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The Protection of Prayer

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November 22, 2020
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Dr. Tony Evans is known as a relevant expositor and is a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

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  • Tony Evans: You only haveone source.
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  • You've got a lot of resources,a lot of mechanisms
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  • that God can use to bringhis provision to you,
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  • but you only have one source.
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  • Don't ever let a resource becomea source because it can't be.
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  • When God is your only source,he is the one you look to
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  • for your provision.
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  • Always look to him,and then give thanks
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  • because you know somebodywho's able to meet you
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  • at every level of need,and that is your great God
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  • who cares about you.
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  • Remember, when you seekfirst his kingdom
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  • and his righteousness,because he already knows
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  • what you need, he can cover youat every point of your life.
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  • Tony: "Lead us notinto temptation,
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  • but deliver us from evil."
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  • This line in the Lord's Prayeris a request for protection.
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  • It is a request for Godto protect you.
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  • To understand that,you must understand that
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  • when the devil brought sininto the world,
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  • he not only affected people,
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  • he infected and affectedthe systems of this world.
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  • So you and I need to beprotected from every kind
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  • of influence that the devil hasin every system
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  • to which he is associated,
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  • and he is associatedwith every system that exists.
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  • So the prayer request is thatwe will be protected
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  • from the evil one and not ledinto anything that would keep us
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  • from experiencing whatwe have prayed thus far.
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  • If he leads us into temptationso that we adopt evil,
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  • we do not qualifyto hallow his name.
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  • We will be unable to servicehis kingdom.
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  • We will refuse to submitto his will,
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  • which will interruptour provision and dumb down
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  • the opportunity for forgiveness.
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  • And so, he is asking that we beprotected from the evil one.
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  • Let me put it another way.
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  • Satan's goal is to break us upfrom fellowship with God,
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  • because if he can accomplishthat he can mess up
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  • everything else.
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  • He says, "Lead us notinto temptation."
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  • Now, the concept of temptationin Scripture can be
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  • positive or negative.
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  • When we try to makethe distinction,
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  • we use the word "trials"to describe positive,
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  • and we use the word "temptation"and generally we mean
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  • something negative.
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  • But it can be used either wayand the context will tell you
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  • which way it's being used.
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  • We know it's being usednegatively here
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  • because he's askingfor deliverance
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  • from the evil one.
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  • But why would you haveto ask God to lead you not
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  • into temptation?
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  • James 1:13 says, "God does nottempt any man,"
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  • but here you're making a requestfor God to not lead you
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  • into a temptation,so let's go a little deeper.
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  • What God leads youinto are trials.
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  • Trials areadverse circumstances,
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  • negative things that happen,that are designed
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  • to develop you spiritually.
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  • A trial is a negative eventthat God causes or God allows,
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  • but every trial is onlyfor one purpose, and that is
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  • to grow you spiritually,to mature you spiritually,
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  • to drive you to Godat another level,
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  • and to take you to the nextspiritual place God has for you.
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  • When God brings an issuein your life,
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  • not a sin you're committingbut a circumstance
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  • that is not in your favor,you are to view it as a trial.
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  • You are to not mistake the handof God for the hand of man.
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  • In other words, don't just thinkit's the people,
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  • it's the situation,it's the circumstance.
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  • If God let it go from his heart,through his fingers,
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  • into your life, you view itas a trial.
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  • Satan doesn't want youto look at it as a trial
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  • because then you'll missthe developmental purpose
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  • of God allowing itto happen.
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  • The Bible is clearin Isaiah 38, verse 17,
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  • "Your afflictions arefor your good."
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  • 1 Peter 1, verses 6 and 7,"In a trial,
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  • God is calling your faithto the witness stand."
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  • So a trial is designedto develop you.
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  • Now, a temptation by the devilis designed to defeat you.
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  • God has designed the negativeexperience to develop you.
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  • Satan brings temptation in orderto defeat you spiritually
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  • and separate you--you'll seewhat I mean in a moment--
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  • further from God.
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  • Now, here is the problem.
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  • Trials and temptations oftenhappen around the same event.
