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January 17, 2021
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Touching Lives is the international broadcast ministry of Dr. James Merritt.

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  • male announcer: This program ispaid for by the friends
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  • and partners of Touching Lives.
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  • Welcome to the Internationalbroadcast Ministry
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  • of Touching Lives withDr. James Merritt.
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  • Here at Touching Lives,our mission is to touch
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  • the lives of the lost and enrichthe faith of the found.
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  • And now here is Pastor, author,and speaker, Dr. James Merritt.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr James Merritt: When we don'tallow the Holy Spirit to control
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  • the way we think and the waywe talk and the way we act,
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  • we grieve him, we hurthis feelings.
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  • Today I want to go one stepfurther, and I want to show you
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  • that we must not only receivethe filling of the Spirit,
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  • and we must not only respectthe feelings of the Spirit,
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  • we must release the freedomof the Spirit.
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  • I want to show you whatI'm talking about.
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  • If you're on a copy of God'sWord or you have a smart tablet
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  • or an iPhone or whatever is youmight use, I want you to turn
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  • to a book in the Bible,it's actually a letter
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  • that was written, it's called1 Thessalonians.
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  • Now if you don't know where thatis, the easiest way to find it
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  • is find a Bible, go all the wayback to the maps and whatever
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  • you have in the back of yourBible, turn right about 30 or 40
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  • pages, and you're gonna run intoa little book called
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  • 1 Thessalonians, We're gonna bein 1 Thessalonians chapter 5,
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  • let me give you the backgroundof what's going on.
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  • There was a man by the name ofPaul who went to a city called
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  • Thessalonica, I've been therebefore, and it's over in Greece,
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  • and he had actually founded achurch there, he'd actually
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  • founded a group of believersthere.
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  • Well they're brand-new, theydon't know what it really means,
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  • they don't know much aboutChristianity, they've just
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  • recently come to know Christ,and so they're kind of learning
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  • the basics of what it meansto be a Christian.
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  • Beyond that, they're undertremendous persecution.
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  • The Jews in that city are nothappy about the Christian
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  • movement and they're gettinga lot of pressure
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  • and a lot of persecution.
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  • So Paul has written this letterto encourage them, to bless
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  • them, to strengthen them, totell them to hang in the battle,
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  • to tell them to stay strong inthe Lord.
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  • And so toward the end of thisletter he writes something very
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  • interesting, and I bet many ofyou don't even know this verse
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  • is in the Bible.
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  • He says, do not quenchthe Spirit.
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  • First he says, be filled withthe Spirit, and then he says,
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  • do not grieve the Spirit, now hesays, do not quench the Spirit.
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  • Now that word quench is a verystrong word, it literally means
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  • to put out a fire by drowningwith water.
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  • One translation puts itthis way, do not put out
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  • the Spirit's fire.
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  • That word can also meandon't turn out the light.
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  • Now whether you know this or notin the Bible the Holy Spirit is
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  • often symbolized as a fire.
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  • Well a fire, as you know, doestwo things, it gives off heat
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  • but it also gives off light.
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  • And so within every believerwhat we've learned is there is
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  • a fire burning in your heart whois called the Holy Spirit.
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  • And as we live the Spirit-filledlife, we are to be shining
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  • the light of Jesusto other people.
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  • And yet Paul now is going totell us that there are things
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  • that we can do individually, andthere are things that we can do
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  • together as a church, that willliterally put out the fire
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  • of the Holy Spirit,it will turn off the light
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  • of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Now you may be asking a goodquestion, I hope some
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  • of you are.
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  • You may be saying, hey, wait aminute, so what is the
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  • difference between grievingthe Holy Spirit and quenching
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  • the Holy Spirit?
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  • It's a great question.
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  • So let me put it to you thisway, this is the simplest way to
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  • remember it.
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  • We grieve the Holy Spiritby what we do to him.
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  • We quench the Holy Spirit bywhat we refuse to let him do
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  • through us.
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  • So if you remember last week Isaid, when you don't control
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  • your thoughts or you don'tcontrol your tongue or you don't
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  • control your temper, you grievethe Holy Spirit.
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  • It's what we do to him.
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  • But we're going to learn todaythat we quench the Holy Spirit
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  • by what we refuse to let him dothrough us.
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  • Or to put it another way, wequench the Holy Spirit by doing
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  • what he tells us not to do, wequench the Holy Spirit by not
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  • doing what he tells us to do.
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  • So when you know the Holy Spiritis telling you, control that,
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  • temper control that tongue,control those thoughts, but you
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  • don't do it, you're grieving.
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  • But when the Holy Spirit tellsyou do this or do that and
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  • you don't do it, you quench theHoly Spirit, now you've probably
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  • asked another question.
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  • so what do you do?
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  • What are those kind of thingsthat we do that quench
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  • the Holy Spirit?
