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The Best of Pastor Robert: Under the Influence

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January 6, 2020
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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The Best of Pastor Robert: Under the Influence

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  • Do we need discipleship, or deliverance?
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  • Here's the answer: Yes.
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  • Because you can't cast out the flesh.
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  • And you can't disciple a demon.
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  • Are y'all following me?
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  • ROBERT: John 8:36 says,
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  • "He whom the Son makes free is free indeed."
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  • "He whom the Son makes free is free indeed."
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  • And I want you to understand something
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  • as we begin this series.
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  • I can't tell you how important I think it is
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  • that you are here for this.
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  • Satan will do everything he can to keep you
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  • from hearing this series.
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  • Because he does not want to get caught.
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  • And when a thief is caught, he has to restore
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  • what he has stolen, seven-fold.
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  • That's scripture.
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  • That's Proverbs.
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  • I'm not making that up.
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  • He doesn't want to get caught, and most believers
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  • are not free indeed.
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  • Because they don't believe that they can indeed be in bondage.
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  • And when Jesus makes this statement in John 8:36,
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  • he's actually speaking to believers.
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  • He's talking to those Jews -- John 8:31 says,
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  • "Who believed in Him."
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  • We're going to read the whole story.
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  • I started to just read the first part, and then the end.
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  • And I thought, no, the story's too good to leave out any.
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  • So we're going to read the whole story.
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  • Alright? Mark 5:1.
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  • "Then they came to him -- then they came to the other side
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  • of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes."
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  • This is the city of Gadara.
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  • So they called it the Gadarenes that lived there.
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  • "And when he had come out of the boat, immediately there met
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  • him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit," --
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  • now, this is one of the ways the Bible refers to a demon.
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  • "Who had his dwelling among the tombs."
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  • In other words, he had lived in a cemetery.
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  • "And no one could bind him, not even with chains,
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  • because he had often been bound with shackles and chains.
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  • And the chains had been pulled apart by him,
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  • and the shackles broken in pieces.
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  • Neither could anyone tame him.
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  • And always, night and day, he was in the mountains
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  • and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
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  • When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him."
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  • The word worship, proskuneo, in the Greek means to bow down.
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  • "And he cried out with a loud voice, saying,
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  • 'What have I to do with you, Jesus," --
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  • now, let me say something here before I say this, Mark 5:7.
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  • This is actually the demon talking, through the voice
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  • of the man, but this is the demon talking.
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  • And you'll understand why, because of what he says.
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  • And the next verse tells us Jesus had already spoken to him,
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  • before this.
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  • We just get it in reverse order, in the writing.
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  • Mark 5:7.
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  • "And he cried out with a loud voice and said,"
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  • now, this is the demon talking, "'What have I to do
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  • with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
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  • I implore you by God that you do not torment me.'"
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  • Okay, see?
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  • That wouldn't be the man, because Jesus wouldn't
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  • torment a man.
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  • That's the spirit talking.
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  • And then, Mark 5:8 tells us Jesus had already
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  • said something to him.
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  • "For he said to him," some versions say he had already
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  • said to him: "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!"
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  • So Jesus had already told him, "Come out,"
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  • and he said, "What have I to do with you?
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  • Please don't torment me."
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  • Mark 5:9.
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  • "Then he asked him, 'What is your name?'
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  • "Now, look at me again for a moment.
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  • He's not talking to the man.
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  • He's talking to the demon that's in the man.
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  • And the demon answers.
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  • "Then he asked him, 'What is your name?'
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  • And he answered, saying, 'My name is Legion.
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  • For we are many.'"
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  • Just to let you know, legion is a Roman word which means
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  • 6.826 soldiers.
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  • When it referred to a troop of soldiers.
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  • 6.826. Okay.
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  • This guy was demonized.
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  • "'My name is Legion, for we are many.'
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  • Also he begged him earnestly that he would send
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  • them out of the country."
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  • Demonic spirits like to stay where they already
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  • have a stronghold.
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  • "Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near
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  • the mountains.
