this out loud, "The law by Moses.
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  • Grace by Jesus Christ."
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  • Say it this way, "Grace, which is the truth,
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  • came by Jesus Christ."
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  • Now, there is an obvious need to compare and contrast
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  • because of our lives.
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  • I mean, you're living.
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  • You woke up, you have a life, and the question
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  • has gotta be how are you living your life?
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  • How are you living your life?
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  • And what are you living your life by?
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  • What standard are you living your life by?
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  • Are you living by the law that came by Moses,
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  • which means you're gonna have to live by performing
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  • well in order for God to do you well?
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  • If you're living by the law that came by Moses then that means if
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  • you do then God will, but if you don't then God won't.
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  • If you're living by the Law of Moses it's always going to be
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  • about you overcoming condemnation.
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  • You're always having to fight, "Am I enough?
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  • Am I doing enough?"
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  • The law by Moses is always going to incite sin.
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  • The law by Moses is always going to be there to make you feel
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  • shameful and guilty if you didn't do it right,
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  • if you didn't do it enough,
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  • and to my knowledge that appears to be
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  • what most of the church in today's world is living by.
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  • They're living by the Law of Moses because you're coming to
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  • church to find out the rules, and then go home and try to keep
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  • the rules, only to come back the next week to realize
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  • you can't--yeah, you're not able to keep 'em all.
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  • So, we're living by the law by Moses and that's got to
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  • be--that's gotta be looked at.
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  • There is a little thing I've been thinking about.
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  • Somebody says, "Well, I'm a Christian,
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  • and I'm coming to live by--learn how to live by the Bible."
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  • Well, that's good, but Christianity is not a result
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  • of the law by Moses.
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  • There were no such things as Christians as a result of the
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  • law by Moses, so if you really wanna be a Christian,
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  • Christianity did not come about until the grace,
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  • which is the truth, came by Jesus.
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  • So, if you say today, "I am a Christian," but you're living by
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  • the wrong standards, you're living by the wrong doctrine or
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  • the wrong teaching because you went to a church,
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  • just like I went to a church, and they taught all they knew.
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  • They did not understand how to rightly divide the Word of
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  • truth, but you have to look at this and good, old common sense
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  • tells you, you know, we gotta look at the difference
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  • between what came by Moses and what came by Jesus
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  • and what is the difference.
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  • If not, you'll continue to operate by that same old
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  • standard of, "I got to do this in order for God to do that
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  • and if I don't do this then God's gonna be mad at me,"
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  • and you live this compulsive Christianity disorder type
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  • of life which you call Christianity, and it's not.
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  • And, man, you're talking about having to realize what God's
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  • called you and your ministry to do to bring a corrective flow
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  • into the whole body of Christ, where they have spent--it's more
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  • than decades.
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  • Centuries.
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  • And having to break it up and knowing that when you break it
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  • up, Galatians says, even to the day there is a conflict
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  • between those who are by the law and those who are
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  • by the grace of Jesus Christ.
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  • Well, I'll tell you what, man.
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  • I have decided that I'm gonna serve God rather than men, amen?
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  • And if you want the truth, amen, keep coming, and I'll give you
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  • the truth, but the stuff we've had over the last
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  • 2, 3, 500--maybe a thousand years, right?
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  • If Jesus has been dead 2.000 years, dear God,
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  • the church has been--this is a strong statement.
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  • Church has been under deception a little under 2.000 years, been
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  • living by the wrong document for a little over 2.000 years.
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  • And now, in 2000--I don't know when it was--up to now he
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  • finally got some folks in the earth that will be as bold as
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  • the Apostle Paul and begin to teach it regardless of whatever
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  • or whoever is saying what they need to say.
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  • And, man, I'm glad I'm alive in this age.
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  • Amen.
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  • Man, I feel chill bumps right there.
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  • Not that we live by chill bumps, but I sure enjoy 'em
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  • sometimes, amen?
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  • Now, let's go to--what did I say?--Romans 6:14.
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  • Now, why is it significant for us to see this?
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  • Because then we go to Romans 6:14 and look
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  • what he says in Romans 6:14.
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  • He says, "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are
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  • not under the law," where sin had dominion over you.
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  • Sin had dominion over you.
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  • If you operate by the law by Moses, what is the law by Moses?
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  • It is Ten Commandments written on tablets.