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  • Well, because this verse comesright in the middle of a section
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  • beginning in verse 16 that arefilled with imperative verbs,
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  • we know what we have to do tomake sure that we do not quench
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  • the Holy Spirit of God.
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  • So I'm not going to be negative,I want to be positive.
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  • Let me tell you those thingsthat throw kerosene on the fire.
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  • Let me tell you those thingsthat we ought to be doing both
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  • individually and as a church,and when we do them it makes
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  • the fire of the Holy Spirit burnhotter, it makes the light
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  • of the Holy Spiritshine brighter.
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  • So let's look at some thingsthat I know the Spirit wants me
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  • to do and you to doindividually, and some things
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  • that the Holy Spirit wants thechurch to do corporately and
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  • together that to fail to doquenches the Holy Spirit,
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  • they're right here in our text,so here's how we're going to
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  • make sure we don't put the fireout, we make the fire burn
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  • even brighter.
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  • First of all, we shouldcelebrate God's worship.
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  • One of the things the Spiritof God loves is he loves
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  • Spirit-filled worship.
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  • Now when a fire is burningand burning brightly,
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  • you don't have to tell anybody.
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  • You know that, right?
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  • Now there's a big fire burning.
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  • Number one, you can feelthe heat.
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  • And number two, you can seethe fire.
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  • Well, this is what the fire willlook like and feel like in
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  • our worship when we're throwingkerosene on the fire.
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  • Go back to verse 16.
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  • He says, rejoice always, praycontinually, give thanks in all
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  • circumstances, for this is God'swill for you in Christ Jesus.
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  • Now let me just stop.
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  • If you're reading your Bible andyou came across that verse,
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  • you might think that Paul istalking to you individually.
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  • And he is, always, I mean,the whole Bible is
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  • addressed to us individually.
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  • However, what you would not knowunless you knew the Greek
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  • language is every one of thoseverbs are plural.
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  • So what he said was, rejoice youall, pray you all, give you all.
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  • He's not just talking toindividual believers,
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  • he is talking to the church.
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  • And what Paul is saying to thechurch is, these are the things
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  • that ought to be present everytime you come together
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  • to worship.
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  • These are the things thatoutsiders walking into a church
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  • should see and feel andexperience when they walk
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  • into a true worship service.
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  • Because I believe that whenbelievers and unbelievers walk
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  • into any church where God'speople are truly celebrating
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  • God's worship, this is whatthey're going to feel this is
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  • what they're going to see andthis is what they're going
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  • to experience.
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  • Let's just take these one at atime, Paul says first of all if
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  • you wanna throw kerosene on thefire of the Holy Spirit in your
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  • worship and in our church.
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  • your worship services should befilled with joy and praise.
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  • So he says, in verse 16,rejoice always.
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  • Now remember, the Holy Spiritis a fire.
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  • And if you know anything abouta fire, there's only one of two
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  • things you can do to a fire, youcould either throw water on it
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  • and you can quench it, or youcan throw fuel on it and you can
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  • intensify it.
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  • And one of the things that fuelsthe fire of the Holy Spirit is
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  • when we come into a church likeours and we come into a worship
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  • service like this one and we'renot lackadaisical, we don't act
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  • bored, we don't actdisinterested, we come in full
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  • bore, we're ready to worshipwith joy, we're ready to worship
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  • with praise, we're excited aboutwhat God is going to do.
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  • And by the way, keep in mindthat all of these verbs that
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  • we looked at a moment ago we'regonna look at again, they're
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  • not just plural in number,they are all imperatives.
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  • They are commands.
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  • So Paul says, rejoice always.
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  • Now you may be sitting theresaying, well, nobody can
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  • rejoice always.
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  • No, you're misunderstanding whatPaul's saying, you're thinkin'
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  • about happiness.
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  • And you are exactly right, youcan't always choose to be happy.
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  • But we're not talkingabout happiness.
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  • You see, happiness dependsupon what happens.
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  • If what happens is good you'rehappy, if what happens is bad
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  • you're not happy.
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  • So your circumstances canactually determine whether
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  • or not you're happy, okay?
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  • Put that aside.
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  • He didn't say, be happy always.
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  • Nobody's happy always, I'm nothappy always, you're not
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  • happy always.
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  • Here's what he said.
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  • Rejoice always.
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  • You know why?
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  • Because if you're a believer,happiness is not a choice,
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  • it depends onwhat happens to you.
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  • Joy is a choice.
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  • You can always chooseto be joyful,
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  • whether you are happy or not.
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  • Here's why.
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  • Happiness comes when good thingsare happening on the outside,
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  • but good things don't alwayshappen on the outside.
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  • Joy comes because we have God onthe inside.
