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The Deception of Pride

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August 30, 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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  • 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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  • ROBERT: We're talking about thatwhen 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 of the sudden Suburbans
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  • started getting real nice
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  • and people startedbuying 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, is there a reason?”“'Cause I said.”
  • 00:11:34.409 --> 00:11:36.544
  • You know, He's just likeyour parents sometime,
  • 00:11:36.644 --> 00:11:38.179
  • ‘cause I said.Okay.
  • 00:11:38.279 --> 00:11:41.116
  • So, I went for months,and finally I thought,
  • 00:11:41.216 --> 00:11:45.754
  • you know, everyone'sgetting Suburbans.
  • 00:11:45.854 --> 00:11:47.322
  • A Suburban is not a sin.
  • 00:11:47.422 --> 00:11:50.592
  • I must havemisheard the Lord.
  • 00:11:50.692 --> 00:11:53.528
  • So obviously, being a godlyman, you know what I did.
  • 00:11:53.628 --> 00:11:56.131
  • I bought theSuburban anyway.
  • 00:11:56.231 --> 00:11:57.665
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:11:57.766 --> 00:12:00.401
  • Don't look at mewith judgmental eyes!
  • 00:12:00.502 --> 00:12:02.937
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:12:03.037 --> 00:12:04.506
  • The gas gauge brokeon that Suburban.
  • 00:12:04.606 --> 00:12:06.574
  • We ran out of gason the side of the road,
  • 00:12:06.674 --> 00:12:09.110
  • our whole family, three kids.
  • 00:12:09.210 --> 00:12:11.880
  • Every tire went flatat a different time.
  • 00:12:11.980 --> 00:12:16.317
  • A tire would go flat,and then when I went
  • 00:12:16.417 --> 00:12:18.386
  • to put the spare on the firsttime, it was flat.
  • 00:12:18.486 --> 00:12:21.356
  • See, I didn't buynew cars back then.
  • 00:12:21.456 --> 00:12:23.258
  • I bought used cars.
  • 00:12:23.358 --> 00:12:25.093
  • That's just all the budgetwould allow, you know.
  • 00:12:25.193 --> 00:12:28.863
  • Everything - the airconditioner went out in June,
  • 00:12:28.963 --> 00:12:34.002
  • and I couldn't affordto fix it till, like October.
  • 00:12:34.102 --> 00:12:38.406
  • We spent the summerwithout air conditioning.
  • 00:12:38.506 --> 00:12:40.809
  • Then, you readyfor this one?
  • 00:12:40.909 --> 00:12:43.144
  • The engine hada small oil leak,
  • 00:12:43.244 --> 00:12:47.215
  • ran out of oil,and blew up.
  • 00:12:47.315 --> 00:12:51.886
  • I'm thinking about all of thisand the Lord says to me,
  • 00:12:54.022 --> 00:12:57.859
  • “Are you gettingthe message?”
  • 00:12:57.959 --> 00:13:01.529
  • I said, “I'm gettingthe message.”
  • 00:13:01.629 --> 00:13:03.865
  • I sold it, lostthousands of dollars.
  • 00:13:03.965 --> 00:13:06.467
  • A week later - a week later,a friend of mine calls me
  • 00:13:06.568 --> 00:13:13.374
  • and said, “Hey, my wife andI bought a new Suburban.
  • 00:13:13.474 --> 00:13:18.213
  • Ours is only aboutthree years old
  • 00:13:18.313 --> 00:13:20.181
  • and we want to donate itto your ministry.”
  • 00:13:20.281 --> 00:13:23.017
  • And then he says to me,“We were going to donate
  • 00:13:23.117 --> 00:13:25.587
  • it last spring,but the Lord told me
  • 00:13:25.687 --> 00:13:27.088
  • to wait till the fall.”
  • 00:13:27.188 --> 00:13:29.190
  • [Applause]
  • 00:13:29.290 --> 00:13:31.926
  • Point three.
