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June 21, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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  • the different kinds of doors we leave open to the enemy,
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  • how we can close them, and what it means to be truly free.
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  • Coming up, my pastor, Robert Morris, will explain the tactics
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  • of the enemy and that by running to God we will
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  • always find protection.
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: We're in a series called "Free Indeed".
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  • And if you didn't get to hear last week's message,
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  • please listen to it because I laid a foundation
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  • that believers can be in bondage.
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  • It's nothing to be afraid of; it is something to be aware
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  • of and that we need to know how to get out of bondage
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  • and we will get to more and more in this series
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  • how to get free and stay free indeed.
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  • Alright?
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  • So this week's message is entitled "Beware of Chaldeans",
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  • beware of Chaldeans.
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  • And I'll explain to you what I mean by that.
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  • Acts 13, Paul is in Antioch at Pisidia, which is different
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  • than Antioch at Syria.
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  • Antioch at Syria is where the great New Testament church
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  • was that was the greatest missionary New Testament church.
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  • It's where Paul and Barnabas were sent from.
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  • Now they're at Antioch at Pisidia.
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  • In other words, Syria, Pisidia were like regions or states.
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  • So this is the city named the same,
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  • but it's in a different state.
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  • It would be like Paris, Texas.
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  • That's not the real Paris, just so you know.
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  • But it's a good one.
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  • So that's where they are.
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  • And he preaches a message about Jesus, and he ends the message
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  • with a caution, and I want to show you the caution.
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  • Acts 13:40.
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  • Acts 13:40 says, "Beware therefore, lest what has been
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  • spoken in the prophets," and that's Habakkuk, where we're
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  • going, "come upon you."
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  • "Beware lest it come on you."
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  • And then he quotes a verse from Habakkuk 1,
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  • "Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish!
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  • For I work a work in your days, a work which you will
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  • by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you."
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  • Now, he is referencing that God became a man in Jesus,
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  • died on the cross for our sins, and that's salvation,
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  • and that the Messiah has come.
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  • And he's saying, "You're not even going to believe this,
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  • even though someone were to tell you this."
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  • But he gives them a reason why they won't believe
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  • it and it's Habakkuk.
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  • And what he's telling them is there's an enemy
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  • who's trying to blind you to truth.
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  • And he quotes this scripture.
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  • But I want to go back and read the context
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  • in Habakkuk, so if you'll flip back to Habakkuk 1.
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  • I've already got my Bible open there.
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  • I went directly to it.
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  • So Habakkuk 1, verse -- And when I was in college,
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  • by the way, a professor said, I think it was Old
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  • Testament Survey class, he said, "Turn to Habakkuk."
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  • And you know, I was from east Texas and so I said,
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  • "You mean, Habakkuk?"
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  • And he said, "Yes, that could be your primitive pronunciation."
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  • So here, we're in Habakkuk.
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  • So Habakkuk 1:5.
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  • This is the verse Paul quoted.
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  • "Look among the nations and watch be utterly astounded!
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  • For I will work a work in your days which you would not
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  • believe, though it were told you."
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  • Now, before I read verse six, let me just tell you
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  • he's about to talk about Chaldeans.
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  • Chaldeans are an Old Testament type of demons,
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  • the enemies that come against the people of God.
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  • Watch the next verse.
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  • Watch what -- He talks about Chaldeans, but watch how
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  • we can relate this to demonic spirits.
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  • Verse six, "For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans,
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  • a bitter and hasty nation which marches through the breadth
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  • of the earth," watch what they're trying to do,
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  • "to possess dwelling places that are not theirs."
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  • There they are.
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  • That's what they're trying to do.
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  • We talked about this last weekend, that they are --
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  • The word possess doesn't always mean ownership.
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  • It means to gain the mastery over.
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  • They're trying to gain control over dwelling places
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  • that aren't theirs, that don't belong to them.
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  • Now, in that day, when Paul quoted this scripture, if they
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  • had gone back and read Habakkuk 1 to see where he said,
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  • "Beware lest it come on you",
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  • If they had gone back and read it, let me explain to you
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  • what the skeptics of the day would have said.
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  • The skeptics would have said, "I think Paul's out of his mind,"
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  • because, listen carefully, there aren't any more Chaldeans.
