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September 27, 2020
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Don Wilton presents a strong expository preaching from God's Word.

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  • male announcer: It's"The Encouraging Word" with
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  • Dr. Don Wilton from a uniqueservice outdoors from
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  • Barnet Park.
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  • Dr. Don Wilton: We're gonna bein Revelation chapter 2,
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  • in verse 8.
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  • Revelation chapter2, in verse 8.
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  • "To the angel in the churchin Smyrna, write these words:
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  • 'These are the words of him whois the first and the last, who
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  • died and who came to life again.
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  • I know your afflictions, and Iknow your poverty, yet you
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  • are rich.
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  • I also know about the slander ofthose who say they are Jews and
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  • are not, but are asynagogue of Satan.
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  • Do not be afraid of whatyou're about to suffer.
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  • I tell you, the devil will putsome of you in prison to test
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  • you, and you will sufferpersecution for ten days.
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  • Be faithful, even to the pointof death, and I will give you
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  • the crown of life.
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  • He who has an ear, let him hearwhat the Spirit says to the
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  • churches, for the one thatovercomes will not be hurt at
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  • all by the second death."
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  • Let me explain this to youbecause Jesus said this to this
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  • church in Smyrna.
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  • Let me just tell you verybriefly about Smyrna, just in
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  • case some of you don't know.
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  • Just to put it incontext, Smyrna is a city.
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  • Today it's a Turkish city.
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  • It's called Ismir,I-S-M-I-R, I-S-M-I-R.
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  • If you wanted to go to Smyrnanow, the Turkish name for Smyrna
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  • is Ismir, so if you Google thaton a map, that's where you'd
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  • find Smyrna.
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  • Smyrna was right on the edge ofthe Aegean Sea, about 40 miles
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  • north of the city of Ephesus,right on the Aegean Sea and also
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  • right on a mostbeautiful Asian river.
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  • This is in Central Asia, nowtoday part of beautiful Turkey.
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  • And the interesting thing aboutthe city of Smyrna, this city,
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  • back in Paul's time and today,was a city that had everything.
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  • So it was just the mostwonderful place, its location
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  • right on the shores of theAegean Sea, just
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  • magnificent sea.
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  • I've been to the Aegean Sea.
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  • It's fantastic.
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  • I mean, you just wannaget a boat and sail.
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  • You wanna go and dive.
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  • You wanna swim.
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  • The water is perfect.
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  • It's that blue,blue crystal water.
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  • It was a fun place.
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  • People in Smyrna got on withit 'cause they had everything.
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  • It was a place that had thefavor of the authorities, so
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  • Rome kind of loved Smyrna.
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  • The politicians loved Smyrna, soanytime they wanted anything or
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  • they were running for office,they'd make sure they went to
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  • the beacon--oh, sorry, they wentto the edge of the--they just
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  • had to go because thatwas a happening place.
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  • It was just filledwith natural beauty.
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  • The people there were a wholecosmopolitan mixture of people,
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  • and they had lots of money.
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  • They were a generallya well-set people.
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  • They were an affluent people.
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  • This is Smyrna.
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  • Now, Smyrna, the name"Smyrna" is a derivative.
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  • It came from the word"embalming," "design," "destined
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  • to die," "a wrapping,""an outer cloak of
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  • an inner decay."
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  • That's Smyrna.
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  • I'll tell you somethingelse about Smyrna.
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  • Smyrna was not governedby the Romans, per se.
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  • They were given, like,independence in their
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  • governance, but the people ofSmyrna had an uncommon loyalty
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  • to the Romans.
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  • Their allegiance was to Rome.
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  • Whatever Rome said, they did.
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  • To the people in Smyrna, whatwas most important to them was
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  • that they complied inevery way with Rome.
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  • And so along comes theemperors, and the emperors
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  • hated Christians.
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  • So I can start namingoff the emperors to you.
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  • If you just take Domitian,Domitian was a sadist.
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  • Tertia, in earlier days,he would use the heads of
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  • executed Christians as ornamentsoutside his palace, and these
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  • people were brutal.
