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The Art of Being Alone with God Part 2

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August 6, 2019
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Creflo Dollar

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The Art of Being Alone with God Part 2

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  • Creflo Dollar: I don't want it to be where we come in, have
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  • I don't want that anymore.
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  • I want a relationship with Jesus where it becomes so dynamic that
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  • when I come in contact with you what you get from me is
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  • an overflow of my time spent with him.
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  • Creflo: Father, we thank you for this, another opportunity to
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  • minister to these your precious sheep.
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  • Thank you, Lord, that revelation knowledge will flow freely
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  • uninterrupted and unhindered by any satanic or demonic force.
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  • I pray, Lord, that you will speak through my vocal cords and
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  • think through my mind.
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  • None of me, and all of you, it's in Jesus's name we pray, and
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  • everybody said, "Amen."
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  • If you have your Bibles, once again, go with me to the book of
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  • 2 Peter chapter 1.
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  • 2 Peter chapter 1.
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  • We've been talking about knowing God.
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  • We've been talking about knowing God.
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  • There's something very powerful when you decide that I am going
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  • to have an intimate relationship with God.
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  • There's something very awesome, something very amazing that
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  • happens when you decide that I am no longer after what I can
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  • get from God, more than I am after knowing him in such an
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  • intimate way that all of a sudden knowing God becomes the
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  • solution to a lot of issues that you have.
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  • In fact, I'll start off with this statement that most of
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  • life's problems are solved through an intimate relationship
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  • with God.
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  • That most of life--life's problems are solved through an
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  • intimate relationship with God.
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  • That we should be in this life as a Christian.
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  • The reason why I'm a Christian, the reason why I have this
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  • relationship with Jesus which is what it's supposed to be, the
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  • fact that I'm a Christian is this.
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  • This is the fact: that I have a personal relationship
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  • with Jesus.
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  • And if we forget about the personal relationship with Jesus
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  • and if we start becoming more focused in on the mechanics and
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  • the principles of how to get stuff to work, then you'll find
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  • yourself trying to operate the mechanics and you don't
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  • even know God.
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  • You'll find yourself trying to operate the mechanics of faith
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  • which is good, the mechanics of prayer, which is good, the
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  • mechanics of prosperity, which is good.
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  • I am saying it's good to know the mechanics.
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  • But I'm saying don't put the mechanics as far as priority is
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  • concerned, don't put the mechanics above your
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  • relationship with God.
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  • Make sure that the mechanics flow from your relationship with
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  • God because that's how it happens.
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  • You having a relationship with God is gonna put you in a
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  • position where you'll never have a problem believing him.
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  • So you don't have to look at the ten steps to how to believe God.
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  • If you'll have a relationship with God, believing God will
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  • flow out of your relationship with him.
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  • You don't need to know the seven steps to the
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  • highest kind of faith.
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  • It's good to know that but your relationship with God, out of
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  • that relationship will flow a hunger to wanna commune with him
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  • and spend time with him.
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  • It is like the wet with the water.
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  • If you jump in the water, you don't have to be
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  • concerned about wet.
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  • If you jump in the water, wet becomes a byproduct of getting
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  • in the water.
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  • And so likewise, if you have this intimate personal
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  • relationship with God, then all these other things shall be
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  • added unto thee.
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  • There is something about knowing God that will deal
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  • with attitude.
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  • Something about knowing God that will cause the fruit of the
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  • Spirit to become a byproduct of knowing God.
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  • There's something about the Christian person saying that I
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  • am in this for the relationship and I didn't become a Christian
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  • for the reason that most people became a Christian to miss hell.
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  • But salvation is so much more than you getting
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  • saved to miss hell.
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  • Salvation, the purpose of salvation, is so that you can
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  • develop a deep intimate relationship with God and so
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  • that you can know him and he knows you and you begin to rely
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  • on him, lean on him, look to him, trust him.
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  • And God now wants to satisfy his intense love on you.
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  • And all of a sudden your yoke, you'll see what he means.
