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Overcoming Strife Part 2

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June 21, 2019
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Overcoming Strife Part 2

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  • Creflo Dollar: Listen, you don't have to be
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  • demon-possessed to have strife.
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  • In fact, it's such a subtle spirit, I doubt if it's anybody
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  • in the room, including myself, that hasn't dealt with
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  • strife or dealing with strife.
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  • I just want you to understand how to recognize it so you won't
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  • tolerate it, so you won't allow it to be there.
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  • All of us will have potential to allow that strife to come in.
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  • Demonic influence is something that you can easily yield
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  • yourself to and sometimes not know it.
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  • I just want you to know it, I want you to recognize it,
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  • and then when you recognize strife and you know that that
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  • strife is there, and you know what it will do and how
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  • devastating it can be, stand up against it.
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  • I want to be present.
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  • female: And in all honesty, my faith has gone from, like,
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  • here, and I thought I had faith, to, like,
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  • I can't explain how far it's gone.
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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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  • 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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  • so we embrace your love today.
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  • Creflo: It's important that we recognize strife,
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  • because when it shows up, it shows up with destruction.
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  • We have to deal with strife immediately and at its root.
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  • Now, now that we recognize it what are some practical steps we
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  • can take to avoid strife entirely?
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  • We'll discuss that and more on today's broadcast,
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  • so don't move a muscle.
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  • This is going to change your life.
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  • Creflo: If you have your Bibles, go with me to the book
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  • of James chapter 3.
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  • James chapter 3, verse 16.
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  • We've been talking about how to stand up against the spirit of
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  • strife, and it's important that you understand that strife is a
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  • demonic spirit that wants to destroy your life.
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  • Let's read this Scripture out loud together.
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  • Ready? Read.
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  • "For every--for where envying and strife is,
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  • there is confusion and every evil work."
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  • "For where envying and strife is,
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  • there is confusion and every evil work," so please understand
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  • that if you locate strife, you're gonna locate confusion;
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  • and if you operate in strife, it is going to be the potential for
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  • the devil to do anything he wants to do.
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  • Strife opens the door for the enemy to come in to do what he
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  • wants to do with your life, and one of the things you've
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  • understand--we defined strife as "a
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  • vigorous or a bitter conflict."
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  • We defined it as discord, antagonism.
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  • We defined strife as, you know, a struggle,
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  • a quarrel, or a clash.
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  • We told you that strife can come from anger,
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  • and it can come from ridicule.
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  • Hatred can be responsible for strife coming into your life.
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  • Gossip can be responsible for strife coming into your life.
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  • Selfishness can be responsible for
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  • strife coming into your life.
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  • Pride is the base where strife can operate,
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  • being quarrelsome, operating in disagreement.
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  • Strife is a spirit of division, and you don't want it to show up
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  • in your life, because when you open the door to strife, it is
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  • as if someone mashed the pause button,
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  • and you know you should be farther down the road,
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  • but, you know, the blessings are not coming in your life.
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  • Things are not happening all because you've allowed strife to
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  • come in, and you're partaking of strife, and it's a very
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  • subtle thing, and it wants to kill, steal, and destroy.
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  • And while you and I have the authority given to us,
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  • you can give Satan the authority to--through strife and then he
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  • comes in and tries to kill and steal and destroy your life.
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  • Strife is devilish.
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  • Strife will eat your lunch.
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  • It is a demonic tool that should be avoided at all cost.
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  • The Bible says, "For where envying and strife is," so,
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  • you know, even operating in envy can bring up strife.
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  • Envy is when you have this sick, ill feeling at the success and
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  • the promotion of other people, and that can
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  • bring strife into your life.
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  • He says where there is envy and strife, you'll also find
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  • confusion, so that means there is no peace when there's
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  • confusion there and that's what strife will do.
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  • You have to fight against and stand
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  • against the spirit of strife.
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  • Sometime people are in strife and they don't even know it.
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  • Sometimes they're trying to figure out what's happening,
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  • and they have no idea that they've opened their life up
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  • to the spirit of strife.
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  • It is not okay to allow strife to remain in your life
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  • because it is destructive.
