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The Victor's Crown: Living the Victorious Life

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August 11, 2019
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Gregory Dickow: Power to Change Today

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The Victor's Crown: Living the Victorious Life

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  • Gregory Dickow: Now, how you grew up is powerful.
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  • And what people did to you is powerful.
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  • But what's more powerful is the choice you get to make about it.
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  • What's more powerful is the decision
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  • you get to make about it.
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  • What's more powerful is the mindset that you get to adopt.
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  • Instead of adopting what's been done to you,
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  • you choose a mindset of victory.
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  • Gregory: Let no one take your crown.
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  • And what he's talking about is he's talking about a crown
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  • that we already have received.
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  • God has crowned us with glory.
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  • God has crowned us with authority.
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  • God has crowned us as kings and priests in Christ.
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  • He's crowned us as his beloved children.
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  • He's crowned us as the head and not the tail,
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  • above only and not beneath.
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  • He's crowned us as blessed coming in and blessed going out.
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  • We've been crowned with royalty.
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  • We're sons and daughters of the King of kings,
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  • so we've been crowned,
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  • we've been given this crown of victory.
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  • And that's what I want to talk to you about,
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  • the victor's crown.
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  • Because he says, "let no one take it from you."
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  • In other words, let no one talk you out of who you are.
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  • Let no one talk you out of your royal position in Christ.
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  • Let no one talk you out of what belongs to you as a believer,
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  • what belongs to you as a son or daughter of God.
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  • Let no one take your crown.
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  • Religion tries to take our crown by beating us up with shame,
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  • beating us up with guilt and condemnation.
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  • And people try to take our crown because they're jealous
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  • or they're upset that you're getting something
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  • that they don't have.
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  • And nobody has to be jealous because, look, there's enough
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  • for everybody to go around, there's enough blessing
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  • and there's enough love and there's enough
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  • of God's goodness for everybody.
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  • And no one has to feel inferior.
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  • Let no one take your crown and make you feel inferior
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  • 'cause you're a woman, or make you feel
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  • inferior because of your race, or make you feel inferior
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  • because of what you're struggling with,
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  • or make you feel inferior
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  • because of what you're up against.
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  • Because we're all equal in Christ.
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  • The moment you're born again, we're joint heirs
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  • with Jesus Christ.
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  • We're not just trying to find equality for women,
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  • we're all trying to find equality with Christ.
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  • And the beautiful thing about it is he has seated us, he's raised
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  • us up with him and seated us with him in heavenly places,
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  • so we don't have to grasp for equality with anybody.
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  • Don't get me wrong, there is injustice in this world, and
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  • there is inequality in the way that people treat people.
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  • But there is no inequality in how God treats you.
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  • There is no inequality in how God sees you.
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  • There is no injustice in how God treats you.
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  • And we could get ahold of that and stop putting our focus and
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  • attention on what people to do us, and start putting our focus
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  • on what God has done for us, then we will truly be free.
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  • But he said, "I am coming quickly.
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  • Hold fast to what you have."
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  • Don't let anybody take this authority that God's given you.
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  • Don't let anybody talk you out of it.
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  • Don't let anybody undermine who you are in Christ.
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  • The devil wants us focused on what people do to us so that we
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  • become imprisoned to our pain, imprisoned to mistreatment,
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  • imprisoned to injustices.
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  • He wants us to become defined and confined
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  • by how we've been treated.
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  • The enemy wants us to be confined and defined
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  • by what people have done to us.
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  • And that's the problem with the world today.
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  • The problem with the world today is everybody--so many people.
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  • And it knows no age, it knows no race, it knows no color,
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  • it knows no nationality.
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  • Victim--the victim mentality is defeating more people than just
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  • about anything else.
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  • The devil doesn't even need to operate in our lives because us
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  • remaining victims of what has hurt us is what's defeating us.
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  • Satan doesn't even need to get involved because you have bought
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  • one of his lies that is taking your crown and trying
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  • to rob you of the victory that God gave you.
