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October 6, 2019
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Getting to Know God: How God's Nature Will Set You Free Part 1

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  • Gregory Dickow: All of that is to demonstrate how good God is,
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  • and to demonstrate God's nature.
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  • That he came for you.
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  • He paid for you.
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  • He wants you.
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  • He loves you.
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  • He is for you, not against you.
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  • His will for you is good.
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  • His plan for you is good.
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  • Everything in between is good, and he is so good that whenever
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  • something goes bad, somehow he's gonna turn it around for good
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  • because that's the nature of God.
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  • Gregory: In our effort to know God, in our effort to find
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  • the answers to life, in our effort to nowhere to turn
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  • and how to pray at all times, there's one thing and only one
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  • thing to do.
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  • Did you hear what I said?
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  • So everybody wants to know God, everybody wants to find answers
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  • to life.
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  • Everybody wants to know where to turn in tough times.
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  • Everybody wants to know how to pray at all times.
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  • And in our efforts to know him, to pray at all times, to be able
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  • to find the answers to life, to be able to--nowhere to turn,
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  • there's one thing and only one thing to do, and that is
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  • to discover the nature of God.
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  • To understand the nature of God.
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  • And in saying that, I don't want to sound theological, but if we
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  • are--if we ever get mixed up in understanding God's
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  • nature, our life will be mixed up because your life is going
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  • to take on the very nature of your belief about what
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  • God is like.
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  • Everything in your life is gonna be shaped by your view of what
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  • God is like.
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  • And that's why we have to get our version of God
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  • through the Bible.
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  • We can't get--look everybody's got an opinion of what
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  • God is like.
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  • How many have ever heard, you know, "Hey, I know you have
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  • with your relationship with God, but me and the man upstairs, you
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  • know, we got our own situation worked out.
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  • You know, me and the man upstairs."
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  • If that's as far as he is, upstairs, you're in trouble.
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  • Me and the man upstairs.
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  • People have this view.
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  • They have--they shape their opinion of God based on what
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  • other people have said, by taking, or by taking bits
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  • and pieces of the Bible and mishmashing them together,
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  • or by looking at God through the Old Testament lens
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  • and you cannot--you cannot interpret what God is
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  • like through the Old Testament lens.
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  • You can only interpret what God is like through Jesus.
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  • Only through Jesus.
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  • He said that they may know you and the one whom you sent, Jesus
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  • Christ, whom you have sent.
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  • In other words, the only way to know God is through Jesus
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  • Christ, whom God sent.
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  • God did not send Jesus just to save the world.
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  • Although that's part of it.
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  • God sent Jesus to reveal to the world what he is really
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  • like, so that you would never have to doubt again.
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  • You would never have to fear again.
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  • You would never have to be anxious again.
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  • I'm gonna tell you right now, every bit of doubt, every bit
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  • of fear, every bit of anxiety, every bit of pain in our lives
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  • remains as it is simply for one reason and that is because we
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  • have a wrong view of God.
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  • We're not sure about his nature.
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  • We think sometimes God says yes, and sometimes God says no.
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  • Or sometimes God says not now.
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  • Or sometimes God says I'm gonna--I'm just withholding
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  • from you 'cause I'm teaching you a lesson.
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  • But nowhere in the Bible does any of that--nowhere
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  • in the Bible is that accurate at all.
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  • The Bible doesn't say, sometimes God says yes, and sometimes God
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  • says no.
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  • Well I mean, you could draw that inference that yeah, there are
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  • times when God says no, but it's not because he says no.
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  • It's because you're not praying according to his promise.
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  • If you don't connect with God based on his promises, God
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  • doesn't back up anything you ask for, unless it's something he
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  • already offered.
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  • But if he already offered it, which he did, 7.000 promises
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  • in the Bible that he offered through Jesus Christ.
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  • Every one of those promises are yes.
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  • 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, "Every one of his promises are yes."
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  • All the promises of God are yes.
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  • And so, in Christ Jesus-- so nowhere did Jesus ever say no
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  • to anybody.
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  • You know what that makes you?
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  • It doesn't make you selfish to accept what's been paid for.
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  • You know what it does?
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  • It makes you thankful.
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  • Oh, dear God, if I could get this across to you.
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  • I know I'm not gonna get all this--Listen to me now.
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  • When you get ahold of this man, I'm telling you, listen, you
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  • think it's an accident you came to church here.