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  • It opens the door to all types of negative energy,
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  • from sickness to financial disaster,
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  • and so we will not allow strife into our lives,
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  • and I wanna start off this morning by having you turn to
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  • your neighbor and say, "It ends here.
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  • No more strife."
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  • So, what we wanna talk about this morning is we wanna talk
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  • about how to get victory over strife.
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  • You know, what are some things that you can do, some
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  • practical things that you can do, to overcome strife?
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  • Now, listen, you don't have to be
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  • demon-possessed to have strife.
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  • In fact, it's such a subtle spirit, I doubt if it's anybody
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  • in the room, including myself, that hasn't dealt with
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  • strife or dealing with strife.
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  • I just want you to understand how to recognize it so you won't
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  • tolerate it, so you won't allow it to be there.
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  • All of us will have potential to allow that strife to come in.
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  • Demonic influence is something that you can easily yield
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  • yourself to and sometimes not know it.
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  • I just want you to know it, I want you to recognize it,
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  • and then when you recognize strife and you know that that
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  • strife is there, and you know what it will do and how
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  • devastating it can be, stand up against it and don't allow it to
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  • stay in your life and destroy your life or to keep you back or
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  • to stop your promotions from coming in.
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  • Don't let strife mash the pause button in your life and hinder
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  • what God wants to do, so here's the first
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  • way that you deal with strife.
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  • If you wanna overcome strife, here's the first thing you do.
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  • Number one, you have to crucify the flesh.
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  • You have to crucify the flesh.
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  • Most of the time when you're in a prolonged
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  • strife, it is a flesh issue.
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  • If, you know, somebody been in strife for 20
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  • years, it's a flesh issue.
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  • Now, let's define the flesh.
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  • The flesh, ultimately, is all about a way of thinking that
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  • goes against the Word of God, so strife is a flesh issue;
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  • but when we talk about strife, I like to define the
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  • flesh this way: it's a way of thinking
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  • that's dominated by self-centeredness.
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  • Strife is a way of thinking that is
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  • dominated--excuse me, strife or flesh.
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  • I'm defining the flesh, which produces strife.
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  • The flesh is a way of thinking.
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  • That flesh, that way of thinking, will produce strife,
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  • so the flesh is a way of thinking that is dominated by
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  • self-centeredness; so when you hear the word "flesh,"
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  • I want you to hear self-centeredness.
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  • Now, self-centeredness is the master key
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  • to bitterness and strife.
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  • When you are self-centered, it is the master key to bitterness
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  • and strife, so if strife is in your life, it is
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  • because of your location.
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  • You are self-centered.
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  • You are--and self-centeredness also is pride.
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  • All that goes together.
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  • In other words, you know, flesh is self-centered.
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  • Flesh is self-centeredness, and that flesh,
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  • that self-centeredness, is going to produce prolonged strife in
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  • your life; so, in other words, it looks at me.
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  • That's what it does.
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  • The flesh says how I feel.
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  • It looks at--the flesh says what I want, and if you can
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  • look past yourself and if you can see others persons' issues,
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  • it becomes easier to stop the strife.
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  • But if you're in the center of everything, then that strife is
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  • gonna be prolonged; so if you wanna overcome strife, then
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  • you're gonna have to get out of the center.
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  • You're gonna have to recognize you're in the center.
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  • You're gonna have to refuse to be self-centeredness in order
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  • for the strife to stop; so as long as you stay in a
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  • self-centered state, chances are that strife will continue.
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  • So, if you've had strife for 20 years against this person,
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  • against that person, against that organization,
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  • whatever it may be, it's because you're self-centered
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  • and that's pride, you know?
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  • And if you get out of self-centeredness, you'll see
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  • strife end in your life; so, really, the first step in ending
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  • strife is to examine your heart, to locate yourself, to examine
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  • your heart and ask yourself, "Am I in the center of everything?
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  • You know, have I been offended
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  • because I'm in the center of everything?"
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  • 'Cause when you're not in the center, you're not gonna
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  • be offended.
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  • "You know, am I feeling this way because
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  • I'm in the center of everything?"
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  • Because if you are in the center, you know,
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  • if you're in the center, strife is gonna be there.