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  • The Chaldeans had been utterly destroyed in 539 B.C.,
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  • so much so Jeremiah 50:51 tells us there'll be none left.
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  • The Chaldeans were never again referred to as a nation
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  • or as an ethnicity even.
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  • Never, after 539 B.C.
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  • They were destroyed.
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  • So I want you to think about this.
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  • Paul says, "Beware lest what was spoken in the prophets
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  • come on you," and there aren't any more literal Chaldeans.
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  • So what would he have been talking about?
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  • Well, let me say it to you this way.
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  • In the same way the skeptics of that day would say,
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  • "Paul's crazy.
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  • He doesn't know what he's talking about.
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  • There aren't any more Chaldeans.
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  • We don't need to beware of them."
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  • In the same way, the skeptics today would say
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  • something like this, "Did y'all hear Robert Morris
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  • is preaching a series about demons?
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  • He's out of his mind.
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  • There aren't any more demons."
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  • Yes, there are.
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  • You better beware, because they're trying to possess
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  • dwelling places that are not theirs.
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  • That's what they're trying to do.
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  • See, it's right here.
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  • 'Kay.
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  • Now, let me show you, again, Chaldeans representing
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  • demonic spirits.
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  • Let me show you some things about Chaldeans, about demons.
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  • Alright? Three things.
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  • Number one, they're thieves.
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  • They're thieves.
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  • Remember, verse six says they're trying to possess
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  • dwelling places that are not theirs.
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  • We need to understand that Satan is the thief.
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  • He comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
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  • But many times, the Bible talks about Satan
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  • but it's actually referring to the work of Satan, not Satan
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  • himself, because Satan is not omnipresent.
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  • You need to know that.
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  • Omni means all.
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  • We say God is -- God is, by the way, omnipresent.
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  • He's all present.
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  • God is omniscient, omniscience.
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  • So omniscience, he has omniscience.
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  • That means -- Science means knowledge.
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  • God has all knowledge.
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  • And he is omnipotent; potent means powerful,
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  • God is all powerful.
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  • 'Kay.
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  • But Satan is not omnipresent.
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  • He can only be in one location at one time.
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  • When he tempted Jesus, by the way, that was a real dude.
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  • That was Satan, because Jesus did merit his
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  • personal attention.
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  • I've had other people say to me, "Satan came to me."
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  • I don't know if it was Satan himself.
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  • But Satan has an army of demons, and demons do his work.
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  • Jesus said it this way.
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  • There was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity,
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  • and He said, "Shouldn't this woman be loosed from this whom
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  • Satan had bound?"
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  • Okay, Satan did have her bound, but Satan had her bound
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  • through one of his demons, through a spirit.
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  • You understand?
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  • So it's important to understand that there's an army of demons
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  • when the Bible talks about the work of Satan.
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  • Again, verse 6 says they're trying to possess dwelling
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  • places that are not theirs.
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  • They are thieves.
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  • They are thieves.
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  • You need to know, if you're going after God,
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  • they're coming after you.
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  • See, so many times, we think they're going after
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  • the unbelievers.
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  • No, they're not.
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  • They've already got them.
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  • They're coming after the believers to keep the believers
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  • defeated so they don't win the unbelievers to Christ.
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  • That's what they're trying to do.
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  • Now, I'm telling you Chaldeans represents demons.
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  • Let me just show you though -- I was reading this past week.
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  • This is the exhaustive dictionary of Bible names.
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  • This is how the exhaustive dictionary of Bible names
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  • describes, the definition of Chaldeans.
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  • Look at it here.
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  • Chaldeans: as it were demons. Demons.
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  • The root word means to lay waste or to destroy.
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  • And the actual word means wanderers.
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  • They were wanderers.
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  • And I'll tell you some more about them later.
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  • But isn't it amazing that it means wanderers,
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  • and watch what Jesus said about demons.
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  • Matthew 12:43, "When the unclean spirit has gone out of,"
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  • it means he was in, "out of a person, it wanders."
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  • The Chaldeans are wanderers.
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  • Demonic spirits are wandering and they're trying
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  • to possess dwelling places that are not theirs.
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  • It wanders through waterless regions, looking for
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  • a resting place.
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  • But it finds none.
