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June 24, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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  • In this series, "Free Indeed",
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  • Coming up, my pastor, Robert Morris,
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  • reminds us to trust, not in ourselves,
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  • but in the Lord whose strength, righteousness,
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  • and wisdom protects us from the perilous trap of pride.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: Alright, the title
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  • of today's message is "Permission Granted,"
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  • permission granted.
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  • And I want you to turn to two scriptures.
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  • Obviously, Luke 22; we'll start there...Luke 22.
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  • And then, put a marker at Job 1, Job 1.
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  • We will actually -- These are the first two points.
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  • We're going to go through these scriptures
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  • and I'm going to actually turn to the third scripture
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  • when we get to the third point, and we're going to go through
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  • a lot of scripture in this message.
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  • And I believe the scripture is going to so teach us
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  • what we need to hear.
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  • So the title of the message, again, is
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  • "Permission Granted".
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  • Do we ever, as believers, grant Satan permission
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  • to come against us or to take us bondage in an area?
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  • But we're also going to answer the question in this message
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  • does God ever grant Satan permission to take us bondage
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  • in an area.
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  • And I want you to think about, for a moment,
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  • the whole Old Testament...of God's people sinning
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  • and God granting the enemy permission to take His people
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  • into bondage and His people then crying out to Him
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  • and Him releasing them from that bondage,
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  • but teaching them through it.
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  • Alright?
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  • So I see some raised eyebrows as you're thinking about that.
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  • "What does that mean?"
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  • Okay, well, we'll look at the word and see what it means.
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  • Alright?
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  • We've talked about that Satan is a thief
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  • and Jesus said he's always looking to come in
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  • some other way.
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  • Joel said he comes in through windows or he comes in
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  • through an open door.
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  • I want to tell you, and we're going to deal with
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  • this one open door but three definitions of it
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  • in this message; but the number one open door
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  • that I've seen believers, even mature believers open
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  • a door to Satan in this area is the area of pride.
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  • Now, it is amazing to me that when we talk about pride,
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  • that many people are proud that they don't have pride.
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  • So before you dismiss this subject, let me give you -
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  • I'm excited because I feel like the Lord gave me
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  • some definitions of pride that when you look at it,
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  • you think, "Oh, I might have done that."
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  • So here's number one.
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  • Pride is trusting in your own strength.
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  • Pride is trusting in your own strength.
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  • Now, look at Luke 22, beginning in verse 31.
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  • Luke 22:31, "And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon!
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  • Indeed, Satan has asked for you..."
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  • We'll come back to the word asked.
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  • "...that he may sift you as wheat.
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  • But I have prayed for you, that your faith
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  • should not fail..."
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  • See, it sounds like when you go through the sifting.
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  • "...and when you have returned..."
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  • That would obviously indicate that he would fall away.
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  • "...when you have returned to Me, strengthen
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  • your brethren."
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  • This is an amazing passage of scripture.
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  • New Testament, Jesus saying to a believer,
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  • "Satan has asked permission to sift you like wheat.
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  • But I tell you what... I prayed for you.
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  • And when you come back, strengthen your brothers."
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  • In other words, you're going to fall.
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  • It's pretty strong.
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  • Now, what's amazing about the New Testament is that
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  • we know it's written in Greek and Greek, many times,
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  • will have three or four words for a word we only have one word
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  • in English, like the word asked.
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  • This is not the normal word, Greek word, for asked.
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  • This word has a strong implication that we need
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  • to understand, and I'm actually going to show you
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  • the Greek Lexicon definition of this word asked.
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  • Here's what it says.
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  • It says, "This word asked means to ask for something
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  • and to receive what one asks for,
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  • to ask for with success, to ask and receive."
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  • In other words, this could be translated Satan asked
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  • and received permission to sift you like wheat.
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  • The New American Standard says it this ways,
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  • "Satan has demanded permission."
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  • In other words, he has a right; he has a right in your life.
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  • There's an open door in your life assignment.
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  • And what would that open door be?
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  • I personally think it was that he trusted his own strength.
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  • I personally think that he had pride.
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  • And the reason I think that is because of
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  • the conversation that takes place right before this.
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  • Now, Luke actually doesn't record what was said right
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  • before this, but Matthew, Mark, and John record it.
