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Works vs. Faith

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June 23, 2019
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Creflo Dollar

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Works vs. Faith

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  • so we embrace your love today.
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  • Creflo Dollar: Today, I want to clear up a lot
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  • of misunderstandings about how to operate in faith
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  • under the new covenant.
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  • Many people have asked me now that we are under grace,
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  • do we do any works?
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  • Well, I've even heard people say under grace you don't have to
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  • pray or go to church, so, ladies and gentlemen,
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  • on today's broadcast I'm gonna communicate with precision some
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  • of the critical things every believer needs to know
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  • about working our faith while we're under grace.
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  • announcer: Today on "Changing Your World" prepare to receive a
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  • Creflo: You're not gonna be able to go to heaven and roll
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  • out your long list of all the things you've done,
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  • because you don't go to--you're not getting into heaven because
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  • of all of the wonderful works you have done,
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  • as far as the works of the law are concerned.
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  • You see the difference here?
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  • You're trying to go to heaven based on all the things you've
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  • done, but then there is this difference between the works
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  • of the law and the works of faith.
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  • And I think it's time to bring it to the body of Christ's
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  • attention, 'cause I think a lot of the in-house fighting comes
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  • because we're assuming that it is the works of faith that we're
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  • talking about not working, instead of the works of the law
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  • that we're talking about not working.
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  • I am not going to climb on a cross and let somebody put some
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  • nails in my hands to shed my blood so I can say,
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  • "See, Jesus, I did it myself."
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  • But I am gonna use everything I have learned about the faith of
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  • God to access what Jesus has made available to me,
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  • everything that he has given to me to make it available to me.
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  • All right, now watch this one.
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  • Look at 1 Timothy chapter 6:12.
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  • 1 Timothy chapter 6:12.
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  • Now, I can tell you for a fact, you know,
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  • I went to the doctor, and the doctor says,
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  • "You have an aggressive form of cancer."
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  • And I said, "Okay."
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  • My wife said, "What are we gonna do?"
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  • I said, "What we've always done.
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  • We're gonna believe God, and we're gonna receive it by
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  • faith," so let me tell you what I did.
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  • I got all of my healing Scriptures.
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  • I still make confessions on my--with my healing
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  • Scriptures every day.
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  • I got my healing Scriptures out, I got my Communion out,
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  • I set my mind, and I prayed in tongues.
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  • I sowed a seed financially.
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  • I'm doing all those things because this is me putting my
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  • faith out, 'cause I'm not about to die,
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  • when Jesus went to a village and healed everybody in the village
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  • and nobody there was born-again.
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  • And here I am a born-again man filled with the Holy Spirit of
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  • God, have the gift of faith that is given to me.
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  • I have this measure of faith, and you think I'm gonna die?
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  • No, no, no, no, I'm going to work my faith to access what my
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  • grace has already made available, amen?
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  • So now, on the practical side, how many of you know you--you
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  • know, we are humans, but I want you to put more focus on you
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  • being a born-again man, all right?
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  • And so, you know, I got the news and there was
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  • stuff going on in my head.
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  • There was stuff going on in my head,
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  • just like, you know, a thought would fly by, you know?
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  • You can't stop the birds.
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  • You can't stop the birds from flying over your head.
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  • I think Brother Hagin was credited as saying this,
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  • but you can stop 'em from building a nest in your hair and
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  • if I have a afro they don't even have to build a nest.
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  • They just come and just put it down there,
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  • but I mean tell you there were things going through my mind.
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  • There were things going through my mind.
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  • "Boy, this has killed a lotta people."
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  • I had to cast that down.
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  • That's a work of faith. I have to cast it down.
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  • I can't let it just stay up there,
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  • because when the devil makes a suggestion I gotta open my mouth
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  • and speak the promise of God.
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  • I gotta cast it down.
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  • I'm trying to access what has already been made available and
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  • healing has already been made available to me.
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  • See, spiritual warfare is all about not you trying to do
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  • something to get something that God's already gotten for you.
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  • Spiritual warfare is for you to realize the victory has been
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  • obtained, and your job now, through faith,
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  • is to maintain the victory, glory to God,
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  • that Jesus died to obtain.
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  • Jesus died and shed his blood so you can--you maintain healing.
