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Real: Engaging Influencers

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September 12, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Real: Engaging Influencers

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  • salt in the dirt now, there's dirt,
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  • there's other stuff that's in the soil,
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  • and so it could become contaminated,
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  • but the way that salt stays pure,
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  • is it stays right up next to the rock
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  • and allows the water to wash over it.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: We're in a series called "REAL",
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  • REAL is an acronym that stands for relevant, engaging,
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  • authentic life.
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  • And we're really talking about sharing our faith
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  • and being witnesses in the world.
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  • And last week we talked about real fisherman,
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  • this week we're gonna talk about engaging influencers,
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  • in other words, God gives us influence -- now this is gonna
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  • be one of those wise statements that I have.
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  • God gives us influence to influence.
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  • See how wise that was?
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  • But He wants you -- in other words, we're gonna have
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  • to engage people.
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  • We're gonna have to be engaging ourselves.
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  • So, engaging influencers, and we're gonna talk about
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  • it from scripture, and God gives us two examples
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  • of influencers that we are.
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  • That we are, not just that we're like, we are.
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  • So look in Matthew 5, this is part of the Sermon on the Mount,
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  • verse 13.
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  • "You are the salt of the earth",
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  • you are the salt of the earth.
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  • Oh this is just gonna be so good here in a moment.
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  • I wanted to tell you right now how good that is,
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  • but I'll tell you in a moment.
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  • "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses
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  • its flavor", or it's savor, its ability to influence.
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  • "How shall it be seasoned?
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  • It's then good for nothing", it's where the phrase
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  • good for nothing came -- nevermind.
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  • "It's good for nothing but to be thrown out
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  • and trampled underfoot by men."
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  • Then look at verse 14, "You are the light of the world.
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  • A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
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  • Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket,
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  • but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who
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  • are in the house.
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  • Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
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  • your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
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  • Now last week we talked about how He used the analogy
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  • of fishing to the fishermen, now we're talking about He's using
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  • the analogies of salt and light,
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  • but he takes it a step further even, and He says this,
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  • "you are, you actually are salt and you are light."
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  • So, this week's message only has two points, number one,
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  • you are salt.
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  • You are salt.
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  • He said it very clearly.
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  • How could He say you are salt?
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  • And I personally don't believe He was talking about
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  • the salt content in your body, although you are .4% salt,
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  • if you didn't know that.
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  • It would be .04 if you want
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  • to think about it that way, but it is four tenths of one.
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  • You don't care at all.
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  • My wife when I said all those numbers she had no clue,
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  • nor does she care.
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  • But let me put it to you this way, okay, so I could break
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  • it down into pounds very easily, you could do that
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  • mathematically taking your weight by .4
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  • but another way to do it would be by teaspoons.
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  • So if you weigh 125 pounds you have 45 teaspoons of salt
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  • in your body.
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  • Just think about 45 teaspoons already in your body.
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  • If you weigh about 200 pounds, like some of us,
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  • then you have about 75 teaspoons of salt.
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  • So, when Jesus said, "you are salt" obviously that's
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  • what He was talking about, right?
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  • Of course not.
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  • He was talking about salt as an influence.
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  • It's an influence.
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  • You might not know this but salt is mentioned more
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  • in the Bible than you might think.
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  • Even in the Old Testament -- this is going to shock you,
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  • but when you gave sacrifices, and you know sacrifices
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  • were in the Old Testament, all through the Old Testament,
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  • you actually had to season every sacrifice
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  • with salt.
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  • So, we know that everything in the Old Testament
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  • represents something, but let me show you
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  • the scriptures and then tell you what it represents.
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  • Leviticus 2:13, "And every offering of your grain offering
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  • you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt
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  • of the covenant", notice the phrase salt of the covenant,
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  • "of your God to be lacking from your grain offering.
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  • With all your offerings you shall offer salt."
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  • Numbers 18:19, "All the heave offerings of the holy
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  • things, which the children of Israel offer to the Lord,
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  • I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you
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  • as an ordinance forever; It is a covenant of salt
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  • forever before the Lord with you and your descendants
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  • with you."
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  • Okay, so why does God say this?
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  • It's because salt preserves.
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  • It's because salt is symbolic of eternity.
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  • It is symbolic of causing something to continue to last.
