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Relationship: The Principle of Honesty

Watch Relationship: The Principle of Honesty
August 7, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Relationship: The Principle of Honesty

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  • There's deceit in your spirit.
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  • What I'm trying to say to you is,
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  • bring it out in the open. Be honest.
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  • Be fully transparent.
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  • Be vulnerable with God and with others.
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  • ROBERT: We're in a series called,
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  • "Relationship Through God's Top Ten" and what I'm doing is
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  • I'm looking for the principle that's behind
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  • each of the Ten Commandments, the principle of relationship.
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  • I believe God gave us the Ten Commandments
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  • for a couple of reasons, but one of those reasons is for us
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  • to be able to have a better relationship with Him
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  • and a better relationship with others, all right?
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  • So, the ninth commandment is Exodus 20:16, "You shall not
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  • bear false witness against your neighbor."
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  • "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."
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  • Now, many times we shorten this to you shall not lie,
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  • and that's okay.
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  • That's the gist of it.
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  • But, I think we really need to look at what
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  • the actual commandment is and talk about it for a moment.
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  • And, I want to clarify something, that your neighbor,
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  • in Scripture, is not the person that lives beside you.
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  • It's any person you come in contact with, and here's how
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  • I know that, because Jesus said...they said,
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  • what's the most important commandment?
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  • And He said, "Love God with all your heart, mind, soul,
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  • and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself",
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  • and they said, who is our neighbor?
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  • And He told the famous story of the good Samaritan,
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  • and it's basically whoever you come in contact with.
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  • A guy's just walking down the road
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  • and comes in contact with a person who needs help,
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  • and He says that's your neighbor.
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  • Okay?
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  • So, this is everyone.
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  • Then I want you to notice about this.
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  • "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."
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  • I want you to remember that God was establishing a society,
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  • a civilized society.
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  • We're looking at the principles behind the commandments,
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  • but these Ten Commandments are the foundation
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  • for a civilized society.
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  • A civilized society is a society that is governed by moral laws.
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  • That's why, by the way, it's important what laws
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  • our government passes, whether they're moral or not.
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  • And you say, well, what is morality?
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  • And I don't want to get into a long thing on this,
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  • but morality is not subjective.
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  • It is not whatever you think is right.
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  • There has to be absolutes.
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  • There has to be an objective morality, and that morality
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  • is based on the Bible, on God's Word.
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  • So, we have to have an absolute to base that morality on.
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  • But, this was a legal commandment.
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  • You have to know it.
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  • He's actually saying, when you go to court,
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  • don't perjure yourself.
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  • That's really what He's saying.
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  • Bear false witness.
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  • Bear means testify, or answer.
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  • When you're asked a question, answer.
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  • False means, of course, false or lying,
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  • and witness means testimony.
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  • Don't give...when you're asked a question,
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  • do not answer with a lying testimony.
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  • That's really what He's saying.
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  • So, you need to understand that there was a moral code
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  • that God was trying to implement through
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  • the Ten Commandments.
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  • But as I've said on many commandments,
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  • I'm not that concerned that you are going to lie under oath
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  • and send someone to the electric chair.
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  • I'm not that concerned that some of you
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  • are going to murder people, or commit adultery,
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  • or set up wooden idols in your homes
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  • and bow down and worship them.
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  • But I'm concerned that all of us violate the principle
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  • that's behind the commandment.
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  • So, the ninth commandment, I believe,
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  • is the principle of honesty.
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  • I think God is trying to put in us to be honest.
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  • When I was in my 20s, the first time I ever went
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  • through what we would call freedom ministry,
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  • they gave us a little booklet that kind of helped you repent.
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  • And it had questions in it like, is there anyone
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  • you need to forgive?
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  • And it just had beside it, yes or no.
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  • It didn't say, like one of the questions would be like,
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  • have you had impure sexual thoughts, yes or no?
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  • It did.
