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November 23, 2020
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Pastor Robert continues the A Way in the Wilderness series with a message about how we don’t have to live in a wilderness or desert because the Holy Spirit is a spring of living water inside us!

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And He said,"The tongue can set on fire
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  • an entire forest."
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  • Have you ever said somethingand burned a forest down,
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  • a forest of relationships?
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  • Okay.
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  • The tongue is likethe rudder on a ship.
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  • It turns a big ship,small member of the body.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: So, we're ina series called,
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  • "A Way in the Wilderness",and it comes out of Isaiah 35.
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  • Isaiah 35, if youwant to turn there,
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  • or flip there, or whatever.
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  • Isaiah 35 is a Messianicchapter in the Bible.
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  • You've heard ofMessianic verses.
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  • Those are versesin the Old Testament
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  • that prophesy about the Messiah,
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  • which we know is Jesus, andIsaiah 35 is an entire chapter.
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  • There are Messianic chapters;Isaiah 53, obviously,
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  • a Messianic chapterin the Old Testament,
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  • So, Isaiah 35,we're going to start
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  • at the last part of Verse 6,
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  • because that's wherethis section starts.
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  • It's the last part of Verse 6,the last sentence of Verse 6.
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  • It says, "For waters shallburst forth in the wilderness."
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  • Now, I want you to thinkabout what you're reading.
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  • Don't read over this --waters in a wilderness.
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  • "Waters shall burstforth in the wilderness,
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  • and streams in the desert."
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  • You just don't think aboutstreams in a desert.
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  • "The parched groundshall become a pool..."
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  • -- now, I'm going totell you in a moment,
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  • there's a naturalfulfillment
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  • and a spiritualfulfillment to this.
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  • "The parched groundshall become a pool,
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  • and the thirsty landsprings of water.
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  • In the habitation of jackals,"in other words,
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  • a place wheredesert animals live,
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  • "where each lay, there shall begrass with reeds and rushes."
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  • That's because of the water,now, there are a whole bunch of
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  • Messianic scripturesalong this line,
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  • and I just couldn'tshow them all,
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  • but I'll show you one more.
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  • Isaiah 41:18, "I will openrivers in desolate heights,
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  • and fountains in themidst of the valleys;
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  • I will make the wildernessa pool of water,
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  • and the dry landsprings of water."
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  • All those things wejust kind of read over,
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  • but if you think about them,it's a miracle
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  • to have pools of waters,streams, rivers,
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  • in a desert,in the wilderness.
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  • So, there's a naturalfulfillment,
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  • when you look at Israel,it's a garden
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  • in the middleof a desert.
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  • Every nation around itis a desert,
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  • and yet it's a garden;God did this.
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  • I was reading this, and let mejust read you --
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  • this is from a Jewish person whobegan to study Israel
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  • and the water in Israel,and his name is Seth Siegel.
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  • He's the author of,"Let There Be Water".
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  • Just listen to this: he talksabout when people come up to him
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  • after his lectures, so that'swhere I'm picking it up.
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  • He'll say, "Whatthey want to learn,"
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  • so he's talking aboutpeople who would come up
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  • and ask him questions.
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  • "What they want to learn,"explains Siegel,
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  • "is how a country," listen,"that is 60% desert,"
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  • a country that is 60% desert,"and whose population
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  • increased tenfold since 1948" --
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  • the population of Israel, whenIsrael became a nation in 1948,
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  • has increased tenfold, "not onlyhas enough water for itself..."
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  • -- this is what people wantto know: how can Israel,
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  • that's 60% desert andhas increased tenfold
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  • since it's becomea nation, since 1948,
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  • not only has enoughwater for itself,
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  • but in fact has such a surplusthat it exports water
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  • to its neighbors?
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  • In addition," Siegel writes,"Israel provides
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  • large amounts of waterfrom its own supplies
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  • to both the Palestiniansand the Jordanians,
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  • and it exports," get this,"billions of dollars each year
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  • of peppers, tomatoes,melons, and other
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  • water-intensive produce."
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  • Here's what I would like to say:would you explain that?
