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  • partners of "Touching Lives."
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  • Welcome to the internationalbroadcast ministry of "Touching
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  • Lives with Dr. James Merritt."
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  • Here at "Touching Lives," ourmission is to touch the lives of
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  • the lost and enrich the faithof the found, and now here is
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  • pastor, author, andspeaker, Dr. James Merritt.
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  • Dr. James Merritt: If you area follower of Jesus but you'd be
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  • honest enough thismorning to say,
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  • "You know, pastor, I'll behonest, you're right.
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  • I know I'm falling far short
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  • of what the Christianlife ought to be.
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  • I know that I'm not whata Christian ought to be."
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  • Here's the good news.
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  • There's a fast-track way for youto get to where you wanna go.
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  • There is a fast-track way onyou to get from where you are to
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  • where you know that God wantsyou to be and to know where you
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  • are supposed to be, and thatfast track is simply to be
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  • filled with the Holy Spirit.
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  • Now, I wanna throw something upon the screen, and it's a bold
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  • statement, but Ireally believe it's true.
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  • You cannot live the Christianlife fully unless you're filled
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  • with the Holy Spirit.
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  • You cannot live the Christianlife fully unless you're filled
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  • with the Holy Spirit.
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  • Now, if you were here last week,we said last week that the Holy
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  • Spirit lives in every Christianat the point of belief.
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  • When you give you toJesus, Jesus gives
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  • the Holy Spirit to you.
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  • He comes to live inside ofyou and comes to live his
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  • life through you.
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  • And we all knowpeople like this.
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  • I guarantee you've had thisexperience if you're like me.
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  • You find yourself sometimes inthe presence of a Christian, and
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  • you're not around them twoor three minutes and you just
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  • immediately know, "There'sjust something different
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  • about this Christian.
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  • This man," or this woman, "isliving their life on a higher
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  • level than I am."
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  • You just sensethey're close to God.
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  • You just sense, "Man, this guy,this lady, this man is filled
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  • with God's presence andfilled with God's power."
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  • When we went to visit with Dr.Billy Graham in his home several
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  • years ago--Tracy will vouch forthis--he was sitting in his easy
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  • chair up on his Montreatcabin, and I was sitting
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  • right next to him.
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  • We weren't with him two or threeminutes we knew we were in the
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  • presence of God.
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  • We knew this was a man thatreally was filled with the
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  • Spirit of God.
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  • This was a man that didn'tjust have the presence
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  • of the Spirit of God.
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  • He had the power ofthe Spirit of God.
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  • You say, "Well, yeah,but that's Billy Graham."
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  • Well, here's the good news.
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  • The filling of the Holy Spiritis not just for Billy Graham.
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  • The filling of the HolySpirit is not just for so-called
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  • spiritual superstars.
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  • You are going to see todayit is for every believer.
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  • Now, you say, "Well,how do you know that?"
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  • I know that because of one thingthat one man wrote to a church
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  • in Ephesus 2.000 years ago.
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  • And if you brought a copy ofGod's Word, I want you to turn
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  • to a book called Ephesians, orif you've got a smartphone or an
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  • iPad, whatever it is you use.
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  • I want you to turn to abook called Ephesians.
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  • It's in the New Testament.
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  • Go to the gospels and go aboutfour, five books to the right.
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  • You'll hit thebook of Ephesians.
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  • I want you to go toEphesians chapter 5.
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  • There was a man that wrote justfive words I'm gonna share with
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  • you today, wrote five words.
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  • And this was a man who had youknown that man, you would have
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  • said he would have been theleast likely man not only ever
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  • to write a book in the Bible,ever to come to know Jesus.
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  • But he not only came to knowJesus, he was not only brought
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  • to Jesus by the Holy Spirit,he lived the rest of his life
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  • filled with the Spirit of God.
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  • Now, as a backdrop to everythingI'm gonna say to you this
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  • morning--'cause I'm gonna saysome things gonna make some of
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  • you maybe a littlebit uncomfortable.
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  • I wanna put something up on thescreen, and I want this--I want
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  • you to let this be kinda whatyou keep in the back of your
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  • mind for the rest of thismessage today, all right?
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  • I absolutely am convincedthat the average Christian is so
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  • subnormal that when hebecomes normal,
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  • everybodythinks he's abnormal.
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  • I do.
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  • I believe the average Christianis so subnormal that when he
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  • becomes normal, everybody thinkshe is abnormal, and lemme tell
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  • you why I believe that.
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  • I believe that the Spirit-filledlife is normal Christianity.
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  • I believe that's just what Godexpects of every believer, not
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  • just to the seminary graduate,the PhD, the pastor, the
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  • preacher, or anybody else.
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  • That's God's expectationfor every true believer.
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  • It's what every believer oughtto want to have, what every
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  • believer can have.
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  • If you're a follower of Jesus,if you really are a follower of
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  • Jesus, there's got to besomething in you that says, "You
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  • know, I do wanna beconsistently, continuously,
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  • conspicuously, constantly filledwith the Holy Spirit of God."
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  • You say, "Well, hey,how do I do that?"
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  • Well, in Ephesians 5we're gonna learn how.
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  • Here's what Paul tells us.
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  • I must seek thefilling of the Holy Spirit.
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  • That's the first thingwe learn, all right?
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  • Now, listen to whatwe read in verse 18.