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  • So He calls it a covenant of salt because He says,
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  • "I'm going to preserve you."
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  • Now, hear me about this, we talk about the perseverance
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  • of the saints, but I would like to talk about
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  • the preservation of the saints.
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  • This is different.
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  • Three times, twice in the Psalms, once in Proverbs
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  • this is where we get it, and I think we mix it up and we say
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  • the perseverance of the saints, but it's really
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  • the preservation, three times, twice in Psalms,
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  • once in Proverbs, God says,
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  • "I preserve the souls of my saints."
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  • That makes me feel good because it's not my sticking
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  • power, it's His staying power.
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  • It's God who preserves my soul forever.
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  • I'm going to live forever because of Jesus Christ,
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  • so it's symbolic of eternity.
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  • I was sharing this with Debbie, and I said salt,
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  • and do you know what salt symbolizes in the Bible?
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  • She said I don't have any clue.
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  • I said it's eternity, it symbolizes eternity.
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  • And she said, well maybe that's why you and I like salt
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  • so much, because our marriage is an eternal covenant.
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  • What's funny is all the women, aww, all the men are like,
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  • yeah who cares, get on with the message, come on,
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  • keep going, get back to the salt stuff.
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  • How many teaspoons in our body?
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  • Okay.
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  • So salt is a preservative, now hear me.
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  • He said, "you are the salt of the world, of the earth."
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  • Listen, listen carefully, we are preserving our
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  • world from ending.
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  • We are preserving our society from decaying.
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  • The more you take Christian faith principals and morals
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  • out of society the quicker that society will die and decay.
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  • You think about it.
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  • We took prayer out of our schools,
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  • look what's happened.
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  • We took the ten commandments out, look what's happened.
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  • Our society -- the sooner you take the salt out --
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  • but it doesn't -- I would love prayer in schools,
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  • I would love to see all that, but there are still Christians
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  • in schools.
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  • There's still Christians in courtrooms.
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  • There could be Christians on the school board.
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  • Christians on the city council, Christians in the state
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  • legislature, and we could preserve our society
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  • because we are salt.
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  • We are salt, that's what God said, that's what Jesus said.
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  • Salt also makes things taste good.
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  • We make God taste good, hopefully.
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  • Some Christians are not good for anything,
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  • just to be thrown out, and it said trampled underfoot.
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  • You know what they actually did with bad salt?
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  • They put it on their streets to keep grass from growing.
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  • It would kill everything you put it on.
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  • That's what bad salt does.
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  • So it's just trodden underfoot.
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  • But good salt makes God taste good.
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  • We talked last week, taste and see that the Lord is good.
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  • We can, because we're salt we can make taste good.
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  • I can remember some of the mission trips --
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  • I go on like nice mission trips now, nice hotels, nice cities,
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  • nice places.
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  • You know, things like that, it's great.
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  • Years ago, we used to go on some primitive mission trips,
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  • and if you've done it, you've stayed in a hut and you know,
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  • stuff like that.
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  • And some of those, it's amazing what you eat,
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  • you get served, you know.
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  • And they'll say it like this, "Oh God has provided
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  • a blessing for us.
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  • He has provided monkey brains."
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  • Praise the lord.
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  • Could you pass the salt, please?
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  • I actually used to get dehydrated on these mission
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  • trips, and I found out flying so long will dehydrate you,
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  • you need to drink a lot of water on long airplane flights,
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  • I wasn't drinking enough water.
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  • Sometimes you're afraid to drink the water.
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  • Bottled water was not as available in some of these
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  • places, and then I salted everything, which was,
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  • you know, dried me out.
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  • But salt makes things taste good.
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  • Okay, but how does salt?
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  • It says if salt loses its flavor, it's kind
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  • of a modern word, but savor is the word.
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  • How does it lose its savor?
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  • Okay, so how does salt become bad in the natural?
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  • Salt is right up, it's underground, and it's right up
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  • next to the rock.
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  • Hopefully right there you got it.
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  • 1 Corinthians says that that rock they drank from the same
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  • water in the desert and that rock was Christ.
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  • So, it's right up next to the rock, and it's purified
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  • by the washing of water over it.
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  • Hopefully you got that one too, cause Ephesians 5
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  • says that we're washed by the water of the word.
