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Loving the Wrong World

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July 21, 2019
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Dr. Tony Evans

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Loving the Wrong World

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  • - Tony Evans: In this series
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  • on the eternal perspective,
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  • I want to encourage
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  • and equip you to live the rest
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  • of your life victoriously.
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  • I want all of us to enter heaven
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  • with a celebration
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  • and not with a whole series
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  • of regrets.
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  • I want us to enter glory
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  • with hands raised high,
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  • because at this point
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  • in our lives we got it together.
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  • We started walking with God
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  • at a whole 'nother level.
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  • We started experiencing
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  • his power, doing his will,
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  • fulfilling his purpose,
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  • and engaging his priorities,
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  • and as a result we saw
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  • his presence, his power,
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  • his handiwork move
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  • in our different portions
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  • of our existence
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  • in a marvelous way.
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  • I wanna give you the secret
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  • of how to have a life down here
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  • that will matter up there,
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  • because the perspective of there
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  • transformed your life
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  • and my life down here.
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  • That's why we all need
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  • - Tony: God wants you
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  • to understand a principle.
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  • 1 John was written
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  • to Christians, so what
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  • I'm sharing with you today
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  • applies if you are a believer.
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  • The book is not telling sinners
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  • how to get saved,
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  • he's telling saints how to
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  • with God and how to lose it,
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  • and so he wants to unveil to us
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  • a number of principles
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  • that if you get it would
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  • be life-transforming on Earth
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  • because you're looking
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  • at your earthly existence
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  • from heaven's perspective.
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  • "Do not love the world,"
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  • so the first question
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  • we must answer is what
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  • do we mean by world?
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  • The Greek word is
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  • the word cosmos.
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  • When you talk about
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  • the physical cosmos,
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  • you're talking about the earth,
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  • but in this context he's talking
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  • about the spiritual cosmos,
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  • so he's not talking about
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  • the physical place.
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  • He's talking about
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  • the spiritual reality located
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  • on the physical place,
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  • and he calls that the world.
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  • The world can be defined
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  • as that system headed
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  • by Satan that leaves God out.
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  • The Bible says in 1 John
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  • chapter 5, verse 19
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  • that this world lies
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  • in the hand of the evil one,
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  • so the reason God doesn't want
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  • you to love the world
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  • is that his enemy runs it,
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  • because it is operated by Satan,
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  • so it's no wonder
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  • that he doesn't want us
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  • to love somebody that
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  • doesn't love him and actually
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  • doesn't love you either,
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  • if you love him.
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  • It is that organized system
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  • headed by Satan
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  • that leaves God out.
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  • World relates to a central theme
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  • surrounded by spokes.
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  • If I talk to you about
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  • the world of finance,
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  • well, I'm including banks,
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  • and I'm including credit unions,
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  • and I'm including
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  • savings account, and I'm
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  • including money in your pocket.
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  • I'm including the treasury
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  • of the United States,
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  • because all of those things
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  • have one thing in common:
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  • money.
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  • They're different aspects
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  • surrounding or plugging
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  • into one thing.
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  • So when God talks about loving
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  • the world, it only is talking
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  • about one thing,
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  • but it's got different spokes
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  • coming at it,
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  • and that one thing is
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  • that it leaves God out.
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  • It is that organized,
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  • pre-planned system
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  • that wants to draw you out from
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  • the will and the way of God.
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  • That's worldliness.
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  • It is Satan's job to get you
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  • to not merely be in the world,
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  • but to fall in love with it.
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  • Jesus made it plain in John 17.
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  • "Father, don't take them
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  • out of the world."
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  • You can be in it,
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  • you can benefit from it,
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  • you can utilize it,
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  • but what he does say
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  • is you are not to love it.
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  • That is, "When you are faced
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  • with a decision
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  • between me and this world order,
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  • the question is who you love?"
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  • because that will be reflected
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  • in the choice made.
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  • God does not want to compete
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  • with his archenemy, the devil,
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  • because this world lies
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  • in the hands of the evil one,
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  • and the evil one's goal
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  • is to get you to fall in love
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  • with the world.
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  • The Bible says in Romans 12:2,
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  • "Be not conformed
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  • to this world."
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  • The word conformed means
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  • to be pressured by it
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  • to exclude God.
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  • He says you are
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  • not to love this world.
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  • To love it is to seek
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  • it's good over
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  • and against God's will.
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  • He says do not love it,
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  • which means,
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  • "Don't leave me out.