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  • You see, that's why we can befull of joy if the interest
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  • rates are going up, if theeconomy's tanking, if the price
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  • of gasoline is off the charts,if things are not going well
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  • at home, it doesn't matter.
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  • You can be full of joy becauseyou're full of the Holy Spirit.
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  • One of the fruits ofthe Holy Spirit is joy.
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  • And if the Holy Spirit isfilling you like we've
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  • talked about, you will be fullof the joy of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Now I realize there are some bigobjections going on or some big
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  • questions in your mind, you say,wait, whoa, whoa, wait a minute.
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  • How can you rejoice when you'reout of a job, can't even pay
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  • your bills?
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  • How can you rejoice whenyou're battling cancer?
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  • How can you rejoice when you'regoin' through a dark valley
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  • in your marriage?
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  • How can you rejoice when you'vegot a prodigal child?
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  • How can you rejoice when lifejust isn't going your way?
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  • And listen, we've all beenthere.
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  • Well, think about this.
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  • Let's just take some of youright now, and you're goin'
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  • through one whole hellacioustime in your life over whatever
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  • it may be, marriage, health,kids, finances, doesn't matter.
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  • No matter what you're goin'through right now, I can tell
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  • you three things that areabsolutely true if you're a
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  • believer in Jesus, there arethree things that are absolutely
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  • true about your life right now.
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  • First thing that's true is this.
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  • God is in control of your life,he knows what's going on,
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  • there's not one renegademolecule in your life, he's got
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  • everything under control.
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  • Here's the second thing we know.
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  • God is always with you.
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  • We know that because of theseries we've been doing.
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  • When you give your life toJesus, Jesus gives you the
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  • Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spiritgoes with you everywhere you go.
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  • And here's the third thingwe know.
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  • God is working everything outfor your good.
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  • No, it doesn't mean everythinghappening to you right now is
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  • good, because some things arehappening right now to you
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  • is just not good.
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  • But what God has promisedis this.
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  • Because I'm in you, and becauseI'm for you, and because I'm
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  • with you, I guarantee you I'mgoing to take everything you're
  • 00:11:21.139 --> 00:11:24.309
  • goin' through right now and I'mgonna work it out for your good.
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  • Now, I wanna ask you a question.
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  • If those three things are true,how can you not be full of joy?
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  • How can there not just be afountain of joy bubbling up
  • 00:11:37.822 --> 00:11:42.227
  • in your heart?
  • 00:11:42.260 --> 00:11:43.561
  • See, when people walk into atrue worship service, they ought
  • 00:11:43.595 --> 00:11:46.030
  • to see a people, a churchfull of people, full of joy.
  • 00:11:46.064 --> 00:11:50.168
  • We should express itin the way we worship.
  • 00:11:50.201 --> 00:11:52.637
  • Let me give an illustrationof this.
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  • Don't raise your hand, but Ijust want to ask you a question,
  • 00:11:56.341 --> 00:11:58.243
  • 'cause I would raise my hand ifwe were, have you ever been
  • 00:11:58.276 --> 00:12:01.613
  • to a boring worship service?
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  • Maybe just been to a worshipservice just bored you
  • 00:12:03.348 --> 00:12:06.050
  • out of your mind?
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  • Can I be honest with you?
  • 00:12:07.418 --> 00:12:09.888
  • It's a trick question.
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  • Because you may have answered,well, yes, I have.
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  • Well, no, you really haven't,because that's an impossibility.
  • 00:12:14.459 --> 00:12:17.061
  • You say, what do you mean?
  • 00:12:17.095 --> 00:12:18.663
  • Well, boring worship isan oxymoron.
  • 00:12:18.696 --> 00:12:22.400
  • There is no such thing asa boring worship service.
  • 00:12:22.433 --> 00:12:25.470
  • You say, sure there is.
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  • No, there's not.
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  • If it's boring, it's notworship.
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  • I don't know what you want tocall it, but if it's boring,
  • 00:12:29.808 --> 00:12:32.110
  • it's not worship.
  • 00:12:32.143 --> 00:12:33.545
  • Because when you come toworship, you're not coming to
  • 00:12:33.578 --> 00:12:35.914
  • a funeral, you're coming to acelebration of a God who loves
  • 00:12:35.947 --> 00:12:38.983
  • you, a celebration of a Saviorwho is risen from the dead
  • 00:12:39.017 --> 00:12:42.654
  • and is alive forever, and acelebration of the Holy Spirit
  • 00:12:42.687 --> 00:12:45.890
  • who lives in you, guides you,and empowers you.
  • 00:12:45.924 --> 00:12:49.093
  • So when you don't participateand you don't celebrate worship
  • 00:12:49.127 --> 00:12:53.431
  • by participating with joy, youare quenching the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:12:53.464 --> 00:12:58.303
  • But then he goes further,he says this.
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  • Pray continually.
