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  • - Brian Houston: Well,
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  • we are Brian and Bobbie Houston,
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  • and we're the pastors
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  • of Hillsong Church.
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  • We actually planted our church
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  • over 33 years ago.
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  • And by God's grace,
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  • it's become a global church.
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  • We wanna thank you for watching
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  • the Hillsong Channel.
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  • Today, we're excited to bring
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  • you a program from one of our
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  • many global locations.
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  • - Bobbie Houston: It is our
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  • desire that anyone who walks
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  • into a Hillsong Church, whether
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  • in the far reaches of Cape Town,
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  • South Africa, or off the busy
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  • streets of Manhattan, or the
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  • cobblestone paths of Europe, or
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  • right here in Sydney, Australia
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  • that you would feel a sense of
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  • welcome and belonging, that the
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  • powerful worship and biblical
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  • teaching would meet you where
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  • you are at and help you reach
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  • your full potential in Christ.
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  • Thanks so much for watching,
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  • - Ben Houston: Hey, Ben and
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  • Lucille here from Hillsong
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  • Church in California.
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  • We're so glad that you've taken
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  • the time to join us today on
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  • the Hillsong Channel.
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  • In just a moment, we're gonna
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  • turn to the Word of God, and I
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  • know God's Word is alive.
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  • I know it's powerful.
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  • And in God's goodness, he is
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  • able to speak directly each and
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  • every single one of us today.
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  • So, wherever you're at, I
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  • encourage you to open up your
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  • hearts, open up your minds.
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  • Let's receive what God has for
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  • us today.
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  • - Lucille Houston: We really
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  • pray that this would speak to
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  • whatever situation that you find
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  • yourself in today.
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  • So, let's lean in together and
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  • - Ben: It is always good to be
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  • here, always good to be in
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  • church, always good to be
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  • gathering.
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  • And just thanking you all for
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  • making the time to be here.
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  • You know, I know for Lucille and
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  • I, as pastors of this church, we
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  • live and breathe for this thing.
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  • We absolutely love what we get
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  • to do.
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  • But it's kind of funny.
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  • You wake up every Sunday
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  • morning, like, just wondering,
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  • "Will people actually come
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  • today?"
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  • And it's just always an awesome
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  • thing to walk and to see a
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  • packed house, a full house, full
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  • of people who are hungry and
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  • thirsty for the things of God.
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  • And I really wanna encourage you
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  • today.
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  • You know, as the Word goes
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  • forward, let's make sure that we
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  • are really soaking up everything
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  • that's going.
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  • Can we do that today?
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  • I'll tell you right now, I
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  • believe that God moves on our
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  • expectation.
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  • Do you believe that?
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  • I believe that as we get
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  • expectant, as we draw in and
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  • lean in to the things of God, he
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  • draws near to us.
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  • And I really believe that God
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  • wants to speak to some people
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  • today.
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  • I've been very mindful of
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  • something from the moment I
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  • moved to Los Angeles 4 years
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  • ago, been mindful of the fact
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  • that there are a lot of great
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  • churches.
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  • There are a lot of great
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  • ministries.
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  • There is a lot of good things
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  • that God is doing.
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  • But at the very same time, when
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  • I think about Los Angeles and
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  • certain areas, and I also see
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  • a lot of darkness.
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  • I see a lot of hurt.
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  • I see a lot of pain.
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  • I see a lot of ground that the
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  • enemy seems to have held his
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  • ground for a long amount of
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  • time.
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  • And I truly believe that we are
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  • here to shine the light of
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  • Jesus Christ in the darkness.
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  • I believe that we, as the
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  • church, are called to rise up
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  • and be the church that God is
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  • calling us to be.
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  • And so I wanna bring a message
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  • today and really hope that it
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  • speaks to every single one of
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  • us.
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  • I believe that one of us can
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  • grab ahold of this.
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  • Those of you that have been
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  • coming to church for a long
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  • time, those of you that are new
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  • to this and just kinda trying to
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  • find your way in Christ, I
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  • believe all of us are on a
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  • journey.
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  • All of us are in a fight.
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  • All of us are in a battle.
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  • And I want us to understand the
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  • authority and the dominion that
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  • we have in Jesus' name.
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  • Are you excited about that
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  • today?
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  • The authority, the dominion that
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  • we have as the bride of Christ,
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  • the church of Jesus Christ.
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  • In Luke chapter 10, in verse 19,
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  • Scripture says that: "When the
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  • seventy-two disciples returned,
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  • they joyfully reported to him,"
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  • reported to Jesus, "'Lord, even
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  • the demons obey us when we use
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  • your name!'
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  • 'Yes,' he told them, 'I saw
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  • Satan fall from heaven like
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  • lightning!
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  • Look, I have given you authority
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  • over all the power of the enemy,
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  • and you can walk among snakes
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  • and scorpions and crush them.
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  • Nothing will injure you.
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  • But don't rejoice because evil
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  • spirits obey you; rejoice
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  • because your names are
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  • registered in heaven.'"
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  • I read this passage of Scripture
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  • in Luke's Gospel.
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  • It speaks of Jesus commissioning
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  • and sending out these disciples.
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  • In Luke chapter 9, we read about
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  • Jesus sending out his 12
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  • disciples and certain things
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  • that happened as a result of
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  • that.
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  • Here in Luke chapter 10, it
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  • talks about him sending out
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  • the 72 disciples, so a greater
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  • number of followers, a greater
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  • number of believers, a greater
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  • number of disciples.
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  • And he sent them out to
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  • different areas, to different
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  • towns, to different regions, all
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  • of them setting out to prepare
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  • the way for Jesus.
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  • And when these disciples
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  • returned to him, they were all
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  • amazed.
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  • That they returned to Jesus and
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  • they were all excited.
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  • They were all amazed because of
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  • the authority that they had
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  • in Jesus.
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  • And so, Jesus spoke
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  • directly to this.
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  • He said, "Yeah, you gotta
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  • understand," I mean, Jesus said,
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  • "I was there when
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  • I saw Satan get cast down
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  • from heaven like lightning."
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  • And he said, "You need
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  • to know that all authority
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  • has been given to you,
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  • all authority over all
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  • the powers of the enemy."
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  • I wanna speak to this
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  • today because, as followers
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  • of Christ, as believers,
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  • as the church, we need
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  • to understand that we have also
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  • been given the same authority.
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  • I wanna speak about the dominion
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  • that we have in Jesus.
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  • I wanna speak about
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  • the authority
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  • that we have in Jesus.
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  • I pray that that will be our
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  • declaration, that from
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  • the authority, the power,
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  • the dominion that we have
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  • in Jesus Christ,
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  • we declare the fact
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  • that the darkness has no place
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  • in the light of Jesus Christ,
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  • that the enemy
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  • has no ground when it comes to
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  • the authority and the dominion
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  • that we have in Jesus.
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  • I don't know if there's many
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  • parents here, but I know,
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  • for Lucille and I, with our
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  • four children, for three of our
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  • children, we have had to teach
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  • them how to navigate a dog.
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  • Anyone here scared of dogs?
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  • Just out of interest, anyone
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  • here scared of dogs?
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  • My best friend, Tim Douglass,
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  • he's my age, 35 years of age,
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  • is terrified of dogs.
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  • I love it.
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  • I laugh at it and everything.
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  • But as a parent, I've had to
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  • navigate, for at least 3 of my
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  • children, Blaze is only 8 months
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  • now, but navigate for them
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  • what it takes to not be afraid
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  • of a dog.
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  • Now, my parents, when we lived
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  • in Australia, before we moved
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  • here, they had two dogs,
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  • I mean, scary dogs.
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  • I understand why my kids
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  • were scared.
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  • They had a golden retriever,
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  • very, very dangerous.
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  • And they had a cavoodle,
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  • basically a little teddy
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  • bear that just yaps.
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  • Those were the dogs that
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  • my parents had.
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  • And so, I remember taking
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  • Savannah and Lexi, and Lexi was
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  • just a tiny little toddler, and
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  • she's 6 now, but she was just
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  • a little toddler, and I remember
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  • trying to get her to not be
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  • afraid of these dogs.
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  • And so, here they are, I mean,
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  • no lie, the kindest, most nicest
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  • dogs on the planet, and yet
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  • she's still terrified because
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  • they're these big hairy things
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  • with four legs and a tail,
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  • it's weird, it's strange.
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  • But, you know, I remember trying
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  • to teach them, and with little
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  • Lexi in particular, I remember
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  • trying to get her to understand,
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  • "Do you know what?
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  • Dogs actually listen
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  • to what we have to say.
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  • Lexi, you need to understand
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  • that you actually have authority
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  • over this dog.
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  • I know it's bigger than you.
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  • I know it looks a little scarier
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  • than you right now, but you need
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  • to understand that
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  • you have authority."
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  • I remember
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  • my little Lexi--I mean,
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  • many of you know Lexi now.
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  • She's not afraid of anything.
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  • But I just think about Lexi back
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  • then, and I remember watching
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  • as she just began to grow in
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  • this confidence, grow in this
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  • authority, telling her that
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  • "you just simply say, 'No,'
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  • and that dog will listen to you.
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  • And when it starts getting
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  • across, you point, and you say,
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  • 'No,' to that dog."
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  • And I remember watching
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  • little Lexi as she started
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  • to just kinda be a little bit
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  • over the top. Parents, you know
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  • what I'm talking about.
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  • She just started to, like, kinda
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  • overuse the finger and overuse
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  • the, "No," and, like, the dog's
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  • doing everything right and
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  • everything perfect, but she's
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  • still sitting there, going,
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  • "No, no, no," like this.
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  • And it was kind of
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  • an amazing moment.
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  • I think about that because
  • 00:08:07.160 --> 00:08:08.260
  • I pray that we grow in our
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  • confidence and our authority
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  • that we have.
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  • I pray that when it comes to
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  • what the enemy's doing, I pray
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  • that when it comes to what the
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  • enemy's trying to do to stop us,
  • 00:08:16.150 --> 00:08:18.000
  • to keep us from our calling, our
  • 00:08:18.000 --> 00:08:19.280
  • purpose, we grow in the
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  • authority that we have.
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  • You know, when I think about
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  • this story with Lexi, it's kinda
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  • funny because at one point, she
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  • got so into it, so, like,
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  • pointing the finger and so in
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  • the dog's face, telling it,
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  • "No," that this golden retriever
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  • that has never been angry in its
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  • entire existence got angry at
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  • her.
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  • I remember as it barked at
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  • her--do you remember this,
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  • Lucille?
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  • You were like, "I told you."
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  • I'm like, "It's gonna be okay."
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  • I remember this moment, and all
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  • of a sudden, Lexi freaked out.
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  • But you know what I love
  • 00:08:47.290 --> 00:08:48.200
  • about that moment?
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  • That was the moment that
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  • I swooped in to remind
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  • that dog who was boss.
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  • And you know what?
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  • It's no different with us as we
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  • begin to grow in the authority
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  • and the confidence that
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  • we have in Jesus Christ.
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  • Sometimes we might make
  • 00:09:00.090 --> 00:09:01.150
  • the enemy a little mad.
  • 00:09:01.150 --> 00:09:02.260
  • I kinda pray that Hillsong
  • 00:09:02.260 --> 00:09:04.170
  • Church makes the enemy mad
  • 00:09:04.170 --> 00:09:06.020
  • when it comes to Los Angeles.
  • 00:09:06.020 --> 00:09:07.100
  • I pray that our authority, that
  • 00:09:07.100 --> 00:09:09.180
  • our commitment, that our passion
  • 00:09:09.180 --> 00:09:11.180
  • when it comes to the things
  • 00:09:11.180 --> 00:09:12.190
  • of God begins to make the enemy
  • 00:09:12.190 --> 00:09:14.170
  • a little loud.
  • 00:09:14.170 --> 00:09:15.150
  • And if even if the enemy begins
  • 00:09:15.150 --> 00:09:16.280
  • to bark at you,
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  • don't you be afraid.
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  • Because remember that God
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  • the Father is the
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  • one that's gonna sweep in.
  • 00:09:21.100 --> 00:09:22.170
  • He's gonna be the one that
  • 00:09:22.170 --> 00:09:23.280
  • reminds the enemy who is boss.
  • 00:09:23.280 --> 00:09:26.120
  • So, the title of the message is
  • 00:09:26.290 --> 00:09:29.290
  • "Not Today."
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  • "Not Today."
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  • I want us to be a church,
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  • I want us to be
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  • a family of believers, of
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  • Christians, who understand the
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  • authority and the dominion that
  • 00:09:38.200 --> 00:09:41.010
  • we have in Christ,
  • 00:09:41.010 --> 00:09:42.200
  • the authority, the dominion,
  • 00:09:42.200 --> 00:09:44.040
  • the victory that we have over
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  • - Ben: That when it comes to
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  • your kids, some of us need to
  • 00:09:49.190 --> 00:09:50.290
  • declare, "Not today."
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  • That when it comes to our
  • 00:09:52.230 --> 00:09:54.030
  • health, come on, when it comes
  • 00:09:54.030 --> 00:09:55.290
  • to our health, we need to
  • 00:09:55.290 --> 00:09:57.070
  • declare the fact, "Not today."
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  • When it comes to our
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  • purpose, when it comes to our
  • 00:10:00.050 --> 00:10:01.140
  • calling, when it comes to what
  • 00:10:01.140 --> 00:10:03.010
  • God has in store for us, we live
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  • with the authority, the dominion
  • 00:10:05.110 --> 00:10:06.260
  • [m
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  • [mus
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  • [music
  • 00:10:09.100 --> 00:10:09.110
  • [music]
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  • - Ben: And then the Scripture
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  • teaches us to resist the devil.
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  • You know that.
  • 00:10:17.020 --> 00:10:18.050
  • You read through the Scriptures.
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  • I wanna take time to teach about
  • 00:10:19.150 --> 00:10:21.180
  • the enemy today, and I will give
  • 00:10:21.180 --> 00:10:23.210
  • disclaimers right throughout
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  • this message.
  • 00:10:24.270 --> 00:10:25.170
  • I pray that, as a church, we
  • 00:10:25.170 --> 00:10:26.290
  • don't make too big a deal of the
  • 00:10:26.290 --> 00:10:28.140
  • enemy, all right?
  • 00:10:28.140 --> 00:10:29.150
  • All we need to do is keep
  • 00:10:29.150 --> 00:10:30.150
  • focusing on who Jesus is, keep
  • 00:10:30.150 --> 00:10:32.040
  • focusing on his Word.
