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The Deception of Pride

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October 15, 2020
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Pastor Robert continues The Kings of Babylon series with a message about the deception of King Darius and the dangers of pride in our lives.

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS:Because what happens is
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  • when you have thisroot of insecurity
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  • and rejection in your life,
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  • and whateverindustry you go into,
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  • when you start gettingopportunities,
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  • sometimes you acceptsome opportunities
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  • that you shouldn'thave accepted.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: We're talkingabout that when we as believers
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  • are going througha difficult time,
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  • even an adjusting or correctingtime from the Lord,
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  • the enemy is alwaystrying to take us
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  • into captivity or into bondage.
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  • And even thoughthe Jewish people
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  • were in physical captivity,we know through Daniel,
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  • and Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego, and some others,
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  • they weren'tin spiritual captivity.
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  • And so, how did they stay free,even though they were going
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  • through correctionand always being attacked?
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  • And what we've also seenis that they were being attacked
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  • by the spirit of pride.
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  • Through these kingswe talked about
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  • “The Seduction of Pride,” and“The Stubbornness of Pride.”
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  • This week, we're gonna talkabout “The Deception of Pride,”
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  • and we're gonnatalk about Darius.
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  • So, Daniel 6, I'm gonna read outof the New Living Translation
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  • this week, rather thanthe New King James,
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  • simply because I wasreading it in this version
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  • and it just seemed to beeasier to understand,
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  • and it is a translation,which means it comes
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  • from the original language,all right?
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  • So, Daniel 6:1.
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  • “Darius the Mede,” see,the Bible always refers
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  • to this Dariusas Darius the Mede,
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  • “decided to divide the kingdominto 120 provinces,
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  • and he appointed a high officerto rule over each province.”
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  • So, he's got120 leaders, provinces.
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  • “The king also chose Danieland two others as administrators
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  • to supervisethe high officers
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  • and protectthe king's interests.”
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  • So, Daniel's one of the topthree leaders in the country.
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  • “Daniel soon proved himselfmore capable than all
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  • the other administratorsand high officers.
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  • Because of Daniel'sgreat ability,
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  • the king made plans to place himover the entire empire.”
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  • Just wanted you to notice,he's about to even promote him
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  • above the other two guys.
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  • “Then the other administratorsand high officers
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  • began searching for some faultin the way Daniel
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  • was handling government affairs,but they couldn't find anything
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  • to criticize or condemn.”
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  • Now, watch this next statement.
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  • “He was faithful,always responsible,
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  • and completely trustworthy.”
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  • How would you likefor that to be written
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  • on your end of theyear job review?
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  • She's faithful,she's always responsible,
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  • and she's completelytrustworthy.
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  • “So they concluded, 'Our onlychance of finding grounds
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  • for accusing Danielwill be in connection
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  • with the rulesof his religion.'
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  • So the administratorsand high officers went
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  • to the king and said,'Long live King Darius!
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  • We are all in agreement.'I want to come back
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  • to that statement in a moment,“We're all in agreement.”
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  • "'We are all in agreement -we administrators,
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  • officials, high officers,advisors, and governors -
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  • that the king should make a lawthat will be strictly enforced.
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  • Give orders thatfor the next 30 days,
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  • any person who prays to anyone,divine or human -
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  • except to you,Your Majesty -
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  • will be throwninto the den of lions.'”
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  • And obviously, Daniel 6is when Daniel
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  • is thrown into the lion's den.
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  • But I want youto notice the statement,
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  • “We are all in agreement.”
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  • I hope it just jumpsout at you, that was a lie.
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  • Daniel wasn't in agreement, andhe was one of the high officers.
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  • The reason I want to saythat is, is the only way Satan
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  • can take you into bondage,the only way,
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  • is to get you to believe a lie.That's it.
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  • If it's gonna happenin your marriage,
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  • he's gonna tell you a lie thatyou're not right for each other,
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  • you're not meant for each other,you rushed into it.
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  • I had one guy say to me,“We're opposites.”
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  • I said, “Uh-huh.”
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Have you ever heardthe term, “opposite sex?”
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  • Of course, you're opposites!
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  • Because if you marrysomeone who's like you,
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  • you'll kill each other.
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  • That's what attracted youto that other person.
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  • So, what Satan willdo...please hear me.
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  • If he's going to takeyou into bondage,
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  • he's going to deceive you,and the way he deceives
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  • is he lies, and that'swhat he did with Darius.
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  • Please hear me.
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  • Pride was the original sinby which Satan fell.
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  • I'm gonna make a prettystrong statement here.
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  • You are the most like Satanwhen you walk in pride.