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  • And the persecution, as long asyou didn't mix as Christians
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  • with the politics, you're fine.
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  • And the day and age thenwas--you know, back then,
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  • "Listen, if you're a Christian,stay out of politics.
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  • None of your business."
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  • What you believe about God hasnothing to do with the Romans.
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  • Besides, the Romans don'tcare for God, the Lord Jesus.
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  • I mean, they were part ofthe ones that crucified him.
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  • And this is Smyrna.
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  • I'm gonna just read to you, justto put into contexture, James
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  • chapter 1 says this, verse 2,"When you encounter various
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  • trials, know that the testing ofyour faith produces endurance,
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  • and let endurance have itsperfect results so that you may
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  • be perfect and complete,lacking nothing."
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  • Peter put it like this in1 Peter 5, in verse 10.
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  • He said, "After you havesuffered a little while, the
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  • God of all grace willfirm, strengthen,
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  • and establish you."
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  • I want to speak to you for justa moment about an incredibly
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  • godly group of people.
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  • I don't know what otherword to come up with.
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  • Do you know that Jesus has gotnot one single negative bad
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  • thing to say about theChristians in Smyrna?
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  • Wow, Jesus.
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  • Go and read it for yourself.
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  • There is not one singlechastisement, word of
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  • condemnation.
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  • He didn't even tell them thattheir love had grown cold in the
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  • midst of all of the affirmationsto the church at Ephesus.
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  • These were anincredibly godly people.
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  • They say out there that thechurch cannot, given the fact
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  • that we're all individual, giventhe fact that some of us are
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  • Republicans and some areDemocrats, and given the fact
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  • that some of us are black andsome of us are white, and given
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  • the fact that some of us arerich and some of us are poor,
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  • they say out there that webelievers cannot be incredibly
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  • godly people that the churchcannot be a force vibrantly
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  • living for Christ according tothe standards that God gives to
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  • us in his Word.
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  • You know, it seems to me thatit's very evident that the
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  • church at Smyrnasuffered some great
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  • hardships--the persecutions.
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  • Let there be no mistake.
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  • This group of Christianbelievers in Smyrna felt the
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  • squeeze, what everybodywanted them to do, the grand
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  • expectation, the parties, thepagan worship, the laying down
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  • of standards, the compromise,the grand compromise.
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  • "It doesn't matter anyway.
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  • God loves us.
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  • We're all sinners every way.
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  • Let's just testthe grace of God.
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  • Let's lower our standard."
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  • Not the church at Smyrna, andthey were up against it
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  • big time.
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  • For them, they faced execution.
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  • Seems to me that hardships andpersecution does three things:
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  • Number one, it sifts.
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  • Anytime the church goes througha challenge, a sifting
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  • takes place.
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  • You know what it means to sift?
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  • God puts us into a spiritualstrainer, and he separates
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  • us out.
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  • He sifts us.
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  • Great sifting takes placewhen hardships take place.
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  • You show what aperson is made for.
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  • Look at them in the middle ofa hardship, in the middle of a
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  • challenge when it comes to theirrelationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • That's what Jesus wascommending them for.
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  • Not only do hardshipssift, but they purify.
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  • Hardships cause believers tounderstand the purity of the
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  • holiness of God, thestandards of God.
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  • Hardships cause believers, causethe church to take a biblical
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  • perspective of sin even in aworld that says, "It no
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  • longer matters.
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  • Times have changed--no longerrelevant, no longer popular, no
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  • longer politically correct."
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  • A purification takes placein the hearts of believers.
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  • That's what happened at Smyrna.
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  • Not only do hardships andpersecutions sift and purify,
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  • but they affirm.
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  • It's a powerful word there, thisaffirmation of faithfulness.
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  • If you will allow me, just a fewmoments ago in one church, just
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  • one person, I'm your pastor.
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  • I'm no different, butI'm still your pastor.
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  • You called me to be yourspiritual leader, and I affirm
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  • you today.
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  • That's what I did a minute ago,and I'm not saying that to curry
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  • favor with somebodysitting here.
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  • I'm not saying that to try andget into somebody's good books
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  • or to get some moremoney out of somebody.
