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Ignighting Kingdom Prayer: The Prayer for Spiritual Power

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September 22, 2019
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Dr. Tony Evans

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Ignighting Kingdom Prayer: The Prayer for Spiritual Power

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  • - Tony Evans: You see, for many
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  • of us, the problem of us getting
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  • along with other people is
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  • our inability to get along
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  • with ourself.
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  • Everything visible and physical
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  • is preceded by something
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  • invisible and spiritual.
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  • The consequences we are dealing
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  • with in our lives, in our homes,
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  • in our culture, we are dealing
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  • with them because there is a gap
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  • between where God is
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  • and where we are.
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  • He wants to know that you want
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  • him and not just want his stuff.
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  • See, a lot of folk go to church
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  • to get God's stuff, but who
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  • don't want the God who gives it.
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  • So, if you're in distress,
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  • don't let that drive you away,
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  • draw you near.
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  • When you get close
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  • and want to live for him,
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  • want to please him,
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  • want to honor him,
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  • want to exalt him,
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  • want to draw near to him,
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  • then heaven opens up
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  • and he lets you find him.
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  • - Tony: We're talking about
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  • "Igniting Kingdom Prayer."
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  • We're talking about having
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  • heaven's power and authority
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  • operating in your life
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  • and in our realm.
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  • It is the divinely authorized
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  • methodology,
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  • the divinely authorized
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  • methodology to access
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  • heavenly authority
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  • for earthly intervention.
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  • Kingdom prayer is the divinely
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  • authorized methodology
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  • to access heavenly authority
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  • for earthly intervention.
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  • God established prayer
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  • as the means, the primary means,
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  • to draw down from heaven
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  • into history.
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  • One of the great prayers
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  • in the Bible about this subject
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  • of what I'm calling
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  • kingdom prayer is found
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  • in the familiar passage
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  • of Ephesians chapter 3,
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  • beginning with verse 14.
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  • I want to walk us
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  • through this prayer for power.
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  • This applies to all who hear
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  • who need power, want power,
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  • and you want heavenly authority
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  • for earthly intervention.
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  • Paul says in verse 14,
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  • "For this reason, I bow my knees
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  • before the Father."
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  • So, he enters into
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  • the humble posture of prayer.
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  • For what reason?
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  • Well, verse 13,
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  • he tells us he doesn't want them
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  • to lose heart.
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  • To lose heart means
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  • to become discouraged.
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  • To lose heart means
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  • to throw in the towel.
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  • To lose heart means
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  • to wanna quit, give up.
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  • The person that lives in
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  • a perpetual state of depression
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  • has lost heart.
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  • The person who goes to
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  • artificial means of surviving,
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  • drugs, alcohol,
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  • something deeper is going on.
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  • They have lost heart.
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  • And a myriad other ways
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  • of losing heart,
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  • becoming addicted
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  • to discouragement.
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  • That's what it means
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  • to lose heart.
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  • I wonder if there's anyone here
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  • this morning whose heart
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  • has been lost.
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  • Perhaps it's the marriage,
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  • perhaps it's the singlehood,
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  • but you've lost heart.
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  • He says, "For this reason,
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  • because I don't want you
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  • to lose heart,
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  • I bow my knee to the Father.
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  • I enter into a humble posture
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  • of prayer."
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  • He says, "And I do this
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  • from whom every family in heaven
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  • and on earth derives its name."
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  • So, if God is your Father,
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  • you are a Christian,
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  • this truth applies to you.
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  • If you're a believer and God is
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  • your Spiritual Father,
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  • then Paul says,
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  • "My prayer you can pray."
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  • So, this is not just
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  • for Paul the Apostle,
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  • it's for Joe Blow Christian
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  • who needs power,
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  • who is battling
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  • with losing heart,
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  • discouragement,
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  • wanting to quit, tired.
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  • He gives three principles here
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  • for experiencing heavenly power,
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  • heavenly authority
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  • through kingdom prayer,
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  • this heavenly authority
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  • for earthly intervention.
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  • The first principle is that
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  • if you want heaven's power,
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  • you must be cultivating
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  • spiritual intimacy.
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  • He says in verse 16 that
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  • he would grant you according
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  • to the riches of his glory
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  • to be strengthen
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  • with power through the spirit
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  • in the inner man
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  • so that Christ may dwell
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  • in your hearts through faith.
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  • He says if you're going
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  • to experience this power,
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  • there has to be
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  • an inner connection.
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  • If you're not
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  • connected intimately,
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  • then the flow of power
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  • can't get to you.
