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Faith Life Church, "Mercy Over Judgement" Part 1A

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  • Faith Life Church
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  • (Praise and Worship Team sing Victory in Jesus)
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  • Victory in Jesus my Savior forever
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  • He sought me and He bought me with His redeeming blood
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  • He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him
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  • He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood
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  • I heard an old, old story how a Savior came from glory
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  • How He gave His life on Calvary to save someone
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  • like me
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  • I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood's atoning
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  • Then I repented of my sins and won the victory
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  • Victory in Jesus my Savior forever
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  • He sought me and He bought me with His redeeming blood
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  • He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him
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  • He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood
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  • I heard an old, old story how a Savior came from glory
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  • How He gave His life on Calvary to save someone
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  • like me
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  • I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood's atoning
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  • Then I repented of my sins and won the victory
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  • Victory in Jesus my Savior forever
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  • He sought me and He bought me with His redeeming blood
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  • He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him
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  • He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood
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  • Turn with me in the Scriptures please this morning to the
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  • Book of Matthew 7:1 begins by saying,
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  • "Judge not," who's the understood subject?
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  • You, don't judge.
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  • You judge not.
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  • And he tells you one of the main reasons why.
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  • That or so that, "You won't be judged."
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  • Judge not that you be not judged.
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  • Everybody say that out loud with a couple of times.
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  • Together: "Judge not that you be not judged."
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  • Another time.
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  • Together: "Judge not that you be not judged."
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  • How many believe this is something we should pay
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  • attention to?
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  • That this is true?
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  • Now almost every Christian knows this and a whole lot of
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  • nonbelievers know it too.
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  • And one of the favorite phrases of people that have missed it
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  • and blown it is, "Don't judge me.
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  • You're supposed to be a Christian.
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  • Don't judge me."
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  • And, when's the last time you repented for judging somebody?
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  • And, when's the last time you repented for judging somebody?
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  • And most everybody will agree don't judge, you're not supposed
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  • to judge.
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  • But then finding people that will admit they are judging is
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  • hard.
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  • It's rare.
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  • In fact, if you say to somebody, "Well, don't judge," nine times
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  • out of ten what will be their response?
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  • "I'm not judging.
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  • I wasn't judging.
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  • I'm just..."
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  • So everybody believes you shouldn't do it, but if you
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  • believe what everybody is telling you, really, nobody is.
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  • The Master was really straight with us about this, directing
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  • us, commanding us not to do it, but if you believe what
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  • everybody says you'd think Lord, there really wasn't any reason
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  • for You to say that because nobody is really judging anyway.
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  • No, what's happening?
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  • People are judging right and left.
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  • They're not calling it that, they are denying that they are.
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  • I'm just going to go ahead and say it.
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  • You have done it many times, and I have too.
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  • But it's a huge problem, because why did He tell us don't judge?
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  • So you won't be judged.
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  • So what if you do judge?
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  • Does it matter if you get judged or not?
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  • Now you have a whole group of folks around today that don't
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  • believe it's even possible for Christian to be judged.
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  • Then again, Jesus just said this for no reason.
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  • No, judging is a very serious matter.
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  • And the truth is, you do not want to be judged.
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  • And I don't want to be judged.
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  • It's quiet in here.
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  • Somebody said, "You can't be judged because of such and
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  • such..."
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  • Just listen, stay with us a while.
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  • Let's go through the Scriptures.
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  • How many would just take it at face value that there's a good
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  • reason why Jesus said this?
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  • And you do not just want to throw that away.
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  • "Judge not that you be not judged.
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  • For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and
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  • with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again."
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  • This is perfectly fair.
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  • In fact, it's the only thing that is, that could be in this
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  • situation.
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  • How is God going to deal with me?
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  • He's going to deal with me the way I deal with you.
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  • And how is that not fair?
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  • Is that fair or not?
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  • We're talking about judging.
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  • Well God is the righteous judge of all the earth.
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  • He's responsible and only He is qualified for that kind of
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  • judging.
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  • Nobody else is.
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  • But, how is He going to deal with me?
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  • According to this, He's going to deal with me the way I deal with
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  • you.
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  • Ever how I judge is how I'm going to be judged.
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  • Ever how I deal with you, measure, that's how it's going
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  • to be measured back to me.
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  • Most Christians do not believe this.
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  • If you did, if you really believed this, it would change
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  • the way you deal with people immediately.
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  • Immediately.
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  • Verse three.
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  • He goes on to say, "Why behold the mote that is in your
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  • brother's eye," which is the equivalent of judging.
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  • Let's just stop right here.
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  • In fact, we need to pray and release faith.
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  • We just got through talking about - do you hear people as a
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  • constant thing admitting they are judging?
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  • No.
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  • What do you hear?
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  • Denying it.
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  • Right?
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  • But are people judging?
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  • Oh, man.
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  • It's happening all over the place.
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  • That's what is happening right here.
