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The Upside of Temptation

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February 14, 2021
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  • male announcer: This programis paid for by the friends
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  • and partners of EdYoung Television.
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  • Welcome to theinternational broadcast ministry
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  • of Ed Young.
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  • Here at Ed Young Television,
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  • our mission is to makethe complex simple
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  • as he speaks truth to people inways they can understand
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  • and apply in their every daylives.
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  • And now, here's pastor, author,and speaker Pastor Ed Young.
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  • Ed Young: I don't know if yourealize this or not.
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  • We discovered that Jesus isan expert angler.
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  • He's an amazing fisherman.
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  • He's the best, the ultimate.
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  • Yet there's another fishermanout there, the caster
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  • of disaster.
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  • His name is the devil and hecasts-- wow, might hook
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  • somebody.
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  • He casts to you and to meconstantly.
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  • He's just constantly casting,constantly presenting things
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  • to you and me.
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  • And as he presents these things,they look really much more
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  • alluring than they really are.
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  • In other words, a temptationdoesn't really seem
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  • like a temptation.
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  • It seems much greater than that,but it is.
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  • I love how the Bible talksabout trials, and testings,
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  • and temptations, because we'vediscovered that God wants to use
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  • trials, testings, to make usstrong.
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  • The enemy wants to takesomething like that and turn it
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  • into a temptation.
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  • And he wants us to takethe bait, bite the hook,
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  • so we'll do wrong.
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  • He wants to get us off of God'spurpose and agenda for our
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  • lives.
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  • So I'm just talkin'about casting today.
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  • Casting.Casting.
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  • The caster of disaster.
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  • It doesn't take anyone who ishighly intelligent to realize
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  • that there is a dark, sinister,evil force out there named
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  • the devil.
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  • The devil wants you and meto miss the best that God has
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  • for our lives because God hassomething amazing.
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  • If we could see God's agendafor our lives, we wouldn't
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  • believe it.
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  • Everybody though, everybodydeals with temptation.
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  • Temptation is a part of life.
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  • And when you see this word"temptation," it's the Greek
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  • word "peirasmos."
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  • Say "peirasmos" with me.
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  • "Peirasmos."
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  • It literally means to testor prove.
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  • Again, let me say this.
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  • Here's the phrase that pays.
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  • God tests us to make us strong.
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  • The enemy tempts us to make usdo wrong.
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  • So, even if you're being testedon the outside or tempted on the
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  • inside, the great news is we canturn these times of trials and
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  • testings and temptations intotriumphs, isn't that great?
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  • So we don't have to havethis victim mentality.
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  • We're victors because ofwho we are and whose we are.
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  • Yet, if you're here, and I knowmany of you are here and you're
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  • not a believer, this is what'sgoing to happen to you once you
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  • become a believer: Godcan leverage these things.
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  • God can leverage and willleverage the peirasmoses in our
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  • lives forgreatness if we allow him,
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  • if we lean in to his grace.
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  • There is something, though, thatis alluring about sin.
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  • You know, sin is missingthe mark.
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  • It's using a God-given giftin a in a God-vetoed way.
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  • Everything we have comesfrom God.
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  • He's giving us these greatdesires, yet the enemy looks
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  • at your life, he looks at mylife, and goes, "Hmm, okay."
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  • He studies us.
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  • He knows where we're vulnerableand valuable and he fishes
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  • for us.
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  • I love to bass fish.
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  • I grew up bass fishing.
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  • Bass fishing is the most popularfishing in the world.
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  • There's no doubt about it.
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  • And the thing about bass fishingis it's everywhere.
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  • You know, it's a $40 billionindustry just in America.
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  • Can you believe that?
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  • Just bass fishing.
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  • And it's so-- It'sso interesting because I've
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  • contributed a lot to that 40billion, but it's so interesting
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  • that the Bible uses this wholefishing vibe when it talks
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  • about being tempted, or tested,or facing trials.
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  • This is one of the lures that Ilove.
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  • This is a very expensive lure.
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  • In fact, if this lure got hungup, I would probably go diving
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  • to retrieve it.
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  • It's called El Raton.
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  • You mean bass eat rats?
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  • You better believe it.
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  • And this has a very seductiveway it swims.
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  • The bass cannot resist it.
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  • This is called what?
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  • El Raton.
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  • The devil is a dirty rat.
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  • He really is.
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  • He makes things look much moreappealing than they really are.
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  • And we so concentrate on, "Boy,look at that rat.