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  • We keep progressing.
  • 00:10:33.110 --> 00:10:34.170
  • But at the same time, as pastor,
  • 00:10:34.170 --> 00:10:36.110
  • I keep wanting to teach us every
  • 00:10:36.110 --> 00:10:37.280
  • chance that I've got all
  • 00:10:37.280 --> 00:10:39.040
  • different elements of what the
  • 00:10:39.040 --> 00:10:40.070
  • Word talks about.
  • 00:10:40.070 --> 00:10:41.070
  • But in James chapter 4, in verse
  • 00:10:41.070 --> 00:10:42.200
  • 7, Scripture tells us to:
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  • "Humble ourselves before God.
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  • We resist the devil,
  • 00:10:46.110 --> 00:10:48.050
  • and he will flee from you."
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  • That "we humble
  • 00:10:50.170 --> 00:10:51.070
  • ourselves before God.
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  • We resist the devil.
  • 00:10:53.010 --> 00:10:54.110
  • We resist the enemy, and he will
  • 00:10:54.140 --> 00:10:57.140
  • flee from you."
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  • I'm here to tell someone
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  • today that the thing
  • 00:10:59.210 --> 00:11:00.270
  • that God wants to remind you
  • 00:11:00.270 --> 00:11:02.150
  • of is the dominion that you have
  • 00:11:02.150 --> 00:11:04.180
  • over the devil, the dominion
  • 00:11:04.180 --> 00:11:06.050
  • that you have over the forces
  • 00:11:06.050 --> 00:11:07.200
  • of evil.
  • 00:11:07.200 --> 00:11:08.100
  • That when it comes to your
  • 00:11:08.100 --> 00:11:09.090
  • marriage, some of you need to
  • 00:11:09.090 --> 00:11:10.150
  • say, "Not today, devil."
  • 00:11:10.150 --> 00:11:12.070
  • That when it comes
  • 00:11:12.070 --> 00:11:12.270
  • to your kids, some of us
  • 00:11:12.270 --> 00:11:14.110
  • need to declare, "Not today."
  • 00:11:14.110 --> 00:11:16.190
  • That when it comes to
  • 00:11:16.190 --> 00:11:17.110
  • our health, come on, when it
  • 00:11:17.110 --> 00:11:19.040
  • comes to our health, we need to
  • 00:11:19.040 --> 00:11:20.220
  • declare the fact, "Not today."
  • 00:11:20.220 --> 00:11:22.250
  • When it comes to our purpose,
  • 00:11:22.250 --> 00:11:24.060
  • when it comes to our calling,
  • 00:11:24.060 --> 00:11:25.200
  • when it comes to what God has
  • 00:11:25.200 --> 00:11:27.020
  • in store for us, we live with
  • 00:11:27.020 --> 00:11:28.290
  • the authority, the dominion
  • 00:11:28.290 --> 00:11:30.140
  • to declare, "Not today."
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  • You know,
  • 00:11:33.160 --> 00:11:34.060
  • I sort of said this,
  • 00:11:34.060 --> 00:11:35.100
  • but a disclaimer, again,
  • 00:11:35.100 --> 00:11:36.110
  • for this message is that
  • 00:11:36.110 --> 00:11:37.210
  • I don't wanna give the devil
  • 00:11:37.210 --> 00:11:38.280
  • more credit than he deserves.
  • 00:11:38.280 --> 00:11:41.100
  • We gotta be careful of this as
  • 00:11:41.100 --> 00:11:42.260
  • believers, not giving the enemy,
  • 00:11:42.260 --> 00:11:45.100
  • not giving the devil
  • 00:11:45.100 --> 00:11:46.160
  • more credit than he deserves.
  • 00:11:46.160 --> 00:11:48.110
  • I think it would be a mistake
  • 00:11:48.110 --> 00:11:49.200
  • for us to develop too much
  • 00:11:49.200 --> 00:11:51.000
  • of a focus or attention
  • 00:11:51.000 --> 00:11:53.020
  • on the devil or on his forces.
  • 00:11:53.020 --> 00:11:55.070
  • I know that some of us here grew
  • 00:11:55.070 --> 00:11:57.020
  • up in a certain religious kinda
  • 00:11:57.020 --> 00:12:00.030
  • upbringing that had a certain
  • 00:12:00.030 --> 00:12:01.230
  • doctrine or theology around
  • 00:12:01.230 --> 00:12:03.150
  • Satan, around the devil,
  • 00:12:03.150 --> 00:12:05.010
  • and sometimes it's developed
  • 00:12:05.010 --> 00:12:05.210
  • in us more of an emphasis
  • 00:12:05.210 --> 00:12:06.130
  • on the enemy than
  • 00:12:06.130 --> 00:12:07.150
  • there needs to be.
  • 00:12:07.150 --> 00:12:08.080
  • I believe that's why Jesus
  • 00:12:08.080 --> 00:12:09.110
  • is saying in Luke chapter 10,
  • 00:12:09.130 --> 00:12:12.130
  • remember the Scripture that we
  • 00:12:12.130 --> 00:12:15.130
  • opened with, these 72 disciples
  • 00:12:15.130 --> 00:12:18.120
  • that returned, that's why Jesus
  • 00:12:18.120 --> 00:12:19.260
  • is saying to them in verse 20,
  • 00:12:19.260 --> 00:12:21.240
  • he's saying: "'Don't rejoice
  • 00:12:21.240 --> 00:12:23.060
  • because evil spirits obey you;
  • 00:12:23.060 --> 00:12:25.040
  • rejoice because your names are
  • 00:12:25.040 --> 00:12:27.010
  • registered in heaven.'"
  • 00:12:27.010 --> 00:12:28.100
  • And I pray for us,
  • 00:12:28.100 --> 00:12:29.060
  • as the church, even
  • 00:12:29.060 --> 00:12:30.030
  • as I take time this Sunday to
  • 00:12:30.030 --> 00:12:32.010
  • teach about the enemy, to teach
  • 00:12:32.010 --> 00:12:33.260
  • about the devil, I wanna make
  • 00:12:33.260 --> 00:12:36.160
  • sure that we're not developing
  • 00:12:36.160 --> 00:12:38.080
  • too much of an emphasis on who
  • 00:12:38.080 --> 00:12:40.210
  • he is or what he's about.
  • 00:12:40.210 --> 00:12:42.220
  • We just need to make sure that
  • 00:12:42.220 --> 00:12:43.250
  • we stay focused on the things of
  • 00:12:43.250 --> 00:12:45.130
  • God, stay focused on his Word.
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  • Can you say, "Amen" to that?
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  • C.S. Lewis wrote this
  • 00:12:49.140 --> 00:12:50.280
  • in his amazing
  • 00:12:50.280 --> 00:12:52.080
  • "The Screwtape Letters."
  • 00:12:52.080 --> 00:12:54.240
  • He said: "There are two
  • 00:12:54.240 --> 00:12:55.230
  • equal and opposite errors
  • 00:12:55.230 --> 00:12:57.050
  • into which our race
  • 00:12:57.050 --> 00:12:58.100
  • can fall about the devils.
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  • One is to disbelieve
  • 00:13:00.060 --> 00:13:01.180
  • in their existence.
  • 00:13:01.180 --> 00:13:02.250
  • The other is to believe, and to
  • 00:13:02.250 --> 00:13:04.180
  • feel an excessive and unhealthy
  • 00:13:04.180 --> 00:13:06.110
  • interest in them."
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  • So I think there are
  • 00:13:07.170 --> 00:13:08.070
  • two trains of thoughts
  • 00:13:08.070 --> 00:13:09.050
  • regarding the devil and demons.
  • 00:13:09.050 --> 00:13:10.220
  • Some dismiss him, even laugh at
  • 00:13:10.220 --> 00:13:12.190
  • the concept of an actual devil,
  • 00:13:12.190 --> 00:13:15.010
  • whereas others have such
  • 00:13:15.010 --> 00:13:16.030
  • an exalted view of the enemy
  • 00:13:16.030 --> 00:13:17.200
  • that they give him more power
  • 00:13:17.200 --> 00:13:19.070
  • than he actually has, and also
  • 00:13:19.070 --> 00:13:20.270
  • give credit to him for things
  • 00:13:20.270 --> 00:13:22.230
  • that he never actually did.
  • 00:13:22.230 --> 00:13:24.110
  • So I want us to have a really
  • 00:13:24.110 --> 00:13:25.220
  • balanced view of who the devil
  • 00:13:25.220 --> 00:13:27.190
  • is, and the authority
  • 00:13:27.190 --> 00:13:28.230
  • and the dominion.
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  • Is this all right?
  • 00:13:29.140 --> 00:13:30.240
  • Come on, you like the teaching
  • 00:13:30.240 --> 00:13:31.270
  • of the Word of God?
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  • So, first of all, write this
  • 00:13:34.040 --> 00:13:35.090
  • down, who the enemy is.
  • 00:13:35.090 --> 00:13:37.070
  • I wanna teach who the enemy is,
  • 00:13:37.070 --> 00:13:38.230
  • and then I wanna teach
  • 00:13:38.230 --> 00:13:39.170
  • who the enemy is not.
  • 00:13:39.170 --> 00:13:41.040
  • Firstly, who the enemy is.
  • 00:13:41.040 --> 00:13:42.200
  • We need to understand that he is
  • 00:13:42.200 --> 00:13:44.010
  • an angel fallen from heaven.
  • 00:13:44.010 --> 00:13:45.230
  • We learn in Ezekiel 28 and
  • 00:13:45.230 --> 00:13:47.090
  • Isaiah chapter 14, we read about
  • 00:13:47.090 --> 00:13:50.070
  • who the enemy is, who Lucifer
  • 00:13:50.070 --> 00:13:52.060
  • was, an angel, a guardian
  • 00:13:52.060 --> 00:13:53.200
  • cherub, that he was blameless,
  • 00:13:53.200 --> 00:13:55.060
  • that he was beautiful,
  • 00:13:55.060 --> 00:13:56.030
  • that he was powerful.
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  • If I can, I'll read to you from
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  • Ezekiel 28, the second part of
  • 00:13:58.160 --> 00:14:00.220
  • verse through to 17, and we'll
  • 00:14:00.220 --> 00:14:02.110
  • put it on the screen for you,
  • 00:14:02.110 --> 00:14:03.250
  • but it says that: "'You were
  • 00:14:03.250 --> 00:14:04.170
  • the model of perfection, full of
  • 00:14:04.170 --> 00:14:06.250
  • wisdom and exquisite in beauty.
  • 00:14:06.250 --> 00:14:08.280
  • You were in Eden, the garden
  • 00:14:08.280 --> 00:14:10.100
  • of God.
  • 00:14:10.100 --> 00:14:11.000
  • Your clothing was adorned
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  • with every precious stone,'" it
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  • continues to speak about these
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  • stones, but from verse 14, it
  • 00:14:15.070 --> 00:14:17.140
  • says: "'I ordained and anointed
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  • you as the mighty angelic
  • 00:14:19.050 --> 00:14:20.140
  • guardian.
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  • You have access to the holy
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  • mountain of God and you walked
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  • among the stones of fire.
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  • You were blameless in all you
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  • did from the day you were
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  • created,'" listen to it, "until
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  • the day evil was found in you.
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  • Your rich commerce led you to
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  • violence, and you sinned.
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  • So I banished you in disgrace
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  • from the mountain of God.
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  • I expelled you, O mighty
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  • guardian, from your place among
  • 00:14:39.160 --> 00:14:41.050
  • the stones of fire.
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  • Your heart was filled with pride
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  • because of all your beauty.
  • 00:14:44.060 --> 00:14:45.170
  • Your wisdom was corrupted
  • 00:14:45.170 --> 00:14:47.010
  • by your love of splendor.
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  • So I threw you to the ground
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  • and I exposed you to the curious
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  • gaze of kings."
  • 00:14:52.050 --> 00:14:53.150
  • Here the Scripture is
  • 00:14:53.150 --> 00:14:54.080
  • establishing exactly who Lucifer
  • 00:14:54.080 --> 00:14:56.110
  • was, the angel that he was,
  • 00:14:56.110 --> 00:14:58.160
  • that he was powerful,
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  • that he was a leader,
  • 00:14:59.270 --> 00:15:01.070
  • that he was blameless up until
  • 00:15:01.070 --> 00:15:03.050
  • this pride and this corruption
  • 00:15:03.050 --> 00:15:05.240
  • began to rise up inside of him.
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  • Isaiah 14, in verse 12, Isaiah
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  • 14:12, it says: "'How you are
  • 00:15:10.210 --> 00:15:12.250
  • fallen from heaven, O shining
  • 00:15:12.250 --> 00:15:15.100
  • star, son of the morning!
  • 00:15:15.100 --> 00:15:16.290
  • You have been thrown down to
  • 00:15:16.290 --> 00:15:18.060
  • the earth, you who destroyed
  • 00:15:18.060 --> 00:15:19.150
  • the nations of the world.
  • 00:15:19.150 --> 00:15:20.190
  • For you said to yourself,
  • 00:15:20.190 --> 00:15:21.290
  • "I will ascend to heaven and
  • 00:15:21.290 --> 00:15:23.170
  • set my throne above God's stars.
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  • I will preside on the mountain
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  • of the gods far away
  • 00:15:27.030 --> 00:15:28.140
  • in the north.
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  • I will climb to
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  • the highest heavens and be
  • 00:15:30.000 --> 00:15:31.050
  • like the Most High."
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  • Instead, you will be
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  • brought down to the place
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  • of the dead,
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  • down to its lowest depths.'"
  • 00:15:35.160 --> 00:15:37.040
  • This here teaches us
  • 00:15:37.040 --> 00:15:38.190
  • the fact of who exactly Lucifer
  • 00:15:38.190 --> 00:15:40.230
  • was, and why he was cast out of
  • 00:15:40.230 --> 00:15:43.050
  • heaven and became Satan, became
  • 00:15:43.050 --> 00:15:45.070
  • devil, became the forces of
  • 00:15:45.070 --> 00:15:46.240
  • evil that we are aware of today.
  • 00:15:46.240 --> 00:15:49.180
  • So, firstly,
  • 00:15:49.180 --> 00:15:50.180
  • he is an angel from heaven.
  • 00:15:50.180 --> 00:15:52.010
  • Secondly, he is an accuser.
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  • We've gotta understand
  • 00:15:54.130 --> 00:15:55.070
  • who the enemy is.
  • 00:15:55.070 --> 00:15:56.100
  • He is an accuser.
