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Spy Stories: Who Are You When No One Is Looking

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  • - Pastor Bil Cornelius:
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  • One cheap thrill is not worth
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  • the pain that it brings.
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  • This woman says, "Hey, let's
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  • drink of love till morning."
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  • What is that?
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  • That's a counterfeit
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  • of the real thing, which is
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  • your wife.
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  • She says, "I'm gonna give you
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  • a drink."
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  • But understand, the devil wants
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  • you to get a drink.
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  • But God wants you to have a wife
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  • that you have a constant source,
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  • a constant flow of blessing
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  • that never runs dry.
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome.
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  • Great to have you here
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  • this morning.
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  • Thanks for joining us.
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  • So pull out your notes
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  • if you would.
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  • Today we're continuing
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  • in our series, this is
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  • the last part of our series
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  • on "Spy Stories."
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  • I want to, of course,
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  • at the beginning
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  • of every message go over
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  • our mission statement
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  • as a church is to take
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  • as many people to heaven
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  • as we can before we die.
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  • That's what we are
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  • all about as a church.
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  • I'm excited
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  • about today's message
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  • because, you know, everyone
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  • I know thinks spies are cool.
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  • Everyone's great
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  • with havin' spies.
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  • Like, we know we have 'em.
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  • We know that they go
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  • around the world and they gather
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  • data, and you know,
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  • critical information to keep
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  • our country safe.
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  • And so I think everyone is
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  • for spies.
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  • Everyone is for, typically,
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  • a spy program.
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  • But no one is for being spied
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  • upon.
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  • Isn't that kind of where we draw
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  • the line?
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  • We're like, "Okay, I'm cool
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  • with you checkin'
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  • everything out.
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  • And I'm cool with you keepin' up
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  • with terrorists, right?
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  • I'm cool with you checkin' up
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  • on people that we have
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  • questionable backgrounds on
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  • and we're not sure.
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  • But don't be checkin' my stuff."
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  • Right?
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  • Isn't that kinda how we all are?
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  • Like, "I don't want you
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  • listening to my conversations,
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  • goin' to my stuff.
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  • I don't want some drone
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  • followin' me around.
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  • You know what I'm sayin'?
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  • 'Cause that would make me
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  • nervous if someone was watching
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  • my every move."
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  • Wouldn't that make you nervous?
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  • Can you imagine if you were
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  • just being watched all the time,
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  • and someone was dronin'
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  • on you?
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  • Well, today's message is
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  • all about "Who You Are
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  • When No One is Looking."
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  • Welcome to Church Unlimited
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  • today.
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  • Thanks, guys, for bein' here
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  • today.
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  • Give it up for our drone.
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  • Pull out your notes
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  • if you would.
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  • We're looking
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  • at Proverbs chapter 7.
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  • And the reason why we're lookin'
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  • there is because here we have
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  • the Proverbs writer peering in,
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  • droning on someone else,
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  • watching someone else go
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  • to the wrong place to do
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  • the wrong things.
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  • Before we get to that Scripture
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  • though, let's start off
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  • with 1 Corinthians 10:13.
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  • When it comes to temptation,
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  • this is important to remember:
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  • "The temptations in your life
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  • are no different
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  • from what others experience.
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  • And God is faithful.
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  • He will not allow the temptation
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  • to be more than you can stand.
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  • When you are tempted, he will
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  • show you a way out so that you
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  • can endure."
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  • Today we're going to show you
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  • a way out.
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  • Maybe you have found yourself
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  • falling into some temptation,
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  • Every one of us has some area
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  • that we typically struggle with.
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  • And so, how do you
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  • overcome that?
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  • What do you do?
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  • So I wanna give you
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  • three simple principles
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  • on how to do that.
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  • And we're gonna break it down
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  • today.
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  • Proverbs 7, verse 6 is
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  • our key verse.
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  • It says: "While I was
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  • at the window of my house,
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  • looking through the curtain,
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  • I saw some naïve young men,
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  • and one in particular
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  • who lacked common sense."
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  • Now, that's important.
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  • In other words, he saw
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  • a group of guys.
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  • They were all hangin' out
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  • together.
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  • He says, "They were all naïve.
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  • They were all just young
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  • and dumb," is
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  • what "naïve" means, right?
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  • It means they didn't have
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  • experience, right?
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  • And it says, "But I noticed
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  • one particular one among them."
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  • I think it's interesting that he
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  • noticed that they were
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  • all in a group.
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  • Because group think oftentimes
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  • is group stupidity.
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  • If you hang out
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  • with the wrong people,
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  • you'll do the wrong things.
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  • And so he was hangin' out
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  • with the wrong guys,
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  • and so he ends up goin'
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  • down the wrong street.
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  • And he meets the wrong girl
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  • 'cause he's hangin' out
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  • with the wrong guys, okay?
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  • And so, I wanna encourage you
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  • with this.
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  • Number one,
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  • would you write this down?
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  • We need to stay away
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  • from compromise.
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  • Stay away from compromise.
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  • Let me go on
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  • in this Scripture here.
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  • It says in verse 8: "He was
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  • crossing the street
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  • near the house
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  • of an immoral woman,
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  • strolling down the path
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  • by her house."
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  • So, how do you stay away
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  • from compromise?
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  • Well, first of all, you gotta
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  • avoid three things.
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  • You gotta avoid the wrong place.
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  • You gotta avoid the wrong place.
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  • Look at Proverbs 7, verse 9:
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  • "It was at twilight,
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  • in the evening,
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  • as deep darkness fell."
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  • You gotta avoid the wrong place.
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  • And you gotta avoid
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  • the wrong time.
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  • And maybe the right place
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  • at the wrong time.
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  • Nothing wrong with being
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  • at your office.
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  • There's a problem if you're
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  • at your office at 10 pm and it's
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  • just you and your secretary.
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  • That's a problem.
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  • That's the wrong place
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  • at that moment.
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  • It's the right place normally.
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  • But now it's the right place,
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  • the wrong time.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • So you gotta keep that in mind.
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  • And then look
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  • at Proverbs 7, verse 10.
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  • It says: "The woman approached
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  • him, seductively dressed
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  • and sly of heart.
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  • She was the brash,
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  • rebellious type, never content
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  • to stay at home.
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  • She is often in the streets
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  • and markets, soliciting
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  • at every corner."
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  • Can we admit that there's
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  • a type?
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  • I mean, is it okay?
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  • I know in our culture today
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  • you're not supposed to judge,
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  • and all that.
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  • But there is a type of person,
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  • is there not, that you can
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  • get messed up with, right?
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  • That you can end up doin'
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  • the wrong things with, right?
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  • And so, if you're gonna stay
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  • away from compromise, you gotta
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  • stay away from the wrong place,
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  • the wrong time,
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  • and the wrong person.
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  • The wrong place, the wrong time,
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  • and the wrong person.
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  • This is a really big deal.
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  • And so we have to learn to avoid
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  • places that tempt you.
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  • If alcohol is a problem,
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  • you probably don't wanna go
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  • to a bar.
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  • If clubs lead you to do
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  • stupid things, don't go
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  • to clubs.
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  • I mean, what--?
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  • I don't think you should go
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  • to clubs anyways.
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  • I can't think
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  • of anything positive
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  • that goes on at a club.
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  • I mean, there's
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  • just nothing good that goes on
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  • at those kind of places.
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  • And so you want to avoid
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  • the wrong places,
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  • wherever you find temptation.
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  • Just stay away.
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  • Maybe there's certain people,
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  • you hang out with them,
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  • you end up doing
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  • the wrong thing.
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  • I talked to guys that are
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  • in prison that have been
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  • repeat offenders and they
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  • often tell me when they got out
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  • they went and hung out
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  • with the wrong friends again.
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  • They got back
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  • with their old buddies.
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  • And now suddenly they end up
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  • back in prison again, right?
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  • One of the reasons people fall
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  • into temptation is
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  • because we believe a fairy tale
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  • that doesn't exist.
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  • That's how this happens.
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  • There's a fairy tale.
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  • Women read books
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  • on Harlequin romances
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  • and so forth,
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  • or "50 Shades of Gray,"
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  • whatever the book happens to be.
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  • They'll read--those are
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  • just--it's fairy tale.
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  • Those things aren't real.
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  • How many young guys
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  • that don't seem
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  • to be stressed out have
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  • a multi-billion-dollar
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  • corporation they're running?
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  • That doesn't exist.
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • Because there's prices
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  • to be paid if you're
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  • in that position.
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  • A lot of men fall
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  • for this fairy tale
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  • that somehow they're gonna meet
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  • some woman and have
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  • the greatest sex of their lives.
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  • Like, "Oh, it's gonna be
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  • 100 times better
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  • than it could ever be
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  • with my spouse."
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  • That is a lie
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  • from the pit of hell.
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  • It's a fairy tale.
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  • It's just not true.
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  • God wants it to be great
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  • with who you are with,
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  • with your spouse,
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  • not with some kind
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  • of illicit relationship.
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  • And the reason I wanted
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  • to bring it up is
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  • because what I need to do today,
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  • number two, would you
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  • write this down?
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  • Is help you come out of denial.
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  • We gotta come out of denial
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  • and be real about what is real,
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  • okay?
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  • I've been reading
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  • a friend of mine's book named
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  • John Bevere.
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  • He's a great author and speaker.
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  • He's been here.
