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Walking in God's Plan and Lessons Learned in the Temptation of Jesus

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June 22, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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Walking in God's Plan and Lessons Learned in the Temptation of Jesus

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: God has
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  • a will for your life.
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  • He loves you.
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  • He desires the best for you.
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  • And if you've missed it so far,
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  • start today and tell Him, "Lord,
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  • I don't know what You can do
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  • with what's left over, but God,
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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
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  • - male announcer: Next on "In
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  • [music]
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  • There is a river of
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  • gladness.
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  • That pours from Emmanuel's
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  • veins.
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  • This sinner was plunged.
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  • Beneath the flood and got
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  • saved.
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  • Since then I walk in
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  • forgiveness.
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  • All of my guilt was erased.
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  • The chains of my past are
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  • broken at last.
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  • I got saved!
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  • Oh, I got saved!
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  • I'm undone by the mercy of
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  • Jesus.
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  • I'm undone by the goodness
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  • of the Lord.
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  • I'm restored and made right.
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  • He got ahold of my life.
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  • I've got Jesus, how could I
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  • want more.
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  • I've received nothing but
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  • goodness.
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  • I've tested and tasted Your
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  • grace.
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  • I was so lost till I fell at
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  • the cross.
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  • And got saved!
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  • Oh, I got saved!
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  • I'm undone by the mercy of
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  • Jesus.
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  • I'm undone by the goodness
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  • of the Lord.
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  • I'm restored and made right.
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  • He got ahold of my life.
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  • I've got Jesus, how could I
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  • want more.
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  • The love of God gave me His
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  • pardon.
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  • The love of God won't let me
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  • stay the same.
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  • The love of God calls me up
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  • higher.
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  • His will is stronger, that's
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  • why I got saved!
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  • I'm undone by the mercy of
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  • Jesus.
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  • I'm undone by the goodness
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  • of the Lord.
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  • I'm restored and made right.
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  • He got ahold of my life.
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  • I've got Jesus, how could I
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  • want more.
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  • I'm undone by the mercy of
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  • Jesus.
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  • I'm undone by the goodness
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  • of the Lord.
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  • I'm restored and made right.
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  • He got ahold of my life.
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  • I've got Jesus, how could I
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  • want more.
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  • I've got Jesus, how could I
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  • want more.
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  • I've got Jesus, how could I
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  • want more.
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  • How could I want more.
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  • - Dr. Stanley: I was
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  • twelve years of age.
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  • I always sat on the second row
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  • and the first seat there on the
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  • aisle.
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  • On this particular Sunday, a
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  • lady was preaching.
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  • And I don't exactly remember
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  • what she said.
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  • In fact, I don't remember
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  • anything she said except when
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  • they gave the invitation, it was
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  • about seven steps to the altar.
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  • I went straight to the altar,
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  • got on my knees, and asked the
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  • Lord to save me.
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  • And before I knew it, I had five
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  • of my Sunday School buddies
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  • around me praying that I'd get
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  • saved.
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  • But I remember thinking, "Okay
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  • now, Lord, I'm saved.
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  • Now what?"
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  • And nobody ever said another
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  • thing to me about--anything
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  • about the future, nothing.
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  • Then I began to think, "Well,
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  • Lord, You saved me.
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  • What did You save me for
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  • anyway?"
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  • And then I began to think and
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  • pray about it, and I thought,
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  • "Well, Lord, maybe You have
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  • something for me to do."
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  • Wasn't very long before I
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  • realized and learned and reading
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  • the Scripture, God has a will, a
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  • plan for all of His children.
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  • And if you will turn to
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  • Colossians for a moment, and I
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  • want us to begin reading in this
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  • ninth verse and read through the
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  • twelfth verse.
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  • And I want you to listen very
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  • carefully to this message.
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  • In the ninth verse, Paul writes
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  • to the Colossians, "For this
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  • reason also, since the day we
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  • heard of it, we have not ceased
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  • to pray for you and to ask that
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  • you may be filled with the
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  • knowledge of His will in all
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  • spiritual wisdom and
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  • understanding.
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  • So that you will walk in a
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  • manner worthy of the Lord, to
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  • please Him in all respects,
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  • bearing fruit in every good work
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  • and increasing in the knowledge
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  • of God; strengthened with all
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  • power, according to His glorious
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  • might, for the attaining of all
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  • steadfastness and patience,
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  • joyously giving thanks to the
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  • Father, who has qualified us to
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  • share in the inheritance of the
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  • saints in Light."
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  • Filled with the knowledge of His
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  • will.
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  • When is the last time you ever
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  • thought about that God has a
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  • will, He has a plan for your
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  • life.
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  • You probably were saved at some
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  • point in your life and thought,
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  • "Well, that's it!
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  • And you got baptized and joined
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  • the church and you've just sort
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  • of been living out your life.
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  • Has anybody ever told you that
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  • God has a plan for your life?
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  • What is His will?
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  • Listen to this.
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  • I want to be sure you get it
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  • clearly.
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  • That which God approves of and
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  • determines to bring about.
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  • It concerns God's choices of
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  • what to do and what not to do in
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  • our life.
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  • God has a will and a plan for
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  • your life.
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  • It doesn't make any difference
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  • how old you are, where you came
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  • from, what the situation is, God
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  • has a plan for your life.
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  • Don't ever listen to someone
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  • tell you, "Well, you're not
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  • important."
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  • Any time anybody looks at you
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  • and tells you that you're not
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  • important, you look at the cross
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  • and say, "I'll tell you why I'm
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  • important.
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  • He died for me.
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  • He not only died for me, but He
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  • died for everyone, but
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  • everybody's important."
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  • So, have you ever thought about
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  • the fact that God has a will for
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  • your life?
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  • He knows all about your
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  • background.
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  • All the things that you would
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  • bring up and say, "Well, God
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  • couldn't use me.
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  • He couldn't do this, He couldn't
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  • do that."
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  • He knows all about you.
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  • He knew about you before you
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  • were ever born.
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  • He has a will and a plan for all
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  • of our lives.
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  • The tragedy is that most people
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  • will never think about that.
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  • They were never told that.
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  • They never thought about that,
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  • that God had a special plan for
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  • their life.
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  • Yes, He does.
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  • Well, what's God's plan for my
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  • life?
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  • Have you ever asked Him?
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  • And what I want to ask you to do
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  • is to listen carefully, because
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  • there are three aspects of His
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  • plan.
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  • And so, think about it in this
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  • light.
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  • First of all, there's God's
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  • predestined will, and that means
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  • He's referring to those things
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  • that He will do.
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  • His predestined will will
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  • happen, and nothing can
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  • interfere with it.
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  • No matter what's happening in
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  • the world, He has a predestined
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  • will.
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  • Those things He will do.
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  • This is--or His overriding
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  • sovereign will by which He
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  • operates in the world in general
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  • and in our lives personally.
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  • It is irresistible,
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  • unchangeable, and unconditional.
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  • That is, His predestined will
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  • cannot be changed.
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  • No matter what happens, who it
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  • happens in, through cannot be
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  • changed.
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  • And a good example of His
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  • predestined will is the cross.
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  • He predestined the death of
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  • Jesus before the world was ever
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  • created.
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  • He makes no mistakes.
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  • His predestined will we can't do
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  • anything about.
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  • We're just here.
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  • Then there's His moral will.
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • This applies to every one of us,
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  • and let's go back to Exodus
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  • chapter twenty, and you know
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  • what this says.
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  • Listen to this, "You shall not
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  • murder," period.
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  • "You shall not commit adultery,"
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  • period.
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  • "You shall not steal.
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  • You shall not bear false
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  • witness.
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  • You shall not covet your
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  • neighbor's house," and
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  • belongings.
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  • That's just part.
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  • That's just part of His moral
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  • will.
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  • And then I'll turn to First
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  • Thessalonians chapter four, and
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  • this is a part of His will also,
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  • His moral will.
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  • Now, listen to this.
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  • "Finally then, brethren, we
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  • request and exhort you in the
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  • Lord Jesus Christ, as you
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  • received from us instructions as
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  • to how you ought to walk and
  • 00:10:25.270 --> 00:10:28.120
  • please God, just as you actually
  • 00:10:28.120 --> 00:10:31.080
  • do, that you excel even more."
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  • And then listen to what he says.
  • 00:10:34.280 --> 00:10:36.140
  • This is His moral will, "For you
  • 00:10:36.140 --> 00:10:38.140
  • know what commandments we gave
  • 00:10:38.140 --> 00:10:40.010
  • you by the authority of the Lord
  • 00:10:40.010 --> 00:10:41.130
  • Jesus Christ."
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  • Listen carefully, "For this is
  • 00:10:43.130 --> 00:10:45.220
  • the will of God, your
  • 00:10:45.220 --> 00:10:48.150
  • sanctification," to live a holy
  • 00:10:48.150 --> 00:10:50.160
  • life, "that is, that you," to be
  • 00:10:50.220 --> 00:10:53.220
  • specific, "that you abstain from
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  • sexual immorality; that each one
  • 00:10:57.030 --> 00:11:00.050
  • of you know how to possess his
  • 00:11:00.050 --> 00:11:01.190
  • own vessel in sanctification and
  • 00:11:01.190 --> 00:11:03.290
  • honor, not in lustful passion,
  • 00:11:04.080 --> 00:11:07.080
  • like the Gentiles," unbelievers,
  • 00:11:07.080 --> 00:11:09.060
  • "do who know not God."
  • 00:11:09.190 --> 00:11:12.190
  • Now, this is a part of God's
  • 00:11:12.190 --> 00:11:14.050
  • moral will.
  • 00:11:14.050 --> 00:11:16.210
  • We have the Ten Commandments
  • 00:11:16.210 --> 00:11:17.270
  • and, specifically, he identifies
  • 00:11:17.270 --> 00:11:19.220
  • in this chapter of
  • 00:11:19.220 --> 00:11:21.090
  • Thessalonians, "This is the will
  • 00:11:21.180 --> 00:11:24.180
  • of God, your sanctification,
  • 00:11:24.180 --> 00:11:26.090
  • that is, that you abstain from
  • 00:11:26.090 --> 00:11:28.040
  • sexual immorality."
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  • That is the law of the Living
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  • God.
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  • It doesn't make any difference
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  • what you think.
  • 00:11:34.260 --> 00:11:36.140
  • Doesn't make any difference what
  • 00:11:36.140 --> 00:11:38.020
  • group you belong to or where
  • 00:11:38.020 --> 00:11:40.050
  • you're from or whatever it might
  • 00:11:40.050 --> 00:11:41.100
  • be.
  • 00:11:41.100 --> 00:11:42.040
  • And it is a moral law of God for
  • 00:11:42.040 --> 00:11:44.110
  • which all of us will give an
  • 00:11:44.110 --> 00:11:46.080
  • account for by the way we
  • 00:11:46.080 --> 00:11:48.020
  • respond to it.
  • 00:11:48.020 --> 00:11:49.230
  • And we have people today who
  • 00:11:49.230 --> 00:11:51.000
  • want to--they want to defend all
  • 00:11:51.000 --> 00:11:53.080
  • kind of things.
  • 00:11:53.080 --> 00:11:54.170
  • The Scripture says, "Abstain
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  • from sexual immorality," that
  • 00:11:57.120 --> 00:11:59.280
  • each one of us should know how
  • 00:11:59.280 --> 00:12:01.020
  • to handle ourselves, "not in
  • 00:12:01.020 --> 00:12:03.090
  • lustful passion, like the
  • 00:12:03.090 --> 00:12:05.020
  • Gentiles," like the unbelievers,
  • 00:12:05.020 --> 00:12:06.210
  • "who do not know God."
  • 00:12:06.210 --> 00:12:08.020
  • Every believer knows God through
  • 00:12:08.020 --> 00:12:09.280
  • Jesus Christ.
  • 00:12:09.280 --> 00:12:11.200
  • We live under the moral law of
  • 00:12:11.200 --> 00:12:13.240
  • God to abstain from sexual
  • 00:12:13.240 --> 00:12:15.180
  • immorality, which is a major,
  • 00:12:15.180 --> 00:12:18.040
  • major, major cause of sin,
  • 00:12:19.010 --> 00:12:22.010
  • wickedness, vileness, and a lot
  • 00:12:22.010 --> 00:12:23.120
  • of other things in this country.
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  • And people can reason all they
  • 00:12:25.160 --> 00:12:26.290
  • want to.
  • 00:12:26.290 --> 00:12:27.260
  • When you go back to the Word of
  • 00:12:27.260 --> 00:12:29.090
  • God, it is absolutely crystal
  • 00:12:29.090 --> 00:12:32.000
  • clear that it is a sin against
  • 00:12:32.170 --> 00:12:35.170
  • Almighty God, a sin against His
  • 00:12:35.170 --> 00:12:37.200
  • moral law.
  • 00:12:37.200 --> 00:12:40.150
  • Then, of course, there is one
  • 00:12:40.260 --> 00:12:43.260
  • other, and that is God's desired
  • 00:12:44.010 --> 00:12:47.010
  • will.
  • 00:12:47.010 --> 00:12:48.020
  • Now, we say His predestined will
  • 00:12:48.020 --> 00:12:49.200
  • cannot be changed.
  • 00:12:49.200 --> 00:12:52.060
  • His moral law is a law we should
  • 00:12:52.060 --> 00:12:53.260
  • live by.
  • 00:12:53.260 --> 00:12:55.050
  • God's desired will is this,
  • 00:12:55.050 --> 00:12:57.270
  • listen carefully, those things
  • 00:12:57.270 --> 00:13:00.060
  • He desires for us: salvation,
  • 00:13:01.090 --> 00:13:04.090
  • baptism, the fruit of the Spirit
  • 00:13:04.090 --> 00:13:06.190
  • in our life, service, giving,
  • 00:13:06.190 --> 00:13:09.110
  • forgiving, loving, praying about
  • 00:13:09.110 --> 00:13:12.000
  • everything, many decisions in
  • 00:13:12.000 --> 00:13:14.060
  • our life.
  • 00:13:14.060 --> 00:13:15.100
  • That is, there are three parts
  • 00:13:15.100 --> 00:13:16.120
  • to His will.
  • 00:13:16.120 --> 00:13:17.210
  • His predestined will, which
  • 00:13:17.210 --> 00:13:19.000
  • cannot be changed.
  • 00:13:19.000 --> 00:13:20.170
  • His moral will for which we are
  • 00:13:20.170 --> 00:13:22.010
  • responsible.
  • 00:13:22.010 --> 00:13:23.050
  • God's desired will is for our
  • 00:13:23.050 --> 00:13:24.260
  • whole life.
  • 00:13:24.260 --> 00:13:26.040
  • Somewhere in this, you are
  • 00:13:26.040 --> 00:13:28.290
  • today.
  • 00:13:28.290 --> 00:13:30.060
  • So, let me ask you: where are
  • 00:13:30.060 --> 00:13:31.110
  • you in light of the will of God?