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  • You couldn't put sometimes, or once.
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  • You know, you couldn't... just yes or no.
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  • And then, there was a question that I want to show you,
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  • and I love the way they phrased it,
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  • so I want to show it to you.
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  • Look at this question.
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  • It says, are you a liar?
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  • Be honest.
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  • Because I remember, as soon as I saw that, are you a liar,
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  • I was ready to say no, and then it said, be honest,
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  • and I couldn't put sometimes!
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  • Sometimes I have a tendency to exaggerate.
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  • Sometimes I tell stories that favor me a little more.
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  • Are you following me?
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  • I think we've got to come to the place with sin
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  • that we call sin, sin.
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  • And, that's what I think that the ninth commandment is about.
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  • So, I want to give you three simple ways to develop honesty
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  • in your life to a greater degree, a greater level,
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  • than you have now.
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  • Here's number one.
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  • Be honest with yourself.
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  • Be honest with yourself.
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  • Now, I told Debbie, when I was preparing this message,
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  • I think this might be one of the most difficult messages
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  • I preach, because dishonest people are dishonest.
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  • Now, what I mean by that is, I can be preaching
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  • on dishonesty, and they've convinced themselves that
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  • they're not dishonest.
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  • As a matter of fact, the hardest people to help
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  • are dishonest people, people who won't be honest with themself.
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  • I've even told Debbie, I can't help that person
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  • because he won't be honest about himself.
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  • It's never his fault, can't pin him down,
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  • he's always got an excuse or a reason,
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  • and there's just no way to help him.
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  • I'll tell you something, too.
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  • God won't help you if you won't be honest about yourself.
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  • And here's the problem, though.
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  • What I've found is that some people are so hurt
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  • and so wounded by their past that they've not experienced
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  • the healing that God has for them yet, that they have to
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  • be dishonest almost about themselves,
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  • because they can't face the truth.
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  • You've met people like this.
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  • You say to someone, you made a mistake on that report
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  • you turned in.
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  • And they say something like, yes, I know,
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  • I'm a terrible person.
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  • Now, I didn't say you were a terrible person.
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  • I said you made a mistake on a report you turned in.
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  • Have you ever dealt with someone like that?
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  • And, they're such a perfectionist
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  • that they can't admit fault.
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  • They can't admit when they've done something wrong,
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  • and I'm telling you, if you can't be honest
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  • about mistakes, you're never going to get free.
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  • I told you a few weeks ago how I told Debbie, you know,
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  • I have a problem.
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  • When I was in my 20s, again trying to get so many things
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  • straightened out in my life, I said, I have a problem,
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  • you know, looking sometimes at women.
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  • I shouldn't look.
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  • You know, help me with this.
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  • You know, and she said, I will, you know, and she did.
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  • And so, but anyway, but on this I decided the same thing.
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  • I thought, I have a tendency to exaggerate.
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  • And so I said to her, I have a tendency to exaggerate.
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  • We like saying that better than lie.
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  • I'm a liar.
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  • But I said, I have a tendency to exaggerate,
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  • so will you help me?
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  • She said, yes, I'll help you.
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  • So back then, remember, I traveled and preached revivals
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  • and things like that at churches.
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  • And so, we were leaving a church one time and she said, hey,
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  • you asked me to help you, you know, when you exaggerate,
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  • and I feel like you exaggerated in the message tonight.
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  • And I said, really?
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  • I said, well, what did I say?
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  • She said, well, you said that last week in the revival
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  • there were 200 people saved, and there were 7.
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  • Thank you.
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  • But it started helping me!
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  • I actually started underestimating crowds
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  • and decisions.
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  • And please hear me.
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  • You can do this and people will be gracious if you'll say,
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  • when you catch yourself exaggerating,
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  • if you'll say, no, no, wait.
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  • I'm sorry, that's not right.
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  • Have you ever done that or you ever had someone do that?
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  • You don't get mad at them for that.