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  • He's spoken here before.
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  • And phenomenal communicator.
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  • He wrote a book called
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  • "Good or God."
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  • And in the book he talks
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  • about how some churches
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  • just, you know, and people,
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  • just want positive messages
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  • only, and this kind of thing.
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  • And that's great.
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  • But the Bible has
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  • a lot of warnings too.
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  • And so I wanna tell you,
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  • we may be a positive ministry,
  • 00:07:03.210 --> 00:07:05.090
  • and that's true, but I'm
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  • still gonna positively warn you.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • Because God loves you
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  • enough to keep you
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  • from your worst nightmare,
  • 00:07:11.180 --> 00:07:13.230
  • to help you avert
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  • a horrible situation.
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  • So today may be a bit
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  • in your face, but I love ya
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  • enough to talk
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  • about the whole Bible,
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  • not just the parts
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  • that seem fuzzy and fun, right?
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  • And so, let's talk about this.
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  • So, here's what coming out
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  • of denial means.
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  • It means that we need
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  • to recognize that there is
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  • a denial pattern that people
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  • fall into when it comes
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  • to adultery,
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  • illicit relationships
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  • of any sort.
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  • And an illicit relationship,
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  • by the way, means having sex
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  • with anyone
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  • other than your spouse.
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  • Let's be real clear.
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  • That's what that means.
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  • "Oh, I thought this is
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  • just for married people,"
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  • as all the singles are sayin'.
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  • No, it's you too, okay?
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  • The Bible is very clear
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  • that the way he has
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  • ordained things is for you
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  • to be married to someone
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  • of the opposite sex, and that's
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  • your sexual relationship.
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  • The Bible is very clear on that.
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  • And that may be unpopular today,
  • 00:07:57.240 --> 00:07:59.000
  • but that's the truth
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  • of God's Word, okay?
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  • And so that's what we're talkin'
  • 00:08:01.080 --> 00:08:02.030
  • about today.
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  • Whew, it got quiet in here.
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  • Check out the Scripture.
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  • Proverbs 7, verse 13.
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  • I'm gonna give you
  • 00:08:07.220 --> 00:08:09.020
  • a step-by-step guide into how
  • 00:08:09.020 --> 00:08:09.290
  • to live in denial versus
  • 00:08:09.290 --> 00:08:10.270
  • how to not live in denial.
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  • Here it is, Proverbs 7:13,
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  • so he's walkin'
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  • down the wrong street,
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  • goes by the wrong lady's house,
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  • then guess what happens.
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  • "She threw her arms around him
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  • and kissed him,
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  • and with a brazen look
  • 00:08:19.290 --> 00:08:20.180
  • she said, 'I've just made
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  • my peace offerings
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  • and fulfilled my vows.'"
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  • So this woman walks up to him,
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  • "Ah, you're who I want."
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  • So she throws her arms
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  • around him.
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  • "Oh, I just fulfilled my vows."
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  • Now, I looked that up.
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  • And I was like, "What does that
  • 00:08:31.060 --> 00:08:32.000
  • mean that she just fulfilled
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  • her vows?"
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  • And I realized that when you
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  • fulfill your vows and when you
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  • make peace offerings, that's
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  • a religious thing that you do.
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  • So she is being very religious.
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  • And I think this is important
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  • to note because
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  • one of the greatest ways
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  • to live in denial
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  • about relationships is this:
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  • justifying your actions
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  • with spiritual talk.
  • 00:08:50.060 --> 00:08:52.260
  • So she's talking spiritual
  • 00:08:52.260 --> 00:08:54.230
  • while they're
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  • about to commit adultery.
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  • I can't tell ya how many times
  • 00:08:58.070 --> 00:08:58.280
  • I've seen this happen.
  • 00:08:58.280 --> 00:09:00.150
  • Some guy will tell me,
  • 00:09:00.150 --> 00:09:01.100
  • "So, I'm gonna meet
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  • with my prayer partner,
  • 00:09:01.270 --> 00:09:02.120
  • praying."
  • 00:09:02.120 --> 00:09:02.270
  • And I'm just assuming it's
  • 00:09:02.270 --> 00:09:03.150
  • a dude.
  • 00:09:03.150 --> 00:09:04.050
  • And then I meet
  • 00:09:04.050 --> 00:09:05.050
  • his prayer partner and it's
  • 00:09:05.050 --> 00:09:06.050
  • a woman, and I'm like,
  • 00:09:06.050 --> 00:09:07.040
  • "Oh, that's a disaster."
  • 00:09:07.040 --> 00:09:07.260
  • "Oh, no, all we do is pray
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  • together."
  • 00:09:08.170 --> 00:09:09.030
  • Right, that's how it
  • 00:09:09.030 --> 00:09:09.260
  • starts, dude.
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  • That's not how it ends though.
  • 00:09:11.190 --> 00:09:12.270
  • What you're doing is you're
  • 00:09:12.270 --> 00:09:13.140
  • creating a spiritual connection,
  • 00:09:13.140 --> 00:09:14.120
  • which leads you
  • 00:09:14.120 --> 00:09:14.280
  • into emotional connection,
  • 00:09:14.280 --> 00:09:15.140
  • which leads
  • 00:09:15.140 --> 00:09:15.280
  • to a physical connection.
  • 00:09:15.280 --> 00:09:17.260
  • And so, no, your prayer partner
  • 00:09:17.260 --> 00:09:18.180
  • needs to be another guy.
  • 00:09:18.180 --> 00:09:20.070
  • And dare I say even be
  • 00:09:20.070 --> 00:09:22.080
  • careful of that other guy.
  • 00:09:22.130 --> 00:09:25.130
  • There is a reality here.
  • 00:09:25.130 --> 00:09:27.040
  • Let's just take out sex
  • 00:09:27.040 --> 00:09:28.060
  • and adultery for a moment
  • 00:09:28.060 --> 00:09:29.100
  • and just think about this
  • 00:09:29.100 --> 00:09:30.010
  • this way.
  • 00:09:30.010 --> 00:09:30.190
  • I know people who steal
  • 00:09:30.190 --> 00:09:31.070
  • from their employer
  • 00:09:31.070 --> 00:09:32.050
  • all the time.
  • 00:09:32.050 --> 00:09:32.230
  • "Well, I know I'm only workin'
  • 00:09:32.230 --> 00:09:33.120
  • half the day, but you know what?
  • 00:09:33.120 --> 00:09:34.130
  • They don't even pay me enough."
  • 00:09:34.130 --> 00:09:35.290
  • So you're justifying theft.
  • 00:09:35.290 --> 00:09:38.250
  • So you're justifying stealing
  • 00:09:38.250 --> 00:09:39.250
  • from the office.
  • 00:09:39.250 --> 00:09:40.220
  • Guys, it's still theft.
  • 00:09:40.220 --> 00:09:42.050
  • I didn't say that your boss is
  • 00:09:42.050 --> 00:09:43.180
  • always right.
  • 00:09:43.180 --> 00:09:44.070
  • But it doesn't justify you
  • 00:09:44.070 --> 00:09:45.250
  • stealing.
  • 00:09:45.250 --> 00:09:47.090
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:09:47.090 --> 00:09:47.260
  • And so we oftentimes
  • 00:09:47.260 --> 00:09:48.230
  • justify things.
  • 00:09:48.230 --> 00:09:50.080
  • And so, we use spiritual talk
  • 00:09:50.080 --> 00:09:52.080
  • to do it.
  • 00:09:52.080 --> 00:09:52.260
  • But it doesn't make it right.
  • 00:09:52.260 --> 00:09:53.280
  • "Hey, you need to pray
  • 00:09:53.280 --> 00:09:54.130
  • for so-and-so.
  • 00:09:54.130 --> 00:09:54.280
  • Did you hear
  • 00:09:54.280 --> 00:09:55.130
  • about what they just did?"
  • 00:09:55.130 --> 00:09:57.050
  • So you're now using
  • 00:09:57.050 --> 00:09:57.240
  • prayer requests as a cover up
  • 00:09:57.240 --> 00:09:58.280
  • for gossip.
  • 00:09:58.280 --> 00:10:01.040
  • We are really good at justifying
  • 00:10:01.040 --> 00:10:01.280
  • through spiritual talk,
  • 00:10:01.280 --> 00:10:02.290
  • aren't we?
  • 00:10:02.290 --> 00:10:03.280
  • Or talkin' real spiritual
  • 00:10:03.280 --> 00:10:04.230
  • about this or that church.
  • 00:10:04.230 --> 00:10:05.220
  • "And well, you know, they don't
  • 00:10:05.220 --> 00:10:06.200
  • do it like this or that
  • 00:10:06.200 --> 00:10:07.200
  • over there.
  • 00:10:07.200 --> 00:10:08.080
  • And you know, we follow
  • 00:10:08.080 --> 00:10:08.230
  • the Bible here."
  • 00:10:08.230 --> 00:10:09.080
  • So you're gonna be an elitist,
  • 00:10:09.080 --> 00:10:10.280
  • and be arrogant, and justify it
  • 00:10:10.280 --> 00:10:12.110
  • with spiritual talk.
  • 00:10:12.110 --> 00:10:14.150
  • Just 'cause the church is
  • 00:10:14.150 --> 00:10:15.030
  • a little different
  • 00:10:15.030 --> 00:10:15.190
  • than your church.