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  • Excuse me, Ten Commandments written on stone, and the rest
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  • of 'em written on tablets, which is a total of about 613.
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  • It's not like what was on stone couldn't get the job done, but
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  • they thought that they could do it on their own, and they kept
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  • adding to it, and now we got 613 commandments,
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  • and he says that is the law and under the law it was
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  • designed so that sin would have dominion over you.
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  • Sin dominates you under the law, but here is the good news.
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  • You're not under the law.
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  • I said you're not under the law, but you're under what?
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  • You're under the grace, which is the truth,
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  • that came by Jesus Christ.
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  • In fact, I'm gonna say something kinda radical right here,
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  • right now.
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  • If you say you preach the truth and what you preach is the law,
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  • you are not preaching the truth.
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  • If you say you preach the truth and you're preaching that
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  • which came by Moses, you are not preaching the truth.
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  • The truth is what came by Jesus Christ.
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  • Grace, which is the truth, came by Jesus Christ.
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  • Now, look at 2 Timothy chapter 2:15,
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  • and then we'll get started here.
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  • 2 Timothy 2:15.
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  • I am not gonna stand before God when all this is over with,
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  • dear God, and stand before God when all this is over with
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  • and hear--and the Lord say, "What did you do?"
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  • "Well, Lord, I preached the truth."
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  • He say, "No, you didn't."
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  • I don't wanna be shocked. Amen.
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  • Boy, you're gonna love me when we get to heaven.
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  • I'd rather you love me when you get to heaven than me
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  • preaching the wrong stuff, and we get to heaven,
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  • and you're like, "You're supposed to be the preacher.
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  • Why the--" And then you're cussing me out in heaven.
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  • Uh-uh, watch over your souls.
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  • You know how important that is now,
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  • to choose the right people to watch over your soul.
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  • The question is who's watching over your soul?
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  • The Bible says--2 Timothy 2:15.
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  • Read it out loud with me.
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  • "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth
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  • not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth," or
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  • the Word of grace, which is the truth that came by Jesus Christ.
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  • Wow!
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  • Now, we started last week on this contrast between
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  • self-effort and rest, self-effort and rest.
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  • Under the law by Moses it was all about self-effort.
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  • It was all about what you can do, the self-effort
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  • that you would put into this.
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  • Let's look at these three Scriptures real quick.
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  • Romans chapter 4, verse 1 through 6.
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  • Self-effort, or the Bible may call it works, and Christian
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  • people always concerned about works, and so they're trying
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  • to do good works in order to get something from God
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  • or deserve something from God.
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  • Well, the Bible calls that in Hebrews dead works.
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  • It's when you believe that you can--you know, by doing good
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  • works you're gonna, you know, kinda manipulate
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  • God into doing something for you.
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  • He says that's just dead works.
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  • You can't serve God that way, so--this illustration.
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  • "What shall we say then that Abraham our father,
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  • as pertaining the flesh, has found?"
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  • Verse 2, "For if Abraham were justified by works,
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  • he has whereof the glory; but not before God."
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  • Verse 3, "For what saith the Scripture?
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  • Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him
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  • for righteousness," so he says the only thing Abraham did
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  • in order for it to be counted unto him for righteousness
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  • is he believed God.
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  • Verse 4, "Now to him that worketh is the reward
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  • not reckoned of grace, but of debt."
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  • In other words, he worked.
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  • Somebody should be paying him for his work.
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  • Now, I'm gonna kinda go through these.
  • 00:13:13.040 --> 00:13:14.150
  • I got in depth with them last--dealt with them last week,
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  • but I got some more I wanna cover today.
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  • He says, "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on
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  • him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for
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  • righteousness."
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  • And verse 6 says, "Even as David also describeth the blessedness
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  • of the man, unto whom God imputeth," or charge,
  • 00:13:30.050 --> 00:13:33.290
  • "righteousness without his works,"
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  • or performance or his self-effort.
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  • So, you and I have been made righteous not because of our
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  • works, our performance, and our self-effort.
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  • It's not because you just prayed ten hours a day, and you were
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  • just awesome, but you were declared righteous
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  • because you believed in the works of Jesus.
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  • You believed in the finished works of Jesus.
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  • You believe that you're righteous
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  • because Jesus is righteous, and you believe in him,
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  • and now you've been made righteous.
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  • It's not because of what you do, but you've been made righteous
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  • because of what Jesus has done.
