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  • Dr. Michael Youssef:Discovering and using
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  • your spiritual gift is a must.
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  • Each believer has receivedat least one gift,
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  • and you might never see,until you get to heaven,
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  • what God has used you to doas you exercise your gift,
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  • how many miracles, how manyblessings that has taken place
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  • simply because you haveexercised your gift,
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  • just like the heartis pumping blood.
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  • Dr. Youssef: 1 Corinthianschapter 12.
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  • The King of all kings given tous as a spiritual birthday gift.
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  • Each received a verygenerous spiritual gift.
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  • Most of us have more thanone gifts
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  • from the King of all kings.
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  • There are some who havenever unwrapped their gift.
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  • There are some who still havethese gifts in a box,
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  • on a shelf somewhere,but the Scripture tells us
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  • that each believer hasreceived at least one gift,
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  • at least one.
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  • You were lavishedand blessed by the gift
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  • of the King of all kings.
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  • Lemme tell you that throughthe years of my ministry
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  • I have learned that the reasonmany believers don't unwrap
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  • their gift--and there aretwo in number, two reasons,
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  • that I've learnedthrough the years.
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  • As many of you know,I've traveled the globe,
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  • so I saw the church inevery facet in every one
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  • of the six continents.
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  • But the two reasons why peopledon't unwrap and use their gift,
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  • first there are somewho feel that their gift
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  • is not really importantin the scheme of things.
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  • It is not an important gift,and they look at others, say,
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  • "Oh, that's an important gift,
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  • but mine is reallynot important.
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  • The use of the gift," or gifts,"not gonna make any difference.
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  • It's not really gonna makea huge difference,"
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  • so they kinda sit ontheir blessed assurance.
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  • They think that their giftis not worthwhile at all,
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  • so they never use it.
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  • In fact, the Apostle Paul dealswith this kind of thinking
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  • in verses 15, 16, and 17.
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  • The second reason for why peopledon't use their gift is
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  • that some believers feelthat they are overqualified
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  • for their gift.
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  • They really do.
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  • I mean, I have watchedof how some just want
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  • the gifts of others.
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  • They're dissatisfied withthe gift that God gave them.
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  • They're not contentedwith the royal gift that
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  • the King of all kings gave them,so they ignore it.
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  • And they become depressedin life,
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  • and they don't know why,and Paul deals
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  • with that in verse 21.
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  • I want you to hear me out.This is important.
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  • God's Word rejectsboth of these excuses.
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  • Can I get an amen?It rejects.
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  • The Bible teaches that neitherthe alleged inferior gifts
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  • nor pride is pleasingto the Lord.
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  • None of them are pleasingto the Lord.
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  • I have discovered that thefollowing fable really applies
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  • to a lot of churches.
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  • The different membersof the body,
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  • the different organsof the body, got together
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  • in order to decide which organor which member of the body
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  • is the most important,and so the brain said, "Huh.
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  • Since I already coordinateevery function in the body,
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  • I am the logical choice to bethe most important organ
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  • in the body."
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  • But the heart reallystrongly objected,
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  • and the heart said, "Without mepumping blood through the body,
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  • none of you would be ableto function.
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  • Therefore, I am the mostimportant member of the body."
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  • At that moment, the eyes goa little bit uppity.
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  • "No way.
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  • Without us, the bodycannot see where it's going.
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  • We are the most importantmembers of the body."
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  • Well, the mouth, of course,would not be outdone.
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  • I think the gift of mouth isfor the preachers, but anyway,
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  • 'cause the mouth gets into gear,and it says,
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  • "I speak for the body.
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  • Therefore, I am the mostimportant member of the body."
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  • And that way one memberafter another began
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  • to declare why that member isthe most important.
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  • Finally, the neck spoke up,and the neck said,
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  • "You're all wrong.
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  • I am the most important member."
