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The Believer's Battle

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October 23, 2020
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In the first message of the Lost and Found series; “The Believer’s Battle;” Pastor Robert talks about Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son and discusses why believers sometimes get lost.

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: Andremember your soul is your mind,
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  • your will,and your emotions.
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  • So, your mind and your emotionsHe wants you to relate to him
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  • with your mindand your emotions.
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  • And he wants you to relateto His creation with your mind
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  • and your emotionsand your will.
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  • He wants you toenjoy His creation.
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  • Although he was indulgentand far from home,
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  • the prodigal son remaineda son while lost.
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  • It's possible for everybeliever to lack restraint
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  • in an area, experiencingan internal battle
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  • between soul and spirit.
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  • Join my pastor Robert Morrisas he describes
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  • how the believer's battleis in our soul being weaned off
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  • self-sufficiency,submitting to the spirit,
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  • and developing a tastefor the word of God.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I'm beginninga new series that is going
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  • to be great,just to let you know.
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  • Not because I'm speaking it,but because the Holy Spirit
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  • is speaking itto our church.
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  • But the name of the newseries is "Lost and Found:
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  • A Prodigal's Journey."
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  • And we're going to takeit all out of Luke 15.
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  • And you may think you'veheard everything there is about
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  • the prodigal son butthe things that the Lord
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  • is showing me about thisparable that Jesus told,
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  • are fantastic.
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  • And you'll see even by thisfirst message, the Lord's
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  • really gonna take ussomewhere in the next few weeks.
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  • So, I want to talk to youseriously about how all of us,
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  • all of us can become a prodigalin maybe even an area
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  • of our life.
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  • Maybe even justfor a short time.
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  • And how do we handlethat, alright?
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  • So, the title of the message
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  • today is "The Believer'sBattle."
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  • "The Believer's Battle."
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  • So, I asked you togo to Hebrews 5.
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  • I'm gonna read alittle bit of Luke 15.
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  • And we'll eventually readthe whole passage,
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  • but we'll look at parts of it.
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  • So, I just want to show you afew verses in Luke 15,
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  • where we're gonna getthe series from.
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  • Verse 11, "Then he said, "Acertain man had two sons.
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  • And the younger of them saidto his father, "Father give me
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  • the portion of goods thatfalls to me."
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  • So, he divided to them hislivelihood.
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  • And not many days after, theyounger son gathered all
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  • together, journeyed to a farcountry and there wasted
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  • his possessions withprodigal living.
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  • This is where we getthe prodigal son.
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  • Prodigal living.
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  • You probably don't use thatword in conversations every day
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  • and probably the onlytime you use the word prodigal
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  • is when you'rereferring to this passage
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  • of scripture.
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  • Would you agree with that?
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  • You probably don'tuse it very much.
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  • And so, I love to go to theGreek and see what's
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  • the Greek word.
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  • So, I'm gonna give you, theStrong's Exhaustive Dictionary.
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  • The definition of this wordprodigal, from the Greek,
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  • is a one-word definition andwhen I give it to you it will
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  • clear everythingup, alright?
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  • Here's what it means.
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  • And this is from the Strong'sExhaustive Concordant, alright?
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  • Dissolutely.
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  • That do it?
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  • Clears it all up doesn't it?
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  • Just makes it clear asmud to me, you know?
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  • So, I had no clue what theword dissolutely meant.
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  • And so, it's an adverb and Icouldn't even find
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  • it in the dictionary.
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  • I only found the adjectivedissolute with describes
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  • a person.
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  • Dissolutely would be theway the person is living.
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  • Dissolute would bedescribing the person,
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  • who is prodigal.
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  • Here's what Webster'sdictionary says about dissolute:
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  • A person lacking restraint,marked by indulgence in things.
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  • This is even Webster'sdictionary: such as drink
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  • or promiscuous sex.
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  • We understand that aboutthis son and that he probably
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  • had indulgencein those things.
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  • But the first part of thedefinition is what
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  • I want us to see.
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  • Lacking restraint.
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  • Now if we're honest, thereare -- is probably at least one,
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  • maybe two or threeareas where we lack restraint.