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  • "Do not get drunk on wine, whichleads to debauchery," Paul says.
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  • "Instead, be filledwith the Spirit."
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  • Five short words.
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  • Listen, be filledwith the Spirit.
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  • Five short words,yet unbelievably
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  • powerfully filled words.
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  • For example, the verb there "tobe filled" is in the imperative
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  • mood in the Greek language.
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  • In other words, thisis not a suggestion.
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  • It's not a request.
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  • It's not even a good idea.
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  • This is a command.
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  • Paul says to every one of us whoclaim to know Jesus, "You are
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  • commanded by the God whomade you to be filled
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  • with the Holy Spirit."
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  • So, if you're trying to live theChristian life apart from the
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  • Holy Spirit, it'snot just a mistake.
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  • It's not just bad judgment.
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  • It is a sin.
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  • You are disobeying a directcommand of the Holy Spirit.
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  • By the way, it is the will ofGod for every believer to be
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  • filled with the Holy Spirit.
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  • You say, "Well, howdo you know that?"
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  • Well, let's don't takethis verse outta context.
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  • Go back one verse and let'slook at what Paul wrote just one
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  • verse before this one.
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  • He says, "Therefore do not befoolish, but understand what the
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  • Lord's will is."
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  • We're here for one purpose.
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  • You were put on thisEarth for one purpose.
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  • You know what that purpose is?
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  • To understand the will of God,to know the will of God, and do
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  • the will of God.
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  • If you're not doing that,you're wasting your life.
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  • You're just taking upbreath, taking up space,
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  • and taking up air.
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  • We were all put here not onlyjust to know the God that made
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  • us and the God that loves us andthe God that wants to know us,
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  • he says, "Look, I'vegot a will for your life.
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  • I've got a plan for your life.
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  • I want you to understand whatthat will is, I want you to know
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  • what that will is, and I wantyou to do what that will is."
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  • And to do anything apart fromthat is just a wasted life.
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  • So, the question is, if it isGod's will for me to be filled
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  • with the Spirit, how do I dothat?
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  • Well, remember, told you lastweek every believer is indwelt
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  • by the Holy Spirit.
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  • We said last week that whenyou give your life to Jesus, he
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  • gives the Holy Spirit to you.
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  • But then, the very nextthing he says is,
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  • "Be filled with the Spirit."
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  • In other words, Paulsaid there's a problem.
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  • The Holy Spirit is resident inevery believer, but he's not
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  • president over every believer.
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  • And, see, what sometimes wefail to understand is this:
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  • this is for everybody.
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  • When he says here, "Be filled,"another thing you wouldn't see
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  • in the Greek language there,the verb there "to be filled" is
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  • plural in number.
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  • In other words,literally translated here's
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  • what Paul wrote.
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  • He didn't say youindividually be filled.
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  • That's not what it saysin the Greek language.
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  • Here's what it says: "Y'all befilled with the Holy Spirit."
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  • Paul was fromsouthern Israel, okay?
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  • He said, "Y'all befilled with the Holy Spirit."
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  • You all should be filled, notjust the pastor, not just a TV
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  • religious superstar, notjust a seminary graduate.
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  • He said the Spirit-filledlife is for everybody.
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  • And, oh, by the way, it doesn'tmatter whether you've been a
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  • Christian fivedays or five years.
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  • That's irrelevant.
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  • If you are a believer, you areto be filled with the Spirit.
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  • And, by the way, it's also inthe present tense, and in the
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  • Greek language thatdenotes continuous action.
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  • That's why Paul didn't say "getfilled with the Holy Spirit."
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  • He said "be filledwith the Holy Spirit."
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  • See, the question that I'masking every one of us in this
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  • room right now who are believersand all of us--all you guys who
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  • are listening out there, ifyou're a believer here's the
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  • question I'm asking you.
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  • I'm not asking you have youever been filled
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  • with the Holy Spirit.
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  • I'm not asking that.
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  • I'm not even asking you have yourecently been filled with the
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  • Holy Spirit.
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  • I'm not asking that.
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  • The question I'm asking is, areyou right now filled with the
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  • Holy Spirit?
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  • You know why I'masking that question?
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  • Because yesterday'sfilling won't cut it today.
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  • You may say, "Well,Pastor, I was filled yesterday."
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  • Well, yesterday is gone.
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  • What about today?
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  • Today's filling won'tcarry over until tomorrow.
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  • When I woke up thismorning, two things that I wake.
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  • Every morning when I wake up,there are two things that I'll
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  • say to the Lordright off the bat.
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  • "Lord, I love you.
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  • And, Lord, do not even let meget out of this bed without
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  • filling me withthe Holy Spirit."
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  • I want my life, before I evenwalk out of my bedroom, to be
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  • filled with the Spirit, becausethere's not an automatic reset
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  • on your heart.
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  • You've got to continuouslychoose on a daily basis whether
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  • or not you're gonna be filled bythe Spirit and controlled by the
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  • Spirit, or controlled andfilled by something else.
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  • Step two, I must submit tothe filling of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Now, not just to seek it.
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  • You've got to submit to it.
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  • Now, I wanna make sure,again, you understand something,
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  • because one of the thingsI've learned as I prepared these
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  • messages was, "You know, James,if you're not careful, people
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  • can get confusedabout the Spirit."
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  • I don't want that to happen.