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  • Then it says, "I will return to my house," the houses,
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  • "I will return to my house from which I came.
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  • When it comes," that's very important, these three
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  • things it says about the house, "when it comes,"
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  • this is Jesus talking, by the way, "when it comes,"
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  • this spirit, "it finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
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  • Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits
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  • more evil than itself, and they enter and live there;
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  • and the last state of that person is worse than the first."
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  • Now, notice how the demon can come back in, because
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  • when it comes back to the house that it left,
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  • it finds it swept, in order, swept and put in order.
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  • But here's the key word, empty.
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  • How many times do people come to Christ, get saved,
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  • and then get their act cleaned up and swept, put in order,
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  • but they don't fill their house with the word of God?
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  • This is why it is very important for you not just
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  • to attend at Gateway, but for you to go through
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  • Catch the Vision and become a member and get involved
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  • and volunteer and go to a group and go to Equip and go
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  • through Freedom Ministry, because you need to fill
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  • your house with the word of God.
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  • And how many times do we know someone that got saved
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  • and they did great for a while and then they went back
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  • into bondage and the bondage that they went back
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  • into was actually worse than what they came out of?
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  • Because we're in a war, so it's very important.
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  • These are wanderers.
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  • Chaldea would be, at that time, when the Bible writes
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  • about them, they were a very small nation.
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  • They were about 40, they were never more than 40 miles wide.
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  • They were about the size of New Jersey.
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  • And here's the thing that you need to know.
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  • They were actually never conquered until
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  • they were destroyed.
  • 00:11:08.160 --> 00:11:10.020
  • And when God said, when God said, "When My purpose
  • 00:11:10.050 --> 00:11:12.230
  • is finished with them, I will destroy them".
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  • Think about Satan and the demonic spirits.
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  • And God does have a purpose for 'em.
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  • God used the enemy all through the Old Testament
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  • to teach His children to call out to Him.
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  • When His children went into bondage, they would cry out
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  • to Him and repent.
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  • And it's the same way today.
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  • Many times, we don't think we need God until we're in trouble.
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  • And then we call out to Him.
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  • I want you to notice that there are some things about
  • 00:11:35.100 --> 00:11:40.100
  • the Chaldeans that many people don't realize.
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  • The Chaldeans actually took over Babylon.
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  • As a matter of fact, when you read about
  • 00:11:46.140 --> 00:11:48.110
  • Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar was a Chaldean.
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  • And the Assyrians used to appoint the kings of Babylon,
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  • but Babylon conquered -- I mean the Chaldeans conquered
  • 00:11:56.130 --> 00:12:00.040
  • Babylon and Assyria.
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  • And Nebuchadnezzar takes over.
  • 00:12:02.020 --> 00:12:03.070
  • He's the one -- He set up the 90 foot gold image and
  • 00:12:03.100 --> 00:12:06.100
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, which is how we know him.
  • 00:12:06.130 --> 00:12:09.040
  • By the way, those were not their names.
  • 00:12:09.070 --> 00:12:10.240
  • Those were their Chaldean names.
  • 00:12:10.270 --> 00:12:12.240
  • Those are Chaldean names.
  • 00:12:12.270 --> 00:12:14.020
  • Their names were actually Hanania, Michael, and Azaria.
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  • And they gave them Chaldean names.
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  • When Nebuchadnezzar came in, he took two things
  • 00:12:20.190 --> 00:12:23.070
  • that Satan is trying to take today.
  • 00:12:23.100 --> 00:12:24.240
  • In other words, he's a thief.
  • 00:12:24.270 --> 00:12:26.020
  • Demons are thieves. Alright?
  • 00:12:26.050 --> 00:12:27.090
  • Let me show you the two things that he stole.
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  • You can just stay there in Habakkuk.
  • 00:12:29.090 --> 00:12:30.290
  • We'll come back to that.
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  • Daniel 1:1.
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  • "In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah,
  • 00:12:33.250 --> 00:12:36.200
  • Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem
  • 00:12:36.230 --> 00:12:40.000
  • and besieged it.
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  • And the Lord gave Jehoiakim, king of Judah, into his hand,
  • 00:12:41.110 --> 00:12:44.240
  • and some of the articles of the house of God,
  • 00:12:44.270 --> 00:12:47.290
  • which he carried into the land of Shinar, to the house
  • 00:12:48.020 --> 00:12:50.170
  • of his god, and he brought the articles into the treasure
  • 00:12:50.200 --> 00:12:53.270
  • house of his god.