  • 00:13:32.020 --> 00:13:35.020
  • You say, "Well, I've never
  • 00:13:35.020 --> 00:13:35.240
  • thought about it."
  • 00:13:35.240 --> 00:13:36.170
  • Well, you need to start thinking
  • 00:13:36.170 --> 00:13:37.190
  • about it today because you'll
  • 00:13:37.190 --> 00:13:39.100
  • have to think about it today
  • 00:13:39.100 --> 00:13:40.190
  • because I'm reminding you of it.
  • 00:13:40.190 --> 00:13:42.260
  • You'll have to think about it.
  • 00:13:42.260 --> 00:13:44.150
  • That the Holy God, Almighty God,
  • 00:13:44.150 --> 00:13:46.280
  • before whom all of us will stand
  • 00:13:46.280 --> 00:13:48.160
  • one day and give an account for
  • 00:13:48.160 --> 00:13:50.030
  • our life.
  • 00:13:50.030 --> 00:13:50.180
  • Read First Corinthians, we're
  • 00:13:50.180 --> 00:13:52.000
  • going to give an account for our
  • 00:13:52.000 --> 00:13:53.120
  • life.
  • 00:13:53.120 --> 00:13:56.060
  • And some people will die having
  • 00:13:56.060 --> 00:13:58.270
  • only known the Lord a few days
  • 00:13:58.270 --> 00:14:01.030
  • or a few weeks, sometimes a few
  • 00:14:01.030 --> 00:14:02.140
  • minutes.
  • 00:14:02.140 --> 00:14:04.090
  • So, you say, "What about
  • 00:14:04.090 --> 00:14:05.040
  • so-and-so and so-and-so, and--"
  • 00:14:05.040 --> 00:14:06.190
  • You know what, forget so-and-so.
  • 00:14:06.190 --> 00:14:09.010
  • You think about your life.
  • 00:14:09.010 --> 00:14:10.250
  • You've heard the gospel.
  • 00:14:10.250 --> 00:14:13.010
  • You've had opportunities, you've
  • 00:14:13.010 --> 00:14:14.270
  • had awesome opportunities.
  • 00:14:14.270 --> 00:14:16.060
  • Maybe you didn't have too many
  • 00:14:16.060 --> 00:14:17.070
  • opportunities.
  • 00:14:17.070 --> 00:14:18.120
  • Maybe you've never felt loved in
  • 00:14:18.120 --> 00:14:19.150
  • your life.
  • 00:14:19.150 --> 00:14:20.130
  • God loves you, He has a plan for
  • 00:14:20.130 --> 00:14:22.030
  • your life.
  • 00:14:22.030 --> 00:14:22.280
  • You say, "Well, what about this
  • 00:14:22.280 --> 00:14:24.010
  • at this point in my life?"
  • 00:14:24.010 --> 00:14:25.050
  • Listen carefully, He'll pick you
  • 00:14:25.050 --> 00:14:27.000
  • up right where you are, right
  • 00:14:27.000 --> 00:14:29.260
  • where you are.
  • 00:14:29.260 --> 00:14:31.060
  • He'll start today in this
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  • minute.
  • 00:14:32.230 --> 00:14:33.080
  • If you said, "God, I never
  • 00:14:33.080 --> 00:14:34.150
  • thought about this before.
  • 00:14:34.150 --> 00:14:35.210
  • I want to do--I want the rest of
  • 00:14:35.210 --> 00:14:37.030
  • my life to be in Your will.
  • 00:14:37.030 --> 00:14:38.040
  • Lord, whatever it takes, here I
  • 00:14:38.040 --> 00:14:39.170
  • am."
  • 00:14:39.170 --> 00:14:40.030
  • He'll pick you up right where
  • 00:14:40.030 --> 00:14:41.000
  • you are and He, watch this, He
  • 00:14:41.000 --> 00:14:42.290
  • will enable you to do your best
  • 00:14:42.290 --> 00:14:44.280
  • the rest of your life.
  • 00:14:44.280 --> 00:14:46.290
  • But what He needs and is waiting
  • 00:14:46.290 --> 00:14:49.010
  • for is your willingness to
  • 00:14:49.010 --> 00:14:50.160
  • surrender to His will.
  • 00:14:50.160 --> 00:14:53.120
  • Because watch this, He always
  • 00:14:53.120 --> 00:14:55.020
  • has the best.
  • 00:14:55.020 --> 00:14:56.150
  • Does that mean the same?
  • 00:14:56.150 --> 00:14:57.150
  • No.
  • 00:14:57.150 --> 00:14:58.120
  • I don't understand why He
  • 00:14:58.120 --> 00:14:59.190
  • allowed some people to suffer
  • 00:14:59.190 --> 00:15:00.230
  • the way they suffer.
  • 00:15:00.230 --> 00:15:02.020
  • Don't understand why people grow
  • 00:15:02.020 --> 00:15:03.250
  • up the way they have to grow up,
  • 00:15:03.250 --> 00:15:05.150
  • situations and circumstances,
  • 00:15:05.150 --> 00:15:07.150
  • but God knows.
  • 00:15:07.150 --> 00:15:09.030
  • And all of His judgments will be
  • 00:15:09.030 --> 00:15:10.220
  • according to His perfect will.
  • 00:15:10.220 --> 00:15:12.280
  • He knows our opportunities.
  • 00:15:13.140 --> 00:15:16.140
  • He knows the things that people
  • 00:15:16.140 --> 00:15:18.190
  • are plagued with.
  • 00:15:18.190 --> 00:15:19.260
  • And He knows the opportunities
  • 00:15:19.260 --> 00:15:21.180
  • He's given us.
  • 00:15:21.180 --> 00:15:24.070
  • So, the issue is this, not
  • 00:15:24.070 --> 00:15:27.000
  • what I've--have I done or what
  • 00:15:27.000 --> 00:15:29.000
  • have I missed?
  • 00:15:29.000 --> 00:15:29.220
  • But, God, beginning today--maybe
  • 00:15:29.220 --> 00:15:32.200
  • you never thought about the fact
  • 00:15:32.200 --> 00:15:33.140
  • that He has a will for your
  • 00:15:33.140 --> 00:15:34.110
  • life.
  • 00:15:34.110 --> 00:15:36.010
  • And you see, watch this, you
  • 00:15:36.010 --> 00:15:37.110
  • don't know what kind of
  • 00:15:37.110 --> 00:15:38.030
  • influence you have.
  • 00:15:38.030 --> 00:15:39.280
  • Some of you've had tremendous
  • 00:15:39.280 --> 00:15:41.020
  • influence that you've not even
  • 00:15:41.020 --> 00:15:42.030
  • thought about.
  • 00:15:42.030 --> 00:15:43.240
  • And some of you have thought
  • 00:15:43.240 --> 00:15:44.210
  • about it.
  • 00:15:44.210 --> 00:15:46.000
  • You have an opportunity.
  • 00:15:46.000 --> 00:15:47.070
  • You have influence.
  • 00:15:47.070 --> 00:15:48.030
  • You have testimony.
  • 00:15:48.030 --> 00:15:49.190
  • You have the privilege of living
  • 00:15:50.020 --> 00:15:53.020
  • a life with God if you
  • 00:15:53.020 --> 00:15:55.010
  • choose to.
  • 00:15:55.010 --> 00:15:56.140
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:15:56.140 --> 00:15:57.290
  • If you had never heard before,
  • 00:15:57.290 --> 00:15:59.190
  • if you've never heard before
  • 00:15:59.190 --> 00:16:00.210
  • that He has a plan for your
  • 00:16:00.210 --> 00:16:01.170
  • life, what does He do?
  • 00:16:01.170 --> 00:16:03.100
  • I'll say it again, picks you up
  • 00:16:03.100 --> 00:16:04.150
  • right where you are, begins to
  • 00:16:04.150 --> 00:16:06.060
  • show you His will from this
  • 00:16:06.060 --> 00:16:09.010
  • point on in your life.
  • 00:16:09.010 --> 00:16:11.140
  • "Lord, I never knew You had
  • 00:16:11.140 --> 00:16:13.130
  • a will."
  • 00:16:13.130 --> 00:16:13.280
  • Yes.
  • 00:16:13.280 --> 00:16:14.270
  • "Well, Lord, I'm--I want to know
  • 00:16:14.270 --> 00:16:16.120
  • what Your will is."
  • 00:16:16.120 --> 00:16:17.050
  • Yes, He'll show you.
  • 00:16:17.050 --> 00:16:18.130
  • "Well, Lord, what is Your will?"
  • 00:16:18.130 --> 00:16:20.030
  • He will begin to put people
  • 00:16:20.030 --> 00:16:22.000
  • around you, in your path,
  • 00:16:22.000 --> 00:16:24.110
  • something you read, something
  • 00:16:24.110 --> 00:16:26.030
  • you hear, message you may hear,
  • 00:16:26.030 --> 00:16:28.010
  • that you begin to realize,
  • 00:16:28.010 --> 00:16:29.070
  • "Well, God, I never thought
  • 00:16:29.070 --> 00:16:31.000
  • about You having a will for
  • 00:16:31.000 --> 00:16:31.260
  • my life.
  • 00:16:31.260 --> 00:16:33.070
  • Well, Lord, I want to surrender
  • 00:16:33.070 --> 00:16:34.160
  • my life to You that whatever You
  • 00:16:34.160 --> 00:16:36.060
  • have in mind for me, Lord, here
  • 00:16:36.060 --> 00:16:38.040
  • I am."
  • 00:16:38.040 --> 00:16:39.070
  • Watch this, that's always the
  • 00:16:39.070 --> 00:16:41.060
  • place to start.
  • 00:16:41.060 --> 00:16:42.100
  • God, He knows what opportunities
  • 00:16:42.100 --> 00:16:45.020
  • you've had and have not had.
  • 00:16:45.020 --> 00:16:47.270
  • And He knows that He'll take you
  • 00:16:47.270 --> 00:16:49.080
  • wherever you're willing to
  • 00:16:49.080 --> 00:16:50.110
  • surrender yourself to Him.
  • 00:16:50.110 --> 00:16:52.060
  • He will begin right there and do
  • 00:16:52.170 --> 00:16:55.170
  • what?
  • 00:16:55.170 --> 00:16:56.070
  • Work out the best in your life.
  • 00:16:56.070 --> 00:16:58.130
  • You don't ever give up.
  • 00:16:58.130 --> 00:16:59.250
  • You never quit, because God
  • 00:16:59.250 --> 00:17:01.200
  • doesn't give up.
  • 00:17:01.200 --> 00:17:02.130
  • He doesn't quit on you.
  • 00:17:02.130 --> 00:17:04.120
  • He'll take you right where you
  • 00:17:04.120 --> 00:17:05.110
  • are.
  • 00:17:05.110 --> 00:17:06.010
  • Some people are brilliantly
  • 00:17:06.010 --> 00:17:08.130
  • brilliant in many areas.
  • 00:17:08.130 --> 00:17:10.280
  • Some people have little of that.
  • 00:17:10.280 --> 00:17:13.080
  • You know what?
  • 00:17:13.080 --> 00:17:13.290
  • God takes them both right where
  • 00:17:13.290 --> 00:17:15.100
  • they are, and when they stand
  • 00:17:15.100 --> 00:17:16.230
  • before them, they will not be
  • 00:17:16.230 --> 00:17:18.130
  • judged on the basis of how smart
  • 00:17:18.130 --> 00:17:20.000
  • or how ignorant they were.
  • 00:17:20.000 --> 00:17:21.130
  • They'll be judged--we will all
  • 00:17:21.130 --> 00:17:23.030
  • be judged on the basis of what
  • 00:17:23.030 --> 00:17:25.000
  • did we do with what we knew and
  • 00:17:25.080 --> 00:17:28.080
  • what we had.
  • 00:17:28.080 --> 00:17:29.250
  • That puts us all in the same
  • 00:17:29.250 --> 00:17:31.000
  • category.
  • 00:17:31.000 --> 00:17:32.250
  • The smarter and those who are
  • 00:17:32.250 --> 00:17:34.250
  • less fortunate, whatever it
  • 00:17:34.250 --> 00:17:35.290
  • might be, God has a will for
  • 00:17:35.290 --> 00:17:37.210
  • your life.
  • 00:17:37.210 --> 00:17:40.050
  • And when I look at this, He says
  • 00:17:40.050 --> 00:17:42.000
  • that we, "May be filled with the
  • 00:17:42.000 --> 00:17:43.120
  • knowledge of His will."
  • 00:17:43.120 --> 00:17:44.120
  • Which means that God, He,
  • 00:17:44.120 --> 00:17:46.090
  • listen, He'll give you whatever
  • 00:17:46.090 --> 00:17:47.280
  • you need to begin today if you
  • 00:17:48.090 --> 00:17:51.090
  • ask Him, "Lord, I missed it
  • 00:17:51.090 --> 00:17:53.100
  • somewhere back yonder.
  • 00:17:53.100 --> 00:17:55.200
  • Please forgive me, but I'm
  • 00:17:55.200 --> 00:17:57.040
  • surrendering myself to You today
  • 00:17:57.040 --> 00:17:58.190
  • that whatever You want to do in
  • 00:17:58.190 --> 00:17:59.210
  • my life, God, here I am.
  • 00:17:59.250 --> 00:18:02.270
  • I probably messed up, Lord, but
  • 00:18:02.270 --> 00:18:04.290
  • here I am."
  • 00:18:04.290 --> 00:18:06.080
  • Will He forgive you?
  • 00:18:06.080 --> 00:18:07.080
  • Absolutely.
  • 00:18:07.080 --> 00:18:08.080
  • Do you have to beg Him to?
  • 00:18:08.080 --> 00:18:09.100
  • No.
  • 00:18:09.100 --> 00:18:10.030
  • All you have to do is surrender
  • 00:18:10.030 --> 00:18:11.130
  • your life at this point.
  • 00:18:11.130 --> 00:18:13.140
  • "Lord, I, from this point on, I
  • 00:18:13.140 --> 00:18:15.040
  • want whatever You have for me."
  • 00:18:15.040 --> 00:18:17.100
  • The issue is, have you ever
  • 00:18:17.100 --> 00:18:18.190
  • thought about it?
  • 00:18:18.190 --> 00:18:20.060
  • Have you ever thought about the
  • 00:18:20.060 --> 00:18:21.060
  • will of God for your life?
  • 00:18:21.060 --> 00:18:22.240
  • And so, when I think about that
  • 00:18:22.240 --> 00:18:24.050
  • and I think about the fact that
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  • He will show us, it's consistent
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  • with the character of God to
  • 00:18:28.160 --> 00:18:29.170
  • show you His will.
  • 00:18:29.170 --> 00:18:31.050
  • In other words, We're talking
  • 00:18:31.050 --> 00:18:32.010
  • about beginning right now.
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:34.120
  • We can't change the past, but
  • 00:18:34.120 --> 00:18:36.100
  • here's what we can do.
  • 00:18:36.100 --> 00:18:37.230
  • We can say, "God, I blew it.
