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Understanding Spiritual Authority

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September 29, 2019
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Dr. Tony Evans

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Understanding Spiritual Authority

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  • - Tony Evans: You see,
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  • for many of us,
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  • the problem of us getting along
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  • with other people
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  • is our inability to get along
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  • with ourself.
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  • Everything visible and physical
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  • is preceded by something
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  • invisible and spiritual.
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  • The consequences we are dealing
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  • with in our lives, in our homes,
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  • in our culture,
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  • we are dealing with them
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  • because there is a gap
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  • between where God is
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  • and where we are.
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  • He wants to know
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  • that you want him
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  • and not just want his stuff.
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  • See, a lot of folk go to church
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  • to get God's stuff,
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  • but who don't want the God
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  • who gives it.
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  • So, if you're in distress,
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  • don't let that drive you away,
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  • draw you near.
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  • When you get close
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  • and want to live for him,
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  • want to please him,
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  • want to honor him,
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  • want to exalt him,
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  • want to draw near to him,
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  • then heaven opens up,
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  • and he lets you find him.
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  • - Tony: Our series
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  • has been called, is called
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  • "Igniting Kingdom Prayer."
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  • And the purpose of this series
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  • is connecting you
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  • with your authority,
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  • with your spiritually-endowed
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  • authority granted to you by God
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  • if you are a believer
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  • But for far too many of us,
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  • we do not see clearly
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  • because we do not understand
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  • that it is our shaded view
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  • that's keeping us from
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  • experiencing what God offers.
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  • God wants you and me
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  • to have kingdom authority.
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  • Kingdom authority may be defined
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  • as the divinely authorized
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  • right and responsibility
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  • delegated to believers to act
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  • on God's behalf in spiritually
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  • ruling over his creation
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  • under the lordship
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  • of Jesus Christ.
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  • Let me repeat that again.
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  • Kingdom authority
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  • is the divinely authorized right
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  • and responsibility
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  • that's been delegated
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  • to believers to act
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  • on God's behalf
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  • in spiritually ruling
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  • over his creation underneath
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  • the lordship of Jesus Christ.
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  • My purpose today
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  • is to clarify our sightline,
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  • to clarify and hopefully help us
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  • to clean the glasses
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  • we're wearing, and if necessary
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  • get new ones so that
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  • we see things clearly
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  • and therefore enter prayer
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  • with spiritual authority.
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  • In verses 15 to 18,
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  • Paul prays that they will
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  • apprehend what they have.
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  • He says in verse 17
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  • that God will give you
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  • a spirit of wisdom,
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  • a spirit of revelation.
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  • He prays in verse 18
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  • that the eyes of your heart
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  • may be enlightened.
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  • All that means is so that
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  • you start seeing things
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  • as they really are
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  • and not as you think they are.
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  • He wants God to clarify,
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  • so I want you to whisper
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  • in your mind or with your lips
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  • as I'm speaking to you today,
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  • I simply want you to ask God
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  • to help you see,
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  • that the eyes of your heart
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  • might be illuminated
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  • to see clearly
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  • what this authority
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  • that you possess, I possess,
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  • we possess as believers.
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  • In fact, he uses an interesting
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  • word in the end of verse 18,
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  • "Which are the riches
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  • of the glory of his inheritance
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  • in the saints."
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  • So, I'm here to declare
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  • to you you are rich.
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  • He says, "I want you
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  • to understand how rich you are
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  • in the spiritual realm
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  • that you have inherited
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  • by virtue of your faith
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  • in Jesus Christ."
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  • I know as a Christian,
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  • your major concern
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  • is when you die,
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  • you will wind up
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  • in the presence of the Lord.
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  • However, on your way there,
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  • God wants you to know
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  • there are riches, rights,
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  • and privileges that you
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  • can benefit from on your way
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  • to your ultimate destination.
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  • Paul says, "I don't want you
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  • to go to heaven to see
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  • how powerful heaven is.
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  • I want you to be enlightened now
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  • about the rights and privileges
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  • that accrue to you and me and us
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  • based on our relationship
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  • with Jesus Christ."
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  • What God wants you to know,
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  • me to know, and us to know
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  • that there is more in there
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  • to be experienced,
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  • not just to be held
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  • in your hand,
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  • but to be experienced.
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  • He says, "I pray that your eyes
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  • might be enlightened."
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  • But our problem is we've got fog
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  • on our glasses.
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  • It's like pesticides being put
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  • on fruit and vegetables.
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  • When you put the pesticides
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  • on the fruit and vegetables,
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  • that which was designed
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  • to be organic has now become
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  • chemically induced,
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  • producing another kind
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  • of problem no matter
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  • how good it tastes.
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  • Many of us have put pesticide
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  • on what God has for us,
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  • and it's contaminated it.
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  • That pesticide is called
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  • human wisdom.
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  • That is man's point of view,
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  • the human way to go,
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  • the natural way to think.
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  • And we have sprinkled pesticide
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  • on God's organic truth
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  • and wonder why
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  • we're spiritually sick
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  • even though we're still chewing
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  • on the Word.
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  • Because it's been contaminated
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  • by what the Bible calls
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  • the wisdom of man,
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  • which nullifies
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  • the manifestation, illumination,
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  • and revelation of God.
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  • He says, "I pray that your eyes
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  • would be open,
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  • that you will become wise,"
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  • that you will become
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  • knowledgeable in
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  • an experiential way
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  • of what God wants to do
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  • because you already
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  • have the riches.
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  • In fact, he says in verse 1--
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  • chapter 1, verse 3,
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  • "You've already been blessed
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  • with all spiritual blessings."
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  • Everything God is ever going
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  • to do for you,
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  • he's already deposited.
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  • So, you already have it.
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  • Now, having established
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  • what he's praying for,
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  • what you and I should be
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  • praying for, clear glasses
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  • so that we can see,
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  • he goes a little bit further.