  • 00:12:54.000 --> 00:12:56.050
  • Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master
  • 00:12:56.080 --> 00:12:58.210
  • of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel
  • 00:12:58.240 --> 00:13:02.040
  • and some of the king's descendants and some
  • 00:13:02.070 --> 00:13:04.040
  • of the young nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish,
  • 00:13:04.070 --> 00:13:08.170
  • but good-looking"
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  • I probably would have been taken.
  • 00:13:11.000 --> 00:13:20.170
  • That shouldn't have been that funny.
  • 00:13:20.200 --> 00:13:22.130
  • Okay, let's go on. Okay.
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  • "Gifted in all wisdom", see? See?
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  • I probably, "Possessing knowledge
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  • and quick to understand".
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  • Yes, that's me. Exactly.
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  • Okay.
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  • "Who had ability to serve in the king's palace".
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  • Let me just sum this up, the young future leaders.
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  • "And whom they might teach".
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  • Now, watch what they did.
  • 00:13:45.230 --> 00:13:46.290
  • "They might teach them the language
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  • and the literature of the Chaldeans.
  • 00:13:49.170 --> 00:13:53.110
  • And the king appointed for them a daily provision
  • 00:13:53.140 --> 00:13:55.260
  • of the king's delicacies".
  • 00:13:55.290 --> 00:13:57.150
  • So they would get, be in bondage to the lust of the flesh.
  • 00:13:57.180 --> 00:14:00.200
  • "And of the wine which he drank, and three years
  • 00:14:00.230 --> 00:14:03.190
  • of training for them, so that at the end of that time
  • 00:14:03.220 --> 00:14:06.020
  • they might serve before the king."
  • 00:14:06.050 --> 00:14:07.110
  • Alright.
  • 00:14:07.140 --> 00:14:08.160
  • Let me tell you the two things that Satan's trying
  • 00:14:08.190 --> 00:14:09.250
  • to steal, the tithe and the next generation.
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  • That's what Nebuchadnezzar stole when he went into Israel.
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  • He took the gold and the silver from the temple.
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  • It was dedicated to the Lord.
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  • It was the tithe.
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  • And he took the future leaders.
  • 00:14:21.130 --> 00:14:24.080
  • This is one of the reasons that we brought
  • 00:14:24.110 --> 00:14:26.140
  • The King's University here.
  • 00:14:26.170 --> 00:14:28.020
  • It's because I'm very concerned about the next generation,
  • 00:14:28.050 --> 00:14:30.040
  • and they really -- many of 'em really, really
  • 00:14:30.070 --> 00:14:31.260
  • love God and want to go on, but the problem is that
  • 00:14:31.290 --> 00:14:34.090
  • the world is trying to train them in their language and their
  • 00:14:34.120 --> 00:14:38.000
  • literature and I want to train them in the word of God.
  • 00:14:38.030 --> 00:14:42.040
  • Many of 'em could not count backward from Matthew 'cause
  • 00:14:42.070 --> 00:14:46.010
  • they don't know the Bible.
  • 00:14:46.040 --> 00:14:47.260
  • Many of 'em can, but many of 'em can't.
  • 00:14:47.290 --> 00:14:50.060
  • And I want to teach them God's word.
  • 00:14:50.090 --> 00:14:52.050
  • And I want you to also notice that the enemy wants the tithe.
  • 00:14:52.080 --> 00:14:54.240
  • This is how the enemy comes against you.
  • 00:14:54.270 --> 00:14:56.120
  • This is how he came against the children of Israel
  • 00:14:56.150 --> 00:14:58.080
  • when he took them into bondage.
  • 00:14:58.110 --> 00:14:59.150
  • What they put in their mind, what they put in their body,
  • 00:14:59.180 --> 00:15:02.050
  • and what belonged to God.
  • 00:15:02.080 --> 00:15:05.200
  • By the way, these -- 1 John tells you it's the pride
  • 00:15:05.230 --> 00:15:08.160
  • of life, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes.