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  • You put your faith and your belief in who Jesus is,
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  • and he has been made unto us righteousness,
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  • so you are righteous because of your belief in Jesus.
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  • Somebody shout, "I believe in Jesus."
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  • And heaven says you're righteous.
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  • See, you're righteous based on your belief in Jesus.
  • 00:14:21.070 --> 00:14:24.100
  • See, a long time ago I thought I was righteous
  • 00:14:24.110 --> 00:14:26.010
  • because I did a bunch of right things, but you are righteous
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  • because of your belief in Jesus Christ.
  • 00:14:29.280 --> 00:14:31.260
  • Now, look at Galatians chapter 3, verse 9 and 10.
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  • Galatians 3:9 and 10.
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  • Now, I'mma pour stuff a whole lot on you today now.
  • 00:14:42.040 --> 00:14:45.050
  • He said, "So then they which be of faith
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  • are blessed with," what?
  • 00:14:47.060 --> 00:14:49.010
  • "Faithful Abraham."
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  • Now, say this out loud, "Under the new covenant
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  • my belief is required.
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  • I believe God.
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  • I believe the finished works.
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  • I believe what Jesus has done."
  • 00:15:03.000 --> 00:15:06.050
  • All right, now look at verse 10.
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  • He says, "For as many as are of the works of the law
  • 00:15:08.100 --> 00:15:12.000
  • are under the curse."
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  • The law by Moses was given to incite sin.
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  • The law by Moses was not--the law by Moses,
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  • which includes the Ten Commandments,
  • 00:15:22.260 --> 00:15:24.060
  • it was not given to transform you into holiness.
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  • It wasn't given to make you better.
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  • It was given to cause you to increase in sin.
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  • The law by Moses did not give us the advantage over sin.
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  • The law by Moses gave sin the advantage over us, all right?
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  • Look at verse 11.
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  • Well, no, no, let's go to Galatians 2:16.
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  • If I go to verse 11 then I'll be stuck here,
  • 00:15:49.170 --> 00:15:53.160
  • 'cause I woke up with something on my heart, and I know
  • 00:15:53.170 --> 00:15:55.120
  • if I read verse 11 that will be it.
  • 00:15:55.130 --> 00:15:59.110
  • I'll explode all over the place and this little sermon
  • 00:15:59.120 --> 00:16:01.140
  • will be gone.
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  • Galatians 2:16. Read it out loud.
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  • "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works
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  • of the law--" How do you argue with that?
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  • Do you see that?
  • 00:16:11.050 --> 00:16:12.140
  • Do you see that?
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  • You're not justified or made righteous by the works
  • 00:16:13.250 --> 00:16:16.050
  • of the law, but you're made righteous by what?
  • 00:16:16.060 --> 00:16:18.280
  • Faith of Jesus Christ.
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  • So, any time you run into people that tell you,
  • 00:16:21.200 --> 00:16:23.070
  • "These are the ten things you gotta do to be righteous,"
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  • you gotta pay attention to this Scripture.
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  • "Knowing that a man is not made righteous," or justified,
  • 00:16:28.120 --> 00:16:30.180
  • "by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ,
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  • even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be," what?
  • 00:16:34.020 --> 00:16:37.270
  • "Justified," how?
  • 00:16:37.280 --> 00:16:39.150
  • "By the faith of Christ," and what?
  • 00:16:39.160 --> 00:16:42.130
  • "And not by the works of the law: for by the works
  • 00:16:42.140 --> 00:16:46.280
  • of the law shall no flesh--" That's pretty clear, right?
  • 00:16:46.290 --> 00:16:52.280
  • That's pretty clear.
  • 00:16:52.290 --> 00:16:54.110
  • Now--so, that's what it was before the cross, even though we
  • 00:16:54.120 --> 00:16:58.000
  • read out of the New Testament that we're now--we were talking
  • 00:16:58.010 --> 00:17:01.150
  • about this, this morning in the back.
  • 00:17:01.160 --> 00:17:03.000
  • We are now going to have to rightly divide the things
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • It's no longer dividing what's on the right hand of the Bible
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  • and the left hand of the Bible.
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  • It's now dividing what's going on in the New Testament,
  • 00:17:11.050 --> 00:17:15.030
  • what's going on in the four gospels.
