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Living Through the Lens of Grace Part 1

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September 5, 2019
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Creflo Dollar

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Living Through the Lens of Grace Part 1

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  • announcer: This program is brought to you by the partners
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  • and friends of Creflo Dollar Ministries.
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  • Creflo: You were in bondage and you didn't know it.
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  • The law was given to put a curse on you, and you didn't know it,
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  • but now that you know about this grace, somebody shout I'm free
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  • from the law.
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  • Say it again.
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  • I'm free from the law.
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  • announcer: Omaha, Nebraska; Woodbridge, Virginia;
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  • and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; we are on the way.
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  • Join pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar for one day only.
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  • female: I come because I enjoy the word, and the word is
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  • awesome and, you always get a good message:
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  • there comes breakthrough.
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  • announcer: Join us in Omaha September 13th,
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  • Woodbridge on October 11th, and Philadelphia on November
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  • 15th for one day only.
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  • Call, text, 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-oh
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  • It's time we live a new life
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  • Oh-oh
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  • Let the sun shine bright in you
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  • Oh-oh
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  • We are saved by his grace, so we embrace your love today
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  • We are changed
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  • Creflo: Are you living your Christian life
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  • as if Jesus never died?
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  • If you're living by the Old Covenant, you're living as if
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  • Jesus never shed his precious blood on the cross.
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  • He died so we can live under a new covenant
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  • and a better covenant.
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  • Your impression of God will determine the experience you
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  • have with him, and you need to understand the nature of God
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  • in order to maintain an authentic relationship
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  • with him.
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  • We're looking through the lens of God's grace.
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  • Stay tuned.
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  • Creflo: Let's begin in Saint John chapter 1, Saint John
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  • chapter 1, and I want to call this Living Through the Lens
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  • of Grace.
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  • Living Through the Lens of Grace.
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  • Saint John chapter 1, let's begin at verse 14 and 17.
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  • Now, remember this is a foundational message, which
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  • means I've got to take you through a lot of scriptures
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  • to establish the truth.
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  • I'm not going to establish the truth based on my opinion.
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  • I'm not going to establish a truth based on what I think.
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  • I have to establish the truth with the word of God in proper
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  • context so that we can establish that this thing is true.
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  • Now, John-- Saint John chapter 1:14, let's read verse 14
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  • out loud together, ready, read.
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  • "And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we
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  • beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten
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  • of the Father,)
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  • full of grace and truth."
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  • Now, this scripture is referring to who?
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  • Jesus, Jesus was the only begotten of the father, right?
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  • Jesus, he said Jesus, the only begotten of the father,
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  • and notice what he says about Jesus.
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  • Jesus, Jesus full of grace and truth.
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  • So, now, let's establish this in your thinking, that grace is
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  • not just a subject matter, that grace is not just a curriculum,
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  • grace is a person, his name is Jesus, Jesus full of what?
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  • Grace, and once you learn grace, you get the truth.
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  • So we're talkin' about a person, we're talkin' about a person,
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  • grace is a person, not just the subject matter, even though
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  • we're talking about the subject of grace, even though there is
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  • a covenant of grace, do not forget that grace is a person,
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  • his name is Jesus.
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  • So in this series, we're going to unveil Jesus, we're gonna
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  • unveil Jesus, so you can see that this entire covenant
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  • of grace is all about Jesus.
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  • Everything about our Christian life hinges on him.
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  • There's no option other than Jesus under this covenant.
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  • There is no personality on this planet, no personality that
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  • exist, that this grace hinges upon except Jesus.
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  • You understand that?
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  • Now look at verse 17.
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  • He says now, "For the law was given" by who?
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  • Now the law.
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  • You can find the law in the book of Exodus, Leviticus,
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  • Deuteronomy, all of those those first books in the Bible.
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  • Genesis is more of a book of generations, but you see
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  • the law in those books.
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  • It's 613 of 'em, 10 of 'em were written on stone.
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  • The rest of them were written on scrolls.
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  • So we're not just talking about the Ten Commandments,
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  • the Ten Commandments, they are included in the 613, but these
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  • are laws that were given to try to in a sense curb sin.
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  • There were things that were wrong, and in a sense, we had
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  • to create a-- God had to create a consciousness of that what you
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  • were doing was wrong.
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  • So a law had to be given, laws had to be given so men would
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  • at least know that there are the boundaries.
