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June 23, 2019
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  • The most important thing we can do to begin winning
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  • life's battles... you are in a spiritual battle. If you are a
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  • believer you understand the Christian life is, you know, not
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  • just putting a flower in your hair and speaking of peace and
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  • love. We are called to a battle. The Christian ground...
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  • Christian life is not just a... it is not a playground; it is a
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  • battleground. And we are in the battle! If you are a follower of
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  • Jesus, you wear a target and you are targeted by the enemy. Thank
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  • God, in Christ we can defend ourselves. We can be protected,
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  • but we need to be warned, because to be forewarned is to
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  • be forearmed! This is why the first step we need to take in
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  • winning life's battles is to acknowledge our adversary. So I
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  • want to take some time this morning to expose the enemy of
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  • our soul... Satan, who is very, very real. Not a... not a
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  • Saturday Night Live skit, not a caricature, you know, a devil
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  • and pitchfork with long horns, tail on a side of a can of
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  • potted ham; not a cartoon character, but a very sinister,
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  • seductive and powerful created being who leads a revolt against
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  • Almighty God and whose desire is to cast your soul into hell!
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  • Jesus taught us to pray deliver us from the evil one; literally,
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  • deliver us from the evil one. He is called in the Scripture Satan
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  • which means the adversary, the opponent, the one who comes
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  • against us. He is called the devil, which means the accuser.
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  • He's described in the Revelation as the accuser of the brothers
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  • and sisters. Three times in the Bible the devil speaks... I
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  • mean, literally speaks. His presence is seen... the shadow
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  • of the enemy is in the Scriptures, but three times...
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  • he... he verbally speaks and his words are recorded. One, in the
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  • Garden of Eden when he slandered God to man. He slithered...
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  • slithered into the Garden... the serpent, Satan himself, and he
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  • said, "God is holding out on you, Eve. Has God said...? God
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  • knows that if you eat of this fruit that He has forbidden you,
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  • that you will become as He is; you will become as God." He
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  • slandered the character and the nature of God to man. The second
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  • time that Satan speaks is in the book of Job. Remember this? When
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  • Job was living a righteous life for the Lord and Satan was given
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  • permission to appear before the throne of God and at that point
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  • he slandered man to God. He said, "Job serves You for
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  • nothing. If You take away everything that he has... Sure
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  • he lives for You! He's got a great family, he's got a great
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  • life, he's making lots of money, he's living for You and ... he's
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  • living for You only because You give him all these things. Take
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  • away all of this and he'll be gone." And God gave Satan
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  • permission to try Job... buffet him, and he did indeed. But when
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  • he spoke he was lying and accusing and slandering the man
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  • to God. First, God to man and then man to God. The third time
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  • that... that the devil speaks... the accuser of the brethren is
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  • when Jesus is tempted in the wilderness, and Satan spoke
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  • to... to Jesus Himself and said, "If You worship me and bow down
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  • before me, I'll give You the kingdoms of this earth." This
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  • time Satan is slandering the God-Man... the Lord Jesus
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  • Christ. He's the accuser of the brethren. He... he... he is on
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  • the attack. He is Lucifer as we'll see in a passage in just a
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  • moment, which means the son of the morning... the angelic being
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  • who became the angel of the night. He's called in 1 John
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  • 5:19, "the evil one"; 1 Thessalonians 3:5, "the
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  • tempter"; in John 12:31, "the prince of this world"; 2
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  • Corinthians 4:4, "the god of this world"; 1 Peter 5:8, "a
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  • roaring lion". He's known as the serpent. Jesus said in John 8,
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  • "he was a liar, the father of lies and a murderer from the
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  • beginning." Satan! His M.O.- his method of operation has not
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  • changed through the centuries. And that is why Paul says, "I
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  • don't want you to be unaware... I don't want you to be ignorant;
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  • you can't be blindsided by the devil. You need to know his
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  • schemes, his tactics." So we're going to take some time to
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  • expose him; some of his schemes, some of his methods, his
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  • operations to destroy, to divert, to deny, to twist, to
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  • mislead, to ultimately Jesus said, to kill and to destroy! He
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  • specializes in subversion and perversion and diversion and
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  • destruction! Bottom line: he wants to destroy your soul! And
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  • with you, your family, your friends, your church, your
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  • children! And he is prepared to use every tactic he has. Every
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  • tool, every weapon in his arsenal he prepares to use. And
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  • again, all of us are in involved in this invisible war. We cannot
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  • go AWOL. We cannot sit because to sit is to be a sitting duck.