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  • Another way that you can throwfuel on the fire
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  • of the Holy Spirit is just bein a Spirit of prayer.
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  • Every worship service oughtto be soaked in prayer
  • 00:13:10.281 --> 00:13:13.084
  • and saturated in prayer.
  • 00:13:13.117 --> 00:13:14.419
  • I've told you this before,you've probably forgotten it,
  • 00:13:14.452 --> 00:13:16.487
  • every seat that is beingoccupied right now has been
  • 00:13:16.521 --> 00:13:20.358
  • prayed over.
  • 00:13:20.391 --> 00:13:21.726
  • As a matter of fact, every seatin this building has been
  • 00:13:21.759 --> 00:13:23.194
  • prayed over.
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  • Our staff gets here early onSundays and usually this is
  • 00:13:24.562 --> 00:13:27.732
  • my section, by the way, so you'dbetter feel special.
  • 00:13:27.765 --> 00:13:29.868
  • But I'll take the middlesection.
  • 00:13:29.901 --> 00:13:31.769
  • And we literally lay hands, wewalk through every aisle and
  • 00:13:31.803 --> 00:13:35.273
  • every row and we literally layhands and we pray over every
  • 00:13:35.306 --> 00:13:39.110
  • person that's gonna sit in everyseat in this building.
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  • Right now, while I'm up herepreaching, you don't know this,
  • 00:13:43.448 --> 00:13:45.950
  • we've got people in anotherlocation who are praying
  • 00:13:45.984 --> 00:13:49.320
  • during our worship service.
  • 00:13:49.354 --> 00:13:50.722
  • They're praying for the worshipservice.
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  • You know why we do that?
  • 00:13:52.991 --> 00:13:54.292
  • Because we believe we ought tobe praying continually.
  • 00:13:54.325 --> 00:13:57.495
  • Now the word for continuallydoesn't mean continuously
  • 00:13:57.528 --> 00:14:01.165
  • occurring, it meansconstantly recurring.
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  • So in other words, what I'msaying is, look, if all we ever
  • 00:14:05.970 --> 00:14:08.172
  • did was pray, if we really tookthat to a little extreme, if all
  • 00:14:08.206 --> 00:14:11.442
  • we ever did was pray we wouldn'tdo anything else.
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  • So what's the first thing wemust do if we're not goin'
  • 00:14:13.845 --> 00:14:17.215
  • to quench the Spirit?
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  • We must celebrate God's worship.
  • 00:14:18.583 --> 00:14:21.853
  • Here's the second thingPaul says.
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  • It really makes sense.
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  • He said, you demonstrateGod's will.
  • 00:14:25.390 --> 00:14:28.893
  • When you demonstrate God's will,you are fueling the fire of
  • 00:14:28.927 --> 00:14:34.365
  • the Holy Spirit, because here'sanother thing you can do
  • 00:14:34.399 --> 00:14:36.935
  • to quench the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:36.968 --> 00:14:38.269
  • When for whatever the reason, itdoesn't matter what your excuse
  • 00:14:38.303 --> 00:14:40.171
  • is, when you say, I'm not goingto do the will of God in this
  • 00:14:40.204 --> 00:14:43.641
  • situation in my life, I'm notgonna obey God in this area
  • 00:14:43.675 --> 00:14:46.644
  • of my life, I'm not gonna dowhat I know God wants me to do
  • 00:14:46.678 --> 00:14:49.480
  • in this area in my life,you know what you just did?
  • 00:14:49.514 --> 00:14:51.115
  • You just quenchedthe Holy Spirit.
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  • That's why we read,at the conclusion
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  • of all these commands,we read this.
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  • For this is God's will for youin Christ Jesus.
  • 00:14:58.089 --> 00:15:03.227
  • Now, you go back and read thatin context, what was
  • 00:15:03.261 --> 00:15:05.630
  • Paul saying?
  • 00:15:05.663 --> 00:15:07.098
  • He was saying, look, I know whatthe will of God is for you,
  • 00:15:07.131 --> 00:15:09.767
  • both individualsand as a church.
  • 00:15:09.801 --> 00:15:11.269
  • It is God's will for us to cometogether in worship.
  • 00:15:11.302 --> 00:15:14.405
  • And when we do, it is God's willfor us to come to that worship
  • 00:15:14.439 --> 00:15:17.909
  • service and be full of joy,to be prayed up and praying,
  • 00:15:17.942 --> 00:15:21.279
  • and to be thankful regardlessof what is going on in our life.
  • 00:15:21.312 --> 00:15:25.483
  • So it is the will of God that wecome together to worship, and it
  • 00:15:25.516 --> 00:15:30.088
  • is the will of God that we trulyworship when we come together.
  • 00:15:30.121 --> 00:15:34.058
  • So when we come to worship,when we can come to worship,
  • 00:15:34.092 --> 00:15:38.863
  • but we don't, okay?