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  • In other words,most of the things we deal with
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  • is not a trial over hereand a temptation over there.
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  • Now, we know certain things,you know,
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  • they're just so obviousthat they're temptations,
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  • but what Satan does is,he piggybacks on a trial to try
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  • to turn it into a temptation.
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  • So he will take somethingthat God makes legitimate,
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  • mix with it, messes with it,to turn a trial that God wanted
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  • to develop us into a temptationin order to defeat us.
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  • So you say, "Well, I don't knowwhether this is a trial
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  • or a temptation."
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  • Assume it's bothbecause God will often use
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  • the devil for a trial.
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  • And when God usesthe devil for a trial,
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  • the devil takes God's use of himfor a trial to try to use it
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  • for himself for a temptation.
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  • Matthew chapter 4, verse 1,"The Spirit of the Lord
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  • led Jesus into the wildernessto be tempted by the devil."
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  • The Spirit of the Lordled the Son of God
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  • into the dry place of testingin order for the devil
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  • to tempt him.
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  • So God put Jesusin Satan's territory
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  • for Satan to mess with Jesus.
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  • God's goal was to show Jesuspassing the test.
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  • Satan's goal was to make Jesusfail the test.
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  • But it was the same test atthe same time in the same place,
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  • okay?
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  • Job chapter 1, Satan said,
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  • "The only reason Job serves youis 'cause you give him stuff.
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  • You take away his stuff andI'll be you he will curse you."
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  • God says, "I'm gonna let youtest him."
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  • But Satan tempted him.
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  • He tempted him to curse God.
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  • Job was being tested by God,"Are you gonna praise me
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  • when things aren't going well?
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  • Are you gonna praise mewhen things are going left
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  • or are you going to let my testthat I allowed Satan to tempt
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  • cause you to curse me?"
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  • So when life hits you andyou're being tested and tempted,
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  • the question is,which way are you gonna go?
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  • Are you gonna go with God asa test or with Satan as a tempt?
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  • Because they often both happenat the same time.
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  • So then, what God is afteris seeing in a test
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  • how serious your commitment is,and to, when you pass the test,
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  • take youto the next spiritual level.
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  • Satan simultaneously will usethat or something else
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  • in order to drive a web--a wedge between us
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  • and the Lord so thatwe do not have the full presence
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  • and power of him with us.
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  • So yes, I hate to tell you this,but God does use the devil
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  • to grow you.
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  • God does use the devilto grow you.
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  • You remember Peter?
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  • The Bible says in Luke 22,Jesus said to Peter,
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  • "Satan has asked us.
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  • Satan came to us and asked usto allow him to sift you
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  • like wheat."
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  • Peter said,
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  • "Well, that's not gonna happento me 'cause I'm your main man."
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  • He says, "Everybody elsewill walk away from you,
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  • but not me."
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  • Jesus said,"Before the cock crows,
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  • you will deny me three times.
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  • You are not all thatand a bag of chips.
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  • So I am going to allow Satanto break you down
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  • so that I can raise you up,because until I break you,
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  • I can't make you.
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  • So I'm going to let the devildo my dirty work."
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  • So sometimes you will say,
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  • "Why is the devildoing this to me?"
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  • It may be becauseGod has invited him to,
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  • or at least allowed him to,because he will test,
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  • even using the devil, who will--and simultaneously tempt.
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  • And the question you stand on iswhich way are you going to go.
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  • Are you going to follow Godwhen it doesn't make sense,
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  • when you don't like it?
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  • That was Job's choice andJob had to make the decision.
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  • He said, "Shall I receive goodfrom the Lord and praise him
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  • only during the good times,and not negative
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  • from the Lord and not praise himduring the negative times?"
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  • And so he says, "Lead us notinto any situation
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  • we can't handle."
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  • That's what, "Lead us notinto temptation," means.
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  • Don't put me--don't give me a trial
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  • where I will be overrunby a temptation.
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  • Or if I've already been beat upby the devil,
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  • if I'm already defeated by him,"Deliver us from evil."
