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September 24, 2020
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Pastor Doug Batchelor is an energetic speaker of vision and deep spirituality.

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  • male announcer: Thispresentation is brought to you
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  • by the friends of the AmazingFacts Ministry.
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  • Pastor Doug Batchelor: Theheighth of your spiritual
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  • experience is going to be inexact proportion to the depth of
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  • your repentance and yourconfession.
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  • Now I always like to use a storyas a springboard, and I'm going
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  • to turn to one that I thinkyou'll find familiar, it's in
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  • the Gospel of Luke, chapter 15,verse 11.
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  • And Jesus said, "There was acertain man that had two sons.
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  • And the younger of them said tohis father, Father, give me the
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  • portion of goods that falls tome.
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  • So he divided to them hislivelihood, his inheritance.
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  • And not many days after, theyounger son gathered all
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  • together, and he journeyed to afar country, and there he wasted
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  • his possessions with prodigalliving," sinful living.
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  • "But when he had spent all,there arose a severe famine in
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  • that land, and he began to be inwant.
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  • And he went and he joinedhimself to a citizen in that
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  • country, and he sent him outinto his fields to feed swine.
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  • And he would gladly have filledhis stomach with the pods that
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  • the swine ate, and no one gavehim anything."
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  • Now, living a life of sin, thisyoung man realized that he had
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  • squandered his opportunities, hehad squandered his father's
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  • blessings, and every sinnerultimately will realize that
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  • before they repent.
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  • That God has given me so manyopportunities and blessings and
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  • time, and we waste allselfishly.
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  • And then there's always apayday.
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  • Eventually the pleasure is gone,sin stops satisfying, it leaves
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  • you feeling empty, and he startsto think about when he was back
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  • in the father's house.
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  • It says, he came to himself.
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  • It's almost like it's describingsin as a form of insanity, and
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  • suddenly he got his sanity back.
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  • And he said, "How many of myfather's hired servants have
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  • bread enough to spare?
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  • My father's servants eat to thefull and I perish with hunger!"
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  • Why did Jesus come?
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  • Whoever believes in him mightnot perish.
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  • This young man realized he'sperishing.
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  • If you are not converted andsaved, there's only one
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  • other option.
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  • You either have everlasting lifethrough Jesus, and a new heart
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  • being born again, or perishing.
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  • And God does not want us to belost, he wants to save us.
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  • He said, I'm perishing withhunger.
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  • You know what satisfies thathunger for bread, it's the Word
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  • of God.
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  • "I will arise and go to myfather's house."
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  • Notice what's happening here.
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  • He's making a decision to gotowards his father.
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  • Now, the promise is, in James,if we draw near to God, James
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  • chapter 4--or James chapter 2verses 4 through 7, he will draw
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  • near to us.
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  • And so we want to be drawingnear to God.
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  • He said, "'I will go to myfather, and I'll say to him,
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  • Father, I have sinned againstheaven and before you, and I'm
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  • no longer worthy tobe called your son.
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  • Make me as one of your hiredservants.'
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  • So he arose," he's got thisspeech of confession in his
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  • mouth, and he arose and hecomes to his father.
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  • "His father saw him a long wayoff, he had compassion, and he
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  • ran and he fell on his neck andhe kissed him.
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  • And the son said, 'Father, Ihave sinned against heaven and
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  • in your sight, and I'm no longerworthy to be called your son.'"
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  • As soon as he confesses, thefather reacts by completely
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  • embracing and adopting him backinto the family, says, you are
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  • my son.
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  • Calls for his servants, and hesays, "Bring out the best robe
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  • and put it on him, put a ring onhis hand," meaning that he was
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  • now going to have the authorityof the family, "and sandals on
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  • his feet.
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  • And bring the fatted calf hereand kill it, and let us eat and
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  • be merry, for this my son wasdead and he's alive again, he
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  • was lost and he's found."
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  • And they began to be merry.
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  • And I'm not gonna even go intothe part about the other son,
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  • because the point of the story Iwanted to emphasize, this young
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  • man came to himself, herepented, but then he realized,
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  • I will say to my father.
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  • There was something he needed tosay.
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  • Everybody is going to confesssomeday.