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  • You... you will be a target of the enemy! It is a covert
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  • operations much like a terrorist operation. It is a cosmic
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  • collision. Behind the scene... behind the scenes is this cosmic
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  • battle that is going on between good and evil, light and
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  • darkness, Christ and antichrist, heaven and hell, God and Satan.
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  • How did this all begin? What is the source of evil? What... why
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  • is there such evil in the world? What is the explanation for evil
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  • in the world? We take you back to eternity-past in Isaiah 14.
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  • Take your Bibles, turn to Isaiah 14. We're going to put this on
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  • the screen for you, but it would be so much better if you opened
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  • your Bible and looked at... with me to Isaiah 14, and mark these
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  • verses and note them, because we get a glimpse of how it all
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  • began. I mean, little children... little first graders
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  • ask the question, "Mommy, Daddy, how did the devil become the
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  • devil?" "Why did God make the devil?" We have a glimpse...
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  • just a glimpse of what happened before time began in the eons...
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  • in eternity, in the infinity of the past. Here's what happened,
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  • verse 14... chapter 14, rather, verses 12 to 14: 12) How you are
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  • fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn!(Lucifer... meaning
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  • Day Star, son of Dawn) How you are cut down to the ground, you
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  • who laid the nations low! 13) You said in your heart, 'I will
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  • ascend to heaven; above the stars of God. I will set my
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  • throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far
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  • reaches of the north; 14) I will ascend above the heights of the
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  • clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' Lucifer, the son
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  • of the morning, was a created being; he was swollen with
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  • pride. He said, "I will be like the Most High." Before there was
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  • ever rebellion on earth, there was revolt in heaven! Please
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  • remember this: Satan is not equal to God; he is a created
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  • being by God, an angelic being that was created by God... The
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  • son of the morning, the Dawn Star... the Day Star. But God,
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  • this is a mystery... The Bible speaks of the mystery of
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  • iniquity. But one thing is for sure; God gave angelic beings a
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  • choice. And Satan and his minions chose to rebel against
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  • God. Notice the temptation in heaven was the temptation first
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  • on earth. "I will be like the Most High!" Satan ended up
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  • saying to Eve, "If you eat of this fruit, you will be like
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  • God!" His desire is to rule... always has been, always will be!
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  • This is why Jesus called him the god of this age, the ruler of
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  • this world! But there is a clearer picture, perhaps, in
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  • Ezekiel chapter 28. This is another passage in the Old
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  • Testament that takes us beyond time, into the invisible,
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  • eternal world of the past! The first eleve... ten verse of
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  • Ezekiel 28 have to do with an earthly king by the name of the
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  • king of Tyre, or the prince of Tyre. He was a literal, physical
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  • king that existed in the ancient world. But something turns in
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  • verse 11 and obviously the writer beings speaking of
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  • something beyond an earthly presence, and earthly king.
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  • "Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me..." and he speaks of
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  • this power beyond the throne of the prince of Tyre. He speaks in
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  • terms that could only describe an eternal powerful being. Verse
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  • 12 of Ezekiel 28: 12) "Son of man, raise a lamentation (That
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  • means cry out...) over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus
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  • says the Lord: "You were the signet of perfection..." (This
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  • angelic being was a perfect being as created) full of wisdom
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  • and perfect in beauty. 13) You were in Eden... (Now we're
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  • moving from eternity into Eden) in the garden of God; and every
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  • precious stone was your covering..." (He mentions...)
