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February 20, 2017
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Winning the War Within: Faithful in a Faithless World

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  • - Pastor Bil Cornelius: That's
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  • what makes you faithless.
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  • What make you faithful is you
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  • have to overcome those doubts.
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  • In fact, can I tell ya one of
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  • the biggest things that God
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  • taught me over the years?
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  • Is to learn to doubt my doubts.
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  • Doubt your doubts.
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  • Quit doubting the things that
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  • God told ya and start doubting
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  • - Bil: You are the church,
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  • - Bil: It's great to see ya
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  • today.
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  • Thanks for joining us for class
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  • today.
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  • You know, we've been in this
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  • series called,
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  • "Winning the War Within."
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  • And today we're talkin' about
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  • how to be faithful in
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  • a faithless world.
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  • And the only way to do that is
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  • to take control of your mind, to
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  • take control of your thoughts.
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  • And so, we're gonna be talkin'
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  • about that today.
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  • And so much of what we're
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  • talkin' about has to do with
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  • going through tests.
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  • And so I thought, "Let's talk
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  • about tests today."
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  • And so what better way to do
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  • that than with a backdrop of
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  • education.
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  • And so it's such a big part of
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  • schooling, is taking tests.
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  • And you may be going through a
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  • test in your life as well.
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  • So we're gonna talk about that
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  • today.
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  • I haven't sat in one of these
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  • things in a long time.
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  • But boy, I gotta tell ya, just
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  • lookin' at this is like, some of
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  • you right now, just seeing this
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  • desk right now get a little
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  • twinkle in your, a little
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  • somethin' in your eye.
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  • You're like, "Whoa, what
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  • happened here?
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  • I don't know what's goin' on."
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  • Like, it's been so long since
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  • we've been in school.
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  • I thought I'd go ahead and have
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  • a seat.
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  • You know, I decided, though,
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  • since I'm takin' a test, I'd
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  • bring my number 2 pencils, and
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  • of course I got my scantron.
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  • So you gotta have that, you
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  • know?
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  • So, remember the scantron?
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  • Don't you love that?
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  • Whenever I would hear them say
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  • that, you know, "Get out your
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  • scantron.
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  • Get ready for your test,"
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  • you know, I'm just tellin' ya,
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  • school was not easy for me.
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  • I've been very open about that
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  • all throughout the years.
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  • You guys know that school was
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  • not necessarily a good time
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  • for me.
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  • I got through it, but it was,
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  • you know, not easy to do it.
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  • And the truth is, is that
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  • education is all about filling
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  • your mind with the right things,
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  • right?
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  • I mean, that's kinda
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  • the whole point.
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  • And you know, one of the things
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  • about teaching is that I
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  • actually was, believe or not,
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  • this is a little known fact
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  • about me, I was actually
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  • a college professor
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  • for two semesters.
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  • And so, as crazy as that sounds,
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  • you're like, "What?
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  • You, actually--?
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  • Wow, our education system's
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  • really jacked up.
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  • I mean, that's crazy.
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  • Clearly, they have
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  • no standards."
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  • But yeah, I taught speech
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  • communication at a little
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  • college in Irving called
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  • Northlake College, and then also
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  • because of that I was also
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  • recommended and taught at
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  • Dallas Baptist University for
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  • one semester as well.
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  • Just speech.
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  • Nothin' beyond that.
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  • But anyways, but I kinda got to
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  • see both sides of the equation,
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  • being the student, and also
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  • being the teacher.
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  • And I can tell you from being in
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  • both sides that it's far easier
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  • to be a teacher.
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  • But anyways,
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  • that's another point.
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  • No, I'm--that's a joke.
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  • But the point is, is that it is
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  • a reality that the best way to
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  • develop your mind is
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  • through testing.
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  • And we don't really like that.
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  • But I bet the teacher that got
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  • the most out of you, they didn't
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  • say you'd like it, but that
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  • probably got the most out of you
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  • were the ones that gave
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  • regular tests.
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  • The ones who made you keep up
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  • with the assignments 'cause they
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  • quizzed you all the time.
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  • You ever had a teacher that it
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  • seems like every other day
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  • they were givin' you a pop quiz?
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  • You ever have a teacher
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  • like that?
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  • As much as you probably hated
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  • it, you probably had to keep up
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  • with the material.
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  • It was the teachers that were
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  • kinda relaxed, and laid back,
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  • and said, "You know, we're only
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  • gonna give a couple of tests,
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  • one at the mid-semester,
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  • one at the very end."
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  • Those are the classes I did the
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  • worst in because I would just
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  • kinda be lazy, and not really
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  • train myself and stay focused.
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  • 'Cause I knew I had all kinds
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  • of time.
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  • So I'd put it off to the very
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  • end and I would cram and do bad.
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  • But the teachers that made me
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  • keep up with things, it kept
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  • my mind sharp.
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  • The truth is, is that testing is
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  • actually good for us.
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  • As much as we don't like it,
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  • Check out
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  • 2 Corinthians 10, verse 5.
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  • It says this: "We destroy
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  • arguments and every lofty
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  • opinion raised against the
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  • knowledge of God, and take every
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  • thought captive to obey Christ."
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  • So we wanna talk today about how
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  • we can take control of our mind
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  • like that, take control of
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  • thoughts, capture those negative
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  • things and stay focused on
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  • things that God wants us to do
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  • with our lives.
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  • And the best example of testing
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  • that I know of in the Bible is
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  • in Matthew chapter 4.
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  • If you got your Bibles,
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  • you can turn there.
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  • Matthew chapter 4, this is where
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  • Jesus is tested.
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  • He is tempted by the devil.
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  • And so let's look at this,
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  • Matthew chapter 4,
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  • verses 1 through 3,
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  • it says this: "Then Jesus
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  • was led by the Spirit into
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  • the wilderness to be tempted by
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  • the devil."
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  • Okay, I'm sorry.
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  • Clearly that must have been
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  • wrong.
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  • I mean, surely that wasn't
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  • written the right way, that
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  • the Holy Spirit led Jesus
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  • into being tempted.
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  • But actually, the Greek word for
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  • "tempted" also means "tested."
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  • And so it's true that the enemy,
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  • that the devil will tempt you.
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  • But God uses that same
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  • temptation as a test.
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  • And so it's kinda the same
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  • thing.
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  • It's kinda the same coin,
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  • depending upon which side you're
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  • lookin' at.
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  • But the reality is that either
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  • way, it's on.
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  • You know, it's like today
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  • they're gonna flip a coin
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  • and one team will kick off
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  • and one will receive.
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  • But either way, they're gonna
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  • get tested.
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  • And as much as we think, "Oh, I
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  • hope my team receives," or,
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  • "I hope my team, you know, gets
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  • this side of the coin, or that
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  • side of the coin," the truth is,
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  • just the next two quarters
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  • later, it's just gonna be
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  • opposite.
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  • So it's just,
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  • it's the same coin.
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  • Either way, you're
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  • gettin' tested.
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  • Either way.
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  • The reality is, when we're
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  • tested, though, it grows us on
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  • the inside.
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  • It says: "Then Jesus was led by
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  • the Spirit into the wilderness
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  • to be tempted," or to be tested,
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  • "by the devil."
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  • Now, again, some of us thought,
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  • "But I thought when I signed up
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  • to honor God, and to serve God
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  • with my life, and to be a
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  • Christian, and to focus on him,
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  • I thought he was gonna take away
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  • all bad things.
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  • All things good would happen.
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  • I would never be broke again.
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  • I'd never struggle again.
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  • My kids would always obey me.
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  • I would never be sick.
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  • I mean, I thought that's what
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  • the Bible said."
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  • Which Bible are you reading?
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  • I never read that.
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  • It doesn't say that.
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  • It says that, "God is with you."
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  • It said that, "God is there to
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  • help you through those trials."
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  • It doesn't say,
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  • "You're not gonna be tested."
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  • In fact, I would argue that
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  • you're probably gonna be tested
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  • more because you're a Christian.
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  • I mean, frankly, it's a little
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  • easier when you just go along
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  • with the crowd than to do
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  • the complete opposite of what
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  • the crowd's doing.
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  • You're actually inviting some
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  • testing by trying to honor God
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  • in a world that is not
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  • interested in doing that.
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  • And so the exact
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  • opposite will probably happen.
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  • So it says: "Then Jesus was led
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  • by the Spirit into the
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  • wilderness to be tempted,"
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  • or tested, "by the devil.
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  • After fasting forty days
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  • and nights, he was hungry."
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  • I love that line.
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  • Like, "Did you even need to put
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  • that one in there?"
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  • We all know if you don't eat for
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  • 40 days, you're hungry, right?
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  • So, "After fasting forty days
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  • and nights, he was hungry."
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  • Then it says, "The tempter came
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  • and said to him, 'If you are
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  • the Son of God,'" I like that.
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  • Don't you?
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  • "'If you are the Son of God,'"
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  • like the devil says, "Hey, just,
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  • First of all, we know the devil
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  • really knew he was 'cause
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  • the devil actually knew him
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  • in heaven too, I'm sure.
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  • He was there.
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  • And so, the devil--we forget
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  • that the devil is
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  • a fallen angel.
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  • He used to be in heaven too.
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  • I don't know if you knew that
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  • or not.
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  • And by the way, the devil's
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  • not everywhere.
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  • For those who are, "The devil
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  • visited me last night," wow, you
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  • are really important if he came
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  • by your place, wow.
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  • Now, the devil has a lot of
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  • minions.
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  • He has a lot of demons runnin'
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  • around.
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  • And I don't wanna scare anyone
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  • here, but it's true.