  • 00:10:15.190 --> 00:10:16.210
  • Seriously?
  • 00:10:16.210 --> 00:10:17.250
  • We need to level
  • 00:10:17.250 --> 00:10:18.100
  • the playing field here
  • 00:10:18.100 --> 00:10:19.050
  • and realize that we're all
  • 00:10:19.050 --> 00:10:19.210
  • Christians.
  • 00:10:19.210 --> 00:10:20.130
  • And we're all one large church.
  • 00:10:20.130 --> 00:10:22.100
  • And we need to get over
  • 00:10:22.100 --> 00:10:22.270
  • our differences.
  • 00:10:22.270 --> 00:10:24.100
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:10:24.100 --> 00:10:25.280
  • So we justify.
  • 00:10:25.280 --> 00:10:27.280
  • Now look what happens next.
  • 00:10:27.280 --> 00:10:28.220
  • This is unbelievable, right?
  • 00:10:28.220 --> 00:10:29.120
  • She first says, "Oh, I just had
  • 00:10:29.120 --> 00:10:30.240
  • my prayer time.
  • 00:10:30.240 --> 00:10:32.050
  • I just spent time with the Lord.
  • 00:10:32.050 --> 00:10:33.060
  • And now here you are,
  • 00:10:33.060 --> 00:10:34.110
  • praise God."
  • 00:10:34.110 --> 00:10:35.070
  • Oh my goodness,
  • 00:10:35.070 --> 00:10:35.290
  • are you kidding me?
  • 00:10:35.290 --> 00:10:37.200
  • That's ridiculous.
  • 00:10:37.200 --> 00:10:38.250
  • Proverbs 7, verse 15:
  • 00:10:38.250 --> 00:10:40.100
  • "'You're the one
  • 00:10:40.100 --> 00:10:41.000
  • I was looking for!
  • 00:10:41.000 --> 00:10:42.010
  • I came out to find you,
  • 00:10:42.010 --> 00:10:43.150
  • and here you are!'"
  • 00:10:43.150 --> 00:10:44.090
  • I love that, "You're
  • 00:10:44.090 --> 00:10:44.250
  • the one I was lookin' for!
  • 00:10:44.250 --> 00:10:46.000
  • Of course, if you wouldn't have
  • 00:10:46.000 --> 00:10:46.260
  • been here, someone else would
  • 00:10:46.260 --> 00:10:47.200
  • have been told that."
  • 00:10:47.200 --> 00:10:49.280
  • One of the biggest ways
  • 00:10:49.280 --> 00:10:50.250
  • that we justify our sin is
  • 00:10:50.250 --> 00:10:52.150
  • pretending that your situation
  • 00:10:52.150 --> 00:10:54.020
  • is unique.
  • 00:10:54.020 --> 00:10:56.160
  • "No, but you don't know
  • 00:10:56.160 --> 00:10:57.080
  • what it's like with me
  • 00:10:57.080 --> 00:10:58.090
  • and this person.
  • 00:10:58.090 --> 00:10:58.250
  • We just get each other."
  • 00:10:58.250 --> 00:11:00.270
  • You know, Jeremiah 17 says that,
  • 00:11:00.270 --> 00:11:02.170
  • "The heart is deceitful."
  • 00:11:02.170 --> 00:11:04.020
  • Your heart can be lying to you.
  • 00:11:04.020 --> 00:11:06.170
  • So just 'cause your heart is
  • 00:11:06.170 --> 00:11:07.260
  • so close.
  • 00:11:07.260 --> 00:11:08.220
  • You know what?
  • 00:11:08.220 --> 00:11:09.080
  • I've heard pedophiles say that.
  • 00:11:10.070 --> 00:11:13.070
  • "But our heart was so close.
  • 00:11:13.070 --> 00:11:15.110
  • We understand each other.
  • 00:11:15.110 --> 00:11:16.070
  • I know I'm 40, and she's 13,
  • 00:11:16.070 --> 00:11:17.170
  • but we understand each other."
  • 00:11:17.170 --> 00:11:18.140
  • See, you can see the sickness
  • 00:11:18.140 --> 00:11:19.250
  • in that easily, can't ya?
  • 00:11:19.250 --> 00:11:22.110
  • But why do we not see
  • 00:11:22.110 --> 00:11:22.260
  • the sickness in crossing
  • 00:11:22.260 --> 00:11:23.280
  • a boundary that's gonna crush
  • 00:11:23.280 --> 00:11:24.270
  • our family, hurt our children,
  • 00:11:25.160 --> 00:11:28.160
  • destroy our future?
  • 00:11:28.160 --> 00:11:29.150
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:11:29.150 --> 00:11:31.130
  • So again, some of you are like,
  • 00:11:31.130 --> 00:11:32.150
  • "Whew, Pastor Bil, this message
  • 00:11:32.150 --> 00:11:33.100
  • is one of the--"
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  • It is.
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  • It's because God loves you
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  • enough to tell you the truth
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  • on the front end so you
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  • don't hurt yourself.
  • 00:11:38.200 --> 00:11:40.170
  • He loves you.
  • 00:11:40.170 --> 00:11:41.150
  • He does.
  • 00:11:41.150 --> 00:11:43.290
  • And so it's important we
  • 00:11:43.290 --> 00:11:44.200
  • understand that your situation
  • 00:11:44.200 --> 00:11:46.030
  • is not unique.
  • 00:11:46.030 --> 00:11:47.000
  • It's really not.
  • 00:11:47.000 --> 00:11:48.170
  • "I don't know how this happened.
  • 00:11:48.170 --> 00:11:49.130
  • I'm up late at night.
  • 00:11:49.130 --> 00:11:50.000
  • And the HBO's on, and Showtime,
  • 00:11:50.000 --> 00:11:51.180
  • and they got this--"
  • 00:11:51.180 --> 00:11:52.100
  • That's not unique.
  • 00:11:52.100 --> 00:11:53.260
  • There's people
  • 00:11:53.260 --> 00:11:54.110
  • all around the world watchin'
  • 00:11:54.110 --> 00:11:55.140
  • that stuff that just,
  • 00:11:55.140 --> 00:11:56.270
  • "Happened to be on."
  • 00:11:56.270 --> 00:11:57.270
  • It's not happened to be on,
  • 00:11:57.270 --> 00:11:58.160
  • it's on.
  • 00:11:58.160 --> 00:11:59.010
  • You know that.
  • 00:11:59.010 --> 00:12:01.030
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:12:01.030 --> 00:12:01.220
  • It's not unique.
  • 00:12:01.220 --> 00:12:03.010
  • It's not unique.
  • 00:12:03.010 --> 00:12:03.210
  • We act like situations are
  • 00:12:03.210 --> 00:12:04.160
  • unique when they're not unique.
  • 00:12:04.160 --> 00:12:06.220
  • Proverbs 7, verse 16, so, see,
  • 00:12:06.220 --> 00:12:08.100
  • if we can think it's unique,
  • 00:12:08.100 --> 00:12:09.090
  • we can think, "Well, I'm
  • 00:12:09.090 --> 00:12:10.040
  • the exception.
  • 00:12:10.040 --> 00:12:10.190
  • I'm just the victim
  • 00:12:10.190 --> 00:12:11.150
  • of my circumstances."
  • 00:12:11.150 --> 00:12:12.120
  • No, you're not.
  • 00:12:12.120 --> 00:12:14.000
  • You may become victim
  • 00:12:14.000 --> 00:12:14.210
  • of your own choices.
  • 00:12:14.210 --> 00:12:16.120
  • But there are choices, right?
  • 00:12:16.120 --> 00:12:17.190
  • Look at this next Scripture,
  • 00:12:17.190 --> 00:12:18.130
  • verse 16: "'My bed is spread
  • 00:12:18.130 --> 00:12:19.190
  • with beautiful blankets,
  • 00:12:19.190 --> 00:12:21.060
  • with colored sheets
  • 00:12:21.060 --> 00:12:21.250
  • of Egyptian linen.
  • 00:12:21.250 --> 00:12:23.050
  • I have perfumed my bed
  • 00:12:23.050 --> 00:12:24.050
  • with myrrh, aloes,
  • 00:12:24.050 --> 00:12:25.100
  • and cinnamon.'"
  • 00:12:25.100 --> 00:12:26.210
  • So she says, "Man, you should
  • 00:12:26.210 --> 00:12:27.240
  • see my place.
  • 00:12:27.240 --> 00:12:29.150
  • It looks awesome," right?
  • 00:12:29.150 --> 00:12:31.000
  • What does this mean?
  • 00:12:31.000 --> 00:12:31.250
  • I was tryin' to figure this out
  • 00:12:31.250 --> 00:12:32.160
  • 'cause I was like, "I don't
  • 00:12:32.160 --> 00:12:33.180
  • understand what this means.
  • 00:12:33.180 --> 00:12:34.050
  • 'Cause I'm not
  • 00:12:34.050 --> 00:12:34.180
  • really into myrrh, and aloe,
  • 00:12:34.180 --> 00:12:35.190
  • and like, what's the deal?
  • 00:12:35.190 --> 00:12:36.070
  • I don't understand
  • 00:12:36.070 --> 00:12:36.220
  • the fine linen.
  • 00:12:36.220 --> 00:12:37.260
  • What does that mean?"
  • 00:12:37.260 --> 00:12:38.120
  • And then it dawned on me
  • 00:12:38.120 --> 00:12:39.100
  • what this is actually saying.