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  • Don't exclude me.
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  • Don't choose it over me
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  • when you are faced
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  • with a decision."
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  • Why?
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  • Why is it a big deal
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  • that God does not want you
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  • to fall in love
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  • with the world?
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  • He tells you in verse 15,
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  • "If anyone loves the world,
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  • the love of the Father
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  • is not in him."
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  • He says there is a cost
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  • to loving the world,
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  • and that is the loss of the love
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  • of the Father.
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  • Please notice there are
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  • no exceptions here.
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  • He says if anyone,
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  • so it doesn't matter
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  • who you are from pulpit to pew.
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  • He says if you love the world,
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  • you lose Daddy,
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  • the love of the Father,
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  • 'cause he's talking
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  • to his children.
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  • He's talking to,
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  • as he says in verse 1,
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  • my little children.
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  • He's talking to believers,
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  • so a believer can retain
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  • and will retain
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  • his legal relationship with God
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  • while at the same time losing
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  • his experiential relationship
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  • with God.
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  • That is, you can
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  • never lose your salvation
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  • once you're truly born again,
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  • but you can lose your experience
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  • of the God who saved you.
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  • What he's saying is to love
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  • the world draws you from
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  • experiencing God's presence,
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  • love, and his will operating
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  • in your life.
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  • Galatians chapter 1, verse 4
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  • says God saved us to deliver us
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  • from this present world,
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  • so he did not save us
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  • to fall in love with the world.
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  • He actually saved us
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  • to deliver us from the world
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  • while we are still operating
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  • inside the world,
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  • so the question is
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  • The question is,
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  • do you want your Father?
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  • One of the reasons
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  • many Christians cannot
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  • and do not experience
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  • the manifest presence of God,
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  • his reality, in their lives
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  • is they still want to hold on
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  • to the world, demonstrated by
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  • the decision to leave God
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  • out of the equation.
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  • This is more than a feeling.
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  • It's a decision that, "God,
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  • you're not part of this one.
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  • I choose that world,"
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  • so the question is
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  • do you really want,
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  • do I really want,
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  • do we really want
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  • the closeness of God
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  • we talk about,
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  • the answers to prayers
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  • we desire,
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  • or do we want the world?
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  • He says, "Do not love the world,
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  • because you lose me."
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  • In fact, he said that more
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  • strongly in James 4:4.
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  • He says friendship with
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  • the world makes you
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  • an enemy of God,
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  • so not only do you lose
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  • the experience of God's reality.
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  • You now join Satan in becoming
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  • God's adversary,
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  • even though you're God's child.
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  • Friendship with the world
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  • puts you at enmity,
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  • in conflict with God,
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  • so not only are we
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  • not experiencing God,
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  • we're in perpetual battle
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  • Paul says in 2 Timothy
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  • chapter 4, verse 10, he says,
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  • "Demas has forsaken me
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  • because he's fallen in love
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  • with this present world."
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  • Today, we battle
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  • with this thing of worldliness
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  • because we want the world
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  • to like us.
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  • We want the world to accept us.
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  • We want the world to embrace us,
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  • when Jesus made it clear
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  • in John 15, verses 18 and 19,
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  • "If the world hates me,
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  • it will hate you."
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  • But we're so desirous
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  • that this world does not
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  • reject us that we embrace it,
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  • and we hold on to it,
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  • and we lose the love
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  • of the Father.
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  • That is, his experiential
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  • That's how the world is.
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  • It wants to crowd out the reason
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  • for the relationship with God,
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  • to begin with.
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  • None of those things
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  • are wrong in itself,
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  • unless they crowd out
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  • the relationship with God
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  • so that you love the things
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  • in the world.
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  • And he--
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  • please don't misunderstand.
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  • He's not talking about having
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  • the things in the world.
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  • the things in the world.
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  • - Tony: One of the great offers
  • 00:11:33.090 --> 00:11:36.090
  • of our savior, Jesus Christ,
  • 00:11:36.090 --> 00:11:38.010
  • is life plus abundant life.
  • 00:11:38.010 --> 00:11:41.000
  • That means a fulfilled life.
  • 00:11:41.000 --> 00:11:42.220
  • So many people are existing,
  • 00:11:42.220 --> 00:11:44.280
  • because they don't possess
  • 00:11:44.280 --> 00:11:46.050
  • the life of God.
  • 00:11:46.050 --> 00:11:48.030
  • If you don't know that you
  • 00:11:48.030 --> 00:11:49.200
  • possess the life of God,
  • 00:11:49.200 --> 00:11:51.050
  • let's get that fixed right now.