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  • Explain how one small countrycan produce that much water,
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  • even to supply theirneighbors with water,
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  • and produce billions ofdollars of fruit that
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  • is dependent on water much morethan other fruit and vegetables?
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  • So there's a naturalfulfillment,
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  • but there's a spiritualfulfillment as well,
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  • that you don't haveto live in a dry wilderness
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  • once you get saved, andI'll explain why in a minute.
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  • Isaiah 58:11, "You" -- "Youshall be like a watered garden,
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  • and like a spring of water,whose waters do not fail."
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  • Jeremiah 31:12, "Their soulsshall be a well-watered garden."
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  • So, there's a spiritualfulfillment as well,
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  • or spiritual water.
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  • Listen, God doesn't haveany problem providing water
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  • in the wildernessfor His people.
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  • Think about when they wentthrough the wilderness,
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  • how He provided water.
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  • 1 Corinthians 10:4,
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  • "For they drank of thatspiritual Rock
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  • that followed them,"
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  • now I don't know what youthought when you saw
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  • a rock following you, but that'swhat the Bible says,
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  • "and that Rock was Christ."
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  • So, when we talk about springsof water, rivers of water,
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  • we've got to understand --
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  • yes, God did somethingin the land of Israel
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  • for His people in the areaof natural water that
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  • confuses scientists to this day,but He also does something
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  • for you and for me inthe area of spiritual water.
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  • I don't have to livein a dry land,
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  • even though I livein a fallen world.
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  • I can live in a riverof living water.
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  • So, that's what I reallywant to focus on
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  • is the spiritual fulfillmentof what the Messiah brought
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  • 2.000 years ago.
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  • So, here's number one,
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  • Jesus broughtthe Holy Spirit.
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  • He didn't bring just a stream,He brought the river;
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  • Jesus brought the Holy Spirit.
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  • Now, before I goto a verse in John 7
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  • that's very familiarto many of you,
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  • very familiar to you,you've read this verse,
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  • I need to give youa little background.
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  • So, here's what happened atthe Feast of Tabernacles
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  • every year when theycame to Jerusalem.
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  • The last day was the daythey prayed for rain,
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  • and they prayed forthe Messiah to come,
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  • because they knew Isaiah,and Isaiah said,
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  • when the Messiah comes,He is going to turn
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  • the desert into a pool.
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  • There's going tobe plenty of water,
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  • are you following me?
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  • So they prayed for rainand for the Messiah to come.
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  • So, they would fill upa flagon with water
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  • from the Pool of Siloam.
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  • They would play the shofar andthey would go to the temple,
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  • and they would pour it outas an offering before God,
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  • and they would pray forrain and for the Messiah.
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  • Two things they prayed for-- rain and the Messiah.
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  • So, the day they're prayingfor water and the Messiah,
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  • Jesus does this --look, watch, John 7:37.
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  • "On the last day," that'sthe day they did this,
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  • "the great day of the feast,Jesus stood and cried out."
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  • He's at the temple now whenthey're doing this ceremony.
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  • "And says, "If anyone thirsts,let him come to Me and drink.
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  • He who believes in Me, asthe Scripture has said,
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  • out of his heart will flowrivers of living water."
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  • You know what He'sactually telling them?
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  • "I'm the Messiah; You're prayingfor the Messiah, and I'm Him.
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  • If you want water, I got it."
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  • But then He's also tellingthem about the Holy Spirit,
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  • because it says, Verse 39, "ThisHe spoke concerning the Spirit,
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  • whom those believingin Him would receive;
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  • for the Holy Spiritwas not yet given,
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  • because Jesus wasnot yet glorified."
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  • Jesus came so that youcould have a dynamic,
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  • powerful river in you, flowingthrough you and out of you,
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  • and His name is the Holy Spirit,and He's like a spring of water.
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  • One of the reasons that Israelhas so much water
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  • are the springs.
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  • Yes, the rain alsoin the mountains,
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  • there are three springsat the northern part of Israel
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  • that water the entire land,and when you get there,
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  • it's like fire hydrantsand they've been just
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  • gushing for years andyears and years and years.