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  • I'm saying that because Ibelieve it because, even in the
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  • midst of coronavirus, I affirmthe faithfulness of God's people
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  • in this corner ofGod's vineyard.
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  • I affirm you becauseyou're showing who you are.
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  • You're not getting bent outof shape and running into each
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  • other and getting into argumentsabout nothingness, and you're
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  • not allowing your behavior tomirror the politicians of
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  • our day.
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  • You're controlling your mouths.
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  • You're not speaking hate andspewing out foul language in
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  • public places.
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  • I commend you for yourfaithfulness, God's people.
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  • In the midst of a challenge, inthe midst of a challenge, that's
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  • what happened at Smyrna.
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  • It's an amazing story.
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  • So what happened?
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  • Why did these peopleface hardships?
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  • Three reasons: They faced theirpersecution because of their
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  • devotion to Jesus.
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  • That's it.
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  • Not only Domitian, but all theemperors that came with all
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  • these temples to Zeus, theyhad pagan temples everywhere
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  • in Smyrna.
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  • Do you know what Domitian did?
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  • He issued a decree.
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  • Said, "Yes, what everybody inSmyrna and within the Roman
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  • influence will do from now on,you will worship the Emperor.
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  • You'd better startworshiping me.
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  • Bow down and worship me."
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  • And the Christian said, "Thoushalt worship the Lord thy God
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  • with all thy heart and withall thy soul, and with all
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  • thy mind."
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  • There is a fundamentaldifference between obeying the
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  • government and the civilgovernment of your day and age,
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  • and bending the knee andworshipping the government as
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  • a deity.
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  • There is a line that is drawnin the sand, and God makes it
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  • abundantly clear.
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  • God does, God does.
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  • What cause, what broughtabout their persecution?
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  • Well, we can understand it.
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  • Their devotion to Jesus.
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  • The Emperor said, "Worship me."
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  • They said, "We will respect youand honor your laws, but we're
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  • not gonna worship you."
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  • And so he choppedtheir heads off.
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  • He threw them in prison.
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  • He cast them to the lions.
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  • Second reason why they facedpersecution was their refusal
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  • to paganize.
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  • It's one thing to be devoted toJesus, but the second reason why
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  • they faced persecution wasbecause they refused
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  • to paganize.
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  • We are living in a paganizingcommunity and society today.
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  • Back in this day and age inSmyrna, paganism brought with
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  • it paganizing.
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  • What was it?
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  • Rituals, sacrifices, varyingforms of immoralities, license,
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  • ceremonies, activities.
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  • All based upon a denial of theLordship of Jesus Christ, and
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  • these Christians not only weredevoted to Jesus, but they
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  • refused to paganize.
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  • They understood it is notacceptable to bow down to the
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  • behavior of the pagan gods andto enter into their activities
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  • and to couch it in all theterminology that these people
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  • could have couched in: "Well,it's good for my business,"
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  • "Well, if I don't go andparticipate, I won't be
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  • popular," "Well, there's nothingwrong with a little bit of fun."
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  • They refused to paganizetheir devotion to Jesus.
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  • Their refusal to paganize.
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  • The third reason theyfaced persecution was their
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  • determination to obey.
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  • Their determination to obey.
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  • You see, the Bible tells us, andJesus pointed about us about the
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  • synagogue of Satan.
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  • Back in Smyrna in these days, byfar the larger population group
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  • were the Jewish people, and manyof them were, quote, unquote,
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  • "God fearers."
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  • But in every church,there are pretenders.
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  • In every synagogue, therewere pretenders, masqueraders.
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  • Jesus talked about them: "I knowthe slander of those who say
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  • they are Jews.
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  • They're actually really not."
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  • Now, what was the issue here?
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  • Why did this enhancetheir persecution?
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  • Because the Jews of those dayshad great favor with the Romans.
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  • They were the ones who complied.
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  • They were willing to accommodateboth sides of the aisle, but
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  • there was a particular largegroup of people within the
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  • synagogue who were pretenders.
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  • They didn't care anything abouttheir Judaism, their rituals.
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  • It was a masquerade.
