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What Is the Meaning of Being Born Again? and a Journey to Wholeness

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July 20, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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What Is the Meaning of Being Born Again? and a Journey to Wholeness

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: He says,
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  • "Unless you're born again,"
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  • unless there is a spiritual
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  • experience whereby you accept
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ as your
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  • Savior because He--the Holy
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  • Spirit has convicted you of your
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  • sin and made you realize you're
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  • not ready to meet the Lord.
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  • We're either ready or not ready.
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  • The only thing that makes us
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  • ready is our relationship to
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • ago, we started In Touch
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  • Ministries to lead people
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  • worldwide into a growing
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • God's greatness, his love and
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  • his blessings in such awesome
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  • ways that we just want everyone
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  • to know him.
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  • So, let's open God's Word and
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  • - male announcer: Next on "In
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  • Touch," "What is the Meaning of
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  • - Rodney Brooks: Let's thank
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  • Him this morning.
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  • Thank You for the cross,
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  • Lord.
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  • Thank you for the price.
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  • Thank You for the price You
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  • paid.
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  • Bearing all.
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  • Bearing all my sin and
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  • shame.
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  • In Your love.
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  • In love You came.
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  • And gave amazing grace.
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  • Thank You for this love,
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  • Lord.
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  • Oh, thank You for the
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  • nail-pierced.
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  • Thank You for the
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  • nail-pierced hands.
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  • Washed me in Your cleansing
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  • flood.
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  • Now all I know, Your
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  • forgiveness and embrace!
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  • You are worthy.
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  • Worthy is the Lamb.
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  • He's seated on the throne.
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  • Seated on the throne.
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  • We crown you today.
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  • Crown You now with many
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  • crowns.
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  • You reign victorious!
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  • You are high and lifted up.
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  • High and lifted up.
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  • Oh, Jesus.
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  • Jesus, Son of God.
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  • Precious treasure.
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  • The treasure of heaven
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  • crucified.
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  • Worthy is the Lamb.
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  • Worthy is the Lamb.
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  • Oh, let's thank Him.
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  • Thank You for the cross,
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  • Lord.
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  • Oh, and for the price.
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  • Thank You for the price You
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  • paid.
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  • Bearing all my sin and
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  • shame.
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  • In love You came.
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  • And gave amazing grace.
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  • Oh, thank You.
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  • Thank You for this love,
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  • Lord.
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  • For the nail-pierced hands.
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  • Thank You for the
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  • nail-pierced hands.
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  • Oh, wash me today.
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  • Washed me in Your cleansing
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  • flood.
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  • Now all I know, Your
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  • forgiveness and embrace!
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  • Worthy is the Lamb.
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  • You're seated on the throne.
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  • Seated on the throne.
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  • Crown You now with many
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  • crowns.
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  • You reign victorious!
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  • High and lifted up, Jesus,
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  • Son of God.
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  • The treasure of heaven
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  • crucified.
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  • Worthy is the Lamb.
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  • Worthy is the Lamb.
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  • Worthy is the Lamb.
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  • Worthy is the
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: The
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  • title of this message is "What
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  • is the Meaning of Being Born
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  • Again?"
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  • Lots of people have different
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  • ideas and attitudes about it,
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  • but what does the Word of God
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  • say?
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  • What matters is God's attitude,
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  • what He means by that term, and
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  • its effect upon all of us.
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  • Because the truth is God wants
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  • all of us to be born again, to
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  • be prepared to go to heaven.
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  • So somebody says, "Well,
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  • what difference does it make?"
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  • I'll tell you what difference it
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  • makes.
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  • The Bible says, "It's appointed
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  • unto man once to die, and after
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  • this the judgment."
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  • It makes a difference what you
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  • and I believe.
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  • And God has given us this
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  • awesome passage of Scripture in
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  • a conversation between Jesus and
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  • a very outstanding Jewish
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  • Pharisee.
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  • So, I want us to read this
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  • passage of Scripture and then I
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  • want to be sure that when this
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  • message is over, you know what
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  • it means to be born again, how
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  • that can take place in your
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  • life, and the importance of it
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  • for your whole eternity.
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  • So, if you will, turn to the
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  • third chapter of John, and let's
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  • start with the first verse.
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  • The Scripture says, "Now there
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  • was a man of the Pharisees,
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  • named Nicodemus, a ruler of the
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  • Jews," he had a high office,
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  • "this man came to Jesus by night
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  • and said to Him, 'Rabbi, we know
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  • that You have come from God as a
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  • teacher, for no one can do these
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  • signs that You have unless God
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  • is with him,'" which says he'd
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  • been watching, he'd been
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  • listening.
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  • In fact, in the seventh chapter,
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  • Nicodemus is found defending
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  • Jesus in a situation where his
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  • fellow rabbis and so forth were
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  • criticizing Him.
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  • And then, of course, he shows up
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  • at the Garden Tomb.
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  • And so, "Jesus said to him,
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  • immediately, 'Truly, truly, I
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  • say to you, unless one is born
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  • again he cannot see the kingdom
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  • of God.'
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  • And Nicodemus said to Him, 'How
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  • can a man be born when he
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  • is old?
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  • He cannot enter a second time
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  • into his mother's womb and be
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  • born, can he?'
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  • Jesus answered, 'Truly, truly, I
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  • say to you, unless one is born
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  • of water and of the Spirit he
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  • cannot enter into the kingdom
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  • of God.
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  • That which is born of the flesh
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  • is flesh, that which is born of
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  • the Spirit is spirit.'"
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  • So, I want us to think about the
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  • fact of what Jesus said, "Except
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  • a man be born again he cannot
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  • see the kingdom of God."
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  • That if you intend to go to
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  • heaven, you'd better be born
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  • again.
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  • That's the only way you're going
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  • to get there.
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  • And so, Jesus sets forth this
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  • time with him to explain to him
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  • what it means.
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  • So, I want to give you a simple
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  • definition of being born again.
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  • Being born again is the act of
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  • God by which He imparts eternal
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  • life to those who are dead in
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  • their trespasses and sins.
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  • And when we accept Him as our
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  • Savior, that's when the change
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  • takes place.
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  • All of us need to be born again.
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  • When He talks about the kingdom
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  • of God, He's referring to the
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  • sovereign rule of our God over
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  • all of creation.
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  • So immediately, He has
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  • Nicodemus' mind and heart.
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  • And if I were you, I would
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  • listen very carefully.
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  • Because what Jesus said to
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  • Nicodemus, He says to everyone
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  • who is willing and wise enough
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  • to listen.
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  • Because, "Except a man be born
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  • again he cannot see the kingdom
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  • of God."
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  • He will not understand it, nor
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  • will he enter into it.
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  • Very, very important to
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  • understand the truth of this
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  • message.
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  • And so, when He said, "Unless a
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  • man's born again he cannot enter
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  • the kingdom of heaven," the
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  • implication was that,
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  • "Nicodemus, with all of your
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  • education, all of your
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  • popularity, all of your power,
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  • you're not going to be there
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  • unless there's a change in your
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  • life."
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  • And I would say that to you.
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  • It doesn't make any difference
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  • what you've done, how many
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  • churches you've been to.
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  • You may even be a pastor.
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  • The only way you and I are going
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  • to heaven is by the same way
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  • Nicodemus was going to go, and
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  • that is to be born again.
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  • We understand the first birth.
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  • But Jesus put it in a way that's
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  • unmistakably clear.
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  • He could have said, "Unless you
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  • do this, that, or the other."
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  • And so, we would have attempted
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  • to do this, that, or the other.
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  • But He said born again.
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  • There must be a transformation
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  • within your heart in your life
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  • that is so absolutely crystal
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  • clear that you will know without
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  • a shadow of a doubt that you've
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  • experienced this or not.
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  • And so, Jesus begins to explain
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  • it to him, and He tells him, He
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  • says, "All of your life, all
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  • that you've done, that has not
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  • equipped you to go to heaven."
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  • So, what's the nature of this?
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  • What is the nature, what is the
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  • whole idea about being born
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  • again?
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  • What is this experience?
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  • We say, "Well, you can't be born
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  • physically twice."
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  • It is a spiritual experience.
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  • And so, Jesus begins to
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  • explain it.
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  • He says, "It's a spiritual
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  • experience.
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  • It's something the Spirit of God
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  • does in a person's life."
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  • Think about this.
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  • Many of you who were saved, have
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  • been saved, the Holy Spirit,
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  • first of all, convicted you of
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  • your sin.
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  • The Holy Spirit began to help
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  • you understand that God loved
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  • you in spite of your sin.
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  • The Holy Spirit began to help
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  • you understand that your good
  • 00:11:19.230 --> 00:11:21.170
  • works, what you were trying to
  • 00:11:21.170 --> 00:11:23.010
  • do, wasn't sufficient, wasn't
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  • adequate to make you fit for
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  • heaven.
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  • And finally, the Holy Spirit
  • 00:11:27.100 --> 00:11:29.130
  • brought you to the place of
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  • showing you, helping you
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  • understand what it meant to
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  • confess your sin, to repent of
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  • your sin and trust the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ as your personal
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  • Savior.
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  • And what He was saying is this:
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  • it is a definite experience.
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  • It is an experience in which we
  • 00:11:43.070 --> 00:11:44.280
  • are convicted by the Holy
  • 00:11:44.280 --> 00:11:46.290
  • Spirit.
  • 00:11:46.290 --> 00:11:47.260
  • That's one of His primary jobs:
  • 00:11:47.260 --> 00:11:50.030
  • convict us of our sin and show
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  • us that the Lord Jesus Christ's
  • 00:11:52.200 --> 00:11:54.060
  • death at Calvary paid our sin
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  • debt in full, made it possible
  • 00:11:56.130 --> 00:11:58.270
  • for us to ask for forgiveness,
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  • repent of our sin, turn away
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  • from it and be accepted by the
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  • Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • You say, "Well, that's simple
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  • enough."
  • 00:12:08.020 --> 00:12:08.180
  • Well, it is simple enough if
  • 00:12:08.180 --> 00:12:09.160
  • you're willing.
  • 00:12:09.160 --> 00:12:11.180
  • And he says, "Give us eternal
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  • life," which means we'll never
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  • perish.
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  • There's only one way that'll
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  • make you fit for heaven.
  • 00:12:17.220 --> 00:12:19.040
  • That is confession and
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  • repentance of sin and
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  • surrendering your life to the
  • 00:12:21.170 --> 00:12:23.040
  • Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:12:23.040 --> 00:12:24.110
  • And He says when we do that,
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  • we'll never perish.
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  • So, when I look at Nicodemus and
  • 00:12:28.000 --> 00:12:29.230
  • see what an awesome guy he was,
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  • and think about people today who
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  • could give you the same kind of
  • 00:12:34.090 --> 00:12:36.080
  • look at their life, on the
  • 00:12:36.080 --> 00:12:38.180
  • outside, everything looks right.
  • 00:12:38.180 --> 00:12:41.170
  • God knows the inside, the truth
  • 00:12:41.170 --> 00:12:43.050
  • is all of us have sinned against
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  • God over and over and over and
  • 00:12:45.000 --> 00:12:47.240
  • over again.
  • 00:12:47.240 --> 00:12:49.060
  • And so, what we do is we look at
  • 00:12:49.060 --> 00:12:50.230
  • our sin and look at what we've
  • 00:12:50.230 --> 00:12:52.230
  • done, and what we've done
  • 00:12:52.230 --> 00:12:55.090
  • religiously about the Lord Jesus
  • 00:12:55.090 --> 00:12:57.150
  • Christ.
  • 00:12:57.150 --> 00:12:58.130
  • Then the Word of God comes
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  • along.
  • 00:13:01.120 --> 00:13:02.200
  • And when we face ourselves
  • 00:13:02.200 --> 00:13:04.110
  • against the Word of God, things
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  • change.
  • 00:13:07.020 --> 00:13:09.000
  • The truth is, we all need
  • 00:13:09.000 --> 00:13:11.030
  • forgiveness.
  • 00:13:11.030 --> 00:13:11.280
  • We all need to repent.
  • 00:13:11.280 --> 00:13:13.100
  • We all need to surrender our
  • 00:13:13.100 --> 00:13:14.220
  • life to God and if you intend to
  • 00:13:14.220 --> 00:13:17.040
  • go to heaven.
  • 00:13:17.040 --> 00:13:18.150
  • So, ask yourself the question
  • 00:13:18.150 --> 00:13:20.000
  • today: just the way you are, do
  • 00:13:20.030 --> 00:13:23.030
  • you think God would accept you
  • 00:13:23.030 --> 00:13:24.250
  • into heaven just the way you
  • 00:13:24.250 --> 00:13:26.090
  • are?
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  • You say, "Well, I'm not planning
  • 00:13:27.150 --> 00:13:28.060
  • on going yet."
  • 00:13:28.060 --> 00:13:29.160
  • Well, you may not plan on it,
  • 00:13:29.160 --> 00:13:31.140
  • but something may happen you may
  • 00:13:31.140 --> 00:13:32.290
  • have to.
  • 00:13:32.290 --> 00:13:34.100
  • The question is this: would you,
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  • watch this carefully, would you
  • 00:13:35.240 --> 00:13:37.080
  • be ready?
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  • On what basis do you believe
  • 00:13:39.240 --> 00:13:41.270
  • that you're ready?
  • 00:13:41.270 --> 00:13:44.270
  • I can read your mind.
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  • You started thinking about all
  • 00:13:48.070 --> 00:13:49.060
  • the good things you've done, all
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  • the money you've given, all the
  • 00:13:51.240 --> 00:13:53.220
  • people you may have helped, all
  • 00:13:53.220 --> 00:13:55.230
  • the kind of life you've lived.
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  • And you've never been in jail.
  • 00:13:57.120 --> 00:13:59.230
  • And you've never done all of
  • 00:13:59.230 --> 00:14:02.140
  • these things, but that's not the
  • 00:14:02.140 --> 00:14:04.170
  • basis of acceptance into heaven.
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  • It's not what we've done.
  • 00:14:09.050 --> 00:14:10.250
  • It wasn't what Nicodemus had
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  • done.