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  • Paul even talks aboutthat over and over.
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  • He kept talking about the HolySpirit, spiritual gifts 'cause
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  • the church kept gettingconfused, so I don't want you
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  • to be confused.
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  • Don't ever think that if you'renot filled with the Holy Spirit,
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  • you don't have the Holy Spirit.
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  • I wanna say this again.
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  • Every Christianhas the Holy Spirit.
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  • You don't have the Holy Spirit,you're not even a believer.
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  • So, you have the Holy Spirit.
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  • He never leaves you empty,and he never leaves you at all.
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  • The problem is, if you're notfilled with the Holy Spirit,
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  • it's not that you don't have thepresence of the Holy Spirit.
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  • You don't have thepower of the Holy Spirit.
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  • You can't walk inthe Holy Spirit.
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  • You can't talk inthe Holy Spirit.
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  • You can't live inthe Holy Spirit.
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  • You don't ever have the HolySpirit--have to ask--ever ask
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  • the Holy Spirit to be with you.
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  • He never leaves you.
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  • When he comes in,he comes in to stay.
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  • We talked about that last week,but moment by moment you have to
  • 00:10:26.642 --> 00:10:31.914
  • continuously submit to thepower of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:10:31.947 --> 00:10:36.052
  • I asked the folks at9:15 this question.
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  • It's kinda a rhetorical question'cause I already know the
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  • answer, and I couldmake it a statement.
  • 00:10:39.755 --> 00:10:41.524
  • I'll go and ask you this.
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  • Have you ever met anybody andyou didn't talk to them two
  • 00:10:43.292 --> 00:10:48.597
  • minutes until you realizedthey were just absolutely
  • 00:10:48.631 --> 00:10:51.667
  • full of themselves?
  • 00:10:51.701 --> 00:10:53.736
  • You ever, you say , "I'm marriedto that guy," okay?
  • 00:10:53.769 --> 00:10:56.806
  • Really, have you ever metsomebody you just--after two
  • 00:10:56.839 --> 00:10:58.808
  • minutes you know they'rejust full of themselves?
  • 00:10:58.841 --> 00:11:01.277
  • Well, how did you knowthey were full of themselves?
  • 00:11:01.310 --> 00:11:03.212
  • Because all they talked aboutwas themselves, and all they
  • 00:11:03.245 --> 00:11:05.948
  • thought about was themselves,and all they wanted you to talk
  • 00:11:05.981 --> 00:11:08.551
  • about was themselves, and allthey wanted you to think about
  • 00:11:08.584 --> 00:11:11.120
  • was themselves, and allthey wanted you to just focus
  • 00:11:11.153 --> 00:11:14.790
  • on was themselves.
  • 00:11:14.824 --> 00:11:16.358
  • Here's the problem: you cannotbe full of the Spirit--or you
  • 00:11:16.392 --> 00:11:20.963
  • can be full of the Spirit, oryou can be full of you, but you
  • 00:11:20.996 --> 00:11:23.933
  • can't be full of both.
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  • You can be full of the HolySpirit or full of you, but you
  • 00:11:25.935 --> 00:11:28.637
  • cannot be full of both.
  • 00:11:28.671 --> 00:11:30.573
  • And see, this is why Paul makesthis real strange comparison.
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  • You notice this?Listen to this.
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  • He says do not getdrunk, but be filled.
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  • That's kinda strange.
  • 00:11:40.783 --> 00:11:42.585
  • You know, he didn't saydon't steal, but be filled.
  • 00:11:42.618 --> 00:11:46.222
  • Or don't lie, but be filled.
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  • Or don't kill, but be filled.
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  • He says don't get drunk, but befilled, so he's obviously making
  • 00:11:50.292 --> 00:11:56.265
  • this comparison, right, betweenbeing drunk and being filled
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  • with the Spirit.
  • 00:12:00.302 --> 00:12:01.604
  • And if you think about it, it'sa very apt analogy, because you
  • 00:12:01.637 --> 00:12:04.573
  • can only be filled with theHoly Spirit if you're willing to
  • 00:12:04.607 --> 00:12:08.511
  • submit to the power of the HolySpirit with as much passion and
  • 00:12:08.544 --> 00:12:12.748
  • as much desire as analcoholic wants to submit
  • 00:12:12.782 --> 00:12:16.152
  • to the power of alcohol.
  • 00:12:16.185 --> 00:12:18.053
  • Because you know this.
  • 00:12:18.087 --> 00:12:19.388
  • This is what happens, youknow, if and--if you drink.
  • 00:12:19.421 --> 00:12:22.625
  • And, by the way, just as anaside, if you drink that's fine.
  • 00:12:22.658 --> 00:12:25.127
  • I don't think--I don't see inthe Bible--I can't find where
  • 00:12:25.161 --> 00:12:27.630
  • it's wrong to drink.
  • 00:12:27.663 --> 00:12:28.964
  • Doesn't bother me if you drink.
  • 00:12:28.998 --> 00:12:30.299
  • So, if I ever walk into arestaurant and you're drinking,
  • 00:12:30.332 --> 00:12:31.734
  • don't hide the beer.
  • 00:12:31.767 --> 00:12:33.068
  • Don't hide the wine, okay?Not a big deal.
  • 00:12:33.102 --> 00:12:34.470
  • I'm not gonna come and say,"You're going to hell."