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  • This is awesome."
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  • We don't see the hooks.
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  • We don't look past the baitto the results.
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  • We take it and we're in serioustrouble, because when the enemy
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  • reels you and me in, you knowwhat he does?
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  • He stuffs us on his wall.
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  • You wouldn't believe his trophyroom.
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  • You wouldn't believethe believers, you know,
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  • mounted.
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  • And I'm sure he takes people in,"Look at that girl.
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  • Can you believe I tempted herand she took that bait.
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  • Look at him.
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  • They were both caught on ElRaton."
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  • It keeps going, though.
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  • This is a deadly, deadly lureor bait called the Scum Frog.
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  • The Scum Frog.
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  • You can throw it on any scumin a pond or a lake and these
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  • fish love it.
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  • Ribbit, ribbit.
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  • I sometimes make sound effectswhen I'm fishing.
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  • I really do, with like a froglure or a rat lure, like that.
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  • I think it really helps to thinkabout the fish.
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  • And you can tell I kinda havea personal relationship
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  • with these lures.
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  • So the Scum Frog, that'sthe name of it, Scum Frog, if
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  • you hang out with scum, if youhang out with the scum, you have
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  • an opportunity to take the frog.
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  • As you look at your life, whoare you hangin' out with?
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  • Where are you swimming?
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  • With scum, or are you swimmingin the great waters?
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  • But I thought I would just, youknow, hang the little frog right
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  • here.
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  • Froggy, he's good.
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  • He's been good to me.
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  • I've caught a lot of fishon the Scum Frog.
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  • Isn't this fun?
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  • I can tell you're enjoying it.
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  • I am, I am.
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  • This is a-- this is calledthe Terminator Spinnerbait.
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  • Second most popular bass lurein the world, the Spinnerbait.
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  • It's flashy.
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  • The Terminator.
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  • These are real names.
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  • The Terminator.
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  • Flash.
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  • When I see the flash, I thinkabout materialism.
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  • I think about greed.
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  • So often we think, "Well, if Ihad that, that would do it.
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  • If I could acquire that, thatwould do it."
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  • And it's so alluring, and it'sso flashy, and it's so blingy,
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  • we take it.
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  • And here's what the devil doeswith this temptation.
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  • When we take the bait, when wetake the lure, we think it will
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  • bring security, yet it bringsinsecurity because you're always
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  • one purchase away, always onetrip away, always one
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  • acquisition away from nirvana.
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  • You never get there and you endup missing the best in your
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  • life.
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  • Are you chasing this?
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  • What's so ironic about this lureis most people think just
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  • the rich people are chasingthis.
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  • See, the rich people alreadyknow something the poor people
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  • don't.
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  • The rich people know that moneydoesn't satisfy.
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  • The poor people haven't figuredthat out yet.
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  • But I'm here to tell you I'veseen it.
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  • I've experienced it.
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  • It's great.
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  • Money's awesome and all that.
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  • It's not gonna take you whereyou need to go.
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  • So the spinnerbait,the Terminator, it will
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  • terminate what God wants to doin your life.
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  • Let me see.
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  • Ooooh!
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  • This is a deadly bait.
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  • You wanna catch a big bass?
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  • This is called the Booyah Jig.
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  • What's a Jig?
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  • A Jig has a lead head.
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  • This one is weedless.
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  • See the nice weed guard there?
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  • Razor sharp.
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  • Gamakatsu hook.
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  • And this skirt, this catchesa lot of men.
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  • The lure of lust, the skirt.
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  • Looks so harmless, doesn't it?
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  • No big deal.
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  • It's stealthy.
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  • It's right there on the bottomand it makes some noise too.
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  • It kind of rattles.
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  • I don't know if you can hear it.
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  • Well, guys think, "No big deal.
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  • I deserve it.
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  • I'll be a real man," and youlook and you're mesmerized.
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  • You take the lure of lust.
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  • Blows up a marriage, the family.
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  • And that's the thing about sin.
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  • You know, sin is not just,"Okay, I sinned one time.
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  • That's it."
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  • Sin is a process.
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  • If you go back to Adam and Eve,when they sinned, what happened?
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  • It led to death and judgment.
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  • It led to our sin-eticcondition.
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  • So it's not just one sin,there's a ripple effect of sin.
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  • So when you throw this baitin the water, and if it's really
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  • still, you can see the rippleson the water, the rings
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  • on the water.
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  • Sin is the same.
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  • We take the bait.