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  • Oh, of course, this infuriatedthe brain and the heart
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  • and the eyes and the mouth,and the brain said to the neck,
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  • "You, you don't doanything important."
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  • The heart said,"If you weren't there,
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  • we wouldn't even miss you."
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  • All of that attack, of course,caused the neck to get mad
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  • and furious and tensed up.
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  • Its muscles knotted up,and it began to exert
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  • the most excruciating painfor the whole body.
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  • So intense was the pain thatthe brain could not think,
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  • and the eyes got blurry andwatered and could not see,
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  • and the heart beganto work overtime,
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  • so hard, that it was skippinga beat every now and then.
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  • So after a week of this,all of the members of the body
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  • got together again, and they allagreed that the neck is
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  • the most important partof the body.
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  • So, what is the lessonof this fable?
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  • You don't have to be the heart,you don't have to be the brain,
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  • and you don't haveto be the lungs.
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  • All you need to be to beimportant is a pain in the neck.
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  • Now, let's look at whatthe Apostle Paul is saying here
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  • in chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians.
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  • He said to defeat ignorance,you have to have discernment.
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  • Verses 1 to 3.
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  • Secondly, he's sayingdiscovering and using
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  • your spiritual gift is a must.
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  • Verses 4 to 19.
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  • And thirdly, he's sayingfor a body to be healthy,
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  • for a body to be whole,every member of the body must
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  • stick to this, to their gift,to his or her gift.
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  • Now, let's look at thesevery quickly.
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  • Satan knows the importanceof spiritual gifts.
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  • He really understands it betterthan most Christians
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  • of how important the useof these spiritual gifts
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  • in the church are.
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  • He really does.
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  • He comprehends that.
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  • So, what does he do in orderto weaken the church?
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  • He produces counterfeit gifts.
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  • He produces look-alike gifts.
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  • He produces false gifts.
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  • And the Corinthian church,like some churches of today,
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  • they were seriously affectedby the counterfeit gifts.
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  • You say, "How can you tellthe difference between
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  • the gifts of the Holy Spiritand the counterfeit gifts?"
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  • Great question.
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  • I'm glad you asked it.
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  • Two words: the fruit.
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  • It's the fruit.
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  • The way to distinguish betweenthe counterfeit gifts
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  • and the giftsof the Holy Spirit,
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  • whether a person is exhibitingthe fruit of the Spirit or not.
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  • That's the way to do it,is the love, joy, peace,
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  • patience, kindness, goodness,faithfulness, gentleness,
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  • and self-control,
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  • because the counterfeit giftsproduces division and murmur and
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  • a critical spirit and refusal tosubmit to spiritual authority.
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  • The gifts of the Holy Spiritbuild up the body of Christ,
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  • while the counterfeit giftdestroys the body of Christ.
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  • The gifts of the Holy Spiritproduces harmony and unity
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  • and speaking the truth in loveto one another.
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  • The counterfeit gifts exhibitselfishness and self-promotion
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  • in the city of Corinth,where paganism was rampant,
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  • and therefore there weresoothsayers.
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  • There were divinationsand mystery religions,
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  • and these had all kindsof magical power to prove
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  • their claims, and withina very short period of time
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  • when the church was establishedin the city of Corinth,
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  • Satan showed up.
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  • Satan showed up, and he beganto muddy the spiritual water,
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  • as he always does,regarding biblical teaching
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  • in the church of Corinth.
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  • Here's a fact:whenever God is doing work,
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  • whenever God start doing work,Satan is always at the heels
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  • with counterfeit activities.
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  • Some of you might thinkthat Satan and his demons,
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  • they spend their time,invest their time and energy
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  • with the gangstersand the drug dealers,
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  • and they think that this isreally where Satan is.
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  • Please, please,please think again.
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  • They are not gonna wastetheir time on those
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  • who already belong to them.
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  • Why would they do this?
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  • No, listen to me.
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  • Satan and his demons spend mostof their time among Christians.