  • 00:12:34.503 --> 00:12:37.072
  • Not gonna do that 'cause Idon't believe that, okay?
  • 00:12:37.106 --> 00:12:39.408
  • I just happen--Ijust don't drink.
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  • I just never drink.
  • 00:12:40.910 --> 00:12:42.211
  • That's just my ownpersonal choice,
  • 00:12:42.244 --> 00:12:43.546
  • but let me just tell you this.
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  • I've been around--I went tocollege, so I've seen my share
  • 00:12:47.783 --> 00:12:50.586
  • of inebriated people, okay?
  • 00:12:50.619 --> 00:12:53.122
  • I went to a fraternity rushone time for one hour, and I
  • 00:12:53.155 --> 00:12:55.691
  • thought, I said, "You know, Idon't think I need this," okay?
  • 00:12:55.724 --> 00:12:57.893
  • But I've been arounda lotta drunk people.
  • 00:12:57.927 --> 00:12:59.428
  • I'll tell you what I've learned.
  • 00:12:59.461 --> 00:13:01.096
  • When somebody is inebriated andthey're under the influence of
  • 00:13:01.130 --> 00:13:05.201
  • alcohol, it's not justunder the influence.
  • 00:13:05.234 --> 00:13:08.404
  • They're under thecontrol of alcohol.
  • 00:13:08.437 --> 00:13:10.940
  • Now, here's the lastthing, and we're done,
  • 00:13:10.973 --> 00:13:13.242
  • and this makes sense.
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  • If you seek the filling of theHoly Spirit and if you submit to
  • 00:13:15.511 --> 00:13:19.548
  • the filling of the Holy Spirit,then I must show the filling
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  • of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:13:23.886 --> 00:13:25.221
  • In other words, thisought to make sense.
  • 00:13:25.254 --> 00:13:27.022
  • If you're filled with theSpirit, two people ought to know
  • 00:13:27.056 --> 00:13:29.158
  • it: you and somebody else.
  • 00:13:29.191 --> 00:13:31.026
  • Other people ought to be able tolook at you and say, "Man, this
  • 00:13:31.060 --> 00:13:32.561
  • person, this person isreally filled with the Spirit."
  • 00:13:32.595 --> 00:13:35.197
  • So, whenever you talk aboutbeing filled with the Holy
  • 00:13:35.231 --> 00:13:37.700
  • Spirit, thequestion always comes up.
  • 00:13:37.733 --> 00:13:39.301
  • And I know nowwhat you're asking.
  • 00:13:39.335 --> 00:13:41.170
  • You ought to be asking twogood questions, and they're both
  • 00:13:41.203 --> 00:13:43.072
  • great questions.
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  • Hey, number one, so howdo you really get this?
  • 00:13:44.440 --> 00:13:47.676
  • How do you really getfilled with the Holy Spirit?
  • 00:13:47.710 --> 00:13:50.312
  • I already told you part of that.
  • 00:13:50.346 --> 00:13:51.680
  • And then, number two, howwill you know if you are filled?
  • 00:13:51.714 --> 00:13:55.050
  • I mean, what are the marksof the Spirit-filled life?
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  • Well, Paul does us a favor.
  • 00:13:58.354 --> 00:14:00.623
  • Paul says, "Lemmejust give you a few."
  • 00:14:00.656 --> 00:14:02.491
  • I don't think they'reexhaustive, but Paul says,
  • 00:14:02.524 --> 00:14:04.326
  • "Would you like to know somethings that will be true about
  • 00:14:04.360 --> 00:14:06.295
  • you, things that people will beable to see on the outside of
  • 00:14:06.328 --> 00:14:09.298
  • you, that will be able to tellthem and tell you that you are
  • 00:14:09.331 --> 00:14:12.801
  • indeed filled withthe Holy Spirit?"
  • 00:14:12.835 --> 00:14:15.604
  • And what I'm about to showyou, frankly, is gonna really
  • 00:14:15.638 --> 00:14:17.907
  • surprise you.
  • 00:14:17.940 --> 00:14:19.275
  • It's gonna shock you, because ifI'd have said to you, "So, what
  • 00:14:19.308 --> 00:14:22.511
  • do you think are some thingsPaul would say to be true about
  • 00:14:22.544 --> 00:14:24.546
  • you that if you'refilled with the Holy Spirit?
  • 00:14:24.580 --> 00:14:25.981
  • What do you think hewould say is true?"
  • 00:14:26.015 --> 00:14:27.917
  • you would not ever come up withthe very first thing he told.
  • 00:14:27.950 --> 00:14:30.686
  • I promise you, younever thought about this.
  • 00:14:30.719 --> 00:14:32.922
  • He says, "Okay, let'sjust talk about this.
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  • If you're a Spirit-filledChristian," he said, "first of
  • 00:14:36.091 --> 00:14:38.394
  • all, you will be joyful."
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  • You'll be joyful.
  • 00:14:41.063 --> 00:14:42.364
  • Listen to what he says inverse 19, very next verse.
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  • "Speaking--"This is interesting.
  • 00:14:45.634 --> 00:14:47.636
  • "Speaking to one another withpsalms, hymns, and songs from
  • 00:14:47.670 --> 00:14:51.774
  • the Spirit.
  • 00:14:51.807 --> 00:14:53.442
  • Sing and make music fromyour heart to the Lord."