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  • So the way you stay pure, and see there's earthly
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  • elements, I'm talking about salt in the dirt now,
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  • there's dirt, there's other stuff that's in the soil,
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  • and so it could become contaminated, but the way
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  • that salt stays pure, is it stays right up next to the rock
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  • and allows the water to wash over it.
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  • Are y'all getting this?
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  • Stay close to Jesus and in the word.
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  • Otherwise all of us could end up doing something foolish,
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  • and if we do something foolish we could lose our witness.
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  • Are y'all following me?
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  • Okay, cause I really think this is good stuff.
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  • I mean, okay -- no you don't have to clap.
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  • Not now it's too late, it's too late.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • We're supposed to be an influence everywhere we go,
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  • so let me tell you a story I thought about,
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  • cause I was a little foolish in my influence but I didn't do
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  • something bad, okay, just let me say that.
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  • But we were on an elder's retreat with Shady Grove elders
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  • and we went snow skiing, we would meet in the mornings
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  • and pray and worship and talk about the vision of the church
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  • and all, and then we'd do something fun in the afternoons
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  • to relax and be friends together,
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  • and so we went snow skiing.
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  • And one of my friends had never skied before,
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  • and so I was trying to help him, and I checked on him every now
  • 00:11:57.130 --> 00:12:00.260
  • and then, he was on the bunny slope.
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  • He's 6'5, about 280 pounds, biggest bunny on the slope.
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  • And, I thought, "you know what, I'm gonna
  • 00:12:10.200 --> 00:12:11.200
  • take him on the easiest green slope there is."
  • 00:12:11.230 --> 00:12:14.270
  • So we got ready to get on the chair, I said,
  • 00:12:15.000 --> 00:12:17.010
  • "Now when the chair goes by you gotta go pretty fast,
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  • we gotta get up there and get on the next chair."
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  • You know, so when the first chair went by, I took off,
  • 00:12:21.150 --> 00:12:24.100
  • he fell, and a lady skied up beside me, I think she'd been
  • 00:12:24.130 --> 00:12:29.150
  • watching knowing he'd fall, and sat on the chair.
  • 00:12:29.180 --> 00:12:32.050
  • I'm watching to see the chair, I turn around and there's
  • 00:12:32.080 --> 00:12:33.190
  • this lady there.
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  • And she started talking to me, and not in a good way.
  • 00:12:36.150 --> 00:12:41.200
  • And she started saying things about, you know,
  • 00:12:41.230 --> 00:12:44.240
  • "Would you like to meet later and have drinks?"
  • 00:12:44.270 --> 00:12:46.140
  • Or something like that, and so I thought, the first thing
  • 00:12:46.170 --> 00:12:50.100
  • that came to my mind was I said, "I'm married."
  • 00:12:50.130 --> 00:12:54.030
  • And she said, "Well I am too."
  • 00:12:54.060 --> 00:12:56.220
  • And I thought, "You know, I've gotta do something kind
  • 00:12:56.250 --> 00:12:59.010
  • of abrupt here, cause -- to cut this off you know,
  • 00:12:59.040 --> 00:13:03.190
  • and so this is what came to my mind.
  • 00:13:03.220 --> 00:13:05.260
  • I just said, "Well, I'm married to two people."
  • 00:13:05.290 --> 00:13:08.160
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:13:08.190 --> 00:13:15.160
  • And she said, "Oh really?"
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  • And she scooted over, you know, you can't go far
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  • on a ski lift you know.
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  • She scooted over a little bit,
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  • And then I shared my testimony with her
  • 00:13:23.290 --> 00:13:26.270
  • and we had like 15 minutes you know, to the top,
  • 00:13:27.000 --> 00:13:29.160
  • and I thought, "Listen lady, you started it, so you're gonna get
  • 00:13:29.190 --> 00:13:33.140
  • the whole testimony, and you're gonna get the gospel,
  • 00:13:33.170 --> 00:13:35.220
  • and you know, and it's 50 feet to the ground.
  • 00:13:35.250 --> 00:13:39.290
  • Just be an influence wherever you go, alright.
  • 00:13:40.020 --> 00:13:42.170
  • There are probably better ways, but alright,
  • 00:13:42.200 --> 00:13:44.050
  • here's number two.
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  • You're light.
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  • You're salt, you are light.