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  • You can read where Paul says, inthe book of Romans chapter 14,
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  • "For it is written: 'As I live,says the Lord, every knee will
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  • bow to me, and every tongue willconfess.'"
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  • Tonight we're gonna talk veryspecifically about an important
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  • part of the Christianexperience, the conversion
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  • experience, that has to do withsincere confession.
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  • Now, don't be afraid ofconfessing to God, because God
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  • knows everything.
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  • You know, we're living in aninteresting time in the world's
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  • history where it seems like nomatter where you go now, cameras
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  • are rolling.
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  • And, you know, people can evengo to websites where they can
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  • look through satellites and seewhat's happening on the earth
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  • from space all over the world.
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  • Sometimes Karen will come in theoffice, she'll see that I'm on a
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  • program called Google Earth andI'm looking all over the world
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  • to see if I can find desertedislands.
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  • I just love looking at maps, I'mjust intrigued, I'm a very
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  • visual person.
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  • But everywhere you go now,everything, it seems like, is
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  • being recorded.
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  • And, more than ever, you know,in the cities for security, we
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  • just installed a video doorbellso that whenever anyone comes to
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  • our door, I know it's oldtechnology for most people, but
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  • it was very interesting for me,whenever anyone comes to our
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  • doorbell, and they ring thedoor, we get an alert on
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  • our phone.
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  • The funny thing is, every timeKaren goes to get the mail,
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  • every day, I get an alert.
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  • Caesar, our son, goes out tojog, and I see him out the front
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  • yard, he's stretching and I'mgoing, this is interesting, they
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  • don't know I'm watching.
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  • But it's like there's cameraseverywhere.
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  • And God has had cameras for along time.
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  • There are angels that recordeverything we say.
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  • Jesus said, in the judgmentyou'll give an account for every
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  • idle word that you speak.
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  • God sees everything we do.
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  • Let me give you a few verses onthat.
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  • Jesus says, in Luke chapter 12verse 2, "For there is nothing
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  • covered that will not berevealed, nor hidden that will
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  • not be known.
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  • Therefore whatever has beenspoken in the dark will be heard
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  • in the light, and whatever youhave spoken in the ear in the
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  • inner rooms will be proclaimedon the housetops."
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  • Ecclesiastes 12 verse 14, "ForGod will bring every work into
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  • judgment, including every secretthing."
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  • We think nobody knows.
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  • Everything we'll give an answerfor.
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  • And you may have sinned andthought, well, I got away with
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  • that, nobody will know, I don'tneed to say anything.
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  • You don't get away withanything.
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  • Everything that's done in secretwill be ultimately proclaimed
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  • from the housetops unless it isconfessed, repented of,
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  • forsaken, and you want it underthe blood of Jesus.
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  • You know, one reason I became aChristian is because I saw,
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  • providentially, you don't everget away with anything.
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  • I was a thief, and I realized Inever really got away
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  • with anything.
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  • And I just became convincedthere must be a God, because it
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  • seemed like, we started callingit karma, seemed like something
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  • always went wrong when you tryto do the wrong thing.
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  • And you know what they say onthe streets is what goes around
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  • comes around.
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  • It'll catch up with you.
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  • Nobody ever really gets awaywith anything.
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  • And so I'm sharing this sort ofas a background, why it is
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  • important to confess, becauseyou'll never really get ahead by
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  • doing wrong or by disobeyingGod.
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  • Hebrews chapter 4 verse 13, Paulsays, "There is no creature
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  • hidden from his sight, but allthings are naked and open to the
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  • eyes of him with whom we mustgive an account."
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  • Now, I wonder how people wouldbehave if they knew that God is
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  • always recording.
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  • You know, we had a little churchup in the hills, and it had the
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  • strangest sound system, just hadan inexpensive Radio Shack sound
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  • system, and something about thelength of the wires to the
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  • speakers, they weren't shielded,and whenever any airplane flew
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  • over or an ambulance went by,I've never run into it before,
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  • it seemed to pick up theirfrequencies, and it would
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  • broadcast it in the church.
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  • So while you're in there, in thechurch, and you're preaching,
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  • all of a sudden you would hearthe ambulance drivers talking on
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  • the radio.
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  • And sometimes what evenambulance drivers say to each
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  • other is not appropriate tobroadcast in a church.