  • 00:15:56.100 --> 00:15:57.060
  • Revelation 12, verse 10,
  • 00:15:57.060 --> 00:15:58.290
  • it refers to the devil as:
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  • "The accuser of our brethren,"
  • 00:16:00.210 --> 00:16:02.160
  • "The accuser of our
  • 00:16:02.160 --> 00:16:03.260
  • brothers and sisters."
  • 00:16:03.260 --> 00:16:05.050
  • You need to understand
  • 00:16:05.050 --> 00:16:05.270
  • that the enemy wants to lead us
  • 00:16:05.270 --> 00:16:07.190
  • into sin, but then compound that
  • 00:16:07.190 --> 00:16:10.020
  • with accusations, accusations
  • 00:16:10.020 --> 00:16:12.110
  • that cause guilt and shame
  • 00:16:12.110 --> 00:16:14.030
  • to begin to rise up.
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  • Friend, listen to me, when
  • 00:16:15.150 --> 00:16:16.130
  • we find ourselves in guilt
  • 00:16:16.130 --> 00:16:17.280
  • and shame, it is the very thing
  • 00:16:17.280 --> 00:16:19.170
  • that can keep us separate from
  • 00:16:19.170 --> 00:16:20.270
  • the things of God.
  • 00:16:20.270 --> 00:16:22.000
  • So the enemy is doing what
  • 00:16:22.000 --> 00:16:23.120
  • he wants to do to continue to
  • 00:16:23.120 --> 00:16:25.010
  • accuse us, that the guilt and
  • 00:16:25.010 --> 00:16:27.010
  • the shame would rise up.
  • 00:16:27.010 --> 00:16:28.170
  • Friend, I can say I know myself
  • 00:16:28.170 --> 00:16:30.150
  • have been in positions where the
  • 00:16:30.150 --> 00:16:32.080
  • accusations of the enemy have
  • 00:16:32.080 --> 00:16:33.270
  • gotten to me.
  • 00:16:33.270 --> 00:16:34.170
  • I believe that many of us here
  • 00:16:34.170 --> 00:16:36.120
  • have been in places at time when
  • 00:16:36.120 --> 00:16:38.220
  • the accusations of the enemy can
  • 00:16:38.220 --> 00:16:40.170
  • get to us.
  • 00:16:40.170 --> 00:16:41.110
  • But we need to recognize the
  • 00:16:41.110 --> 00:16:42.210
  • fact that he is simply an
  • 00:16:42.210 --> 00:16:44.200
  • accuser.
  • 00:16:44.200 --> 00:16:45.100
  • You know, there is a big
  • 00:16:45.100 --> 00:16:46.100
  • difference between the
  • 00:16:46.100 --> 00:16:47.070
  • conviction that comes from the
  • 00:16:47.070 --> 00:16:48.180
  • Holy Spirit, conviction that
  • 00:16:48.180 --> 00:16:51.020
  • comes from the Holy Spirit, and
  • 00:16:51.020 --> 00:16:52.230
  • the accusations that come from
  • 00:16:52.230 --> 00:16:54.070
  • the enemy.
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  • There's a big difference.
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  • When we live according to the
  • 00:16:57.100 --> 00:16:59.020
  • Holy Spirit, we can listen to
  • 00:16:59.020 --> 00:17:01.170
  • the voice of the Spirit that
  • 00:17:01.170 --> 00:17:03.010
  • helps brings conviction and
  • 00:17:03.010 --> 00:17:04.150
  • helps us walk the path that God
  • 00:17:04.150 --> 00:17:06.090
  • has for us.
  • 00:17:06.090 --> 00:17:07.020
  • Whereas the accusations of the
  • 00:17:07.020 --> 00:17:08.230
  • enemy are only there to bring
  • 00:17:08.230 --> 00:17:10.140
  • such fear, doubt, guilt, and
  • 00:17:10.140 --> 00:17:12.080
  • shame, all things that are
  • 00:17:12.080 --> 00:17:13.210
  • actually gonna keep us separate
  • 00:17:13.210 --> 00:17:15.070
  • from the path that God wants us
  • 00:17:15.070 --> 00:17:17.110
  • to walk.
  • 00:17:17.110 --> 00:17:18.010
  • So we need to understand
  • 00:17:18.010 --> 00:17:19.010
  • that he is an accuser.
  • 00:17:19.010 --> 00:17:20.100
  • Thirdly, he is a deceiver.
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  • He's a deceiver.
  • 00:17:22.130 --> 00:17:23.060
  • In 2 Corinthians 11,
  • 00:17:23.060 --> 00:17:25.020
  • in verse 14, it says:
  • 00:17:25.020 --> 00:17:26.220
  • "But I am not surprised!
  • 00:17:26.220 --> 00:17:28.040
  • Even Satan disguises himself
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  • as an angel of light."
  • 00:17:30.100 --> 00:17:32.060
  • Isn't it interesting
  • 00:17:32.060 --> 00:17:33.060
  • that so much of the Scripture,
  • 00:17:33.060 --> 00:17:34.240
  • you read through
  • 00:17:34.240 --> 00:17:35.140
  • the books of John, 1 John,
  • 00:17:35.140 --> 00:17:36.240
  • so much of the Word
  • 00:17:36.240 --> 00:17:37.250
  • of God, speaking about
  • 00:17:37.250 --> 00:17:39.100
  • light and darkness,
  • 00:17:39.100 --> 00:17:40.200
  • speaking about the darkness in
  • 00:17:40.200 --> 00:17:42.000
  • the world, and speaking about
  • 00:17:42.000 --> 00:17:43.090
  • the light that comes with God.
  • 00:17:43.090 --> 00:17:44.260
  • Even at the beginning of this
  • 00:17:44.260 --> 00:17:45.280
  • message, I got up to speak about
  • 00:17:45.280 --> 00:17:47.210
  • the darkness that over certain
  • 00:17:47.210 --> 00:17:49.060
  • areas of this city and the light
  • 00:17:49.060 --> 00:17:51.030
  • that God wants us to be.
  • 00:17:51.030 --> 00:17:52.260
  • But the Scripture here teaches
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:54.060
  • us the fact that the enemy even
  • 00:17:54.060 --> 00:17:56.090
  • disguises himself as an angel of
  • 00:17:56.090 --> 00:17:59.050
  • light.
  • 00:17:59.050 --> 00:17:59.250
  • So much of the New Testament, so
  • 00:17:59.250 --> 00:18:01.170
  • much of the Gospels and the
  • 00:18:01.170 --> 00:18:03.010
  • Scriptures, Paul's writings and
  • 00:18:03.010 --> 00:18:04.150
  • letters, it's warning against
  • 00:18:04.150 --> 00:18:06.050
  • false teachers, false prophets,
  • 00:18:06.050 --> 00:18:08.060
  • those who disguise themselves,
  • 00:18:08.060 --> 00:18:10.100
  • and therefore deceive the
  • 00:18:10.100 --> 00:18:12.020
  • church, deceive believers.
  • 00:18:12.020 --> 00:18:13.260
  • I want us to be aware of who
  • 00:18:13.260 --> 00:18:15.020
  • the enemy is.
  • 00:18:15.020 --> 00:18:17.070
  • I want us to be--if we're gonna
  • 00:18:17.070 --> 00:18:18.210
  • stand our ground.
  • 00:18:18.210 --> 00:18:20.100
  • If we're gonna declare, "Not
  • 00:18:20.100 --> 00:18:21.180
  • today, devil," then we've gotta
  • 00:18:21.180 --> 00:18:23.020
  • keep being aware of the ploys,
  • 00:18:23.020 --> 00:18:24.280
  • the tricks, the crafty, sneaky
  • 00:18:24.280 --> 00:18:26.280
  • ways that the enemy tries
  • 00:18:26.280 --> 00:18:28.050
  • to get to us.
  • 00:18:28.050 --> 00:18:29.020
  • He's an accuser.
  • 00:18:29.020 --> 00:18:29.270
  • He is a deceiver.
  • 00:18:29.270 --> 00:18:31.040
  • - Ben: Our God is present
  • 00:18:33.240 --> 00:18:34.130
  • everywhere at all times.
  • 00:18:34.130 --> 00:18:36.050
  • Our God is with you when you're
  • 00:18:36.050 --> 00:18:37.200
  • on the mountaintops, but our God
  • 00:18:37.200 --> 00:18:39.080
  • is also with you when you're
  • 00:18:39.080 --> 00:18:40.140
  • in the valley low.
  • 00:18:40.140 --> 00:18:41.210
  • Our God is with you when things
  • 00:18:41.210 --> 00:18:43.000
  • are going good, but our God
  • 00:18:43.000 --> 00:18:44.150
  • is also with you
  • 00:18:44.150 --> 00:18:45.160
  • when things are tough.
  • 00:18:45.160 --> 00:18:46.180
  • Our God is a good God
  • 00:18:46.180 --> 00:18:47.270
  • who is alive, who is present,
  • 00:18:47.270 --> 00:18:49.220
  • who is with us.
  • 00:18:49.220 --> 00:18:51.220
  • - Ben: In John 10, in verse 10,
  • 00:18:57.160 --> 00:18:59.200
  • it tells us that: "'The thief's
  • 00:18:59.200 --> 00:19:01.220
  • purpose is to steal, to kill,
  • 00:19:01.220 --> 00:19:02.210
  • and destroy.
  • 00:19:02.210 --> 00:19:03.130
  • But my purpose is to give them
  • 00:19:03.130 --> 00:19:05.050
  • a rich and satisfying life.'"
  • 00:19:05.050 --> 00:19:07.140
  • Other translations,
  • 00:19:07.140 --> 00:19:08.120
  • "He seeks to steal,
  • 00:19:08.120 --> 00:19:09.160
  • kill, and destroy.
  • 00:19:09.160 --> 00:19:11.270
  • But God came, Jesus came as
  • 00:19:11.270 --> 00:19:13.180
  • the Good Shepherd, to give life
  • 00:19:13.180 --> 00:19:15.040
  • and life more abundantly."
  • 00:19:15.040 --> 00:19:16.280
  • But we've gotta understand
  • 00:19:16.280 --> 00:19:18.050
  • that he seeks to devour.
  • 00:19:18.050 --> 00:19:19.200
  • It says that "he only comes to
  • 00:19:19.200 --> 00:19:20.290
  • steal, to kill, and destroy," to
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:22.270
  • rip us off, to bring destruction
  • 00:19:22.270 --> 00:19:25.120
  • to us.
  • 00:19:25.120 --> 00:19:26.100
  • In 1 Peter 5, verse 8 to 9, it
  • 00:19:26.100 --> 00:19:28.230
  • says: "Stay alert!"
  • 00:19:28.230 --> 00:19:31.150
  • Are we staying alert today?
  • 00:19:31.150 --> 00:19:34.000
  • "Stay alert!"
  • 00:19:34.000 --> 00:19:34.240
  • it says.
  • 00:19:34.240 --> 00:19:35.180
  • "Watch out for your great enemy,
  • 00:19:35.180 --> 00:19:37.030
  • the devil.
  • 00:19:37.030 --> 00:19:37.270
  • He prowls around like
  • 00:19:37.270 --> 00:19:39.040
  • a roaring lion, looking
  • 00:19:39.040 --> 00:19:40.200
  • for someone to devour."
  • 00:19:40.200 --> 00:19:42.080
  • But verse 9 continues to say:
  • 00:19:42.080 --> 00:19:43.250
  • "Stand firm against him,
  • 00:19:43.250 --> 00:19:45.210
  • and be strong in your faith.
  • 00:19:45.210 --> 00:19:47.180
  • Remember that your family of
  • 00:19:47.180 --> 00:19:48.250
  • believers all over the world are
  • 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:50.050
  • going through the same kind
  • 00:19:50.050 --> 00:19:51.130
  • of suffering that you are."
  • 00:19:51.130 --> 00:19:53.210
  • So we've gotta understand that
  • 00:19:53.210 --> 00:19:55.050
  • the enemy seeks to devour, that
  • 00:19:55.050 --> 00:19:57.060
  • he is roaming around, prowling
  • 00:19:57.060 --> 00:19:59.170
  • around, just looking, just
  • 00:19:59.170 --> 00:20:01.170
  • seeking for someone that whom he
  • 00:20:01.170 --> 00:20:03.140
  • might devour.
  • 00:20:03.140 --> 00:20:04.160
  • You know what I love?
  • 00:20:04.160 --> 00:20:05.060
  • My dad preached this a few years
  • 00:20:05.060 --> 00:20:06.250
  • back.
  • 00:20:06.250 --> 00:20:07.150
  • I've never forgotten it.
  • 00:20:07.150 --> 00:20:08.110
  • The enemy might be seeking
  • 00:20:08.110 --> 00:20:09.220
  • around.
  • 00:20:09.220 --> 00:20:10.120
  • He might be prowling around this
  • 00:20:10.120 --> 00:20:11.260
  • place today.
  • 00:20:11.260 --> 00:20:12.250
  • He might be seeking around the
  • 00:20:12.250 --> 00:20:14.130
  • city of Los Angeles.
  • 00:20:14.130 --> 00:20:16.000
  • But the good thing is, he is
  • 00:20:16.000 --> 00:20:17.140
  • looking for someone to devour,
  • 00:20:17.140 --> 00:20:19.030
  • but it ain't saying that he is
  • 00:20:19.030 --> 00:20:20.130
  • devouring anyone, because we
  • 00:20:20.130 --> 00:20:22.040
  • stand firm in the fact that
  • 00:20:22.040 --> 00:20:23.120
  • our victory is in Christ.
  • 00:20:23.120 --> 00:20:25.030
  • He can look all he wants,
  • 00:20:25.030 --> 00:20:26.140
  • but we declare, "Not today,
  • 00:20:26.140 --> 00:20:28.160
  • in Jesus' name."
  • 00:20:28.160 --> 00:20:29.060
  • He's a deceiver.
  • 00:20:29.100 --> 00:20:32.100
  • He seeks to devour.
  • 00:20:32.100 --> 00:20:34.230
  • Listen, he is extremely
  • 00:20:34.230 --> 00:20:36.010
  • aware of who God is and what
  • 00:20:36.010 --> 00:20:38.070
  • the Scriptures say.
  • 00:20:38.070 --> 00:20:40.110
  • I think this is important for us
  • 00:20:40.110 --> 00:20:41.210
  • to take note of.