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  • All of us.
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  • Probably different but all.
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  • Y'all are looking at me realself-righteously.
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  • Stop it.
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  • Come on, is there an area inyour life you lack restraint
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  • in that area, it's a tougharea for you, you know?
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  • Well, the reason we have abattle, as believers,
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  • is because we're three parts:We're spirit, soul, and body.
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  • And let me show you a versethat has all three parts in it.
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  • Genesis Chapter 2:7 says,"Then the Lord God formed man
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  • of the dust of theground, so this is referring
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  • to his body, "andbreathed into his nostrils
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  • the breath of life."
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  • This is referring to hisspirit because this word breath
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  • is actually sometimestranslated spirit.
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  • It's the spirit of God thathe breathed into us.
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  • And man becamea living soul.
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  • There we are: body, spirit,and soul all in one verse.
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  • So why am I saying this?
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  • Well, it's important tounderstand God created our
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  • spirits to relate to Him.
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  • He created our bodies torelate to His creation.
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  • In other words with our bodieswe relate to His creation.
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  • He created our souls torelate to Him and His creation.
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  • And remember your soul isyour mind, your will,
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  • and your emotions.
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  • So, your mind and youremotions, He wants you to relate
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  • to him with yourmind and your emotions.
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  • And He wants you to relateto His creation with your mind
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  • and your emotionsand your will.
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  • He wants you toenjoy His creation.
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  • But He created yourspirits to relate to Him.
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  • Here's the problem, whenAdam and Eve died --
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  • pardon me when they sinned,their spirits died.
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  • If you remember God saidyou eat this and you die.
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  • Their bodies did not die.
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  • Their bodies didn't die,their souls didn't die,
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  • their minds didn't die,their emotions didn't die.
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  • They still had a soul.
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  • Their spirits died.
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  • Ephesians says before weaccept Christ we're dead,
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  • in trespasses and sin.
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  • We're dead.
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  • You're actually born on thisearth with a dead spirit.
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  • Your spirit does not comealive until you accept Christ.
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  • Your spirit comes alive.
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  • So, for years you learn torelate to God through
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  • only your soul.
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  • In other words, you relateto God through what you can
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  • understand about God, yourmind, how you feel
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  • about the situation, and whatyou desire to do.
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  • Are y'all with me?
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  • You learn to live a lifeand you make all
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  • of your decisions based on yourthoughts about that --
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  • about whatever it is, yourfeelings and your desires.
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  • And God never intendedyou to live that way.
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  • He intended you to livewhere your spirit is in charge.
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  • But the problem is we livefor years where our souls
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  • are in charge.
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  • This is thebeliever's battle.
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  • This is thebeliever's battle.
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  • So, let me tell you somethings about the soul.
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  • Alright?
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  • Here's number one,the soul is selfish.
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  • The soul is selfish.
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  • The soul's motto is protectnumber one, live for number one,
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  • watch out for numberone, you don't watch out
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  • for number one no one else will.
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  • The soul is selfish.
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  • The soul protects itself.
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  • The soul is made up again ofour minds, our wills,
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  • our emotions.
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  • Alright?
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  • So, it's only what we canthink, only what we can reason,
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  • only what we feel is right, andonly what we desire.
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  • But let me just take onepart of that, alright,
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  • to explain this to you.
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  • The mind.
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  • The mind is phenomenal.
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  • It's incredible.
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  • Your mind is better thanany computer you own.
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  • Now you don't think it is.
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  • I understand that but it is.
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  • Your mind has loggedeverything you've ever done,
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  • everything you've ever said,and everything that's ever
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  • been said to you, andeverything you've ever seen
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  • or experienced.
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  • Your mind has it.
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  • Now, you're thinking whereis it because I can't remember.
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  • It's in your subconscious.
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  • Have you ever said, "Ohwhat's her name
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  • it's on the tip of my tongue?"
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  • It's not on the tip of yourtongue, it's an expression,
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  • it's in your subconscious.
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  • It's there 'cause it'll cometo you right when you're
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  • trying to go to sleep.
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  • Cindy!
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  • You know, it just comes out.