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  • It's amazing -- pools,and it's just springs,
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  • and the water just comingup out of the ground,
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  • and it flows 24 hours a day,and God just created this.
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  • It's unbelievable, and,you know what a spring is.
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  • A spring is just water justcoming up out of the ground
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  • for no reason it seems,but God just put it there.
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  • Now, please let me justexplain two things
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  • about the Holy Spirit.
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  • The Holy Spirit is theGreek word "Para-kletos",
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  • "Para" means alongside,"Kletos" means to walk.
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  • So, the Holy Spirit wantsto walk alongside you.
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  • I want you to think about that:would it be alright
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  • if all through your day,every meeting you were in,
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  • if the Holy Spirit just walkedwith you through your whole day?
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  • Wouldn't that be great?
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  • How many Christians todayhave a Holy Spirit
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  • that's not for use,He's just for looks?
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  • We have churchesthat He's for looks,
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  • and we have other churchesthat He's not for use,
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  • but He's for use.
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  • So, the Holy Spirit, Jesusbrought the Holy Spirit.
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  • Here's point number two,the Holy Spirit is not weird.
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  • [laughter]
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  • He is not weird.
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  • Let me give you thetheological reason
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  • why people think this --because people are weird.
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  • You have seen some weirdpeople do some weird things,
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  • and they say, "The HolySpirit led me to do it."
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  • No, they're just weird.[laughter]
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  • They would be weirdwithout the Holy Spirit.
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  • They did a poll,recently,
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  • one-out-of-threepeople are weird.
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  • I'll prove it to you, look atthe person on your left.
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  • Look at the personon your right.
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  • If neither one ofthem are weird --
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  • [laughter]
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  • I'm telling you, that'snot the Holy Spirit!
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  • John 16:12, Jesus said, watchhow amazing this verse is.
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  • "I still have manythings to say to you,"
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  • and I don't know if you'recatching this or not.
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  • Jesus said, "I still havemany things to say to you,"
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  • many things, "but youcannot bear them now.
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  • However, when He, the Spiritof truth, has come, He,"
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  • and I'll tell you why I'munderlining the word "He" later,
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  • "He will guide youinto all truth."
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  • Jesus said I have morethings to tell you,
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  • but I'm not going to tell you,but He'll tell you.
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  • The Holy Spirit willtell you when He comes.
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  • "For He will not speakon His own authority,
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  • but whatever He hears,He will speak."
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  • That, right there,settles all debate
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  • on whether the Holy Spiritspeaks or not,
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  • because Jesus Himself saidHe will speak!
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  • He'll speak and He willtell you things to come.
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  • All right, it says, "He willguide you into all truth."
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  • How's he going to guideyou into all truth?
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  • Simple, because Heknows all truth.
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  • Why does He know all truth?
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  • Simple, because He's God.He's God.
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  • He's the third personof the Godhead;
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  • the Father, the Son,and the Holy Spirit;
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  • and He knows everything.
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  • Now, think about this: You havesomeone living inside of you
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  • Who knows everything thereis to know about everything,
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  • and He has committedHimself to be your teacher,
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  • so why don't youever talk to Him?
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  • Why don't you ask Himhow to raise kids?
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  • He knows everythingabout everything.
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  • Why don't you ask Him aboutwhat to do with your business,
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  • or where to live,or where to move,
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  • or whether to buythis or not?
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  • He knows everything!I'm telling you,
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  • some of you are educated people.
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  • You're an idiot comparedto the Holy Spirit.
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  • I hate to tell you that,but if you haven't
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  • figured it out yet,
  • 00:13:53.291 --> 00:13:54.525
  • He knows more than you,and He's committed Himself.
  • 00:13:54.626 --> 00:13:57.862
  • Here's the reason I think peopledon't talk to the Holy Spirit.
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  • I think that they don'tsee Him as a person,
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  • and you will never developa personal relationship
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  • with the Holy Spirit
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  • if you don'tsee Him as a person.
  • 00:14:12.343 --> 00:14:14.145
  • Again, think aboutthe word "personal".
  • 00:14:14.245 --> 00:14:17.649
  • You develop a personalrelationship with a person.
