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Don't Take the Bait

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July 23, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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Don't Take the Bait

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would you change in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash the miraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live in peace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join Leon Fontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, senior pastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO of Canada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: People who live on offense are people who have a
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  • hard time getting God's promises to happen in their life.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly. So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblical promise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so many believers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharing Jesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is the answer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporary way. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in ways people can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporary is unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and it never makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeing yourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freely in God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her people are going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tell you how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrich your soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Calgary, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: The word "offense" in the Greek is the word
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  • "skandalon". Skandalon also is the word for the bait in a trap.
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  • You know, we had a problem with racoons in our house and so this
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  • guy came by and put this trap out. It was kind of 2 feet by 2
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  • feet square cage and so, and there's food in there. That's
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  • the bait. The animal crawls into the cage. It starts eating the
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  • bait and all of a sudden, bam. The door closes behind it and
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  • while it's eating its bait it is trapped. The bait of Satan if
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  • you wanna know, put at this. The bait the enemy is after you for
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  • is to get you offended. In fact, we cover a lot of this. There's
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  • two things Jesus says that if you're a Christian and you're
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  • offended. There are two things you will continually struggle
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  • with. We talk about things like, when you reach out and you take,
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  • and you choose to be offended, often you feel you have a right
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  • because you have been hurt. Someone has sinned against you.
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  • And we showed you Word in Jesus teaching that the sin against
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  • you is not as bad as your reaction. And that if you do not
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  • forgive and you hold on to that sin and you hold on to the
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  • bitterness and you're offended by it. That this thing will
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  • destroy your marriage, your life, every area. There are
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  • people who have been trained in offense. Families for
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  • generations are expert at offense. They'll be offended at
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  • everything from what you say, from how you tilt your head, to
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  • not shaking their hand, to what you don't invite them to, what
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  • you do invite them to. There are people who have lived and been
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  • raised up in offense and it has gone generational. And after 40
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  • years of preaching and I've watched families. I have watched
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  • whole family disintegrate when God's desire is that every
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  • generation become stronger and greater and bigger numerically,
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  • financially. I mean, spiritually, emotionally better.
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  • I want my kids be better at everything that I do. So this is
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  • a huge topic. It is what is destroying the body of Christ.
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  • And when you are presented a trap, it is when someone sins
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  • against you, someone offense you, someone hurts you. Don't
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  • think for a minute it's about that sin. It's about that
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  • person's sin. You are being baited and the bait is the
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  • trigger of that trap. You know, I helped an old trapper when I
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  • turned 12 on his trap lines. He just needed someone to help
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  • mount and he taught me conibear traps, leg traps, all the
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  • different kinds of traps, snares and there's always a trigger.
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  • And once you hit that trigger, bam! That snap. It just poof!
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  • The trap is finished. And it's like my straps, you know. Bear
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  • traps are horrid things. If a man steps into a bear trap,
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  • you'll never open it. In fact, you probably die because the
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  • blood lose would be brutal. That trap gets you and holds you. It
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  • keeps you there. And everyone of us including me, this is the
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  • thing I will need to be very aware of the rest of my life.
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  • That when someone sins against me, trespasses against me,
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  • passes a boundary on me, hurts me emotionally, takes away from
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  • me, sins against me. That's not the worst thing that's about to
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  • happen. The worst thing that's about to happen is my response.
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  • And if I reach out and I grab the bait of offense, skandalon,
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  • I will live in a place that is bad. People who live in offense
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  • are people who have a hard time getting God's promises to happen
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  • in their life. They can grow in the Word here. They can learn
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  • the Word. They can be very smart, very intelligent. They
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  • can regurgitate the Word. They just can't get it to happen in
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  • their lives. Relationships in people who have learned to live
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  • in offense and have never dealt with it, their relationships
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  • will never prosper. This people usually have lousy marriages,
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  • kids who wanna leave and get a job some place else. They won't
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  • have friends because they've always got a reason. That
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  • friends just hurt me, friends just do this, friends just do
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  • that, meaning that they're so easily offended. I'm offended.