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  • What does he want us to see?
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  • Well, he says verse 19,
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  • "What is the surpassing
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  • greatness of his power
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  • toward us who believe."
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  • So, guess what he wants you
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  • to see?
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  • He wants you to see his power.
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  • He wants you
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  • not to talk about it,
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  • brag about it,
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  • he wants you to see it.
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  • He doesn't want you just saying,
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  • "God is omnipotent."
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  • He wants you to see it.
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  • He says that I'm praying
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  • that you'll see
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  • the surpassing greatness,
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  • blow your mind power
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  • toward us who believe.
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  • These are in accordance
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  • with the working of the strength
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  • of his might.
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  • He says God wants
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  • to show you his muscles.
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  • God wants to show you
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  • his potency.
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  • God wants you to experience
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  • his power.
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  • He wants you to see him
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  • show off his power,
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  • demonstrate his power,
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  • not just theologize
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  • about his power.
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  • Well, how big is this power?
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  • Well, he tells you,
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  • which verse 20,
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  • "He brought about in Christ
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  • when he raised him
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  • from the dead and seated him
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  • at his right hand
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  • in heavenly places
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  • far above rule, authority,
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  • power, and dominion,
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  • every name that is named
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  • not only in this age,
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  • but in the age to come."
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  • Wow.
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  • Guess what kind of power
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  • God wants you and me
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  • as believers,
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  • if you're a believer
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  • this applies to you,
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  • to experience in your life?
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  • He wants you to experience,
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  • here it is, resurrection power.
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  • He wants you to see
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  • the power that reverses things,
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  • that can take things
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  • that are dead
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  • and make them alive,
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  • take things that are bad
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  • and make them good,
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  • take defeat and make victory,
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  • take loss and wind up with gain.
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  • He wants you to see, watch this,
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  • that he can change
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  • the natural order of things.
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  • Resurrection is changing
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  • the natural order of things.
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  • Now, that's going to happen
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  • to you and me physically
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  • like it happened to Jesus
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  • when we're given our new bodies
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  • at the resurrection.
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  • But he's not talking about
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  • when believers die,
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  • he's talking about while
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  • we're still alive.
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  • He says, "I want you
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  • to see it now.
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  • I want you to put on glasses
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  • so that you get to see
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  • resurrection power."
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  • Now, let's go a little deeper.
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  • When he raised Jesus
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  • from the dead,
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  • it says that Jesus being raised,
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  • seated him at his right hand
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  • in heavenly places.
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  • Jesus rose on Sunday,
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  • then he ascended 40 days later
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  • through the clouds into heaven,
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  • where he sat down.
  • 00:09:41.260 --> 00:09:44.260
  • Now, you sat--you sit down
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  • when you finish something, okay?
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  • The Bible says he sat down
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  • on the right hand of the Father.
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  • The Father's right hand
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  • is his power hand, okay?
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  • When the Bible talks
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  • about the right hand of God,
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  • it's talking about his power.
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  • So, he sat in the seat of power.
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  • Hebrews calls it the throne.
  • 00:10:05.020 --> 00:10:08.020
  • So, he's sitting in a powerful
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  • seat on a powerful throne
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  • 'cause he's a powerful person.
  • 00:10:13.030 --> 00:10:15.060
  • So, now the reversal of fortune
  • 00:10:15.140 --> 00:10:18.140
  • from Friday to Sunday
  • 00:10:18.140 --> 00:10:20.040
  • led to the ascension,
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  • which led to him being seated
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  • on a throne.
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  • Who sits on a throne?
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  • A king sits on a throne.
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  • So, Jesus Christ is ruling.
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  • Stay with me here.
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  • Jesus Christ is in
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  • a ruling position,
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  • having experienced the physical
  • 00:10:36.110 --> 00:10:38.210
  • resurrection from the dead.
  • 00:10:38.250 --> 00:10:41.250
  • But where exactly is
  • 00:10:41.250 --> 00:10:43.070
  • this throne?
  • 00:10:43.070 --> 00:10:44.190
  • He tells you, he says
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  • this throne is located
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  • in heavenly places.
  • 00:10:48.090 --> 00:10:51.090
  • Heavenly places is a euphemism
  • 00:10:51.090 --> 00:10:53.170
  • for the spiritual realm.
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  • "And he sits high above,"
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  • it says, "all rule
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  • and all authority."
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  • Don't miss that, "High above
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  • all rule and all authority."
  • 00:11:04.220 --> 00:11:07.010
  • Well, wait a minute, that means
  • 00:11:07.010 --> 00:11:08.240
  • he cannot be overruled,
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  • 'cause everything he rules over
  • 00:11:11.230 --> 00:11:13.240
  • is underneath him.
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  • 'Cause he sits high above
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  • rule and authority,
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  • that's angels and every name
  • 00:11:18.280 --> 00:11:20.110
  • that is named, that's humans.
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  • Jesus Christ is now ruling from
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  • heaven for the benefit
  • 00:11:25.130 --> 00:11:26.290
  • of history,
  • 00:11:26.290 --> 00:11:28.210
  • and he cannot be overruled,
  • 00:11:28.210 --> 00:11:30.260
  • but he possesses veto power.
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  • Because why?
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  • He can't be overruled.
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  • Any attempt to overrule him
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  • he can veto,
  • 00:11:38.000 --> 00:11:39.040
  • 'cause he sits above them
  • 00:11:39.040 --> 00:11:40.140
  • just like courts
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  • can veto other courts
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  • because they sit above them.
  • 00:11:43.090 --> 00:11:45.100
  • So, he wants your eyes
  • 00:11:45.100 --> 00:11:47.020
  • to be open, that you got
  • 00:11:47.020 --> 00:11:49.010
  • this wealth available to you
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  • to experience his power,
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  • and that power is demonstrated
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  • in the person of Christ.
