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Expressing Godly Character Part 7: The Battle for Self-Control

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June 16, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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Expressing Godly Character Part 7: The Battle for Self-Control

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: There's
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  • not anything in your life
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  • you can't give up when it
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  • comes to sin, if you are willing
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  • to surrender your life to Jesus
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  • Christ and tell Him, "I've made
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  • a blunder of my life.
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  • I've messed it up.
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  • I've hurt other people.
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  • I've sinned against You.
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  • I've sinned against myself,
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  • sinned against the people I love
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  • the most.
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  • God, can You help me?
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  • Here's my life."
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  • Will He help you?
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • ago, we started In Touch
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  • Ministries to lead people
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  • worldwide into a growing
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • God's greatness, His love, and
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  • His blessings in such awesome
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  • ways that we just want everyone
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  • to know Him.
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  • So, let's open God's Word and
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  • - male announcer: Next on,
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  • "In Touch",
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Is there
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  • any area of your life that
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  • you would consider
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  • as being out of control?
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  • What about your finances?
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  • Are they out of control?
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  • What about your moral life?
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  • Would you say that's out
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  • of control?
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  • What about your relationship
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  • with other people?
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  • Is it out of control?
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  • What about your attitudes toward
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  • some people?
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  • Like jealousy.
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  • When you think about your life,
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  • is there any area of your life
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  • that you say, Well, I think
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  • that's out of control?
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  • For example, you drink.
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  • And maybe you take drugs.
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  • Or maybe you gamble a little
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  • bit, you say.
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  • And what about gossiping?
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  • What about just having a
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  • critical spirit?
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  • What about being lazy?
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  • None of those fit who we are.
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  • And that's why Paul said to the
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  • Galatians, "The fruit of the
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  • Spirit is love, joy, peace,
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  • patience, kindness, goodness,
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  • faithfulness, gentleness,
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  • self-control."
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  • So, when you think about your
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  • life, would you say that your
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  • life is under control?
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  • Or would you say that there are
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  • some areas of my life that
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  • certainly are not in control.
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  • Well, it's a battle.
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  • And that's the title of this
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  • message, "The Battle for
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  • Self-Control."
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  • We all want to be in control of
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  • our lives.
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  • And now what I mean by that is
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  • this.
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  • We want to have the relationship
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  • with our Lord by which we are
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  • submitted to Him to the point
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  • that we're not always battling,
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  • because watch this.
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  • When things are not right
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  • between you and God, it's like a
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  • tug of war.
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  • God wants you to do the right
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  • thing.
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  • You'd like to but you don't and
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  • so there's tension and stress
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  • and uneasiness and oftentimes
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  • unhappiness, lack of peace, lack
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  • of joy, lack of all the things
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  • that Paul just mentioned.
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  • You see, you cannot be living a
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  • life of disobedience to God and
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  • have love, joy, peace, goodness,
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  • and all the rest.
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  • You can't.
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  • You say, Well, I'm sort of happy
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  • the way I am.
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  • Sort of.
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  • But you cannot have real
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  • happiness, real joy, real peace,
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  • real love when you and the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ are not in
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  • agreement about your life.
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  • So, I want us to think about
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  • this whole issue of the battle
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  • for self-control in our lives
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  • because all of us either have
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  • had a battle or are in a battle
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  • right at the present time.
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  • So, think about this.
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  • Would you say that your life is
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  • under control?
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  • That you have a sort of a
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  • healthy attitude about all of
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  • these things.
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  • The desire for acceptance by
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  • others.
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  • How strong is that desire that
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  • you have that you want to be
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  • accepted by everybody else?
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  • The desire to be loved by
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  • others.
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  • Do you want people to love you?
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  • That is, have a close
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  • relationship.
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  • What about desires for all types
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  • of pleasure?
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  • Does that characterize you?
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  • That just whatever is fun;
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  • whatever makes you feel good for
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  • the moment; that's what you're
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  • looking for.
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  • What about sex?
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  • Do you have sexual desires that
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  • are outside the will of God?
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  • We're living in a very sexually
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  • oriented society.
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  • And Paul lived in a society that
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  • was a cesspool of immorality.
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  • And so, he knew about it.
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  • What about desires for wealth
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  • and security?
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  • Where does that rate on your
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  • list of important things?
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  • Wealth and security.
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  • What about desires to achieve
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  • and to excel?
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  • Is that healthy desire you have;
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  • or do you want to excel above
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  • other people?
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  • You want to be better than.
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  • What about the desire to have
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  • notoriety and fame?
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  • You see, this is the reason
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  • people do atrocious things.
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  • They'll get their name on
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  • television and their picture and
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  • in the newspaper, but look what
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  • it costs them.
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  • What about would you say that
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  • you have a strong desire for
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  • happiness?