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  • It's as simple as this.
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  • "You have something in your eye."
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  • "Don't judge me."
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  • "I wasn't judging."
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  • Yeah, you are.
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  • It can be as simple as that.
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  • It's even gets quieter in here.
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  • "You have something in your eye."
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  • What does that mean?
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  • You have a problem.
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  • You have a defect.
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  • You have an issue.
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  • "But consider not the beam," the bigger thing, "that is in your
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  • own eye?"
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  • This will prevent judging.
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  • If every time you notice something about somebody else,
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  • you do this.
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  • If you see something in somebody's eye, tell me what's
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  • the first thing you should do?
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  • Get out the mirror.
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  • If you see something in somebody's life, what's the
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  • first thing you are supposed to do?
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  • Examine yourself.
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  • Do I have that?
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  • Or worse?
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  • And just doing that will break you from judging.
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  • If you'll be honest.
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  • "Why behold the mote that's in your brother's eye and
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  • considering not the beam that's in your own eye?
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  • Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the
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  • mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own
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  • eye?"
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  • He's talking about if somebody wants to straighten out other
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  • people, and their life is a mess.
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  • They want to preach to other people and correct them, and
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  • they have glaring issues that they won't deal with themselves.
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  • Verse five, "You hypocrite," you're a hypocrite.
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  • "First cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then," I might
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  • say and only then, "shall you see clearly to cast out the mote
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  • out of your brother's eye."
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  • How many think you would have a different attitude about it too?
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  • If it took you a bunch of time and work and other people had to
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  • help you get the beam out of your eye, and then it took you a
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  • while to heal up over it, right?
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  • You're going to have a different attitude about somebody just got
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  • a little speck in their eye.
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  • And you'll say hey, I just went through that myself.
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  • And if I can help you, I will help you.
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  • Right?
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  • But to come down in accusative and a critical way, it would
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  • just be hypocritical because I just got through getting beam
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  • deliverance myself.
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  • (Laughter) Right? (Laughs)
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  • Wouldn't you come across with the kindness?
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  • People that have been through it themselves and are honest are
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  • not going to be harsh and judgmental.
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  • They've been there and they know it's not easy.
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  • They know what it is.
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  • (Laughs) Alright!
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  • Turn with me please over to 1 Corinthians the eleventh
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  • chapter and down about verse thirty-one.
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  • In 1 Corinthians 11:31, "For if we would judge ourselves,
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  • we should not be judged."
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  • Is this written to us as New Testament believers?
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  • First Corinthians is New Testament, right?
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  • To the Saints at Corinth.
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  • If we judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
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  • "But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord that we
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  • should not be condemned with the world."
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  • Even in that judgment, there's mercy to spare us from something
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  • coming later.
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  • But what's the best solution?
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  • Verse thirty-one; it's some of the best news you will ever hear
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  • in your life.
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  • We can prevent judgment in our life by simply judging ourselves
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  • and not judging others.
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  • These two big things.
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  • Judging ourselves and not judging others.
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  • Now go with me please to the Book of James.
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  • James chapter two.
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  • James 2:12.
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  • I'm reading in the ASV version.
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  • The ASV.
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  • He said, "So speak ye, and so do, as they that are to be
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  • judged by a law of liberty."
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  • What Jesus did.
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  • "For judgment is without mercy to him that showed no mercy.
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  • But mercy glories against judgment."
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • Say that out: "But mercy (Congregation repeats)
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  • glories against judgment."
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  • The NIV says, "Speak and act as those who are going to be judged
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  • by the law that gives freedom."
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  • You expect to get mercy?
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  • How many believe judgment is coming?
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  • To the world, the great white throne judgment, the judgment
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  • seat of Christ.
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  • Does the Bible talk about that?
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  • There's coming a time when all these things are going to be
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  • judged.
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  • How many are expecting mercy?
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  • Mercy?
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  • Because of what Jesus has done for us.
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  • Are you?
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  • Well, if we have received mercy, it's only honest and right that
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  • we show mercy.
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  • Right?
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  • I mean, if He has been merciful with me, for then me to get hard
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  • and critical and judgmental with you is hypocritical.
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  • It's acting like I didn't need mercy and didn't get mercy.
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  • And that's what He's talking about.
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  • Everything we do, we should remember we have gotten mercy
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  • and we're going to get mercy.
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  • Easy-to-Read says it like this.
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  • I'll read this one instead.
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  • It said, "You will be judged by the law that makes people free.
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  • You should remember this in everything you say and do.
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  • You must show mercy to others.
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  • If you don't show mercy then God won't show mercy to you.
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  • But the one who shows mercy can stand without fear before the
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  • judge."
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  • Mercy triumphs over judgment.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • Mercy glories over judgment.
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  • What do you want?
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  • Mercy or judgment?
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  • If we don't show mercy, the Scripture says we won't get
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  • mercy.
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  • We will get what we gave.
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  • If we judge, we will be judged.