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  • And I wondered, if they onlyknew that what they think
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  • they're saying just on the radioto the dispatch is being
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  • broadcast in the local church.
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  • How much more careful would theybe?
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  • Well, everything is naked andopen to the eyes of him with
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  • whom we have to do.
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  • There is a judgment day coming,and everybody is going to give
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  • an account for everything.
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  • And that's why it's so crucialfor us to not wait until we
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  • kneel with the devil outside ofthe New Jerusalem.
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  • Everybody will ultimately bowbefore Christ and confess that
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  • Jesus is Lord.
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  • But to confess while the doorsof mercy are still open, that
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  • would be now.
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  • You can't wait, friends.
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  • Pastor Doug Batchelor: So, withthat little background, I'm
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  • going to go through my ritual ofhaving five or six points we're
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  • gonna cover about confession.
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  • And I'll start with, why do weconfess?
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  • Why would we confess?
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  • Jesus said, your heavenlyFather, and this is Matthew
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  • chapter 6 verse 8, he knows whatthings you have need of before
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  • you even ask.
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  • So why tell him?
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  • Well, confession isn't for thebenefit of God.
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  • You know, when I was a babyChristian, I heard about
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  • confession, you know, I just, inmy mind I had it like, all
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  • right, Lord, you better sitdown, there's somethin' I gotta
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  • tell ya.
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  • And then I realized wait asecond!
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  • God knows everything.
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  • I'm not going to fill in theLord.
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  • So when you confess, it's notlike you're sayin', brace
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  • yourself, Lord, I've got someheavy things to share with you.
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  • He knows more about you than youknow about you.
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  • So you're not confessing to fillhim in.
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  • One very important thing thathappens when you're confessing
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  • is you are recognizing in yourown heart what you're doing
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  • is wrong.
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  • You're giving freedom, then, ofthe Holy Spirit to give you
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  • victory in that area, 'causeyou're admitting it's wrong and
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  • you want change.
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  • The other thing is, once youadmit it's wrong, something
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  • happens within you mentally.
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  • Then you realize there'sconsequences and
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  • you're accountable.
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  • People don't like confessing, itcan sometimes make them
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  • uncomfortable, but it's actuallygood for you because
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  • it's liberating.
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  • "If we confess our sins, he isfaithful and just to forgive us
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  • our sins and to cleanse us fromall unrighteousness."
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  • Now we're gonna talk about thewhat of confession.
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  • What do you confess?
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  • Confess means, this is adefinition, it means to disclose
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  • something that is damaging orinconvenient to one's self, to
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  • admit, to acknowledge.
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  • As someone said, confession isgood for the soul but it's bad
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  • for the reputation.
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  • And the Bible says, Proverbs 28verse 13, "He that covers his
  • 00:11:24.868 --> 00:11:28.805
  • sin will not prosper, butwhoever confesses
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  • and forsakes them."
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  • You know, I remember, even yearsafter I became a Christian,
  • 00:11:34.544 --> 00:11:37.013
  • something came to me.
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  • I was in Miami Beach, where Iused to go to school, used to
  • 00:11:40.217 --> 00:11:42.919
  • work, and I just went for avisit to the family.
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  • And while I was in Miami Beach,I remembered I had worked for a
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  • Baskin Robbins ice cream store.
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  • I got to work there and theytold me, you can eat all
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  • the ice cream you want.
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  • And it was a dream job for me,'cause I did.
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  • They said, you'll get tired ofit.
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  • I never did, I ate a lot of icecream while I was there.
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  • And he trusted me.
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  • I was just 14, 15 years old, butI was a good worker, I'd been in
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  • the military school, I kepteverything clean and organized.
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  • And eventually he gave me thekeys, and he had me, Mr. Scott
  • 00:12:08.278 --> 00:12:12.682
  • was his name, he had me open theplace and close the place and do
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  • the accounting and put the moneyin the freezer, and when I got
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  • ready to run away from home whenI was like 15 years old, I had
  • 00:12:20.090 --> 00:12:23.593
  • made myself an extra key.
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  • And I went into the BaskinRobbins late at night, and I
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  • went into the freezer, I knewwhere the key freezer was, and I
  • 00:12:29.132 --> 00:12:31.468
  • stole just enough cash where hewould have never known it
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  • was missing.