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  • The hook is set.
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  • We think we'll get away.
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  • We can't.
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  • We can't shake the hook.
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  • And then you have collateraldamage and it's not very pretty.
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  • I've got some more.
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  • Pop-R, Rebel.
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  • The Rebel Pop-R.
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  • This little thing with the tinyheinie.
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  • See, you'd think, "No, no way.
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  • A bass would eat somethinglike that?"
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  • It's like a little pieceof sushi.
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  • It's on top of the water.
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  • It kinda pops like that.
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  • Pop, pop.
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  • The Rebel Pop-R.
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  • Rebellion in our pop culture isthe rage.
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  • Rebellion.
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  • The Bible says rebellion, whenwe rebel against authority,
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  • we're more like the evil one,the enemy, than at any other
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  • time.
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  • Did you hear that?
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  • When I rebel against God, when Irebel against authority issues
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  • in my life, whether it bea manager at a restaurant,
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  • whether it be a CEO, a boss,whether it be a coach,
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  • a teacher, a parent, when Irebel, when I have a spirit
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  • of rebellion, I'm morelike the enemy than at any other
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  • time.
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  • It's amazing how many peoplelive in rebellion.
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  • You take this little lure,but the sting with this lure,
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  • whoa, it'll hurt you.
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  • And then an old classic,the Devil's Horse.
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  • The Devil's Horse.
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  • I love this lure.
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  • I've always been intriguedby the eyes, because it floats
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  • like this.
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  • If you're a bass, that's whatyou're seeing.
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  • See those eyes?
  • 00:11:43.548 --> 00:11:44.916
  • It has little props on itand those props, you know, just
  • 00:11:44.916 --> 00:11:49.220
  • kick up the water.
  • 00:11:49.220 --> 00:11:52.490
  • Real noisy, whoosh.
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  • And then, boom, the toiletflushes beneath it.
  • 00:11:55.894 --> 00:11:59.297
  • When I say a toilet flush, thinkabout a toilet flushing.
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  • That's how a big bassjust [making flushing sounds]
  • 00:12:01.332 --> 00:12:04.836
  • just takes the bait.
  • 00:12:04.836 --> 00:12:06.638
  • That's pretty good sound effect,isn't it?
  • 00:12:06.638 --> 00:12:08.306
  • [making flushing sounds]
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  • That's pretty funny.
  • 00:12:11.209 --> 00:12:12.544
  • That's what happens when youhook a really, really big fish.
  • 00:12:12.544 --> 00:12:15.647
  • Well, this-- Well, this Devil'sHorse kicks up all this dust
  • 00:12:15.647 --> 00:12:19.551
  • and noise, and I thinkabout slander, gossip, talkin'
  • 00:12:19.551 --> 00:12:26.958
  • smack, haters, social media.
  • 00:12:26.958 --> 00:12:35.400
  • The Devil's Horse, it'll takeyou to a place where the devil
  • 00:12:35.400 --> 00:12:39.771
  • wants you as opposed to whereGod wants you.
  • 00:12:39.771 --> 00:12:43.374
  • One more before we go a littlebit deeper.
  • 00:12:43.374 --> 00:12:49.681
  • This lure here, super difficultto get.
  • 00:12:49.781 --> 00:12:56.554
  • I ordered this off eBay.
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  • This is made in Japan.
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  • Very expensive lure and I keepit in its own little box, this
  • 00:13:02.994 --> 00:13:10.735
  • little apartment.
  • 00:13:10.735 --> 00:13:14.272
  • This is called the Deps SilentSwimmer.
  • 00:13:14.272 --> 00:13:20.612
  • The Deps Silent Swimmer.
  • 00:13:20.712 --> 00:13:24.983
  • Really, it's a Silent SwimmerSlide Swimmer.
  • 00:13:24.983 --> 00:13:28.920
  • The Japanese really know howto make lures.
  • 00:13:28.920 --> 00:13:34.225
  • This is called the Golden Carp.
  • 00:13:34.225 --> 00:13:37.729
  • You wouldn't believe it,but giant bass love this.
  • 00:13:37.729 --> 00:13:40.732
  • It's silent.
  • 00:13:40.732 --> 00:13:43.201
  • It's deadly.
  • 00:13:43.201 --> 00:13:45.703
  • The bass looks at thisand thinks, "Wow, that's me,"
  • 00:13:45.703 --> 00:13:50.575
  • and takes it.
  • 00:13:50.575 --> 00:13:52.543
  • This sort of represents theforerunner of all sins, pride.