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  • You needed to hear this as much as I do.
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  • You need to hear this because you're not gonna hear this
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  • in a lot of churches because most people have a distorted
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  • view of God and they mix Old Testament.
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  • I remember one of my favorite preachers.
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  • When I was first a believer and I love him and respect him
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  • and honor him to this day, but I remember hearing him
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  • and somebody else say well, yes, you're born again, but if you
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  • want the blessings of God you have to be obedient.
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  • Deuteronomy 28 says when you're fully obedient, then you can
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  • have the blessing.
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  • And it didn't set right with me.
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  • And I didn't--I couldn't understand it because I tried
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  • to obey all the time and it didn't set right with me
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  • until the Lord showed me because I was so--I was so fed
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  • up with religion.
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  • The Lord showed me, he said, "Son, your obedience is not--
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  • it's not what brings my blessing anymore.
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  • That's under the old covenant, but in Christ, Jesus became
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  • obedient on your behalf.
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  • And so my blessing flows to him, through his obedience, my
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  • blessing flows to him because of his obedience, and all those
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  • that are in him hidden in Christ, born-again children
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  • of God, now my blessing is yours, because you're hidden
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  • in Jesus Christ."
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  • He's so good.
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  • He's so good.
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  • He's loved so much.
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  • Let me tell ya somethin' about God.
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  • That, you know, people have this distorted view and they mix Old
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  • Testament and New Testament, and it's wrong.
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  • We need the Old Testament to see that God knew mankind was
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  • sinful, but he always provided a way for their sins to be
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  • covered or atoned for, because of his nature of mercy and love.
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  • That's why whenever somebody met Jesus, somehow they knew his
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  • nature was merciful, and that's why everybody that ever asked
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  • something from Jesus started out--most people started
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  • out saying, "Have mercy on me, son of David.
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  • Have mercy on me, Jesus of Nazareth.
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  • Have mercy on my daughter.
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  • Have mercy on my son."
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  • Mercy.
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  • They, in other words, they intuitively knew that God
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  • operates through mercy, not through our performance.
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  • Not through our judgment.
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  • That's why the man could get healed in John chapter 5,
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  • and then Jesus caught up with him in the temple
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  • and said, "Don't don't keep sinning 'cause I don't want
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  • anything worse to happen to you.
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  • Not because I'm judging you.
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  • Not because I'm going to punish you for your sin, but because
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  • when you continue to sin, being made aware of my power to free
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  • you, and you continue to do it, you're planting the seeds
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  • of destruction in your life.
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  • You're sowing bad seeds.
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  • You're gonna get a bad harvest."
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  • Or the woman that was caught in adultery and Jesus, the first
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  • thing he said to her was, "I don't condemn you."
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  • He said, "Who condemns you?"
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  • After they all drop their rocks, beginning with the oldest
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  • to the youngest it says because Jesus said, "Whoever is
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  • among you without sin, let him cast the first stone."
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  • They had rocks ready to throw, and he said, "Whoever is
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  • without sin, you cast the first stone."
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  • And they all dropped their rocks, the Bible says, beginning
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  • with the older ones 'cause the older ones knew,
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  • "Yeah, you know what?
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  • I can't--I don't, you know what?
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  • I don't qualify to be a stone thrower."
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  • And they dropped their rocks.
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  • And I don't qualify to be a stone thrower and you don't
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  • qualify to be a stone thrower.
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  • You know who--you know the only person in the universe that
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  • qualifies to be a stone thrower?
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  • Jesus.
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  • And guess what he does?
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  • He makes us drop our rocks 'cause he drops his.
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  • He's not judging you.
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  • He took the judgment on the cross.
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  • There has to be a price paid because God is just.
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  • But the price is the blood of Jesus.
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  • And you cannot let preachers with good names, you can't let
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  • preachers that are gifted to speak, distort and mix
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  • this message up.
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  • No matter how popular they are.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • No matter--how many likes they get.
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  • No matter how many followers they have.
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  • No matter how big their churches are.
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  • No matter how famous they are.
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  • No matter how sweet and kind and loving and how good they are
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  • at tellin' a story.
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  • None of that matters because what matters is good to be
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  • better at preaching than bad at preaching, but it's not, it's
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  • not how good we are, it's how good the message is.
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  • It's the message that's good.
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  • It's the giver of the message this good.