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  • So the first part is,"Keep me from getting into
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  • a situation I can't handle,"and then second part is,
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  • "If I've already gotten intoa situation I can't handle,
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  • get me out of this situationthat I can't handle.
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  • Deliver me from evil."
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  • That is, from the evil one.
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  • Well, now that means we needto learn how temptation works.
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  • How does it work?
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  • James chapter 1, verses 14to 15 lays it out.
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  • He says,"But each one is tempted
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  • when he is carried awayand enticed by his own lust.
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  • Then when lust has conceived,it gives birth to sin.
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  • And when sin is accomplished,it brings forth death."
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  • In those two verses,
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  • he gives you the patternof temptation.
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  • The pattern of temptationalways starts with desire,
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  • enticed by his lust.
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  • The word "lust" means desire.
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  • What Satan does is he createsa craving for something
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  • outside of the will of God.
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  • He wants you to want it.
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  • In Adam and Eve in the Garden,he told them--God told them,
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  • "Don't eat of the fruitin the midst of the garden."
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  • But when Satan talked to Eve,it said,
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  • "When she saw I was delightful,and desirable,
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  • and was able to make one wise,she ate it,"
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  • because he created desire.
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  • You have been assigned a demon.
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  • They know how you move,what you like,
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  • what you are geared to,what you are desirous of.
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  • They know what you are thinkingand how you operate,
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  • so they know the precise timeto bring that thing,
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  • that situation, that person,that problem
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  • into you to create a desire.
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  • Now, what we do is--what we dois we dumb down how bad it is,
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  • and so he starts offwith desire designed to entice.
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  • Satan always has a hooktied to the delicious thing
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  • he happens to be offering you.
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  • But Satan is not gonna show youthe hook.
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  • He's just gonna show youhow well it tastes
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  • until he gets you hooked.
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  • And when he gets you hooked,he reels you in
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  • in order to slice you up.
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  • But he has to make it look goodon the front end.
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  • Please notice something.
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  • In verse 15,"When lust has conceived,
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  • it gives birth to sin."
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  • So he talks about a pregnancy,conceiving.
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  • Notice, he didn't callthe desire "sin."
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  • He called when it conceives,it becomes sin.
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  • Okay, so let me help makeyou feel just a little better.
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  • The fact that your fleshwants to sin
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  • is not the problem becausethat's what the flesh does.
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  • You can't--you cannot stopthe flesh
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  • from wanting to be fleshly.
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  • He calls the decisionto act on it the problem.
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  • So in one sense,you can feel a little better
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  • about the fact that your fleshcan never become unfleshly.
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  • It can never become unfleshlybecause it's been trained
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  • that way.
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  • And to varying degreesas you grow,
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  • it loses its dominance butit never stops being the flesh.
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  • But when you act on it--wanting chocolate cake
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  • is not the problem.
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  • You don't gain weightfrom wanting chocolate cake.
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  • You gain weight from eatingchocolate cake.
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  • When the flesh wants to sin,it's because that's what
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  • the flesh wants to do.
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  • But when you make the decisionto act on it,
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  • he says that iswhen it's conceived.
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  • No woman gets pregnantwith an egg alone.
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  • There's got to be a conceivingthat takes place
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  • for it to birth into something.
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  • And then he says, when Satanhas accomplished his goal
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  • and temptation,you're gonna have a baby.
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  • And he gives the baby his name:death.
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  • Sin brings forth death--let meexplain this--all the time.
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  • There are no exceptions to this.
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  • But when he says "death,"he's not talking
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  • about being in a coffin.
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  • When Adam and Eve sinned,they didn't drop dead.
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  • They lived for many,many years after that.
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  • What happenedwhen they sinned was
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  • they were put outof God's presence.
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  • They were removedfrom the Garden.
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  • So the word "death" in the Bibledoes not mean nonexistence.
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  • It means separation.
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  • So when Satan can tempt usto sin,
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  • he then separates us from God.
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  • And when we get separated,even as Christians, from God,
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  • there is no power in our life,
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  • there is no victory in our life,there is no deliverance
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  • in our life, there's no answeredprayers in our life
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  • because God is offin the distance
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  • because he can't fellowshipwith us in our sin.