  • 00:13:52.543 --> 00:13:57.315
  • Pride.
  • 00:13:57.315 --> 00:13:59.117
  • Most of us think a pridefulperson is the Bentley-driving,
  • 00:13:59.117 --> 00:14:02.754
  • blinged out guy or girl.
  • 00:14:02.754 --> 00:14:04.522
  • That's not necessarily true,maybe, maybe not.
  • 00:14:04.522 --> 00:14:07.992
  • Pride, though, comesbefore every sin.
  • 00:14:07.992 --> 00:14:10.161
  • I can't lust unless I'm involvedfirst of all in pride.
  • 00:14:10.161 --> 00:14:15.300
  • God, you've given me this desireto sat-- for sex and I'm gonna
  • 00:14:15.300 --> 00:14:19.270
  • use it the way I wanna use it,not you.
  • 00:14:19.270 --> 00:14:21.439
  • So that's pride, then you havelust.
  • 00:14:21.439 --> 00:14:23.775
  • You know, anger, you know, God,I'm gonna rage on this person.
  • 00:14:23.775 --> 00:14:30.348
  • I'm gonna do what Ifeel I should do,
  • 00:14:30.348 --> 00:14:32.750
  • pride, and I'm gonnaallow anger to control me.
  • 00:14:32.750 --> 00:14:36.888
  • That's pride,then you have anger.
  • 00:14:36.888 --> 00:14:39.524
  • So you see it, and
  • 00:14:39.524 --> 00:14:41.225
  • pride has caught a lotof people.
  • 00:14:41.225 --> 00:14:43.928
  • So often, quiet people, silentswimmers, are the most prideful.
  • 00:14:43.928 --> 00:14:49.000
  • I know a lot of people who areprideful in their humility, hmm.
  • 00:14:49.000 --> 00:14:54.739
  • There are some lures that Ithought about that kinda relate
  • 00:14:54.739 --> 00:14:59.043
  • to our lives.
  • 00:14:59.043 --> 00:15:01.179
  • You can see them there.
  • 00:15:01.179 --> 00:15:04.749
  • The devil casts, and casts,and casts.
  • 00:15:04.749 --> 00:15:10.822
  • What do we do when we facetrials, and tribulations,
  • 00:15:10.822 --> 00:15:14.325
  • and testings?
  • 00:15:14.325 --> 00:15:15.660
  • What do we do?What do we do?
  • 00:15:15.660 --> 00:15:18.363
  • First of all, the Bible says weshould engage, engage
  • 00:15:18.363 --> 00:15:20.965
  • in the situation.
  • 00:15:20.965 --> 00:15:22.300
  • Say "engage" with me.
  • 00:15:22.300 --> 00:15:23.668
  • Engage.
  • 00:15:23.668 --> 00:15:25.003
  • The Scripture says that trialscome in various colors, sort
  • 00:15:25.003 --> 00:15:29.941
  • of like lures.
  • 00:15:29.941 --> 00:15:31.676
  • The book of James, James chapter1, verse 2 is basically--
  • 00:15:31.676 --> 00:15:35.613
  • beginning with verse 2and following is a treatise
  • 00:15:35.613 --> 00:15:37.582
  • on dealing with trials,and testings, and tribulations.
  • 00:15:37.582 --> 00:15:41.085
  • It says in James chapter 1,verse 2, "Consider it pure joy,"
  • 00:15:41.085 --> 00:15:44.122
  • engage the trial, "my brothersand sisters, whenever you face
  • 00:15:44.122 --> 00:15:47.825
  • trials of many different kinds."
  • 00:15:47.825 --> 00:15:51.596
  • So, many different kinds.
  • 00:15:51.596 --> 00:15:54.699
  • The picture behind this isa multifaceted, multicolored
  • 00:15:54.699 --> 00:15:59.103
  • presentation.
  • 00:15:59.103 --> 00:16:00.571
  • And this word "consider"in verse 2 is a financial term.
  • 00:16:00.571 --> 00:16:05.743
  • It means to evaluate yoursituation.
  • 00:16:05.743 --> 00:16:09.247
  • I evaluate testing.
  • 00:16:09.247 --> 00:16:11.516
  • I evaluate a trial.
  • 00:16:11.516 --> 00:16:13.418
  • I evaluate a temptation.
  • 00:16:13.418 --> 00:16:15.720
  • I evaluate the lure that's beingpresented to me, whether it's
  • 00:16:15.720 --> 00:16:20.258
  • on the outside or whether it'son the inside.