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  • We gotta rightly divide what part of that
  • 00:17:17.080 --> 00:17:20.070
  • in the New Testament and when I say "New Testament"
  • 00:17:20.080 --> 00:17:22.290
  • I'm saying the division of the Bible.
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  • I really hesitate when I use that 'cause now I know what the
  • 00:17:24.250 --> 00:17:27.030
  • New Testament is, but we gotta rightly divide what's on the
  • 00:17:27.040 --> 00:17:30.220
  • right hand of the Bible to see what part of that belongs to the
  • 00:17:30.230 --> 00:17:34.220
  • Law of Moses and what part of that belongs to this new
  • 00:17:34.230 --> 00:17:39.030
  • covenant of grace, all right?
  • 00:17:39.040 --> 00:17:41.100
  • So, you just can't say, "Well, it's in the New Testament."
  • 00:17:41.110 --> 00:17:44.110
  • There is a whole lot in the New Testament that's old-covenant
  • 00:17:44.120 --> 00:17:48.050
  • reference and if you can't--if you don't know what's
  • 00:17:48.060 --> 00:17:51.170
  • old-covenant reference and then you live by just 'cause it's in
  • 00:17:51.180 --> 00:17:54.210
  • the New Testament, then you're gonna find yourself living by
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:57.130
  • the Law of Moses without reading the Ten Commandments and not
  • 00:17:57.140 --> 00:18:00.120
  • knowing that you're under that same influence, the influence
  • 00:18:00.130 --> 00:18:05.200
  • of the old covenant that is on the right hand of the Bible,
  • 00:18:05.210 --> 00:18:11.080
  • and that's where a lotta Christians
  • 00:18:11.090 --> 00:18:12.240
  • are kinda getting upset.
  • 00:18:12.250 --> 00:18:14.240
  • You think the New Testament is on the right hand of the Bible.
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  • Lemme tell you something, and this is--may be shocking,
  • 00:18:17.270 --> 00:18:19.260
  • but Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John should have
  • 00:18:19.270 --> 00:18:23.080
  • and would fit a whole lot better in the old covenant
  • 00:18:23.090 --> 00:18:25.260
  • on the left side than it would on the right side.
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  • The only reason it appeared on the right side is because God
  • 00:18:28.160 --> 00:18:31.240
  • wanted us to make sure we saw Jesus keeping his promise of
  • 00:18:31.250 --> 00:18:35.020
  • Matthew 5:17, where he says, "I didn't come to destroy
  • 00:18:35.030 --> 00:18:38.030
  • the law, but I came to fulfill the law,
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  • and not one jot or tittle of the law
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  • will pass away without me fulfilling it."
  • 00:18:43.010 --> 00:18:45.280
  • So, Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, for the most
  • 00:18:45.290 --> 00:18:49.030
  • part, is fulfilling or carrying out every detail of the law
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  • because no man could do it but him.
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  • So, when you read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and they call
  • 00:19:00.080 --> 00:19:02.270
  • that the gospels there's a big story there,
  • 00:19:02.280 --> 00:19:05.260
  • but he does--he has two ministries.
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  • There are two ministries, the two ministries of Jesus,
  • 00:19:08.130 --> 00:19:11.180
  • in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
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  • The first ministry is to fulfill the Law of Moses that no man
  • 00:19:13.120 --> 00:19:18.090
  • could be successful in fulfilling.
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  • He's the only one that could keep every jot
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  • and tittle of the Law of Moses.
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  • Thank you, Jesus. Hallelujah.
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  • Glory be to God, but the second part was to prepare
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  • and lay the foundation for the new covenant,
  • 00:19:30.090 --> 00:19:35.030
  • the new covenant of grace being prepared.
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  • You see Jesus saying stuff like, "Up until now you hadn't asked
  • 00:19:38.070 --> 00:19:41.030
  • me nothing, but then there is coming a time where you'll ask
  • 00:19:41.040 --> 00:19:43.290
  • anything in my name, and it shall be done."
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  • You have to rightly divide that.
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  • You can no longer go around talking about,
  • 00:19:50.040 --> 00:19:51.200
  • "Well, if you just read the red everything gonna be all right."
  • 00:19:51.210 --> 00:19:54.140
  • Honey, if you read the red you might end up shooting somebody.
  • 00:19:54.150 --> 00:19:57.030
  • You got all kinds of stupid stuff going.