  • 00:18:37.230 --> 00:18:40.170
  • If I'd-a had another chance, I
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:43.080
  • may have done something else,
  • 00:18:43.080 --> 00:18:44.160
  • but I'm asking You to forgive me
  • 00:18:44.160 --> 00:18:46.120
  • for my failures, forgive me for
  • 00:18:46.120 --> 00:18:48.060
  • my ignorance.
  • 00:18:48.060 --> 00:18:48.270
  • Maybe I didn't pursue it, Lord.
  • 00:18:48.270 --> 00:18:50.160
  • Asking You to forgive me.
  • 00:18:50.160 --> 00:18:52.000
  • And Lord, just enable me from
  • 00:18:52.000 --> 00:18:53.270
  • this point to walk in Your
  • 00:18:53.270 --> 00:18:56.000
  • footsteps and to follow Your
  • 00:18:56.000 --> 00:18:57.170
  • will."
  • 00:18:57.170 --> 00:18:58.090
  • Listen, all of us have had
  • 00:18:58.090 --> 00:18:59.150
  • second chances, third, fourth,
  • 00:18:59.150 --> 00:19:01.120
  • fifth, sixth, how many chances
  • 00:19:01.120 --> 00:19:03.050
  • all of us have had, the grace of
  • 00:19:03.050 --> 00:19:04.250
  • God.
  • 00:19:04.250 --> 00:19:05.290
  • The love of God.
  • 00:19:05.290 --> 00:19:06.140
  • Listen, God isn't up there
  • 00:19:06.140 --> 00:19:08.000
  • trying to judge you.
  • 00:19:08.000 --> 00:19:09.180
  • God wants to live His life in
  • 00:19:09.180 --> 00:19:11.290
  • and through you, and He'll take
  • 00:19:11.290 --> 00:19:13.120
  • you wherever you'll surrender
  • 00:19:13.120 --> 00:19:15.100
  • yourself to Him.
  • 00:19:15.100 --> 00:19:16.160
  • You can't do better than having
  • 00:19:16.160 --> 00:19:19.020
  • Jesus, the Lord, the second
  • 00:19:19.080 --> 00:19:22.080
  • Person of the Trinity, living
  • 00:19:22.080 --> 00:19:23.220
  • His life in you and picking you
  • 00:19:23.220 --> 00:19:25.070
  • up where you are and taking you
  • 00:19:25.070 --> 00:19:27.040
  • on to what He had in mind to
  • 00:19:27.040 --> 00:19:28.040
  • begin with.
  • 00:19:28.040 --> 00:19:30.090
  • So, where would you consider
  • 00:19:30.090 --> 00:19:31.190
  • yourself to be as far as the
  • 00:19:31.190 --> 00:19:34.090
  • will of God in your life?
  • 00:19:34.090 --> 00:19:36.210
  • Maybe you've said, "Well, I
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:38.180
  • never even heard about it
  • 00:19:38.180 --> 00:19:39.160
  • before.
  • 00:19:39.160 --> 00:19:41.090
  • Oh, I knew about it, but I was
  • 00:19:41.090 --> 00:19:43.210
  • too busy doing my own thing.
  • 00:19:43.210 --> 00:19:46.090
  • I knew about it, but I had
  • 00:19:46.090 --> 00:19:47.100
  • something else in mind."
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:50.160
  • And here you are this morning
  • 00:19:50.160 --> 00:19:51.230
  • and you're hearing about it
  • 00:19:51.230 --> 00:19:52.200
  • again.
  • 00:19:52.200 --> 00:19:53.200
  • I pray that you won't ever have
  • 00:19:53.200 --> 00:19:55.020
  • to hear about it another time
  • 00:19:55.020 --> 00:19:56.210
  • before you surrender your life
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:19:58.190
  • to the Lord Jesus Christ and see
  • 00:19:58.190 --> 00:20:01.120
  • what He'll do in your life.
  • 00:20:01.120 --> 00:20:04.020
  • God can do an amazing work in
  • 00:20:04.020 --> 00:20:06.210
  • what's left because He loves us,
  • 00:20:07.100 --> 00:20:10.100
  • because He knows exactly what we
  • 00:20:10.100 --> 00:20:11.240
  • need.
  • 00:20:11.240 --> 00:20:13.100
  • He delights in showing us His
  • 00:20:13.100 --> 00:20:14.200
  • will for our life.
  • 00:20:14.200 --> 00:20:16.050
  • And I want to read you three
  • 00:20:16.050 --> 00:20:17.070
  • passages of Scripture.
  • 00:20:17.070 --> 00:20:19.050
  • So, let's turn to Psalm sixteen,
  • 00:20:20.270 --> 00:20:23.270
  • and it is the eleventh verse of
  • 00:20:24.000 --> 00:20:27.000
  • the sixteenth Psalm.
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  • Listen, "You will make known to
  • 00:20:28.150 --> 00:20:31.150
  • me the path of life, in Your
  • 00:20:31.150 --> 00:20:34.110
  • presence is fullness of joy, in
  • 00:20:34.110 --> 00:20:37.040
  • Your right hand there are
  • 00:20:37.040 --> 00:20:38.150
  • pleasures forevermore."
  • 00:20:38.150 --> 00:20:40.250
  • Look at that, "You will make
  • 00:20:40.250 --> 00:20:42.120
  • known to me Your path of life."
  • 00:20:42.120 --> 00:20:44.170
  • Will you have to be a certain
  • 00:20:44.170 --> 00:20:45.170
  • age or much ability, talent,
  • 00:20:45.170 --> 00:20:47.040
  • and skill?
  • 00:20:47.040 --> 00:20:47.190
  • No.
  • 00:20:47.190 --> 00:20:48.150
  • You ask Him.
  • 00:20:48.150 --> 00:20:49.280
  • So, watch this.
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  • If you left church today, you
  • 00:20:51.120 --> 00:20:52.220
  • went home, and you got in your
  • 00:20:52.220 --> 00:20:53.260
  • bedroom, you got on your knees
  • 00:20:53.260 --> 00:20:55.010
  • or sat in your easy chair,
  • 00:20:55.010 --> 00:20:56.120
  • whatever, and you said to
  • 00:20:56.120 --> 00:20:57.200
  • Almighty God, "Lord, I heard it.
  • 00:20:59.080 --> 00:21:02.100
  • I've messed up badly, but today
  • 00:21:02.110 --> 00:21:05.110
  • I'm surrendering my life to You
  • 00:21:05.110 --> 00:21:07.180
  • that for the rest of my life, I
  • 00:21:07.180 --> 00:21:09.080
  • want You to have Your way in my
  • 00:21:09.080 --> 00:21:10.130
  • life."
  • 00:21:10.130 --> 00:21:11.270
  • You will be shocked at what
  • 00:21:11.270 --> 00:21:13.250
  • God'll do.
  • 00:21:14.190 --> 00:21:17.190
  • Let me give you another verse,
  • 00:21:17.190 --> 00:21:19.080
  • Psalm thirty-two verse eight.
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  • And you've heard me talk about
  • 00:21:22.280 --> 00:21:24.150
  • this verse, probably several
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  • times.
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  • Listen to this verse, Psalm
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  • thirty-two, "I will instruct you
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  • and teach you in the way which
  • 00:21:36.030 --> 00:21:37.250
  • you should go, I will counsel
  • 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:40.100
  • you with My eye upon you."
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  • Listen to that, "I will instruct
  • 00:21:43.040 --> 00:21:44.290
  • you and teach you in the way
  • 00:21:44.290 --> 00:21:46.020
  • which you should go."
  • 00:21:46.020 --> 00:21:47.050
  • Is that by a certain age?
  • 00:21:47.050 --> 00:21:48.070
  • No.
  • 00:21:48.070 --> 00:21:49.030
  • Certain person?
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  • No.
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  • That's His offer to all of us
  • 00:21:50.250 --> 00:21:52.250
  • who are willing to listen to
  • 00:21:52.250 --> 00:21:53.250
  • Him.
  • 00:21:53.250 --> 00:21:54.260
  • You may think, "Well, I've
  • 00:21:54.260 --> 00:21:55.260
  • really blown it in my life.
  • 00:21:55.260 --> 00:21:57.230
  • I really messed it up.
  • 00:21:57.230 --> 00:21:59.140
  • I wish I'd done better.
  • 00:21:59.140 --> 00:22:01.130
  • But Lord, today, whatever's
  • 00:22:01.130 --> 00:22:03.180
  • left, here's my life.
  • 00:22:03.180 --> 00:22:05.200
  • What will You do with me?"
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  • You will be surprised at what
  • 00:22:07.070 --> 00:22:09.150
  • He'll do.
  • 00:22:09.150 --> 00:22:10.150
  • And so, when I think about these
  • 00:22:10.150 --> 00:22:12.160
  • verses and think about how many
  • 00:22:12.160 --> 00:22:14.120
  • times--Proverbs three five and
  • 00:22:14.120 --> 00:22:15.290
  • six, for example, one of my
  • 00:22:15.290 --> 00:22:17.180
  • favorite passages, "Trust in the
  • 00:22:17.180 --> 00:22:19.210
  • Lord with all your heart, lean
  • 00:22:19.210 --> 00:22:22.010
  • not to your own understanding.
  • 00:22:22.010 --> 00:22:23.220
  • In all your ways acknowledge
  • 00:22:23.220 --> 00:22:25.010
  • Him," and what's His promise?
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  • "He will direct your path."
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  • Just trust Him.
  • 00:22:29.120 --> 00:22:30.290
  • See what He'll do.
  • 00:22:30.290 --> 00:22:32.220
  • So, there are things that often
  • 00:22:32.220 --> 00:22:34.280
  • hinder us from discovering and
  • 00:22:34.280 --> 00:22:36.180
  • doing the will of God, and I'm
  • 00:22:36.180 --> 00:22:37.240
  • going to give you a little quick
  • 00:22:37.240 --> 00:22:39.140
  • list of them, because oftentimes
  • 00:22:40.130 --> 00:22:43.130
  • we come to a place of decision
  • 00:22:43.130 --> 00:22:45.100
  • and we give God some excuse.
  • 00:22:45.100 --> 00:22:47.000
  • So, think about this.
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  • Things that hinder us from
  • 00:22:48.110 --> 00:22:49.250
  • discovering the will of God for
  • 00:22:49.250 --> 00:22:51.090
  • our life.
  • 00:22:51.090 --> 00:22:52.000
  • Number one: self-will.
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  • We can't get over what we want
  • 00:22:54.190 --> 00:22:57.040
  • to do, how we want to do it.
  • 00:22:57.040 --> 00:22:59.090
  • Secondly, the influence of other
  • 00:22:59.090 --> 00:23:01.120
  • people.
  • 00:23:01.120 --> 00:23:02.060
  • We let other people influence
  • 00:23:02.060 --> 00:23:03.080
  • us.
  • 00:23:03.080 --> 00:23:03.250
  • "Oh, that won't work.
  • 00:23:03.250 --> 00:23:05.150
  • Well, why would you want to try
  • 00:23:05.150 --> 00:23:06.250
  • something like that?"
  • 00:23:06.250 --> 00:23:07.270
  • You're talking to God who works
  • 00:23:07.270 --> 00:23:09.250
  • the impossible.
  • 00:23:09.250 --> 00:23:11.000
  • Ignorance of the Word of God,
  • 00:23:11.000 --> 00:23:13.080
  • think about all the promises He
  • 00:23:13.080 --> 00:23:14.210
  • gives us about answered prayer.
  • 00:23:14.210 --> 00:23:16.260
  • And then doubt.
  • 00:23:16.260 --> 00:23:18.050
  • Well, I don't think God could do
  • 00:23:18.050 --> 00:23:19.110
  • that in my life.
  • 00:23:19.110 --> 00:23:20.170
  • Listen, the God who created this
  • 00:23:20.170 --> 00:23:22.270
  • world can do anything He chooses
  • 00:23:22.270 --> 00:23:25.090
  • to do, no matter what's been in
  • 00:23:25.090 --> 00:23:27.070
  • the past.
  • 00:23:27.070 --> 00:23:28.120
  • That's who He is.
  • 00:23:28.120 --> 00:23:30.020
  • Feelings of unworthiness.
  • 00:23:30.020 --> 00:23:31.090
  • "Well, that may work for
  • 00:23:31.090 --> 00:23:32.150
  • somebody, but not for me because
  • 00:23:32.150 --> 00:23:33.270
  • I've really blown it bad."
  • 00:23:33.270 --> 00:23:35.280
  • God is willing to love you,
  • 00:23:35.280 --> 00:23:37.210
  • forgive you, cleanse you, and
  • 00:23:37.210 --> 00:23:38.280
  • give you a new beginning.
  • 00:23:38.280 --> 00:23:40.240
  • "Well, I'm too busy to deal
  • 00:23:40.240 --> 00:23:42.040
  • with that."
  • 00:23:42.040 --> 00:23:42.220
  • Listen, you don't want to die
  • 00:23:44.070 --> 00:23:47.070
  • having rejected Jesus Christ.
  • 00:23:47.200 --> 00:23:50.200
  • Do you think God is going to
  • 00:23:50.200 --> 00:23:51.230
  • accept an excuse?
  • 00:23:51.230 --> 00:23:53.040
  • "Well, I would have, but I just
  • 00:23:53.040 --> 00:23:54.080
  • didn't have time."
  • 00:23:54.080 --> 00:23:55.210
  • There are people who are so
  • 00:23:55.210 --> 00:23:57.020
  • foolishly busy, they don't have
  • 00:23:57.020 --> 00:23:58.210
  • time for God.
  • 00:23:58.210 --> 00:24:00.090
  • Listen, Fear.
  • 00:24:00.090 --> 00:24:02.170
  • "Well, I know that's what God
  • 00:24:02.170 --> 00:24:03.130
  • wants me to do, but I just don't
  • 00:24:03.130 --> 00:24:04.170
  • think I could do that."
  • 00:24:04.170 --> 00:24:06.080
  • Probably every preacher who's
  • 00:24:06.080 --> 00:24:08.140
  • ever stood in a pulpit has told
  • 00:24:08.140 --> 00:24:10.090
  • God at first, "Oh, I couldn't
  • 00:24:10.090 --> 00:24:12.090
  • do that.
  • 00:24:12.090 --> 00:24:13.130
  • I couldn't stand in front of all
  • 00:24:13.130 --> 00:24:15.040
  • those people.
  • 00:24:15.040 --> 00:24:15.230
  • Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm."
  • 00:24:15.230 --> 00:24:17.110
  • You can't deliberately,
  • 00:24:17.110 --> 00:24:18.240
  • willfully choose to disobey God
  • 00:24:18.240 --> 00:24:21.040
  • and be happy with your life.
  • 00:24:21.060 --> 00:24:24.060
  • And there are a lot of people
  • 00:24:24.060 --> 00:24:25.050
  • because of their money, they can
  • 00:24:25.050 --> 00:24:26.250
  • cover up a lot of stuff.