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  • And let me read it to you and see if you see
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  • any pride in Peter.
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  • Alright?
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  • Mark 14:27 says, "Then Jesus said to them, "All of you,"
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  • all of you, "will be made to stumble because of Me
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  • this night, for it is written," now he's going to
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  • quote scripture to say this.
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  • It's already been written so this is going to happen.
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  • "'I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered.
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  • But after I have been raised, I will go before you
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  • to Galilee.'
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  • Peter said to Him, Even if all are made to stumble,
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  • yet I will not be.
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  • Jesus said to him, Assuredly, I say to you that today,
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  • even this night, before the rooster crows twice,
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  • you will deny Me three times.
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  • But he spoke more vehemently," arrogantly,
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  • "If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!"
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  • Now, I think Jesus was trying to say to Peter,
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  • "What part of all do you not understand?"
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  • "All of you will deny Me."
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  • "Not me.
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  • These weaklings might, Lord, but not me."
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  • So Jesus said, "Okay, let Me just tell you,
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  • you're going to do it tonight, three times."
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  • And he said, "Nope, not me."
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  • Jesus is telling him, and then Jesus said, "Well, listen.
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  • There's a scripture in the Old Testament that says
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  • that you will."
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  • And Peter says, "No, the Bible's wrong."
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  • That's pride.
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  • Let me show you a little more pride.
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  • Matthew 16:21, "From that time Jesus began to show
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  • to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer
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  • many things from the elders and the chief priests
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  • and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
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  • Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him..."
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  • You have to be feeling pretty good about yourself
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  • to rebuke Jesus.
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  • "...saying, Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not
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  • happen to You.
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  • But He turned," watch this carefully in your Bible,
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  • "turned to and said to Peter," said to Peter,
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  • "Get behind Me, Satan!
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  • You are offense to Me, for you are not mindful
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  • of the things of God, but the things of men."
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  • Now, if that doesn't help open our eyes to something -
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  • Jesus looked right at a man and said to a man,
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  • "Get behind Me, Satan".
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  • He addressed Satan in the man.
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  • He addressed him.
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  • [Indiscernible] whether he was on him, in him, around him,
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  • behind him, whatever.
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  • But Jesus -- You're going to have to deal with
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  • this scripture.
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  • Jesus said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan."
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  • And you've got to remember, this is right before --
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  • What happened right before this was Jesus changed Peter's name
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  • from Simon to Peter.
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  • Now He calls him Satan.
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  • Of course, Peter's probably thinking,
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  • "No, I like Peter better."
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  • But it's arrogance.
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  • It's pride.
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  • And it's trusting in his own strength.
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  • Do you realize when they came to arrest Him,
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  • one of the disciples cut off a soldier's ear?
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  • Want to take a guess who it was?
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  • Peter. Peter.
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  • Do you know why he cut his ear off?
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  • 'Cause he missed his head.
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  • He was trying to split his head wide open
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  • with a garrison of soldiers - We really don't know how many.
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  • A centurion, which oversaw the crucifixion of Jesus,
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  • a centurion, cent, would oversee a 100 soldiers.
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  • There could have been a hundred soldiers there.
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  • And Peter is going to take them all on with one sword.
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  • That's trusting your own strength.
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  • But because of this, Jesus said to him, "Listen;
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  • Satan's got, he's got a right.
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  • He's coming.
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  • He's coming, 'cause you've opened up a door to him."
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  • And then Peter does something like we talked about
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  • in the first message, "Under the Influence"...
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  • totally out of character for himself,
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  • he did not -- This strong disciple that's willing
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  • to take on a whole garrison of soldiers turns around
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  • and denies Jesus to the teenage waitress.
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  • And he even curses and swears.
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  • He starts using curse words, saying, "I don't know Him.
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  • I don't know the man."
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  • Please hear me about this.
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  • What I'm going to share with you today,
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  • many mature believers fall into this trap.
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  • They walked with the Lord a long time and they begin
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  • to trust in their own strength to resist temptation.
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  • Is it possible this is what King David fell,
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  • because he was a very, very strong man?
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  • So, number one, pride is trusting your own strength.
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  • By the way, 1 Corinthians 10:12 says, "Therefore let him
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  • who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall."
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  • 'Kay.