  • 00:14:12.000 --> 00:14:13.000
  • He says, "Unless you're born
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  • again, unless there is a
  • 00:14:14.110 --> 00:14:16.030
  • spiritual experience whereby you
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  • accept the Lord Jesus Christ as
  • 00:14:19.170 --> 00:14:22.080
  • your Savior because He, the Holy
  • 00:14:22.080 --> 00:14:24.060
  • Spirit, has convicted you of
  • 00:14:24.060 --> 00:14:25.170
  • your sin and made you realize
  • 00:14:25.170 --> 00:14:27.200
  • you're not ready to meet the
  • 00:14:27.200 --> 00:14:28.180
  • Lord.
  • 00:14:28.180 --> 00:14:30.000
  • We're either ready or not ready.
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  • The only thing that makes us
  • 00:14:32.060 --> 00:14:33.130
  • ready is our relationship to
  • 00:14:33.130 --> 00:14:35.150
  • Jesus Christ.
  • 00:14:35.150 --> 00:14:37.160
  • Nowhere in the Bible does it
  • 00:14:37.160 --> 00:14:38.270
  • talk about our good works.
  • 00:14:38.270 --> 00:14:40.210
  • "Not by works of righteousness
  • 00:14:40.210 --> 00:14:42.180
  • which we've done, but according
  • 00:14:42.180 --> 00:14:44.060
  • to His mercy, He saves us."
  • 00:14:44.060 --> 00:14:46.070
  • And so, He says to Nicodemus,
  • 00:14:46.070 --> 00:14:48.020
  • "Except a man be born again, he
  • 00:14:48.020 --> 00:14:49.260
  • can never see the kingdom of
  • 00:14:49.260 --> 00:14:50.290
  • God."
  • 00:14:50.290 --> 00:14:52.150
  • So, what are the results, for
  • 00:14:52.150 --> 00:14:54.060
  • example, in a person's life when
  • 00:14:54.060 --> 00:14:56.140
  • they say, "Yes, I'm asking You,
  • 00:14:56.140 --> 00:14:58.190
  • Lord, I want to be born again.
  • 00:14:58.190 --> 00:15:00.090
  • I'm trusting You as my Savior,
  • 00:15:00.090 --> 00:15:01.240
  • I'm asking You to forgive me of
  • 00:15:01.240 --> 00:15:02.240
  • my sin.
  • 00:15:02.240 --> 00:15:03.180
  • I want this radical change in my
  • 00:15:03.180 --> 00:15:06.000
  • life"?
  • 00:15:06.000 --> 00:15:07.080
  • So first of all, there--that
  • 00:15:07.080 --> 00:15:09.210
  • means there's a change in my
  • 00:15:09.210 --> 00:15:11.060
  • relationship.
  • 00:15:11.060 --> 00:15:12.060
  • Watch this.
  • 00:15:12.060 --> 00:15:13.090
  • Your relationship to God before
  • 00:15:13.090 --> 00:15:14.260
  • you're born again is you're an
  • 00:15:14.260 --> 00:15:16.110
  • enemy of the faith, because
  • 00:15:16.110 --> 00:15:18.020
  • you're living a different kind
  • 00:15:18.020 --> 00:15:19.070
  • of life.
  • 00:15:19.070 --> 00:15:20.020
  • You're not for God, either you
  • 00:15:20.020 --> 00:15:22.200
  • got to be for Him or against
  • 00:15:22.200 --> 00:15:23.160
  • Him.
  • 00:15:23.160 --> 00:15:24.140
  • If you're living in sin, you're
  • 00:15:24.140 --> 00:15:26.010
  • against the kingdom of God,
  • 00:15:26.010 --> 00:15:27.130
  • against God.
  • 00:15:27.130 --> 00:15:28.090
  • "Well, I will never be against
  • 00:15:28.090 --> 00:15:29.180
  • God."
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  • By your thoughts, maybe, you
  • 00:15:30.130 --> 00:15:32.180
  • think that, but the truth is if
  • 00:15:32.180 --> 00:15:34.230
  • you're not on His side, whose
  • 00:15:34.230 --> 00:15:36.170
  • side are you on?
  • 00:15:36.170 --> 00:15:37.290
  • There is no neutral road.
  • 00:15:38.240 --> 00:15:41.240
  • I'm either walking down His
  • 00:15:41.240 --> 00:15:43.050
  • road, I'm down the road of the
  • 00:15:43.050 --> 00:15:44.140
  • world.
  • 00:15:44.140 --> 00:15:45.140
  • And we look around today and see
  • 00:15:45.140 --> 00:15:46.240
  • exactly what happens to a nation
  • 00:15:46.240 --> 00:15:49.220
  • when so many people have turned
  • 00:15:49.220 --> 00:15:51.160
  • away from Jesus, away from the
  • 00:15:51.160 --> 00:15:53.070
  • Church, and what's happening?
  • 00:15:53.070 --> 00:15:54.250
  • It's affecting everything
  • 00:15:54.250 --> 00:15:56.090
  • about us.
  • 00:15:56.090 --> 00:15:57.070
  • So, it's a definite
  • 00:15:57.070 --> 00:15:58.070
  • relationship.
  • 00:15:58.070 --> 00:15:59.070
  • Secondly, there's a change in
  • 00:15:59.070 --> 00:16:01.000
  • our position.
  • 00:16:01.000 --> 00:16:03.000
  • Before, we're separated from
  • 00:16:03.000 --> 00:16:05.100
  • God, separated from Christ.
  • 00:16:05.100 --> 00:16:08.010
  • But when you are born again,
  • 00:16:08.010 --> 00:16:10.010
  • that separation's over.
  • 00:16:10.010 --> 00:16:12.090
  • That is, you're a part of the
  • 00:16:12.090 --> 00:16:13.280
  • kingdom of God.
  • 00:16:13.280 --> 00:16:15.060
  • Your name is written in the
  • 00:16:15.060 --> 00:16:16.160
  • Lamb's Book of Life, you're a
  • 00:16:16.160 --> 00:16:18.070
  • child of God, not for a season
  • 00:16:18.070 --> 00:16:20.100
  • of time, but forever.
  • 00:16:20.100 --> 00:16:22.080
  • You don't lose your salvation.
  • 00:16:22.080 --> 00:16:25.080
  • You may cloud it up with sin,
  • 00:16:26.140 --> 00:16:29.140
  • but one thing for certain: you
  • 00:16:29.140 --> 00:16:31.130
  • sin against God after you're
  • 00:16:31.130 --> 00:16:32.200
  • saved, the Holy Spirit living
  • 00:16:32.200 --> 00:16:34.240
  • inside of you to convict us of
  • 00:16:34.240 --> 00:16:37.000
  • sin, show us the truth, make us
  • 00:16:37.000 --> 00:16:39.070
  • miserable in order to get us
  • 00:16:39.070 --> 00:16:40.140
  • back, God.
  • 00:16:40.140 --> 00:16:42.070
  • So, there's a change in your
  • 00:16:42.070 --> 00:16:43.170
  • position with Christ.
  • 00:16:43.170 --> 00:16:44.260
  • Now you're in Christ.
  • 00:16:44.260 --> 00:16:45.260
  • Somebody says, "What does that
  • 00:16:45.260 --> 00:16:46.260
  • mean?"
  • 00:16:46.260 --> 00:16:47.180
  • It means I've been saved, I've
  • 00:16:47.180 --> 00:16:49.110
  • been born again, I've
  • 00:16:49.110 --> 00:16:50.140
  • surrendered my life to Christ.
  • 00:16:50.140 --> 00:16:51.180
  • Now Christ is living His life in
  • 00:16:51.180 --> 00:16:53.230
  • and through me, through the Holy
  • 00:16:53.230 --> 00:16:55.000
  • Spirit, and I am living each day
  • 00:16:55.000 --> 00:16:57.030
  • for Him.
  • 00:16:57.030 --> 00:16:58.030
  • I'm in Christ, the change of
  • 00:16:58.030 --> 00:16:59.110
  • relationship, change of my
  • 00:16:59.110 --> 00:17:01.030
  • position.
  • 00:17:01.030 --> 00:17:01.270
  • Then, there's a change in
  • 00:17:01.270 --> 00:17:03.070
  • attitude.
  • 00:17:03.070 --> 00:17:04.120
  • You can't be saved and then have
  • 00:17:04.120 --> 00:17:06.230
  • no change in attitude.
  • 00:17:06.230 --> 00:17:08.140
  • Something happens when you are
  • 00:17:08.140 --> 00:17:10.130
  • born again.
  • 00:17:10.130 --> 00:17:11.170
  • Here's what happens, watch this:
  • 00:17:11.170 --> 00:17:13.200
  • the Holy Spirit of God who
  • 00:17:13.200 --> 00:17:15.290
  • convicted you of your sin, who
  • 00:17:15.290 --> 00:17:18.110
  • showed you where you were, who
  • 00:17:18.110 --> 00:17:20.250
  • showed you what needed to be
  • 00:17:20.250 --> 00:17:22.000
  • done, and who gave you the
  • 00:17:22.000 --> 00:17:24.050
  • wisdom to know how to pray and
  • 00:17:24.050 --> 00:17:26.000
  • ask Him to save you.
  • 00:17:26.000 --> 00:17:27.090
  • The Holy Spirit of God working
  • 00:17:27.230 --> 00:17:30.230
  • in your life is doing what?
  • 00:17:30.230 --> 00:17:32.210
  • Changing your attitude.
  • 00:17:32.210 --> 00:17:35.120
  • Now, watch this: when you're
  • 00:17:35.120 --> 00:17:37.060
  • saved, the person of the
  • 00:17:37.060 --> 00:17:39.060
  • Godhead, the Holy Spirit, He's
  • 00:17:39.060 --> 00:17:41.100
  • on the inside of you living out
  • 00:17:41.100 --> 00:17:42.210
  • the life of Christ, convicting
  • 00:17:42.210 --> 00:17:44.240
  • you of sin, assuring you,
  • 00:17:44.240 --> 00:17:46.150
  • encouraging you, helping you in
  • 00:17:46.150 --> 00:17:48.180
  • every way possible.
  • 00:17:48.180 --> 00:17:50.060
  • He--the Bible says He sealed
  • 00:17:50.060 --> 00:17:51.280
  • you.
  • 00:17:51.280 --> 00:17:52.150
  • There's a definite attitude when
  • 00:17:52.150 --> 00:17:55.060
  • you are born again.
  • 00:17:55.060 --> 00:17:57.000
  • Then one other thing I think is
  • 00:17:57.000 --> 00:17:58.220
  • necessary, there's a change in
  • 00:17:58.220 --> 00:18:00.060
  • your destination.
  • 00:18:00.060 --> 00:18:02.180
  • Listen, the closer you get to
  • 00:18:02.180 --> 00:18:04.180
  • your destination, the more sure
  • 00:18:04.180 --> 00:18:07.100
  • you better be.
  • 00:18:07.100 --> 00:18:09.030
  • Because listen to what He says
  • 00:18:09.030 --> 00:18:10.260
  • in the fifth chapter and the
  • 00:18:10.260 --> 00:18:12.290
  • twenty-fourth verse of John.
  • 00:18:12.290 --> 00:18:15.210
  • He says, for example, "Truly,
  • 00:18:15.210 --> 00:18:17.170
  • truly, I say to you, he who
  • 00:18:17.170 --> 00:18:19.180
  • hears My word," like you're
  • 00:18:19.180 --> 00:18:22.010
  • hearing this morning, "believes
  • 00:18:22.010 --> 00:18:24.100
  • Him who sent Me," that is,
  • 00:18:24.100 --> 00:18:27.060
  • believes God, "has eternal life,
  • 00:18:27.060 --> 00:18:30.060
  • and does not come into judgment,
  • 00:18:30.060 --> 00:18:32.040
  • that has passed from death unto
  • 00:18:32.040 --> 00:18:34.260
  • life."
  • 00:18:34.260 --> 00:18:35.230
  • Think about this: when you know
  • 00:18:35.230 --> 00:18:37.170
  • that you're born again, one
  • 00:18:37.170 --> 00:18:38.180
  • thing you don't have to worry
  • 00:18:38.180 --> 00:18:39.090
  • about, you don't have to worry
  • 00:18:39.090 --> 00:18:40.230
  • about getting lost.
  • 00:18:40.230 --> 00:18:42.180
  • And people can tell you, "Well,
  • 00:18:42.180 --> 00:18:43.290
  • if you this, or if you do that,
  • 00:18:43.290 --> 00:18:45.190
  • you're going to be lost."
  • 00:18:45.190 --> 00:18:46.240
  • No, remember this.
  • 00:18:46.240 --> 00:18:48.170
  • If this is why it's so important
  • 00:18:48.170 --> 00:18:50.000
  • for you to mark verses, mark
  • 00:18:50.000 --> 00:18:52.150
  • verses.
  • 00:18:52.150 --> 00:18:53.140
  • "You've been sealed by the Holy
  • 00:18:53.140 --> 00:18:55.270
  • Spirit, the Spirit of promise."
  • 00:18:55.270 --> 00:18:58.150
  • Sealed as a child of God.
  • 00:18:58.150 --> 00:19:00.090
  • That is, think about how
  • 00:19:00.090 --> 00:19:01.260
  • wonderful God is.
  • 00:19:01.260 --> 00:19:02.290
  • Not only has He saved you, not
  • 00:19:02.290 --> 00:19:05.030
  • only have you been born again,
  • 00:19:05.030 --> 00:19:06.120
  • but God says, "Now I want you to
  • 00:19:06.120 --> 00:19:07.150
  • be sure all the rest of
  • 00:19:07.150 --> 00:19:08.080
  • your life.
  • 00:19:08.080 --> 00:19:08.280
  • I'm a going to seal you with the
  • 00:19:08.280 --> 00:19:11.060
  • third Person of the Trinity."
  • 00:19:11.060 --> 00:19:12.290
  • God has sealed you with His
  • 00:19:12.290 --> 00:19:15.090
  • presence within you so that you
  • 00:19:15.090 --> 00:19:17.130
  • don't ever have to wonder about
  • 00:19:17.130 --> 00:19:18.270
  • if you can be saved and be lost.