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  • If that's true, what are you
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  • doing to be happy?
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  • What are you being to be happy?
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  • What about your desire for
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  • personal attractiveness?
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  • Is that wrong?
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  • No, it's not wrong; but does
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  • that demand a lot of your time,
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  • lot of your thinking?
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  • Do you just want to look good or
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  • do you want to look good better
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  • than somebody else?
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  • But as you think about all of
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  • these, would you say that your
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  • life is under control?
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  • That you have a sort of a
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  • healthy attitude about all of
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  • these things.
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  • Now, let's talk about what
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  • self-control is.
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  • Self-control is basically
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  • thinking before you act; which
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  • is what a lot of people do not
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  • do.
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  • Thinking before you act and
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  • considering seriously the
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  • possibility of the results that
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  • you'll have.
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  • Would you say that's true of
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  • your life?
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  • Your life's under control.
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  • You think before you act.
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  • So, the battle for self-control.
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  • Now, beginning in the nineteenth
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  • verse of the fifth chapter, Paul
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  • sort of sets us up for the
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  • fruits of the Spirit by saying,
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  • verse nineteen, "Now, the deeds
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  • of the flesh."
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  • Now, notice what he says.
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  • There are fruits of the Spirit;
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  • that is, this is the--these
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  • things we just mentioned, love,
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  • peace and joy, these attitudes
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  • come from the work of the Holy
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  • Spirit within us.
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  • But notice how he contrasts that
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  • in verse nineteen in the fifth
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  • chapter, "Now, the deeds," our
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  • actions, "of the flesh," the way
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  • we live, "are evident, which
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  • are."
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  • And the first three of them have
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  • to do with sexuality.
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  • He says, "Immorality, impurity,
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  • sensuality, then idolatry,
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  • sorcery, enmities, strife,
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  • jealousy, outbursts of anger,
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  • disputes, dissensions, factions,
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  • envying, drunkenness, carousing,
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  • things like these, of which I
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  • forewarn you, just as I have
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  • forewarned you, that those who
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  • practice such things will not
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  • inherit the kingdom of God."
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  • Now, watch this verse.
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  • You may be seated here, or out
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  • there somewhere, and you're
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  • saying, Then I guess I'm not
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  • going to heaven because I've
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  • done one of all of those things.
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  • The key word in this passage is
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  • that "I have warned you, those
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  • who practice such things."
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  • And so, I won't get into the
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  • Greek of the verb here but what
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  • that means is it's a way of
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  • life.
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  • Not that there has not happened
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  • in your life, because more than
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  • likely, when I look at this
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  • list, all of us to some degree
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  • have it--sometimes probably
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  • committed one or all of those.
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  • But it's not a practice; it's
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  • not a way of life for us.
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  • When you trusted Jesus Christ,
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  • those things do not fit who we
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  • are.
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  • So, he's saying, "Those who
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  • practice such things."
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  • It's their lifestyle.
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  • A person who drinks all the
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  • time, it's their lifestyle.
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  • A person who's always into
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  • something sexual, it's their
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  • lifestyle.
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  • You could just go down the list.
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  • So, we're not saying that a
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  • person who does one of these is
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  • not going to heaven.
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  • But if you've come to the place
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  • in your life you practice those,
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  • it's the way you think, that's
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  • who you are, it's because you're
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  • not saved.
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  • You can't live like that
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  • continuously and really be
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  • saved.
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  • You say, Well, now I
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  • thought--no, listen to what he
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  • said, "Those who practice those
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  • things will not inherit the
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  • kingdom of God."
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  • So, that's our actions.
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  • But what about the fruit of the
  • 00:09:43.140 --> 00:09:44.160
  • Spirit?
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  • So, let's think about that for
  • 00:09:45.180 --> 00:09:47.000
  • just a moment and ask here a few
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  • questions.
  • 00:09:49.260 --> 00:09:51.090
  • And when I think about that and
  • 00:09:52.220 --> 00:09:55.220
  • think about the society in which
  • 00:09:55.220 --> 00:09:58.040
  • you and I live; think about the
  • 00:09:58.040 --> 00:10:01.030
  • fruit of the Spirit versus what
  • 00:10:01.030 --> 00:10:03.030
  • we live around.
  • 00:10:03.030 --> 00:10:05.090
  • And ask yourself the question,
  • 00:10:05.090 --> 00:10:07.100
  • Would you be considered a
  • 00:10:07.100 --> 00:10:08.180
  • follower of Jesus with your
  • 00:10:08.180 --> 00:10:10.140
  • conduct, the things that
  • 00:10:10.140 --> 00:10:12.090
  • you--that do and see and the
  • 00:10:12.090 --> 00:10:15.070
  • thing--places you go, how you
  • 00:10:15.070 --> 00:10:16.190
  • spend your money.