  • 00:14:17.749 --> 00:14:22.387
  • Well, here's whatthe Lord showed me.
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  • The Holy Spirit is not His name,that's not His name,
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  • That is not His name;that is His description.
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  • The Father, that'sHis description,
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  • the Son, the Holy Spirit.
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  • But, hopefully yougot ahead of me.
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  • I'm going to tell youwhat His name is.
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  • Think about this:God, the Father,
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  • God, the Son, andGod, the Holy Spirit.
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  • His name is God;that's His name.
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  • His name is God andHe lives inside of us.
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  • And here's number three,let the river flow.
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  • God said those whothirst come to Me,
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  • and there's going to be a riverflowing in you, let it flow.
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  • Now, I understand I don'thave time to go into this.
  • 00:15:19.978 --> 00:15:25.950
  • I wrote a book, years ago,called, "The God I Never Knew",
  • 00:15:26.050 --> 00:15:29.187
  • and I go into a prayer language,and I'm going to talk to you
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  • a little bit abouta prayer language.
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  • I want to distinguisha little bit between
  • 00:15:34.359 --> 00:15:35.960
  • the gift of tonguesand the prayer language.
  • 00:15:36.060 --> 00:15:39.597
  • So, I don't have timeto cover this fully,
  • 00:15:39.697 --> 00:15:41.299
  • but I knew I wassupposed to cover it.
  • 00:15:41.399 --> 00:15:44.535
  • James 3:7 says, "For everykind of beast and bird,
  • 00:15:44.635 --> 00:15:47.839
  • and reptile andcreature of the sea,
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  • is tamed and has beentamed by mankind."
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  • Think about even liontamers, dolphin trainers.
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  • Every creature, Hesays, can be tamed.
  • 00:16:01.119 --> 00:16:04.389
  • "But no man cantame the tongue."
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  • I don't have the time toread the whole passage.
  • 00:16:10.161 --> 00:16:11.696
  • He said, "The tongue can seton fire an entire forest."
  • 00:16:11.796 --> 00:16:16.768
  • Have you ever said somethingand burned the forest down,
  • 00:16:16.868 --> 00:16:19.404
  • the forest of relationships?
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  • The tongue is likethe rudder on a ship.
  • 00:16:22.306 --> 00:16:24.776
  • It turns a big ship, asmall member of the body.
  • 00:16:24.876 --> 00:16:27.745
  • But, listen to this:"No man can tame the tongue."
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  • Now, ladies, don't be thinking,"Well, I already knew
  • 00:16:30.782 --> 00:16:33.851
  • no man can do it,because I live with a man,
  • 00:16:33.951 --> 00:16:38.222
  • and there is no filter betweenhis brain and his mouth."
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  • Okay, when the Bible says "man",you're included.
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  • You're not male,but you are man,
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  • it said "mankind";you're man.
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  • By the way, let mejust remind you
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  • of your name-- woman, right?
  • 00:16:55.106 --> 00:17:00.711
  • You're mankind, so you'renot male, but you are man.
  • 00:17:00.812 --> 00:17:04.248
  • When the Bible says, "Noman can tame the tongue,"
  • 00:17:04.348 --> 00:17:06.584
  • that's you included.
  • 00:17:06.684 --> 00:17:08.152
  • Where you gotthe "wo-" from is
  • 00:17:08.252 --> 00:17:09.754
  • when Adam sawEve naked -- whoa!
  • 00:17:09.854 --> 00:17:13.458
  • I'm sorry, I'm sorry.
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  • [laughter and applause]
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  • Alright, whoa-manalright, so anyway.
  • 00:17:21.999 --> 00:17:26.537
  • Okay, so what's the thing?No man can tame the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:26.637 --> 00:17:30.441
  • What's our hope then?
  • 00:17:30.541 --> 00:17:31.709
  • I mean, "No mancan tame the tongue."
  • 00:17:31.809 --> 00:17:33.678
  • Well, our hope isno man can do it,
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  • but the Holy Spirit can.
  • 00:17:35.413 --> 00:17:38.416
  • And isn't it amazing thatthere's a gift that requires you
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  • to yield your tongueto the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:17:44.689 --> 00:17:50.361
  • but no person can tame it, butthe Holy Spirit can tame it?