  • 00:14:53.475 --> 00:14:57.780
  • Now, talk about a surprise.
  • 00:14:57.813 --> 00:15:01.150
  • Paul says the first mark ofbeing filled with the Holy
  • 00:15:01.183 --> 00:15:03.218
  • Spirit is notmountain-moving faith,
  • 00:15:03.252 --> 00:15:05.988
  • is not being a dynamic speaker.
  • 00:15:06.021 --> 00:15:08.290
  • It's not some kind of asign like speaking in tongues.
  • 00:15:08.324 --> 00:15:11.360
  • Paul said, "You know one of themarks of being filled with the
  • 00:15:11.393 --> 00:15:13.095
  • Holy Spirit?
  • 00:15:13.128 --> 00:15:14.430
  • You will have a heart sofull of God,
  • 00:15:14.463 --> 00:15:17.433
  • you just wannaworship the Lord."
  • 00:15:17.466 --> 00:15:19.702
  • There's just asong in your heart.
  • 00:15:19.735 --> 00:15:21.837
  • Now, lemme just stop right here.
  • 00:15:21.870 --> 00:15:23.272
  • I know what some of youare thinking right now.
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  • Trust me.
  • 00:15:25.307 --> 00:15:27.409
  • I can't sing.
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  • People know that.
  • 00:15:32.147 --> 00:15:34.183
  • Trust me.
  • 00:15:34.216 --> 00:15:36.385
  • By the way, I can't sing.
  • 00:15:36.418 --> 00:15:38.420
  • I'm not a good singer, see?
  • 00:15:38.454 --> 00:15:40.222
  • You know, I justdon't sing very well.
  • 00:15:40.255 --> 00:15:42.524
  • And you know what's even worse?
  • 00:15:42.558 --> 00:15:43.859
  • There are some of you,let's be honest, you say,
  • 00:15:43.892 --> 00:15:45.194
  • "I don't even like to sing.
  • 00:15:45.227 --> 00:15:47.296
  • I just don't like to sing."
  • 00:15:47.329 --> 00:15:49.631
  • Well, here's what Paul said.
  • 00:15:49.665 --> 00:15:51.734
  • He said if you're filledwith the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:15:51.767 --> 00:15:53.068
  • you'll just sing.
  • 00:15:53.102 --> 00:15:54.870
  • You won't have to sing.
  • 00:15:54.903 --> 00:15:56.205
  • You won't feel like--it'sjust something you will do.
  • 00:15:56.238 --> 00:15:58.741
  • There'll be a song in yourheart, but here's what I want
  • 00:15:58.774 --> 00:16:00.409
  • you to see.
  • 00:16:00.442 --> 00:16:01.744
  • It's so interesting.
  • 00:16:01.777 --> 00:16:03.078
  • Paul says we will bespeaking to one another.
  • 00:16:03.112 --> 00:16:04.613
  • Now, what did he mean by that?
  • 00:16:04.646 --> 00:16:06.548
  • You would have thought hewould've said we'll be singing
  • 00:16:06.582 --> 00:16:08.751
  • to one another.
  • 00:16:08.784 --> 00:16:10.085
  • He said, no, you'll bespeaking to one another.
  • 00:16:10.119 --> 00:16:11.954
  • You know what Paul--you knowwhy when you worship together we
  • 00:16:11.987 --> 00:16:14.323
  • ought to all singor give it a shot?
  • 00:16:14.356 --> 00:16:19.862
  • Because Paul says when we'resinging, we're actually telling
  • 00:16:19.895 --> 00:16:23.732
  • the people around us, "Ilove God,
  • 00:16:23.766 --> 00:16:26.735
  • and I wanna worship this God.
  • 00:16:26.769 --> 00:16:28.570
  • And I love you because you'repart of the family of God, and
  • 00:16:28.604 --> 00:16:31.807
  • God loves you, and I'm sograteful that God loves us."
  • 00:16:31.840 --> 00:16:35.010
  • And when you sing you'reactually speaking a message.
  • 00:16:35.044 --> 00:16:37.746
  • You're not just singing.
  • 00:16:37.780 --> 00:16:39.081
  • You're actuallytalking about your faith.
  • 00:16:39.114 --> 00:16:41.550
  • We're not talking aboutyour ability to sing here.
  • 00:16:41.583 --> 00:16:44.019
  • We're talking about yourwillingness to sing, because
  • 00:16:44.053 --> 00:16:46.221
  • when you come and you gatherwith believers and you love God
  • 00:16:46.255 --> 00:16:48.957
  • like everybody else, you wanteverybody else to know
  • 00:16:48.991 --> 00:16:51.160
  • that you love God.
  • 00:16:51.193 --> 00:16:52.494
  • And if you love everybody elselike you ought to love everybody
  • 00:16:52.528 --> 00:16:54.496
  • else, you want everybody else toknow that you do love everybody
  • 00:16:54.530 --> 00:16:57.066
  • else, and you want to express toGod and to your believers your
  • 00:16:57.099 --> 00:17:00.002
  • love for both of them.
  • 00:17:00.035 --> 00:17:01.470
  • You know, have you everbeen--see, you ever see anybody
  • 00:17:01.503 --> 00:17:04.039
  • walking down the streetand they're whistling?
  • 00:17:04.073 --> 00:17:08.710
  • Or they're kinda humming a tune.