  • 00:13:48.280 --> 00:13:50.290
  • Now, I could have said we, but I'm just using the pronoun
  • 00:13:51.020 --> 00:13:55.200
  • Jesus used, you, to make it personal to all of us.
  • 00:13:55.230 --> 00:13:58.290
  • You are salt, and you are light.
  • 00:13:59.020 --> 00:14:01.240
  • Now here's what gets me, and this has happened to you.
  • 00:14:01.270 --> 00:14:04.110
  • You read something in the Bible and you think,
  • 00:14:04.140 --> 00:14:06.000
  • "That reminds me of another verse."
  • 00:14:06.030 --> 00:14:08.140
  • So, when I read you are the light of the world,
  • 00:14:08.170 --> 00:14:13.190
  • it reminded me of another verse, the other verse was
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:16.090
  • in John when Jesus said, "I am the light of the world."
  • 00:14:16.120 --> 00:14:22.100
  • So I thought, no, we're not really the light of the world,
  • 00:14:22.130 --> 00:14:27.020
  • you're the light of the world.
  • 00:14:27.050 --> 00:14:29.160
  • And it's like the Lord said to me, "Did I say you're
  • 00:14:29.190 --> 00:14:31.050
  • the light of the world?"
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  • Yeah you did but you also said that you were the light
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  • of the world.
  • 00:14:35.190 --> 00:14:36.180
  • "Yeah, but I said you're the light of the world."
  • 00:14:36.210 --> 00:14:37.260
  • So I had to go over to John 8 to figure it out, and I read
  • 00:14:37.290 --> 00:14:40.290
  • John 8 and I didn't quite get it, and then I read
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  • John 9 and I got a little bit more, then I got to John 12
  • 00:14:42.290 --> 00:14:45.200
  • and I got it even more.
  • 00:14:45.230 --> 00:14:47.070
  • So, let me show you how Jesus can say,
  • 00:14:47.100 --> 00:14:48.270
  • "I am the light of the world."
  • 00:14:49.000 --> 00:14:50.220
  • And then how He can also say you are the light
  • 00:14:50.250 --> 00:14:52.100
  • of the world, alright.
  • 00:14:52.130 --> 00:14:53.290
  • So John 8:12 says, "Then Jesus spoke to them again",
  • 00:14:54.020 --> 00:14:57.220
  • that's because He'd said this before, "saying,
  • 00:14:57.250 --> 00:14:59.170
  • 'I am the light of the world.
  • 00:14:59.200 --> 00:15:03.050
  • He who follows me shall not walk in darkness,
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  • but have the light of life."
  • 00:15:06.010 --> 00:15:08.250
  • John 9:5, watch this carefully, "As long as I am
  • 00:15:08.280 --> 00:15:14.070
  • in the world", as long as I'm on earth,
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  • "I am the light of the world."
  • 00:15:20.140 --> 00:15:22.240
  • And then John 12:35, "Then Jesus said to them" --
  • 00:15:22.270 --> 00:15:26.050
  • okay, wait, take the scripture down because everyone will
  • 00:15:26.080 --> 00:15:28.170
  • read it and not listen.
  • 00:15:28.200 --> 00:15:30.040
  • Alright, you gotta remember that John 12 begins a change.
  • 00:15:30.070 --> 00:15:35.190
  • John 12 He begins to prepare them for the end, John 13
  • 00:15:35.220 --> 00:15:40.270
  • He washes their feet, John 14, 15, and 16
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  • is the conversation at the last supper.
  • 00:15:43.070 --> 00:15:45.080
  • John 17 is the prayer in the garden.
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  • John 18 He's arrested and tried.
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  • John 19 He's crucified.
  • 00:15:50.120 --> 00:15:52.010
  • John 20 He rises from the dead and appears
  • 00:15:52.040 --> 00:15:54.240
  • to His disciples, and John 21 He appears to His disciples
  • 00:15:54.270 --> 00:15:57.030
  • eight days later.
  • 00:15:57.060 --> 00:15:58.060
  • Okay, so John 12 He's beginning to tell them,
  • 00:15:58.090 --> 00:16:01.080
  • "I'm about to be taken out of the world."
  • 00:16:01.110 --> 00:16:03.290
  • Are you all following me?
  • 00:16:04.020 --> 00:16:04.290
  • So that's important alright.