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  • If you are a believer,
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  • you don't have a power problem,
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  • but you could have
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  • a connection problem.
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  • And if the connection
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  • is not there,
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  • the power that you possess
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  • can't flow through.
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  • He says, "I pray that you
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  • will be strengthened with power,
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  • but it is in the inner man."
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  • It must happen in the inner man.
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  • In other words,
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  • most of the time we pray
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  • for stuff we need out there
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  • when God says it starts
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  • with what you need in here,
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  • the inner man.
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  • It is the degree to which
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  • the spiritual is connected
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  • with God that the flow of power
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  • from God
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  • gets transferred to you.
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  • So, no matter how much power
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  • you possess,
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  • if the connection is not right,
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  • the power that you possess
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  • won't flow in you and then
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  • through you to the circumstances
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  • you're in.
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  • He says it is the job of
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  • the Holy Spirit in the inner man
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  • to produce the power.
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  • He goes deeper to explain this.
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  • He says, "That Christ may dwell
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  • in your hearts through faith."
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  • That Christ may dwell
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  • in your hearts through faith.
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  • The Greek word for "dwell,"
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  • because you say, "Well,
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  • Christ is already in my heart.
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  • I'm already saved."
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  • No, that's not quite
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  • what that means.
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  • The Greek word "dwell" means
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  • to make oneself at home.
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  • To make oneself at home.
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  • So, if you put that phrase
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  • in the meaning of "dwell,"
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  • the word becomes more alive.
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  • If you want power
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  • in the inner man,
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  • then Christ must dwell.
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  • That is, not only be in you,
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  • but be at home inside of you.
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  • Jesus is inside every
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  • believer's house,
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  • but he doesn't necessarily
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  • feel welcome there.
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  • In order for you to have power,
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  • Christ must be at home,
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  • meaning the freedom to go
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  • into any room of your life
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  • that he chooses.
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  • The Holy Spirit will never be
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  • free to move if Christ
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  • can't be at home.
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  • That means that he must be
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  • welcomed into every room
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  • of your life and be free to take
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  • a tour whenever he wants to.
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  • Make yourself at home.
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  • But you say, "How can I ask
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  • Jesus to make himself
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  • at home with a dirty closet
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  • or a chaotic garage?"
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  • That's why he wants you
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  • to make himself at home there,
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  • so he can help you clean it up.
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  • Don't lock him out,
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  • invite him in so that
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  • he can straighten things out
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  • and transfer power
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  • in the inner man.
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  • If he becomes the one
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  • you are dealing with
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  • as a lifestyle,
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  • not as an event,
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  • you will have opened yourself up
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  • to power when you pray.
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  • - Tony: I studied the Bible
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  • in college for four years.
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  • I studied the Bible
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  • for four years working
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  • on my Master's degree,
  • 00:10:49.200 --> 00:10:50.250
  • another four years working
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  • on my Doctorate degree.
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  • And then, I've been preaching
  • 00:10:53.180 --> 00:10:54.160
  • all of these years
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  • and I'm still learning
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  • new things from this awesome,
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  • inexhaustible Book,
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  • the Word of God.
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  • That's why I'm so excited about
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  • the Tony Evans Study Bible
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  • and its accompanying work,
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  • the Tony Evans
  • 00:11:08.120 --> 00:11:09.120
  • Bible Commentary.
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  • It will take all of
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  • this training and this teaching
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  • and make it available to you
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  • to understand, utilize,
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  • and apply God's
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  • - Tony: So, the first thing is,
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  • you must pray with the priority
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  • of spiritual intimacy.
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  • You must be drawing near.
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  • Scripture says,
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  • "Draw near to me
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  • and I will draw near to you."
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  • So, forget power and
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  • heavenly authority if you're not
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  • pursuing intimacy.
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  • But if you are
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  • pursuing intimacy,
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  • that leads to the second thing
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  • that will give you
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  • heavenly authority
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  • while you're living on earth,
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  • as you do kingdom prayer.
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  • He says, "As you being,"
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  • second half of verse 17,
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  • "rooted and grounded in love,
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  • may be able to comprehend
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  • with all the saints
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  • what is the breadth, the length,
  • 00:12:30.240 --> 00:12:32.100
  • the height, the depth to know
  • 00:12:32.100 --> 00:12:33.180
  • the love of Christ
  • 00:12:33.180 --> 00:12:34.220
  • which surpasses knowledge,
  • 00:12:34.220 --> 00:12:36.120
  • that you may be filled
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  • to all the fullness of God."