  • 00:15:38.896 --> 00:15:40.231
  • You can come, but you don't evenbother coming.
  • 00:15:40.264 --> 00:15:42.300
  • You know what you do?
  • 00:15:42.333 --> 00:15:43.634
  • You throw water on the fireof the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:15:43.668 --> 00:15:46.104
  • But, every time we walk intothis building, I know it is the
  • 00:15:46.137 --> 00:15:50.575
  • will of God that we all walk inhere with buckets of kerosene to
  • 00:15:50.608 --> 00:15:54.679
  • throw on the fire of the HolySpirit to make it burn brighter
  • 00:15:54.712 --> 00:15:58.716
  • and hotter, not to be waterthat puts it out.
  • 00:15:58.750 --> 00:16:01.853
  • You know somebody said this along time ago, they said this.
  • 00:16:01.886 --> 00:16:04.689
  • They said, if a church is set onfire by the Holy Spirit, people
  • 00:16:04.722 --> 00:16:09.093
  • will come just to watch it burn.
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  • I believe that is so true.
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  • It is the will of God that ourworship of God be on fire
  • 00:16:12.830 --> 00:16:16.901
  • through joy, through prayer andthanksgiving, so that people
  • 00:16:16.934 --> 00:16:21.339
  • in a cold, dark world can feelthe fire and see the light
  • 00:16:21.372 --> 00:16:27.311
  • of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:16:27.345 --> 00:16:28.679
  • So if you're struggling rightnow trying to decide what
  • 00:16:28.713 --> 00:16:32.550
  • God's will for your life is,let me just give you
  • 00:16:32.583 --> 00:16:34.419
  • one piece of advice.
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  • Whatever you find that to be, gointo the ministry, go into the
  • 00:16:35.820 --> 00:16:39.657
  • mission field, take another job,serve somewhere in our church,
  • 00:16:39.690 --> 00:16:44.362
  • whatever you know in your heartis God's will, you better do it,
  • 00:16:44.395 --> 00:16:49.200
  • or else you quench the Spiritin your life.
  • 00:16:49.233 --> 00:16:53.271
  • So what do we do to throw fuelon the fire?
  • 00:16:53.304 --> 00:16:55.840
  • We celebrate God's worship.
  • 00:16:55.873 --> 00:16:58.042
  • What do we do?
  • 00:16:58.076 --> 00:16:59.410
  • We demonstrate God's will.
  • 00:16:59.444 --> 00:17:01.079
  • And here's the last thing Paulsaid.
  • 00:17:01.112 --> 00:17:02.914
  • We elevate God's Word.
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  • We elevate God's Word.
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  • There's not better qualitykerosene you throw the fire of
  • 00:17:06.818 --> 00:17:10.421
  • the Holy Spirit than when youelevate the Word of God.
  • 00:17:10.455 --> 00:17:14.659
  • Now let me show youwhat this means.
  • 00:17:14.692 --> 00:17:16.727
  • See, when we come together, andI think some of US don't realize
  • 00:17:16.761 --> 00:17:20.765
  • this sometimes, I have aresponsibility with what I do
  • 00:17:20.798 --> 00:17:24.902
  • during this time of the worshipservice, but you have a
  • 00:17:24.936 --> 00:17:27.305
  • responsibility as to what you'regoing to do during this time in
  • 00:17:27.338 --> 00:17:30.374
  • our worship service.
  • 00:17:30.408 --> 00:17:31.742
  • We have a dual responsibility.
  • 00:17:31.776 --> 00:17:33.077
  • Now, I have a responsibilityindividually to all of you,
  • 00:17:33.111 --> 00:17:36.948
  • but then all of you corporatelyhave responsibility
  • 00:17:36.981 --> 00:17:40.284
  • not just to me but to the Lord.
  • 00:17:40.318 --> 00:17:42.620
  • And here's what he says inverse 20, now listen to this.
  • 00:17:42.653 --> 00:17:44.522
  • He says, do not treat prophecieswith contempt.
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  • There is a gift of prophecywhere preachers and teachers
  • 00:17:50.862 --> 00:17:55.766
  • of God's Word today, under theillumination and the guidance of
  • 00:17:55.800 --> 00:17:58.903
  • the Holy Spirit, take God's Wordand they have this gift of
  • 00:17:58.936 --> 00:18:03.107
  • preaching biblical truth in sucha way that it connects,
  • 00:18:03.141 --> 00:18:07.411
  • that it's relevant, that it'sapplicable to modern day life.
  • 00:18:07.445 --> 00:18:10.915
  • And we all know this.
  • 00:18:10.948 --> 00:18:12.250
  • Down through the centuries,God has obviously given
  • 00:18:12.283 --> 00:18:14.218
  • certain people a remarkabledegree of insight
  • 00:18:14.252 --> 00:18:17.188
  • into Scripture,into its meaning
  • 00:18:17.221 --> 00:18:18.823
  • and its applicationto everyday life.