  • 00:19:57.040 --> 00:19:59.190
  • You'll quit eating your ribs if you just read the red.
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  • You'll be cutting your hands off if you read the red.
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  • You'd be cussing folks out at church right in the middle
  • 00:20:04.210 --> 00:20:06.150
  • of the praise service by reading the red.
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  • You gotta rightly divide the Word of truth, amen?
  • 00:20:09.190 --> 00:20:15.270
  • Everybody say, "Rightly divide," so that means you can wrongly
  • 00:20:15.280 --> 00:20:18.230
  • divide, right?
  • 00:20:18.240 --> 00:20:20.070
  • How many Christians do you think in this world have been under
  • 00:20:20.080 --> 00:20:24.120
  • wrongly divided teaching by a preacher who's wrongly divided?
  • 00:20:24.130 --> 00:20:29.270
  • See, if it was left up to me, if I was, like, the president of
  • 00:20:29.280 --> 00:20:31.160
  • the United States, I'd make every preacher go to school and
  • 00:20:31.170 --> 00:20:34.210
  • qualify under the New Testament.
  • 00:20:34.220 --> 00:20:38.170
  • And they can fuss and pick it all they want to, but you're
  • 00:20:38.180 --> 00:20:40.190
  • gonna go to school on the New Testament.
  • 00:20:40.200 --> 00:20:42.180
  • In fact, I'd make 'em come to my school.
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  • "You're coming to my school."
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  • No, don't get mad. I'm just playing.
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  • Pipe down.
  • 00:20:50.020 --> 00:20:53.050
  • Yeah, don't send no letters. Pipe down.
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  • "Well, Brother Dollar--" Oh, yeah, yeah.
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  • Okay, Hebrews chapter 4, verse 10.
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  • Let's go and get started now.
  • 00:21:03.290 --> 00:21:07.040
  • So, we're talking about stepping away from self-effort and
  • 00:21:07.050 --> 00:21:11.190
  • stepping into the rest and the confidence of what Jesus has
  • 00:21:11.200 --> 00:21:18.260
  • already done, the rest, the confidence, and the peace of
  • 00:21:18.270 --> 00:21:25.130
  • what Jesus has already done.
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  • Chief, go in the back and get me $200 bill out of my wallet.
  • 00:21:31.180 --> 00:21:35.240
  • Two $200 bills.
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  • No matter how many times I do this illustration it really
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:42.010
  • nails it home as far as, you know, do you really believe what
  • 00:21:42.020 --> 00:21:47.160
  • Jesus has done versus you working real hard to try to do
  • 00:21:47.170 --> 00:21:52.180
  • something to get him to do it.
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  • I am telling you right now--listen to me--your healing
  • 00:21:54.050 --> 00:21:57.150
  • was finished 2.000 years ago, so if you get sick today
  • 00:21:57.160 --> 00:22:01.280
  • healing's in the medicine cabinet.
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  • Done, okay?
  • 00:22:04.030 --> 00:22:08.090
  • Your deliverance has already been done
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  • and finished 2.000 years ago.
  • 00:22:11.250 --> 00:22:14.100
  • Your deliverance is already done, okay?
  • 00:22:14.110 --> 00:22:20.000
  • But what's happening?
  • 00:22:20.010 --> 00:22:21.140
  • It's like today people are still trying to do something
  • 00:22:21.150 --> 00:22:24.260
  • to get what's already done, instead of just taking it.
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  • Are you listening to me? It's already a finished work.
  • 00:22:29.220 --> 00:22:33.190
  • When Jesus was on the cross he said, "It is finished."
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  • And you know what the church is doing?
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  • "I don't believe it. I don't believe that.
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  • I gotta add to that."
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  • He said it's finished.
  • 00:22:43.190 --> 00:22:44.280
  • "I gotta add to that," and you keep trying to do stuff that's
  • 00:22:44.290 --> 00:22:48.080
  • already been done.
  • 00:22:48.090 --> 00:22:51.190
  • The awesomeness of living under this new covenant is living by
  • 00:22:51.200 --> 00:22:56.270
  • faith in what you--what he said is finished, so when something
  • 00:22:56.280 --> 00:23:03.220
  • occurs in my life I just go back to the finished works of Jesus
  • 00:23:03.230 --> 00:23:07.040
  • Christ, and I just believe that it's a done deal.