  • 00:12:39.120 --> 00:12:42.120
  • The first thing is spiritual
  • 00:12:42.120 --> 00:12:43.160
  • intimacy, but the second thing
  • 00:12:44.220 --> 00:12:47.220
  • is expanded spiritual capacity.
  • 00:12:50.180 --> 00:12:53.180
  • That you might be filled
  • 00:12:53.180 --> 00:12:56.030
  • to the fullness of God,
  • 00:12:57.040 --> 00:13:00.060
  • so that you will experience
  • 00:13:00.060 --> 00:13:01.180
  • more of God.
  • 00:13:01.280 --> 00:13:04.280
  • Having God is one thing,
  • 00:13:04.280 --> 00:13:06.280
  • experiencing him is another.
  • 00:13:06.280 --> 00:13:09.210
  • So, he wants you to be filled
  • 00:13:09.210 --> 00:13:11.140
  • with the fullness of God.
  • 00:13:11.140 --> 00:13:14.080
  • He wants you to experience
  • 00:13:14.080 --> 00:13:15.200
  • more of what you already have.
  • 00:13:17.280 --> 00:13:20.280
  • He says that this experience
  • 00:13:20.280 --> 00:13:23.200
  • comes in a context,
  • 00:13:23.270 --> 00:13:26.270
  • being rooted and grounded
  • 00:13:26.270 --> 00:13:29.110
  • in love.
  • 00:13:31.110 --> 00:13:34.110
  • The Bible says that God is love.
  • 00:13:36.290 --> 00:13:39.290
  • He is loved by nature.
  • 00:13:43.100 --> 00:13:46.100
  • There is no such thing as love
  • 00:13:46.100 --> 00:13:48.170
  • without having an object
  • 00:13:48.170 --> 00:13:49.290
  • to love.
  • 00:13:49.290 --> 00:13:52.110
  • In other words,
  • 00:13:52.110 --> 00:13:53.030
  • love has to go somewhere.
  • 00:13:53.150 --> 00:13:56.150
  • Because God is a triune being,
  • 00:13:57.030 --> 00:14:00.050
  • three persons who are distinct
  • 00:14:00.190 --> 00:14:03.190
  • in personality,
  • 00:14:03.190 --> 00:14:04.190
  • yet one in essence,
  • 00:14:04.190 --> 00:14:06.170
  • the Godhead, Father, Son,
  • 00:14:06.170 --> 00:14:08.080
  • Holy Spirit, God has always had
  • 00:14:09.190 --> 00:14:12.190
  • someone to love.
  • 00:14:12.190 --> 00:14:15.070
  • God has never been alone
  • 00:14:15.070 --> 00:14:17.200
  • because of his triune nature.
  • 00:14:17.200 --> 00:14:20.100
  • So, he's always had somebody
  • 00:14:20.100 --> 00:14:23.080
  • to love and it's built
  • 00:14:23.080 --> 00:14:24.200
  • within his nature.
  • 00:14:25.120 --> 00:14:28.120
  • This is why the Christian God is
  • 00:14:28.120 --> 00:14:30.290
  • unlike other so-called deities
  • 00:14:31.080 --> 00:14:34.080
  • called god.
  • 00:14:34.080 --> 00:14:36.280
  • So, when we are operating
  • 00:14:36.280 --> 00:14:38.220
  • in a context of love,
  • 00:14:38.220 --> 00:14:40.270
  • we're operating
  • 00:14:40.270 --> 00:14:41.250
  • in a context of God,
  • 00:14:41.250 --> 00:14:44.190
  • 'cause God is love.
  • 00:14:44.190 --> 00:14:46.240
  • That is why God always wants you
  • 00:14:46.240 --> 00:14:49.050
  • in a context--
  • 00:14:49.050 --> 00:14:50.280
  • that's why he's gonna end
  • 00:14:50.280 --> 00:14:52.060
  • this prayer with, "God be glory
  • 00:14:52.060 --> 00:14:55.030
  • in the church,"
  • 00:14:55.030 --> 00:14:56.030
  • because one of the reasons
  • 00:14:56.030 --> 00:14:57.150
  • God expects every believer
  • 00:14:57.150 --> 00:14:59.150
  • to be part of a local church
  • 00:14:59.150 --> 00:15:01.260
  • is to be in a context
  • 00:15:01.260 --> 00:15:03.170
  • of expressing love
  • 00:15:03.170 --> 00:15:05.120
  • within his family.