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  • The lust of the flesh being what you put in your body
  • 00:15:11.170 --> 00:15:14.140
  • and what you do with your body.
  • 00:15:14.170 --> 00:15:15.210
  • The lust of the eyes being what you put in your mind,
  • 00:15:15.240 --> 00:15:17.150
  • what you see to try to make you smart.
  • 00:15:17.180 --> 00:15:19.080
  • And the pride of life?
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  • You say, "Well, how does that relate to the tithe?"
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  • Listen to me carefully 'cause I'm going to say
  • 00:15:21.260 --> 00:15:23.020
  • something strong.
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  • Any person that doesn't tithe is arrogant, because you
  • 00:15:24.130 --> 00:15:27.200
  • believe you can make it your way and not doing it God's way.
  • 00:15:27.230 --> 00:15:30.290
  • And you have to be arrogant to steal from God.
  • 00:15:31.020 --> 00:15:35.030
  • You have to be extremely arrogant to steal from God.
  • 00:15:35.060 --> 00:15:37.150
  • And please understand, if you don't tithe, that's an open
  • 00:15:37.180 --> 00:15:39.200
  • door to demons because that's exactly what the enemy does.
  • 00:15:39.230 --> 00:15:43.280
  • He's a thief.
  • 00:15:44.010 --> 00:15:45.110
  • So number one, they're thieves.
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  • Number two, they're vicious.
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  • They're vicious.
  • 00:15:49.220 --> 00:15:50.220
  • You need to know that demons are vicious.
  • 00:15:50.250 --> 00:15:53.060
  • Satan never has a good day.
  • 00:15:53.090 --> 00:15:55.030
  • He never has a merciful moment.
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  • Not one.
  • 00:15:56.290 --> 00:15:58.110
  • Look back in Habakkuk 1:7, "They are terrible and dreadful"
  • 00:15:58.140 --> 00:16:04.040
  • They're terrible and dreadful.
  • 00:16:04.070 --> 00:16:05.270
  • "Their judgment and their dignity proceed
  • 00:16:06.000 --> 00:16:08.120
  • from themselves."
  • 00:16:08.150 --> 00:16:09.210
  • There's another reason they think they could steal from God.
  • 00:16:09.240 --> 00:16:12.120
  • "Their horses also are swifter than leopards,
  • 00:16:12.150 --> 00:16:14.190
  • and more fierce than evening wolves.
  • 00:16:14.220 --> 00:16:16.250
  • Their chargers charge ahead; their cavalry comes from afar;
  • 00:16:16.280 --> 00:16:20.000
  • they fly as the eagle that hastens to eat.
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  • They all come for violence; their faces are set
  • 00:16:22.210 --> 00:16:25.270
  • like the east wind.
  • 00:16:26.000 --> 00:16:27.020
  • They gather captives like sand."
  • 00:16:27.050 --> 00:16:29.220
  • Now, I wish I could take and do a whole message just on that,
  • 00:16:29.250 --> 00:16:32.180
  • talk about leopards, eagles, the vultures come in, all this;
  • 00:16:32.210 --> 00:16:36.100
  • but let me just show you one thing.
  • 00:16:36.130 --> 00:16:38.000
  • It says they're like wolves.
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  • They're like wolves.
  • 00:16:39.230 --> 00:16:40.260
  • Few other scriptures that describe the enemy as wolves
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:44.170
  • Ezekiel 22:27, "Her princes in her midst are like wolves
  • 00:16:44.200 --> 00:16:48.080
  • tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people,
  • 00:16:48.110 --> 00:16:51.240
  • and to get dishonest gain."
  • 00:16:51.270 --> 00:16:53.060
  • Again, this refers to the pride of life, the lust
  • 00:16:53.090 --> 00:16:55.120
  • of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes.
  • 00:16:55.150 --> 00:16:57.100
  • Zephaniah 3:3, "Her princes in her midst are roaring lions;
  • 00:16:57.130 --> 00:17:02.050
  • her judges are evening wolves that leave not a bone
  • 00:17:02.080 --> 00:17:06.240
  • till morning."
  • 00:17:06.270 --> 00:17:07.190
  • Let me tell you what that means.
  • 00:17:07.220 --> 00:17:08.210
  • It means they feed at night.