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  • That raises a question.
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  • Here it is.
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  • Okay, what do I do?
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  • The prayer is, you pray,
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  • "Lead me not into anythingI can't handle."
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  • You don't give sin the attentionthat it asks for, okay?
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  • Chapter 1 of James,he says in verse 16,
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  • "Do not be deceived,my beloved brethren."
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  • So he's talking to Christians,"My beloved brethren."
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  • This is for Christians.
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  • "Every good thing givenand every perfect gift is
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  • from above, coming downfrom the Father of light,
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  • with whom there is novariation or shifting shadow.
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  • In the exercise of his will,he brought us forth
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  • by the Word of truthso that we would be
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  • a kind of first fruitsamong his creatures."
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  • He's gonna say four thingsand they all revolve
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  • around one word, "focus."
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  • You must change your focus.
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  • What you are focusing on willdetermine what will control you.
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  • Focus.
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  • He says focus on four things.
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  • Number one,focus on the goodness of God.
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  • "Every good and perfect giftcometh from above."
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  • When you see sin or the deviltrying to tempt you to sin
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  • or you're caught in sin,he says recognize it,
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  • but that's not where you putyour focus.
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  • We want you to put your focuson how good God has been to you.
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  • How do you focuson the goodness of God?
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  • You enter into a timeof thanksgiving.
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  • Lord, I wanna thank youthat you did this.
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  • Thank you that whenI was almost killed,
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  • you saved my life back there.
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  • Thank you for this.Thank you for that.
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  • I wanna thank you for your--yeah, I got this sin problem.
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  • I got this Satan problem.
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  • But I'm gonna look at Godand I just wanna enter
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  • into a season of thanksgivingon the goodness of God.
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  • Number two, focuson the faithfulness of God.
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  • He said, "Because in Godthere is no shifting shadow,"
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  • or as he puts it in the verse,he says, "The Father of light,
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  • with whom there is no variationor shifting shadow."
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  • Okay, let's talk about light.
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  • There has never been a timewhere the sun has not
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  • and does not shine,so the sun is consistent.
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  • It's the turning of the earththat produces the shadow.
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  • He says if you're gonnahave victory,
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  • you must focus on the Godwho does not move,
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  • not the circumstancesthat are always moving.
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  • You can't skip whatyou're dealing with,
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  • but focus on the sunlightso you're not controlled
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  • by nighttime.
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  • 1 Corinthians chapter 10,verse 13, it says,
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  • "And God is faithfulwho will not allow you
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  • to be temptedbeyond what you are able,
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  • but will with the temptationprovide you a way of escape."
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  • He says here's howthe faithfulness of God works
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  • when you're being drawnby Satan into sin,
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  • or even when God is allowing youto deal with a trial.
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  • Number one, he will controlhow long it lasts
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  • and how deep it goes,'cause he will not allow you
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  • to be temptedabove what you're able.
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  • So if you're in a trial,or in this case
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  • you're under an attack,you can assume something,
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  • that the devil is not"the devil," he's God's devil.
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  • And God got a leash on himand he's only gonna let him
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  • go so far.
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  • And whatever he's allowing,you can handle
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  • 'cause he promisedhe's so faithful
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  • he won't give youwhat you can't handle.
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  • He saysand when he gives it to you,
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  • he says, "God is faithfuland in his faithfulness
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  • he will not give you,but will with the temptation
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  • give you the way of escape."
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  • I don't know if you justheard that.
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  • God has got a solution buthe's not gonna let you see it
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  • until you pass the test,
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  • until God sees youtell the devil no,
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  • until God seesthat you focus on him.
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  • But he will already havethe exit sign
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  • at the very same timeas the temptation.
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  • And when he does it, he says,
  • 00:21:45.087 --> 00:21:47.322
  • "He will give itat the very same time,"
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  • watch this, "so that you're ableto endure it."
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  • Now watch this.
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  • The only way to finish a testor to get victory
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  • in a temptation, he says,is you must go through it.