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  • Hebrews chapter 2, verse 14,
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  • which says that in Jesus's death
  • 00:12:00.050 --> 00:12:02.190
  • and resurrection,
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  • Satan was defeated.
  • 00:12:04.010 --> 00:12:07.000
  • So, let's get this straight.
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  • You cannot now be defeated
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  • by Satan unless he's
  • 00:12:11.280 --> 00:12:14.170
  • allowed to do it.
  • 00:12:14.170 --> 00:12:16.250
  • And he does it now by deception
  • 00:12:17.010 --> 00:12:20.010
  • because Jesus took away
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  • his fangs, okay?
  • 00:12:21.280 --> 00:12:24.240
  • Bible says he took away
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  • the power of death.
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  • So, Satan now must trick us
  • 00:12:28.120 --> 00:12:30.010
  • to defeat us.
  • 00:12:30.010 --> 00:12:31.090
  • He can't just overpower us
  • 00:12:31.090 --> 00:12:33.050
  • to defeat us
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  • if you're a believer
  • 00:12:34.050 --> 00:12:34.260
  • in Jesus Christ.
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  • He's got to dupe you.
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  • That's why he wants your eyes,
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  • my eyes to be open that Satan
  • 00:12:39.260 --> 00:12:42.260
  • - Tony: I studied the Bible
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  • in college for four years.
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  • I studied the Bible
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  • for four years
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  • working on my master's degree,
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  • another four years working
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  • on my doctorate degree.
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  • And then I've been preaching
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  • all of these years,
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  • and I'm still learning
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  • new things from this awesome,
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  • inexhaustible book,
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  • the Word of God.
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  • That's why I'm so excited about
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  • the Tony Evans Study Bible.
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  • And it's accompanied with
  • 00:13:18.130 --> 00:13:20.140
  • the Tony Evans Bible Commentary.
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  • It will take all of this
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  • training and this teaching
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  • and make it available to you
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  • to understand, utilize,
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  • and apply God's
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  • and apply God's
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  • [music]
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  • - Tony: Look at chapter 2,
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  • verse 6.
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  • I'm going to read verse 4 to 6,
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  • "But God, being rich in mercy,
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  • because of his great love
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  • with which he loved us,
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  • even when we were dead
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  • in our transgressions,
  • 00:13:54.000 --> 00:13:55.010
  • made us alive together
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  • with Christ.
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  • By grace have you been saved,
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  • and raised us up with him
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  • and seated us with him
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  • in the heavenly places
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  • in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:14:09.010 --> 00:14:11.000
  • Now, did you just see
  • 00:14:11.000 --> 00:14:11.210
  • what I just read?
  • 00:14:11.210 --> 00:14:13.090
  • Were your eyes open?
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  • I don't believe it,
  • 00:14:14.290 --> 00:14:15.250
  • I don't believe it,
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  • I got to read it again.
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  • "But God, being rich in mercy,
  • 00:14:17.290 --> 00:14:20.290
  • because of his great love
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  • with which he loved us,
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  • even when we were dead
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  • in our transgressions,
  • 00:14:27.000 --> 00:14:28.200
  • made us alive together
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  • with Christ.
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  • By grace you have been saved,
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  • and raised us up with him
  • 00:14:35.120 --> 00:14:38.000
  • and seated us with him
  • 00:14:38.000 --> 00:14:40.060
  • in the heavenly places
  • 00:14:40.060 --> 00:14:42.060
  • in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:14:42.060 --> 00:14:44.230
  • So, guess what?
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  • Jesus is not the only one
  • 00:14:46.260 --> 00:14:48.080
  • in heaven, somebody's with him,
  • 00:14:50.060 --> 00:14:53.060
  • together with him.
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  • Not only are there folks
  • 00:14:55.090 --> 00:14:56.250
  • with him and together with him,
  • 00:14:57.030 --> 00:15:00.050
  • they are seated beside him.
  • 00:15:00.140 --> 00:15:03.140
  • It says, "Seated with him."
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  • And they are together with him,
  • 00:15:06.030 --> 00:15:08.220
  • seated with him
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  • in the same location as him.
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  • Heavenly places, heavenly places
  • 00:15:13.130 --> 00:15:16.050
  • is the spiritual realm.
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  • So, guess what Paul
  • 00:15:17.260 --> 00:15:19.080
  • is praying that you and I
  • 00:15:19.080 --> 00:15:21.250
  • and we understand?
  • 00:15:21.250 --> 00:15:23.260
  • You're here,
  • 00:15:23.260 --> 00:15:24.210
  • but you're not here.
  • 00:15:24.210 --> 00:15:26.290
  • He says, "You have been
  • 00:15:26.290 --> 00:15:29.000
  • relocated spiritually, even
  • 00:15:29.160 --> 00:15:32.160
  • though you are physically
  • 00:15:32.160 --> 00:15:35.120
  • located right here,
  • 00:15:35.120 --> 00:15:37.070
  • right now in church.
  • 00:15:37.070 --> 00:15:39.140
  • He says, "'Cause if you
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  • are saved, you died with him,
  • 00:15:40.200 --> 00:15:43.100
  • were raised with him,
  • 00:15:43.100 --> 00:15:45.000
  • were seated with him
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  • in the heavenly places."
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  • So, here's the problem.
  • 00:15:50.160 --> 00:15:52.240
  • If you're seated with him
  • 00:15:52.240 --> 00:15:54.130
  • in heavenly places,
  • 00:15:54.130 --> 00:15:56.130
  • but you're operating
  • 00:15:56.130 --> 00:15:57.170
  • from earthly places,
  • 00:15:57.170 --> 00:15:59.150
  • then you're functioning
  • 00:15:59.150 --> 00:16:00.150
  • from the wrong location.
  • 00:16:00.150 --> 00:16:02.230
  • So, the reason many of us
  • 00:16:02.230 --> 00:16:04.250
  • are not seeing the power
  • 00:16:04.250 --> 00:16:06.220
  • is we're operating
  • 00:16:06.220 --> 00:16:07.240
  • from the wrong location.