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  • Everyone understandpoint two?
  • 00:13:42.537 --> 00:13:45.273
  • Always causes regret.
  • 00:13:45.373 --> 00:13:47.041
  • Point three, pride causesspiritual blindness.
  • 00:13:47.141 --> 00:13:51.312
  • This is how you get deceived,
  • 00:13:51.412 --> 00:13:52.847
  • because you'respiritually blind.
  • 00:13:52.947 --> 00:13:54.549
  • You can't seein the Spirit anymore.
  • 00:13:54.649 --> 00:13:56.484
  • So, he puts himin the lion's den.
  • 00:13:56.584 --> 00:13:59.120
  • The king can'tsleep all night.
  • 00:13:59.220 --> 00:14:00.822
  • The next morning,he comes to the lion's den
  • 00:14:00.922 --> 00:14:03.291
  • and he says, “Daniel,are you okay?”
  • 00:14:03.391 --> 00:14:05.326
  • Daniel says,“I'm okay, God protected me.”
  • 00:14:05.426 --> 00:14:07.562
  • They pull him up.Look what happens, Verse 23.
  • 00:14:07.662 --> 00:14:10.732
  • “The king was overjoyedand ordered that Daniel
  • 00:14:10.832 --> 00:14:13.868
  • be lifted from the den.
  • 00:14:13.968 --> 00:14:15.236
  • Not a scratch was found on him,for he had trusted in his God.
  • 00:14:15.336 --> 00:14:19.440
  • Then the king gave ordersto arrest the men
  • 00:14:19.540 --> 00:14:21.876
  • who had maliciouslyaccused Daniel,
  • 00:14:21.976 --> 00:14:24.379
  • and he had them throwninto the lion's den,
  • 00:14:24.479 --> 00:14:27.916
  • along with their wivesand children.”
  • 00:14:28.016 --> 00:14:30.318
  • It shows that sin affectsother people in your life, too.
  • 00:14:30.418 --> 00:14:33.321
  • “The lions leaped on themand tore them apart
  • 00:14:33.421 --> 00:14:37.292
  • before they even hitthe floor of the den.”
  • 00:14:37.392 --> 00:14:39.861
  • The reason I say thatis there are some people
  • 00:14:39.961 --> 00:14:42.630
  • today tryingto discredit the Bible,
  • 00:14:42.730 --> 00:14:44.799
  • which is just amazing to me,and they're giving
  • 00:14:44.899 --> 00:14:47.001
  • all these earthly explanationsfor miraculous events.
  • 00:14:47.101 --> 00:14:51.940
  • Here's what I can't believe.
  • 00:14:52.040 --> 00:14:53.441
  • Why would it surprise youthat God can do miracles?
  • 00:14:53.541 --> 00:14:56.945
  • God shut themouths of lions.
  • 00:14:57.045 --> 00:14:58.579
  • 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
  • 00:15:02.650 --> 00:15:04.819
  • they didn't eat that night.
  • 00:15:04.919 --> 00:15:05.820
  • Okay, if they'd beenfed that day,
  • 00:15:05.920 --> 00:15:07.555
  • they would not haveeaten these people
  • 00:15:07.655 --> 00:15:09.524
  • before they even hit the floor.
  • 00:15:09.624 --> 00:15:11.659
  • They'd have still been full,because when a lion eats,
  • 00:15:11.759 --> 00:15:13.928
  • he's full for several days.
  • 00:15:14.028 --> 00:15:15.663
  • It takes a whileto digest it.
  • 00:15:15.763 --> 00:15:17.231
  • So, this was a miraclethat God did.
  • 00:15:17.332 --> 00:15:19.634
  • I just wantedto say that, all right?
  • 00:15:19.734 --> 00:15:21.169
  • But, here's the point.
  • 00:15:21.269 --> 00:15:22.503
  • The spell was brokenbecause Darius saw God.
  • 00:15:22.603 --> 00:15:27.542
  • He humbled himself.