  • 00:17:50.461 --> 00:17:53.898
  • But, you can actually do-- by the way,
  • 00:17:53.998 --> 00:17:55.700
  • there's a gift of tonguesand a grace of tongues,
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  • and everybody can prayin tongues, everybody can.
  • 00:17:59.137 --> 00:18:02.006
  • It's not the gift, peopletell me all the time,
  • 00:18:02.106 --> 00:18:03.574
  • "Well, Pastor, I don'thave the gift.
  • 00:18:03.674 --> 00:18:06.010
  • And if God wants to give methe gift, I've told Him,
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  • He can give me the gift."
  • 00:18:07.945 --> 00:18:10.348
  • I don't mean this wrong, butthat's just such bad theology,
  • 00:18:10.448 --> 00:18:13.484
  • it's incredible,it's horrible theology.
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  • That would be like walkingby the offering box
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  • and money,jump out of your pocket
  • 00:18:19.290 --> 00:18:20.424
  • into the offering box,and you say,
  • 00:18:20.525 --> 00:18:22.026
  • "Oh, look, I've gotthe gift of giving!"
  • 00:18:22.126 --> 00:18:24.228
  • [laughter]
  • 00:18:24.328 --> 00:18:27.165
  • I've been praying that if Godwanted to give me that gift,
  • 00:18:27.265 --> 00:18:29.367
  • He would give me that gift.
  • 00:18:29.467 --> 00:18:31.435
  • And, no, you're going to haveto write out a large check.
  • 00:18:31.536 --> 00:18:35.640
  • I mean, if we're going totalk about writing a check,
  • 00:18:35.740 --> 00:18:37.241
  • let's say large --a large check
  • 00:18:37.341 --> 00:18:39.644
  • and put it in thereyourself, right?
  • 00:18:39.744 --> 00:18:41.179
  • Okay, so you've gotto cooperate with God,
  • 00:18:41.279 --> 00:18:43.247
  • but there's a differencein the gift of tongues
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  • and the grace of tongues.
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  • The gift of tongues is public,
  • 00:18:46.250 --> 00:18:47.618
  • and the grace oftongues is private.
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  • It's a privateprayer language.
  • 00:18:50.021 --> 00:18:52.056
  • And the gift of tongues canonly be done when unbelievers
  • 00:18:52.156 --> 00:18:55.726
  • and uninformed peopleare not present.
  • 00:18:55.826 --> 00:18:58.563
  • That's 1 Corinthians 14,and, it has to be interpreted.
  • 00:18:58.663 --> 00:19:02.934
  • So we're not talkingabout the gift of tongues,
  • 00:19:03.034 --> 00:19:04.068
  • we're talking aboutthe grace of tongues.
  • 00:19:04.168 --> 00:19:05.469
  • We're talking abouta prayer language,
  • 00:19:05.570 --> 00:19:07.872
  • and every Christian canpray in a prayer language,
  • 00:19:07.972 --> 00:19:10.208
  • every Christian can.
  • 00:19:10.308 --> 00:19:11.509
  • And, by the way,if you say, "Well,
  • 00:19:11.609 --> 00:19:13.277
  • why would I want to prayin a prayer language?"
  • 00:19:13.377 --> 00:19:15.479
  • Well, I can give youjust one of the reasons,
  • 00:19:15.580 --> 00:19:17.315
  • and I could list ten.
  • 00:19:17.415 --> 00:19:18.616
  • Actually, I have ten reasons,I don't have time to do it,
  • 00:19:18.716 --> 00:19:20.351
  • ten reasons why everyChristian should pray
  • 00:19:20.451 --> 00:19:21.786
  • in a prayer language,but here's just one.
  • 00:19:21.886 --> 00:19:23.621
  • The Bible says it builds you up,that means it strengthens you.
  • 00:19:23.721 --> 00:19:28.192
  • So, there's probably no onehere that would say to me,
  • 00:19:28.292 --> 00:19:30.127
  • "Pastor, I'm glad itdoes build you up,
  • 00:19:30.228 --> 00:19:32.797
  • but I just have all of thebuilding up I can handle.