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  • You're the most like Godwhen you walk in humility.
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  • The King of Kings,the Creator and Sustainer
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  • of the universe,was born in a stable.
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  • So, Darius goes intodeception because of pride.
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  • So, let me show you somethings about pride,
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  • all right, and deception.
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  • Number one, pride opensthe door to deception.
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  • See, if he hadn'thave been prideful,
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  • he wouldn't have been deceived,
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  • because they saidyou can be a god.
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  • You know, we'll havepeople pray only to you.
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  • Daniel 6:8-9, “And now,Your Majesty,
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  • issue and sign this lawso it cannot be changed,
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  • an official lawof the Medes and Persians
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  • that cannot be revoked.”
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  • So King Darius signed the law.”Okay, so he had pride.
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  • But, I haven't talkedto you about this yet,
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  • so we talk about pride,but where does pride come from?
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  • And, I don't havetime to build this.
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  • This could be an entire message,
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  • so just believe meand study it for yourself,
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  • but there is a root of pride,and the root is insecurity.
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  • Every person I've ever met,including me,
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  • who's had a difficulty withpride, has a root of insecurity.
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  • Darius the Mede.
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  • Darius the Mede,he was not a Persian.
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  • Cyrus, whichwe're gonna see next,
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  • is actuallythe conqueror of Babylon,
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  • but he's the real king,but he makes Darius the king,
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  • because Dariusis the general of his army,
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  • and Darius is the onethat conquered it.
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  • Here's what I think, though.
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  • He was always insecure becausehe was a Mede, not a Persian.
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  • And the Medeshad joined the Persians
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  • so they wouldn't bedestroyed by the Persians.
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  • So because of his insecurity,he was open to deception.
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  • Are you all following me? Okay.
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  • But, let me show yousomething about Daniel.
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  • So, they make this law,and then look at Verse 10.
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  • “When Daniel learned thatthe law had been signed,
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  • he went homeand knelt down as usual.”
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  • So, he's not doing itto make a point.
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  • He's just doing whathe normally does, it's usual.
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  • “In his upstairs room with hiswindows open toward Jerusalem.”
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  • I'll tell you whyhe did that in a moment.
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  • “He prayed three times a day,just as he had always done,
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  • giving thanks to his God.”Notice, three times a day.
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  • Okay, so why did hepray toward Jerusalem?
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  • Because in the DedicationPrayer of Solomon,
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  • when Solomon prayedwhen he dedicated the temple,
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  • in 1 Kings 8 he makesthis statement.
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  • “If the skies are shut upand there is no rain
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  • because Your peoplehave sinned against You,
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  • and if they pray toward thisTemple and acknowledge Your name
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  • and turn from their sinsbecause You have punished them,
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  • then hear from heavenand forgive them.”
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  • So, that's one of the reasonsthe Jews prayed
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  • toward Jerusalem,because of that prayer.
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  • He prayed three timesa day because in Psalm,
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  • David said - Psalm 55:17,“Morning, noon, and night,
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  • I cry out in my distressand the Lord hears my voice.”
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  • Morning, noon, and night.
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  • Okay, so why amI telling you that?
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  • Because the burdenof this series for me
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  • is that even whenwe're being corrected by God,
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  • Satan is stillon the attack and he's trying
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  • to take us into bondage.
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  • So, how did Daniel keep fromgoing into bondage to pride?
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  • Because remember,Daniel's the one that read
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  • the handwriting on the wall.
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  • Daniel's the one who interpretedthe king's dream.
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  • Daniel was aboutto be made number two
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  • in the entire kingdom.
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  • Daniel had favorwith all four kings,
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  • and I can show you that verse.
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  • I had so many verses in my notes
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  • that I just couldn'tget through them all,
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  • but you can readthe verse that he had favor
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  • with all four kings.
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  • Okay, how come then Danieldidn't have pride?
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  • Here's why, becausehe knew the word of God.
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  • He stayed in the word of God.
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  • The reason he prayed towardJerusalem was he'd read 1 Kings.
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  • The reason he prayedthree times a day,
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  • because he'd read the Psalms.He knew the word of God.
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  • So that's the first thingI want to share with you.
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  • Here's the second point.
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  • Number two, pridealways brings regret.
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  • It always brings regret.
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  • Now, when they cameto him and said, hey,
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  • Daniel's broken the law,it says he did everything
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  • he could to try to change itand get Daniel out of it.
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  • In other words, he regretteddoing what he had done.
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  • And then in Verse 16,“So at last the king
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  • gave orders for Danielto be arrested
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  • and thrown intothe den of lions.”
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  • By the way,this is the same day.