  • 00:16:07.240 --> 00:16:10.030
  • We're seated in heaven
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  • 'cause that's where
  • 00:16:11.140 --> 00:16:12.070
  • the power is, but we're
  • 00:16:12.070 --> 00:16:13.100
  • operating on earth,
  • 00:16:13.100 --> 00:16:14.220
  • and there's no power there.
  • 00:16:14.220 --> 00:16:16.140
  • He says but if you learn
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  • to operate from where
  • 00:16:17.240 --> 00:16:18.240
  • you are truly seated,
  • 00:16:18.240 --> 00:16:20.240
  • which is in heavenly places,
  • 00:16:20.240 --> 00:16:22.180
  • you're looking at things
  • 00:16:22.180 --> 00:16:23.160
  • totally different because
  • 00:16:23.160 --> 00:16:24.280
  • you're looking at it
  • 00:16:24.280 --> 00:16:26.050
  • from God's perspective,
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  • not from man's perspective.
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  • He says you are seated with him.
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  • Authority works
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  • where Jesus Christ rules,
  • 00:16:35.060 --> 00:16:37.150
  • where his jurisdiction exists.
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  • We do it all the time,
  • 00:16:42.040 --> 00:16:43.020
  • don't they call it
  • 00:16:43.020 --> 00:16:43.260
  • Zoom teleconferencing?
  • 00:16:46.030 --> 00:16:49.030
  • See, you can be in Dallas
  • 00:16:49.030 --> 00:16:51.150
  • and be in a meeting in Chicago
  • 00:16:51.150 --> 00:16:53.230
  • without ever leaving Dallas,
  • 00:16:53.230 --> 00:16:55.170
  • 'cause technology has set it up
  • 00:16:55.170 --> 00:16:58.100
  • that you can really
  • 00:16:58.100 --> 00:16:59.140
  • be in Chicago
  • 00:16:59.140 --> 00:17:00.250
  • and never leave Dallas,
  • 00:17:00.250 --> 00:17:02.120
  • 'cause the way technology
  • 00:17:02.120 --> 00:17:03.260
  • has happened is
  • 00:17:03.260 --> 00:17:04.290
  • that connections are made
  • 00:17:04.290 --> 00:17:07.050
  • between a place you
  • 00:17:07.050 --> 00:17:08.110
  • aren't to put you there while
  • 00:17:08.110 --> 00:17:10.120
  • you still aren't there.
  • 00:17:10.120 --> 00:17:12.130
  • So, you're physically in Dallas,
  • 00:17:12.130 --> 00:17:14.090
  • but you're in the meeting
  • 00:17:14.090 --> 00:17:15.100
  • in Chicago
  • 00:17:15.100 --> 00:17:16.170
  • because technology has put you
  • 00:17:16.170 --> 00:17:19.000
  • in two places at one time.
  • 00:17:19.000 --> 00:17:21.280
  • Now, before man ever created
  • 00:17:21.280 --> 00:17:24.200
  • all this techie stuff,
  • 00:17:24.200 --> 00:17:26.090
  • God had a spiritual system
  • 00:17:26.090 --> 00:17:28.070
  • in place to connect us
  • 00:17:28.070 --> 00:17:30.180
  • from earth to heaven
  • 00:17:30.180 --> 00:17:32.260
  • without leaving your location.
  • 00:17:32.260 --> 00:17:35.030
  • And that spiritual connection
  • 00:17:35.030 --> 00:17:36.240
  • point has every believer
  • 00:17:36.240 --> 00:17:38.180
  • in heaven
  • 00:17:38.180 --> 00:17:39.190
  • while they never leave
  • 00:17:39.190 --> 00:17:40.210
  • the premises on earth.
  • 00:17:40.210 --> 00:17:42.170
  • The problem is we get
  • 00:17:42.170 --> 00:17:44.020
  • so used to earth
  • 00:17:44.020 --> 00:17:45.180
  • that we never connect
  • 00:17:45.180 --> 00:17:47.070
  • the spiritual technology
  • 00:17:47.070 --> 00:17:48.220
  • to heaven and wind up
  • 00:17:48.220 --> 00:17:50.060
  • with the limitations of earth,
  • 00:17:50.060 --> 00:17:53.030
  • and therefore don't see
  • 00:17:53.030 --> 00:17:54.050
  • the authority and the power
  • 00:17:54.050 --> 00:17:56.040
  • that God has granted believers
  • 00:17:56.040 --> 00:17:58.140
  • to experience.
  • 00:17:58.140 --> 00:18:01.050
  • So, how do you get
  • 00:18:01.050 --> 00:18:02.170
  • to experience this?
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  • Okay, here it is.
  • 00:18:03.270 --> 00:18:05.140
  • Notice verse 22,
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  • "And he put all things
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  • in subjection under his feet
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  • and gave him as head
  • 00:18:14.200 --> 00:18:15.250
  • all of things to the church,
  • 00:18:15.250 --> 00:18:17.240
  • which is his body,
  • 00:18:17.240 --> 00:18:19.070
  • the fullness of him
  • 00:18:19.070 --> 00:18:20.050
  • who fills all in all."
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  • Here it is, you will not see
  • 00:18:22.160 --> 00:18:25.000
  • the connection open up
  • 00:18:25.000 --> 00:18:27.010
  • and the screen come on
  • 00:18:27.010 --> 00:18:29.050
  • up there in heavenly places
  • 00:18:29.050 --> 00:18:30.210
  • where you are down here
  • 00:18:30.210 --> 00:18:33.020
  • on earthly places where you sit,
  • 00:18:33.020 --> 00:18:35.190
  • unless you are under
  • 00:18:35.190 --> 00:18:37.030
  • Jesus's feet.
  • 00:18:37.130 --> 00:18:40.130
  • You have to be under his feet.
