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Overcoming Falsehood With Truth

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August 20, 2020
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During this message learn the importance of God’s truth and how it’s our best defense against Satan.

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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Are youfeeling powerless,
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  • powerless to controlyour destiny?
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  • The fate of our nation,your career, financial security,
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  • and even your daily life?
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  • We are in a spiritual battlefor our hearts and minds,
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  • sometimes with little strengthto be victorious.
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  • What if I told youthere is one who can empower you
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  • to prevail over the emotional,physical,
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  • and spiritual chaosin your life,
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  • one who can give you the powerto be more than a conqueror,
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  • more than a winner,more than a victor,
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  • but an overcomer?
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  • As an overcomer,you are no longer defined
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  • by your trialsbut by your victories.
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  • As an overcomer,you put on God-given armor
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  • that both protects youfrom the enemy
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  • and empowers you to conqueryour greatest obstacles.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:We're called to be overcomers,
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  • men and women.
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  • We're called to walk in victory,and strength,
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  • and peace, and love.
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  • Sometimes I hear people say
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  • when I ask themhow they're doing,
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  • "I'm doing okay downunder the circumstances."
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  • But we don't belongunder the circumstances,
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  • we belongabove the circumstances.
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  • We're not undercomers,we're overcomers, amen?
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  • will awaken the power of Godin you
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  • and become an overcomer.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Overcoming Falsehoodwith Truth."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: This iswhat Jesus said of Satan.
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  • He said: "He does not standin the truth,
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  • because there isno truth in him."
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  • Wherever you find somethingthat's not true,
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  • it came from Satan.
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  • Non-truth is Satan inspired.
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  • In the core passage that wasthe basis for this series
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  • of messages, which isEphesians chapter 6,
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  • the Bible tells usthat we're to,
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  • "Stand, having girded our waistwith the truth."
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  • It seems strange that the beltof the armor which is
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  • in Ephesians 6 is the first itemthat Paul mentions.
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  • He says, "Wrap yourselfaround with the belt of truth."
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  • It wasn't a piece of armor.
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  • I mean, a belt'snot gonna keep you
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  • from being wounded,but the belt had
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  • a central function that wasvital to the soldier's armor.
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  • The soldier had all ofthis equipment that he wore,
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  • and he had a shirt that drapedfrom his shoulders to his knees.
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  • And the Roman soldier worea metal torso armor
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  • that was long and protective,with leather strips that hung
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  • from his waistto his lower thighs
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  • around his whole body,very cumbersome.
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  • But his belt was a bandof wide thick leather with loops
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  • and slots that clampedover these items.
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  • And from this belt,there was a sword that hung,
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  • and a rope, and a ration sack,and money, and darts.
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  • Everything the soldier neededin hand-to-hand combat was
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  • on his belt, right thereat his fingertips.
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  • But when the soldierhad to run,
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  • he would pull his tunic up,
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  • which was down around his legs,and he would pull it up
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  • and he would tuck itin that belt and free
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  • his legs for speedand maneuverability.
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  • And when you readabout it in the Bible,
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  • here's what it's called:"Girding one's loins."
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  • That's what that means.
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  • It means to pull your clothes upand tuck them into your belt
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  • so you can move rapidly.
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  • Now, the belt didn't have anyoffensive function of its own.
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  • It was a piece of equipmentthat essentially held
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  • everything else together,keeping the soldier ready
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  • for anything that he might face.
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  • And here's what that meansfor us today in our lives.
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  • Ladies and gentlemen,truth holds everything together.
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  • Truth makes us ready.
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  • At the center of our lives,we place the truth in Jesus,
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  • and everything we dois drawn
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  • from thatall-encompassing center.
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  • Listen to me, if we don't havethe truth,
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  • we don't have anything.
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  • Without the truth, we are empty.
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  • We have nothing to offerthe world.
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  • We have nothing to give anyoneif we do not have the truth.
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  • But when we know the truth,and we live the truth,
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  • we can assess our weaponsquickly and confidently,
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  • and we don't haveto fear anything
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  • being out of place in our lives.
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  • How many of you know how muchbetter and simpler it is
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  • to just live in the truth?
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  • Have you ever caught yourselflivin' in somethin'
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  • that's not true,and you're always lookin'
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  • over your shoulder to seeif somebody knows
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  • what the truth is?