  • 00:19:19.040 --> 00:19:22.040
  • If you're living in sin and no
  • 00:19:22.040 --> 00:19:24.100
  • conviction, more than likely
  • 00:19:24.100 --> 00:19:26.030
  • you've never been saved.
  • 00:19:26.030 --> 00:19:28.140
  • I'll tell you why.
  • 00:19:28.140 --> 00:19:29.220
  • The Holy Spirit is--He's the
  • 00:19:29.220 --> 00:19:31.260
  • Holy Spirit, He is indwelling
  • 00:19:31.260 --> 00:19:34.070
  • you, he sealed you as a child of
  • 00:19:34.070 --> 00:19:35.230
  • God, therefore when you sin
  • 00:19:35.230 --> 00:19:37.250
  • against God, He, the Holy Spirit
  • 00:19:37.250 --> 00:19:39.290
  • living within you, is going to
  • 00:19:39.290 --> 00:19:41.170
  • convict you.
  • 00:19:41.170 --> 00:19:43.060
  • The Spirit of God was placed in
  • 00:19:43.060 --> 00:19:45.140
  • your heart to seal you, to
  • 00:19:45.140 --> 00:19:48.000
  • assure you, and to give you
  • 00:19:49.000 --> 00:19:52.000
  • wisdom and guidance and
  • 00:19:52.000 --> 00:19:53.180
  • direction how to live the
  • 00:19:53.180 --> 00:19:54.260
  • Christian life.
  • 00:19:54.260 --> 00:19:56.210
  • That's what it's all about.
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:19:58.140
  • If you know that you've never
  • 00:19:58.140 --> 00:19:59.110
  • been born again, if you just
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:01.220
  • think you have and not sure,
  • 00:20:01.230 --> 00:20:04.230
  • whatever it might be, settle
  • 00:20:04.230 --> 00:20:07.110
  • that issue today, right now.
  • 00:20:08.100 --> 00:20:11.100
  • It's nobody else's business,
  • 00:20:11.100 --> 00:20:13.200
  • it's you and God.
  • 00:20:13.200 --> 00:20:16.020
  • Nobody else matters at this
  • 00:20:16.020 --> 00:20:17.290
  • moment.
  • 00:20:17.290 --> 00:20:19.050
  • You and your eternal
  • 00:20:19.050 --> 00:20:21.050
  • relationship with God is the
  • 00:20:21.050 --> 00:20:24.030
  • only thing that matters, and
  • 00:20:24.030 --> 00:20:25.240
  • you're the only one who can
  • 00:20:25.240 --> 00:20:27.150
  • determine what that'll be.
  • 00:20:29.000 --> 00:20:32.000
  • You've heard the truth.
  • 00:20:32.100 --> 00:20:35.100
  • It's a matter of praying.
  • 00:20:35.100 --> 00:20:37.210
  • "I yield myself to You in a new,
  • 00:20:37.210 --> 00:20:39.130
  • fresh way, Lord, today."
  • 00:20:39.240 --> 00:20:42.240
  • And you want to be sure.
  • 00:20:42.240 --> 00:20:44.150
  • Because watch this, if you don't
  • 00:20:44.150 --> 00:20:46.200
  • have the assurance that you've
  • 00:20:46.200 --> 00:20:48.070
  • been born again, you have no
  • 00:20:49.070 --> 00:20:52.070
  • assurance about anything in
  • 00:20:52.070 --> 00:20:54.080
  • life, nothing.
  • 00:20:57.280 --> 00:21:01.000
  • So let's pray.
  • 00:21:02.260 --> 00:21:05.260
  • Father, we love Your Word, thank
  • 00:21:06.200 --> 00:21:09.200
  • You for making it simple and
  • 00:21:09.200 --> 00:21:10.290
  • plain to us.
  • 00:21:10.290 --> 00:21:13.200
  • Now we ask that Your Holy
  • 00:21:13.200 --> 00:21:16.110
  • Spirit, who always works in
  • 00:21:19.060 --> 00:21:22.060
  • times of confession and
  • 00:21:22.060 --> 00:21:23.140
  • repentance and being born again,
  • 00:21:25.080 --> 00:21:28.080
  • I pray right now that the Holy
  • 00:21:28.080 --> 00:21:29.260
  • Spirit would convict every
  • 00:21:30.050 --> 00:21:33.050
  • single person here who has never
  • 00:21:34.140 --> 00:21:37.140
  • been born again.
  • 00:21:37.160 --> 00:21:40.160
  • Convict them, not of a bunch of
  • 00:21:40.160 --> 00:21:42.270
  • sins, but of that most important
  • 00:21:42.270 --> 00:21:45.120
  • decision, to ask You to not only
  • 00:21:48.040 --> 00:21:51.040
  • forgive them of their sin, but
  • 00:21:51.040 --> 00:21:53.290
  • to change their eternal destiny.
  • 00:21:55.020 --> 00:21:58.020
  • To give them the gift of
  • 00:21:58.020 --> 00:22:01.020
  • eternal life.
  • 00:22:01.080 --> 00:22:04.080
  • So I pray, Father, give them the
  • 00:22:04.080 --> 00:22:06.090
  • grace to pray this prayer in
  • 00:22:06.090 --> 00:22:09.060
  • whatever way they choose to
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:10.210
  • do so.
  • 00:22:10.210 --> 00:22:13.180
  • Heavenly Father, today I want to
  • 00:22:15.190 --> 00:22:18.190
  • be sure about my relationship to
  • 00:22:20.070 --> 00:22:23.070
  • You.
  • 00:22:24.170 --> 00:22:27.170
  • Some of you may pray, "I know
  • 00:22:27.170 --> 00:22:29.200
  • that I have never been born
  • 00:22:29.200 --> 00:22:31.210
  • again."
  • 00:22:33.000 --> 00:22:36.000
  • Today, I'm asking You in the
  • 00:22:36.000 --> 00:22:38.230
  • confession of my sin, in my
  • 00:22:38.230 --> 00:22:41.210
  • repentant heart, I'm asking You
  • 00:22:41.210 --> 00:22:44.060
  • to bring about that new birth in
  • 00:22:44.060 --> 00:22:45.180
  • my life.
  • 00:22:45.180 --> 00:22:46.100
  • To save me, to give me the gift
  • 00:22:47.010 --> 00:22:50.010
  • of a new birth.
  • 00:22:50.010 --> 00:22:52.250
  • I'm receiving the work of the
  • 00:22:52.250 --> 00:22:54.210
  • Holy Spirit right now in my
  • 00:22:54.210 --> 00:22:56.060
  • life.
  • 00:22:56.060 --> 00:22:57.090
  • Sealing me as a child of God and
  • 00:22:58.060 --> 00:23:01.080
  • enabling me to live the life
  • 00:23:01.080 --> 00:23:03.030
  • that You've called me to live.
  • 00:23:03.180 --> 00:23:06.180
  • And I will trust You, Lord,
  • 00:23:06.180 --> 00:23:07.250
  • daily to give me the strength
  • 00:23:11.240 --> 00:23:14.240
  • to walk the path of
  • 00:23:14.240 --> 00:23:16.100
  • righteousness, to live a godly
  • 00:23:16.100 --> 00:23:18.220
  • life.
  • 00:23:18.220 --> 00:23:19.260
  • And I know that when I falter
  • 00:23:19.260 --> 00:23:21.080
  • and fail, You'll forgive me, but
  • 00:23:21.080 --> 00:23:24.070
  • You'll never cast me aside,
  • 00:23:24.070 --> 00:23:26.150
  • never throw me out, for I'm
  • 00:23:26.150 --> 00:23:28.170
  • eternally secure in You.
  • 00:23:28.210 --> 00:23:31.210
  • And I pray this prayer in
  • 00:23:31.210 --> 00:23:33.200
  • Jesus's name.
  • 00:23:33.200 --> 00:23:36.140
  • Now, for somebody, you know in
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:38.090
  • your heart that you have been
  • 00:23:38.090 --> 00:23:40.100
  • born again, but you've really
  • 00:23:40.100 --> 00:23:42.190
  • blown it, you've messed it up,
  • 00:23:42.230 --> 00:23:45.230
  • you've sinned against God.
  • 00:23:45.230 --> 00:23:48.170
  • You keep on confessing the same
  • 00:23:48.170 --> 00:23:50.010
  • old sin.
  • 00:23:50.010 --> 00:23:51.220
  • Would you be willing to pray
  • 00:23:51.220 --> 00:23:52.200
  • this prayer?
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  • Father, forgive me for my
  • 00:23:53.260 --> 00:23:56.260
  • slothfulness, spiritually.
  • 00:23:56.290 --> 00:23:59.290
  • Forgive me for lying to You,
  • 00:23:59.290 --> 00:24:02.170
  • trying to impress You that I'm
  • 00:24:02.170 --> 00:24:04.280
  • doing good, and I know in my
  • 00:24:04.280 --> 00:24:07.020
  • heart that I'm living a sinful
  • 00:24:07.020 --> 00:24:09.170
  • life.
  • 00:24:09.170 --> 00:24:12.040
  • Today, I want to make a change
  • 00:24:12.040 --> 00:24:13.140
  • in my life.
  • 00:24:13.140 --> 00:24:15.190
  • I'm asking the same Holy Spirit
  • 00:24:15.190 --> 00:24:17.190
  • that saved me to enable me, and
  • 00:24:17.260 --> 00:24:20.260
  • I want to make a full surrender
  • 00:24:20.260 --> 00:24:22.090
  • of my life afresh and anew today
  • 00:24:22.090 --> 00:24:24.270
  • that I can live a godly life, a
  • 00:24:24.270 --> 00:24:27.240
  • holy life, one that's pleasing
  • 00:24:27.240 --> 00:24:30.010
  • and honorable to You.
  • 00:24:30.010 --> 00:24:32.110
  • And one that'll bring You joy,
  • 00:24:32.110 --> 00:24:35.060
  • and one that'll enable me to
  • 00:24:35.060 --> 00:24:36.200
  • share this awesome message with
  • 00:24:36.200 --> 00:24:38.280
  • others.
  • 00:24:38.280 --> 00:24:40.250
  • And I pray this
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  • - announcer: Coming up in just
  • 00:24:47.070 --> 00:24:48.070
  • a moment, more with Dr. Charles
  • 00:24:48.070 --> 00:24:50.180
  • - female announcer: Spreading
  • 00:24:55.030 --> 00:24:55.210
  • the word of the early church and
  • 00:24:55.210 --> 00:24:57.160
  • God's blessing to the world,
  • 00:24:57.160 --> 00:24:59.150
  • Jesus and his disciples
  • 00:24:59.150 --> 00:25:01.030
  • journeyed to far-away countries
  • 00:25:01.030 --> 00:25:03.110
  • and cities that took months and
  • 00:25:03.110 --> 00:25:05.210
  • years to get to.
  • 00:25:05.210 --> 00:25:07.160
  • How did the message of God's
  • 00:25:07.160 --> 00:25:08.250
  • truth get spread so quickly and
  • 00:25:08.250 --> 00:25:11.160
  • to so many?
  • 00:25:11.160 --> 00:25:13.040
  • Simply put, it was people, the
  • 00:25:13.040 --> 00:25:15.250
  • first Christians.
  • 00:25:15.250 --> 00:25:17.240
  • God has always been about the
  • 00:25:17.240 --> 00:25:19.270
  • message, from the coming of his
  • 00:25:19.270 --> 00:25:21.260
  • Son Jesus, to the second coming
  • 00:25:21.260 --> 00:25:24.130
  • when we all will be reunited,
  • 00:25:24.130 --> 00:25:26.220
  • and each were first spread
  • 00:25:26.220 --> 00:25:28.240
  • simply by word of mouth.
  • 00:25:28.240 --> 00:25:31.070
  • In Touch's mission has always
  • 00:25:31.070 --> 00:25:33.040
  • been about spreading the message
  • 00:25:33.040 --> 00:25:34.270
  • to as many people possible.
  • 00:25:34.270 --> 00:25:37.130
  • From our inception until today,
  • 00:25:37.130 --> 00:25:40.030
  • it is our main goal to lead
  • 00:25:40.030 --> 00:25:42.060
  • people worldwide into a growing
  • 00:25:42.060 --> 00:25:44.000
  • relationship with Jesus Christ
  • 00:25:44.000 --> 00:25:46.070
  • and to strengthen the local
  • 00:25:46.070 --> 00:25:47.180
  • church.
  • 00:25:47.180 --> 00:25:48.270
  • And over the years, it has only
  • 00:25:48.270 --> 00:25:50.280
  • occurred in omnipotent and
  • 00:25:50.280 --> 00:25:52.280
  • God-driven ways.
  • 00:25:52.280 --> 00:25:55.150
  • In Touch had an idea in 2007:
  • 00:25:55.170 --> 00:25:58.170
  • how could we get the message of
  • 00:25:58.170 --> 00:26:00.100
  • the Bible to the men and women
  • 00:26:00.100 --> 00:26:02.210
  • of the military?
  • 00:26:02.210 --> 00:26:04.050
  • Whether overseas or in training
  • 00:26:04.050 --> 00:26:06.220
  • at home, it was a big problem
  • 00:26:06.220 --> 00:26:08.240
  • that needed a solution.
  • 00:26:08.240 --> 00:26:11.040
  • How could we get something
  • 00:26:11.040 --> 00:26:12.070
  • inexpensive, quickly
  • 00:26:12.070 --> 00:26:14.150
  • manufactured, functional, and
  • 00:26:14.150 --> 00:26:17.110
  • that would hold up in
  • 00:26:17.110 --> 00:26:18.180
  • unforgiving environments?
  • 00:26:18.180 --> 00:26:21.010
  • Through God's providence and
  • 00:26:21.010 --> 00:26:22.280
  • direction and with a partnership
  • 00:26:22.280 --> 00:26:25.080
  • a world away with MegaVoice, the
  • 00:26:25.080 --> 00:26:28.030
  • In Touch Messenger was born.