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  • Now, go over with me for a moment to Romans chapter 8,
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  • verse 35.
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  • Notice he says, "But who shall separate us
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  • from the love of Christ?
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  • Shall tribulation?"
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  • Paul went through that.
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  • "Shall distress, shall persecution, or famine,
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  • or nakedness, or peril, or sword?"
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  • He said, "Shall any of those things separate us
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  • from the love of Christ?"
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  • He goes on to say in verse 36, he says, "As it is written,
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  • 'For your sake we are killed all day long.
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  • We're accounted as sheep for the slaughter."
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  • In other words, we're taken advantage of.
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  • But there can be oppression from any walk of life.
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  • And we can either become victims of that, or we can break through
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  • what people have done to us by realizing that none of those
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  • things can separate us from the love of Christ.
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  • But he said the peril or the sword,
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  • this is threats against his life.
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  • This is injustice, this is a guy trying to preach the gospel.
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  • And look at his condition.
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  • And then he says, verse 36, "Sheep to be slaughtered."
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  • But verse 37 tells you everything you need to know
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  • about how he chose to live, "Yet in all these things,
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  • yet in all these things we are more than conquerors
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  • through him that loved us."
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  • So, he's not acting like these things didn't happen.
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  • He's saying, "Look, I admit it, I acknowledge the oppression,
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  • I acknowledge the injustice, I acknowledge the things
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  • that are done against me.
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  • Yet in all these things, we are more than conquerors."
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  • Can you say that today?
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  • You see, sometimes we identify with what we're going through
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  • rather than identifying with who we are in the midst of it.
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  • You're going through some tough stuff.
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  • You're going through some tough times.
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  • But like the--like one of the preachers said years ago,
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  • tough times never last, but tough people do.
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  • Life happens. Stuff happens.
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  • But you have to decide, "Yet in all these things."
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  • Paul says, "I can add up everything that's ever been done
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  • against me and everything that's against me now, yet in all these
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  • things I'm more than a conqueror through Christ who loved me."
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  • See, he has a mindset.
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  • He's got issues, he's got problems,
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  • he's got things coming against him.
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  • He's got his own life going, what he's going through
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  • in his own personal life, what's going on against him,
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  • his relationships, people trying to stop him from his calling.
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  • But he said, "Even though all these things are true,
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  • we're more than conquerors."
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  • We're more than conquerors.
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  • Say, "I'm more than a conqueror."
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  • Listen, there is real oppression in the world, social,
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  • cultural, emotional forces that can't be denied.
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  • But we can't let them rob us of our power.
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  • We can't let them rob us of our crown.
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  • We can't let them rob us of our God-given rights.
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  • I'm not talking about human rights, although
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  • that's a true--there are truly human rights in this world.
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  • But there are divine rights as children of God
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  • that are vastly more important than your human rights.
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  • Because your human rights are going to get violated.
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  • Your human rights are going to get stepped on at times.
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  • Your human rights are going to be offended at times.
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  • Your human emotions are going to be offended.
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  • Your human emotions are going to be taken advantage of.
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  • People are going to mistreat you at times.
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  • Things are gonna happen.
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  • The world is not a perfect place.
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  • We live in a fallen world.
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  • We live in a broken world with broken people, and stuff is
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  • gonna happen, but we have to wake up to the fact that no
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  • matter what happens against us, we are more than conquerors.
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  • Our identity, our identity and who we are in Christ
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  • is what keeps us going in the victorious direction
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  • that God intended for us and God created us for.
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  • But there are legitimate things that happen, there are
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  • legitimate things that try to rob us of our power and rob us
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  • of the knowledge of our power.
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  • But we must take responsibility for choosing not to be a victim,
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  • but to identify with being more than conquerors.
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  • Paul could've said, "I'm oppressed in every direction.
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  • I'm troubled on every side."