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  • So number two, pride is trusting in your own righteousness.
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  • Pride is trusting in your own righteousness.
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  • Now, flip back to Job 1, or click to Job 1,
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  • however you read your Bible.
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  • Just read it.
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  • Job 1.
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  • And most of us know the story of Job.
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  • I had a friend of mine that, right after he got saved,
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  • he read the book of Job 'cause he needed one.
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  • He said to me, "You know, that book didn't help me much."
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  • I told him, "No, read John.
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  • Read John.
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  • Don't read Job.
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  • Read John."
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  • Kay.
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  • Pride is trusting in your own righteousness.
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  • Look at Job 1:6.
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  • "Now there was a day when the sons of God
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  • came to present themselves before the Lord,
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  • and Satan also came among them.
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  • And the Lord said to Satan, From where do you come?
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  • So Satan answered the Lord and said, From going to
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  • and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."
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  • That's just like we said last week, he goes about
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  • like a roaring lion, "seeking whom he may devour".
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  • "Then the Lord said to Satan, Have you considered
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  • My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth,
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  • a blameless and an upright man,
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  • one who fears God and shuns evil?
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  • So Satan answered the Lord and said, Well,
  • 00:12:00.170 --> 00:12:02.100
  • does Job fear God for nothing?
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  • Have You not made a hedge around him,
  • 00:12:04.080 --> 00:12:06.090
  • around his household, and around all that he has on every side?
  • 00:12:06.120 --> 00:12:09.160
  • You have blessed the work of his hands,
  • 00:12:09.190 --> 00:12:12.010
  • and his possessions have increased in the land.
  • 00:12:12.040 --> 00:12:15.070
  • But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has,
  • 00:12:15.100 --> 00:12:18.060
  • and he will surely curse You to Your face.
  • 00:12:18.090 --> 00:12:20.070
  • And the Lord said to Satan, Behold, all that he has
  • 00:12:20.100 --> 00:12:25.050
  • is in your power..."
  • 00:12:25.080 --> 00:12:26.240
  • I would say that's granting permission.
  • 00:12:26.270 --> 00:12:28.170
  • "...only do not lay a hand on his person.
  • 00:12:28.200 --> 00:12:31.030
  • So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord."
  • 00:12:31.060 --> 00:12:35.060
  • That's a very difficult passage to understand,
  • 00:12:35.090 --> 00:12:38.100
  • but it's really not that difficult when you read
  • 00:12:38.130 --> 00:12:39.270
  • the rest of the book.
  • 00:12:40.000 --> 00:12:41.170
  • For 32 chapters, 31, Job - He has three friends
  • 00:12:41.200 --> 00:12:47.080
  • that show up to try to comfort him.
  • 00:12:47.110 --> 00:12:49.090
  • You don't want these friends, by the way.
  • 00:12:49.120 --> 00:12:51.130
  • But in essence, they do speak a lot of truth.
  • 00:12:51.160 --> 00:12:55.170
  • They say to him, over and over and over again,
  • 00:12:55.200 --> 00:12:57.190
  • "Job, are you sure there's not an open door in your life?
  • 00:12:57.220 --> 00:13:00.220
  • Are you sure there's no cause that the enemy was
  • 00:13:00.250 --> 00:13:03.240
  • able to use against you?"
  • 00:13:03.270 --> 00:13:06.040
  • And Job says, "Nope.
  • 00:13:06.070 --> 00:13:07.230
  • Nope.
  • 00:13:07.260 --> 00:13:08.060
  • Nope.
  • 00:13:08.090 --> 00:13:09.010
  • Nope.
  • 00:13:09.040 --> 00:13:10.100
  • I have not done these things and I have done these things."
  • 00:13:10.130 --> 00:13:12.120
  • And he lists the things that he hasn't done and he lists
  • 00:13:12.150 --> 00:13:14.090
  • the things that he has done.
  • 00:13:14.120 --> 00:13:15.270
  • He says, "No, no, no, no."
  • 00:13:16.000 --> 00:13:17.130
  • In chapter 32, there's a young man named Elihu
  • 00:13:17.160 --> 00:13:20.030
  • that's been sitting there the whole time, listening.
  • 00:13:20.060 --> 00:13:22.140
  • And I don't have time to read all of it,
  • 00:13:22.170 --> 00:13:24.200
  • but in essence, this is what he says.