  • 00:16:05.020 --> 00:16:06.140
  • John 12:35, "Then Jesus said to them,
  • 00:16:06.170 --> 00:16:08.230
  • "A little while longer the light is with you.
  • 00:16:08.260 --> 00:16:14.110
  • Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you;
  • 00:16:14.140 --> 00:16:18.170
  • he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.
  • 00:16:18.200 --> 00:16:21.080
  • While you have the light", now he's talking
  • 00:16:21.110 --> 00:16:23.200
  • to His disciples, "believe in the light," watch this,
  • 00:16:23.230 --> 00:16:27.230
  • "that you may become sons of the light."
  • 00:16:27.260 --> 00:16:33.190
  • See, Jesus is not in His incarnate form,
  • 00:16:33.220 --> 00:16:37.110
  • which incarnate means in the flesh.
  • 00:16:37.140 --> 00:16:38.250
  • He's not in the flesh anymore as one person,
  • 00:16:38.280 --> 00:16:42.200
  • but He's still in the flesh.
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  • He's in us.
  • 00:16:46.170 --> 00:16:48.220
  • As a matter of fact, it's so clear in the scripture,
  • 00:16:48.250 --> 00:16:50.200
  • just to remind you, we are called the what of Christ?
  • 00:16:50.230 --> 00:16:55.160
  • The body.
  • 00:16:55.190 --> 00:16:57.250
  • We are the body of Christ on the earth right now.
  • 00:16:57.280 --> 00:17:01.170
  • Jesus is not -- the light is in us.
  • 00:17:01.200 --> 00:17:04.170
  • So that's how He said you're the light of the world,
  • 00:17:04.200 --> 00:17:06.240
  • as long as I'm in the world, I'm the light of the world,
  • 00:17:06.270 --> 00:17:09.130
  • but when I leave, you're gonna be the light of the world.
  • 00:17:09.160 --> 00:17:11.240
  • The only light this world will have will be you.
  • 00:17:11.270 --> 00:17:17.190
  • And if you don't shine, if you put your light under
  • 00:17:17.220 --> 00:17:20.260
  • a basket, then we're gonna be in trouble.
  • 00:17:20.290 --> 00:17:25.090
  • I want you to think about that.
  • 00:17:25.120 --> 00:17:27.040
  • If we don't -- as I said, serve on the city councils,
  • 00:17:27.070 --> 00:17:30.090
  • if we don't vote biblical principles, if we don't
  • 00:17:30.120 --> 00:17:32.130
  • speak up, our world is gonna continue to decay.
  • 00:17:32.160 --> 00:17:37.250
  • It's gonna get darker and darker.
  • 00:17:37.280 --> 00:17:39.250
  • The only way our world is gonna get lighter
  • 00:17:39.280 --> 00:17:41.080
  • and lighter is if we'll take the baskets off.
  • 00:17:41.110 --> 00:17:44.190
  • And a whole bunch of people have baskets on, they have
  • 00:17:44.220 --> 00:17:48.150
  • baskets of fear, you know, I'm afraid what would happen.
  • 00:17:48.180 --> 00:17:53.150
  • They have baskets of shame, you know, I'm not worthy.
  • 00:17:53.180 --> 00:17:57.060
  • Well that's never been the argument.
  • 00:17:57.090 --> 00:17:59.280
  • You're not.
  • 00:18:00.030 --> 00:18:01.080
  • He made you worthy, it's by his blood and that's why you
  • 00:18:01.110 --> 00:18:03.000
  • can talk to someone else who's not worthy.
  • 00:18:03.030 --> 00:18:05.030
  • So we gotta get the baskets off, we've got to become light.
  • 00:18:05.060 --> 00:18:09.020
  • Do you know why you work where you work?
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  • Listen to me, you say, well it's because God provides
  • 00:18:12.190 --> 00:18:15.130
  • for me through that.
  • 00:18:15.160 --> 00:18:16.150
  • No.
  • 00:18:16.180 --> 00:18:18.060
  • That's not why God gave you the job you have.
  • 00:18:18.090 --> 00:18:21.120
  • Because God can provide for you with ravens.
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  • He can send manna from heaven, He can get water out
  • 00:18:24.140 --> 00:18:26.100
  • of a rock.