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  • You just say they're trying to be [indiscernible] here.
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  • So, when you catch yourself doing it, be accountable
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  • to some other people.
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  • Be honest with yourself.
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  • If you catch yourself, just say, oh, I'm sorry, that's not right.
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  • But, we've got to learn to be honest in everything we say
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  • and everything we do, and it starts with being honest
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  • with yourself.
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  • Here's point number two.
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  • Be honest with others.
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  • Be honest with others.
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  • Have you ever been talking to someone and the person say,
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  • well, to be honest with you?
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  • Doesn't that bother you?
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  • To be honest with you...what?
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  • Or, here's one.
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  • I'm going to be honest with you now.
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  • Now?
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  • What have you been?
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  • I'm going to be honest with you.
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  • Now, again, it's an expression, and some of you
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  • might have this expression.
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  • I'd change it if I were you.
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  • Because you don't want to say sometime,
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  • now I'm going to lie to you.
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  • I've been honest, but now I'm going to lie.
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  • Let me show you how far God takes this being honest
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  • with other people.
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  • James 5:16 says, "Therefore confess your sins
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  • to one another."
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  • "Confess your sins to one another,
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  • and pray for one another, that you may be healed."
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  • Okay, why did He have to say that?
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  • I mean, why doesn't the Bible say confess your sins
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  • to God only, under your breath?
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  • Make sure no one hears, and make sure you don't have
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  • a microphone on at the time.
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  • Confess your sins only to God.
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  • Why would He say, "Confess your sins to one another?"
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  • Because of humility and accountability.
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  • It's called being honest with others so they can be
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  • honest with you.
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  • Here's the other thing you do.
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  • You bring it out of the darkness into the light.
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  • It's one of the best things you can do, is to get honest
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  • with someone else.
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  • I told you a moment ago, I can't help people
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  • who are dishonest.
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  • And what I've found out is that some people are so wounded
  • 00:11:30.060 --> 00:11:33.070
  • that they just cannot look at themselves honestly,
  • 00:11:33.100 --> 00:11:35.190
  • but I've also learned some more.
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  • Dr. Henry Cloud, who's been here, wrote a book called
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  • "Necessary Endings".
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  • If you're in any type of management or leadership,
  • 00:11:42.230 --> 00:11:44.170
  • you ought to read the book, because he said any time
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  • you're dealing with people, or overseeing people,
  • 00:11:46.260 --> 00:11:49.010
  • leading people, you need to know what kind of person
  • 00:11:49.040 --> 00:11:51.170
  • you're dealing with.
  • 00:11:51.200 --> 00:11:52.270
  • And he talks about three types of people that the Bible
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  • talks about - wise, foolish, and evil,
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  • and you need to decide which one that person is, wise,
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  • foolish, or evil.
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  • Let me tell you, a wise person, you can correct.
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  • Correct the wise man and he'll be wiser still.
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  • You can correct the wise man.
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  • As a matter of fact, when you take the truth to a wise person,
  • 00:12:09.230 --> 00:12:12.280
  • he will adapt himself to the truth.
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  • He'll say, this is the truth and I'm going to change
  • 00:12:17.250 --> 00:12:19.090
  • to line up with the truth.
  • 00:12:19.120 --> 00:12:21.060
  • And, he'll actually thank you.
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  • He'll thank you.
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  • But, not a foolish person.
  • 00:12:25.290 --> 00:12:27.290
  • A foolish person will make excuses.
  • 00:12:28.020 --> 00:12:31.020
  • A foolish person, many times, will turn it around on you.
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  • A foolish person will actually adapt the truth to himself.
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  • They'll say, well, now that's not actually the way
  • 00:12:38.250 --> 00:12:40.270
  • it happened, and da-da-da.
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  • And, he won't receive it.
  • 00:12:42.050 --> 00:12:46.110
  • Proverbs 9:8 says, "Do not correct a scoffer",
  • 00:12:46.140 --> 00:12:50.080
  • a foolish person, "lest he hate you.