  • 00:13:24.230 --> 00:13:25.280
  • He says, "I've held it all I can hold it."
  • 00:13:26.010 --> 00:13:28.130
  • He said, "I didn't say anything because all you guys
  • 00:13:28.160 --> 00:13:30.290
  • are old dudes and I figured eventually you'd get
  • 00:13:31.020 --> 00:13:33.100
  • the right answer.
  • 00:13:33.130 --> 00:13:35.010
  • But none of you have figured it out, and so I'm going to
  • 00:13:35.040 --> 00:13:37.220
  • tell you what the problem is here."
  • 00:13:37.250 --> 00:13:39.190
  • And we'll pick it up at that.
  • 00:13:39.220 --> 00:13:41.060
  • Job 32:1, "So these three men ceased answering Job..."
  • 00:13:41.090 --> 00:13:45.230
  • Now, watch.
  • 00:13:45.260 --> 00:13:46.200
  • Here's the answer to the whole book.
  • 00:13:46.230 --> 00:13:48.160
  • "...because he was righteous in his own eyes.
  • 00:13:48.190 --> 00:13:54.000
  • Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of" a hard word person,
  • 00:13:54.030 --> 00:14:03.190
  • of something else, "of the family of Ram,
  • 00:14:03.220 --> 00:14:06.270
  • was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused..."
  • 00:14:07.000 --> 00:14:11.040
  • Now, watch carefully again.
  • 00:14:11.070 --> 00:14:13.160
  • "...because he justified himself rather than God."
  • 00:14:13.190 --> 00:14:17.170
  • He justified himself rather than God.
  • 00:14:17.200 --> 00:14:21.100
  • He goes on for several chapters.
  • 00:14:21.130 --> 00:14:23.210
  • Chapter 33:8-9, he says, "Surely you have spoken in
  • 00:14:23.240 --> 00:14:27.100
  • my hearing, and I have heard the sound of your words..."
  • 00:14:27.130 --> 00:14:30.040
  • He said, "I heard this come out of your mouth."
  • 00:14:30.070 --> 00:14:31.290
  • "...saying, I am pure, without transgression;
  • 00:14:32.020 --> 00:14:35.230
  • I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me."
  • 00:14:35.260 --> 00:14:41.110
  • 'Kay, he would have had to be Jesus for that to be true.
  • 00:14:41.140 --> 00:14:43.290
  • And then he concludes this.
  • 00:14:44.020 --> 00:14:46.170
  • In part of his conclusion, he says in Job 36:3,
  • 00:14:46.200 --> 00:14:49.220
  • "I," this is Elihu, the young man, talking, "I will ascribe
  • 00:14:49.250 --> 00:14:53.040
  • righteousness to my Maker."
  • 00:14:53.070 --> 00:14:57.010
  • Here's the sin.
  • 00:14:57.040 --> 00:14:59.140
  • Here's the open door in Job's life...he was righteous
  • 00:14:59.170 --> 00:15:01.280
  • because of what he did, not because of who he knew.
  • 00:15:02.010 --> 00:15:07.000
  • His whole discourse is about what he did.
  • 00:15:07.030 --> 00:15:10.180
  • "I've done this.
  • 00:15:10.210 --> 00:15:11.080
  • I've done this.
  • 00:15:11.110 --> 00:15:11.270
  • I've done this.
  • 00:15:12.000 --> 00:15:12.160
  • And I haven't done this.
  • 00:15:12.190 --> 00:15:13.050
  • And I haven't done this.
  • 00:15:13.080 --> 00:15:13.280
  • And I haven't done this."
  • 00:15:14.010 --> 00:15:14.250
  • Hear me again.
  • 00:15:14.280 --> 00:15:15.290
  • Mature believers fall prey to pride in this area
  • 00:15:16.020 --> 00:15:20.160
  • because when we get saved, I want you to think about this,
  • 00:15:20.190 --> 00:15:22.270
  • when we get saved, we know that our righteousness
  • 00:15:23.000 --> 00:15:25.200
  • comes from God 'cause we weren't righteous
  • 00:15:25.230 --> 00:15:29.050
  • and God came, by His grace, and saved us.
