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  • upon to do in order that wemay become something.
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  • So I'm gonna do this, andthen I'll become holy.
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  • No, it is something we are to dobecause of what we already are.
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  • So I'm doing what I do 'causeof what I already am.
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  • The day you realizethat you're holy,
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  • then you'll begin to do thesethings that other people
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  • say you have to do inorder to become holy.
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  • No, I'm not doingthis to become holy.
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  • Out of my identityand out of who I am,
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  • those things nowbecome fruits of holiness.
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  • Those things become aresult of me being holy.
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  • Creflo: Fourteen centurieshas taught us
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  • that the law-keepingcovenant did not work,
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  • and you cannot workyour way to holiness.
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  • It's just not possible.
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  • You cannot workyour way to holiness.
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  • It's just not possible.
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  • So holiness being amoral perfection,
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  • that's just not possible, andyet we've heard it defined
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  • that way in church.
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  • Let's look at the finaldefinition I want to use that--
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  • to help us show youwhat holiness is not.
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  • Number five, holinessmeans worthy of devotion.
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  • Some have defined itas worthy of devotion.
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  • Now, indeed God isworthy of worship.
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  • Hey, we know that, butangels are holy too.
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  • So if you say holinessmeans worthy of devotion,
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  • then, you know,angels are also holy.
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  • Mark chapter 8:38 shows us that.
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  • Should we worship them as well?And how about us?
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  • We are referred toas holy priesthood.
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  • So you see what I'm saying?
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  • You see, holiness, it'skind of like an elephant.
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  • Each definition above is partlytrue but the whole--
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  • but it's wholly wrong.
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  • It's partly true, but to putit all together as one
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  • it would be wrong.
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  • So we've got to define holiness.
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  • What is it?
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  • Now, here's what we know so far.
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  • We know holiness does notmean worthy of devotion.
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  • We know holiness isnot moral perfection.
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  • We know holiness is notbeing set apart to God.
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  • We know that holiness is notbeing set apart from something.
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  • We know that holinessis not sin avoidance, okay?
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  • It's not sin avoidance,so what is holiness?
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  • I wanna just be straightwith you right now.
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  • Watch this.Listen to this.
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  • Holiness means wholeness,W-H-O-L-E-N-E-S-S.
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  • Holiness means wholeness,nothing missing,
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  • nothing broken in your life.
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  • Holiness means wholeness.
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  • To say God is holy is to referto the wholeness of God,
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  • the fullness of God,the beauty of God,
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  • and the abundant life thatoverflows within the Godhead.
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  • Holiness, what am I saying?God lacks nothing.
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  • God lacks nothing.He is unbroken.
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  • He is undamaged.He is unfallen.
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  • He's completely completeand entire within himself.
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  • He is the invincible one,the wholly self-sufficient,
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  • and he is the pictureof perfection.
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  • Holiness is not oneaspect of God's character.
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  • It is the whole packagein glorious unity.
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  • That's what thiswholeness is about.
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  • Holiness means perfectionin the sense of completion.
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  • And so when Jesusexhorted us to be perfect,
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  • he was inviting us to a lifeof wholeness and holiness.
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  • Look at Matthew 5:48.
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  • He invited us into a lifeof wholeness and holiness
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  • because you don't knowholiness without wholeness.
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  • And now hear what verse 48says, "Be ye therefore perfect,
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  • even as your Father whichis in heaven is perfect,"
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  • or he's inviting us to be whole,to be whole, to be complete.
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  • And Jesus came to makebroken people whole.
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  • His body was brokenand he shed his blood
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  • so he can make us whole.
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  • He was calling us toa life that was his.
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  • He was saying, "I'm whole,and now if you accept me
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  • then you can be whole."
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  • So you are holy,ladies and gentlemen,
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  • if you are a believer.
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  • If you are born again,you are holy.
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  • The Bible declaresthat we were sanctified,
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  • 1 Corinthians chapter 6:11.
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  • He declares that we weresanctified, and that we've been
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  • made holy through his sacrificeand perfection forever.
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  • Let's look at thosetwo Scriptures.
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  • 1 Corinthians 6:11, "And suchwere some of you: but you are
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  • washed, but you are sanctified,but you are justified in the
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  • name of the Lord Jesus,and by the Spirit of God."
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  • You used to be sinners.
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  • You used to be fornicators.