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  • I'm already healed.
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  • Now, Satan is trying to steal what Jesus has already given me,
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  • and I'm standing on the Word saying,
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  • "No, you ain't gonna do it."
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  • And then, he gonna come back.
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  • He gonna say, "You're gonna die."
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  • I say, "No, with long life, has he already satisfied me,
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  • and he'll show me his grace salvation."
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  • And then, he comes, and he says, "Oh,
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  • it's worse than what they showed you."
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  • And I say, "No, no, I'm not moved by what I hear.
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  • I'm not moved by what I see.
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  • I'm moved by the Word of God."
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  • What am I doing?
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  • I'm not trying to--I'm not trying to--watch this.
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  • I'm not trying to necessarily get healed.
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  • I'm trying to maintain by faith the victory of healing that
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  • Jesus died to give me, and so I fight.
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  • Here is the next Scripture.
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  • I fight the good fight of faith to lay hold on eternal life.
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  • But the mind part of me, it kept wanting to fight,
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  • and I get up, and I'll walk up and down that long hallway
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  • confessing the Word.
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  • And I'd walk and every time I hear something of the enemy
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  • I respond to it.
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  • I will not let the devil get away with putting a thought in
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  • my mind that I don't open my mouth and respond to,
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  • 'cause when you open your mouth you make,
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  • you make that stupid thought bow down to
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  • the Word of Jesus Christ.
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  • But you--listen.
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  • What would I have been doing had I not known
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  • that I was already healed?
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  • I would now be trying, through my efforts,
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  • to get something because I didn't think I had it and those
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  • words and those voices would have talked me out of it
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  • eventually because I would have been moved
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  • by what I saw or what I didn't see.
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  • But knowing what grace has made available to you puts you in
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  • another position, where I don't care what I don't see physically
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  • happening right now.
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  • I trust and believe that if Jesus said he healed me 2.000
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  • years ago, then I am healed right now and in Jesus's name
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  • I'm not moved by what I don't see.
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  • I'm moved by the Word.
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  • Jesus said I'm healed, I'm healed.
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  • Now, see, if I didn't know that, that grace had already provided
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  • that for me, then it would be futile.
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  • If you're trying to release your grace to try to get something,
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  • if you're trying to release your faith to try to get something
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  • that grace has not made, it's futile.
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  • Grace makes it, faith takes it.
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  • And then, I applied everything I know.
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  • Then I'd go in and pray in the Holy Ghost,
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  • pray in the Holy Ghost until I get peace,
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  • and the Holy Spirit now begins to talk to me.
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  • He changes my diet immediately.
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  • No, I'm not gonna make it a law for you to change your diet,
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  • but I'm saying my time with the Holy Ghost gave me these
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  • instructions for me.
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  • Then I got the Communion, because there was power in
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  • recognizing that this bread represents his body,
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  • which was broken for me, hallelujah?
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  • And I started reminding myself that this body has been broken
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  • for me so that whatever is broken on me can be made whole,
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  • so now--and I would look at this bread every night and say,
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  • "Now this is my medicine.
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  • I'm taking the body of Jesus Christ,
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  • the broken body of Jesus."
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  • And, mm, and I'd say, "Mm, take that cancer
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  • in the name of Jesus."
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  • And I'd take the cup and the blood of that cup,
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  • and I'd drink it.
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  • I said, "This is the blood of the covenant that guarantee me
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  • that my healing is there, that I'm already healed,
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  • so I take the cup, and I overcome this sickness,
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  • this cancer, by the blood of the Lamb,
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  • and I testify now about the blood and the blood has healed
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  • me and the blood has delivered me."
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  • I take the--I take the cup.
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  • And then, I get up the next morning and start
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  • it all over again.
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  • [speaking in tongues]
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  • That's right, Lord.
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  • See, I remember I got this revelation because the question
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  • came to me, and it was the voice of the enemy.
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  • "Your faith is not strong enough to overcome this cancer."
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  • And I remember the Lord, when he talked about--you remember the
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  • story about the disciples, when he's just finished talking about
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  • how often they should forgive one another?
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  • And one of them asked, "Lord, increase our faith."
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  • And he said, "You don't need your faith to increase.