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  • It's the same day.
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  • “The king said to him,“May your God,
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  • whom you serveso faithfully, rescue you.”
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  • Verse 18, “Then the kingreturned to his palace
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  • and spent the night fasting.
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  • He refused his usualentertainment
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  • and couldn't sleepat all that night.”
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  • When we make decisions basedon pride or insecurity
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  • instead of principle,we're gonna regret it.
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  • Decisions should neverbe based on pride,
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  • they should alwaysbe based on principle,
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  • and principle comesfrom the word of God.
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  • I've done this many,many, many, many times,
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  • and I try to helpyoung pastors with this,
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  • because what happensis when you have
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  • this root of insecurityand rejection in your life,
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  • and whateverindustry you go into,
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  • when you startgetting opportunities,
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  • sometimes you acceptsome opportunities
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  • that you shouldn'thave accepted,
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  • or some responsibilitiesor some new things,
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  • because it's like meetinga need in you
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  • instead of whetherGod tells you to,
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  • and then you getyour plate too full.
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  • Do you all understandwhat I'm saying?
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  • So, I used to accept a lotof speaking invitations,
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  • and I can remember goingsometimes and thinking,
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  • why did I do this, but it wasfulfilling this need that I had,
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  • instead of goingto God and saying,
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  • God do you want me to do it?
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  • I did lots of thingsbecause of pride.
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  • One of the things I didI remember, in the 80s,
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  • Suburbans becamereal popular.
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  • Before that, some of youwill remember this,
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  • Suburbans were used for,like flower delivery trucks
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  • and carried caskets.
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  • That's about what theywere used for, okay?
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  • But in the 80s, all ofthe sudden Suburbans started
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  • getting real nice and peoplestarted buying Suburbans,
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  • and all of my friendsstarted buying Suburbans.
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  • And so, I said to the Lord,“Can I buy a Suburban?”
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  • And the Lord was justlike this, He said, “Nope.”
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  • And I said, “Well,it's in the budget.
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  • I'm okay financially.I can do this.
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  • So, can I buya Suburban?” “Nope.”
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  • “Well, isthere a reason?”
  • 00:11:33.518 --> 00:11:34.719
  • “'Cause I said.”
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  • You know, He's just likeyour parents sometime,
  • 00:11:35.887 --> 00:11:37.455
  • ‘cause I said.Okay.
  • 00:11:37.555 --> 00:11:40.525
  • So, I went for months,and finally I thought,
  • 00:11:40.625 --> 00:11:45.163
  • you know, everyone'sgetting Suburbans.
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  • A Suburban is not a sin.
  • 00:11:46.765 --> 00:11:49.934
  • I must havemisheard the Lord.
  • 00:11:50.034 --> 00:11:52.403
  • So obviously, being a godlyman, you know what I did.
  • 00:11:52.504 --> 00:11:55.173
  • I bought theSuburban anyway.
  • 00:11:55.273 --> 00:11:56.775
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:11:56.875 --> 00:11:59.144
  • Don't look at mewith judgmental eyes!
  • 00:11:59.244 --> 00:12:02.080
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:12:02.180 --> 00:12:03.414
  • The gas gauge brokeon that Suburban.
  • 00:12:03.515 --> 00:12:05.717
  • We ran out of gason the side of the road,
  • 00:12:05.817 --> 00:12:08.253
  • our whole family, three kids.
  • 00:12:08.353 --> 00:12:11.022
  • Every tire went flatat a different time.
  • 00:12:11.122 --> 00:12:15.460
  • A tire would go flat,and then when I went
  • 00:12:15.560 --> 00:12:17.529
  • to put the spare on the firsttime, it was flat.
  • 00:12:17.629 --> 00:12:20.498
  • See, I didn't buynew cars back then.
  • 00:12:20.598 --> 00:12:22.400
  • I bought used cars.
  • 00:12:22.500 --> 00:12:24.235
  • That's just all the budgetwould allow, you know.
  • 00:12:24.335 --> 00:12:28.006
  • Everything - the airconditioner went out in June,
  • 00:12:28.106 --> 00:12:33.144
  • and I couldn't affordto fix it till, like October.
  • 00:12:33.244 --> 00:12:37.549
  • We spent the summerwithout air conditioning.
  • 00:12:37.649 --> 00:12:39.951
  • Then, you readyfor this one?
  • 00:12:40.051 --> 00:12:42.287
  • The engine hada small oil leak,
  • 00:12:42.387 --> 00:12:46.357
  • ran out of oil,and blew up.
  • 00:12:46.457 --> 00:12:51.029
  • I'm thinking about all of thisand the Lord says to me,
  • 00:12:53.164 --> 00:12:57.001
  • “Are you gettingthe message?”