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  • Years later that came to me.
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  • And I thought, you know, I needto make that right.
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  • And so I went back to thatBaskin Robbins, which I think
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  • it's still there today after allthose years, on Lincoln Mall.
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  • And I went back in and I went inand I started asking for Mr.
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  • Scott, and they said, oh, hesold the place years ago, and,
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  • you know, I just felt thistremendous burden come off my
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  • shoulders by going in there.
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  • I wasn't worried about the $15or $20, I just wanted to make
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  • things right with the Lord andGod.
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  • The biggest struggle for me wasgoing and telling him, 'cause he
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  • trusted me.
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  • I said, well, do you know how Ican contact him?
  • 00:13:10.307 --> 00:13:12.075
  • They said, no, we have no way tocontact him.
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  • And God just took the burden offme 'cause he wanted to know, are
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  • you willing?
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  • And once I got to the placewhere I was willing, you know, I
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  • just felt real peace.
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  • And so he may reveal things toyou.
  • 00:13:22.385 --> 00:13:24.087
  • Now, someone might be thinking,well, I robbed a bank, what do
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  • I do?
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  • If I confess, I might go tojail.
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  • I've had a lot of people thathave come to me and they said,
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  • if I tell my boss what I've beendoing, he's gonna fire me.
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  • I said, trust the Lord.
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  • And I'm sure there's exceptions,but almost every time I know of
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  • when a member or somebody comesto me and says, I'm convicted, I
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  • need to go talk to my boss, I'vebeen cheating or doing something
  • 00:13:47.210 --> 00:13:49.579
  • dishonest, I said, you go tothem, if you tell them before
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  • you're caught, they'll know thatthere's a change in your heart.
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  • "Search me, O God, and know me,try me, know my thoughts, see if
  • 00:13:56.219 --> 00:14:00.257
  • there be any wicked way in me,and lead me in the
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  • way everlasting."
  • 00:14:02.692 --> 00:14:04.027
  • And it says, in Job 13:23, "Howmany are my iniquities and
  • 00:14:04.060 --> 00:14:07.998
  • my sins?
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  • Make me know my transgressionand my sin."
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  • I'd like to make a suggestionthat, get by yourself, if you
  • 00:14:11.534 --> 00:14:16.606
  • want this revival to really makea difference, then do something
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  • tangible, go off by yourself.
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  • Might be harder if you're homesequestering right now, but find
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  • a room, find your closet ofprayer, and get on your knees.
  • 00:14:26.016 --> 00:14:29.119
  • Tell the Lord.
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  • You may not even feel anything,but do it because you know it's
  • 00:14:30.487 --> 00:14:32.422
  • the right thing to do, and watchwhat happens.
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  • Get on your knees, say, Lord, Iwant to repent of my sins.
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  • I'm choosing to repent of mysins.
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  • I know I've sinned all throughmy life.
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  • I'm guilty of many things.
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  • You can't remember everythingyou've ever done wrong, but get
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  • a piece of paper.
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  • Don't let anyone get ahold ofthat piece of paper.
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  • Get a piece of paper and make alist,
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  • and start with the TenCommandments.
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  • Have you ever worshiped othergods?
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  • Or taken God's name in vain?
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  • Have you, well, I've nevercommitted adultery, but have you
  • 00:15:00.350 --> 00:15:02.786
  • thought impure thoughts?
  • 00:15:02.819 --> 00:15:04.621
  • Spiritual adultery.
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  • I've never committed murder,have you been angry with your
  • 00:15:05.989 --> 00:15:08.124
  • brother without cause?
  • 00:15:08.158 --> 00:15:09.793
  • Lying?
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  • The Bible says, "Let your yes beyes, and your no be no."
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  • Have you ever been misleading?
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  • And go through the TenCommandments, and then pray that
  • 00:15:15.265 --> 00:15:18.201
  • prayer that David says, searchme, Lord, try me, see if there
  • 00:15:18.234 --> 00:15:21.538
  • be any wicked way in me, andlead me in the way everlasting.
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  • The Holy Spirit will bringthings to your mind.