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  • You have faith the size of a mustard seed."
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  • Now, if you've ever seen a mustard seed,
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  • it's a small, small things.
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  • And before that he kept talking about some--about the,
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  • you know, the guy who was in the field working,
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  • and he compared faith to that servant that's out there
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  • in the field working.
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  • He says, "You don't call the guy in now.
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  • Your faith should stay on the field long enough
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  • to get the job done."
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  • And I heard the Holy Spirit say this.
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  • He said, "The issue is not a question of whether your faith
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  • is too big or too small.
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  • The issue is will you allow your faith to stay at work until it
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  • satisfies you with what you want?"
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  • So, I got my mind off of it being too big,
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  • too small, too little, too--not great enough,
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  • and I got it on, "You're just gonna stay out in the field,
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  • and you're gonna keep working until I have what I desire."
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  • And what I desired was to be completely healed,
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  • so, "Faith, you can't come off, break.
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  • You can't go on vacation until you give me what I desire."
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  • The key is will you keep your faith at work long enough for it
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  • to do what it's out there to do?
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  • The issue with your faith is not how big it is.
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  • The issue is your faith is--will you keep it out
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  • long enough to work, amen?
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  • And that's what Jesus was saying.
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  • He says, "Guys, you guys are talking
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  • about increasing your faith.
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  • You don't need faith but the size of a mustard seed.
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  • Work that.
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  • Keep that out there to get it to work."
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  • Now, I know faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word
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  • of God, so somebody says, "Well, you know,
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  • I'm operating by the faith of Jesus."
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  • Well, how do you get that?
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  • By hearing the Word of God.
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  • By hearing the Word of God.
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  • We spend so much time focused on our doing,
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  • that we spend little to no time focusing on our believing.
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  • Do I believe what has already been done?
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  • And I went through that, and I did--the last part that I did,
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  • and that's when I knew I had a breakthrough,
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  • is I began to labor to enter into the rest,
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  • the rest of what has already been done.
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  • And when I labored to enter into the rest,
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  • you know, it took a few days, but then I got there,
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  • and I meant at that point I wasn't worried about nothing.
  • 00:13:05.150 --> 00:13:10.140
  • "All is well."
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  • Now, when you can't--when you don't have anything left to do
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  • but worship God, you're there.
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  • You're not begging him. You're not asking him.
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  • You're not even talking about it no more.
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  • You're at this place called worship,
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  • where all you're doing is just worshiping God for what he said.
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  • Boy, when you can get to that real place of worship where it's
  • 00:13:27.220 --> 00:13:29.210
  • no longer about you but it's now all about him,
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  • boy, you are shucking some corn now,
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  • because you're not being moved by those other things.
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  • You're being moved by your thanksgiving and your gratitude
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  • for what God has done.
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  • Now, what I just explained to you,
  • 00:13:44.150 --> 00:13:46.080
  • that was all actions and works of faith,
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  • even though I'm operating under the covenant of grace.
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  • And so, we fight the good fight of faith because--here is why
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  • it's called the good fight of faith,
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  • because your faith's not trying to,
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  • per se, get the victory.
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  • Your faith is the victory.
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  • Faith is the victory.
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  • Well, why?
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  • Because Jesus has already made it available,
  • 00:14:27.240 --> 00:14:31.280
  • or grace has already made it available.
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  • Jesus has made it available.
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  • It's already done. He made it possible.
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  • He made it available.
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  • Now--look at my watch.
  • 00:14:41.230 --> 00:14:45.060
  • Okay, let's go to Hebrews chapter 4.
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  • Well, let's look at two Scriptures.
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  • Romans chapter 1:17, and I wanna establish something here.
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  • Romans 1:17 and Romans--and Hebrews 10:38.
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  • My wife's always telling me, "Baby,
  • 00:14:59.230 --> 00:15:01.130
  • be careful you don't go in meetings thinking that you're
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  • at World Changers."
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  • I said, "What does it mean?"
  • 00:15:08.230 --> 00:15:10.020
  • She said, "Sometimes you wanna start off up here,
  • 00:15:10.030 --> 00:15:13.210
  • instead of down here and work people up to where you are,"
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  • and that is so true.