  • 00:12:57.101 --> 00:13:00.672
  • I said, “I'm gettingthe message.”
  • 00:13:00.772 --> 00:13:03.007
  • I sold it, lostthousands of dollars.
  • 00:13:03.107 --> 00:13:05.610
  • A week later - a week later,a friend of mine calls me
  • 00:13:05.710 --> 00:13:12.517
  • and said, “Hey, my wife andI bought a new Suburban.
  • 00:13:12.617 --> 00:13:17.355
  • Ours is only aboutthree years old
  • 00:13:17.455 --> 00:13:19.324
  • and we want to donate itto your ministry.”
  • 00:13:19.424 --> 00:13:22.160
  • And then he says to me,“We were going to donate
  • 00:13:22.260 --> 00:13:24.729
  • it last spring,but the Lord told me
  • 00:13:24.829 --> 00:13:26.231
  • to wait till the fall.”
  • 00:13:26.331 --> 00:13:28.333
  • [Applause]
  • 00:13:28.433 --> 00:13:31.069
  • Point three.
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  • Everyone understandpoint two?
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  • Always causes regret.
  • 00:13:44.515 --> 00:13:46.184
  • Point three, pride causesspiritual blindness.
  • 00:13:46.284 --> 00:13:50.455
  • This is how you get deceived,
  • 00:13:50.555 --> 00:13:51.990
  • because you'respiritually blind.
  • 00:13:52.090 --> 00:13:53.691
  • You can't seein the Spirit anymore.
  • 00:13:53.791 --> 00:13:55.627
  • So, he puts himin the lion's den.
  • 00:13:55.727 --> 00:13:58.263
  • The king can'tsleep all night.
  • 00:13:58.363 --> 00:13:59.964
  • The next morning,he comes to the lion's den
  • 00:14:00.064 --> 00:14:02.433
  • and he says, “Daniel,are you okay?”
  • 00:14:02.533 --> 00:14:04.469
  • Daniel says,“I'm okay, God protected me.”
  • 00:14:04.569 --> 00:14:06.704
  • They pull him up.Look what happens, Verse 23.
  • 00:14:06.804 --> 00:14:09.874
  • “The king was overjoyedand ordered that Daniel
  • 00:14:09.974 --> 00:14:13.011
  • be lifted from the den.
  • 00:14:13.111 --> 00:14:14.379
  • Not a scratch was found on him,for he had trusted in his God.
  • 00:14:14.479 --> 00:14:18.583
  • Then the king gave ordersto arrest the men
  • 00:14:18.683 --> 00:14:21.019
  • who had maliciouslyaccused Daniel,
  • 00:14:21.119 --> 00:14:23.521
  • and he had them throwninto the lion's den,
  • 00:14:23.621 --> 00:14:27.058
  • along with their wivesand children.”
  • 00:14:27.158 --> 00:14:29.460
  • It shows that sin affectsother people in your life, too.
  • 00:14:29.560 --> 00:14:32.463
  • “The lions leaped on themand tore them apart
  • 00:14:32.563 --> 00:14:36.434
  • before they even hitthe floor of the den.”
  • 00:14:36.534 --> 00:14:39.003
  • The reason I say thatis there are some people
  • 00:14:39.103 --> 00:14:41.773
  • today tryingto discredit the Bible,
  • 00:14:41.873 --> 00:14:43.942
  • which is just amazing to me,and they're giving
  • 00:14:44.042 --> 00:14:46.144
  • all these earthly explanationsfor miraculous events.
  • 00:14:46.244 --> 00:14:51.082
  • Here's what I can't believe.
  • 00:14:51.182 --> 00:14:52.583
  • Why would it surprise youthat God can do miracles?
  • 00:14:52.684 --> 00:14:56.087
  • God shut themouths of lions.
  • 00:14:56.187 --> 00:14:57.722
  • So, some say that the lionswere fed that day.
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  • That's why the king did it,and then that's why
  • 00:15:01.793 --> 00:15:03.962
  • they didn't eat that night.
  • 00:15:04.062 --> 00:15:04.963
  • Okay, if they'd beenfed that day,
  • 00:15:05.063 --> 00:15:06.698
  • they would not haveeaten these people
  • 00:15:06.798 --> 00:15:08.666
  • before they even hit the floor.
  • 00:15:08.766 --> 00:15:10.802
  • They'd have still been full,because when a lion eats,
  • 00:15:10.902 --> 00:15:13.071
  • he's full for several days.
  • 00:15:13.171 --> 00:15:14.806
  • It takes a whileto digest it.