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  • If you're not in the center, you won't allow that strife to come
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  • into your life, so what role are you doing that is keeping
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  • the fires of strife burning?
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  • Are you being unreasonable?
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  • Are you offended?
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  • So, you gotta look real deep in your soul, and you gotta
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  • see if you're operating out of some type of pain or
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  • dysfunction that's causing this strife to remain in your life.
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  • And let me say this about dysfunction.
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  • It's important that you understand that sometimes
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  • dysfunctional behavior is something that can be engrafted
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  • as a stronghold that's developed in your mind.
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  • For example, you may have had a situation in your life where,
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  • I don't know, some dysfunctional thing happened in your life to
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  • cause you to hate all men, and so strife against all men can be
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  • a result of that dysfunction that's happened in your life.
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  • And so, what I'm saying is you've got to examine,
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  • "You know, what's happened in my life and has it built a
  • 00:11:11.040 --> 00:11:13.210
  • stronghold in my mind so that without thinking I'm just
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  • responding the same way I've always respond because of this
  • 00:11:17.200 --> 00:11:21.030
  • pain that has occurred as a result of this
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  • dysfunction that's taken place?"
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  • And as a result of that, I just keep strife in my life because I
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  • won't resolve the stronghold that's in my heart.
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  • You're mad at all, you know, men or you're mad at people of a
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  • different color because of some dysfunctional thing that
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  • happened, so racism may be a result of some of that stuff
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  • that happened in your life, but it's strife.
  • 00:11:43.210 --> 00:11:45.130
  • You know, racism is strife-driven,
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  • and so you've got to understand the dysfunctions in your life.
  • 00:11:47.190 --> 00:11:50.130
  • And somebody says, "Well, Pastor, what if it's true that
  • 00:11:50.140 --> 00:11:52.110
  • I have a stronghold that came from a dysfunction?
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  • What do I do?"
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  • I highly recommend, watch this, that you go on a fast,
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  • because that's the purpose of fasting.
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  • It'll break the pattern of the stronghold in your life,
  • 00:12:02.100 --> 00:12:06.090
  • and it will align your thinking up with the Word of God.
  • 00:12:06.100 --> 00:12:09.180
  • And somebody says, "Well, how does it do that?"
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  • Bless God, you either line your thinking up with God's Word or
  • 00:12:11.080 --> 00:12:14.010
  • you ain't gonna eat, and I guarantee you the body will be
  • 00:12:14.020 --> 00:12:16.030
  • ready to line up with the Word of God soon, amen?
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  • Does everybody understand that now?
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  • So, you've got to crucify the flesh.
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  • You've really got to--you gotta crucify the flesh or you've got
  • 00:12:24.100 --> 00:12:27.110
  • to recognize that you're in the center,
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  • and if you are self-centered and you want to get out of that
  • 00:12:31.000 --> 00:12:34.030
  • strife, then you get out of self-centeredness,
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  • crucify self-centeredness, crucify the flesh, and that
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  • strife should end in your life; so number one way to overcome
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  • this strife is by crucifying the flesh.
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  • Number two, you recognize who the real enemy is.
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  • When you're dealing with strife, you recognize
  • 00:12:53.090 --> 00:12:55.070
  • who the real enemy in--is.
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  • Ephesians chapter 6:12 said something that's so amazing
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  • here, and in verse 12, it tells us that we are
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  • not wrestling against flesh and blood, so the real enemy,
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  • ladies and gentlemen, it's not gonna be the person.
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  • The real enemy is not gonna be people.
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  • The person or people that are in strife with you,
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  • they're not the problem.
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  • Ephesians chapter 6 and verse 12.
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  • I just want you to look at that.
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  • It talks about what we're not wrestling against,
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  • but it's also talking about what we are wrestling against.
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  • "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
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  • but," here's what we're wrestling against,
  • 00:13:36.050 --> 00:13:39.060
  • "principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world,
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  • spiritual wickedness in high places."
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  • Those are classes of demonic forces.