  • 00:26:28.030 --> 00:26:31.020
  • Now, there was a device that
  • 00:26:31.020 --> 00:26:32.280
  • could easily be sent all over
  • 00:26:32.280 --> 00:26:34.200
  • the world and that could help
  • 00:26:34.200 --> 00:26:36.150
  • spread God's message.
  • 00:26:36.150 --> 00:26:38.110
  • And it all started with people:
  • 00:26:38.110 --> 00:26:40.080
  • volunteers, ambassadors,
  • 00:26:40.090 --> 00:26:43.090
  • partners and friends, all who
  • 00:26:43.090 --> 00:26:45.260
  • had the same goal as In Touch.
  • 00:26:45.260 --> 00:26:48.060
  • Without their help, we couldn't
  • 00:26:48.060 --> 00:26:49.160
  • spread the message, and there
  • 00:26:49.160 --> 00:26:51.080
  • definitely would not be an In
  • 00:26:51.080 --> 00:26:53.010
  • Touch Messenger.
  • 00:26:53.010 --> 00:26:54.280
  • After the initial ones were
  • 00:26:54.280 --> 00:26:56.020
  • first sent to the Military, we
  • 00:26:56.020 --> 00:26:58.160
  • wanted to continue to use the
  • 00:26:58.160 --> 00:26:59.270
  • Messenger with the ultimate goal
  • 00:26:59.270 --> 00:27:02.010
  • of sharing the gospel with all
  • 00:27:02.010 --> 00:27:03.210
  • those who couldn't hear it or
  • 00:27:03.210 --> 00:27:05.040
  • get access to it.
  • 00:27:05.040 --> 00:27:06.210
  • It was a lofty goal, but one we
  • 00:27:06.210 --> 00:27:08.240
  • knew God was in charge of and
  • 00:27:08.240 --> 00:27:10.290
  • leading us with Him in.
  • 00:27:10.290 --> 00:27:12.210
  • We made sure that those who
  • 00:27:12.210 --> 00:27:14.010
  • didn't have electricity, Bibles,
  • 00:27:14.080 --> 00:27:17.080
  • any other way to hear God's Word
  • 00:27:17.080 --> 00:27:19.120
  • were going to be able to hear
  • 00:27:19.120 --> 00:27:21.000
  • the message in their own heart
  • 00:27:21.000 --> 00:27:23.090
  • language, most for the very
  • 00:27:23.090 --> 00:27:25.240
  • first time.
  • 00:27:25.240 --> 00:27:27.160
  • From China and India to remote
  • 00:27:27.230 --> 00:27:30.230
  • tribes in the Democratic
  • 00:27:30.230 --> 00:27:32.090
  • Republic of Congo, South Sudan,
  • 00:27:32.230 --> 00:27:35.230
  • Cameroon, Chile, and Hungary,
  • 00:27:36.140 --> 00:27:39.140
  • and even disaster-struck areas
  • 00:27:39.140 --> 00:27:41.090
  • like Haiti and Puerto Rico, it
  • 00:27:41.090 --> 00:27:43.280
  • has grown beyond In Touch's
  • 00:27:43.280 --> 00:27:45.290
  • imagination 100 times over.
  • 00:27:46.250 --> 00:27:49.250
  • This never could have happened
  • 00:27:49.250 --> 00:27:51.120
  • without God's providence and the
  • 00:27:51.120 --> 00:27:53.190
  • hundreds of people involved.
  • 00:27:53.190 --> 00:27:56.040
  • Over the years, the way we
  • 00:27:56.040 --> 00:27:58.070
  • presented the message shifted as
  • 00:27:58.070 --> 00:28:00.040
  • well.
  • 00:28:00.040 --> 00:28:01.030
  • Technology advanced and we
  • 00:28:01.030 --> 00:28:03.000
  • adapted.
  • 00:28:03.000 --> 00:28:04.080
  • And while the Messenger may have
  • 00:28:04.080 --> 00:28:05.210
  • changed and evolved, the message
  • 00:28:05.210 --> 00:28:08.060
  • always remained the same.
  • 00:28:08.060 --> 00:28:10.150
  • Today, we celebrate the 1
  • 00:28:10.150 --> 00:28:13.100
  • millionth Messenger.
  • 00:28:13.100 --> 00:28:15.110
  • One million times, someone has
  • 00:28:15.110 --> 00:28:17.260
  • been given the opportunity to
  • 00:28:17.260 --> 00:28:19.160
  • hear the gospel for the first
  • 00:28:19.160 --> 00:28:21.050
  • time, 20th time, or 300th.
  • 00:28:22.280 --> 00:28:25.280
  • That many more ears and hearts
  • 00:28:25.280 --> 00:28:27.280
  • have listened to his Word, that
  • 00:28:27.280 --> 00:28:30.210
  • many more have surrendered to
  • 00:28:30.210 --> 00:28:32.070
  • Him.
  • 00:28:32.070 --> 00:28:33.030
  • We have been beyond overjoyed
  • 00:28:33.030 --> 00:28:35.040
  • with all that God has tasked and
  • 00:28:35.040 --> 00:28:37.070
  • blessed us with by allowing us
  • 00:28:37.070 --> 00:28:38.280
  • to be a part of His greater plan
  • 00:28:38.280 --> 00:28:41.140
  • as we continue to spread the
  • 00:28:41.140 --> 00:28:42.250
  • gospel around the world.
  • 00:28:43.000 --> 00:28:46.000
  • Now we continue to look ahead.
  • 00:28:46.000 --> 00:28:48.050
  • In Touch will always stand by
  • 00:28:48.050 --> 00:28:50.010
  • its mission to spread God's
  • 00:28:50.010 --> 00:28:51.150
  • Word, and not just through the
  • 00:28:51.150 --> 00:28:53.110
  • Messenger player.
  • 00:28:53.110 --> 00:28:54.250
  • That's just another way to get
  • 00:28:54.250 --> 00:28:55.290
  • the gospel out to the rest of
  • 00:28:55.290 --> 00:28:57.160
  • the world.
  • 00:28:57.160 --> 00:28:58.190
  • It is also you.
  • 00:28:58.190 --> 00:29:00.270
  • You are the messenger.
  • 00:29:00.270 --> 00:29:03.100
  • We just help you spread it with
  • 00:29:03.100 --> 00:29:04.230
  • the resources we have been
  • 00:29:04.230 --> 00:29:06.070
  • blessed with.
  • 00:29:06.070 --> 00:29:07.120
  • As always, it's been about God's
  • 00:29:07.120 --> 00:29:09.210
  • people doing great work.
  • 00:29:09.210 --> 00:29:12.110
  • God's Word was first spread by
  • 00:29:12.110 --> 00:29:14.120
  • his people.
  • 00:29:14.120 --> 00:29:15.200
  • And now, we still do the same.
  • 00:29:15.200 --> 00:29:18.180
  • It brings hundreds of people to
  • 00:29:18.180 --> 00:29:20.070
  • In Touch, each wanting to use
  • 00:29:20.120 --> 00:29:23.120
  • and distribute the Messenger to
  • 00:29:23.120 --> 00:29:25.120
  • bless others, spreading the
  • 00:29:25.120 --> 00:29:27.120
  • gospel one person, one message
  • 00:29:28.020 --> 00:29:31.020
  • at a time.
  • 00:29:31.020 --> 00:29:32.150
  • The format will evolve as we
  • 00:29:32.150 --> 00:29:34.120
  • move to the next wave of
  • 00:29:34.120 --> 00:29:35.260
  • technology, but the message will
  • 00:29:35.260 --> 00:29:38.230
  • always remain the same:
  • 00:29:38.230 --> 00:29:41.090
  • truthful, timely, and needed to
  • 00:29:41.240 --> 00:29:44.240
  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: God will
  • 00:30:00.000 --> 00:30:01.020
  • never give up on you as one of
  • 00:30:01.020 --> 00:30:03.020
  • His children, never.
  • 00:30:03.020 --> 00:30:05.100
  • And He will work in your life
  • 00:30:05.100 --> 00:30:07.100
  • through the last breath.
  • 00:30:07.100 --> 00:30:09.180
  • Here's what he said, "He
  • 00:30:09.180 --> 00:30:10.230
  • predestined."
  • 00:30:10.230 --> 00:30:12.090
  • Predetermined His awesome power
  • 00:30:12.090 --> 00:30:14.020
  • and wisdom to conform us to the
  • 00:30:14.020 --> 00:30:15.260
  • likeness of His Son.
  • 00:30:15.260 --> 00:30:17.000
  • He's not going to quit.
  • 00:30:17.000 --> 00:30:18.260
  • And so, what's happening is, in
  • 00:30:18.260 --> 00:30:20.230
  • these difficulties and hardships
  • 00:30:20.230 --> 00:30:22.130
  • and problems and trials we have,
  • 00:30:22.130 --> 00:30:24.130
  • He is in the process of doing
  • 00:30:24.130 --> 00:30:26.030
  • what?
  • 00:30:26.030 --> 00:30:26.250
  • Sanctifying us, cleansing us,
  • 00:30:26.250 --> 00:30:29.190
  • surfacing the stuff in our life
  • 00:30:29.190 --> 00:30:31.150
  • that's not like Him in order to
  • 00:30:31.260 --> 00:30:34.260
  • make you like His Son, in order
  • 00:30:34.260 --> 00:30:36.110
  • to use you to, listen,
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • "In Touch,"
  • 00:30:41.050 --> 00:30:42.150
  • - Dr. Stanley: When you
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  • trusted Jesus Christ as your
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  • personal Savior,
  • 00:30:48.230 --> 00:30:49.230
  • what did you expect?
  • 00:30:49.230 --> 00:30:51.270
  • Well, probably you suspected and
  • 00:30:51.270 --> 00:30:54.020
  • expected different things.
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  • You expected, for example,
  • 00:30:57.010 --> 00:30:58.110
  • naturally for your sins to be
  • 00:30:58.110 --> 00:30:59.210
  • forgiven.
  • 00:30:59.210 --> 00:31:00.180
  • That's what they said about
  • 00:31:00.180 --> 00:31:01.110
  • salvation.
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  • You expected Jesus Christ to
  • 00:31:02.260 --> 00:31:04.120
  • come into your life.
  • 00:31:04.120 --> 00:31:06.060
  • You expected Him to write your
  • 00:31:06.060 --> 00:31:07.130
  • name in the Lamb's Book of Life
  • 00:31:07.130 --> 00:31:09.020
  • which meant that you would
  • 00:31:09.020 --> 00:31:10.020
  • forever be a child of God.
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  • You expected Him to be with you
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  • in life because He promised to
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  • be.
  • 00:31:15.250 --> 00:31:16.130
  • In fact, you had all these
  • 00:31:16.130 --> 00:31:17.070
  • fantastic expectations, because
  • 00:31:17.120 --> 00:31:20.120
  • that's what being a Christian's
  • 00:31:20.120 --> 00:31:21.180
  • all about.
  • 00:31:21.180 --> 00:31:23.090
  • And so, when you did exactly
  • 00:31:23.090 --> 00:31:26.090
  • what you were told to do,
  • 00:31:26.090 --> 00:31:28.000
  • honestly ask the Lord Jesus
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  • Christ to forgive you of your
  • 00:31:29.280 --> 00:31:31.030
  • sins, receive His death on the
  • 00:31:31.030 --> 00:31:33.210
  • cross at Calvary as payment for
  • 00:31:33.210 --> 00:31:35.280
  • your sin, and you accepted that
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  • as true, you became a new
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  • person.
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  • And so, what did you expect?
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  • Well, it sounded mighty good.
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  • You expect to have what?
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  • Peace.
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  • Joy.
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  • Happiness.
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  • But there's something else
  • 00:31:50.010 --> 00:31:51.140
  • He said that oftentimes people
  • 00:31:51.140 --> 00:31:53.130
  • will go through all of their
  • 00:31:53.130 --> 00:31:55.020
  • life and never understand this.
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  • So, I want you to listen very
  • 00:31:56.280 --> 00:31:58.010
  • carefully, because some of you
  • 00:31:58.010 --> 00:32:00.040
  • are wondering why you're having
  • 00:32:00.040 --> 00:32:01.060
  • such a hard time.
  • 00:32:01.060 --> 00:32:02.290
  • You're going through all kind of
  • 00:32:02.290 --> 00:32:04.030
  • difficulties.
  • 00:32:04.030 --> 00:32:05.040
  • You don't understand it.
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  • You have pain, disappointment.
  • 00:32:06.160 --> 00:32:08.270
  • You--people criticize you,
  • 00:32:08.270 --> 00:32:11.050
  • falsely accuse you.
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  • Or maybe you've lost your job or
  • 00:32:13.000 --> 00:32:14.190
  • maybe your health's not what it
  • 00:32:14.190 --> 00:32:16.030
  • used to be, and your friends
  • 00:32:16.030 --> 00:32:18.180
  • have deserted you, betrayed you,
  • 00:32:18.180 --> 00:32:20.150
  • and falsely accused you.
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  • In other words, here's the
  • 00:32:21.280 --> 00:32:23.200
  • salvation over here and what
  • 00:32:23.200 --> 00:32:25.000
  • about this?
  • 00:32:25.000 --> 00:32:26.240
  • What happened over here?
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  • Why is it that Jesus saves us
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  • here, but then all this takes
  • 00:32:30.210 --> 00:32:33.050
  • place in our life?
  • 00:32:33.050 --> 00:32:34.260
  • You say, "Well, God must have
  • 00:32:34.260 --> 00:32:36.270
  • forgotten me."
  • 00:32:36.270 --> 00:32:37.210
  • No, He didn't.
  • 00:32:37.210 --> 00:32:38.260
  • "Well, there must be something
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  • here that's not right."
  • 00:32:39.230 --> 00:32:40.250
  • No, there's not.
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  • You see, His purpose for your
  • 00:32:42.110 --> 00:32:44.220
  • life and mine is not just to
  • 00:32:44.220 --> 00:32:47.020
  • take us out of this life and get
  • 00:32:47.020 --> 00:32:48.280
  • us to heaven.