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  • My yoke is easy, my burdens are light.
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  • And you'll begin to experience an anointing of ease in every
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  • area of your life.
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  • Why?
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  • Because it becomes an outflow of your relationship with God.
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  • I am so grateful for what we've learned.
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  • I'm so grateful for what we know how to do.
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  • I'm grateful that we know how to pray.
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  • I'm grateful we know how to walk by faith.
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  • I'm grateful we know about confessions.
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  • But I don't want to operate mechanics and not have a
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  • relationship with Jesus.
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  • I want all those things to be perfected, even better because
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  • of my relationship with him.
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  • Every Christian should understand that the blood of
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  • Jesus has been shed so it will give you a right to develop an
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  • intimate relationship with the Father.
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  • The blood of Jesus was not just shed so you can be the
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  • righteousness of God.
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  • Thank God you're righteous because of his blood.
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  • But thank God that there was enmity between God and man and
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  • the blood of Jesus was shed and peace was on earth and we now
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  • have a right to have an intimate relationship with the Father
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  • just like Jesus had that intimate relationship
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  • with the Father.
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  • You and I can have that intimate relationship, a relationship
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  • where you talk to him and commune with him and he communes
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  • and talks back to you, praise God.
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  • Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice and they know me because I
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  • know them."
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  • So the question in your life as a Christian is how is your
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  • relationship with God?
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  • Do you have a personal relationship with him?
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  • 'Cause if you don't have a personal relationship with him,
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  • I don't know what all of this is for.
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  • If we don't have a personal relationship with him and if we
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  • don't know him, I don't understand what we're doing.
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  • I don't know why we're at church.
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  • I don't know what we're doing anymore if we don't have
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  • a personal relationship with Jesus.
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  • What is all of this for?
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  • What is the singing for?
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  • What is the praying for?
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  • What is the Communion for?
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  • What is all of this thing that we do as Christians, what is it
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  • for if it doesn't flow out of a personal relationship
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  • with Jesus?
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  • And think with me for a moment.
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  • What an atmosphere must be like when that atmosphere is being
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  • influenced by people that show up in a building and everybody
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  • that shows up has a personal relationship with Jesus.
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  • Then my preaching on the mechanics simply becomes
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  • something that you say, "Oh, so that's what I've been doing.
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  • Oh, so that's what I know."
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  • I don't wanna add anymore, folks, if this is not about a
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  • relationship with Jesus.
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  • If all of this is about his principles where I now become
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  • some life coach and where you just come some person that you
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  • got issues so you need to come and get you some more
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  • principles.
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  • I am not against principles and I am not against the mechanics.
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  • But there's just something weird about me trying something out
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  • that you discover through a relationship and me just taking
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  • your principles and try 'em out on somebody else and I didn't
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  • get it out of a relationship.
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  • I want what I have to flow out of my relationship and not flow
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  • out of your relationship.
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  • But I want it to flow out of my relationship.
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  • I wanna have some discovery and some intimacy and I wanna have a
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  • real walk and relationship with God that was born out of me
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  • praying with him and singing to him and listening to him.
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  • I want the relationship that was born out of knowing him.
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  • I don't want it to be religious acrobats.
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  • I don't want it to be where we come in, have another Sunday to
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  • play church.
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  • Have another Sunday where we can out-religisize one
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  • another in activity.
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  • I don't want that anymore.
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  • I want a relationship with Jesus where it becomes so dynamic that
  • 00:10:04.090 --> 00:10:09.020
  • when I come in contact with you what you get from me is an
  • 00:10:09.030 --> 00:10:12.100
  • overflow of my time spent with him.
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  • Lift your hands up and just give God some praises in this place
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  • because some dynamic things are gonna happen here this morning.
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  • Oh, God, we want a relationship with you.
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  • Teach us to have a relationship with you.
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  • Deliver us from the works of the law and the works of flesh.
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  • Deliver us from performance-based Christianity,
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  • and bring us all into a personal knowing and a personal
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  • relationship with you and we receive that now in
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  • Jesus's name.