  • 00:17:08.240 --> 00:17:10.120
  • Can I just tell you something about when demons
  • 00:17:10.150 --> 00:17:11.270
  • will attack you?
  • 00:17:12.000 --> 00:17:12.220
  • They'll attack at night.
  • 00:17:12.250 --> 00:17:14.080
  • If you haven't noticed that -- you'll wake up in the middle
  • 00:17:14.110 --> 00:17:16.050
  • of the night and they will start trying to get your thoughts
  • 00:17:16.080 --> 00:17:18.100
  • to go the wrong way.
  • 00:17:18.130 --> 00:17:20.180
  • Am I telling the truth?
  • 00:17:20.210 --> 00:17:22.190
  • And the best thing you can do when you can't sleep
  • 00:17:22.220 --> 00:17:24.220
  • is read the Bible or pray.
  • 00:17:24.250 --> 00:17:26.230
  • It's the best thing you could do, because otherwise
  • 00:17:26.260 --> 00:17:29.150
  • you'll end up doing something or watching something
  • 00:17:29.180 --> 00:17:31.210
  • that you shouldn't watch and do.
  • 00:17:31.240 --> 00:17:33.210
  • That's what the enemy tries to do.
  • 00:17:33.240 --> 00:17:35.030
  • They attack at night.
  • 00:17:35.060 --> 00:17:36.040
  • Here's a New Testament scripture on wolves.
  • 00:17:36.070 --> 00:17:39.070
  • Acts 20:29, Paul said, "For I know this," I know this,
  • 00:17:39.100 --> 00:17:42.220
  • "that after my departure savage wolves will come
  • 00:17:42.250 --> 00:17:46.140
  • in among you, not sparing the flock."
  • 00:17:46.170 --> 00:17:50.220
  • 'Kay.
  • 00:17:50.250 --> 00:17:52.230
  • Paul said, "When I leave, wolves are going to come in."
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:55.180
  • 'Kay.
  • 00:17:55.210 --> 00:17:56.200
  • Let me just ask you a very simple question.
  • 00:17:56.230 --> 00:17:57.290
  • Do you really believe he was talking about literal wolves.
  • 00:17:58.020 --> 00:18:02.230
  • Now, you think about how we -- I mean, we like to see wolves
  • 00:18:02.260 --> 00:18:04.280
  • on the Discovery Channel and movies about wolves
  • 00:18:05.010 --> 00:18:07.170
  • that became pets and helped people out and all.
  • 00:18:07.200 --> 00:18:09.140
  • That's great.
  • 00:18:09.170 --> 00:18:10.110
  • But wolves are vicious.
  • 00:18:10.140 --> 00:18:12.120
  • And when they're watching you -- When you see 'em and you think,
  • 00:18:12.150 --> 00:18:14.110
  • "Well, look at that wolf.
  • 00:18:14.140 --> 00:18:15.120
  • He's just out there just,
  • 00:18:15.150 --> 00:18:16.110
  • he just looks so innocent."
  • 00:18:16.140 --> 00:18:17.160
  • He's actually studying you to learn your movements
  • 00:18:17.190 --> 00:18:20.290
  • so he can attack you.
  • 00:18:21.020 --> 00:18:22.090
  • Do you understand that they watch and study people and look
  • 00:18:22.120 --> 00:18:28.040
  • for the weak times, the isolated, you realize
  • 00:18:28.070 --> 00:18:31.140
  • they attack the sheep on the fray?
  • 00:18:31.170 --> 00:18:34.040
  • That's the one the wolf goes, when there's a whole herd
  • 00:18:34.070 --> 00:18:35.260
  • of sheep, they get the sheep that's off to himself.
  • 00:18:35.290 --> 00:18:38.050
  • Listen.
  • 00:18:38.080 --> 00:18:39.080
  • Please, please, please hear me.
  • 00:18:39.110 --> 00:18:41.050
  • This is a sheep fold right here.
  • 00:18:41.080 --> 00:18:43.000
  • You're a sheep and there's a wolf that's trying to get you.
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  • If I were you, I would not be on the fray of the church.
  • 00:18:45.240 --> 00:18:48.250
  • I would not be on the fringe.
  • 00:18:48.280 --> 00:18:50.010
  • If I were you, if you're on the fringe,
  • 00:18:50.040 --> 00:18:52.000
  • here's what I would do.