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  • Look at 2 Corinthians chapter 4, verse 8.
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  • He said, "We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed.
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  • We're perplexed, but not in despair."
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  • Keep going, verse 9, he goes on to say, "We're persecuted,
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  • but we're not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed."
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  • He says in verse 10, "Always carrying about in our body
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  • the dying of the Lord Jesus, so that the life of Jesus
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  • may be manifested in our body."
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  • What is he saying?
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  • He's saying no matter what is done to us,
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  • I'm always carrying with me what Jesus did for me.
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  • I'm always carrying with me what Jesus did on the cross
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  • so that whatever is done to me is not the final sentence.
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  • We're hard pressed on every side, but not crushed.
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  • We're persecuted, but not forsaken.
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  • He's saying because of what Jesus did on the cross, no
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  • matter what's done against me will not have the final say.
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  • So, the life of Jesus is going to be manifested in my life
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  • because I'm not gonna give in to what's been done to me.
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  • So, the devil's goal is to remove from you the power
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  • to control your own life and control your own future.
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  • Let no one take your crown. The crown represents power.
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  • It represents your authority. And what is Satan after?
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  • He's after your power to control your own future
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  • and to control your own life.
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  • And how does he do that?
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  • He gets you to give up your power by believing
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  • that what somebody did to you has power over your life,
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  • that how you grew up has power over your life.
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  • Now, how you grew up is powerful.
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  • And what people did to you is powerful.
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  • But what's more powerful is the choice you get to make about it.
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  • What's more powerful is the decision
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  • you get to make about it.
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  • What's more powerful is the mindset that you get to adopt.
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  • Instead of adopting what's been done to you,
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  • you choose a mindset of victory.
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  • Paul said, "All these things have been done to me,
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  • but we are more than conquerors."
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  • This is what he chose, he chose the mindset,
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  • he chose the mind of Christ.
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  • "I am--I have the mind of Christ," he said,
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  • "and I'm more than a conqueror because of his love."
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  • And he chose to believe that.
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  • And listen, let me tell you, this is an attitude of victory.
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  • It's the attitude of being a victor.
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  • And what does that mean?
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  • It means--an attitude simply defined is a mindset that takes
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  • precedence over all other facts.
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  • A mindset that takes precedence over all other facts.
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  • You've heard me share this illustration before many times,
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  • I'll say it again real quick, but a thermostat
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  • is like an attitude.
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  • It's you set the thermostat at a certain temperature,
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  • and it takes precedence over the current temperature.
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  • That was a good place to say amen
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  • if it made any sense at all.
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  • See, it may be 65 degrees in your house,
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  • but you want it to be 68, so what do you do?
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  • You don't fast and pray.
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  • You set the thermostat at 68.
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  • And what you--that's an attitude.
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  • You set the thermostat at 68 and guess what happens?
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  • It takes precedence over all other facts.
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  • Every other fact in your house, every other fact in your
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  • apartment, every other fact in your car tells you it's 65.
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  • But when you set the thermostat, it takes precedence
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  • over all other facts, and everything rises
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  • to the temperature you set it at.
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  • This is what a mindset is.
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  • This is what it means to be more than a conqueror.
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  • This is what it means to have an attitude of Jesus Christ being
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  • your Savior and Lord, and being Lord of all, and it's a mindset
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  • of having the mind of Christ.
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  • And a more than conqueror, champion mindset
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  • is what you have.
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  • You just have to activate it.
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  • You have to set your thoughts on what God says about you rather
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  • than what the situation says, rather than what--rather than
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  • what the temperature reads, set the thermostat and you will see
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  • things rise, and it will take precedence over all other facts.
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  • So listen, if you think about it, there's oppressive
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  • governments, there's oppressive people, there's oppressive
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  • employers, there's even oppressive churches.
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  • But we have to see that Satan's only power
  • 00:12:52.120 --> 00:12:54.260
  • is to oppress--the only power that he has to oppress us
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  • is to have faulty thinking.