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  • Those are all true things.
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  • But I don't believe there's
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  • a demon behind every bush.
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  • I mean, I think we kinda get
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  • paranoid, and people tend to
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  • focus on those things.
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  • And the Bible never says
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  • to focus on that.
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  • It said, "Focus on the Lord."
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  • But you will see that the devil,
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  • or demons, or his minions,
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  • or the world's system, which all
  • 00:07:01.060 --> 00:07:02.080
  • kinda go together,
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  • it will mess with you,
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  • and it will tempt you, right?
  • 00:07:04.050 --> 00:07:06.060
  • So it says here,
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  • "He'll be tempted by the devil."
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  • It says, "After forty days and
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  • forty nights, he was hungry.
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  • The tempter came to him
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  • and said,
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  • 'If you are the Son of God,'"
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  • which also translates to,
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  • "Since you're the Son of God,"
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  • "'tell these stones to
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  • become bread.'"
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  • So it seems to me that
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  • the devil is tryin' to say to
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  • Jesus, "Use your powers for your
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  • own good instead of God's,"
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  • right?
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  • That's one of the biggest
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  • temptations you'll have in life
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  • is to use the giftings, and
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  • the skill sets, and the power
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  • that you have to just please
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  • yourself.
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  • It's one of the biggest
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  • temptations we'll have in life.
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  • But notice too that he's hungry.
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  • I'm sure he's tired, right?
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  • 'Cause when you're fasting,
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  • you also get tired.
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  • Have you ever fasted?
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  • You get tired.
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  • Have you ever gone--?
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  • Some of you are like,
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  • "I've never fasted in my life."
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  • Well, if you've gone a little
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  • longer than you normally go with
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  • eating, then you've experienced
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  • a small fast, then you know how
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  • tired you get, right, if you
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  • haven't had food in a while.
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  • So he's tired.
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  • Also, fasting also implies that
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  • you're praying and spending time
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  • with God.
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  • So you're also
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  • Oftentimes, your greatest
  • 00:07:57.100 --> 00:07:58.090
  • temptation happens, number one,
  • 00:07:58.090 --> 00:07:59.190
  • when you're tired or hungry.
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  • It's often when bad thoughts
  • 00:08:01.000 --> 00:08:03.070
  • enter into your mind.
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  • And so, when you're tired
  • 00:08:04.140 --> 00:08:05.150
  • or hungry is often when wrong
  • 00:08:05.150 --> 00:08:06.200
  • thoughts enter in.
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  • Also, when you come off
  • 00:08:08.190 --> 00:08:09.180
  • a great success.
  • 00:08:09.180 --> 00:08:11.030
  • And so Jesus has just fasted
  • 00:08:11.030 --> 00:08:12.010
  • forty days and forty nights.
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  • That means he's completed
  • 00:08:13.060 --> 00:08:14.070
  • something big for God.
  • 00:08:14.070 --> 00:08:15.230
  • And so oftentimes, when you come
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  • off of the high is when
  • 00:08:17.150 --> 00:08:18.190
  • big mistakes are made.
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  • Now, I'm not gonna make a
  • 00:08:20.110 --> 00:08:21.040
  • prediction about the Super Bowl,
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  • but I'll make a prediction that
  • 00:08:22.190 --> 00:08:23.140
  • almost always comes true right
  • 00:08:23.140 --> 00:08:24.230
  • after the Super Bowl.
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  • Which is that some player who
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  • wins it all will do somethin'
  • 00:08:27.020 --> 00:08:28.100
  • really stupid within about
  • 00:08:28.100 --> 00:08:29.090
  • a week.
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  • Because oftentimes, and I'm not
  • 00:08:30.280 --> 00:08:32.230
  • proud of that, and I hope it
  • 00:08:32.230 --> 00:08:33.260
  • doesn't happen, obviously.
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  • But the reality is, oftentimes,
  • 00:08:34.270 --> 00:08:36.070
  • when you're comin' off a big
  • 00:08:36.070 --> 00:08:37.030
  • high is when you do
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  • somethin' dumb.
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  • Did you know that?
  • 00:08:38.160 --> 00:08:39.180
  • It's very common to make
  • 00:08:39.180 --> 00:08:40.130
  • a big mistake after a big win.
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  • This is also why, by the way,
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  • that when some people call me,
  • 00:08:43.110 --> 00:08:45.050
  • and every once in a while I'll
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  • get this phone call, or someone
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  • stops me in the hallway and they
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  • say, "Hey, I just got this great
  • 00:08:47.020 --> 00:08:48.220
  • award," or, "I just made first
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  • place in my business,"
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  • or whatever, whatever,
  • 00:08:51.100 --> 00:08:52.040
  • "And they gave me a big bonus.
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  • Pastor, what should I do?
  • 00:08:53.160 --> 00:08:55.040
  • I just got 10.000 bucks,"
  • 00:08:55.040 --> 00:08:56.240
  • you know, "extra, on top
  • 00:08:56.240 --> 00:08:57.290
  • of my salary."
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  • I'm thinkin', "That's a lot of
  • 00:08:58.210 --> 00:08:59.110
  • money, you know."
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  • Of course, I have to, first of
  • 00:08:59.290 --> 00:09:00.220
  • all, pass up the temptation to
  • 00:09:00.220 --> 00:09:01.160
  • say, "Give it to God," you know?
  • 00:09:01.160 --> 00:09:03.060
  • And so, you know?
  • 00:09:03.060 --> 00:09:05.070
  • But I'll often say, I'll say,
  • 00:09:05.070 --> 00:09:06.120
  • "Well, obviously you're gonna
  • 00:09:06.120 --> 00:09:07.180
  • tithe, you know, if you're
  • 00:09:07.180 --> 00:09:08.140
  • bringin' it up to your pastor,
  • 00:09:08.140 --> 00:09:09.110
  • you probably already know
  • 00:09:09.110 --> 00:09:10.030
  • that one."
  • 00:09:10.030 --> 00:09:10.290
  • But then I'll tell 'em, when
  • 00:09:10.290 --> 00:09:11.260
  • they go,
  • 00:09:11.260 --> 00:09:12.120
  • "What should I do next?"
  • 00:09:12.120 --> 00:09:12.290
  • And I'll always tell 'em
  • 00:09:12.290 --> 00:09:13.220
  • the same thing.
  • 00:09:13.220 --> 00:09:14.090
  • I say, "Put it in a savings
  • 00:09:14.090 --> 00:09:15.010
  • account for at least 6 months,
  • 00:09:15.010 --> 00:09:16.000
  • in a CD that you can't break."
  • 00:09:16.000 --> 00:09:17.190
  • And they're like, "Why?"
  • 00:09:17.190 --> 00:09:18.090
  • "That way you got 6 months
  • 00:09:18.090 --> 00:09:19.030
  • to think about it.
  • 00:09:19.030 --> 00:09:20.100
  • Don't make a big decision on
  • 00:09:20.100 --> 00:09:21.190
  • the big amount of money
  • 00:09:21.190 --> 00:09:22.150
  • you've never had it before."
  • 00:09:22.150 --> 00:09:24.040
  • Make sense?
  • 00:09:24.040 --> 00:09:25.160
  • So, "Let's buy a little
  • 00:09:25.160 --> 00:09:26.100
  • time here.
  • 00:09:26.100 --> 00:09:27.220
  • Let's kinda figure this out.
  • 00:09:27.220 --> 00:09:28.200
  • What's the best move for that?"
  • 00:09:28.200 --> 00:09:30.000
  • The reality is, is that
  • 00:09:30.000 --> 00:09:31.050
  • oftentimes we make our biggest
  • 00:09:31.050 --> 00:09:32.090
  • mistakes after a big win, or
  • 00:09:32.090 --> 00:09:34.130
  • when we're tired and when
  • 00:09:34.130 --> 00:09:35.130
  • we're hungry, right?
  • 00:09:35.130 --> 00:09:36.120
  • In other words, when our
  • 00:09:36.120 --> 00:09:36.270
  • emotions are not normal is
  • 00:09:36.270 --> 00:09:38.220
  • when we make big mistakes.
  • 00:09:38.220 --> 00:09:40.020
  • Sometimes your testing will
  • 00:09:40.020 --> 00:09:40.280
  • happen after a great victory.
  • 00:09:40.280 --> 00:09:43.060
  • This is why we think, "Man, I
  • 00:09:43.060 --> 00:09:44.010
  • just had this great moment,
  • 00:09:44.010 --> 00:09:45.080
  • and then bam, I did somethin'
  • 00:09:45.080 --> 00:09:46.040
  • stupid."
  • 00:09:46.040 --> 00:09:47.000
  • Yeah, that typically goes
  • 00:09:47.000 --> 00:09:47.200
  • together.
  • 00:09:47.200 --> 00:09:49.000
  • So you have to be very careful
  • 00:09:49.000 --> 00:09:49.190
  • there.
  • 00:09:49.190 --> 00:09:50.060
  • And so that's kinda what happens
  • 00:09:50.060 --> 00:09:50.250
  • there.
  • 00:09:50.250 --> 00:09:51.100
  • So why would Jesus be tempted,
  • 00:09:51.100 --> 00:09:52.050
  • by the way?
  • 00:09:52.050 --> 00:09:52.200
  • Since we know he's God, he's not
  • 00:09:52.200 --> 00:09:54.210
  • gonna fall for this, right?
  • 00:09:54.210 --> 00:09:55.100
  • Well, he's fully God.
  • 00:09:55.100 --> 00:09:56.080
  • He's also fully man.