  • 00:15:05.130 --> 00:15:08.130
  • So, God just doesn't want you
  • 00:15:08.130 --> 00:15:09.180
  • to come here for you,
  • 00:15:09.180 --> 00:15:10.180
  • he wants you to come here
  • 00:15:10.180 --> 00:15:11.150
  • for you and for others.
  • 00:15:11.220 --> 00:15:14.220
  • So, that's why,
  • 00:15:14.220 --> 00:15:15.130
  • if you want to be blessed
  • 00:15:15.130 --> 00:15:16.120
  • but are unwilling to be
  • 00:15:16.120 --> 00:15:17.130
  • a blessing, you can't be rooted
  • 00:15:17.130 --> 00:15:20.020
  • and grounded in love.
  • 00:15:20.020 --> 00:15:22.020
  • And if you're not rooted
  • 00:15:22.020 --> 00:15:23.000
  • and grounded in love,
  • 00:15:23.000 --> 00:15:24.250
  • you're not expanding
  • 00:15:24.250 --> 00:15:26.020
  • your capacity.
  • 00:15:26.020 --> 00:15:28.210
  • So, the first thing is
  • 00:15:28.210 --> 00:15:30.010
  • to be intimate.
  • 00:15:30.010 --> 00:15:31.130
  • The second thing is
  • 00:15:31.130 --> 00:15:32.170
  • to expand your capacity for God
  • 00:15:33.040 --> 00:15:36.040
  • to do more for you and in you.
  • 00:15:40.160 --> 00:15:43.160
  • The principle is simply this.
  • 00:15:43.160 --> 00:15:46.080
  • God will only give you as much
  • 00:15:46.080 --> 00:15:48.080
  • of God as you can handle.
  • 00:15:49.280 --> 00:15:52.280
  • God is not going to give you
  • 00:15:52.280 --> 00:15:55.270
  • what you can't handle.
  • 00:15:55.270 --> 00:15:58.140
  • So, if there's
  • 00:15:58.140 --> 00:15:59.080
  • no spiritual intimacy
  • 00:15:59.080 --> 00:16:00.270
  • and expanded spiritual capacity,
  • 00:16:00.270 --> 00:16:03.190
  • then no matter
  • 00:16:03.190 --> 00:16:04.200
  • how much you pray, it'll stop.
  • 00:16:05.290 --> 00:16:08.290
  • So, the first principle is,
  • 00:16:08.290 --> 00:16:11.090
  • you must prioritize
  • 00:16:11.090 --> 00:16:12.160
  • spiritual intimacy.
  • 00:16:12.170 --> 00:16:15.170
  • You must make time for God.
  • 00:16:16.050 --> 00:16:19.050
  • Make time for his Word.
  • 00:16:19.050 --> 00:16:21.250
  • Make time for prayer.
  • 00:16:22.000 --> 00:16:25.000
  • Then there must be
  • 00:16:25.000 --> 00:16:26.180
  • expanded capacity.
  • 00:16:28.180 --> 00:16:31.180
  • That's why sharing God's love,
  • 00:16:31.180 --> 00:16:34.040
  • sharing God's Word,
  • 00:16:34.040 --> 00:16:35.220
  • praying for others is key
  • 00:16:35.220 --> 00:16:38.020
  • to expanding the capacity.
  • 00:16:38.020 --> 00:16:40.290
  • If it's only about you,
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:42.170
  • you're not being rooted
  • 00:16:42.170 --> 00:16:43.270
  • and grounded in love.
  • 00:16:45.220 --> 00:16:48.220
  • When you begin praying
  • 00:16:48.220 --> 00:16:50.280
  • for spiritual intimacy,
  • 00:16:50.280 --> 00:16:53.080
  • and when you get expanded
  • 00:16:53.080 --> 00:16:55.050
  • in spiritual capacity,
  • 00:16:55.150 --> 00:16:58.150
  • now you're ready to experience
  • 00:17:00.200 --> 00:17:03.200
  • spiritual power.
  • 00:17:04.140 --> 00:17:07.140
  • Notice the most popular verse
  • 00:17:07.140 --> 00:17:10.040
  • in the book, "Now to him who is
  • 00:17:11.000 --> 00:17:14.000
  • able to do far more abundantly
  • 00:17:15.220 --> 00:17:18.220
  • beyond all that you--all that
  • 00:17:18.220 --> 00:17:20.260
  • we ask or think according
  • 00:17:20.260 --> 00:17:23.260
  • to the power that works in us."
  • 00:17:24.260 --> 00:17:27.260
  • Here is one of the most potent
  • 00:17:27.260 --> 00:17:30.000
  • statements about God's power
  • 00:17:30.120 --> 00:17:33.120
  • in the Bible.