  • 00:15:17.150 --> 00:15:19.230
  • Now, look at verse 17.
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  • "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed
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  • from faith to faith: as it is written,
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  • The just--" Now, who are the just?
  • 00:15:32.120 --> 00:15:34.170
  • What does that mean? What does that mean?
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  • We've been justified.
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  • We've been declared righteous, okay?
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  • So, the ones who have been declared righteous--say,
  • 00:15:39.120 --> 00:15:43.100
  • "That's me"--shall live by faith.
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  • So, I've been declared righteous because of the blood of Jesus.
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  • I've been declared righteous because of this new covenant.
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  • The law couldn't declare you righteous.
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  • The law couldn't make you righteous,
  • 00:15:58.020 --> 00:15:59.110
  • because if the law could make you righteous without Jesus,
  • 00:15:59.120 --> 00:16:01.290
  • then I would have been made righteous by the law and would
  • 00:16:02.000 --> 00:16:04.190
  • not have need of Jesus coming and getting a body.
  • 00:16:04.200 --> 00:16:10.230
  • But those who are declared righteous live, how?
  • 00:16:10.240 --> 00:16:18.040
  • Live how?
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  • But it's easy for me to understand that I can live
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  • by faith when I, first of all, understand I've been declared
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  • righteous, but even being declared righteous is gonna
  • 00:16:27.160 --> 00:16:30.030
  • have to be by faith.
  • 00:16:30.040 --> 00:16:31.160
  • You know when it's gonna have to be by faith?
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  • When your fruits don't line up with who you are.
  • 00:16:33.080 --> 00:16:38.210
  • It's gonna take faith for me to hold on to the fact that Jesus
  • 00:16:38.220 --> 00:16:42.040
  • has made me righteous, and I didn't lose my righteousness
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  • when I missed the mark.
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  • I am still righteous and by faith I am still righteous,
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  • and the devil is gonna try to condemn you,
  • 00:16:51.190 --> 00:16:54.020
  • and this is the beauty of this new covenant.
  • 00:16:54.030 --> 00:16:56.250
  • Under the law there was condemnation for everything,
  • 00:16:56.260 --> 00:17:01.030
  • but under this new covenant of grace you get the free gift of
  • 00:17:01.040 --> 00:17:05.020
  • no condemnation.
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  • Y'all don't hear what I'm saying.
  • 00:17:08.190 --> 00:17:10.050
  • You remember when Jesus was talking to this woman who was
  • 00:17:10.060 --> 00:17:14.280
  • caught in the very act of adultery?
  • 00:17:14.290 --> 00:17:17.100
  • And they pulled those--pulled her out of the bedsheets and
  • 00:17:17.110 --> 00:17:20.260
  • all, put her before these guys, and they began to try
  • 00:17:20.270 --> 00:17:26.180
  • to lecture Jesus on the law.
  • 00:17:26.190 --> 00:17:31.240
  • Now, I did some study on that whole writing thing,
  • 00:17:31.250 --> 00:17:34.060
  • 'cause over the years I heard all kinds of
  • 00:17:34.070 --> 00:17:35.160
  • writing in the dust.
  • 00:17:35.170 --> 00:17:37.000
  • I found out the location they were at actually could have had
  • 00:17:37.010 --> 00:17:39.290
  • stone in the street, so when Jesus took his finger
  • 00:17:40.000 --> 00:17:45.120
  • and stooped down and began to doodle,
  • 00:17:45.130 --> 00:17:48.080
  • he was writing on stone, or he was moving his hands around
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  • stone as indicating to say to them,
  • 00:17:50.240 --> 00:17:54.130
  • "You wanna talk to me about what the law says when I wrote it?"
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  • I believe that.
  • 00:18:06.010 --> 00:18:07.200
  • This is just from the little research that I had.
  • 00:18:07.210 --> 00:18:10.100
  • And, you know, if that's not the case we'll be cool.
  • 00:18:10.110 --> 00:18:12.240
  • We still can go to heaven.
  • 00:18:12.250 --> 00:18:16.250
  • It's not a big deal, and so Jesus says,
  • 00:18:16.260 --> 00:18:21.280
  • "All right, those of you who are without
  • 00:18:21.290 --> 00:18:23.190
  • sin cast the first stone."