  • 00:32:48.280 --> 00:32:50.160
  • That's sort of the end result,
  • 00:32:50.160 --> 00:32:52.070
  • but that's not His purpose.
  • 00:32:52.070 --> 00:32:53.240
  • He intends to use you for His
  • 00:32:53.240 --> 00:32:56.070
  • honor and glory.
  • 00:32:56.070 --> 00:32:57.270
  • He intends to do something for
  • 00:32:57.270 --> 00:32:59.140
  • you that nobody else in this
  • 00:32:59.140 --> 00:33:01.050
  • world could possibly do.
  • 00:33:01.050 --> 00:33:03.220
  • You see, don't you remember what
  • 00:33:03.220 --> 00:33:04.230
  • He says about Jesus Christ
  • 00:33:04.230 --> 00:33:06.260
  • becoming your life?
  • 00:33:06.260 --> 00:33:08.220
  • Living on the inside of you;
  • 00:33:08.220 --> 00:33:11.150
  • expressing Himself through you.
  • 00:33:11.150 --> 00:33:13.030
  • See, He has a much greater
  • 00:33:13.030 --> 00:33:13.280
  • purpose.
  • 00:33:13.280 --> 00:33:14.280
  • So, I want you to turn, if you
  • 00:33:14.280 --> 00:33:15.240
  • will, to Romans eight, verse
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  • twenty-nine.
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  • You know verse twenty-eight
  • 00:33:19.260 --> 00:33:21.020
  • fairly well but look, if you
  • 00:33:21.020 --> 00:33:22.030
  • will, in verse twenty-nine.
  • 00:33:22.030 --> 00:33:24.250
  • He says, following that
  • 00:33:24.250 --> 00:33:27.020
  • wonderful verse that God causes,
  • 00:33:27.020 --> 00:33:29.040
  • watch this.
  • 00:33:29.040 --> 00:33:30.070
  • If I ask you if you believe
  • 00:33:30.070 --> 00:33:31.060
  • this, you'd say, "Yes."
  • 00:33:31.060 --> 00:33:32.170
  • For "God causes all things to
  • 00:33:32.170 --> 00:33:34.110
  • work together for good to those
  • 00:33:34.110 --> 00:33:36.190
  • who love Him, to those who are
  • 00:33:36.190 --> 00:33:37.260
  • called according to His
  • 00:33:37.260 --> 00:33:38.180
  • purpose."
  • 00:33:38.180 --> 00:33:39.040
  • You'd say, "Yeah, but look at
  • 00:33:39.040 --> 00:33:40.130
  • all these things that are
  • 00:33:40.130 --> 00:33:41.070
  • happening in my life and don't
  • 00:33:41.070 --> 00:33:42.090
  • seem to be good."
  • 00:33:42.090 --> 00:33:43.170
  • So, the next verse reads, watch
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  • this.
  • 00:33:45.120 --> 00:33:46.250
  • This is what He's up to.
  • 00:33:46.250 --> 00:33:48.100
  • "For those whom He foreknew, He
  • 00:33:49.260 --> 00:33:52.260
  • also predestined to become
  • 00:33:54.020 --> 00:33:57.020
  • conformed to the image of His
  • 00:33:57.020 --> 00:33:58.240
  • Son, so that He would be the
  • 00:33:58.240 --> 00:34:01.000
  • firstborn among many brethren."
  • 00:34:01.000 --> 00:34:03.110
  • Now, he says He predestined us
  • 00:34:03.110 --> 00:34:05.290
  • to be conformed to the likeness
  • 00:34:05.290 --> 00:34:07.070
  • of His Son.
  • 00:34:07.070 --> 00:34:08.190
  • So, watch this.
  • 00:34:08.190 --> 00:34:09.260
  • From the moment you were saved
  • 00:34:09.260 --> 00:34:11.210
  • 'til He calls you home to
  • 00:34:11.210 --> 00:34:12.280
  • heaven, what in the world is God
  • 00:34:12.280 --> 00:34:14.280
  • up to?
  • 00:34:14.280 --> 00:34:15.160
  • He's not up to just making you
  • 00:34:15.160 --> 00:34:16.190
  • happy and peaceful and giving
  • 00:34:16.190 --> 00:34:18.010
  • you this, that, and the other.
  • 00:34:18.010 --> 00:34:19.080
  • He's in the process of doing
  • 00:34:19.080 --> 00:34:20.240
  • what He just promised.
  • 00:34:20.240 --> 00:34:22.120
  • God hasn't forgotten anything.
  • 00:34:22.120 --> 00:34:24.040
  • He knows you're hurting.
  • 00:34:24.040 --> 00:34:25.180
  • He knows the difficulty and the
  • 00:34:25.180 --> 00:34:26.220
  • hardship and the pain and the
  • 00:34:26.220 --> 00:34:27.270
  • needs you have.
  • 00:34:27.270 --> 00:34:28.230
  • He hasn't forgotten anything.
  • 00:34:28.230 --> 00:34:30.260
  • But what is He doing?
  • 00:34:30.260 --> 00:34:31.240
  • He's doing what He promised.
  • 00:34:31.240 --> 00:34:33.000
  • He says He predestined.
  • 00:34:33.000 --> 00:34:34.270
  • He predetermined before you were
  • 00:34:34.270 --> 00:34:37.090
  • ever saved to do what?
  • 00:34:37.090 --> 00:34:38.270
  • To conform you, shape you in the
  • 00:34:38.270 --> 00:34:41.020
  • likeness of His Son.
  • 00:34:41.020 --> 00:34:42.230
  • Not physically, but how?
  • 00:34:42.230 --> 00:34:45.050
  • Spiritually.
  • 00:34:45.050 --> 00:34:46.220
  • And in, for example, our thought
  • 00:34:46.220 --> 00:34:49.110
  • processes, our habits, our
  • 00:34:49.110 --> 00:34:51.130
  • thinking, our feelings, our
  • 00:34:51.130 --> 00:34:54.070
  • conduct, our conversation, our
  • 00:34:54.070 --> 00:34:56.040
  • character.
  • 00:34:56.040 --> 00:34:57.110
  • He said He predestined.
  • 00:34:57.110 --> 00:34:59.000
  • That means that once He saved
  • 00:34:59.000 --> 00:35:00.260
  • you, He set in motion the
  • 00:35:00.260 --> 00:35:03.100
  • processes whereby you would be
  • 00:35:03.100 --> 00:35:05.200
  • conformed to the likeness of His
  • 00:35:05.200 --> 00:35:06.240
  • Son so that Christ living within
  • 00:35:07.060 --> 00:35:10.060
  • you in this life would
  • 00:35:10.060 --> 00:35:13.010
  • demonstrate to an unbelieving
  • 00:35:13.010 --> 00:35:14.100
  • world who God is; what He's
  • 00:35:14.100 --> 00:35:16.080
  • like; why Jesus went to the
  • 00:35:16.080 --> 00:35:18.110
  • cross; and what life is really
  • 00:35:18.110 --> 00:35:20.140
  • all about.
  • 00:35:20.140 --> 00:35:21.240
  • Well, if you'll turn to First
  • 00:35:21.240 --> 00:35:23.190
  • Thessalonians for a moment, and
  • 00:35:23.190 --> 00:35:25.170
  • I want us to look at this last
  • 00:35:25.170 --> 00:35:27.120
  • chapter of his first epistle.
  • 00:35:27.120 --> 00:35:29.120
  • There's, First, Second
  • 00:35:29.120 --> 00:35:30.280
  • Thessalonians, two of them.
  • 00:35:30.280 --> 00:35:33.090
  • And in this fifth chapter,
  • 00:35:34.120 --> 00:35:37.120
  • here's what he says beginning,
  • 00:35:37.120 --> 00:35:39.130
  • if you'll look in the
  • 00:35:39.130 --> 00:35:40.100
  • twenty-first verse, but
  • 00:35:40.100 --> 00:35:41.140
  • twenty-third verse primarily.
  • 00:35:41.140 --> 00:35:43.260
  • Because here's Paul's
  • 00:35:43.260 --> 00:35:45.030
  • description of this, "But
  • 00:35:45.030 --> 00:35:47.010
  • examine everything," verse
  • 00:35:47.010 --> 00:35:48.140
  • twenty-one, "examine everything
  • 00:35:48.140 --> 00:35:50.070
  • carefully; hold fast to that
  • 00:35:50.070 --> 00:35:52.040
  • which is good; and abstain from
  • 00:35:52.040 --> 00:35:53.200
  • every form of evil."
  • 00:35:53.200 --> 00:35:55.080
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:35:55.080 --> 00:35:56.030
  • Verse twenty-three, "Now, may
  • 00:35:56.030 --> 00:35:58.110
  • the God of peace Himself
  • 00:35:58.110 --> 00:36:01.090
  • sanctify you entirely; and may
  • 00:36:02.130 --> 00:36:05.130
  • your spirit and soul and body be
  • 00:36:05.200 --> 00:36:08.200
  • preserved complete, without
  • 00:36:08.200 --> 00:36:10.200
  • blame at the coming of the Lord
  • 00:36:10.200 --> 00:36:12.020
  • Jesus Christ."
  • 00:36:12.020 --> 00:36:13.190
  • What's he saying?
  • 00:36:13.190 --> 00:36:15.030
  • He says the God of peace
  • 00:36:15.030 --> 00:36:16.050
  • sanctify you.
  • 00:36:16.050 --> 00:36:17.140
  • So, here's what's been happening
  • 00:36:17.140 --> 00:36:18.240
  • since the moment you were saved.
  • 00:36:18.240 --> 00:36:21.040
  • Some of it was good, you liked
  • 00:36:21.040 --> 00:36:22.100
  • it.
  • 00:36:22.100 --> 00:36:22.290
  • Some of it you didn't like.
  • 00:36:22.290 --> 00:36:24.110
  • But here's the process.
  • 00:36:24.110 --> 00:36:25.270
  • Watch this carefully.
  • 00:36:25.270 --> 00:36:27.050
  • I'm going to give you two words
  • 00:36:27.050 --> 00:36:28.120
  • that are the key that'll settle
  • 00:36:28.120 --> 00:36:30.000
  • a lot of things.
  • 00:36:30.000 --> 00:36:31.220
  • Number one, He says He's in the
  • 00:36:32.060 --> 00:36:35.060
  • process of sanctifying us.
  • 00:36:35.060 --> 00:36:37.100
  • Sanctifying us is setting us
  • 00:36:37.100 --> 00:36:39.050
  • apart for Himself; and in the
  • 00:36:39.050 --> 00:36:41.180
  • process of cleansing us and
  • 00:36:41.180 --> 00:36:43.150
  • purifying us in every area of
  • 00:36:43.150 --> 00:36:44.270
  • our life.
  • 00:36:44.270 --> 00:36:45.290
  • So, watch this carefully.
  • 00:36:45.290 --> 00:36:47.120
  • First of all, it's a position.
  • 00:36:47.120 --> 00:36:49.140
  • When you were saved, you have a
  • 00:36:49.140 --> 00:36:51.040
  • new position, child of God.
  • 00:36:51.040 --> 00:36:53.280
  • When you were saved, you also
  • 00:36:53.280 --> 00:36:56.150
  • have a new position, set apart
  • 00:36:56.150 --> 00:36:59.050
  • by God for God, not for
  • 00:36:59.050 --> 00:37:01.140
  • yourself.
  • 00:37:01.140 --> 00:37:03.050
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:37:03.050 --> 00:37:04.260
  • Sanctified is a position, but
  • 00:37:04.260 --> 00:37:07.120
  • it's also a process.
  • 00:37:07.140 --> 00:37:10.140
  • That is, God begins to work in
  • 00:37:10.140 --> 00:37:11.240
  • your life and my life to do
  • 00:37:11.240 --> 00:37:13.040
  • what?
  • 00:37:13.040 --> 00:37:14.240
  • To plow up anything and
  • 00:37:14.240 --> 00:37:16.270
  • everything that is unlike His
  • 00:37:16.270 --> 00:37:18.200
  • Son.
  • 00:37:18.200 --> 00:37:20.290
  • So, what does He do?
  • 00:37:20.290 --> 00:37:23.010
  • He begins to deal with things in
  • 00:37:23.010 --> 00:37:24.040
  • our life we don't want Him
  • 00:37:24.040 --> 00:37:25.010
  • dealing with.
  • 00:37:25.010 --> 00:37:26.150
  • There are situations and
  • 00:37:26.150 --> 00:37:27.170
  • circumstances, you've lived this
  • 00:37:27.170 --> 00:37:29.030
  • way for so long and what is
  • 00:37:29.030 --> 00:37:30.220
  • this?
  • 00:37:30.220 --> 00:37:31.190
  • You come to the Word of God and
  • 00:37:31.190 --> 00:37:33.100
  • He says He's going to sanctify
  • 00:37:33.100 --> 00:37:34.170
  • us, and He says, "Sanctify us
  • 00:37:34.170 --> 00:37:36.280
  • entirely."
  • 00:37:36.280 --> 00:37:39.120
  • And that we be preserved
  • 00:37:39.120 --> 00:37:40.080
  • complete.
  • 00:37:40.080 --> 00:37:41.190
  • Watch this.
  • 00:37:41.190 --> 00:37:42.200
  • God will never give up on you as
  • 00:37:42.200 --> 00:37:45.180
  • one of His children, never.
  • 00:37:45.180 --> 00:37:47.280
  • And He will work in your life
  • 00:37:47.280 --> 00:37:49.280
  • through the last breath.
  • 00:37:49.280 --> 00:37:52.060
  • Here's what he said, "He
  • 00:37:52.060 --> 00:37:53.110
  • predestined."
  • 00:37:53.110 --> 00:37:54.270
  • Predetermined His awesome power
  • 00:37:54.270 --> 00:37:56.200
  • and wisdom to conform us to the
  • 00:37:56.200 --> 00:37:58.140
  • likeness of His Son.
  • 00:37:58.140 --> 00:37:59.180
  • He's not going to quit.