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  • And so there were ceremonial laws, there were dietary laws,
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  • there were different kinds of laws that came up to 613,
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  • the laws that came by Moses.
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  • So he said, "For the law was given by Moses, but grace
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  • and truth" came by?
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  • Grace and truth came by?
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  • Who's responsible for the law?
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  • Who's responsible for grace and truth?
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  • Now, we're not talking about grace one and in addition
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  • to the grace truth too.
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  • No, grace is the truth.
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  • You'll remember when Jesus was talking to these Jews, in John
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  • chapter 8, and he was saying to these Jews, he said, "If you
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  • continue in my word, you will be my disciples indeed, and you'll
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  • know the truth.
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  • And the truth will make you free."
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  • Well, he identified, he was talking to Jewish people.
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  • Now, please understand Jewish people were trained in the law
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  • that came from Moses.
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  • They were trained, there was a celebration of their training
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  • called a bar mitzvah, where they would demonstrate their
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  • understanding of learning of the law, and the law that
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  • came by Moses.
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  • Jewish people were trained by the law that came by Moses.
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  • So Jesus comes up to these Jews, and he says, "If you continue
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  • in my word, you'll know the truth."
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  • Watch this.
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  • "And the truth will make you free."
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  • What was indication here?
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  • Talking to Jewish people.
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  • The truth that you come to know will make you free from the law.
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  • That's what that was talkin' about.
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  • He, Jesus, in Galatians was born to set those who were
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  • under the law free from the law.
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  • So he said to Jewish people, The" truth that I'm going
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  • to tell you is gonna make you free from the "law.
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  • Well, what was that truth?
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  • Grace.
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  • Say this out loud: "Grace is the truth that sets men free."
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  • And say it again, "Grace is the truth, grace is the truth."
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  • Now why do I say that?
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  • You come to church and somebody says, "Well, you know, if you
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  • continue in the word, you'll know the truth, and the truth
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  • makes you free."
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  • And they open their Bible up and say, "See?
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  • The truth is the whole Bible."
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  • No, no, no, we can't do that anymore.
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  • We've got to have precision, we've gotta be precise, because
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  • it's not the whole Bible.
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  • It is rightly dividing the word from the law that came by Moses
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  • from the truth that came by Jesus Christ.
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  • And the truth that came by Jesus Christ is called grace.
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  • Say it again, "Grace is the truth that sets men free
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  • from the law."
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  • Now, I gotta tell ya, if you don't know it, mostly all of us
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  • in here came up in church under the law.
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  • Most all of us were trained in the law.
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  • You got to do this or this is going to happen.
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  • You gotta keep the Ten Commandments, or that's going
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  • to happen.
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  • If you want God to do something for you, you gotta do these
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  • three things, but we will all trained up under the law.
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  • The law was a performance-based situation, and you had to be
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  • trained to do this in order for God to do that.
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  • And so what has happened over the last seven or eight
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  • years in our church is now you've been-- you've been
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  • educated in grace, and the grace that you've been educated in has
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  • set you free from the law.
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  • You're not Jewish, but you took on the law that Jewish people
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  • had because you thought you were supposed to, 'cause that's all
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  • you understood about religion.
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  • So you studied the law, you studied the Ten Commandments,
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  • you studied all the things you've got to do to be a good
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  • a good Christian, you studied how to go to church, this is
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  • the way we go to church, and you studied all that stuff, and then
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  • one day, Taffi and I popped out here and say, "We need
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  • to make some adjustments.
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  • We need to talk about this grace of God."
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  • And the more-- those of you who hung in here-- and I hope-- A
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  • whole lot of folks left.
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  • "I don't know about this grace."
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  • You write you should've set yourself here long enough.
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  • So you can know about this grace, because you were
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  • in bondage, and you didn't know it.
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  • The law was given to put a curse on you, and you didn't know it.
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  • But now that you know about this grace, somebody shout "I'm free
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  • from the law."
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  • Say it again.
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  • "I'm free from the law."
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  • Look at Romans 6:14 right quick.
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  • That's not on the list, but look at Romans 6:14.
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  • So you see in verse 17, there's a distinction between the law
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  • that came by Moses and the grace that came by Jesus.
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  • Grace didn't come by Moses, grace came by Jesus.
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  • So you gotta rightly divide everything from the grace that
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  • came by Jesus and the law that came by Moses.
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  • If you don't do that, you're just gonna have a run-on all
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  • the way through, and you won't recognize that there is truth
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  • under the law that came by Moses, which will be
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  • different truth under grace that came by Jesus.