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  • So all the demons," not just one now,
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  • "All the demons begged him, saying, 'Send us to the swine,
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  • that we may enter them.' And at once Jesus
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  • gave them permission.
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  • Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine
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  • (there were about 2.000)." So at least 2.000 demons.
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  • "And the herd ran violently down the steep place
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  • into the sea, and drowned in the sea.
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  • So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it
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  • in the city and in the country.
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  • And they went out to see what it was that had happened.
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  • Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been
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  • demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed
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  • and in his right mind.
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  • And they were afraid."
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  • You thought it would say,
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  • "And they were happy."
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  • "And those who saw it told them how it happened to him
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  • who had been demon-possessed," we're going to completely
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  • define that word today.
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  • "And about the swine.
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  • Then they began to plead with him to depart
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  • from their region."
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  • You would think they would've ployed with him
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  • to start teaching seminars or something.
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  • "And when he got into the boat, he who had been
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  • demon-possessed begged him that he might be with him.
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  • However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him,
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  • 'Go home to your friends,'"
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  • remember, he didn't live at home.
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  • He'd lived in the mountains and the cemetery.
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  • "'And tell them what great things the Lord has done
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  • for you, and how he has had compassion on you.'
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  • And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all
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  • that Jesus had done for him.
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  • And all marveled."
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  • Now, let me just -- a couple things here.
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  • One is Decapolis is not a city, it's ten cities.
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  • Deca-, meaning ten.
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  • From the Greek word, it's actually ten Greek cities.
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  • Polis, means like a metropolitan area,
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  • or a metroplex is where we get that term from.
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  • So ten cities.
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  • Gadara was one of these ten cities.
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  • Damascus was one.
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  • Remember, Paul was on his way to Damascus
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  • when he was converted.
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  • Philadelphia.
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  • Not the one in Pennsylvania, was one of these ten cities.
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  • There are ten Greek cities, and that's probably why they
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  • were raising swine, because Jews didn't do that,
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  • but the Greeks had come in and influenced that society
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  • and that culture.
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  • Okay.
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  • So this guy goes and proclaims what's happened.
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  • He's demonized, and he gets set free.
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  • Demon-possessed, and he gets set free.
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  • Fantastic story.
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  • There are a couple of things that I want to talk about
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  • from this story, though, okay?
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  • Here's the first one.
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  • Number one, there really are demons.
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  • There really are demons.
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  • Because Jesus set this man free.
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  • The word demon is in the Bible, and in the New King
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  • James Version, 82 times.
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  • Some of the other versions, 80 times.
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  • It's just simply that they translate the word
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  • a little differently in those versions.
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  • 61 times, it's in the gospels.
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  • 61 times, we've got it -- the word in the gospels,
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  • where Jesus is directly dealing with demons
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  • or talking about demons.
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  • Jesus himself, coming to talk about demons.
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  • One of the reasons that I think that it's so much in the
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  • gospel is because no one ever had authority over demons,
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  • until Jesus came.
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  • And he had authority, and then he began to immediately
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  • confront demonic strongholds and bondage.
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  • Demons come from the fallen angels.
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  • One-third of the angels fell.
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  • And just boom, just like that,
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  • the math went in my mind and I thought, wow,
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  • that means for every one that's against me,
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  • there are two for me.
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  • So, we've got them outnumbered two to one, just so you know.
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  • And it's not that big...
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  • you say, well, even two to one, boy, they're tough.
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  • Let me just tell you, they're not as tough as you think
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  • in Jesus' name, because when God decides to throw
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  • Satan in the pit, He doesn't even come to do it Himself,
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  • He only sends one angel to do it.
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  • He only sends one angel to bind Satan and throw him
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  • in the bottomless pit, and I can just see it, by the way.
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  • I just feel like one day Jesus is gonna say,
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  • "All right, that's it.
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  • That is it.
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  • I have had enough.
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  • Go get Satan and throw him in the pit."
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  • And Gabriel might say, "Well, Lord, who do you want to go?"
