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May 25, 2020
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Pastor Robert delivers a powerful message about the three ways Satan tries to steal God's Word from us.

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  • Are youpassionate for God?
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  • Did you know that the morewe grow this passion,
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  • the less desire we willhave for other things?
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  • Join us today as my pastor,Robert Morris, talks about
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  • becoming that passionatedisciple, and also teaches
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  • us how to avoid the thornsthat choke joy
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  • out of our everyday lives.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: I want you toturn your Bibles
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  • to Mark 4, and Ezekiel 2.
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  • So, we're in a seriescalled, "You Are Here",
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  • and we're basing offthe parable in Mark 4,
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  • "The Sower and the Seed".
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  • Mark 4, and then you canput a marker at Ezekiel 2.
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  • We'll flip over therelater in the message.
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  • I want to remind you thatthe Lord used a survey
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  • that we took, along with525 other churches,
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  • we took this surveyand we found out that
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  • every person thatis attending church
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  • is in one of four groupsof people.
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  • I immediately thoughtof Mark chapter four.
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  • When I wentthrough Mark four,
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  • these four groups ofpeople in Mark four,
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  • I started looking at thisparable differently.
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  • I used to think it talkedabout three people
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  • that didn't receive theword and one that did.
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  • But it actually says thatthey received the word
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  • and then the enemy comes andtries to steal the word.
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  • So, let me justcatch you up.
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  • We're on the third week ofthis series, and again,
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  • we found out that there arefour groups of people
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  • attending church, andI'm going to remind you
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  • what those four groups were.
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  • Right here is the cross,so there are some people
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  • that are attending church,and we're very grateful,
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  • that haven't come toknow the Lord, yet.
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  • The first group,remember two weeks ago,
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  • is the group we call, what?
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  • "Exploring God", That's good.
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  • "Exploring God", and we putthe word 'fellowship' above it,
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  • because these people arecoming to the fellowship,
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  • but they haven't come into arelationship, which is what
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  • we talked aboutlast weekend, yet.
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  • And we call thissecond group?
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  • "Beginning" that gotquieter, did you notice that?
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  • Okay, "Beginning in God".
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  • That was just last weekend.
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  • "Exploring God", they get saved,they're "Beginning in God".
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  • This weekend we're going totalk about "Close to God",
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  • and we call thisdiscipleship.
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  • And so, that's the title ofthe message this weekend,
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  • is "Discipleship".
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  • And the last group arepeople who are "God Centered".
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  • GC also stands for GatewayChurch, that's right!
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  • And we'll talk aboutlordship, alright?
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  • So, we also talked about thatyou make the move
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  • from group one to group two
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  • when you understandthe truth of grace,
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  • that salvation is bygrace alone, through faith,
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  • from group two to group threewhen you understand God's Word
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  • is the final authority foryour life, and group three
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  • to group fourwhen you understand giving,
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  • and that's not justgiving our finances,
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  • but giving our life away.
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  • So, we base this on Mark 4.
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  • Now, we're talking nowabout the third group,
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  • people who are close to God.
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  • But at every stage,the enemy is attacking,
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  • and when you read how theenemy attacks in this stage
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  • of your growth in the Lord,it reminded me of boating,
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  • and the reason it didis, I like to boat.
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  • You know, Debbie and I havehad several boats,
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  • and we have one now.
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  • But when you're boating inthe ocean, you have to be aware
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  • of currents and tides.
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  • You've probably noticedbefore, maybe when you were
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  • swimming at a beach and thetide was going out,
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  • you could feel that undertow,very strong undertow,
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  • trying to pull you out.
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  • It's the samewith the current.
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  • The point is, as a believer,there is a current
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  • in this world, you think aboutit, that's trying to pull
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  • us away from God, always.
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  • And we have to keep ourprops turning,
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  • and this is what keeps our propsturning, is God's Word is
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  • the only thing that willhelp us against
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  • that worldly current.
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  • So in Mark 4, He talks aboutthree groups of people.
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  • We're not going to read thewhole passage, because we've
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  • done that in the weeksbefore, but look at Verse 7.
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  • This is the third group.
