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November 26, 2020
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Pastor Robert delivers a message about the importance of getting God’s Word into our hearts to deepen our relationship with Him.

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  • Our relationship withthe Father is not something
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  • that we earn, it is a gift givento us freely by grace.
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  • Making the choice to receivethis gift is the best decision
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  • we will ever make.
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  • However, have you consideredthe importance of making
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  • God's Word the final authorityin your life?
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  • Join us today as my pastor,Robert Morris,
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  • teaches us how to move from therelationship we have now
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  • into true discipleship with God.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT MORRIS:We're in a series called,
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  • "You Are Here", and I want toremind you that --
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  • we began the series lastweekend, that the "You Are Here"
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  • sign is mainly to tell us how toget to where we want to go
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  • from where we are.
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  • And I believe that there'sa parable in Mark 4,
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  • and it's really --we're not going to be able
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  • to read the whole parable again,
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  • we read it last weekend,but it's verses 1 through 20.
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  • Jesus tells the parable,then they asked Him about it,
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  • then He made this statement -remember this statement:
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  • He said, "Do you notunderstand this parable?"
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  • Verse 13 He said, "how are yougoing to understand
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  • all the parables, if you can'tunderstand this one?"
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  • Then He explains it, so it'svery important and this parable
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  • reminded me of a survey thatwe took here at Gateway Church
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  • along with about 525 the otherchurches, 180.000 people,
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  • and it showed that everyonewho was attending church,
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  • was in four groups of people,and there are
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  • four groups of peoplein Mark 4.
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  • So, just to remind you of that,we drew four circles
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  • last weekend to representthese four groups of people,
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  • and we put the cross here,because there are people
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  • that are attending churchthat haven't come to
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  • the cross yet, haven't beensaved yet, and that's great.
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  • I'm glad, I'm very,very glad they're here.
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  • We called this first group"Exploring God".
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  • Then when you come tothe cross, this group
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  • is "Beginning in God".
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  • They're beginningtheir relationship in God.
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  • As we continue to grow,these people are "Close to God",
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  • and then these people are"God Centered".
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  • And we put some wordsover these.
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  • Last week, we calledthe message "Fellowship".
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  • These people are beginningto fellowship
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  • with other believersand learning about God.
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  • These people have come nowinto a relationship with God,
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  • and that's the title,by the way,
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  • of this week's message,if you want to put that.
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  • We're going to talk aboutrelationship this week.
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  • These people are learningmore about discipleship.
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  • And then, these peopleare really walking
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  • in the reality of lordship.
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  • Michael Jr. sent me a textand said great message,
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  • and he said, I was thinkingabout all of the ships
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  • that you had, and I thought thatthe enemy's plan is to get us
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  • to abandon ship.
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  • And I thought thatwas pretty good.
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  • By the way,even if you abandon ship,
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  • God will never abandon you.
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  • You need to know that.
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  • God will never leave youor forsake you.
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  • He'll never abandon you.
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  • But, if you abandon ship,you can get swallowed
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  • by a whale, and that stinks.
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  • So, and you can put the wordgrowing above all of these,
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  • because every personis growing,
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  • and if you ever stop growing,you'll go backward.
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  • Just one other thingI want to remind you of.
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  • When we did this survey,we found the way these people
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  • moved from group one togroup two was they chose
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  • to believe a truth that causedthem to make that move,
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  • and that was the truth of grace.
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  • These people moved fromgroup two to group three
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  • because they chose to believethat God's Word is true
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  • and is the final authority inhow they make
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  • all of their decisionsin their lives.
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  • These people moved fromgroup three to group four
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  • when they understoodthe truth of giving,
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  • not just giving their finances,but giving their life away
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  • to the kingdom of God.
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  • Now also, this week I wasthinking about these
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  • three truths and I remembereda Scripture, and remember,
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  • all of this is overcomingthe enemy.
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  • Mark 4, He's telling usthe enemy is going to try
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  • to steal the Word from you,he's going to persecute you
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  • for the Word, he's going totry to choke the Word,
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  • but you need to accept the Word.
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  • So, it's all aboutbattling the enemy here.
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  • I want to show you a versethat shows these three truths.
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  • Revelation 12:11 says,"And they overcame him",
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  • that's the enemy, watch,"by the blood of the Lamb",
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  • that's grace, "by the wordof their testimony",
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  • that's God's Word,"and they did not love
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  • their lives to the death",that's they gave their lives
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  • away for the kingdom of God.
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  • All right, so in Mark 4,we want to talk about this
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  • second group now, those whoare beginning in God.
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  • Again, I wish I had time toread the whole thing,
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  • but look at Verses 16 and 17.