  • 00:09:56.080 --> 00:09:57.170
  • Which means he was capable of
  • 00:09:57.170 --> 00:09:58.140
  • sin, yet he did not sin, right?
  • 00:09:58.140 --> 00:10:01.080
  • Just like we are.
  • 00:10:01.080 --> 00:10:02.010
  • We have Christ and his Spirit
  • 00:10:02.010 --> 00:10:03.040
  • within us, which means we're
  • 00:10:03.040 --> 00:10:04.000
  • capable of living in perfection,
  • 00:10:04.000 --> 00:10:05.150
  • but we won't.
  • 00:10:05.150 --> 00:10:06.130
  • Jesus was capable of sin,
  • 00:10:06.130 --> 00:10:08.140
  • but he didn't.
  • 00:10:08.140 --> 00:10:09.070
  • We're capable of living in
  • 00:10:09.070 --> 00:10:10.080
  • perfections, but we won't.
  • 00:10:10.080 --> 00:10:10.280
  • Make sense?
  • 00:10:10.280 --> 00:10:13.070
  • And so, look what it says in
  • 00:10:13.070 --> 00:10:14.020
  • Hebrews chapter 4, verse 15,
  • 00:10:14.020 --> 00:10:15.070
  • it says: "This High Priest of
  • 00:10:15.070 --> 00:10:16.090
  • ours," that's Jesus,
  • 00:10:16.090 --> 00:10:17.130
  • "understands our weaknesses, for
  • 00:10:17.130 --> 00:10:19.130
  • he faced all of the same
  • 00:10:19.130 --> 00:10:20.190
  • testings we do, yet he did not
  • 00:10:20.190 --> 00:10:22.160
  • sin."
  • 00:10:22.160 --> 00:10:24.170
  • Proverbs 4:23 says: "Above all,
  • 00:10:24.170 --> 00:10:26.180
  • guard your heart, for everything
  • 00:10:26.180 --> 00:10:27.260
  • you do flows from it."
  • 00:10:27.260 --> 00:10:30.060
  • The biggest thing you have to
  • 00:10:30.060 --> 00:10:30.250
  • guard is your heart.
  • 00:10:30.250 --> 00:10:31.150
  • What's closely, directly related
  • 00:10:31.150 --> 00:10:32.140
  • to your heart is your mind.
  • 00:10:32.140 --> 00:10:34.150
  • So we have to guard our thoughts
  • 00:10:34.150 --> 00:10:35.170
  • as well.
  • 00:10:35.170 --> 00:10:37.030
  • So when you're tired or hungry
  • 00:10:37.030 --> 00:10:37.230
  • is often when you make the wrong
  • 00:10:37.230 --> 00:10:39.070
  • decisions.
  • 00:10:39.070 --> 00:10:40.070
  • Be very, very careful there if
  • 00:10:40.070 --> 00:10:41.000
  • you're worn out, it really can
  • 00:10:41.000 --> 00:10:42.120
  • affect you.
  • 00:10:42.120 --> 00:10:42.290
  • In fact, what do they tell you
  • 00:10:42.290 --> 00:10:43.200
  • before you take a test, right?
  • 00:10:43.200 --> 00:10:44.140
  • The teacher always tells you,
  • 00:10:44.140 --> 00:10:45.080
  • "Okay, the test day's tomorrow,
  • 00:10:45.080 --> 00:10:46.080
  • right?
  • 00:10:46.080 --> 00:10:46.270
  • It's a big day."
  • 00:10:46.270 --> 00:10:47.140
  • They say, "Make sure you get
  • 00:10:47.140 --> 00:10:48.210
  • good sleep, and the next morning
  • 00:10:48.210 --> 00:10:50.080
  • make sure you get," what?
  • 00:10:50.080 --> 00:10:51.210
  • - audience: Breakfast.
  • 00:10:51.210 --> 00:10:52.180
  • - Bil: Oh, look at that.
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  • You guys know this.
  • 00:10:53.100 --> 00:10:54.070
  • A good breakfast.
  • 00:10:54.070 --> 00:10:55.290
  • What's that saying?
  • 00:10:55.290 --> 00:10:56.220
  • It's saying, "Take care of your
  • 00:10:56.220 --> 00:10:57.140
  • body.
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  • Take care of your rest."
  • 00:10:58.220 --> 00:11:00.260
  • And when you do that, you're
  • 00:11:00.260 --> 00:11:01.160
  • actually takin' care of your
  • 00:11:01.160 --> 00:11:02.100
  • mind.
  • 00:11:02.100 --> 00:11:03.280
  • Sometimes we have not made
  • 00:11:03.280 --> 00:11:04.240
  • the connection between our body
  • 00:11:04.240 --> 00:11:05.290
  • and our mind.
  • 00:11:05.290 --> 00:11:06.150
  • But your body houses your mind.
  • 00:11:06.150 --> 00:11:08.150
  • And so you're gonna fall into
  • 00:11:08.150 --> 00:11:10.040
  • temptations.
  • 00:11:10.040 --> 00:11:10.240
  • You're gonna do stupid things if
  • 00:11:10.240 --> 00:11:11.240
  • you're not getting good sleep
  • 00:11:11.240 --> 00:11:12.280
  • and you're not eating right.
  • 00:11:12.280 --> 00:11:14.220
  • We need to be careful when we're
  • 00:11:14.220 --> 00:11:15.150
  • tired or hungry.
  • 00:11:15.150 --> 00:11:16.060
  • It's a big deal.
  • 00:11:16.060 --> 00:11:16.210
  • Look what the Scripture
  • 00:11:16.210 --> 00:11:17.070
  • It says here in verse 4: "Then
  • 00:11:19.140 --> 00:11:21.120
  • Jesus answered, 'It is written:
  • 00:11:21.120 --> 00:11:22.150
  • "Man shall not live on bread
  • 00:11:22.150 --> 00:11:24.080
  • alone, but on every word that
  • 00:11:24.080 --> 00:11:25.100
  • comes from the mouth of God."'"
  • 00:11:25.100 --> 00:11:26.280
  • What does that mean,
  • 00:11:26.280 --> 00:11:27.180
  • "It is written"?
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  • It means Jesus quotes Scripture
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  • back to the devil.
  • 00:11:30.030 --> 00:11:31.290
  • And so number two, when you're
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  • tested, test every thought
  • 00:11:32.210 --> 00:11:33.240
  • against God's Word.
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  • I've got great news about
  • 00:11:34.290 --> 00:11:35.260
  • the test that God gives you that
  • 00:11:35.260 --> 00:11:38.090
  • you're goin' through, whatever
  • 00:11:38.090 --> 00:11:39.030
  • it is you're goin' through,
  • 00:11:39.030 --> 00:11:39.200
  • every test that God gives you is
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  • Do you know how much easier
  • 00:11:44.080 --> 00:11:44.250
  • that is?
  • 00:11:44.250 --> 00:11:46.080
  • I loved open-book tests.
  • 00:11:46.080 --> 00:11:48.210
  • My favorite thing about
  • 00:11:48.210 --> 00:11:49.100
  • open-book tests is the index,
  • 00:11:49.100 --> 00:11:51.230
  • right?
  • 00:11:51.230 --> 00:11:52.120
  • You look up that one key word
  • 00:11:52.120 --> 00:11:53.080
  • and find it real quick.
  • 00:11:53.080 --> 00:11:55.090
  • Like, I don't know how
  • 00:11:55.090 --> 00:11:56.010
  • you fail an open-book test.
  • 00:11:56.010 --> 00:11:57.190
  • Like, there it is.
  • 00:11:57.190 --> 00:11:58.150
  • It's in front of you.
  • 00:11:58.150 --> 00:11:59.080
  • Just, the only reason you would
  • 00:11:59.080 --> 00:12:00.110
  • fail an open-book test if you
  • 00:12:00.110 --> 00:12:01.160
  • didn't take the time to actually
  • 00:12:01.160 --> 00:12:03.000
  • dig in the book.
  • 00:12:03.000 --> 00:12:05.090
  • I wonder if many of the failures
  • 00:12:05.090 --> 00:12:07.080
  • that we have in life is because
  • 00:12:07.080 --> 00:12:08.170
  • we're goin' through a test and
  • 00:12:08.170 --> 00:12:09.110
  • we never open the Book.
  • 00:12:10.140 --> 00:12:13.140
  • How many times does God give us
  • 00:12:13.140 --> 00:12:15.160
  • a direct answer to what we need
  • 00:12:15.160 --> 00:12:17.130
  • to do and we just don't crack
  • 00:12:17.130 --> 00:12:19.090
  • open the Book?
  • 00:12:19.090 --> 00:12:20.150
  • There's only one reason you
  • 00:12:20.150 --> 00:12:21.090
  • wouldn't open this book in
  • 00:12:21.090 --> 00:12:21.270
  • the middle of your testing.
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:22.230
  • "I got this."
  • 00:12:25.080 --> 00:12:27.000
  • Really?
  • 00:12:27.000 --> 00:12:27.240
  • How'd it go last time when you
  • 00:12:27.240 --> 00:12:28.240
  • So open the book.
  • 00:12:31.100 --> 00:12:33.120
  • God's Word is there for you to
  • 00:12:33.120 --> 00:12:34.120
  • guide you, to show you, and I
  • 00:12:34.120 --> 00:12:35.250
  • still use the index.
  • 00:12:35.250 --> 00:12:37.200
  • I say, "What's the problem I'm
  • 00:12:37.200 --> 00:12:38.200
  • goin' through?
  • 00:12:38.200 --> 00:12:39.060
  • Let me go look that up."