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  • That it's already done.
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  • All right, do we--teens--are the teenagers in here today?
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  • Yeah, y'all up now, ain't you?
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  • Okay, I need a guy who's a teenager.
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  • Your initials are A.D.
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  • A.D.
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  • Are your initials A.D.? Are you a teenager?
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  • I can't see you.
  • 00:23:38.210 --> 00:23:40.080
  • If your name--if you're a teenager
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  • and your initials are A.D. come here,
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  • if you're a teenager and your initials--well, is
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  • your--you're waving at me.
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  • Are you a teenager?
  • 00:23:48.070 --> 00:23:50.030
  • If your initials are A.D. come here.
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  • Okay, so you're not--your initial is not A.D.
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  • You got some teen leaders sitting back there?
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  • Send me two people up here that are teenagers
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  • that look like they broke.
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  • I ain't got time to go through all this.
  • 00:24:11.160 --> 00:24:16.140
  • No, no, no, no, no, no.
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  • Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
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  • No, no, no, not today.
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  • No, you have to be sent.
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  • Did they send you?
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  • Come on.
  • 00:24:23.180 --> 00:24:24.270
  • All right, did they send you?
  • 00:24:24.280 --> 00:24:27.030
  • You sent 'em?
  • 00:24:27.040 --> 00:24:28.130
  • Oh, okay, come on.
  • 00:24:28.140 --> 00:24:29.230
  • All right, they don't look like they're broke.
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  • She don't look like she broke.
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  • female: It's Sunday. We gotta look nice on Sunday.
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  • Creflo: Okay, all right, yeah, y'all face them.
  • 00:24:40.140 --> 00:24:43.090
  • All right, now, all right, do you agree with me--let's--you
  • 00:24:43.100 --> 00:24:47.180
  • get on this side.
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  • We're gonna do at a time. You stay right there.
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  • Do you agree with me that this is already finished?
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  • female: Yeah.
  • 00:24:53.040 --> 00:24:54.170
  • Creflo: It's already manufactured, right?
  • 00:24:54.180 --> 00:24:56.020
  • female: Mm-hmm.
  • 00:24:56.030 --> 00:24:57.200
  • Creflo: There is--is there anything that needs to be done
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  • to this in order for it to be a hundred-dollar bill?
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  • female: No.
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  • Creflo: All right, so what happens is--could
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  • you use a hundred dollars?
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  • female: Yeah.
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  • Creflo: Okay, so this is already finished, right?
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  • female: Mm-hmm.
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  • Creflo: It's a done deal. It really is, right?
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  • female: Yeah.
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  • Creflo: Do you believe it's done?
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  • female: Yes.
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  • Creflo: Okay, it's finished, right?
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  • Okay, so pause.
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  • She represents most of the church right now.
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  • Yeah, we agree, "Oh, yeah, it's finished.
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  • Mm-hmm, yeah, it's done. Oh, yes, I believe it."
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  • Do you need it?
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  • "Oh, yes, amen," but she is no better for none of that,
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  • because here it sits, and she's still in need.
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  • All right, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.
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  • Pause.
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  • And we laugh, and we shout, "Oh, praise the Lord," but you still
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  • ain't--you still ain't got the hundred dollars that's finished.
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  • She finally got it.
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  • announcer: Did you know worry is a wrong form of meditation?
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  • We all go through things in our life that bring
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  • about uncertainty and doubt.
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  • female: This message somehow just brought me back into trust.
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  • Creflo: I am too blessed to be complaining
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  • and worrying about this.
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  • It's gonna be all right.
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  • announcer: For a love gift of $20 or more we would like
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  • Creflo: There are so many needs in the body
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  • of Christ today.
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  • We need to learn to pray.
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  • Now, prayer cannot be a simple Christian word that we just say.
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  • No, prayer is so serious.
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  • Prayer is what this ministry was built on.
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  • Prayer changes things.
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  • This is not just some catchy religious cliché.
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  • It's the way we communicate with God and learn to stop stressing
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  • over all the drama and issues in our lives.
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  • Instead of stressing and worrying we give them to God and
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  • let him show us how to work it all out.
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  • Call for prayer today.
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  • announcer: Whatever you need today, no matter how big or
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  • small, bring it before the Lord in prayer.
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  • You may request prayer today by phoning in or posting your
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  • Your love and financial support makes it possible to bring this
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