  • 00:37:59.180 --> 00:38:01.160
  • And so, what's happening is, in
  • 00:38:01.160 --> 00:38:03.130
  • these difficulties and hardships
  • 00:38:03.130 --> 00:38:05.030
  • and problems and trials we have,
  • 00:38:05.030 --> 00:38:07.030
  • He is in the process of doing
  • 00:38:07.030 --> 00:38:08.230
  • what?
  • 00:38:08.230 --> 00:38:09.150
  • Sanctifying us, cleansing us,
  • 00:38:09.150 --> 00:38:12.090
  • surfacing the stuff in our life
  • 00:38:12.090 --> 00:38:14.050
  • that's not like Him in order to
  • 00:38:14.160 --> 00:38:17.160
  • make you like His Son, in order
  • 00:38:17.160 --> 00:38:19.010
  • to use you to, listen, represent
  • 00:38:19.010 --> 00:38:21.110
  • Him.
  • 00:38:21.110 --> 00:38:22.220
  • So, the process is one that He
  • 00:38:22.220 --> 00:38:24.200
  • said He's going to do, to
  • 00:38:24.200 --> 00:38:26.220
  • sanctify us entirely, which
  • 00:38:26.220 --> 00:38:28.280
  • simply means this.
  • 00:38:28.280 --> 00:38:30.060
  • He's not going to stop.
  • 00:38:30.060 --> 00:38:31.280
  • Now, many people who'd like to
  • 00:38:31.280 --> 00:38:32.260
  • be saved, and go on their way,
  • 00:38:32.260 --> 00:38:34.090
  • and do their own thing, that's
  • 00:38:34.090 --> 00:38:35.170
  • not what it's all about.
  • 00:38:35.170 --> 00:38:37.010
  • There are a lot of people who
  • 00:38:37.010 --> 00:38:37.260
  • are saved who don't understand
  • 00:38:37.260 --> 00:38:38.270
  • and they think, "Well, you know,
  • 00:38:38.270 --> 00:38:40.090
  • why would God let me be sick?
  • 00:38:40.090 --> 00:38:42.060
  • Or why would God let me be in
  • 00:38:42.060 --> 00:38:43.100
  • need?
  • 00:38:43.100 --> 00:38:44.050
  • Does He not say He'll meet all
  • 00:38:44.050 --> 00:38:45.270
  • my needs 'according to His
  • 00:38:45.270 --> 00:38:47.030
  • riches in glory in Christ
  • 00:38:47.030 --> 00:38:48.060
  • Jesus'?"
  • 00:38:48.060 --> 00:38:49.100
  • Yes, He does.
  • 00:38:49.100 --> 00:38:50.120
  • And if He gave you everything
  • 00:38:50.120 --> 00:38:51.180
  • you wanted every time you ask
  • 00:38:51.180 --> 00:38:53.120
  • Him for it, after a while you'd
  • 00:38:53.120 --> 00:38:54.220
  • ignore Him.
  • 00:38:54.220 --> 00:38:57.040
  • So, God in His wisdom says, "I'm
  • 00:38:57.040 --> 00:38:59.290
  • going to sanctify every single
  • 00:38:59.290 --> 00:39:02.040
  • one of my children."
  • 00:39:02.040 --> 00:39:04.100
  • And while it is a position that
  • 00:39:04.150 --> 00:39:07.150
  • He sets us apart to sanctify us;
  • 00:39:07.150 --> 00:39:10.120
  • and it's a process of cleansing
  • 00:39:10.120 --> 00:39:12.060
  • and sanctifying us and making us
  • 00:39:12.060 --> 00:39:14.080
  • like His Son.
  • 00:39:14.080 --> 00:39:15.080
  • Now, there are habits and
  • 00:39:15.080 --> 00:39:17.140
  • attitudes and belief systems
  • 00:39:17.140 --> 00:39:20.050
  • that we have, watch this
  • 00:39:20.050 --> 00:39:21.200
  • carefully, that we didn't
  • 00:39:21.200 --> 00:39:23.020
  • choose.
  • 00:39:23.020 --> 00:39:24.240
  • There are things you believe,
  • 00:39:24.240 --> 00:39:25.190
  • you necessarily--you didn't
  • 00:39:25.190 --> 00:39:26.130
  • choose to believe it.
  • 00:39:26.130 --> 00:39:28.020
  • Attitudes in your life that you
  • 00:39:28.020 --> 00:39:29.090
  • didn't choose.
  • 00:39:29.090 --> 00:39:30.290
  • Habits in your life that you
  • 00:39:30.290 --> 00:39:32.030
  • didn't choose.
  • 00:39:32.030 --> 00:39:33.220
  • You grew up in a home, for
  • 00:39:33.220 --> 00:39:34.230
  • example, and that was the
  • 00:39:34.230 --> 00:39:36.280
  • atmosphere in which you grew up.
  • 00:39:36.280 --> 00:39:39.220
  • So, as a little child, you
  • 00:39:39.220 --> 00:39:41.030
  • accepted that.
  • 00:39:41.030 --> 00:39:42.070
  • That your Mom, that your Dad;
  • 00:39:42.070 --> 00:39:43.030
  • that's what they think, that's
  • 00:39:43.030 --> 00:39:44.090
  • what they do, that's how they
  • 00:39:44.090 --> 00:39:45.120
  • act, that's what they believe.
  • 00:39:45.120 --> 00:39:46.230
  • So, you didn't make a choice.
  • 00:39:46.230 --> 00:39:49.060
  • You just acquired an environment
  • 00:39:49.100 --> 00:39:52.100
  • that was provided for you.
  • 00:39:52.100 --> 00:39:55.090
  • It may have been a disastrous
  • 00:39:55.090 --> 00:39:57.210
  • family situation.
  • 00:39:57.210 --> 00:39:59.260
  • And so, what happens?
  • 00:39:59.260 --> 00:40:01.270
  • That has become a part of your
  • 00:40:01.270 --> 00:40:03.190
  • doubts, your fears, all these
  • 00:40:03.190 --> 00:40:05.220
  • things that begin to develop in
  • 00:40:05.220 --> 00:40:07.290
  • your life and become a part of
  • 00:40:07.290 --> 00:40:09.230
  • your life.
  • 00:40:09.230 --> 00:40:10.200
  • You didn't ask to be that way.
  • 00:40:10.200 --> 00:40:13.040
  • You didn't ask to feel that, but
  • 00:40:13.040 --> 00:40:15.080
  • that's a part of your thinking
  • 00:40:15.080 --> 00:40:17.060
  • because your father, awesome
  • 00:40:17.140 --> 00:40:20.140
  • person in your life; your
  • 00:40:20.140 --> 00:40:22.010
  • mother, awesome person in your
  • 00:40:22.010 --> 00:40:23.250
  • life, that's the way thought.
  • 00:40:23.250 --> 00:40:25.170
  • That's what they did.
  • 00:40:25.170 --> 00:40:27.100
  • And so, you just acquired that
  • 00:40:27.100 --> 00:40:30.040
  • before you became a Christian.
  • 00:40:30.040 --> 00:40:31.210
  • It's just part of your thinking.
  • 00:40:31.210 --> 00:40:32.270
  • It's so much a part of your
  • 00:40:32.270 --> 00:40:33.210
  • thinking, when you got saved,
  • 00:40:33.210 --> 00:40:34.290
  • you didn't even think about
  • 00:40:34.290 --> 00:40:35.260
  • dealing with a lot of those
  • 00:40:35.260 --> 00:40:36.210
  • things.
  • 00:40:36.210 --> 00:40:38.030
  • And so, what does God do?
  • 00:40:38.030 --> 00:40:39.230
  • He begins to work in your life.
  • 00:40:39.230 --> 00:40:41.080
  • So, let me ask you a question.
  • 00:40:41.080 --> 00:40:43.080
  • What are you afraid of?
  • 00:40:43.290 --> 00:40:46.290
  • And why?
  • 00:40:46.290 --> 00:40:48.110
  • Afraid of losing your job?
  • 00:40:48.110 --> 00:40:50.120
  • Afraid of getting sick and
  • 00:40:50.120 --> 00:40:51.040
  • dying?
  • 00:40:51.040 --> 00:40:52.110
  • Afraid you're going to have an
  • 00:40:52.110 --> 00:40:53.010
  • accident?
  • 00:40:53.010 --> 00:40:54.060
  • Afraid you're going to have
  • 00:40:54.060 --> 00:40:54.260
  • needs that God's not going to
  • 00:40:54.260 --> 00:40:56.030
  • answer?
  • 00:40:56.030 --> 00:40:57.140
  • So, what about fears in your
  • 00:40:57.140 --> 00:40:58.180
  • life?
  • 00:40:58.180 --> 00:41:01.020
  • What about unforgiveness?
  • 00:41:01.020 --> 00:41:03.240
  • When you turn 360 degrees, is
  • 00:41:03.240 --> 00:41:05.230
  • there anybody that comes to mind
  • 00:41:05.230 --> 00:41:07.100
  • in your life that you have not
  • 00:41:07.100 --> 00:41:08.240
  • forgiven?
  • 00:41:08.240 --> 00:41:11.210
  • What about rejection?
  • 00:41:13.140 --> 00:41:16.140
  • There was somebody who walked
  • 00:41:16.140 --> 00:41:17.070
  • the aisle in the first service
  • 00:41:17.070 --> 00:41:18.070
  • said, "I've been--I've felt
  • 00:41:18.070 --> 00:41:19.120
  • rejection for thirty-eight
  • 00:41:19.120 --> 00:41:21.010
  • years."
  • 00:41:21.010 --> 00:41:23.030
  • You ever feel rejected?
  • 00:41:23.030 --> 00:41:25.170
  • Did you grow up in a home where
  • 00:41:25.170 --> 00:41:26.190
  • you were loved or rejected for
  • 00:41:26.190 --> 00:41:29.080
  • some reason or the other?
  • 00:41:29.080 --> 00:41:30.290
  • Have things happen in your life
  • 00:41:30.290 --> 00:41:32.200
  • that cause you to feel rejected?
  • 00:41:32.200 --> 00:41:34.170
  • Whatever the reason may be, you
  • 00:41:34.170 --> 00:41:36.140
  • feel rejected.
  • 00:41:36.140 --> 00:41:39.100
  • Is there any greed?
  • 00:41:39.160 --> 00:41:42.160
  • Any bitterness?
  • 00:41:43.030 --> 00:41:46.030
  • When you think about your life
  • 00:41:46.030 --> 00:41:47.080
  • and, like, the family you grew
  • 00:41:47.080 --> 00:41:48.180
  • up in, for example, any guilt in
  • 00:41:48.240 --> 00:41:51.240
  • your life?
  • 00:41:51.240 --> 00:41:54.010
  • And so, what you have to ask is:
  • 00:41:54.010 --> 00:41:56.060
  • Well, how do I deal with these
  • 00:41:56.060 --> 00:41:57.140
  • things?
  • 00:41:57.140 --> 00:41:58.110
  • In other words, suddenly, for
  • 00:41:58.110 --> 00:41:59.160
  • example, I realize, "You know
  • 00:41:59.160 --> 00:42:00.250
  • what?
  • 00:42:00.250 --> 00:42:01.120
  • I am bitter.
  • 00:42:01.120 --> 00:42:03.140
  • I do want to blame somebody else
  • 00:42:03.140 --> 00:42:04.210
  • for everything.
  • 00:42:04.210 --> 00:42:06.090
  • I do feel lonely.
  • 00:42:06.090 --> 00:42:07.220
  • I do hold things against other
  • 00:42:07.220 --> 00:42:10.000
  • people.
  • 00:42:10.000 --> 00:42:10.260
  • I'm not very forgive," in other
  • 00:42:10.260 --> 00:42:11.280
  • words, all of these things,
  • 00:42:11.280 --> 00:42:13.140
  • whatever happens and whatever's
  • 00:42:13.140 --> 00:42:14.240
  • there, listen.
  • 00:42:15.050 --> 00:42:18.050
  • You're the most dangerous when
  • 00:42:19.040 --> 00:42:22.040
  • you feel no conviction about any
  • 00:42:23.010 --> 00:42:26.010
  • of that.
  • 00:42:26.010 --> 00:42:28.100
  • And when you've just decided,
  • 00:42:28.100 --> 00:42:29.110
  • "You know what?
  • 00:42:29.110 --> 00:42:30.190
  • This is who I am.
  • 00:42:30.190 --> 00:42:32.030
  • This is the way I am.
  • 00:42:32.030 --> 00:42:33.020
  • If you don't like me, just
  • 00:42:33.020 --> 00:42:34.000
  • forget it.
  • 00:42:34.000 --> 00:42:35.120
  • This is the way God made me."
  • 00:42:35.120 --> 00:42:36.170
  • And I want to say, "No, no, no,
  • 00:42:36.170 --> 00:42:37.130
  • no!
  • 00:42:37.130 --> 00:42:38.050
  • He doesn't make things like
  • 00:42:38.050 --> 00:42:38.250
  • that.
  • 00:42:38.250 --> 00:42:40.160
  • God made you as one of His
  • 00:42:40.160 --> 00:42:42.110
  • children, and He wants to bring
  • 00:42:42.110 --> 00:42:44.050
  • you into the fold and be a child
  • 00:42:44.050 --> 00:42:45.130
  • of God.
  • 00:42:45.130 --> 00:42:46.260
  • And He has the best for you."
  • 00:42:46.260 --> 00:42:48.150
  • And so, if there's going to be a
  • 00:42:48.150 --> 00:42:49.290
  • change, what is required?
  • 00:42:49.290 --> 00:42:52.100
  • If I'm going to deal with them,
  • 00:42:52.100 --> 00:42:53.250
  • how do I deal with them?
  • 00:42:53.250 --> 00:42:56.060
  • I want you to listen carefully.
  • 00:42:56.060 --> 00:42:57.210
  • And I think all these steps are
  • 00:42:57.210 --> 00:42:59.030
  • on the mag screens.
  • 00:42:59.030 --> 00:43:01.030
  • If I'm going to deal with them,
  • 00:43:01.030 --> 00:43:03.180
  • first of all, I have to be able
  • 00:43:03.180 --> 00:43:05.120
  • to recognize it's true in my
  • 00:43:05.120 --> 00:43:06.220
  • life.