  • 00:10:16.190 --> 00:10:18.080
  • In other words, are all of those
  • 00:10:18.080 --> 00:10:20.160
  • things in your life that you
  • 00:10:20.160 --> 00:10:22.090
  • consider important, do they fit
  • 00:10:22.090 --> 00:10:24.000
  • who you are?
  • 00:10:24.000 --> 00:10:25.250
  • When you trusted Christ as your
  • 00:10:25.250 --> 00:10:27.010
  • Savior, you turned your back on
  • 00:10:27.010 --> 00:10:28.210
  • sin.
  • 00:10:28.210 --> 00:10:30.090
  • Doesn't mean that you'll never
  • 00:10:30.090 --> 00:10:31.190
  • sin again, turns your back on
  • 00:10:31.190 --> 00:10:32.240
  • sin.
  • 00:10:32.240 --> 00:10:34.060
  • And so, your commitment to the
  • 00:10:34.060 --> 00:10:35.130
  • Lord is to be obedient to Him
  • 00:10:35.130 --> 00:10:36.210
  • and to walk in His ways because
  • 00:10:36.210 --> 00:10:39.090
  • you want the fruit of the Spirit
  • 00:10:39.090 --> 00:10:40.120
  • in your life, of love and joy
  • 00:10:40.120 --> 00:10:42.000
  • and peace and goodness and
  • 00:10:42.000 --> 00:10:43.040
  • gentleness.
  • 00:10:43.040 --> 00:10:44.030
  • And all of these fruits you want
  • 00:10:44.030 --> 00:10:46.080
  • in your life because You're
  • 00:10:46.080 --> 00:10:47.200
  • going to be more satisfied.
  • 00:10:47.200 --> 00:10:49.260
  • You're going to be more secure.
  • 00:10:49.260 --> 00:10:51.200
  • You're going to be able to
  • 00:10:51.200 --> 00:10:52.290
  • relate to other people totally
  • 00:10:52.290 --> 00:10:54.110
  • different than what you used to.
  • 00:10:54.120 --> 00:10:57.120
  • So, as you look at your life,
  • 00:10:57.120 --> 00:10:59.020
  • would you say at this point that
  • 00:10:59.040 --> 00:11:02.060
  • you are walking in the Spirit?
  • 00:11:02.120 --> 00:11:05.120
  • And those who know you, would
  • 00:11:05.120 --> 00:11:06.280
  • you say they know you as a
  • 00:11:06.280 --> 00:11:08.250
  • person who walks in the Spirit?
  • 00:11:08.250 --> 00:11:10.250
  • Something different about you.
  • 00:11:10.250 --> 00:11:13.120
  • Or, do they see in you this
  • 00:11:13.120 --> 00:11:15.150
  • tension, this stress, this
  • 00:11:15.150 --> 00:11:17.290
  • anxiety, this--it's like a tug
  • 00:11:17.290 --> 00:11:20.060
  • of war.
  • 00:11:20.060 --> 00:11:21.040
  • How do you break that tension,
  • 00:11:21.040 --> 00:11:22.170
  • stress and all the rest?
  • 00:11:22.170 --> 00:11:25.000
  • By surrendering to the Lord; by
  • 00:11:25.010 --> 00:11:28.010
  • turning your life over to Him;
  • 00:11:28.010 --> 00:11:30.070
  • by saying, God, the way I've
  • 00:11:30.070 --> 00:11:31.110
  • been living doesn't work.
  • 00:11:31.110 --> 00:11:33.060
  • That's not the way I want to
  • 00:11:33.060 --> 00:11:34.030
  • live in my life.
  • 00:11:34.030 --> 00:11:35.120
  • And I think about people who
  • 00:11:35.120 --> 00:11:36.130
  • live their whole life captured
  • 00:11:36.130 --> 00:11:39.080
  • by some sin; living in slavery
  • 00:11:40.010 --> 00:11:43.010
  • in their hearts and their minds;
  • 00:11:43.010 --> 00:11:45.110
  • Many people live and die and
  • 00:11:45.130 --> 00:11:48.130
  • never experience the love of
  • 00:11:48.130 --> 00:11:50.030
  • God, the goodness of God, the
  • 00:11:50.060 --> 00:11:53.060
  • freedom of God, the gentleness
  • 00:11:53.060 --> 00:11:55.070
  • of God, the rewards of God.
  • 00:11:55.070 --> 00:11:56.260
  • They lived their whole life and
  • 00:11:56.260 --> 00:11:58.210
  • never experienced that.
  • 00:11:58.210 --> 00:12:00.100
  • So, if somebody should say to
  • 00:12:00.100 --> 00:12:01.140
  • you today, Well, at this point
  • 00:12:01.140 --> 00:12:03.160
  • in your life, whatever your age,
  • 00:12:03.160 --> 00:12:04.270
  • where would you say you are?