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  • They really do, particularlychurches that believes
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  • in the Word of God, and he workslowly but surely through
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  • non-discerning Christiansto undermine their confidence
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  • in the Word of God.
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  • He works slowly but surelyto bring doubt as to
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  • the uniqueness and the authorityof the Word of God,
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  • to bring doubt concerningthe teaching of the Scripture.
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  • From the very beginning,Satan's most famous words were,
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  • "Did God really say?
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  • Did God really say?"
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  • And, you see,once he brings that doubt,
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  • once he bring this doubtslowly but surely,
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  • all of a sudden the churchfinds itself a church,
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  • in full retreat frombiblical authority.
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  • The Bible says the antichristwill be performing miracles.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • He will be performing miracles.
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  • And think about this.
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  • Think about this with me.
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  • Think about Christiansthat you know who are--
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  • so easily get swept off theirfeet by something spectacular.
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  • Think about non-discerningChristians that you know
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  • who would be taken in line,hook, and sinker,
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  • when they seesomething spectacular.
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  • Hear me out, please.
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  • Satan understands how valuablethe spiritual gifts are,
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  • and that is why if he canget God's people confused and
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  • undiscerning, to get him to endup corrupting the whole church.
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  • And that is whyPaul said in verse 1,
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  • "Concerning spiritual gifts,brethren,
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  • I don't want youto be ignorant."
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  • How can you combat ignorance?
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  • By discernment.
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  • I'm gonna say some more.
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  • The second thing he says,verses 4 to 19,
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  • discovering and usingyour spiritual gift is a must.
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  • You're not doing anybodya favor.
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  • That is the natural responsein gratitude
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  • for receiving that gift.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • The quarrels, the factionalism,the divisions,
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  • the compromisingof biblical truth,
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  • the immorality, the abuseof Christian liberty,
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  • all of these thingswere happening in Corinth
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  • and the Corinthian churchbecause they were not
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  • discerning Christians.
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  • It is not surprising, therefore,that all of this had led them
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  • to be unhappy.
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  • They were unhappywith their spiritual gifts.
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  • They were discontented with it.
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  • They were envious, and they'rewanting somebody else's gifts.
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  • And they were pouting,looking down at their gifts that
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  • God gave them, and sit and say,"I'm not gonna get to do this.
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  • I'm not gonna do this."
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  • All of these thingsare sign of carnality,
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  • and that is why Paul's analogyof the physical body
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  • is vitally important.
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  • This was not justan off-the-cuff thing.
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  • This is somethingvery significant,
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  • very important in analyzingthe body, the human body,
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  • and relating itto the body of Christ,
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  • because in Corinth the personwho was an ear wanted
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  • to be an eye.
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  • And the eye wanted to be a hand,and the one who's a foot
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  • was placing it deeplyinto his mouth.
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  • This kind of attitude is affrontto the wisdom of God
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  • and the love of God.
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  • Why?
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  • Because whatthey are saying is this:
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  • "I don't like the gift thatthe Holy Spirit gave me.
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  • I don't like where theHoly Spirit has placed me.
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  • Unless I become a hand,I will not perform
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  • my function in the body."
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  • Beloved, this is affront to God.
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  • Has nothing to do with eventhe structure of the church.
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  • It's an affront to God himself.
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  • Every time you meet a critical,cantankerous Christians,
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  • you can be sure that heor she is not using
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  • their spiritual gift.
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  • Mark my word, because this isnot only affront to God,
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  • but it causes the body of Christto languish,
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  • which bring me tothe third point that he makes.
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  • You defeat ignoranceby discerning,
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  • use your spiritual gift isa must, and he says
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  • any healthy body has to haveall the members of the body,
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  • all the organs in the body,functioning.
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  • Now, I think many of youhave heard what I have heard
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  • through the years.
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  • They call itthe 80/20 principle.