  • 00:15:27.642 --> 00:15:28.977
  • The deception was gone,because he knew immediately
  • 00:15:29.077 --> 00:15:31.379
  • then I've been deceived,and he brought swift judgment.
  • 00:15:31.479 --> 00:15:34.482
  • Now, the reason I want to say --where I want to go
  • 00:15:34.582 --> 00:15:38.353
  • where I'm about to gois I'm talking
  • 00:15:38.453 --> 00:15:40.121
  • about spiritual blindness.
  • 00:15:40.221 --> 00:15:41.689
  • In John 9, there's a storyof a blind man being healed,
  • 00:15:41.789 --> 00:15:45.560
  • and Jesus addressesspiritual blindness
  • 00:15:45.660 --> 00:15:48.463
  • better in that chapter
  • 00:15:48.563 --> 00:15:50.999
  • than any chapterI've ever seen in the Bible.
  • 00:15:51.099 --> 00:15:53.434
  • And I want to show it to you,but I want to read you
  • 00:15:53.534 --> 00:15:56.204
  • a little bit of the storybecause it's extremely funny,
  • 00:15:56.304 --> 00:15:59.607
  • and some of you havenever seen as much humor
  • 00:15:59.707 --> 00:16:02.677
  • in the Bible as there is humor.
  • 00:16:02.777 --> 00:16:04.679
  • There is a lot of humorin the Bible, a lot of humor.
  • 00:16:04.779 --> 00:16:07.382
  • So, John 9, they're walkingalong, there's a blind man.
  • 00:16:07.482 --> 00:16:11.686
  • He doesn't call out.
  • 00:16:11.786 --> 00:16:12.887
  • This is not the one that said,“Have mercy on me,
  • 00:16:12.987 --> 00:16:14.489
  • Son of David.”He doesn't call out, nothing.
  • 00:16:14.589 --> 00:16:17.125
  • He's been blind since birthand Jesus just heals him.
  • 00:16:17.225 --> 00:16:20.628
  • But the way he heals him -
  • 00:16:20.728 --> 00:16:24.032
  • Well, let's just pick it upright there.
  • 00:16:24.132 --> 00:16:25.633
  • First of all, “The disciplessaid, “Is he blind
  • 00:16:25.733 --> 00:16:28.970
  • because of his sinor his parents' sin?”
  • 00:16:29.070 --> 00:16:31.806
  • Let me just say something.That's pride right there.
  • 00:16:31.906 --> 00:16:35.109
  • If you ever lookat a weakness or a disability
  • 00:16:35.209 --> 00:16:37.578
  • of another person and believeit's because of his sin
  • 00:16:37.678 --> 00:16:40.281
  • or parents' sin,that is judgmental,
  • 00:16:40.381 --> 00:16:42.884
  • legalistic criticism.
  • 00:16:42.984 --> 00:16:46.020
  • It's because of sin in the worldthat we have the difficulties
  • 00:16:46.120 --> 00:16:49.157
  • that we have, and so,please don't be judgmental.
  • 00:16:49.257 --> 00:16:52.827
  • But what's amazing is thatthe disciples didn't say,
  • 00:16:52.927 --> 00:16:54.729
  • look, there's a blindman, would you heal him?
  • 00:16:54.829 --> 00:16:57.398
  • Instead, they said is it hissin or his parents' sin?
  • 00:16:57.498 --> 00:17:01.669
  • I think sometimes Jesuswanted to just punch them
  • 00:17:01.769 --> 00:17:04.338
  • in the mouth, you know?
  • 00:17:04.439 --> 00:17:05.440
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:17:05.540 --> 00:17:07.341
  • So he heals this guy,
  • 00:17:07.442 --> 00:17:09.510
  • so let's pick it upwhen He said “Neither.”
  • 00:17:09.610 --> 00:17:11.412
  • By the way, He said,“Neither,” neither one.