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  • The only power that he really has is for us to actually give
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  • those oppressive people or institutions power
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  • over our thoughts.
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  • That's the only power Satan can use.
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  • So, we have to deal with the mistaken beliefs
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  • that cause the suffering in our lives.
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  • Now, listen to me.
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  • If you go back to John chapter 5, verse 1,
  • 00:13:24.200 --> 00:13:27.070
  • it says here's Jesus going through Jerusalem.
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  • And in verse 2, he comes up to Sheep Gate,
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  • pool which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porches.
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  • And verse 3 says, "And in there lay a great multitude of people,
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  • sick, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting, waiting, waiting,
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  • waiting, hoping."
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  • This is how so many Christians--this is how so many
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  • people live before Jesus shows up.
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  • We're waiting, we're sick, we're blind, we're lame,
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  • we're paralyzed, we're stuck.
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  • We're waiting for something to happen.
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  • We're waiting for somebody to do something for us.
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  • And in verse 5, "And there was a man there
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  • that was lame for 38 years.
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  • And when Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he
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  • was already in that condition for a long time,
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  • he said to him, 'Do you want to be made well?'"
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  • Now folks, this is a yes or no question.
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  • Do you want to be made well? What's your answer today?
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  • It's a yes or no question.
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  • This is the problem with so many people
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  • is they want to tell a story to a yes or no question.
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  • It's a yes or no question.
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  • Do you want to be made well? And what does he do?
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  • He defaults to his Adamic behavior
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  • because of his Adamic mindset.
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  • And say Adamic, is that a new cuss word, pastor?
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  • Did you just make one up?
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  • Adamic is Adam's way of thinking.
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  • Adam, Adam and Eve, you know?
  • 00:14:58.270 --> 00:15:03.090
  • He defaults to this Adamic way of thinking by saying
  • 00:15:03.100 --> 00:15:08.160
  • in verse 7, "Well, sir, I have no man to put me
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  • in the pool when the water is stirred."
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  • While I'm coming, another steps in and down before me,"
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  • and on and on and on, and he's telling his story,
  • 00:15:17.140 --> 00:15:20.090
  • telling his story, blaming, excuse making, alibis.
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  • "This is why I'm in the condition."
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  • It's always somebody else's fault,
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  • that's the victim mentality.
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  • It's always somebody else's fault.
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  • Where did he get it from? He got it from Adam.
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  • Look at--look at where he got it from, Genesis 3:11.
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  • So, after Adam and Eve sinned, Genesis 3:11, watch this.
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  • After Adam and Eve sinned, verse 11, God says,
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  • "Who told you--who told you you were naked?"
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  • But the more important question is, "Have you eaten
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  • from the tree of which I told you not to eat from?"
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  • What kind of question is that?
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  • It's a yes or no question. And how does Adam answer it?
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  • Verse 12, "The woman."
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  • Wait, it's a yes or no question, and how does he answer it?
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  • "The woman."
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  • You see how he blames? Blames, blames, blames.
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  • So, he blames the woman, but he's not done there.
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  • He's not done blaming because sin has created in him
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  • a blame making, excuse making mindset.
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  • Sin created that.
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  • And it says, "The woman," and before he can get
  • 00:16:31.290 --> 00:16:34.150
  • the next words out of his mouth, he's blaming somebody else,
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  • "The woman whom you gave me."
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  • That's where this guy got it from in John 5.
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  • This is not a indictment against women or men or people
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  • because of their race.
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  • This is all of humanity.
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  • This is a human problem, not a color or a race
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  • or an age or a gender problem.
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  • Are you hearing this?
  • 00:17:04.100 --> 00:17:05.290
  • Let's go back to John, jump over to John 5 again, watch this.
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  • So, Jesus heals him by his mercy and his grace.
  • 00:17:08.220 --> 00:17:11.070
  • Hey, I've got no man to put me in the water, verse 7.