  • 00:18:18.856 --> 00:18:21.192
  • That's what I call today,or what we would call,
  • 00:18:21.225 --> 00:18:24.762
  • the gift of prophesy.
  • 00:18:24.795 --> 00:18:26.464
  • This is the modern day meaningof what this means.
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  • Do not treat prophecies, thatis, do not treat men and women
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  • who teach the Bible, men whopreach the Bible, men who preach
  • 00:18:33.104 --> 00:18:36.741
  • truth, do not treat what they dowith contempt.
  • 00:18:36.774 --> 00:18:40.044
  • Now again, what does that mean?
  • 00:18:40.077 --> 00:18:41.612
  • Well, let me tell you whatit means for me.
  • 00:18:41.646 --> 00:18:45.750
  • When a preacher fails to preachGod's Word, or when we won't
  • 00:18:45.783 --> 00:18:53.090
  • touch certain subjects becausethey're too controversial
  • 00:18:53.124 --> 00:18:56.527
  • out of a fear that somebodymight be offended.
  • 00:18:56.561 --> 00:18:58.963
  • Paul says that quenchesthe Spirit.
  • 00:18:58.996 --> 00:19:02.800
  • On the other hand, when we walkinto church and we refuse
  • 00:19:02.833 --> 00:19:08.272
  • to obey what we hear, when wechoose to follow what the
  • 00:19:08.306 --> 00:19:12.243
  • culture says rather than whatGod says is true, or when we
  • 00:19:12.276 --> 00:19:16.480
  • only accept those parts of theBible that we like and make us
  • 00:19:16.514 --> 00:19:19.750
  • feel comfortable but we rejectthe rest of it, Paul says
  • 00:19:19.784 --> 00:19:23.387
  • we quench the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:19:23.421 --> 00:19:25.389
  • So you say, okay, then, listen,so how are we supposed
  • 00:19:25.423 --> 00:19:28.726
  • to respond to the Word?
  • 00:19:28.759 --> 00:19:30.094
  • If God's Word is being preachedand being taught,
  • 00:19:30.127 --> 00:19:32.163
  • how am I supposed to respondto it in such a way
  • 00:19:32.196 --> 00:19:34.999
  • that I make sure that I do notquench the Spirit?
  • 00:19:35.032 --> 00:19:38.236
  • All right?
  • 00:19:38.269 --> 00:19:39.604
  • He goes on to tell us exactlyhow to do this
  • 00:19:39.637 --> 00:19:41.272
  • in the next verses.
  • 00:19:41.305 --> 00:19:42.640
  • He says, "Do not treatprophecies with contempt,
  • 00:19:42.673 --> 00:19:46.911
  • but test them all."
  • 00:19:46.944 --> 00:19:48.246
  • And then he says this,"Once you've tested them all,
  • 00:19:48.279 --> 00:19:51.515
  • hold on to what is good."
  • 00:19:51.549 --> 00:19:54.151
  • Now let me tell youwhat he means.
  • 00:19:54.185 --> 00:19:56.621
  • I know what the Holy Spiritwants preachers and teachers to
  • 00:19:56.654 --> 00:19:59.924
  • do, he wants us to proclaim hisWord, he wants us just to preach
  • 00:19:59.957 --> 00:20:06.430
  • his truth.
  • 00:20:06.464 --> 00:20:07.832
  • However, I also know what theHoly Spirit wants for all of us
  • 00:20:07.865 --> 00:20:11.469
  • to do.
  • 00:20:11.502 --> 00:20:12.803
  • He wants all of us to listen towhat is preached.
  • 00:20:12.837 --> 00:20:16.240
  • Not just hear it, but reallylisten to it.
  • 00:20:16.274 --> 00:20:19.176
  • And then we are to testeverything we hear.
  • 00:20:19.210 --> 00:20:22.446
  • So let me tell you something Iwant to ask you to do for me
  • 00:20:22.480 --> 00:20:25.149
  • every time you hear me preach.
  • 00:20:25.182 --> 00:20:26.651
  • Yeah, you know, and I hope youdo this for everyone, but I'm
  • 00:20:26.684 --> 00:20:28.886
  • asking you to do it for me.
  • 00:20:28.919 --> 00:20:31.255
  • I do not want you to acceptanything that I say
  • 00:20:31.289 --> 00:20:37.328
  • just because I said it.
  • 00:20:37.361 --> 00:20:39.030
  • You say yeah,"But you got a PhD."
  • 00:20:39.063 --> 00:20:41.732
  • I don't care.
  • 00:20:41.766 --> 00:20:43.100
  • But I like you,you're a funny guy.