  • 00:12:04.270 --> 00:12:07.070
  • Would you say that you're a
  • 00:12:07.070 --> 00:12:08.110
  • person who experiences the love
  • 00:12:08.240 --> 00:12:11.240
  • of God?
  • 00:12:11.240 --> 00:12:13.260
  • A person who recognizes that
  • 00:12:13.260 --> 00:12:15.250
  • He's the source of everything?
  • 00:12:15.250 --> 00:12:18.080
  • Would you say that you're a
  • 00:12:18.080 --> 00:12:19.100
  • person who loves other people?
  • 00:12:19.100 --> 00:12:21.280
  • You're happy when you see other
  • 00:12:21.280 --> 00:12:23.040
  • people being blessed.
  • 00:12:23.040 --> 00:12:25.040
  • You're happy when you see other
  • 00:12:25.040 --> 00:12:26.080
  • people be saved.
  • 00:12:26.080 --> 00:12:28.050
  • You love listening to the Word
  • 00:12:28.050 --> 00:12:29.240
  • of God.
  • 00:12:29.240 --> 00:12:31.120
  • Could that be said of you?
  • 00:12:31.120 --> 00:12:32.140
  • Or would you have to say, Huh!
  • 00:12:32.140 --> 00:12:34.220
  • I can't exactly explain it, but
  • 00:12:34.220 --> 00:12:37.020
  • I'm really unhappy.
  • 00:12:37.020 --> 00:12:39.050
  • I'd like to be different.
  • 00:12:39.050 --> 00:12:40.290
  • There are things in my life I'd
  • 00:12:40.290 --> 00:12:42.110
  • like to get rid of but there are
  • 00:12:42.110 --> 00:12:44.000
  • some things in my life I--that I
  • 00:12:44.000 --> 00:12:45.120
  • just can't give up.
  • 00:12:45.120 --> 00:12:47.090
  • Yes, you can.
  • 00:12:47.090 --> 00:12:49.020
  • There's not anything in your
  • 00:12:49.020 --> 00:12:50.060
  • life you can't give up when it
  • 00:12:50.080 --> 00:12:53.080
  • comes to sin, if you are willing
  • 00:12:53.080 --> 00:12:55.280
  • to surrender your life to Jesus
  • 00:12:55.280 --> 00:12:58.080
  • Christ and tell Him, I've made a
  • 00:12:58.080 --> 00:12:59.220
  • blunder of my life.
  • 00:12:59.220 --> 00:13:01.110
  • I've messed it up.
  • 00:13:01.110 --> 00:13:02.120
  • I've hurt other people.
  • 00:13:02.120 --> 00:13:03.220
  • I've sinned against You.
  • 00:13:03.220 --> 00:13:04.250
  • I've sinned against myself;
  • 00:13:04.250 --> 00:13:06.130
  • sinned against the people I love
  • 00:13:06.130 --> 00:13:07.170
  • the most.
  • 00:13:07.170 --> 00:13:08.190
  • God, can You help me?
  • 00:13:08.190 --> 00:13:09.230
  • Here's my life.
  • 00:13:09.230 --> 00:13:10.260
  • Will He help you?
  • 00:13:10.260 --> 00:13:11.260
  • Change your life.
  • 00:13:11.260 --> 00:13:14.090
  • Change everything about you.
  • 00:13:14.090 --> 00:13:16.290
  • Self-control.
  • 00:13:16.290 --> 00:13:17.260
  • Would you say that your life is
  • 00:13:17.260 --> 00:13:20.060
  • under the control of God?
  • 00:13:20.060 --> 00:13:22.280
  • If not, let me ask you a
  • 00:13:22.280 --> 00:13:24.050
  • question.
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  • Are you happy?
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  • No, you're not.
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  • Are you satisfied with how
  • 00:13:29.210 --> 00:13:30.220
  • you're doing in life?
  • 00:13:30.220 --> 00:13:31.200
  • No.
  • 00:13:31.200 --> 00:13:33.040
  • You can't be living outside of
  • 00:13:33.040 --> 00:13:36.010
  • God's will and plan and purpose
  • 00:13:36.010 --> 00:13:37.230
  • for your life and be happy.
  • 00:13:37.230 --> 00:13:39.200
  • You cannot.
  • 00:13:39.200 --> 00:13:40.260
  • Not real joy.
  • 00:13:40.260 --> 00:13:42.020
  • Not real peace.
  • 00:13:42.020 --> 00:13:43.180
  • Not any of those fruit of the
  • 00:13:43.180 --> 00:13:44.190
  • Spirit.
  • 00:13:44.190 --> 00:13:45.120
  • That's not going to be in your
  • 00:13:45.120 --> 00:13:46.010
  • life.