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  • Jesus Christ is offering you
  • 00:11:53.150 --> 00:11:55.140
  • his life.
  • 00:11:55.140 --> 00:11:56.240
  • The Bible says "He that hath
  • 00:11:56.240 --> 00:11:58.010
  • the Son hath life."
  • 00:11:58.010 --> 00:12:00.270
  • So if you want life,
  • 00:12:00.270 --> 00:12:01.280
  • not existence,
  • 00:12:01.280 --> 00:12:03.070
  • the forgiveness of sins,
  • 00:12:03.070 --> 00:12:04.280
  • the guarantee of heaven,
  • 00:12:04.280 --> 00:12:07.110
  • and having Jesus Christ involved
  • 00:12:07.110 --> 00:12:09.160
  • with your life on Earth,
  • 00:12:09.160 --> 00:12:11.030
  • all of that is in this package
  • 00:12:11.030 --> 00:12:12.110
  • called life.
  • 00:12:12.110 --> 00:12:13.130
  • And he's offering it to you
  • 00:12:13.130 --> 00:12:14.230
  • for free.
  • 00:12:14.230 --> 00:12:16.000
  • Now, not a lot is
  • 00:12:16.000 --> 00:12:17.060
  • for free today, but this is.
  • 00:12:17.060 --> 00:12:19.100
  • Life for free.
  • 00:12:19.100 --> 00:12:20.250
  • How do you get it?
  • 00:12:20.250 --> 00:12:21.280
  • You simply go to Jesus Christ
  • 00:12:21.280 --> 00:12:23.100
  • and trust him alone for it.
  • 00:12:23.100 --> 00:12:26.010
  • You don't work for it,
  • 00:12:26.010 --> 00:12:27.000
  • you don't earn it,
  • 00:12:27.000 --> 00:12:28.070
  • you don't go to church for it,
  • 00:12:28.070 --> 00:12:29.280
  • none of that can give you life.
  • 00:12:29.280 --> 00:12:32.110
  • Only the person of Christ
  • 00:12:32.110 --> 00:12:33.210
  • can give you life.
  • 00:12:33.210 --> 00:12:34.280
  • So I'm gonna pray a prayer.
  • 00:12:34.280 --> 00:12:36.060
  • You pray it after me.
  • 00:12:36.060 --> 00:12:37.080
  • You just have to mean it
  • 00:12:37.080 --> 00:12:38.020
  • for yourself.
  • 00:12:38.020 --> 00:12:39.130
  • Lord Jesus, I know I'm a sinner,
  • 00:12:39.290 --> 00:12:42.290
  • I know I can't save myself,
  • 00:12:43.000 --> 00:12:46.000
  • but you've offered me
  • 00:12:46.000 --> 00:12:46.260
  • the free gift of eternal life
  • 00:12:47.100 --> 00:12:50.100
  • in exchange for my sin,
  • 00:12:50.160 --> 00:12:53.160
  • so I place my sin
  • 00:12:53.160 --> 00:12:55.150
  • next to your cross believing
  • 00:12:55.150 --> 00:12:58.130
  • you died as my substitute,
  • 00:12:58.130 --> 00:13:00.270
  • and I receive now
  • 00:13:00.270 --> 00:13:02.010
  • the eternal life that you said
  • 00:13:02.010 --> 00:13:04.130
  • you would give me for free
  • 00:13:04.130 --> 00:13:07.040
  • if I came to you for it.
  • 00:13:07.040 --> 00:13:09.280
  • So I receive that now
  • 00:13:09.280 --> 00:13:12.020
  • and thank you
  • 00:13:12.020 --> 00:13:13.050
  • for my new salvation
  • 00:13:13.050 --> 00:13:15.050
  • - Tony: Why should you
  • 00:13:22.070 --> 00:13:23.030
  • not choose the world over God
  • 00:13:23.030 --> 00:13:25.130
  • in terms of your love?
  • 00:13:25.150 --> 00:13:28.150
  • He gives you three reasons.
  • 00:13:29.030 --> 00:13:32.030
  • He says for all that is
  • 00:13:32.030 --> 00:13:34.230
  • in the world,
  • 00:13:35.090 --> 00:13:38.090
  • for all that is in the world,
  • 00:13:38.280 --> 00:13:41.280
  • if Paul were writing
  • 00:13:41.280 --> 00:13:44.170
  • in our contemporary language,
  • 00:13:45.060 --> 00:13:48.060
  • Paul would say it ain't all that
  • 00:13:51.190 --> 00:13:54.190
  • and a bag of chips.