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  • You used to be all of that.He says, "But you know what?
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  • You are now washed.You are now sanctified.
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  • You are now justified in thename of the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • and by the Spirit of God."
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  • And then if you lookat Hebrews chapter 10,
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  • verse 10 and verse14--let's look at that,
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  • verse 10 and verse 14.
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  • Look what he says there,Hebrews chapter 10,
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  • verse 10 and 14.
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  • He says, "By thewhich will we
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  • are sanctified throughthe offering
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  • of the body of JesusChrist," for how long?
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  • "Once and for all."
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  • And then verse 14 he says, "Forby one offering he has perfected
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  • forever them thatare sanctified."
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  • We are complete in Christ.
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  • Look at Colossianschapter 2:10.
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  • We are complete in Christ.We are declared sanctified.
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  • We have been made holythrough his sacrifice.
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  • We are perfected forever.
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  • And then Colossians chapter 2--excuse me, Colossians chapter 2,
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  • and verse 10 says, "Andyou are complete in him,
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  • which is the head of allprincipality and power."
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  • So look at this, man.We are sanctified.
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  • We have been made rightthrough his sacrifice.
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  • We are perfected forever.We are complete.
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  • But we can only get this asa born-again Christian
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  • in Christ Jesus.
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  • In Jesus, we lack nothing.In Jesus, we are whole.
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  • In Jesus, we arecomplete, praise God.
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  • And look at 1 Corinthianschapter 1 and 2.
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  • And so, you know, I'mtalking about identity here.
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  • I'm talking about who you are.
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  • I'm talking about the dayyou make Jesus the Lord
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  • of your life, youare holy that day.
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  • You're not--youare holy right now.
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  • You are holy right now.
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  • Now, I'm gonna show youthat you're gonna bear fruit
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  • of that which you are inJesus Christ right now.
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  • 1 Corinthians chapter1 and 2 says,
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  • "As carnal--" 1Corinthians chapter 1,
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  • and verse 2, he says, "Untothe church of God
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  • which is at Corinth, to themthat are sanctified
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  • in Christ Jesus, calledto be saints."
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  • All right, we'reno longer sinners.
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  • We're sanctifiedin Christ Jesus.
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  • We're called to be saints,"With all that in every place
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  • call upon the name ofthe Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • We are called to besaints--called to be saints.
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  • Now, why does God call us tobe holy if I'm already holy?
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  • Think about that.
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  • Why does God call us to beholy if I'm already holy?
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  • So the question is often askedwhy God exhorts us to be holy
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  • if we're already holy, andthe answer is he's asking
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  • us to be who we truly are.
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  • He is saying, "Be whoI made you to be.
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  • I made you to bewhole, be whole.
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  • I made you to be holy, be holy.
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  • Don't be what theworld's going through.
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  • Don't be what situationstry to make you become.
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  • Be what I made you to be."
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  • So holiness is not something weare called upon to do in order
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  • that we may become something.
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  • It is something we are--something that we are to do
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  • because of what we already are.
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  • Let me say that again.Listen to me very carefully.
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  • Holiness is not something weare called upon to do in order
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  • that we may become something,so I'm gonna do this
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  • and then I'll become holy.
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  • No, it is something we are to dobecause of what we already are.
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  • So I'm doing what I do'cause of what I already am.
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  • The day you realizethat you're holy,
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  • then you'll begin to do thesethings that other people say
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  • you have to do inorder to become holy.
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  • No, I'm not doingthis to become holy.
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  • Out of my identityand out of who I am,
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  • those things now becomefruits of holiness.
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  • Those things become aresult of me being holy.
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  • So are Christians a trulyholy people or are we trying
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  • to become holy people?
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  • And it's kind of like thesapling of an oak tree.
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  • You know, as anoak sapling grows,
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  • it doesn't get oakier,ha-ha-ha.
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  • Oak is oak.
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  • It simply matures into what itis, a full-grown oak tree.
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  • So you don't become anoak tree by acting like it,
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  • nor do you becomeholy by acting holy.
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  • Jesus makes you holy.
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  • Your part is to mature intowhat he has already made you.
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  • He has already made you holy,your part is to mature
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  • in who you already are.
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  • And this takes time, but just asa baby never becomes more human
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  • as it grows, you will neverbecome more holy as you mature.