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  • Everybody said, "Amen, amen, and amen."
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  • So that's where we're going.
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  • I probably got a little extreme this morning but I so wanted you
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  • to hear what I was saying, that I wanted to dress very casual
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  • this morning so that you can be hearing it from a person who's a
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  • human being in a flesh body.
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  • Maybe some of the visitors, Taffi and I shock some of the
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  • visitors with the way we dress.
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  • We're still looking for a tattoo artist, by the way.
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  • 2 Peter chapter 1, verses 1 through 3.
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  • We're gonna pray.
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  • We're gonna be led of the Holy Spirit.
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  • This altar is gonna be a place where you come and meet Jesus
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  • and you come and settle in your personal relationship.
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  • Nobody cares about how much you know.
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  • They care about how much you care.
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  • Nobody's impressed anymore with your Greek and Hebrew knowledge
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  • or what cemetery--seminary school that you went to.
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  • Nobody cares about that.
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  • Nobody cares about the image you're building on social media.
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  • Nobody cares about that.
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  • It's all about Jesus now.
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  • And that is gonna be your only way out is Jesus.
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  • That's gonna be your only way up is Jesus.
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  • That's gonna be your only way in is Jesus and everything is
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  • coming down to this one thing, do you have a relationship with
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  • him, enough where you can trust him?
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  • 'Cause it's hard to trust when you don't have a relationship.
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  • You'd be a fool to meet a guy on the first date and then trust
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  • anybody, and trust--trust is something that's developed.
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  • It grows, it matures, it blossoms.
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  • And it requires time and that's what I pray for our church, that
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  • eventually everybody in here, not based on your performance,
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  • not based on what you did last night and how well you did this
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  • and how good you did that, how bad you did that.
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  • I just want you to know that whether it was good or bad, that
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  • you can keep showing up, saying, "I still have a relationship
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  • with God.
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  • He has a relationship with me."
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  • And it blows my mind all the time that he can still have a
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  • relationship with me and I hadn't been perfectly obedient
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  • to what he does and yet he won't let me go.
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  • All right, let's get into this.
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  • 2 Peter chapter 1, verses 1 through 3.
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  • Ready? Read.
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  • "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them
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  • that have obtained like precious faith with us through the
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  • righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and
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  • peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God,
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  • and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given
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  • unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through
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  • the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and to
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  • virtue."
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  • Verse 2, notice, he says, "Grace and peak can--grace and peace
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  • can be multiplied."
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  • Grace can be multiplied.
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  • It can be multiplied.
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  • Grace can be multiplied.
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  • I don't know how much of it you're getting right now but it
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  • can be multiplied.
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  • Peace can be multiplied.
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  • I don't know how much peace you're experiencing right now
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  • today but it can be multiplied.
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  • But how can grace and peace be multiplied?
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  • He says, "Through the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ."
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  • Through a knowledge of God and Jesus Christ.
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  • Now, I'm needing for you to trade your knowledge about God
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  • for knowledge of who he is, knowledge of God, a knowing of
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  • God, an intimate knowledge of God.
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  • And there's something that happens through this intimate
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  • knowing of God.
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  • Not just knowledge about him but this intimate knowing of God
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  • will cause grace to be multiplied.
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  • This intimate knowing of God will cause peace
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  • to be multiplied.
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  • Then in verse 3, he says, "According as the divine power
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  • hath given unto us all things."
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  • Underline again "all those--all things."
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  • All things. All things.
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  • How many of you are interested in having available all the
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  • things that you need that pertain to life and godliness?
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  • He says that "all the things that pertain unto life and
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  • godliness," how do I get that?
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  • "Through the knowledge of him."
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  • Not the knowledge about him.
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  • Through the knowledge of him.
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  • This is an experiential knowledge.
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  • Through the knowledge of him, all things are made available.
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  • Through the knowledge of him, all things are made available.
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  • I don't believe that--and we can all attest to it.