  • 00:19:32.897 --> 00:19:35.633
  • I just can't bebuilt up any more."
  • 00:19:35.733 --> 00:19:39.070
  • All right, so here's whyI want to show you
  • 00:19:39.170 --> 00:19:41.205
  • that it is voluntary.
  • 00:19:41.305 --> 00:19:42.673
  • It is voluntary to prayin tongues, all right?
  • 00:19:42.773 --> 00:19:45.409
  • 1 Corinthians 14:14,"For if I pray in a tongue,"
  • 00:19:45.509 --> 00:19:53.050
  • so you can pray in a tongue,and the greatest apostle
  • 00:19:53.150 --> 00:19:56.153
  • who ever livedprayed in a tongue.
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  • "If I pray in a tongue,my spirit prays."
  • 00:19:58.623 --> 00:20:03.127
  • Wouldn't it be okay ifyou let your spirit pray?
  • 00:20:03.227 --> 00:20:05.896
  • "But my understandingis unfruitful."
  • 00:20:05.997 --> 00:20:08.899
  • The word "understanding"here, 95% of the time
  • 00:20:09.000 --> 00:20:12.470
  • when it translates,it's translated "mind".
  • 00:20:12.570 --> 00:20:15.373
  • In other words, my mind doesn'tunderstand what I'm saying.
  • 00:20:15.473 --> 00:20:18.442
  • "What is the conclusion then?
  • 00:20:18.542 --> 00:20:20.511
  • I will pray with the Spirit,
  • 00:20:20.611 --> 00:20:24.048
  • and I will also praywith the understanding."
  • 00:20:24.148 --> 00:20:28.619
  • Now again, I don't have timeto do a whole thing
  • 00:20:28.719 --> 00:20:30.554
  • on praying in the Spirit,but here's the greatest apostle
  • 00:20:30.655 --> 00:20:34.625
  • that ever lived, and one guysaid to me,
  • 00:20:34.725 --> 00:20:37.128
  • "He said, 'If I prayin a tongue,'
  • 00:20:37.228 --> 00:20:38.829
  • there's no proofthat he ever did."
  • 00:20:38.929 --> 00:20:40.064
  • I said, "Just readfour verses down."
  • 00:20:40.164 --> 00:20:41.932
  • Verse 18, Paul said I pray intongues more than all of you.
  • 00:20:42.033 --> 00:20:46.037
  • So, yes, there is proof.
  • 00:20:46.137 --> 00:20:48.406
  • But, "If I pray",okay, please hear me.
  • 00:20:48.506 --> 00:20:50.608
  • It's not uncontrollable,think about this.
  • 00:20:50.708 --> 00:20:55.646
  • Why would he give instructionsabout when and how
  • 00:20:55.746 --> 00:20:59.450
  • to pray or speak in tongues ifit was uncontrollable?
  • 00:20:59.550 --> 00:21:02.853
  • It's controllable,you have a choice.
  • 00:21:02.953 --> 00:21:05.222
  • You can build yourselfup in the Spirit
  • 00:21:05.323 --> 00:21:06.924
  • or you can not buildyourself up in the Spirit.
  • 00:21:07.024 --> 00:21:09.593
  • One day, don't be afraid thatif you yield to the Holy Spirit
  • 00:21:09.694 --> 00:21:13.364
  • you're going to beat Kroger's one day,
  • 00:21:13.464 --> 00:21:17.902
  • and you're goingto grab the intercom
  • 00:21:18.002 --> 00:21:19.303
  • and start speaking in tongues.
  • 00:21:19.403 --> 00:21:22.440
  • It's not going to happen,you could have
  • 00:21:22.540 --> 00:21:24.442
  • the gift of teaching,but you can control it.
  • 00:21:24.542 --> 00:21:28.112
  • You can havethe gift of serving,
  • 00:21:28.212 --> 00:21:29.080
  • you can control it, okay?
  • 00:21:29.180 --> 00:21:30.348
  • So, I just want you toknow, "If I", I will.