  • 00:20:41.210 --> 00:20:44.110
  • The enemy is extremely aware of
  • 00:20:44.110 --> 00:20:46.130
  • who God is and what the
  • 00:20:46.130 --> 00:20:48.200
  • Scriptures say.
  • 00:20:48.200 --> 00:20:50.270
  • You know, as you read through
  • 00:20:50.270 --> 00:20:52.000
  • the Bible, you understand that
  • 00:20:52.000 --> 00:20:53.220
  • even though Satan was cast out
  • 00:20:53.220 --> 00:20:55.290
  • of heaven, you pick up the fact
  • 00:20:55.290 --> 00:20:58.170
  • that he still has access to God.
  • 00:20:58.170 --> 00:21:01.080
  • He still has access to
  • 00:21:01.080 --> 00:21:02.150
  • the throne of God.
  • 00:21:02.150 --> 00:21:03.280
  • We see God and Satan conversing
  • 00:21:03.280 --> 00:21:05.260
  • in Job chapter 1 when God
  • 00:21:05.260 --> 00:21:07.290
  • was speaking about his servant,
  • 00:21:07.290 --> 00:21:09.210
  • how awesome Job was.
  • 00:21:09.210 --> 00:21:11.060
  • And you read about the fact that
  • 00:21:11.060 --> 00:21:12.240
  • God and Satan are in this
  • 00:21:12.240 --> 00:21:14.070
  • conversation about him.
  • 00:21:14.070 --> 00:21:16.170
  • In Luke chapter 22, the New
  • 00:21:16.170 --> 00:21:18.140
  • Testament, the Gospels, we see
  • 00:21:18.140 --> 00:21:20.080
  • that Satan has asked if he could
  • 00:21:20.080 --> 00:21:22.010
  • test Simon Peter.
  • 00:21:22.010 --> 00:21:23.100
  • It says there in Luke 22,
  • 00:21:23.100 --> 00:21:25.030
  • it says that: "'Satan asked to
  • 00:21:25.030 --> 00:21:27.080
  • sift each of the disciples
  • 00:21:27.080 --> 00:21:29.130
  • like wheat.'"
  • 00:21:29.130 --> 00:21:30.080
  • The good news, once again,
  • 00:21:30.080 --> 00:21:32.000
  • is that Jesus continues
  • 00:21:32.000 --> 00:21:32.260
  • to talk there in Luke 22 about
  • 00:21:32.260 --> 00:21:34.120
  • how he is interceding on behalf
  • 00:21:34.120 --> 00:21:36.290
  • of all of the disciples.
  • 00:21:36.290 --> 00:21:38.230
  • But we need to understand that
  • 00:21:38.230 --> 00:21:40.000
  • the enemy still has access to
  • 00:21:40.000 --> 00:21:41.260
  • God.
  • 00:21:41.260 --> 00:21:42.160
  • He is still very aware of the
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  • things of God, and he is also
  • 00:21:44.050 --> 00:21:45.280
  • very aware of what
  • 00:21:45.280 --> 00:21:46.280
  • the Scriptures say.
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  • Those of you that have read
  • 00:21:48.040 --> 00:21:48.280
  • through Matthew chapter 4 and
  • 00:21:48.280 --> 00:21:50.150
  • seen Jesus as he's just about to
  • 00:21:50.150 --> 00:21:52.070
  • step into his public ministry,
  • 00:21:52.070 --> 00:21:54.040
  • those 3 years of public ministry
  • 00:21:54.040 --> 00:21:56.040
  • that completely changed eternity
  • 00:21:56.040 --> 00:21:58.100
  • for the better.
  • 00:21:58.100 --> 00:21:59.080
  • But right at the very beginning
  • 00:21:59.080 --> 00:22:01.000
  • of that, Jesus finds himself in
  • 00:22:01.000 --> 00:22:03.040
  • the wilderness.
  • 00:22:03.040 --> 00:22:04.000
  • He's in a place of prayer and
  • 00:22:04.000 --> 00:22:05.230
  • fasting, and the enemy comes and
  • 00:22:05.230 --> 00:22:07.240
  • begins to tempt him.
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:08.270
  • And what the enemy does to tempt
  • 00:22:08.270 --> 00:22:10.270
  • him is tries to twist the Word
  • 00:22:10.270 --> 00:22:13.040
  • of God, twist the Word of God.
  • 00:22:13.080 --> 00:22:16.080
  • So, we need to understand that
  • 00:22:16.080 --> 00:22:17.140
  • the enemy is completely aware of
  • 00:22:17.140 --> 00:22:19.080
  • who God is, and that the enemy
  • 00:22:19.080 --> 00:22:21.050
  • is aware of what the Scriptures
  • 00:22:21.050 --> 00:22:22.200
  • say.
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  • I wanted to teach for a little
  • 00:22:24.130 --> 00:22:25.220
  • bit about who the enemy is, but
  • 00:22:25.220 --> 00:22:27.070
  • what I wanna focus on today is
  • 00:22:27.070 --> 00:22:29.060
  • who the enemy is not.
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  • Can anyone say, "Amen"?
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  • I wanna focus on who the enemy
  • 00:22:32.010 --> 00:22:33.250
  • is not.
  • 00:22:33.250 --> 00:22:34.190
  • And to start, let's just start
  • 00:22:34.190 --> 00:22:36.010
  • at the top.
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  • The enemy is not God.
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  • Oh, you need to get a little bit
  • 00:22:39.060 --> 00:22:40.160
  • more excited about that fact
  • 00:22:40.160 --> 00:22:41.220
  • today.
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  • The devil is not God.
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  • Satan wanted to be.
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  • We read about this in Isaiah 14.
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  • He wanted to be.
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  • He wanted to elevate himself.
  • 00:22:51.100 --> 00:22:53.080
  • He wanted to be worshiped.
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  • He wanted people to bow down to
  • 00:22:54.250 --> 00:22:56.270
  • him.
  • 00:22:56.270 --> 00:22:57.170
  • But the fact of that matter,
  • 00:22:57.170 --> 00:22:58.220
  • that he is not God.
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  • He is not omnipresent.
  • 00:23:00.200 --> 00:23:02.230
  • You realize that?
  • 00:23:02.230 --> 00:23:04.060
  • The enemy is not omnipresent.
  • 00:23:04.060 --> 00:23:05.290
  • Our God is present everywhere at
  • 00:23:05.290 --> 00:23:08.040
  • all times.
  • 00:23:08.040 --> 00:23:08.240
  • That's what "omnipresent" is.
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  • Psalm 139, verse 7 to 10, it
  • 00:23:10.180 --> 00:23:13.130
  • says: "I can never escape from
  • 00:23:13.130 --> 00:23:14.240
  • your Spirit!
  • 00:23:14.240 --> 00:23:15.170
  • I can never get away from your
  • 00:23:15.170 --> 00:23:16.270
  • presence!
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  • If I go up to heaven, you are
  • 00:23:17.190 --> 00:23:18.280
  • there; if I go down to the
  • 00:23:18.280 --> 00:23:20.020
  • grave, you are there.
  • 00:23:20.020 --> 00:23:20.280
  • If I ride the wings of the
  • 00:23:20.280 --> 00:23:22.010
  • morning, if I dwell by the
  • 00:23:22.010 --> 00:23:23.160
  • farthest oceans, even there your
  • 00:23:23.160 --> 00:23:25.080
  • hand will guide me, and your
  • 00:23:25.080 --> 00:23:26.180
  • strength will support me."
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  • Deuteronomy 4:39, same sort
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:30.120
  • of thing, speaks about
  • 00:23:30.120 --> 00:23:31.170
  • the omnipresence of our God.
  • 00:23:31.170 --> 00:23:33.130
  • It says: "So remember this and
  • 00:23:33.130 --> 00:23:34.280
  • keep it firmly in mind: the Lord
  • 00:23:34.280 --> 00:23:36.220
  • is God both in heaven and on
  • 00:23:36.220 --> 00:23:38.240
  • earth, and there is no other."
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  • There are plenty of other
  • 00:23:40.160 --> 00:23:41.190
  • Scriptures that point toward
  • 00:23:41.190 --> 00:23:42.270
  • the omnipresence of our God.
  • 00:23:42.270 --> 00:23:45.120
  • Our God, don't get confused
  • 00:23:45.120 --> 00:23:46.280
  • right now.
  • 00:23:46.280 --> 00:23:47.180
  • I know I'm talkin' about
  • 00:23:47.180 --> 00:23:48.080
  • the enemy and
  • 00:23:48.080 --> 00:23:48.280
  • I'm talkin' about God.
  • 00:23:48.280 --> 00:23:49.230
  • Our God is omnipresent.
  • 00:23:49.230 --> 00:23:51.240
  • Our God is present everywhere
  • 00:23:51.240 --> 00:23:53.140
  • at all times.
  • 00:23:53.140 --> 00:23:54.130
  • Our God is with you when you're
  • 00:23:54.130 --> 00:23:55.240
  • on the mountaintops, but our God
  • 00:23:55.240 --> 00:23:57.130
  • is also with you when you're in
  • 00:23:57.130 --> 00:23:58.240
  • the valley low.
  • 00:23:58.240 --> 00:23:59.250
  • Our God is with you when things
  • 00:23:59.250 --> 00:24:01.120
  • are going good, but our God is
  • 00:24:01.120 --> 00:24:02.290
  • also with you when things are
  • 00:24:02.290 --> 00:24:04.090
  • tough.
  • 00:24:04.090 --> 00:24:05.000
  • Our God is a good God who is
  • 00:24:05.000 --> 00:24:06.290
  • alive, who is present, who is
  • 00:24:06.290 --> 00:24:09.010
  • with us.
  • 00:24:09.010 --> 00:24:10.260
  • So, we remind ourselves today of
  • 00:24:10.260 --> 00:24:12.150
  • the fact that our God is
  • 00:24:12.150 --> 00:24:13.180
  • omnipresent.
  • 00:24:13.180 --> 00:24:14.230
  • But, friend, we need to
  • 00:24:14.230 --> 00:24:15.140
  • understand that the devil is not
  • 00:24:15.140 --> 00:24:16.290
  • omnipresent.
  • 00:24:16.290 --> 00:24:18.120
  • He's not everywhere at the same
  • 00:24:18.120 --> 00:24:19.280
  • time.
  • 00:24:19.280 --> 00:24:20.180
  • The devil is a singular being,
  • 00:24:20.180 --> 00:24:22.110
  • one place at one time.
  • 00:24:23.050 --> 00:24:26.050
  • Isn't that good for us to know?
  • 00:24:26.050 --> 00:24:28.220
  • Once again, I think sometimes,
  • 00:24:28.220 --> 00:24:30.040
  • as the church, we grow up with
  • 00:24:30.040 --> 00:24:31.060
  • this doctrine and theology
  • 00:24:31.060 --> 00:24:32.100
  • that "something's gone bad,
  • 00:24:32.100 --> 00:24:33.120
  • the devil's in this.
  • 00:24:33.120 --> 00:24:34.290
  • The devil's attacking me."
  • 00:24:34.290 --> 00:24:36.140
  • Well, maybe, I hope that
  • 00:24:36.140 --> 00:24:38.010
  • you're that important.
  • 00:24:38.280 --> 00:24:41.280
  • Now, we need to understand that
  • 00:24:41.280 --> 00:24:43.060
  • it talks about the fact that
  • 00:24:43.060 --> 00:24:44.130
  • 1/3 of the angels were cast out
  • 00:24:44.130 --> 00:24:46.100
  • of heaven with the enemy.
  • 00:24:46.100 --> 00:24:47.240
  • If you look at Revelation
  • 00:24:47.240 --> 00:24:49.080
  • chapter 5, it speaks
  • 00:24:49.080 --> 00:24:50.130
  • about the thousands,
  • 00:24:50.130 --> 00:24:52.010
  • the millions of angels.
  • 00:24:52.010 --> 00:24:53.270
  • So there are a lot of demons
  • 00:24:53.270 --> 00:24:55.100
  • now that are out there.
  • 00:24:55.100 --> 00:24:56.060
  • It's not just Satan, the devil,
  • 00:24:56.060 --> 00:24:58.070
  • out there on his own.
  • 00:24:58.070 --> 00:24:59.220
  • But we need to understand that
  • 00:24:59.220 --> 00:25:01.000
  • the devil is not omnipresent.
  • 00:25:01.000 --> 00:25:03.020
  • Once again, these things help
  • 00:25:03.020 --> 00:25:04.100
  • form our doctrine, our theology,
  • 00:25:04.100 --> 00:25:06.010
  • the authority, the dominion
  • 00:25:06.010 --> 00:25:07.100
  • that we have when we understand
  • 00:25:07.100 --> 00:25:09.050
  • who he is and who he is not.
  • 00:25:09.050 --> 00:25:11.120
  • He is not omnipresent.
  • 00:25:11.120 --> 00:25:12.240
  • But listen,
  • 00:25:12.240 --> 00:25:13.140
  • he is not omniscient.
  • 00:25:13.140 --> 00:25:15.100
  • Omniscient,
  • 00:25:15.100 --> 00:25:16.050
  • our God is omniscient.
  • 00:25:16.050 --> 00:25:17.150
  • "Omniscient" means "all knowing,
  • 00:25:17.150 --> 00:25:19.150
  • knowing all things."
  • 00:25:19.150 --> 00:25:21.060
  • 1 John 3, verse 20,
  • 00:25:21.060 --> 00:25:22.160
  • it speaks about that, that:
  • 00:25:22.160 --> 00:25:23.260
  • "Even if we feel guilty,
  • 00:25:23.260 --> 00:25:24.280
  • God is greater than our
  • 00:25:24.280 --> 00:25:25.240
  • feelings," but listen to this,
  • 00:25:25.240 --> 00:25:26.270
  • "he knows everything."
  • 00:25:26.270 --> 00:25:28.230
  • Once again, many Scriptures
  • 00:25:28.230 --> 00:25:30.080
  • that talk about the fact that
  • 00:25:30.080 --> 00:25:31.140
  • our God is all knowing.
  • 00:25:31.140 --> 00:25:33.080
  • But we need to understand that
  • 00:25:33.080 --> 00:25:34.120
  • the devil is not all knowing.
  • 00:25:34.120 --> 00:25:36.050
  • He's not aware of everything
  • 00:25:36.050 --> 00:25:37.130
  • that's going on.
  • 00:25:37.130 --> 00:25:38.090
  • He's not aware of Jesus' plans.
  • 00:25:38.090 --> 00:25:40.080
  • He's not aware of what God is
  • 00:25:40.080 --> 00:25:41.230
  • doing in our life.
