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The Gift

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December 24, 2019
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  • by the partners and friends of Creflo Dollar Ministries.
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  • Creflo Dollar: Once you realize how much you've been
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  • forgiven of and how much you are greatly loved,
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  • then you ain't trying to see it no more.
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  • When you look and see that he died for you, went to hell for
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  • you just to get a gift to you, then it's going to blow your
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  • mind to say, "How could somebody treat me like this when I don't
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  • even use their name, when I don't even do nothing
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  • to deserve it?"
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  • Because he loves you.
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  • male announcer: Trinidad and Tobago, get ready
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  • for Change Experience 2020 for one day only.
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  • Join pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar January 31
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  • at the Hilton Conference Center.
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  • Creflo: There's a mighty wind getting ready to blow through
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  • your household, getting ready to blow through this church,
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  • getting ready to blow through your life.
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  • You better get ready, honey, put your seatbelt on, hallelujah.
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  • Glory, glory be to God.
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  • announcer: Register today for free while there's still time.
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  • For more details, visit creflodollarministries.org.
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  • This is your world,
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  • so let's vow to make it a better place.
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  • Let every heart that needs to know
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  • your love is here to stay.
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  • Oh, it's time to live a new life.
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  • Oh, let his love shine bright in you.
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  • Oh, we're saved by his grace
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  • so we embrace your love today
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  • we are changed.
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  • Creflo: If you have your Bibles, go with me,
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  • I want to spend a little time here, Matthew chapter 1.
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  • Matthew chapter 1, verse 20 and 21.
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  • And he says, "But while he thought on these things, behold,
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  • the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying,
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  • 'Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary
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  • thy wife, for that which is conceived in her
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  • is of the Holy Ghost.
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  • And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name
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  • Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.'"
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  • He shall save his people from their sins.
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  • I call this Word today "The Gift."
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  • You know, there are traditional reasons that people celebrate,
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  • Christians, and we compare and contrast the real reasons
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  • to celebrate Christmas.
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  • I don't know about you, but after so many Christmases,
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  • you know, if you're not careful, you begin to focus on the trees.
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  • And nothing's wrong with the trees and the lights,
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  • and nothing's wrong with the lights.
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  • And you're focused on exchanging gifts,
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  • and nothing's wrong with that.
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  • And you're focused on some of the traditions you've created
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  • in your family, and those things are cool.
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  • But after so many years, if you're not careful, you'll find
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  • yourself not feeling what some people say the Christmas spirit.
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  • But I got news for you, if you're born again,
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  • you ought to sense the Christmas spirit every day of your life
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  • because he lives on the inside of you.
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  • But what you don't want to happen is you don't want every
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  • year, you know, you have to go through this thing because,
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  • you know, you're just losing the excitement
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  • for the traditional things that you do.
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  • And yet the real reason to celebrate Christmas is the fact
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  • that we were all in bondage, destined to hell.
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  • Everybody was.
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  • A law was--laws were given, and it was inevitable that we were
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  • eventually not going to be able to keep the laws, even if we
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  • were to go 50 days keeping them right, even if we went
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  • 5, 10 months keeping them.
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  • All of a sudden, there would be a time
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  • that we would eventually break them.
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  • And the deal was when you chose to break the law,
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  • then the wages of sin would be death.
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  • And we would find ourselves in a burning hell and no one
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  • would be able to get out of this.
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  • And so one day, just because he decided to, God got inside of
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  • flesh, came to do us a favor, and through him we could be set
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  • free from that horrible destiny of a burning hell.
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  • He presented to us a gift.
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  • And as I said to you before, a gift is not yours
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  • until you receive it.
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  • Even though it's available, if you don't take it,
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  • it's not yours.
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  • And so, we read in the book of Romans chapter 6 and verse 23,
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  • if you'll allow me to establish this foundation here,
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  • Romans 6:23.
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  • And he says in verse 23 very simply, "For the wages of sin
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  • is death, but the gift of God is eternal life,
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  • and you get that through Jesus Christ our Lord."