  • 00:16:20.258 --> 00:16:23.027
  • So I engage.
  • 00:16:23.027 --> 00:16:24.662
  • I have an encounterwith the trial.
  • 00:16:24.662 --> 00:16:27.899
  • God wants to build endurance,perseverance in our lives.
  • 00:16:27.899 --> 00:16:31.069
  • How do we do that?
  • 00:16:31.069 --> 00:16:32.603
  • We have to let a lot of bait goby.
  • 00:16:32.603 --> 00:16:35.440
  • How do we do that?
  • 00:16:35.440 --> 00:16:36.808
  • We have to so feed on the realthing, that when we see
  • 00:16:36.808 --> 00:16:41.179
  • something fake or phony, we'relike, "Oh man, are you kidding
  • 00:16:41.179 --> 00:16:45.083
  • me?
  • 00:16:45.083 --> 00:16:46.417
  • The Silent Swimmer again?
  • 00:16:46.417 --> 00:16:49.253
  • What?
  • 00:16:49.253 --> 00:16:50.621
  • That's pathetic."
  • 00:16:50.621 --> 00:16:52.957
  • Endure the testing.
  • 00:16:52.957 --> 00:16:54.692
  • So when we endure this fishswimming by, this lure swimming
  • 00:16:54.692 --> 00:17:00.064
  • by, when we endure it, it buildsstuff.
  • 00:17:00.064 --> 00:17:05.470
  • Because the weakest thingin the world is a virtue that's
  • 00:17:05.470 --> 00:17:08.372
  • not been tested.
  • 00:17:08.372 --> 00:17:09.941
  • Verse 3, "You know the testingof your faith produces," what?
  • 00:17:09.941 --> 00:17:14.011
  • "Perseverance."
  • 00:17:14.011 --> 00:17:15.379
  • And this word "perseverance" isnot something passive.
  • 00:17:15.379 --> 00:17:17.548
  • It's not like, "Well, okay.
  • 00:17:17.548 --> 00:17:19.817
  • I'll just-- you know, I'm justhere in this little pond.
  • 00:17:19.817 --> 00:17:22.753
  • Oh no, here's a temptationagain.
  • 00:17:22.753 --> 00:17:25.890
  • Here's the trial again."
  • 00:17:25.890 --> 00:17:27.225
  • No, no, no, it is beingcourageous as you face it.
  • 00:17:27.225 --> 00:17:31.762
  • It's aggressively facing it.
  • 00:17:31.762 --> 00:17:35.233
  • So engage the trial.
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  • Endure it.
  • 00:17:36.601 --> 00:17:38.136
  • Also, as we do these things,here's what's gonna happen.
  • 00:17:38.136 --> 00:17:41.072
  • Our territory, our sphereof influence, will be enlarged.
  • 00:17:41.072 --> 00:17:45.409
  • It's part of maturityand growth.
  • 00:17:45.409 --> 00:17:46.878
  • That's what God wants in yourlife and mine.
  • 00:17:46.878 --> 00:17:48.579
  • Once you become followersof Christ, he wants us to grow.
  • 00:17:48.579 --> 00:17:51.482
  • And the Bible says in verse 4,James chapter 1, "Let
  • 00:17:51.482 --> 00:17:54.418
  • perseverance--" just let it.
  • 00:17:54.418 --> 00:17:56.187
  • "Let perseverance finish itswork so that you may be mature
  • 00:17:56.187 --> 00:17:59.557
  • and complete, not lackingin anything."
  • 00:17:59.557 --> 00:18:03.027
  • James chapter 1, verse 5,because we need wisdom, right?
  • 00:18:03.027 --> 00:18:06.697
  • We need wisdom.
  • 00:18:06.697 --> 00:18:08.032
  • "If any of you lacks wisdom,"wow, "you should ask God, who
  • 00:18:08.032 --> 00:18:13.104
  • gives generously to us all."
  • 00:18:13.104 --> 00:18:15.973
  • So I'm facing the SilentSwimmer, pride is the forerunner
  • 00:18:15.973 --> 00:18:19.577
  • of all sin, and as I face it, asI go through it, as I build
  • 00:18:19.577 --> 00:18:28.085
  • endurance, as I build it in mylife, as I rely on God, here's
  • 00:18:28.085 --> 00:18:33.624
  • what happens.