  • 00:18:23.200 --> 00:18:29.270
  • And they all one by one dropped their stone and walked away.
  • 00:18:29.280 --> 00:18:33.240
  • Now, the only person that could have stoned her
  • 00:18:33.250 --> 00:18:36.210
  • was Jesus, all right?
  • 00:18:36.220 --> 00:18:39.270
  • 'Cause he didn't have any sin.
  • 00:18:39.280 --> 00:18:41.170
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:18:41.180 --> 00:18:43.020
  • And Jesus asked her, "Does any man condemn you?"
  • 00:18:43.030 --> 00:18:46.130
  • She said, "No, Lord."
  • 00:18:46.140 --> 00:18:47.280
  • And then, he said something so amazing.
  • 00:18:47.290 --> 00:18:51.200
  • He said, "Neither do I condemn you.
  • 00:18:51.210 --> 00:18:55.160
  • Go and sin no more."
  • 00:18:55.170 --> 00:18:59.020
  • Now, listen to what he did.
  • 00:18:59.030 --> 00:19:01.020
  • He said, "I'm gonna give you the free gift of no condemnation.
  • 00:19:01.030 --> 00:19:06.170
  • Take the gift of no condemnation and with it go and sin no more."
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  • See, I believe, ladies and gentlemen,
  • 00:19:13.160 --> 00:19:15.050
  • if we can get rid of the condemnation we can whip sin,
  • 00:19:15.060 --> 00:19:20.040
  • instead of beating ourselves up all the time,
  • 00:19:20.050 --> 00:19:22.170
  • but the law constantly brings sin consciousness,
  • 00:19:22.180 --> 00:19:26.290
  • which brings condemnation and where there is condemnation
  • 00:19:27.000 --> 00:19:30.180
  • there is the potential to get in a sin cycle,
  • 00:19:30.190 --> 00:19:39.250
  • to get in a sin cycle.
  • 00:19:39.260 --> 00:19:41.090
  • What does a sin cycle look like?
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  • If you all have The Message Bible go to Matthew,
  • 00:19:43.200 --> 00:19:49.160
  • if you have The Message Bible, Matthew 28.
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  • Matthew 11 if you have it.
  • 00:19:53.000 --> 00:19:54.270
  • If not, I wrote it down just in case I go a place
  • 00:19:54.280 --> 00:19:57.100
  • and you don't have it.
  • 00:19:57.110 --> 00:19:58.290
  • Matthew 11:28 and 30.
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  • And so, what happens is under condemnation
  • 00:20:01.120 --> 00:20:05.070
  • you create this cycle of sin.
  • 00:20:05.080 --> 00:20:08.010
  • I call it a rhythm of sin and here is what it looks like.
  • 00:20:08.020 --> 00:20:12.180
  • You know, under condemnation, okay,
  • 00:20:12.190 --> 00:20:15.090
  • you sin, then you try to fix it, then you fail,
  • 00:20:15.100 --> 00:20:23.230
  • then you're full of shame, and then the shame and condemnation
  • 00:20:23.240 --> 00:20:27.290
  • causes you to sin again.
  • 00:20:28.000 --> 00:20:30.140
  • Then you fail. Then you try to fix it.
  • 00:20:30.150 --> 00:20:32.250
  • Then you fail.
  • 00:20:32.260 --> 00:20:34.160
  • Then shame and condemnation comes.
  • 00:20:34.170 --> 00:20:36.120
  • Then you sin again and then you try to fix it and then you fail.
  • 00:20:36.130 --> 00:20:42.150
  • Then shame comes and condemnation.
  • 00:20:42.160 --> 00:20:46.080
  • That's the rhythm of sin because that's you trying to do
  • 00:20:46.090 --> 00:20:52.120
  • something without trusting God first.
  • 00:20:52.130 --> 00:20:56.280
  • Under the law you're trusting you.
  • 00:20:56.290 --> 00:20:58.280
  • Under grace you're trusting him.
  • 00:20:58.290 --> 00:21:01.090
  • It doesn't mean you don't have any actions following,
  • 00:21:01.100 --> 00:21:03.240
  • except under the law you have actions that are going to be
  • 00:21:03.250 --> 00:21:07.110
  • futile, because you by yourself is not
  • 00:21:07.120 --> 00:21:10.260
  • good enough to handle your issues.