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  • That to have a relationship with them is to live in that constant
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  • offense. So people find it easier to declare them in their
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  • own mind not a safe person and they're not. There are people
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  • today I will not hang out with, who I used to hang out with
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  • because I cannot afford the constant non-stopping offense
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  • that they have, and they tried to bring it into my life.
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  • They're offended at that person now they want me on their side.
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  • And on and on this list it goes. Experiencing love from someone
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  • who lives in offense is impossible. They don't know how
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  • to feel and sense love. You can love them til the cows come home
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  • and they'll never experience love because they live in
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  • offense. They'll never be able to show love to the degree they
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  • want to because love is a foreign concept unless it's
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  • earned, unless you stay out of all the triggers for their
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  • offense. It will become generational. You will train
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  • your kids to be offended and you wonder why they don't have great
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  • friendships, why they don't have great marriages, homes. Entire
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  • people groups can live in offense. There are nations that
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  • have been done bad against by another nation and some of the
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  • leaders of that nation will turn the entire nation into a place
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  • of anger, to be offended at them thinking they're causing
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  • everyone to rise up. Many politicians will try to get
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  • offense to take place in their TV commercials. Get you offended
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  • about something because then they can rally people around
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  • them. And it's easy for leaders to rally people around offense
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  • and almost every politician, not all, almost will do that and
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  • what they don't realize is that they'll turn in a second against
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  • them when they have an offense there because they're learning
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  • to live in offense whole nations, whole people groups.
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  • Yet John 10:10 says that Jesus said I am come that you might
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  • have life, and that you might have life more abundantly. He
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  • talks about a peace that passes understanding, a joy that is
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  • unspeakable and full of glory, a love that is so incredible that
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  • people live in this love, show this love, enjoy this love. And
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  • over the years I've seen entire families just grow and I watched
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  • his kids rise up and serve God and marry with wisdom. They have
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  • kids and generation after generation. These generational
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  • blessings follow them because they've learned this skill. Your
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  • marriage, your family will not survive. It will not be what God
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  • has called it to be if you do not understand how the enemy is
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  • trying to tempt you to take the bait. Hebrews 12:15 says,
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  • "Exercise foresight, be on the watch to look after one another,
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  • to see that no one falls back, fails to secure God's grace His
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  • unmerited favor and spiritual blessing, in order that no root
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  • of resentment, rancor, bitterness, hatred shoots forth
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  • and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become
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  • contaminated and defiled by it." There's nothing worse than an
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  • offended Christian. They're spiritually alive. They know how
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  • to take God's Word and twist it. They know how to make you feel
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  • guilty. They know how to make you feel whatever and everything
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  • around them begins to become contaminated. We must be trained
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  • by God's Word. We must have a relationship with Jesus so that
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  • we can discern between good and evil. "Well, Leon. That's easy."
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  • No, it's not evil. I mean, no, it's not easy. So many people
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  • will see something happen to them and think they have a
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  • right. This person has sin against me. I have a right.
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  • Listen, Jesus taught us that the sins that you remit or that you
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  • let go of, are let go of. The sins that you hang on to. I'm
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  • sorry. They're hanged on to. And it's not that person sin. It's
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  • you. That person sinned against you. They hurt you. And if you
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  • would have just let it go and forgiven, it would have been
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  • okay. But instead, instead, you got offended and now you're in
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  • the trap. You'll need supernatural power to get out.
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  • You'll never grow a business that will last. Anyone can grow
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  • and succeed for a while. The issue is how long can you do it.
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  • Anybody can be a Hollywood star. How many of them can last very
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  • long? Anyone can have lots of money. Will it last to different
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  • problems? Will it last marriage issues and divorces and
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  • lawsuits? I mean, success in its little short bubble anyone seems
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  • to be able to have it in certain areas. But the Bible promises
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  • success where the blessing of the Lord maketh rich in every
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  • area of your life and there is no sorrow added to it. This is
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  • the promise that we need in our generations and in our families.
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  • The Bible says very clearly in Hebrews 5, if you're taking
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  • notes, 12 to 14. It talks to us about growing up. It says, "For
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  • even though by this time you ought to be teaching others."