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  • There may be friends, family,could be a spouse, a loved one
  • 00:15:27.243 --> 00:15:31.047
  • that you are at odds with andyou need to right those wrongs.
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  • Make a note of that.
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  • Confess it first to God, then goto that person next.
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  • After you make that list, anddon't rush through it, look at
  • 00:15:39.723 --> 00:15:44.060
  • it and say, Lord, if I'mforgetting something, show
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  • me later.
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  • He will.
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  • Then claim the promise, "If weconfess our sins, he is faithful
  • 00:15:48.431 --> 00:15:51.501
  • and just to forgive us our sinsand to cleanse us from all
  • 00:15:51.534 --> 00:15:54.871
  • unrighteousness," said 1 John1:9.
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  • And he makes a promise.
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  • He'll cleanse you from how much?
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  • All unrighteousness.
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  • Now, if he's cleansed you fromall unrighteousness, when you
  • 00:16:03.747 --> 00:16:05.915
  • get off your knees, is God gonnakeep his promise?
  • 00:16:05.949 --> 00:16:09.285
  • Don't say, oh but, Lord, I don'tknow how well I'm going to live
  • 00:16:09.319 --> 00:16:11.388
  • as a Christian today.
  • 00:16:11.421 --> 00:16:12.722
  • At that moment, he gives youeternal life.
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  • That will then affect yourbehavior.
  • 00:16:14.924 --> 00:16:16.760
  • You start becoming righteous byfaith when you believe
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  • his promise.
  • 00:16:20.230 --> 00:16:21.564
  • He then can give you the spiritand you'll be surprised, moment
  • 00:16:21.598 --> 00:16:23.566
  • by moment, how you start livingin a different kind of life.
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  • So try going through thosesteps.
  • 00:16:26.536 --> 00:16:28.605
  • God will bring things to yourmind.
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  • Romans 10:10, "For with theheart one believes unto
  • 00:16:30.940 --> 00:16:34.210
  • righteousness, and with themouth confession
  • 00:16:34.244 --> 00:16:36.846
  • is made unto salvation."
  • 00:16:36.880 --> 00:16:39.215
  • Then what about the when ofconfession?
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  • When's the right time toconfess?
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  • You know, one of the mostbeautiful prayers in the Bible
  • 00:16:43.853 --> 00:16:46.022
  • is in Daniel chapter 9, whereDaniel is reading the Bible.
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  • And in reading the Bible, hereads the prophecy of Jeremiah,
  • 00:16:50.460 --> 00:16:53.963
  • and he knows that God wants tobring his people back, and
  • 00:16:53.997 --> 00:16:56.132
  • Daniel becomes convicted that hehas not been praying for
  • 00:16:56.166 --> 00:16:58.701
  • his people.
  • 00:16:58.735 --> 00:17:00.036
  • And the Bible tells us, if youread in Daniel chapter 9 verse
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  • 9--verse 3 through 6, 'Then Iset my face towards the Lord and
  • 00:17:02.472 --> 00:17:08.011
  • made my request by prayer andsupplications, with fasting,
  • 00:17:08.044 --> 00:17:12.382
  • sackcloth, ashes.
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  • And I prayed to the Lord my God,and made confession."
  • 00:17:14.050 --> 00:17:17.520
  • Notice what happens.
  • 00:17:17.554 --> 00:17:18.888
  • He's reading the Word, then hefeels impressed to confess.
  • 00:17:18.922 --> 00:17:23.526
  • And while he's praying andconfessing, Daniel 9 verse 20,
  • 00:17:23.560 --> 00:17:27.564
  • "While I was speaking, andpraying, and confessing my sin
  • 00:17:27.597 --> 00:17:30.567
  • and the sin of my people Israel,and presenting my supplication
  • 00:17:30.600 --> 00:17:34.037
  • before the Lord my God of theholy mountain of my God, yes,
  • 00:17:34.070 --> 00:17:37.373
  • while I was speaking in prayer,the man Gabriel, whom I had seen
  • 00:17:37.407 --> 00:17:41.077
  • in the vision at the beginning,being caused to fly swiftly,
  • 00:17:41.111 --> 00:17:44.047
  • reached me about the time of theevening offering."
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  • So while he's praying, God sendsan angel.
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  • When does Daniel confess?