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  • And when you don't tellthe truth,
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  • you have to tell another lieto cover up the lie you told,
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  • and it just weaves itselfaround you
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  • until it just debilitates you.
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  • I just love it.
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  • Truth is simple, you know?
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  • It's just, "Tell the truth,and always tell the truth."
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 4,verse 2 says this:
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  • "We have renouncedthe hidden things of shame,
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  • not walking in craftinessnor handling
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  • the Word of God deceitfully,
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  • but by manifestation of thetruth commending ourselves
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  • to every man's consciencein the sight of God."
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  • Truth gives us the courageto stand against our enemy.
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  • Why is truth to beour primary concern?
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  • Because the weapons of Satanare the exact opposite.
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  • Do you know whatSatan's weapons are?
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  • Here they are.
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  • They're falsehood and deception.
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  • Satan wants to deceive you.
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  • He wants to destroy you.
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  • He wants to take your influenceaway in this world.
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  • And what he works against isthe truth of God in your life.
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  • John 8:44 says of Satan:"When he speaks a lie,"
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  • listen to this, "he speaksfrom his own resources,
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  • for Satan is a liarand the father of lies."
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  • Lies come from the enemy.
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  • If you've caught yourselfin this little innocent lie,
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  • let me tell ya,it didn't come from God.
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  • It came from Satan.
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  • Satan is the authorof all falsehood.
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  • Falsehood does not comefrom God.
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  • And when we stand in the truth,we never speak from ourselves.
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  • We speak from the truth revealedto us through the Bible
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  • and the Holy Spirit.
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  • Speaking truth is notalways comfortable.
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  • How many of you knowit's always right?
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  • Almost 2.000 years ago,a Roman governor asked
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  • a profound andfamiliar question of a man
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  • who was about to be executed.
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  • He said to him, "What is truth?"
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  • We have no way of knowingwhether Pilate's question
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  • was a serious questionor just sarcastic,
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  • but we do knowthat minutes later,
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  • he turned Jesus over to anangry crowd to be crucified.
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  • Isn't it interesting,Pilate judged the Truth?
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  • He sentenced the Truth.He scourged the Truth.
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  • He mocked the Truth.He crucified the Truth.
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  • When he asked Jesus,"What is truth?"
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  • Truth was standin'right in front of him.
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  • Jesus Christ was the Truth.
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  • And the irony is that the verymoment he asked this question,
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  • he was staring at the pureincarnation of Truth.
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  • The one who was the Truthhad just said to him,
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  • "Everyone who hears me,he is of the truth."
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  • And you know what?
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  • Ever since Pilate askedthat question, "What is truth?"
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  • everybody's been askin'that question, haven't they?
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  • "What is truth?"
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  • And today,truth is up for grabs.
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  • According to Os Guinness:"Truth in any objective
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  • or absolute sense,truth that is independent
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  • of the mind of the knower,no longer exists."
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  • A simple way to illustratewhat's happened to truth
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  • lies in a story I read aboutthree baseball umpires
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  • who were debating theirdifferent style of umpiring.
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  • One of 'em said, "There's ballsand there's strikes,
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  • and I call themthe way they are."
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  • "No," said the second umpire,"that's arrogant.
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  • There's balls,and there's strikes,
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  • and I call them the wayI see 'em."
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  • "That's no better,"said the third umpire.
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  • "Why beat around the bush?
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  • Why not be realisticabout what we do?
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  • There's balls,and there's strikes,
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  • and they ain't nothin'till we call 'em."
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • The first umpire representsthe traditional view of truth:
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  • objective, independent ofthe mind and of the knower,
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  • there to be discovered as it is.
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  • What did he say?
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  • "We call balls and strikesas they are."
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  • The second speaksfor moderate relativism:
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  • truth as each person sees it.
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  • Here people say,"Well, I don't see that as true.
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  • You see it as true,but I see that as false."
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  • So everybody hastheir own truth.
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  • Can I get a witness?
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  • And the third umpirebluntly expresses
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  • the radical relativists,the postmodern position:
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  • Truth is not to be discovered.
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  • It's for each of us to createof ourselves.
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  • According tothe relativists' position,
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  • all of us, we just get to createour own truth.
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  • There is no such thingas objective truth.
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  • What's true for youis not true for me.
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  • I get to have my truth,and you get to have your truth,
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  • as if there is no real truth.