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  • See, every one of you here, the reason you should be learning
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  • the Word, getting here taking notes, buying those CDs, and
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  • getting when you did. It's because you are called to teach
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  • others. Leon, you're the preacher. No, no, no. You got to
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  • teach your spouse. You got to teach others. You got to look
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  • after your kids, your grandkids. The people that ask you, you
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  • know, for the hope that lies within you. You got to have
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  • answers. So, for even though by the time you ought to be
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  • teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over
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  • again the very first principles of God's Word. You have come to
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  • need milk, not solid food. My dad and mom are pastors. My dad
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  • went to be with Jesus a few years ago. He had a saying, it's
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  • helped me a lot. He said, "I don't mind bottle feeding
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  • Christians. I just don't like parting their whiskers to get
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  • the bottle in." In other words, when you've been in God's Word
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  • for any length of time, there's got to be a maturity that rises
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  • up within you. He says, for everyone who continues to feed
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  • on milk is inexperienced, unskilled in the doctrine of
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  • righteousness, of conformity to the divine will, in purpose,
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  • thought, action. He is saying, you won't understand
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  • righteousness or get it to work. You won't know God's divine
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  • will, His divine purposes. You won't walk in His thoughts. You
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  • won't get His actions to go in your life because you're just a
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  • mere infant. How long have you known Jesus? How well have you
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  • studied His Word? Study to show yourself approved unto God.
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  • There's so much to learn, to equip yourself with, your
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  • families, your kids, your generations. Verse 14, "But
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  • solid food is for full-grown men." They use the word men
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  • interchangeably for men and women. "For those whose senses
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  • and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and
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  • distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what
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  • is evil and contrary either to divine or human law." Satan's
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  • best trap against you is to get you offended. Offended
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  • Christians feel like they have a right to be offended. You never
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  • have a right to be offended. Offense was not in the garden
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  • until they fell. It was not a part of human psyche, human
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  • interrelationships. Offense is something that is demonic.
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  • Offense is something the enemy has brought into this world. And
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  • when you mess with offense or when you take the bait and you
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  • get offended, he has got you. And the Bible very clearly says
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  • he's trapped you. 2 Timothy 2:24, "The servant of the Lord
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  • must not be quarrelsome, fighting, contending. Instead,
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  • he must be kindly to everyone, mild-tempered preserving the
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  • bond of peace. He must be a skilled and suitable teacher."
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  • Okay. He must be, and this is every servant of the Lord. You
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  • are all to be skilled at teaching God's Word to people
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  • around you. It says, you must be patient, forbearing, willing to
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  • suffer wrong. Verse 25, "He must correct his opponents with
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  • courtesy, gentleness, in the hope that God may grant that
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  • they will repent and come to know the Truth that they will
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  • perceive and recognize and become accurately acquainted
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  • with and acknowledge it, and that they may come to their
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  • senses and escape out of the snare of the devil, having been
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  • held captive by him, henceforth to do His will." The Bible says
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  • in James, they have become a fountain that now spews out
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  • bitter water. In the decades that I've been preaching, I had
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  • the opportunity to see does the Word work in families,
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  • marriages, homes. And like I said, I have seen whole families
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  • and generations deteriorate and just break up. I've seen others,
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  • you know, that doesn't mean they haven't had problems. Every
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  • family had seasons where things are gonna attack you. The Bible
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  • says that offenses are coming. You know, you live in a real
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  • world. If you've got a business, someone working for you is gonna
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  • want it or go start their own. If you know, if you've got
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  • friends, someone will become jealous and envious and talk
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  • about you and try to hurt your reputation. So we've got to
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  • learn to deal with our pride about God's Word. Some people
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  • don't know how to sit and remove their pride and just go, "Teach
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  • me." You see, if somebody has to be perfect and you have to agree
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  • 100% with them before you gonna listen to them. You're never
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  • gonna change. You can listen to a young preacher. You can listen
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  • to a preacher from a different denomination that doesn't get
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  • what we get. If you will listen, Holy Spirit will teach you
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  • something every time. It's interesting. I'll get done
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  • church service and people will shake my hand. I get this quite
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  • a bit. Sorry if you're here but, they'll say, "That was a great
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  • message pastor. It was a good reminder. It was a good
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  • reminder." Now, what they're saying is, "You taught me
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  • nothing. I knew this already. But I'm glad. It's a reminder."