  • 00:17:11.080 --> 00:17:15.130
  • And then John 5, verse 8 says, Jesus says,
  • 00:17:15.140 --> 00:17:20.020
  • "Okay, you know what? I'm going to heal you anyway.
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  • Rise and take up your bed and walk."
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  • That shows God's mercy, that shows God's grace.
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  • Even when we behave like idiots, even when we blame,
  • 00:17:27.120 --> 00:17:31.090
  • even when we make excuses, God is still good.
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  • Jesus is still the healer.
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  • Jesus is still the deliverer.
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  • So, he's not asking you to be perfect.
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  • He just wants you to be aware.
  • 00:17:41.260 --> 00:17:44.050
  • Like he still healed him, it's powerful.
  • 00:17:44.060 --> 00:17:46.020
  • And verse 9, it says, "And he got up and he was made well,
  • 00:17:46.030 --> 00:17:49.060
  • and he took up his bed and walked."
  • 00:17:49.070 --> 00:17:51.150
  • Now, jump over a few verses over to John 5, verse 14,
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:54.220
  • let me show you something.
  • 00:17:54.230 --> 00:17:56.020
  • And in verse 14, "Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple."
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  • Now, this is the best thing that this guy could've done.
  • 00:17:59.200 --> 00:18:03.050
  • He gets healed and what's the first thing he does
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  • is he goes to church.
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  • God's been good to you.
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  • The first thing you ought to do is get to the house of God.
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  • God's been good to you, he healed you.
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  • Get up and go to church.
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  • Don't get up and go--don't go up and go to the mall.
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  • Don't get up and go shopping.
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  • Don't get up and go to the park.
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  • Don't get up and go to the grocery store.
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  • Don't get up and--get up and go to church.
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  • The first thing this guy did was he went to--he
  • 00:18:23.130 --> 00:18:25.040
  • went to the house of God.
  • 00:18:25.050 --> 00:18:26.190
  • He knew, "Man, I need to be where God is.
  • 00:18:26.200 --> 00:18:28.260
  • I need to be in the temple."
  • 00:18:28.270 --> 00:18:30.090
  • I think we need to get ahold of something here.
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  • God's been so good to us even when we didn't deserve it,
  • 00:18:32.040 --> 00:18:34.210
  • and so what should that lead us to?
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  • It should lead us to the church.
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  • It should bring us to God's house.
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  • It should bring us into God's temple.
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  • It should be where we come now and say, "Thank you, Lord."
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  • We should be like the one of the ten lepers that were cleansed.
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  • One turned back and gave thanks.
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  • One went back to his father's house.
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  • One went and fell at the feet of Jesus.
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  • One said, "Thank you."
  • 00:18:52.070 --> 00:18:54.210
  • Jesus looks at him and says,
  • 00:18:54.220 --> 00:18:56.010
  • "See, I want you to see something here, son."
  • 00:18:56.020 --> 00:18:58.000
  • He says, "You've been made well, free gift, healing's a gift.
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  • You've been made well, it's a gift.
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  • But now sin no more, lest something worse happens to you."
  • 00:19:07.090 --> 00:19:14.080
  • Now, I used to read this verse and go,
  • 00:19:14.090 --> 00:19:15.270
  • "Wow, that's really hard. Like which sin?"
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  • Sin no more?
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  • Okay, this guy's screwed.
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  • He says sin no more so that nothing
  • 00:19:29.010 --> 00:19:32.000
  • worse--nothing worse happens.
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  • You know he's going to sin again, everybody does.
  • 00:19:33.260 --> 00:19:38.020
  • You've sinned at least once since you got saved.
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  • You've sinned at least once since you've been born again.
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  • You've sinned at least once since you were healed.
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  • You've sinned at least once since God blessed you.
  • 00:19:46.140 --> 00:19:48.210
  • So, which sin is he talking about?
  • 00:19:48.220 --> 00:19:50.180
  • Well, what was his real sin?