  • 00:18:33.624 --> 00:18:34.959
  • I enlarge my sphereof influence.
  • 00:18:34.959 --> 00:18:37.495
  • When I ask God for wisdom, Ineed to act on what he's told
  • 00:18:37.495 --> 00:18:43.000
  • me.
  • 00:18:43.000 --> 00:18:44.368
  • Let me say that again.
  • 00:18:44.368 --> 00:18:46.170
  • When I ask God for wisdom, acton what he's told me.
  • 00:18:46.170 --> 00:18:51.676
  • And it's one of the mostfrustrating things in my
  • 00:18:51.676 --> 00:18:55.179
  • life being a pastor.
  • 00:18:55.179 --> 00:18:56.914
  • People will ask mequestions, biblical wisdom,
  • 00:18:56.914 --> 00:19:00.551
  • because I know theBible pretty well.
  • 00:19:00.551 --> 00:19:02.887
  • I'll say, "Here'swhat the Bible says.
  • 00:19:02.887 --> 00:19:04.522
  • Here's what God says."
  • 00:19:04.522 --> 00:19:06.290
  • They'll ask advice, and they'lldo the polar opposite of what
  • 00:19:06.290 --> 00:19:12.196
  • God's Word says, and they'reexpecting these amazing results,
  • 00:19:12.196 --> 00:19:18.135
  • yet they're livingcontrary to what the Bible says.
  • 00:19:18.135 --> 00:19:22.173
  • They have eaten the SilentSwimmer and they don't even
  • 00:19:22.173 --> 00:19:25.476
  • know they're hooked yet.
  • 00:19:25.476 --> 00:19:27.345
  • So God wants to impartwisdom in all of our lives.
  • 00:19:27.345 --> 00:19:31.782
  • We've got to ask him.
  • 00:19:31.782 --> 00:19:33.584
  • And not only do we ask him,but we act upon it.
  • 00:19:33.584 --> 00:19:37.288
  • But it even gets better.
  • 00:19:37.288 --> 00:19:38.823
  • What do we do when we're facedwith these situations, these
  • 00:19:38.823 --> 00:19:41.659
  • trials, these testings?
  • 00:19:41.659 --> 00:19:43.227
  • What do we do?
  • 00:19:43.227 --> 00:19:44.595
  • What do we do with thesetemptations?
  • 00:19:44.595 --> 00:19:45.930
  • Well, first of all, we needGod-centration.
  • 00:19:45.930 --> 00:19:49.300
  • I made that word up.
  • 00:19:49.300 --> 00:19:50.635
  • Say it with me, God-centration.
  • 00:19:50.635 --> 00:19:52.703
  • Again, let's go back to the bighonking lure.
  • 00:19:52.703 --> 00:19:56.073
  • I'm seeing this lure and italways is more alluring than it
  • 00:19:56.073 --> 00:20:00.311
  • really is.
  • 00:20:00.311 --> 00:20:01.779
  • And I'm looking at this lure, Ineed Godcentration.
  • 00:20:01.779 --> 00:20:04.749
  • I need to look past the lureto the results of what's going
  • 00:20:04.749 --> 00:20:09.487
  • to happen.
  • 00:20:09.487 --> 00:20:10.988
  • So I need to lookbeyond the lure.
  • 00:20:10.988 --> 00:20:12.957
  • So I've got Godcentration.
  • 00:20:12.957 --> 00:20:14.892
  • I'm not lockedin on the on the Silent Swimmer.
  • 00:20:14.892 --> 00:20:19.163
  • I'm thinking about what Godwants.
  • 00:20:19.163 --> 00:20:21.332
  • And because I'm feeding on hisWord, because I'm rubbing
  • 00:20:21.332 --> 00:20:24.702
  • shoulders and swimmingwith swimmers, I see this
  • 00:20:24.702 --> 00:20:28.039
  • and I'm like, "Oh man, lookat that temptation.
  • 00:20:28.039 --> 00:20:32.543
  • I'm gonna back off from that.
  • 00:20:32.543 --> 00:20:34.378
  • I'm gonna swim away from that.
  • 00:20:34.378 --> 00:20:36.981
  • I'm not going to take the bait,because those hooks are
  • 00:20:36.981 --> 00:20:41.052
  • hellacious and the devil doesn'tpractice catch and release."
  • 00:20:41.052 --> 00:20:46.557
  • The devil moves us from lifeto death, yet Jesus moves us,
  • 00:20:46.557 --> 00:20:51.262
  • when he catches us, from deathto life.