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  • And they sat there, and listened and Holy Spirit didn't have the
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  • ability to teach them anything new. I wonder whose problem that
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  • is. Galatians chapter 5 talks about people like this. Listen
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  • to some of the symptoms and I'm gonna do about half of them. It
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  • says here that then people who are self-centered, selfish,
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  • fleshly which doesn't mean a different nature. It just means
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  • they can be born again, have the nature of Christ but their brain
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  • is focused on self-centered fleshly stuff. It says here that
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  • they will be hateful people, hostile, and antagonistic.
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  • They're always making trouble. It says here that they're always
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  • sowing discord. There's strife everywhere they go. They're
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  • always jealous of people who succeed rather than do it
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  • yourselves. They're angry. They have rage. Rage is when you,
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  • it's uncontrolled anger. Everybody's got anger. The Bible
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  • says be angry and sin not. I've got the ability to be angery and
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  • people don't wanna see it. So I usually can control it. But rage
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  • is when you can't control it. It's just explodes up everywhere
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  • and no one wants to be around you because you are an
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  • uncontrolled angry person. Then it talks about this kind of
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  • people. They're selfish. When you're selfish, there's always
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  • rivalries going on around you. You make people angry with each
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  • other. Not only that you can get people, but you'll can make
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  • people angry, like a whispering it separates cheap friends. It
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  • could cause dissensions, divisions among people,
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  • factions. And then it goes on talking about sex parties,
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  • drunkenness, alcohol. Christians are capable going on in all
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  • these directions. But the church of Jesus Christ if we are
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  • maturing in the Word, then we ought to be able to deal with
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  • this issue of offense. Do not get offended. According to the
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  • Word, offended people are always two things. They're always proud
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  • and they're always victims. Ever notice that? And try to put this
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  • two together. This pride and then they're victims. All
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  • offended people fall into two categories. Those who have been
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  • treated unjustly and those who think they have been treated
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  • unjustly and they don't have the right information. Okay, either
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  • way you have no right to be offended. And when you get
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  • offended, you are now in the trap of Satan. You are doing his
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  • bidding. You are living out and destroying the things around
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  • you, instead of growing. I can't make this look evil enough for
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  • you. We think evil is the sin that was perpetuated against
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  • you. You know, as a young pastor years ago. You know, now that I
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  • got older and I got a few grey hair is less, but it never
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  • stops. There's always somebody taking you on. Always someone
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  • lying about you. Always someone taking you down, backstabbing
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  • you. I mean, I have death threats and attempts. You name
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  • it. It's always somebody and it's the talking and it's the
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  • people who love you and said they were with you and then they
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  • and boy, there're so many chances to get offended. And I
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  • had to learn this simple, is this in fact very profound these
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  • three services because I had to learn. Let it go. Let it go. Let
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  • it go. Isn't there a kid's song, Let It Go? All the mom saying,
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  • "Yeah!" Let it go. Do not make that so important that you
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  • internalize it because you're gonna have opportunities every
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  • day to be offended. And the greatest offenses will come from
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  • the people you love the most because you're opening your
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  • heart to your spouse this wide, to your parents, your kids, your
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  • sons-in-law, daughters-in-law. And when your heart, to whom
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  • your heart is open up wide to in love, can be opened up that wide
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  • too in hate. The people who hate the most usually come out of a
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  • relationship where they have loved so openly and have never
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  • developed the skill of keeping offense out of the relationship.
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  • And so we must, whether it is a just, whether someone has
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  • treated you poor and you think you have the right or not.
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  • Offense is not what you want. Offense is a stronghold and it
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  • controls you. I believe, and I can prove it to you if I took
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  • another three hours and just give you verse after verse. I
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  • believe that when the enemy gets you offended, that you are now
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  • in his control. All of the symptoms and the adjectives that
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  • the Bible talks about do not come from heaven. They do not
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  • come from the blessing. They're all in the curse side and it
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  • doesn't mean the curse has the right to come against you. It
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  • just means that all sorts of stuff begins to mess up your
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  • life. In Proverbs 18:19 says this, "A brother offended is
  • 00:19:41.280 --> 00:19:50.070
  • harder to be won over than a strong city, Proverbs 18:19, and
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  • their contentions separate them like the bars of a castle." When
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  • you deal with somebody that you know or that you love, and they
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  • are offended, and they've taken the bait, okay. You will not be
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  • able to change their heart. So if you have to do something. If
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  • you actually did something, then ask for forgiveness. If you
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  • haven't done anything, stop chasing them around like a
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  • chicken with your head chopped off trying to win them back, win
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  • them back. If they're offended, then they made a mistake of
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  • making that offense. They've stepped into the offense.