  • 00:18:40.130 --> 00:18:42.280
  • God has placed all things
  • 00:18:42.280 --> 00:18:45.040
  • under his, Jesus's, feet.
  • 00:18:45.190 --> 00:18:48.190
  • That means under his authority,
  • 00:18:48.190 --> 00:18:51.080
  • under his control,
  • 00:18:51.080 --> 00:18:53.180
  • under his rule.
  • 00:18:53.180 --> 00:18:55.050
  • And the one issue
  • 00:18:55.050 --> 00:18:56.080
  • that must be settled
  • 00:18:56.080 --> 00:18:57.220
  • is the lordship of Jesus Christ
  • 00:18:58.000 --> 00:19:01.020
  • over every area of life.
  • 00:19:01.020 --> 00:19:03.220
  • That issue must get settled.
  • 00:19:04.290 --> 00:19:07.290
  • When you trust Christ
  • 00:19:07.290 --> 00:19:09.030
  • for the forgiveness of sins,
  • 00:19:09.030 --> 00:19:11.010
  • you're now on your way
  • 00:19:11.010 --> 00:19:12.200
  • to heaven.
  • 00:19:12.200 --> 00:19:13.240
  • But when you submit
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  • to the lordship
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  • or the rulership of Jesus Christ
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  • over every area of your life,
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  • that's when heaven
  • 00:19:21.080 --> 00:19:22.050
  • can visit you.
  • 00:19:22.050 --> 00:19:23.270
  • And heaven will not visit you
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  • if you're not under his feet.
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  • Let me read to you right now
  • 00:19:28.100 --> 00:19:29.110
  • Romans 14 about the lordship
  • 00:19:29.110 --> 00:19:31.190
  • of Jesus Christ.
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  • Here's what it says
  • 00:19:33.030 --> 00:19:34.050
  • in verses 7 through 9,
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  • "For not one of us lives
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  • for himself and not one dies
  • 00:19:38.210 --> 00:19:41.120
  • for himself.
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  • For if we live,
  • 00:19:43.030 --> 00:19:44.020
  • we live for the Lord.
  • 00:19:44.020 --> 00:19:45.230
  • And if we die,
  • 00:19:45.230 --> 00:19:46.250
  • we die for the Lord.
  • 00:19:46.250 --> 00:19:48.210
  • Therefore, whether we live
  • 00:19:48.210 --> 00:19:50.110
  • or die, we are the Lord's.
  • 00:19:50.110 --> 00:19:52.250
  • For to this end Christ died
  • 00:19:52.250 --> 00:19:55.030
  • and lived again,
  • 00:19:55.030 --> 00:19:56.180
  • that he might be Lord
  • 00:19:56.180 --> 00:19:58.060
  • both of the dead
  • 00:19:58.060 --> 00:20:00.070
  • and of the living.
  • 00:20:01.090 --> 00:20:04.090
  • Until he is Lord--
  • 00:20:04.090 --> 00:20:06.020
  • he uses the word lord
  • 00:20:06.020 --> 00:20:07.190
  • four times in those verses.
  • 00:20:07.250 --> 00:20:10.250
  • Until he is master, ruler,
  • 00:20:11.130 --> 00:20:14.130
  • final decision maker,
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  • dictator, meaning
  • 00:20:16.090 --> 00:20:18.000
  • you're under his foot.
  • 00:20:18.000 --> 00:20:19.210
  • You know, when somebody
  • 00:20:19.210 --> 00:20:20.150
  • puts their foot on somebody,
  • 00:20:20.150 --> 00:20:21.270
  • they want to hold them down,
  • 00:20:21.270 --> 00:20:23.040
  • okay?
  • 00:20:23.040 --> 00:20:24.000
  • Unless God can hold you down,
  • 00:20:24.000 --> 00:20:26.150
  • unless you are willing to say,
  • 00:20:26.150 --> 00:20:28.060
  • "Yes Lord," to his authority,
  • 00:20:28.060 --> 00:20:30.260
  • unless you and I are willing
  • 00:20:30.260 --> 00:20:32.030
  • to say, "I am not my own,
  • 00:20:32.030 --> 00:20:34.030
  • I've been bought with a price.
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  • And that buying with a price
  • 00:20:36.060 --> 00:20:38.030
  • covers all of my life,
  • 00:20:38.030 --> 00:20:40.030
  • my personal life,
  • 00:20:40.030 --> 00:20:41.110
  • my financial life,
  • 00:20:41.110 --> 00:20:42.180
  • my attitudinal life,
  • 00:20:42.180 --> 00:20:44.100
  • my relational life.
  • 00:20:44.100 --> 00:20:45.210
  • It covers all of my life
  • 00:20:45.210 --> 00:20:47.130
  • 'cause I am not my own."
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  • He says, "I want to be Lord
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  • while you're living
  • 00:20:51.210 --> 00:20:52.220
  • and when you're dead.
  • 00:20:52.220 --> 00:20:54.130
  • I don't want to just be Lord
  • 00:20:54.130 --> 00:20:55.110
  • when it comes time
  • 00:20:55.110 --> 00:20:56.100
  • to go to heaven.
  • 00:20:56.100 --> 00:20:57.100
  • I want to be Lord
  • 00:20:57.100 --> 00:20:58.080
  • on your way there."
  • 00:20:58.080 --> 00:20:59.250
  • Until he--we are under his feet,
  • 00:21:00.110 --> 00:21:03.110
  • we will not see his authority
  • 00:21:03.170 --> 00:21:06.170
  • being manifested
  • 00:21:06.170 --> 00:21:07.230
  • in our experience.
  • 00:21:07.230 --> 00:21:09.090
  • We won't see his power,
  • 00:21:09.090 --> 00:21:10.190
  • we won't see change.