  • 00:17:08.744 --> 00:17:10.212
  • Or one of my favorite things.
  • 00:17:10.245 --> 00:17:11.547
  • Have you ever been on the--stopat a red light and somebody's
  • 00:17:11.580 --> 00:17:14.950
  • over in the car next to you,and they're having
  • 00:17:14.983 --> 00:17:16.318
  • their own disco party?
  • 00:17:16.351 --> 00:17:17.853
  • They're totallyoblivious to the world.
  • 00:17:17.886 --> 00:17:19.188
  • I mean, they're out there, andthey're just moving in there,
  • 00:17:19.221 --> 00:17:21.056
  • dancing in there,singing in there.
  • 00:17:21.090 --> 00:17:22.591
  • And, you know, you'redying to know what
  • 00:17:22.624 --> 00:17:24.893
  • is the song they're listening.
  • 00:17:24.927 --> 00:17:26.228
  • You know, you ever had that?
  • 00:17:26.261 --> 00:17:27.563
  • Man, I've done it, right?
  • 00:17:27.596 --> 00:17:28.897
  • I mean, certain songs Ido it, unfortunately.
  • 00:17:28.931 --> 00:17:31.633
  • You know what you canalready know about that person?
  • 00:17:31.667 --> 00:17:33.635
  • I don't have to knowtheir name, their address.
  • 00:17:33.669 --> 00:17:35.270
  • I know what's--I know whatis true of them
  • 00:17:35.304 --> 00:17:37.172
  • at that moment in their life.
  • 00:17:37.206 --> 00:17:38.507
  • They're happy.
  • 00:17:38.540 --> 00:17:39.975
  • They're full of joy.
  • 00:17:40.008 --> 00:17:41.510
  • There's a song in their heart.
  • 00:17:41.543 --> 00:17:43.779
  • Listen to me.
  • 00:17:43.812 --> 00:17:45.280
  • If secular music can do thatfor an unbeliever, how much more
  • 00:17:45.314 --> 00:17:48.050
  • should spiritual worshipdo that for a believer?
  • 00:17:48.083 --> 00:17:50.819
  • How much more should that dofor us when we walk in here?
  • 00:17:50.853 --> 00:17:53.122
  • How can you not sing if you'refilled with the Holy Spirit?
  • 00:17:53.155 --> 00:17:57.993
  • You will be joyful.
  • 00:17:58.026 --> 00:18:00.262
  • There'll be a song in your soul.
  • 00:18:00.295 --> 00:18:02.097
  • There'll be amelody in your heart.
  • 00:18:02.131 --> 00:18:03.966
  • Watch this.
  • 00:18:03.999 --> 00:18:05.300
  • Paul said you know anothermarker that will be true of you
  • 00:18:05.334 --> 00:18:07.102
  • if you're filledwith the Holy Spirit?
  • 00:18:07.136 --> 00:18:08.470
  • Not only will you be joyful.
  • 00:18:08.504 --> 00:18:09.872
  • You'll be thankful.
  • 00:18:09.905 --> 00:18:11.540
  • Listen to what hesays in verse 20.
  • 00:18:11.573 --> 00:18:13.408
  • He said, "You'll always begiving thanks to God the Father
  • 00:18:13.442 --> 00:18:17.146
  • for everything, in the nameof our Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:18:17.179 --> 00:18:21.216
  • Now, I guarantee you onething we'll all say about that.
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:23.919
  • You can't do that apartfrom the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:18:23.952 --> 00:18:27.489
  • You just cannot give thanks foreverything and all things apart
  • 00:18:27.523 --> 00:18:31.560
  • from the Holy Spirit, but Paulsays if you are filled with the
  • 00:18:31.593 --> 00:18:35.731
  • Spirit, you will notbe grumbly hateful.
  • 00:18:35.764 --> 00:18:39.067
  • You'll be humbly grateful.
  • 00:18:39.101 --> 00:18:41.069
  • So, if you're filled with theSpirit, how do you know it?
  • 00:18:41.103 --> 00:18:43.238
  • You'll be joyful.
  • 00:18:43.272 --> 00:18:44.573
  • There'll be asong in your heart.
  • 00:18:44.606 --> 00:18:46.241
  • You'll be thankful.
  • 00:18:46.275 --> 00:18:47.843
  • In all things there'll besomething to say,
  • 00:18:47.876 --> 00:18:49.244
  • "Lord, thank you."
  • 00:18:49.278 --> 00:18:50.612
  • But then, Paul saidyou'll be graceful.
  • 00:18:50.646 --> 00:18:53.949
  • He says in verse21--now, watch this.
  • 00:18:53.982 --> 00:18:56.285
  • He said, "You will submitto one another
  • 00:18:56.318 --> 00:18:58.854
  • out of reverence for Christ."
  • 00:18:58.887 --> 00:19:01.190
  • Lemme tell you onething I've always seen.
  • 00:19:01.223 --> 00:19:02.824
  • I've never ever--I'vepastored five churches.
  • 00:19:02.858 --> 00:19:05.961
  • I've never dealt with aSpirit-filled believer that had
  • 00:19:05.994 --> 00:19:08.530
  • any trouble submitting to theauthority of the pastor
  • 00:19:08.564 --> 00:19:10.966
  • in the church.
  • 00:19:10.999 --> 00:19:12.301
  • Never.