  • 00:18:26.130 --> 00:18:28.060
  • He has no problem providing for you.
  • 00:18:28.090 --> 00:18:31.260
  • He makes His -- His streets are made out of gold.
  • 00:18:31.290 --> 00:18:36.110
  • Okay the foundation of His house are diamonds,
  • 00:18:36.140 --> 00:18:39.200
  • and His gates are pearls.
  • 00:18:39.230 --> 00:18:41.220
  • It's not because He's extravagant, it's just cause
  • 00:18:41.250 --> 00:18:43.130
  • it's just laying around, okay?
  • 00:18:43.160 --> 00:18:49.060
  • He has no problem providing for His children.
  • 00:18:49.090 --> 00:18:50.280
  • He didn't give your job to provide for you.
  • 00:18:51.010 --> 00:18:54.280
  • He gave you your job so you'd be a light in a dark world.
  • 00:18:55.010 --> 00:19:00.200
  • Wherever you are right now, your coworkers are probably
  • 00:19:00.230 --> 00:19:05.260
  • not going to go to heaven unless you take your basket off.
  • 00:19:05.290 --> 00:19:11.120
  • What about the neighborhood you live in?
  • 00:19:11.150 --> 00:19:12.290
  • How many of you have moved to a new house
  • 00:19:13.020 --> 00:19:16.180
  • or a new apartment, a new place of living,
  • 00:19:16.210 --> 00:19:18.110
  • let's say within the last five to seven years.
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:21.060
  • Can I see, put your hands up.
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  • Okay.
  • 00:19:23.150 --> 00:19:25.120
  • Did you pray that God would lead you there?
  • 00:19:25.150 --> 00:19:28.060
  • Did you pray and ask God, please, please give us
  • 00:19:28.090 --> 00:19:30.080
  • the house, lord, please, we want that house so bad.
  • 00:19:30.110 --> 00:19:33.120
  • And God said yes.
  • 00:19:33.150 --> 00:19:35.010
  • You know why?
  • 00:19:35.040 --> 00:19:36.180
  • Yes He likes to bless His kids, but He puts you there
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:40.000
  • to be an influence.
  • 00:19:40.030 --> 00:19:43.050
  • Even worked miracles for some of you to get there.
  • 00:19:43.080 --> 00:19:47.130
  • Right? Why?
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:49.090
  • Light.
  • 00:19:49.120 --> 00:19:50.120
  • It's a miracle.
  • 00:19:50.150 --> 00:19:51.220
  • Now, think about even these two elements of light and salt.
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:57.150
  • Salt is an internal influence,
  • 00:19:57.180 --> 00:19:59.280
  • light is an external influence.
  • 00:20:00.010 --> 00:20:03.200
  • Salt is a covert influence, works over time.
  • 00:20:03.230 --> 00:20:09.150
  • Light is an overt influence.
  • 00:20:09.180 --> 00:20:15.130
  • Salt is a subtle influence.
  • 00:20:15.160 --> 00:20:23.180
  • Light is an obvious influence.
  • 00:20:23.210 --> 00:20:25.100
  • If you don't think light's an obvious influence walk into
  • 00:20:25.130 --> 00:20:27.150
  • a dark room and flip the light switch.
  • 00:20:27.180 --> 00:20:30.060
  • Darkness goes immediately when light goes in.
  • 00:20:30.090 --> 00:20:34.170
  • Get up early tomorrow morning and watch the sun
  • 00:20:34.200 --> 00:20:37.060
  • come up and see where all the darkness goes.
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  • You are salt, you are light.
  • 00:20:41.280 --> 00:20:46.250
  • Please hear me.
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:48.110
  • If we don't do our job the world's gonna decay,
  • 00:20:48.140 --> 00:20:52.180
  • and it's gonna go farther in the darkness.
  • 00:20:52.210 --> 00:20:56.090
  • I was on a hunting trip years ago in Colorado,
  • 00:20:56.120 --> 00:21:00.190
  • some of you have heard is talk about James Robison and I,
  • 00:21:00.220 --> 00:21:05.220
  • a Bible teacher named Dudley Hall, some of us we were taught
  • 00:21:05.250 --> 00:21:09.220
  • back in the 80's about deliverance
  • 00:21:09.250 --> 00:21:12.000
  • from a carpet cleaner named Milton Green.