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  • And if we can't show that, then we have failed.
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  • No matter how good our storytelling is, no matter how
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  • fancy our preaching is, no matter how many theology degrees
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  • we have.
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  • If you have all the degrees that you can make a thermostat break,
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  • let me tell ya somethin.'
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  • Or a thermometer or whatever.
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  • Let me tell ya somethin'.
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  • What matters is is that we get this right, that we get this one
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  • thing right.
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  • What is God like?
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  • And what is he like all the time, because God is not
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  • like us in the sense that he's hot and cold, or up and down,
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  • roller coaster emotions.
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  • He's mad at you one day.
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  • He's happy with you another.
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  • There is no anger, there is no anger, or wrath of God
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  • in the New Covenant, except in this one moment:
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  • When Jesus died on the cross and said, "Father."
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  • He said, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"
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  • That was God's wrath poured out on Jesus.
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  • So that God's righteousness, and God's mercy, and God's
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  • grace, can be poured out on you.
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  • Why is this so important?
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  • Why is this so important?
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  • Because the most important thing about you is what you believe
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  • about God.
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  • Why?
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  • Let me tell you why.
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  • Because a distorted view of God will defeat you.
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  • It will damage you.
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  • And it will confuse you.
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  • A distorted view of God will hurt your ability to have
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  • successful relationships.
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  • A distorted view of God will damage your ability to feel good
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  • about yourself and to feel good about life.
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  • A distorted view of God will affect your ability to expect
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  • good things to come to pass.
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  • A distorted view of God, if you have a view of a stingy God.
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  • For example, you will have a scarcity mentality.
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  • It will give you a scarcity mentality.
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  • God is stingy, so I better hold on to what I have and now you're
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  • not generous.
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  • If you have a view of an angry God, it will make you angry.
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  • Because you think, well this is what God is like so it gives me
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  • the right to be angry when people do something against me,
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  • 'cause God got angry at people when they sin.
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  • But God never got angry at people when they sinned.
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  • God was just.
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  • And God brought justice for people's sin in the form
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  • of an animal sacrifice, a command to obey in
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  • the Old Covenant.
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  • And in the New Covenant, the blood of Jesus is where God
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  • brought justice.
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  • Somebody had to pay the price.
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  • Jesus paid the price for us.
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  • A sinless Savior who takes all of our sins, for sinful people,
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  • who don't deserve anything but hell.
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  • And God gives us everything that Jesus deserved.
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  • Understanding the nature of God will shape everything
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  • in your life.
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  • But watch this.
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  • In Philippians 3:10, Paul says this.
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  • Here's his goal.
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  • "That I may know him."
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  • See, this is eternal life, to know God.
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  • This is what Paul's after, to know God.
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  • This is what Jesus wanted us to know.
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  • To know God.
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  • To know what he's really like because what when you know
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  • what he's really like, it will shape how you pray.
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  • It will shape how your attitude--it will shape
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  • your expectation.
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  • I'll get into all that in a moment, but look at what he
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  • says, "That I may know him and the power of his
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  • resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings."
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  • Now this part of the verse really threw me off for years,
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  • because I got into the part of, okay that I may know him.
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  • I want to know him and that I may know the power of his
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  • resurrection.
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  • I want to know what power is available to me now that Jesus
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  • rose from the dead.
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  • That's the power of his resurrection.
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  • And then I saw this-- the fellowship of his sufferings
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  • and I always thought that meant, well now I have to suffer
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  • like he suffers.
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  • I have to suffer like he suffered and then because it's
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  • the fellowship of his sufferings, to share in
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  • his sufferings.
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  • One translation says to share in his sufferings, but it's
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  • actually the sharing of his sufferings and what that
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  • literally means is if you study this word.
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  • The word fellowship comes from a Greek word, koinonia.
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  • Koinonia and it is it is where we get the word coin from.
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  • And you know what a coin is used for?
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  • At least when I was a kid, a coin was used to exchange
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  • for something of value that that coin could buy.
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  • It was a means of exchange.
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  • Currency is used to make an exchange.
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  • And so if you read this verse and this is what's going to set
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  • you free, man.
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  • When we read this verse in light of what the word actually means
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  • so he says the fellowship of his sufferings or the exchange that
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  • God makes because of his sufferings.
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  • He makes an exchange with us.
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  • His suffering is offered in exchange for his glory.