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  • This is Jesus explaining it.
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  • "These likewise are the onessown on stony ground,
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  • who when they hear the Word,immediately receive it"...
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  • these are people whohave received the Word
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  • with gladness, "and they haveno root in themselves".
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  • They have no root.
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  • They're new in their faith.
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  • "And so endureonly for a time.
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  • Afterward, when tribulationor persecution arises
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  • for the Word's sake",the enemy comes at them
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  • for the Word's sake,"immediately they stumble".
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  • So, I have two pointsfor you this week.
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  • The first point is,what's Satan's plan?
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  • It'd be good for us to knowwhat Satan's plan is.
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  • All of these, remember,talk about the Word.
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  • Satan, in group one, istrying to steal the word;
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  • "Lest they believe and besaved"; we saw last week;
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  • he's trying to persecutethem for the words sake,
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  • bring tribulation.
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  • He is trying to choke the word,that's next weekend's message.
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  • The cares of this world,the deceitfulness of riches,
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  • the cares for other things,choke this world -
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  • choke the word.
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  • And then the forth groupaccept the word.
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  • So the battle is alwaysagainst the Word.
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  • Look at Verse 4.
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  • Mark 4:4, "It happened as hesowed that some seed fell
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  • by the wayside, and the birdsof the air came
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  • and devoured it".
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • "The birds of the air came."
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  • And then they asked Him toexplain it, and in Verse 15
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  • He explains that one verse.
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  • He explains the whole parable,but this verse.
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  • "These are the ones by thewayside where the Word is sown.
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  • When they hear, Satan comesimmediately and takes away
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  • the Word that was sownin their heart."
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  • Now, let me just remind you thatthat shocked us last weekend,
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  • that Satan could take theword out of your heart.
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  • I'm going to show you latertoday how you can keep
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  • Satan from taking the wordout of your heart;
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  • there's a scripturethat tells us how, okay?
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  • But, here's the point.
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  • Satan is trying to takethe Word out of our hearts,
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  • that's sown in our hearts,but when Jesus tells this,
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  • he says "the birds of the air".
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  • Now, when I was beginningin God, I was learning the Word.
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  • I'm going to tell you somethings that helped me
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  • to learn the Word of God.
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  • What helped me to getexcited about the Word,
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  • and to read the Word, was I sawthis parabolic language,
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  • this symbolic language,all through the Bible.
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  • All through the Bible.Remember, we talked last weekend
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  • that Jesus spokein parables, right?
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  • Okay, when you understandthat the book is all true,
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  • but it has a lot of parabolic,a lot of symbolic language
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  • in it, it's exciting touncover these meanings.
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  • Let me say it another way:did Jesus speak in parables?
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  • CONGREGATION: Yes.
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  • ROBERT: Okay, John 5,Jesus said,
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  • "I don't do anythingunless I first see
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  • my Father do it".
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  • Okay, Jesus spoke in parables,but He doesn't do anything
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  • unless He first seesthe Father do it,
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  • so here's a question for you.
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  • When did He first seeHis Father do it?
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  • In the Old Testament.
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  • Now listen to me carefully.
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  • The Old Testament's true.
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  • It's completely true.
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  • It's not a parable, it's true,but it has parabolic language
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  • in it.
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  • Let me show you a coupleof Scriptures.
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  • Psalm 78:2 says, "I willopen my mouth in a parable".
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  • This is the Old Testament.
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  • "I will open my mouthin a parable."
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  • Let me just show you one versethat is in the Old Testament
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  • that is parabolic, alright?Watch: Ezekiel 30:21.
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  • "Son of man, I have brokenthe arm of pharaoh
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  • king of Egypt".
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  • Okay, that's God talking.
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  • Says, "thus says the Lord" -the Lord's talking to Ezekiel.
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  • He said, I've brokenthe arm of pharaoh.
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  • Okay, listen to me: God neverbroke his arm, physically.
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  • He never broke his literal arm;we have no record of that.
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  • It's not what He'stalking about.
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  • He's speakingsymbolically, right?
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  • He saying, "I've broken hispower , I broke his strength.
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  • That's what I did."
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  • God does this a lotthrough scripture.
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  • Now, the reason I'm tellingyou this is because when
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  • you begin to see it, it causesthis book to come alive
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  • to you and just jumpoff the page.
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  • This is a great thing whenyou're beginning in God.
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  • Or even when you are growingin God, or close to God,
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  • or God-centered; it's wonderfulto see these things
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  • in Scripture.
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  • So remember, here's onethat I'm going to show you.
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  • Jesus said,"the birds of the air".
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  • The birds come.
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  • They said, well,who are the birds?