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  • Now, I know, you know, it maybe sound a little strange to some
  • 00:13:48.100 --> 00:13:50.270
  • of you, but, you know, you've gotta recognize that it's not
  • 00:13:50.280 --> 00:13:54.240
  • the person, but it's the demonic influence that's
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:58.050
  • working through that person's life.
  • 00:13:58.060 --> 00:14:00.110
  • I remember a person came to me one time talking to me about how
  • 00:14:00.120 --> 00:14:03.060
  • the job was going and how this one person just kept giving them
  • 00:14:03.070 --> 00:14:05.250
  • a hard time, and they were getting offended,
  • 00:14:05.260 --> 00:14:08.130
  • they were getting in strife, and we recommended,
  • 00:14:08.140 --> 00:14:10.200
  • "Let's pray this prayer."
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  • We took authority, and we--it sounded--the prayer sounded
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  • something like this: "Father, we command this demonic spirit
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  • that's operating through such-and-so, such-and-so
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  • to cease in its maneuvers against them."
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  • She said she went back to work the next day, and all of a
  • 00:14:23.260 --> 00:14:26.050
  • sudden the treatment had stopped.
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  • They were actually real nice, and she saw for the first time
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  • that it wasn't the person that was her problem.
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  • It was a demonic influence, and the Bible says
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  • we're not wrestling against people.
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  • We're not wrestling this person, but it's
  • 00:14:38.120 --> 00:14:39.210
  • always demonically influenced.
  • 00:14:39.220 --> 00:14:41.150
  • They may be yielding themselves to the real enemy,
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  • but people are not our problem.
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  • The true authority of strife, it's, you know, it's based on
  • 00:14:45.270 --> 00:14:51.040
  • that demonic influence that's going on in a person's life;
  • 00:14:51.050 --> 00:14:54.110
  • so what we have to do in order to stay out of strife, we
  • 00:14:54.120 --> 00:14:58.010
  • gotta focus our aggression in the spiritual warfare, and
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  • we gotta make sure that our weapons are not carnal.
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  • We can't choose carnal weapons to fight
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  • against the spirit of strife.
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  • Look at 2 Corinthians chapter 10 and verse 4.
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  • He says the weapons of our warfare--let me slow down.
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 10 and verse 4 says that the
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  • weapons--"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal."
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  • Now, remember the word "carnal" means "of the five senses," and
  • 00:15:23.020 --> 00:15:28.020
  • he's saying don't choose weapons that are gonna
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  • be of the sense realm.
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  • Don't choose arguing or revenge.
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  • Don't choose those weapons to fight this spiritual warfare.
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  • You see, you focus your aggression in the spiritual
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  • warfare, of which our weapons are not carnal,
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  • and when you fight spiritually and you're fighting against
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  • demonic forces that are working through people to try to get you
  • 00:15:51.090 --> 00:15:53.270
  • into strife, see, that's what the enemy wants.
  • 00:15:53.280 --> 00:15:55.250
  • "I gotta figure a way to get you in strife.
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  • Since I don't have the authority to destroy your life because the
  • 00:15:58.100 --> 00:16:00.250
  • authority was taken away from me and given to you,
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  • I gotta figure out a way to trick you into opening the door
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  • so I can come in with strife, and with
  • 00:16:07.020 --> 00:16:09.040
  • strife I'll destroy your life.
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  • With strife I can keep the blessings from you.
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  • With strife I can do all kinds of things."
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  • You gotta try to remember that every time you demean yourself
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  • to carnal warfare--what do I mean by carnal warfare?
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  • Every time you lower yourself to, you know, arguing about
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  • thing, getting revenge, backbiting, you're fighting in
  • 00:16:26.100 --> 00:16:31.030
  • an arena that you have no help from the Spirit of God.
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  • Nobody wants to fight without God's help,
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  • and I'm telling you when you choose carnal weapons,
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  • when you choose to fight in that arena and your weapons are
  • 00:16:40.170 --> 00:16:43.160
  • carnal and of the sense realm, then what's gonna happen is
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  • you're fighting this thing without God.
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  • You're literally--here is what's happening.
  • 00:16:49.250 --> 00:16:51.130
  • You're literally fighting in your own strength.