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  • You simply grow into who Godhas already made you to be.
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  • God has already made me holy.
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  • I simply grow intothat holiness.
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  • You know, maturity doesn'toccur in one giant leap,
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  • but it occurs through a process.
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  • Look at 2 Corinthians 3:18.
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  • Maturity doesn't--it doesn't come in a,
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  • you know, just one leap.
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  • You know, being transformed,it's a process.
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  • Look what he says here in 2Corinthians chapter 3:18,
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  • "But we all, with open facebeholding as in a glass
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  • the glory of the Lord," justby beholding Jesus now we,
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  • "are changed into the sameimage," but look at the change,
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  • "from glory to glory."
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  • That's process.
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  • Look at the changefrom glory to glory.
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  • Not from garbage to glory, huh?
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  • See, you're alreadyholy in Christ.
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  • Just as an oak sapling doesnot get oakier as it matures,
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  • neither does a new creaturein Christ get holier,
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  • more forgiven, more accepted.
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  • No, the wrong approach is tothink of yourself as a flawed
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  • sinner trying to become holy.
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  • And that's not who you are,and that's not how it works.
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  • Instead, see yourself as atoddler learning to walk.
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  • And just as you wouldn't spankan infant if they stumbled
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  • and fall, neither will yourHeavenly Father spank
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  • you if you stumble and fall.
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  • God doesn't condemn us.
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  • God doesn't condemnus when we fall.
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  • He encourages youto get up and walk.
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  • He hasn't given youeverything you need.
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  • Well, let me say this.
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  • He has given you everythingthat you need that pertains
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  • to life and godliness.
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  • You have everything that youneed right now that pertains
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  • to life and godliness, but God'snot gonna whoop you
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  • because you stumbledand you fell.
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  • In Christ, you lack nothing.
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  • You're in Christ,you lack nothing.
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  • You just need to work outwho you already are
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  • and what he hasalready given you.
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  • Remember the Scripture says,"Work out your salvation."
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  • Work it out.
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  • You already have it,work it out.
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  • Just begin to mature into it.
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  • This is really theheart of the gospel.
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  • Begin to mature intowho you were made to be.
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  • The day you believethat you are holy,
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  • and you continueto look at Jesus,
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  • and you're going to be changedfrom glory to glory even
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  • by the Spirit of God.
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  • So the Holy Spirit now has apart in helping to mature you
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  • in this holiness.
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  • You know, every major religionof the world has a moral
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  • standard it enforces, but onlyChristianity offers salvation
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  • through a Savior?
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  • And so presenting holiness inany way other than as a result
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  • of salvation is denying Jesusas our Savior, and it places
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  • the burden of salvation onus instead of on him.
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  • So God cleanses our heartsby grace through faith
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  • and then we have fruitunto holiness.
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  • Our heart's cleansed.
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  • We receive it by faith,and we begin to mature,
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  • and we havefruits unto holiness.
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  • Praise God.
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  • So holiness is afruit of salvation,
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  • not a root of salvation.
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  • Holiness is afruit of salvation,
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  • not a root of salvation.
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  • Jesus is the rootof our salvation,
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  • and this is so important becausewhen we see Jesus as the root
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  • to everything--andthat's what I've had to do.
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  • I've had to back upon everything
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  • and I had to understandthat Jesus is my root.
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  • He's my root for salvationand then all these other things
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  • become fruit, and I basicallynow am bearing fruit because
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  • I received Jesus as my root.
  • 00:16:55.160 --> 00:16:57.329
  • And thus, we the branches areautomatically holy because
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  • the branches are comingfrom a holy root, Jesus.
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  • We the branches areautomatically sanctified
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  • because the branchesare coming from
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  • that root ofsanctification, Jesus.
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  • We the branch are automaticallywith wisdom because we're coming
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  • from that root, Jesus Christ.
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  • So true Christianitycomes from the inside out.
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  • Glory to God.
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  • And there's somethingthat happens
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  • when you don'trecognize who you are.
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  • And in these times and whilethings are going on and things
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  • are, you know,just not--you know,
  • 00:17:34.600 --> 00:17:36.168
  • we gotta recognize who weare from the inside out,
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  • from the inside out.
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  • And then begin to demonstrateand begin to show the world
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  • who we are from the inside out.
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  • Don't let things happen toyou from the outside in.
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  • Be careful.