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  • He said, well, that's Satan.
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  • Now, when the Bible speaksof Satan, it's not always
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  • talking about the person ofSatan only, it's talking about
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  • the work of Satan,because a third of the angels
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  • fell with him.
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  • He has demonic spirits thatdo his work - spiritual hosts
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  • of wickedness,principalities and powers,
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  • all right?
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  • So, demons.
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  • Let me show you another versewhere it talks about birds,
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  • and you'll see very clearlyit's talking about
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  • demonic spirits.
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  • Revelation 18:2 says,"And he cried mightily
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  • with a loud voice, saying,"Babylon the great is fallen,
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  • is fallen, and has becomea dwelling place of demons,
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  • a prison for every foul spirit,and a cage for every unclean
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  • and hated bird. "
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  • Babylon is fallen,it's become a place of demons,
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  • foul spirits, and birds.
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  • Okay, that's not talkingabout literal birds.
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  • It's talking about demons,demonic spirits.
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  • And if you go back to Mark 4,Jesus said, now listen,
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  • birds representthe demonic spirits.
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  • Let me show youanother verse.
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  • In Deuteronomy, it's talkingabout the blessings
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  • and the curses.
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  • He says if you follow me andobey me, these blessings are
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  • going to come on you, but ifyou disobey me, these curses
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  • are going to come on you,and listen to one of the curses.
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  • Deuteronomy 28:26, "Yourcarcasses shall be food
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  • for all the birds of the airand the beasts of the earth,
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  • and no one shallfrighten them away".
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  • Now again, think about it.
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  • Mark 4, Jesus said the birdsof the air come.
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  • They said, well,who are the birds there?
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  • Well, that's Satan.That's who that is.
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  • Jesus Himself said that.
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  • So, when I was youngin the Lord,
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  • and I'm reading in Deuteronomy,and He said, listen,
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  • you walk away from me,and the birds of the air
  • 00:11:31.806 --> 00:11:33.274
  • are going to come after you,I thought,
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  • I know whatthe birds of the air are.
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  • I saw that in Mark 4.
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  • And then it says beasts.
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  • Birds and beasts are mentionedin the Old Testament
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  • together 44 times,44 times.
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  • And let me show you a versewhere it's obvious, again,
  • 00:11:48.256 --> 00:11:51.559
  • that beasts are talkingabout the demons,
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  • the demonic spirits.
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  • I'll show you.
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  • This is a verse, it talksabout God's sheep
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  • and God's shepherds.
  • 00:12:00.268 --> 00:12:02.303
  • Okay, He's not talking about- this is parabolic language.
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  • I don't know of any Theologianthat would disagree with this.
  • 00:12:05.874 --> 00:12:07.842
  • He's not talking about literalsheep and literal Shepherds.
  • 00:12:07.942 --> 00:12:12.080
  • And if you want to know,"Well, how do you know
  • 00:12:12.180 --> 00:12:13.915
  • for sure that 'sheep' isreferring to God's people?"
  • 00:12:14.015 --> 00:12:16.885
  • Psalm 100 verse 3.
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  • The Lord - you gothrough some 100,
  • 00:12:21.723 --> 00:12:23.424
  • but what does Psalm100 verse 3 say?
  • 00:12:23.525 --> 00:12:25.360
  • "We are the Sheepof His pasture."
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  • John 10 tells usHe's the shepherd.
  • 00:12:28.363 --> 00:12:31.900
  • Corinthians tells us that wepastors are under Shepherds;
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  • we shepherd with Him.
  • 00:12:34.836 --> 00:12:35.970
  • So He's not talking about
  • 00:12:36.070 --> 00:12:37.071
  • literal sheepand literal Shepherds,
  • 00:12:37.172 --> 00:12:38.540
  • He's talking aboutHis people and pastors.
  • 00:12:38.640 --> 00:12:43.311
  • Watch what happens when pastorsdon't feed His sheep, okay?
  • 00:12:43.411 --> 00:12:46.681
  • Ezekiel 34:5 said... it says,"They", that's talking about
  • 00:12:46.781 --> 00:12:50.385
  • the sheep, "were scatteredbecause there was no shepherd",
  • 00:12:50.485 --> 00:12:53.454
  • watch, "and they became foodfor all the beasts
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  • of the field whenthey were scattered."
  • 00:12:56.357 --> 00:12:59.260
  • Now see, this is whatbothers me, is people will say,
  • 00:12:59.360 --> 00:13:01.362
  • now that says sheep.
  • 00:13:01.462 --> 00:13:02.864
  • That's not talking aboutreal sheep, that's talking
  • 00:13:02.964 --> 00:13:04.132
  • about people, God's people.