  • 00:15:29.080 --> 00:15:31.280
  • But ten years later, 20 years later, 30 years later,
  • 00:15:32.010 --> 00:15:34.220
  • now we lead a group, now we're a leader in the church,
  • 00:15:34.250 --> 00:15:37.030
  • now we don't do all those things and we do these
  • 00:15:37.060 --> 00:15:39.090
  • things and we just begin to feel like we're righteous
  • 00:15:39.120 --> 00:15:42.210
  • because of what we do.
  • 00:15:42.240 --> 00:15:44.020
  • We are not righteous because of what we do.
  • 00:15:44.050 --> 00:15:46.290
  • We're righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ the Son alone.
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  • That's the only reason we're righteous.
  • 00:15:49.240 --> 00:15:53.080
  • And when you begin to believe and trust in
  • 00:15:53.110 --> 00:15:56.050
  • your own righteousness, that's pride.
  • 00:15:56.080 --> 00:16:00.020
  • See, here's what Jesus said.
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  • Jesus said -- Well, it's kind of like the Pharisee,
  • 00:16:01.170 --> 00:16:03.080
  • and he was in church praying and a sinner came in
  • 00:16:03.110 --> 00:16:06.200
  • and this was his prayer, "God, thank You
  • 00:16:06.230 --> 00:16:08.210
  • that I'm not like others.
  • 00:16:08.240 --> 00:16:12.100
  • Thank You, Lord."
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  • He compared himself.
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  • That's what Job does for 31 chapters.
  • 00:16:15.030 --> 00:16:17.090
  • He says, "Compare me to anybody.
  • 00:16:17.120 --> 00:16:18.290
  • Compare me to anybody and you'll see I'm righteous.
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  • I'm righteous."
  • 00:16:21.040 --> 00:16:22.260
  • Well, here's the only problem with that is that God showed up.
  • 00:16:22.290 --> 00:16:29.150
  • And God said, "Okay, you want to do some comparisons?
  • 00:16:29.180 --> 00:16:33.190
  • You want to compare yourself?
  • 00:16:33.220 --> 00:16:35.210
  • How about if you compare yourself to Me?
  • 00:16:35.240 --> 00:16:38.010
  • Watch what God, just a few things that God said to Job.
  • 00:16:38.040 --> 00:16:41.290
  • See if you would have wanted to be in Job's shoes that day.
  • 00:16:42.020 --> 00:16:45.000
  • Job 38:1, "Then the Lord answered Job out of
  • 00:16:45.030 --> 00:16:49.030
  • the whirlwind, and said, Who is this who darkens counsel
  • 00:16:49.060 --> 00:16:53.010
  • by words without knowledge?"
  • 00:16:53.040 --> 00:16:55.210
  • Let me put that in a simpler version for you,
  • 00:16:55.240 --> 00:16:58.260
  • just paraphrase that.
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  • God said, "What idiot is talking right now?"
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  • "Now prepare yourself like a man; and I will question you,
  • 00:17:06.020 --> 00:17:09.160
  • and you shall answer Me."
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  • Watch this.
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  • Watch what God says.
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  • "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?"
  • 00:17:14.230 --> 00:17:18.180
  • How would you like God to ask you that?
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  • "Tell Me, if you have understanding.
  • 00:17:20.230 --> 00:17:24.000
  • Who determined its measurements?"
  • 00:17:24.030 --> 00:17:26.070
  • And then listen to the sarcasm.
  • 00:17:26.100 --> 00:17:27.190
  • "Surely you know!
  • 00:17:27.220 --> 00:17:31.130
  • Or who stretched the line upon it?
  • 00:17:31.160 --> 00:17:33.140
  • To what were its foundations fastened?
  • 00:17:33.170 --> 00:17:35.170
  • Who laid its cornerstone..."
  • 00:17:35.200 --> 00:17:37.090
  • Verse 12, "Have you commanded the morning
  • 00:17:37.120 --> 00:17:39.120
  • since your days began, and caused the dawn
  • 00:17:39.150 --> 00:17:41.020
  • to know its place..."
  • 00:17:41.050 --> 00:17:42.040
  • One version says, "Have you ever told the sun
  • 00:17:42.070 --> 00:17:43.230
  • when to come up?"