  • 00:13:55.030 --> 00:13:58.030
  • If Paul were writing this phrase
  • 00:13:58.030 --> 00:13:59.290
  • "all that is in the world,"
  • 00:13:59.290 --> 00:14:02.000
  • he would say it's not all
  • 00:14:02.000 --> 00:14:03.150
  • it's cracked up to be.
  • 00:14:03.150 --> 00:14:06.050
  • That's what he's saying.
  • 00:14:06.050 --> 00:14:07.140
  • All that's in the world.
  • 00:14:07.270 --> 00:14:10.270
  • He says the three things
  • 00:14:10.270 --> 00:14:12.070
  • that are in the world.
  • 00:14:12.070 --> 00:14:13.080
  • He said, "Let me tell you now."
  • 00:14:13.080 --> 00:14:14.070
  • He says, "They are
  • 00:14:14.070 --> 00:14:15.100
  • the lust of the flesh,
  • 00:14:15.100 --> 00:14:16.250
  • the lust of the eyes,
  • 00:14:16.250 --> 00:14:18.020
  • and the pride of life."
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  • It's what he says.
  • 00:14:19.160 --> 00:14:20.120
  • These are--he says,
  • 00:14:20.120 --> 00:14:21.110
  • "Let me tell you
  • 00:14:21.110 --> 00:14:22.040
  • what's in the world."
  • 00:14:22.040 --> 00:14:23.020
  • Everything in the world,
  • 00:14:23.020 --> 00:14:24.030
  • he says, falls into one
  • 00:14:24.030 --> 00:14:25.030
  • of these three categories.
  • 00:14:25.030 --> 00:14:27.280
  • First of all,
  • 00:14:27.280 --> 00:14:28.230
  • the lust of the flesh.
  • 00:14:28.230 --> 00:14:31.090
  • Lust means to crave
  • 00:14:31.090 --> 00:14:32.210
  • and to desire.
  • 00:14:32.210 --> 00:14:34.100
  • He says it is the craving
  • 00:14:34.100 --> 00:14:36.290
  • for pleasure outside
  • 00:14:37.060 --> 00:14:40.060
  • of the will of God.
  • 00:14:40.150 --> 00:14:43.150
  • The lust of the flesh
  • 00:14:43.150 --> 00:14:44.140
  • is the craving for pleasure
  • 00:14:44.220 --> 00:14:47.220
  • outside of the will of God,
  • 00:14:48.110 --> 00:14:51.110
  • either because the thing
  • 00:14:51.110 --> 00:14:53.000
  • in itself is wrong,
  • 00:14:53.000 --> 00:14:55.250
  • or the thing is right,
  • 00:14:55.250 --> 00:14:57.210
  • but you use it
  • 00:14:57.210 --> 00:14:58.170
  • in an illegitimate way.
  • 00:14:58.190 --> 00:15:01.210
  • The Bible makes it clear
  • 00:15:01.210 --> 00:15:03.290
  • drinking wine is not a sin.
  • 00:15:05.270 --> 00:15:08.270
  • Drunkenness is evil.
  • 00:15:10.210 --> 00:15:13.210
  • The Bible says sex
  • 00:15:13.210 --> 00:15:15.170
  • was given by God.
  • 00:15:15.170 --> 00:15:17.020
  • Immorality is evil.
  • 00:15:18.070 --> 00:15:21.070
  • But what Satan does is
  • 00:15:21.070 --> 00:15:23.030
  • he makes us fall in love
  • 00:15:23.030 --> 00:15:25.100
  • with the pleasure,
  • 00:15:26.110 --> 00:15:29.110
  • the desire for it,
  • 00:15:29.110 --> 00:15:31.090
  • so we fall in love with it,
  • 00:15:33.060 --> 00:15:36.060
  • and we lose the Father.
  • 00:15:37.250 --> 00:15:40.250
  • The lust of the flesh:
  • 00:15:41.180 --> 00:15:44.180
  • the desire
  • 00:15:44.180 --> 00:15:46.180
  • That is the illegitimate desire
  • 00:16:00.080 --> 00:16:02.230
  • for possessions.
  • 00:16:02.230 --> 00:16:05.110
  • Lust of the flesh,
  • 00:16:05.110 --> 00:16:06.210
  • the cravings of the body.