  • 00:13:04.232 --> 00:13:05.867
  • And it says shepherds.
  • 00:13:05.967 --> 00:13:06.968
  • That's not talking aboutreal shepherds,
  • 00:13:07.068 --> 00:13:08.203
  • it's talking about pastors.
  • 00:13:08.303 --> 00:13:09.404
  • But now, beasts of the field,that's lions and tigers.
  • 00:13:09.504 --> 00:13:12.674
  • No, that's not literal beasts,that's spiritual beasts.
  • 00:13:12.774 --> 00:13:18.646
  • There are spiritual beaststhat want to come after you,
  • 00:13:18.746 --> 00:13:22.083
  • and spiritual birds thatwant to come after you.
  • 00:13:22.183 --> 00:13:25.220
  • Genesis 3:1 says,"Now the serpent..."
  • 00:13:25.320 --> 00:13:29.090
  • -- okay, let meask you something.
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  • Who's the serpent?
  • 00:13:30.258 --> 00:13:32.060
  • How do you know?
  • 00:13:32.160 --> 00:13:35.763
  • Well, we just know.
  • 00:13:35.864 --> 00:13:39.601
  • Okay, when I say somethingrepresents something,
  • 00:13:39.701 --> 00:13:42.203
  • I can give you a book,chapter, and verse.
  • 00:13:42.303 --> 00:13:44.639
  • I'll never tell you thisrepresents this without
  • 00:13:44.739 --> 00:13:47.175
  • giving you a book,chapter, and verse.
  • 00:13:47.275 --> 00:13:48.576
  • Revelation 12:9 says,"So the great dragon
  • 00:13:48.676 --> 00:13:51.546
  • was cast out, that serpent ofold called the Devil and Satan".
  • 00:13:51.646 --> 00:13:56.351
  • Okay, so we know.
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  • Obviously, we know thatit was Satan,
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  • So here's what I'm asking you.
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  • We assign a spiritualmeaning to serpent.
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  • We say that'stalking about Satan.
  • 00:14:05.093 --> 00:14:07.462
  • Is it possible there's anotherspiritual meaning in the verse?
  • 00:14:07.562 --> 00:14:10.899
  • Remember there are alsoother fallen angels,
  • 00:14:10.999 --> 00:14:12.667
  • demonic spirits.
  • 00:14:12.767 --> 00:14:13.768
  • Watch the rest of the verse,Genesis 3:1.
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  • "Now the serpent was morecunning than any beast
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  • of the field whichthe Lord God had made."
  • 00:14:20.441 --> 00:14:24.212
  • Is it possible thatthat is saying,
  • 00:14:24.312 --> 00:14:26.347
  • in the spiritual language,Satan is the most cunning
  • 00:14:26.447 --> 00:14:29.817
  • of all of the fallen angels?
  • 00:14:29.918 --> 00:14:33.588
  • I'm telling you, there's a lotin this book we haven't seen.
  • 00:14:33.688 --> 00:14:36.925
  • It's amazing.
  • 00:14:37.025 --> 00:14:39.560
  • When Jesus was in the wildernessbeing tempted 40 days,
  • 00:14:39.661 --> 00:14:43.331
  • Satan was there tempting Him.
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  • The angels the good angels werethere, ministering to Him.
  • 00:14:45.433 --> 00:14:47.835
  • Do you think it's possible thatthe demons, the Fallen Angels,
  • 00:14:47.936 --> 00:14:51.239
  • were also there,attacking Him?
  • 00:14:51.339 --> 00:14:53.174
  • Watch this verse becauseit doesn't make any sense to me,
  • 00:14:53.274 --> 00:14:56.844
  • unless you see spirituallanguage in the Bible.
  • 00:14:56.945 --> 00:14:59.580
  • Mark 1:12 and 13.
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  • "Immediatelythe Spirit drove Him..."
  • 00:15:01.683 --> 00:15:03.518
  • -- Jesus --"...into the wilderness.
  • 00:15:03.618 --> 00:15:04.752
  • And He was there inthe wilderness 40 days,
  • 00:15:04.852 --> 00:15:07.388
  • tempted by Satan,and was with the wild beasts;
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  • and the angelsministered to Him."
  • 00:15:14.729 --> 00:15:19.000
  • Okay, I don't think that'stalking about lions and bears.
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  • The one who could stopthe mouths of lions,
  • 00:15:22.603 --> 00:15:25.540
  • he wouldn't tell us, "Now therewere also lions and bears there,
  • 00:15:25.640 --> 00:15:27.642
  • and Jesus had to hide sometimesand climb trees, and all."