  • 00:17:43.260 --> 00:17:46.270
  • Verse 22, "Have you ever entered the treasury of snow..."
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  • You know where I keep the snow?
  • 00:17:49.270 --> 00:17:51.130
  • "...or have you seen the treasury of hail..."
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:53.070
  • Verse 24, here's a good one for God to ask you,
  • 00:17:53.100 --> 00:17:55.090
  • "By what way is light diffused..."
  • 00:17:55.120 --> 00:18:02.080
  • Verse 34, "Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
  • 00:18:02.110 --> 00:18:04.160
  • than an abundance of water may cover you?"
  • 00:18:04.190 --> 00:18:07.180
  • "Can you tell it when to rain, 'cause I can."
  • 00:18:07.210 --> 00:18:10.040
  • "Can you send out lightnings, that they may go,
  • 00:18:10.070 --> 00:18:12.010
  • and say to you, Here we are?"
  • 00:18:12.040 --> 00:18:13.150
  • One version says, "Does lightning
  • 00:18:13.180 --> 00:18:14.240
  • come to your throne and ask where to strike?"
  • 00:18:14.270 --> 00:18:19.180
  • Verse 26, "Does the hawk fly by your wisdom and spread
  • 00:18:19.210 --> 00:18:22.250
  • his wings toward the south?
  • 00:18:22.280 --> 00:18:24.150
  • Does the eagle mount up at your command
  • 00:18:24.180 --> 00:18:26.050
  • and make its nest on high?"
  • 00:18:26.080 --> 00:18:29.040
  • And then God ends it with this statement, Job 40:8,
  • 00:18:29.070 --> 00:18:31.020
  • "Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?"
  • 00:18:31.050 --> 00:18:35.120
  • Can you imagine God asking that?
  • 00:18:35.150 --> 00:18:37.160
  • "Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?"
  • 00:18:37.190 --> 00:18:41.020
  • And of course, Job repents.
  • 00:18:41.050 --> 00:18:46.190
  • Please hear me.
  • 00:18:46.220 --> 00:18:48.120
  • I've seen a lot of mature believers begin to trust in
  • 00:18:48.150 --> 00:18:52.040
  • their own righteousness.
  • 00:18:52.070 --> 00:18:54.040
  • And here's the point...a lot of 'em really are righteous,
  • 00:18:54.070 --> 00:18:56.170
  • as far as their living.
  • 00:18:56.200 --> 00:18:57.230
  • And I believe in righteous living, please hear me,
  • 00:18:57.260 --> 00:18:59.140
  • because unrighteous living opens the door to the demonic.
  • 00:18:59.170 --> 00:19:02.210
  • So I believe in living righteously.
  • 00:19:02.240 --> 00:19:05.030
  • But living righteously doesn't make us righteous.
  • 00:19:05.060 --> 00:19:08.110
  • Only the blood of Jesus does.
  • 00:19:08.140 --> 00:19:10.260
  • I was talking to a man one time so steeped in pride
  • 00:19:10.290 --> 00:19:13.160
  • and trying and trying and trying to get him,
  • 00:19:13.190 --> 00:19:15.190
  • and he was telling me about all this trouble he was having
  • 00:19:15.220 --> 00:19:18.140
  • in his life, and all these things going wrong.
  • 00:19:18.170 --> 00:19:20.220
  • And then he said to me, "And I've always done
  • 00:19:20.250 --> 00:19:24.250
  • the right thing.
  • 00:19:24.280 --> 00:19:26.160
  • I've always done the right thing."
  • 00:19:26.190 --> 00:19:28.140
  • And I just flinched when I heard it.
  • 00:19:28.170 --> 00:19:31.280
  • I thought, "No, you haven't always done the right thing."
  • 00:19:32.010 --> 00:19:35.070
  • Nobody's always done the right thing.
  • 00:19:35.100 --> 00:19:37.030
  • But what he was saying was, "I'm righteous
  • 00:19:37.060 --> 00:19:39.180
  • because I've done the right thing."
  • 00:19:39.210 --> 00:19:42.070
  • So pride is trusting your own strength,
  • 00:19:42.100 --> 00:19:43.200
  • pride is trusting your own righteousness.
  • 00:19:43.230 --> 00:19:45.140
  • Here's number three.