  • 00:21:10.190 --> 00:21:12.130
  • See, 'cause that--
  • 00:21:12.130 --> 00:21:13.130
  • look, the way you know
  • 00:21:13.160 --> 00:21:16.160
  • that this Christian thing
  • 00:21:16.160 --> 00:21:17.120
  • is working is God
  • 00:21:17.120 --> 00:21:19.180
  • demonstrates his power.
  • 00:21:19.180 --> 00:21:21.090
  • See, when Jesus was on earth,
  • 00:21:21.090 --> 00:21:23.240
  • how did they know he was
  • 00:21:23.240 --> 00:21:24.170
  • the Messiah?
  • 00:21:24.170 --> 00:21:25.180
  • 'Cause of his powerful
  • 00:21:25.180 --> 00:21:26.160
  • demonstrations, okay?
  • 00:21:26.160 --> 00:21:28.230
  • So, if you really want to know
  • 00:21:28.230 --> 00:21:30.120
  • how real he is,
  • 00:21:30.120 --> 00:21:32.020
  • plug into his power.
  • 00:21:32.020 --> 00:21:33.230
  • But you can't plug
  • 00:21:33.230 --> 00:21:34.120
  • into his power
  • 00:21:34.120 --> 00:21:35.050
  • unless you're under his foot.
  • 00:21:35.050 --> 00:21:37.150
  • You got to be under
  • 00:21:37.150 --> 00:21:38.060
  • his authority.
  • 00:21:38.060 --> 00:21:39.040
  • In other words, he must have
  • 00:21:39.040 --> 00:21:40.120
  • the right to veto you.
  • 00:21:40.120 --> 00:21:42.190
  • He must have the right
  • 00:21:42.190 --> 00:21:43.200
  • to overrule you.
  • 00:21:43.200 --> 00:21:45.040
  • He must have the right
  • 00:21:45.040 --> 00:21:46.040
  • to dictate to you.
  • 00:21:46.040 --> 00:21:47.190
  • He must have the right
  • 00:21:47.190 --> 00:21:48.280
  • to consume you, because he died
  • 00:21:48.290 --> 00:21:51.290
  • and rose to be Lord,
  • 00:21:52.130 --> 00:21:55.130
  • not just to be Savior.
  • 00:21:55.130 --> 00:21:57.060
  • He died and rose to take you
  • 00:21:57.060 --> 00:21:59.210
  • to heaven, but also rule you
  • 00:21:59.210 --> 00:22:01.140
  • on earth.
  • 00:22:01.140 --> 00:22:02.150
  • And if you want to see his rule
  • 00:22:02.150 --> 00:22:04.010
  • on earth, then he must be
  • 00:22:04.010 --> 00:22:06.140
  • Lord over all of life.
  • 00:22:07.040 --> 00:22:10.040
  • The problem today is we have
  • 00:22:10.040 --> 00:22:11.250
  • AM/FM Christians.
  • 00:22:11.250 --> 00:22:14.140
  • They switch frequencies.
  • 00:22:14.140 --> 00:22:17.080
  • You see, they heavenly
  • 00:22:17.080 --> 00:22:18.250
  • on Sunday, then they go
  • 00:22:18.250 --> 00:22:20.170
  • secular on Monday.
  • 00:22:20.170 --> 00:22:22.270
  • You see, they keep switching
  • 00:22:22.270 --> 00:22:24.180
  • frequencies back and forth
  • 00:22:24.180 --> 00:22:26.230
  • and wonder why they don't get
  • 00:22:26.230 --> 00:22:28.100
  • to hear the whole tune
  • 00:22:28.100 --> 00:22:30.180
  • because they keep
  • 00:22:30.180 --> 00:22:31.090
  • switching frequencies.
  • 00:22:31.090 --> 00:22:32.190
  • And God says, "I ain't going
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:33.220
  • to let you two-time me now.
  • 00:22:33.220 --> 00:22:35.150
  • You have to decide
  • 00:22:35.150 --> 00:22:37.060
  • if I am Lord or if I am not.
  • 00:22:37.130 --> 00:22:40.130
  • Now, if I am Lord,
  • 00:22:40.130 --> 00:22:42.020
  • that means final say so,
  • 00:22:42.020 --> 00:22:44.050
  • veto power.
  • 00:22:44.050 --> 00:22:45.190
  • And then when it comes time
  • 00:22:45.190 --> 00:22:47.080
  • for me to do something,
  • 00:22:47.080 --> 00:22:48.080
  • I don't have to go far
  • 00:22:48.080 --> 00:22:49.040
  • since you sitting next to me,
  • 00:22:49.040 --> 00:22:50.040
  • I can just turn.
  • 00:22:50.130 --> 00:22:53.130
  • 'Cause you're already
  • 00:22:53.130 --> 00:22:54.040
  • sitting next to me
  • 00:22:54.040 --> 00:22:55.080
  • in the spiritual realm."
  • 00:22:55.080 --> 00:22:56.230
  • But if you're not operating
  • 00:22:56.230 --> 00:22:57.240
  • from that realm,
  • 00:22:57.240 --> 00:22:58.220
  • you don't even hear him talking.
  • 00:22:58.220 --> 00:23:01.110
  • You don't see the riches.
  • 00:23:01.110 --> 00:23:03.000
  • You don't experience the power.
  • 00:23:03.000 --> 00:23:05.030
  • And Jesus just becomes
  • 00:23:05.030 --> 00:23:06.290
  • a religious experience
  • 00:23:06.290 --> 00:23:08.220
  • that encourages you,
  • 00:23:08.220 --> 00:23:09.250
  • that inspires you,
  • 00:23:09.250 --> 00:23:11.070
  • but you never see the authority,
  • 00:23:11.070 --> 00:23:13.220
  • the overruling.
  • 00:23:14.090 --> 00:23:17.090
  • But I will tell you this,
  • 00:23:17.090 --> 00:23:18.240
  • there's nothing like seeing it.