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  • I don't believe just by operating the mechanics of
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  • certain principles that all things have been made available,
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  • 'cause you've been operating a lot of mechanics and all things
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  • haven't been made available.
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  • And you go back and you reevaluate your faith and you
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  • reevaluate your confessions and did I say it enough and all
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  • that.
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  • But what he is saying is through a knowing of him and I believe
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  • this intimate relationship with him, all things are made
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  • available.
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  • Because sometimes, having a intimate relationship with him
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  • will get you so focused on a relationship that you're not so
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  • concerned about the thing you're trying to get.
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  • And maybe you're trying to get the thing and you're not even
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  • ready for the thing.
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  • You only think you are. "Oh God, make me a millionaire."
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  • You ain't ready for it.
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  • You can't even handle the $20.000 a year you make.
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  • You won't need no million.
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  • 'Cause money is an amplifier.
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  • It's just gonna amplify the mess you are.
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  • But by focusing on knowing him, all things are made available.
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  • I believe that comes through an intimate relationship.
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  • It starts with this statement I made that most of life's
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  • problems are solved through an intimate relationship with God.
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  • And that's what he's saying here.
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  • "All things."
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  • Grace is multiplied.
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  • Peace is multiplied.
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  • Because me just putting on a T-shirt that says, "I am a
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  • Christian," now this comes deeper.
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  • You know when you have a relationship with God, you're
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  • not comparing yourself amongst yourself because your focus
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  • is on Jesus.
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  • Turn to your neighbor and say, "Get focused on Jesus."
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  • Now think about all the stuff you're focused on.
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  • "Does God love me? Is God mad at me?
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  • How come I didn't get what I prayed for?
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  • I gave and it ain't came back yet.
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  • And I don't understand where was Jesus?
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  • How come that happened? Why did--"
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  • First of all, realize don't be getting upset with God
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  • when you have trouble 'cause he warns you: "They that live godly
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  • shall suffer persecution."
  • 00:17:58.120 --> 00:18:01.060
  • So a lack of persecution doesn't mean that you're any closer or
  • 00:18:01.070 --> 00:18:04.140
  • tight with God but what happens is if you'll spend time with
  • 00:18:04.150 --> 00:18:07.210
  • God, see, most of the time the situations in the world
  • 00:18:07.220 --> 00:18:10.240
  • are not changing.
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  • If it feels different it's because you're changing.
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  • They're still acting like a fool, except the foolishness is
  • 00:18:18.060 --> 00:18:20.070
  • not messing with you like it did two years ago because the Word
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  • of God and your relationship with Jesus has changed you from
  • 00:18:23.160 --> 00:18:26.120
  • the inside out and you're the one that's changed.
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  • So it's not coming at you like it came at you two years ago.
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  • They're still dogging you out and talking about you and
  • 00:18:33.180 --> 00:18:35.080
  • betraying you but it ain't hitting you like it used to
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  • because your focus is on your relationship with Jesus and now
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  • you're covered with him, praise God.
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  • "He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall
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  • abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
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  • And I'll say of the Lord, 'You're my refuge
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  • and my fortress.'"
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  • So he's become a fortress.
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  • The stuff's still coming but he's become a fortress.
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  • He's become a shield.
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  • You ain't the weak little pathetic thing that you
  • 00:19:08.270 --> 00:19:10.090
  • used to be.
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  • You've been hardened a little bit.
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  • And now you can send all your haters a Christmas card,
  • 00:19:13.170 --> 00:19:16.120
  • thanking them for helping you to mature and to trust in God since
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  • I can't trust you, I can trust in a God who will never
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  • let me down.
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  • Personal relationship.
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  • Y'all ain't--y'all didn't hear me.
  • 00:19:29.200 --> 00:19:37.250
  • What is this about?
  • 00:19:43.290 --> 00:19:45.090
  • What is this about, this church thing?
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  • How did we ever get to the point where we're having to teach on
  • 00:19:51.080 --> 00:19:53.120
  • church hurt?
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  • What the heck is that?