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  • What most Christians are doing is they don't know that, so they
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  • live by the truth that's under the law, because they
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  • don't know the truth that came by Jesus.
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  • If you understand that, say amen.
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  • All right, well, look what he says here.
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  • Let's read it out loud together in Romans 6 verse 14, ready,
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  • read.
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  • "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not
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  • under the law--" Say out loud, I'm not under the law, I'm
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  • under grace.
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  • All right, why does God not want us under the law?
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  • Well, look at the scripture again.
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  • He said "Sin shall not have dominion over you," stop.
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  • So sin, when you're living under the law, and sin is
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  • a result of living under the law, you do understand
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  • that, right?
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  • I'll show you scriptures later.
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  • Sin is gonna be a result of living under the law.
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  • Sin is going to be a result, 1 Corinthians 15:56.
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  • All right, look at this: The sting of death is sin,
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  • the strength of sin is the law.
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  • So the law strengthens sin.
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  • So, Satan is not necessarily tryin' to get you to sin as much
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  • as he is tryin' to get you to live under the law.
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  • 'Cause if you live under the law, the law will
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  • eventually strengthen, entice, and put you into a place where
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  • you sin.
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  • So most of the sin in a man's life is taking place because
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  • somehow he keeps falling from grace back into the law,
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  • tryin' to now fix it hisself, and sin is a result of that.
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  • So he says the law came by Moses.
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  • Listen, God didn't allow the law to be given to make you perfect.
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  • The law wasn't given to make you perfect.
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  • The law was given to give sin the advantage over you.
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  • The law was-- the law from Moses was not given so that you can
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  • have advantage over sin, it was given so sin can have
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  • an advantage over you, amen.
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  • So, sin, when you're living under the law, sin dominates
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  • your life.
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  • Sin shall not have dominion over you anymore.
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  • I announce that every life that is being dominated by some type
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  • of addiction, that some type of sin, today, if you'll
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  • continue in this word, you're going to be set free
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  • from the domination of sin.
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  • In fact, those of you who are under the grace of God, I
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  • declare you are free from the domination of sin.
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  • In other words, you don't have to sin no more if you want to.
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  • Under the law you sin because you wanted to, but under grace
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  • you don't have to sin if you don't want to sin.
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  • You can still sin, but you don't have to sin if you don't want
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  • to sin, because under the grace of God, the sky is the limit,
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  • but you choose Jesus.
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  • Alright, alright, now let's get back to to the sermon.
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  • So law came by Moses, grace came by Jesus.
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  • There's the dividing line right there.
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  • The law by Moses, grace by Jesus.
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  • So, now, in order for you to understand the Bible, you've
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  • got to understand that there was some truth that came dealing
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  • with the law that may not be the truth dealing with grace,
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  • but if you try to make it a general truth all the way
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  • through, you're gonna end up in deception.
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  • Now, let's go to 2 Timothy chapter 2 verse 15.
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  • Let's start off in the King James and then in the Amplified.
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  • Second Timothy chapter 2:15 in the King James and then
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  • the Amplified.
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  • Now I wanna-- I want you to watch this very carefully
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  • here now.
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  • This is so, so very important.
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  • Read verse 15 out loud with me, ready, read.
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  • "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth
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  • not to be ashamed rightly..."
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  • Do you hear what he said?
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  • He said what?
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  • Rightly?
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  • Okay, so if you can rightly divide the word, what happens
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  • when you wrongly divide it?
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  • What happens when you wrongly divide it?
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  • When you wrongly divide it and then you get the wrong
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  • impression of God and you misunderstand the nature of God
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  • and then that spirit of religion gets on you and you start acting
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  • religious and saying a bunch of religious stuff that's not
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  • even the truth under grace-- it might be the truth
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  • under the law, but it's not the truth under grace-- now
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  • you're confused because it's not working.
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  • Rightly dividing the word of truth.
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  • So, how do you start rightly dividing?
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  • He says when you read the Bible, you got to know, "Oh, that's
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  • the law.
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  • Oh, that's grace.
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  • Oh yeah, that's the law.
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  • Oh yeah, that's grace."
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  • So you see something that says, "Oh, that's the law."
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  • First thing you say is, "Wait a minute.
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  • I don't live by the law."
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  • Romans 6:14, "I am no longer-- Sin has no dominion over me
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  • for I'm not under the law," but I'm under what?