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  • "sardius and topaz and diamond and beryl, and onyx and jasper,
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  • and sapphire, and emerald, and carbuncle; and created in gold
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  • with your settings and your engravings. On the day that you
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  • were (watch this) created... (Again...) created as an angelic
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  • being they were prepared. 14) You were an anointed guardian
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  • cherub. I placed you in the holy mountain of God; in the midst of
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  • the stones you walked. Ezekiel 28 described the powerful
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  • timbrel ... the voice of Satan. There is indication that Satan
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  • himself may have been the leader of the angelic hosts of praise,
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  • and this is why he is so allergic to praise and the
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  • worship of Jesus today! He runs when he hears the name of Jesus
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  • in worship. That's another message. He was a powerful
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  • angelic being and force! Paul describes him in the book of
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  • Corinthians, even now as an angel of light. He disguised
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  • himself as an angel of light. Now listen to me... If Satan
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  • manifested himself in this room right now, right here, right now
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  • you wouldn't go running out of the auditorium like an old
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  • horror movie! You know, remember those screaming [ha!] horror
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  • movies? People went running out the doors! You wouldn't go
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  • running out the doors, terrorized by his presence! If
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  • you saw Satan as he is right now, an angel of light, you
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  • would be tempted as even Jesus was to bow down and worship him.
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  • A powerful, beautiful, angelic being! But something happened.
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  • He chose rebellion against God, to be like the Most High, to
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  • ascend above the throne of God! And as a result of his
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  • rebellion, God casted him out and all who followed him.
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  • Apparently one third of the heavenly hosts in this cosmic
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  • construction of history left with Satan, were dismissed from
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  • the presence of God in heaven. Verse 15 says: 15) You were
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  • blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till
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  • unrighteousness was found in you. (Verse 17) 17) Your heart
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  • was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your
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  • wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the
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  • ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on
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  • you. That's the title of this message... "Dark Angel". He is a
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  • dark and devil... devilish spiritual being. This means that
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  • not everything that is spiritual is good! Not everything that is
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  • supernatural is of God! We must know the enemy; we must prepare!
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  • Satan is called the ruler of this world, the prince of this
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  • world, the ruler of the world system. Second Corinthians 4:4
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  • says this: "In their case the god of this world has blinded
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  • the minds of the unbelievers..." You wonder why your friends do
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  • not believe, do not receive the Gospel? Their eyes are blinded
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  • by this enemy to keep them from seeing the light of the Gospel
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  • of the glory of Christ who is the image of God.
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  • His power is
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  • dark and deadly. He is filled with hate and rage and revenge
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  • and envy. He wants to capture souls. He presides over
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  • strongholds and structures even of governments, of
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  • principalities. He looks for footholds to develop strongholds
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  • on our lives; thus we have addictions such as drugs and
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  • alcohol and pornography and... and fear and anger; behaviors
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  • that are controlled by the devil! Jesus went about doing
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  • good according to the book of Acts and healing those who were
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  • oppressed... in bondage to the devil. He is a very real,
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  • decided foe and decided fact of an enemy. You're primary
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  • problem, therefore, is not with people, not with your
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  • circumstances; you're primary issue, if you're having a
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  • struggle in life, is not with your spouse, not with your kids,
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  • not with your addiction, not with pornography, not with
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  • abortion. The problem is this satanic powerful force, these
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  • sinister beings behind. This happened with Jesus and Simon
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  • Peter. When Jesus spoke of going to the cross on the... on the
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  • heals of Simon's great confession... [Matthew 16:16]
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  • "You're the Christ; the Son of the Living God!" When Jesus
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  • spoke of the cross and dying on the cross, Simon began to say,
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  • "No! No, Lord, don't do that!" And Jesus immediately said,
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  • [Matthew 16:23] "Get behind me, Satan!" He wasn't talking to
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  • Peter! Peter was just a puppet! He was talking to Satan himself.
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  • And all the lies, the schemes, the sinful behaviors...
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  • everything that embattles us in life... this comes from the evil
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  • one. Satan is not
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  • co-equal with God! God is Almighty; Satan is not almighty.
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  • The devil cannot be everywhere as God is omnipresent and
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  • everywhere. Satan is... is not all-knowing as God is
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  • all-knowing; he is not God! He is... he is created, and even
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  • now, controlled by God. And our focus should not be primarily in
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  • life on the poise of Satan, but on the power of God! Our
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  • authority in Jesus! While he is ro... roaring, roaming lion, he
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  • is a lion on a leash! We are given power over the works of
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  • the enemy because of the cross! When Jesus died on the cross, He
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  • cried out, [John 19:30] "It is finished!" The... the imps...