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  • "Uh, send the new guy. [laughter]
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  • "Just make sure he says, "In Jesus' name."
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  • So, demons came from fallen angels.
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  • They are disembodied spirits.
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  • Listen, they are looking for a body.
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  • They enter bodies, they inhabit bodies.
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  • They were in the body of this man --
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  • not a soul or a spirit, but they were in his body.
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  • And Jesus came to set us free.
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  • You'll never get free if you don't know that you
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  • can be in bondage.
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  • That you can be in trouble.
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  • Jack Hayford -- again, there are two camps.
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  • Jack Hayford says it this way.
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  • You can't cast out the flesh, and you can't disciple a demon.
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  • You can't cast out the flesh, and you can't disciple a demon.
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  • In other words, there are people that simply say
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  • it's just the flesh.
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  • What you're going through, it's just the flesh,
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  • and you need to learn to overcome the flesh, and what you
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  • need is discipleship, or disciple, or discipleship
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  • comes from disciple, which comes from discipline.
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  • Okay? Discipline.
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  • You just need more discipline in your life.
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  • And then, the others say, no, you've got a demon,
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  • and the reason that you can't, you know, do this or do that
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  • or do this or do that is 'cause you got a demon,
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  • and they try to -- they think deliverance
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  • is the answer to everything.
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  • Here's the age-old debate.
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  • Do we need discipleship, or deliverance?
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  • Here's the answer. Yes.
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  • Because you can't cast out the flesh.
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  • And you can't disciple a demon.
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  • Are y'all following me?
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  • It's both.
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  • When I realized that I had demonic bondage in my life,
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  • I was saved, I loved the Lord, Debbie and I were married,
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  • I had gotten saved after we got married.
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  • I had started even ministering, but I was still very,
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  • very much in bondage to lust and even immorality.
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  • And yet, I was saved.
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  • I was in my early 20s.
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  • And James Robison started sharing with me, in his home,
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  • about demons and showing me scripture after scripture
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  • after scripture, that demons can take Christians in bondage.
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  • And I remember, we had ice cream.
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  • I remember, we had ice cream.
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  • And I remember saying to him after a little while,
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  • I said, "Wait, wait, wait, wait."
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  • 'Cause I could see where he's going.
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  • I said, "Are you saying I have demons?"
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  • And James, in his very gracious way, said,
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  • "Oh, you got a whole flock of 'em."
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  • [Laughter]
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  • And I got so upset, and it's never happened since,
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  • and it's never happened before.
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  • I let my ice cream melt.
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  • You know?
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  • I mean, I just sat there, thinking.
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  • I got demons.
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  • This guys -- I got demons, I got demons.
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  • But let me tell you what happened.
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  • The more we went to the word, listen to me,
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  • the more hope I had.
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  • Because I thought, well, I can get free.
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  • This is why.
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  • This is why.
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  • Now, I'm going to be very transparent with you.
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  • This is why -- I'm going to be standing up, preaching,
  • 00:11:21.220 --> 00:11:25.070
  • and notice a woman, very beautiful, and couldn't get
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  • my thoughts off of it.
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  • When I was in my early 20s.
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  • This -- and I thought this is why.
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  • I have a spirit.
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  • I have a spirit that I could set free from.
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  • So listen to me.
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  • Don't get upset, what I'm telling you that you could
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  • have a problem in this area.
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  • You ought to get excited, because the great thing is,
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  • Jesus takes care of problems.
  • 00:11:44.190 --> 00:11:46.180
  • And 30 years of ministry, I've been in ministry
  • 00:11:46.210 --> 00:11:49.010
  • 32 or 33 years now.
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  • And the only people I've ever seen that can't get free
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  • are the people that won't admit they're in bondage.
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  • And that's the only people.
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  • If you'll just admit it, you can get free.
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  • So number one, there really are demons.
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  • Number two, they really do enter people.
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  • They really do enter people.
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  • John 10 -- we'll get to Luke 10 in a moment.