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  • Okay, I remember now.
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  • OK.
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  • But the point is it'sin your subconscious.
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  • You're trying to bringit to your conscious.
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  • You see what I'm saying?
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  • So it's there.
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  • Your mind, in a millisecond,in a millisecond searches
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  • through all the files andassesses every situation
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  • that you're in.
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  • Every situation.
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  • Now listen to me, this iswhy you respond sometimes
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  • with insecurity.
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  • Now let me say thisagain, listen to me.
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  • This is extremely importantwhat I'm telling you because
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  • you assess severalsituations that are similar
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  • in which you felt insecure.
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  • So, you now feel insecurein that situation.
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  • This all comesfrom the soul.
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  • This is yourmind doing this.
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  • See your spirit says, "Layyour life down,
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  • turn the other cheek."
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  • Your soulsays, "Protect number one."
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  • So why am Itelling you this?
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  • I know this is funny.
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  • But why am Itelling you this?
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  • This is howstronghold works.
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  • That's why I'm telling you.
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  • This is how astronghold works.
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  • Why am I telling you this?
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  • Because this is thebeliever's battle.
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  • This is how, let me justname some strongholds,
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  • this is how lust works.
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  • Your mind is categorizedevery perverse thing
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  • you've ever seen.
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  • And you see something thatreminds you of that
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  • and you begin to havelustful thoughts.
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  • Please hear me thisis so important.
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  • This is so important.
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  • This is whybelievers fall away.
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  • This is why believers end upin a pig pen,
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  • when they're living in amansion.
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  • And they end upin a pig pen.
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  • Why?
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  • Because they havea stronghold.
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  • Stronghold's in your soul.
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  • You have to know that.
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  • See your spirit is saved.
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  • Your spirit is saved .
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  • If you accepted Christ.
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  • See this is the problem theydon't understand grace,
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  • they don't understand works.
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  • Here's the problem theydon't understand the finished
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  • work of grace in your spirit andthey don't understand
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  • the progressivework of grace in your soul.
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  • So you need to understand,the battle's in the soul.
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  • The only reason you everlose the battle is 'cause
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  • in your soul, there's a problemin your soul 'cause your soul
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  • is selfish.
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  • It is born selfish.
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  • That's why it needsto be converted.
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  • It needs to be renewed.
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  • It needs to be transformed.
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  • This is why people who don'tunderstand scriptures about
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  • the saving of the soul.
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  • Believe to thesaving of the soul.
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  • It has nothing to do withyour eternal destination.
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  • It has to do with your --the word saved comes
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  • from the Greek word sozo.
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  • It means making whole.
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  • Your spirit'sbeen made whole.
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  • That's a work of grace.
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  • If you think you're doingsomething to earn your
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  • way to Heaven, I feelso sorry for you.
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  • 'Cause you'll always have aworks mentality about you,
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  • and you'll have aperfectionism and a legalism
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  • and you'll have ajudgmentalism and a criticism
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  • about anybody who doesn't liveup to your standards.
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  • Alright so whatdo we do about it?
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  • Well here's number two, thesoul must submit to the spirit.
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  • The soul must submitto the spirit.
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  • Romans 9:12, it's talkingabout Jacob and Esau, it says,
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  • "It was said to her the oldershall serve the younger."
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  • Now, here's theonly reason I say this,
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  • God uses this as aprinciple in scripture.
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  • It's a principle thatused in scripture.
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  • The older shallserve the younger.
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  • It has nothing to do with firstborn so if you're first born
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  • and you say that's the way it isin my family.
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  • That's not what I'mtalking about, alright?
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  • The older shallserve the younger.
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  • Think about this.
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  • You come into this world andlet's say you live for 20 years
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  • before youaccept Christ.
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  • Who's in chargefor that 20 years?
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  • Your soul is.
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  • Your soul's in charge.
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  • And then you get born againor literally from the Greek,
  • 00:13:42.180 --> 00:13:46.217
  • John 3, it would be bettertranslated, born from above.
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  • Born spiritually.
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  • Born of the spirit.
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  • And your spirit comes alive.
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  • That's whatEphesians 2 tell us.