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  • Because Jesus said, "Now you've got to sin no more,
  • 00:19:53.130 --> 00:19:55.150
  • lest nothing worse happens to you."
  • 00:19:55.160 --> 00:19:56.290
  • What could be worse than being lame for 38 years?
  • 00:19:57.000 --> 00:19:59.220
  • Let me tell you what his sin was.
  • 00:19:59.230 --> 00:20:01.170
  • What could be worse than being lame for 38 years?
  • 00:20:01.180 --> 00:20:04.050
  • Being able to walk, but still making excuses.
  • 00:20:04.060 --> 00:20:07.130
  • Being able to walk, but still blaming others.
  • 00:20:07.140 --> 00:20:10.070
  • Being able to walk, but still finding excuses
  • 00:20:10.080 --> 00:20:13.160
  • to stay the way you are.
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  • Being able to walk, but not going to walk.
  • 00:20:14.270 --> 00:20:17.060
  • Being able to walk, but not using your legs.
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  • Being able to walk, but not moving forward.
  • 00:20:19.090 --> 00:20:21.140
  • Being able to walk, but still being stuck.
  • 00:20:21.150 --> 00:20:23.130
  • Don't let anything worse happen to you by keeping the same
  • 00:20:23.140 --> 00:20:26.010
  • mindset, by continuing to think the way you used to think,
  • 00:20:26.020 --> 00:20:29.080
  • that's the sin.
  • 00:20:29.090 --> 00:20:30.250
  • You continue to blame, you continue to make excuses,
  • 00:20:30.260 --> 00:20:33.260
  • you continue to limit God by your blaming
  • 00:20:33.270 --> 00:20:35.200
  • and excuses and self-pity.
  • 00:20:35.210 --> 00:20:37.090
  • He's saying sin no more in your blaming people.
  • 00:20:37.100 --> 00:20:40.280
  • Sin no more in your excuse making.
  • 00:20:40.290 --> 00:20:43.110
  • Sin no more in your self-pity.
  • 00:20:43.120 --> 00:20:45.190
  • He's not talking about never making a mistake.
  • 00:20:45.200 --> 00:20:47.250
  • He's saying don't do what kept you there for 38 years,
  • 00:20:47.260 --> 00:20:50.210
  • what was it?
  • 00:20:50.220 --> 00:20:52.010
  • "I have nobody.
  • 00:20:52.020 --> 00:20:53.110
  • Nobody cares, nobody loves, nobody cares about me.
  • 00:20:53.120 --> 00:20:55.190
  • I'm stuck in this situation.
  • 00:20:55.200 --> 00:20:57.030
  • I'll always be in this situation.
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:20:58.130
  • I was born this way. I was made this way.
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  • I'm screwed this way.
  • 00:21:00.030 --> 00:21:01.150
  • I can't understand why I am this way.
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  • I'll never get better. Things will never turn brighter.
  • 00:21:03.010 --> 00:21:05.040
  • Things will never get better in my life."
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  • Stop it, that's the sin that he's saying
  • 00:21:07.000 --> 00:21:08.190
  • is going to make things worse in your life.
  • 00:21:08.200 --> 00:21:10.120
  • If you keep thinking the same way, now what's worse is you
  • 00:21:10.130 --> 00:21:14.220
  • have legs and you still have a victim mentality.
  • 00:21:14.230 --> 00:21:17.280
  • You can walk and you still have a victim mentality.
  • 00:21:17.290 --> 00:21:22.000
  • That's worse. That's the sin.
  • 00:21:22.010 --> 00:21:25.110
  • That's what he's telling him to stop doing.
  • 00:21:25.120 --> 00:21:29.130
  • Stop believing you're not more than a conqueror.
  • 00:21:29.140 --> 00:21:32.120
  • Stop believing you're a victim.
  • 00:21:32.130 --> 00:21:35.060
  • Start seeing yourself as a victor.