  • 00:12:39.100 --> 00:12:40.170
  • And this is really important.
  • 00:12:40.170 --> 00:12:41.140
  • One of the ways that we live
  • 00:12:41.140 --> 00:12:42.100
  • in denial is that we are falling
  • 00:12:42.100 --> 00:12:44.010
  • for what seems glamorous.
  • 00:12:44.040 --> 00:12:47.040
  • It seems glamorous, doesn't it?
  • 00:12:47.040 --> 00:12:49.250
  • This is why people like to watch
  • 00:12:49.250 --> 00:12:50.140
  • movies on adultery, 'cause then
  • 00:12:50.140 --> 00:12:52.120
  • they can kinda play it out
  • 00:12:52.120 --> 00:12:53.190
  • in their minds like,
  • 00:12:53.190 --> 00:12:54.070
  • "What does this look like?"
  • 00:12:54.070 --> 00:12:55.080
  • I don't even like to watch
  • 00:12:55.080 --> 00:12:55.290
  • movies about it.
  • 00:12:55.290 --> 00:12:57.060
  • I just don't.
  • 00:12:57.060 --> 00:12:58.120
  • I'm just like--it just makes
  • 00:12:58.120 --> 00:12:59.030
  • me sick.
  • 00:12:59.030 --> 00:12:59.220
  • Just, all the--I'm just being
  • 00:12:59.220 --> 00:13:01.010
  • truthful.
  • 00:13:01.010 --> 00:13:01.170
  • TV shows, I just, I don't
  • 00:13:01.170 --> 00:13:02.130
  • enjoy it.
  • 00:13:02.130 --> 00:13:03.040
  • I don't watch stuff like that.
  • 00:13:03.040 --> 00:13:04.240
  • And I know, I'm not, I may sound
  • 00:13:04.240 --> 00:13:06.010
  • really judgmental to you.
  • 00:13:06.010 --> 00:13:06.210
  • I'm not saying I don't watch it
  • 00:13:06.210 --> 00:13:08.180
  • because it's not entertaining.
  • 00:13:08.180 --> 00:13:09.160
  • It probably is entertaining.
  • 00:13:09.160 --> 00:13:10.170
  • I don't watch it because I don't
  • 00:13:10.170 --> 00:13:12.070
  • want that to become normal
  • 00:13:12.070 --> 00:13:13.130
  • in my mind.
  • 00:13:13.130 --> 00:13:15.130
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:13:15.130 --> 00:13:16.140
  • So I just don't watch it.
  • 00:13:16.140 --> 00:13:17.200
  • I don't wa--the other day,
  • 00:13:17.200 --> 00:13:19.170
  • you know, I was on iTunes
  • 00:13:19.170 --> 00:13:21.050
  • and lookin' at TV shows.
  • 00:13:21.050 --> 00:13:22.100
  • And I was like,
  • 00:13:22.100 --> 00:13:23.100
  • "Oh, that looks interesting."
  • 00:13:23.100 --> 00:13:24.050
  • And I was like, "No, I'm not
  • 00:13:24.050 --> 00:13:25.030
  • gonna do it 'cause it's called
  • 00:13:25.030 --> 00:13:25.240
  • 'Scandal.'"
  • 00:13:25.240 --> 00:13:27.040
  • I was like, "That's
  • 00:13:27.040 --> 00:13:28.070
  • probably not a good show for me,
  • 00:13:28.070 --> 00:13:29.130
  • you know?"
  • 00:13:29.130 --> 00:13:29.280
  • And then come to find out,
  • 00:13:29.280 --> 00:13:30.140
  • by the way, I just already heard
  • 00:13:30.140 --> 00:13:31.030
  • this in the news,
  • 00:13:31.030 --> 00:13:31.260
  • in the final episodes,
  • 00:13:31.260 --> 00:13:33.010
  • she apparently, I'm
  • 00:13:33.010 --> 00:13:34.160
  • about to, spoiler alert here,
  • 00:13:34.160 --> 00:13:36.240
  • she apparently is pregnant
  • 00:13:36.240 --> 00:13:37.220
  • with the president's child.
  • 00:13:37.220 --> 00:13:39.240
  • And then she has an abortion.
  • 00:13:39.240 --> 00:13:41.000
  • And in the TV show that she has
  • 00:13:41.000 --> 00:13:42.280
  • an abortion to the tune
  • 00:13:42.280 --> 00:13:43.230
  • of "Silent Night."
  • 00:13:45.140 --> 00:13:48.140
  • I'm supposed to say that's good,
  • 00:13:48.140 --> 00:13:49.150
  • and healthy, and normal?
  • 00:13:49.150 --> 00:13:52.010
  • Guys, we need to wake up
  • 00:13:52.010 --> 00:13:52.280
  • to what we're watching.
  • 00:13:52.280 --> 00:13:55.140
  • What in the world are we doing?
  • 00:13:55.140 --> 00:13:56.170
  • And we wonder why we're
  • 00:13:56.170 --> 00:13:57.020
  • so warped and jacked.
  • 00:13:57.020 --> 00:14:00.020
  • That's why.
  • 00:14:00.020 --> 00:14:00.210
  • So you gotta be aware
  • 00:14:00.210 --> 00:14:01.150
  • of that kinda stuff.
  • 00:14:01.150 --> 00:14:04.120
  • And so, the reality is, I mean,
  • 00:14:04.120 --> 00:14:06.170
  • "Silent Night" is
  • 00:14:06.170 --> 00:14:07.140
  • about the Savior being born,
  • 00:14:07.140 --> 00:14:09.100
  • not about killing a child.
  • 00:14:09.100 --> 00:14:11.080
  • Do you see
  • 00:14:11.080 --> 00:14:11.250
  • the problem here, guys?
  • 00:14:11.250 --> 00:14:13.120
  • So you have to understand, that
  • 00:14:13.120 --> 00:14:14.200
  • is what the world's selling.
  • 00:14:14.200 --> 00:14:16.110
  • And what they're selling will
  • 00:14:16.110 --> 00:14:17.130
  • jack you up.
  • 00:14:17.130 --> 00:14:18.150
  • It will ruin your life.
  • 00:14:18.150 --> 00:14:21.030
  • It will.
  • 00:14:21.030 --> 00:14:21.180
  • I've seen it.
  • 00:14:21.180 --> 00:14:22.180
  • I've seen it.
  • 00:14:22.180 --> 00:14:24.180
  • Falling for the glamorous is
  • 00:14:24.180 --> 00:14:25.140
  • a very common thing.
  • 00:14:25.140 --> 00:14:26.070
  • Proverbs 7, verse 18: "'Come,
  • 00:14:26.070 --> 00:14:27.240
  • let's drink of our fill of love
  • 00:14:27.240 --> 00:14:29.020
  • until morning.
  • 00:14:29.020 --> 00:14:29.200
  • Let's enjoy
  • 00:14:29.200 --> 00:14:30.050
  • each other's caresses,'"
  • 00:14:30.050 --> 00:14:31.100
  • now, this verse really got me.
  • 00:14:31.100 --> 00:14:32.250
  • 'Cause I read it and I was like,
  • 00:14:32.250 --> 00:14:33.140
  • "Wait a minute.
  • 00:14:33.140 --> 00:14:34.230
  • That sounds familiar."
  • 00:14:34.230 --> 00:14:36.060
  • "To drink of love till morning
  • 00:14:36.060 --> 00:14:38.070
  • and to enjoy
  • 00:14:38.070 --> 00:14:39.080
  • each other's caresses."
  • 00:14:39.080 --> 00:14:40.030
  • That sounds
  • 00:14:40.030 --> 00:14:40.220
  • like another Proverbs,
  • 00:14:40.220 --> 00:14:43.110
  • Proverbs 5, verse 18.
  • 00:14:43.110 --> 00:14:44.290
  • Look what it says:
  • 00:14:44.290 --> 00:14:45.260
  • "Let your wife be
  • 00:14:45.260 --> 00:14:47.170
  • a fountain of blessing for you."
  • 00:14:47.170 --> 00:14:50.100
  • So this woman says, "Hey, let's
  • 00:14:50.100 --> 00:14:51.240
  • drink of love till morning."
  • 00:14:51.240 --> 00:14:53.190
  • What is that?
  • 00:14:53.190 --> 00:14:54.040
  • That's a counterfeit
  • 00:14:54.040 --> 00:14:55.140
  • of the real thing,
  • 00:14:55.140 --> 00:14:56.170
  • which is your wife
  • 00:14:56.170 --> 00:14:58.070
  • that should be a fountain.
  • 00:14:58.070 --> 00:14:59.100
  • She says,
  • 00:14:59.100 --> 00:14:59.260
  • "I'm gonna give you a drink."
  • 00:14:59.260 --> 00:15:01.050
  • But understand, the devil wants
  • 00:15:01.050 --> 00:15:02.280
  • you to get a drink.
  • 00:15:02.280 --> 00:15:04.000
  • But God wants you to have a wife
  • 00:15:04.000 --> 00:15:05.150
  • that you have a constant source,
  • 00:15:05.150 --> 00:15:07.260
  • a constant flow of blessing
  • 00:15:07.260 --> 00:15:09.240
  • that never runs dry.
  • 00:15:09.240 --> 00:15:12.120
  • Do you see the difference?