  • 00:16:51.140 --> 00:16:54.210
  • You're literally fighting in your own strength, and in such
  • 00:16:54.220 --> 00:16:56.290
  • situations, even if you win, you lose.
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  • You know, when you got revenge, it looks like you won,
  • 00:17:01.120 --> 00:17:04.010
  • but you really lost.
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  • What did that cost you?
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  • When you found yourself in a situation of backbiting,
  • 00:17:07.050 --> 00:17:10.060
  • it looked like you win, but what did it really cost you?
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  • So, sometimes when you choose these weapons in the sense
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  • realm, you think, "It looks like I win," but you really lose.
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  • If you understand that say amen.
  • 00:17:21.120 --> 00:17:23.210
  • Here is the third way to overcome strife in your life.
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  • I wouldn't be teaching on this if I didn't think it was so
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  • detrimental to what God wanted to do in your life.
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  • The grace of God has made everything available to you,
  • 00:17:32.150 --> 00:17:35.250
  • but it's the wrong response that stops the grace of God
  • 00:17:35.260 --> 00:17:40.060
  • from showing up in your life.
  • 00:17:40.070 --> 00:17:41.180
  • It's the right response that allows the grace of God to show
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  • up in your life, and we cannot respond in strife, so here's
  • 00:17:45.010 --> 00:17:49.050
  • the third area: begin to operate, watch this, in love.
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  • Begin to operate in love.
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  • 1 Corinthians chapter 13:7.
  • 00:17:58.000 --> 00:17:59.260
  • You know, love is an unbeatable spiritual force that your enemy
  • 00:17:59.270 --> 00:18:03.100
  • has no defense against.
  • 00:18:03.110 --> 00:18:06.020
  • The devil has no defense against a Spirit-filled,
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:09.000
  • tongue-talking Christian who operates in the love of God.
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  • Think of that, child of God.
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  • Think of that. There is no defense.
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  • There's nothing the enemy can do when you choose to operate in
  • 00:18:15.090 --> 00:18:19.290
  • love, because love is gonna keep you free from strife.
  • 00:18:20.000 --> 00:18:23.100
  • So, when we operate in love,
  • 00:18:23.110 --> 00:18:24.290
  • what do I mean "operate in love"?
  • 00:18:25.000 --> 00:18:26.090
  • Well, by, number one, displaying patience.
  • 00:18:26.100 --> 00:18:30.020
  • That's operating in love, when you display patience.
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  • Number two, when you look for the good and
  • 00:18:33.120 --> 00:18:36.060
  • not the bad in somebody, that's displaying love.
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  • It's important for us to look for the good and not the bad.
  • 00:18:38.250 --> 00:18:41.170
  • You know, if you look real hard at anybody,
  • 00:18:41.180 --> 00:18:42.270
  • you can find some bad, amen?
  • 00:18:42.280 --> 00:18:45.030
  • So, it's important for us to look for the good in
  • 00:18:45.040 --> 00:18:47.030
  • people and not the bad.
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  • And then, here's another way you can display love: don't keep
  • 00:18:48.260 --> 00:18:52.100
  • records of all of their wrongdoings.
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  • Don't keep a record of wrong.
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  • You know, I don't know what it is about Christian people.
  • 00:18:58.160 --> 00:18:59.290
  • We love keeping a record of wrong.
  • 00:19:00.020 --> 00:19:02.010
  • You know, we go up to
  • 00:19:02.020 --> 00:19:03.110
  • somebody and say, "Hey, how you doing?
  • 00:19:03.120 --> 00:19:04.210
  • Praise the Lord, brother."
  • 00:19:04.220 --> 00:19:06.010
  • But let them do something wrong to you,
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:07.160
  • "You know, I remember 1995 when you didn't do that and
  • 00:19:07.170 --> 00:19:10.230
  • then in '96 you did that."
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  • They call a roll on you.
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  • That's not operating in love.
  • 00:19:14.180 --> 00:19:16.220
  • You see, when we operate in love, then we position ourselves
  • 00:19:16.230 --> 00:19:19.190
  • for the power of God to intervene.