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  • So he he says, "Look I'm going to exchange my righteousness
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  • for your sin.
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  • So I'm gonna take your sin and I'm gonna give you
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  • my righteousness.
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  • That's the great exchange.
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  • I'm gonna take the curse and I'm going to give you my blessing.
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  • That's the great exchange."
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  • That's the exchange of his sufferings.
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  • That's the fellowship of his sufferings.
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  • It's coming into the exchange.
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  • It's stepping in and saying, okay, now I'm gonna to know God
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  • and to know the power of his resurrection.
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  • I get that.
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  • But to know the fellowship of his sufferings.
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  • To know what he has made--what exchange he has made.
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  • He's exchanged his righteous-- our sin for his righteousness,
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  • our sickness for his healing, our curse for his blessing,
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  • our poverty for his prosperity.
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  • Oh man, our foolishness for his wisdom.
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  • Whoa, we could just go on and on and on.
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  • Our unholiness for his holiness.
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  • Oh man, and this is the exchange and this is what it means
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  • to know God, to know God means to know the exchange that he
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  • made with you on the cross.
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  • He exchanged your guilt for his clear conscience.
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  • He exchanged your guilt for his innocence.
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  • He exchanged your condemnation for his righteousness.
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  • That's the fellowship of his sufferings.
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  • His number one goal, the devil's number one goal is to distort
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  • your view of what God is like.
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  • And that's what caused Eve to sin.
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  • In Genesis 3:5, he said--Satan through the serpent said, "You
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  • know God doesn't want you to eat from that tree of knowledge
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  • and you know why, right?
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  • Because he's holding something back from you.
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  • He's withholding something from you."
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  • And as soon as she believed that distorted lie about God, that's
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  • when she was tempted.
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  • That's when she sinned.
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  • That's when she was shamed.
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  • That's what brought unhappiness into the world.
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  • That's what brought depression into the world.
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  • That's what brought sorrow into the world.
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  • That's what brought inferiority into the world.
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  • That's what brought bondage into the world.
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  • Every bit of it came from a distorted view of God
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  • and every one of our lives--we will live in inferiority, we
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  • will live in depression, sadness, unhappiness, anxiety,
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  • worry, fear, sickness, disease, poverty, and lack until we allow
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  • God's true nature to permeate our minds and to convince us
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  • of what he's really like because let me tell you what happens
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  • when you know what he's really like and you know he's like
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  • this all the time.
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  • What happens is God's nature of goodness and love,
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  • God is love.
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  • God is good.
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  • God is also just, but remember the cross is in the center
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  • of the universe, in the center of time, and the cross is God's
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  • method of justice being served.
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  • So now he will not strike you because you cussed.
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  • He will not curse you because you stole, or you lied or you
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  • did something sinful.
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  • I'm not encouraging you to do something sinful because it does
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  • break down your sense of health and well being, in the sense
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  • that you start dealing with condemnation and guilt
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  • and even still, God is so good that even when we blow it, it's
  • 00:18:42.290 --> 00:18:46.180
  • already paid for, paid forward right?
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  • But even when we blow it, and we're condemned about it,
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  • the Bible says God is greater than our heart, and we don't
  • 00:18:52.040 --> 00:18:55.020
  • need to listen to the condemnation, we need
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  • to listen to the God who's greater than our heart
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  • condemning us.
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  • Our heart condemns us and so it's hard to believe,
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  • it's hard to trust when our hearts condemned.
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  • But God says, "But I'm greater than your heart, so don't submit
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  • to the condemnation.
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  • Submit to my mercy."
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  • Because listen, your view of God's nature, it will do
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  • several things.
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  • Here you go.
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  • And we'll close with this.
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  • Your view of God's nature will shape your perspective.
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  • How you look at things.
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  • It will shape your expectations.
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  • How you expect things to turn out.
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  • It will shape your responses to life's trials,
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  • how you respond to things.
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  • It will shape your emotions, how you feel about things.
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  • And it will shape your choices, the actions that you take
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  • about things.
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  • If you could get ahold of how powerful that really is.
  • 00:19:58.070 --> 00:20:01.100
  • If there was one thing that for every one of us there is one
  • 00:20:01.110 --> 00:20:06.170
  • thing that shapes our perspective, our point of view.
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  • One thing that shapes our expectations.
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  • One thing that shapes our responses to life circumstances.