  • 00:43:06.220 --> 00:43:08.030
  • In other words, "Well, you know,
  • 00:43:08.030 --> 00:43:10.130
  • I am a little bitter.
  • 00:43:10.130 --> 00:43:11.280
  • You know, I do feel rejected.
  • 00:43:11.280 --> 00:43:14.270
  • I am a little lonely.
  • 00:43:14.270 --> 00:43:17.130
  • The truth is, yeah, I am a
  • 00:43:17.130 --> 00:43:18.180
  • little greedy.
  • 00:43:18.180 --> 00:43:19.150
  • I want what he has, or she has.
  • 00:43:19.150 --> 00:43:21.130
  • And yeah, to be truthful, I'm a
  • 00:43:21.130 --> 00:43:23.280
  • little bitter about what's going
  • 00:43:23.280 --> 00:43:25.270
  • on in my life."
  • 00:43:25.270 --> 00:43:27.090
  • First of all, you have to
  • 00:43:27.090 --> 00:43:28.180
  • recognize that they're there.
  • 00:43:28.180 --> 00:43:30.190
  • Secondly, you have to confess
  • 00:43:30.190 --> 00:43:32.030
  • it.
  • 00:43:32.030 --> 00:43:32.290
  • "God, not somebody else, God, I
  • 00:43:32.290 --> 00:43:35.140
  • am bitter.
  • 00:43:35.140 --> 00:43:36.200
  • God, I am unforgiving.
  • 00:43:36.200 --> 00:43:38.100
  • God, I'm just depressed.
  • 00:43:38.100 --> 00:43:41.080
  • God, I'm just--I just don't
  • 00:43:41.080 --> 00:43:43.110
  • believe the truth.
  • 00:43:43.110 --> 00:43:44.160
  • I just don't believe the Word of
  • 00:43:44.160 --> 00:43:45.140
  • God."
  • 00:43:45.140 --> 00:43:46.070
  • In other words, all these
  • 00:43:46.070 --> 00:43:47.160
  • attitudes and habits, I have to
  • 00:43:47.160 --> 00:43:49.190
  • confess it as a part of me,
  • 00:43:49.190 --> 00:43:52.100
  • honestly.
  • 00:43:52.100 --> 00:43:53.150
  • And then, I have to choose.
  • 00:43:53.150 --> 00:43:55.230
  • And I--and this is what happens.
  • 00:43:55.230 --> 00:43:57.150
  • Oftentimes a person, or many
  • 00:43:57.150 --> 00:43:59.070
  • times some people, they'll go to
  • 00:43:59.070 --> 00:44:00.240
  • church, go to church, go to
  • 00:44:00.240 --> 00:44:01.210
  • church or watch a television
  • 00:44:01.210 --> 00:44:02.240
  • program or listen to the radio
  • 00:44:02.240 --> 00:44:03.260
  • or whatever it might be.
  • 00:44:03.260 --> 00:44:05.110
  • You hear the truth; you know
  • 00:44:05.110 --> 00:44:07.090
  • it's the truth; you cut it off
  • 00:44:07.090 --> 00:44:09.100
  • and move on as if you never
  • 00:44:09.100 --> 00:44:10.210
  • heard it.
  • 00:44:10.210 --> 00:44:12.060
  • That's deliberate rejection of
  • 00:44:12.060 --> 00:44:14.140
  • God's intention of conforming
  • 00:44:14.140 --> 00:44:16.240
  • you to the likeness of His Son.
  • 00:44:16.240 --> 00:44:19.130
  • And so, you have to accept it.
  • 00:44:19.130 --> 00:44:22.000
  • "This is true of me.
  • 00:44:22.000 --> 00:44:23.130
  • Lord, I want to accept this
  • 00:44:23.130 --> 00:44:25.250
  • as true of me.
  • 00:44:25.250 --> 00:44:27.070
  • And Lord, but I want to be
  • 00:44:27.070 --> 00:44:28.170
  • healed."
  • 00:44:28.170 --> 00:44:30.100
  • Healing is a choice.
  • 00:44:30.100 --> 00:44:31.270
  • Listen, emotional hurt does not
  • 00:44:32.280 --> 00:44:35.280
  • heal automatically.
  • 00:44:35.280 --> 00:44:37.220
  • It has to be dealt with, has to
  • 00:44:37.220 --> 00:44:40.220
  • be dealt with.
  • 00:44:40.220 --> 00:44:41.190
  • I've got to be willing to admit,
  • 00:44:41.190 --> 00:44:43.000
  • "Yes, Lord, this is true in my
  • 00:44:43.000 --> 00:44:45.070
  • life and I want to deal with
  • 00:44:45.070 --> 00:44:46.280
  • it."
  • 00:44:46.280 --> 00:44:48.030
  • And I've got to admit and
  • 00:44:48.030 --> 00:44:49.130
  • realize that it's not going to
  • 00:44:49.130 --> 00:44:50.220
  • happen overnight.
  • 00:44:50.220 --> 00:44:52.180
  • If you have, for example, a
  • 00:44:52.180 --> 00:44:53.280
  • feeling of rejection and you
  • 00:44:53.280 --> 00:44:56.030
  • decide, "Well, not going to be
  • 00:44:56.030 --> 00:44:57.110
  • rejected anymore," not that
  • 00:44:57.110 --> 00:44:58.270
  • easy.
  • 00:44:58.270 --> 00:45:00.100
  • God has to work in your life.
  • 00:45:00.100 --> 00:45:02.100
  • He has to begin to show you that
  • 00:45:02.100 --> 00:45:03.210
  • He loves you.
  • 00:45:03.210 --> 00:45:05.100
  • And He has to begin to show you
  • 00:45:05.100 --> 00:45:06.140
  • that other people love you and
  • 00:45:06.140 --> 00:45:07.290
  • they care for you.
  • 00:45:07.290 --> 00:45:09.020
  • So, you have to understand it's
  • 00:45:09.020 --> 00:45:10.180
  • not something that's going to
  • 00:45:10.180 --> 00:45:11.160
  • happen instantly.
  • 00:45:11.160 --> 00:45:13.010
  • It begins instantly and depends
  • 00:45:13.010 --> 00:45:15.050
  • upon you; how fast God heals you
  • 00:45:15.280 --> 00:45:18.280
  • of whatever that might be.
  • 00:45:18.280 --> 00:45:21.040
  • And so, there are specific
  • 00:45:22.260 --> 00:45:25.260
  • steps.
  • 00:45:25.260 --> 00:45:26.250
  • I'm just going to list a few of
  • 00:45:26.250 --> 00:45:27.190
  • them here.
  • 00:45:27.190 --> 00:45:29.000
  • And that, first of all, I've got
  • 00:45:29.000 --> 00:45:30.040
  • to be honest with myself.
  • 00:45:30.040 --> 00:45:31.270
  • Not going to happen unless I'm
  • 00:45:31.270 --> 00:45:32.250
  • honest with myself.
  • 00:45:32.250 --> 00:45:34.080
  • Lord, this is true of me.
  • 00:45:34.080 --> 00:45:35.230
  • Second, I've got to stop blaming
  • 00:45:35.230 --> 00:45:36.230
  • others.
  • 00:45:36.230 --> 00:45:37.280
  • Because what I'm doing is I'm
  • 00:45:37.280 --> 00:45:39.150
  • shifting the responsibility to
  • 00:45:39.150 --> 00:45:41.030
  • somebody else.
  • 00:45:41.030 --> 00:45:41.230
  • As long as, for example, you can
  • 00:45:41.230 --> 00:45:43.060
  • find a reason to blame somebody
  • 00:45:43.060 --> 00:45:45.030
  • else for something that's
  • 00:45:45.030 --> 00:45:46.190
  • missing in your life or wrong in
  • 00:45:46.190 --> 00:45:48.170
  • your life, you'll never be
  • 00:45:48.170 --> 00:45:49.210
  • healed.
  • 00:45:49.210 --> 00:45:50.250
  • So, no more blaming anybody
  • 00:45:50.250 --> 00:45:52.050
  • else.
  • 00:45:52.050 --> 00:45:53.150
  • Then you've got to be willing to
  • 00:45:53.150 --> 00:45:54.110
  • forgive others.
  • 00:45:54.110 --> 00:45:55.010
  • If you've been wronged by
  • 00:45:55.010 --> 00:45:56.020
  • somebody else, you've got to be
  • 00:45:56.020 --> 00:45:57.180
  • willing to forgive them.
  • 00:45:57.180 --> 00:45:59.050
  • And that means I am willing to
  • 00:45:59.180 --> 00:46:02.200
  • no longer hold it against them.
  • 00:46:02.200 --> 00:46:05.030
  • And when I see them and when I
  • 00:46:05.030 --> 00:46:06.050
  • think about them or when I have
  • 00:46:06.050 --> 00:46:08.190
  • some contact with them, I--that
  • 00:46:08.190 --> 00:46:10.160
  • doesn't come up.
  • 00:46:10.160 --> 00:46:11.130
  • In other words, if I'm--if I've
  • 00:46:11.130 --> 00:46:13.120
  • forgiven someone, it's forgiven
  • 00:46:13.120 --> 00:46:16.050
  • and gone.
  • 00:46:16.050 --> 00:46:17.260
  • I have to assume that
  • 00:46:17.260 --> 00:46:18.190
  • responsibility.
  • 00:46:18.190 --> 00:46:20.100
  • Then I have to ask God to heal
  • 00:46:20.100 --> 00:46:21.250
  • me.
  • 00:46:21.250 --> 00:46:23.030
  • God, heal me specifically of my
  • 00:46:23.140 --> 00:46:26.140
  • unforgiveness.
  • 00:46:26.140 --> 00:46:27.110
  • Heal me of my loneliness.
  • 00:46:27.110 --> 00:46:29.100
  • Heal me of my depression.
  • 00:46:29.100 --> 00:46:31.020
  • Heal me of this greed and this
  • 00:46:31.020 --> 00:46:33.050
  • bitterness in my life.
  • 00:46:33.050 --> 00:46:34.270
  • I need the work of the Holy
  • 00:46:34.270 --> 00:46:35.280
  • Spirit to heal me.
  • 00:46:35.280 --> 00:46:37.250
  • And God will put you in
  • 00:46:37.250 --> 00:46:38.270
  • circumstances and situations and
  • 00:46:38.270 --> 00:46:41.220
  • He'll bring to your mind, or
  • 00:46:41.220 --> 00:46:43.080
  • bring to your life maybe
  • 00:46:43.080 --> 00:46:44.220
  • somebody who will be able to
  • 00:46:44.220 --> 00:46:47.100
  • help you walk through some of
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  • these things because He knows
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  • that oftentimes a person within
  • 00:46:50.120 --> 00:46:52.060
  • themselves just maybe can't be
  • 00:46:52.060 --> 00:46:55.060
  • as honest as they'd like to be
  • 00:46:55.060 --> 00:46:56.110
  • and somebody else needs to say,
  • 00:46:56.110 --> 00:46:57.260
  • "But look, you're still bitter."
  • 00:46:57.260 --> 00:47:00.120
  • But what about this?
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  • God loves you.
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  • He hasn't stopped loving you.
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  • You have to be willing to seek
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  • help from somebody else, because
  • 00:47:07.130 --> 00:47:10.020
  • sometimes we can't see it.
  • 00:47:10.020 --> 00:47:12.240
  • Sometimes we don't want to see
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  • it.
  • 00:47:14.120 --> 00:47:15.170
  • And you have to be willing to
  • 00:47:15.170 --> 00:47:16.190
  • seek help from somebody else.
  • 00:47:16.190 --> 00:47:17.250
  • And I can still remember this
  • 00:47:17.290 --> 00:47:20.290
  • very, very famous person, famous
  • 00:47:20.290 --> 00:47:23.180
  • in many, many ways, as a pastor
  • 00:47:23.180 --> 00:47:26.150
  • and evangelist and so forth.
  • 00:47:26.150 --> 00:47:28.180
  • When somebody confronted him
  • 00:47:28.180 --> 00:47:30.280
  • about something, this was his
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  • response.
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  • It's just like God etched it in
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  • my mind.
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  • Well, call his name, called him
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  • his own name.
  • 00:47:39.020 --> 00:47:40.080
  • Well, I--who could I go to about
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  • my life?
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  • And I thought, "Oh God."
  • 00:47:44.190 --> 00:47:47.040
  • And sure enough, it was a
  • 00:47:47.040 --> 00:47:48.050
  • disaster.
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  • You know what?
  • 00:47:50.000 --> 00:47:51.040
  • Nobody is so important they
  • 00:47:51.040 --> 00:47:53.210
  • can't ask somebody else to help
  • 00:47:53.210 --> 00:47:55.150
  • them.
  • 00:47:55.150 --> 00:47:57.150
  • If you're going to be healed, in
  • 00:47:57.150 --> 00:47:59.040
  • some situations, you have got to
  • 00:47:59.070 --> 00:48:02.090
  • get in the Word of God and see
  • 00:48:02.090 --> 00:48:03.110
  • what God says.
  • 00:48:03.110 --> 00:48:04.220
  • And then you've got to ask
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  • somebody to help you.
  • 00:48:07.040 --> 00:48:10.040
  • Now, I've--and it takes time.
  • 00:48:10.180 --> 00:48:13.180
  • And let me say, tell you one
  • 00:48:13.180 --> 00:48:14.260
  • thing else I want to say about
  • 00:48:14.260 --> 00:48:16.030
  • this.
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  • Oftentimes, before you'll ever
  • 00:48:17.260 --> 00:48:20.260
  • deal with this, God has to break
  • 00:48:20.260 --> 00:48:22.290
  • you.
  • 00:48:22.290 --> 00:48:25.170
  • And most of the time, brokenness
  • 00:48:25.180 --> 00:48:28.180
  • is a result of my stubbornness
  • 00:48:29.060 --> 00:48:32.060
  • and unwillingness to deal with
  • 00:48:32.060 --> 00:48:34.070
  • the issue.
  • 00:48:34.070 --> 00:48:36.020
  • And so, God just say, "Okay,
  • 00:48:36.170 --> 00:48:39.170
  • here's what I'm going to do."