  • 00:13:46.010 --> 00:13:48.040
  • The fruit of the Spirit, not of
  • 00:13:48.040 --> 00:13:50.170
  • the flesh.
  • 00:13:50.170 --> 00:13:52.260
  • And the thing that concerns me
  • 00:13:52.260 --> 00:13:54.060
  • most is how people live their
  • 00:13:54.060 --> 00:13:56.090
  • lives and look back and think,
  • 00:13:56.090 --> 00:13:57.210
  • Well, why did this happen to me?
  • 00:13:57.210 --> 00:14:00.150
  • Why wasn't I blessed?
  • 00:14:00.190 --> 00:14:03.190
  • Was it not because you didn't
  • 00:14:03.190 --> 00:14:05.050
  • listen to God?
  • 00:14:05.050 --> 00:14:07.000
  • If you live disobediently before
  • 00:14:07.000 --> 00:14:08.230
  • God, you suffer the
  • 00:14:08.230 --> 00:14:09.290
  • consequences.
  • 00:14:09.290 --> 00:14:11.280
  • In other words, all of us who
  • 00:14:11.280 --> 00:14:13.050
  • claim to be followers of Jesus,
  • 00:14:13.050 --> 00:14:15.100
  • there is no acceptable excuse
  • 00:14:16.070 --> 00:14:19.070
  • for our not attempting to live a
  • 00:14:19.070 --> 00:14:21.090
  • godly life whereby the Holy
  • 00:14:21.090 --> 00:14:23.230
  • Spirit is in control of our
  • 00:14:23.230 --> 00:14:25.020
  • thinking and of our actions.
  • 00:14:25.050 --> 00:14:28.050
  • And when He's in control I think
  • 00:14:28.050 --> 00:14:30.160
  • before I act, and my actions
  • 00:14:30.160 --> 00:14:33.060
  • will follow His purpose and His
  • 00:14:33.060 --> 00:14:34.250
  • plan and His will for our life.
  • 00:14:35.140 --> 00:14:38.140
  • So, what is the key to our
  • 00:14:38.140 --> 00:14:39.260
  • self-control?
  • 00:14:39.260 --> 00:14:41.250
  • And so, this brief passage of
  • 00:14:41.250 --> 00:14:44.090
  • Scripture is Paul's way of
  • 00:14:44.090 --> 00:14:46.170
  • giving us an opportunity to
  • 00:14:46.170 --> 00:14:48.120
  • examine ourselves to see where
  • 00:14:48.120 --> 00:14:50.230
  • we are in our relationship to
  • 00:14:50.230 --> 00:14:52.030
  • the Lord.
  • 00:14:52.030 --> 00:14:52.280
  • So, self-control requires that
  • 00:14:54.140 --> 00:14:57.140
  • we think before we act.
  • 00:14:57.140 --> 00:14:59.270
  • You ought to get that down.
  • 00:14:59.270 --> 00:15:01.190
  • Self-control requires that we
  • 00:15:01.190 --> 00:15:03.150
  • think before we act.
  • 00:15:03.150 --> 00:15:05.220
  • And this is the problem, people
  • 00:15:05.220 --> 00:15:07.170
  • act before they think, and then
  • 00:15:07.170 --> 00:15:10.020
  • they're sorry.
  • 00:15:10.020 --> 00:15:11.150
  • And so, you must have a strong
  • 00:15:12.000 --> 00:15:15.000
  • desire to obey God.
  • 00:15:15.000 --> 00:15:17.090
  • If you don't have a strong
  • 00:15:17.090 --> 00:15:18.050
  • desire to obey God, you're not
  • 00:15:18.050 --> 00:15:19.180
  • going to live a godly life.
  • 00:15:19.180 --> 00:15:21.210
  • You're not going to overcome
  • 00:15:21.210 --> 00:15:22.220
  • most anything without that
  • 00:15:22.220 --> 00:15:25.170
  • strong desire for Him in your
  • 00:15:25.170 --> 00:15:26.280
  • life to enable you.
  • 00:15:26.280 --> 00:15:29.150
  • So, you've got to believe in
  • 00:15:29.220 --> 00:15:32.220
  • your heart that the Holy Spirit
  • 00:15:32.220 --> 00:15:35.090
  • who lives within you is going to
  • 00:15:35.090 --> 00:15:37.030
  • enable you.
  • 00:15:37.030 --> 00:15:38.000
  • Now, think about this.
  • 00:15:38.000 --> 00:15:39.210
  • Jesus knew all about temptation
  • 00:15:39.210 --> 00:15:41.250
  • and trials, and everything else.
  • 00:15:42.040 --> 00:15:45.040
  • Therefore, when He promised us
  • 00:15:45.040 --> 00:15:47.250
  • the Holy Spirit, He knew how
  • 00:15:48.020 --> 00:15:51.020
  • awful society was in those days.