  • 00:15:14.906 --> 00:15:16.374
  • So, this was a miraclethat God did.
  • 00:15:16.474 --> 00:15:18.776
  • I just wantedto say that, all right?
  • 00:15:18.876 --> 00:15:20.311
  • But, here's the point.
  • 00:15:20.411 --> 00:15:21.646
  • The spell was brokenbecause Darius saw God.
  • 00:15:21.746 --> 00:15:26.684
  • He humbled himself.
  • 00:15:26.784 --> 00:15:28.119
  • The deception was gone,because he knew immediately
  • 00:15:28.219 --> 00:15:30.521
  • then I've been deceived,and he brought swift judgment.
  • 00:15:30.621 --> 00:15:33.624
  • Now, the reason I want to say --where I want to go
  • 00:15:33.725 --> 00:15:37.495
  • where I'm about to gois I'm talking
  • 00:15:37.595 --> 00:15:39.263
  • about spiritual blindness.
  • 00:15:39.364 --> 00:15:40.832
  • In John 9, there's a storyof a blind man being healed,
  • 00:15:40.932 --> 00:15:44.702
  • and Jesus addressesspiritual blindness
  • 00:15:44.802 --> 00:15:47.605
  • better in that chapter
  • 00:15:47.705 --> 00:15:50.141
  • than any chapterI've ever seen in the Bible.
  • 00:15:50.241 --> 00:15:52.577
  • And I want to show it to you,but I want to read you
  • 00:15:52.677 --> 00:15:55.346
  • a little bit of the storybecause it's extremely funny,
  • 00:15:55.446 --> 00:15:58.750
  • and some of you havenever seen as much humor
  • 00:15:58.850 --> 00:16:01.819
  • in the Bible as there is humor.
  • 00:16:01.919 --> 00:16:03.821
  • There is a lot of humorin the Bible, a lot of humor.
  • 00:16:03.921 --> 00:16:06.524
  • So, John 9, they're walkingalong, there's a blind man.
  • 00:16:06.624 --> 00:16:10.828
  • He doesn't call out.
  • 00:16:10.928 --> 00:16:12.030
  • This is not the one that said,“Have mercy on me,
  • 00:16:12.130 --> 00:16:13.631
  • Son of David.”He doesn't call out, nothing.
  • 00:16:13.731 --> 00:16:16.267
  • He's been blind since birthand Jesus just heals him.
  • 00:16:16.367 --> 00:16:19.771
  • But the way he heals him -
  • 00:16:19.871 --> 00:16:23.174
  • Well, let's just pick it upright there.
  • 00:16:23.274 --> 00:16:24.776
  • First of all, “The disciplessaid, “Is he blind
  • 00:16:24.876 --> 00:16:28.112
  • because of his sinor his parents' sin?”
  • 00:16:28.212 --> 00:16:30.948
  • Let me just say something.That's pride right there.
  • 00:16:31.049 --> 00:16:34.252
  • If you ever lookat a weakness or a disability
  • 00:16:34.352 --> 00:16:36.721
  • of another person and believeit's because of his sin
  • 00:16:36.821 --> 00:16:39.424
  • or parents' sin,that is judgmental,
  • 00:16:39.524 --> 00:16:42.026
  • legalistic criticism.
  • 00:16:42.126 --> 00:16:45.163
  • It's because of sin in the worldthat we have the difficulties
  • 00:16:45.263 --> 00:16:48.299
  • that we have, and so,please don't be judgmental.
  • 00:16:48.399 --> 00:16:51.969
  • But what's amazing is thatthe disciples didn't say,
  • 00:16:52.070 --> 00:16:53.871
  • look, there's a blindman, would you heal him?
  • 00:16:53.971 --> 00:16:56.541
  • Instead, they said is it hissin or his parents' sin?
  • 00:16:56.641 --> 00:17:00.812
  • I think sometimes Jesuswanted to just punch them
  • 00:17:00.912 --> 00:17:03.481
  • in the mouth, you know?
  • 00:17:03.581 --> 00:17:04.582
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:17:04.682 --> 00:17:06.484
  • So he heals this guy,
  • 00:17:06.584 --> 00:17:08.653
  • so let's pick it upwhen He said “Neither.”
  • 00:17:08.753 --> 00:17:10.555
  • By the way, He said,“Neither,” neither one.
  • 00:17:10.655 --> 00:17:13.458
  • But then, here's where we'regonna pick it up, Verse 6.
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  • “When He had said these things,He spat on the ground
  • 00:17:16.060 --> 00:17:20.598
  • and made clay with the saliva,and he anointed the eyes
  • 00:17:20.698 --> 00:17:26.871
  • of the blind man with theclay.”