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  • Your spirit comes alive.
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  • It was dead and trespassedand sin and He made us alive.
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  • That's your spirit.
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  • So your spirit comes alive.
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  • So your soul's been incharge for 20 years
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  • and then you get saved, yourspirit comes alive.
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  • So which one thenwould be the older?
  • 00:14:11.709 --> 00:14:15.313
  • The soul.
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  • Which one wouldbe the younger?
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  • The spirit.
  • 00:14:18.449 --> 00:14:19.684
  • What does the bible say?
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  • The older shallserve the younger.
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  • See the soul needsto serve the spirit.
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  • Submit to the spirit.
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  • So here's what happened, youget saved and your spirit says
  • 00:14:28.359 --> 00:14:30.862
  • to your soul,"I'm in charge now.
  • 00:14:30.962 --> 00:14:36.701
  • We're gonna dothings God's way."
  • 00:14:36.801 --> 00:14:38.937
  • And your soul, being thesweet, kind, compassionate,
  • 00:14:39.037 --> 00:14:42.173
  • humble person that he is,says, "OK." No, your soul says,
  • 00:14:42.273 --> 00:14:49.147
  • "Not without a fight pal."
  • 00:14:49.247 --> 00:14:53.051
  • And that's where the fight is.
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  • Are you gonna respond the wayyour soul, the way your mind,
  • 00:14:55.653 --> 00:14:59.590
  • your emotions tells you torespond or are you gonna respond
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  • the way that Jesus would respondin that situation?
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  • So what you've got to do isyou've got to feed your spirit.
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  • Your spirit'sgot to grow up.
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  • Let me show you how Davidtalks about this battle.
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  • Psalms 131.
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  • We'll get toHebrews 5 later.
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  • Psalms 131:2 says,"surely Ihave calmed and quieted my soul.
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  • Like a weaned childwith its mother.
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  • Like a weaned childis my soul within me."
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  • Ok, he gives us a clue, youhave to wean your soul.
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  • The only way you can calmand quiet your soul
  • 00:15:34.892 --> 00:15:36.494
  • is to wean your soul.
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  • Everyone followingme on that?
  • 00:15:38.029 --> 00:15:39.030
  • Ok, so how doyou wean a child?
  • 00:15:39.130 --> 00:15:42.300
  • You take him off of milk puthim on solid food, right?
  • 00:15:42.400 --> 00:15:45.436
  • Alright we'll get to Hebrews5, one more verse but let me
  • 00:15:45.536 --> 00:15:48.373
  • show you this one first.
  • 00:15:48.473 --> 00:15:49.707
  • 1 Corinthians 3:1 and I Brethrencould not speak to you as
  • 00:15:49.807 --> 00:15:52.910
  • spiritual, spiritual, spiritual,people, but as to carnal.
  • 00:15:53.011 --> 00:15:58.649
  • As babes in Christ I fed youwith milk not with solid food.
  • 00:15:58.750 --> 00:16:03.788
  • Now Hebrews 5.
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  • Here's Hebrews 5:12 forthough by this time you ought
  • 00:16:05.957 --> 00:16:08.192
  • to be teachers, but you needsomeone to teach you again
  • 00:16:08.292 --> 00:16:11.429
  • the first principles of theoracles of God.
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  • And you come to memilk not solid food.
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  • For everyone who partakesonly of milk is unskilled
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  • in the word of righteousnessfor he is a babe or baby.
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  • But solid food belongs tothose who are full aged.
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  • That is those who by reasonuse and have the senses
  • 00:16:29.047 --> 00:16:33.051
  • exercised to discernboth good and evil.
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  • Alright so let meask you a question.
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  • If you've got to wean yoursoul, what happens when
  • 00:16:37.188 --> 00:16:42.393
  • you try to wean a baby?
  • 00:16:42.493 --> 00:16:45.029
  • It throws a fit doesn't he?
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  • He throws a fit andhe cries, right?
  • 00:16:46.597 --> 00:16:48.966
  • OK, do you know what's gonnahappen when you try to wean
  • 00:16:49.067 --> 00:16:51.035
  • your soul?