  • 00:15:12.270 --> 00:15:15.270
  • One cheap thrill is not worth
  • 00:15:16.060 --> 00:15:19.060
  • the pain that it brings.
  • 00:15:19.060 --> 00:15:20.250
  • So she says, "Hey, come, let's
  • 00:15:20.250 --> 00:15:22.080
  • drink of our love till morning.
  • 00:15:22.080 --> 00:15:23.180
  • Let's enjoy
  • 00:15:23.180 --> 00:15:24.100
  • each other's caresses."
  • 00:15:24.100 --> 00:15:25.110
  • By the way, can I just tell
  • 00:15:25.110 --> 00:15:25.280
  • ya what lust really is too?
  • 00:15:25.280 --> 00:15:27.010
  • Lust is laziness.
  • 00:15:27.010 --> 00:15:29.190
  • The reason we fall for this,
  • 00:15:29.190 --> 00:15:30.130
  • the reason why guys fall
  • 00:15:30.130 --> 00:15:31.050
  • for porn, or fall
  • 00:15:31.050 --> 00:15:32.140
  • for a 1-night stand, or girls go
  • 00:15:32.140 --> 00:15:33.180
  • for the 1-night stand too,
  • 00:15:33.180 --> 00:15:35.040
  • and let me tell ya why that
  • 00:15:35.040 --> 00:15:36.040
  • happens.
  • 00:15:36.040 --> 00:15:37.060
  • Or girls read
  • 00:15:37.060 --> 00:15:37.270
  • the Harlequin romances.
  • 00:15:37.270 --> 00:15:38.170
  • You know why we fall for this?
  • 00:15:38.170 --> 00:15:39.180
  • Because, "I don't have to invest
  • 00:15:39.180 --> 00:15:41.070
  • in this person to get
  • 00:15:41.070 --> 00:15:42.030
  • what I want."
  • 00:15:42.030 --> 00:15:44.150
  • So lust is really laziness.
  • 00:15:44.150 --> 00:15:46.110
  • Like, "I don't have
  • 00:15:46.110 --> 00:15:46.260
  • to take care of you, baby.
  • 00:15:46.260 --> 00:15:47.270
  • I don't have to actually provide
  • 00:15:47.270 --> 00:15:49.010
  • for you, and pay for this home,
  • 00:15:49.010 --> 00:15:51.030
  • and make sure there's
  • 00:15:51.030 --> 00:15:52.040
  • food on the table.
  • 00:15:52.040 --> 00:15:52.190
  • I don't have to do any of that.
  • 00:15:52.190 --> 00:15:54.010
  • I just get, you know, I mean,
  • 00:15:54.010 --> 00:15:55.090
  • why buy the cow when the milk's
  • 00:15:55.090 --> 00:15:56.140
  • for free?"
  • 00:15:56.140 --> 00:15:57.060
  • That's what my sister taught me.
  • 00:15:57.060 --> 00:15:58.150
  • You know, I mean, why?
  • 00:15:58.150 --> 00:15:59.170
  • "Well, I'm gettin' this
  • 00:15:59.170 --> 00:16:00.100
  • for free.
  • 00:16:00.100 --> 00:16:00.250
  • I don't have to--"
  • 00:16:00.250 --> 00:16:01.130
  • That's what lust is.
  • 00:16:01.130 --> 00:16:02.010
  • "I just, I get what I want
  • 00:16:02.010 --> 00:16:02.240
  • and I'm done."
  • 00:16:02.240 --> 00:16:04.180
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:16:04.180 --> 00:16:05.190
  • And this isn't just guys.
  • 00:16:05.190 --> 00:16:06.130
  • It's girls too.
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:08.100
  • And so they will use a guy,
  • 00:16:08.100 --> 00:16:09.090
  • they will have sex so they can
  • 00:16:09.090 --> 00:16:10.100
  • get romance.
  • 00:16:10.100 --> 00:16:12.120
  • And so either way, it's a using
  • 00:16:12.120 --> 00:16:13.240
  • going on, and that leaves
  • 00:16:13.240 --> 00:16:14.240
  • everyone feeling empty.
  • 00:16:14.240 --> 00:16:15.190
  • And so, this is really important
  • 00:16:15.190 --> 00:16:16.250
  • to know what's goin' on.
  • 00:16:16.250 --> 00:16:17.220
  • Let me you show you the--we've
  • 00:16:17.220 --> 00:16:19.110
  • looked at the counterfeit.
  • 00:16:19.110 --> 00:16:20.030
  • Let's look at the real thing.
  • 00:16:20.030 --> 00:16:21.000
  • Proverbs 5, verse 18, it says:
  • 00:16:21.000 --> 00:16:22.250
  • "Let your wife be a fountain
  • 00:16:22.250 --> 00:16:23.270
  • of blessing for you.
  • 00:16:23.270 --> 00:16:24.270
  • Rejoice in the wife
  • 00:16:24.270 --> 00:16:25.210
  • of your youth.
  • 00:16:25.210 --> 00:16:26.130
  • Let her breasts satisfy you
  • 00:16:26.130 --> 00:16:27.240
  • always."
  • 00:16:27.240 --> 00:16:28.140
  • Yes, it says, "Breasts."
  • 00:16:28.140 --> 00:16:29.200
  • It says, "May you always be
  • 00:16:29.200 --> 00:16:30.150
  • captivated by her love.
  • 00:16:30.150 --> 00:16:31.190
  • Why be captivated, my son,
  • 00:16:31.190 --> 00:16:33.110
  • by an immoral woman,
  • 00:16:33.110 --> 00:16:34.130
  • or fondle the breasts
  • 00:16:34.130 --> 00:16:35.110
  • of a promiscuous woman?"
  • 00:16:35.110 --> 00:16:36.090
  • God is saying, "Look, I want
  • 00:16:36.090 --> 00:16:37.180
  • to give you an awesome time,
  • 00:16:37.180 --> 00:16:39.270
  • the best.
  • 00:16:39.270 --> 00:16:41.140
  • But I want it to be for life,
  • 00:16:41.140 --> 00:16:42.290
  • with one person."
  • 00:16:42.290 --> 00:16:44.150
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:16:44.150 --> 00:16:45.200
  • God's not trying to--I hear
  • 00:16:45.200 --> 00:16:47.230
  • young people tell me,
  • 00:16:47.230 --> 00:16:48.160
  • "Well, I feel like I'm
  • 00:16:48.160 --> 00:16:49.210
  • missin' out."
  • 00:16:49.210 --> 00:16:51.070
  • All you're missing is
  • 00:16:51.070 --> 00:16:52.070
  • a heartache.
  • 00:16:52.070 --> 00:16:54.070
  • That's all you're
  • 00:16:54.070 --> 00:16:54.220
  • really missing.
  • 00:16:54.220 --> 00:16:55.290
  • And so, I want to encourage
  • 00:16:55.290 --> 00:16:56.160
  • you with this.
  • 00:16:56.160 --> 00:16:56.290
  • Don't fall for this lie.
  • 00:16:56.290 --> 00:16:58.220
  • Here it is, believing that they
  • 00:16:58.220 --> 00:16:59.270
  • offer something your spouse
  • 00:16:59.270 --> 00:17:01.020
  • does not.
  • 00:17:01.020 --> 00:17:03.070
  • Believing that they offer
  • 00:17:03.070 --> 00:17:04.000
  • something your spouse does not.
  • 00:17:04.000 --> 00:17:06.020
  • It's simply not true,
  • 00:17:06.020 --> 00:17:07.290
  • and don't fall for that.
  • 00:17:07.290 --> 00:17:09.070
  • It's very, very common.
  • 00:17:09.070 --> 00:17:10.000
  • Let me talk to singles
  • 00:17:10.000 --> 00:17:10.230
  • real quick.
  • 00:17:10.230 --> 00:17:11.120
  • Whether you're a single and 35,
  • 00:17:11.120 --> 00:17:12.280
  • or single and 15,
  • 00:17:12.280 --> 00:17:15.000
  • however you are single.
  • 00:17:15.000 --> 00:17:16.030
  • Singles oftentimes, when I talk
  • 00:17:16.030 --> 00:17:17.090
  • about this kinda message,
  • 00:17:17.090 --> 00:17:18.050
  • go, "Well, this is
  • 00:17:18.050 --> 00:17:18.230
  • for married people.
  • 00:17:18.230 --> 00:17:19.180
  • Yeah, I'm not into that.
  • 00:17:19.180 --> 00:17:20.030
  • Obviously, I would not cheat."
  • 00:17:20.030 --> 00:17:21.060
  • But let me ask you a question.
  • 00:17:21.060 --> 00:17:23.050
  • If you're messin'
  • 00:17:23.050 --> 00:17:23.280
  • around with someone
  • 00:17:23.280 --> 00:17:25.020
  • at age 13, 15, 18, 19, 21, 25,
  • 00:17:25.170 --> 00:17:28.170
  • or 35, and you're not married,
  • 00:17:28.170 --> 00:17:30.180
  • you're cheating
  • 00:17:30.180 --> 00:17:31.180
  • on your future spouse.
  • 00:17:32.150 --> 00:17:35.150
  • Did you catch that?
  • 00:17:35.150 --> 00:17:36.250
  • It's still cheating.