  • 00:25:41.230 --> 00:25:42.250
  • He's not aware, necessarily, of
  • 00:25:42.250 --> 00:25:44.160
  • the authority and the power that
  • 00:25:44.160 --> 00:25:45.280
  • we have.
  • 00:25:45.280 --> 00:25:46.190
  • So even when he's seeking around
  • 00:25:46.190 --> 00:25:48.100
  • trying to devour, even when he's
  • 00:25:48.100 --> 00:25:50.040
  • trying to take you out, even
  • 00:25:50.040 --> 00:25:51.180
  • when he is trying to discourage,
  • 00:25:51.180 --> 00:25:53.070
  • or even when he is a force
  • 00:25:53.070 --> 00:25:54.190
  • trying to attack our kingdom of
  • 00:25:54.190 --> 00:25:56.040
  • God advancing in this city, we
  • 00:25:56.040 --> 00:25:58.010
  • need to understand that he
  • 00:25:58.010 --> 00:25:59.050
  • doesn't know everything, that
  • 00:25:59.050 --> 00:26:00.230
  • our God knows more.
  • 00:26:00.230 --> 00:26:02.010
  • And that "if God be for us,
  • 00:26:02.010 --> 00:26:03.080
  • who could be against us?"
  • 00:26:03.080 --> 00:26:04.120
  • - Ben: I want us to be a church
  • 00:26:07.240 --> 00:26:08.200
  • that is bold, that we don't
  • 00:26:08.200 --> 00:26:10.030
  • let fear get the better of us.
  • 00:26:10.030 --> 00:26:12.010
  • Fear is just a lie of
  • 00:26:12.010 --> 00:26:13.160
  • running out of breath.
  • 00:26:13.160 --> 00:26:14.170
  • And isn't that the truth?
  • 00:26:14.170 --> 00:26:16.040
  • That when the enemy tries to
  • 00:26:16.040 --> 00:26:17.080
  • bring fear or doubt or guilt or
  • 00:26:17.080 --> 00:26:19.270
  • shame or whatever it is, we've
  • 00:26:19.270 --> 00:26:21.190
  • gotta remind ourselves and
  • 00:26:21.190 --> 00:26:23.060
  • understand that it is simply
  • 00:26:23.060 --> 00:26:24.150
  • a lie from the enemy.
  • 00:26:24.150 --> 00:26:26.150
  • - Ben: He is not God.
  • 00:26:31.090 --> 00:26:31.240
  • He is not omnipresent.
  • 00:26:31.240 --> 00:26:32.290
  • He is not omniscient.
  • 00:26:32.290 --> 00:26:34.040
  • He is not omnipotent.
  • 00:26:34.040 --> 00:26:35.160
  • "Omnipotence" is
  • 00:26:35.160 --> 00:26:36.170
  • "to be all powerful."
  • 00:26:36.170 --> 00:26:38.230
  • Once again, our God
  • 00:26:38.230 --> 00:26:39.220
  • is all powerful.
  • 00:26:39.220 --> 00:26:41.060
  • Once again, come on,
  • 00:26:41.060 --> 00:26:43.000
  • let's praise God for that.
  • 00:26:43.000 --> 00:26:44.040
  • Our God is the one who
  • 00:26:44.040 --> 00:26:45.120
  • is all powerful.
  • 00:26:45.290 --> 00:26:48.290
  • But you know that the devil
  • 00:26:48.290 --> 00:26:49.260
  • still has to seek God's
  • 00:26:49.260 --> 00:26:51.090
  • permission for what he does?
  • 00:26:51.090 --> 00:26:53.200
  • Have you read the story in Mark
  • 00:26:53.200 --> 00:26:54.240
  • chapter 5, verse 1 to 20?
  • 00:26:54.240 --> 00:26:56.060
  • Jesus is there, and he finds
  • 00:26:56.060 --> 00:26:57.280
  • a demon-possessed man.
  • 00:26:57.280 --> 00:26:58.270
  • The demon names itself as,
  • 00:26:58.270 --> 00:26:59.290
  • "Legion," an army of demons, and
  • 00:26:59.290 --> 00:27:02.180
  • as Jesus is casting out the
  • 00:27:02.180 --> 00:27:04.090
  • demons, they're simply asking
  • 00:27:04.090 --> 00:27:06.000
  • for permission, "Well, listen,
  • 00:27:06.000 --> 00:27:07.120
  • if you're gonna cast us out, can
  • 00:27:07.120 --> 00:27:08.220
  • we at least go into these pigs?"
  • 00:27:08.220 --> 00:27:10.070
  • Asking permission on where they
  • 00:27:10.070 --> 00:27:12.050
  • can go.
  • 00:27:12.050 --> 00:27:12.270
  • As you read through the
  • 00:27:12.270 --> 00:27:13.230
  • Scriptures, you understand the
  • 00:27:13.230 --> 00:27:15.080
  • fact that the enemy still needs
  • 00:27:15.080 --> 00:27:16.250
  • to seek position from God.
  • 00:27:16.250 --> 00:27:19.020
  • No one who is all powerful needs
  • 00:27:19.020 --> 00:27:20.290
  • to seek permission from someone
  • 00:27:20.290 --> 00:27:22.210
  • else.
  • 00:27:22.210 --> 00:27:23.120
  • It is our God that is all
  • 00:27:23.120 --> 00:27:24.210
  • powerful.
  • 00:27:24.210 --> 00:27:25.160
  • The enemy is not.
  • 00:27:25.160 --> 00:27:26.290
  • He's gonna do what he can.
  • 00:27:26.290 --> 00:27:28.130
  • He's gonna do what he wants.
  • 00:27:28.130 --> 00:27:30.080
  • But listen, it is only God that
  • 00:27:30.080 --> 00:27:32.080
  • is all powerful.
  • 00:27:32.140 --> 00:27:35.140
  • He is not omnipresent.
  • 00:27:35.140 --> 00:27:37.100
  • He is not omniscient.
  • 00:27:37.100 --> 00:27:38.110
  • He is not omnipotent.
  • 00:27:38.110 --> 00:27:39.140
  • He is not in every battle that
  • 00:27:39.140 --> 00:27:41.120
  • we find ourselves in.
  • 00:27:43.050 --> 00:27:46.050
  • I want you to hear that today.
  • 00:27:46.050 --> 00:27:48.030
  • He is not in every battle that
  • 00:27:48.030 --> 00:27:49.250
  • we find ourselves in.
  • 00:27:49.250 --> 00:27:52.220
  • Once again, I think some of us
  • 00:27:52.220 --> 00:27:54.030
  • grew up with a certain doctrine
  • 00:27:54.030 --> 00:27:55.130
  • and theology regarding
  • 00:27:55.130 --> 00:27:56.140
  • the enemy.
  • 00:27:56.140 --> 00:27:57.140
  • It feels like if anything goes
  • 00:27:57.140 --> 00:27:59.040
  • wrong, "The devil's
  • 00:27:59.040 --> 00:27:59.260
  • in the middle of that,"
  • 00:27:59.260 --> 00:28:00.180
  • or, "The enemy's in
  • 00:28:00.180 --> 00:28:01.230
  • the middle of this."
  • 00:28:01.230 --> 00:28:02.140
  • It's not necessarily the case.
  • 00:28:02.140 --> 00:28:04.010
  • Once again, I don't think it's
  • 00:28:04.010 --> 00:28:05.100
  • right for us to give the devil
  • 00:28:05.100 --> 00:28:07.010
  • more credit than he deserves.
  • 00:28:07.010 --> 00:28:09.170
  • But he is not in every battle
  • 00:28:09.170 --> 00:28:10.270
  • that we face.
  • 00:28:10.270 --> 00:28:12.100
  • Some of it is a part of
  • 00:28:12.100 --> 00:28:13.130
  • our sinful nature, simply
  • 00:28:13.130 --> 00:28:15.200
  • a part of our sinful nature.
  • 00:28:15.200 --> 00:28:16.220
  • Some of it is part of the fact
  • 00:28:16.220 --> 00:28:18.190
  • that we live in a fallen world,
  • 00:28:18.190 --> 00:28:20.200
  • that we live in a--some of it is
  • 00:28:20.200 --> 00:28:22.040
  • just simply the luck of the
  • 00:28:22.040 --> 00:28:23.240
  • draw.
  • 00:28:23.240 --> 00:28:25.240
  • You understand that?
  • 00:28:25.240 --> 00:28:27.150
  • When we find ourselves in a
  • 00:28:27.150 --> 00:28:28.210
  • battle, when something doesn't
  • 00:28:28.210 --> 00:28:29.270
  • quite go to plan, sometimes it's
  • 00:28:29.270 --> 00:28:31.290
  • simply just the luck of
  • 00:28:31.290 --> 00:28:33.030
  • the draw.
  • 00:28:33.030 --> 00:28:33.230
  • And I think the moment we begin
  • 00:28:33.230 --> 00:28:35.140
  • to give power to the enemy, that
  • 00:28:35.140 --> 00:28:37.170
  • the enemy's been doing this, we
  • 00:28:37.170 --> 00:28:39.090
  • give him power that he does not
  • 00:28:39.090 --> 00:28:40.250
  • deserve, credit that he has not
  • 00:28:40.250 --> 00:28:42.290
  • earned or does not belong to
  • 00:28:42.290 --> 00:28:44.110
  • him.
  • 00:28:44.110 --> 00:28:45.010
  • And so I want us to make sure
  • 00:28:45.010 --> 00:28:46.070
  • that we understand that the
  • 00:28:46.070 --> 00:28:47.090
  • enemy is not in every battle
  • 00:28:47.090 --> 00:28:49.040
  • that we find ourselves in.
  • 00:28:49.040 --> 00:28:50.230
  • The last thing that I wanna say
  • 00:28:50.230 --> 00:28:52.020
  • before I move on to Ephesians 6
  • 00:28:52.020 --> 00:28:53.290
  • is the fact that he is not gonna
  • 00:28:53.290 --> 00:28:55.160
  • win.
  • 00:28:55.160 --> 00:28:56.060
  • If we're talkin' about who the
  • 00:28:56.060 --> 00:28:57.040
  • enemy is and we're gonna talk
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  • about who the enemy is not,
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  • listen to me right now, the
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  • enemy is not gonna win.
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  • Can you say, "Amen," to that
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  • today, church?
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  • He's not gonna win.
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  • Our victory is in Jesus.
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  • Jesus won us the victory.
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  • Jesus stormed into hell so that
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  • we could storm out.
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  • Jesus did what we needed to do
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  • to claim us victory.
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  • And we need to always remind
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  • ourselves, even in the middle of
  • 00:29:24.110 --> 00:29:25.240
  • attack, even in the middle of
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  • what the enemy might be doing to
  • 00:29:27.180 --> 00:29:28.280
  • try and take us out, that we
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  • understand the fact that the
  • 00:29:30.250 --> 00:29:32.180
  • enemy is not gonna win, in
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  • Jesus' name.
  • 00:29:35.020 --> 00:29:35.270
  • If you got your Bibles, I want
  • 00:29:35.270 --> 00:29:37.080
  • you to turn to Ephesians chapter
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  • 6, it says: "A final word: Be
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  • strong in the Lord and in his
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  • mighty power.
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  • Put on all of God's armor so
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  • that you will be able to stand
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  • firm against all strategies of
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  • the devil.
  • 00:29:50.070 --> 00:29:51.070
  • For we are not fighting against
  • 00:29:51.070 --> 00:29:52.160
  • flesh-and-blood enemies, but
  • 00:29:52.160 --> 00:29:54.030
  • against evil rulers and
  • 00:29:54.030 --> 00:29:55.110
  • authorities of the unseen world,
  • 00:29:55.110 --> 00:29:57.080
  • against mighty powers in this
  • 00:29:57.080 --> 00:29:58.260
  • dark world, and against evil
  • 00:29:58.260 --> 00:30:00.120
  • spirits in the heavenly places.
  • 00:30:00.120 --> 00:30:03.050
  • Therefore, put on every piece of
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  • God's armor so that you will
  • 00:30:04.290 --> 00:30:06.140
  • be able to resist the enemy
  • 00:30:06.140 --> 00:30:08.010
  • in the time of evil.
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  • Then after the battle you
  • 00:30:09.070 --> 00:30:11.010
  • will still be standing firm."
  • 00:30:11.010 --> 00:30:12.130
  • Come on, "Then after the battle
  • 00:30:12.130 --> 00:30:15.120
  • you will still be standing firm.
  • 00:30:15.120 --> 00:30:18.050
  • So stand your ground," it says,
  • 00:30:18.050 --> 00:30:20.070
  • "putting on the belt of truth
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  • and the body armor
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  • of God's righteousness.
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  • For shoes, put on peace that
  • 00:30:24.010 --> 00:30:25.240
  • comes from the good news so
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  • that you will be fully prepared.
  • 00:30:27.100 --> 00:30:29.040
  • In addition to all of these,
  • 00:30:29.040 --> 00:30:30.160
  • hold up the shield of faith
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  • to stop the fiery arrows
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  • of the devil.
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  • Put on salvation as your helmet,
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  • and take the sword
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  • of the Spirit, which
  • 00:30:38.190 --> 00:30:39.170
  • is the Word of God.
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  • Pray in the Spirit at
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  • all times and on every occasion.
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  • Stay alert and be persistent in
  • 00:30:44.230 --> 00:30:47.010
  • your prayers for all believers
  • 00:30:47.010 --> 00:30:49.240
  • everywhere."
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  • I love this passage
  • 00:30:50.220 --> 00:30:51.230
  • of Scripture, and I feel like
  • 00:30:51.230 --> 00:30:53.040
  • I'm going back to children's
  • 00:30:53.040 --> 00:30:54.080
  • school when I read this because
  • 00:30:54.080 --> 00:30:55.260
  • I remember, as a kid, going
  • 00:30:55.260 --> 00:30:57.110
  • through this and watching as my
  • 00:30:57.110 --> 00:30:58.240
  • Sunday-school teachers got
  • 00:30:58.240 --> 00:31:00.050
  • up there with their armor,
  • 00:31:00.050 --> 00:31:01.100
  • their breastplate, and their
  • 00:31:01.100 --> 00:31:02.100
  • helmet, and their sword.
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  • Anyone else like that?
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  • I kinda love it.
  • 00:31:04.270 --> 00:31:05.260
  • But let's not forget the fact,
  • 00:31:05.260 --> 00:31:07.050
  • this is the Word of God.