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  • Let me say a few things
  • 00:17:38.000 --> 00:17:39.050
  • about this power.
  • 00:17:39.050 --> 00:17:40.050
  • First of all,
  • 00:17:40.050 --> 00:17:41.210
  • his power is personal,
  • 00:17:41.210 --> 00:17:44.110
  • "Now unto him."
  • 00:17:44.140 --> 00:17:47.140
  • This is personal power,
  • 00:17:48.060 --> 00:17:51.060
  • because God is a person.
  • 00:17:51.060 --> 00:17:53.230
  • He wants to be related to
  • 00:17:53.230 --> 00:17:55.210
  • personally.
  • 00:17:55.210 --> 00:17:57.140
  • He's not the force.
  • 00:17:57.270 --> 00:18:00.290
  • He's not this impersonal thing
  • 00:18:02.130 --> 00:18:05.130
  • that people talk about.
  • 00:18:05.130 --> 00:18:06.230
  • He is a personal God.
  • 00:18:06.230 --> 00:18:09.190
  • You see, the whole Trinity is
  • 00:18:09.190 --> 00:18:11.210
  • in this passage.
  • 00:18:11.210 --> 00:18:13.060
  • He talks about the Father,
  • 00:18:13.060 --> 00:18:14.160
  • he talks about dwelling
  • 00:18:14.160 --> 00:18:15.110
  • in Jesus Christ,
  • 00:18:15.110 --> 00:18:16.160
  • and he talks
  • 00:18:16.160 --> 00:18:17.040
  • about the Holy Spirit
  • 00:18:17.040 --> 00:18:17.290
  • and the inner man.
  • 00:18:17.290 --> 00:18:18.290
  • So, he's got the whole Trinity
  • 00:18:18.290 --> 00:18:20.270
  • in this passage.
  • 00:18:20.270 --> 00:18:22.060
  • "Now unto him."
  • 00:18:24.040 --> 00:18:27.040
  • This is what we call a doxology.
  • 00:18:27.250 --> 00:18:30.250
  • A doxology is a praise,
  • 00:18:32.060 --> 00:18:35.060
  • a concluding praise.
  • 00:18:36.020 --> 00:18:39.020
  • Power is tied to a person.
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:43.260
  • It is relationally driven.
  • 00:18:44.100 --> 00:18:47.100
  • His power is potent.
  • 00:18:48.150 --> 00:18:51.150
  • It's personal, but it's potent.
  • 00:18:51.150 --> 00:18:54.100
  • Notice the superlatives.
  • 00:18:55.060 --> 00:18:58.060
  • "Now unto him who's able."
  • 00:19:02.030 --> 00:19:05.030
  • Now, I know we like to say,
  • 00:19:05.030 --> 00:19:06.220
  • "Ain't he able?"
  • 00:19:08.030 --> 00:19:11.030
  • This refers to his ability,
  • 00:19:13.100 --> 00:19:16.100
  • because of course we're talking
  • 00:19:16.100 --> 00:19:18.070
  • about supernatural power.
  • 00:19:18.180 --> 00:19:21.180
  • We're not just talking
  • 00:19:21.180 --> 00:19:22.090
  • about what earth can do,
  • 00:19:22.090 --> 00:19:23.280
  • although much of what earth does
  • 00:19:23.280 --> 00:19:25.230
  • depends on the power of God,
  • 00:19:25.230 --> 00:19:27.130
  • but we're talking about
  • 00:19:27.130 --> 00:19:28.200
  • what he's able to do.
  • 00:19:28.200 --> 00:19:30.050
  • There are many verses that talk
  • 00:19:30.050 --> 00:19:31.230
  • about Jesus asked a blind man
  • 00:19:31.230 --> 00:19:33.240
  • one day, "Do you believe
  • 00:19:33.240 --> 00:19:35.040
  • I'm able to heal you?"
  • 00:19:37.040 --> 00:19:40.040
  • The book of Hebrews says,
  • 00:19:40.040 --> 00:19:41.160
  • "He's able to save
  • 00:19:41.160 --> 00:19:42.210
  • to the uttermost."
  • 00:19:43.130 --> 00:19:46.130
  • "Now unto him who is able,"
  • 00:19:47.190 --> 00:19:50.190
  • but he's able to do.
  • 00:19:52.090 --> 00:19:55.090
  • He's functionally able,
  • 00:19:55.090 --> 00:19:57.000
  • not theoretically able.
  • 00:19:57.000 --> 00:19:59.290
  • He has the ability
  • 00:19:59.290 --> 00:20:01.040
  • to perform his ability.