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  • the demons of hell were shrieking and screaming, "He is
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  • finished!" But He was not finished; His mission was
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  • finished! He gave Himself to die on the cross for our sins! This
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  • is our victory! When He was buried all hell celebrated;
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  • that's the end of that! But on the third day Jesus rolled away
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  • the stone and came out holding in His strong mighty hand the
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  • keys to life and death and heaven and hell [applause]
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  • because He is Lord! And this is our victory! A mighty fortress
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  • is our God; the great I AM is our victor and our victory, and
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  • therefore, we have authority! If you watch a football game there
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  • are powerful athletes on the field, running up and down. But
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  • there are some weaker men on the field... some smaller men
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  • typically who have a whistle and a yellow flag. Now they don't
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  • have as much power as these mighty athletes, but all they
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  • need to do to stop the action... control the action, to make
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  • adjustments in the game is to throw a yellow flag. And those
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  • men, therefore, have authority over that game. That's the
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  • difference that we have in Christ; the difference that
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  • Jesus makes! We are not as strong as Satan. We in and of
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  • ourselves would be destroyed by the power of the enemy. But we
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  • have authority and that authority is in Jesus! This is
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  • why we say we don't fight for victory; we fight from
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  • victory... from our victory in Christ! I've illustrated for
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  • years with a... with a silly illustration, but it's a little
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  • vivid so you may want to hold your first-grader's ears,
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  • alright. When I was a little boy, I wanted some Easter
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  • chickens. And down at the Montgomery Wards in our little
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  • town they were selling these little Easter chickens. They
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  • were red and yellow and blue and pink. They were beautiful. And I
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  • asked my grandfather to buy these chickens. And a
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  • grandfather can't say no to a six year old grandson so he
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  • bought me these chickens. [I] Loved the little chickens, made
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  • pets of those little chickens, had Easter with the little
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  • chickens. It was fun. But you know it wasn't long till all the
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  • color had grown off those chickens and they were just big
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  • white chickens running around our yard. And we didn't have a
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  • farm; we just had a yard! And so one day my grandfather, Grandpa
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  • Sims, decided that we were going to have chicken and dumplings.
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  • [laughter] Now to this day I'm not certain why he wanted to
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  • teach me this vivid lesson except maybe to tell this story
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  • and to illustrate this point, (thanks, Grandpa- and this is
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  • the part you close the eyes of your kids, alright?) You know I
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  • thought about this early, I said, maybe I shouldn't tell
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  • this chicken story. But I've got to because it's such a perfect
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  • thing of what I'm trying to tell you about the devil. You know
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  • I've been telling you the devil is real, the devil is powerful
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  • and he is, and we're in a battle and we are. And yet, you know,
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  • now I'm saying, we have victory in Jesus! The war is over but we
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  • still have battles to fight! Okay? But we are fighting
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  • against a dead chicken! My grandfather took one chicken in
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  • one hand and another chicken in the other hand there in the back
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  • yard (my eyes are getting wide as saucers!) and he begins to do
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  • this: [sound effect] Faster than this! (Am I making my point
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  • without being too vivid?) Alright. And those chickens are
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  • now sans their head, flopping all over the yard, to my
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  • amazement! They don't have a head, but they're bouncing all
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  • over the yard! Blood squirting everywhere! It's... it was
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  • amazing! [laughter] Those chickens were dead and didn't
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  • even know it! [laughter] So when I think about the devil and what
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  • Christ has done, I think about those chickens...flopping
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  • around, a lot of noise, a lot of excitement, a lot of gore, but
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  • Satan is a defeated foe; defeated in the power of Jesus!
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  • And we claim that authority when we claim the power of His name,
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  • His victory! Revelation 12:11, "They have conquered him by the
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  • blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony. They loved not
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  • their lives unto death." How do we win life's battles? We claim
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  • our victory in Christ. He (Colossians 2:15) "Disarmed the
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  • rulers and authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing
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  • over them!" Like a Roman general with a stripped down, defeated
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  • opponent, chained to his chariot, the applause... the...
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  • the... the... the excitement of... of a great victory! Back
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  • in the Roman legions, coming back home. Those enemies, those
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  • generals, those prisoners chained to the chariot! Satan is
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  • stripped of his power and his authority over us because our
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  • King [strike] Jesus [strike] has won [strike] the victory!