  • 00:16:51.135 --> 00:16:52.336
  • He's gonna throw a fitand he's gonna cry.
  • 00:16:52.437 --> 00:16:56.340
  • Why does a baby cry whenyou try to wean him?
  • 00:16:56.441 --> 00:16:59.444
  • Because he thinks you'retrying to kill him.
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  • You're taking away the onlyfood source he's ever known.
  • 00:17:06.517 --> 00:17:10.254
  • So, he thinks you'retrying to kill him.
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  • Let me explain somethingthough, in the case of the soul,
  • 00:17:11.956 --> 00:17:15.827
  • he's right.
  • 00:17:15.927 --> 00:17:19.597
  • And that's point numberthree, the soul must die.
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  • The soul must die.
  • 00:17:24.836 --> 00:17:28.473
  • You're saying, "Mysoul has to die?"
  • 00:17:28.573 --> 00:17:29.907
  • Mmm Hmm.Die to self.
  • 00:17:30.007 --> 00:17:32.477
  • Your selfishthoughts need to die.
  • 00:17:32.577 --> 00:17:35.646
  • Here you go -- I amcrucified with Christ.
  • 00:17:35.746 --> 00:17:40.218
  • Yeah, you need to die.
  • 00:17:40.318 --> 00:17:41.385
  • It's all throughChristian Theology.
  • 00:17:41.486 --> 00:17:43.121
  • We need to die to self.
  • 00:17:43.221 --> 00:17:45.556
  • OK, so if you're in Hebrews5 we need to go back one page,
  • 00:17:45.656 --> 00:17:47.992
  • Hebrews 4.
  • 00:17:48.092 --> 00:17:49.193
  • Verse 12's a realfamous verse.
  • 00:17:49.293 --> 00:17:51.195
  • But I don't think weunderstand it 'cause --
  • 00:17:51.295 --> 00:17:53.264
  • I think we do understandit but I don't think
  • 00:17:53.364 --> 00:17:54.799
  • we understand verse 13.
  • 00:17:54.899 --> 00:17:56.334
  • So I'll get to that.
  • 00:17:56.434 --> 00:17:57.502
  • Hebrews 4:12, "Says for theword of God is living
  • 00:17:57.602 --> 00:18:00.204
  • and powerful, sharper than anytwo-edged sword, piercing
  • 00:18:00.304 --> 00:18:04.175
  • even to the division."
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  • The division of what?
  • 00:18:06.978 --> 00:18:09.547
  • Soul and Spirit.
  • 00:18:09.647 --> 00:18:12.116
  • What you think andwhat God thinks.
  • 00:18:12.216 --> 00:18:14.552
  • "And of joint and marrow thediscernment of thoughts
  • 00:18:14.652 --> 00:18:16.521
  • and intents of the heart,"and, and, no one seems
  • 00:18:16.621 --> 00:18:20.791
  • to connect verse 13 to verse12, " and there is no creature
  • 00:18:20.892 --> 00:18:24.695
  • hidden from his sight but allthings are naked
  • 00:18:24.795 --> 00:18:26.998
  • and open to the eyes of Him towhom we must give account."
  • 00:18:27.098 --> 00:18:30.902
  • Now let me tell yousomething about this word open.
  • 00:18:31.002 --> 00:18:32.870
  • Now remember that -- theword of God is called a sword.
  • 00:18:32.970 --> 00:18:37.775
  • In verse 12 it'scalled a sword.
  • 00:18:37.875 --> 00:18:39.510
  • Ok?
  • 00:18:39.610 --> 00:18:40.745
  • Ok, let me tell you whatthis word open is in the Greek.
  • 00:18:40.845 --> 00:18:43.347
  • Trachilitos.
  • 00:18:43.447 --> 00:18:45.383
  • Trachilitos.
  • 00:18:45.483 --> 00:18:47.351
  • Now you can figure out lotsof Greek words if you think
  • 00:18:47.451 --> 00:18:52.523
  • about the English.
  • 00:18:52.623 --> 00:18:53.858
  • Like graphy is graph.
  • 00:18:53.958 --> 00:18:56.694
  • So, it's a writing.