  • 00:17:11.512 --> 00:17:14.315
  • 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
  • 00:17:16.918 --> 00:17:21.456
  • and made clay with the saliva,and he anointed the eyes
  • 00:17:21.556 --> 00:17:27.728
  • of the blind man with theclay.”
  • 00:17:27.829 --> 00:17:29.197
  • Now, I like this that Jesusspat, then the Bible
  • 00:17:29.297 --> 00:17:33.501
  • gets a little bit more spiritualand says, “and made clay.”
  • 00:17:33.601 --> 00:17:39.273
  • He rubs His spit in the ground.And then it says, “anointed.”
  • 00:17:39.373 --> 00:17:44.745
  • He rubbed mud on the guy's face.
  • 00:17:44.846 --> 00:17:48.182
  • See, again we don't havethis image of Jesus in our mind.
  • 00:17:48.282 --> 00:17:52.920
  • When we think of Jesus,we don't think of Jesus going...
  • 00:17:53.020 --> 00:17:55.389
  • [Expectorating]
  • 00:17:55.490 --> 00:17:57.592
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:17:57.692 --> 00:17:59.827
  • But He did!
  • 00:18:04.365 --> 00:18:06.634
  • Okay, “And anointed the eyesof the blind man with the clay.
  • 00:18:06.734 --> 00:18:10.438
  • And He said to him, “Go washin the pool of Siloam,”
  • 00:18:10.538 --> 00:18:13.708
  • which I think the blind mancould have said,
  • 00:18:13.808 --> 00:18:15.343
  • I didn't need to wash before yourubbed mud on my face,
  • 00:18:15.443 --> 00:18:19.046
  • “(which is translated Sent).
  • 00:18:19.147 --> 00:18:20.281
  • So he went and washed,and came back seeing.”
  • 00:18:20.381 --> 00:18:23.050
  • Now, this is a man bornblind - born blind.
  • 00:18:23.151 --> 00:18:26.220
  • Now, watch allof the talking that goes on.
  • 00:18:26.320 --> 00:18:29.423
  • This kind of reminds me...this is the social internet
  • 00:18:29.524 --> 00:18:32.193
  • of that day.
  • 00:18:32.293 --> 00:18:33.694
  • I can't believeall of the comments people
  • 00:18:33.794 --> 00:18:35.530
  • make about stuff,but it's just, you know,
  • 00:18:35.630 --> 00:18:38.699
  • and some of themare great comments,
  • 00:18:38.799 --> 00:18:40.134
  • but some - you know,you've seen the weird comments.
  • 00:18:40.234 --> 00:18:42.603
  • So, watch the talkingthat goes on.
  • 00:18:42.703 --> 00:18:44.405
  • People have been talkingeven before the internet.
  • 00:18:44.505 --> 00:18:46.407
  • Okay, Verse 8.
  • 00:18:46.507 --> 00:18:47.675
  • “Therefore the neighborsand those who had previously
  • 00:18:47.775 --> 00:18:50.178
  • seen that he was blind said,“Is not this
  • 00:18:50.278 --> 00:18:53.748
  • he who sat and begged?”
  • 00:18:53.848 --> 00:18:55.583
  • Some said, “This is he.”Others said, “He is like him.”
  • 00:18:55.683 --> 00:19:00.388
  • He said, “I'm him.”
  • 00:19:00.488 --> 00:19:02.156
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:19:02.256 --> 00:19:05.826
  • “Therefore they said to him,“How were your eyes opened?”
  • 00:19:05.927 --> 00:19:12.066
  • He answered and said,“A man called Jesus made clay.”
  • 00:19:12.166 --> 00:19:17.471
  • He left out the[expectorating] part.
  • 00:19:17.572 --> 00:19:20.708
  • “And anointed my eyesand said to me,
  • 00:19:20.808 --> 00:19:23.311
  • “Go to the poolof Siloam and wash.”
  • 00:19:23.411 --> 00:19:24.879
  • So I went and washed,and I received sight.”