  • 00:24:26.250 --> 00:24:28.110
  • But you can't cover up a
  • 00:24:28.110 --> 00:24:29.190
  • disobedient heart if you've got
  • 00:24:29.190 --> 00:24:31.120
  • millions.
  • 00:24:31.120 --> 00:24:32.230
  • You can't cover up disobedience
  • 00:24:32.230 --> 00:24:34.270
  • to God no matter what you have,
  • 00:24:34.270 --> 00:24:36.280
  • or who you have, or whatever it
  • 00:24:36.280 --> 00:24:38.090
  • might be.
  • 00:24:38.090 --> 00:24:39.060
  • God has a will for your life.
  • 00:24:39.060 --> 00:24:40.130
  • He loves you.
  • 00:24:40.130 --> 00:24:41.140
  • He desires the best for you.
  • 00:24:41.140 --> 00:24:43.090
  • And if you've missed it so far,
  • 00:24:43.090 --> 00:24:44.290
  • start today and tell Him, "Lord,
  • 00:24:44.290 --> 00:24:47.080
  • I don't know what You can do
  • 00:24:47.080 --> 00:24:48.120
  • with what's left over, but God,
  • 00:24:48.120 --> 00:24:50.120
  • here I am, take me like I am."
  • 00:24:50.120 --> 00:24:53.050
  • He'll forgive you, cleanse you.
  • 00:24:53.050 --> 00:24:54.180
  • Let me tell you something God
  • 00:24:54.180 --> 00:24:55.190
  • won't do.
  • 00:24:55.190 --> 00:24:56.100
  • You want to hear?
  • 00:24:56.100 --> 00:24:58.080
  • Well, somebody does.
  • 00:24:59.250 --> 00:25:02.270
  • One thing God won't do to you,
  • 00:25:04.050 --> 00:25:07.050
  • He won't bring up the past and
  • 00:25:07.050 --> 00:25:08.220
  • say, "See there.
  • 00:25:08.220 --> 00:25:10.080
  • I told you.
  • 00:25:10.080 --> 00:25:11.090
  • Mm-hmm.
  • 00:25:11.090 --> 00:25:11.240
  • See, you, mm-mm, yeah, mm-hmm."
  • 00:25:11.240 --> 00:25:14.090
  • He doesn't throw up the past.
  • 00:25:14.090 --> 00:25:16.020
  • He brings up the future of what
  • 00:25:16.020 --> 00:25:19.020
  • He's able to do and can do with
  • 00:25:19.020 --> 00:25:21.000
  • you.
  • 00:25:21.000 --> 00:25:21.200
  • It may be late in life or early
  • 00:25:21.200 --> 00:25:23.150
  • in life, but one thing for
  • 00:25:23.150 --> 00:25:24.240
  • certain, He'll take you where
  • 00:25:24.240 --> 00:25:26.090
  • you are.
  • 00:25:26.090 --> 00:25:27.090
  • And you've got willful known sin
  • 00:25:27.090 --> 00:25:29.260
  • in your life, maybe.
  • 00:25:29.260 --> 00:25:31.260
  • Now, watch this one.
  • 00:25:31.260 --> 00:25:34.150
  • God speaks to your heart this
  • 00:25:34.150 --> 00:25:36.080
  • morning in the worship service.
  • 00:25:36.080 --> 00:25:38.270
  • And He already points to you.
  • 00:25:38.270 --> 00:25:40.250
  • He's already said to you, "But
  • 00:25:40.250 --> 00:25:42.090
  • you know you'll have to correct
  • 00:25:42.090 --> 00:25:43.070
  • this.
  • 00:25:43.070 --> 00:25:44.260
  • You know you'll have to stop
  • 00:25:44.260 --> 00:25:46.010
  • this.
  • 00:25:46.010 --> 00:25:47.120
  • You know you'll have to change
  • 00:25:47.120 --> 00:25:48.100
  • this."
  • 00:25:48.100 --> 00:25:49.270
  • And you're sitting here
  • 00:25:49.270 --> 00:25:50.200
  • thinking, "Oh my goodness, God.
  • 00:25:50.220 --> 00:25:53.220
  • What am I going to do?"
  • 00:25:53.220 --> 00:25:55.070
  • You let God take you where you
  • 00:25:55.070 --> 00:25:56.270
  • are and watch Him do what He's
  • 00:25:57.180 --> 00:26:00.200
  • able to do in your life.
  • 00:26:00.200 --> 00:26:03.130
  • That's the awesome,
  • 00:26:03.130 --> 00:26:05.260
  • indescribable, eternal will of
  • 00:26:06.090 --> 00:26:09.090
  • God for your life.
  • 00:26:09.090 --> 00:26:11.010
  • And the question is: are you
  • 00:26:11.010 --> 00:26:12.140
  • willing to be--are you willing
  • 00:26:12.140 --> 00:26:14.170
  • to say to Him, "Lord, if I'd
  • 00:26:15.240 --> 00:26:18.240
  • only known.
  • 00:26:18.240 --> 00:26:21.060
  • God, I'm ashamed.
  • 00:26:21.060 --> 00:26:23.130
  • God, thank You for giving me one
  • 00:26:23.130 --> 00:26:24.180
  • more chance, and Lord, here's my
  • 00:26:24.180 --> 00:26:26.270
  • life.
  • 00:26:26.270 --> 00:26:28.150
  • I want to see what You'll do
  • 00:26:28.150 --> 00:26:29.160
  • with me."
  • 00:26:29.160 --> 00:26:30.200
  • Here's your opportunity today.
  • 00:26:30.200 --> 00:26:32.100
  • You came to church today.
  • 00:26:32.100 --> 00:26:34.060
  • Here's your opportunity.
  • 00:26:34.060 --> 00:26:36.270
  • Before you walk out of this
  • 00:26:36.270 --> 00:26:38.060
  • place, here's what you can do.
  • 00:26:39.130 --> 00:26:42.130
  • You can say, "God, I don't even
  • 00:26:42.130 --> 00:26:45.130
  • know how to confess all of my
  • 00:26:45.130 --> 00:26:46.230
  • sin, but I'm saying to You,
  • 00:26:46.230 --> 00:26:48.170
  • Lord, that I know I've blown it
  • 00:26:48.170 --> 00:26:50.140
  • lots of times.
  • 00:26:50.140 --> 00:26:51.100
  • I've sinned against You.
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  • Haven't taken advantage of my
  • 00:26:52.190 --> 00:26:53.250
  • opportunities.
  • 00:26:53.250 --> 00:26:55.190
  • I've overlooked Your goodness
  • 00:26:55.190 --> 00:26:56.270
  • and love and mercy and
  • 00:26:56.270 --> 00:26:57.220
  • forgiveness toward me.
  • 00:26:57.220 --> 00:26:59.030
  • But today, as best I know how,
  • 00:26:59.150 --> 00:27:02.170
  • I'm asking You to forgive me of
  • 00:27:02.170 --> 00:27:04.020
  • my sin.
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  • I'm surrendering my life to You.
  • 00:27:05.080 --> 00:27:06.270
  • I probably won't do a very good
  • 00:27:06.270 --> 00:27:08.010
  • job of it.
  • 00:27:08.010 --> 00:27:08.220
  • I'm surrendering my life to You
  • 00:27:08.220 --> 00:27:10.140
  • and I say to You, Dear Father,
  • 00:27:10.230 --> 00:27:13.230
  • forgive me, and here's my life.
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  • I want You to govern my life
  • 00:27:17.230 --> 00:27:19.270
  • from this point forward.
  • 00:27:19.270 --> 00:27:22.180
  • Here's my life."
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  • If you will surrender your life
  • 00:27:25.040 --> 00:27:26.150
  • to God sitting right where you
  • 00:27:26.150 --> 00:27:28.000
  • are, you don't have to give Him
  • 00:27:28.000 --> 00:27:28.290
  • any details.
  • 00:27:28.290 --> 00:27:29.250
  • He knows all the details.
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  • All you need to say to Him
  • 00:27:31.180 --> 00:27:33.000
  • sincerely with all your heart,
  • 00:27:33.000 --> 00:27:34.250
  • "God, I've messed up.
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  • I've blown it.
  • 00:27:37.170 --> 00:27:38.040
  • And I'm sorry, I'm ashamed, I'm
  • 00:27:38.040 --> 00:27:39.180
  • asking You to forgive me.
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  • And Lord, by Your help, by Your
  • 00:27:41.050 --> 00:27:43.130
  • strength, by Your wisdom, by
  • 00:27:43.130 --> 00:27:45.010
  • Your grace, by Your goodness, by
  • 00:27:45.010 --> 00:27:46.160
  • Your love, Your mercy, I'm
  • 00:27:46.160 --> 00:27:49.010
  • willing to start all over
  • 00:27:49.010 --> 00:27:50.050
  • again."
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  • Think about how awesome God is,
  • 00:27:52.250 --> 00:27:55.230
  • that He's willing to forget your
  • 00:27:55.230 --> 00:27:57.030
  • past and only remember the
  • 00:27:57.030 --> 00:27:59.090
  • future.
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  • Amen?
  • 00:28:00.160 --> 00:28:02.060
  • Father, we couldn't even begin
  • 00:28:02.060 --> 00:28:03.280
  • to describe how awesome You are,
  • 00:28:03.280 --> 00:28:06.250
  • what grace really means.
  • 00:28:07.170 --> 00:28:10.170
  • When we think about all that You
  • 00:28:10.170 --> 00:28:12.260
  • forgive us for, all that You're
  • 00:28:13.010 --> 00:28:16.010
  • willing to do in us and through
  • 00:28:16.010 --> 00:28:17.140
  • us, we pray that the Holy Spirit
  • 00:28:17.160 --> 00:28:20.160
  • will do His work right now.
  • 00:28:24.200 --> 00:28:27.200
  • And that every single one of us
  • 00:28:28.030 --> 00:28:31.030
  • will take a fresh look at our
  • 00:28:31.030 --> 00:28:32.040
  • life and surrender ourselves
  • 00:28:32.250 --> 00:28:35.250
  • totally to You again if
  • 00:28:35.250 --> 00:28:38.220
  • necessary.
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  • We love You and we praise You.
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  • In Jesus's name.
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  • - announcer: Coming up in just
  • 00:28:49.090 --> 00:28:50.090
  • a moment, more with Dr. Charles
  • 00:28:50.090 --> 00:28:52.200
  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: We have
  • 00:29:29.140 --> 00:29:30.030
  • to decide how are we going to
  • 00:29:30.030 --> 00:29:30.270
  • respond to temptation.
  • 00:29:30.270 --> 00:29:32.140
  • And the way Jesus responded,
  • 00:29:32.140 --> 00:29:34.000
  • simply this: go to the Word,
  • 00:29:34.000 --> 00:29:35.250
  • what did God say?
  • 00:29:35.250 --> 00:29:37.140
  • And here's what God has said:
  • 00:29:37.140 --> 00:29:39.090
  • "You do not have to yield.
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  • I have put a limitation on the
  • 00:29:43.050 --> 00:29:46.030
  • temptation of every single one
  • 00:29:46.030 --> 00:29:47.220
  • of My children so that I have
  • 00:29:47.220 --> 00:29:49.240
  • made a way of escape.
  • 00:29:49.240 --> 00:29:51.030
  • You do not have to do it."
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  • - male announcer: Next on,
  • 00:29:56.110 --> 00:29:57.060
  • "In Touch,"
  • 00:29:57.060 --> 00:29:58.060
  • "Lessons Learned
  • 00:29:58.060 --> 00:29:59.060
  • - Dr. Stanley:
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  • All of us have to
  • 00:30:03.290 --> 00:30:05.050
  • face temptations of some sort.
  • 00:30:05.050 --> 00:30:07.250
  • And probably until the last day
  • 00:30:07.250 --> 00:30:09.260
  • of our life, we'll be dealing
  • 00:30:09.260 --> 00:30:11.190
  • with something.
  • 00:30:11.190 --> 00:30:12.240
  • Doesn't mean that you deal with
  • 00:30:12.240 --> 00:30:13.210
  • the same thing all the time,
  • 00:30:13.210 --> 00:30:14.280
  • but temptation is
  • 00:30:14.280 --> 00:30:16.240
  • just a part of life.
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  • Look at this awesome,
  • 00:30:18.130 --> 00:30:19.160
  • corrupt, evil, vile society
  • 00:30:20.100 --> 00:30:23.100
  • in which we live.
  • 00:30:23.100 --> 00:30:24.270
  • But, Adam and Eve
  • 00:30:24.270 --> 00:30:26.060
  • had to deal with that,
  • 00:30:26.060 --> 00:30:27.130
  • and there was none of this.
  • 00:30:27.130 --> 00:30:29.010
  • And every generation has had to
  • 00:30:29.010 --> 00:30:30.190
  • deal with it, so we can't blame
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  • it on somebody else
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  • and something else.
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  • Because we have a fallen nature
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  • and because we live in a fallen
  • 00:30:37.090 --> 00:30:39.020
  • world, temptation is something
  • 00:30:39.050 --> 00:30:42.050
  • we have to deal with
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  • probably most every day.
  • 00:30:43.100 --> 00:30:45.130
  • Not every day necessarily.
  • 00:30:45.130 --> 00:30:46.280
  • And it doesn't mean that you
  • 00:30:46.280 --> 00:30:47.290
  • deal with the same temptations
  • 00:30:47.290 --> 00:30:49.080
  • all of the time, or maybe
  • 00:30:49.080 --> 00:30:50.290
  • as many as you did before
  • 00:30:50.290 --> 00:30:52.250
  • you were at this point in life.
  • 00:30:52.250 --> 00:30:54.220
  • But it's there.
  • 00:30:54.220 --> 00:30:57.070
  • And the issue is this.
  • 00:30:57.070 --> 00:30:58.290
  • How do you deal with it?
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  • Lot of people will live their
  • 00:31:00.120 --> 00:31:01.190
  • whole life and never decide
  • 00:31:01.190 --> 00:31:03.250
  • how to deal with temptation.
  • 00:31:03.250 --> 00:31:05.210
  • It just happens that when
  • 00:31:05.210 --> 00:31:07.120
  • it hits them for some reason,
  • 00:31:07.120 --> 00:31:09.090
  • this is the way they respond.
  • 00:31:09.090 --> 00:31:11.090
  • And if this hits me here,
  • 00:31:11.090 --> 00:31:13.060
  • I'll respond this way.
  • 00:31:13.060 --> 00:31:14.040
  • So, they don't have
  • 00:31:14.040 --> 00:31:15.040
  • any real method of responding.
  • 00:31:15.040 --> 00:31:17.210
  • Is there a way to deal
  • 00:31:17.210 --> 00:31:20.040
  • with temptation?
  • 00:31:20.040 --> 00:31:21.160
  • In other words, can I build
  • 00:31:21.160 --> 00:31:22.280
  • some kind of defense?
  • 00:31:22.280 --> 00:31:24.220
  • Can I look ahead and respond
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  • and know that this will
  • 00:31:26.260 --> 00:31:29.260
  • always work?