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  • In the final analysis,truth corresponds
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  • to the first umpire's position,to what actually is,
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  • and that's why truthis found in God.
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  • God is the great I AM.
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  • He is the Truth.
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  • Do you know,when the Bible says,
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  • "In the beginning God,"that's the answer to everything?
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  • Because God isthe ultimate reality.
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  • So, what is true?
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  • It's God is true.
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  • "In the beginning God was."
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  • He is the self-existent one.
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  • He's the Creator of everythingthat exists.
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  • God is Truth,and all truth is God's truth.
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  • In the Bible, he is called,"The God of truth."
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  • The Father, the first personof the Trinity, is Truth.
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  • Psalm 31:5 says: "Into your handI commit my spirit;
  • 00:12:04.006 --> 00:12:08.010
  • you have redeemed me,O Lord God of truth."
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  • And you know Jesus Chris is thesecond person of the Trinity.
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  • How should we be surprisedto discover
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  • that Jesus Christ is Truthas well?
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  • The Bible says, "Jesus Christis full of grace and truth."
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  • And because he is fullof grace and truth,
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  • he can say, "I am the Way,the Truth, and the Life."
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  • And not only is Godthe Father Truth,
  • 00:12:35.204 --> 00:12:37.072
  • and God the Son Truth,don't be surprised,
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  • God the Holy Spirit is Truthas well.
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  • We read, "When the Helper comes,whom I shall send to you
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  • from the Father,the Spirit of truth
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  • who proceeds from the Father,he will testify of me."
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  • The next time somebodytalks to you about their truth,
  • 00:12:52.521 --> 00:12:55.224
  • "Well, this is my truth,"don't get caught up
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  • in that discussion.
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  • There's only one truth,and it's the truth of God.
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  • When we get connectedwith God, we're in his truth.
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  • But if we're anything else,we're in error and falsehood.
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  • There is not many divisionsor versions of truth.
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  • There's only one truth,and God himself is that truth.
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  • So, if that's the case,and we wanna overcome
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  • falsehood with truth,how do we do that?
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  • I wanna give you some thoughtsabout how we go about
  • 00:13:24.220 --> 00:13:26.889
  • overcoming falsehood with truth.
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  • First of all, we overcomefalsehood with truth
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  • by seeking the truth ourselves.
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  • To do battle with the enemy,the believer needs
  • 00:13:36.765 --> 00:13:39.401
  • to know the truth about God,the truth about Christ,
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  • and the truth that is inthis book we call, "The Bible."
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  • There's two things we can takeout of this that we just do.
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  • First of all, we needto study the truth.
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  • You know what, folks?
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:56.118
  • I've grown up in a cultureof ministers
  • 00:13:56.151 --> 00:13:58.254
  • who minimize the truthof the Word of God.
  • 00:13:58.287 --> 00:14:02.524
  • If you can get fiveor six sentences that come
  • 00:14:02.558 --> 00:14:04.660
  • from the Bible in someof their messages,
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  • you've had a lucky day.
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  • People don't taketheir Bibles to church,
  • 00:14:08.964 --> 00:14:10.366
  • because they say,"Oh, you don't need
  • 00:14:10.399 --> 00:14:11.700
  • all that Bible stuff."
  • 00:14:11.734 --> 00:14:13.035
  • Well, if you don't needall that Bible stuff,
  • 00:14:13.068 --> 00:14:14.370
  • why are you a pastor?
  • 00:14:14.403 --> 00:14:15.871
  • Why are you a minister?
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  • If you don't need the Bible,what purpose do you have?
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  • You see,the truth is so critical
  • 00:14:21.143 --> 00:14:23.712
  • because we have nothing else.
  • 00:14:23.746 --> 00:14:26.015
  • Our whole life is basedupon the truth of God,
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  • We need not to be ashamedthat we study the truth.
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  • There's no premium on ignorancein the Christian life.
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  • You can't go aroundand brag about how much
  • 00:14:37.459 --> 00:14:39.261
  • you don't know about the Bible.
  • 00:14:39.295 --> 00:14:42.197
  • So, in order to overcomefalsehood with truth,
  • 00:14:42.231 --> 00:14:46.068
  • you have to study the truth.
  • 00:14:46.101 --> 00:14:48.304
  • And the truth is writtenin the Scripture.
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  • It's systemized truth.