  • 00:21:30.448 --> 00:21:34.952
  • "I will", that meansit's a choice.
  • 00:21:35.052 --> 00:21:37.722
  • Here's what happens whenI pray in the Spirit.
  • 00:21:37.822 --> 00:21:41.459
  • I get so much more sensitiveto the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:21:41.559 --> 00:21:46.931
  • I can see things thatI couldn't see before.
  • 00:21:47.031 --> 00:21:51.369
  • I can say things,I can say,
  • 00:21:51.469 --> 00:21:52.903
  • "the river startsflowing through me."
  • 00:21:53.003 --> 00:21:56.307
  • So, I'll tell you one lastthing, and then I'm done.
  • 00:21:56.407 --> 00:21:58.342
  • I was preaching one timeand there was a man,
  • 00:21:58.442 --> 00:22:02.313
  • I found this out later, thathad been out of church
  • 00:22:02.413 --> 00:22:04.582
  • for 12 years -- 12 years.
  • 00:22:04.682 --> 00:22:07.518
  • Raised in church, outof church for 12 years.
  • 00:22:07.618 --> 00:22:10.621
  • Something happened, he gotbitter, and he left church.
  • 00:22:10.721 --> 00:22:13.124
  • It happens to a lot of people.
  • 00:22:13.224 --> 00:22:14.825
  • I'm not saying it's right,but it does happen
  • 00:22:14.925 --> 00:22:16.827
  • to a lot of people.
  • 00:22:16.927 --> 00:22:18.295
  • So, finally, he and his wifekept talking,
  • 00:22:18.396 --> 00:22:21.298
  • and finally he said,"Okay, I agree,
  • 00:22:21.399 --> 00:22:23.534
  • we needto go back to church."
  • 00:22:23.634 --> 00:22:24.869
  • On the way to church,he pulls over.
  • 00:22:24.969 --> 00:22:26.704
  • This was a big man, a big, bigstrong man, owned a company.
  • 00:22:26.804 --> 00:22:30.674
  • He pulls over and he'son the verge of tears,
  • 00:22:30.775 --> 00:22:35.546
  • and his wife says,"Honey, what's wrong?"
  • 00:22:35.646 --> 00:22:38.149
  • And he said,"I'm the Prodigal Son.
  • 00:22:38.249 --> 00:22:41.952
  • My whole life, I've feltlike the Prodigal Son,
  • 00:22:42.052 --> 00:22:46.524
  • and I'm afraid that whenI go back to church today,
  • 00:22:46.624 --> 00:22:50.060
  • that God's going to ask me,"Where have you been
  • 00:22:50.161 --> 00:22:53.898
  • and what have you been doing?"
  • 00:22:53.998 --> 00:22:56.634
  • So, he comes tochurch that day.
  • 00:22:56.734 --> 00:22:59.136
  • I was preaching onthe Prodigal Son.
  • 00:22:59.236 --> 00:23:05.443
  • He comes down tothe altar to pray,
  • 00:23:05.543 --> 00:23:08.579
  • and the Holy Spiritspeaks to me.
  • 00:23:08.679 --> 00:23:11.816
  • By the way, every time before Ipreach, I pray in the Spirit.
  • 00:23:11.916 --> 00:23:17.788
  • So if you want to know if youhave a wild pastor, you do.
  • 00:23:17.888 --> 00:23:21.025
  • You don't have a weird one,but you have a wild one
  • 00:23:21.125 --> 00:23:23.427
  • who's wild about Jesus Christ,totally wild about Him.
  • 00:23:23.527 --> 00:23:28.532
  • [applause]
  • 00:23:28.632 --> 00:23:33.204
  • But it causes me to besensitive to the Spirit.
  • 00:23:33.304 --> 00:23:35.473
  • It lets the riverflow through me.
  • 00:23:35.573 --> 00:23:38.476
  • And so, I saw this guycome down and, boom,
  • 00:23:38.576 --> 00:23:40.411
  • I got this immediate thought,now, think about this.