  • 00:17:50.920 --> 00:17:52.589
  • As soon as he is impressed abouthis sin.
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  • Go back to Psalm 32, I want youto notice something about the
  • 00:17:55.825 --> 00:17:58.161
  • best time to confess.
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  • "I acknowledged my sin to you.
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  • And my iniquity I have nothidden.
  • 00:18:02.499 --> 00:18:04.434
  • I said, 'I will confess mytransgression to the Lord.'
  • 00:18:04.467 --> 00:18:07.403
  • And you forgave the iniquity ofmy sin.
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  • For this cause everyone who isgodly shall pray to you in a
  • 00:18:10.106 --> 00:18:14.577
  • time when you may be found."
  • 00:18:14.611 --> 00:18:17.580
  • "Call on him," Isaiah says,chapter 55 verse 6, "seek the
  • 00:18:17.614 --> 00:18:21.751
  • Lord while he may be found.
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  • Call upon him why he is near.
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  • Let the wicked forsake his way,and the unrighteous man his
  • 00:18:25.255 --> 00:18:28.525
  • thoughts; let them return tothe, Lord and he will have mercy
  • 00:18:28.558 --> 00:18:31.961
  • upon them, to our God, and hewill abundantly pardon."
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  • So, you don't want to wait toolong.
  • 00:18:35.098 --> 00:18:37.500
  • Call upon him while he's nearand he hears your prayer.
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  • During this series, we're hopingthat you go through these steps
  • 00:18:42.071 --> 00:18:45.008
  • of salvation, and repent of yoursins and confess and come to
  • 00:18:45.041 --> 00:18:48.611
  • the Lord.
  • 00:18:48.645 --> 00:18:49.946
  • Who do you confess to?
  • 00:18:49.979 --> 00:18:51.881
  • Well, James 5:16, it says,"Confess your trespasses to one
  • 00:18:51.915 --> 00:18:57.387
  • another, and pray for oneanother, that you might
  • 00:18:57.420 --> 00:18:59.889
  • be healed."
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  • If I've offended somebody, I'llconfess that sin.
  • 00:19:01.291 --> 00:19:04.727
  • If you have a close friend youcan trust, it's good to have
  • 00:19:04.761 --> 00:19:08.464
  • accountability with people.
  • 00:19:08.498 --> 00:19:09.799
  • If people are struggling withdifferent things, it's good to
  • 00:19:09.832 --> 00:19:12.168
  • have a friend who knows how to,Proverbs says, conceal a matter,
  • 00:19:12.202 --> 00:19:15.605
  • meaning keep a confidentialtrust, that they can pray with
  • 00:19:15.638 --> 00:19:18.741
  • you about something you'restruggling with.
  • 00:19:18.775 --> 00:19:21.177
  • But you want to be reallycareful about confessing private
  • 00:19:21.211 --> 00:19:23.880
  • things to people because, well,you know, sometimes they say, if
  • 00:19:23.913 --> 00:19:28.218
  • two people know a secret,it's not a secret anymore.
  • 00:19:28.251 --> 00:19:32.355
  • And so, the sin against Godshould be confessed to God.
  • 00:19:32.388 --> 00:19:36.626
  • Public sin should be confessedpublicly.
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  • Private sin should be confessedprivately.
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  • You probably heard the storyabout the three pastors, they
  • 00:19:42.265 --> 00:19:45.468
  • decided they needed to take alittle vacation together, and so
  • 00:19:45.501 --> 00:19:47.904
  • they all went out fishing.
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  • They're all off in the middle ofa lake, and they're fishing, and
  • 00:19:49.372 --> 00:19:51.341
  • things are going fine.
  • 00:19:51.374 --> 00:19:52.675
  • Now one of the pastors breaksdown and he starts to cry.
  • 00:19:52.709 --> 00:19:55.478
  • And it's kind of awkward for theother two, they hadn't done
  • 00:19:55.511 --> 00:19:57.313
  • anything, they don't know what'scome over him.
  • 00:19:57.347 --> 00:19:59.282
  • And he said, you know, we're allalone out here, I feel like I
  • 00:19:59.315 --> 00:20:01.384
  • can finally confide in somebody.
  • 00:20:01.417 --> 00:20:03.152
  • Says, I've got a really bigproblem.