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  • You're a Christian,don't let things happen
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  • to you from the outside in.
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  • You are who you arefrom the inside out.
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  • A good heart will changea man's action,
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  • but a man's actioncannot change his heart.
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  • Wow, so who are you here?
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  • At the root of everything,your Christianity
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  • is born out of Jesus Christ.
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  • This is the thing I reallywant people to get ahold of.
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  • At the root of everything,I'm a Christian.
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  • I'm holy.I'm whole.
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  • I come from holiness.I come out of wholeness.
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  • And now I've got tobegin to mature in that.
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  • Now I've got to begin to allowthe fruit to come on my branch
  • 00:18:49.241 --> 00:18:57.049
  • because my branchcame out of the root.
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  • Jesus Christ is my root.
  • 00:19:00.485 --> 00:19:01.954
  • And here's where we'vemessed up in church religion,
  • 00:19:01.987 --> 00:19:04.489
  • we're trying to achievewho we already are.
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  • We're trying to achieve whowe've already been made
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  • through what we can do outside.
  • 00:19:15.200 --> 00:19:17.469
  • Hopefully, it'll make us inside.
  • 00:19:17.502 --> 00:19:19.972
  • So we think that our insidesare made from our outsides.
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  • Absolutely not.
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  • I am sanctified, and I am holy
  • 00:19:28.180 --> 00:19:30.782
  • because I acceptedJesus into my life.
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  • I accepted a root into my life,and out of him I mature
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  • into who I am.
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  • Now you see why Satan hasspent an enormous amount of time
  • 00:19:40.659 --> 00:19:43.528
  • trying to attack people'sidentity in Christ.
  • 00:19:43.562 --> 00:19:46.832
  • One of the most important thingsyou can know as a Christian
  • 00:19:47.232 --> 00:19:49.268
  • is who you are, and one of themost important things you
  • 00:19:49.301 --> 00:19:51.903
  • can hold onto as a Christian,especially in rough times,
  • 00:19:51.937 --> 00:19:55.707
  • is who you are.
  • 00:19:55.741 --> 00:19:57.209
  • I'm sanctified.I'm wholeness.
  • 00:19:59.511 --> 00:20:01.179
  • Even in the midstof, I don't know,
  • 00:20:01.213 --> 00:20:03.982
  • being afraid--and I don'tneed to say I don't know
  • 00:20:05.150 --> 00:20:08.220
  • because I have wisdom, I know.
  • 00:20:08.253 --> 00:20:10.155
  • Wisdom is knowing what to dowhen you don't know what to do.
  • 00:20:10.188 --> 00:20:12.124
  • But when you're in a situationand you're trying to figure out,
  • 00:20:12.157 --> 00:20:16.028
  • you know, what to do, I'vegot to believe in who
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  • I am, and I've got to believe inwho I've been made.
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  • You know, some of yourparents used to do that.
  • 00:20:24.036 --> 00:20:25.504
  • You know, you're a Smith.
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  • We don't do that.That's how you've been made.
  • 00:20:26.872 --> 00:20:28.240
  • Well, I'm telling youyou're of Jesus, man.
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  • You're from the root of Jesus.And man, this is so important.
  • 00:20:32.344 --> 00:20:38.016
  • And Jesus, he has your back.He has your back.
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  • I am holy.I am holy.
  • 00:20:42.187 --> 00:20:44.523
  • You now know all thethings that holiness is not.
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  • Holiness means I am wholewhen the world is not whole.
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  • I am complete when theworld is not complete.
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  • I have wisdom when theworld doesn't know what to do.
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  • Holiness is not commonness.
  • 00:21:05.977 --> 00:21:11.616
  • Holiness is not beingcommon with the world.
  • 00:21:12.417 --> 00:21:16.521
  • And that's so very, veryimportant for you to understand.
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  • You know, there's a lot oferroneous teachings about
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  • holiness, and most of thoseare directed towards women.
  • 00:21:24.663 --> 00:21:29.134
  • You know, that women,in order to be holy,
  • 00:21:30.202 --> 00:21:33.171
  • you got to wear, you know, along dress and that--see,
  • 00:21:33.205 --> 00:21:38.210
  • you're trying to achieveholiness from the outer
  • 00:21:38.243 --> 00:21:41.480
  • appearance when you arealready holy on the inside.