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  • John 10, Jesus said, John 10:1.
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  • "Most assuredly," this is very true what I'm telling you.
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  • "He who does not enter," you know the story.
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  • "Enter the sheep-fold." What in the world would
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  • the sheep-fold represent?
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  • Wouldn't that be where the sheep are?
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  • The believers?
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  • "Enter the sheep by the door," and he's the door,
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  • "But climbs up some other way," into the sheep-fold,
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  • that's where they're going.
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  • "The same is a thief and a robber."
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  • And John 10:10, we know the thief does not come except
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  • to steal, kill, and destroy.
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  • Okay, here's what he's saying.
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  • The thief can get in.
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  • I'm telling you.
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  • He's trying to tell 'em.
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  • The thief can get in.
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  • And he can't come through me.
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  • But he can get in some other way, and he will do
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  • everything he can to get into the sheep, some other way.
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  • And he doesn't come -- He does not come --
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  • Do you know what?
  • 00:13:01.240 --> 00:13:02.190
  • A lot of people misquote that verse.
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  • They say, "You know, the Bible says the thief comes
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  • to steal, kill, and destroy."
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  • It sort of says that, and I really don't want to go into
  • 00:13:07.070 --> 00:13:09.000
  • all of the Greek language here, but it says,
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  • "He does not come, except."
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  • In other words, He's telling you,
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  • let Me tell you the only reasons he's coming.
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  • Every time he comes, he's gonna steal from you,
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  • kill you, or destroy you.
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  • That's what Jesus is telling us, very emphatic,
  • 00:13:19.140 --> 00:13:21.070
  • this language here.
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  • Okay, can a Christian be demon-possessed?
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  • Well, let's explain this word, and go back
  • 00:13:26.100 --> 00:13:29.120
  • to the original language.
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  • The word demon-possessed in the Greek is actually two words,
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  • demon-possessed.
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  • It's actually daimoni zomai.
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  • Daimoni zomai, would be if you want to say it all at once,
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  • but daimoni, which would be the word demon,
  • 00:13:41.200 --> 00:13:45.090
  • zomai, means to possess.
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  • So to translate it demon-possessed, okay.
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  • I really think a better translation is demonized.
  • 00:13:51.000 --> 00:13:54.080
  • But to translate demon-possessed is okay,
  • 00:13:54.110 --> 00:13:56.280
  • other than the fact that we did not then teach people
  • 00:13:57.010 --> 00:14:00.060
  • what the word possessed means here.
  • 00:14:00.090 --> 00:14:01.280
  • Because there are two Greek words for possession.
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  • One is ownership.
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  • This is not the word for ownership.
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  • This word means to gain mastery over.
  • 00:14:08.000 --> 00:14:12.050
  • Now, mastery would be the exact literal --
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:14.070
  • but let me give you some synonyms of that,
  • 00:14:14.100 --> 00:14:16.130
  • to gain control over, to have power over.
  • 00:14:16.160 --> 00:14:19.220
  • That's what this word, "possessed," means.
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  • That's what messes us up!
  • 00:14:21.100 --> 00:14:22.170
  • So can a Christian be owned by a demon?
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  • No.
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  • We're owned by God.
  • 00:14:26.180 --> 00:14:29.170
  • But can a Christian be under the control of a demon?
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  • [Indiscernible] does it this way.
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  • This is the definition.
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  • "One cannot speak of a person being possessed by a demon."
  • 00:14:40.050 --> 00:14:44.110
  • This is defining the word.
  • 00:14:44.140 --> 00:14:46.070
  • "A more appropriate expression may be the person
  • 00:14:46.100 --> 00:14:48.290
  • possesses or has a demon.
  • 00:14:49.020 --> 00:14:51.260
  • In other instances, an idiomatic phrase is employed:
  • 00:14:51.290 --> 00:14:54.220
  • the demon rides the person, or the demon
  • 00:14:54.250 --> 00:14:58.070
  • commands the person."