  • 00:15:51.020 --> 00:15:53.250
  • When you trusted Him as your
  • 00:15:53.250 --> 00:15:54.240
  • Savior, the Spirit of God came
  • 00:15:54.240 --> 00:15:56.060
  • into your life to enable you to
  • 00:15:56.060 --> 00:15:58.040
  • live in whatever society you
  • 00:15:58.040 --> 00:15:59.160
  • live in, to overcome all types
  • 00:15:59.160 --> 00:16:02.110
  • of sin.
  • 00:16:02.110 --> 00:16:03.290
  • So, it's not just you against
  • 00:16:03.290 --> 00:16:06.150
  • your environment, it's you and
  • 00:16:06.150 --> 00:16:08.240
  • the Holy Spirit who's promised
  • 00:16:08.240 --> 00:16:10.230
  • to give you whatever you need to
  • 00:16:10.230 --> 00:16:12.230
  • be victorious.
  • 00:16:12.230 --> 00:16:14.070
  • He's there for the asking, and
  • 00:16:14.070 --> 00:16:16.100
  • at the yielding of your life.
  • 00:16:16.120 --> 00:16:19.120
  • So, when you think about that,
  • 00:16:19.120 --> 00:16:20.220
  • and you think about you have
  • 00:16:20.220 --> 00:16:21.290
  • someone to help you through
  • 00:16:21.290 --> 00:16:23.050
  • this, so, you should consider,
  • 00:16:23.050 --> 00:16:25.150
  • seriously, the following
  • 00:16:25.150 --> 00:16:27.070
  • questions.
  • 00:16:27.070 --> 00:16:28.070
  • Think about it for a moment.
  • 00:16:28.070 --> 00:16:31.070
  • Before you do anything, ask
  • 00:16:31.070 --> 00:16:33.140
  • yourself these questions: How
  • 00:16:33.140 --> 00:16:35.100
  • will this affect me,
  • 00:16:35.100 --> 00:16:36.250
  • spiritually?
  • 00:16:36.250 --> 00:16:38.110
  • Secondly, how will it affect me
  • 00:16:38.110 --> 00:16:40.220
  • financially?
  • 00:16:40.220 --> 00:16:42.010
  • And how's it going to affect my
  • 00:16:42.010 --> 00:16:43.040
  • health?
  • 00:16:43.040 --> 00:16:44.170
  • Many people today are where they
  • 00:16:44.170 --> 00:16:47.040
  • are physically because they have
  • 00:16:47.040 --> 00:16:50.000
  • violated the physical laws that
  • 00:16:50.000 --> 00:16:52.170
  • God has given us.
  • 00:16:52.200 --> 00:16:55.200
  • And then they wonder why they're
  • 00:16:55.200 --> 00:16:56.200
  • where they are.
  • 00:16:56.200 --> 00:16:58.240
  • So, often times it's a violation
  • 00:16:58.240 --> 00:17:01.160
  • of a principle God's given us.
  • 00:17:01.160 --> 00:17:03.190
  • So, think about it.
  • 00:17:03.190 --> 00:17:04.160
  • How's it going to affect me
  • 00:17:04.160 --> 00:17:05.140
  • spiritually, financially, how's
  • 00:17:05.140 --> 00:17:07.070
  • it going to affect my health?
  • 00:17:07.070 --> 00:17:09.180
  • And, how will others--how is it
  • 00:17:10.000 --> 00:17:13.000
  • going to affect how others see
  • 00:17:13.000 --> 00:17:14.190
  • me?
  • 00:17:14.190 --> 00:17:15.180
  • Will they look at you and say,
  • 00:17:15.180 --> 00:17:17.090
  • "She's really committed to the
  • 00:17:17.090 --> 00:17:18.130
  • Lord"?
  • 00:17:18.130 --> 00:17:19.180
  • "I can tell he's really
  • 00:17:19.180 --> 00:17:20.180
  • committed to the Lord."
  • 00:17:20.180 --> 00:17:22.030
  • You will never talk them into
  • 00:17:22.030 --> 00:17:23.030
  • going in a place like that.
  • 00:17:23.030 --> 00:17:25.030
  • They would never allow that in
  • 00:17:25.030 --> 00:17:26.120
  • their life.
  • 00:17:26.120 --> 00:17:27.260
  • That is, when you think about
  • 00:17:27.260 --> 00:17:28.290
  • your life, how do others see
  • 00:17:29.150 --> 00:17:32.150
  • you?
  • 00:17:32.150 --> 00:17:34.240
  • Not perfect, none of us are
  • 00:17:34.240 --> 00:17:35.280
  • perfect, but do they see you,
  • 00:17:35.280 --> 00:17:38.240
  • watch this, do they see you as a
  • 00:17:38.240 --> 00:17:40.290
  • true believer?