  • 00:23:18.280 --> 00:23:21.280
  • 'Cause when he shows up
  • 00:23:21.280 --> 00:23:23.210
  • and you get to see it
  • 00:23:23.210 --> 00:23:25.140
  • and you get to say, "Whoa,
  • 00:23:25.140 --> 00:23:27.250
  • I just saw God do--
  • 00:23:27.250 --> 00:23:29.120
  • I just saw God do
  • 00:23:29.120 --> 00:23:30.140
  • a switch on me.
  • 00:23:30.140 --> 00:23:32.010
  • I just saw God take
  • 00:23:32.010 --> 00:23:34.060
  • something dead and raise it
  • 00:23:34.060 --> 00:23:35.250
  • from the grave.
  • 00:23:35.250 --> 00:23:37.000
  • I just saw that.
  • 00:23:37.000 --> 00:23:39.270
  • I was dying in this situation,
  • 00:23:39.270 --> 00:23:41.240
  • dying with this problem,
  • 00:23:41.240 --> 00:23:43.030
  • dying with the resources,
  • 00:23:43.030 --> 00:23:44.170
  • dying, and I just saw God flip
  • 00:23:44.170 --> 00:23:47.020
  • the natural order of things."
  • 00:23:47.100 --> 00:23:50.100
  • See, then you won't have to lean
  • 00:23:50.100 --> 00:23:52.010
  • on somebody else's testimony
  • 00:23:52.010 --> 00:23:54.280
  • 'cause you'll be able to say,
  • 00:23:54.280 --> 00:23:55.230
  • "I've seen it with
  • 00:23:55.230 --> 00:23:56.170
  • my own eyes."
  • 00:23:56.170 --> 00:23:58.250
  • So, right now in closing,
  • 00:23:58.250 --> 00:23:59.250
  • I want to switch a word,
  • 00:23:59.250 --> 00:24:01.010
  • I want to switch a word.
  • 00:24:01.010 --> 00:24:02.030
  • I want to change out
  • 00:24:02.030 --> 00:24:02.270
  • a word, okay?
  • 00:24:02.270 --> 00:24:04.170
  • Now, the word I want
  • 00:24:04.170 --> 00:24:05.110
  • to change out is a great word,
  • 00:24:05.110 --> 00:24:06.270
  • it's a good word,
  • 00:24:06.270 --> 00:24:08.160
  • but it's a problem word,
  • 00:24:08.160 --> 00:24:10.090
  • but it's a natural word.
  • 00:24:10.090 --> 00:24:12.180
  • The word I want to switch out
  • 00:24:12.180 --> 00:24:14.000
  • is the word commitment.
  • 00:24:14.020 --> 00:24:17.020
  • See, we call on people to make
  • 00:24:17.020 --> 00:24:18.160
  • a commitment.
  • 00:24:18.160 --> 00:24:19.240
  • There's a problem
  • 00:24:19.240 --> 00:24:20.170
  • with a good word.
  • 00:24:20.170 --> 00:24:22.030
  • The problem with the word
  • 00:24:22.030 --> 00:24:23.010
  • commitment is you
  • 00:24:23.010 --> 00:24:24.150
  • still in control.
  • 00:24:24.150 --> 00:24:26.290
  • See, when you make a commitment,
  • 00:24:26.290 --> 00:24:28.220
  • you're in control.
  • 00:24:28.220 --> 00:24:29.200
  • Like we committed
  • 00:24:29.200 --> 00:24:31.230
  • to lose the weight we gained
  • 00:24:31.230 --> 00:24:32.280
  • over Christmas.
  • 00:24:32.280 --> 00:24:35.060
  • We committed, we committed.
  • 00:24:35.060 --> 00:24:36.110
  • I'm going on a diet,
  • 00:24:36.110 --> 00:24:37.160
  • and I'm going to lose
  • 00:24:37.160 --> 00:24:38.070
  • that weight.
  • 00:24:38.070 --> 00:24:39.040
  • We committed to start
  • 00:24:39.040 --> 00:24:39.240
  • working out.
  • 00:24:39.240 --> 00:24:41.080
  • And our commitment began to wain
  • 00:24:41.080 --> 00:24:43.090
  • not because we were sincere,
  • 00:24:43.090 --> 00:24:45.140
  • but we were in control.
  • 00:24:45.140 --> 00:24:47.240
  • And when the control got weak,
  • 00:24:47.240 --> 00:24:50.060
  • the commitment got weak.
  • 00:24:50.060 --> 00:24:51.290
  • So, I want to switch
  • 00:24:51.290 --> 00:24:52.260
  • the word out.
  • 00:24:52.260 --> 00:24:54.030
  • I want to switch the word out
  • 00:24:54.030 --> 00:24:55.230
  • from commitment
  • 00:24:55.230 --> 00:24:57.090
  • to surrender.
  • 00:24:57.090 --> 00:24:59.170
  • See, see, if a man holds
  • 00:25:00.020 --> 00:25:03.020
  • a gun up and says,
  • 00:25:04.100 --> 00:25:07.100
  • "Put your hands up,"
  • 00:25:07.100 --> 00:25:09.130
  • he just trumped commitment.
  • 00:25:09.130 --> 00:25:12.120
  • I don't need commitment,
  • 00:25:12.120 --> 00:25:13.190
  • I'm surrendering.
  • 00:25:13.190 --> 00:25:15.250
  • I'm throwing my hands up.
  • 00:25:15.250 --> 00:25:17.140
  • I ain't thinking about it,
  • 00:25:17.140 --> 00:25:18.170
  • I ain't going into,
  • 00:25:18.170 --> 00:25:19.220
  • "Do I really want to commit?
  • 00:25:19.220 --> 00:25:22.000
  • Do I really want to do this?"
  • 00:25:22.000 --> 00:25:23.250
  • You know why?
  • 00:25:23.250 --> 00:25:25.170
  • 'Cause somebody else is
  • 00:25:25.170 --> 00:25:26.150
  • in control.