  • 00:21:41.513 --> 00:21:44.950
  • And so you're saying that awoman is not holy if she doesn't
  • 00:21:45.650 --> 00:21:49.221
  • have on a long dress.
  • 00:21:49.254 --> 00:21:51.089
  • So you're saying that a womanis not holy if she wears pants.
  • 00:21:51.323 --> 00:21:56.294
  • Those are erroneous teachingsthat are just wrong because your
  • 00:21:57.529 --> 00:22:02.434
  • holiness is not going to beachieved by your dresswear.
  • 00:22:02.467 --> 00:22:07.205
  • Your holiness is achieved byyour acceptance of Jesus Christ.
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  • More teachings, and I thinkI'm gonna address these.
  • 00:22:14.012 --> 00:22:19.651
  • People say that women arenot holy if they--you know,
  • 00:22:19.684 --> 00:22:25.290
  • if they wear theirhair the wrong way.
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  • That's not good.
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  • Or that women, are Jezebelsand they're not
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  • holy if they wear makeup.
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  • That's not true.
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  • I am a believer ofMax Factor, Mary Kay.
  • 00:22:39.704 --> 00:22:42.641
  • Anything you can doto decorate yourself,
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  • I am a completebeliever of that.
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  • In fact, let's look at 1 Peterchapter 3 real quick because
  • 00:22:46.778 --> 00:22:49.781
  • some of you thinkI'm making this up,
  • 00:22:49.815 --> 00:22:51.750
  • but I think we need to get aholdof this, and I think today you
  • 00:22:52.918 --> 00:22:58.590
  • need to always and you needto develop a consciousness
  • 00:22:58.623 --> 00:23:02.194
  • in your mind, "I am holy now.
  • 00:23:02.227 --> 00:23:06.932
  • I am sanctified now."
  • 00:23:06.965 --> 00:23:09.334
  • I didn't read 2Corinthians, did I?
  • 00:23:09.367 --> 00:23:10.836
  • Let's read that right quick.
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  • 2 Corinthians 3:18,he says, "But we all,
  • 00:23:12.270 --> 00:23:15.707
  • with open face beholdingas in a glass or mirror
  • 00:23:15.740 --> 00:23:19.811
  • the glory of the Lord."
  • 00:23:19.845 --> 00:23:21.613
  • He says "And by beholding, weare changed into that same image
  • 00:23:21.646 --> 00:23:27.486
  • from glory to glory, evenby the Spirit of the Lord."
  • 00:23:27.519 --> 00:23:30.956
  • And so as we continue tobehold who we really are,
  • 00:23:31.423 --> 00:23:36.428
  • who we have been made,as we continue to behold,
  • 00:23:36.461 --> 00:23:40.866
  • then the--behold Jesus,and just by beholding him
  • 00:23:41.500 --> 00:23:45.704
  • we are changed andthe Holy Spirit says,
  • 00:23:45.737 --> 00:23:48.240
  • "I am gonna be apart of that change.
  • 00:23:48.273 --> 00:23:50.909
  • I am gonna--I accept theresponsibility for changing
  • 00:23:50.942 --> 00:23:54.012
  • you into who you are."
  • 00:23:54.045 --> 00:23:57.649
  • Praise God, that's awesome.
  • 00:23:57.916 --> 00:23:59.284
  • That's awesome the fact that byjust beholding Jesus
  • 00:23:59.317 --> 00:24:03.355
  • and just by beholding Jesusin my heart that Jesus
  • 00:24:03.388 --> 00:24:09.227
  • is my holiness and Jesusis my sanctification.
  • 00:24:09.261 --> 00:24:12.964
  • And anytime somethinghappens, I go inward,
  • 00:24:12.998 --> 00:24:16.635
  • hallelujah, and I jumpinto my identity inward.
  • 00:24:17.035 --> 00:24:20.906
  • And I'm grateful thatthe Holy Spirit now,
  • 00:24:20.939 --> 00:24:24.209
  • just by me beholding Jesus inthe midst of crazy situations,
  • 00:24:24.242 --> 00:24:28.046
  • he's now gonna assist in thechange, and I'm gonna--I'm going
  • 00:24:28.079 --> 00:24:32.684
  • to now mature into who I am.
  • 00:24:32.717 --> 00:24:36.187
  • I'm gonna now matureinto who he has made me.
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