  • 00:18:56.794 --> 00:18:57.995
  • Logos, logic.
  • 00:18:58.095 --> 00:19:00.031
  • Alright sotrachilitos, trachea.
  • 00:19:00.131 --> 00:19:04.202
  • Trachea, what doesthat refer to?
  • 00:19:04.302 --> 00:19:05.836
  • Trachea the wind pipe.
  • 00:19:05.937 --> 00:19:08.072
  • Alright now, let me --trachea that's the good part,
  • 00:19:08.172 --> 00:19:11.976
  • the throat, -litosthat's where the word goes
  • 00:19:12.076 --> 00:19:13.578
  • kinda bad, OK?
  • 00:19:13.678 --> 00:19:15.947
  • So let me show -- let metell you what this word means.
  • 00:19:16.047 --> 00:19:18.249
  • It means to bend back theneck of a victim to be slain.
  • 00:19:18.349 --> 00:19:24.555
  • Listen, to expose the gulletof a person to kill him.
  • 00:19:24.655 --> 00:19:33.497
  • OK, listen.
  • 00:19:33.598 --> 00:19:34.665
  • God has big plansfor your soul.
  • 00:19:34.765 --> 00:19:47.044
  • That's what theword of God does.
  • 00:19:47.144 --> 00:19:49.447
  • It says, "No Robert, don'trespond that way
  • 00:19:49.547 --> 00:19:51.716
  • that's your soul.
  • 00:19:51.816 --> 00:19:53.050
  • You respond this way."
  • 00:19:53.150 --> 00:19:55.186
  • Are y'all -- doy'all follow me?
  • 00:19:55.286 --> 00:19:58.022
  • This is whypeople go astray.
  • 00:19:58.122 --> 00:19:59.490
  • This is why believersgo astray.
  • 00:19:59.590 --> 00:20:01.525
  • 'Cause they don't let thesword divide between
  • 00:20:01.626 --> 00:20:03.828
  • their soul and spirit.
  • 00:20:03.928 --> 00:20:06.030
  • Matthew 16:24-25, Jesus saidto his disciples,
  • 00:20:06.130 --> 00:20:09.500
  • "Anyone who desires to comesafter me, let him deny himself
  • 00:20:09.600 --> 00:20:12.169
  • and take up his cross."
  • 00:20:12.270 --> 00:20:14.972
  • Just want you to knowit's the word his.
  • 00:20:15.072 --> 00:20:17.675
  • I'm gonna comeback to that,
  • 00:20:17.775 --> 00:20:18.843
  • "and follow me.
  • 00:20:18.943 --> 00:20:20.044
  • For whoever desires to savehis life", that Greek word
  • 00:20:20.144 --> 00:20:23.481
  • here for life is psuche, whichis where we get the word psyche,
  • 00:20:23.581 --> 00:20:27.318
  • it means soul,
  • 00:20:27.418 --> 00:20:28.419
  • "Whoever desires to save hissoul will lose it,
  • 00:20:28.519 --> 00:20:30.621
  • whoever loses his soul for mysake will find it."
  • 00:20:30.721 --> 00:20:34.325
  • Alright.
  • 00:20:34.425 --> 00:20:35.593
  • Have you ever heard thesaying Jesus went to the cross,
  • 00:20:35.693 --> 00:20:37.895
  • so you wouldn't have to?
  • 00:20:37.995 --> 00:20:39.797
  • OK, I have a problem withthat saying, because what this
  • 00:20:39.897 --> 00:20:44.101
  • says if you want tofollow me take up your cross.
  • 00:20:44.201 --> 00:20:49.106
  • So apparently, Ihave to die too.
  • 00:20:49.206 --> 00:20:53.811
  • Luke 9:23, He said to themall, this is Jesus,
  • 00:20:53.911 --> 00:20:57.381
  • "If anyone desires to comeafter me let him deny himself",
  • 00:20:57.481 --> 00:21:00.785
  • watch this now, watch He's gonnatake it a step further,
  • 00:21:00.885 --> 00:21:03.287
  • "and take up his crossdaily."