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  • It says, "And some seed fellamong thorns, and the thorns
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  • grew up and choked it,and it yielded no crop".
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  • And then He explainsit in Verses 18 and 19.
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  • He says, "Now these are theones sown among thorns.
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  • They are the oneswho hear the Word"
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  • notice they hear the Word.
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  • They're attending church.
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  • "And the cares of thisworld, the deceitfulness
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  • of riches, and the desires forother things entering
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  • in choke the Word and itbecomes unfruitful."
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  • Okay, so He actually tellsus, I'm going to tell you how
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  • the thorns are going tocome against you,
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  • but He describes thisattack as thorns.
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  • Now, last week we looked atsome types and shadows,
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  • some symbolic and some paraboliclanguage in the Bible that helps
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  • us understand this spirituallanguage that goes throughout
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  • the Bible.Okay.
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  • And we talked about howbirds, many times,
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  • can represent Satanand his demonic forces.
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  • Jesus Himself said that.
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  • "The birds of the aircome and steal the seed."
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  • They said, Lord,what does that mean?
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  • He said, that's Satan.
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  • That's Satan and hisforces coming against you.
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  • It's important for us tounderstand this parable,
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  • because if you remember,Jesus said,
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  • "Do you not understandthis parable?
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  • How then will you understandall of the parables?"
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  • In essence, I think is whatHe's saying is, if you don't
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  • understand that there's ameaning behind some of these
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  • words, the enemy's going tocome after you, and he's got
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  • a foothold on you because youdon't understand that.
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  • So, last week wetalked about birds.
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  • This series has been differentin that normally within about
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  • the first five minutes I go intomy first point.
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  • I'm not getting to my pointsuntil about halfway through
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  • the message, and I'm doingit on purpose because
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  • I'm showing you some symbolic,parabolic language in the Bible
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  • to help you to be hungryfor the Word of God.
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  • So, Jesus said thorns,thorns choke the Word.
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  • So, what are thorns?
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  • Well, before I can show youwhat thorns represent
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  • in the Bible, I need toshow you another type,
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  • another symbol that willhelp you understand,
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  • and that's the word scorpions.
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  • What do scorpions represent?
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  • All right, we'll get toEzekiel in a minute,
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  • but Luke 10:17 says, "Then theseventy returned with joy."
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  • These are 70 disciplesJesus sent out.
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  • "Saying, Lord, even the demonsare subject to us in your name.
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  • And He said tothem", really?
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  • No, I'm just kidding.
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  • "He said, "I saw Satan falllike lightning from heaven."
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  • And here's what He's sayingin that statement,
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  • I'm not impressed.
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  • If demons obey me, thatdoesn't impress me.
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  • When they crossed my dad,Satan was out, just like that.
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  • That's what He's saying.
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  • But, now watch whatHe says in Verse 19.
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  • It's very important.
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  • "Behold, I give you authority",I give you authority,
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  • "to trample on serpents andscorpions, and over all
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  • the power of the enemy,and nothing shall
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  • by any means hurt you."
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  • Okay.
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  • Did Jesus not hear what theysaid, or did He respond
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  • to what they said?
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  • He responded towhat they said!
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  • They said, "Lord, eventhe demons are subject".
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  • He said, uh-huh, you haveauthority over serpents
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  • and scorpions.
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  • Because we understandthat Jesus is speaking
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  • in a spiritual language,so Jesus, Himself,
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  • calls serpents andscorpions demons.
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  • Okay, now remember,if that's what it is,
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  • if that's what they are,let's look at it
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  • somewhere else in the Bible.
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  • Remember, scorpionsrepresent demons.
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  • Let me show you anotherverse about thorns,
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  • and it's used in the contextof demons again, all right?
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  • Ezekiel 2.
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  • Ezekiel 2, God is speakingto Ezekiel and this
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  • is what He says, Verse 3.
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  • "And He said to me, "Son ofman, I am sending you
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  • to the children of Israel,to a rebellious nation
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  • that has rebelled against Me.
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  • They and their fathers havetransgressed against Me
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  • to this very day, forthey are impudent
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  • and stubborn children.
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  • I am sending you to themand you shall say to them,
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  • "Thus says the Lord God".