  • 00:18:52.030 --> 00:18:52.290
  • I would say, "Excuse me.
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  • 'Scuse me.
  • 00:18:53.280 --> 00:18:54.070
  • 'Scuse me.
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  • 'Scuse me.
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  • 'Scuse me.
  • 00:18:55.170 --> 00:18:56.030
  • 'Scuse me.
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  • I'd get right in the middle of the sheep fold, right next
  • 00:18:57.150 --> 00:19:00.170
  • to the shepherd.
  • 00:19:00.200 --> 00:19:13.250
  • These Chaldeans lived in marshes until they took over Babylon.
  • 00:19:13.280 --> 00:19:19.040
  • They lived in marshes.
  • 00:19:19.070 --> 00:19:20.270
  • And the thing that was so incredible about them is they
  • 00:19:21.000 --> 00:19:23.020
  • would hide and they were expert archers.
  • 00:19:23.050 --> 00:19:26.120
  • They would hide in the marshes and when you were trying
  • 00:19:26.150 --> 00:19:28.230
  • to trudge through the marsh and getting stuck and trying to look
  • 00:19:28.260 --> 00:19:34.010
  • where you were stepping, that's when they'd shoot you.
  • 00:19:34.040 --> 00:19:36.290
  • It's the exact same way with the enemy.
  • 00:19:37.020 --> 00:19:38.240
  • When you're trudging through life, that's when
  • 00:19:38.270 --> 00:19:41.090
  • he's going to shoot.
  • 00:19:41.120 --> 00:19:43.160
  • So number one, they're thieves.
  • 00:19:43.190 --> 00:19:45.140
  • Number two, they're vicious.
  • 00:19:45.170 --> 00:19:46.170
  • Here's number three, they're cunning.
  • 00:19:46.200 --> 00:19:49.050
  • They're cunning.
  • 00:19:49.080 --> 00:19:50.110
  • Notice, remember, it said they've taken crafty counsel
  • 00:19:50.140 --> 00:19:53.260
  • against your people.
  • 00:19:53.290 --> 00:19:55.140
  • They're cunning.
  • 00:19:55.170 --> 00:19:56.190
  • Chaldean, the term, is synonymous with astrologer,
  • 00:19:56.220 --> 00:20:00.170
  • magician, or sorcerer.
  • 00:20:00.200 --> 00:20:02.220
  • Show you one reference.
  • 00:20:02.250 --> 00:20:04.000
  • Daniel 2:2 says, "Then the king gave the command to call
  • 00:20:04.030 --> 00:20:06.050
  • the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers,
  • 00:20:06.080 --> 00:20:09.220
  • and the Chaldeans to tell his dream."
  • 00:20:09.250 --> 00:20:12.230
  • That was their desire, to be synonymous --
  • 00:20:12.260 --> 00:20:15.040
  • A magician deceives you.
  • 00:20:15.070 --> 00:20:17.270
  • Let me say it another way.
  • 00:20:18.000 --> 00:20:18.270
  • He distracts you so he can deceive you.
  • 00:20:19.000 --> 00:20:20.220
  • He distracts you so he can deceive you.
  • 00:20:20.250 --> 00:20:24.130
  • A sorcerer deceives you by actual spirits,
  • 00:20:24.160 --> 00:20:28.210
  • spirits that can tell your future.
  • 00:20:28.240 --> 00:20:30.250
  • Spirits can tell your future.
  • 00:20:30.280 --> 00:20:32.120
  • That's how he deceives.
  • 00:20:32.150 --> 00:20:33.240
  • And then, an astrologer tries to determine your future
  • 00:20:33.270 --> 00:20:37.180
  • by natural events that you don't have any control over.
  • 00:20:37.210 --> 00:20:40.130
  • Instead of God determining your future, he says the stars
  • 00:20:40.160 --> 00:20:44.060
  • can tell you what your future is.
  • 00:20:44.090 --> 00:20:46.140
  • That's a crock.
  • 00:20:46.170 --> 00:20:47.220
  • Don't read your horoscope.
  • 00:20:47.250 --> 00:20:50.000
  • Don't do anything like that.
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  • Let me tell you who determines your future
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  • if you're a believer, the Lord Jesus Christ does.