  • 00:31:07.050 --> 00:31:08.120
  • And just because we're here in
  • 00:31:08.120 --> 00:31:09.270
  • church doesn't make this
  • 00:31:09.270 --> 00:31:10.270
  • any less relevant for us.
  • 00:31:10.270 --> 00:31:12.230
  • We need to remind ourselves of
  • 00:31:12.230 --> 00:31:14.210
  • the authority, the dominion that
  • 00:31:14.210 --> 00:31:16.130
  • we have, remind ourselves of
  • 00:31:16.130 --> 00:31:18.130
  • what we need to do to prepare
  • 00:31:18.130 --> 00:31:20.160
  • ourselves and equip ourselves so
  • 00:31:20.160 --> 00:31:22.150
  • that we can stand firm against
  • 00:31:22.150 --> 00:31:24.110
  • the enemy, in Jesus' name.
  • 00:31:24.110 --> 00:31:26.110
  • I tell you right now,
  • 00:31:26.110 --> 00:31:27.080
  • Hillsong Church is not here just
  • 00:31:27.080 --> 00:31:29.100
  • for the sake of it.
  • 00:31:29.100 --> 00:31:30.130
  • We are here because we wanna
  • 00:31:30.130 --> 00:31:31.210
  • stand against the enemy here
  • 00:31:31.210 --> 00:31:33.090
  • in Los Angeles.
  • 00:31:33.090 --> 00:31:34.090
  • We wanna stand against what
  • 00:31:34.090 --> 00:31:35.210
  • the enemy is trying to
  • 00:31:35.210 --> 00:31:36.160
  • do to rip people off,
  • 00:31:36.160 --> 00:31:38.050
  • to discourage people.
  • 00:31:38.050 --> 00:31:40.040
  • I want us to be a church
  • 00:31:40.040 --> 00:31:41.160
  • that continues to stand our
  • 00:31:41.160 --> 00:31:43.060
  • ground and fight the enemy,
  • 00:31:43.060 --> 00:31:45.120
  • in Jesus' name.
  • 00:31:45.120 --> 00:31:46.160
  • So this passage of Scripture,
  • 00:31:46.160 --> 00:31:47.250
  • it's speaking about the warfare
  • 00:31:47.250 --> 00:31:49.220
  • that we are in, that our fight,
  • 00:31:49.220 --> 00:31:51.110
  • that our battle is not against
  • 00:31:51.110 --> 00:31:53.000
  • flesh and blood, but it's about
  • 00:31:53.000 --> 00:31:55.040
  • spirits and principalities,
  • 00:31:55.040 --> 00:31:56.160
  • powers in the spiritual world.
  • 00:31:56.160 --> 00:31:58.260
  • And it talks about the fact that
  • 00:31:58.260 --> 00:32:01.080
  • we need to be strong in
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  • the Lord, stouthearted, brave,
  • 00:32:02.180 --> 00:32:04.240
  • and courageous.
  • 00:32:04.240 --> 00:32:06.110
  • Once again, I want us to
  • 00:32:06.110 --> 00:32:07.140
  • be a church that is brave.
  • 00:32:07.140 --> 00:32:10.020
  • I want us to be a church
  • 00:32:10.020 --> 00:32:11.070
  • that is courageous.
  • 00:32:11.070 --> 00:32:13.020
  • I want us to be a church that is
  • 00:32:13.020 --> 00:32:14.180
  • bold, that we don't let fear get
  • 00:32:14.180 --> 00:32:16.100
  • the better of us.
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  • Fear is just a lie of running
  • 00:32:17.180 --> 00:32:19.150
  • out of breath.
  • 00:32:19.150 --> 00:32:20.060
  • And isn't that the truth?
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  • That when the enemy tries to
  • 00:32:21.190 --> 00:32:22.240
  • bring fear or doubt or guilt or
  • 00:32:22.240 --> 00:32:25.130
  • shame or whatever it is, we've
  • 00:32:25.130 --> 00:32:26.280
  • gotta remind ourselves and
  • 00:32:26.280 --> 00:32:28.080
  • understand that it is simply
  • 00:32:28.080 --> 00:32:30.040
  • a lie from the enemy.
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  • You know, I love the fact that
  • 00:32:31.180 --> 00:32:32.150
  • our strength is not in our own
  • 00:32:32.150 --> 00:32:33.220
  • power.
  • 00:32:33.220 --> 00:32:35.190
  • Our strength isn't according to
  • 00:32:35.190 --> 00:32:37.070
  • our own weaknesses or
  • 00:32:37.070 --> 00:32:38.050
  • limitations or any of that.
  • 00:32:38.050 --> 00:32:40.130
  • Our strength is founded in who
  • 00:32:40.130 --> 00:32:42.000
  • God is.
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  • The ability for us to stand
  • 00:32:43.290 --> 00:32:45.280
  • against the enemy doesn't come
  • 00:32:45.280 --> 00:32:47.230
  • in our own strength or in our
  • 00:32:47.230 --> 00:32:49.060
  • own power.
  • 00:32:49.060 --> 00:32:49.260
  • It comes in who Jesus is and
  • 00:32:49.260 --> 00:32:51.280
  • what Jesus is doing on our
  • 00:32:51.280 --> 00:32:53.150
  • behalf.
  • 00:32:53.150 --> 00:32:54.050
  • And it talks about us putting on
  • 00:32:54.050 --> 00:32:56.200
  • the whole armor, Ephesians 6,
  • 00:32:56.200 --> 00:32:58.280
  • all of it, the whole armor.
  • 00:32:58.280 --> 00:33:00.290
  • It's not like we can just pick
  • 00:33:00.290 --> 00:33:02.040
  • and choose parts of this.
  • 00:33:02.040 --> 00:33:03.290
  • We need to put on the whole
  • 00:33:03.290 --> 00:33:05.240
  • armor.
  • 00:33:05.240 --> 00:33:06.140
  • Every single part of it comes
  • 00:33:06.140 --> 00:33:07.250
  • together in order to enable us
  • 00:33:07.250 --> 00:33:10.000
  • to stand against the devil
  • 00:33:10.000 --> 00:33:11.210
  • and declare, "Not today,
  • 00:33:11.210 --> 00:33:13.060
  • in Jesus' name."
  • 00:33:13.060 --> 00:33:14.250
  • So it's important that
  • 00:33:14.250 --> 00:33:16.050
  • we implement all of it,
  • 00:33:16.050 --> 00:33:17.080
  • not just part of it.
  • 00:33:17.080 --> 00:33:18.160
  • So it speaks of the belt
  • 00:33:18.160 --> 00:33:19.270
  • of truth.
  • 00:33:19.270 --> 00:33:20.240
  • You know, a soldier's belt or
  • 00:33:20.240 --> 00:33:22.030
  • harness, it held all his weapons
  • 00:33:22.030 --> 00:33:24.010
  • and armor together.
  • 00:33:24.010 --> 00:33:25.130
  • And for the believer, it
  • 00:33:25.130 --> 00:33:26.170
  • is truth that holds all our
  • 00:33:26.170 --> 00:33:28.170
  • spiritual armor together.
  • 00:33:28.170 --> 00:33:30.060
  • It is our knowledge of truth,
  • 00:33:30.060 --> 00:33:31.240
  • knowledge of who God is,
  • 00:33:31.240 --> 00:33:33.120
  • knowledge of the victory
  • 00:33:33.120 --> 00:33:34.190
  • that is ours, knowledge of
  • 00:33:34.190 --> 00:33:35.290
  • the Word of God.
  • 00:33:35.290 --> 00:33:37.010
  • It is this truth that begins
  • 00:33:37.010 --> 00:33:38.230
  • to hold all of this
  • 00:33:38.230 --> 00:33:39.290
  • together for us.
  • 00:33:39.290 --> 00:33:41.050
  • So I wanna ensure the fact that
  • 00:33:41.050 --> 00:33:43.060
  • every single one of us, that
  • 00:33:43.060 --> 00:33:44.160
  • we secure this belt of truth,
  • 00:33:44.160 --> 00:33:46.240
  • that we hold onto the truth.
  • 00:33:46.240 --> 00:33:48.190
  • You know, the enemy is the king
  • 00:33:48.190 --> 00:33:50.080
  • of lies, the king of lies.
  • 00:33:51.030 --> 00:33:54.030
  • But Jesus calls himself the way,
  • 00:33:54.030 --> 00:33:56.030
  • the truth, and the life.
  • 00:33:56.030 --> 00:33:58.140
  • We cannot put on truth until we
  • 00:33:58.140 --> 00:34:00.050
  • have put our trust
  • 00:34:00.050 --> 00:34:01.050
  • in the one who is truth.
  • 00:34:01.050 --> 00:34:02.270
  • That's what faith is.
  • 00:34:02.270 --> 00:34:04.200
  • When we understand that Jesus
  • 00:34:04.200 --> 00:34:06.130
  • is truth, that Jesus is the Word
  • 00:34:06.130 --> 00:34:09.110
  • come to life, as we come to
  • 00:34:09.110 --> 00:34:11.100
  • faith, it's like putting on this
  • 00:34:11.100 --> 00:34:13.090
  • - Ben: When there is no peace,
  • 00:34:15.250 --> 00:34:16.210
  • that's when all of the fear and
  • 00:34:16.210 --> 00:34:18.140
  • the doubts and everything begin
  • 00:34:18.140 --> 00:34:19.220
  • to rise.
  • 00:34:19.220 --> 00:34:20.250
  • If we are called to stand firm,
  • 00:34:20.250 --> 00:34:22.120
  • come on, if we are called to
  • 00:34:22.120 --> 00:34:25.010
  • stand firm against the enemy, we
  • 00:34:25.010 --> 00:34:27.080
  • need to make sure that we don't
  • 00:34:27.080 --> 00:34:29.080
  • have feelings of fear and doubt
  • 00:34:29.080 --> 00:34:31.080
  • and everything else going on
  • 00:34:31.080 --> 00:34:32.170
  • inside of us, because
  • 00:34:32.170 --> 00:34:33.180
  • that's what's gonna
  • 00:34:33.180 --> 00:34:34.080
  • cause us to retreat.
  • 00:34:34.080 --> 00:34:36.080
  • - Ben: Secondly, it talks about
  • 00:34:40.280 --> 00:34:41.260
  • this breastplate of
  • 00:34:41.260 --> 00:34:43.040
  • righteousness, God's
  • 00:34:43.040 --> 00:34:44.150
  • righteousness like
  • 00:34:44.150 --> 00:34:45.290
  • a breastplate.
  • 00:34:45.290 --> 00:34:46.290
  • You know, the breastplate is
  • 00:34:46.290 --> 00:34:47.180
  • what protects the heart and
  • 00:34:47.180 --> 00:34:49.120
  • the vital organs.
  • 00:34:49.120 --> 00:34:50.240
  • And it's righteousness that's
  • 00:34:50.240 --> 00:34:52.070
  • gonna enable us to truly stand
  • 00:34:52.070 --> 00:34:54.260
  • against what the enemy
  • 00:34:54.260 --> 00:34:56.000
  • is trying to bring our way,
  • 00:34:56.000 --> 00:34:57.110
  • to protect our heart.
  • 00:34:57.110 --> 00:34:58.240
  • It's righteousness, and remember
  • 00:34:58.240 --> 00:35:00.290
  • the fact that "righteousness"
  • 00:35:00.290 --> 00:35:02.170
  • means "being right."
  • 00:35:02.170 --> 00:35:03.150
  • It means "being perfect."
  • 00:35:03.150 --> 00:35:04.170
  • It means "being without sin."
  • 00:35:04.170 --> 00:35:06.070
  • And in ourselves,
  • 00:35:06.070 --> 00:35:07.070
  • we cannot do that.
  • 00:35:07.070 --> 00:35:08.060
  • Romans teaches us,
  • 00:35:08.060 --> 00:35:09.080
  • "All of us have sinned.
  • 00:35:09.080 --> 00:35:10.190
  • All of us have fallen short
  • 00:35:10.190 --> 00:35:12.030
  • of the glory of God."
  • 00:35:12.030 --> 00:35:13.260
  • Our faith is in the fact
  • 00:35:13.260 --> 00:35:15.010
  • that God is righteous.
  • 00:35:15.010 --> 00:35:17.040
  • So the only way for us to be
  • 00:35:17.040 --> 00:35:18.180
  • righteous is by having faith
  • 00:35:18.180 --> 00:35:20.040
  • in God's provision, Jesus,
  • 00:35:20.040 --> 00:35:22.070
  • the one who died to take away
  • 00:35:22.070 --> 00:35:23.220
  • the sin of the world.
  • 00:35:23.220 --> 00:35:25.040
  • Our righteousness is found
  • 00:35:25.040 --> 00:35:26.150
  • in who Jesus is.
  • 00:35:26.150 --> 00:35:27.220
  • Can you say, "Amen"?
  • 00:35:27.220 --> 00:35:29.020
  • Romans 5, in verse 1, it says:
  • 00:35:29.020 --> 00:35:30.180
  • "Therefore, since we've been
  • 00:35:30.180 --> 00:35:31.190
  • made right in God's sight by
  • 00:35:31.190 --> 00:35:33.200
  • faith, we have peace with God
  • 00:35:33.200 --> 00:35:35.150
  • because of what Jesus Christ
  • 00:35:35.150 --> 00:35:36.220
  • our Lord has done for us."
  • 00:35:36.220 --> 00:35:37.230
  • But that's what Romans 5 says:
  • 00:35:37.230 --> 00:35:39.260
  • "We've been made right
  • 00:35:39.260 --> 00:35:41.000
  • in God's sight by faith."
  • 00:35:41.000 --> 00:35:42.150
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21,
  • 00:35:42.150 --> 00:35:44.070
  • it says: "For God made
  • 00:35:44.070 --> 00:35:45.120
  • Christ, who never sinned, to
  • 00:35:45.120 --> 00:35:47.050
  • be the offering for our sin,
  • 00:35:47.050 --> 00:35:48.210
  • so that we could be made right
  • 00:35:48.210 --> 00:35:50.080
  • with God through Christ."
  • 00:35:50.080 --> 00:35:51.280
  • Once again,
  • 00:35:51.280 --> 00:35:52.180
  • our righteousness isn't in what
  • 00:35:52.180 --> 00:35:54.060
  • we can do in and of ourselves.
  • 00:35:54.060 --> 00:35:56.060
  • Our righteousness is through
  • 00:35:56.060 --> 00:35:57.150
  • faith in Christ, the fact that
  • 00:35:57.150 --> 00:35:59.210
  • he is righteous.