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  • As for them, whether theyhear or whether they refuse,
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  • for they are a rebellioushouse, yet they will know
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  • that a prophet hasbeen among them.
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  • And you, Son of man, do notbe afraid of them nor be afraid
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  • of their words",watch carefully, "though briars
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  • and thorns are with you andyou dwell among scorpions."
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  • Okay, what's He saying?
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  • He's not talking aboutliteral thorns there
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  • and He's not talking aboutliteral scorpions.
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  • He's saying the childrenof Israel, My people,
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  • have gone away from My ways,therefore,
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  • because they've rebelled,the enemy now has come in.
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  • And when you go prophesy,you just know,
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  • you're going to be amongthorns and scorpions.
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  • Okay, He's not sayingliteral scorpions.
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  • Ezekiel was not out thereprophesying saying,
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  • "The Lord's --"[stomps foot]
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  • "One of those scorpions,He told me they would be here.
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  • He's talking aboutdemonic spirits.
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  • Do you understandwhat I'm saying?
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  • Okay.
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  • Why am I taking so muchtime every week to show you
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  • things like thisin Scripture?
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  • Let me say it this way.
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  • I'm trying to teachyou how to fish.
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  • I'm not just trying to giveyou fish each week,
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  • I'm trying to teach you to fish.
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  • I'm trying to get youexcited about this book.
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  • So, let me show you just a fewother Scriptures on thorns.
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  • Now before I do, let meexplain this to you before
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  • I show you this Scripture.
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  • This is a verywell-known Scripture.
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  • It's amazing how we'vemissed the types and shadows,
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  • the symbolin this Scripture.
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  • The Greek word for angelis angelos, angelos,
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  • A-N-G-E-L-O-S.
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  • So, angelos, angel.
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  • It's in the New Testament186 times, that Greek word.
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  • Seven times it's translatedmessenger,
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  • but it still means angel.
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  • So, watch this and watchthorn in this context.
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  • 2 Corinthians12:7, this is Paul.
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  • "And lest I should beexalted above measure
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  • by the abundance of therevelations, a thorn
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  • in the flesh was given to me".
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  • Now, he's going totell you what that is.
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  • Comma, "a messenger",angelos, angel,
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  • an angel of Satan, "tobuffet me, lest I should
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  • be exalted above measure."
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  • Here's what's amazing.
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  • Theologians say, what doyou think Paul's thorn was?
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  • Well, I know what it was.
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  • It was an angel of Satan,because he told me that.
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  • So, that's not thequestion, what it was.
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  • The question you might wantto ask is how did it manifest?
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  • See, you could say, somepeople think it was
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  • something with his eyes.
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  • Some people think it was the[indiscernible] that were
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  • coming against him.
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  • So, you can go through allsorts of how it manifested,
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  • but there's no debate aboutwhat it was,
  • 00:11:24.375 --> 00:11:26.144
  • because he tells us what it was.
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  • It was an angel of Satan,and he calls it a thorn.
  • 00:11:27.779 --> 00:11:30.782
  • What's an angel of Satan?
  • 00:11:30.882 --> 00:11:31.816
  • It's a demonic spirit.
  • 00:11:31.916 --> 00:11:33.084
  • It's a fallen angel.
  • 00:11:33.184 --> 00:11:34.352
  • You do know there are goodangels and bad angels, right?
  • 00:11:34.452 --> 00:11:38.389
  • A third of the angels fellwith Satan, so there are
  • 00:11:38.490 --> 00:11:40.258
  • good angels and bad angels.
  • 00:11:40.358 --> 00:11:41.359
  • Right there inscripture -- thorn.
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  • Do you realize why 'thorn'represents demons in Numbers --
  • 00:11:44.963 --> 00:11:51.069
  • I'm going to show youa scripture in Numbers
  • 00:11:51.169 --> 00:11:52.237
  • in a minute --
  • 00:11:52.337 --> 00:11:53.204
  • in Corinthians,in Luke, and in Ezekiel?
  • 00:11:53.304 --> 00:11:56.107
  • Let me tell you why.