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  • So when you sum up these three things, here's what demons
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  • are trying to do.
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  • They're trying to distract, deceive,
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  • and determine your future.
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  • Distract, deceive, and determine your future.
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  • One more scripture, 1 Peter 5:8 says, "Be sober,
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  • be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks
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  • about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
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  • Be sober simply means to be in control.
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  • In other words, don't let the, something else
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  • be in control of you.
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  • Be sober.
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  • A person who's drunk is not in control.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • It's amazing that the Bible says, "Don't be drunk with wine,
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  • but be filled with the Holy Spirit."
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  • Don't be out of control, but be under the control
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  • of the Holy Spirit.
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  • So be sober.
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  • The other thing it says is be vigilant.
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  • All that simply means is watchful.
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  • It does not mean to be afraid of Satan.
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  • You don't need to be afraid of Satan.
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  • You remember Psalm 23.
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  • It talks about the shepherd.
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  • "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."
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  • But here's something it says, "His rod and His staff
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  • comfort me."
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  • 'Kay, you need to understand that He doesn't hit you
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  • with His rod.
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  • His rod is not to hit the sheep.
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  • Otherwise, we couldn't say His rod comforts us.
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  • He does not hit the sheep with His rod.
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  • Let me say it in Texan.
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  • He uses His rod to beat the snot out of the wolf.
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  • That's what the Lord does.
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  • So here's the answer.
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  • You say, "Well, what about it?
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  • You're saying beware of Chaldeans, and I'm telling you
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  • I know, Pastor Robert, they're coming after me right now."
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  • Okay.
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  • What's the answer?
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  • Run to the Shepherd.
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  • Come to the Shepherd.
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  • Think about it.
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  • Paul said, "Beware of the Chaldeans," and he said
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  • this and it's recorded in Acts 13.
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  • Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul says
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  • to us in Acts 13, "Beware of the Chaldeans".
  • 00:22:53.100 --> 00:22:57.190
  • And here's what it says they're trying to do, they
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  • are trying to march through the land to possess dwelling
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  • places that are not theirs.
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  • That's what the enemy's trying to do.
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  • He is trying to come in and he is trying to take you
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  • in bondage even though you're a child of God, owned by God,
  • 00:23:11.250 --> 00:23:16.050
  • and filled with the Holy Spirit.
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  • I want to encourage you.
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  • I'm going to be continuing this series.
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  • I want to encourage you to watch, but I want
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  • to encourage you to do something that I normally
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  • don't ask you to do.
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  • But it's so important to me to get, if you can, to get
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  • the CDs or the DVDs because there's more truth, there's
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  • more information on the CDs and the DVDs than I had time
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  • to cover in our television program.
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  • And I really believe, if the Holy Spirit is speaking
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  • to your heart and you know "there's an area of my life
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  • where I'm in bondage," I want to encourage you to get
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  • this whole series.
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  • Listen to it and let the Lord set you free because He
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  • really does want you to be free indeed.
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  • I'll see you next week.
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  • ANNOUNCER: As Christians, it is possible for the enemy
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  • to have a stronghold in areas that we leave open to him.
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  • In this series, "Free Indeed", Pastor Robert
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  • explains how to identify and eliminate these weaknesses
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  • in our lives.
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  • Don't let a stronghold in your life keep you from walking
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  • Wait for, wait for You Here on my weakness
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  • Fades into Your strength Here I will trust You
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  • Completely unrestrained I'll wait for, wait for You
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  • Wait for, wait for You Wait for, wait for You
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  • I'll wait for, wait for You Dust and glory meet here
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  • face to face Beauty, splendor, hold my gaze
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  • Dust and glory meet here face to face Beauty, splendor
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  • home again I'll wait for, wait for You Wait for
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  • Wait for You Wait for, wait for You
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  • ROBERT: I want to invite you to check out the King's University
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  • right here at Gateway Church.
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  • Dr. Jack Hayford founded this university about 20 years ago,
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  • and now we have the honor and the privilege of stewarding
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  • this university.
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  • This is a university where you can get you Bachelor's degree,
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  • your Master's degree, all the way to your Doctorate.
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  • We love you so much.
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  • Please, if you're looking for a university, check out
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  • the King's University.
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