  • 00:17:26.971 --> 00:17:28.339
  • Now, I like this that Jesusspat, then the Bible
  • 00:17:28.439 --> 00:17:32.643
  • gets a little bit more spiritualand says, “and made clay.”
  • 00:17:32.743 --> 00:17:38.416
  • He rubs His spit in the ground.And then it says, “anointed.”
  • 00:17:38.516 --> 00:17:43.888
  • He rubbed mud on the guy's face.
  • 00:17:43.988 --> 00:17:47.325
  • See, again we don't havethis image of Jesus in our mind.
  • 00:17:47.425 --> 00:17:52.063
  • When we think of Jesus,we don't think of Jesus going...
  • 00:17:52.163 --> 00:17:54.532
  • [Expectorating]
  • 00:17:54.632 --> 00:17:56.734
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:17:56.834 --> 00:17:58.970
  • But He did!
  • 00:18:03.508 --> 00:18:05.776
  • Okay, “And anointed the eyesof the blind man with the clay.
  • 00:18:05.877 --> 00:18:09.580
  • And He said to him, “Go washin the pool of Siloam,”
  • 00:18:09.680 --> 00:18:12.850
  • which I think the blind mancould have said,
  • 00:18:12.950 --> 00:18:14.485
  • I didn't need to wash before yourubbed mud on my face,
  • 00:18:14.585 --> 00:18:18.189
  • “(which is translated Sent).
  • 00:18:18.289 --> 00:18:19.423
  • So he went and washed,and came back seeing.”
  • 00:18:19.524 --> 00:18:22.193
  • Now, this is a man bornblind - born blind.
  • 00:18:22.293 --> 00:18:25.363
  • Now, watch allof the talking that goes on.
  • 00:18:25.463 --> 00:18:28.566
  • This kind of reminds me...this is the social internet
  • 00:18:28.666 --> 00:18:31.335
  • of that day.
  • 00:18:31.435 --> 00:18:32.837
  • I can't believeall of the comments people
  • 00:18:32.937 --> 00:18:34.672
  • make about stuff,but it's just, you know,
  • 00:18:34.772 --> 00:18:37.842
  • and some of themare great comments,
  • 00:18:37.942 --> 00:18:39.277
  • but some - you know,you've seen the weird comments.
  • 00:18:39.377 --> 00:18:41.746
  • So, watch the talkingthat goes on.
  • 00:18:41.846 --> 00:18:43.548
  • People have been talkingeven before the internet.
  • 00:18:43.648 --> 00:18:45.550
  • Okay, Verse 8.
  • 00:18:45.650 --> 00:18:46.817
  • “Therefore the neighborsand those who had previously
  • 00:18:46.918 --> 00:18:49.320
  • seen that he was blind said,“Is not this
  • 00:18:49.420 --> 00:18:52.890
  • he who sat and begged?”
  • 00:18:52.990 --> 00:18:54.725
  • Some said, “This is he.”Others said, “He is like him.”
  • 00:18:54.825 --> 00:18:59.530
  • He said, “I'm him.”
  • 00:18:59.630 --> 00:19:01.299
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:19:01.399 --> 00:19:04.969
  • “Therefore they said to him,“How were your eyes opened?”
  • 00:19:05.069 --> 00:19:11.209
  • He answered and said,“A man called Jesus made clay.”
  • 00:19:11.309 --> 00:19:16.614
  • He left out the[expectorating] part.
  • 00:19:16.714 --> 00:19:19.850
  • “And anointed my eyesand said to me,
  • 00:19:19.951 --> 00:19:22.453
  • “Go to the poolof Siloam and wash.”
  • 00:19:22.553 --> 00:19:24.021
  • So I went and washed,and I received sight.”
  • 00:19:24.121 --> 00:19:28.459
  • Just simple.
  • 00:19:28.559 --> 00:19:29.560
  • “Then they saidto him, “Where is He?”
  • 00:19:29.660 --> 00:19:31.762
  • He said, “I don't know.”They brought him who formerly
  • 00:19:31.862 --> 00:19:34.899
  • was blind to the Pharisees.”Now he's in trouble.
  • 00:19:34.999 --> 00:19:38.502
  • And he didn'teven ask to be healed,
  • 00:19:38.603 --> 00:19:41.239
  • but he's in trouble withthe religious crowd now.
  • 00:19:41.339 --> 00:19:43.808
  • “It was a Sabbathwhen Jesus made the clay.”
  • 00:19:43.908 --> 00:19:46.277
  • Can you imagine that,“When Jesus made the clay?”