  • 00:16:06.210 --> 00:16:09.190
  • Lust of the eyes,
  • 00:16:09.190 --> 00:16:11.190
  • the craving for stuff.
  • 00:16:12.170 --> 00:16:15.170
  • Many who are sitting here today
  • 00:16:15.170 --> 00:16:17.050
  • are drowning in debt
  • 00:16:18.000 --> 00:16:21.000
  • because you had to have it.
  • 00:16:21.100 --> 00:16:24.100
  • The desire to have it
  • 00:16:27.070 --> 00:16:30.070
  • at the expense
  • 00:16:30.070 --> 00:16:32.030
  • of taking care of my family,
  • 00:16:32.030 --> 00:16:35.010
  • having my priorities straight.
  • 00:16:35.010 --> 00:16:36.260
  • Many cannot honor the Lord
  • 00:16:36.260 --> 00:16:38.130
  • with their finances
  • 00:16:38.130 --> 00:16:39.180
  • because they have to honor
  • 00:16:39.180 --> 00:16:40.220
  • Mastercard and Visa
  • 00:16:40.220 --> 00:16:42.230
  • and American Express,
  • 00:16:43.130 --> 00:16:46.130
  • 'cause I gotta have it.
  • 00:16:46.210 --> 00:16:49.210
  • And notice how Satan
  • 00:16:49.210 --> 00:16:52.030
  • stirs up the desire.
  • 00:16:52.030 --> 00:16:54.120
  • Every time you look at TV
  • 00:16:54.120 --> 00:16:56.240
  • you gotta have it,
  • 00:16:56.240 --> 00:16:58.240
  • so we wind up spending money
  • 00:16:58.240 --> 00:17:01.190
  • we don't have to get things
  • 00:17:01.190 --> 00:17:03.260
  • we don't need to impress
  • 00:17:03.260 --> 00:17:05.220
  • Then he says there is
  • 00:17:11.180 --> 00:17:12.270
  • the pride of life.
  • 00:17:14.120 --> 00:17:17.120
  • That is the illegitimate pursuit
  • 00:17:17.120 --> 00:17:20.050
  • of position, position,
  • 00:17:22.180 --> 00:17:25.180
  • so we connive to get ahead.
  • 00:17:28.190 --> 00:17:31.190
  • We lie and cheat to be promoted.
  • 00:17:32.240 --> 00:17:35.240
  • We hook up with folk
  • 00:17:35.240 --> 00:17:37.150
  • who can advance us
  • 00:17:37.150 --> 00:17:38.230
  • even though their value systems
  • 00:17:38.230 --> 00:17:40.170
  • don't agree with us,
  • 00:17:40.170 --> 00:17:43.030
  • just so we can get ahead,
  • 00:17:43.030 --> 00:17:44.200
  • 'cause after all we know
  • 00:17:44.200 --> 00:17:46.010
  • it's a dog-eat-dog world,
  • 00:17:46.010 --> 00:17:47.150
  • and that ain't no lie.
  • 00:17:47.150 --> 00:17:50.150
  • We know to get ahead
  • 00:17:50.150 --> 00:17:51.170
  • in this world you gotta
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:53.190
  • compromise your values.
  • 00:17:53.190 --> 00:17:55.040
  • You gotta compromise
  • 00:17:55.040 --> 00:17:56.080
  • your priorities.
  • 00:17:56.080 --> 00:17:57.090
  • You can't just be--
  • 00:17:57.090 --> 00:17:58.160
  • you can't be a Christian
  • 00:17:58.160 --> 00:17:59.180
  • and get ahead in this world.
  • 00:17:59.180 --> 00:18:01.270
  • And so the boastful pride
  • 00:18:01.270 --> 00:18:03.070
  • of life.
  • 00:18:04.010 --> 00:18:07.010
  • My desire to advance
  • 00:18:07.010 --> 00:18:08.180
  • independently of God,
  • 00:18:08.180 --> 00:18:10.030
  • and so we let our pride,
  • 00:18:16.130 --> 00:18:19.130
  • unwillingness to submit
  • 00:18:19.130 --> 00:18:21.040
  • below the mighty hand of God,
  • 00:18:21.040 --> 00:18:23.030
  • and we allow our pride
  • 00:18:23.030 --> 00:18:24.170
  • to cause us to love the position
  • 00:18:25.280 --> 00:18:28.280
  • outside of the will of God.