  • 00:35:59.210 --> 00:36:01.110
  • So, we put the belt of truth on.
  • 00:36:01.110 --> 00:36:03.090
  • We put the breastplate of
  • 00:36:03.090 --> 00:36:04.260
  • righteousness.
  • 00:36:04.260 --> 00:36:05.170
  • It continues to talk about the
  • 00:36:05.170 --> 00:36:08.110
  • peace of the good news as
  • 00:36:08.110 --> 00:36:10.150
  • footwear, as protection for
  • 00:36:10.150 --> 00:36:12.100
  • our feet.
  • 00:36:12.100 --> 00:36:13.270
  • I read into this and read about
  • 00:36:13.270 --> 00:36:15.290
  • what warfare was like at this
  • 00:36:15.290 --> 00:36:17.100
  • point, that they would often lay
  • 00:36:17.100 --> 00:36:18.240
  • these traps on the ground, and
  • 00:36:18.240 --> 00:36:20.230
  • these, like, sticks that would
  • 00:36:20.230 --> 00:36:21.270
  • stab into people's feet.
  • 00:36:21.270 --> 00:36:23.070
  • They would have these certain
  • 00:36:23.070 --> 00:36:25.040
  • traps on the ground, and so they
  • 00:36:25.040 --> 00:36:26.160
  • would wear these footwear so
  • 00:36:26.160 --> 00:36:28.020
  • that they could continue to
  • 00:36:28.020 --> 00:36:29.150
  • march for whatever it was they
  • 00:36:29.150 --> 00:36:30.220
  • were marching for.
  • 00:36:30.220 --> 00:36:31.260
  • You know, when it comes to what
  • 00:36:31.260 --> 00:36:32.210
  • the enemy's trying to do to take
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  • us out or to discourage us or
  • 00:36:34.020 --> 00:36:36.020
  • undermine us, he's trying to
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  • disable us.
  • 00:36:37.000 --> 00:36:37.200
  • The Scripture here in Ephesians
  • 00:36:37.200 --> 00:36:38.100
  • is talking about us standing
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  • firm.
  • 00:36:39.010 --> 00:36:39.210
  • 1 Peter 5 talks about us
  • 00:36:41.030 --> 00:36:44.030
  • standing firm, standing our
  • 00:36:44.070 --> 00:36:47.070
  • ground.
  • 00:36:47.070 --> 00:36:48.040
  • I went snowboarding with my dad
  • 00:36:48.040 --> 00:36:49.210
  • years ago.
  • 00:36:49.210 --> 00:36:50.110
  • My dad starting snowboarding
  • 00:36:50.110 --> 00:36:51.130
  • when he was 50, legend.
  • 00:36:52.210 --> 00:36:55.210
  • I remember sitting on one of
  • 00:36:55.210 --> 00:36:56.250
  • these chair lifts with him.
  • 00:36:56.250 --> 00:36:57.280
  • Has anyone been to the snow,
  • 00:36:57.280 --> 00:36:59.010
  • skiing, or anything?
  • 00:36:59.010 --> 00:37:00.230
  • We're sitting on these chair
  • 00:37:00.230 --> 00:37:01.270
  • lifts, and it's not someone's
  • 00:37:01.270 --> 00:37:03.090
  • sitting there going, "Hey, just
  • 00:37:03.090 --> 00:37:04.130
  • so you know, this is what's
  • 00:37:04.130 --> 00:37:05.140
  • gonna happen," right?
  • 00:37:05.140 --> 00:37:06.250
  • You just see a line.
  • 00:37:06.250 --> 00:37:07.250
  • You jump in the line.
  • 00:37:07.250 --> 00:37:08.210
  • The next thing you know, you're
  • 00:37:08.210 --> 00:37:09.130
  • sitting on a chair.
  • 00:37:09.130 --> 00:37:10.080
  • You're high, you're like, "What
  • 00:37:10.080 --> 00:37:11.120
  • is going on?"
  • 00:37:11.120 --> 00:37:12.160
  • You get toward the top of the
  • 00:37:12.160 --> 00:37:13.180
  • chair lift, and on this
  • 00:37:13.180 --> 00:37:14.120
  • particular one, there was like
  • 00:37:14.120 --> 00:37:16.010
  • this hill that went down into
  • 00:37:16.010 --> 00:37:17.170
  • this big flat area.
  • 00:37:17.170 --> 00:37:18.270
  • So my dad's in the middle,
  • 00:37:18.270 --> 00:37:20.060
  • freaking out, 50-something years
  • 00:37:20.060 --> 00:37:21.250
  • of age, just learning to
  • 00:37:21.250 --> 00:37:22.210
  • snowboard, you know?
  • 00:37:22.210 --> 00:37:23.140
  • His foot's strapped in, one's
  • 00:37:23.140 --> 00:37:24.210
  • not, he's like, "What's going
  • 00:37:24.210 --> 00:37:25.200
  • on?"
  • 00:37:25.200 --> 00:37:26.100
  • And he's sitting on this chair.
  • 00:37:26.100 --> 00:37:27.040
  • I'm sitting on one side.
  • 00:37:27.040 --> 00:37:28.020
  • My brother's sitting on the
  • 00:37:28.020 --> 00:37:28.270
  • other side.
  • 00:37:28.270 --> 00:37:29.280
  • We're starting to laugh because
  • 00:37:29.280 --> 00:37:31.030
  • of how panicked Dad's getting.
  • 00:37:31.030 --> 00:37:32.290
  • And so he kinda gets to the top,
  • 00:37:32.290 --> 00:37:34.180
  • and we're like, "Look, just, all
  • 00:37:34.180 --> 00:37:35.280
  • you need to do is just stand
  • 00:37:35.280 --> 00:37:36.290
  • there, put your foot in it,
  • 00:37:36.290 --> 00:37:37.290
  • and just go until you stop.
  • 00:37:37.290 --> 00:37:39.070
  • It's easy, you know?
  • 00:37:39.070 --> 00:37:39.270
  • You'll be all right."
  • 00:37:39.270 --> 00:37:40.170
  • And so, he's panicking and
  • 00:37:40.170 --> 00:37:41.290
  • getting all anxious and weird.
  • 00:37:41.290 --> 00:37:43.140
  • And so, we get
  • 00:37:43.140 --> 00:37:44.100
  • to the top of this thing.
  • 00:37:44.100 --> 00:37:45.100
  • He stands there.
  • 00:37:45.100 --> 00:37:46.010
  • He puts his snowboard down, he
  • 00:37:46.010 --> 00:37:47.010
  • stands on the other one, and
  • 00:37:47.010 --> 00:37:48.120
  • he's going down this hill.
  • 00:37:48.120 --> 00:37:50.140
  • And I'm watching as he's
  • 00:37:50.140 --> 00:37:51.120
  • panicking and panicking, just
  • 00:37:51.120 --> 00:37:52.180
  • going straight ahead, and it's
  • 00:37:52.180 --> 00:37:54.000
  • not like we're going down the
  • 00:37:54.000 --> 00:37:55.100
  • mountain.
  • 00:37:55.100 --> 00:37:56.000
  • Like, it's not like he was going
  • 00:37:56.000 --> 00:37:57.100
  • fast.
  • 00:37:57.100 --> 00:37:58.000
  • Just like this.
  • 00:37:58.060 --> 00:38:01.080
  • But he's panicking because about
  • 00:38:01.080 --> 00:38:03.290
  • 15 feet from him is this
  • 00:38:03.290 --> 00:38:06.020
  • trashcan.
  • 00:38:06.020 --> 00:38:07.140
  • And so he can see this trashcan,
  • 00:38:07.140 --> 00:38:08.290
  • and he's like, "Ahh, ahh, ahh,
  • 00:38:10.090 --> 00:38:13.090
  • what should I--?"
  • 00:38:13.090 --> 00:38:14.030
  • Like, enough time to have
  • 00:38:14.030 --> 00:38:15.020
  • a conversation.
  • 00:38:15.020 --> 00:38:15.250
  • "What should I do?"
  • 00:38:15.250 --> 00:38:16.220
  • "Just stop, Dad, just stop."
  • 00:38:16.220 --> 00:38:17.240
  • "Ahh, ahh."
  • 00:38:17.240 --> 00:38:18.290
  • Sure enough, my dad,
  • 00:38:18.290 --> 00:38:20.140
  • on this snowboard, goes all
  • 00:38:20.140 --> 00:38:21.170
  • the way, ends up hitting this
  • 00:38:21.170 --> 00:38:23.040
  • trashcan, takes his legs out,
  • 00:38:23.040 --> 00:38:25.030
  • falls completely over, a
  • 00:38:25.030 --> 00:38:26.120
  • 50-year-old man just there, just
  • 00:38:26.120 --> 00:38:28.030
  • lying on this trashcan with his
  • 00:38:28.030 --> 00:38:30.040
  • board flailing, arms flailing, 1
  • 00:38:30.040 --> 00:38:32.080
  • foot flailing.
  • 00:38:32.080 --> 00:38:33.060
  • I'm like, "What is going on?"
  • 00:38:33.060 --> 00:38:35.250
  • Amazing moment.
  • 00:38:36.110 --> 00:38:39.110
  • You know, the idea of taking out
  • 00:38:39.110 --> 00:38:41.240
  • someone's legs, taking out
  • 00:38:41.240 --> 00:38:43.240
  • someone's feet, Scripture here
  • 00:38:43.240 --> 00:38:45.240
  • is talking about the fact that
  • 00:38:45.240 --> 00:38:47.060
  • it is the peace that we find in
  • 00:38:47.060 --> 00:38:49.080
  • the good news of Jesus Christ
  • 00:38:49.080 --> 00:38:51.080
  • that enables us to have peace,
  • 00:38:52.080 --> 00:38:55.080
  • peace.
  • 00:38:55.080 --> 00:38:56.280
  • I believe there are people here
  • 00:38:56.280 --> 00:38:58.030
  • and peace is something that is
  • 00:38:58.030 --> 00:38:59.120
  • distant from you right now, just
  • 00:38:59.120 --> 00:39:01.210
  • peace.
  • 00:39:01.210 --> 00:39:02.230
  • In the chaos of life, in the
  • 00:39:02.230 --> 00:39:04.050
  • turmoil of what's happening, in
  • 00:39:04.050 --> 00:39:06.250
  • the middle of storms or whatever
  • 00:39:06.250 --> 00:39:08.160
  • it is, it's just that peace is
  • 00:39:08.160 --> 00:39:10.030
  • so distant.
  • 00:39:10.030 --> 00:39:12.110
  • When there is no peace, that's
  • 00:39:12.110 --> 00:39:14.000
  • when all of the fear and the
  • 00:39:14.000 --> 00:39:15.100
  • doubts and everything begin to
  • 00:39:15.100 --> 00:39:16.210
  • rise.
  • 00:39:16.210 --> 00:39:17.140
  • If we are called to stand firm,
  • 00:39:17.140 --> 00:39:19.190
  • come on, if we are called to
  • 00:39:19.190 --> 00:39:21.280
  • stand firm against the enemy, we
  • 00:39:21.280 --> 00:39:24.050
  • need to make sure that we don't
  • 00:39:24.050 --> 00:39:26.050
  • have feelings of fear and doubt
  • 00:39:26.050 --> 00:39:28.050
  • and everything else going on
  • 00:39:28.050 --> 00:39:29.130
  • inside of us, because that's
  • 00:39:29.130 --> 00:39:30.170
  • what's gonna cause us to
  • 00:39:30.170 --> 00:39:31.210
  • retreat.
  • 00:39:31.210 --> 00:39:32.220
  • But it's the peace that is
  • 00:39:32.220 --> 00:39:34.020
  • founded in the gospel of
  • 00:39:34.020 --> 00:39:35.250
  • Jesus Christ that enables us to
  • 00:39:35.250 --> 00:39:38.190
  • hold our ground and stand firm
  • 00:39:38.190 --> 00:39:40.020
  • against what it is that
  • 00:39:40.020 --> 00:39:41.050
  • the enemy is doing.
  • 00:39:41.050 --> 00:39:42.120
  • So, we secure a belt of truth.
  • 00:39:42.120 --> 00:39:44.120
  • We put a breastplate of
  • 00:39:44.120 --> 00:39:45.280
  • righteousness on.
  • 00:39:45.280 --> 00:39:47.050
  • We secure our feet with
  • 00:39:47.050 --> 00:39:49.070
  • the peace that is in
  • 00:39:49.070 --> 00:39:50.200
  • the good news of the gospel.
  • 00:39:50.200 --> 00:39:51.120
  • Acts 10, if you want a Scripture
  • 00:39:51.120 --> 00:39:53.270
  • for peace.
  • 00:39:53.270 --> 00:39:54.190
  • The fourth thing we do is the
  • 00:39:54.190 --> 00:39:55.220
  • shield of faith, the shield of
  • 00:39:55.220 --> 00:39:58.040
  • faith, the shield of faith.
  • 00:39:58.040 --> 00:40:00.200
  • It talks about so that we can
  • 00:40:00.200 --> 00:40:02.030
  • deflect anything that the enemy
  • 00:40:02.030 --> 00:40:03.190
  • throws at us.
  • 00:40:03.190 --> 00:40:04.190
  • Once again, we've been reminded
  • 00:40:04.190 --> 00:40:06.130
  • today who the enemy is, but who
  • 00:40:06.130 --> 00:40:08.130
  • the enemy is not.
  • 00:40:08.130 --> 00:40:09.180
  • And whatever it is that he
  • 00:40:09.180 --> 00:40:10.210
  • throws at you, remind yourself
  • 00:40:10.210 --> 00:40:13.070
  • that you have a shield that can
  • 00:40:13.070 --> 00:40:14.210
  • deflect and block anything that
  • 00:40:14.210 --> 00:40:16.090
  • the enemy wants to throw your
  • 00:40:16.090 --> 00:40:17.170
  • way, this shield of faith, our
  • 00:40:17.170 --> 00:40:20.030
  • faith in the things of God, our
  • 00:40:20.030 --> 00:40:21.260
  • faith in his Word, our faith in
  • 00:40:21.260 --> 00:40:24.060
  • his promises.
  • 00:40:24.060 --> 00:40:25.120
  • Talks about putting on the
  • 00:40:25.120 --> 00:40:26.170
  • helmet of salvation, the helmet
  • 00:40:26.210 --> 00:40:29.210
  • of salvation.