  • 00:21:10.270 --> 00:21:15.020
  • But under the covenant of grace you can trust Jesus and then
  • 00:21:15.030 --> 00:21:18.200
  • Jesus now equips you and enables you to do what you are having
  • 00:21:18.210 --> 00:21:23.290
  • problems doing, but here is what he said in Matthew 11:28.
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:27.160
  • He says, "Are you tired? Worn out?
  • 00:21:27.170 --> 00:21:31.080
  • Burned out on religion?"
  • 00:21:31.090 --> 00:21:35.110
  • Huh? Are you?
  • 00:21:35.120 --> 00:21:39.140
  • "Come to me.
  • 00:21:39.150 --> 00:21:41.150
  • Get away with me and you'll recover your life.
  • 00:21:41.160 --> 00:21:45.190
  • I'll show you how to take a real rest.
  • 00:21:45.200 --> 00:21:49.100
  • Walk with me and work with me--and watch how I do it.
  • 00:21:49.110 --> 00:21:56.240
  • And learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
  • 00:21:56.250 --> 00:22:02.290
  • I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
  • 00:22:03.000 --> 00:22:06.090
  • Keep company with me and you'll learn to
  • 00:22:06.100 --> 00:22:08.260
  • live freely and lightly."
  • 00:22:08.270 --> 00:22:14.000
  • Wow. You understand that?
  • 00:22:14.010 --> 00:22:18.250
  • Now, I told you to go somewhere.
  • 00:22:18.260 --> 00:22:23.230
  • Hebrews chapter--oh, yeah, yeah.
  • 00:22:23.240 --> 00:22:27.160
  • Oh, yeah, 10, Romans 10:38, and then we'll go
  • 00:22:27.170 --> 00:22:30.090
  • to Hebrews chapter 4.
  • 00:22:30.100 --> 00:22:34.050
  • Hebrews chapter 10, verse 38, yeah.
  • 00:22:34.060 --> 00:22:39.240
  • "Now the just--" Who are the just?
  • 00:22:39.250 --> 00:22:42.180
  • Those who have been declared righteous.
  • 00:22:42.190 --> 00:22:44.020
  • Who declared you righteous? Jesus.
  • 00:22:44.030 --> 00:22:47.130
  • "Now the just shall live by," what?
  • 00:22:47.140 --> 00:22:49.150
  • congregation: Faith.
  • 00:22:49.160 --> 00:22:50.250
  • Creflo: "But if any man draw back,
  • 00:22:50.260 --> 00:22:54.090
  • my soul shall have no pleasure in him."
  • 00:22:54.100 --> 00:22:56.080
  • In other words, we are declared righteous.
  • 00:22:56.090 --> 00:22:59.160
  • We live by the faith of Jesus being righteous.
  • 00:22:59.170 --> 00:23:04.070
  • I have faith that Jesus is my righteousness, and I'm in him.
  • 00:23:04.080 --> 00:23:07.160
  • Therefore, I'm righteous and if I'll stay with that identity I'm
  • 00:23:07.170 --> 00:23:10.220
  • gonna eventually produce the fruit of righteousness.
  • 00:23:10.230 --> 00:23:14.050
  • I've gonna eventually produce the fruit of righteousness.
  • 00:23:14.060 --> 00:23:18.280
  • I said something last night, and I wanna make
  • 00:23:18.290 --> 00:23:20.110
  • sure I brought it up.
  • 00:23:20.120 --> 00:23:21.210
  • Oh, oh, so now us having faith in Jesus means that we have
  • 00:23:21.220 --> 00:23:29.200
  • faith in what Jesus has done, because we know if we ever need
  • 00:23:29.210 --> 00:23:36.030
  • help he will enable us to do what we need to do.
  • 00:23:36.040 --> 00:23:41.270
  • In other words, I have faith that he loves me,
  • 00:23:41.280 --> 00:23:46.130
  • and I believe the love, so why do I need to
  • 00:23:46.140 --> 00:23:49.100
  • have faith that he loves me?
  • 00:23:49.110 --> 00:23:51.070
  • I have faith that he loves me, watch this,
  • 00:23:51.080 --> 00:23:53.250
  • because my faith in his love will help me to love.