  • 00:19:45.170 --> 00:19:47.200
  • Pride is trusting in your own wisdom, your own wisdom.
  • 00:19:47.230 --> 00:19:50.050
  • You can figure it out.
  • 00:19:50.080 --> 00:19:53.010
  • I'd really like for you to turn back to this passage,
  • 00:19:53.040 --> 00:19:55.200
  • and I'll explain it a little bit and give you a little background
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:19:58.100
  • as you're turning.
  • 00:19:58.130 --> 00:19:59.030
  • 1 Kings 22.
  • 00:19:59.060 --> 00:20:00.230
  • Just go to the left just a few books there.
  • 00:20:00.260 --> 00:20:02.230
  • 1 Kings 22.
  • 00:20:02.260 --> 00:20:04.280
  • So Ahab is the King of Israel.
  • 00:20:05.010 --> 00:20:07.120
  • He asks Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah, to come visit him.
  • 00:20:07.150 --> 00:20:10.200
  • Jehoshaphat was a good king.
  • 00:20:10.230 --> 00:20:12.140
  • Ahab was a very bad king; a very, very, very bad,
  • 00:20:12.170 --> 00:20:15.050
  • very wicked -- And Ahab says in this conversation,
  • 00:20:15.080 --> 00:20:17.200
  • "Hey, let's go attack the King of Syria and get back
  • 00:20:17.230 --> 00:20:21.180
  • Ramoth Gilead, the city that should be ours."
  • 00:20:21.210 --> 00:20:24.200
  • And King Jehoshaphat says, "Let's ask a prophet."
  • 00:20:24.230 --> 00:20:30.180
  • And so Ahab calls his 400 prophets that are on
  • 00:20:30.210 --> 00:20:33.170
  • his payroll and they said, "Yes, go.
  • 00:20:33.200 --> 00:20:35.030
  • Yeah, yeah.
  • 00:20:35.060 --> 00:20:36.020
  • God will be with you."
  • 00:20:36.050 --> 00:20:37.090
  • And Jehoshaphat says, "Any other prophets?"
  • 00:20:37.120 --> 00:20:41.110
  • And let me -- We'll pick it up at that.
  • 00:20:41.140 --> 00:20:42.280
  • 1 Kings 22:7-8, "And Jehoshaphat said, Is there
  • 00:20:43.010 --> 00:20:48.230
  • not still a prophet of the Lord here,
  • 00:20:48.260 --> 00:20:50.270
  • that we may inquire of Him?
  • 00:20:51.000 --> 00:20:52.270
  • So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is
  • 00:20:53.000 --> 00:20:54.210
  • still one man, Micaiah..."
  • 00:20:54.240 --> 00:20:56.260
  • This is not Micah that wrote the book.
  • 00:20:56.290 --> 00:20:58.200
  • This is a different prophet and his name is Micaiah,
  • 00:20:58.230 --> 00:21:01.020
  • not Micah.
  • 00:21:01.050 --> 00:21:02.040
  • "...Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may
  • 00:21:02.070 --> 00:21:04.260
  • inquire of the Lord..."
  • 00:21:04.290 --> 00:21:05.280
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:21:06.010 --> 00:21:07.040
  • "...but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good
  • 00:21:07.070 --> 00:21:09.170
  • concerning me, but evil."
  • 00:21:09.200 --> 00:21:19.110
  • So he said, "Well, let's call him anyway."
  • 00:21:19.140 --> 00:21:20.180
  • And they have to bring him out of prison.
  • 00:21:20.210 --> 00:21:22.030
  • Ahab had put him in prison three years earlier
  • 00:21:22.060 --> 00:21:23.140
  • because he'd already told him, "You're going to die."
  • 00:21:23.170 --> 00:21:25.080
  • You know, "You made God mad, so you're going to die."
  • 00:21:25.110 --> 00:21:27.200
  • And so, Ahab put him in jail for that.
  • 00:21:27.230 --> 00:21:29.220
  • Verse 15, "The he came to the king; and the king said
  • 00:21:29.250 --> 00:21:33.140
  • to him, Micaiah, shall we go to war against
  • 00:21:33.170 --> 00:21:35.290
  • Ramoth Gilead, or shall we refrain?