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  • I urge you to answerfor yourself this question
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  • that a friend of mine bythe name of Stu Weber asks:
  • 00:14:55.711 --> 00:14:59.048
  • "Are you involved in a regular,rigorous regimen of Bible study?
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  • If not, what in the worldare you doing?
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  • Your mind, your most criticalweapon in battle,
  • 00:15:06.655 --> 00:15:08.924
  • is braced by doctrine.
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  • Your soul is strengthenedby biblical knowledge."
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  • If God's people will make theknowledge of God and his Word
  • 00:15:14.563 --> 00:15:18.033
  • the pursuit of their lives,Satan gets discouraged
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  • and defeated when he comes todivide and deceive and destroy.
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  • To seek the truth,you must diligently search
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  • the Scriptures.
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  • That's why we put Bibleteaching on the radio,
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  • Bible teaching on television,and on the internet,
  • 00:15:34.316 --> 00:15:37.019
  • and in books,because the truth of God
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  • is what protects us.
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  • It's what gives us hopefor the future.
  • 00:15:42.024 --> 00:15:44.159
  • With all this stufffloatin' around, and fake news,
  • 00:15:44.193 --> 00:15:47.296
  • and all the other stuffthat's happenin',
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  • I know the Truth.
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  • The Truth is my blessed Saviorthe Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:15:51.367 --> 00:15:54.803
  • He is the Way, the Truth,and the Life.
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  • So, you study the truth.
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  • And not only do you study it,you have to submit to the truth.
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  • Counterfeit truth isnever more on display
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  • than in the way we oftenhear people speak of God
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  • in today's world.
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  • Listen to this.You've heard it before.
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  • "My God wants me to be rich."
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  • "The God I believe in,he'd never send
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  • anybody to hell."
  • 00:16:22.431 --> 00:16:24.466
  • "How dare your God claim to bethe only one in heaven?"
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  • When somebody says to me,"My God would never do that,"
  • 00:16:28.804 --> 00:16:31.373
  • I tell 'em,"You're absolutely right
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  • 'cause your God doesn't exist,"you know?
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  • "Your God doesn't exist."
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  • You know why?
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  • We don't havea whole bunch of gods.
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  • You know, we create a little Godthat makes us comfortable
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  • in the way we live, but therearen't many gods, you guys.
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  • There's just the one God,the God of truth.
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  • And you don't get to chooseyour own God.
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  • You don't get to make your Godto be who you want him to be.
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  • If you wanna live immoral lives,you can't just say,
  • 00:16:54.263 --> 00:16:56.765
  • "Well, my God's okay with that."
  • 00:16:56.799 --> 00:16:58.367
  • No, he's not,'cause you don't have a God.
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  • Your God is somebodyin your imagination.
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  • God is who he is.
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  • We don't get to change him.
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  • His purpose is to change us.
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  • We don't get to change him.
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  • We live in this crazy time,and unfortunately, in this time,
  • 00:17:15.150 --> 00:17:19.621
  • there's this form of lyingthat is used by some people
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  • to justify not tellingthe truth.
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  • It's called, "Spin."
  • 00:17:25.127 --> 00:17:27.663
  • "Spin" is "the recasting,reinterpretation,
  • 00:17:27.696 --> 00:17:30.532
  • revision of the truth to make itmore palatable."
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  • The point is not to be truthful.
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  • It's to reinterpret factsto take the edge off
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  • of the truth and make itmore politically correct
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  • and less offensivefor your own goals.
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  • But in God's sight,spin is lying.
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  • You don't get to say, "Okay,well it was 90% of the truth,
  • 00:17:49.485 --> 00:17:51.987
  • so it's the truth."
  • 00:17:52.020 --> 00:17:54.056
  • It's either 100% trueor it's a lie, you know?
  • 00:17:54.089 --> 00:17:57.759
  • Here's what the Bible saysabout God in Proverbs 6:
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  • "These six thingsthe Lord hates, yes,
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  • seven are an abominationto him."
  • 00:18:03.765 --> 00:18:05.868
  • Now, listen to this.
  • 00:18:05.901 --> 00:18:07.302
  • "A proud heart, a lying tongue,hands that shed innocent blood,
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  • a heart that deviseswicked plans,
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  • feet that are swiftto running to evil,"
  • 00:18:13.675 --> 00:18:16.011
  • here's another, "a false witnesswho speaks lies,
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  • and one who sows discordamong the brethren."