  • 00:20:02.150 --> 00:20:05.150
  • But then it gets gooder
  • 00:20:07.060 --> 00:20:10.060
  • because of the word "far more."
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:13.160
  • Somebody say, "Far more."
  • 00:20:13.290 --> 00:20:16.290
  • He's not only filled
  • 00:20:16.290 --> 00:20:18.120
  • with capacity and ability,
  • 00:20:19.050 --> 00:20:22.050
  • he is filled with capacity
  • 00:20:22.050 --> 00:20:23.170
  • and ability that can perform.
  • 00:20:23.270 --> 00:20:26.270
  • And when his capacity
  • 00:20:26.270 --> 00:20:28.040
  • and ability performs,
  • 00:20:28.040 --> 00:20:29.220
  • it is far more abundant
  • 00:20:29.220 --> 00:20:32.200
  • beyond all, that says,
  • 00:20:32.200 --> 00:20:35.160
  • "In excess," of what you ask.
  • 00:20:39.270 --> 00:20:42.270
  • So, he assumes you ask,
  • 00:20:42.270 --> 00:20:45.180
  • 'cause we talking
  • 00:20:45.180 --> 00:20:46.080
  • about kingdom prayer.
  • 00:20:46.080 --> 00:20:48.170
  • Jesus says,
  • 00:20:48.170 --> 00:20:49.180
  • and maybe we'll get into this
  • 00:20:49.180 --> 00:20:50.120
  • in one of the other sermons,
  • 00:20:50.120 --> 00:20:51.210
  • "You have not because
  • 00:20:51.210 --> 00:20:52.260
  • you ask not."
  • 00:20:54.160 --> 00:20:57.160
  • He says God is able to do
  • 00:20:57.160 --> 00:21:00.180
  • far beyond what you ask.
  • 00:21:01.200 --> 00:21:04.200
  • "Now unto him who is able to do
  • 00:21:04.200 --> 00:21:06.040
  • more than you can ask or think,"
  • 00:21:09.220 --> 00:21:12.220
  • but then he gives you
  • 00:21:12.220 --> 00:21:13.250
  • a condition,
  • 00:21:15.150 --> 00:21:18.150
  • "according to the power
  • 00:21:18.150 --> 00:21:19.280
  • that works within us."
  • 00:21:21.030 --> 00:21:24.030
  • Ah, he didn't do it
  • 00:21:24.030 --> 00:21:26.210
  • just 'cause you ask,
  • 00:21:26.210 --> 00:21:28.210
  • he checked what was happening
  • 00:21:28.210 --> 00:21:30.150
  • on the inside before he did
  • 00:21:30.150 --> 00:21:32.090
  • something on the outside.
  • 00:21:32.090 --> 00:21:35.090
  • See, if he's not prioritized
  • 00:21:35.090 --> 00:21:37.040
  • in your life,
  • 00:21:37.040 --> 00:21:39.040
  • if you just visit him,
  • 00:21:39.040 --> 00:21:40.100
  • give him a weekly visit,
  • 00:21:40.100 --> 00:21:42.080
  • he's not roaming the rooms of
  • 00:21:42.080 --> 00:21:43.200
  • your life, there is no capacity.
  • 00:21:44.040 --> 00:21:47.040
  • It's according to the power
  • 00:21:47.040 --> 00:21:48.280
  • inside that determines
  • 00:21:48.280 --> 00:21:51.040
  • how much is happening outside.
  • 00:21:55.150 --> 00:21:58.150
  • Many people want God to do
  • 00:21:58.150 --> 00:21:59.190
  • the supernatural
  • 00:21:59.190 --> 00:22:00.280
  • when there is nothing inside.
  • 00:22:03.000 --> 00:22:06.000
  • There is no kingdom priority,
  • 00:22:06.010 --> 00:22:09.010
  • kingdom orientation.
  • 00:22:10.160 --> 00:22:13.160
  • So, I'll close with an event
  • 00:22:14.160 --> 00:22:17.160
  • I've shared a number of times,
  • 00:22:17.160 --> 00:22:18.260
  • but it makes the point,
  • 00:22:18.260 --> 00:22:20.230
  • one time when we went
  • 00:22:20.230 --> 00:22:21.180
  • to Niagara Falls for vacation.
  • 00:22:25.160 --> 00:22:28.160
  • Many years ago,
  • 00:22:28.160 --> 00:22:29.120
  • we went and I drove all the way
  • 00:22:29.120 --> 00:22:30.180
  • from Dallas to Niagara Falls.