  • 00:21:12.030 --> 00:21:15.050
  • And we didn't know anything about demons
  • 00:21:15.080 --> 00:21:17.160
  • and deliverance, and we'd been taught to kind of stay away
  • 00:21:17.190 --> 00:21:19.180
  • from that subject.
  • 00:21:19.210 --> 00:21:20.260
  • And this guy just taught us and it actually helped us
  • 00:21:20.290 --> 00:21:22.230
  • cause we realized, hey, as believers we can be
  • 00:21:22.260 --> 00:21:25.100
  • in bondage and it's a change that came in my life,
  • 00:21:25.130 --> 00:21:28.230
  • James Robinson's life, Dudley Hall's life, others,
  • 00:21:28.260 --> 00:21:31.270
  • you know, at that time.
  • 00:21:32.000 --> 00:21:33.240
  • So, we were on this deer hunt, and we had Milton
  • 00:21:33.270 --> 00:21:36.050
  • there teaching us about deliverance, but it was a place
  • 00:21:36.080 --> 00:21:39.250
  • where we hunted where we would go to different sections,
  • 00:21:39.280 --> 00:21:42.030
  • Colorado is divided into different sections of land,
  • 00:21:42.060 --> 00:21:44.140
  • and then but then the camp was all one place,
  • 00:21:44.170 --> 00:21:46.210
  • so there were other men from other places
  • 00:21:46.240 --> 00:21:49.280
  • there that were camping, so at night we would meet men
  • 00:21:50.010 --> 00:21:52.070
  • from other states or places, you know.
  • 00:21:52.100 --> 00:21:55.020
  • So there was this one guy Dudley Hall and I started
  • 00:21:55.050 --> 00:21:57.090
  • talking to him about the Lord, and he was real
  • 00:21:57.120 --> 00:22:00.040
  • interested, he had gone through some difficulties,
  • 00:22:00.070 --> 00:22:02.100
  • he wanted to hear about the Lord, and so we started
  • 00:22:02.130 --> 00:22:04.170
  • talking to him.
  • 00:22:04.200 --> 00:22:05.250
  • Well one night we got him right to the place of accepting
  • 00:22:05.280 --> 00:22:08.160
  • Jesus, and he said, you know, I want to accept Jesus,
  • 00:22:08.190 --> 00:22:11.160
  • but something's stopping me.
  • 00:22:11.190 --> 00:22:13.230
  • I just don't know what it is, something's stopping me.
  • 00:22:13.260 --> 00:22:15.250
  • Well for 30 minutes we tried to reason with him,
  • 00:22:15.280 --> 00:22:19.150
  • we did everything we could and he just saying, I know,
  • 00:22:19.180 --> 00:22:22.230
  • but I just, something's stopping me.
  • 00:22:22.260 --> 00:22:24.140
  • Well during that time, now remember,
  • 00:22:24.170 --> 00:22:25.220
  • Dudley and I we're professionals.
  • 00:22:25.250 --> 00:22:29.160
  • We get paid to do this, okay, we know what we're doing
  • 00:22:29.190 --> 00:22:32.150
  • you know, but we weren't getting anywhere with this guy.
  • 00:22:32.180 --> 00:22:34.210
  • Well Milton walks up, who's a carpet cleaner,
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:37.120
  • he's not a professional.
  • 00:22:37.150 --> 00:22:39.040
  • He walks up and this guys says, I want to accept Jesus,
  • 00:22:39.070 --> 00:22:43.030
  • but something is stopping me, and Milton says,
  • 00:22:43.060 --> 00:22:45.150
  • it's demons.
  • 00:22:45.180 --> 00:22:49.010
  • And Dudley and I thought no!
  • 00:22:49.040 --> 00:22:51.290
  • You don't bring up demons to a lost person, I mean you wait
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:55.180
  • till you get saved, sometimes two or three years
  • 00:22:55.210 --> 00:22:57.180
  • before you talk about demons, you don't just spring
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:23:01.120
  • demons on people like that, you know.
  • 00:23:01.150 --> 00:23:06.110
  • And Milton says, they talk to you, don't they?