  • 00:21:36.020 --> 00:21:38.220
  • And he answered him, Go and prosper, for the Lord
  • 00:21:38.250 --> 00:21:40.220
  • will deliver it into the hand of the king.
  • 00:21:40.250 --> 00:21:43.130
  • So the king said to him, How many times
  • 00:21:43.160 --> 00:21:45.080
  • shall I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth
  • 00:21:45.110 --> 00:21:48.060
  • in the name of the Lord?"
  • 00:21:48.090 --> 00:21:49.240
  • In other words, basically, he was saying, "You're going
  • 00:21:49.270 --> 00:21:52.030
  • to do it anyway; doesn't matter what I say."
  • 00:21:52.060 --> 00:21:54.120
  • "And then he said..."
  • 00:21:54.150 --> 00:21:56.090
  • So here's the truth now.
  • 00:21:56.120 --> 00:21:57.150
  • "I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains as sheep
  • 00:21:57.180 --> 00:21:59.240
  • that have no shepherd."
  • 00:21:59.270 --> 00:22:01.280
  • Remember when they had no shepherd, the wolf attacks them.
  • 00:22:02.010 --> 00:22:04.080
  • "And the Lord said, These have no master.
  • 00:22:04.110 --> 00:22:06.080
  • Let each return to his house in peace."
  • 00:22:06.110 --> 00:22:08.090
  • In other words, don't go to war with this king
  • 00:22:08.120 --> 00:22:10.040
  • 'cause you won't come back.
  • 00:22:10.070 --> 00:22:11.110
  • You need to go home.
  • 00:22:11.140 --> 00:22:12.260
  • "And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat,
  • 00:22:12.290 --> 00:22:14.260
  • Did I not tell you he would not prophesy good concerning me
  • 00:22:14.290 --> 00:22:17.170
  • but evil?"
  • 00:22:17.200 --> 00:22:19.220
  • Here was the problem...Ahab trusted in his own wisdom.
  • 00:22:19.250 --> 00:22:22.190
  • So you need to understand something.
  • 00:22:22.220 --> 00:22:25.140
  • God's in control.
  • 00:22:25.170 --> 00:22:27.020
  • And when you open a door because you trust
  • 00:22:27.050 --> 00:22:29.100
  • in your own wisdom, that you're smart enough,
  • 00:22:29.130 --> 00:22:31.250
  • and you don't listen to people who say, "Stop, stop, stop;
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  • you're in trouble..."
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  • Let me put it to you another way.
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  • There's a demon talking to you and you think it's God
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  • because you trust in your own wisdom and not in the Lord.
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  • No one can correct you.
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  • You're smarter than everybody else.
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  • When you're smarter than everyone else, you have pride.
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  • When you have pride, you have an open door.
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  • When you have an open door, the wolf's coming in.
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  • There's no doubt about it.
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  • Let me say this: I want you to remember pride is trust
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  • in your own strength, your own righteousness,
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  • your own wisdom.
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  • Listen.
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  • Pride is a trap that the strong, the righteous,
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  • and the wise fall into many times.
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  • Let me say it again.
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  • Pride is a trap that the strong, the righteous,
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  • and the wise can fall into if you don't trust in
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  • the Lord's strength, the Lord's righteousness,
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  • and the Lord's wisdom.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Okay, let's be honest.
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  • Do we have pride in our lives?
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  • Most of us, if we were honest, we would say,
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  • "Yes, there's some pride in my life."
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  • And here's the problem: pride is an open door
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  • to the enemy.
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  • I really want to encourage you to get the CDs
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  • and the DVDs from this series because there's
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  • more information.
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  • I shared more in the messages when I shared this
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  • with the church than we could share on
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  • the television program.
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  • And I know that God is stirring your heart.
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  • I watched it as I shared this with our own people.
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  • I watched God stir their hearts and stir my heart
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  • that I want to be free indeed.
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  • So if you can get the CDs or the DVDs, I believe God
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  • will use them to help set you free.
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  • Here's what Jesus said, "He whom the Son makes free
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  • is free indeed."
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  • And the Holy Spirit really does want you to be free indeed.
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  • I want to encourage you.
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  • Watch next week because I am going to continue this series.
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  • ANNOUNCER: As Christians, it is possible for the enemy
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  • In this series, "Free Indeed", Pastor Robert explains
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