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  • You can't get from where you areto where God wants you
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  • without going throughthe development.
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  • The third thing, you focuson his goodness,
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  • you focus on his faithfulness,then he says you focus
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  • on his Word.
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  • Verse 18, "In the exerciseof his will,
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  • he brought us forthby the Word of truth."
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  • You focus on what God says,not how you feel.
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  • You focus on what God says,not how you think.
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  • You focus on what God says,
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  • not what everybodyelse has to say.
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  • You go back, "Yeah,this is what I feel, but God,
  • 00:22:37.539 --> 00:22:39.908
  • this is what you say.
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  • This is what I want,but this is what you say."
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  • And if you praise his goodness,trust his faithfulness,
  • 00:22:43.512 --> 00:22:46.248
  • and quote his Wordlike Jesus did,
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  • Jesus didn't go back,"Well, you know, devil,
  • 00:22:49.117 --> 00:22:50.952
  • I was here before you."
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  • No, he said, "It is written:
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  • 'Man shall not liveby bread alone,
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  • but by every Word that proceedsout of the mouth of God.'
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  • It is written: 'He will callhis angels.'
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  • It is written:
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  • 'You shall serve the Lordthey God and worship him only."
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  • It's written, it's written,it's written.
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  • Why must you keep quotingthe Word of God
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  • when you're being tempted?
  • 00:23:09.471 --> 00:23:10.839
  • Because the devil is allergicto Scripture.
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  • When he hears Scripture,he goes, "Ahh-choo!
  • 00:23:14.009 --> 00:23:16.578
  • Ahh-choo!Ahh-choo!"
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  • He can't handle Scripture.
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  • He loves to hear what you think.
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  • He loves to hear how you feel.
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  • But when you start quotingthe Word to him, three strikes,
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  • you're out of here.
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  • And finally, the fourth thing,you focus on his perspective.
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  • Look at the end of that verse.
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  • I don't want you to miss this.
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  • His perspective.
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  • He says, "So that," verse 18,
  • 00:23:45.073 --> 00:23:49.044
  • "We would be a kind of firstfruits among his creatures."
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  • Oh, first fruits, we normallytalk about first fruits
  • 00:23:53.915 --> 00:23:58.086
  • for giving, giving your tithe,your first fruits,
  • 00:23:58.119 --> 00:24:00.722
  • but he's not talkingabout money here.
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  • He says you arethe first fruits.
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  • The first fruit was the creamof the crop.
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  • It's what you offer God firstbecause it was viewed
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  • as the most precious.
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  • It was being--it washonoring God to give God first.
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  • It gives him honor.
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  • So he says--he says thatyou are first fruits.
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  • In other words,don't let the devil dial back
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  • your dignity.
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  • You're not just one of--you're not just another man,
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  • or another woman,or another boy or girl,
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  • you're first fruits.
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  • So I'm here to tell you todaythat God is a delivering God.
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  • Psalm chapter 50,verse 15 says he delivers.
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  • Psalm 107, verses 1 to 32 sayshe's a God who delivers.
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  • Psalm 91, verses 14 and 15 sayshe's a God who can deliver you.
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  • 2 Timothy chapter 4,verses 17 and 18,
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  • Paul says, "I'm lookingfor God to deliver me."
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  • He can deliver youfrom circumstances, situations,
  • 00:25:01.149 --> 00:25:04.252
  • people, and the devil.
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  • Tony: In a world of chaosand confusion,
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  • uncertainty anddiscombobulation,
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  • prayer just can't bean addendum.
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  • It can't just be a go-to whenI've tried everything else.
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  • It's gotta be puton the front end, why?
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  • Because we need Godon the front end.
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  • We don't just want him thereas an emergency stopgap.
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  • We need him to guide us,to lead us, to direct us,
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  • to clarify for us,because if God doesn't work
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  • in our circumstances personallyand collectively,
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  • then we won't be ableto fix them.
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  • And yes, God does allow thingsto get out of hand so that
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  • we discover that without him,we truly can do nothing.
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  • So let's not just praybecause we're supposed to,
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  • let's pray first becausewe absolutely have to.
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