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  • Probably, most people would say
  • 00:31:31.200 --> 00:31:32.290
  • no because we're all different.
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  • If that's true then that means
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  • that we're all subject to
  • 00:31:37.080 --> 00:31:38.280
  • the satanic power, the power of
  • 00:31:38.280 --> 00:31:41.260
  • the devil, to hit us from every
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  • side, every angle, anytime,
  • 00:31:44.070 --> 00:31:46.070
  • anywhere and down we go.
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  • That is not the will of God,
  • 00:31:48.210 --> 00:31:49.290
  • the purpose of God,
  • 00:31:49.290 --> 00:31:51.030
  • or the plan of God.
  • 00:31:51.030 --> 00:31:52.290
  • So you say, "Well, can we live
  • 00:31:52.290 --> 00:31:54.030
  • without temptation?"
  • 00:31:54.030 --> 00:31:55.090
  • No.
  • 00:31:55.090 --> 00:31:57.020
  • But, we don't have to yield
  • 00:31:57.020 --> 00:31:58.120
  • to it, unless we choose to.
  • 00:31:58.200 --> 00:32:01.220
  • You say, "But you know what,
  • 00:32:01.220 --> 00:32:02.270
  • you just don't know how tempted
  • 00:32:02.270 --> 00:32:04.060
  • I am, and you don't know
  • 00:32:04.060 --> 00:32:06.050
  • that the kind of temptation
  • 00:32:06.050 --> 00:32:07.230
  • I deal with."
  • 00:32:07.230 --> 00:32:08.280
  • So, let me say two things.
  • 00:32:08.280 --> 00:32:09.290
  • Number one, if you've
  • 00:32:09.290 --> 00:32:11.010
  • never trusted Jesus Christ
  • 00:32:11.010 --> 00:32:12.080
  • as your personal Savior,
  • 00:32:12.080 --> 00:32:13.130
  • you're on your own.
  • 00:32:13.130 --> 00:32:16.000
  • You don't have any real defense
  • 00:32:16.000 --> 00:32:17.240
  • because you're dealing with
  • 00:32:17.240 --> 00:32:20.080
  • someone who's got the answers,
  • 00:32:20.110 --> 00:32:23.110
  • who knows exactly when
  • 00:32:23.110 --> 00:32:24.170
  • to hit you, where to hit you,
  • 00:32:24.170 --> 00:32:27.020
  • and how long to hit you
  • 00:32:27.020 --> 00:32:28.060
  • to bring you down.
  • 00:32:28.060 --> 00:32:29.200
  • So, if you're not a believer,
  • 00:32:29.200 --> 00:32:31.110
  • you don't have a chance,
  • 00:32:31.110 --> 00:32:32.180
  • you don't have a choice.
  • 00:32:32.180 --> 00:32:34.080
  • If you are, you have the
  • 00:32:34.080 --> 00:32:36.110
  • opportunity to understand
  • 00:32:37.060 --> 00:32:40.060
  • what temptation's like, what
  • 00:32:40.060 --> 00:32:42.260
  • it's about, what it really is,
  • 00:32:43.170 --> 00:32:46.170
  • what is the goal of it,
  • 00:32:46.170 --> 00:32:48.180
  • who's behind it,
  • 00:32:48.180 --> 00:32:49.180
  • and that you can live,
  • 00:32:49.180 --> 00:32:51.260
  • not without temptation,
  • 00:32:51.260 --> 00:32:53.180
  • but without continuous falling.
  • 00:32:53.180 --> 00:32:55.240
  • You say, "Well, would you
  • 00:32:55.240 --> 00:32:56.180
  • ever reach a stage
  • 00:32:56.180 --> 00:32:57.150
  • in your life where
  • 00:32:57.150 --> 00:32:58.180
  • you're not tempted anymore?"
  • 00:32:58.180 --> 00:32:59.230
  • I doubt it.
  • 00:32:59.230 --> 00:33:01.130
  • Will you ever live to a place
  • 00:33:01.130 --> 00:33:03.100
  • in life where some things
  • 00:33:03.110 --> 00:33:06.110
  • don't bother you anymore?
  • 00:33:06.110 --> 00:33:07.160
  • I think that's true,
  • 00:33:07.160 --> 00:33:09.190
  • but as far as temptation
  • 00:33:09.240 --> 00:33:12.240
  • absolutely out of your life?
  • 00:33:12.240 --> 00:33:14.190
  • No.
  • 00:33:14.190 --> 00:33:15.150
  • It may be something as simple as
  • 00:33:15.150 --> 00:33:16.250
  • you just gossip.
  • 00:33:16.250 --> 00:33:19.170
  • You gossiped at twenty,
  • 00:33:19.170 --> 00:33:21.120
  • you gossiped at forty, sixty,
  • 00:33:21.120 --> 00:33:23.000
  • eighty, you're still doing it,
  • 00:33:23.000 --> 00:33:25.240
  • and you're still asking God
  • 00:33:25.240 --> 00:33:26.220
  • to forgive you.
  • 00:33:26.220 --> 00:33:28.000
  • Or, it may be something
  • 00:33:28.000 --> 00:33:28.280
  • far more serious than that.
  • 00:33:28.280 --> 00:33:30.160
  • And many people do, they live
  • 00:33:30.160 --> 00:33:32.000
  • with sin in their life.
  • 00:33:32.000 --> 00:33:34.220
  • They live facing the same
  • 00:33:34.220 --> 00:33:36.060
  • temptation over and over again,
  • 00:33:36.060 --> 00:33:38.010
  • and this is their conclusion,
  • 00:33:38.010 --> 00:33:39.150
  • "Well, I guess that's just
  • 00:33:39.150 --> 00:33:41.000
  • the way it is."
  • 00:33:41.000 --> 00:33:42.160
  • That's the way it is that
  • 00:33:42.160 --> 00:33:43.090
  • everybody's tempted by
  • 00:33:43.090 --> 00:33:44.070
  • something, and so this happens
  • 00:33:44.070 --> 00:33:45.160
  • to be mine, and so I guess
  • 00:33:45.160 --> 00:33:46.240
  • I'll just have to live
  • 00:33:46.240 --> 00:33:48.090
  • and die with it.
  • 00:33:48.090 --> 00:33:49.190
  • You don't have to.
  • 00:33:49.190 --> 00:33:51.090
  • You may live and die with
  • 00:33:51.090 --> 00:33:52.220
  • the temptation, but not falling
  • 00:33:52.220 --> 00:33:55.000
  • to it, not succumbing to it,
  • 00:33:55.000 --> 00:33:57.180
  • not being defeated by it.
  • 00:33:57.180 --> 00:33:59.210
  • But that's a matter of your
  • 00:33:59.210 --> 00:34:01.000
  • attitude and your understanding,
  • 00:34:01.200 --> 00:34:04.200
  • and the possibility of building
  • 00:34:04.200 --> 00:34:06.200
  • a defense in your life to
  • 00:34:06.200 --> 00:34:09.090
  • protect you.
  • 00:34:09.090 --> 00:34:11.060
  • Well, the best place to go, that
  • 00:34:11.060 --> 00:34:12.260
  • I know, to find out how to deal
  • 00:34:12.260 --> 00:34:14.200
  • with temptation is with the one
  • 00:34:14.200 --> 00:34:16.060
  • who conquered it every single
  • 00:34:16.060 --> 00:34:18.020
  • time, and that's Jesus.
  • 00:34:18.020 --> 00:34:20.290
  • It's not His will that you and I
  • 00:34:21.060 --> 00:34:24.060
  • live falling into temptation.
  • 00:34:24.060 --> 00:34:27.020
  • It is His will that we live the
  • 00:34:27.020 --> 00:34:28.120
  • kind of life that has a defense,
  • 00:34:28.150 --> 00:34:31.150
  • a mechanism, a plan that when
  • 00:34:31.150 --> 00:34:33.140
  • we are attacked by the devil,
  • 00:34:33.140 --> 00:34:35.040
  • we know what to do next.
  • 00:34:35.040 --> 00:34:37.080
  • So, that's what this message is
  • 00:34:37.080 --> 00:34:38.210
  • all about.
  • 00:34:38.210 --> 00:34:39.260
  • And I want you to turn, if you
  • 00:34:39.260 --> 00:34:40.210
  • will, to the fourth chapter of
  • 00:34:40.210 --> 00:34:42.060
  • Matthew, and those first eleven
  • 00:34:42.060 --> 00:34:44.030
  • verses give us an account of
  • 00:34:44.030 --> 00:34:45.190
  • Jesus facing temptation.
  • 00:34:46.000 --> 00:34:49.000
  • And I want us to see what can we
  • 00:34:49.000 --> 00:34:50.060
  • learn from this experience He
  • 00:34:50.060 --> 00:34:53.000
  • had in order to protect
  • 00:34:53.000 --> 00:34:55.160
  • ourselves from falling.
  • 00:34:55.160 --> 00:34:57.240
  • Notice, I didn't say protect
  • 00:34:57.240 --> 00:34:59.010
  • ourselves from being tempted,
  • 00:34:59.010 --> 00:35:00.290
  • but protect ourselves from
  • 00:35:00.290 --> 00:35:02.080
  • falling into temptation when it
  • 00:35:02.080 --> 00:35:04.000
  • hits us.
  • 00:35:04.000 --> 00:35:05.280
  • So, beginning in this fourth
  • 00:35:05.280 --> 00:35:08.040
  • chapter and I want to start with
  • 00:35:08.040 --> 00:35:10.140
  • the first word, because the
  • 00:35:10.140 --> 00:35:11.170
  • first word's important.
  • 00:35:11.170 --> 00:35:13.080
  • When He says, "Then, well,
  • 00:35:13.080 --> 00:35:15.280
  • what's then?"
  • 00:35:15.280 --> 00:35:17.070
  • Well, you turn back in your
  • 00:35:17.070 --> 00:35:18.120
  • Bible and find out well what
  • 00:35:18.120 --> 00:35:19.240
  • happened right before this.
  • 00:35:19.240 --> 00:35:21.160
  • What happened right before this
  • 00:35:21.160 --> 00:35:23.030
  • is the time in which Jesus was
  • 00:35:23.030 --> 00:35:24.190
  • baptized.
  • 00:35:24.190 --> 00:35:26.110
  • And in the fourteenth verse.
  • 00:35:26.110 --> 00:35:27.230
  • "But John tried to prevent Him
  • 00:35:27.230 --> 00:35:29.090
  • saying, 'I have need to be
  • 00:35:29.090 --> 00:35:30.240
  • baptized by You, and do You come
  • 00:35:30.240 --> 00:35:32.190
  • to me?'
  • 00:35:32.190 --> 00:35:34.020
  • But Jesus answering said to
  • 00:35:34.020 --> 00:35:35.140
  • him," speaking of John, "'Permit
  • 00:35:35.140 --> 00:35:37.270
  • it at this time, for in this way
  • 00:35:38.000 --> 00:35:41.000
  • it is fitting for us to fulfill
  • 00:35:41.000 --> 00:35:42.180
  • all righteousness.'
  • 00:35:42.180 --> 00:35:44.030
  • Then he permitted Him," or
  • 00:35:44.030 --> 00:35:45.220
  • baptized Him.
  • 00:35:45.220 --> 00:35:47.010
  • "After being baptized, Jesus
  • 00:35:47.010 --> 00:35:48.140
  • came up immediately from the
  • 00:35:48.140 --> 00:35:49.240
  • water, and behold, the heavens
  • 00:35:49.240 --> 00:35:51.090
  • were opened, and he saw the
  • 00:35:51.090 --> 00:35:52.290
  • Spirit of God descending as a
  • 00:35:52.290 --> 00:35:55.140
  • dove and lighting on Him, and
  • 00:35:55.140 --> 00:35:57.140
  • behold, a voice out of the
  • 00:35:57.140 --> 00:35:59.110
  • heavens said, 'This is My
  • 00:35:59.110 --> 00:36:01.080
  • beloved Son, in whom I am well
  • 00:36:01.080 --> 00:36:03.180
  • pleased.'"
  • 00:36:03.180 --> 00:36:04.140
  • So, you say, well what's that
  • 00:36:04.140 --> 00:36:05.140
  • got to do with temptation?
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  • Look at that word, "then".
  • 00:36:06.190 --> 00:36:08.160
  • That means that what we are
  • 00:36:08.160 --> 00:36:09.280
  • about to read happened
  • 00:36:09.280 --> 00:36:11.140
  • right after this.
  • 00:36:11.140 --> 00:36:13.160
  • Well, is that important?
  • 00:36:13.160 --> 00:36:14.180
  • It is extremely important, and
  • 00:36:14.180 --> 00:36:16.180
  • I'll show you why in a moment.
  • 00:36:16.180 --> 00:36:17.210
  • So, then beginning in chapter
  • 00:36:17.210 --> 00:36:20.010
  • four, verse one, "Jesus was
  • 00:36:20.040 --> 00:36:23.040
  • led up by the Spirit
  • 00:36:23.040 --> 00:36:24.290
  • in the wilderness to be tempted
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  • by the devil."
  • 00:36:26.250 --> 00:36:28.000
  • And notice it says
  • 00:36:28.000 --> 00:36:29.070
  • that He was led up.
  • 00:36:29.070 --> 00:36:30.140
  • He didn't just wander up there.
  • 00:36:30.140 --> 00:36:31.190
  • He was led up, and if you'll
  • 00:36:31.190 --> 00:36:34.060
  • notice, He says, "led up by
  • 00:36:34.060 --> 00:36:35.250
  • the Spirit, the Spirit of God."
  • 00:36:35.250 --> 00:36:37.290
  • Right after He'd had this
  • 00:36:37.290 --> 00:36:40.100
  • awesome experience of being
  • 00:36:40.100 --> 00:36:42.280
  • baptized, the Spirit of God
  • 00:36:42.280 --> 00:36:44.240
  • coming upon Him and God just
  • 00:36:44.240 --> 00:36:46.160
  • blessing Him, blessing Him and
  • 00:36:46.160 --> 00:36:48.230
  • blessing Him in this experience,
  • 00:36:48.230 --> 00:36:50.150
  • then what does God do?
  • 00:36:50.150 --> 00:36:51.250
  • He sends Him
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  • into the wilderness.
  • 00:36:53.010 --> 00:36:54.070
  • You say, well that doesn't look
  • 00:36:54.070 --> 00:36:55.050
  • very fair.
  • 00:36:55.050 --> 00:36:56.030
  • In other words, why didn't He
  • 00:36:56.030 --> 00:36:57.030
  • just let Him enjoy
  • 00:36:57.030 --> 00:36:58.160
  • the experience?
  • 00:36:58.160 --> 00:36:59.020
  • Well, He did enjoy it, but His--
  • 00:36:59.020 --> 00:37:01.000
  • Watch this, listen carefully,
  • 00:37:01.000 --> 00:37:02.270
  • God doesn't do anything without
  • 00:37:02.270 --> 00:37:04.160
  • a purpose.