  • 00:12:39.060 --> 00:12:40.000
  • I'll get a good Study Bible,
  • 00:12:40.000 --> 00:12:40.260
  • look it up, and say, "Okay, what
  • 00:12:40.260 --> 00:12:41.290
  • does God's Word say to do about
  • 00:12:41.290 --> 00:12:42.260
  • that," right?
  • 00:12:42.260 --> 00:12:44.070
  • It's still the best thing you
  • 00:12:44.070 --> 00:12:46.040
  • can do, is go to God's Word.
  • 00:12:46.040 --> 00:12:47.040
  • So that's the great thing about
  • 00:12:47.040 --> 00:12:49.050
  • God's Word.
  • 00:12:49.050 --> 00:12:49.280
  • It's always there for you.
  • 00:12:49.280 --> 00:12:51.160
  • It's waiting for you.
  • 00:12:51.160 --> 00:12:52.170
  • It's important that we study
  • 00:12:52.170 --> 00:12:53.140
  • God's Word.
  • 00:12:53.140 --> 00:12:54.130
  • You know, one thing I'll tell
  • 00:12:54.130 --> 00:12:55.090
  • ya.
  • 00:12:55.090 --> 00:12:55.270
  • I didn't do that good in school,
  • 00:12:55.270 --> 00:12:56.180
  • but I was never really
  • 00:12:56.180 --> 00:12:57.080
  • a cheater.
  • 00:12:57.080 --> 00:12:58.010
  • You know, I did a little bit of
  • 00:12:58.010 --> 00:12:58.270
  • cheating when I was younger,
  • 00:12:58.270 --> 00:12:59.140
  • you know?
  • 00:12:59.140 --> 00:13:00.040
  • To be honest with you, you know,
  • 00:13:00.040 --> 00:13:01.020
  • I'd look at someone else's
  • 00:13:01.020 --> 00:13:01.200
  • paper, they'd look at mine.
  • 00:13:01.200 --> 00:13:02.090
  • You know, "Hey, what's the
  • 00:13:02.090 --> 00:13:03.040
  • answer to number three?"
  • 00:13:03.040 --> 00:13:03.250
  • You know, I did that a little
  • 00:13:03.250 --> 00:13:04.150
  • bit when I was younger.
  • 00:13:04.150 --> 00:13:05.030
  • But then when I hit about
  • 00:13:05.030 --> 00:13:07.080
  • junior high, I actually started
  • 00:13:07.080 --> 00:13:08.020
  • to get kinda serious
  • 00:13:08.020 --> 00:13:08.220
  • about the whole God thing.
  • 00:13:08.220 --> 00:13:09.140
  • I didn't have it all figured
  • 00:13:09.140 --> 00:13:10.040
  • out, but I was pretty serious
  • 00:13:10.040 --> 00:13:10.220
  • about it.
  • 00:13:10.220 --> 00:13:11.080
  • And so a couple times, when I
  • 00:13:11.080 --> 00:13:12.230
  • had cheated on something, 'cause
  • 00:13:12.230 --> 00:13:13.160
  • I felt really bad, you know?
  • 00:13:13.160 --> 00:13:14.210
  • And I was like, "Okay, I'm not
  • 00:13:14.210 --> 00:13:15.090
  • gonna do that anymore."
  • 00:13:15.090 --> 00:13:16.040
  • And pretty much by late
  • 00:13:16.040 --> 00:13:17.230
  • junior high and high school,
  • 00:13:17.230 --> 00:13:18.190
  • I never really cheated.
  • 00:13:18.190 --> 00:13:19.080
  • In fact, by the way, you can
  • 00:13:19.080 --> 00:13:20.000
  • know for sure I didn't cheat.
  • 00:13:20.000 --> 00:13:21.170
  • Just look at my grades.
  • 00:13:21.170 --> 00:13:23.030
  • And so, they would have been
  • 00:13:23.030 --> 00:13:24.150
  • much better actually if I'd
  • 00:13:24.150 --> 00:13:25.110
  • probably cheated.
  • 00:13:25.110 --> 00:13:26.100
  • But anyway, it's the truth.
  • 00:13:26.100 --> 00:13:28.110
  • But you know, but the open-book
  • 00:13:28.110 --> 00:13:29.170
  • concept really does make
  • 00:13:29.170 --> 00:13:31.290
  • a difference.
  • 00:13:31.290 --> 00:13:32.290
  • You know, there was a study,
  • 00:13:32.290 --> 00:13:34.050
  • by the way.
  • 00:13:34.050 --> 00:13:35.010
  • This actually happened.
  • 00:13:35.010 --> 00:13:35.220
  • This is a big, not a study, it
  • 00:13:35.220 --> 00:13:37.030
  • was a scandal that came out.
  • 00:13:37.030 --> 00:13:39.030
  • A number of years ago, maybe you
  • 00:13:39.030 --> 00:13:39.220
  • remember this, but there was
  • 00:13:39.220 --> 00:13:40.120
  • a big scandal.
  • 00:13:40.120 --> 00:13:40.270
  • There was a lot of Ivy League
  • 00:13:40.270 --> 00:13:41.270
  • school students that got caught
  • 00:13:42.010 --> 00:13:45.010
  • getting into those schools by
  • 00:13:45.010 --> 00:13:46.220
  • having someone else take their
  • 00:13:46.220 --> 00:13:48.130
  • ID and go take the SAT for them.
  • 00:13:49.050 --> 00:13:52.050
  • You guys remember that?
  • 00:13:52.050 --> 00:13:53.010
  • It's like, it was like rampant.
  • 00:13:53.010 --> 00:13:54.100
  • And there's still a lot of
  • 00:13:54.100 --> 00:13:55.040
  • studies being done 'cause
  • 00:13:55.040 --> 00:13:56.080
  • cheating in school is off the,
  • 00:13:56.080 --> 00:13:58.150
  • I mean, it's just off the charts
  • 00:13:58.150 --> 00:13:59.170
  • rampant now.
  • 00:13:59.170 --> 00:14:00.290
  • And so, including college.
  • 00:14:00.290 --> 00:14:01.270
  • But here's what happened to
  • 00:14:01.270 --> 00:14:03.040
  • a lot of those students.
  • 00:14:03.040 --> 00:14:03.280
  • They went into those Ivy League
  • 00:14:03.280 --> 00:14:05.010
  • schools and they failed
  • 00:14:05.010 --> 00:14:06.100
  • miserably, or had to cheat their
  • 00:14:06.100 --> 00:14:08.100
  • way all the way through, many of
  • 00:14:08.100 --> 00:14:10.110
  • them getting caught
  • 00:14:10.110 --> 00:14:11.050
  • because of that.
  • 00:14:11.050 --> 00:14:11.230
  • 'Cause at some point it catches
  • 00:14:11.230 --> 00:14:12.130
  • up with you.
  • 00:14:12.130 --> 00:14:13.020
  • 'Cause here's what happens.
  • 00:14:13.020 --> 00:14:13.220
  • When you try to skip a test,
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:15.250
  • at the next level you'll become
  • 00:14:15.250 --> 00:14:16.270
  • an abysmal failure.
  • 00:14:16.270 --> 00:14:19.030
  • Because the only reason you have
  • 00:14:19.030 --> 00:14:20.060
  • a test, the test is not there to
  • 00:14:20.060 --> 00:14:21.060
  • hurt you, the test is there to
  • 00:14:21.060 --> 00:14:22.050
  • make sure you know what you're
  • 00:14:22.050 --> 00:14:23.010
  • doing when you get there.
  • 00:14:23.010 --> 00:14:24.180
  • And so the reason why God won't
  • 00:14:24.180 --> 00:14:26.100
  • let you skip tests is because he
  • 00:14:26.100 --> 00:14:27.210
  • knows you won't make it at
  • 00:14:27.210 --> 00:14:29.080
  • the next level if you can't pass
  • 00:14:29.080 --> 00:14:30.160
  • So it's not that God's tryin' to
  • 00:14:33.210 --> 00:14:34.210
  • hurt you.
  • 00:14:34.210 --> 00:14:35.120
  • God's tryin' to prepare you for
  • 00:14:35.120 --> 00:14:37.170
  • what's next.
  • 00:14:37.170 --> 00:14:39.100
  • It's critical that you learn to
  • 00:14:39.100 --> 00:14:40.010
  • do that.
  • 00:14:40.010 --> 00:14:41.200
  • I talk to these young pastors,
  • 00:14:41.200 --> 00:14:42.120
  • and they tell me,
  • 00:14:42.120 --> 00:14:43.070
  • "Man, I got this church.
  • 00:14:43.070 --> 00:14:44.020
  • And you know, I got this family
  • 00:14:44.020 --> 00:14:45.100
  • mad at me.
  • 00:14:45.100 --> 00:14:46.070
  • And they're threatening me that
  • 00:14:46.070 --> 00:14:47.140
  • they're gonna go to the church
  • 00:14:47.140 --> 00:14:48.260
  • about this and that, and they're
  • 00:14:48.260 --> 00:14:50.030
  • causin' all these problems.
  • 00:14:50.030 --> 00:14:51.030
  • And I don't know what to do."
  • 00:14:51.030 --> 00:14:51.210
  • And I say, "Be faithful.
  • 00:14:51.210 --> 00:14:52.060
  • Hang in there."
  • 00:14:52.060 --> 00:14:54.060
  • "But this family's mad at me,
  • 00:14:54.060 --> 00:14:55.000
  • you know, and they're callin'
  • 00:14:55.000 --> 00:14:56.020
  • me."
  • 00:14:56.020 --> 00:14:56.170
  • And I'm like, "Okay, you got
  • 00:14:56.170 --> 00:14:57.040
  • a church of 100 people and you
  • 00:14:57.040 --> 00:14:57.250
  • got 1 family mad at you.