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  • The 80/20 principle is that 20%of the people do
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  • all the serving,do all the ministry,
  • 00:16:00.441 --> 00:16:01.876
  • do all the giving,do all the sacrificing,
  • 00:16:01.909 --> 00:16:04.612
  • while 80% are just receiving.
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  • Any church that does not haveall the members using
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  • their spiritual gifts likeit's in the human body--
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  • the eye is there,but it's not functioning.
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  • You only function with one eye.
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  • Or the ears.
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  • Both of them are there,but one is not functioning.
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  • One is.
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  • Or the foot.
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  • One is functioning,the other one is not.
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  • Or the hands.
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  • One is functioning, one is not.
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  • Or as in the nose, if you geta blocked nose.
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  • See, these organs may be there,they may not be missing,
  • 00:16:36.077 --> 00:16:41.516
  • but they're not functioning.
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  • Just think about this in termsof the human body.
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  • See, the philosophy that says,"I am sufficient,
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  • and I need nobody else,"that is Satan's philosophy.
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  • Think about eventhis morning worship,
  • 00:16:52.126 --> 00:16:55.063
  • when you came in today for usto have a fresh encounter
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  • with the living Godas the body of Christ.
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  • Think about those who have beenworking hard during the week,
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  • those who workbehind the scenes,
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  • those who work on the front,behind the scenes.
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  • Some people, you cannot see.
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  • Without the faithfulnessof those who work and pray
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  • and give, this time of encounterwith the living God
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  • would not be possible,would not be what it is.
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  • None of us can fulfillour own ministry without
  • 00:17:23.825 --> 00:17:28.129
  • a mutual dependence oneach other, but there's more.
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  • There's more.
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  • The Word of God saying to usthat some of the hidden members
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  • like your heart andyour liver and your lungs,
  • 00:17:38.372 --> 00:17:46.147
  • they're hidden from view.
  • 00:17:46.180 --> 00:17:47.748
  • Nobody can see them,but they are the most
  • 00:17:47.782 --> 00:17:51.552
  • vital organs of your body.
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  • The people that you do not seeup front--listen to me.
  • 00:17:55.123 --> 00:17:58.192
  • The people that you do notsee up front are
  • 00:17:58.226 --> 00:18:00.761
  • the most vital membersof the body of Christ.
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • There are times in my life--and I--look, I have no--
  • 00:18:06.767 --> 00:18:11.639
  • nothing to hide, but there aretimes in my life
  • 00:18:11.672 --> 00:18:13.574
  • when I'm discouraged.
  • 00:18:13.608 --> 00:18:16.978
  • There are times in my lifewhen I am really doing
  • 00:18:17.011 --> 00:18:19.247
  • some real spiritual warfare,and the Holy Spirit says,
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  • "Remember this:you've been prayed for."
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  • My goodness, I can't tell youwhat that does.
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  • It's a transformationthat takes place in my life,
  • 00:18:29.190 --> 00:18:32.960
  • just knowing that somebodyis praying for you.
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  • Listen to me.
  • 00:18:36.264 --> 00:18:37.698
  • If you're a prayer warrior,you might never see,
  • 00:18:37.732 --> 00:18:41.135
  • until you get to heaven,what God has used you to do
  • 00:18:41.169 --> 00:18:46.240
  • as you exercise your giftof intercession and prayer,
  • 00:18:46.274 --> 00:18:50.378
  • how many miracles,how many blessings,
  • 00:18:50.411 --> 00:18:52.947
  • how many empowermentsand helps that has taken place
  • 00:18:52.980 --> 00:18:57.318
  • simply because you haveexercised your quiet gift,
  • 00:18:57.351 --> 00:19:00.922
  • just like the heart is pumpingblood and you can't see it.
  • 00:19:00.955 --> 00:19:06.027
  • You might never be visible,but you're a vital part of
  • 00:19:06.060 --> 00:19:10.097
  • the body of Christ, like a liveror the lungs to the human body.