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  • It was a political expediency.
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  • It was a means by which to gain.
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  • And they came, and they worethe cloaks, but they denied
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  • the reality.
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  • And you and I know very well,right throughout Scripture, that
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  • essentially these Jews accusedChristians of five things:
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  • number one, of cannibalism.
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  • I know we struggle with that butbecause of the Lord's Supper,
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  • eating the body, blood ofChrist, so they accused
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  • Christians of cannibalism.
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  • Number two, they accusedthem of immorality.
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  • Why?
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  • Because the Christiansbelieved in the holy kiss.
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  • That's just one reason.
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  • They accused them ofbreaking up homes.
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  • Why did they accuse Christiansof breaking up homes?
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  • Because Christians stood uponthe fact that "Thou shalt not be
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  • unequally yoked."
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  • And the issue was that manytimes, sadly in Christian--in
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  • their community, there would bea couple that would be married
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  • in the Jewish context, andone of them would come to know
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  • Jesus, and they'd becomeunequally yoked, and the
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  • persecutions would follow theChristian, and it would break up
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  • the home, so they accused themof breaking up homes, being
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  • anti-marriage, anti-family.
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  • Number four, theyaccused them of atheism.
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  • They accused theChristians of atheism.
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  • Why?
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  • Because Christians fundamentallyrejected pagan deities.
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  • They did not believe inthe pagan gods--period.
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  • So that was their way ofaccusing Christians of atheism.
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  • And, number five, perhapsthe greatest accusation, they
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  • accused Christians of politicaltreason and disloyalty because
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  • the Christians wouldn't bowdown and worship the emperor.
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  • So they were politicallydisloyal, which they weren't.
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  • They weren't treasonous.
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  • They obeyed the laws, but theydid not worship the emperor.
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  • So do you understand why thesepeople were an incredibly
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  • amazing, godly people?
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  • Can you imagine being aChristian in a day like this,
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  • the time at which they lived,and that Jesus commended them?
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  • What did he say to them?
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  • He said three things tothem in commending them.
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  • He said, number, "Donot fear," verse 10.
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  • Isn't that great?
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  • What a word of encouragement.
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  • Here, they were this group inSmyrna facing all of this, many
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  • of them being executed, manyof them losing their homes and
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  • their well-being,suffering greatly.
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  • "Do not fear."
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  • Number two, hesaid, "Be faithful.
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  • Just continue to be faithful."
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  • You know, when we get to heaven,Bible says the Lord Jesus will
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  • say, "Well done, goodand faithful servant.
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  • Enter into the joy of the Lord."
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  • The third thing he saidto them was "Get ready.
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  • You're gonna receivethe crown of life."
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  • Jesus said that.
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  • "I'll give you thecrown of life."
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  • Would you bow yourheads with me today?
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  • You know, we're checkingour own temperature.
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  • We're looking at ourselvesthrough the lens of the one who
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  • loves us beyond reason.
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  • "Jesus loves me, this I know,for the Bible tells me so.
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  • Little ones to him belong.
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  • They are weak, but he is strong.
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  • Yes, Jesus loves me.
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  • Yes, Jesus loves me."
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  • Britt Dillard: For some ofyou, you smile, and you remember
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  • that song.
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  • Some of you havenever heard that song.
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  • Matter of fact, some of youright now don't realize that
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  • that is true.
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  • Jesus loves you.
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  • You've had other people, maybeeven the enemy himself, plant
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  • ideas in your heart and yourmind that you are not loved, but
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  • I'm telling you, God doeslove you, and he's using this
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  • broadcast to let you know hehas a great plan for your life.
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  • Would you like tostart anew with God?
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  • Would you like to give your lifeto him and say, "All right, God,
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  • I've given up the reins"?
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  • "I want you to control it."
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  • You do it with a simple prayer.
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  • You can repeat after me: "LordGod, I realize I've messed up.
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  • We've all messed up.
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  • And so, Jesus, Iask you to fix me.
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  • I ask you to save me.
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  • I believe you are the Son ofGod, and so I ask you to change
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  • my life.
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  • In Jesus' name, I pray, amen."
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