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  • Now, he's not talking about the gift of God is living forever,
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  • although that will happen.
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  • But he says the gift of God is eternal life,
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  • the very life of God.
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  • In the Mirror translation, verse 23 says,
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  • "The reward of the law is death.
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  • The gift of grace is life."
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  • The bottom line is this.
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  • Sin employs you like a soldier for its cause and rewards you
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  • with death, but God gifts you with the highest quality of life
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  • all wrapped up in Christ Jesus our leader.
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  • You see, Romans chapter 7 says, "For without the law,
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  • sin was dead."
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  • There is no sin without a law.
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  • There's no transgression of a speed limit if there's,
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  • first of all, not a law that gives you a limit,
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  • a speed limit.
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  • So, without the law, there is no sin.
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  • Without the law, sin will have no opportunity.
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  • And what many people think, they think Satan's trying to get you
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  • to sin, and Satan's trying to tempt you to do this
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  • or to do that wrong.
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  • No, no, all he's trying to get you to do is to keep the law.
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  • And if you'll keep the law, and with your own effort
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  • and with your own performance try to keep it
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  • in your own ability,
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  • you'll eventually sin because without the law,
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  • sin has no opportunity in your life.
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  • And then in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 and verse 6, he says
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  • that the strength of the law or the strength of sin is the law.
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  • The strength of sin is the law.
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  • Well, ladies and gentlemen, if the strength of sin is the law,
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  • then the strength of righteousness is grace.
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  • Amen.
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  • You see, I'm talking about receiving a gift.
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  • And what is that gift specifically?
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  • Well, he says that the reward of the law is death,
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  • but the gift of grace is life.
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  • But specifically, precisely what is this gift?
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  • Go to Romans chapter 5.
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  • And in Romans chapter 5, look at verse 14 and 17.
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  • Romans chapter 5, now watch this carefully.
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  • Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses even over them
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  • that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's
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  • transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
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  • But not as the offence, so also is the free gift."
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  • Everybody shout, "Free gift."
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  • "For if through the offence of one," that be Adam, "many be
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  • dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace,
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  • which is by one man, Jesus Christ,
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  • has increased or abounded unto many.
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  • And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift,
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  • for the judgment was by one condemnation,
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  • but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
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  • For if by one man's offence death reigned by one," that's
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  • Adam, "much more they which receive," watch this, "the
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  • abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign
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  • in life by Jesus Christ."
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  • The abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.
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  • Well, what is a gift?
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  • I'm sure you understand it, but let me explain it to you again.
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  • When you--when he used the word "gift" here in the book of
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  • Romans, it's translated in the Greek free gift.
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  • And this word "gift" stresses that it's unmerited.
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  • It stresses that it's undeserved.
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  • I mean, just by the character of the word,
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  • it says you don't earn it.
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  • By the character of the word, it says you don't deserve it.
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  • You see, if we deserve this gift, then it would be a reward.
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  • If we pay for this gift, then it would be no longer a gift.
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  • He has given us the gift of righteousness,
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  • not something that we worked for.
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  • Didn't give us righteousness because we deserved it.
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  • Didn't give us this gift of righteousness
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  • because we were--we earned it.
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  • He gave us a gift, was free, unmerited, undeserved.
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  • And this gift of righteousness is something that has
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  • to be received.
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  • In fact, you cannot even relate to God without receiving
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  • this gift of righteousness.
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  • Until you receive the gift of righteousness,
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  • there's this gap between you and God.
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  • You'll be talking to God as an unrighteous, no good for
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  • nothing, trying to do your best to get it together person.
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  • And God's like, "I don't understand why you're carrying
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  • on like that when I gave you the gift to come to me
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  • as you ought to be."
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  • So, don't insult the giver of the gift.
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  • He gave you the gift of righteousness,
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  • don't insult him by not receiving it.
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  • Don't insult him by trying to earn something
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  • that he gave you for free.
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  • Don't insult him by trying to do something to deserve it.