  • 00:19:10.131 --> 00:19:17.405
  • There are some faithful, quiet,sacrificial givers
  • 00:19:17.438 --> 00:19:20.775
  • whom nobody will everhear about, including me,
  • 00:19:20.808 --> 00:19:25.646
  • but without whomthis global ministry
  • 00:19:25.680 --> 00:19:27.648
  • would not be taking place.
  • 00:19:27.682 --> 00:19:31.452
  • They may not be visible all, butI believe with all my heart--
  • 00:19:31.485 --> 00:19:34.689
  • and I have Jesus's Wordto affirm this.
  • 00:19:34.722 --> 00:19:37.458
  • They're gonna--in heaven,they're gonna have--
  • 00:19:37.491 --> 00:19:39.760
  • see thousands of peopleare gonna come to them,
  • 00:19:39.794 --> 00:19:42.230
  • and they're gonna thank them,and they'll say,
  • 00:19:42.263 --> 00:19:44.031
  • "Because ofyour sacrificial giving,
  • 00:19:44.065 --> 00:19:46.300
  • because of what you have done,I am now in heaven."
  • 00:19:46.334 --> 00:19:50.504
  • I'm convinced thatwithout these quiet,
  • 00:19:50.538 --> 00:19:53.541
  • behind-the-scenes ministriesthe body could not function
  • 00:19:53.574 --> 00:19:57.378
  • and the body could notbear fruit.
  • 00:19:57.411 --> 00:19:59.580
  • The body couldn't even exist,possibly, without you exercising
  • 00:19:59.614 --> 00:20:04.652
  • your spiritual giftsas a culture.
  • 00:20:04.685 --> 00:20:08.256
  • And we bemoan what happen to us,but thank God there are
  • 00:20:08.289 --> 00:20:12.827
  • 7.000 knees that have notbowed down to Baal,
  • 00:20:12.860 --> 00:20:16.230
  • despite of the disastrous thingswe see in the culture at large.
  • 00:20:16.264 --> 00:20:20.768
  • I can't imagine without thefaithful people who are praying
  • 00:20:20.801 --> 00:20:24.171
  • and giving and sacrificingand exercising their gift
  • 00:20:24.205 --> 00:20:28.042
  • where we'd be as a culture.
  • 00:20:28.075 --> 00:20:29.543
  • We'd be in a far worse situationthan we are now.
  • 00:20:29.577 --> 00:20:33.347
  • You've heard me say this,and I'm gonna keep saying it
  • 00:20:33.381 --> 00:20:36.984
  • until I experience it personallywhen I go home to glory.
  • 00:20:37.018 --> 00:20:40.988
  • Some of us who are visible,not visible just
  • 00:20:41.022 --> 00:20:45.092
  • in the local church but evenhave other visibilities,
  • 00:20:45.126 --> 00:20:49.130
  • with all my heart I believe thatthose of us who are visible
  • 00:20:49.163 --> 00:20:53.134
  • and have visible giftsare gonna be way,
  • 00:20:53.167 --> 00:20:56.370
  • way, way in the back in themarriage supper of the Lamb.
  • 00:20:56.404 --> 00:21:01.442
  • And there'll be nameless,faceless people sitting
  • 00:21:01.475 --> 00:21:04.612
  • right next to our Lord Jesus.
  • 00:21:04.645 --> 00:21:07.281
  • Beloved, listen to me.
  • 00:21:07.315 --> 00:21:08.816
  • It is faithfulness,not visibility,
  • 00:21:08.849 --> 00:21:11.485
  • that the Lord is looking for.
  • 00:21:11.519 --> 00:21:13.888
  • Let me repeat this.
  • 00:21:13.921 --> 00:21:15.990
  • It is faithfulness,not visibility,
  • 00:21:16.023 --> 00:21:18.125
  • that the Lord is gonna reward.