  • 00:20:11.000 --> 00:20:13.140
  • One thing that shapes our emotions, how we feel
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  • about things,
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  • and one thing that shapes our choices,
  • 00:20:17.060 --> 00:20:18.190
  • it is what we believe about God's nature.
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  • And so if you think God is still dealing with you based on your
  • 00:20:22.250 --> 00:20:26.210
  • sins, then it will shape-- you'll expect judgment, you'll
  • 00:20:26.220 --> 00:20:31.030
  • expect something bad to happen.
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  • You'll expect that God's not gonna let you have good all
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  • the time, but God gives us a glimpse of his nature
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  • in the Old Testament, but he fulfills it in the New Testament
  • 00:20:39.200 --> 00:20:42.260
  • through Jesus, but he says in Psalm 23 in the Old
  • 00:20:42.270 --> 00:20:45.230
  • Testament, "Goodness and mercy will follow you all the days
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  • of your life."
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  • That's God's nature to do you good all the days of your life,
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  • but you're--but if you believe that well, sometimes God's mad
  • 00:20:52.130 --> 00:20:55.090
  • at me, so he's gonna hold out on me, then you'll cling
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  • to that philosophy and that theology, because there will
  • 00:20:58.270 --> 00:21:02.120
  • always be something wrong in your life.
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  • There will always be some sin that you've done in your mind,
  • 00:21:04.220 --> 00:21:07.190
  • and your actions, and your words.
  • 00:21:07.200 --> 00:21:08.290
  • There will always be something that disqualifies you
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  • from the blessing of God, but that's--If you look at life
  • 00:21:12.100 --> 00:21:15.120
  • through an Old Testament lens.
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  • But nothing you do will disqualify you from the blessing
  • 00:21:17.080 --> 00:21:21.030
  • of God, when you look at life through the lens of Jesus Christ
  • 00:21:21.040 --> 00:21:24.210
  • and his finished work on the cross, and that will not
  • 00:21:24.220 --> 00:21:27.160
  • only bring your freedom in your mind, in your heart, and your
  • 00:21:27.170 --> 00:21:31.020
  • soul, but it will launch you into a life of obedience, that
  • 00:21:31.030 --> 00:21:35.080
  • is out of an overflow of gratitude for what
  • 00:21:35.090 --> 00:21:38.150
  • for the fact that Jesus holds nothing against you, will never
  • 00:21:38.160 --> 00:21:41.210
  • hold anything against you.
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  • He will not change his opinion of you.
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  • He will not change his will about you.
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  • He will not change his purpose for your life.
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  • He will not change the good and the mercy that he wants
  • 00:21:48.020 --> 00:21:51.080
  • to chase you down with all the days of your life.
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  • You get ahold of this and your life will never be--you'll
  • 00:21:53.290 --> 00:21:56.220
  • never live in depression.
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  • The rest of your life, you'll never live--I'm not saying
  • 00:21:58.200 --> 00:22:00.180
  • you'll never have moments.
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  • But what I'm saying is your view of God's nature will always grab
  • 00:22:01.290 --> 00:22:05.110
  • you in those tough moments and bring you back to faith.
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  • And let me tell ya something.
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  • Faith is easy when you know God's nature.
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  • You know what his nature is?
  • 00:22:13.210 --> 00:22:15.010
  • He's good.
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  • You know what his nature is?
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  • He's a promise maker and a promise keeper.
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  • And you know what that means?
  • 00:22:19.030 --> 00:22:20.130
  • That means I don't have to do anything to get God to keep
  • 00:22:20.140 --> 00:22:23.130
  • his promise.
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  • He's gonna keep his promise because he said he would.
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  • Gregory: Well as you've seen today's teaching has been all
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  • about how God's nature will set you free and I pray you'll get
  • 00:22:35.070 --> 00:22:38.270
  • ahold of God's goodness and his perfect nature.
  • 00:22:38.280 --> 00:22:41.290
  • You know, James 1:17 says, "Every good and perfect gift
  • 00:22:42.000 --> 00:22:45.160
  • comes from above, from the Father."
  • 00:22:45.170 --> 00:22:47.290
  • You see, so many people have a distorted view of God that
  • 00:22:48.000 --> 00:22:51.140
  • leaves them defeated.
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  • It leaves them damage in their soul.
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  • The devil's number one goal in your life is to destroy your
  • 00:22:54.160 --> 00:22:57.200
  • view of God, to rob you of seeing him the way he's
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:23:01.240
  • really like, what he's really like.