  • 00:18:30.180 --> 00:18:33.180
  • This was the same temptation
  • 00:18:33.180 --> 00:18:35.130
  • that Satan gave to Eve
  • 00:18:35.130 --> 00:18:37.020
  • in the garden.
  • 00:18:37.020 --> 00:18:39.050
  • It says when she saw the tree--
  • 00:18:39.050 --> 00:18:41.000
  • lust of the eyes--
  • 00:18:41.000 --> 00:18:42.250
  • and it was desirable
  • 00:18:42.250 --> 00:18:44.180
  • to make one--
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:46.150
  • that was the lust of the flesh--
  • 00:18:46.150 --> 00:18:48.270
  • to make one wise,
  • 00:18:48.270 --> 00:18:50.130
  • the pride of life.
  • 00:18:50.130 --> 00:18:51.130
  • "I can be as smart as God."
  • 00:18:53.270 --> 00:18:56.270
  • It was the temptation Satan gave
  • 00:18:56.270 --> 00:18:58.040
  • to Jesus in the wilderness,
  • 00:18:58.040 --> 00:19:00.050
  • turning stones into bread,
  • 00:19:00.050 --> 00:19:01.280
  • the lust of the flesh.
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:05.100
  • "Jump off of these buildings,"
  • 00:19:05.100 --> 00:19:07.130
  • the lust of the eyes.
  • 00:19:07.130 --> 00:19:08.150
  • "Let everybody see
  • 00:19:08.150 --> 00:19:09.100
  • you're Messiah.
  • 00:19:09.200 --> 00:19:12.200
  • Bow before me, and I will
  • 00:19:12.200 --> 00:19:14.050
  • give you all these kingdoms,"
  • 00:19:14.150 --> 00:19:17.150
  • the lust of possessions.
  • 00:19:17.150 --> 00:19:19.270
  • Pride of life.
  • 00:19:19.270 --> 00:19:22.180
  • He constantly--
  • 00:19:22.180 --> 00:19:23.270
  • See, he uses the world
  • 00:19:23.270 --> 00:19:25.170
  • to get our attention,
  • 00:19:25.170 --> 00:19:27.020
  • 'cause it looks so good.
  • 00:19:27.020 --> 00:19:28.140
  • It feels so good.
  • 00:19:28.290 --> 00:19:31.290
  • I wanna have it.
  • 00:19:31.290 --> 00:19:33.040
  • I gotta have it.
  • 00:19:33.040 --> 00:19:34.180
  • And don't get me wrong.
  • 00:19:34.180 --> 00:19:36.230
  • He is not condemning having it.
  • 00:19:37.080 --> 00:19:40.080
  • He's condemning loving it, and
  • 00:19:40.080 --> 00:19:43.010
  • you love it when it trumps him.
  • 00:19:44.160 --> 00:19:47.160
  • If it doesn't trump him and God
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:49.150
  • has given you the basis for it,
  • 00:19:49.150 --> 00:19:52.000
  • the Bible says in 1 Timothy 6
  • 00:19:52.000 --> 00:19:54.190
  • to enjoy the good things
  • 00:19:54.190 --> 00:19:56.100
  • that God gives you,
  • 00:19:56.100 --> 00:19:57.240
  • but not at the expense of God,
  • 00:20:01.040 --> 00:20:04.040
  • because you lose the Father.
  • 00:20:04.040 --> 00:20:05.140
  • So, the question is how bad
  • 00:20:05.140 --> 00:20:07.220
  • do you want him?
  • 00:20:07.220 --> 00:20:09.180
  • In 1 John chapter 2, verse 17,
  • 00:20:10.280 --> 00:20:13.280
  • you know why you shouldn't
  • 00:20:13.280 --> 00:20:14.250
  • love the world?
  • 00:20:14.250 --> 00:20:16.200
  • He says 'cause the world
  • 00:20:16.200 --> 00:20:18.020
  • is passing away
  • 00:20:18.040 --> 00:20:21.040
  • and also its lust,
  • 00:20:21.040 --> 00:20:24.030
  • but the one who does the will
  • 00:20:24.030 --> 00:20:25.210
  • of God lives forever.
  • 00:20:27.190 --> 00:20:30.190
  • He says don't love the world,
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:32.070
  • 'cause it's temporary.
  • 00:20:38.150 --> 00:20:41.150
  • You're loving something
  • 00:20:41.150 --> 00:20:42.160
  • that's gonna leave you,
  • 00:20:42.160 --> 00:20:44.220
  • or you're gonna leave it.