  • 00:19:46.377 --> 00:19:49.780
  • So, He had to work, apparently,and open his eyes.
  • 00:19:49.880 --> 00:19:52.283
  • “Then the Phariseesalso asked him again
  • 00:19:52.383 --> 00:19:55.987
  • how he had received his sight.”Now, watch what he says now.
  • 00:19:56.087 --> 00:19:59.457
  • “He said to them,“He put clay on my eyes,
  • 00:19:59.557 --> 00:20:04.128
  • and I washed, and I see.”He's just trying to tell,
  • 00:20:04.228 --> 00:20:10.234
  • that's all that happened, guys.
  • 00:20:10.334 --> 00:20:11.702
  • I didn't do anythingwrong, okay?
  • 00:20:11.802 --> 00:20:14.205
  • Then Verse 18, “But the Jewsdid not believe concerning him,
  • 00:20:14.305 --> 00:20:18.876
  • that he had been blindand received his sight,
  • 00:20:18.976 --> 00:20:21.479
  • until they calledthe parents of him
  • 00:20:21.579 --> 00:20:23.381
  • who had received his sight.”Now they call his parents in.
  • 00:20:23.481 --> 00:20:26.884
  • “And they asked them, saying,'Is this your son,
  • 00:20:26.984 --> 00:20:29.487
  • whom you say was born blind?How then does he now see?'"
  • 00:20:29.587 --> 00:20:33.557
  • Isn't that amazing,religion's mad about this?
  • 00:20:33.658 --> 00:20:36.294
  • A guy gets healedand they're upset?
  • 00:20:36.394 --> 00:20:38.162
  • “His parents answeredthem and said,
  • 00:20:38.262 --> 00:20:39.964
  • “We know this is our sonand that he was born blind,
  • 00:20:40.064 --> 00:20:41.866
  • but by what meanshe now sees we don't know,
  • 00:20:41.966 --> 00:20:44.669
  • or who openedhis eyes we do not know.”
  • 00:20:44.769 --> 00:20:46.404
  • Watch this.“He is of age; ask him.
  • 00:20:46.504 --> 00:20:48.439
  • He'll speak for himself.”
  • 00:20:48.539 --> 00:20:49.640
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:20:49.740 --> 00:20:52.143
  • They didn't want to ask him,
  • 00:20:52.243 --> 00:20:55.012
  • but watch whathappens, Verse 24.
  • 00:20:55.112 --> 00:20:57.014
  • “So they again calledthe man who was blind,
  • 00:20:57.114 --> 00:21:01.585
  • and said to him,'Give God the glory!
  • 00:21:01.686 --> 00:21:04.121
  • We know that this Manis a sinner.'
  • 00:21:04.221 --> 00:21:06.757
  • He answered and said,”this is one
  • 00:21:06.857 --> 00:21:07.825
  • of my favorite versesin the Bible,
  • 00:21:07.925 --> 00:21:09.460
  • “Whether He is a sinneror not I don't know.
  • 00:21:09.560 --> 00:21:11.262
  • One thing I know:though I was blind, now I see.”
  • 00:21:11.362 --> 00:21:17.635
  • That's pretty good.
  • 00:21:17.735 --> 00:21:18.803
  • [Applause]
  • 00:21:18.903 --> 00:21:20.871
  • Here's something I know.
  • 00:21:20.971 --> 00:21:22.340
  • So, here's whatI want to say to you.
  • 00:21:22.440 --> 00:21:24.208
  • Even if you haven'tstudied theology,
  • 00:21:24.308 --> 00:21:27.078
  • and even if you'rea new believer,
  • 00:21:27.178 --> 00:21:29.080
  • you can say to people, I don'tknow about the dinosaurs,
  • 00:21:29.180 --> 00:21:32.616
  • I know this.
  • 00:21:32.717 --> 00:21:33.718
  • I was lost andnow I'm found.
  • 00:21:33.818 --> 00:21:36.087
  • That's what I know.That's it.
  • 00:21:36.187 --> 00:21:38.055
  • Then, watch.
  • 00:21:38.155 --> 00:21:39.623
  • “Then they said to him again,'What did He do to you?
  • 00:21:39.724 --> 00:21:46.030
  • How did He open your eyes?'
  • 00:21:46.130 --> 00:21:47.932
  • He answered them,'I told you already,
  • 00:21:48.032 --> 00:21:51.135
  • but you did not listen.
  • 00:21:51.235 --> 00:21:53.137
  • Why do you wantto hear it again?
  • 00:21:53.237 --> 00:21:54.472
  • Do you also wantto become His disciples?'”