  • 00:20:51.262 --> 00:20:53.831
  • So I'm not-- so I'm not goingthere.
  • 00:20:53.831 --> 00:20:57.902
  • And the Bible says in James 1,verse 14 and 15, there's our
  • 00:20:57.902 --> 00:21:02.773
  • Greek word we earned-- welearned, "peirasmos."
  • 00:21:02.773 --> 00:21:07.211
  • "Each person is tempted,"and the word is to test
  • 00:21:07.211 --> 00:21:10.614
  • or prove, "when they're draggedaway by their own evil desire,
  • 00:21:10.614 --> 00:21:14.585
  • enticed."
  • 00:21:14.585 --> 00:21:16.153
  • And this word "enticed"in the literal language, you can
  • 00:21:16.153 --> 00:21:18.222
  • write this in your margin,to bait a hook.
  • 00:21:18.222 --> 00:21:21.192
  • "After desire has conceived, itgives birth to sin.
  • 00:21:21.192 --> 00:21:23.961
  • When sin's full-grown, it givesbirth to death."
  • 00:21:23.961 --> 00:21:26.497
  • How many times have I told you?
  • 00:21:26.497 --> 00:21:28.499
  • How many times if I experiencedthis?
  • 00:21:28.499 --> 00:21:30.301
  • When a fish will strike a bigfish, the big fish doesn't know
  • 00:21:30.301 --> 00:21:35.639
  • that he's taken a lurefor a while.
  • 00:21:35.639 --> 00:21:38.642
  • Sometimes they'll just swimoff with it and think,
  • 00:21:38.642 --> 00:21:40.845
  • [whistling]
  • 00:21:40.845 --> 00:21:42.613
  • "Everything is good.
  • 00:21:42.613 --> 00:21:43.981
  • I have got a big ol' T-bonesteak.
  • 00:21:43.981 --> 00:21:47.651
  • Yum, it's good.
  • 00:21:47.651 --> 00:21:49.019
  • Wow."
  • 00:21:49.019 --> 00:21:50.354
  • And they're swimmingoff and they think everything's
  • 00:21:50.354 --> 00:21:51.722
  • fine.
  • 00:21:51.722 --> 00:21:53.057
  • I've gotten away with it.
  • 00:21:53.057 --> 00:21:54.425
  • There are no-- There are noconsequences.
  • 00:21:54.425 --> 00:21:56.627
  • And then all of a sudden, boom.
  • 00:21:56.627 --> 00:21:58.462
  • The hook is set.
  • 00:21:58.462 --> 00:22:00.197
  • They're buried.
  • 00:22:00.197 --> 00:22:02.066
  • The jumping, the thrashing,the splashing, the collateral
  • 00:22:02.066 --> 00:22:05.169
  • damage.
  • 00:22:05.169 --> 00:22:06.537
  • And then they're trophiesin the enemy's man cave.
  • 00:22:06.537 --> 00:22:13.010
  • So Godcentration, we need that.
  • 00:22:13.110 --> 00:22:15.012
  • Not only do we needGodcentration, we need
  • 00:22:15.012 --> 00:22:18.048
  • to understand the Godsequences.
  • 00:22:18.048 --> 00:22:20.484
  • The Godsequences.
  • 00:22:20.484 --> 00:22:21.819
  • We choose our choices, we don'tchoose our consequences.
  • 00:22:21.819 --> 00:22:24.822
  • God has told us, "You follow me,you'll have awesome Godsequences
  • 00:22:24.822 --> 00:22:29.827
  • in your life."
  • 00:22:29.827 --> 00:22:31.162
  • Purpose, power, strength,freedom, a clear conscience, all
  • 00:22:31.162 --> 00:22:35.299
  • those amazing things.
  • 00:22:35.299 --> 00:22:36.667
  • However, we need to lookat the Godsequences of our
  • 00:22:36.667 --> 00:22:41.338
  • choices.
  • 00:22:41.338 --> 00:22:42.706
  • Verses 16 and 17 of Jameschapter 1 says, "Don't be
  • 00:22:42.706 --> 00:22:45.743
  • deceived."
  • 00:22:45.743 --> 00:22:47.077
  • In other words, a lot of peopleare being deceived, and that's
  • 00:22:47.077 --> 00:22:48.879
  • what-- that's what fishing is.
  • 00:22:48.879 --> 00:22:50.481
  • We're deceiving, aren't we?