  • 00:19:19.200 --> 00:19:21.180
  • How many of you want the power of God to
  • 00:19:21.190 --> 00:19:23.030
  • intervene in your life?
  • 00:19:23.040 --> 00:19:24.130
  • And the power of God cannot intervene in your life when
  • 00:19:24.140 --> 00:19:27.230
  • you're not operating in love and you choose to operate in strife,
  • 00:19:27.240 --> 00:19:30.280
  • and so you're waiting on God to show up and do something he
  • 00:19:30.290 --> 00:19:33.140
  • can't because you've chosen to operate in strife,
  • 00:19:33.150 --> 00:19:36.160
  • rather than operate in the love of God.
  • 00:19:36.170 --> 00:19:38.240
  • And 1 Corinthians 13:7 says this.
  • 00:19:38.250 --> 00:19:41.210
  • He says that love never fails.
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  • Isn't that powerful?
  • 00:19:45.040 --> 00:19:46.200
  • It never ever fails, and even though, initially, it may look
  • 00:19:46.210 --> 00:19:52.130
  • like you're losing, when it's all over and done with, you win.
  • 00:19:52.140 --> 00:19:56.230
  • See, operating in love may seem like you're losing.
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  • You're not losing when you operate in love.
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  • It may seem like it, it may look like it, but you're not.
  • 00:20:01.200 --> 00:20:04.150
  • At the end of the day, you're gonna win.
  • 00:20:04.160 --> 00:20:06.150
  • Just for a moment, it might seem like you're
  • 00:20:06.160 --> 00:20:08.030
  • losing, but you're not.
  • 00:20:08.040 --> 00:20:09.230
  • 'Cause you decided to, you know, do what's right,
  • 00:20:09.240 --> 00:20:12.040
  • because you decided to yield so that you won't get in strife,
  • 00:20:12.050 --> 00:20:14.270
  • because you decided not to, you know, talk bad and ugly
  • 00:20:14.280 --> 00:20:18.160
  • and backbite somebody, you decided not to keep a
  • 00:20:18.170 --> 00:20:20.210
  • record, it looks like you lost.
  • 00:20:20.220 --> 00:20:22.170
  • You know, part of you wanted to get a butter
  • 00:20:22.180 --> 00:20:23.270
  • knife and just gut 'em.
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  • I understand that, but you don't win that way.
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  • It's all about winning, amen?
  • 00:20:28.230 --> 00:20:30.240
  • And love is the way you win, amen?
  • 00:20:30.250 --> 00:20:35.030
  • Number four, the fourth way to overcome the spirit of strife in
  • 00:20:35.040 --> 00:20:39.050
  • your life, because this is what this is about.
  • 00:20:39.060 --> 00:20:40.270
  • It's about overcoming the spirit of strife.
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  • I mean, I wonder the number of you that walked in here and had
  • 00:20:42.250 --> 00:20:45.170
  • strife in your life, and you didn't even know it,
  • 00:20:45.180 --> 00:20:48.070
  • and you're believing God for a promotion.
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  • You know, strife is gonna try to stop that.
  • 00:20:50.010 --> 00:20:52.050
  • You're believing God for healing.
  • 00:20:52.060 --> 00:20:53.150
  • Strife is gonna try to stop that.
  • 00:20:53.160 --> 00:20:55.130
  • You're believing God for financial breakthrough.
  • 00:20:55.140 --> 00:20:57.090
  • Strife is going to try to stop that.
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  • Remember, he says where there is envying and strife,
  • 00:20:59.070 --> 00:21:01.260
  • there is confusion and every evil work.
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  • It's the potential--when strife is in your life and when you've
  • 00:21:04.170 --> 00:21:07.110
  • become a part of strife, it is the potential to try to shut you
  • 00:21:07.120 --> 00:21:10.110
  • down and shut you off of what God's trying to do,
  • 00:21:10.120 --> 00:21:14.000
  • and I'm trying to show you today that it is not
  • 00:21:14.010 --> 00:21:15.230
  • all right to tolerate strife.
  • 00:21:15.240 --> 00:21:17.250
  • It's not all right to just let it sit there and say,
  • 00:21:17.260 --> 00:21:20.080
  • "Well, if we don't ever speak, then we just don't ever speak."