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  • Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you."
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  • So, what I found out is that there are just some people,
  • 00:12:55.100 --> 00:12:58.250
  • they're foolish.
  • 00:12:58.280 --> 00:13:00.110
  • And by the way, here's what Henry says.
  • 00:13:00.140 --> 00:13:02.080
  • You cannot correct them with words, you can only correct them
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  • with consequences.
  • 00:13:04.290 --> 00:13:07.050
  • Well, I'm telling you, the bottom line is you have
  • 00:13:07.080 --> 00:13:12.050
  • a dishonest person.
  • 00:13:12.080 --> 00:13:13.150
  • He has something in his life that he cannot be honest about.
  • 00:13:13.180 --> 00:13:18.050
  • And so, he can't be honest about himself.
  • 00:13:18.080 --> 00:13:20.050
  • By the way, an evil person you reject
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  • after the second warning.
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  • Titus 3:10 says, "Reject a divisive man after the first
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  • and second admonition."
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  • The word admonition means warning.
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  • So if you have a person who's just downright evil,
  • 00:13:33.100 --> 00:13:35.050
  • you get rid of them.
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  • You can't work with a person like that.
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  • So, here's what I'm saying.
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  • Start getting honest with people.
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  • Please.
  • 00:13:42.140 --> 00:13:44.110
  • This is a principle...you can't imagine the freedom
  • 00:13:44.140 --> 00:13:48.140
  • that comes in your life.
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  • You don't have to be two people anymore.
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  • You can't imagine how many people are two people.
  • 00:13:52.040 --> 00:13:54.070
  • They're one public, they're one private.
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  • That's a dishonest person.
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  • You don't have to be dishonest anymore,
  • 00:13:58.080 --> 00:13:59.170
  • just be who you are.
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  • Let God help you.
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  • Let someone else help you.
  • 00:14:02.260 --> 00:14:04.010
  • When I talk about being two people,
  • 00:14:04.040 --> 00:14:06.130
  • there was a pastor friend of mine one time
  • 00:14:06.160 --> 00:14:09.060
  • that had an immoral failure.
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  • And so, I met with him to help him after this,
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  • and the Lord gave me, I feel, a revelation.
  • 00:14:14.230 --> 00:14:18.080
  • And so I said to him, you know how we talk about two people,
  • 00:14:18.110 --> 00:14:21.140
  • like one public, one private?
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  • And he said, yes.
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  • I said, well, I think the Lord showed me that it's like,
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  • three of you.
  • 00:14:27.180 --> 00:14:29.030
  • Now, I'm not talking about multiple personality
  • 00:14:29.060 --> 00:14:30.060
  • or anything like that.
  • 00:14:30.090 --> 00:14:31.120
  • I'm just talking about... just listen to the analogy.
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  • I said, there's like three of you.
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  • I said, one is a man who loves God and loves his family,
  • 00:14:35.280 --> 00:14:40.010
  • and I've known that guy for years and years and years.
  • 00:14:40.040 --> 00:14:42.160
  • And I know that he's there.
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  • He's in there, I know it.
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  • The other man is a man who fell and got caught in immorality,
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  • and wants to get free.
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  • But the third person is a liar and a deceiver.
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  • He's been lying to his wife, and he's been lying to me.
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  • He's been lying to his friends.
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  • And I said, I need you to understand something.
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  • I can help the first two.
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  • I can't help the third one.
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  • This one has to die.
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  • If you continue to lie to me, or if you continue to lie
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  • to your wife during this process,
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  • you'll never be restored.
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  • I can't restore you.
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  • That person has to die, but I can help the other two people.
  • 00:15:29.160 --> 00:15:35.020
  • And by the way, great news.