  • 00:19:12.334 --> 00:19:13.635
  • They just get it.They understand.
  • 00:19:13.669 --> 00:19:14.970
  • It's not that Ilorded over people.
  • 00:19:15.003 --> 00:19:16.305
  • I've been yourpastor a long time.
  • 00:19:16.338 --> 00:19:17.639
  • I don't lord over anybody.
  • 00:19:17.673 --> 00:19:18.974
  • I don't try to, don't haveto, but I've never found a
  • 00:19:19.007 --> 00:19:21.076
  • Spirit-filled believer that wasnot willing--listen, if you're
  • 00:19:21.109 --> 00:19:23.745
  • Spirit-filled, if you're aSpirit-filled son or daughter,
  • 00:19:23.779 --> 00:19:27.049
  • if you're really Spirit-filledas a son or a daughter, you will
  • 00:19:27.082 --> 00:19:29.318
  • have no issue submitting tothe authority of your parents.
  • 00:19:29.351 --> 00:19:33.121
  • If you're a Spirit-filledteam--football player or
  • 00:19:33.155 --> 00:19:35.724
  • basketball player, you haveno problem submitting to the
  • 00:19:35.757 --> 00:19:38.093
  • authority of your coach.
  • 00:19:38.126 --> 00:19:39.628
  • If you're a Spirit-filledstudent, you have no
  • 00:19:39.661 --> 00:19:41.563
  • authority--you have no problemsubmitting to the authority of
  • 00:19:41.597 --> 00:19:43.632
  • your teacher or your principal.
  • 00:19:43.665 --> 00:19:45.400
  • If you're a Spirit-filledemployee, you have no problem
  • 00:19:45.434 --> 00:19:48.003
  • submitting to the authority ofyour boss or your supervisor.
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  • When you're Spirit-filled, youjust don't mind submitting to
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  • other people when you knowthey deserve for you
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  • to submit to them.
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  • You just don't have aproblem with that authority.
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  • When you are filled with theHoly Spirit, you're always
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  • seeing how you can serve theother person and how you can
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  • submit to the other person.
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  • Now, I know it's rude toask personal questions.
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  • I know that, 'causeI'm gonna wrap this up.
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  • I know it's rude.
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  • I know I shouldn't do it.
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  • You know, there are certain
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  • questions you justdon't ask, right?
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  • You don't go up to a woman andsay, "How much do you weigh?"
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  • You don't do that?
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  • Or, "How old are you?"
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  • Or, "Is that a wig, ordo you color your hair?"
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  • There are just certainquestions you don't ask, right?
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  • You don't ever go up to someoneand say something like,
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  • "Did your plastic surgerynot work out,
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  • or do you alwayslook like that?"
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  • You just don't do that, right?
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  • But I wanna wrap this up byasking you a very personal
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  • question and here's thequestion: is the Holy Spirit
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  • filling you right now?
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  • I mean, this moment, while I'mup here talking to you, you're
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  • out there listening to me, isthe Holy Spirit filling
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  • you right now?
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  • Now, there are only threeanswers you can give to that
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  • question: yes, no, I don't know.
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  • "Yes, I am.""No, I'm not."
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  • Or, "I don't knowwhether I am or not."
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  • All right, let me help you.
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  • If you are not a believer, ifyou've never become a follower
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  • of Jesus, you not only are notfilled with the Holy Spirit, you
  • 00:21:14.156 --> 00:21:19.995
  • don't even have the Holy Spirit,and you need the Holy Spirit.
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  • On the other hand, if you are abeliever, but you know there's
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  • sin in your life, there'sunconfessed sin, there's
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  • unrepented-of sin, you knowthere are things you're doing
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  • right now you shouldn't bedoing, or you know you're not
  • 00:21:35.243 --> 00:21:37.446
  • doing things that you should bedoing, you are not filled
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  • with the Holy Spirit.
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  • But here's the good news.
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  • Everybody in this room,everybody, no exceptions, you
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  • can walk out of this building,get in your car, drive home, and
  • 00:21:52.127 --> 00:21:57.566
  • know beyond a shadow of adoubt you are filled
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  • with the Holy Spirit.
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  • You say, "Okay,Pastor, how can I do that?"
  • 00:22:02.537 --> 00:22:06.441
  • You just pray one oftwo things to God.
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  • So, let's say you're not abeliever, let's say you're not a
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  • follower of Jesus.
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  • If you have never come to Christbut you're willing to do one
  • 00:22:14.750 --> 00:22:18.153
  • simple thing, if you're willingto say to this Jesus who was
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  • born and lived and died on thecross and came back from the
  • 00:22:25.026 --> 00:22:27.896
  • dead not just to save us,not just to make sure we go to
  • 00:22:27.929 --> 00:22:30.532
  • heaven, but to give us the HolySpirit not just so we could live
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  • in heaven later, but live thelife we ought to be living right
  • 00:22:33.835 --> 00:22:36.605
  • now, if you would say tothat Jesus, "I want you.
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  • I need you.I'm a sinner.
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  • I need a savior.You're that savior.
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  • Become my Savior.I trust you.
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  • I give you my life," at thatmoment, like that, he will give
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  • you the fullness of the HolySpirit, and you can walk out
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  • filled with God's Spirit.
  • 00:22:52.554 --> 00:22:54.723
  • Now, you say, "I'm a believer.