  • 00:21:54.572 --> 00:21:57.308
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:21:57.408 --> 00:22:02.313
  • That madethem really mad.
  • 00:22:02.413 --> 00:22:03.748
  • They kicked him out then.
  • 00:22:03.848 --> 00:22:05.883
  • So, they kick himout of the temple.
  • 00:22:05.983 --> 00:22:07.318
  • They literally kick him out.
  • 00:22:07.418 --> 00:22:08.886
  • But it says Jesuswent and found him.
  • 00:22:08.986 --> 00:22:10.654
  • Just want you to know,when religion kicks you out,
  • 00:22:10.755 --> 00:22:12.857
  • Jesus will come find you.
  • 00:22:12.957 --> 00:22:14.291
  • [Applause]
  • 00:22:14.392 --> 00:22:18.095
  • Now this is what I wantto get to, the whole thing
  • 00:22:18.796 --> 00:22:21.866
  • about pride and spiritualblindness, because next week
  • 00:22:21.966 --> 00:22:24.368
  • it's gonna take a turnwhen Cyrus...
  • 00:22:24.468 --> 00:22:25.936
  • when we talk aboutCyrus, all right?
  • 00:22:26.036 --> 00:22:28.272
  • Three weeks we've beentalking about pride.
  • 00:22:28.372 --> 00:22:29.373
  • This is where I wantedto get to, right here.
  • 00:22:29.473 --> 00:22:31.709
  • Here is the cure to pride.
  • 00:22:31.809 --> 00:22:34.345
  • Verse 39, “And Jesus said,'For judgment
  • 00:22:34.445 --> 00:22:38.315
  • I have come into this world,'”
  • 00:22:38.416 --> 00:22:40.317
  • watch this, “'that thosewho do not see may see.'”
  • 00:22:40.418 --> 00:22:45.856
  • He's talking aboutspiritual eyesight here.
  • 00:22:45.956 --> 00:22:49.293
  • “'And that thosewho see may be made blind.'
  • 00:22:49.393 --> 00:22:54.298
  • Then some of the Pharisees whowere with him heard these words
  • 00:22:54.398 --> 00:22:57.201
  • and said to Him,'Are we blind also?'”
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  • Jesus said, Bingo!Now, listen to what He said.
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  • “If you were blind,you would have no sin;
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  • but now,'" or since,'you say, "We see,”
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  • therefore your sin remains.'”
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  • All right, here'swhat He's saying.
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  • If you would just admit to Methat you can't see without Me,
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  • if you'd just admitthat you're blind without Me,
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  • I would take away your sin.You would have no sin.
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  • I would remove your sin as faras the east is from the west.
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  • What an amazing statement!You would have no sin.
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  • All of your sin would beremoved if you'd
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  • just admit to Methat you need Me.
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  • But since you saythat you can see without Me,
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  • your sin remains.Here's what He's saying.
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  • Because you're prideful,I'm not gonna forgive you.
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  • But if you'd humble yourselfand ask for My help,
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  • I would take away all of yoursin, and I'd be your Savior.
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  • So, the key, the keyto forgiveness of sin
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  • is to admit we need a Savior.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I knowthat I'm preaching a series
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  • where we're talking about pride,
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  • but I want to saythis in a good way,
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  • I am so proud of you.
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  • I'm proud of the factthat you love God
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  • and that you love beingtaught the Word of God.
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  • But in this area of pride,
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  • it tries to sneak upon all of us;
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  • it's very very deceptive.
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  • So let's us takea moment right now
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  • and just turnour hearts toward God,
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  • and say, “God, I don't wantto be deceived by pride.
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  • I trust you, Lord.”
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  • And just every morning,let's get on our knees
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  • and tell the Lord,“Lord, we need you
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  • to make it through today.”
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  • If we'll do that,if we just continue
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  • to walk in humility,God can use us
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  • in ways that wecan't even imagine.
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  • Hey, I love you so much.
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  • I'm going to continuethis series, next time.
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  • I'll see you then.
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  • - Announcer: We're so gladthat you joined us
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  • for today's program,we hope that you've enjoyed
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  • this message fromPastor's Robert's series,
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  • "The Kings of Babylon."
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  • In this series,he brings to life
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  • the storiesof four ancient kings,
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  • and relates themto the struggles
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  • God's peoplestill face today,
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  • and more importantly,His redemptive plan
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  • that awaits us all.
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  • about what the Bible says aboutpride and humility,
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  • as well as many otherresources to help you grow
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  • is doing in your lifeas a result of applying
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  • these truths from His Word.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best lifeisn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover
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  • that there is so muchmore to life.
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  • With humor, passion,and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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