  • 00:17:36.250 --> 00:17:38.160
  • "Okay, but, Bil, it's not
  • 00:17:38.160 --> 00:17:39.090
  • that way because, you know,
  • 00:17:39.090 --> 00:17:40.060
  • we're in love.
  • 00:17:40.060 --> 00:17:41.000
  • And we're almost engaged,
  • 00:17:41.000 --> 00:17:42.020
  • or we are engaged,
  • 00:17:42.020 --> 00:17:42.250
  • and we're gonna get married."
  • 00:17:42.250 --> 00:17:43.240
  • Can I tell ya, I've heard
  • 00:17:43.240 --> 00:17:44.200
  • a woman out of her mouth
  • 00:17:44.200 --> 00:17:46.010
  • to her husband--guys,
  • 00:17:46.010 --> 00:17:46.250
  • I've done a lot of counseling,
  • 00:17:46.250 --> 00:17:48.010
  • pastoral counseling
  • 00:17:48.010 --> 00:17:49.030
  • in my life.
  • 00:17:49.030 --> 00:17:49.210
  • And trust me, if you heard
  • 00:17:49.210 --> 00:17:50.100
  • the stuff I hear, you'd run
  • 00:17:50.100 --> 00:17:51.090
  • from this too.
  • 00:17:51.090 --> 00:17:52.200
  • Because I heard a woman
  • 00:17:52.200 --> 00:17:54.010
  • literally married to her husband
  • 00:17:54.010 --> 00:17:55.100
  • look at him and say, "How can I
  • 00:17:55.100 --> 00:17:57.030
  • trust you with other women
  • 00:17:57.030 --> 00:17:58.100
  • you don't love when I couldn't
  • 00:17:58.100 --> 00:17:59.110
  • even trust you with me
  • 00:17:59.110 --> 00:18:00.080
  • when we were engaged?"
  • 00:18:00.190 --> 00:18:03.190
  • You don't understand.
  • 00:18:03.190 --> 00:18:04.240
  • You start with a deficit
  • 00:18:04.240 --> 00:18:07.120
  • when you ignore God's Word.
  • 00:18:07.120 --> 00:18:08.110
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:18:08.110 --> 00:18:09.240
  • So this is important.
  • 00:18:09.240 --> 00:18:10.190
  • Yes, God wants you to give you
  • 00:18:10.190 --> 00:18:11.280
  • grace and forgiveness.
  • 00:18:11.280 --> 00:18:13.220
  • But also, God is saying,
  • 00:18:13.220 --> 00:18:14.240
  • "Go and sin no more."
  • 00:18:14.240 --> 00:18:17.070
  • Let's not go here again.
  • 00:18:17.070 --> 00:18:18.170
  • God has too many big plans
  • 00:18:18.170 --> 00:18:19.270
  • for you to have you go here
  • 00:18:19.270 --> 00:18:21.260
  • again.
  • 00:18:21.260 --> 00:18:22.110
  • Let me talk
  • 00:18:22.110 --> 00:18:22.260
  • to high school students
  • 00:18:22.260 --> 00:18:23.110
  • for a moment.
  • 00:18:23.110 --> 00:18:24.130
  • High school,
  • 00:18:24.130 --> 00:18:24.280
  • junior high students even.
  • 00:18:24.280 --> 00:18:25.140
  • I can't believe I'm havin'
  • 00:18:25.140 --> 00:18:26.000
  • to bring up junior high,
  • 00:18:26.000 --> 00:18:27.000
  • but you have to now.
  • 00:18:27.000 --> 00:18:29.050
  • Students, this is a big deal.
  • 00:18:29.050 --> 00:18:31.140
  • Right now, you are scoring
  • 00:18:31.140 --> 00:18:32.140
  • points being sexual.
  • 00:18:32.140 --> 00:18:34.270
  • All girls know this.
  • 00:18:34.270 --> 00:18:36.080
  • Show a little cleavage,
  • 00:18:36.080 --> 00:18:37.190
  • you know, show some thigh.
  • 00:18:37.190 --> 00:18:39.120
  • All guys know if they can have
  • 00:18:39.120 --> 00:18:40.060
  • a conquest or two,
  • 00:18:40.060 --> 00:18:41.150
  • if they can talk about what they
  • 00:18:41.150 --> 00:18:42.090
  • did last night, what they did
  • 00:18:42.090 --> 00:18:43.220
  • Friday night on their date,
  • 00:18:43.220 --> 00:18:44.220
  • that they're gonna be
  • 00:18:44.220 --> 00:18:45.110
  • more popular,
  • 00:18:45.110 --> 00:18:45.260
  • and all that kinda stuff.
  • 00:18:45.260 --> 00:18:46.120
  • But guess what?
  • 00:18:46.120 --> 00:18:46.260
  • It's costing you your soul.
  • 00:18:46.260 --> 00:18:49.180
  • It really is.
  • 00:18:49.180 --> 00:18:51.060
  • It's just not worth it.
  • 00:18:51.060 --> 00:18:51.280
  • And I know this is
  • 00:18:51.280 --> 00:18:52.130
  • not a popular message today.
  • 00:18:52.130 --> 00:18:53.230
  • But I wanna tell you right now.
  • 00:18:53.230 --> 00:18:54.180
  • God did not call you to be
  • 00:18:54.180 --> 00:18:56.090
  • popular.
  • 00:18:56.090 --> 00:18:56.250
  • He called you to honor him.
  • 00:18:56.260 --> 00:18:59.260
  • That comes
  • 00:18:59.260 --> 00:19:00.150
  • above everything else.
  • 00:19:00.200 --> 00:19:03.200
  • Proverbs 7, verse 19 says this:
  • 00:19:03.200 --> 00:19:05.020
  • "'For my husband is not home.'"
  • 00:19:05.020 --> 00:19:06.050
  • So this is what she says next.
  • 00:19:06.050 --> 00:19:06.270
  • She says, "Oh, come on in.
  • 00:19:06.270 --> 00:19:07.190
  • Let's do this.
  • 00:19:07.190 --> 00:19:08.060
  • This is gonna be great."
  • 00:19:08.060 --> 00:19:08.240
  • She says, "'For my husband
  • 00:19:08.240 --> 00:19:09.220
  • is not home.
  • 00:19:09.220 --> 00:19:10.170
  • He's away on a long trip
  • 00:19:10.170 --> 00:19:13.000
  • and won't return until later.'
  • 00:19:13.000 --> 00:19:14.050
  • So she seduced him
  • 00:19:14.050 --> 00:19:15.100
  • with her pretty speech
  • 00:19:15.100 --> 00:19:16.040
  • and enticed him
  • 00:19:16.040 --> 00:19:16.270
  • with her flattery."
  • 00:19:16.270 --> 00:19:18.240
  • This is the last one
  • 00:19:18.240 --> 00:19:19.170
  • that I wanted to say
  • 00:19:19.170 --> 00:19:20.050
  • that is a huge denial,
  • 00:19:20.050 --> 00:19:21.130
  • believing that you can
  • 00:19:21.130 --> 00:19:22.100
  • get away with it.
  • 00:19:22.100 --> 00:19:24.010
  • Believing that you can
  • 00:19:24.010 --> 00:19:24.220
  • get away with it.
  • 00:19:24.220 --> 00:19:25.070
  • You just can't.
  • 00:19:25.070 --> 00:19:26.090
  • You say, "But I didn't get
  • 00:19:26.090 --> 00:19:27.010
  • caught, Pastor."
  • 00:19:27.010 --> 00:19:28.040
  • You are caught now.
  • 00:19:28.040 --> 00:19:30.090
  • You did get caught
  • 00:19:30.090 --> 00:19:30.240
  • 'cause now you had to live
  • 00:19:30.240 --> 00:19:31.180
  • with the fact that you're a lie.
  • 00:19:31.180 --> 00:19:33.270
  • And that's tough to live with,
  • 00:19:33.270 --> 00:19:34.180
  • isn't it?
  • 00:19:34.180 --> 00:19:35.220
  • You know how many people I've
  • 00:19:35.220 --> 00:19:36.100
  • talked to that when a husband
  • 00:19:36.100 --> 00:19:37.040
  • or wife finally gets caught,
  • 00:19:37.040 --> 00:19:38.200
  • they come to me
  • 00:19:38.200 --> 00:19:39.050
  • and they always say
  • 00:19:39.050 --> 00:19:39.270
  • the same thing.
  • 00:19:39.270 --> 00:19:40.140
  • They say,
  • 00:19:40.140 --> 00:19:40.290
  • "I'm so glad I got caught."
  • 00:19:40.290 --> 00:19:43.040
  • They say,
  • 00:19:43.040 --> 00:19:43.190
  • "I'm literally relieved.
  • 00:19:43.190 --> 00:19:45.050
  • I'd rather be
  • 00:19:45.050 --> 00:19:45.200
  • humiliated publicly,
  • 00:19:45.200 --> 00:19:47.150
  • lose my career, lose my job,
  • 00:19:47.150 --> 00:19:49.120
  • than live a lie another day."
  • 00:19:49.120 --> 00:19:52.090
  • Wow, that's torture.
  • 00:19:53.070 --> 00:19:56.070
  • I'm convinced, by the way,
  • 00:19:56.070 --> 00:19:57.020
  • that Hollywood,
  • 00:19:57.020 --> 00:19:57.230
  • that half the reason they
  • 00:19:57.230 --> 00:19:58.100
  • break up constantly and are
  • 00:19:58.100 --> 00:19:59.150
  • always marrying this person
  • 00:19:59.150 --> 00:20:00.160
  • and marrying that per--I don't
  • 00:20:00.160 --> 00:20:01.150
  • think that they know
  • 00:20:01.150 --> 00:20:02.170
  • how to stop.