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  • So you have to rightly divide the truth so you can see what
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  • pertains to you under grace.
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  • The whole Bible don't pertain to you, you're looking
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  • for the truth of grace.
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  • But what's been happening?
  • 00:17:36.080 --> 00:17:37.220
  • We've been read the whole Bible not rightly dividing it, and now
  • 00:17:37.230 --> 00:17:40.220
  • we're taking something that's not true under grace and tryin'
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  • to make it work, and that's not truth under grace.
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  • And so rightly dividing simply means I've got to divide
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  • between what was true under the law that came by Moses
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  • and what is true concerning the grace that came
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  • by Jesus Christ.
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  • If you understand that, say amen.
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  • Now, let's look at this in the Amplified.
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  • Oh, Lord it's like how can I get this message out to the entire
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  • world?
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  • Just preach it 100 times, I guess.
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  • All right, now watch this.
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  • Read this with me.
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  • Put it on the screen so everyone can see it.
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  • Read this out loud with me, ready, read.
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  • Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself
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  • to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no
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  • cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately
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  • dividing
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  • [rightly handling and skillfully teaching]...
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  • Did you see that?
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  • All of a sudden that's got-- That scripture by itself has
  • 00:18:48.120 --> 00:18:52.040
  • gotten rid of this little thing that you know, "Well, I'm
  • 00:18:52.050 --> 00:18:54.240
  • a Christian.
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  • I can read."
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  • Just 'cause you can read doesn't necessarily mean you're rightly
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  • dividing it when you read it.
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  • I'm always dealing with these Christians who want to correct
  • 00:19:04.150 --> 00:19:09.050
  • you and say, "Well, my Bible says," and I'm thinking yeah,
  • 00:19:09.060 --> 00:19:13.150
  • but you're reading truth under the law.
  • 00:19:13.160 --> 00:19:16.280
  • So my question is are you living under the law?
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  • Or are you living under grace?
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  • 'Cause if you come to me and talk about, "Well, my Bible
  • 00:19:21.230 --> 00:19:24.190
  • tells me that the curse goes, you know, from-- to four
  • 00:19:24.200 --> 00:19:28.150
  • generations.
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  • And my Bible tells me about generational curses."
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  • And I'm thinking that's true under the law, but under grace
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  • we ain't talking about no generational curses.
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  • Under grace Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.
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  • Now we're talkin' about generational blessings.
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  • And I speak generational blessings over your life right
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  • now.
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  • I command generational blessings come to you right now
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  • in the name of Jesus.
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  • You see what I'm saying?
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  • We're not talking about no generational curses.
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  • Any preacher that comes up to you and says, "If you
  • 00:20:08.020 --> 00:20:10.140
  • don't do this, I'm gonna curse you."
  • 00:20:10.150 --> 00:20:11.280
  • He is an Old Testament, out-of-order prophet that is
  • 00:20:11.290 --> 00:20:15.270
  • obsolete, 'cause New Testament prophets don't put no curse
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  • on nobody.
  • 00:20:21.220 --> 00:20:27.050
  • For comfort, for exhortation, and edification, not cursing.
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  • "I'm a prophet.
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  • You do this again, I'm gonna curse you."
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  • You are of the devil, or you're tryin' to act like what was okay
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  • to do under the law.
  • 00:20:45.290 --> 00:20:50.160
  • You remember when Elijah prayed fire in 1 Kings?
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  • Fire to come down and consume 102 men.
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  • You remember that happened?
  • 00:20:58.240 --> 00:21:01.030
  • Now imagine somebody tryin' to do that today.
  • 00:21:01.040 --> 00:21:02.240
  • In fact, when Jesus was on the Earth, in Luke Chapter 9
  • 00:21:02.250 --> 00:21:06.070
  • his disciples tried that.
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  • In fact, they were goin' to Jerusalem, they had to go
  • 00:21:07.220 --> 00:21:09.250
  • through Samaria, and one of the disciples said they
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  • wouldn't let 'em have the meeting there, because there
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  • was some ongoing strife between the Samaritans
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  • and the Jews because of traditions and all that kind
  • 00:21:18.240 --> 00:21:20.260
  • of stuff.
  • 00:21:20.270 --> 00:21:22.020
  • And what happened was they said, "No, we're not gonna let you
  • 00:21:22.030 --> 00:21:24.050
  • have no meeting here.
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  • And you're goin' down there after you know what they did
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  • to us?"