  • 00:23:40.511 --> 00:23:43.347
  • I just walked over to him andI knelt down on the platform,
  • 00:23:43.447 --> 00:23:46.217
  • and I whispered in hisear and I said, "I know" --
  • 00:23:46.317 --> 00:23:51.355
  • No, I didn't --I said, "The Father."
  • 00:23:51.455 --> 00:23:53.157
  • I said, "The Father wants meto tell you that He knows
  • 00:23:53.257 --> 00:23:56.460
  • that you see yourselfas the Prodigal Son,
  • 00:23:56.560 --> 00:24:00.397
  • but the Father wanted me totell you that He does not care
  • 00:24:00.498 --> 00:24:04.802
  • where you've beenor what you've done,
  • 00:24:04.902 --> 00:24:07.438
  • He just wants His son back."[applause]
  • 00:24:07.538 --> 00:24:17.147
  • Now, that doesn'thappen just to pastors,
  • 00:24:17.248 --> 00:24:20.684
  • that happens to Christianswho let the river
  • 00:24:20.784 --> 00:24:24.955
  • flow through them,streams in the desert.
  • 00:24:25.055 --> 00:24:31.395
  • ROBERT: I just want to emphasizeto you, one more time:
  • 00:24:32.196 --> 00:24:34.932
  • it doesn't matterwhere you've been,
  • 00:24:35.032 --> 00:24:37.067
  • it doesn't matterwhat you've done;
  • 00:24:37.167 --> 00:24:38.702
  • Jesus has already paid for it.
  • 00:24:38.802 --> 00:24:40.604
  • What matters is thatyou come to yourself,
  • 00:24:40.704 --> 00:24:43.741
  • just like the ProdigalSon did, and come home.
  • 00:24:43.841 --> 00:24:46.944
  • The Father wants you back,the Son wants you back,
  • 00:24:47.044 --> 00:24:50.948
  • and the Holy Spirit is hereto draw you and guide you
  • 00:24:51.048 --> 00:24:55.319
  • back to the Father, gently.
  • 00:24:55.419 --> 00:24:58.122
  • Even if you'rein a wilderness,
  • 00:24:58.222 --> 00:24:59.723
  • there's a streamin the wilderness,
  • 00:24:59.823 --> 00:25:02.459
  • and His name isthe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:25:02.560 --> 00:25:05.329
  • Don't ever be afraid of Him.
  • 00:25:05.429 --> 00:25:06.764
  • He loves you and He wantsto guide you, gently,
  • 00:25:06.864 --> 00:25:10.000
  • into all truth.
  • 00:25:10.100 --> 00:25:12.336
  • Hey, I appreciate youso much for watching,
  • 00:25:12.436 --> 00:25:14.538
  • and I want to encourage you,watch next time
  • 00:25:14.638 --> 00:25:16.974
  • because I'm gonnacontinue this series.
  • 00:25:17.074 --> 00:25:19.243
  • See you then.
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  • ANNOUNCER: We're so glad youjoined us for today's program
  • 00:25:21.879 --> 00:25:24.381
  • as Pastor Robert sharesa message from his series,
  • 00:25:24.481 --> 00:25:27.217
  • "A Way in the Wilderness."
  • 00:25:27.318 --> 00:25:28.953
  • Taken from the book of Isaiah,Pastor Robert explains
  • 00:25:29.053 --> 00:25:31.922
  • how God's people forfeitedHis protection and blessings
  • 00:25:32.022 --> 00:25:35.593
  • when they forgot about Himand went their own way.
  • 00:25:35.693 --> 00:25:38.028
  • Isaiah prophesiedthe arrival of a Messiah
  • 00:25:38.128 --> 00:25:41.098
  • who would make a wayin the wilderness,
  • 00:25:41.198 --> 00:25:43.167
  • and bring a dry, barren,and desolate land
  • 00:25:43.267 --> 00:25:45.803
  • back to life again.
  • 00:25:45.903 --> 00:25:47.404
  • Pastor Robert shows ushow Jesus is the fulfillment
  • 00:25:47.504 --> 00:25:50.240
  • of Isaiah's propheciesabout the coming Messiah;
  • 00:25:50.341 --> 00:25:52.977
  • and because we have placedour hope and trust in Jesus,
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