  • 00:14:57.250 --> 00:14:58.230
  • Don't ever try to pastor
  • 00:14:58.230 --> 00:14:59.150
  • a church of 9.000 people."
  • 00:14:59.260 --> 00:15:02.280
  • I got a family mad at me
  • 00:15:02.280 --> 00:15:03.170
  • every hour.
  • 00:15:03.170 --> 00:15:06.060
  • So I had to get over that
  • 00:15:06.060 --> 00:15:06.260
  • one early on.
  • 00:15:06.260 --> 00:15:08.090
  • There's always someone that
  • 00:15:08.090 --> 00:15:09.000
  • doesn't like what you do.
  • 00:15:09.000 --> 00:15:10.190
  • If you can't pass that test when
  • 00:15:10.190 --> 00:15:11.230
  • one person blows up Facebook,
  • 00:15:11.230 --> 00:15:13.100
  • then you're really gonna be mad
  • 00:15:13.100 --> 00:15:14.080
  • when there's whole websites
  • 00:15:14.080 --> 00:15:14.270
  • dedicated to not likin' ya.
  • 00:15:15.230 --> 00:15:18.230
  • You gotta get over that stuff.
  • 00:15:18.230 --> 00:15:20.030
  • It's a test.
  • 00:15:20.030 --> 00:15:21.220
  • And please don't call that,
  • 00:15:21.220 --> 00:15:22.090
  • "persecution," just 'cause
  • 00:15:22.090 --> 00:15:23.020
  • someone, you know, dislikes you
  • 00:15:23.020 --> 00:15:24.260
  • on Facebook.
  • 00:15:24.260 --> 00:15:26.130
  • That's not persecution.
  • 00:15:26.130 --> 00:15:28.140
  • Persecution is when your family
  • 00:15:28.140 --> 00:15:29.230
  • is burned to death or your
  • 00:15:29.230 --> 00:15:30.270
  • head's cut off over in
  • 00:15:30.270 --> 00:15:31.260
  • the Middle East 'cause you
  • 00:15:31.260 --> 00:15:32.180
  • say you're a Christian.
  • 00:15:32.180 --> 00:15:34.070
  • That's persecution.
  • 00:15:34.070 --> 00:15:36.120
  • What we call persecution here
  • 00:15:36.120 --> 00:15:37.060
  • is really insulting to
  • 00:15:37.060 --> 00:15:38.200
  • real Christians who are getting
  • 00:15:38.200 --> 00:15:40.000
  • persecuted.
  • 00:15:40.000 --> 00:15:41.100
  • This testing is nothing compared
  • 00:15:41.100 --> 00:15:43.120
  • to what other people are dealing
  • 00:15:43.120 --> 00:15:44.080
  • with because of their faith.
  • 00:15:44.080 --> 00:15:46.220
  • And so we've got to look at
  • 00:15:46.220 --> 00:15:47.260
  • Christianity from a worldwide
  • 00:15:47.260 --> 00:15:49.050
  • perspective.
  • 00:15:49.050 --> 00:15:49.220
  • But this is important that we
  • 00:15:49.220 --> 00:15:50.230
  • answer the one attacking us with
  • 00:15:50.240 --> 00:15:53.240
  • God's Word.
  • 00:15:53.240 --> 00:15:54.220
  • That's the way to do that.
  • 00:15:54.220 --> 00:15:55.150
  • Look at what it says next in
  • 00:15:55.150 --> 00:15:56.250
  • Scripture: "Then the devil took
  • 00:15:56.250 --> 00:15:57.230
  • him to the holy city and had him
  • 00:15:57.230 --> 00:15:59.110
  • stand on the highest point
  • 00:15:59.110 --> 00:16:00.130
  • of the temple,
  • 00:16:00.130 --> 00:16:00.280
  • 'If you are the Son of God,'"
  • 00:16:00.280 --> 00:16:02.020
  • again, he keeps saying, "If."
  • 00:16:02.020 --> 00:16:02.280
  • Notice how he just keeps kinda
  • 00:16:02.280 --> 00:16:03.200
  • throwin' that in there, like,
  • 00:16:03.200 --> 00:16:04.170
  • "If you really are
  • 00:16:04.170 --> 00:16:05.050
  • the Son of God."
  • 00:16:05.050 --> 00:16:06.050
  • And one of the biggest things
  • 00:16:06.050 --> 00:16:07.070
  • that the enemy will do to you
  • 00:16:07.070 --> 00:16:08.070
  • is to try to cast doubt on you.
  • 00:16:08.070 --> 00:16:10.190
  • You know, "Well, if you really
  • 00:16:10.190 --> 00:16:11.070
  • think you're such a good
  • 00:16:11.070 --> 00:16:11.280
  • mother," "If you really," you
  • 00:16:11.280 --> 00:16:14.020
  • know, "If you really were a good
  • 00:16:14.020 --> 00:16:15.020
  • father," "If you really were a
  • 00:16:15.020 --> 00:16:15.270
  • good a husband," "If you really
  • 00:16:15.270 --> 00:16:17.060
  • were legit in your faith,"
  • 00:16:17.060 --> 00:16:18.290
  • "If you really were tryin'
  • 00:16:18.290 --> 00:16:19.280
  • to honor God."
  • 00:16:19.280 --> 00:16:21.080
  • So the enemy's tryin' to cast
  • 00:16:21.080 --> 00:16:22.090
  • doubt on you to make you doubt
  • 00:16:22.090 --> 00:16:23.130
  • yourself, right?
  • 00:16:23.130 --> 00:16:25.130
  • He says, "He took him to the
  • 00:16:25.130 --> 00:16:26.240
  • highest point in the temple,
  • 00:16:26.240 --> 00:16:27.190
  • 'If you are the Son of God,' he
  • 00:16:27.190 --> 00:16:28.270
  • said, 'throw yourself down, for
  • 00:16:28.270 --> 00:16:30.130
  • it's written, "He will command
  • 00:16:30.130 --> 00:16:31.150
  • his angels concerning you, and
  • 00:16:31.150 --> 00:16:32.220
  • they will lift you up in their
  • 00:16:32.220 --> 00:16:33.290
  • hands, so that you will not
  • 00:16:33.290 --> 00:16:35.140
  • strike your foot
  • 00:16:35.140 --> 00:16:36.100
  • against a stone."'
  • 00:16:36.100 --> 00:16:37.030
  • Jesus answered him, 'It
  • 00:16:37.030 --> 00:16:37.260
  • is also written, "Do not put the
  • 00:16:37.260 --> 00:16:38.220
  • Lord your God to the test."'"
  • 00:16:38.220 --> 00:16:41.060
  • Number three is this: when doubt
  • 00:16:41.060 --> 00:16:42.130
  • enters your mind, remind
  • 00:16:42.130 --> 00:16:43.120
  • yourself and the accuser
  • 00:16:43.120 --> 00:16:44.220
  • who you really are.
  • 00:16:44.220 --> 00:16:46.150
  • And you are a child of God.
  • 00:16:46.150 --> 00:16:49.080
  • You gotta remind yourself that,
  • 00:16:49.080 --> 00:16:51.010
  • and you gotta remind
  • 00:16:51.010 --> 00:16:51.160
  • the devil that.
  • 00:16:51.160 --> 00:16:52.020
  • 'Cause the devil's gonna try to
  • 00:16:52.020 --> 00:16:52.250
  • get you off your game by making
  • 00:16:52.250 --> 00:16:54.220
  • you think you really aren't who
  • 00:16:54.220 --> 00:16:55.200
  • you are.
  • 00:16:55.200 --> 00:16:57.210
  • He'll try to get you to
  • 00:16:57.210 --> 00:16:58.190
  • live in doubt.
  • 00:16:58.190 --> 00:16:59.130
  • "Well, maybe I'm not really
  • 00:16:59.130 --> 00:17:01.070
  • supposed to be doin' this.
  • 00:17:01.070 --> 00:17:02.130
  • Maybe I'm really not supposed to
  • 00:17:02.130 --> 00:17:04.200
  • be married to this person."
  • 00:17:04.200 --> 00:17:05.290
  • That's a common one.
  • 00:17:05.290 --> 00:17:07.100
  • "Maybe I really shouldn't be at
  • 00:17:07.100 --> 00:17:08.140
  • this workplace, since I'm havin'
  • 00:17:08.140 --> 00:17:09.220
  • a really rough day.
  • 00:17:09.220 --> 00:17:11.130
  • Maybe this isn't the place
  • 00:17:11.130 --> 00:17:12.270
  • I--maybe this isn't the career
  • 00:17:12.270 --> 00:17:13.280
  • for me, since I have a customer
  • 00:17:13.280 --> 00:17:15.130
  • or an employee that doesn't
  • 00:17:15.130 --> 00:17:17.000
  • like me."
  • 00:17:17.000 --> 00:17:17.280
  • Are you kidding me?
  • 00:17:17.280 --> 00:17:18.170
  • Is there an industry you're not
  • 00:17:18.170 --> 00:17:19.100
  • gonna have that?
  • 00:17:19.100 --> 00:17:20.120
  • If you make a decision every
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  • time you have a doubt to leave
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  • a situation, you'll never stay
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  • committed to anything.
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  • That's what makes you faithless.
  • 00:17:25.210 --> 00:17:28.040
  • What make you faithful is you
  • 00:17:28.040 --> 00:17:29.010
  • have to overcome those doubts.