  • 00:15:27.742 --> 00:15:32.981
  • No; it means the hordesof hell were there,
  • 00:15:33.081 --> 00:15:36.718
  • the principalities and Powersand the spiritual hosts
  • 00:15:36.818 --> 00:15:39.253
  • of wickedness,they were all there
  • 00:15:39.354 --> 00:15:42.090
  • trying to comeagainst the son of God.
  • 00:15:42.190 --> 00:15:45.259
  • But it tells usthey were wild beasts.
  • 00:15:45.360 --> 00:15:47.996
  • Okay, let me just showyou a couple more.
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  • These are things thatjumped out at me
  • 00:15:50.198 --> 00:15:51.499
  • when I was beginning in God,all right?
  • 00:15:51.599 --> 00:15:53.868
  • Shows me -it caused the Bible -
  • 00:15:53.968 --> 00:15:56.204
  • everyday I couldn't wait to readthe Bible to see what else
  • 00:15:56.304 --> 00:15:58.239
  • was in there that I didn't know,that I had never heard of.
  • 00:15:58.339 --> 00:16:01.843
  • Isaiah 4:1 says, "And inthat day seven women shall
  • 00:16:01.943 --> 00:16:06.414
  • take hold of one man, saying,"We will eat our own food
  • 00:16:06.514 --> 00:16:10.084
  • and wear our own apparel,only let us be called
  • 00:16:10.184 --> 00:16:13.354
  • by your name to take awayour reproach".
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  • Now, didn't that bless you?[laughter]
  • 00:16:16.824 --> 00:16:19.861
  • But when you understandthere are types and shadows
  • 00:16:19.961 --> 00:16:21.629
  • in the Bible,women represent churches.
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  • The church is the bride,not the groom,
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  • the bride of Christ.
  • 00:16:29.170 --> 00:16:31.706
  • And all through Scripture,women will represent churches,
  • 00:16:31.806 --> 00:16:34.742
  • and I could show youlots of verses on that.
  • 00:16:34.842 --> 00:16:37.178
  • And in Revelation, Chapters2 and 3, it talks about
  • 00:16:37.278 --> 00:16:41.215
  • seven women -seven churches.
  • 00:16:41.315 --> 00:16:45.686
  • And those seven churchesrepresent the end time church.
  • 00:16:45.787 --> 00:16:50.792
  • The Bible also talks aboutthe one man, the new man,
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  • the new Adam - Jesus.
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  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:16:55.229 --> 00:16:56.364
  • Is it possible that this iswhat this verse is saying,
  • 00:16:56.464 --> 00:16:58.399
  • symbolically?
  • 00:16:58.499 --> 00:16:59.967
  • "And in that day"...all right,this is Isaiah.
  • 00:17:00.068 --> 00:17:01.769
  • Now, Isaiah, when he says that,"in that day",
  • 00:17:01.869 --> 00:17:03.504
  • he's talking aboutthe last days.
  • 00:17:03.604 --> 00:17:05.073
  • And in the end times,the churches, lots of churches,
  • 00:17:05.173 --> 00:17:08.643
  • they're going to take holdof one man, Jesus,
  • 00:17:08.743 --> 00:17:11.979
  • but they're going to say to Him,let us eat our own food.
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  • Let us teach ourown doctrines.
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  • And let us wearour own apparel.
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  • Apparel, clothes, always haveto do with righteousness.
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  • He's clothed us withHis righteousness.
  • 00:17:24.759 --> 00:17:27.328
  • Let us have our ownform of righteousness.
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  • Let us teach our own doctrines,and let us have our own form
  • 00:17:29.630 --> 00:17:32.066
  • of righteousness, but let usstill be called by your name
  • 00:17:32.166 --> 00:17:35.103
  • to take away our reproach.
  • 00:17:35.203 --> 00:17:38.706
  • We still want to be Christians,but the culture's changing, God.
  • 00:17:38.806 --> 00:17:42.410
  • You've got to understandthat what was wrong
  • 00:17:42.510 --> 00:17:44.912
  • 40 years ago, it's right today.
  • 00:17:45.012 --> 00:17:47.014
  • It's not right.
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  • It's still wrong.
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  • It's still wrong.[applause]
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  • Leviticus 26:26, "When I havecut off your supply of bread"...
  • 00:17:57.158 --> 00:18:01.562
  • now, you ought to alreadybe thinking,
  • 00:18:01.662 --> 00:18:02.997
  • what's bread represent?
  • 00:18:03.097 --> 00:18:04.599
  • Bread representsthe Word of God.
  • 00:18:04.699 --> 00:18:06.167
  • "Man shall not live by breadalone, but by every Word
  • 00:18:06.267 --> 00:18:07.969
  • that proceeds out ofthe mouth of God."