  • 00:11:56.207 --> 00:11:57.175
  • Because the same dudewrote the whole book!
  • 00:11:57.275 --> 00:12:00.245
  • And it's a great book.
  • 00:12:00.345 --> 00:12:02.847
  • But, you've got to understand,there are spiritual
  • 00:12:02.947 --> 00:12:04.883
  • types and shadows, and whenyou don't understand it,
  • 00:12:04.983 --> 00:12:08.253
  • you go intoall of this conjecture.
  • 00:12:08.353 --> 00:12:09.988
  • Here's what you do whenyou read a Word like that.
  • 00:12:10.088 --> 00:12:11.656
  • When you read thorns orscorpions, you look it up
  • 00:12:11.756 --> 00:12:15.260
  • in the concordance, and youread it everywhere
  • 00:12:15.360 --> 00:12:16.728
  • it is in the Bible, and theBible will define itself.
  • 00:12:16.828 --> 00:12:19.964
  • The Bible will tellyou what it means.
  • 00:12:20.064 --> 00:12:21.966
  • In Revelation, there isa scripture that says,
  • 00:12:22.066 --> 00:12:25.770
  • "These locusts arecoming on the earth,
  • 00:12:25.870 --> 00:12:28.006
  • and they have the samepower as scorpions."
  • 00:12:28.106 --> 00:12:31.276
  • Well, that tells you,right there.
  • 00:12:31.376 --> 00:12:32.844
  • And here's what it says.
  • 00:12:32.944 --> 00:12:33.845
  • It says, "They cannot harmgreen trees,
  • 00:12:33.945 --> 00:12:38.149
  • but they can harmpeople who don't have
  • 00:12:38.249 --> 00:12:40.018
  • the seal of God ontheir foreheads."
  • 00:12:40.118 --> 00:12:41.352
  • What does that mean?Well, it's simple.
  • 00:12:41.452 --> 00:12:42.987
  • Psalm 1: "The man whomeditates on the Word of God
  • 00:12:43.087 --> 00:12:45.857
  • is like a treeplanted by the water," see?
  • 00:12:45.957 --> 00:12:48.426
  • Let me show you just anotherScripture on thorns.
  • 00:12:48.526 --> 00:12:51.429
  • You need to remember thoughthat the Promised Land
  • 00:12:51.529 --> 00:12:53.932
  • does not represent heaven.
  • 00:12:54.032 --> 00:12:56.034
  • Many people think that, butit doesn't because there
  • 00:12:56.134 --> 00:12:58.169
  • were still enemiesin the Promised Land.
  • 00:12:58.269 --> 00:13:01.706
  • There aren't going to beany enemies in heaven.
  • 00:13:01.806 --> 00:13:04.475
  • The Promised Land representsthe overcoming Christian life.
  • 00:13:04.576 --> 00:13:07.378
  • I mean, and if you drive theenemy out, then you can live
  • 00:13:07.478 --> 00:13:10.515
  • in the land safely whereGod wants you to live, see?
  • 00:13:10.615 --> 00:13:13.518
  • And let me just showyou what He says here.
  • 00:13:13.618 --> 00:13:15.253
  • Numbers 33:55, "If youdo not drive out the inhabitants
  • 00:13:15.353 --> 00:13:19.390
  • of the land from before you,then it shall be that those
  • 00:13:19.490 --> 00:13:22.560
  • who you let remain shall beirritants in your eyes",
  • 00:13:22.660 --> 00:13:25.730
  • watch this, "andthorns in your side,
  • 00:13:25.830 --> 00:13:29.534
  • and they shall harass you inthe land where you dwell."
  • 00:13:29.634 --> 00:13:35.406
  • Is that clear?
  • 00:13:35.506 --> 00:13:37.909
  • I'll give you one more.
  • 00:13:38.009 --> 00:13:39.077
  • Judges 2:3, "Therefore Ialso said, "I will not drive
  • 00:13:39.177 --> 00:13:41.913
  • them out before you."
  • 00:13:42.013 --> 00:13:43.214
  • He told them to, and theydidn't, so they asked Him to.
  • 00:13:43.314 --> 00:13:45.416
  • He said, no, I'mnot going to do it.