  • 00:15:35.050 --> 00:15:36.270
  • He was honest with me, honest with his wife,
  • 00:15:37.000 --> 00:15:39.020
  • honest with an accountability group, and he's restored now
  • 00:15:39.050 --> 00:15:42.010
  • and pastoring again.
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  • You have to get honest.
  • 00:15:43.170 --> 00:15:45.190
  • So, be honest with yourself, be honest with others,
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  • and here's number three - be honest with God.
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  • Can you imagine how God feels when you're dishonest with Him?
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  • I want you to think about this.
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  • Let's say that you blew it last week.
  • 00:16:05.130 --> 00:16:08.010
  • Let's just say you blew it.
  • 00:16:08.040 --> 00:16:09.040
  • But you've talked to God, like three or four times
  • 00:16:09.070 --> 00:16:12.090
  • since then, but you've never mentioned it.
  • 00:16:12.120 --> 00:16:17.290
  • Like He doesn't know?
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  • I mean, like have you ever had a child, you know,
  • 00:16:21.150 --> 00:16:24.070
  • hold something behind his back, and you say, what do you
  • 00:16:24.100 --> 00:16:27.160
  • have behind your back?
  • 00:16:27.190 --> 00:16:28.090
  • Nothing.
  • 00:16:28.120 --> 00:16:31.030
  • And you're thinking, you're five years old.
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  • I'm smarter than you, pal!
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  • How do you think God feels?
  • 00:16:39.150 --> 00:16:41.080
  • But here's the amazing thing.
  • 00:16:41.110 --> 00:16:43.230
  • He's already paid for it.
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  • He not only knows about it, but He knew you'd do it,
  • 00:16:46.060 --> 00:16:48.230
  • and He's already paid for it in full!
  • 00:16:48.260 --> 00:16:51.290
  • But, you won't tell Him about it.
  • 00:16:52.020 --> 00:16:57.270
  • The problem is you learned to be dishonest with God.
  • 00:16:58.000 --> 00:17:02.070
  • The other thing is you learned to be prideful,
  • 00:17:02.100 --> 00:17:04.210
  • because you can deal with this without bringing Him
  • 00:17:04.240 --> 00:17:07.170
  • into it.
  • 00:17:07.200 --> 00:17:09.110
  • I can deal with this on my own.
  • 00:17:09.140 --> 00:17:11.170
  • It's the exact opposite.
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  • If you want to get free from something,
  • 00:17:13.210 --> 00:17:15.090
  • you've got to bring God into it.
  • 00:17:15.120 --> 00:17:17.220
  • And He already knows.
  • 00:17:17.250 --> 00:17:19.120
  • I've told you this story before, but I think it bears repeating.
  • 00:17:19.150 --> 00:17:21.270
  • Debbie said to me one time, she said, I'm concerned
  • 00:17:22.000 --> 00:17:25.020
  • about something.
  • 00:17:25.050 --> 00:17:26.050
  • I said, what?
  • 00:17:26.080 --> 00:17:27.080
  • She said, I don't have a desire to read the Word
  • 00:17:27.110 --> 00:17:28.260
  • like I used to.
  • 00:17:28.290 --> 00:17:31.060
  • I said, you need to talk to the Lord about it.
  • 00:17:31.090 --> 00:17:33.110
  • She said, I don't want to tell Him!
  • 00:17:33.140 --> 00:17:38.230
  • I said, He might have heard you tell me right now.
  • 00:17:38.260 --> 00:17:44.000
  • He already knows.
  • 00:17:44.030 --> 00:17:47.000
  • Okay, so I asked you to turn to Psalm 32,
  • 00:17:47.030 --> 00:17:48.130
  • so look at Psalm 32:1.
  • 00:17:48.160 --> 00:17:51.030
  • Psalm 32:1, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
  • 00:17:51.060 --> 00:17:57.020
  • whose sin is covered."
  • 00:17:57.050 --> 00:18:01.020
  • Notice, present tense...is forgiven, is covered.