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  • You know, many people today will receive gifts that they don't
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  • deserve, and they'll have a hard time receiving it,
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  • and they'll spend most of the day saying,
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  • "I wish I'd have got you something."
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  • Why?
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  • Because you feel like you need to do something to qualify
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  • for the gift that was given to you.
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  • Let me tell you something, honey, whatever you gift--gifts
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  • you get today, just reach your hands out, take it,
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  • and say, "Thank you."
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  • We already know you didn't deserve it,
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  • so go ahead and take it.
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  • But don't do--don't do--don't do something other than the same
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  • thing when you're dealing with God's gift.
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  • He gave it to you, take it.
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  • So, the gift of righteousness, what is this gift?
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  • The gift of being acceptable to God was free to us.
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  • You don't have to earn the right to be accepted by God.
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  • You don't have to work real hard and religious
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  • to be accepted by God.
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  • The gift of being acceptable to God is a free gift.
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  • And everybody in here can receive it.
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  • You don't have to go around and say, "I got to go to church
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  • for 20 times in order to be acceptable to God."
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  • If you'll just receive it, it's a gift.
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  • God will accept you if you'll receive it.
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  • Somebody asked me one time, "Well, how do you get this thing
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  • to work?"
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  • First of all, you got to become aware of what has been made
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  • available, then you got to get it on your mind.
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  • I'm aware that being acceptable to God is a free gift.
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  • Now that I'm aware of that, let me go ahead and get it on my
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  • mind and accept it.
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  • And every time the devil comes to you and tell you that God's
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  • mad at you, that he doesn't accept you, that he rejects you,
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  • that he's upset because what you did, I want you to remind
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  • yourself, "Wait a minute, I am aware that to be acceptable
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  • to God is a free gift.
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  • I receive it.
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  • Don't have to earn it.
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  • Maybe made a bad decision to do something stupid,
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  • but God still accepts me."
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  • If you're working to be acceptable to God, you're
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  • sinning because you're insulting the giver of the gift.
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  • Look what he said in Romans chapter 8 and verse 32,
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  • this is awesome.
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  • The gift of being acceptable to God, say out loud,
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  • "I'm acceptable to God."
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  • It was free to us.
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  • Think about it, it was free to us, but it cost him his Son.
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  • What we got for free cost God.
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  • I am righteous for free.
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  • You got to understand something, I didn't have to sing in a choir
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  • to be righteous, I didn't have to usher to be righteous,
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  • I didn't have to come to church on Christmas to be righteous.
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  • I was righteous for free.
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  • And like any gift, if you accept it, hallelujah, you can now live
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  • the life of benefit, but it cost God to give us
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  • something for free.
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  • Listen to me carefully.
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  • The most gratifying response that you can give to God for
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  • this gift of righteousness is to reach out with your hands, take
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  • the gift as somebody that now owns it in possession and you
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  • possess it in ownership, and then just say, "Thank you."
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  • As a symbol of this, I want you to reach your hands out like
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  • this, and I want you to say out loud, "Lord, I receive this gift
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  • of righteousness.
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  • I receive it in ownership. I possess it now.
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  • I am righteous. Thank you."
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Creflo: So, if I'll take all of what I just said and I read
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  • Romans 5:17, here's the Creflo Dollar Amplified Mirror version.
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  • It would read like this, "Those who are continually receiving
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  • the abundance of undeserved favor and continually receiving
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  • the free gift of being cleared of all the record of guilt
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  • before God, you are as you ought to be because
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  • you've accepted this gift.
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  • You are acceptable to God, and you have authority by taking
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  • captive any thought or fiery dart of the enemy
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  • by using the power of our words and by resting in Christ
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  • on the throne of heaven.
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  • I am the righteousness of God."
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  • Turn to two people and tell them,
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  • "I'm the righteousness of God."
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  • Now, as I see it this morning, not only do I have the gift
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  • of righteousness, but I got his grace.
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  • I couldn't work for it, I couldn't earn it.