  • 00:23:06.140 --> 00:23:08.270
  • They tell you that you're unworthy, and you're no good,
  • 00:23:09.000 --> 00:23:12.110
  • and they tell you about your childhood,
  • 00:23:12.140 --> 00:23:13.210
  • and they bring back things your dad said to you.
  • 00:23:13.240 --> 00:23:15.100
  • And he just started -- and they tell you that the world
  • 00:23:15.130 --> 00:23:17.240
  • would be better off without you.
  • 00:23:17.270 --> 00:23:19.000
  • And he said you'll be driving down the road
  • 00:23:19.030 --> 00:23:20.250
  • and a demon'll tell you you just ought to drive into
  • 00:23:20.280 --> 00:23:23.100
  • a concrete pillar and just end it all.
  • 00:23:23.130 --> 00:23:25.030
  • He said you ever heard that? The guy said yeah.
  • 00:23:25.060 --> 00:23:27.080
  • And Milton said, you want to listen to the guy who wants
  • 00:23:27.110 --> 00:23:28.270
  • to kill you, or you want to give your life to Jesus?
  • 00:23:29.000 --> 00:23:30.120
  • He said I want to give my life to Jesus.
  • 00:23:30.150 --> 00:23:39.290
  • Dudley said to me later, I'm quitting the ministry,
  • 00:23:40.020 --> 00:23:42.050
  • I can't even lead someone to Jesus.
  • 00:23:42.080 --> 00:23:48.130
  • What happened was light walked up, and Dudley and I had
  • 00:23:48.160 --> 00:23:56.030
  • our light under our little traditional basket,
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  • you notice Jesus never strayed away from talking
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  • about demons, He just cast 'em out of people.
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  • And light walked up and this guy said, something's
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  • stopping me, and light said, it's demons and they hate you.
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  • Are you gonna keep listening to them, or are you gonna
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  • get saved?
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  • I want us to be salt and light, and change our world,
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  • and I think we can do it.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I want to encourage you
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  • just to share your story.
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  • Just to witness to people, to be salt and to be light.
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  • In the same way my friend wasn't afraid to talk about
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  • Jesus Christ and to talk about the bondage
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  • that the enemy, Satan wants to hold us in,
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  • I want you to do the same thing.
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  • Many, many times people don't come to Christ simply
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  • because we don't tell them about the Lord.
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  • So pray about it this week, let God lay someone
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  • on your heart, be salt, in other words be an influencing
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  • agent in their lives, and be light.
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  • Share with them what happened to you,
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  • and let God do the rest.
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  • You know I have a little slogan about that,
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  • and that is, I do my best and I let God do the rest.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Jesus said, that we are to be both, "salt and light
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  • to the world around us," by sharing His truth
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  • with the people that are in our daily lives.
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  • So where exactly do we start?
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  • What are we supposed to share?
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  • And how do we it effectively?
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  • The good news is that sharing your story
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  • doesn't have to be difficult.
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  • In fact, it's one of the easiest things a believer can do.
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  • In the "REAL" series, Pastor Robert explains
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  • what it means to be a witness and live a real
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  • engaging and authentic life;
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  • a life that influences others with the truth of Jesus.
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  • In this four message series, you will learn the importance
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  • of how to tell your story.
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  • You will learn how to use the influence
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  • that God has already given you to become a better
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  • and bolder witness of His love and His work in your life.
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  • We want to send you this series on CD
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  • as our way of saying thank you for your gift of any amount.
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  • For your gift $35 or more we will send you this series
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  • on CD and include the real devotional.
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  • we will send you the Real series on CD and DVD,
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  • the Real devotional, and the latest
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  • Gateway Worship Album, "Greater Than."
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  • This series is also available online
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  • as either an audio or video digital download
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  • at PastorRobert.com
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  • Be sure to call or visit us online today
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  • to order these resources and please take a moment
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  • to connect with us by sharing your prayer needs.
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  • We look forward to hearing from you
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  • and as always, thank you for your
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  • generous support of this ministry.
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  • JIMMY EVANS: You're the firstborn of God
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  • and you have the right of the double portion.
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  • And it's time for the firstborn church of God to arise.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: When pride gets reversed in your life,
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  • you immediately step into God's plan for you,
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  • and you also step into God's provision for you.
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  • SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ: We are not those that will just survive.
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  • We're gonna change the world, because we will do nothing less
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  • in the name of Jesus Christ than thrive.
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