  • 00:14:58.100 --> 00:15:00.200
  • Now, let me just -- do you -- don't raise your hand,
  • 00:15:00.230 --> 00:15:03.000
  • but let me just ask you this question.
  • 00:15:03.030 --> 00:15:04.290
  • Is there any area of your life you just can't
  • 00:15:05.020 --> 00:15:06.200
  • get the victory of?
  • 00:15:06.230 --> 00:15:08.260
  • Is there an area of your life that you feel helpless?
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  • Powerless?
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  • Is there an area of your life, a sin that you
  • 00:15:13.200 --> 00:15:15.210
  • have confessed over and over and over and over and over and over,
  • 00:15:15.240 --> 00:15:20.290
  • and I don't have enough time to keep saying overs.
  • 00:15:21.020 --> 00:15:25.200
  • And over and over again, and told God,
  • 00:15:25.230 --> 00:15:27.170
  • "I'll never do that again," but you keep doing it?
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  • Okay, can I say this to you, lovingly?
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  • Wake up.
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  • You're in bondage.
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  • That is not -- you know what we do?
  • 00:15:36.260 --> 00:15:38.020
  • We say, "Well, I have a weakness in that area."
  • 00:15:38.050 --> 00:15:39.190
  • You've had it 20 years.
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  • It is not a weakness.
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  • And listen, I'm not telling you bad news.
  • 00:15:44.110 --> 00:15:46.020
  • I'm telling you good news.
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  • If you're in bondage, I know the one who can set you free.
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  • I know him.
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  • He can set you free.
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  • But he can't set you free if you don't know you're in bondage.
  • 00:15:56.160 --> 00:16:01.080
  • So you have to know you're in bondage.
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  • So let me give you an illustration.
  • 00:16:02.210 --> 00:16:04.040
  • When I was preparing this, and I started this series
  • 00:16:04.070 --> 00:16:06.040
  • a couple of months ago, studying for it.
  • 00:16:06.070 --> 00:16:07.130
  • I'm so excited about it.
  • 00:16:07.160 --> 00:16:08.160
  • Let me give you an illustration that I think
  • 00:16:08.190 --> 00:16:10.050
  • will help you tremendously.
  • 00:16:10.080 --> 00:16:11.250
  • Let's say that when you came to church today,
  • 00:16:11.280 --> 00:16:14.100
  • you left a door or a window open in your house,
  • 00:16:14.130 --> 00:16:18.180
  • and when you go home, you find there's a thief in your house.
  • 00:16:18.210 --> 00:16:21.190
  • Okay, a very, very simple question.
  • 00:16:21.220 --> 00:16:22.280
  • Does that thief own your house?
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  • No, but guess what?
  • 00:16:26.050 --> 00:16:27.120
  • He is in your house.
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  • I'm gonna let that sink in for a minute,
  • 00:16:32.230 --> 00:16:34.030
  • 'cause some of you are like, "Uh-oh,
  • 00:16:34.060 --> 00:16:36.190
  • I think I know where he's going with this illustration."
  • 00:16:36.220 --> 00:16:39.260
  • Yeah, he's in, and he has control over your house
  • 00:16:39.290 --> 00:16:43.250
  • until you arrest him and take him out in handcuffs.
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  • He's got control.
  • 00:16:47.080 --> 00:16:48.200
  • And let me tell you what he'll do while he's there.
  • 00:16:48.230 --> 00:16:50.060
  • He'll steal, he'll kill, and he'll destroy.
  • 00:16:50.090 --> 00:16:53.020
  • He's a thief and he's in your house.
  • 00:16:53.050 --> 00:16:57.010
  • But, let me give you another illustration.
  • 00:16:57.040 --> 00:16:58.140
  • I named this message, "Under the Influence".
  • 00:16:58.170 --> 00:17:01.090
  • I don't know if I even told you that at the first,
  • 00:17:01.120 --> 00:17:02.270
  • but the title of this message is, "Under the Influence".