  • 00:18:18.714 --> 00:18:21.950
  • Now, let me just say itout loud.
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  • The Bible says,"God hates lying."
  • 00:18:23.318 --> 00:18:26.321
  • Proverbs 12:22 says: "Lying lipsare an abomination to the Lord,
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  • but those who deal truthfullyare his delight."
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  • Our words, men and women,as Christians,
  • 00:18:36.431 --> 00:18:39.034
  • that are spoken or written,cannot be taken back.
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  • Once you tell a lie,it's out there.
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  • It has its own life, and evenif the effects can be stopped
  • 00:18:46.241 --> 00:18:50.479
  • or reversed, the reputationof the liar is forever damaged.
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  • Instead of lying,the overcomer has to learn
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  • how to speak the truth.
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  • How do we overcome falsehoodwith truth?
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  • We start with ourselves.
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  • We start speaking the truth.
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  • We stop coloring the truth.
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  • We stop making up thingsthat make us look better
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  • when it's not the way it is.
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  • We just tell the truth.
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  • It's such a freeing thingto be people of truth,
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  • and God has called usto speak the truth.
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  • That's the first thing.
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  • Number two, we not only haveto speak the truth,
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  • but the Bible says we haveto speak it lovingly.
  • 00:19:28.417 --> 00:19:33.822
  • You know, have you ever beenaround people that say,
  • 00:19:33.855 --> 00:19:36.258
  • "Well, I just tell peoplethe way it is"?
  • 00:19:36.291 --> 00:19:39.628
  • Then they eviscerate youfor three hours
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  • and it takes you a couple weeksto get over it.
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  • The Bible does saywe're to speak the truth boldly,
  • 00:19:44.066 --> 00:19:46.301
  • but we're also to speak itwith love.
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  • The Bible says we're to speakthe truth with grace.
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  • I heard abouta 4th-grade teacher
  • 00:19:52.107 --> 00:19:54.042
  • who was recoveringfrom surgery,
  • 00:19:54.076 --> 00:19:56.178
  • and got a get-well cardfrom her class.
  • 00:19:56.211 --> 00:19:58.714
  • It read: "Dear Mrs. Fisher,your 4th-grade class wishes
  • 00:19:58.747 --> 00:20:02.251
  • you a speedy recoverby a vote of 15 to 14."
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  • I don't know if that story'strue or not,
  • 00:20:08.924 --> 00:20:12.928
  • but that's not truth in love,is it?
  • 00:20:12.961 --> 00:20:17.299
  • Jesus said,"By this everybody will know
  • 00:20:17.332 --> 00:20:19.501
  • that you are my disciples,if you have love
  • 00:20:19.534 --> 00:20:21.403
  • one for another."
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  • We need to speak the truth,absolutely,
  • 00:20:23.305 --> 00:20:24.906
  • but we need to speak itwith love, don't we?
  • 00:20:24.940 --> 00:20:27.075
  • And Jesus modeled that for us.
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  • Jesus was fullof grace and truth.
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  • So that's how we shouldbe as well.
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  • So, we overcome falsehoodby seeking the truth
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  • and by speaking the truth.
  • 00:20:39.688 --> 00:20:41.490
  • And thirdly, we overcomefalsehood by living the truth.
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  • The overcomer has to be clothedwith truthfulness
  • 00:20:46.495 --> 00:20:50.232
  • integrated intohis or her own life.
  • 00:20:50.265 --> 00:20:52.234
  • Listen to the wordsof the Apostle John.
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  • He said, "I have no greater joythan to hear
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  • that my children walk in truth."
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  • God wants us to walk in it.
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  • He doesn't want usjust to study the truth.
  • 00:21:03.945 --> 00:21:05.747
  • He doesn't want usjust to speak the truth.
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  • He wants us to live in truth.Be true to ourselves.
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  • Be true to God.
  • 00:21:09.951 --> 00:21:11.687
  • You know, every once in a while,you read stories of people
  • 00:21:11.720 --> 00:21:14.056
  • who lived double lives.
  • 00:21:14.089 --> 00:21:15.590
  • You know,somebody's got two wives,
  • 00:21:15.624 --> 00:21:16.925
  • and they're scatteredall over the country.
  • 00:21:16.958 --> 00:21:18.260
  • They're living two lives.
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  • How in the world could youever allow that to happen
  • 00:21:20.062 --> 00:21:22.264
  • in your life?