  • 00:17:40.290 --> 00:17:42.150
  • Do they see in you a person who
  • 00:17:42.150 --> 00:17:44.160
  • not only claims to be a
  • 00:17:44.160 --> 00:17:45.220
  • Christian, but person who lives
  • 00:17:45.220 --> 00:17:48.010
  • it out?
  • 00:17:48.010 --> 00:17:49.040
  • Not perfect, but they see the
  • 00:17:49.040 --> 00:17:50.210
  • difference in you.
  • 00:17:50.210 --> 00:17:52.160
  • And so, you ask this question,
  • 00:17:52.160 --> 00:17:55.120
  • all these questions, and ask
  • 00:17:55.120 --> 00:17:57.040
  • this question.
  • 00:17:57.040 --> 00:17:58.220
  • What are the consequences of my
  • 00:17:58.220 --> 00:18:01.050
  • actions?
  • 00:18:01.050 --> 00:18:02.200
  • Do the people I work with, do
  • 00:18:02.200 --> 00:18:04.180
  • they see me as having lived a
  • 00:18:04.180 --> 00:18:06.030
  • Christian life?
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:08.000
  • Do my friends see me as someone
  • 00:18:08.000 --> 00:18:10.110
  • who was honest today in this
  • 00:18:10.110 --> 00:18:12.010
  • situation?
  • 00:18:12.010 --> 00:18:14.140
  • Do others see me as somebody
  • 00:18:14.140 --> 00:18:16.070
  • who's very reckless with my
  • 00:18:16.070 --> 00:18:18.140
  • money?
  • 00:18:18.140 --> 00:18:19.290
  • Reckless with my morals?
  • 00:18:19.290 --> 00:18:22.040
  • Reckless with my attitude?
  • 00:18:22.040 --> 00:18:23.230
  • In other words, is the fruit of
  • 00:18:23.230 --> 00:18:25.090
  • the Spirit evident in our lives
  • 00:18:26.030 --> 00:18:29.030
  • every day?
  • 00:18:29.030 --> 00:18:30.130
  • All day?
  • 00:18:30.130 --> 00:18:32.190
  • Now, think about this for a
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  • moment.
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  • God has provided His very, very
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  • best for you, and listen.
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  • I didn't say His best was easy.
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  • It's not easy.
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  • It's difficult sometimes to have
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  • God's best.
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  • But let me ask you a question.
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  • What's better than God's best?
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  • Nothing!
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  • And so, when Paul wrote this
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  • whole book of Galatians,
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  • he--listen to what he says.
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  • For example, he says in the last
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  • chapter, "Do not be deceived,
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  • God is not mocked; whatever a
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  • man sows, this he will also
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  • reap."
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  • All through this, these six
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  • chapters, he's encouraging us to
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  • live a godly life.
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  • And what does he say?
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  • Don't be deceived.
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  • In other words, don't believe
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  • the devil's lie.
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  • In other words, you can't mock
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  • God and say I don't believe in
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  • God and all the rest.
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  • "Whatever a man sows, he will
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  • also reap."
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  • Whether he believes it or not.
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  • "God is not mocked; for whatever
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  • a man sows, this he will also
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  • reap."
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  • Period.
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  • You say, Well, I don't believe
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  • you always reap what you sow.
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  • Then what you're saying, God
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  • lied.
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  • I'll tell you another reason you
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  • can believe it.
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  • Look around you.
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  • Look around your friends who
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  • drink; who are on drugs; who are
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  • living in immorality day after
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  • day after day.
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  • Who cheat when they can; lie
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  • when they can and brag about
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  • getting away with it.
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  • You don't want to live that kind
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  • of life because, listen, you
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  • cannot change the law of God.
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  • You can't change His law and His
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  • law is, listen, whatever we sow,
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  • we'll reap.
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  • And think about this.
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  • You've been sowing something all
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  • these years.
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  • Now, God says you're going to
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  • reap a harvest.
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  • Does God miss anything?
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  • No.
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  • Does God--is He a judgmental
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  • God?
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  • No.
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  • What--the problem is we hear
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  • what He says but we don't
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  • believe what He says.
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  • For example, if somebody said to
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  • me, Well, I'll tell you what,
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  • pastor, if you'll just step out
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  • all the way down here and here's
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  • what's going to happen.
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  • If you do that, you're going to
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  • break your leg.
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  • Wouldn't I be foolish to look
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  • down four steps and say, "Well,
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  • I'm going to do it anyway"?
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  • You know what?
  • 00:20:52.240 --> 00:20:53.180
  • That's exactly what people do
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  • when they hear the Word of God,
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  • they listen to the Word of God,
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  • they say, Well, yeah, I do
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  • believe that.
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  • Walk right out and do something
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  • totally opposite.
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  • Now, listen carefully.