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  • Accept, acknowledge, appropriate your victory in Jesus! Hebrews
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  • 2:14 "Since therefore, the children
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  • share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the
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  • same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has
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  • the power of death, that is the devil!" Therefore, stand...
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  • stand in the face of the enemy... of the enemy! And in
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  • Jesus name claim your victory in Him! You don't have to be the
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  • devil's plaything! You can be strong. Now you know I don't
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  • believe in swagger here, you know. Don't get your swagger on,
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  • you'll get your head knocked off! But be strong and steady;
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  • dependent upon God! And as you prepare yourself and stand in
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  • Christ and His righteousness, your victory will be assured,
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  • and the enemy has no right or authority to claim you, to
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  • control you, to corrupt you because you have victory in
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  • Jesus.
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  • [Music]
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  • It was an angel who announced Christ's birth to the shepherds.
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  • Angels ministered to Jesus when he was tempted and angels were
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  • there when he rose victoriously from the grave. And the very
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  • same angelic presence that was with Jesus on earth is closer to
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  • you today than you might imagine. In my book, "Angels", I
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  • show you how to see past the thin veil that separates our
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  • reality from the angelic world and to discern the divine
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  • activity that is deciding our life's journey today. Angels
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  • exist and I believe that angels are all around us today. They
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  • are worshippers of God and they are servants, ministers to God's
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  • children. Angels are working behind the scenes in the drama
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  • of life as God's messengers. They are warriors and servants
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  • of God to execute His will and it's important that you
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  • understand the purpose of angels in your life so that you won't
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  • be confused by some of the myths and movies and television shows
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  • and book that are more fictional than fact. It's important to
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  • know what the Bible says about angels so that you can really
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  • give an answer to your family and to your friends as to the
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  • work and the witness and the worship of angels. My book on
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  • angels is our gift to thank you for your financial support to
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  • keep PowerPoint broadcasting on this station. So click or call
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  • and give and request your copy of "Angels" today. And thank you
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  • for giving so generously to help proclaim the gospel of Jesus
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  • Christ, the word of God around the world.
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  • The last several weeks we've been talking about
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  • God's holy angels, but did you know that long before Satan was
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  • cast out of heaven he was a worship leader, he was an angel
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  • created by God. And yet his worship of God was compromised
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  • by his pride and ego and arrogance. Lucifer, the son of
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  • the morning became Satan the dark angel. He decided he wanted
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  • something more. He began to worship himself and decided he
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  • was too great, too big, too glorious for God and Lucifer
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  • pushed back against the plan of God in his life and demanded to
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  • go his own way, this is how the devil became the devil. Think
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  • about this, when pride takes over your life any and every sin
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  • is possible and ultimately that's when sin takes over in
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  • our lives. We need the drink and then we begin to crave the high.
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  • We think we deserve a vice or two, a sin or two in our lives.
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  • We look at what we think we're gaining from our sin with
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  • prideful arrogance and refuse to repent. We mistakenly believe
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  • that these sins offer life and pleasure and of course the
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  • opposite is true. There is pleasure in sin for a season but
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  • ultimately sin leads to destruction and death and that's
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  • why over and over again God says in his word, God is saying to
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  • you in his spirit today, in your spirit, turn from your sin and
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  • trust in me, that's repentance and faith. Turn from your sin
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  • and trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as your savior. You know
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  • Satan wants to sidetrack your and get you off the path in your
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  • relationship with Jesus, but if you will trust in Christ, if you
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  • will respond and repent of your sin you can experience victory
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  • in your life and you can overcome every sin and
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  • temptation. God wants us to live in freedom and fulfillment, not
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  • bound down by the chains of our past or the shame of our sin. We
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  • can live an abundant life filled with hope and promise and this
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  • life is available when we begin laying down our sinful pride and
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  • saying, "Lord I can't but you can." I ask you today to put
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  • down your pride, turn from yourself and your sins and begin
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  • to fully follow the Lord. Live in the holiness of Christ
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  • through the power of the Holy Spirit and watch God use you as
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  • a witness 'til the whole world hears.
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