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  • Somebody asked me, "What do I have to do to get this grace
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  • to work for me?"
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  • Be aware that it exists and get it on your mind.
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  • "But yeah, yeah, but what do I have to do
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  • to get the grace to work for me?"
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  • Be aware that it exists and get it on your mind.
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  • "Yeah, I know that, but how many times I got to pray in order
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  • to be righteous?"
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  • No, no, no, be aware of the free gift and get it on your mind.
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  • And if the devil comes to try to put something else on your mind,
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  • use the power of your words.
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  • Use your authority and cast those words down.
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  • Use your authority and change your thoughts.
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  • Use your authority and rest in what Jesus has already finished.
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  • And when you don't even feel righteous, open your mouth up
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  • and say, "The gift of righteousness has been
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  • presented, I'm aware of it.
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  • I put it on my mind, and as I see it,
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  • I am the righteousness
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  • of God without having to do nothing that's right."
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  • Now, immediately that shocked you because you assumed I said
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  • you can do what's wrong, but what you don't understand
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  • is the day that you receive the gift, the gift will change your
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  • character and you ain't going to want to do what's wrong.
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  • That's why it's a gift.
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  • Once it's received, it's going to do something
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  • on the inside of you, praise God.
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  • Are you listening to me?
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  • Satan tells us that we're not righteous when we fail.
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  • How many of you know that?
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  • You can feel righteous today, and then tomorrow you don't feel
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  • righteous because you keep allowing your behavior to tell
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  • you whether you're righteous or not,
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  • and you keep forgetting it's a gift.
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  • It's a gift.
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  • If this gift was based on what you do, it wouldn't be a gift.
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  • If this gift based on--listen, if this gift was based on all
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  • the goody goody things you did, it wouldn't be a gift.
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  • If this was based on all the bad things you did,
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  • it wouldn't be a gift.
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  • If this was based on all the church stuff you did,
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  • it wouldn't be a gift.
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  • You must understand me, it's not a gift if you got to do
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  • something to deserve it.
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  • So, when I fail, am I still righteous?
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  • Some said yes, some said, "I don't know,
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  • that's why I'm here."
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  • When you fail, well, let me ask you this, when you were a sinner
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  • before you accepted the gift and you did something good,
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  • were you still a sinner?
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  • Yeah.
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  • If you was a sinner on your way to the club, sipping and
  • 00:18:57.030 --> 00:18:59.250
  • dipping, wining and dining, getting high, doing all things
  • 00:18:59.260 --> 00:19:02.060
  • you did as a sinner, and you stopped and did something good,
  • 00:19:02.070 --> 00:19:07.100
  • the good deed did not change your status as a sinner.
  • 00:19:07.110 --> 00:19:11.280
  • So likewise, once you've received the gift
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  • of righteousness,
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  • if you fail, it didn't change who you are.
  • 00:19:19.090 --> 00:19:23.060
  • And if you'll keep the gift, it'll change what you do.
  • 00:19:23.070 --> 00:19:33.050
  • See, some want to see this as a license to sin.
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  • Well, Brother Dollar, you've given us a license to sin."
  • 00:19:36.230 --> 00:19:39.040
  • Uh-uh, I'm giving you a license not to sin
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  • because once you receive the gift, glory be to God,
  • 00:19:41.280 --> 00:19:45.050
  • you ain't going to want to do what you used to do.
  • 00:19:45.060 --> 00:19:49.090
  • It's hard to keep sinning realizing that he loved you so
  • 00:19:49.100 --> 00:19:53.190
  • much, he gave you something that was going to make you better
  • 00:19:53.200 --> 00:19:57.050
  • without you having to do anything to deserve it.
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  • Once you realize how much you've been forgiven of and how much
  • 00:19:59.220 --> 00:20:03.090
  • you are greatly loved, then you ain't trying to sin no more.