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  • It is a dangerous thing to
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  • listen to the Word of God and
  • 00:21:10.210 --> 00:21:13.210
  • then deliberately, willfully,
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  • knowingly disobey God.
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  • Dangerous.
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  • Because whatever a man sows,
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  • he's going to reap.
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  • Reap what he sows, more than he
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  • sows, and later than he sows.
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  • We don't like that part.
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  • Just because you're not having a
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  • bad time at this point in your
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  • life, and you've been
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  • getting--you think you've been
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  • getting away with sin, you
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  • haven't gotten away with it.
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  • I'll tell you why.
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  • God loves you too much to let
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  • you get by with it.
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  • He loves you too much for that.
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  • Besides that, He would not be
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  • being Himself.
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  • God has chosen the very best for
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  • those who are willing to listen,
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  • surrender, and walk in His ways,
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  • He's got the best.
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  • Don't look around and compare
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  • yourself with somebody else.
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  • God has a plan for your life.
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  • He's got the best plan for your
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  • life.
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  • Ask yourself this question.
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  • What am I doing in my life
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  • that's, watch this carefully,
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  • what am I doing in my life
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  • that's cheating me out of God's
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  • best?
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  • What is it?
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  • What are you doing that's
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  • cheating you out of God's best?
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  • Creating stress and tension and
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  • strife, tug of war in your life.
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  • What is it in your life that you
  • 00:22:37.230 --> 00:22:39.070
  • just can't let go?
  • 00:22:40.210 --> 00:22:43.210
  • What is it in your life that you
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  • What is it in your life that
  • 00:22:51.210 --> 00:22:52.210
  • you're doing that slammed the
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  • When I think about how awesome
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  • loving God is, and then people
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  • who hear the truth and walk away
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  • thinking there are no
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  • consequences.
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  • Listen to me carefully.
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  • If you will listen carefully,
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  • you'll hear the devil tell you
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  • this.
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  • The devil is saying, You don't
  • 00:23:18.290 --> 00:23:20.000
  • have to believe all that.
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  • You don't have to believe all
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  • that.
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  • But on this side, God is saying,
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  • You're going to reap what you
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  • sow.
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  • We have a choice.
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  • And I will say to you, It's a
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  • dangerous thing to hear the
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  • gospel.
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  • It's very dangerous for you to
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  • listen to the gospel and turn it
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  • off, walk away, because then
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  • you're responsible for knowing
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  • the truth, denying the truth,
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  • and saying no to God.
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  • It's a dangerous thing to hear
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  • the gospel.
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  • And it's an awesome wonderful
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  • thing to hear the gospel.
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  • It depends upon how you respond,
  • 00:23:57.230 --> 00:23:59.220
  • how you react.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, in Jesus's name, what a
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  • critical moment this is.
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  • For people seated here and
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  • people who are listening and
  • 00:24:12.130 --> 00:24:13.230
  • watching it, their eternity may
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  • hinge upon their decision in
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  • this moment.
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  • Oh God, may Your love sweep over
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  • them.
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  • May Your love surround them and
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  • undergird them.
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  • May they be wise enough to
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  • recognize that You're God, the
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  • only true God, and you have the
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  • best, the best plan possible for
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  • them from this point on, if
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  • they're willing to say, yes,
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  • Lord.
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  • Yes, yes, yes Lord.
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • church isn't just a building?
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  • It's all of us, a community of
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  • believers uniquely gifted,
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  • called together by God.
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  • Do you feel led to do more, to
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  • connect and be a brighter light
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  • in God's church?
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  • By growing together in prayer,
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  • studying God's Word, and
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  • discipleship, we can build a
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  • healthy local and global
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  • Christian community.
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  • Are you ready?
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  • Join us as we find our place in
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  • the whole church.
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  • To learn more, go to
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  • - announcer: You don't need
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  • to be perfect;
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  • but with just a little
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  • encouragement,
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  • a lot of laughter,
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  • some time and attention,
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  • and a bit of patience,
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  • you'll pass along confidence
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  • and a firm connection with God
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  • - male: Whether we are 8 years
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  • old or 88, we don't wanna be
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  • known for our worst mistakes.
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  • We wanna know that the days we
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  • live are actually making a
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  • difference.
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  • What does it take to stand
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  • during the storms?
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  • Live a life built on a strong
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  • foundation?
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  • What does it take to live a life
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  • leading people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
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  • In Touch Ministries and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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  • - female: One of the hardest
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  • things about that day was
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  • telling the children that Mom
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  • had cancer, and to try to help
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  • them understand it was gonna be
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  • okay when I didn't believe I was
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  • going to be okay.
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  • I've learned through Dr. Stanley
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  • that you cannot be full of fear
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  • and full of faith at the same
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  • time.
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  • Every time he says somethin',
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  • I'm like, "Oh, wow, I see it,"
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  • and I get excited because I
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