  • 00:23:53.260 --> 00:24:03.280
  • It's not I have faith in his love,
  • 00:24:04.100 --> 00:24:07.190
  • therefore I don't need to love.
  • 00:24:07.200 --> 00:24:09.250
  • It is I have faith in his love and my faith in his love helps
  • 00:24:09.260 --> 00:24:15.130
  • me to believe he will enable me to love what's not lovely.
  • 00:24:15.140 --> 00:24:21.060
  • Or I have faith that he has forgiven me.
  • 00:24:21.070 --> 00:24:25.170
  • Therefore, because I know he has already forgiven me,
  • 00:24:25.180 --> 00:24:30.100
  • guess what that does?
  • 00:24:30.110 --> 00:24:31.250
  • It enables me to forgive myself and to forgive others.
  • 00:24:31.260 --> 00:24:37.210
  • Are you following this?
  • 00:24:37.220 --> 00:24:39.260
  • I have faith that he's faithful.
  • 00:24:39.270 --> 00:24:44.030
  • I have to have faith that he's faithful,
  • 00:24:44.040 --> 00:24:46.140
  • because when I have challenges not being faithful to his Word
  • 00:24:46.150 --> 00:24:51.180
  • or I wasn't faithful not to worry or I wasn't faithful to do
  • 00:24:51.190 --> 00:24:54.010
  • these things, it doesn't mean I'm not going to be faithful.
  • 00:24:54.020 --> 00:24:58.220
  • It means that if I need some help with my faithfulness,
  • 00:24:58.230 --> 00:25:01.270
  • because I have faith in his faithfulness,
  • 00:25:01.280 --> 00:25:04.050
  • he will help me to be faithful, but my trust is not in my
  • 00:25:04.060 --> 00:25:10.090
  • ability to be faithful.
  • 00:25:10.100 --> 00:25:13.220
  • My trust is in his ability.
  • 00:25:13.230 --> 00:25:16.120
  • Because he is faithful, I can be faithful.
  • 00:25:16.130 --> 00:25:19.290
  • announcer: We cannot make ourselves righteous,
  • 00:25:21.130 --> 00:25:23.040
  • holy, or wise, and we cannot redeem or perfect ourselves.
  • 00:25:23.050 --> 00:25:26.250
  • Creflo: Acknowledge him in all your ways.
  • 00:25:26.260 --> 00:25:29.110
  • Let him direct your path.
  • 00:25:29.120 --> 00:25:32.020
  • And so, if you find yourself disciplined,
  • 00:25:32.030 --> 00:25:34.090
  • you find yourself faithful, you find yourself righteous,
  • 00:25:34.100 --> 00:25:37.040
  • you have no choice but to say, "It's because of Jesus."
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  • Call or go online to order today.
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  • female: There is gonna be something that's gonna be
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  • benefitting me that's happening in the body of Christ.
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  • I wanna be present.
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  • female: And, in all honesty, my faith has gone from,
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  • like, here and I thought I had faith to,
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  • like, I can't explain how far it's gone.
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  • female: Oh, it's time. You got to hear this.
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  • female announcer: Register today at
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  • creflodollarministries.org
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  • or call or text the numbers listed on the screen.
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  • Creflo: Do you realize that as a partner of this ministry
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  • you can directly impact the lives of people everywhere?
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  • We receive testimonials from all over the world about how this
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  • broadcast, my books, and even our letters teach people how to
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  • apply God's Word to their lives daily.
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  • So many people are hungry for the teaching of the gospel
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  • of grace and to experience real change,
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  • and you know what?
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  • I praise God for that.
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  • male announcer: If you desire to become a partner with this
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  • ministry, simply call the number on your screen,
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  • write to us, or visit creflodollarministries.org.
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  • Along with our faithful partners,
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  • we are spreading the message of God's grace and making a
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  • global impact in this world.
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  • announcer: Because of you, Creflo Dollar Ministries is
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  • providing a new understanding of grace and empowering change
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  • in the lives of millions of people every day.
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  • Thank you, partners and friends.
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  • Your love and financial support makes it possible to bring this
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  • message into millions homes all across the globe.
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