  • 00:22:30.180 --> 00:22:32.120
  • I don't advise you do that,
  • 00:22:33.290 --> 00:22:36.290
  • but we went all the way
  • 00:22:36.290 --> 00:22:37.220
  • to Niagara Falls.
  • 00:22:37.270 --> 00:22:40.270
  • Niagara falls has two sides,
  • 00:22:40.270 --> 00:22:42.180
  • an American side
  • 00:22:42.180 --> 00:22:43.120
  • and a Canadian side.
  • 00:22:43.120 --> 00:22:45.050
  • Our hotel was
  • 00:22:45.050 --> 00:22:45.290
  • on the Canadian side.
  • 00:22:45.290 --> 00:22:47.190
  • We got there late at night.
  • 00:22:48.280 --> 00:22:51.280
  • When we got into the hotel room,
  • 00:22:51.280 --> 00:22:53.220
  • I opened the curtain and way out
  • 00:22:53.220 --> 00:22:56.030
  • in the distance you could see
  • 00:22:56.030 --> 00:22:58.130
  • the Falls, 'cause it's lit
  • 00:22:58.130 --> 00:22:59.170
  • at night, and it was
  • 00:22:59.170 --> 00:23:01.240
  • a spectacle to behold.
  • 00:23:02.190 --> 00:23:05.190
  • I mean, it was just
  • 00:23:05.190 --> 00:23:06.290
  • awe-inspiring.
  • 00:23:06.290 --> 00:23:08.110
  • It was way out there,
  • 00:23:08.110 --> 00:23:09.280
  • couldn't hear it.
  • 00:23:09.280 --> 00:23:12.070
  • Could see it enough
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:13.200
  • that it was impressive.
  • 00:23:13.200 --> 00:23:16.040
  • So, I was impressed by it.
  • 00:23:16.090 --> 00:23:19.090
  • The next morning,
  • 00:23:19.090 --> 00:23:20.130
  • we went to the Falls.
  • 00:23:20.150 --> 00:23:23.150
  • On the Canadian side
  • 00:23:23.150 --> 00:23:24.190
  • of the Falls is a park.
  • 00:23:24.280 --> 00:23:27.280
  • We stood in the park on
  • 00:23:27.280 --> 00:23:29.210
  • the Canadian side of the Falls.
  • 00:23:30.020 --> 00:23:33.020
  • Oh, but this was different
  • 00:23:33.020 --> 00:23:35.140
  • than the hotel room,
  • 00:23:35.140 --> 00:23:38.100
  • 'cause I can hear it,
  • 00:23:38.100 --> 00:23:40.080
  • the thunder of the roar
  • 00:23:40.080 --> 00:23:41.210
  • of the water going over
  • 00:23:41.210 --> 00:23:42.270
  • the Falls and hitting the basin
  • 00:23:42.270 --> 00:23:44.120
  • of the Falls.
  • 00:23:44.120 --> 00:23:46.170
  • And so, it hit with such force
  • 00:23:46.170 --> 00:23:48.230
  • that the wind would blow up
  • 00:23:48.230 --> 00:23:50.190
  • little drops of water,
  • 00:23:50.190 --> 00:23:52.100
  • even across the street
  • 00:23:52.100 --> 00:23:53.250
  • to the park,
  • 00:23:53.250 --> 00:23:54.130
  • and you would feel little drops
  • 00:23:54.130 --> 00:23:56.030
  • of water every now and then.
  • 00:23:56.030 --> 00:23:58.110
  • So, in the hotel room I was
  • 00:23:58.110 --> 00:23:59.270
  • impressed by it, but in the park
  • 00:23:59.270 --> 00:24:02.120
  • I got a little feel of it,
  • 00:24:03.050 --> 00:24:06.050
  • 'cause I was close enough
  • 00:24:06.050 --> 00:24:07.030
  • to hear it,
  • 00:24:07.030 --> 00:24:08.110
  • and every now and then I got
  • 00:24:08.110 --> 00:24:10.110
  • a drop of water on me 'cause
  • 00:24:10.110 --> 00:24:12.160
  • I was now in the vicinity.
  • 00:24:13.010 --> 00:24:16.010
  • But now there's another way
  • 00:24:16.010 --> 00:24:17.020
  • you can see the Falls.
  • 00:24:17.020 --> 00:24:19.080
  • It's called,
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  • "The Maid of the Mist".
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  • These are boats down
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  • in the basin of the Falls.