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  • Does the scripture say you don't forgive you won't be forgiven?
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  • Does it say that?
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  • Did Jesus say that?
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  • If you don't forgive other people, your Father won't
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  • forgive you.
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  • Does the Bible say that?
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  • We're going to look at it in depth, it's there more than
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  • once.
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  • This is serious stuff.
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  • This is serious business.
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  • What if you're not forgiven?
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  • Will that affect your life?
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  • What if you are judged?
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  • Is that going to affect your life?
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  • Oh.
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  • But if you show mercy, when you need it, you will get mercy.
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  • If you forgive, you'll be forgiven.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • Somebody say: "I believe it."
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  • Congregation: I believe it.
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  • Thank You Lord.
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  • Now go with me if you would while you're excited to the Book
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  • of Job.
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  • In the Book of Job is a behind the scenes glimpse of the
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  • High Court of heaven, and some things that go on there.
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  • In Job 1:7 the Bible said the enemy came up, "And the Lord
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  • said to Satan, where are you coming from?
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  • Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro
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  • in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."
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  • Is this still going on today?
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  • Well, New Testament says he goes about - is that right?
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  • To and fro, seeking what?
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  • What is he looking for?
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  • He's seeking for someone to devour or to destroy.
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  • The enemy's main names in Scriptures are Abaddon,
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  • Apollyon, which both mean destroyer.
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  • Don't you like that word "may"?
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  • Seeking whom he may - so he can't just indiscriminately
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  • destroy people's lives.
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  • So we should ask ourselves what determines who he can destroy
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  • and who he can't?
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  • Is this something we need to know?
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  • Goes on after that talking about, "Resist the devil and he
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  • will flee from you."
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  • Are Christians who are believers, they're born again,
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  • they're going to heaven, but are there Christians in the
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  • Earth whose lives are being devoured?
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  • And lives are being destroyed?
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  • No doubt.
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  • No question about that.
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  • Is that the perfect will of God?
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  • No, it's not.
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  • And then others that are not experiencing the same
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  • destruction, and that's why some people throw their hand up and
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  • go, "God it's not fair."
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  • Watch out now.
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  • What you just did is judge God.
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  • "I wasn't..."
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  • Oh yeah, you were.
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  • You judged him unfair.
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  • People all over this planet are judging God unfair.
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  • How many folks you think have shaken a fist and gone, "This is
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  • not right!"
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  • What is not right?
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  • Who is not right?
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  • See, it's an accusation straight against God.
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  • You, what You are doing is not fair, it's not right.
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  • And one of the reasons we're reading in Job is because Job
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  • did that.
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  • He accused God of not being fair.
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  • Are there Christians whose lives are being devoured and
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  • destroyed?
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  • Is it the work of the devil?
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  • Congregation: Yes.
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  • Is it the will of God?
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  • No.
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  • And others that are not experiencing that destruction,
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  • what's the difference?
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  • Why may he devour them but he may not devour this?
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  • Why?
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  • What's the difference?
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  • Well you see right here is the enemy came up before the Lord,
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  • and he is going up and down in the earth.
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  • What's he doing?
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  • We know from other Scripture he is seeking to destroy.
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  • The devil and his cohorts, they are real.
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  • You never met a more cruel, sadistic being.
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  • He enjoys killing and destroying and stealing.
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  • He enjoys it.
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  • He is beyond redemption.
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  • Can't be saved or changed.
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  • And as long as he has any opportunity, he's going to kill
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  • everybody he can kill, destroy everybody he can destroy, and
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  • his favorite people to destroy are God's people.
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  • But, are we just at his mercy, of which he has none?
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  • What is the enemy after here in verse eight?
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  • "The Lord said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job,
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  • that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an
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  • upright man, one that fears God, and eschews evil?"
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  • This is the King James and a lot of people have come away with
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  • the idea that God brought Job up to the devil and said have you
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  • thought about jumping on him?
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  • No.
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  • No.
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  • The Young's Literal translation, which is the literal rendering
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  • of the Hebrew, "Jehovah said to the adversary, 'Have you set
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  • your heart against My servant Job," God is just ahead of him.
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  • He knows why he's there, He knows what he has on his mind.
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  • The devil has set his heart ?
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  • Why?
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  • Because Job is righteous.
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  • He's a godly man, he's a good man, and what makes it so much
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  • worse for the devil is he is a billionaire.
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  • Anybody know what I'm talking about?
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  • The man has clout.
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  • And boy, the devil is chafed over it.
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  • So he wants to hurt Job.
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  • He wants to shut him up, he wants to shut him down, he wants
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  • him out of the picture.
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  • So why doesn't he just go take him out?
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  • Because he can't.
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  • Well then why is he able to get to some folks?
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  • And why has he been able to get to us in some situations?
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  • Because he got judgment against us.
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  • He got judgment against us.
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  • And you know whose fault it was more than anybody else's?
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  • Congregation: Ours.
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