  • 00:18:01.050 --> 00:18:05.030
  • Present tense, it is, and forgiven and covered,
  • 00:18:05.060 --> 00:18:07.170
  • past tense.
  • 00:18:07.200 --> 00:18:08.150
  • See, it's already been taken care of.
  • 00:18:08.180 --> 00:18:09.170
  • "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not
  • 00:18:09.200 --> 00:18:11.220
  • impute inequity."
  • 00:18:11.250 --> 00:18:14.220
  • We understand about the word impute here.
  • 00:18:14.250 --> 00:18:16.180
  • "And in whose spirit there is no deceit."
  • 00:18:16.210 --> 00:18:19.140
  • Now, watch Verse 3.
  • 00:18:19.170 --> 00:18:20.220
  • This is David talking.
  • 00:18:20.250 --> 00:18:22.140
  • "When I kept silent, my bones grew old through
  • 00:18:22.170 --> 00:18:26.290
  • my groaning all the day long.
  • 00:18:27.020 --> 00:18:29.140
  • For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me.
  • 00:18:29.170 --> 00:18:33.060
  • My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.
  • 00:18:33.090 --> 00:18:36.140
  • I acknowledged my sin to You, and my inequity
  • 00:18:36.170 --> 00:18:38.280
  • I have not hidden.
  • 00:18:39.010 --> 00:18:40.160
  • I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord",
  • 00:18:40.190 --> 00:18:45.190
  • and you forgave the inequity of my sin."
  • 00:18:45.220 --> 00:18:47.280
  • Okay, here's what he's saying.
  • 00:18:48.010 --> 00:18:49.170
  • Until I confessed it, I felt horrible.
  • 00:18:49.200 --> 00:18:55.060
  • I had no vitality.
  • 00:18:55.090 --> 00:18:56.000
  • I had no strength.
  • 00:18:56.030 --> 00:18:57.030
  • I had no joy, no peace, until I confessed it.
  • 00:18:57.060 --> 00:19:00.190
  • And what he's saying is, what took me so long to confess?
  • 00:19:00.220 --> 00:19:04.150
  • But let me show you what took him so long to confess,
  • 00:19:04.180 --> 00:19:06.090
  • okay?
  • 00:19:06.120 --> 00:19:07.210
  • Because we missed this one little phrase.
  • 00:19:07.240 --> 00:19:09.200
  • Verse 2, "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not
  • 00:19:09.230 --> 00:19:12.200
  • impute inequity", now watch this,
  • 00:19:12.230 --> 00:19:14.160
  • "and in whose spirit there is no deceit."
  • 00:19:14.190 --> 00:19:20.230
  • Okay, now what I've been trying to tell you is that violating
  • 00:19:20.260 --> 00:19:25.280
  • the commandments affects your body,
  • 00:19:26.010 --> 00:19:27.240
  • your soul, and your spirit.
  • 00:19:27.270 --> 00:19:30.230
  • In order to hate someone, or have an idol in your heart,
  • 00:19:30.260 --> 00:19:38.000
  • or get involved in some sort of a sexual sin,
  • 00:19:38.030 --> 00:19:43.220
  • you have to be deceitful.
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  • We talked about this.
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  • You have to be deceptive.
  • 00:19:46.080 --> 00:19:47.260
  • This is what happens when you're dishonest.
  • 00:19:47.290 --> 00:19:51.240
  • You're deceived in your spirit.
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:56.120
  • There's deceit in your spirit.
  • 00:19:56.150 --> 00:19:59.130
  • What I'm trying to say to you is,
  • 00:19:59.160 --> 00:20:00.250
  • bring it out in the open.
  • 00:20:00.280 --> 00:20:02.290
  • Get it out in the open.
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  • Be honest.
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  • Be fully transparent.
  • 00:20:05.030 --> 00:20:07.000
  • Be vulnerable with God and with others.
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  • I remember the first time I lied and got caught.