  • 00:37:04.160 --> 00:37:06.100
  • God doesn't react and respond,
  • 00:37:06.100 --> 00:37:07.250
  • He has a purpose.
  • 00:37:07.250 --> 00:37:09.050
  • So, He gave Him this awesome
  • 00:37:09.050 --> 00:37:11.290
  • experience to introduce Him at
  • 00:37:11.290 --> 00:37:14.080
  • the beginning of His ministry.
  • 00:37:14.080 --> 00:37:17.060
  • And so when He comes upon the
  • 00:37:17.060 --> 00:37:18.060
  • scene, John baptizes Him, the
  • 00:37:18.060 --> 00:37:20.290
  • beginning of His awesome
  • 00:37:20.290 --> 00:37:22.240
  • ministry.
  • 00:37:22.240 --> 00:37:24.180
  • And so the Scripture says that,
  • 00:37:24.180 --> 00:37:25.280
  • then He was led up by
  • 00:37:28.090 --> 00:37:31.090
  • the Spirit into the wilderness.
  • 00:37:31.090 --> 00:37:33.130
  • He didn't just drift up there,
  • 00:37:33.130 --> 00:37:34.250
  • He didn't find Himself up there,
  • 00:37:34.250 --> 00:37:36.210
  • He was led, the Scripture says,
  • 00:37:36.210 --> 00:37:38.040
  • by the Spirit of God
  • 00:37:38.040 --> 00:37:40.000
  • into the wilderness, and He says
  • 00:37:40.000 --> 00:37:41.160
  • for the very specific purpose.
  • 00:37:42.240 --> 00:37:45.240
  • Came off of this big high
  • 00:37:45.240 --> 00:37:47.200
  • into the wilderness,
  • 00:37:47.200 --> 00:37:49.260
  • the Scripture says,
  • 00:37:49.260 --> 00:37:51.240
  • to be tempted by the devil.
  • 00:37:52.050 --> 00:37:55.050
  • Why in the world would God,
  • 00:37:55.050 --> 00:37:57.030
  • allow the devil to tempt His
  • 00:37:57.030 --> 00:37:58.100
  • Son?
  • 00:37:58.100 --> 00:37:59.170
  • Probably more than one reason
  • 00:37:59.170 --> 00:38:00.290
  • but remember this, one of the
  • 00:38:00.290 --> 00:38:02.190
  • primary reasons God allows
  • 00:38:02.190 --> 00:38:04.210
  • testing and trial in our life is
  • 00:38:04.210 --> 00:38:07.160
  • to prepare us.
  • 00:38:07.160 --> 00:38:10.000
  • Prepare us oftentimes for
  • 00:38:10.000 --> 00:38:11.150
  • greater testing and greater
  • 00:38:11.150 --> 00:38:13.060
  • trial.
  • 00:38:13.060 --> 00:38:14.160
  • And so what Jesus is suffering
  • 00:38:14.160 --> 00:38:16.050
  • here, or experiencing is the
  • 00:38:16.050 --> 00:38:17.160
  • fact that the Father is now
  • 00:38:17.160 --> 00:38:19.010
  • getting Him ready to face the
  • 00:38:19.010 --> 00:38:21.080
  • reality of His awesome ministry.
  • 00:38:22.190 --> 00:38:25.190
  • And so, forty days of listening
  • 00:38:25.190 --> 00:38:27.100
  • to God is what He was doing.
  • 00:38:27.100 --> 00:38:29.020
  • Listening and talking
  • 00:38:29.020 --> 00:38:30.040
  • to the Father.
  • 00:38:30.040 --> 00:38:31.030
  • Lord you know what you,
  • 00:38:31.030 --> 00:38:32.170
  • and can you imagine the kind
  • 00:38:32.170 --> 00:38:34.030
  • of conversation that went on
  • 00:38:34.030 --> 00:38:35.230
  • between Him and God?
  • 00:38:35.230 --> 00:38:38.030
  • It was an awesome, awesome time
  • 00:38:38.030 --> 00:38:39.150
  • of listening to the Father.
  • 00:38:39.280 --> 00:38:42.280
  • And so now, after end those
  • 00:38:42.280 --> 00:38:44.230
  • forty days, Satan shows up.
  • 00:38:44.230 --> 00:38:46.170
  • And listen to what he says,
  • 00:38:46.170 --> 00:38:49.000
  • "And the tempter came and said
  • 00:38:49.000 --> 00:38:50.260
  • to Him," watch this, not since
  • 00:38:51.240 --> 00:38:54.240
  • You are, not now that You are,
  • 00:38:55.120 --> 00:38:58.120
  • but if You are the Son of God,
  • 00:38:58.120 --> 00:39:01.100
  • command that these stones become
  • 00:39:01.100 --> 00:39:02.270
  • bread.
  • 00:39:02.270 --> 00:39:04.200
  • If You are.
  • 00:39:04.200 --> 00:39:07.100
  • Not since You are,
  • 00:39:07.100 --> 00:39:08.000
  • but if You are the Son of God.
  • 00:39:08.000 --> 00:39:10.100
  • In other words, if You're
  • 00:39:10.100 --> 00:39:11.260
  • who You say You are, then,
  • 00:39:11.260 --> 00:39:14.010
  • You have the power to turn
  • 00:39:14.010 --> 00:39:15.250
  • these stones into bread.
  • 00:39:15.250 --> 00:39:18.170
  • And what he was saying is, why
  • 00:39:18.170 --> 00:39:20.230
  • don't You just use Your power,
  • 00:39:20.230 --> 00:39:23.070
  • Your divine supernatural power?
  • 00:39:23.070 --> 00:39:25.150
  • The truth is, why don't You
  • 00:39:25.150 --> 00:39:26.240
  • misuse it by turning stones into
  • 00:39:26.240 --> 00:39:29.110
  • bread?
  • 00:39:29.110 --> 00:39:30.120
  • That'd be very impressive.
  • 00:39:30.120 --> 00:39:32.130
  • And besides that would be a way
  • 00:39:32.130 --> 00:39:33.180
  • of satisfying Your hunger
  • 00:39:33.180 --> 00:39:35.210
  • in a miraculous way.
  • 00:39:36.020 --> 00:39:39.020
  • And so Jesus said to him,
  • 00:39:39.020 --> 00:39:40.240
  • He didn't get
  • 00:39:40.240 --> 00:39:41.170
  • in an argument with him.
  • 00:39:41.170 --> 00:39:43.170
  • He said, "It is written."
  • 00:39:43.240 --> 00:39:46.240
  • Watch this carefully,
  • 00:39:46.240 --> 00:39:48.000
  • "It is written, man shall not
  • 00:39:48.000 --> 00:39:49.180
  • live on bread alone,
  • 00:39:49.180 --> 00:39:51.080
  • but on every word that proceeds
  • 00:39:51.080 --> 00:39:52.240
  • out of the mouth of God."
  • 00:39:52.240 --> 00:39:54.200
  • Now, what I want you to see is
  • 00:39:54.200 --> 00:39:55.180
  • this.
  • 00:39:55.180 --> 00:39:56.260
  • Jesus didn't have to come up
  • 00:39:56.260 --> 00:39:58.190
  • with an idea of how to deal with
  • 00:39:58.190 --> 00:40:01.180
  • Satan when He was tempted.
  • 00:40:01.180 --> 00:40:03.260
  • Forty days He'd been listening
  • 00:40:03.260 --> 00:40:05.220
  • to God, preparing for the
  • 00:40:05.220 --> 00:40:07.240
  • ministry that God had called Him
  • 00:40:07.240 --> 00:40:09.110
  • to do, and so when Satan attacks
  • 00:40:09.110 --> 00:40:11.120
  • Him, if You're the Son of God,
  • 00:40:11.120 --> 00:40:13.220
  • You're hungry, in fact, You feel
  • 00:40:13.220 --> 00:40:16.180
  • like You're just starving.
  • 00:40:16.180 --> 00:40:18.070
  • Well, these stones,
  • 00:40:18.070 --> 00:40:19.180
  • You have the power to turn them
  • 00:40:19.180 --> 00:40:22.030
  • into bread, delicious,
  • 00:40:22.030 --> 00:40:23.220
  • scrumptious bread.
  • 00:40:23.220 --> 00:40:24.250
  • You know the kind of bread
  • 00:40:24.250 --> 00:40:25.140
  • Your mother used to make You.
  • 00:40:25.140 --> 00:40:26.170
  • It'd be just like that.
  • 00:40:26.170 --> 00:40:28.190
  • And Jesus said to him, "It is
  • 00:40:28.190 --> 00:40:30.220
  • written in the Word of God, man
  • 00:40:30.220 --> 00:40:32.180
  • shall not live by bread alone,
  • 00:40:32.180 --> 00:40:34.190
  • but by every word that proceeds
  • 00:40:34.190 --> 00:40:35.270
  • out of the mouth of God."
  • 00:40:35.270 --> 00:40:37.060
  • Watch this carefully, Jesus had
  • 00:40:37.060 --> 00:40:38.270
  • a plan.
  • 00:40:38.270 --> 00:40:40.210
  • He had a plan for dealing with
  • 00:40:40.210 --> 00:40:41.270
  • temptation and the plan was you
  • 00:40:41.270 --> 00:40:43.240
  • go to the Father.
  • 00:40:43.240 --> 00:40:45.230
  • You go to the Word of God.
  • 00:40:45.230 --> 00:40:47.030
  • What does the Word of God say?
  • 00:40:47.030 --> 00:40:48.200
  • Now Jesus already knew this.
  • 00:40:48.200 --> 00:40:51.040
  • Paul came along writing to the
  • 00:40:51.040 --> 00:40:54.000
  • Corinthians and he put it this
  • 00:40:54.000 --> 00:40:55.130
  • way, "No temptation comes at you
  • 00:40:55.130 --> 00:40:58.020
  • is taken you, but such as is
  • 00:40:58.020 --> 00:40:59.250
  • common to man."
  • 00:40:59.250 --> 00:41:00.240
  • We all have it, "but God is
  • 00:41:00.240 --> 00:41:03.050
  • faithful, who will not permit
  • 00:41:04.050 --> 00:41:07.050
  • you to betempted above what you
  • 00:41:07.050 --> 00:41:09.130
  • are able to bear, but will make
  • 00:41:09.130 --> 00:41:11.040
  • a way of escape."
  • 00:41:11.040 --> 00:41:13.040
  • That's the promise of God.
  • 00:41:13.040 --> 00:41:14.190
  • If you don't know that promise
  • 00:41:14.190 --> 00:41:15.250
  • and you get hit with something
  • 00:41:15.250 --> 00:41:17.010
  • really hard, you say, well
  • 00:41:17.010 --> 00:41:18.150
  • listen God you knew I couldn't
  • 00:41:18.150 --> 00:41:20.100
  • handle that and that was too
  • 00:41:20.100 --> 00:41:22.260
  • much for me and you let me be
  • 00:41:22.260 --> 00:41:24.110
  • tempted and it's Your fault.
  • 00:41:24.110 --> 00:41:26.020
  • No.
  • 00:41:26.020 --> 00:41:27.130
  • He says, go to the Word of God,
  • 00:41:27.130 --> 00:41:28.160
  • it is written.
  • 00:41:28.160 --> 00:41:29.200
  • What's written?
  • 00:41:29.200 --> 00:41:30.050
  • It's written is this:
  • 00:41:30.050 --> 00:41:31.100
  • God will not allow one of His
  • 00:41:31.100 --> 00:41:33.140
  • children to be tempted or tried
  • 00:41:33.140 --> 00:41:35.190
  • more than you are able to bear,
  • 00:41:35.190 --> 00:41:38.070
  • depending and trusting in Him.
  • 00:41:38.070 --> 00:41:41.030
  • He says, He's put a limit
  • 00:41:41.030 --> 00:41:42.040
  • on it.
  • 00:41:42.040 --> 00:41:43.090
  • Now, you say, well suppose
  • 00:41:43.090 --> 00:41:45.000
  • I don't know where to go?
  • 00:41:45.000 --> 00:41:46.180
  • Why, watch this.
  • 00:41:46.180 --> 00:41:47.120
  • Now if you have a plan, the plan
  • 00:41:47.120 --> 00:41:49.200
  • has some parts to it, right?
  • 00:41:49.200 --> 00:41:52.080
  • And the first part is, go to
  • 00:41:52.080 --> 00:41:54.230
  • the Word of God and find
  • 00:41:54.230 --> 00:41:56.090
  • those verses that are verses
  • 00:41:57.020 --> 00:42:00.040
  • of protection like a shield
  • 00:42:00.040 --> 00:42:02.250
  • when you are tempted.
  • 00:42:02.250 --> 00:42:05.020
  • And He said,
  • 00:42:05.020 --> 00:42:06.080
  • this is just one of them.
  • 00:42:06.080 --> 00:42:07.260
  • He says, he set a limitation
  • 00:42:08.020 --> 00:42:11.020
  • and so if I'm tempted, the first
  • 00:42:11.020 --> 00:42:12.190
  • thing I need to do is say,
  • 00:42:12.190 --> 00:42:13.260
  • well, listen, thank you Father
  • 00:42:13.260 --> 00:42:15.060
  • that You've set a limitation on
  • 00:42:15.060 --> 00:42:16.210
  • this and I do not have to yield.
  • 00:42:17.020 --> 00:42:20.020
  • So, I need some ammunition,
  • 00:42:20.020 --> 00:42:21.220
  • I need a defense and
  • 00:42:21.220 --> 00:42:23.010
  • my defense is the Word of God.
  • 00:42:23.010 --> 00:42:25.240
  • Now, I may say,
  • 00:42:25.240 --> 00:42:27.070
  • well, I have a defense.
  • 00:42:27.070 --> 00:42:29.040
  • Well that defense has parts to
  • 00:42:29.040 --> 00:42:30.140
  • it and that's verse after verse
  • 00:42:30.140 --> 00:42:32.040
  • after verse in the Word of God
  • 00:42:32.040 --> 00:42:33.120
  • that makes me realize
  • 00:42:33.120 --> 00:42:35.110
  • I do not have to yield.
  • 00:42:35.110 --> 00:42:37.230
  • I do not have to surrender
  • 00:42:37.230 --> 00:42:39.070
  • to that, and you need to find
  • 00:42:39.070 --> 00:42:41.280
  • those verses in the Scriptures
  • 00:42:41.280 --> 00:42:43.090
  • that apply in a way that appeals
  • 00:42:43.090 --> 00:42:46.040
  • to you or what you have
  • 00:42:46.040 --> 00:42:47.190
  • to face in life.
  • 00:42:47.190 --> 00:42:49.160
  • You say, well, why don't you
  • 00:42:49.160 --> 00:42:50.270
  • give me some verse of Scripture
  • 00:42:50.270 --> 00:42:52.120
  • that I could use.
  • 00:42:52.120 --> 00:42:55.010
  • Well if I did, what you'd do,
  • 00:42:55.010 --> 00:42:57.050
  • you'd just use that one.