  • 00:21:35.070 --> 00:21:36.210
  • Gregory: Well, I really hope you're encouraged today.
  • 00:21:41.180 --> 00:21:43.030
  • You know, we've been talking about refusing to let moments
  • 00:21:43.040 --> 00:21:45.290
  • become mindsets, refusing to let our circumstances dictate
  • 00:21:46.000 --> 00:21:50.030
  • our beliefs, refusing to let anyone take our crown
  • 00:21:50.040 --> 00:21:54.000
  • through mistaken and defeated belief systems.
  • 00:21:54.010 --> 00:21:56.260
  • You absolutely today can live above your circumstances
  • 00:21:56.270 --> 00:21:59.290
  • because you are the head and not the tail.
  • 00:22:00.020 --> 00:22:02.130
  • You know, the Apostle Paul, he spent years in prison,
  • 00:22:02.140 --> 00:22:05.130
  • and yet he wrote almost half of the books in the New Testament.
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:09.190
  • You see, he refused to let his circumstances
  • 00:22:09.200 --> 00:22:12.020
  • dictate his beliefs.
  • 00:22:12.030 --> 00:22:13.240
  • His belief powered him through his circumstances,
  • 00:22:13.250 --> 00:22:17.060
  • and he changed the world around him.
  • 00:22:17.070 --> 00:22:19.250
  • He was wrongfully imprisoned, he was stripped of his freedom,
  • 00:22:19.260 --> 00:22:22.290
  • but he refused to let his circumstances dictate
  • 00:22:23.000 --> 00:22:25.250
  • what he believed.
  • 00:22:25.260 --> 00:22:27.090
  • And there are so many things trying to dictate to you what
  • 00:22:27.100 --> 00:22:30.010
  • you believe, but we got to choose to believe God
  • 00:22:30.020 --> 00:22:32.090
  • no matter what and power through our circumstances
  • 00:22:32.100 --> 00:22:36.010
  • with faith in Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:36.020 --> 00:22:38.070
  • Now listen, I've got a special gift for those of you
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:40.200
  • that are watching.
  • 00:22:40.210 --> 00:22:42.000
  • But before I get to that, if you're watching
  • 00:22:42.010 --> 00:22:43.190
  • and you've never received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord,
  • 00:22:43.200 --> 00:22:46.060
  • let me pray with you right now right where you are.
  • 00:22:46.070 --> 00:22:48.180
  • It doesn't matter what you've done.
  • 00:22:48.190 --> 00:22:49.280
  • It doesn't matter what you're thinking about doing.
  • 00:22:49.290 --> 00:22:52.140
  • Jesus is going to come into your life right now.
  • 00:22:52.150 --> 00:22:55.100
  • Just pray this simple prayer, "Heavenly Father,"
  • 00:22:55.110 --> 00:22:57.100
  • say that out loud.
  • 00:22:57.110 --> 00:22:58.200
  • "Heavenly Father, I invite Jesus Christ into my life
  • 00:22:58.210 --> 00:23:02.240
  • as my Savior and Lord.
  • 00:23:02.250 --> 00:23:04.290
  • I believe Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead.
  • 00:23:05.000 --> 00:23:11.110
  • Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Lord today, amen."
  • 00:23:11.120 --> 00:23:17.170
  • You know, if you prayed along with me just now,
  • 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:20.090
  • you are a child of God.
  • 00:23:20.100 --> 00:23:21.230
  • Your past is over as far as God is concerned,
  • 00:23:21.240 --> 00:23:24.150
  • so welcome to his family.
  • 00:23:24.160 --> 00:23:25.290
  • And please let me know, email me at the email address
  • 00:23:26.000 --> 00:23:29.140
  • on your screen, and I will send you my free book called
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  • "The Power of a New Life" to take you through
  • 00:23:31.240 --> 00:23:33.180
  • the next steps of your victorious walk with God.