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  • Now, if you go to the boat
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  • in the basin of the Falls,
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  • they going to give you
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  • a raincoat and an umbrella,
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  • 'cause now you getting ready
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  • to get drenched
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  • 'cause you're down there
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  • in the basin of the Falls,
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  • so you're gonna be overwhelmed
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  • with the power.
  • 00:24:42.170 --> 00:24:45.130
  • See, some Christians relate
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  • to Jesus from the hotel room
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  • of their lives.
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  • They're impressed by him
  • 00:24:52.130 --> 00:24:54.150
  • at a distance.
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  • They don't ever hear anything.
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  • God never speaks to them.
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  • The supernatural is rare
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  • if ever,
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  • but they'll go to church 'cause
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  • they're impressed with Jesus.
  • 00:25:05.050 --> 00:25:08.050
  • Some Christians relate
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  • to Jesus from the park.
  • 00:25:10.270 --> 00:25:13.270
  • They're a lot closer
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  • than the hotel room,
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  • and every now and again,
  • 00:25:16.280 --> 00:25:19.280
  • they'll get a drop here
  • 00:25:19.280 --> 00:25:21.200
  • and a drop there.
  • 00:25:21.200 --> 00:25:24.030
  • But there are those few
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  • who are not satisfied
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  • with the hotel room.
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  • There are those few who
  • 00:25:29.170 --> 00:25:30.140
  • are not satisfied with the park,
  • 00:25:30.190 --> 00:25:33.190
  • because they wanna
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  • get drenched.
  • 00:25:34.210 --> 00:25:36.250
  • They want a raincoat
  • 00:25:36.250 --> 00:25:38.130
  • and an umbrella,
  • 00:25:38.130 --> 00:25:39.290
  • 'cause they gonna take
  • 00:25:39.290 --> 00:25:40.230
  • the risk of getting close.
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  • So, the question
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  • on the floor today is,
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  • how much God do you want?
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  • Because he will only give you as
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  • much of God that you can handle.
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  • Spiritual intimacy should lead
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  • to expanded spiritual capacity.
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  • Spiritual capacity brings on
  • 00:26:00.280 --> 00:26:03.020
  • more spiritual power,
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  • so that God gets glory
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  • as he blows your mind
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  • with the supernatural.
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  • So, I invite you to ignite
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  • kingdom prayer in your life
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  • so that you can give testimony
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  • that he's real.
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  • He's real, 'cause I've seen him
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  • - Tony: Our spiritual power is
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  • directly related to the level
  • 00:26:39.230 --> 00:26:42.230
  • of our spiritual intimacy.
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  • We cannot experience
  • 00:26:46.240 --> 00:26:48.080
  • the authority of God
  • 00:26:48.080 --> 00:26:49.220
  • operating in, to,
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  • and through our lives
  • 00:26:50.270 --> 00:26:52.100
  • if we have a long distance
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  • relationship.
  • 00:26:53.280 --> 00:26:55.250
  • You know, just like when
  • 00:26:55.250 --> 00:26:56.260
  • we're driving a car and you get
  • 00:26:56.260 --> 00:26:58.110
  • too far away from the signal,
  • 00:26:58.110 --> 00:27:01.090
  • things get choppy.
  • 00:27:01.090 --> 00:27:02.170
  • There's a lot of static
  • 00:27:02.170 --> 00:27:03.140
  • on the line
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  • and you don't pick up things
  • 00:27:04.190 --> 00:27:07.000
  • clearly.
  • 00:27:07.000 --> 00:27:08.130
  • When we get too far from God,
  • 00:27:08.130 --> 00:27:10.270
  • what he wants to do,
  • 00:27:10.270 --> 00:27:12.040
  • that exceedingly great power
  • 00:27:12.040 --> 00:27:14.150
  • that he wants to demonstrate
  • 00:27:14.150 --> 00:27:15.280
  • in our lives, we don't see it.
  • 00:27:15.280 --> 00:27:18.250
  • We don't pick up the signal.
  • 00:27:18.250 --> 00:27:20.000
  • There's a lot of static
  • 00:27:20.000 --> 00:27:20.250
  • on the line.
  • 00:27:20.250 --> 00:27:22.150
  • If you really want to experience
  • 00:27:22.150 --> 00:27:23.210
  • God's power,
  • 00:27:23.210 --> 00:27:25.100
  • increase your passionate pursuit
  • 00:27:25.100 --> 00:27:28.050
  • of intimacy.
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  • Then you won't have to look
  • 00:27:30.000 --> 00:27:30.280
  • for his power,
  • 00:27:30.280 --> 00:27:32.080