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  • It's a bunch of people who couldn't get their way because
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  • they perceived that they would get something and when their
  • 00:20:01.220 --> 00:20:04.070
  • expectations were not fulfilled and they got disappointed,
  • 00:20:04.080 --> 00:20:07.090
  • church hurt.
  • 00:20:07.100 --> 00:20:11.050
  • But you ain't got time to have no church hurt if you're focused
  • 00:20:11.060 --> 00:20:14.080
  • on a Jesus instead of the church.
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  • Lots of people would love to become a Christian as soon as
  • 00:20:26.030 --> 00:20:28.140
  • they see one.
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  • They're just having a hard time locating one.
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  • I definitely don't mean to be mean or provoking.
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  • I do mean to be provoking but not in a wrong way.
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  • I want to provoke you to righteousness.
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  • I want to show you something.
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  • When you understand the true nature of God, I think you'll be
  • 00:20:58.270 --> 00:21:04.100
  • motivated to go after him.
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  • Go to Hebrews chapter 8.
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  • I'm going a different place here.
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  • Hebrews chapter 8, and let's look at verse 10.
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  • [speaking in tongues]
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  • No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
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  • Let's go to Ephesians chapter 2, verse 4 in the AMPC version,
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  • guys, the--it's an Amplified version.
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  • It's Ephesians chapter 2 and verse 4.
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  • Verse 4.
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  • Okay, could you put that on the screen?
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  • I want everybody to see this.
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  • Pastor Ken told me he was meditating on this Scripture
  • 00:21:51.140 --> 00:21:54.030
  • when they all went out and just all--just tears just came out of
  • 00:21:54.040 --> 00:21:56.190
  • his eyes.
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  • And it happened to me this morning, to just think about,
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  • "Look at God."
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  • He says: "But God--so rich is He in His mercy!"
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  • Mercy is--it's the bad you deserve but you don't get and
  • 00:22:15.220 --> 00:22:23.180
  • it's the thing you feel condemned about but he says he's
  • 00:22:23.190 --> 00:22:27.150
  • rich in mercy so he says--I don't know how much bad you
  • 00:22:27.160 --> 00:22:30.250
  • deserve but he says he's so rich in mercy you're not
  • 00:22:30.260 --> 00:22:33.210
  • gonna get it.
  • 00:22:33.220 --> 00:22:38.060
  • "But God--so rich is He in His mercy!
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  • Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful
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  • and intense love with which He loves us."
  • 00:22:50.000 --> 00:22:56.050
  • He's trying to "satisfy his great and wonderful and intense
  • 00:22:56.060 --> 00:23:05.210
  • love with which He loved us" with this intense love.
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  • This is not a love that's looking for every opportunity to
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  • put judgment on you.
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  • It's not a love looking for every opportunity to make you
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  • sick when you miss it.
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  • It's not a love looking for every opportunity
  • 00:23:23.280 --> 00:23:25.250
  • to keep you broke.
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  • It's not a love that's looking for every opportunity to cause
  • 00:23:27.120 --> 00:23:30.030
  • problems in your life.
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  • That is not the true nature of God.
  • 00:23:31.170 --> 00:23:33.010
  • See, the problem with most people, they still think we're
  • 00:23:33.020 --> 00:23:34.230
  • talking about the God of love but this is not the God of love.
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  • This is the God who is love.
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  • He doesn't have it.
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  • He is it.
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  • You see what I'm saying?
  • 00:23:47.160 --> 00:23:49.030
  • He doesn't have love; he is love.
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  • To encounter him and to have intimacy with him is to
  • 00:23:51.260 --> 00:23:55.280
  • encounter the very essence of love.
  • 00:23:55.290 --> 00:23:58.220
  • It is to have a relationship with the very essence of love.
  • 00:23:58.230 --> 00:24:02.160
  • And here is God--put the Scripture back.
  • 00:24:02.170 --> 00:24:04.080
  • Here is God who says that "in order to satisfy this great--"
  • 00:24:04.090 --> 00:24:09.040
  • He's trying to satisfy this.