  • 00:17:03.000 --> 00:17:08.190
  • I'll give you another example:
  • 00:17:08.220 --> 00:17:09.220
  • If a man, and let's say the man's a Christian,
  • 00:17:09.250 --> 00:17:11.260
  • he's a believer.
  • 00:17:11.290 --> 00:17:13.060
  • He's a believer.
  • 00:17:13.090 --> 00:17:14.070
  • He believes in Jesus.
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  • Filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:15.110 --> 00:17:17.050
  • If he drinks a lot of alcohol, alcoholic beverage --
  • 00:17:17.080 --> 00:17:20.210
  • if he drinks a lot of alcohol, or if he takes some medicine,
  • 00:17:20.240 --> 00:17:24.100
  • prescribed or illegal drugs, something,
  • 00:17:24.130 --> 00:17:26.200
  • but he takes some substance into his body,
  • 00:17:26.230 --> 00:17:33.150
  • and he takes a lot of it, let's say,
  • 00:17:33.180 --> 00:17:36.280
  • and then he does something.
  • 00:17:37.010 --> 00:17:38.290
  • Well, let me ask you this way.
  • 00:17:39.020 --> 00:17:41.180
  • Do the drugs or the alcohol, do they own that man?
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  • They don't own him.
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  • He's still owned by God. He's a believer.
  • 00:17:47.180 --> 00:17:49.180
  • They don't own him, but are they in him?
  • 00:17:49.210 --> 00:17:55.030
  • And is he under the influence of those drugs
  • 00:17:55.060 --> 00:17:58.000
  • and alcohol he took?
  • 00:17:58.030 --> 00:17:59.010
  • Yeah.
  • 00:17:59.040 --> 00:17:59.290
  • And here's what happens many times.
  • 00:18:00.040 --> 00:18:01.220
  • He ends up doing something totally out of character
  • 00:18:01.250 --> 00:18:06.230
  • that he's very ashamed of later.
  • 00:18:06.260 --> 00:18:09.190
  • So, now, listen to me.
  • 00:18:09.220 --> 00:18:11.160
  • If you're starting to get depressed, don't get depressed,
  • 00:18:11.190 --> 00:18:18.240
  • because there really are demons.
  • 00:18:18.270 --> 00:18:20.230
  • They really do enter people, but here's point three.
  • 00:18:20.260 --> 00:18:23.150
  • Jesus really does cast them out.
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  • He really does.
  • 00:18:27.260 --> 00:18:32.170
  • Now, go to Luke 10.
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  • All right, Luke 10:17.
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  • Jesus had sent 70, he sent the 12 out with power over demons.
  • 00:18:37.040 --> 00:18:40.090
  • Then, he sent 70 out.
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  • And then, Luke 10:17 says: "Then the 70 returned with joy,
  • 00:18:42.140 --> 00:18:47.200
  • saying..." -- Listen to what they said:
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  • 'Lord,'" -- they're talking to Jesus now.
  • 00:18:49.190 --> 00:18:51.040
  • "Even the demons are subject to us in your name."
  • 00:18:51.070 --> 00:18:55.000
  • And He said to them," really?
  • 00:18:55.030 --> 00:18:57.130
  • No, I'm kidding. [Laughter]
  • 00:18:57.160 --> 00:19:03.060
  • I can just see these people saying, "Lord,
  • 00:19:03.090 --> 00:19:04.170
  • even the demons obey us!"
  • 00:19:04.200 --> 00:19:07.030
  • "Really?"
  • 00:19:07.060 --> 00:19:08.080
  • You know, you're talking to the King of kings
  • 00:19:08.110 --> 00:19:10.120
  • and the Lord of lords.
  • 00:19:10.150 --> 00:19:12.070
  • Here's what in essence he says.
  • 00:19:12.100 --> 00:19:14.010
  • That doesn't impress me.
  • 00:19:14.040 --> 00:19:15.270
  • 'Cause here's what he says.
  • 00:19:16.000 --> 00:19:17.030
  • "And he said to them, 'I saw Satan fall like lightning
  • 00:19:17.060 --> 00:19:18.150
  • from heaven.'"