  • 00:20:03.186 --> 00:20:05.054
  • He said, I'm cheating on mywife.
  • 00:20:05.088 --> 00:20:08.625
  • And the other two looked at himand said, well, brother, you got
  • 00:20:08.658 --> 00:20:10.593
  • to make that right, but let'spray with you.
  • 00:20:10.627 --> 00:20:12.028
  • And while they're praying,another pastor started crying.
  • 00:20:12.061 --> 00:20:15.832
  • And they said, what's theproblem?
  • 00:20:15.865 --> 00:20:17.934
  • He said, well, my brother hereinspired me, I need to open up
  • 00:20:17.967 --> 00:20:20.570
  • and let you guys know of it.
  • 00:20:20.603 --> 00:20:21.904
  • I've got a problem, I'm akleptomaniac.
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  • I steal all the time.
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  • Little things.
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  • Don't need to, I just can't helpmyself.
  • 00:20:26.776 --> 00:20:29.445
  • And they said, well, we'll prayfor you.
  • 00:20:29.479 --> 00:20:30.813
  • So they're praying, and the twoof them look at the other guy
  • 00:20:30.847 --> 00:20:32.782
  • who had been strangely quiet.
  • 00:20:32.815 --> 00:20:34.617
  • They said, anything you want toshare?
  • 00:20:34.651 --> 00:20:36.686
  • He says, well, yeah, but Ican't, it's too awful.
  • 00:20:36.719 --> 00:20:39.656
  • They said, well what could beworse than what we described?
  • 00:20:39.689 --> 00:20:42.392
  • You can trust us.
  • 00:20:42.425 --> 00:20:44.060
  • He said, well, my sin is gossip,and I can't wait to get back
  • 00:20:44.093 --> 00:20:47.163
  • home and tell everybody.
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  • So you want to be really carefulabout confessing your sins
  • 00:20:49.265 --> 00:20:52.802
  • to people.
  • 00:20:52.835 --> 00:20:54.203
  • You want the private sin to beconfessed to God.
  • 00:20:54.237 --> 00:20:59.676
  • The where of confession.
  • 00:20:59.709 --> 00:21:01.678
  • Public sin should be publiclyconfessed.
  • 00:21:01.711 --> 00:21:04.747
  • Sometimes there's somethingthat's very obvious and you may
  • 00:21:04.781 --> 00:21:06.949
  • want to actually share itpublicly, if you're in a public
  • 00:21:06.983 --> 00:21:10.186
  • position when you commit thosesins.
  • 00:21:10.219 --> 00:21:12.488
  • Peter publicly denied the Lordwith swearing and cursing.
  • 00:21:12.522 --> 00:21:16.826
  • And, you know after theresurrection, then Jesus asked
  • 00:21:16.859 --> 00:21:19.796
  • him to identify that, and threetimes he said, Simon Peter, do
  • 00:21:19.829 --> 00:21:25.635
  • you love me?
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  • Do you love me?Do you love me?
  • 00:21:27.136 --> 00:21:29.806
  • When you do confession, you wantto do the whole confession.
  • 00:21:29.839 --> 00:21:32.842
  • Isaiah 6 verse 5. Isaiah wasbeing specific, he said, "Woe is
  • 00:21:32.875 --> 00:21:37.246
  • me, for I am undone!
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  • Because I am a man of uncleanlips.
  • 00:21:39.449 --> 00:21:41.851
  • And I dwell in the midst of apeople of unclean lips, for mine
  • 00:21:41.884 --> 00:21:45.288
  • eyes have seen the King."
  • 00:21:45.321 --> 00:21:46.956
  • You notice what happened is,when Isaiah said, "I'm a man of
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  • unclean lips and I dwell in themidst of a people of unclean
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  • lips," the angel then takes acoal from the altar, and where
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  • does he put it?
  • 00:21:56.099 --> 00:21:57.533
  • Puts it on his lips.
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  • God, when you identify with thespecific problems are, you're
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  • then giving God permission andpower to help you in those
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  • specific areas.
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  • And people are saying, well, howoften?
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  • Doesn't God get tired of hearingme confess to him over and over
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  • about the same thing?
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  • I think that you will get tiredof confessing a lot sooner than
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  • God gets tired of hearing.