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  • It's not all right, 'cause the only person you're hurting more
  • 00:21:23.250 --> 00:21:26.290
  • than anybody else will be you.
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  • I mean, it's just terrible to recognize that you're in strife
  • 00:21:30.020 --> 00:21:32.180
  • and the person you're mad at don't even know that you're mad
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  • at 'em, and they're enjoying holidays and everything,
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  • and you're getting new wrinkles on the side of your
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  • face because you're in strife.
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  • It's just not work it--worth it, amen?
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  • Here's the fourth area. This is so very important.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • If we wanna defeat strife, we got to humble ourselves.
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  • Humble yourself. 1 Peter chapter 5:6.
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  • Now, let me give you this definition of humility and bring
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  • you to what we're talking about here.
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  • When you humble yourself, it's an act of submitting or lowering
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  • yourself to the plans of another.
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  • For example, when I humble myself before God,
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  • it's an act of me submitting to what God tells me to do.
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  • Example, God says to cast all your cares on him because he
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  • cares for you, so when you see me and I'm walking with care,
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  • I'm not humbling myself before God,
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  • because I'm carrying all the cares of the world.
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  • In fact, that's called pride because that's the direct
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  • opposite of humility, so it's an act of submitting yourself.
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  • Now, in this case of dealing with strife, "to humble" means
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  • "to make lower" or "to esteem others before yourself," so I'm
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  • gonna lower myself and esteem somebody else above me.
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  • Somebody says, "Well, I'll do it if they deserve it."
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  • No, I'm talking about in times when they don't deserve it.
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  • I am going to lower myself and exalt somebody else above me.
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  • Now, it is to put others' desires and needs before
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  • yours, is what this is all about.
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  • Can you put somebody else's desires and somebody else's
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  • needs above your own?
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  • It doesn't mean to make yourself insignificant.
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  • That's not what he's talking about.
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  • It doesn't mean to make yourself like a doormat
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  • and to be walked all on.
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  • That's not what he's talking about.
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  • Sometimes to end the strife in your life, you got to go high,
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  • take the high road by going low for the
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  • sake of ending the strife.
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  • It doesn't mean that they were more right than you were,
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  • but to end the strife, I'mma take the high road and go low.
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  • Basically, what I'm saying is I'm gonna yield.
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  • I'm gonna give in to this thing so I can go
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  • ahead and end the strife.
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  • You know what most people think about more than anything,
  • 00:23:55.090 --> 00:23:57.020
  • more than ending the strife?
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  • They're so busy thinking about what's right,
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  • who's right, and I need you to think about something.
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  • Does it really matter who's right?
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  • Think about this, "Well, it matters to me who's right."
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  • See, that's strife.
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  • While it matters to you who's right, you're trying to
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  • be right, you got strife coming in trying to destroy your life.
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  • I mean, for the sake of peace within, for the sake of
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  • you being able to sleep at nighttime; come on,
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  • somebody; and for you to be in a position where you're positioned
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  • so God can bless you.
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  • See, God knew that day was gonna come,
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  • when that argument or that situation or that disagreement
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  • or that discord came, but grace has already provided everything
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  • you're gonna ever need, so now it's gonna be up to you to
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  • choose the right response to receive what grace
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  • has already provided for you.
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  • And when you choose the wrong response, and strife is the
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  • wrong response, then whatever God had available for that
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  • situation, for that particular time, it's hard
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  • for it to be manifested in your life because
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  • you're not responding differently.
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  • See, grace makes everything available,
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  • but faith is allowing it through your positive response and
  • 00:25:03.250 --> 00:25:07.200
  • that's what faith is, a positive response to what grace
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  • has made available to you.
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  • The question you gotta ask yourself is,
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  • "In this situation of strife, am I responding properly to get
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  • ahold of what Jesus has already made available to me?"
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  • male announcer: Satan has subtle tactics he uses to
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  • keep us from God's best.
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  • Strife is one of his top weapons.
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  • Creflo: When you operate in strife, you're opening the door,
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  • a back door, for the enemy to come in to do things in your
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  • life that he was not permitted to do.
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