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  • Listen.
  • 00:19:21.070 --> 00:19:22.070
  • When he rebelled against my Father, he was out
  • 00:19:22.100 --> 00:19:24.060
  • quicker than lightning.
  • 00:19:24.090 --> 00:19:25.190
  • So I'm not impressed by Satan, a created being.
  • 00:19:25.220 --> 00:19:28.260
  • "Behold, I give you the authority," I give you
  • 00:19:28.290 --> 00:19:32.070
  • the authority, "To trample on serpents and scorpions."
  • 00:19:32.100 --> 00:19:35.190
  • There are types and shadows again.
  • 00:19:35.220 --> 00:19:36.280
  • He doesn't mean snakes and stinging critters.
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  • Okay?
  • 00:19:39.240 --> 00:19:40.250
  • This is demons, the whole subject's about demons.
  • 00:19:40.280 --> 00:19:43.290
  • "Serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy.
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  • And nothing shall by any means hurt you.
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  • Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this," --
  • 00:19:51.000 --> 00:19:53.270
  • notice, you don't need to be excited about this.
  • 00:19:54.000 --> 00:19:55.150
  • This isn't the exciting part.
  • 00:19:55.180 --> 00:19:57.180
  • "That the spirits are subject to you,"
  • 00:19:57.210 --> 00:19:59.200
  • but I do want you to notice the spirits are subject.
  • 00:19:59.230 --> 00:20:02.110
  • This word, by the way, subject means obedient,
  • 00:20:02.140 --> 00:20:05.030
  • submissive, slaves.
  • 00:20:05.060 --> 00:20:06.280
  • That's what it means.
  • 00:20:07.010 --> 00:20:08.020
  • Obedient, submissive slaves, in the name of Jesus.
  • 00:20:08.050 --> 00:20:10.290
  • "'Don't rejoice that the spirits are subject to you,
  • 00:20:11.020 --> 00:20:12.240
  • but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.'
  • 00:20:12.270 --> 00:20:16.290
  • In that hour, Jesus rejoiced in the spirit,
  • 00:20:17.020 --> 00:20:20.110
  • and said, 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
  • 00:20:20.140 --> 00:20:22.200
  • that you have hidden these things,'" now, remember
  • 00:20:22.230 --> 00:20:24.280
  • the words these things.
  • 00:20:25.010 --> 00:20:26.170
  • "From the wise and the prudent."
  • 00:20:26.200 --> 00:20:28.040
  • In other words, the people who think they're smart.
  • 00:20:28.070 --> 00:20:30.190
  • "And revealed them to these babes."
  • 00:20:30.220 --> 00:20:32.120
  • These young disciples.
  • 00:20:32.150 --> 00:20:33.170
  • "Even so, Father, for it seemed good in your sight."
  • 00:20:33.200 --> 00:20:35.050
  • Okay.
  • 00:20:35.080 --> 00:20:36.100
  • Notice, he said, "Father, thank you, you've hidden
  • 00:20:36.130 --> 00:20:37.220
  • these things."
  • 00:20:37.250 --> 00:20:38.180
  • What were they just talking about?
  • 00:20:38.210 --> 00:20:39.210
  • They were talking about authority over demons.
  • 00:20:39.240 --> 00:20:43.060
  • And he said, "I know God that the smart people don't
  • 00:20:43.090 --> 00:20:45.060
  • believe there are demons.
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  • They don't believe that we have authority over 'em,
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  • but these precious babes, these young believers, they know.
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  • They saw it.
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  • They understand that.
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  • I thank you, Lord, for that."
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  • The spirits are subject in his name.
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  • It is amazing to me how many people will say that,
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  • you know, there aren't demons and we don't need
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  • to talk about them.
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  • I have a friend of mine that got saved out of
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  • the hippie movement in the '70s.
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  • He got saved in the Jesus movement from being...
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  • he was a hippie, you know, hitchhiking
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  • and all of that stuff.