  • 00:22:54.756 --> 00:22:57.659
  • I'm already a believer, but Iknow I'm not filled,
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  • and I wanna be."
  • 00:23:00.695 --> 00:23:01.997
  • Then if you would just simplysay something like this, "Lord,
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  • I don't care what it costs me.
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  • I don't care howpainful it might be.
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  • If you will cleanse me ofanything that's filling me,
  • 00:23:10.071 --> 00:23:13.408
  • anything that's taking the placeof the Holy Spirit, if you'll
  • 00:23:13.442 --> 00:23:16.845
  • just get it out of me right nowand as you do fill me with your
  • 00:23:16.878 --> 00:23:20.682
  • Holy Spirit, this moment Ireceive and believe by faith the
  • 00:23:20.715 --> 00:23:25.320
  • filling of the HolySpirit," you will be filled.
  • 00:23:25.353 --> 00:23:30.325
  • Because the Holy Spirit--listen,the Holy Spirit can be in you
  • 00:23:30.358 --> 00:23:34.396
  • but not over you, so here'sthe issue as we wrap this up.
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  • The issue is not how much ofthe Holy Spirit do you have?
  • 00:23:39.868 --> 00:23:47.576
  • The issue is how much of youdoes the Holy Spirit have?
  • 00:23:47.609 --> 00:23:53.248
  • He's resident in every believer.
  • 00:23:53.281 --> 00:23:56.117
  • He wants to be president overevery believer, and that can
  • 00:23:56.151 --> 00:24:00.021
  • happen when you are filled withthe Holy Spirit, so I'll close
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  • with this, and I'm done.
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  • We'll say amen, pray, and go.
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  • I've been a believersince I was nine years old.
  • 00:24:08.864 --> 00:24:11.933
  • I've not always been aSpirit-filled believer since I
  • 00:24:11.967 --> 00:24:13.802
  • was nine years old, and I'mnot telling you I'm filled every
  • 00:24:13.835 --> 00:24:16.471
  • moment of every day,'cause I realize
  • 00:24:16.505 --> 00:24:18.073
  • I sin like everybody else.
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  • But I'll tell you this.
  • 00:24:19.708 --> 00:24:21.543
  • The older I get as a believerand the more I grow as a
  • 00:24:21.576 --> 00:24:24.746
  • believer, the more I finallyunderstand the only way to live
  • 00:24:24.779 --> 00:24:29.818
  • the Christian life the way itwas meant to be lived is to be
  • 00:24:29.851 --> 00:24:32.854
  • filled with the Holy Spirit,because there is no joy, there
  • 00:24:32.888 --> 00:24:35.824
  • is no peace, there is noexcitement, there is no thrill
  • 00:24:35.857 --> 00:24:39.027
  • like knowing that I'mnot walking in the flesh.
  • 00:24:39.060 --> 00:24:41.296
  • I'm walking in the Spirit.I'm not living in the flesh.
  • 00:24:41.329 --> 00:24:43.832
  • I'm living in the Spirit.
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  • And the same power of this HolySpirit of God that filled the
  • 00:24:45.267 --> 00:24:48.203
  • man that wrote those wordsare the same power of the Holy
  • 00:24:48.236 --> 00:24:50.872
  • Spirit wants to fill thisguy every day of his life.
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  • I've lived on bothlevels, and I'm telling you the
  • 00:24:53.909 --> 00:24:57.546
  • Spirit-filled isfirst-class Christianity.
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  • announcer: To watch anextended version of today's
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  • message from Dr. James Merritt,go to touchinglives.org.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Merritt: Big question.
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  • If you and your spouse have beenspending more time together than
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  • you thought possible these lastfew months, you have no doubt
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  • learned more things abouteach other, both good and bad.
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  • Let's celebrate marriage.
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  • Get away for a time ofrenewal in our relationships.
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  • I want you to join me and mybeautiful wife Teresa as we head
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  • to Gatlinburg, Tennessee nextspring to host the Reignite
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  • Marriage Retreat.
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  • We'll start on Thursday night,March 25, and finish by noon on
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  • Saturday, March 27.
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  • The entire weekend will takeplace at the Mills Auditorium in
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  • the GatlinburgConvention Center.
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  • We'll spend time in the Wordof God learning about marriage,
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  • we'll laugh a lot as comedianTim Lovelace entertains us, and
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  • we will leave refreshed andrenewed in our marriages.
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  • The ReigniteMarriage Retreat will
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  • have very limited availability.
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  • You can visit touchinglives.orgfor all the details and to
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  • purchase tickets.
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  • Thanks for watchingthe broadcast today.
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  • I hope to see you in March inGatlinburg for the Reignite
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  • Marriage Retreat.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: This October, joinDr. James Merritt and friends in
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  • beautiful Branson,Missouri for the 2021
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  • Mountain Top Conference.
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  • This Ozark city offerssomething for everyone.
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  • This event will feature powerfulpreaching daily from
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  • Dr. Merritt, and joining himwill be his friend,
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  • Bellevue Baptist Church'sDr. Steve Gaines.
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  • You will also get to hear fromthe legendary Oak Ridge Boys
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  • Enjoy incredible music fromGrammy Award-winning Guy Penrod
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  • Visit mountaintopconference.comfor all the details
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  • announcer: Touching the livesof the lost and enriching
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  • the faith of 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 your
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