  • 00:17:29.010 --> 00:17:30.100
  • In fact, can I tell ya one of
  • 00:17:30.100 --> 00:17:31.020
  • the biggest things that God
  • 00:17:31.020 --> 00:17:31.280
  • taught me over the years?
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  • Is to learn to doubt my doubts.
  • 00:17:33.290 --> 00:17:36.290
  • Doubt your doubts.
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  • Quit doubting the things that
  • 00:17:38.220 --> 00:17:39.190
  • God told ya and start doubting
  • 00:17:39.190 --> 00:17:41.100
  • what the enemy's tellin' ya.
  • 00:17:41.100 --> 00:17:43.000
  • You gotta learn to doubt
  • 00:17:43.000 --> 00:17:44.010
  • your doubts.
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  • You're gonna be tested.
  • 00:17:45.100 --> 00:17:46.150
  • It's gonna happen.
  • 00:17:46.150 --> 00:17:47.140
  • And in fact, the Scripture also
  • 00:17:47.140 --> 00:17:48.280
  • here says, "Do not put the Lord
  • 00:17:48.280 --> 00:17:50.030
  • to the test."
  • 00:17:50.030 --> 00:17:50.250
  • The way we put the Lord to
  • 00:17:50.250 --> 00:17:51.180
  • the test is when we step into
  • 00:17:51.180 --> 00:17:52.150
  • foolishness and expect God
  • 00:17:52.150 --> 00:17:53.250
  • to get us out of it.
  • 00:17:53.250 --> 00:17:55.170
  • In other words, Satan says,
  • 00:17:55.170 --> 00:17:56.260
  • "Hey, throw yourself off
  • 00:17:56.260 --> 00:17:57.210
  • this building.
  • 00:17:57.210 --> 00:17:58.100
  • God'll have to catch you."
  • 00:17:58.100 --> 00:18:00.210
  • It's just like that little
  • 00:18:00.210 --> 00:18:01.140
  • thought that comes
  • 00:18:01.140 --> 00:18:02.050
  • into your mind.
  • 00:18:02.050 --> 00:18:02.220
  • "Go ahead and go to that club.
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  • God's forgiving.
  • 00:18:03.110 --> 00:18:05.090
  • He'll give ya grace."
  • 00:18:05.090 --> 00:18:06.100
  • Well, he will give you grace,
  • 00:18:06.100 --> 00:18:07.040
  • but that doesn't mean
  • 00:18:07.040 --> 00:18:07.230
  • the mess still doesn't happen.
  • 00:18:07.230 --> 00:18:09.290
  • I mean, he'll forgive you.
  • 00:18:09.290 --> 00:18:11.290
  • You know, "Go ahead and sleep
  • 00:18:11.290 --> 00:18:13.150
  • with your boyfriend in
  • 00:18:13.150 --> 00:18:14.050
  • high school, God'll forgive ya."
  • 00:18:14.050 --> 00:18:15.230
  • Well, he'll forgive ya, but you
  • 00:18:15.230 --> 00:18:16.120
  • Forgiveness doesn't remove that.
  • 00:18:18.290 --> 00:18:20.250
  • And it certainly doesn't remove
  • 00:18:20.250 --> 00:18:22.200
  • the shame, and the guilt,
  • 00:18:22.200 --> 00:18:23.130
  • and the pain.
  • 00:18:23.130 --> 00:18:24.290
  • It does with God.
  • 00:18:24.290 --> 00:18:26.240
  • But you still have to deal with
  • 00:18:26.240 --> 00:18:27.160
  • it in your everyday life.
  • 00:18:27.160 --> 00:18:30.110
  • So the reality is, is that
  • 00:18:30.110 --> 00:18:31.000
  • sometimes we test God by saying,
  • 00:18:31.000 --> 00:18:33.010
  • "You know, I'm just gonna use
  • 00:18:33.010 --> 00:18:33.210
  • that grace you were gonna give
  • 00:18:33.210 --> 00:18:34.250
  • me like a credit card, and just
  • 00:18:34.250 --> 00:18:35.270
  • kinda swipe it wherever I go,
  • 00:18:35.270 --> 00:18:36.200
  • and just, oh, you're gonna
  • 00:18:36.200 --> 00:18:37.190
  • cover it."
  • 00:18:37.190 --> 00:18:38.050
  • You can do that, but
  • 00:18:38.050 --> 00:18:38.290
  • you're testing God.
  • 00:18:38.290 --> 00:18:40.260
  • And eventually, that will
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:41.180
  • catch up with you.
  • 00:18:41.180 --> 00:18:42.070
  • And it will hurt you.
  • 00:18:42.070 --> 00:18:43.260
  • God has a better way.
  • 00:18:43.260 --> 00:18:44.200
  • God's tryin' to keep you from
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  • a heartache.
  • 00:18:45.150 --> 00:18:47.160
  • So maybe right now you're in
  • 00:18:47.160 --> 00:18:48.270
  • the middle of a test, and you're
  • 00:18:48.270 --> 00:18:51.030
  • goin' through it,
  • 00:18:51.030 --> 00:18:52.120
  • and you're havin' a hard time.
  • 00:18:52.120 --> 00:18:53.280
  • Don't try to skip the test.
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  • Learn from it.
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  • You may say, "But I keep falling
  • 00:18:57.060 --> 00:18:58.290
  • into this same thing again
  • 00:18:58.290 --> 00:19:00.040
  • and again."
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  • Well, the good news about that
  • 00:19:00.240 --> 00:19:02.130
  • is that means it's
  • 00:19:02.130 --> 00:19:03.010
  • the same test.
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  • Which means if you handed me
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  • the same quiz I failed yesterday
  • 00:19:05.170 --> 00:19:07.140
  • today, I could probably pass it.
  • 00:19:07.140 --> 00:19:10.090
  • 'Cause at least I know what not
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  • to write down.
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  • If it's true/false, it's even
  • 00:19:13.180 --> 00:19:14.140
  • easier.
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  • If I said, "False," yesterday in
  • 00:19:16.030 --> 00:19:17.000
  • number one, I'm gonna say,
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  • "True," today.
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  • Shouldn't you be able to
  • 00:19:20.130 --> 00:19:21.030
  • pass it?
  • 00:19:21.030 --> 00:19:21.220
  • Some of you have been falling
  • 00:19:21.220 --> 00:19:22.160
  • into the same thing again
  • 00:19:22.160 --> 00:19:23.160
  • and again and again.
  • 00:19:23.160 --> 00:19:25.060
  • And it's time to say,
  • 00:19:25.060 --> 00:19:25.230
  • "Wait a minute.
  • 00:19:25.230 --> 00:19:26.270
  • I'm startin' to figure this out.
  • 00:19:26.270 --> 00:19:28.070
  • I always do the wrong thing
  • 00:19:28.070 --> 00:19:29.080
  • past midnight."
  • 00:19:29.080 --> 00:19:30.200
  • Or, "I always do the wrong thing
  • 00:19:30.200 --> 00:19:31.150
  • when I go hang out with this
  • 00:19:31.150 --> 00:19:32.050
  • person.
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:33.020
  • Every time I go to this place,
  • 00:19:33.020 --> 00:19:33.290
  • things go bad.
  • 00:19:33.290 --> 00:19:34.290
  • I'm gonna quit hangin' out with
  • 00:19:34.290 --> 00:19:35.190
  • this person, after midnight,
  • 00:19:35.190 --> 00:19:36.250
  • in the wrong place.
  • 00:19:36.250 --> 00:19:37.210
  • Got it.
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  • Passed!"
  • 00:19:38.090 --> 00:19:40.020
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:19:40.020 --> 00:19:42.250
  • So God always gives you
  • 00:19:42.250 --> 00:19:44.070
  • a retake, which you should
  • 00:19:44.070 --> 00:19:46.080
  • Let's go on in the Scripture.
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  • Check this out: "Again, the
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:51.190
  • devil took him to a very high
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  • mountain and showed him
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  • all the kingdoms of the world
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  • and their splendor.
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  • 'All this I will give you,' he
  • 00:19:56.040 --> 00:19:57.230
  • said, 'if you will bow down
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  • and worship me.'
  • 00:19:58.280 --> 00:19:59.220
  • Jesus said to him,
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  • 'Away from me, Satan!
  • 00:20:00.240 --> 00:20:02.040
  • For it is written:
  • 00:20:02.040 --> 00:20:02.230
  • "Worship the Lord your God,
  • 00:20:02.230 --> 00:20:03.170
  • and serve him only.'"
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  • Then the devil left him,
  • 00:20:04.120 --> 00:20:05.130
  • and angels came
  • 00:20:05.130 --> 00:20:06.030
  • and attended him."
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  • Now, first of all, I think this
  • 00:20:07.120 --> 00:20:09.130
  • one's kind of funny, 'cause
  • 00:20:09.130 --> 00:20:10.000
  • you're thinkin', "Why would
  • 00:20:10.000 --> 00:20:10.190
  • Jesus worship the world
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:13.210
  • he created?"
  • 00:20:13.210 --> 00:20:15.000
  • I mean, he was there in
  • 00:20:15.000 --> 00:20:15.290
  • Creation, so why would that
  • 00:20:15.290 --> 00:20:18.030
  • even be tempting to him?
  • 00:20:18.030 --> 00:20:19.170
  • It says, "I will give you power
  • 00:20:19.170 --> 00:20:20.120
  • over the world."
  • 00:20:20.120 --> 00:20:21.130
  • I'm sure Jesus was thinkin',
  • 00:20:21.130 --> 00:20:22.060
  • "I already have that, so why are
  • 00:20:22.060 --> 00:20:23.220
  • you tempting me with what
  • 00:20:23.220 --> 00:20:25.130
  • I already have?"