  • 00:21:03.387 --> 00:21:06.290
  • Why'd you have to put the worddaily in there?
  • 00:21:06.390 --> 00:21:11.862
  • Look, 1 Corinthians 15:31,Paul said, "I die daily."
  • 00:21:11.962 --> 00:21:18.369
  • Do you think that meanshe got saved every day?
  • 00:21:18.469 --> 00:21:20.204
  • No.
  • 00:21:20.304 --> 00:21:22.440
  • It means he crucifiedhimself every day.
  • 00:21:22.540 --> 00:21:24.141
  • His soul.
  • 00:21:24.241 --> 00:21:26.043
  • Say, "I just want to walk downthe aisle one time preacher."
  • 00:21:26.143 --> 00:21:29.013
  • It doesn't workthat way, it's an every day.
  • 00:21:29.113 --> 00:21:32.717
  • You come to thecross every day.
  • 00:21:32.817 --> 00:21:34.085
  • I beg you.
  • 00:21:34.185 --> 00:21:35.653
  • I beseech you bythe mercies of God.
  • 00:21:35.753 --> 00:21:38.856
  • That your present your bodyas a living sacrifice.
  • 00:21:38.956 --> 00:21:42.326
  • Holy and acceptable unto Godwhich is your
  • 00:21:42.426 --> 00:21:44.295
  • reasonable service.
  • 00:21:44.395 --> 00:21:46.897
  • And don't be conformed tothe world but be transformed
  • 00:21:46.997 --> 00:21:49.200
  • by the renewingof your mind.
  • 00:21:49.300 --> 00:21:52.303
  • See it -- I don't know ifI'm making myself clear or not
  • 00:21:52.403 --> 00:21:54.939
  • I really don't.
  • 00:21:55.039 --> 00:21:57.141
  • Why would a believer, whywould a believer,
  • 00:21:57.241 --> 00:21:59.410
  • ever leave the family of God andgo live in a pig pen?
  • 00:21:59.510 --> 00:22:06.617
  • Because he's not inthis book every day.
  • 00:22:06.717 --> 00:22:10.721
  • And he's feeding his soulinstead of his spirit.
  • 00:22:10.821 --> 00:22:15.359
  • Alright, here's the lastthing that I'm gonna tell ya.
  • 00:22:15.459 --> 00:22:18.162
  • I was on sabbatical, theLord started dealing with me.
  • 00:22:18.262 --> 00:22:25.870
  • And then it was actuallywhen I came back from sabbatical
  • 00:22:25.970 --> 00:22:29.306
  • that the Lord spoke to me reallyclearly one day and he said,
  • 00:22:29.407 --> 00:22:31.542
  • "You've gotten in a real badhabit."
  • 00:22:31.642 --> 00:22:36.046
  • And I said, " Whatdo you mean, Lord?"
  • 00:22:36.147 --> 00:22:38.983
  • And he said, I've neverheard this phrase before
  • 00:22:39.083 --> 00:22:40.785
  • the Lord made it up I guess.
  • 00:22:40.885 --> 00:22:44.388
  • He said, "You're havingdrive-through quiet times."
  • 00:22:44.488 --> 00:22:51.996
  • Fast-food quiet times.
  • 00:22:52.096 --> 00:22:56.066
  • He said, "You used to spenda lot more time with me."
  • 00:22:56.167 --> 00:23:01.539
  • He said, "I just want tospend time with you.
  • 00:23:01.639 --> 00:23:04.575
  • No agenda, no message toprepare, no church to pray over,
  • 00:23:04.675 --> 00:23:09.447
  • I just want just you and me."
  • 00:23:09.547 --> 00:23:13.851
  • So I said, "Lord, I'm sorry."
  • 00:23:13.951 --> 00:23:14.952
  • And so, I setsome time aside and more time
  • 00:23:15.052 --> 00:23:17.054
  • to start having thosetimes with the Lord.
  • 00:23:17.154 --> 00:23:20.157
  • Very first day I'm in thereand the Lord reminded me.