  • 00:20:47.010 --> 00:20:50.010
  • The world is passing away
  • 00:20:50.110 --> 00:20:53.110
  • and its lust.
  • 00:20:53.200 --> 00:20:56.200
  • You're falling in love
  • 00:20:56.200 --> 00:20:58.250
  • with something that's going
  • 00:20:59.150 --> 00:21:02.170
  • to lose its luster.
  • 00:21:02.170 --> 00:21:05.040
  • It's fading.
  • 00:21:05.040 --> 00:21:07.260
  • It's fading.
  • 00:21:07.260 --> 00:21:09.290
  • Know how excited you were
  • 00:21:09.290 --> 00:21:11.020
  • when you got that new car?
  • 00:21:11.020 --> 00:21:13.210
  • Had the smell.
  • 00:21:13.210 --> 00:21:14.280
  • You had to--kept it clean
  • 00:21:14.280 --> 00:21:16.090
  • even when it wasn't dirty,
  • 00:21:17.150 --> 00:21:20.150
  • because it fades.
  • 00:21:20.150 --> 00:21:23.060
  • That new house becomes a house.
  • 00:21:25.210 --> 00:21:28.210
  • New clothes become clothes.
  • 00:21:28.210 --> 00:21:31.180
  • They fade.
  • 00:21:31.180 --> 00:21:32.280
  • It's temporary, so don't act
  • 00:21:33.100 --> 00:21:36.100
  • like it does not fade.
  • 00:21:36.100 --> 00:21:39.070
  • Not only does it fade, we fade.
  • 00:21:43.280 --> 00:21:46.280
  • That's why we spend so much
  • 00:21:46.280 --> 00:21:49.070
  • time, money, and effort trying
  • 00:21:49.070 --> 00:21:51.120
  • There are some ladies here
  • 00:22:01.180 --> 00:22:02.160
  • with extensions.
  • 00:22:03.070 --> 00:22:06.070
  • "I ain't losing my hair.
  • 00:22:06.070 --> 00:22:07.130
  • It's my hair.
  • 00:22:07.130 --> 00:22:08.280
  • Some with double
  • 00:22:14.270 --> 00:22:15.220
  • and triple makeup.
  • 00:22:15.220 --> 00:22:16.220
  • "I ain't fading.
  • 00:22:16.220 --> 00:22:17.230
  • One of the reasons
  • 00:22:24.150 --> 00:22:25.070
  • I tried to lose some weight
  • 00:22:25.070 --> 00:22:26.070
  • is 'cause I needed
  • 00:22:26.070 --> 00:22:28.180
  • to not look like I was fading,
  • 00:22:31.180 --> 00:22:34.180
  • but no matter what you do,
  • 00:22:35.030 --> 00:22:38.030
  • this world is fading.
  • 00:22:39.140 --> 00:22:42.140
  • Don't act like it's permanent.
  • 00:22:44.240 --> 00:22:47.240
  • He wants us to live here,
  • 00:22:47.240 --> 00:22:49.280
  • work here, play here,
  • 00:22:49.280 --> 00:22:51.040
  • do all the things we do here,
  • 00:22:51.040 --> 00:22:52.200
  • but with an eternal perspective.
  • 00:22:52.200 --> 00:22:54.230
  • This world is fading away.
  • 00:22:54.230 --> 00:22:56.210
  • In other words,
  • 00:22:56.210 --> 00:22:58.060
  • don't love the wrong world,
  • 00:22:58.060 --> 00:23:01.030
  • 'cause this is not the one
  • 00:23:01.030 --> 00:23:01.270
  • you wanna love.
  • 00:23:01.270 --> 00:23:02.260
  • You wanna love the world
  • 00:23:02.260 --> 00:23:03.190
  • you're going to,
  • 00:23:03.190 --> 00:23:04.160
  • The further you go in the ocean,
  • 00:23:13.200 --> 00:23:15.210
  • the more pressure you're under.
  • 00:23:15.220 --> 00:23:18.220
  • You get to the bottom
  • 00:23:18.220 --> 00:23:19.150
  • of the ocean,
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  • and you're under so much
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  • pressure it can collapse
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  • a whole boat.
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  • A whole ship would be crushed
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  • because the pressure
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  • is so great.
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  • When we walk out that door,
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  • we're gonna hit pressure.
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  • When you go to work tomorrow,
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  • you're gonna be under pressure.