  • 00:20:25.130 --> 00:20:26.270
  • That's always the way the devil
  • 00:20:26.270 --> 00:20:27.260
  • works, though.
  • 00:20:27.260 --> 00:20:28.110
  • He always tempts us with what we
  • 00:20:28.110 --> 00:20:29.270
  • can already have.
  • 00:20:29.270 --> 00:20:31.280
  • That's the way he works.
  • 00:20:31.280 --> 00:20:32.130
  • This is why he tells young
  • 00:20:32.130 --> 00:20:33.040
  • people, "You know, you should
  • 00:20:33.040 --> 00:20:34.030
  • sleep with this person."
  • 00:20:34.030 --> 00:20:35.130
  • Well, don't you know that God's
  • 00:20:35.130 --> 00:20:37.030
  • gonna give you that anyways
  • 00:20:37.030 --> 00:20:38.090
  • when you get married?
  • 00:20:38.090 --> 00:20:40.020
  • So you're being tempted with
  • 00:20:40.020 --> 00:20:41.110
  • something you're already gonna
  • 00:20:41.110 --> 00:20:42.100
  • have.
  • 00:20:42.100 --> 00:20:43.190
  • Why are you falling into that?
  • 00:20:43.190 --> 00:20:45.250
  • That's gonna happen anyways.
  • 00:20:45.250 --> 00:20:47.120
  • Just a couple of years later
  • 00:20:47.120 --> 00:20:48.100
  • probably, but it's gonna happen.
  • 00:20:48.100 --> 00:20:50.190
  • We're tempted by stuff
  • 00:20:50.190 --> 00:20:51.250
  • we can already have.
  • 00:20:51.250 --> 00:20:54.030
  • It's ridiculous.
  • 00:20:54.030 --> 00:20:55.100
  • You know, we're tempted, and,
  • 00:20:55.100 --> 00:20:56.130
  • "Aw, I wanna cheat on this deal
  • 00:20:56.130 --> 00:20:57.150
  • so I can get some money,
  • 00:20:57.150 --> 00:20:58.150
  • and so I can get prosperity."
  • 00:20:58.150 --> 00:20:59.200
  • But God already said in his
  • 00:20:59.200 --> 00:21:00.230
  • Word, "If you obey him,
  • 00:21:00.230 --> 00:21:01.150
  • and follow his commands, and
  • 00:21:01.150 --> 00:21:02.070
  • are diligent, you'll already
  • 00:21:02.070 --> 00:21:02.240
  • be prosperous."
  • 00:21:02.240 --> 00:21:04.230
  • So why not just do it the right
  • 00:21:04.230 --> 00:21:05.140
  • way?
  • 00:21:05.140 --> 00:21:06.280
  • And then I don't have to cover
  • 00:21:06.280 --> 00:21:07.200
  • stuff up.
  • 00:21:07.200 --> 00:21:08.170
  • And then I can be blessed
  • 00:21:08.170 --> 00:21:10.000
  • without having anything added to
  • 00:21:10.000 --> 00:21:12.260
  • it that's bad.
  • 00:21:12.260 --> 00:21:14.270
  • And so, oftentimes he tempts us
  • 00:21:14.270 --> 00:21:15.290
  • with the very things that are
  • 00:21:15.290 --> 00:21:17.210
  • good.
  • 00:21:17.210 --> 00:21:18.100
  • You know, my favorite teachers,
  • 00:21:18.100 --> 00:21:20.120
  • not only did they quiz often,
  • 00:21:20.120 --> 00:21:21.210
  • but one of the other things that
  • 00:21:21.210 --> 00:21:22.170
  • they would oftentimes do is they
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:24.120
  • would oftentimes give what's
  • 00:21:24.120 --> 00:21:26.070
  • called, "A bonus."
  • 00:21:26.070 --> 00:21:28.100
  • And what they'd say is they
  • 00:21:28.100 --> 00:21:29.210
  • would say, "Okay, guys,
  • 00:21:29.210 --> 00:21:30.260
  • there's one bonus question."
  • 00:21:30.260 --> 00:21:32.190
  • And then they would write it on
  • 00:21:32.190 --> 00:21:33.250
  • the board, and it wasn't on
  • 00:21:33.250 --> 00:21:34.230
  • the actual test they gave.
  • 00:21:34.230 --> 00:21:36.220
  • You would read the question and
  • 00:21:36.220 --> 00:21:37.270
  • then you'd have to answer it,
  • 00:21:37.270 --> 00:21:38.200
  • right?
  • 00:21:38.200 --> 00:21:39.050
  • But oftentimes, they would use
  • 00:21:39.050 --> 00:21:40.120
  • this phrase in the middle of
  • 00:21:40.120 --> 00:21:41.150
  • the bonus question.
  • 00:21:41.150 --> 00:21:42.110
  • They would say, "In your own
  • 00:21:42.110 --> 00:21:43.150
  • words, explain why
  • 00:21:43.150 --> 00:21:45.130
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • 00:21:45.130 --> 00:21:46.160
  • blah, blah, blah, blah, blah."
  • 00:21:46.160 --> 00:21:47.210
  • "In your own words, explain to
  • 00:21:47.210 --> 00:21:48.240
  • me how World War II started."
  • 00:21:48.240 --> 00:21:50.060
  • "In your own words, explain to
  • 00:21:50.060 --> 00:21:51.080
  • me why taxation was a problem
  • 00:21:51.080 --> 00:21:53.140
  • during the Boston Tea Party."
  • 00:21:53.140 --> 00:21:54.200
  • "In your own words,
  • 00:21:54.200 --> 00:21:55.150
  • explain to me--" right?
  • 00:21:55.150 --> 00:21:56.150
  • And then you'd have to,
  • 00:21:56.150 --> 00:21:57.070
  • in your own words, in your own
  • 00:21:57.070 --> 00:21:58.060
  • vernacular, say "Here is what
  • 00:21:58.060 --> 00:21:59.110
  • I think the point is."
  • 00:21:59.110 --> 00:22:01.000
  • And the reason that teachers
  • 00:22:01.000 --> 00:22:02.030
  • called this, "The bonus," is
  • 00:22:02.030 --> 00:22:03.090
  • what they're saying is, "I can
  • 00:22:03.090 --> 00:22:04.160
  • probably get you to regurgitate
  • 00:22:04.160 --> 00:22:05.190
  • the right answers on a sheet of
  • 00:22:05.190 --> 00:22:07.070
  • paper 'cause you just clue in
  • 00:22:07.070 --> 00:22:08.030
  • one word to the right answer
  • 00:22:08.030 --> 00:22:09.120
  • enough to fill in all
  • 00:22:09.120 --> 00:22:10.190
  • the blanks.
  • 00:22:10.190 --> 00:22:11.170
  • But the 'in your own words'
  • 00:22:11.170 --> 00:22:12.260
  • means you actually have to
  • 00:22:12.260 --> 00:22:14.010
  • comprehend and understand what
  • 00:22:14.010 --> 00:22:15.150
  • I'm teaching you."
  • 00:22:15.150 --> 00:22:17.190
  • That's what "in your own words"
  • 00:22:17.190 --> 00:22:18.120
  • really means, right?
  • 00:22:18.120 --> 00:22:19.110
  • It means, "Do you get it?"
  • 00:22:19.110 --> 00:22:21.200
  • That's the whole reason for
  • 00:22:21.200 --> 00:22:22.230
  • the "in your own words."
  • 00:22:22.230 --> 00:22:24.220
  • And I'd like to give you a bonus
  • 00:22:24.220 --> 00:22:26.050
  • right now for the test you're
  • 00:22:26.050 --> 00:22:27.180
  • dealing with.
  • 00:22:27.180 --> 00:22:28.240
  • It is all about "in your own
  • 00:22:28.240 --> 00:22:29.290
  • words."
  • 00:22:29.290 --> 00:22:30.270
  • Here's what that means.
  • 00:22:30.270 --> 00:22:32.280
  • It means this, number four:
  • 00:22:32.280 --> 00:22:34.020
  • go for the bonus,
  • 00:22:34.020 --> 00:22:35.100
  • become a worshiper.
  • 00:22:35.100 --> 00:22:37.010
  • So here's what "in your own
  • 00:22:37.010 --> 00:22:38.080
  • words" actually means.
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:39.010
  • It means, "God, I finally get
  • 00:22:39.010 --> 00:22:40.130
  • why I'm goin' through this test.
  • 00:22:40.130 --> 00:22:41.230
  • It's to cause me to depend
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:46.210
  • upon you.
  • 00:22:46.210 --> 00:22:47.170
  • It's to cause me to finally
  • 00:22:47.170 --> 00:22:48.190
  • realize this is about you.
  • 00:22:48.190 --> 00:22:50.030
  • This isn't about the person
  • 00:22:50.030 --> 00:22:50.270
  • who's hurt me.
  • 00:22:50.270 --> 00:22:51.190
  • It's about you.
  • 00:22:51.190 --> 00:22:52.110
  • It's not about the trial I'm
  • 00:22:52.110 --> 00:22:53.060
  • goin' through.
  • 00:22:53.060 --> 00:22:53.250
  • It's about you.
  • 00:22:53.250 --> 00:22:54.160
  • It's not about the debt I'm
  • 00:22:54.160 --> 00:22:55.060
  • dealing with.
  • 00:22:55.060 --> 00:22:56.040
  • It's about you.
  • 00:22:56.040 --> 00:22:56.270
  • It's not about the economy.
  • 00:22:56.270 --> 00:22:57.200
  • It's about me depending upon you
  • 00:22:57.200 --> 00:22:59.180
  • in this situation."