  • 00:18:08.069 --> 00:18:09.570
  • Bread, all through Scripture,represents the Word of God.
  • 00:18:09.670 --> 00:18:11.472
  • "Give us this dayour daily bread."
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  • Give me a Wordfrom you today, God.
  • 00:18:13.741 --> 00:18:15.576
  • "When I cut off", this is whenthey've walked away from God.
  • 00:18:15.676 --> 00:18:19.080
  • I'm going to cut offyour revelation.
  • 00:18:19.180 --> 00:18:20.681
  • "When I cut off your supplyof bread, ten women shall
  • 00:18:20.781 --> 00:18:24.085
  • bake your bread in one oven,and they shall bring back
  • 00:18:24.185 --> 00:18:27.188
  • your bread by weight,and you shall eat it
  • 00:18:27.288 --> 00:18:29.590
  • and not be satisfied."
  • 00:18:29.690 --> 00:18:30.791
  • Okay, is it possiblehere's what He's saying?
  • 00:18:30.892 --> 00:18:32.293
  • When you walk away from me,when the church starts
  • 00:18:32.393 --> 00:18:34.295
  • walking away from me andhaving their own form
  • 00:18:34.395 --> 00:18:36.130
  • of righteousness, their ownform of holiness,
  • 00:18:36.230 --> 00:18:38.466
  • I'm cutting off your revelation.
  • 00:18:38.566 --> 00:18:40.735
  • I'm going to makeit dry for you.
  • 00:18:40.835 --> 00:18:41.969
  • When I do this, lots ofdifferent churches are going to
  • 00:18:42.069 --> 00:18:45.273
  • prepare your Sunday schoollessons in one place.
  • 00:18:45.373 --> 00:18:49.377
  • They're going to bake your breadin one oven,
  • 00:18:49.477 --> 00:18:51.145
  • and they're going to bring itback to you and measure it
  • 00:18:51.245 --> 00:18:52.947
  • out by weight.
  • 00:18:53.047 --> 00:18:54.282
  • They're going to give you abouttwo to three verses a week,
  • 00:18:54.382 --> 00:18:55.917
  • and you'll eat it,and you'll not be satisfied.
  • 00:18:56.017 --> 00:19:00.254
  • You won't be satisfied.
  • 00:19:00.354 --> 00:19:01.289
  • Have you ever been ina church like that?
  • 00:19:01.389 --> 00:19:02.823
  • You open up your Sunday schoolbook and you think,
  • 00:19:02.924 --> 00:19:04.325
  • we only get three Scripturesthis week.
  • 00:19:04.425 --> 00:19:06.794
  • That's all we getfor the whole week.
  • 00:19:06.894 --> 00:19:10.364
  • Are you all following me?
  • 00:19:10.464 --> 00:19:12.567
  • There might be some thingsin this book you haven't seen,
  • 00:19:12.667 --> 00:19:15.603
  • and I haven't seen,and this is a good book,
  • 00:19:15.703 --> 00:19:18.406
  • by the way.
  • 00:19:18.506 --> 00:19:19.740
  • It was written by a genius.
  • 00:19:19.840 --> 00:19:21.776
  • Did you all know that?
  • 00:19:21.876 --> 00:19:24.145
  • Smarter than me,smarter than you.
  • 00:19:24.245 --> 00:19:26.314
  • All right, here's number two.
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  • Well, what's God's plan?
  • 00:19:27.915 --> 00:19:30.184
  • If Satan's plan is to keepus away from this book,
  • 00:19:30.284 --> 00:19:32.119
  • what's God's plan?
  • 00:19:32.220 --> 00:19:33.087
  • Well, Mark 4:20,if you're still in Mark 4.
  • 00:19:33.187 --> 00:19:36.290
  • It says, "These are the onessown on good ground,
  • 00:19:36.390 --> 00:19:38.759
  • those who hear the Word,accept it, and bear fruit".
  • 00:19:38.859 --> 00:19:41.696
  • I'm going to tellyou real simple.
  • 00:19:41.796 --> 00:19:43.030
  • God would like foryou to bear fruit.
  • 00:19:43.130 --> 00:19:45.533
  • He'd like for you to besuccessful in your marriage,
  • 00:19:45.633 --> 00:19:47.501
  • in your family, in your health,in your finances,
  • 00:19:47.602 --> 00:19:49.403
  • in your business.
  • 00:19:49.503 --> 00:19:50.504
  • He wants you - you wantyour children to succeed?
  • 00:19:50.605 --> 00:19:53.741
  • He wants you to have a goodlife and enjoy your life;
  • 00:19:53.841 --> 00:19:56.410
  • He created all ofthis for you to enjoy.