  • 00:42:57.050 --> 00:42:59.140
  • You've got to find the one that
  • 00:42:59.140 --> 00:43:00.210
  • best suits you, for example,
  • 00:43:00.250 --> 00:43:03.250
  • it may be that
  • 00:43:03.250 --> 00:43:05.090
  • you have a problem about
  • 00:43:05.090 --> 00:43:06.140
  • being angry towards somebody.
  • 00:43:06.140 --> 00:43:08.220
  • Well, find the Word of get
  • 00:43:08.220 --> 00:43:09.240
  • in the Word of God and see
  • 00:43:09.240 --> 00:43:11.020
  • what it says about anger.
  • 00:43:11.020 --> 00:43:13.110
  • Maybe it's immoral,
  • 00:43:13.110 --> 00:43:14.090
  • see what He says
  • 00:43:14.090 --> 00:43:15.030
  • about something that's immoral.
  • 00:43:15.030 --> 00:43:16.260
  • Or maybe ah you have a problem
  • 00:43:16.260 --> 00:43:18.150
  • with greed,
  • 00:43:18.150 --> 00:43:20.240
  • find out what He says about it.
  • 00:43:20.240 --> 00:43:22.060
  • In other words,
  • 00:43:22.060 --> 00:43:22.260
  • go to the Word of God.
  • 00:43:22.260 --> 00:43:24.010
  • That's what Jesus did.
  • 00:43:24.010 --> 00:43:25.090
  • Listen, it's evident Jesus
  • 00:43:25.090 --> 00:43:27.090
  • just had one plan.
  • 00:43:27.090 --> 00:43:30.090
  • And watch this.
  • 00:43:30.090 --> 00:43:31.170
  • Jesus didn't get
  • 00:43:31.170 --> 00:43:33.030
  • in any arguments with the devil.
  • 00:43:33.030 --> 00:43:35.020
  • If you do that,
  • 00:43:35.020 --> 00:43:36.020
  • you're going to lose every time.
  • 00:43:36.020 --> 00:43:37.280
  • He knows exactly when we're the
  • 00:43:37.280 --> 00:43:39.050
  • weakest, when we're the
  • 00:43:39.050 --> 00:43:40.100
  • strongest, where to hit us, who
  • 00:43:40.100 --> 00:43:41.170
  • to hit us by, whatever it might
  • 00:43:41.170 --> 00:43:42.250
  • be.
  • 00:43:42.250 --> 00:43:44.020
  • So, what we have to ask is:
  • 00:43:44.020 --> 00:43:45.170
  • Lord, how do I defend myself
  • 00:43:45.210 --> 00:43:48.210
  • against temptation?
  • 00:43:48.210 --> 00:43:50.150
  • I build a foundation of strong
  • 00:43:50.220 --> 00:43:53.220
  • truth.
  • 00:43:53.220 --> 00:43:55.000
  • And my defense is the Word of
  • 00:43:55.000 --> 00:43:56.090
  • God.
  • 00:43:56.090 --> 00:43:57.250
  • And so Jesus said to him, He
  • 00:43:57.250 --> 00:43:59.040
  • said very simple, He said, we
  • 00:43:59.040 --> 00:44:01.140
  • can't just eat bread alone.
  • 00:44:01.140 --> 00:44:04.140
  • In other words, I'm not going to
  • 00:44:04.140 --> 00:44:05.120
  • misuse My power to satisfy My
  • 00:44:05.120 --> 00:44:06.290
  • hunger.
  • 00:44:06.290 --> 00:44:08.110
  • So then says, the Bible says,
  • 00:44:08.110 --> 00:44:10.060
  • "Then the devil took Him to the
  • 00:44:10.060 --> 00:44:12.060
  • holy city and had Him stand on
  • 00:44:12.110 --> 00:44:15.110
  • the pinnacle of the temple."
  • 00:44:15.110 --> 00:44:17.140
  • As we said at the top about four
  • 00:44:17.140 --> 00:44:18.270
  • hundred and fifty down to the
  • 00:44:18.270 --> 00:44:20.120
  • valley floor, and he said to
  • 00:44:20.120 --> 00:44:22.150
  • Him, again, if You're the Son of
  • 00:44:22.150 --> 00:44:24.230
  • God, now watch this, listen
  • 00:44:24.230 --> 00:44:27.020
  • carefully, if you think Satan's
  • 00:44:27.020 --> 00:44:28.150
  • going to hit you one time
  • 00:44:28.150 --> 00:44:29.190
  • and forget it, this was the
  • 00:44:29.190 --> 00:44:31.040
  • Son of God and He defeated Satan
  • 00:44:31.040 --> 00:44:33.270
  • one time, Satan comes right back
  • 00:44:33.270 --> 00:44:35.010
  • again he says in the same way.
  • 00:44:35.010 --> 00:44:37.020
  • "If You're the Son of God,
  • 00:44:37.020 --> 00:44:39.010
  • throw Yourself down."
  • 00:44:39.010 --> 00:44:41.060
  • And then, he quotes this
  • 00:44:41.060 --> 00:44:42.020
  • Scripture.
  • 00:44:42.020 --> 00:44:43.220
  • Think about how subtle Satan is.
  • 00:44:44.090 --> 00:44:47.090
  • Not only did he tempt Him to do
  • 00:44:47.090 --> 00:44:48.220
  • something wrong, but he quoted
  • 00:44:48.220 --> 00:44:50.270
  • the Scripture to defend it.
  • 00:44:50.270 --> 00:44:52.270
  • He says, "For it is written,
  • 00:44:52.270 --> 00:44:54.100
  • 'He will command His angels
  • 00:44:54.100 --> 00:44:56.120
  • concerning You',
  • 00:44:56.120 --> 00:44:58.040
  • and, 'On their hands
  • 00:44:58.040 --> 00:44:59.220
  • they will bear You up
  • 00:44:59.220 --> 00:45:00.270
  • so that You will not strike
  • 00:45:00.270 --> 00:45:02.020
  • Your foot against the stone.'"
  • 00:45:02.020 --> 00:45:04.180
  • Jesus said to him on the other
  • 00:45:04.180 --> 00:45:05.270
  • hand, He says, "You shall not
  • 00:45:05.270 --> 00:45:07.160
  • put the Lord Your God to
  • 00:45:07.160 --> 00:45:08.250
  • the test."
  • 00:45:08.250 --> 00:45:10.260
  • And so, what happens?
  • 00:45:11.100 --> 00:45:14.100
  • Satan is buffed again.
  • 00:45:14.100 --> 00:45:16.200
  • Here's what God says.
  • 00:45:16.200 --> 00:45:18.020
  • Both times, watch this
  • 00:45:18.020 --> 00:45:20.130
  • carefully, Jesus did not get in
  • 00:45:20.130 --> 00:45:22.220
  • an argument with the devil.
  • 00:45:22.220 --> 00:45:24.270
  • Whenever you get
  • 00:45:24.270 --> 00:45:25.200
  • into an argument with the devil,
  • 00:45:25.200 --> 00:45:27.050
  • you have lost.
  • 00:45:27.050 --> 00:45:29.030
  • First of all,
  • 00:45:29.030 --> 00:45:30.020
  • you have acknowledged that
  • 00:45:30.020 --> 00:45:31.200
  • he has some bit of a foothold.
  • 00:45:32.020 --> 00:45:35.020
  • Somehow, you've acknowledged
  • 00:45:35.020 --> 00:45:36.230
  • that well maybe he's right,
  • 00:45:36.230 --> 00:45:38.050
  • or maybe this or maybe that.
  • 00:45:38.050 --> 00:45:39.200
  • You can't argue with the devil.
  • 00:45:39.200 --> 00:45:41.090
  • When you're tempted,
  • 00:45:41.090 --> 00:45:42.120
  • the right response is immediate
  • 00:45:42.120 --> 00:45:44.150
  • go into the Word of God.
  • 00:45:44.150 --> 00:45:45.260
  • What does God say?
  • 00:45:45.260 --> 00:45:47.200
  • Every time Jesus faced it,
  • 00:45:47.200 --> 00:45:49.100
  • here's what He did.
  • 00:45:49.100 --> 00:45:50.210
  • He said, It is written.
  • 00:45:50.210 --> 00:45:53.050
  • So here he's testing Him again
  • 00:45:53.050 --> 00:45:55.000
  • to misuse His power and besides
  • 00:45:55.000 --> 00:45:56.200
  • that to say, listen, the best
  • 00:45:56.200 --> 00:45:58.060
  • way to get a big crowd, the
  • 00:45:58.060 --> 00:46:01.070
  • quickest way for You to have a
  • 00:46:01.070 --> 00:46:02.270
  • bunch of great followers, is
  • 00:46:02.270 --> 00:46:04.180
  • just, if You'll throw Yourself
  • 00:46:04.180 --> 00:46:07.180
  • down, just get up on the temple
  • 00:46:07.180 --> 00:46:08.230
  • and put it in a paper, get it in
  • 00:46:08.230 --> 00:46:10.170
  • the news, You're going to jump
  • 00:46:10.170 --> 00:46:12.090
  • at a certain time, all these
  • 00:46:12.090 --> 00:46:14.020
  • people will be out there
  • 00:46:14.020 --> 00:46:15.210
  • listening and watching and
  • 00:46:15.210 --> 00:46:16.270
  • they'll be so excited and
  • 00:46:16.270 --> 00:46:18.020
  • they'll be clapping and watching
  • 00:46:18.020 --> 00:46:19.130
  • this happen.
  • 00:46:19.130 --> 00:46:20.150
  • You jump down, You land on Your
  • 00:46:20.150 --> 00:46:22.060
  • feet, and they'll just go wild.
  • 00:46:22.170 --> 00:46:25.170
  • And then when You say I'm the
  • 00:46:25.170 --> 00:46:26.220
  • Son of God, I'm the Savior,
  • 00:46:26.220 --> 00:46:29.080
  • they'll believe it.
  • 00:46:29.080 --> 00:46:30.100
  • No problem.
  • 00:46:30.100 --> 00:46:32.010
  • You can avoid the Cross,
  • 00:46:32.040 --> 00:46:35.040
  • You can avoid the Cross if
  • 00:46:35.040 --> 00:46:37.210
  • you'll just do what I said.
  • 00:46:37.210 --> 00:46:39.190
  • Jump off the top of the temple,
  • 00:46:39.190 --> 00:46:41.240
  • You'll have a crowd.
  • 00:46:41.240 --> 00:46:43.210
  • It'll be all over the world
  • 00:46:43.210 --> 00:46:45.150
  • before You know it."
  • 00:46:46.240 --> 00:46:49.240
  • Anything Satan tempts you with,
  • 00:46:49.240 --> 00:46:52.190
  • it may look real profitable,
  • 00:46:52.190 --> 00:46:54.240
  • promising, real satisfying,
  • 00:46:55.070 --> 00:46:58.070
  • if you're first look.
  • 00:46:58.070 --> 00:46:59.250
  • But if you'll get under it
  • 00:46:59.250 --> 00:47:01.060
  • and look again, you'll find
  • 00:47:01.060 --> 00:47:02.240
  • there's a trap, there's a snare,
  • 00:47:02.240 --> 00:47:05.130
  • it's full of lies,
  • 00:47:05.130 --> 00:47:07.000
  • it's not of God,
  • 00:47:07.000 --> 00:47:08.030
  • it will ultimately destroy you.
  • 00:47:08.030 --> 00:47:10.150
  • And the world is full of lies.
  • 00:47:10.150 --> 00:47:12.180
  • The world is full of lies.
  • 00:47:12.180 --> 00:47:14.090
  • And so, that's why whatever
  • 00:47:14.090 --> 00:47:15.210
  • we face in life we have
  • 00:47:15.210 --> 00:47:17.090
  • to ask ourselves the question,
  • 00:47:17.090 --> 00:47:18.250
  • what's the truth?
  • 00:47:18.250 --> 00:47:20.280
  • Because the truth is,
  • 00:47:21.090 --> 00:47:24.090
  • there are penalties to sin.
  • 00:47:24.090 --> 00:47:26.180
  • Here is a divine truth
  • 00:47:26.180 --> 00:47:28.040
  • that even the most educated,
  • 00:47:28.040 --> 00:47:29.250
  • ungodly or godly person
  • 00:47:29.250 --> 00:47:31.260
  • cannot prove different,
  • 00:47:31.260 --> 00:47:33.200
  • we reap what we sow,
  • 00:47:33.200 --> 00:47:35.110
  • more than we sow,
  • 00:47:35.110 --> 00:47:36.170
  • later than we sow, period.
  • 00:47:36.170 --> 00:47:39.030
  • That is a scientific principle,
  • 00:47:40.060 --> 00:47:43.060
  • it is a natural principle,
  • 00:47:43.060 --> 00:47:44.270
  • it is a spiritual principle.
  • 00:47:44.270 --> 00:47:47.000
  • And people who boast that they
  • 00:47:47.000 --> 00:47:49.010
  • don't need God, they don't need
  • 00:47:49.010 --> 00:47:50.090
  • this, that, and the other,
  • 00:47:50.090 --> 00:47:51.190
  • if they could just get a glimpse
  • 00:47:51.190 --> 00:47:52.220
  • of the end of their life,
  • 00:47:52.220 --> 00:47:54.130
  • and they'll realize that there's
  • 00:47:54.130 --> 00:47:56.220
  • a day coming when there are
  • 00:47:56.220 --> 00:47:58.060
  • consequences to their unbelief
  • 00:47:58.060 --> 00:47:59.180
  • and their disobedience.
  • 00:47:59.180 --> 00:48:02.050
  • So, he said if You're the Son of
  • 00:48:02.050 --> 00:48:04.050
  • God, just jump and You'll have
  • 00:48:04.060 --> 00:48:07.060
  • what You need without the Cross.
  • 00:48:07.060 --> 00:48:10.000
  • And so He quotes the Scripture
  • 00:48:10.000 --> 00:48:11.170
  • of what God says He'll do,
  • 00:48:11.170 --> 00:48:13.260
  • and then,
  • 00:48:13.260 --> 00:48:14.220
  • He quotes him back one.
  • 00:48:14.220 --> 00:48:17.020
  • "Don't put the Lord thy God
  • 00:48:17.020 --> 00:48:18.050
  • to the test."
  • 00:48:18.050 --> 00:48:20.010
  • "Then, again the devil took Him
  • 00:48:20.010 --> 00:48:21.170
  • to a very high mountain and
  • 00:48:21.170 --> 00:48:22.290
  • showed Him all the kingdoms of
  • 00:48:22.290 --> 00:48:24.100
  • the world and their glory."
  • 00:48:24.100 --> 00:48:27.050
  • And he said to Him, "All these
  • 00:48:27.050 --> 00:48:28.220
  • things I will give You, if You
  • 00:48:28.220 --> 00:48:30.270
  • fall down and worship me."
  • 00:48:30.270 --> 00:48:33.050
  • Now, if you take Your route,
  • 00:48:33.050 --> 00:48:35.080
  • you'll never get them all.