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  • If you ever come to the Lord andyou are sincere and sorry about
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  • your sin, then he is sincerelywilling to forgive you.
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  • Peter asked the Lord, "How oftenshall my brother sin against me
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  • and I forgive him?
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  • Seven times?"
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  • And Jesus said, "70 times 7."
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  • And Jesus said, "If your brothercomes you seven times in one
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  • day, and says, 'I repent,'forgive him."
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  • Now, is God asking us to do lessfor each other than he's willing
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  • to do for us?
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  • Don't get discouraged, friends,and think that God is not
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  • willing to forgive you.
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  • The reason Jesus came into theworld is to seek and to save
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  • the lost.
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  • He is very earnest about wantingto forgive us.
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  • That's his supreme desire, thatwas the mission of Jesus in the
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  • world, is to come and to saveus.
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  • So, there is a risk that somewill wait and confess too late.
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  • You know, Judas confessed.
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  • He says, I have betrayedinnocent blood.
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  • But at that point, he hadgrieved away the Holy Spirit.
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  • And the pharaoh, he confessed,and he repented, but he waited
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  • until he had grieved away theHoly Spirit.
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  • And there's a danger that youcan wait too long.
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  • It's so important that when youhear God call.
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  • Today is the day of salvation.
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  • The Bible says now is theappointed time, today, if you
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  • hear his voice.
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  • When Jesus calls people,whenever he called the apostles,
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  • he said, follow me.
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  • They dropped what they weredoing and they followed him.
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  • And if you're hearing the HolySpirit speak to you about
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  • something now, listen to theSpirit.
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  • God is not wanting to take awayyour joy, he's wanting to give
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  • you joy and peace.
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  • He says, "I've come that youmight have life and have it
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  • more abundantly."
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  • But before God can lift you up,the Bible says, we must humble
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  • ourself before the Lord, andthen he will lift us up.
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  • Now, years ago I heard about acoal mine accident, I was in
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  • Kentucky somewhere, and this wasa long time ago, and these men
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  • were trapped.
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  • The regular shaft that took themup the elevator and out of the
  • 00:24:16.873 --> 00:24:19.742
  • mine was completely imploded,and they thought it
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  • was hopeless.
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  • Gradually they saw that theirlights were growing dim, which
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  • made them worry that they wererunning out of oxygen.
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  • But there was one old minerthere, and he said, you know, I
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  • think there's hope.
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  • They were in the dark, but hefelt a light breeze.
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  • And he said, we had an oldventilation shaft that went from
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  • this chamber to another chamber,but you've gotta crawl for
  • 00:24:40.496 --> 00:24:44.000
  • almost a quarter mile.
  • 00:24:44.033 --> 00:24:45.535
  • It's gonna be dark, you're gonnahave to just be on your belly,
  • 00:24:45.568 --> 00:24:49.038
  • you can't take any gear withyou.
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  • He said, follow me, and I thinkwe've got a way out.
  • 00:24:51.207 --> 00:24:54.744
  • Well, they had to get down andcrawl for a while, and
  • 00:24:54.777 --> 00:24:57.580
  • eventually the shaft, the airduct shaft was open and they
  • 00:24:57.613 --> 00:25:01.150
  • were all able to escape.
  • 00:25:01.183 --> 00:25:02.785
  • But they all had to unload, andthey had to get down, and they
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  • had to crawl.
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  • You know, there's a way tofreedom, there's a way to the
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  • light, but we have to humbleourselves before the Lord.
  • 00:25:09.025 --> 00:25:12.728
  • If we will humble ourselves andpray, the Bible tells us, he
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  • will then hear our prayers.
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  • It's sometimes hard for peopleto say they're sorry, and, you
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  • know, even in the closestrelationships, sometimes I find
  • 00:25:22.338 --> 00:25:25.274
  • it's harder for couples toapologize to each other than it
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  • is for a person to apologize tohis work associates or somebody
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  • in public.
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  • You have to admit your humanity,admit your weakness, and that
  • 00:25:35.651 --> 00:25:38.521
  • requires that we humbleourselves.
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  • But Jesus says, if we willhumble ourselves, he will then
  • 00:25:41.724 --> 00:25:44.927
  • lift us up.
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