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  • And to rob us of that view of God will rob us of the love,
  • 00:23:04.110 --> 00:23:09.010
  • the joy, the grace, the blessing, the peace that God
  • 00:23:09.020 --> 00:23:12.040
  • intends for each of us to have.
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  • And God intends for you to have it today, beginning today.
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  • I want you to start lookin' at your life through the lens
  • 00:23:17.080 --> 00:23:19.250
  • of Jesus' finished work on the cross and watch him heal
  • 00:23:19.260 --> 00:23:23.150
  • your soul and transform every part of your life.
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  • And listen, I've got something special for everyone watching.
  • 00:23:26.140 --> 00:23:29.210
  • But before I get to that, if you're joining me today and you
  • 00:23:29.220 --> 00:23:33.060
  • haven't yet believed in the awesome promise
  • 00:23:33.070 --> 00:23:36.040
  • of salvation, if you haven't received Jesus Christ as your
  • 00:23:36.050 --> 00:23:39.210
  • Savior and Lord, let me pray with you right where you are,
  • 00:23:39.220 --> 00:23:43.090
  • and it doesn't matter what you've done, it doesn't matter
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  • what you're thinking about doing.
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  • It's all about to change.
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  • Pray with me if you'd like to receive Jesus as your
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  • Savior and Lord, or use this prayer for somebody that
  • 00:23:52.050 --> 00:23:55.270
  • you know.
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  • Pray this right now.
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  • Just say, Heavenly Father.
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  • Just say that, Heavenly Father.
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  • I receive Jesus Christ into my life as my Savior and Lord.
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  • I believe. Just say that.
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  • I believe Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead.
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  • From this moment forward, I am a child of God, amen.
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  • You see that's all there is to it.
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  • If you prayed along with me, you are now a child of God.
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  • Welcome to the family, and welcome home.
  • 00:24:24.140 --> 00:24:26.200
  • And I want you to email me on the address on your screen
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  • and I'll send you my free book called,
  • 00:24:29.090 --> 00:24:31.180
  • "The Power of a New Life."
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  • It'll take you through the next steps of a victorious walk
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  • with God.
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  • Now listen, to everyone watching, I want to send you one
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  • of my recent teachings that will set you free and awaken your
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  • understanding of God's nature, just like you heard today in its
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  • entirety, how so important it is that you understand
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  • God's nature.
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  • My announcer will tell you more and I'll be right back.
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  • Check this out.
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  • male announcer: Right now we are working to send 2.000
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  • solar-powered audio Bibles to the people of Haiti in their
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  • native language Creole, but we can't do that without your help.
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  • When you support this great cause, Gregory Dickow wants
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  • to personally thank you by sending you a life
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  • transforming message that will set you free and help you better
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  • understand God's nature.
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  • For your gift of $25 or more to help provide solar-powered
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  • audio Bibles to reach 15 people, Gregory Dickow will send you his
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  • four CD series entitled, "God Will Provide" along with today's
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  • teaching in its entirety.
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  • Ask for offer 1006A.
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  • of Gregory Dickow's book, "The Power to Change" today.
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  • Ask for offer 1006B.
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  • With an extraordinary gift of $250 or more to help provide
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  • solar-powered audio Bibles to 375 people, Gregory Dickow
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  • wants to send you your very own solar-powered audio Bible as
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  • a reminder of your support in helping him reach these
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  • precious people in Haiti, plus if you call today,
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  • Gregory Dickow will include his four CD series called,
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  • "Think Great Live Great."
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  • Gregory: Well, I want to encourage you today
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  • and and even challenge you to do something in the next few
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  • moments that will matter for eternity.
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  • Our Christianity is expressed in sharing the gospel
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  • with others, bringing the gospel to the most poverty stricken
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  • places in the world, such as a nation like Haiti.
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  • That's why I need your spirit-led urgent help today.
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  • Your gift makes it possible for me to get these powerful
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  • solar-powered audio Bibles into the hands of the poorest
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  • of the poor and I want to thank you in advance
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  • for following the promptings of your heart, a heart
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  • of compassion, and the heart of God.
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  • And listen, don't forget to connect with me on Facebook
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  • to each and every one of you that reaches out.
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  • Never miss another one and I can't wait to see you then.
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  • God bless.
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