  • 00:20:43.134 --> 00:20:45.036
  • Irrelevant.
  • 00:20:45.069 --> 00:20:46.370
  • But you're a dog, I mean,we all love the dogs.
  • 00:20:46.404 --> 00:20:49.073
  • Nothing to do with this.
  • 00:20:49.106 --> 00:20:50.708
  • I do not want you to takeanything I say at face value
  • 00:20:50.741 --> 00:20:54.111
  • just because I say it.
  • 00:20:54.145 --> 00:20:56.247
  • I want you to test everythingyou hear.
  • 00:20:56.280 --> 00:20:59.216
  • You say, well, how do you dothat?
  • 00:20:59.250 --> 00:21:01.419
  • I'm going to share with youthree ways.
  • 00:21:01.452 --> 00:21:03.921
  • In fact, this will help you.
  • 00:21:03.954 --> 00:21:05.256
  • From now on, every time you hearany preacher preach or any
  • 00:21:05.289 --> 00:21:07.625
  • teacher teach on anythingconcerning the Bible,
  • 00:21:07.658 --> 00:21:10.261
  • there are always three ways toevaluate everything you hear
  • 00:21:10.294 --> 00:21:13.464
  • and you'll know then,is this good or is it evil?
  • 00:21:13.497 --> 00:21:20.004
  • Is it right or is it wrong?
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  • All right?
  • 00:21:23.274 --> 00:21:24.575
  • You might want to jotthese down.
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  • First of all, test everythingby God's Word.
  • 00:21:25.976 --> 00:21:27.611
  • That's always test number one.
  • 00:21:27.645 --> 00:21:28.979
  • Test everything by God's Word.
  • 00:21:29.013 --> 00:21:31.282
  • In other words, when you hearany preachers say anything,
  • 00:21:31.315 --> 00:21:34.752
  • you ought to ask yourself, hey,does this measure up to what
  • 00:21:34.785 --> 00:21:38.656
  • all of the Word of God teaches?
  • 00:21:38.689 --> 00:21:40.691
  • Does this measure up withwhat I know the general thrust
  • 00:21:40.725 --> 00:21:43.661
  • of the Bible teachesabout the subject?
  • 00:21:43.694 --> 00:21:46.030
  • And by the way, if you hadn'tfigured this out then you ought
  • 00:21:46.063 --> 00:21:48.933
  • to know it, that means it'simportant that you study
  • 00:21:48.966 --> 00:21:51.335
  • your Bible.
  • 00:21:51.369 --> 00:21:52.703
  • It's important that you readyour Bible.
  • 00:21:52.737 --> 00:21:54.605
  • It's important that you knowwhat is in the Bible and know
  • 00:21:54.638 --> 00:21:57.875
  • what God teaches.
  • 00:21:57.908 --> 00:21:59.210
  • So number one, test everythingyou hear about
  • 00:21:59.243 --> 00:22:02.313
  • all of God's Word.
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  • Number two, test everythingby God's Son.
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  • And what I mean by that is this.
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  • If anything's ever said, I don'tcare who says it, I don't care
  • 00:22:07.618 --> 00:22:11.389
  • how sweet it sounds, if itcontradicts, if it absolutely
  • 00:22:11.422 --> 00:22:15.359
  • contradicts, who Jesus claimedto be, or it contradicts what
  • 00:22:15.393 --> 00:22:21.165
  • Jesus claimed to do, reject it.
  • 00:22:21.198 --> 00:22:24.835
  • And then here's the third way.
  • 00:22:24.869 --> 00:22:26.203
  • You test it by God's gospel.
  • 00:22:26.237 --> 00:22:28.973
  • In other words, if you ever hearanyone say anything,
  • 00:22:29.006 --> 00:22:34.545
  • even if they claim it comesfrom the Bible.
  • 00:22:34.578 --> 00:22:37.181
  • If they say something that wouldever lead you to believe that
  • 00:22:37.214 --> 00:22:40.751
  • you can earn a relationship withGod, that the only thing that's
  • 00:22:40.785 --> 00:22:44.588
  • important is you just be goodenough for God, and if it denies
  • 00:22:44.622 --> 00:22:48.025
  • salvation by God's gracethrough our faith,
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  • you need to reject it.
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  • He says, hold on to what isgood.
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  • You know what that word goodmeans?
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  • That's a word that was relatedto a genuine coin versus
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  • a counterfeit coin.
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  • In other words, here's what Paulwas saying.
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  • You know why you oughttatest everything,
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  • no matter who says it?
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  • Because just like there'sgenuine truth,
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  • there's counterfeit truth.
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  • Not all preaching and allteaching is the real thing,
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  • there's counterfeit preachinggoing on today.
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  • And we've got to be wise enoughto discern what is good and
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  • what is not, 'cause this iswhy this is so important.