  • 00:19:56.510 --> 00:19:58.346
  • He really did.
  • 00:19:58.446 --> 00:19:59.780
  • But the only way you'regoing to bear fruit,
  • 00:19:59.880 --> 00:20:01.849
  • have a good life,a prosperous successful life,
  • 00:20:01.949 --> 00:20:04.952
  • is if you accept the Word.
  • 00:20:05.052 --> 00:20:07.822
  • That's it.
  • 00:20:07.922 --> 00:20:08.756
  • You've got to knowthe Word of God.
  • 00:20:08.856 --> 00:20:10.157
  • That's what He's saying here.
  • 00:20:10.258 --> 00:20:11.392
  • Now, we talked lastweek about friendship,
  • 00:20:11.492 --> 00:20:13.961
  • and we compared thisto God becoming your friend,
  • 00:20:14.061 --> 00:20:17.298
  • God becoming your best friend,and then God becoming
  • 00:20:17.398 --> 00:20:19.467
  • that lifelong spouse thatyou'll die for, okay?
  • 00:20:19.567 --> 00:20:22.670
  • Listen to me, if you don't spendthree, four, five, six, seven
  • 00:20:22.770 --> 00:20:26.274
  • hours studying this bookoutside of the one hour
  • 00:20:26.374 --> 00:20:29.710
  • you spend in church every week,you're not going to make it.
  • 00:20:29.810 --> 00:20:33.814
  • Because you got birds and beesthat are coming after you,
  • 00:20:33.914 --> 00:20:37.351
  • they are coming after you.
  • 00:20:37.451 --> 00:20:38.386
  • You got to know this book.
  • 00:20:38.486 --> 00:20:40.254
  • So I want you to understand -God's plan is for you
  • 00:20:40.354 --> 00:20:44.125
  • to bear fruit, but the only wayfor you to bear fruit
  • 00:20:44.225 --> 00:20:47.128
  • is to accept the word,to understand the word,
  • 00:20:47.228 --> 00:20:48.996
  • to believe the word.
  • 00:20:49.096 --> 00:20:50.131
  • We read last weekendand we read in this Parable:
  • 00:20:50.231 --> 00:20:52.266
  • Satan's trying to steal the wordout of your heart.
  • 00:20:52.366 --> 00:20:56.871
  • Is there a way that we couldkeep him from stealing the word
  • 00:20:56.971 --> 00:21:00.741
  • out of our heart?
  • 00:21:00.841 --> 00:21:01.942
  • Real famous scripture.
  • 00:21:02.043 --> 00:21:03.577
  • Psalm 119:11, "Your WordI have hidden in my heart,
  • 00:21:03.678 --> 00:21:13.988
  • that I might not sin",that I might not stumble.
  • 00:21:14.088 --> 00:21:17.692
  • Remember?
  • 00:21:17.792 --> 00:21:19.193
  • "When persecution arises,they stumble."
  • 00:21:19.293 --> 00:21:21.195
  • They fall.
  • 00:21:21.295 --> 00:21:22.196
  • They sin.
  • 00:21:22.296 --> 00:21:23.331
  • "Your Word I have hiddenin my heart",
  • 00:21:23.431 --> 00:21:25.166
  • so the enemy can't take itout of my heart.
  • 00:21:25.266 --> 00:21:27.501
  • Okay, very simple,how do you hide God's Word?
  • 00:21:27.601 --> 00:21:30.071
  • Two words.
  • 00:21:30.171 --> 00:21:31.906
  • The scriptural word, meditate.
  • 00:21:32.006 --> 00:21:34.141
  • A word to help us understandmeditate - memorize.
  • 00:21:34.241 --> 00:21:37.678
  • I don't have time to read them,but Joshua 1 and Psalm 1.
  • 00:21:37.778 --> 00:21:42.883
  • In Psalm 1, "The man whomeditates on the Word of God
  • 00:21:42.983 --> 00:21:44.919
  • is like a green tree plantedby the water,
  • 00:21:45.019 --> 00:21:46.887
  • bears fruit in season".
  • 00:21:46.987 --> 00:21:48.789
  • Joshua 1, "You meditate onthis Word day and night that
  • 00:21:48.889 --> 00:21:51.192
  • you may prosper and havegood success in everything
  • 00:21:51.292 --> 00:21:53.060
  • you do".
  • 00:21:53.160 --> 00:21:53.894
  • You meditate, memorize it.
  • 00:21:53.994 --> 00:21:55.529
  • Memorize it.
  • 00:21:55.629 --> 00:21:57.331
  • When I was beginning in God,I started memorizing Scripture.