  • 00:20:03.100 --> 00:20:06.270
  • When you look and see that he died for you, went to hell for
  • 00:20:06.280 --> 00:20:10.190
  • you just to get a gift to you, then it going to blow your mind
  • 00:20:10.200 --> 00:20:14.190
  • to say, "How could somebody treat me like this when I don't
  • 00:20:14.200 --> 00:20:18.090
  • even use their name, when I don't even do nothing
  • 00:20:18.100 --> 00:20:20.250
  • to deserve it?"
  • 00:20:20.260 --> 00:20:22.150
  • Because he loves you.
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  • Something on the inside of you changes.
  • 00:20:24.050 --> 00:20:25.280
  • All of your atoms begin to crash against all these molecules,
  • 00:20:25.290 --> 00:20:30.010
  • and it just can't figure out this kind of love.
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  • This is what will change you.
  • 00:20:33.120 --> 00:20:35.140
  • The Bible says, "The goodness of the Lord will change your mind."
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  • Turn to two people and say, "I'm righteous and it's a gift."
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  • I'm going to say something radical here.
  • 00:20:51.110 --> 00:20:53.260
  • We never lose this gift once we're born again.
  • 00:20:53.270 --> 00:20:58.180
  • God is not someone that gives you something and takes it back.
  • 00:20:58.190 --> 00:21:02.280
  • You never lose this gift once you're born again.
  • 00:21:02.290 --> 00:21:06.170
  • You know how many years it's taken me to be this bold and say
  • 00:21:06.180 --> 00:21:08.280
  • what I'm saying right now?
  • 00:21:08.290 --> 00:21:10.220
  • Eight, ten years ago, I wouldn't dare stand in the pulpit
  • 00:21:10.230 --> 00:21:12.150
  • and say this.
  • 00:21:12.160 --> 00:21:14.070
  • You will never lose the gift of righteousness
  • 00:21:14.080 --> 00:21:16.150
  • once you are born again.
  • 00:21:16.160 --> 00:21:22.010
  • But our lives may not reflect that truth because when we
  • 00:21:22.020 --> 00:21:26.020
  • believe the truth and the truth is grace, grace is the truth,
  • 00:21:26.030 --> 00:21:30.170
  • when we believe the grace, it will set us free to receive
  • 00:21:30.180 --> 00:21:34.110
  • the benefits of grace.
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  • When you believe you're righteous, it will set you free
  • 00:21:37.050 --> 00:21:40.180
  • to receive the benefits or righteousness.
  • 00:21:40.190 --> 00:21:43.110
  • If you don't believe you're righteous, you'll never,
  • 00:21:43.120 --> 00:21:47.210
  • you'll never display in your life the benefits
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:49.270
  • of righteousness.
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  • It's all about right believing.
  • 00:21:51.200 --> 00:21:53.280
  • When you believe right, you will live right.
  • 00:21:53.290 --> 00:21:56.200
  • When you believe wrong, you're going to live wrong.
  • 00:21:56.210 --> 00:21:59.060
  • And a lot of us are victims of wrong belief.
  • 00:21:59.070 --> 00:22:03.190
  • We keep believing stuff that somebody said
  • 00:22:03.200 --> 00:22:06.290
  • and what they said.
  • 00:22:07.000 --> 00:22:08.170
  • Who is they?
  • 00:22:08.180 --> 00:22:12.030
  • We don't even know sometimes where we got our belief.
  • 00:22:12.040 --> 00:22:15.070
  • We just believe it 'cause we've always believed it.
  • 00:22:15.080 --> 00:22:18.220
  • But I'm telling you right now today, I want you to receive
  • 00:22:18.230 --> 00:22:22.020
  • this gift of righteousness, and I want you walking out of here
  • 00:22:22.030 --> 00:22:25.060
  • today believing no matter what, "I am the righteousness of God."
  • 00:22:25.070 --> 00:22:30.100
  • I dare you the next time you miss the mark that you boldly
  • 00:22:30.110 --> 00:22:33.150
  • stand up and say, "I'm still righteous. I'm still--"
  • 00:22:33.160 --> 00:22:37.240
  • Now, you'll have other people pointing fingers at
  • 00:22:37.250 --> 00:22:40.020
  • you because you're a Christian.