  • 00:19:24.979 --> 00:19:29.317
  • Just simple.
  • 00:19:29.417 --> 00:19:30.418
  • “Then they saidto him, “Where is He?”
  • 00:19:30.518 --> 00:19:32.620
  • He said, “I don't know.”They brought him who formerly
  • 00:19:32.720 --> 00:19:35.756
  • was blind to the Pharisees.”Now he's in trouble.
  • 00:19:35.856 --> 00:19:39.360
  • And he didn'teven ask to be healed,
  • 00:19:39.460 --> 00:19:42.096
  • but he's in trouble withthe religious crowd now.
  • 00:19:42.196 --> 00:19:44.665
  • “It was a Sabbathwhen Jesus made the clay.”
  • 00:19:44.765 --> 00:19:47.134
  • Can you imagine that,“When Jesus made the clay?”
  • 00:19:47.235 --> 00:19:50.638
  • So, He had to work, apparently,and open his eyes.
  • 00:19:50.738 --> 00:19:53.140
  • “Then the Phariseesalso asked him again
  • 00:19:53.241 --> 00:19:56.844
  • how he had received his sight.”Now, watch what he says now.
  • 00:19:56.944 --> 00:20:00.314
  • “He said to them,“He put clay on my eyes,
  • 00:20:00.414 --> 00:20:05.253
  • and I washed, and I see.”
  • 00:20:05.353 --> 00:20:10.024
  • He's just trying to tell,that's all that happened, guys.
  • 00:20:10.124 --> 00:20:12.560
  • I didn't do anythingwrong, okay?
  • 00:20:12.660 --> 00:20:15.062
  • Then Verse 18, “But the Jewsdid not believe concerning him,
  • 00:20:15.162 --> 00:20:19.734
  • that he had been blindand received his sight,
  • 00:20:19.834 --> 00:20:22.336
  • until they calledthe parents of him
  • 00:20:22.436 --> 00:20:24.238
  • who had received his sight.”Now they call his parents in.
  • 00:20:24.338 --> 00:20:27.742
  • “And they asked them, saying,'Is this your son,
  • 00:20:27.842 --> 00:20:30.344
  • whom you say was born blind?How then does he now see?'"
  • 00:20:30.444 --> 00:20:34.415
  • Isn't that amazing,religion's mad about this?
  • 00:20:34.515 --> 00:20:37.151
  • A guy gets healedand they're upset?
  • 00:20:37.251 --> 00:20:39.020
  • “His parents answeredthem and said,
  • 00:20:39.120 --> 00:20:40.821
  • “We know this is our sonand that he was born blind,
  • 00:20:40.921 --> 00:20:42.723
  • but by what meanshe now sees we don't know,
  • 00:20:42.823 --> 00:20:45.526
  • or who openedhis eyes we do not know.”
  • 00:20:45.626 --> 00:20:47.261
  • Watch this.“He is of age; ask him.
  • 00:20:47.361 --> 00:20:49.297
  • He'll speak for himself.”
  • 00:20:49.397 --> 00:20:50.498
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:20:50.598 --> 00:20:53.000
  • They didn't want to ask him,
  • 00:20:53.100 --> 00:20:55.870
  • but watch whathappens, Verse 24.
  • 00:20:55.970 --> 00:20:57.872
  • “So they again calledthe man who was blind,
  • 00:20:57.972 --> 00:21:02.443
  • and said to him,'Give God the glory!
  • 00:21:02.543 --> 00:21:04.979
  • We know that this Manis a sinner.'
  • 00:21:05.079 --> 00:21:07.615
  • He answered and said,”this is one
  • 00:21:07.715 --> 00:21:08.683
  • of my favorite versesin the Bible,
  • 00:21:08.783 --> 00:21:10.318
  • “Whether He is a sinneror not I don't know.
  • 00:21:10.418 --> 00:21:12.119
  • One thing I know:though I was blind, now I see.”
  • 00:21:12.219 --> 00:21:18.492
  • That's pretty good.