  • 00:21:18.159 --> 00:21:21.062
  • Let me share with you some factsthat I've read many years ago,
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  • and I'm fond of tellingbecause they make a point,
  • 00:21:26.167 --> 00:21:28.436
  • as I say this as I conclude.
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  • I am told thatin the United States
  • 00:21:31.305 --> 00:21:33.607
  • there are 768 shipsthat comprise
  • 00:21:33.641 --> 00:21:38.512
  • what referred to normallyas the Mothball Navy.
  • 00:21:38.546 --> 00:21:44.051
  • Now, these vessels apparentlyanchored in various harbors
  • 00:21:44.085 --> 00:21:47.288
  • around the country, and theyreceive regular maintenance.
  • 00:21:47.321 --> 00:21:53.160
  • The externals of these ships arepainted and repainted regularly.
  • 00:21:53.194 --> 00:21:59.567
  • The hulls are continuously beingbombarded by electronic impulses
  • 00:21:59.600 --> 00:22:04.238
  • to retard the processof rust and corrosion.
  • 00:22:04.271 --> 00:22:08.676
  • There are giant humidifiersthat constantly running
  • 00:22:08.709 --> 00:22:13.114
  • to keep the moisture contentof the air there
  • 00:22:13.147 --> 00:22:16.250
  • in those inner compartmentsto a proper level.
  • 00:22:16.283 --> 00:22:22.690
  • Now, mind you, while these shipscan be readied for combat
  • 00:22:22.723 --> 00:22:27.027
  • in a short period of time,but at the present time
  • 00:22:27.061 --> 00:22:30.164
  • they're just sitting theredoing absolutely nothing.
  • 00:22:30.197 --> 00:22:36.036
  • I remember the first timewhen I read this.
  • 00:22:36.070 --> 00:22:38.606
  • I was absolutely mesmerizedof how many of God's people
  • 00:22:38.639 --> 00:22:43.544
  • could be describedas a mothball Christians.
  • 00:22:43.577 --> 00:22:47.681
  • I pray to God not one personat the sound of my voice
  • 00:22:47.715 --> 00:22:50.951
  • comes under this category.
  • 00:22:50.985 --> 00:22:53.687
  • They're being held togetherthrough the ministry
  • 00:22:53.721 --> 00:22:55.890
  • of concerned believersand friends.
  • 00:22:55.923 --> 00:22:57.858
  • They do not attend churchand when they don't
  • 00:22:57.892 --> 00:23:01.228
  • that somebody will checkon them.
  • 00:23:01.262 --> 00:23:03.063
  • When they're discouraged theyneed somebody to pray for them.
  • 00:23:03.097 --> 00:23:06.133
  • They'll pray for themand minister to them,
  • 00:23:06.167 --> 00:23:08.202
  • but they themselves never usetheir spiritual gifts,
  • 00:23:08.235 --> 00:23:12.640
  • never minister.
  • 00:23:12.673 --> 00:23:15.776
  • Like the Mothball Navy, they aresnuggly harbor in the church,
  • 00:23:15.810 --> 00:23:24.385
  • receiving spiritual helpbut never ministering,
  • 00:23:24.418 --> 00:23:29.190
  • serving, or doing.
  • 00:23:29.223 --> 00:23:32.293
  • Beloved, if this describe you,listen to me.
  • 00:23:32.326 --> 00:23:35.196
  • I implore you, I implore youbefore God that you make
  • 00:23:35.229 --> 00:23:39.800
  • a decision to change today.
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  • Already fifteen more peoplehave been saved!
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  • toward the Bible.
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  • 00:25:46.427 --> 00:25:49.630
  • "This book is distorted."
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  • I prayed to God,"Lord, enlighten me!"
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  • Although he had never met meand didn't know me,
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  • a brother from yourFollow-Up team talked to me
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  • who baptized me.
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  • Now I wanna find the factsbefore falling into something.
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