  • 00:25:26.150 --> 00:25:28.120
  • Somebody else got the gun,
  • 00:25:28.120 --> 00:25:29.100
  • he says, "Sit down."
  • 00:25:29.100 --> 00:25:31.000
  • You don't have to tell me twice.
  • 00:25:31.000 --> 00:25:33.110
  • I'm going to sit down.
  • 00:25:33.110 --> 00:25:34.190
  • Why?
  • 00:25:34.190 --> 00:25:35.160
  • 'Cause I'm not in control.
  • 00:25:35.160 --> 00:25:37.060
  • You know what you do
  • 00:25:37.060 --> 00:25:38.050
  • when you surrender?
  • 00:25:38.050 --> 00:25:38.290
  • What you told.
  • 00:25:38.290 --> 00:25:41.050
  • You see,
  • 00:25:41.050 --> 00:25:42.030
  • 'cause when you surrender,
  • 00:25:42.030 --> 00:25:43.130
  • somebody else is in control.
  • 00:25:43.130 --> 00:25:45.250
  • Somebody else is calling
  • 00:25:45.250 --> 00:25:47.040
  • the shots.
  • 00:25:47.040 --> 00:25:48.180
  • So, commitment is a great word,
  • 00:25:48.180 --> 00:25:50.280
  • but we get shaky
  • 00:25:50.280 --> 00:25:51.290
  • with commitment.
  • 00:25:51.290 --> 00:25:53.060
  • So, let's go to surrender
  • 00:25:53.060 --> 00:25:55.050
  • so that it's not up to us,
  • 00:25:55.050 --> 00:25:57.060
  • it's whatever you say, boss.
  • 00:25:57.060 --> 00:25:59.250
  • You the boss man,
  • 00:25:59.250 --> 00:26:00.290
  • whatever you say.
  • 00:26:00.290 --> 00:26:02.070
  • Yes sir, I surrender.
  • 00:26:02.070 --> 00:26:04.240
  • I hold up my hands 'cause
  • 00:26:04.240 --> 00:26:06.200
  • you're the authority.
  • 00:26:06.200 --> 00:26:08.050
  • 'Cause now it doesn't depend
  • 00:26:08.050 --> 00:26:09.150
  • on my commitment,
  • 00:26:09.150 --> 00:26:10.220
  • it depends on my obedience
  • 00:26:10.220 --> 00:26:12.090
  • to the authority
  • 00:26:12.090 --> 00:26:13.120
  • who's telling me what to do.
  • 00:26:13.120 --> 00:26:15.020
  • So, I surrender.
  • 00:26:15.020 --> 00:26:16.130
  • And once you surrender,
  • 00:26:16.130 --> 00:26:17.290
  • heaven wakes up and say,
  • 00:26:17.290 --> 00:26:19.180
  • "We got one, we got one
  • 00:26:21.060 --> 00:26:24.060
  • who's ready to see my power
  • 00:26:24.060 --> 00:26:26.050
  • - Tony: As Christians,
  • 00:26:33.180 --> 00:26:36.180
  • we've been seated
  • 00:26:36.180 --> 00:26:37.110
  • with Jesus Christ
  • 00:26:37.110 --> 00:26:38.040
  • in heavenly places.
  • 00:26:38.040 --> 00:26:40.190
  • Jesus died on Friday,
  • 00:26:40.190 --> 00:26:42.080
  • he arose on Sunday
  • 00:26:42.080 --> 00:26:44.230
  • with all authority.
  • 00:26:44.230 --> 00:26:47.050
  • That authority for history
  • 00:26:47.050 --> 00:26:49.150
  • has been designated to Christ
  • 00:26:49.150 --> 00:26:51.000
  • by his Father,
  • 00:26:51.000 --> 00:26:52.120
  • but we are seated with him.
  • 00:26:52.120 --> 00:26:54.200
  • So, we get to share
  • 00:26:54.200 --> 00:26:56.040
  • in the authority
  • 00:26:56.040 --> 00:26:58.050
  • that's been given to Christ
  • 00:26:58.050 --> 00:26:59.240
  • that he delegates to us
  • 00:26:59.240 --> 00:27:01.260
  • when we're operating
  • 00:27:01.260 --> 00:27:02.200
  • in the will of God.
  • 00:27:02.200 --> 00:27:05.070
  • Boy, there that ought
  • 00:27:05.070 --> 00:27:06.200
  • to raise up excitement
  • 00:27:06.200 --> 00:27:08.170
  • in your soul that Jesus
  • 00:27:08.170 --> 00:27:10.110
  • wants to share his authority
  • 00:27:10.110 --> 00:27:11.140
  • with you.
  • 00:27:11.140 --> 00:27:13.050
  • Getting to know Jesus
  • 00:27:13.050 --> 00:27:14.220
  • and piggybacking
  • 00:27:14.220 --> 00:27:15.180
  • off of his authority
  • 00:27:15.180 --> 00:27:17.030
  • for your benefit in history,
  • 00:27:17.030 --> 00:27:19.050
  • in time and space,
  • 00:27:19.050 --> 00:27:20.110
  • and not have to wait
  • 00:27:20.110 --> 00:27:21.040
  • till heaven to see it,
  • 00:27:21.040 --> 00:27:22.140
  • ah, that's an exciting,
  • 00:27:22.140 --> 00:27:24.120
  • exciting thought.
  • 00:27:24.120 --> 00:27:26.110
  • Let's make it more than
  • 00:27:26.110 --> 00:27:27.060
  • a thought, let's make it
  • 00:27:27.060 --> 00:27:28.020
  • a reality.
  • 00:27:28.020 --> 00:27:29.280
  • Jesus's authority he shares
  • 00:27:29.280 --> 00:27:32.030
  • with his disciples.
  • 00:27:32.030 --> 00:27:33.180
  • with his disciples.
  • 00:27:33.180 --> 00:27:36.030
  • [music]
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