  • 00:20:02.170 --> 00:20:04.270
  • I think that they have
  • 00:20:04.270 --> 00:20:05.120
  • so many relationships that they
  • 00:20:05.120 --> 00:20:07.190
  • literally become
  • 00:20:07.190 --> 00:20:08.070
  • just sexual addicts,
  • 00:20:08.070 --> 00:20:10.150
  • that they don't know
  • 00:20:10.150 --> 00:20:11.020
  • how to not cheat.
  • 00:20:11.100 --> 00:20:14.100
  • Does that sound cool to you?
  • 00:20:14.110 --> 00:20:17.110
  • Guys, that's where this goes.
  • 00:20:17.200 --> 00:20:20.200
  • And so, I just wanna
  • 00:20:20.200 --> 00:20:21.060
  • encourage you.
  • 00:20:21.060 --> 00:20:21.210
  • I'm warning you
  • 00:20:21.210 --> 00:20:22.170
  • because I love you.
  • 00:20:22.170 --> 00:20:23.160
  • I really, as your pastor, I do.
  • 00:20:23.160 --> 00:20:25.070
  • I care for you guys.
  • 00:20:25.070 --> 00:20:26.040
  • I do.
  • 00:20:26.040 --> 00:20:27.100
  • And I just want what's best
  • 00:20:27.100 --> 00:20:28.190
  • for you.
  • 00:20:28.190 --> 00:20:29.120
  • God has a great plan
  • 00:20:29.120 --> 00:20:30.120
  • for your life.
  • 00:20:30.120 --> 00:20:31.020
  • It doesn't involve this stuff.
  • 00:20:31.020 --> 00:20:32.170
  • God has somethin' better
  • 00:20:32.170 --> 00:20:33.080
  • for you.
  • 00:20:33.080 --> 00:20:33.230
  • Singles, wait 'cause someone's
  • 00:20:33.230 --> 00:20:35.270
  • waiting for you.
  • 00:20:35.270 --> 00:20:37.220
  • And they are worth the wait.
  • 00:20:37.220 --> 00:20:39.290
  • And one day, they're gonna
  • 00:20:39.290 --> 00:20:40.220
  • come up to me and thank me
  • 00:20:40.220 --> 00:20:41.250
  • that I encouraged you to wait.
  • 00:20:41.250 --> 00:20:43.030
  • And I will say,
  • 00:20:43.030 --> 00:20:43.180
  • "You're welcome."
  • 00:20:43.180 --> 00:20:45.270
  • I love that.
  • 00:20:45.270 --> 00:20:46.270
  • And so, it's worth the wait.
  • 00:20:46.270 --> 00:20:48.110
  • Proverbs 7, verse 22 says this:
  • 00:20:48.110 --> 00:20:49.290
  • "He followed her at once,
  • 00:20:49.290 --> 00:20:51.120
  • like an ox going
  • 00:20:51.120 --> 00:20:52.290
  • to the slaughter."
  • 00:20:52.290 --> 00:20:55.250
  • I wish God would quit mincing
  • 00:20:55.250 --> 00:20:56.180
  • words and just tell us
  • 00:20:56.180 --> 00:20:57.120
  • how he feels.
  • 00:20:57.120 --> 00:20:59.130
  • "Like a stag caught in a trap,
  • 00:20:59.130 --> 00:21:01.160
  • awaiting the arrow that pierces
  • 00:21:01.160 --> 00:21:03.060
  • its heart.
  • 00:21:03.060 --> 00:21:04.070
  • Like a bird flying into a snare,
  • 00:21:04.110 --> 00:21:07.110
  • little knowing it would cost him
  • 00:21:07.110 --> 00:21:09.010
  • his life."
  • 00:21:09.010 --> 00:21:11.090
  • Good night, this is
  • 00:21:11.090 --> 00:21:12.220
  • some strong word.
  • 00:21:12.220 --> 00:21:13.180
  • Look what it says next:
  • 00:21:13.180 --> 00:21:14.160
  • "So listen, pay attention.
  • 00:21:14.160 --> 00:21:16.040
  • Don't let your heart stray away
  • 00:21:16.040 --> 00:21:17.260
  • toward her.
  • 00:21:17.260 --> 00:21:19.000
  • Don't wander
  • 00:21:19.000 --> 00:21:19.210
  • down her wayward path."
  • 00:21:19.210 --> 00:21:20.180
  • Notice this has her heart--
  • 00:21:20.180 --> 00:21:21.080
  • doesn't even say--you're
  • 00:21:21.080 --> 00:21:22.020
  • not even goin' there yet.
  • 00:21:22.020 --> 00:21:23.030
  • Quit letting your heart
  • 00:21:23.030 --> 00:21:23.240
  • go there.
  • 00:21:23.240 --> 00:21:25.060
  • Just 'cause your actions haven't
  • 00:21:25.060 --> 00:21:25.280
  • gone there.
  • 00:21:25.280 --> 00:21:26.160
  • Don't let your heart stray
  • 00:21:26.160 --> 00:21:27.020
  • towards her.
  • 00:21:27.020 --> 00:21:27.260
  • Don't believe this lie.
  • 00:21:27.260 --> 00:21:29.070
  • "Don't let your heart stray
  • 00:21:29.070 --> 00:21:30.090
  • towards her.
  • 00:21:30.090 --> 00:21:30.290
  • Don't wander
  • 00:21:30.290 --> 00:21:31.280
  • down her wayward path.
  • 00:21:31.280 --> 00:21:33.000
  • For she has been the ruin
  • 00:21:33.000 --> 00:21:34.040
  • of many; many men have been
  • 00:21:34.040 --> 00:21:36.220
  • her victims.
  • 00:21:36.220 --> 00:21:37.090
  • Her house is the road
  • 00:21:37.090 --> 00:21:38.070
  • to the grave.
  • 00:21:38.070 --> 00:21:39.030
  • Her bedroom is the den
  • 00:21:39.030 --> 00:21:40.060
  • of death."
  • 00:21:40.060 --> 00:21:42.220
  • I want nothing to do
  • 00:21:42.220 --> 00:21:43.230
  • with this woman.
  • 00:21:43.230 --> 00:21:46.090
  • You say, "Well, that's
  • 00:21:46.090 --> 00:21:46.240
  • a little strong, 'the den
  • 00:21:46.240 --> 00:21:47.170
  • of death.'"
  • 00:21:47.170 --> 00:21:48.020
  • Really?
  • 00:21:48.020 --> 00:21:48.170
  • 'Cause David got hooked up
  • 00:21:48.170 --> 00:21:49.150
  • with Bathsheba and ended up
  • 00:21:49.150 --> 00:21:50.120
  • killin' someone.
  • 00:21:50.120 --> 00:21:52.060
  • Den of death, boom, right there.
  • 00:21:52.060 --> 00:21:53.290
  • Haven't you guys heard story
  • 00:21:53.290 --> 00:21:55.060
  • after story of some, you know,
  • 00:21:55.060 --> 00:21:57.030
  • someone that their spouse
  • 00:21:57.030 --> 00:21:58.270
  • cheated on and they go and they
  • 00:21:58.270 --> 00:21:59.290
  • kill the other person?
  • 00:21:59.290 --> 00:22:02.000
  • I mean, how many of you guys
  • 00:22:02.000 --> 00:22:02.180
  • have heard
  • 00:22:02.180 --> 00:22:03.030
  • these kind of stories?
  • 00:22:03.030 --> 00:22:03.180
  • This is common.
  • 00:22:03.180 --> 00:22:05.100
  • And so, I mean, this is,
  • 00:22:05.100 --> 00:22:07.000
  • you know,
  • 00:22:07.000 --> 00:22:07.180
  • probably half the murders are
  • 00:22:07.180 --> 00:22:08.150
  • this way nowadays.
  • 00:22:08.150 --> 00:22:09.220
  • It's crazy.
  • 00:22:09.220 --> 00:22:10.220
  • Den of death, very real.
  • 00:22:10.220 --> 00:22:12.140
  • What does this mean?
  • 00:22:12.140 --> 00:22:12.290
  • Number three: the consequences
  • 00:22:12.290 --> 00:22:14.060
  • are too great.
  • 00:22:14.060 --> 00:22:15.130
  • Heed the warnings.
  • 00:22:15.130 --> 00:22:16.160
  • The consequences are
  • 00:22:16.160 --> 00:22:17.080
  • just too great.
  • 00:22:17.080 --> 00:22:18.110
  • Heed the warnings.
  • 00:22:18.110 --> 00:22:19.220
  • Now, let me just take a moment
  • 00:22:19.220 --> 00:22:20.260
  • to be a little positive here.
  • 00:22:20.260 --> 00:22:22.070
  • 'Cause I realize you're like,
  • 00:22:22.070 --> 00:22:23.010
  • "Whew!
  • 00:22:23.010 --> 00:22:23.170
  • This is heavy," right?
  • 00:22:23.170 --> 00:22:24.270
  • But here's the truth.