  • 00:48:35.080 --> 00:48:37.080
  • If you take Your route,
  • 00:48:37.080 --> 00:48:38.160
  • you can't live that long.
  • 00:48:38.160 --> 00:48:41.000
  • But if You'll just fall down and
  • 00:48:41.000 --> 00:48:42.080
  • worship me, I will give You
  • 00:48:42.230 --> 00:48:45.230
  • the kingdoms of the world.
  • 00:48:45.230 --> 00:48:48.080
  • Well, of course, that's
  • 00:48:48.080 --> 00:48:49.100
  • another one of Satan's lies.
  • 00:48:49.100 --> 00:48:51.030
  • And of course,
  • 00:48:51.030 --> 00:48:51.280
  • what did Jesus say?
  • 00:48:51.280 --> 00:48:54.150
  • He says, get out of here Satan,
  • 00:48:54.150 --> 00:48:56.080
  • for it is written you shall
  • 00:48:56.080 --> 00:48:57.200
  • worship the Lord Your God,
  • 00:48:57.200 --> 00:48:59.080
  • and serve Him only.
  • 00:48:59.080 --> 00:49:02.020
  • Every single time Jesus used the
  • 00:49:02.020 --> 00:49:05.000
  • same method of dealing with
  • 00:49:05.000 --> 00:49:07.100
  • temptation.
  • 00:49:07.100 --> 00:49:09.040
  • Now, I don't think any of us can
  • 00:49:09.040 --> 00:49:10.280
  • improve on that method.
  • 00:49:12.060 --> 00:49:15.060
  • And think about this.
  • 00:49:15.060 --> 00:49:16.290
  • Here what you have the privilege
  • 00:49:16.290 --> 00:49:18.080
  • of doing.
  • 00:49:18.080 --> 00:49:19.080
  • You can build, you can build
  • 00:49:19.080 --> 00:49:21.180
  • this wall of strength.
  • 00:49:21.180 --> 00:49:23.200
  • You can build this resource.
  • 00:49:23.200 --> 00:49:25.250
  • You can build this armor
  • 00:49:25.250 --> 00:49:27.100
  • before you against temptation.
  • 00:49:27.100 --> 00:49:30.070
  • Does that mean,
  • 00:49:30.070 --> 00:49:30.270
  • it'll never break through?
  • 00:49:30.270 --> 00:49:31.230
  • No.
  • 00:49:31.230 --> 00:49:32.170
  • But it means if you build into
  • 00:49:32.170 --> 00:49:34.120
  • your life the Word of God, if
  • 00:49:35.030 --> 00:49:38.030
  • the Word of God is a vital part
  • 00:49:38.030 --> 00:49:39.260
  • of your thinking, a vital part
  • 00:49:39.260 --> 00:49:41.240
  • of your decision-making,
  • 00:49:41.240 --> 00:49:43.270
  • a vital part of your lifestyle,
  • 00:49:43.270 --> 00:49:46.040
  • that is the Word of God is
  • 00:49:46.040 --> 00:49:47.200
  • a vital part of your life, it's
  • 00:49:47.200 --> 00:49:50.010
  • something that you read daily.
  • 00:49:50.010 --> 00:49:52.270
  • It's something that you believe
  • 00:49:52.270 --> 00:49:54.070
  • from cover to cover.
  • 00:49:54.070 --> 00:49:55.210
  • It is a pattern for your life.
  • 00:49:55.210 --> 00:49:58.180
  • The promises of God are here.
  • 00:49:58.180 --> 00:50:00.040
  • The power of God is here.
  • 00:50:00.040 --> 00:50:01.250
  • If you will build the truth
  • 00:50:01.250 --> 00:50:03.150
  • of God into your life,
  • 00:50:03.150 --> 00:50:05.030
  • you will build a barrier.
  • 00:50:05.030 --> 00:50:07.150
  • I'm not saying that you will
  • 00:50:07.150 --> 00:50:08.190
  • never get tempted, naturally
  • 00:50:08.190 --> 00:50:09.270
  • you're going to get tempted.
  • 00:50:09.270 --> 00:50:11.210
  • I'm not saying that
  • 00:50:11.210 --> 00:50:13.040
  • you'll never falter
  • 00:50:13.040 --> 00:50:14.040
  • because this--
  • 00:50:14.040 --> 00:50:15.200
  • we still live in these bodies
  • 00:50:15.200 --> 00:50:17.120
  • and we live in a corrupt world,
  • 00:50:17.120 --> 00:50:19.150
  • but you will have a resource
  • 00:50:19.150 --> 00:50:22.010
  • and you will have a defense
  • 00:50:22.010 --> 00:50:23.100
  • against the devil that,
  • 00:50:23.100 --> 00:50:24.280
  • listen, you will falter fewer
  • 00:50:24.280 --> 00:50:27.140
  • and fewer and fewer times.
  • 00:50:27.140 --> 00:50:30.080
  • You say, well, you know I live
  • 00:50:30.080 --> 00:50:31.050
  • alone and I'm having a hard time
  • 00:50:31.050 --> 00:50:32.250
  • and it's just so bad being
  • 00:50:32.250 --> 00:50:34.100
  • alone.
  • 00:50:34.100 --> 00:50:35.080
  • You're not alone.
  • 00:50:35.080 --> 00:50:36.010
  • If you trusted Jesus Christ as
  • 00:50:36.010 --> 00:50:37.010
  • your Savior, by His own
  • 00:50:37.010 --> 00:50:39.050
  • confession, He's living on the
  • 00:50:39.050 --> 00:50:41.040
  • inside of you.
  • 00:50:41.040 --> 00:50:42.160
  • Listen, if Jesus is within me,
  • 00:50:42.160 --> 00:50:45.110
  • according to His Word, I have
  • 00:50:45.110 --> 00:50:46.200
  • everything I need to be able to
  • 00:50:46.200 --> 00:50:49.200
  • walk obediently before Him.
  • 00:50:49.200 --> 00:50:51.230
  • So, I can't blame it on any of
  • 00:50:51.230 --> 00:50:52.200
  • that.
  • 00:50:52.200 --> 00:50:53.130
  • The truth is this, I can't blame
  • 00:50:53.130 --> 00:50:54.130
  • my yielding to temptation
  • 00:50:54.130 --> 00:50:56.260
  • on anything or anybody.
  • 00:50:56.260 --> 00:50:59.070
  • Somebody says well, you know,
  • 00:50:59.070 --> 00:51:00.050
  • I just didn't grow up
  • 00:51:00.050 --> 00:51:01.170
  • believing it.
  • 00:51:01.170 --> 00:51:02.110
  • Well, get ready
  • 00:51:02.110 --> 00:51:03.010
  • to start believing it.
  • 00:51:03.010 --> 00:51:03.290
  • In other words, if the truth
  • 00:51:03.290 --> 00:51:05.020
  • is here, believe it.
  • 00:51:05.020 --> 00:51:07.260
  • Jesus said every time,
  • 00:51:07.260 --> 00:51:09.050
  • go to the Word, go to the Word,
  • 00:51:09.050 --> 00:51:11.220
  • go to the Word.
  • 00:51:11.220 --> 00:51:12.130
  • Here's what My Father said.
  • 00:51:12.130 --> 00:51:14.190
  • You don't have to live in sin.
  • 00:51:14.190 --> 00:51:17.090
  • You don't have to yield to
  • 00:51:17.090 --> 00:51:18.070
  • temptation.
  • 00:51:18.070 --> 00:51:20.110
  • You say, "But it's so strong."
  • 00:51:20.110 --> 00:51:21.280
  • Sure it's strong.
  • 00:51:21.280 --> 00:51:23.200
  • The devil doesn't come along
  • 00:51:23.200 --> 00:51:24.200
  • and say well I want to get you.
  • 00:51:24.200 --> 00:51:26.020
  • No, what he says I want you.
  • 00:51:26.020 --> 00:51:27.280
  • So, temptation doesn't come
  • 00:51:28.020 --> 00:51:31.020
  • as simple, plain and easy.
  • 00:51:31.020 --> 00:51:33.230
  • It comes as the strength of the
  • 00:51:33.230 --> 00:51:35.130
  • devil to defeat you, drag you
  • 00:51:35.130 --> 00:51:38.070
  • down in unbelief and weakness
  • 00:51:38.160 --> 00:51:41.160
  • until you yield to the devil.
  • 00:51:41.160 --> 00:51:44.070
  • You may not believe in him.
  • 00:51:44.070 --> 00:51:45.210
  • Remember this,
  • 00:51:45.210 --> 00:51:46.280
  • that does not remove him.
  • 00:51:46.280 --> 00:51:49.070
  • You don't even have
  • 00:51:49.070 --> 00:51:49.270
  • to believe in--
  • 00:51:49.270 --> 00:51:50.220
  • if you don't believe
  • 00:51:50.220 --> 00:51:51.240
  • in God, do you think
  • 00:51:51.240 --> 00:51:52.250
  • that affects God?
  • 00:51:52.250 --> 00:51:54.180
  • No, it doesn't affect Him.
  • 00:51:54.180 --> 00:51:55.270
  • It affects you.
  • 00:51:55.270 --> 00:51:57.090
  • So, unbelief doesn't affect God.
  • 00:51:57.090 --> 00:51:59.270
  • Unbelief affects the person
  • 00:51:59.270 --> 00:52:01.210
  • who is not a believer.
  • 00:52:01.260 --> 00:52:04.260
  • And when I think of all the
  • 00:52:04.260 --> 00:52:05.220
  • wonderful promises that God
  • 00:52:05.220 --> 00:52:07.050
  • has given to us in His Word,
  • 00:52:07.050 --> 00:52:09.290
  • how to live a godly life,
  • 00:52:09.290 --> 00:52:11.080
  • walk in obedience to Him,
  • 00:52:11.080 --> 00:52:12.280
  • and all of us who try to walk
  • 00:52:12.280 --> 00:52:15.130
  • an obedient life to Him,
  • 00:52:15.130 --> 00:52:17.040
  • for us it's so foolish to try
  • 00:52:18.100 --> 00:52:21.100
  • to live without God.
  • 00:52:21.100 --> 00:52:23.100
  • There is a pain and suffering
  • 00:52:23.100 --> 00:52:24.250
  • and heartache and rejection
  • 00:52:24.250 --> 00:52:26.020
  • and all the rest multiplied
  • 00:52:26.020 --> 00:52:28.080
  • many times for people
  • 00:52:28.080 --> 00:52:29.160
  • who do not know the Lord.
  • 00:52:29.160 --> 00:52:32.130
  • Somebody says, well,
  • 00:52:32.130 --> 00:52:33.100
  • I'm going to make it somehow.
  • 00:52:33.100 --> 00:52:35.040
  • What's that?
  • 00:52:35.040 --> 00:52:36.190
  • What's somehow?
  • 00:52:36.190 --> 00:52:38.080
  • No, you've been deceived.
  • 00:52:38.080 --> 00:52:40.140
  • The truth is if you've never
  • 00:52:40.140 --> 00:52:42.140
  • trusted Jesus Christ as
  • 00:52:42.140 --> 00:52:43.220
  • your Savior, you're in trouble.
  • 00:52:45.010 --> 00:52:48.010
  • You see there's only one way to
  • 00:52:48.010 --> 00:52:49.040
  • live and live it right and that
  • 00:52:49.040 --> 00:52:51.190
  • is having trusted Jesus Christ
  • 00:52:51.190 --> 00:52:53.080
  • as your personal Savior.
  • 00:52:53.080 --> 00:52:55.230
  • Until you surrender your life to
  • 00:52:55.230 --> 00:52:57.100
  • Jesus and He comes into your
  • 00:52:57.100 --> 00:52:59.240
  • life through the Holy Spirit
  • 00:52:59.240 --> 00:53:01.280
  • and He builds the defense and
  • 00:53:01.280 --> 00:53:03.140
  • He begins to work in your life.
  • 00:53:03.260 --> 00:53:06.260
  • And you see, it's not us,
  • 00:53:06.260 --> 00:53:07.280
  • it's the Spirit of God within us
  • 00:53:07.280 --> 00:53:10.100
  • that responds to temptation
  • 00:53:10.100 --> 00:53:12.080
  • as we obey the Lord.
  • 00:53:12.080 --> 00:53:14.230
  • So, if you're waiting
  • 00:53:14.230 --> 00:53:15.260
  • until one day you feel like
  • 00:53:15.260 --> 00:53:17.130
  • you can handle temptation,
  • 00:53:17.130 --> 00:53:18.290
  • you'll never be saved.
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  • But if you're willing to say
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  • to Him, "Lord, I've sinned
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  • against You, I keep on sinning
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  • against You.
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  • I don't want this in my life.
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  • I want to ask You to forgive me
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  • of my sin.
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  • I receive Jesus Christ
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  • as my personal Savior by faith.
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  • I believe when He went
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  • to the cross He paid my sin-debt
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  • in full and today I just
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  • surrender my life to Him.
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  • Thank you for this message,
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  • Lord, and I pray that
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  • You'll teach me how to live
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  • this life in the power
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  • of the Holy Spirit."
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  • Will He do it?
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  • Yes He will.
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  • And if you are a believer this
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  • morning, you now are inexcusable
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  • with dealing with temptation.
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  • Very simple.
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  • Very simple message.
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  • Here's what Jesus did,
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  • here's what we'll do.
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  • But did Jesus succeed?
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  • Will we succeed?
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  • Yes, because the Spirit of God
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  • within us will enable us to walk
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  • through all kinds of temptation,
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  • heartache, and burdens in life.
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  • Does it mean we'll never falter?
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  • No it doesn't mean that.
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  • Because we're human.
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  • We live in these human bodies
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  • of ours, we live in a corrupt,
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  • evil, vile world,
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  • but we'll be victorious when
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  • He is in control of our life.
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  • Amen?
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  • And Father, how grateful we are
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  • for this awesome passage
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  • of Scripture that's so simple,
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  • so plain but so perfectly built
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  • for Your children to show us
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  • how to walk in victory
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  • every day of our life.
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  • We love You and we praise You
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  • and we bless You and pray
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  • that whatever's going on in all
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  • of our lives that we will resort
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  • to You not our own abilities
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  • and talents and skills.
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  • Resort to You.
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  • Trust You, going to Your Word,
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  • and drawing from this awesome
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  • spring, this well of truth
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  • exactly what we need to meet
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  • every issue in life
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  • in Jesus Name.
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • - announcer: Sometimes it feels
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  • as if all is lost.
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  • Life seems broken, beyond
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  • repair.
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  • But during those moments, we can
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  • have faith God will heal.
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  • He will redeem our brokenness.
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  • "Finding God's blessings in
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  • brokenness,"
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  • brokenness,"
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
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  • - boy: I am a citizen of the
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  • United States of America.
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  • I love my country.
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  • A tide is rising that threatens
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  • to destroy this land.
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  • Some believe it is impossible
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  • for change.
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  • I believe we can stand up for
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  • freedom, for liberty.
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  • We have no time to hesitate.
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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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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  • This program is sponsored by
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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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