  • 00:23:20.257 --> 00:23:22.560
  • Said, "Do you remember, whenyou were 30 years old is when
  • 00:23:22.660 --> 00:23:26.397
  • I really taught you howto have quiet time."
  • 00:23:26.497 --> 00:23:28.199
  • I'm starting to have alot of headaches.
  • 00:23:28.299 --> 00:23:30.768
  • And I'd gone to doctors,nobody could figure it out.
  • 00:23:30.868 --> 00:23:35.005
  • I was having my quiet timeone morning and the Lord
  • 00:23:35.105 --> 00:23:37.308
  • said to me, "You think I knowwhy you're having headaches?"
  • 00:23:37.408 --> 00:23:42.112
  • I said, "Yeah I do."
  • 00:23:42.213 --> 00:23:44.915
  • He said, "Let me tell you why."
  • 00:23:45.015 --> 00:23:47.251
  • He said, "Because you're notreally spending time with me.
  • 00:23:47.351 --> 00:23:50.621
  • You're coming in to mein the mornings and you're
  • 00:23:50.721 --> 00:23:51.956
  • giving me your to-do list.
  • 00:23:52.056 --> 00:23:57.061
  • And then you leave.
  • 00:23:57.161 --> 00:23:58.996
  • But you're not spendingtime with Me", and He said,
  • 00:23:59.096 --> 00:24:01.198
  • "Stress and sin snowball."That's what he said to me.
  • 00:24:01.298 --> 00:24:08.038
  • "If you don't deal withstress and sin, every day,
  • 00:24:08.138 --> 00:24:11.108
  • it's gonna snowball on you."And so, when I started again
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  • putting a little more timeaside, I'm talking about not
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  • that long ago.
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  • The Lord said, "youremember that?"
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  • I said, "Yeah."
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  • He said, "What I was telling youwas it adds up."
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  • I said, "I can see that."
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  • Well I felt like he told me toread in the message bible during
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  • my quiet time.
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  • So he said, "I want you togo look at Psalms 32 today."
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  • So I went and read it and Ijust want to show you one verse.
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  • Psalm 32:6 says, "Thesethings add up, every one of us
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  • needs to pray."
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  • "These things add up, every oneof us needs to pray.
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  • "Here's the reason I'm preachingthis to ya.
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  • I don't want youto be a prodigal.
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  • I don't want tobe a prodigal.
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  • This is the battle.
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  • The battle is, are we gonnalet the word of God divide
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  • between our thoughts andbetween God's thoughts?
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I am so excitedabout this series.
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  • And I want to do something Inormally don't do and that
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  • is that I want to encourageyou to call
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  • and order this series.
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  • God led me to put so muchcontent into each message
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  • that we actually had to editsome of it out simply
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  • for the television program.
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  • And I really want you to beable to hear what the Lord
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  • is showing us through the"Lost and Found" series.
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  • Thank you so much for watchingand I'll see you next week.
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  • ANNOUNCER: One of Jesus' mostfamous parables
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  • is about the story of a waywardson and the incredible love
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  • of his father.
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  • But do you know what Jesuswas really trying to say to us
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  • through this story?
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  • Pastor Robert explainsthis and shares the deep
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  • and comforting truths aboutthe battles all of us face
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  • in his series,"Lost and Found".
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  • We want you to have a copyof "Lost and Found",
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  • and we'll send youthe series on CD,
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  • Fill your day with worshipas you listen to songs like
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  • "Let the Heavens Open",and "We Bow Low".
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  • Be sure to get a copyof these resources for yourself
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  • or for someone you love,and don't miss out
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  • on the powerfulinsight Pastor Robert shares
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  • from the parableof the Prodigal Son.
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  • Visit us today atPastorRobert.com
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  • We look forward to hearingfrom you, and as always,
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  • of Pastor RobertMorris ministries.
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  • - ANNOUNCER: Recently it wasestimated that there are
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  • at least 30 million committedChristians in America
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  • who do not regularly votetheir beliefs.
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  • And, almost every majorelection in America
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  • has been decided by lessthan a third of that.
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  • You have the abilityto make a difference,
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  • so visit VoteUnderGod.comand get all of the resources
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Registerto vote, pray, and then vote.
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