  • 00:20:10.250 --> 00:20:17.030
  • There was some money on the counter of our kitchen,
  • 00:20:17.060 --> 00:20:21.110
  • and I took the money.
  • 00:20:21.140 --> 00:20:24.070
  • My parents were omniscient.
  • 00:20:24.100 --> 00:20:28.030
  • They knew all, and saw all, were omnipresent.
  • 00:20:28.060 --> 00:20:32.000
  • And so, my dad knew that I took it.
  • 00:20:32.030 --> 00:20:35.180
  • And so he said, what happened to that money
  • 00:20:35.210 --> 00:20:37.180
  • that I put on the counter?
  • 00:20:37.210 --> 00:20:39.110
  • I don't know.
  • 00:20:39.140 --> 00:20:41.130
  • So he said, well, I know it's here somewhere
  • 00:20:41.160 --> 00:20:43.030
  • in the house, so we're going to look for it until we find it.
  • 00:20:43.060 --> 00:20:47.270
  • Well, it was in my pocket, you know?
  • 00:20:48.000 --> 00:20:49.060
  • So, we look and look, and I think, well,
  • 00:20:49.090 --> 00:20:51.220
  • eventually he's going to give up.
  • 00:20:51.250 --> 00:20:52.270
  • He said, now, we're not quitting until we find it,
  • 00:20:53.000 --> 00:20:55.000
  • because it's here somewhere.
  • 00:20:55.030 --> 00:20:56.010
  • He's hoping, you know, I'd confess.
  • 00:20:56.040 --> 00:20:58.020
  • So finally, I remember slipping it out of my pocket
  • 00:20:58.050 --> 00:21:00.170
  • behind the living room chair.
  • 00:21:00.200 --> 00:21:02.120
  • It wasn't a good plan, and I said, oh, I found it!
  • 00:21:02.150 --> 00:21:10.090
  • It must have fallen out of your pocket, you know,
  • 00:21:10.120 --> 00:21:11.280
  • or something, you know.
  • 00:21:12.010 --> 00:21:12.290
  • So he said to me, you took it, didn't you?
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:16.210
  • He said, I know you took it.
  • 00:21:16.240 --> 00:21:17.170
  • I saw you take it.
  • 00:21:17.200 --> 00:21:18.080
  • Okay, okay, I took it.
  • 00:21:18.110 --> 00:21:19.230
  • So he takes me out of the room.
  • 00:21:19.260 --> 00:21:21.110
  • He said, I'm going to spank you for stealing.
  • 00:21:21.140 --> 00:21:23.050
  • So, he spanks me for stealing.
  • 00:21:23.080 --> 00:21:24.230
  • Then he says, now I'm going to spank you for lying.
  • 00:21:24.260 --> 00:21:31.150
  • And I got two spankings.
  • 00:21:31.180 --> 00:21:33.270
  • Now, my dad did a great job.
  • 00:21:34.000 --> 00:21:35.210
  • He did the right thing.
  • 00:21:35.240 --> 00:21:37.150
  • But, I realize now what happened in that moment.
  • 00:21:37.180 --> 00:21:41.230
  • Satan put a thought in my mind.
  • 00:21:41.260 --> 00:21:43.210
  • I didn't know then it was Satan, but here's the thought
  • 00:21:43.240 --> 00:21:45.200
  • that came in my mind after that second spanking.
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  • I need to get better at lying.
  • 00:21:49.020 --> 00:21:58.250
  • I'm going to have to work out the details of the story
  • 00:21:58.280 --> 00:22:03.050
  • a little better.
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:04.080
  • I'm going to have to go through this in my mind.
  • 00:22:04.110 --> 00:22:09.220
  • And I got good at it.
  • 00:22:09.250 --> 00:22:12.050
  • Now, I'm just asking.
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  • I'm trying to be real with you.
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  • Don't worry, I'm not going to ask you to raise your hands.
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  • But, I'll bet some of you got good at it too.