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  • They're gonna pressure you
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  • to think like they think,
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  • walk like they walk,
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  • talk like they talk.
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  • Yeah, you're under pressure,
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  • you're under pressure,
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  • and I don't wanna be
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  • super spiritual.
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  • It can be rough 'cause
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  • there is so much pressure,
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  • and the more secular your world,
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  • the more pressure you're under
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  • to conform to this world order,
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  • and like the bottom
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  • of the ocean, it seeks
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  • to collapse you into its image.
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  • But one thing the ocean can't do
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  • is collapse a submarine.
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  • A submarine can go all the way
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  • down to the bottom floor
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  • of the ocean,
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  • and everybody fine
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  • 'cause it's been pressurized.
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  • That means that the pressure
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  • on the inside is equal to
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  • or greater than the pressure
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  • coming at it
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  • from the outside,
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  • so there is so much pressure
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  • on the inside
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  • that the outside,
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  • while still pressuring,
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  • does not overrule
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  • what's taking place
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  • on the inside.
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  • You will--may not be able
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  • to change your co-workers,
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  • you may not be able
  • 00:24:49.030 --> 00:24:49.280
  • to change your environment,
  • 00:24:49.280 --> 00:24:51.180
  • you may not be able
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  • to change the circumstances
  • 00:24:52.140 --> 00:24:54.130
  • that are pressuring you,
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  • but if you get enough God
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  • on the inside,
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  • he can neutralize the pressure
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  • coming at you from the outside.
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  • That you can exist in that world
  • 00:25:04.160 --> 00:25:07.110
  • and you get that pressure
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  • on the inside
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  • when you live life--
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  • I live life--
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  • I live life--
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  • - Tony: This world,
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  • it's not home.
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  • We can live in it,
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  • we can benefit from it,
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  • we can even enjoy it,
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  • but what we can't do is love it.
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  • In other words,
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  • it can't be our chief affection,
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  • and you know, I know
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  • when we become worldly
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  • because we choose it
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  • over our spiritual priorities.
  • 00:26:05.060 --> 00:26:07.280
  • When the spiritual
  • 00:26:07.280 --> 00:26:09.060
  • takes second place
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  • to the material
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  • and the physical,
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  • then we're out of sync,
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  • out of alignment,
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  • and we're off base.
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  • And when that begins
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  • to happen,
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  • then we will wind ourselves
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  • veering from our faith,
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  • veering from our fellowship
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  • with God,
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  • veering from our experience
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  • of God in our prayers
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  • and in his provisions
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  • for our lives,
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  • because we've actually taken on
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  • another love that competes
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  • with our first love.
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  • God makes it plain we're
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  • supposed to be in the world.
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  • We're not supposed
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  • to be wandering off
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  • to Never-never* land,
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  • but we're not supposed
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  • to be of the world.
  • 00:26:50.020 --> 00:26:51.050
  • That is, we are not to adopt
  • 00:26:51.050 --> 00:26:52.260
  • its values.
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  • We're not to prioritize
  • 00:26:53.270 --> 00:26:55.220
  • its perspectives
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  • when they are in conflict
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  • with the real world,
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  • the eternal world,
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  • the world to come.
  • 00:27:02.060 --> 00:27:04.110
  • And so, like the world
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  • but don't love it.
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  • Be in it, but don't be of it.
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  • Utilize it, but don't be
  • 00:27:11.040 --> 00:27:12.270
  • used by it.
  • 00:27:12.270 --> 00:27:14.220
  • And remember the world is
  • 00:27:14.220 --> 00:27:15.270
  • that system headed by Satan
  • 00:27:15.270 --> 00:27:17.250
  • that leaves God out,
  • 00:27:17.250 --> 00:27:19.100
  • so whenever you and I
  • 00:27:19.100 --> 00:27:20.150
  • are tempted to leave God out,
  • 00:27:20.150 --> 00:27:21.260
  • at that moment,
  • 00:27:21.260 --> 00:27:23.100
  • even if you're in church,
  • 00:27:23.100 --> 00:27:25.000
  • you've become worldly.
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  • Let's leave this world
  • 00:27:27.000 --> 00:27:28.070
  • in the proper place.
  • 00:27:28.070 --> 00:27:30.160
  • Let's put the real world
  • 00:27:30.160 --> 00:27:31.250
  • in its proper place
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  • so that we live
  • 00:27:33.130 --> 00:27:34.050
  • so that we live
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
  • 00:28:05.180 --> 00:28:15.170
  • [music]
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  • [music]
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