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  • And how could youever survive it?
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  • Truth is the integrating centerof who we are in God,
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  • and we're to live the truth.
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  • You know,the Lord illustrated that
  • 00:21:31.306 --> 00:21:32.841
  • for us in such a perfect way.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • "When his enemiescame to arrest him,
  • 00:21:36.678 --> 00:21:38.780
  • he said to them, 'Which of youconvicts me of sin?'"
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  • Nobody said a word.
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  • Do you know why?
  • 00:21:45.821 --> 00:21:47.255
  • Because they didn't haveanything they could say.
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  • They had nothing legitimateto convict him of
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  • because he was absolutelyeverything he claimed to be.
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  • Jesus went to the cross.
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  • The centurion overseeingthe execution said,
  • 00:21:58.433 --> 00:22:01.203
  • "Truly, this Man wasthe Son of God."
  • 00:22:01.236 --> 00:22:05.073
  • How'd he figure that out?
  • 00:22:05.107 --> 00:22:06.708
  • He simply watched Jesus dieas Jesus had lived.
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  • He saw that Jesus waswho he claimed to be,
  • 00:22:10.178 --> 00:22:15.617
  • exhibiting attributes that onlythe Son of God could possess.
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  • And the thief who hungon the cross next to Jesus,
  • 00:22:20.322 --> 00:22:22.557
  • remember what he said?
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  • "This man has donenothing wrong."
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  • Why would he say that?
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  • Because he saw the truthexhibited in Christ,
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  • even under the stressof horrendous circumstances.
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  • Men and women, what's killingthe impact of the church today
  • 00:22:35.137 --> 00:22:40.409
  • is men and womenwho are in the church
  • 00:22:40.442 --> 00:22:42.144
  • who aren't living the faith.
  • 00:22:42.177 --> 00:22:44.112
  • They live two lives.
  • 00:22:44.146 --> 00:22:45.514
  • They have their church life,their religious life,
  • 00:22:45.547 --> 00:22:48.016
  • and then they have the lifethat they live in the world,
  • 00:22:48.049 --> 00:22:51.119
  • and the world sees that.
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  • The world's not stupid.
  • 00:22:52.554 --> 00:22:54.156
  • The world sees the inaccuracyand the lack of integrity
  • 00:22:54.189 --> 00:22:57.426
  • in our lives.
  • 00:22:57.459 --> 00:22:58.760
  • Why would they want that?They got that without Jesus.
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  • They don't need Jesus for that.
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  • So, if we're gonna changethis whole issue of falsehood
  • 00:23:04.166 --> 00:23:07.602
  • taking center stageinstead of truth,
  • 00:23:07.636 --> 00:23:10.906
  • we have to seek the truth.
  • 00:23:10.939 --> 00:23:13.108
  • We have to speak the truth.
  • 00:23:13.141 --> 00:23:14.576
  • But most of all,we have to live the truth.
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  • We have to be who we areall the way through to the core.
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  • And God is allowing thatto happen.
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  • And a lot of churches thatI know about now are starting
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  • to have some kind of revivalsthat are bringing
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  • that about through prayerand sometimes through fasting.
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  • We're getting backto who we should be.
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  • And when the church of Godis who it should be,
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  • there's nothing that canstand against it.
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  • You know, I wonder what wouldhappen if we had that spirit
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  • of truth about our churches,what difference that would make.
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  • And I just wanna urge you guys,let's be a part
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  • of that something,that good something,
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  • that true something.
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  • Let's shun the falsehoodthat's runnin' around trying
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  • to destroy us,and let's get back to the truth.
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  • You say, "Well,where do I find that truth?"
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  • The Word of God is truth.
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  • And you know whatthe Bible says?
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  • "The truth will set you free."
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  • It'll set you free, amen?
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  • It'll set you free from lookin'over your shoulder to see
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  • who's following youor what you said the last time.
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  • The Bible says,"You shall know the truth,
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  • and the truthshall make you free."
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  • Let's be overcomers.
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  • Let's overcome falsehoodwith the truth.
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  • Let's tell people the truthabout Jesus Christ.
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  • Let's turn up the volume, amen.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: So, why don't youjust take God at his Word
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  • and determine that by his grace,from this moment on,
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  • announcer: Join Dr. Jeremiahnext time for his message,
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  • "Overcoming Evil with Good,"
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  • ♪♪♪
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