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  • They've taken the bait, skandalon. They are trapped by
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  • the enemy not by you. You have done nothing. And even if you
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  • did do something, that they were still forbidden to be offended.
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  • I have watched people just sucked up to people and chasing
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  • them around their whole lives trying to make up for what. You
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  • do not have the ability to offend me. Offense is not
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  • something you can give me. Offense is something I create
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  • and take. Immature Christians are the ones who get offended. I
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  • don't care if you've been serving God for 40 years. You
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  • get offended, you're immature. You're immature. Immature
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  • Christians will stay offended their entire life. Every
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  • relationship that gets around them can get contaminated so you
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  • gotta be careful about picking up their offense because they'll
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  • tell you about somebody around them and get you offended
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  • against them, too. I made a decision in my life and that is
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  • you can't turn me against anybody. I will meet them, and I
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  • will judge them on my -, I don't need your judgment. I will meet
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  • them, and I will decide on what's going on because there's
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  • always somebody who's got something to say about another
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  • person. And churches had become cesspools in many cases of
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  • people with no ability to develop relationships and they
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  • stay immature. If you don't teach them how, you get offense.
  • 00:21:43.040 --> 00:21:46.200
  • Once you got offense, you got a whole church place. You got a
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  • whole problem. I mean, families and husbands and wives. You said
  • 00:21:48.210 --> 00:21:51.200
  • this about my wife and a man just rises up. You did what in
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  • my family and my kid. God Lord it's a mess. And so to teach,
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  • there's a place of rest. There's a place of peace. There's a
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  • place of maturity. There's a place for God's Word works.
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  • There's a place where you can grow up and just back away. And
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  • when people sin against you or try to get you involved in an
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  • offense that you refuse. And when you do it, you just do it
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  • in a loving way and say, "Hey, bro, I love you both. And, you
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  • know, I don't even know what's wrong with them, but I know that
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  • just going by stacks there'll be something wrong with both of
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  • you, so I just opt out. There's something wrong with me. And so
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  • we can always work on this as long as we stay out of offense.
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  • But to get into offense is allows Satan to get involved in
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  • my generations, my health, every area of my life, finances,
  • 00:22:37.180 --> 00:22:40.270
  • etcetera and so I refuse. I'll pray for you. I love you." And,
  • 00:22:40.280 --> 00:22:44.230
  • you know, these kinds of things are crucial to the body of
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  • Christ. Jesus has so much to say about things like getting
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  • involved in the offense of another. That, you know, that
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  • you gossip. Why is that listed with murder? Because you can
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  • kill somebody, or you can murder that relationship, so they're
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  • finished for the rest of their lives of having a relationship.
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  • That's the thing that we say, the words. We can drive people
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  • to offense. We can say things that bring offense. When we're
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  • offended, we contaminate people with our offense. I opted out.
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  • And boy, do I have to work at it. So if I have to work at it,
  • 00:23:18.120 --> 00:23:22.170
  • you know, maybe a lot of you are better than me. But I still
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  • think you're gonna have to work at it. You're gonna have to know
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  • this and every time someone hurt you, sins against you, comes
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  • against you. You're gonna have to make a decision that I'm not,
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  • I'm not. I'm letting it go. I'm not gonna, you know, you can
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  • grab. Say this is boiling water that is just poured into this
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  • cup and I grab. The Bible says that offense is you hold on to
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  • it. Now, you're burning. Jesus heal me. Oh, take the pain away.
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  • Take the pain away. Take the pain away. Let go. It hurt so
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  • much. Jesus, help me. Let go! How much in our lives are we
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  • gonna hang on to as offense?
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  • to be directed by God. So many people want formulas, so many
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