  • 00:40:29.210 --> 00:40:32.100
  • In battle, the head is probably
  • 00:40:32.100 --> 00:40:34.030
  • the most exposed, vulnerable
  • 00:40:34.030 --> 00:40:35.240
  • thing out there.
  • 00:40:35.240 --> 00:40:37.080
  • And I don't think it's a
  • 00:40:37.080 --> 00:40:37.280
  • coincidence the fact that the
  • 00:40:37.280 --> 00:40:39.170
  • Word of God teaches us here that
  • 00:40:39.170 --> 00:40:41.100
  • it is salvation that is like a
  • 00:40:41.100 --> 00:40:43.050
  • helmet protecting us, protecting
  • 00:40:43.050 --> 00:40:45.050
  • our thoughts, protecting our
  • 00:40:45.050 --> 00:40:46.130
  • minds, protecting our decision
  • 00:40:46.130 --> 00:40:48.170
  • making.
  • 00:40:48.170 --> 00:40:49.090
  • It is salvation, knowledge of
  • 00:40:49.090 --> 00:40:50.270
  • salvation, knowledge of what God
  • 00:40:50.270 --> 00:40:52.070
  • has done for us, that enables us
  • 00:40:52.110 --> 00:40:55.110
  • to stand, in Jesus' name.
  • 00:40:55.180 --> 00:40:58.180
  • You know, it's interesting that
  • 00:40:58.180 --> 00:40:59.260
  • when it talks about taking
  • 00:40:59.260 --> 00:41:01.070
  • the helmet of salvation, they
  • 00:41:01.070 --> 00:41:03.000
  • use a different Greek word here
  • 00:41:03.000 --> 00:41:04.220
  • for that word "take"
  • 00:41:04.220 --> 00:41:05.270
  • than in the other verses.
  • 00:41:05.270 --> 00:41:07.090
  • It's a different Greek word.
  • 00:41:07.090 --> 00:41:08.150
  • This Greek word translates
  • 00:41:08.150 --> 00:41:10.070
  • as "receive" or "accept."
  • 00:41:10.070 --> 00:41:12.170
  • So, merely,
  • 00:41:12.170 --> 00:41:13.080
  • it is saying we receive
  • 00:41:13.080 --> 00:41:14.290
  • or we accept the salvation that
  • 00:41:14.290 --> 00:41:17.090
  • God made available to us.
  • 00:41:17.090 --> 00:41:18.280
  • It acts like a helmet that's
  • 00:41:18.280 --> 00:41:20.140
  • gonna help us to stand strong.
  • 00:41:20.140 --> 00:41:23.000
  • Talks about taking the sword
  • 00:41:23.000 --> 00:41:24.100
  • of the Spirit, the Word of God,
  • 00:41:24.100 --> 00:41:26.100
  • this two-edged sword
  • 00:41:26.100 --> 00:41:27.190
  • that cuts both ways.
  • 00:41:27.190 --> 00:41:29.090
  • We take that and we use the Word
  • 00:41:29.090 --> 00:41:31.170
  • of God as a sword to stand
  • 00:41:31.170 --> 00:41:33.120
  • against and to fight and attack
  • 00:41:33.120 --> 00:41:34.290
  • anything that the enemy
  • 00:41:34.290 --> 00:41:35.250
  • is trying to do.
  • 00:41:35.250 --> 00:41:37.190
  • Talks about praying
  • 00:41:37.190 --> 00:41:38.210
  • in the Spirit always.
  • 00:41:38.210 --> 00:41:39.240
  • Once again, I love this.
  • 00:41:39.240 --> 00:41:40.290
  • I want us to be a church that
  • 00:41:40.290 --> 00:41:42.080
  • knows what it is to pray in the
  • 00:41:42.080 --> 00:41:43.140
  • Spirit, a church that knows what
  • 00:41:43.140 --> 00:41:45.060
  • it is to pray in the Spirit.
  • 00:41:45.060 --> 00:41:47.070
  • And lastly, it talks about
  • 00:41:47.070 --> 00:41:48.130
  • us staying alert and being
  • 00:41:48.130 --> 00:41:50.130
  • persistent in praying for
  • 00:41:50.130 --> 00:41:52.100
  • all believers.
  • 00:41:52.100 --> 00:41:54.020
  • Once again, another thing that
  • 00:41:54.020 --> 00:41:55.090
  • I wanna ask our church
  • 00:41:55.090 --> 00:41:56.070
  • to take note
  • 00:41:56.070 --> 00:41:56.270
  • of. I want us to be alert.
  • 00:41:58.180 --> 00:42:01.200
  • I want us to be persistent
  • 00:42:01.200 --> 00:42:03.090
  • in praying for each other.
  • 00:42:03.090 --> 00:42:05.120
  • That's why I love our prayer
  • 00:42:05.120 --> 00:42:06.120
  • requests every week.
  • 00:42:06.120 --> 00:42:08.030
  • Not something just
  • 00:42:08.030 --> 00:42:08.230
  • to waste time.
  • 00:42:08.230 --> 00:42:10.090
  • It's committing to this.
  • 00:42:10.090 --> 00:42:11.140
  • This is how we stand firm
  • 00:42:11.140 --> 00:42:12.270
  • against the enemy, being
  • 00:42:12.270 --> 00:42:15.160
  • persistent in praying
  • 00:42:15.160 --> 00:42:16.250
  • for one another.
  • 00:42:16.250 --> 00:42:19.180
  • And I just think, when it comes
  • 00:42:19.180 --> 00:42:21.010
  • to who we are as the church,
  • 00:42:21.010 --> 00:42:22.220
  • that that's what this is,
  • 00:42:22.220 --> 00:42:24.200
  • our prayer for one another,
  • 00:42:24.200 --> 00:42:26.190
  • our commitment to pray for
  • 00:42:26.190 --> 00:42:28.020
  • our brothers and sisters,
  • 00:42:28.020 --> 00:42:29.020
  • to pray for those around you,
  • 00:42:29.020 --> 00:42:31.150
  • to pray for those that have not
  • 00:42:31.150 --> 00:42:32.290
  • yet walked into this place but
  • 00:42:32.290 --> 00:42:34.120
  • will soon by the grace of God,
  • 00:42:34.120 --> 00:42:36.070
  • that our commitment to pray for
  • 00:42:36.070 --> 00:42:37.240
  • another is what enables us as
  • 00:42:37.240 --> 00:42:39.180
  • a force to continue to stand
  • 00:42:39.180 --> 00:42:41.200
  • against the enemy, to ensure
  • 00:42:41.200 --> 00:42:43.230
  • that the victory is ours,
  • 00:42:43.230 --> 00:42:45.030
  • in Jesus' name.
  • 00:42:45.030 --> 00:42:48.020
  • So, with all of this said,
  • 00:42:48.020 --> 00:42:50.210
  • I want us to continue
  • 00:42:50.210 --> 00:42:52.180
  • to stand against the enemy.
  • 00:42:52.180 --> 00:42:54.190
  • And when it comes to our city,
  • 00:42:54.190 --> 00:42:56.140
  • when it comes to our families,
  • 00:42:56.140 --> 00:42:58.110
  • when it comes to our health,
  • 00:42:58.110 --> 00:42:59.170
  • when it comes to our longevity,
  • 00:42:59.170 --> 00:43:00.290
  • when it comes to our calling,
  • 00:43:00.290 --> 00:43:02.030
  • when it comes to our purpose,
  • 00:43:02.030 --> 00:43:03.260
  • come on, when it comes to
  • 00:43:03.260 --> 00:43:04.260
  • everything that God has for you,
  • 00:43:04.260 --> 00:43:06.080
  • then we know what it is
  • 00:43:06.080 --> 00:43:07.160
  • to stand firm against the enemy,
  • 00:43:07.160 --> 00:43:09.030
  • in Jesus' name.
  • 00:43:09.030 --> 00:43:09.250
  • You believe for that?
  • 00:43:09.250 --> 00:43:11.060
  • Why don't you stand
  • 00:43:13.070 --> 00:43:13.260
  • - Ben: Thank you so much
  • 00:43:16.270 --> 00:43:17.170
  • for taking the time
  • 00:43:17.170 --> 00:43:18.100
  • to join us today.
  • 00:43:18.100 --> 00:43:19.110
  • We really hope and pray
  • 00:43:19.110 --> 00:43:20.200
  • that that message spoke
  • 00:43:20.200 --> 00:43:21.210
  • directly to you.
  • 00:43:21.210 --> 00:43:22.140
  • And wherever you're at, whatever
  • 00:43:22.140 --> 00:43:23.250
  • you're going through, remember
  • 00:43:23.250 --> 00:43:24.250
  • the fact that God loves you
  • 00:43:24.250 --> 00:43:26.000
  • so much.
  • 00:43:26.000 --> 00:43:26.200
  • He's got such a great plan
  • 00:43:26.200 --> 00:43:27.210
  • for your life.
  • 00:43:27.210 --> 00:43:28.110
  • and I hope that
  • 00:43:30.120 --> 00:43:30.290
  • you can join us again soon.
  • 00:43:30.290 --> 00:43:33.140
  • Just one thing I ask
  • 00:43:33.190 --> 00:43:36.190
  • and this I will seek,
  • 00:43:36.190 --> 00:43:39.140
  • if only to know you.
  • 00:43:39.140 --> 00:43:42.120
  • To be where you are
  • 00:43:42.120 --> 00:43:44.130
  • and go where you lead,
  • 00:43:44.170 --> 00:43:47.170
  • my God, I will follow.
  • 00:43:47.250 --> 00:43:50.250
  • The things of this world
  • 00:43:50.250 --> 00:43:52.250
  • I've counted as loss.
  • 00:43:56.080 --> 00:43:59.080
  • I lay it all down to
  • 00:43:59.080 --> 00:44:01.140
  • 00:44:04.270 --> 00:44:04.280
  • '
  • 00:44:04.280 --> 00:44:04.290
  • 'Ca
  • 00:44:04.290 --> 00:44:05.000
  • 'Caus
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  • 'Cause
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  • 'Cause al
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  • 'Cause all
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  • 'Cause all I
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  • 'Cause all I kn
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  • 'Cause all I know
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  • 'Cause all I know
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  • 'Cause all I know
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  • - Brian: Well, I'm glad you've
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  • joined us on the Hillsong
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  • Channel, and I wanna ask you
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  • a question, a personal question.
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  • Have you ever made a conscious
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  • decision to surrender ownership
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  • of your life to the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ?
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  • Have you ever encountered him
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  • in a personal way?
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  • By that, I don't mean that you
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  • necessarily saw him, but you
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  • know that you know that there
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  • was a day when something
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  • changed, when something
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  • happened.
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  • Jesus came into your life.
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  • You see, the Bible says,
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  • "If you ask him into your life,
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  • he will come in
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  • and he will live in you."
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  • What a beautiful promise.
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  • Maybe at some point,
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  • you prayed a prayer like that,
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  • but somewhere along the way,
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  • you lost your way.
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  • Well, it's not as though
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  • God moves.
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  • He said, "I'll never leave you
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  • nor forsake you."
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  • I love the fact that
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  • he saves us, but the Bible
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  • never says he unsaves us.
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  • But we all make our own choices,
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  • and we can make choices that
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  • have us living dislocated or
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  • alienated from the center of
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  • God's will.
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  • I couldn't think of a more
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  • perfect time to come back and
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  • say, "Jesus, I need you in
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  • my life.
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  • I'm coming back to living out
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  • of an ongoing relationship
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  • with you."
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  • So I'm gonna lead you
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  • in a prayer.
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  • This is a prayer of salvation.
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  • If you'll pray this prayer
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  • along with me to the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ, I believe this
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  • can be your day.
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  • This can be the beginning of
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  • a brand-new chapter in your
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  • life with Jesus as your Lord
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  • and your Savior.
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  • So are you ready for that,
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  • ready to join me in prayer?
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  • Here we go: "Dear Jesus,
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  • I recognize my need of you.
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  • I thank you that you can bring
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  • salvation to my life.
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  • You can forgive me of my past
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  • failures and mistakes and give
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  • me a brand-new beginning
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  • and a brand-new start.
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  • So at this moment, I say, Jesus,
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  • come into my life.
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  • I recognize because of you, from
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  • this time, I'm a child of God,
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  • a new creation, a follower of
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • My sins are forgiven.
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  • It's a brand-new day.
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  • Thank you for your love
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  • and grace.
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  • Thank you for your forgiveness
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  • and mercy.
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  • I am a believer.
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  • Jesus is alive in me, amen."
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  • Now, if you just prayed that
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  • prayer from your heart, then
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  • could I encourage you to do
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  • whatever you can to get a Bible,
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  • get along to a great,
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  • life-giving local church where
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  • Jesus is proclaimed?
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  • And most of all, if you can
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  • connect with other believers,
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  • so much easier.
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  • Everything I have
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  • means nothing,
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  • Jesus, if you're not
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  • my one thing, everything
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  • I need right now.
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  • and this I will seek,
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  • if only to know you.
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  • To be where you are and
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  • go where you lead,
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  • my God, I will follow.
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  • The things of this world
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  • I've counted as loss.
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  • to take up this cross.
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  • 'Cause all I know is
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  • everything I have
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  • means nothing, Jesus,
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  • if you're not my one thing,
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  • everything I need right now.
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  • 'Cause all I want is
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  • everything you are and
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  • nothing, Jesus, if you're
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  • not my one thing,
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  • everything to me right now.
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  • And I'll sing whoa, whoa.
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  • I want nothing but to know
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  • you and to be with you,
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  • my God.
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  • And I'll sing whoa, whoa.
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  • And with everything
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  • within me,
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  • I will worship you, my God.
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  • 'Cause all I know is
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  • everything I have means
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  • nothing, Jesus, if you're
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  • not my one thing,
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  • everything I need right now.
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  • everything I have
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  • means nothing, Jesus,
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  • if you're not my one thing,
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  • everything I need right now.
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  • 'Cause all I want is
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  • everything you are and
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  • nothing, Jesus, if you're
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  • not my one thing,
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  • everything to me right now.
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  • And I'll sing whoa, whoa.
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  • I want nothing but to know
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  • you and to be with you,
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  • my God.
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  • And I'll sing whoa, whoa.
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  • And with everything within
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  • me, I will worship you,
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  • my God.
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  • And I'll sing whoa, whoa.
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  • I want nothing but to know
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  • you and to be with you,
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  • my God.
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  • And with everything within
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  • me, I will worship you,
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  • me, I will worship you,
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