  • 00:48:39.170 --> 00:48:41.080
  • You say, "Well, have you ever
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  • been broken?"
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  • Many times; several times I
  • 00:48:43.230 --> 00:48:45.110
  • have.
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  • Brokenness precedes true,
  • 00:48:49.090 --> 00:48:52.090
  • genuine sanctification.
  • 00:48:52.090 --> 00:48:55.060
  • Because, listen, our human
  • 00:48:55.060 --> 00:48:56.240
  • nature is we'll do it as long as
  • 00:48:56.240 --> 00:48:59.080
  • we can get by.
  • 00:48:59.080 --> 00:49:01.180
  • Then when we can't.
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  • And so, sometimes what does God
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  • do?
  • 00:49:04.240 --> 00:49:05.260
  • He just turns up the heat.
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  • And He turns it up and turns it
  • 00:49:08.110 --> 00:49:09.150
  • up and turns it up 'til we, in
  • 00:49:09.150 --> 00:49:11.200
  • desperation, cry out to God, "Oh
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  • Father, help me."
  • 00:49:14.030 --> 00:49:17.030
  • Now, what I'd like to do is just
  • 00:49:18.130 --> 00:49:21.130
  • give you a little insight into
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  • My father died when I was nine
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  • months of age.
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  • So, by now if you've listened
  • 00:49:33.160 --> 00:49:34.190
  • carefully, you could probably
  • 00:49:34.190 --> 00:49:35.290
  • begin to guess what I felt.
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  • And my mother had to go to work
  • 00:49:39.130 --> 00:49:40.090
  • immediately.
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  • So, she had to shift me to
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  • different people to keep me
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  • while she worked in a textile
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  • mill.
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  • So, from the point--time I was
  • 00:49:48.100 --> 00:49:50.090
  • nine months of age, I saw my
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  • mother when she came home in the
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  • evening and had to put me to bed
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  • early and so forth.
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  • I can remember on one occasion
  • 00:49:58.060 --> 00:50:01.060
  • sitting or being in the bed and
  • 00:50:01.060 --> 00:50:03.280
  • crying all day long, at least to
  • 00:50:04.030 --> 00:50:07.030
  • my day in those days, because my
  • 00:50:07.030 --> 00:50:09.180
  • mother was not there.
  • 00:50:09.270 --> 00:50:12.270
  • Was I lonely?
  • 00:50:12.270 --> 00:50:14.090
  • Yes, I was.
  • 00:50:14.090 --> 00:50:16.080
  • So, naturally I grew up with
  • 00:50:16.080 --> 00:50:18.290
  • that.
  • 00:50:18.290 --> 00:50:20.190
  • I wasn't a very good student.
  • 00:50:20.270 --> 00:50:23.270
  • When I started school, my name
  • 00:50:23.270 --> 00:50:25.170
  • was Stanley, put me on the back
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  • row.
  • 00:50:26.240 --> 00:50:29.100
  • When they played ball, either
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  • put me in right field, which
  • 00:50:30.250 --> 00:50:32.110
  • nobody wants to play.
  • 00:50:32.110 --> 00:50:34.200
  • Or, they just didn't choose me
  • 00:50:34.200 --> 00:50:36.180
  • to play with them.
  • 00:50:36.180 --> 00:50:39.010
  • So, I knew something about
  • 00:50:39.010 --> 00:50:40.250
  • rejection.
  • 00:50:40.250 --> 00:50:42.280
  • When my mother married again,
  • 00:50:42.280 --> 00:50:45.230
  • she married a man that after
  • 00:50:45.230 --> 00:50:47.270
  • about two weeks she knew it was
  • 00:50:47.270 --> 00:50:49.080
  • a mistake.
  • 00:50:49.080 --> 00:50:50.210
  • But she married him because she
  • 00:50:50.210 --> 00:50:52.070
  • thought I needed a father.
  • 00:50:52.070 --> 00:50:53.240
  • Now, she didn't know.
  • 00:50:53.240 --> 00:50:55.080
  • I mean, coming from where she
  • 00:50:55.080 --> 00:50:56.130
  • came from, at--that's the best
  • 00:50:56.130 --> 00:50:57.290
  • she knew.
  • 00:50:57.290 --> 00:50:58.220
  • I--so, I don't blame her for
  • 00:50:58.220 --> 00:50:59.190
  • that.
  • 00:50:59.190 --> 00:51:01.180
  • But when I watched the way he
  • 00:51:01.180 --> 00:51:03.040
  • treated my mother, I was very
  • 00:51:03.040 --> 00:51:05.290
  • unforgiving.
  • 00:51:05.290 --> 00:51:08.040
  • I watched the way he treated my
  • 00:51:08.040 --> 00:51:09.020
  • mother, I was bitter.
  • 00:51:09.290 --> 00:51:12.290
  • And I don't ever remember being
  • 00:51:12.290 --> 00:51:14.110
  • greedy, or jealous of somebody
  • 00:51:14.110 --> 00:51:17.040
  • else.
  • 00:51:17.040 --> 00:51:17.280
  • And I certainly wasn't
  • 00:51:17.280 --> 00:51:18.200
  • depressed, but bitterness,
  • 00:51:18.200 --> 00:51:20.280
  • unforgiveness and fear,
  • 00:51:20.280 --> 00:51:23.020
  • rejection and guilt, yes.
  • 00:51:23.170 --> 00:51:26.170
  • I'm saying all that to simply
  • 00:51:26.170 --> 00:51:27.230
  • say this.
  • 00:51:27.230 --> 00:51:30.020
  • Thank God He loves us enough not
  • 00:51:31.110 --> 00:51:34.110
  • to leave us where we are.
  • 00:51:35.020 --> 00:51:38.020
  • He loves us enough not to leave
  • 00:51:38.020 --> 00:51:39.120
  • And no matter who you are, no
  • 00:51:44.200 --> 00:51:46.060
  • matter what's going on in your
  • 00:51:46.060 --> 00:51:47.060
  • life, God is willing to plow up
  • 00:51:48.260 --> 00:51:51.260
  • things that you've forgotten.
  • 00:51:51.260 --> 00:51:54.200
  • Surface attitudes and habits in
  • 00:51:54.200 --> 00:51:56.130
  • your life that you think you'd
  • 00:51:56.130 --> 00:51:58.110
  • just prayed and asked God to
  • 00:51:58.110 --> 00:52:00.090
  • forgive you and move on.
  • 00:52:00.090 --> 00:52:01.140
  • No, sanctification is a plowing
  • 00:52:02.000 --> 00:52:05.000
  • up.
  • 00:52:05.000 --> 00:52:06.020
  • It's a pulling out.
  • 00:52:06.020 --> 00:52:08.030
  • It's a cleansing.
  • 00:52:08.030 --> 00:52:09.240
  • It's a dipping.
  • 00:52:09.240 --> 00:52:10.200
  • It's a baptism.
  • 00:52:10.200 --> 00:52:11.190
  • In other words, getting it out
  • 00:52:11.190 --> 00:52:13.130
  • of our life.
  • 00:52:13.130 --> 00:52:15.090
  • Because, listen.
  • 00:52:15.090 --> 00:52:17.020
  • The best is waiting for you when
  • 00:52:18.000 --> 00:52:21.000
  • you deal with those things in
  • 00:52:21.000 --> 00:52:23.050
  • your life that keep you from
  • 00:52:23.050 --> 00:52:24.280
  • becoming the person God wants
  • 00:52:24.280 --> 00:52:26.100
  • you to be.
  • 00:52:26.100 --> 00:52:28.050
  • He says, "He predestined you to
  • 00:52:28.050 --> 00:52:30.090
  • be conformed to the likeness
  • 00:52:30.090 --> 00:52:31.140
  • of His Son."
  • 00:52:31.140 --> 00:52:33.280
  • If I refuse the work of the Holy
  • 00:52:33.280 --> 00:52:35.270
  • Spirit of cleansing, changing,
  • 00:52:36.120 --> 00:52:39.120
  • opening my eyes and opening my
  • 00:52:39.120 --> 00:52:41.140
  • life; if I choose to resist
  • 00:52:41.140 --> 00:52:43.150
  • that, I will go through life
  • 00:52:43.230 --> 00:52:46.230
  • suffering in areas and ways that
  • 00:52:47.080 --> 00:52:50.080
  • I would not even realize.
  • 00:52:50.160 --> 00:52:53.160
  • Never being really satisfied,
  • 00:52:53.160 --> 00:52:56.110
  • never feeling complete because I
  • 00:52:58.170 --> 00:53:01.190
  • refused to allow Him to do what
  • 00:53:02.200 --> 00:53:05.200
  • He said He predestined to do in
  • 00:53:06.220 --> 00:53:09.220
  • my life and your life, and that
  • 00:53:09.220 --> 00:53:12.070
  • He will never change.
  • 00:53:12.070 --> 00:53:14.220
  • So, I ask you this simple
  • 00:53:14.220 --> 00:53:15.170
  • question.
  • 00:53:15.170 --> 00:53:17.230
  • Have you heard anything that you
  • 00:53:17.230 --> 00:53:20.190
  • could identify with?
  • 00:53:22.170 --> 00:53:25.170
  • Are you willing for God to deal
  • 00:53:25.170 --> 00:53:27.020
  • with it?
  • 00:53:27.180 --> 00:53:30.180
  • Now that you've heard it, let me
  • 00:53:30.180 --> 00:53:31.280
  • remind you of something.
  • 00:53:31.280 --> 00:53:33.160
  • He, knowing that you've heard
  • 00:53:33.160 --> 00:53:35.190
  • the truth, will begin the
  • 00:53:35.190 --> 00:53:38.010
  • breaking process in your life
  • 00:53:38.010 --> 00:53:40.230
  • until you come to grips with the
  • 00:53:40.230 --> 00:53:42.200
  • truth.
  • 00:53:42.200 --> 00:53:45.070
  • You'll never regret offering
  • 00:53:45.160 --> 00:53:48.160
  • your whole life to Jesus, never,
  • 00:53:48.160 --> 00:53:50.220
  • never, never.
  • 00:53:50.220 --> 00:53:52.160
  • But you can live your life and
  • 00:53:52.160 --> 00:53:54.210
  • miss out on God's blessing, His
  • 00:53:55.080 --> 00:53:58.080
  • best blessing, by not yielding
  • 00:53:58.080 --> 00:54:01.030
  • yourself to Him.
  • 00:54:01.030 --> 00:54:03.090
  • My prayer to Almighty God is if
  • 00:54:03.090 --> 00:54:06.020
  • you have never trusted Jesus as
  • 00:54:06.020 --> 00:54:07.250
  • your Savior, you'll ask Him to
  • 00:54:07.250 --> 00:54:09.260
  • forgive you of your sins based
  • 00:54:09.260 --> 00:54:12.250
  • on His death at Calvary, not
  • 00:54:12.250 --> 00:54:14.100
  • your conduct, not how good
  • 00:54:14.100 --> 00:54:15.210
  • you've been, only on the blood
  • 00:54:15.210 --> 00:54:17.260
  • of Jesus.
  • 00:54:17.260 --> 00:54:19.210
  • And then be willing to say,
  • 00:54:19.210 --> 00:54:21.020
  • "Lord, I'm available for You to
  • 00:54:21.250 --> 00:54:24.250
  • start plowing and pulling and
  • 00:54:25.130 --> 00:54:28.130
  • weeding, taking out of my life
  • 00:54:28.130 --> 00:54:31.010
  • whatever's there."
  • 00:54:31.010 --> 00:54:33.140
  • And let Him do it.
  • 00:54:33.140 --> 00:54:35.220
  • You will never regret it.
  • 00:54:36.160 --> 00:54:39.160
  • And if you do not, you will
  • 00:54:39.160 --> 00:54:41.090
  • regret it all your life.
  • 00:54:41.220 --> 00:54:44.220
  • Father, thank You for not giving
  • 00:54:44.220 --> 00:54:46.200
  • up on us.
  • 00:54:46.200 --> 00:54:48.200
  • Thank You for Your cleansing.
  • 00:54:49.080 --> 00:54:52.080
  • Thank You for loving us enough
  • 00:54:52.080 --> 00:54:53.230
  • to just keep on working when we
  • 00:54:53.230 --> 00:54:55.060
  • don't like it.
  • 00:54:55.080 --> 00:54:58.080
  • Thank You for bringing us to the
  • 00:54:58.080 --> 00:54:59.210
  • realization we can't blame
  • 00:54:59.210 --> 00:55:01.060
  • anybody else.
  • 00:55:01.060 --> 00:55:03.040
  • Even though they may have had a
  • 00:55:03.040 --> 00:55:04.090
  • part in it, we can't blame them.
  • 00:55:04.090 --> 00:55:07.020
  • We just look to You.
  • 00:55:07.020 --> 00:55:09.200
  • And I pray for many people today
  • 00:55:09.200 --> 00:55:11.250
  • who are going through difficulty
  • 00:55:11.250 --> 00:55:13.090
  • and trial, that You'll help them
  • 00:55:13.090 --> 00:55:15.160
  • to see and understand You are
  • 00:55:16.060 --> 00:55:19.060
  • working in their life of
  • 00:55:19.060 --> 00:55:20.100
  • something good as painful as it
  • 00:55:20.100 --> 00:55:22.250
  • may be.
  • 00:55:22.250 --> 00:55:25.030
  • We love You for loving us.
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • God's Word.
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  • I want to capture something that
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  • God uses to send me a message so
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  • I can share it with you.
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  • - female announcer: For years,
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  • photography to express his love
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  • for God's handiwork.
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  • print from his personal
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  • the church?
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  • Maybe it's helping those outside
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  • the church get closer to God
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  • while making lasting friendships
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  • or serving those in need while
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  • When we share God's love and
  • 00:56:21.160 --> 00:56:22.230
  • support each other, we
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  • participate in the work of
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  • building God's kingdom in our
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  • local community.
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  • Let's do more.
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  • but the years are short.
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  • downs.
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  • Discover "Every Day with Jesus,"
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  • introducing Dr. Charles
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  • Stanley's devotional written
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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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