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  • And he went directly into a strong, Spirit-filled,
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  • believing church that understood spiritual warfare.
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  • Then he went to a Bible college that understood
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  • spiritual warfare.
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  • Then he went to the mission field,
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  • and he went into language school to learn the language,
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  • and when he got to language school,
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  • he met some missionaries from another religious background
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  • that didn't believe in spiritual warfare,
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  • and he was shocked.
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  • He had never met anyone that didn't believe in demons,
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  • because when you read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John,
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  • that's most of what Jesus is doing.
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  • So, he was shocked and he kept saying to them,
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  • "You don't believe in demons?"
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  • They're like, "No," and then they gave him this, you know,
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  • long, stupid answer, you know?
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  • And he was just shocked!
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  • And he was shocked, and so he said to them,
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  • "So, you don't cast demons out of people?"
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  • And they said, "Well, no."
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  • And then, listen to his wonderful, pure answer.
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  • He said, "You leave them in?"
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  • [Laughter]
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  • "You leave them in?"
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  • Okay, can I tell you something?
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  • That's really only the two choices,
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  • either leave them in or cast them out,
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  • and I'm for casting them out.
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  • Now, you might be starting to feel like, uh-oh,
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  • I may have a problem in an area.
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  • Okay, again, I don't want you to feel bad about it.
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  • So, I want to show you one more thing
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  • and then we're finished.
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  • See, we don't have a problem knowing that God has the power.
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  • But what the enemy does is focus on our weakness
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  • and our history.
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  • And say, "Well, now you can't get free.
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  • Other people can get free, but you can't get free
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  • because I really got a bondage, a stronghold,
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  • in this area."
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  • Okay.
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  • I just want to remind you, this man was -- in Mark 5,
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  • where we started?
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  • He was demonized.
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  • A legion, 6.826.
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  • He lived naked in the cemetery.
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  • Okay?
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  • So none of you are as in bondage as this guy.
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  • I mean, y'all got your clothes on, so that's good.
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  • So none of you are as in bondage as this guy.
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  • So I want to show you something that'll give you hope.
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  • Mark 5:6 says: "When he saw Jesus from afar,
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  • he ran and worshiped him."
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  • Here's what I want to tell you.
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  • Satan does not have the power to stop you
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  • from coming to Jesus.
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  • That's what we've just read.
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  • If he could've stopped anyone,
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  • he could've stopped that guy.
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  • So if you're in bondage, if you have a difficulty
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  • in your life, if you have a weakness, if you have an area
  • 00:24:09.050 --> 00:24:13.040
  • of sin you can't stop, you can't break,
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  • you're probably in bondage in that area.
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  • You're under the influence in that area.
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  • But Jesus can set you free.
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  • ROBERT: Is there an area of your life that if you're honest,
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  • in that area, you're under the influence of the enemy?
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  • Have you opened a door, or a window, in your life?
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  • You know, I gave the illustration about a Christian
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  • who might begin to look at pornography on the internet.
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  • And then, he does something totally out of character,
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  • that he's very ashamed of, but it's because
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  • he's under the influence.
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  • He's opened the door to the thief,
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  • and the thief is stealing, killing, and destroying.
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  • I want you to know, Jesus came to set you free.
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  • I want to encourage you to continue to watch,
  • 00:25:05.100 --> 00:25:07.250
  • and continue to listen, because I'm going to continue
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  • this series next week.
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  • because Jesus really does want you to be free indeed.
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  • JIMMY EVANS: Good marriages come from you're in the trenches
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  • and the worst thing is happening,
  • 00:27:03.250 --> 00:27:05.020
  • and you turn to each other and say,
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  • "I'm all in and I'm not turning my heart away".
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  • DAVE WILLIS: Your marriage will not be defined by the size
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  • of your struggles, but by the size of your commitment
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  • to overcome the struggles together.
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: Marriage is a husband, a wife, and God.
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  • That is the blessed marriage.
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  • MICHAEL TODD: I believe God wants to release you
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  • into everything He has for you.
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