  • 00:21:57.431 --> 00:22:02.169
  • Last April, most of you werehere then and you know,
  • 00:22:02.269 --> 00:22:07.274
  • I went to Australia.
  • 00:22:07.375 --> 00:22:09.510
  • They gave me some migraineheadache medicine
  • 00:22:09.610 --> 00:22:13.748
  • that caused internal bleeding.
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  • It caused internal bleedingin a major artery.
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  • I lost a third of my blood,over a third of my blood,
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  • in less than 24 hours.
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  • I was bleeding to death.
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  • They took me to the hospital.
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  • I was in the waiting room,and I passed out.
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  • When the doctor's telling youhow much blood you've lost,
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  • and you know it,and you feel it...I mean,
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  • I felt like I was dyingwhen I passed out.
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  • I had no control.I was gone.
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  • And to wake up and knowI'm still alive,
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  • and then the doctor tells you,you know, you were about to die,
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  • and we've got thebleeding stopped.
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  • But then, you know,the doctor is gone,
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  • Debbie had to go.
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  • They wouldn't let her stayat the hospital.
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  • And in the middle of the night,the enemy's attacking.
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  • Death?I mean, I don't know.
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  • I don't know if they've gotthis bleeding stopped
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  • or it's going to start again.
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  • And I started having fear,and I remembered the Word.
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  • I thought, I need the Word.
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  • And so, I started quotingScripture, and I remember
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  • starting at Genesis andthinking of every Scripture
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  • in Genesis I could remember,and then Exodus,
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  • and then Leviticus,and then Numbers.
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  • When I got to Ezekiel,I remembered a Scripture,
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  • and I remember whenI got to Ezekiel,
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  • I remembered the Scripture,and then I thought...
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  • I have my phone with me, and Ihave my Bible in my phone.
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  • I don't know why I didn'tthink of that before, but...
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  • and I think it wasbecause God actually wanted me
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  • to go back to my heart,you know?
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  • But, I got my Bible and Ilooked it up, and I want to
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  • show you this verse that theLord brought back to my mind
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  • that I had hiddenin my heart.
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  • And you think about whatthis verse should mean to you
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  • if you were told thatyou might die,
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  • and you were strugglingwith a blood issue.
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  • Ezekiel 16:6 says, "And whenI passed by you and saw you
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  • struggling in your own blood,I said to you in your blood,
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  • "Live. "
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  • Yes, I said to you inyour blood, "Live. "
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  • [applause]
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  • This is the only thingthat will help you.
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  • I can preachmy heart out to you,
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  • but if you don't get in thisbook, I can't help you.
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  • ROBERT: God wants tospeak to you today.
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  • I want you to hear that.
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  • And one of the primary waysthat God speaks to us
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  • is He causes the Scriptureto come alive to us.
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  • I want you to make a commitmenttoday to read God's Word
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  • every day.
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  • And if you miss a day,don't feel bad about it,
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  • don't condemn yourself,just pick it up again
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  • the next day or the next chanceyou have.
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  • But get in a habit of readingGod's Word every day,
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  • because I promise you,the Holy Spirit will speak
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  • to you, and those Scriptureswill go deeply into your heart,
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  • and will take root and will bearfruit in your life.
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  • Satan's plan is to keepyou out of God's Word.
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  • God's plan is for youto have a life
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  • and to have it more abundantly,but He does that through us
  • 00:25:05.853 --> 00:25:09.089
  • knowing His Word.
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  • "You shall know the truth,and the truth
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  • shall make you free."
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  • Hey, we're going to continuethis series next week.
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  • I'll see you then.
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  • ANNOUNCER: The Christian lifeisn't a destination,
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  • it's a journey.
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  • A journey to purpose, power,and productivity
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  • in God's Kingdom.
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  • In this, "You Are Here" series,Pastor Robert
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  • takes a practical lookat four specific milestones
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  • that we encounterin our journey:
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  • Fellowship, relationship,discipleship, and lordship.
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  • As you discover the natureof these milestones,
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  • you'll come to identifyprecisely where you are
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  • on this growth path,and more importantly,
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  • how to get to your destination;God's highest and best
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  • for your life.
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  • Pastor Robert explainsthe pitfalls that we face
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  • in each seasonof our journey,
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  • and he offers practicaland biblical steps
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  • to help us continueto move forward.
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  • The spiritual truths whichhe shares will encourage
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  • and strengthen you, as younavigate life's ups and downs.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • Living your best life isn'tabout having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, heath,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover that
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  • there is so muchmore to life.
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  • With humor, passion,and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents
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  • the secrets of livingyour best life.
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