  • 00:24:09.050 --> 00:24:11.130
  • He's looking for a place to satisfy this intense love that
  • 00:24:11.140 --> 00:24:15.270
  • he has for us.
  • 00:24:15.280 --> 00:24:17.190
  • Do you understand?
  • 00:24:17.200 --> 00:24:19.070
  • He says it needs to be satisfied and he chose it--he chose us to
  • 00:24:19.080 --> 00:24:22.140
  • try to satisfy.
  • 00:24:22.150 --> 00:24:26.170
  • Creflo: You ain't the weak little pathetic thing that you
  • 00:24:26.280 --> 00:24:28.190
  • used to be.
  • 00:24:28.200 --> 00:24:29.290
  • You've been hardened a little bit.
  • 00:24:30.000 --> 00:24:31.150
  • And now you can send all your haters a Christmas card,
  • 00:24:31.160 --> 00:24:34.130
  • thanking them for helping you to mature and to trust in God since
  • 00:24:34.140 --> 00:24:39.130
  • I can't trust you, I can trust in a God who will
  • 00:24:39.140 --> 00:24:43.070
  • never let me down.
  • 00:24:43.080 --> 00:24:44.280
  • Personal relationship.
  • 00:24:44.290 --> 00:24:46.160
  • male announcer: Calling all men.
  • 00:24:56.080 --> 00:24:57.180
  • Creflo: It's time for you to find out your place in
  • 00:24:57.190 --> 00:24:59.160
  • the body of Christ.
  • 00:24:59.170 --> 00:25:00.280
  • Gary Taylor: You are not going to be satisfied
  • 00:25:00.290 --> 00:25:03.240
  • until you do what he commissioned you to do.
  • 00:25:03.250 --> 00:25:08.020
  • Michael T. Smith: I want to do right but couldn't.
  • 00:25:08.210 --> 00:25:10.020
  • But now the spirit of God lives in me and he gives me power
  • 00:25:10.030 --> 00:25:12.100
  • to do what I could not do on my own.
  • 00:25:12.110 --> 00:25:14.160
  • Ken Terry: I expect to get understanding.
  • 00:25:14.170 --> 00:25:16.040
  • I expect for me to grow in my grace.
  • 00:25:16.050 --> 00:25:18.250
  • Kenneth Fuller: So when things come our way, when things
  • 00:25:19.030 --> 00:25:20.290
  • come up against us, we know that we're coming through.
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  • announcer: See you there.
  • 00:25:23.260 --> 00:25:25.170
  • Creflo: Listen to me closely right now.
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  • God is not mad at you.
  • 00:25:29.230 --> 00:25:32.250
  • He's not tallying up your sins and holding them against you.
  • 00:25:32.260 --> 00:25:37.010
  • In fact, he loves you so much that he sent his Son Jesus to
  • 00:25:37.020 --> 00:25:40.010
  • shed his precious blood on the cross and to die for you.
  • 00:25:40.020 --> 00:25:44.120
  • That's how much God wants a relationship with you.
  • 00:25:44.130 --> 00:25:46.280
  • He wants you to be set free from anything that has you bound and
  • 00:25:46.290 --> 00:25:51.060
  • then to spend eternity with him.
  • 00:25:51.070 --> 00:25:54.110
  • So if you've not received Christ as your personal Lord and Savior
  • 00:25:54.120 --> 00:25:57.280
  • and you'd like to have a relationship with him, repeat
  • 00:25:57.290 --> 00:26:01.190
  • this prayer after me right now.
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  • Heavenly Father, I believe that Jesus died for all of my sins
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  • and that all my sins have been forgiven.
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  • Come into my life, save me, Lord.
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  • I release my life to you now, in Jesus's name.
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  • With confidence I declare that I am saved, amen.
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  • Praise God.
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  • Now, if you prayed that prayer with me, we welcome you to the
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  • family of God and I wanna send you something that's gonna help
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  • announcer: If you prayed the prayer of salvation with
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