  • 00:21:27.140 --> 00:21:29.020
  • And Jesus' disciples said, "Shouldn't we call fire
  • 00:21:29.030 --> 00:21:34.120
  • from heaven like Elijah did?"
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  • And you know what Jesus did?
  • 00:21:38.140 --> 00:21:39.130
  • He rebuked 'em.
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  • He said, "You don't know what spirit you are of.
  • 00:21:41.150 --> 00:21:45.130
  • That was okay then because men couldn't get their nature
  • 00:21:45.140 --> 00:21:50.060
  • changed, and they couldn't get born again, but now I'm here,
  • 00:21:50.070 --> 00:21:54.110
  • and the result of me being here is that men are going to be able
  • 00:21:54.120 --> 00:21:57.060
  • to get their nature changed and get born again.
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  • Don't you call fire down.
  • 00:21:59.130 --> 00:22:00.290
  • We don't need fire no more, because I am the hope
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  • of transformation in the life of those people."
  • 00:22:03.150 --> 00:22:08.280
  • See, so what truth are you preaching, obsolete truth
  • 00:22:08.290 --> 00:22:13.270
  • or present-day grace truth?
  • 00:22:13.280 --> 00:22:17.010
  • So he says here, you gotta rightly handle, watch this-- God
  • 00:22:17.020 --> 00:22:22.140
  • help me on this one-- skillfully teach.
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  • I just don't understand.
  • 00:22:26.010 --> 00:22:27.100
  • Some people stand and certain churches, and you know it's not
  • 00:22:27.110 --> 00:22:30.110
  • skillfully being taught.
  • 00:22:30.120 --> 00:22:32.200
  • You're just satisfied with them saying just enough so you can
  • 00:22:32.210 --> 00:22:35.010
  • shout.
  • 00:22:35.020 --> 00:22:37.010
  • And church has got to be more than you come into church
  • 00:22:37.020 --> 00:22:39.210
  • and just getting on somebody's nerve 'cause you shoutin' amen
  • 00:22:39.220 --> 00:22:42.160
  • every other sentence.
  • 00:22:42.170 --> 00:22:44.140
  • People tryin' to listen to the word, and you, "Amen,
  • 00:22:44.150 --> 00:22:47.000
  • amen, Amen, amen."
  • 00:22:47.010 --> 00:22:49.010
  • How 'bout shut up, shut up, shut up, and listen and listen
  • 00:22:49.020 --> 00:22:53.210
  • and listen?
  • 00:22:53.220 --> 00:22:55.240
  • I mean, you sound like some kind of programmed robot, "Amen,
  • 00:22:55.250 --> 00:22:58.150
  • amen, amen," because you picked it up from religion.
  • 00:22:58.160 --> 00:23:01.130
  • "Well, what's wrong with that?"
  • 00:23:01.140 --> 00:23:02.190
  • What's wrong with that is faith cometh by hearing, and if I
  • 00:23:02.200 --> 00:23:08.190
  • can't hear, it can't come, and you've got people
  • 00:23:08.200 --> 00:23:10.180
  • around you-- even in this church-- you've got people
  • 00:23:10.190 --> 00:23:12.060
  • around you tryin' to hear, but they can't hear because
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:15.110
  • you're tryin' to demonstrate that you religious.
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  • Amen, Pastor.
  • 00:23:19.000 --> 00:23:19.290
  • Amen.
  • 00:23:20.000 --> 00:23:21.030
  • You're a preacher-- One day you're gonna be sitting
  • 00:23:21.040 --> 00:23:24.070
  • around the wrong one, and they just got saved like last week.
  • 00:23:24.080 --> 00:23:30.080
  • It's not necessary.
  • 00:23:33.010 --> 00:23:36.120
  • It's not necessary.
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  • I certainly don't need it.
  • 00:23:39.040 --> 00:23:41.130
  • I'm completely delivered from the responses of people.
  • 00:23:41.140 --> 00:23:44.120
  • I don't need responses to let me know whether or not I'm doing
  • 00:23:44.130 --> 00:23:47.180
  • good.
  • 00:23:47.190 --> 00:23:48.180
  • I'm not tryin' to do good.
  • 00:23:48.190 --> 00:23:49.180
  • I'm on assignment.
  • 00:23:49.190 --> 00:23:50.260
  • I'm just tryin' to do what I've been assigned to do for the day.
  • 00:23:50.270 --> 00:23:52.270
  • I'm not looking for applause, and I'm not lookin' for you
  • 00:23:52.280 --> 00:23:55.130
  • to give me a perfect 10.