  • 00:22:59.180 --> 00:23:00.280
  • That's the bonus.
  • 00:23:00.280 --> 00:23:03.220
  • "In my own words, God, I'm now
  • 00:23:03.220 --> 00:23:04.290
  • praising you.
  • 00:23:04.290 --> 00:23:06.280
  • In my own words, I'm now cryin'
  • 00:23:06.280 --> 00:23:08.130
  • out to you."
  • 00:23:08.130 --> 00:23:09.210
  • The Bible says, by the way, that
  • 00:23:09.210 --> 00:23:11.220
  • there's this place
  • 00:23:11.220 --> 00:23:12.070
  • at the Holy of Holies,
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:14.040
  • and there's a little
  • 00:23:14.040 --> 00:23:14.220
  • thing on top of where
  • 00:23:14.220 --> 00:23:15.070
  • the Word of God was.
  • 00:23:15.070 --> 00:23:16.170
  • I don't know if you know this
  • 00:23:16.170 --> 00:23:17.050
  • about Scripture, but it's in
  • 00:23:17.050 --> 00:23:17.250
  • the Old Testament.
  • 00:23:17.250 --> 00:23:18.140
  • And they called it,
  • 00:23:18.140 --> 00:23:19.170
  • "The mercy seat."
  • 00:23:19.170 --> 00:23:21.270
  • And it was a place where you
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  • worshiped God.
  • 00:23:22.170 --> 00:23:23.280
  • And the reason it was called,
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  • "The mercy seat," because that
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  • was the place where God would
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  • literally sit down in
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  • the middle of the worship.
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  • People will say, "I want to hear
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  • from God.
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  • I wish God would get close
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  • to me."
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  • If you'll begin to worship him,
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  • he will sit in the middle of
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  • your praise.
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  • And so what that looks like is
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  • this: when you're being tested,
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  • and you're havin' a hard time,
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  • and you're in the middle of that
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  • test, and you don't know what to
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  • do, you know what you do?
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  • You put your pencil down, and
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  • you look up to the Teacher, and
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  • you put your hand in the air.
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  • 'Cause some of you right now are
  • 00:23:46.040 --> 00:23:46.260
  • thinkin', "But I've been tryin'
  • 00:23:46.260 --> 00:23:47.180
  • to hear from God, but I can't
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  • hear from him."
  • 00:23:48.170 --> 00:23:49.100
  • But don't you know that
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  • the Teacher is always silent
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  • in the middle of the test?
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  • He's always silent in the test.
  • 00:23:54.180 --> 00:23:57.180
  • But there's one thing you can
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  • always do that will get
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  • the Teacher's attention.
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  • Lift your hand.
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  • 'Cause what you're saying is
  • 00:24:03.170 --> 00:24:05.040
  • you're saying,
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  • "I'm in the middle of a test,
  • 00:24:05.220 --> 00:24:06.140
  • but I need you.
  • 00:24:06.140 --> 00:24:08.040
  • I just need your help.
  • 00:24:08.040 --> 00:24:09.000
  • I'm not trying to cheat.
  • 00:24:09.000 --> 00:24:10.080
  • I'm inviting you into
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  • the situation.
  • 00:24:11.050 --> 00:24:12.010
  • I'm not trying to get you to go
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  • to the other side of the class
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  • so I can look over at my
  • 00:24:13.260 --> 00:24:14.210
  • peer's paper, I'm inviting you
  • 00:24:14.210 --> 00:24:16.080
  • over here.
  • 00:24:16.080 --> 00:24:16.260
  • I need your help.
  • 00:24:16.260 --> 00:24:17.190
  • I'm tryin' to do this
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  • the right way.
  • 00:24:18.130 --> 00:24:19.040
  • I'm in the middle of a test.
  • 00:24:19.040 --> 00:24:19.280
  • Would you please help me?"
  • 00:24:19.280 --> 00:24:21.040
  • And when you do that, a good
  • 00:24:21.040 --> 00:24:22.060
  • teacher will walk over and they
  • 00:24:22.060 --> 00:24:23.280
  • will sit in your situation,
  • 00:24:23.280 --> 00:24:25.060
  • at the mercy seat.
  • 00:24:25.060 --> 00:24:27.050
  • And they're not gonna give it
  • 00:24:27.050 --> 00:24:27.250
  • all to you, but they're gonna
  • 00:24:27.250 --> 00:24:28.170
  • go, "Okay, let's look at that.
  • 00:24:28.170 --> 00:24:29.100
  • Okay, okay, so do you think
  • 00:24:29.100 --> 00:24:30.180
  • it's A?
  • 00:24:30.180 --> 00:24:31.200
  • Now, remember what we said
  • 00:24:31.200 --> 00:24:32.130
  • yesterday.
  • 00:24:32.130 --> 00:24:32.290
  • Do you think that's A?
  • 00:24:32.290 --> 00:24:33.180
  • No, okay, well, what do you
  • 00:24:33.180 --> 00:24:34.130
  • think about B?
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  • Does that sound about right?
  • 00:24:35.030 --> 00:24:36.040
  • Remember what we talked
  • 00:24:36.040 --> 00:24:36.240
  • about yest--?
  • 00:24:36.240 --> 00:24:37.150
  • Okay, what about--?"
  • 00:24:37.150 --> 00:24:39.040
  • So a good teacher's not gonna
  • 00:24:39.040 --> 00:24:39.230
  • hand it to you.
  • 00:24:39.230 --> 00:24:40.140
  • What are they gonna do?
  • 00:24:40.140 --> 00:24:41.000
  • They're gonna guide you.
  • 00:24:41.000 --> 00:24:41.250
  • And they're gonna say, "I'm here
  • 00:24:41.250 --> 00:24:42.140
  • for you because I am not here to
  • 00:24:42.140 --> 00:24:44.020
  • limit you.
  • 00:24:44.020 --> 00:24:44.220
  • I'm not here to hold you back.
  • 00:24:44.220 --> 00:24:45.200
  • I'm sitting in your situation
  • 00:24:45.200 --> 00:24:47.020
  • with you, and we're gonna get
  • 00:24:47.020 --> 00:24:48.060
  • through this.
  • 00:24:48.060 --> 00:24:48.270
  • But I am not gonna cheat you of
  • 00:24:48.270 --> 00:24:50.260
  • your character.
  • 00:24:50.260 --> 00:24:52.010
  • I am not gonna cheat you of your
  • 00:24:52.010 --> 00:24:53.080
  • growth.
  • 00:24:53.080 --> 00:24:53.250
  • I'm gonna sit with you and I'm
  • 00:24:53.250 --> 00:24:55.020
  • gonna walk with you, and I will
  • 00:24:55.020 --> 00:24:55.260
  • guide you through this.
  • 00:24:55.260 --> 00:24:57.020
  • But it will your own hands that
  • 00:24:57.020 --> 00:24:59.030
  • passes this test for the glory
  • 00:24:59.030 --> 00:25:00.280
  • of God."
  • 00:25:00.280 --> 00:25:01.190
  • He's a good Teacher.
  • 00:25:01.220 --> 00:25:04.220
  • That's how he works.
  • 00:25:05.110 --> 00:25:08.110
  • He loves you enough to put you
  • 00:25:08.110 --> 00:25:10.200
  • to a test.
  • 00:25:10.200 --> 00:25:12.120
  • He cares for you enough to help
  • 00:25:12.120 --> 00:25:13.190
  • you pass that test.
  • 00:25:13.190 --> 00:25:14.280
  • And you may be in the middle of
  • 00:25:14.280 --> 00:25:16.050
  • a trial right now, the trial of
  • 00:25:16.050 --> 00:25:17.080
  • your life.
  • 00:25:17.080 --> 00:25:19.010
  • But the good news is God says,
  • 00:25:19.010 --> 00:25:20.090
  • "If you'll worship me, I'll come
  • 00:25:20.090 --> 00:25:22.030
  • sit in the middle of your
  • 00:25:22.030 --> 00:25:23.160
  • situation, and I will guide you
  • 00:25:23.160 --> 00:25:25.270
  • through this test.
  • 00:25:25.270 --> 00:25:27.190
  • You're not just gonna pass it,
  • 00:25:27.190 --> 00:25:28.280
  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much for
  • 00:25:37.230 --> 00:25:38.160
  • watching the program today.
  • 00:25:38.160 --> 00:25:40.000
  • I've got a question for you.
  • 00:25:40.000 --> 00:25:41.160
  • Have you asked Jesus Christ to
  • 00:25:41.160 --> 00:25:42.200
  • be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:42.200 --> 00:25:44.150
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
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  • that guarantees that you will go
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  • to heaven because
  • 00:25:48.050 --> 00:25:48.290
  • you know Jesus?
  • 00:25:48.290 --> 00:25:50.210
  • Would you pray this prayer
  • 00:25:50.210 --> 00:25:51.140
  • with me right now?
  • 00:25:51.140 --> 00:25:52.150
  • You can just say this out loud.
  • 00:25:52.150 --> 00:25:53.220
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:25:53.220 --> 00:25:55.030
  • I realize I need you.
  • 00:25:55.030 --> 00:25:57.010
  • I believe you died on the cross
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  • for me to pay the price
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  • for my sins
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  • and I believe you rose again.
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  • Please come into my heart,
  • 00:26:02.080 --> 00:26:03.220
  • be my Lord and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
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  • In your name we pray, amen."
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  • would you pick up the phone
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  • and give us a call right now?
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  • and give us a call
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  • In his new DVD message,
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  • the most common excuses
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  • it becomes a lie.
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