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  • One of these days I'm going tostand before God and I'm going
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  • to be judged by every wordI preach to you.
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  • I'm going to be judgedby everything I said
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  • on this platform.
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  • I'm going to be judged by that.
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  • However, one of these daysyou will stand before God,
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  • and you're going to be judgedby how you responded to it,
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  • or whether you responded to it.
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  • And how you respond to it, orwhether you respond to it will
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  • determine whether or not you'rethrowing kerosene on the fire
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  • of the Spirit or water.
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  • Now I want to tell yousomething, church family.
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  • God is so good.
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  • He has given us the Holy Spirit.
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  • He's given the Holy Spirit inevery one of us, and if we want
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  • him and accept him, he's giventhe Holy Spirit to be over this
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  • building every time we walk intoit and I wanna tell you, you've
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  • got one job as a believer andwe've got one job as a church,
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  • and that is to make sure that weare always fueling the fire of
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  • the Holy Spirit so that whenpeople walk into this church
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  • they feel the warmth and theysee the light and they're drawn
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  • to Jesus Christ.
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  • Listen, we want to see livestransformed in this church.
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  • This is what we live for.
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  • We live to see people leavedarkness and come to light.
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  • We live to see people get outof the coldness of sin and
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  • into the heat ofthe love of God.
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  • That can only happen throughthe fire of the Holy Spirit.
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  • So may we never as a church say,fire's out.
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  • May we always say in our church,fire is up.
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  • male announcer: To watch anextended version of today's
  • 00:25:07.298 --> 00:25:09.433
  • message from Dr. James Merritt,go to touchinglives.org.
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:25:13.971 --> 00:25:15.272
  • Dr James Merritt: Big question.
  • 00:25:15.306 --> 00:25:16.774
  • Have you and your spouse beenspending more time together
  • 00:25:16.807 --> 00:25:18.375
  • than you thought possiblethese last few months?
  • 00:25:18.409 --> 00:25:20.811
  • You have no doubt learned morethings about each other,
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  • both good and bad.
  • 00:25:23.380 --> 00:25:24.882
  • Let's celebrate marriage,get away for a time of renewal
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  • in our relationships.
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  • I want you to join me andmy beautiful wife, Teresa,
  • 00:25:29.353 --> 00:25:32.456
  • as we head to Gatlinburg,Tennessee next spring to host
  • 00:25:32.489 --> 00:25:35.459
  • the Reignite Marriage Retreat.
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  • We'll start on Thursday nightMarch the 25th and finish
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  • by Noon on Saturday,March the 27th.
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  • The entire weekend will takeplace at the Mills Auditorium
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  • in the GatlinburgConvention Center.
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  • We'll spend time in the Word ofGod learning about marriage,
  • 00:25:48.505 --> 00:25:52.076
  • we'll laugh a lot as comedianTim Loveless entertains us,
  • 00:25:52.109 --> 00:25:55.713
  • and we will leave refreshed andrenewed in our marriages.
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  • The Reignite Marriage Retreatwill have
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  • very limited availability.
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  • You can visit touchinglives.orgfor all the details
  • 00:26:03.053 --> 00:26:06.757
  • and to purchase tickets.
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  • Thanks for watchingthe broadcast today.
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  • I hope to see you in Marchin Gatlinburg
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  • for the ReigniteMarriage Retreat.
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  • male announcer: This October,join Dr. James Merritt
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  • and friends in beautifulBranson, Missouri,
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  • for the 2021 MountainTop Conference.
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  • This Ozark City offers somethingfor everyone, from world-class
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  • dining and live entertainmentto unique shopping
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  • and outdoor recreation.
  • 00:26:39.923 --> 00:26:41.225
  • There is an adventurewaiting for you.
  • 00:26:41.258 --> 00:26:43.694
  • This event will featurepowerful preaching daily
  • 00:26:43.727 --> 00:26:45.963
  • from Dr. Merritt, and joininghim will be his friend,
  • 00:26:45.996 --> 00:26:48.632
  • Bellevue Baptist Church'sDr. Steve Gaines.
  • 00:26:48.666 --> 00:26:51.101
  • You will also get to hear fromthe legendary Oak Ridge Boys
  • 00:26:51.135 --> 00:26:53.937
  • when they stop by to sharesome of their story.
  • 00:26:53.971 --> 00:26:56.273
  • Enjoy incredible music fromGrammy Award-winning Guy Penrod,
  • 00:26:56.306 --> 00:27:00.811
  • and one of Christian music'sbiggest artists, Crowder.
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  • Visit mountaintopconference.comfor all the details
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  • and reserve your spot today.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: Touchingthe lives of the lost
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  • and enriching the faithof the found.
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  • This is Touching liveswith Dr. James Merritt.
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  • This broadcast is made possibleby the grace of God and
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  • your faithful prayers and gifts.
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