  • 00:22:50.481 --> 00:22:52.283
  • We're deceiving the fish.
  • 00:22:52.283 --> 00:22:54.018
  • "Don't be deceived.
  • 00:22:54.018 --> 00:22:55.352
  • Every good and perfect gift isfrom above."
  • 00:22:55.352 --> 00:22:57.755
  • Everything I have, all mydesires, are good.
  • 00:22:57.755 --> 00:23:00.558
  • My desire for food, my desirefor intimacy, my desire to drink
  • 00:23:00.558 --> 00:23:05.863
  • water, my desire to sleep.
  • 00:23:05.863 --> 00:23:08.165
  • I see some asleep right now.
  • 00:23:08.165 --> 00:23:10.034
  • All those things-- all thosethings are good.
  • 00:23:10.034 --> 00:23:13.604
  • So Godcentration, Godsequences,and also Godtraband.
  • 00:23:13.604 --> 00:23:17.808
  • Godtraband.
  • 00:23:17.808 --> 00:23:19.176
  • We need to get the Godtrabandout of our lives, anything that
  • 00:23:19.176 --> 00:23:22.847
  • bans God's best in our lives.
  • 00:23:22.847 --> 00:23:24.949
  • See, I can see really well.
  • 00:23:24.949 --> 00:23:26.317
  • I really can.
  • 00:23:26.317 --> 00:23:27.651
  • I can still all sorts of thingsup here.
  • 00:23:27.651 --> 00:23:29.019
  • Some things I can tell you, somethings I can't, but we need
  • 00:23:29.019 --> 00:23:31.889
  • to get rid of the Godtrabandin our lives.
  • 00:23:31.889 --> 00:23:34.592
  • He chose to give us birththrough the Word of truth
  • 00:23:34.592 --> 00:23:38.128
  • so that we might be a kindof firstfruits of all he
  • 00:23:38.128 --> 00:23:40.798
  • created.
  • 00:23:40.798 --> 00:23:42.132
  • Anything in your life that'sbanning the best, get rid of it.
  • 00:23:42.132 --> 00:23:46.470
  • Anything that's banning the bestin your existence, get rid
  • 00:23:46.470 --> 00:23:52.109
  • of it.
  • 00:23:52.109 --> 00:23:53.444
  • Name the temptation that you'redealing with.
  • 00:23:53.444 --> 00:23:55.279
  • Could it be pride?
  • 00:23:55.279 --> 00:24:00.784
  • Materialism?
  • 00:24:00.784 --> 00:24:05.022
  • It catches a lot of people.
  • 00:24:05.022 --> 00:24:06.390
  • Just ask Brad Pitt.
  • 00:24:06.390 --> 00:24:14.732
  • Eee, eee!
  • 00:24:15.065 --> 00:24:16.400
  • Oh, that rat looks good,a little protein.
  • 00:24:16.400 --> 00:24:18.502
  • Really?
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  • You're hangin' around with scum?
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  • At your school, scum.
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  • On the team.
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  • Well, you're hangin' around scumbecause scum makes you feel
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  • better.
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  • Oh, I'm a lot better than them.
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  • Watch out.
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  • The lure of lust.
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  • What movies do you watch?
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  • You realize an R-ratedmovie can feed lust
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  • for weeks, and weeks, and weeks.
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  • An R-rated movie, porn,the clubs,
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  • the flirtatious conversations.
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  • Name it, name it, name it.
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  • Rebellion.
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  • Little bit of rebellion, no bigdeal.
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  • Slander, gossips, where the olddevil rides his horse by.
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  • Wow.
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  • The good news is God is gonnatake us through these
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  • situations.
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  • The good news is God will buildcharacter in your life and mine,
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  • and he is right now as we movethrough those situations.
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  • Because we're caught, we'rehooked by God's grace and mercy,
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  • we need to live like that.
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  • We're not victims, we'revictors.
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  • This is not a tragedy.
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  • This message is one of triumphas we become the kind of people,
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  • the kind of fish that hedesires.
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  • announcer: To watch an extendedversion of today's message
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  • from Pastor Ed Young, go toEdYoung.com.
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  • ♪♪
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  • Ed: Something we're alwaysasking ourselves is: How do we
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  • take what we're learninghere and apply it out there,
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  • where you work, where youlive, where you do life on those
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  • rugged plains of reality?
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  • That's why I want to sendyou our monthly Bible teaching
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  • And finally, we have a teamstanding by who would love to
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  • You can find all of this andmore by visiting our website
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