  • 00:23:55.140 --> 00:23:56.260
  • I'm going to preach what I need to preach, you can fall asleep.
  • 00:23:56.270 --> 00:23:58.260
  • It ain't my fault you falling asleep.
  • 00:23:58.270 --> 00:24:00.050
  • I ain't boring.
  • 00:24:00.060 --> 00:24:01.120
  • It ain't my fault, you just didn't go to bed early enough.
  • 00:24:01.130 --> 00:24:03.120
  • That's you.
  • 00:24:03.130 --> 00:24:09.130
  • That's religion, and I realize people get excited sometimes,
  • 00:24:12.000 --> 00:24:15.180
  • but that's religion.
  • 00:24:15.190 --> 00:24:16.230
  • We don't know how to honor the word when it's going forth,
  • 00:24:16.240 --> 00:24:21.000
  • because that religion got in, "Amen, amen, yeah, yeah, yeah,
  • 00:24:21.010 --> 00:24:26.090
  • yeah, yeah," especially when they got to a loud, squeaky,
  • 00:24:26.100 --> 00:24:29.120
  • irritating voice, "Yeah, amen, yeah, yeah," and you just
  • 00:24:29.130 --> 00:24:33.130
  • sitting up there, "Oh, god," and you're working
  • 00:24:33.140 --> 00:24:35.240
  • on temperance, like, "I could just choke the amen out of her.
  • 00:24:35.250 --> 00:24:39.060
  • If I can just choke all the amen, maybe I can get
  • 00:24:39.070 --> 00:24:41.150
  • the doggone notes.
  • 00:24:41.160 --> 00:24:42.150
  • I couldn't hear what he said."
  • 00:24:42.160 --> 00:24:44.240
  • And you sitting up there fighting strife instead of being
  • 00:24:44.250 --> 00:24:46.220
  • filled with the word.
  • 00:24:46.230 --> 00:24:47.240
  • Y'all know I'm telling you the truth.
  • 00:24:47.250 --> 00:24:48.290
  • That's why y'all quiet.
  • 00:24:49.000 --> 00:24:50.260
  • You're sittin' there lookin' at the person next to you like,
  • 00:24:50.270 --> 00:24:52.190
  • "Mm-hmm."
  • 00:24:52.200 --> 00:24:54.060
  • Now you want to shout, "Uh-huh, say it now, preacher."
  • 00:24:54.070 --> 00:25:00.090
  • Of course I'm not tryin' to put you in a bunch, but I'm just
  • 00:25:01.090 --> 00:25:02.290
  • just showing this is what religion has done, and then
  • 00:25:03.000 --> 00:25:05.230
  • skillfully teaching it.
  • 00:25:05.240 --> 00:25:08.010
  • We say amen to stuff that's not even correct.
  • 00:25:08.020 --> 00:25:14.020
  • We shout over truth that's obsolete from the law.
  • 00:25:14.290 --> 00:25:21.000
  • You can literally go to church and sit there and realize what
  • 00:25:21.010 --> 00:25:24.090
  • you're sitting in, and when you go to a church that's
  • 00:25:24.100 --> 00:25:28.030
  • under the law, all you gotta do is follow the breadcrumbs.
  • 00:25:28.040 --> 00:25:32.090
  • There is sin.
  • 00:25:32.100 --> 00:25:34.270
  • If the preacher is preaching a whole bunch of law, and every
  • 00:25:34.280 --> 00:25:37.290
  • time he stands up he says you don't need to commit
  • 00:25:38.000 --> 00:25:40.090
  • fornication, y'all need to be ashamed yourself committing
  • 00:25:40.100 --> 00:25:42.070
  • fornication.
  • 00:25:42.080 --> 00:25:43.090
  • He probably got some fornicating going on somewhere.
  • 00:25:43.100 --> 00:25:48.140
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  • Is it a performance-driven life, or is it a life depending
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  • on Jesus?
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  • In this series by Creflo Dollar, you will learn how your outlook
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  • on God will affect how you live your life.
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  • Creflo: He started the work, he's gonna finish the work, all
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  • will be well.
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  • He just needs you to believe, praise God.
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  • he commissioned you to do.
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  • but now the spirit of God lives in me,
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  • and he gives me power to do what I could not do on my own.
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  • I expect for me to grow in my grace.
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  • when things come up against us,
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  • we know that we comin' through.
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