  • 00:22:40.030 --> 00:22:41.210
  • You ain't supposed to do this.
  • 00:22:41.220 --> 00:22:43.240
  • Where you get that talking about supposed to?
  • 00:22:43.250 --> 00:22:46.160
  • How are you going to look at me and tell me
  • 00:22:46.170 --> 00:22:47.260
  • what I'm supposed to be?
  • 00:22:47.270 --> 00:22:49.070
  • What I'm supposed to do is maintain my identity
  • 00:22:49.080 --> 00:22:51.140
  • even in the midst of bad behavior.
  • 00:22:51.150 --> 00:22:53.120
  • And if I'll maintain my identity,
  • 00:22:53.130 --> 00:22:55.170
  • my behavior will continue to change, hallelujah,
  • 00:22:55.180 --> 00:22:58.200
  • because I benefit from what I know.
  • 00:22:58.210 --> 00:23:02.000
  • I benefit from what I believe.
  • 00:23:02.010 --> 00:23:07.240
  • Are you listening to me?
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  • A gift is not yours until you receive it.
  • 00:23:11.100 --> 00:23:17.080
  • You know, when our eyes are open to what Jesus has done for us,
  • 00:23:17.090 --> 00:23:22.140
  • then we'll do as we believe, when our eyes are open to what
  • 00:23:22.150 --> 00:23:28.210
  • Jesus has done for us.
  • 00:23:28.220 --> 00:23:32.150
  • Someone asked me one time, "How do I--how do I get
  • 00:23:32.160 --> 00:23:34.100
  • this grace to work for me?"
  • 00:23:34.110 --> 00:23:35.270
  • You got to open your eyes to it.
  • 00:23:35.280 --> 00:23:38.100
  • You got to awake to righteousness.
  • 00:23:38.110 --> 00:23:42.020
  • The Bible says, "When you awake to righteousness,
  • 00:23:42.030 --> 00:23:44.120
  • you'll sin no more."
  • 00:23:44.130 --> 00:23:46.150
  • But when you don't know that, when you think that church and
  • 00:23:46.160 --> 00:23:50.120
  • God is all about you doing this in order for him to do that, you
  • 00:23:50.130 --> 00:23:55.180
  • have submitted yourself unto the law, and eventually you'll sin.
  • 00:23:55.190 --> 00:23:58.290
  • Haven't you figured out yet everything you try to do
  • 00:23:59.000 --> 00:24:01.100
  • on your own, you fail at it?
  • 00:24:01.110 --> 00:24:06.050
  • Everything you try to do with your own effort and your own
  • 00:24:06.060 --> 00:24:09.000
  • performance, you know, pretending like you're doing it
  • 00:24:09.010 --> 00:24:11.140
  • for God, you failed at it.
  • 00:24:11.150 --> 00:24:14.220
  • Why?
  • 00:24:14.230 --> 00:24:16.050
  • Because he never intended for you, he never intended
  • 00:24:16.060 --> 00:24:25.100
  • for you to ever be concerned about good and evil.
  • 00:24:25.110 --> 00:24:31.180
  • They ate off the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
  • 00:24:31.190 --> 00:24:37.220
  • but he never intended for them to eat that tree.
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  • That tree was not in the center of the garden.
  • 00:24:40.210 --> 00:24:43.050
  • The tree that was in the center of the garden
  • 00:24:43.060 --> 00:24:44.220
  • was the tree of life.
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  • The law represents the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
  • 00:24:49.090 --> 00:24:53.280
  • Jesus and his grace represents the tree of life.
  • 00:24:53.290 --> 00:24:58.170
  • He never intended for you to be concerned about evil and good.
  • 00:24:58.180 --> 00:25:05.280
  • He just wanted you to know to just know love.
  • 00:25:05.290 --> 00:25:08.220
  • announcer: As we approach 40 years of ministry, we want to
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