  • 00:21:18.592 --> 00:21:19.660
  • [Applause]
  • 00:21:19.760 --> 00:21:21.729
  • Here's something I know.
  • 00:21:21.829 --> 00:21:23.197
  • So, here's whatI want to say to you.
  • 00:21:23.297 --> 00:21:25.066
  • Even if you haven'tstudied theology,
  • 00:21:25.166 --> 00:21:27.935
  • and even if you'rea new believer,
  • 00:21:28.035 --> 00:21:29.937
  • you can say to people, I don'tknow about the dinosaurs,
  • 00:21:30.037 --> 00:21:33.474
  • I know this.
  • 00:21:33.574 --> 00:21:34.575
  • I was lost andnow I'm found.
  • 00:21:34.675 --> 00:21:36.944
  • That's what I know.That's it.
  • 00:21:37.044 --> 00:21:38.913
  • Then, watch.
  • 00:21:39.013 --> 00:21:40.481
  • “Then they said to him again,'What did He do to you?
  • 00:21:40.581 --> 00:21:46.887
  • How did He open your eyes?'
  • 00:21:46.987 --> 00:21:48.789
  • He answered them,'I told you already,
  • 00:21:48.889 --> 00:21:51.992
  • but you did not listen.
  • 00:21:52.093 --> 00:21:53.994
  • Why do you wantto hear it again?
  • 00:21:54.095 --> 00:21:55.329
  • Do you also wantto become His disciples?'”
  • 00:21:55.429 --> 00:21:58.165
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:21:58.265 --> 00:22:03.170
  • That madethem really mad.
  • 00:22:03.270 --> 00:22:04.605
  • They kicked him out then.
  • 00:22:04.705 --> 00:22:06.741
  • So, they kick himout of the temple.
  • 00:22:06.841 --> 00:22:08.175
  • They literally kick him out.
  • 00:22:08.275 --> 00:22:09.744
  • But it says Jesuswent and found him.
  • 00:22:09.844 --> 00:22:11.512
  • Just want you to know,when religion kicks you out,
  • 00:22:11.612 --> 00:22:13.714
  • Jesus will come find you.
  • 00:22:13.814 --> 00:22:15.149
  • [Applause]
  • 00:22:15.249 --> 00:22:18.953
  • Now this is what I wantto get to, the whole thing
  • 00:22:19.653 --> 00:22:22.723
  • about pride and spiritualblindness, because next week
  • 00:22:22.823 --> 00:22:25.226
  • it's gonna take a turnwhen Cyrus...
  • 00:22:25.326 --> 00:22:26.794
  • when we talk aboutCyrus, all right?
  • 00:22:26.894 --> 00:22:29.130
  • Three weeks we've beentalking about pride.
  • 00:22:29.230 --> 00:22:30.231
  • This is where I wantedto get to, right here.
  • 00:22:30.331 --> 00:22:32.566
  • Here is the cure to pride.
  • 00:22:32.666 --> 00:22:35.202
  • Verse 39, “And Jesus said,'For judgment
  • 00:22:35.302 --> 00:22:39.173
  • I have come into this world,'”
  • 00:22:39.273 --> 00:22:41.175
  • watch this, “'that thosewho do not see may see.'”
  • 00:22:41.275 --> 00:22:46.714
  • He's talking aboutspiritual eyesight here.
  • 00:22:46.814 --> 00:22:50.151
  • “'And that thosewho see may be made blind.'
  • 00:22:50.251 --> 00:22:55.156
  • Then some of the Pharisees whowere with him heard these words
  • 00:22:55.256 --> 00:22:58.058
  • and said to Him,'Are we blind also?'”
  • 00:22:58.159 --> 00:23:01.662
  • 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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  • 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 have joined us
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  • for today's program,and we hope that you've enjoyed
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  • this message fromPastor 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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  • is doing in your lifeas a result of applying
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  • is not an escape from reality,but an entrance into it.
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