  • 00:22:24.270 --> 00:22:26.030
  • The devil does not really care
  • 00:22:26.030 --> 00:22:27.230
  • whether you are tripped up
  • 00:22:27.230 --> 00:22:28.190
  • into sin or not.
  • 00:22:28.190 --> 00:22:29.180
  • The devil just wants to make
  • 00:22:29.180 --> 00:22:30.070
  • sure you get tripped up
  • 00:22:30.070 --> 00:22:30.290
  • in something that keeps you
  • 00:22:30.290 --> 00:22:31.280
  • from your destiny.
  • 00:22:31.280 --> 00:22:34.070
  • Did you catch that?
  • 00:22:34.070 --> 00:22:35.130
  • And here's why I'm
  • 00:22:35.130 --> 00:22:35.280
  • bringin' this up.
  • 00:22:35.280 --> 00:22:36.190
  • Please, everyone look
  • 00:22:36.190 --> 00:22:37.040
  • right here, right here,
  • 00:22:37.040 --> 00:22:37.240
  • real quick, all campuses.
  • 00:22:37.240 --> 00:22:38.210
  • And let me tell you somethin'.
  • 00:22:38.210 --> 00:22:39.090
  • This is a big deal, okay?
  • 00:22:39.090 --> 00:22:40.250
  • You have a choice to make.
  • 00:22:40.250 --> 00:22:43.080
  • You are either going to live
  • 00:22:43.080 --> 00:22:44.130
  • by your higher desires
  • 00:22:44.130 --> 00:22:46.230
  • or by your lower desires.
  • 00:22:46.230 --> 00:22:49.030
  • But you're gonna live by one.
  • 00:22:49.030 --> 00:22:50.260
  • So, the answer is not
  • 00:22:50.260 --> 00:22:52.030
  • just to try to avoid sin,
  • 00:22:52.030 --> 00:22:53.130
  • and white knuckle it, and say,
  • 00:22:53.130 --> 00:22:54.070
  • "I'm strong.
  • 00:22:54.070 --> 00:22:54.280
  • I can avoid this."
  • 00:22:54.280 --> 00:22:57.020
  • No, that's why we need Jesus,
  • 00:22:57.020 --> 00:22:57.290
  • 'cause we're not that strong.
  • 00:22:57.290 --> 00:23:00.030
  • So the answer is not to focus
  • 00:23:00.030 --> 00:23:00.260
  • on all that.
  • 00:23:00.260 --> 00:23:01.220
  • It's instead to focus on God
  • 00:23:01.220 --> 00:23:02.160
  • and say, "God, you've given me
  • 00:23:02.160 --> 00:23:03.170
  • dreams, and desires,
  • 00:23:03.170 --> 00:23:05.000
  • and purposes, and plans.
  • 00:23:05.000 --> 00:23:06.060
  • I'm gonna focus on those things.
  • 00:23:06.060 --> 00:23:06.270
  • I want to be so busy doing
  • 00:23:06.270 --> 00:23:08.040
  • the right thing I don't have
  • 00:23:08.040 --> 00:23:08.270
  • time to do the wrong thing."
  • 00:23:08.270 --> 00:23:11.210
  • That's the key.
  • 00:23:11.210 --> 00:23:12.210
  • And the last thing I wanna tell
  • 00:23:12.210 --> 00:23:13.100
  • you is this.
  • 00:23:13.100 --> 00:23:13.230
  • You're gonna wanna
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  • write this down.
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  • I want you to write this down.
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  • Ready?
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  • When you run after your destiny,
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  • you automatically run away
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  • from your history.
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  • When you run after your destiny,
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  • you automatically run away
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  • from your history.
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  • Isn't that good to know?
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  • Some of you right now feel
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  • a little beat up.
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  • And I apologize if you do.
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  • That's not really my goal.
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  • My goal is to tell ya that God
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  • loves you, and he forgives you.
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  • In fact, I wanna tell you
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  • somethin'.
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  • Singles, especially, there's
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  • this new thing goin' around.
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  • In case you hadn't heard of it.
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  • It's actually a real old thing.
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  • It's based upon God's Word
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  • and grace.
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  • And here's what it is.
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  • It' called,
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  • "Secondary virginity."
  • 00:23:44.210 --> 00:23:46.260
  • This is where you say, "Pastor,
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  • man, I've done this, and I've
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  • done that.
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  • And I've been there, been--"
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  • But you know what?
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  • Today you can say, "God has
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  • spoken to me, and he has said,
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  • 'You are forgiven.
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  • All those sins are gone.
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  • They're removed.
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  • Go and sin no more.'"
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  • And one day,
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  • whether it's 2 months,
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  • 2 years, or 20 years
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  • down the road, when you meet
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  • the person of your dreams,
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  • you can say, "You know,
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  • I messed up early.
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  • But guess what?
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  • When God spoke to me, I waited
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  • for you from this point on."
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  • It's worth it.
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  • God will bless this.
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  • I'm living proof of it.
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  • I know a lot of people that are
  • 00:24:18.190 --> 00:24:20.010
  • living proof of it.
  • 00:24:20.010 --> 00:24:21.120
  • It's not uncommon.
  • 00:24:21.120 --> 00:24:22.020
  • It's becoming
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  • more and more common every day.
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  • And if you'll make a choice
  • 00:24:24.220 --> 00:24:25.090
  • today, it'll become
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  • even more common.
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  • God has big plans for your life.
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  • Run to your destiny.
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  • Every step you take
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  • towards your destiny, you're
  • 00:24:32.050 --> 00:24:32.260
  • runnin' from your history.
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  • All that's gone.
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  • That's past.
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  • God is saying to you today,
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  • "I love you.
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  • I forgive you.
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  • You're made new in Christ."
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  • Isn't that good news?
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  • You really are.
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  • You say, "Pastor, how's that
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  • possible?
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  • How can I just be made new?
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  • How can I just be forgiven?"
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  • Well, let me explain that
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  • to you.
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  • God sent his Son Jesus to die
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  • on the cross, to pay the price
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  • for all of your sins
  • 00:24:54.130 --> 00:24:55.100
  • and all of mine.
  • 00:24:55.100 --> 00:24:56.000
  • See, Jesus lived a perfect life.
  • 00:24:56.000 --> 00:24:56.240
  • He had never sinned.
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  • Not even once.
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  • But he dies a sinner's death.
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  • He dies a criminal's death.
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  • I mean, he, like, went
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  • to the electric chair
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  • for you and me.
  • 00:25:02.280 --> 00:25:04.090
  • That's what the cross was.
  • 00:25:04.090 --> 00:25:05.090
  • It was the electric chair.
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  • It was being shot or hanged.
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  • It was public hanging.
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  • It was for someone's crimes,
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  • they pay the time, right?
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  • And so he was paying the time
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  • for our crimes.
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  • He went to the cross,
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  • public execution, but he'd
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  • never committed any sins.
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  • He went for you and me.
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  • He paid the price for us.
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  • Then Jesus not only paid
  • 00:25:23.150 --> 00:25:25.040
  • the price, he conquered death,
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  • and rose again from the grave.
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  • Now, he waits for you and me
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  • - Bill: Hey thanks so much for
  • 00:25:39.060 --> 00:25:39.270
  • watching the program today.
  • 00:25:39.270 --> 00:25:41.150
  • I got a question for you:
  • 00:25:41.150 --> 00:25:42.270
  • Have you asked Jesus Christ to
  • 00:25:42.270 --> 00:25:44.110
  • be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:44.110 --> 00:25:46.040
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
  • 00:25:46.040 --> 00:25:47.200
  • that guarantees that you will
  • 00:25:47.200 --> 00:25:49.110
  • go to heaven because you know
  • 00:25:49.110 --> 00:25:51.030
  • Jesus?
  • 00:25:51.030 --> 00:25:52.060
  • Would you just pray this prayer
  • 00:25:52.060 --> 00:25:52.260
  • with me right now?
  • 00:25:52.260 --> 00:25:53.260
  • You can just say this out loud.
  • 00:25:53.260 --> 00:25:54.290
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:25:54.290 --> 00:25:56.160
  • I realize I need you.
  • 00:25:56.160 --> 00:25:58.120
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:25:58.120 --> 00:25:59.200
  • for me to pay the price for my
  • 00:25:59.200 --> 00:26:01.030
  • sins and I believe you rose
  • 00:26:01.030 --> 00:26:02.240
  • again.
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  • Please come into my heart,
  • 00:26:03.270 --> 00:26:05.070
  • be my Lord and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you Jesus for saving me."
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  • In your name we pray, amen.
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
  • 00:26:13.000 --> 00:26:14.010
  • would you pick up the phone and
  • 00:26:14.010 --> 00:26:14.260
  • gives us a call, right now?
  • 00:26:14.260 --> 00:26:16.060
  • Would you just write down the
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  • number on the screen and give
  • 00:26:16.290 --> 00:26:18.070
  • us a call so we can celebrate
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  • with you about the decision
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  • - female announcer: Excuses may
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  • be the only thing keeping you
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  • from who God has called you
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  • to be.
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  • In his new DVD message,
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  • Pastor Bil teaches us
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  • how to overcome
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  • the most common excuses
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  • - Bil: You see God what
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  • he speaks over you is the truth.
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  • Don't let the devil label you
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  • because a label becomes a libel,
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  • it becomes a lie.
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  • you are or what you have done
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  • that matters.
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  • It's what God says you are
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  • and he says you're his child
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