  • 00:23:33.190 --> 00:23:35.200
  • Now listen, before I finish today,
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  • I want you to know and I've got a gift for you guys
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  • that are watching, but I am on a mission
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  • to see 30 million souls saved and lives transformed.
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  • I need your help today, it's very urgent.
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  • We need $50.000 to reach 30.000 precious people in Haiti
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  • by sending them thousands of these solar powered
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  • audio Bibles to the nation of Haiti,
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  • the poorest country in our western hemisphere.
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  • And I'm asking God to reveal to many who are watching
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  • the urgency of this need.
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  • I want to ask you to stand with me and this project today
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  • with a special gift of $250 or more.
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  • If your heart is moved to do that,
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  • if you have the capacity to do that, please don't wait.
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  • Do whatever God puts in your heart.
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  • Do whatever you can do, but pick up the phone today,
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  • it's very urgent.
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  • Call the number on your screen, we got to get the gospel out.
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  • On this little solar powered Bible,
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  • it contains the entire Bible.
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  • It contains the message of salvation,
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  • the prayer of salvation, and our top teachings
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  • at our ministry that I know will change people's lives.
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  • And when you give today, when you support this ministry,
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  • I want to put in your hands some really great material,
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  • especially this teaching today,
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  • "The Power of the Victor's Crown,"
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  • which is all about the power that you have now
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  • as a victorious son or daughter of God.
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  • My announcer will tell you more.
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  • I want to put this in your hands as my gift back to you
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  • for helping me get the gospel out, and I'll be right back.
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  • announcer: Right now, we are working to send to send
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  • 2.000 solar powered audio Bibles to the people of Haiti
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  • in their native language, Creole.
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  • But we can't do it without your help.
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  • With your gift of $25 or more to help provide solar powered audio
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  • Bibles to reach 15 people, we will send you his teaching
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  • "The Victor's Crown," which includes today's teaching
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  • in its entirety.
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  • For your timely gift of $25, ask for offer 811A.
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  • With your gift of $50 or more to help provide solar powered
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  • audio Bibles to reach 75 people, we will also include
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  • Gregory Dickow's "Pour Your Heart Out to God."
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  • Ask for offer 811B.
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  • With an extraordinary gift of $250 or more to help provide
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  • solar powered audio Bibles to 120 people,
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  • we want to send you your very own solar powered audio Bible
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  • as a reminder of your support.
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  • Plus, if you call today for offer 811C, Gregory Dickow will
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  • personally sign and include a copy of his hardback book
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  • "The Power to Change Today."
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  • Please don't wait.
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  • Gregory Dickow needs to hear from you today.
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  • Live operators are standing by to take your call,
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  • or you can go online right now to gregorydickow.tv.
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  • Gregory: Well, I want to encourage you, invite you,
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  • even inspire and challenge you to do something in the next
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  • few moments that will matter forever, for eternity.
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  • You see, our Christianity is expressed as we share the gospel
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  • of Jesus with people around the world, but especially with those
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  • who have been persecuted, who are helpless,
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  • forgotten, minimized.
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  • Jesus said, "When you do it to the least of these,
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  • you've done it unto me."
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  • That's why I need urgent help today.
  • 00:26:45.070 --> 00:26:46.210
  • Your gift makes it possible for me to get these solar powered
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  • audio Bibles into the hands of precious people
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  • who've been forgotten, who are blind, who can't read,
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  • they're in third world countries.
  • 00:26:55.140 --> 00:26:57.010
  • By getting this into their hands, they can hear the whole
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  • Bible, they can hear the prayer of salvation and the teaching of
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  • salvation, and our greatest teachings in this ministry,
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  • which will change their lives forever.
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  • Now, thank you again for watching, and don't forget to
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  • connect with me on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter.
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  • I'm there, and I'll do my very best to personally respond to
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  • each and every one of you that reaches out.
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  • And don't miss our next broadcast.
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  • Remember to set your DVR so you never have to miss another one
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  • of them, and I can't wait to see you then, God bless.
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