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  • You learned how to lie.
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  • You learned how to turn the story where it favors you.
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  • You learned how to do it.
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  • So the best thing for me was to really get honest,
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  • and I felt like the Lord told me two people that I had to get
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  • honest with - one, Pastor Olen Griffin,
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  • that's sitting on the front row here, that was my pastor,
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  • and Debbie.
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  • And at separate times I got with each of them.
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  • I'd written down on a piece of paper everything
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  • that I had ever done that no one knew.
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  • And I just thought, this is the best way for me
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  • to come clean.
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  • And I remember, with Debbie, it was seven years
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  • into our marriage.
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  • I was going through a restoration process,
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  • and I said to her, I need to tell you who you really married,
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  • and I want to tell you everything that I've ever
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  • done that no one knows...everything.
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  • And it took several hours.
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  • I told her everything.
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  • We got down to the end and I said, that's it.
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  • That's everything that I can remember that I've ever done
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  • that no one knows.
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  • I'll never forget what she said.
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  • She said, Robert, I knew you were bad when I married you.
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  • I didn't know you were that bad, but I knew you were bad.
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  • But I loved you and I saw in you a person that wanted to
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  • deal with the sin he was involved in.
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  • And she said, I loved you then, but I love you more today
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  • because you've been honest with me.
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  • Do you know the hardest thing, when I work with couples
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  • that have had infidelity in their marriage,
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  • the hardest thing is not the immorality,
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  • but the dishonesty.
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  • God is saying, I want you to be honest.
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  • I want you to be honest with yourself.
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  • I want you to be honest with others.
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  • I want you to be honest with Me.
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  • This is one of the most freeing principles
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  • you'll ever allow into your life.
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  • So, what do you do if you haven't been honest
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  • in an area of your life, and that's probably all of us.
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  • We've got to go to God and get honest with God first.
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  • We've got to get honest in our own hearts,
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  • and then we've got to get honest with someone else.
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  • And I want to encourage you, these are not just
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  • ten commandments, although they are the Ten Commandments.
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  • But, these are principles that, when we put these principles
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  • in place, we have a deeper relationship
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  • with God and a deeper relationship with others.
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  • Hey, join me next time as I finish this series.
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  • I'll be on the tenth one, on "Relationship Through
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  • God's Top Ten".
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  • ANNOUNCER: When we think of the Ten Commandments, many of us
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  • think of a list of rules telling us what not to do.
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  • But the truth is, God designed
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  • the Ten Commandments as a way for us
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  • to have a relationship with Him.
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  • You are so valuable to God, and His plan for your life
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  • has always been for you to thrive in your relationship
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  • with Him, and the relationships with the people
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  • around you.
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  • In fact, relationship with you has always been,
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  • and will always be, His number one priority.
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  • He created Adam and Eve for it.
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  • He redeemed the children of Israel for it, and He sent Jesus
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  • to ensure we would be redeemed for it.
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  • Throughout this in-depth teaching series, Pastor Robert
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  • will walk you through the Ten Commandments
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  • and help you discover how each commandment is actually
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  • a principle that draws us into a deeper relationship
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  • with Him.
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  • As you find relationship through God's top ten,
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  • your relationship with the Lord will begin to grow
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  • to new depths, and you'll learn more about His heart
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  • in designing those principles with you in mind.
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  • and the uplifting worship album, Walls.
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  • God loves you, and wants to have a closer relationship with you.
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  • of Pastor Robert Morris Ministries.
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  • JIMMY EVANS: You're the firstborn of God
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  • and you have the right of the double portion.
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  • And it's time for the firstborn church of God to arise.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: When pride gets reversed in your life,
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  • you immediately step into God's plan for you,
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  • and you also step into God's provision for you.
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  • SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ: We are not those that will just survive.
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  • We're gonna change the world, because we will do nothing less
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  • in the name of Jesus Christ
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  • than thrive.
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