  • 00:13:45.516 --> 00:13:46.718
  • "But they shall be thorns inyour side, and their Gods
  • 00:13:46.818 --> 00:13:50.755
  • shall be a snare to you."
  • 00:13:50.855 --> 00:13:52.724
  • Okay, you say, well, whatdoes that mean to us today?
  • 00:13:52.824 --> 00:13:54.525
  • Remember, Israelhad literal enemies,
  • 00:13:54.626 --> 00:13:56.261
  • we have spiritual enemies.
  • 00:13:56.361 --> 00:13:57.495
  • Here's what He'strying to tell you.
  • 00:13:57.595 --> 00:13:58.630
  • If you don't driveout bitterness,
  • 00:13:58.730 --> 00:14:00.298
  • and unforgiveness, andresentment, and hate,
  • 00:14:00.398 --> 00:14:02.934
  • and malice, and envy,and jealousy, and lust,
  • 00:14:03.034 --> 00:14:05.503
  • and pride, and anger,it's going to be a thorn.
  • 00:14:05.603 --> 00:14:09.908
  • It's going to becomea thorn in your side.
  • 00:14:10.008 --> 00:14:12.610
  • A spirit is going to startattacking you in that area
  • 00:14:12.710 --> 00:14:15.513
  • if you continue to allowbitterness to stay in your life.
  • 00:14:15.613 --> 00:14:18.983
  • That's what He'strying to tell us.
  • 00:14:19.083 --> 00:14:20.418
  • So, Jesus tells us aboutthese three areas where
  • 00:14:20.518 --> 00:14:23.721
  • these thorns attack, andso let's talk about them.
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  • All right, number one,the cares of this world.
  • 00:14:26.391 --> 00:14:30.161
  • These are the three Jesussaid - the cares of this world,
  • 00:14:30.261 --> 00:14:33.598
  • the deceitfulness of riches,and the desires
  • 00:14:33.698 --> 00:14:35.433
  • for other things.
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  • The cares of this world.
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  • 1 Peter 5:7 says, "Castingall your care upon Him,
  • 00:14:37.535 --> 00:14:43.875
  • for He cares for you".
  • 00:14:43.975 --> 00:14:45.176
  • "Casting all your care uponHim, for He cares for you."
  • 00:14:45.276 --> 00:14:47.979
  • Okay, let me explainsomething here.
  • 00:14:48.079 --> 00:14:50.915
  • There's a littlesaying that we have,
  • 00:14:51.015 --> 00:14:52.684
  • it's actuallya good saying,
  • 00:14:52.784 --> 00:14:54.319
  • but I just heard it differently,when someone said this to me,
  • 00:14:54.419 --> 00:14:56.988
  • a while back becauseGod was dealing with me
  • 00:14:57.088 --> 00:14:59.257
  • about casting my care on Him.
  • 00:14:59.357 --> 00:15:01.960
  • And I was leaving a luncheonwith someone and again,
  • 00:15:02.060 --> 00:15:04.162
  • the saying is good,I really think it is,
  • 00:15:04.262 --> 00:15:06.664
  • I know the intentionbehind it is good,
  • 00:15:06.764 --> 00:15:08.199
  • but he said to me,here's what he said.
  • 00:15:08.299 --> 00:15:10.001
  • He said, "Take care!"
  • 00:15:10.101 --> 00:15:13.604
  • And I remember thinking,
  • 00:15:13.705 --> 00:15:15.139
  • I don't want totake care with me.
  • 00:15:15.239 --> 00:15:18.710
  • I want to cast care.
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  • I don't want to carry care.
  • 00:15:21.713 --> 00:15:24.649
  • Now I'm not saying if that'sa little saying you have.
  • 00:15:24.749 --> 00:15:26.918
  • I know we're saying becautious -- be careful --
  • 00:15:27.018 --> 00:15:29.821
  • be safe, and that's fine.
  • 00:15:29.921 --> 00:15:32.023
  • I'm just saying I heard itdifferently because God
  • 00:15:32.123 --> 00:15:34.092
  • was dealing with me aboutnot carrying my care,
  • 00:15:34.192 --> 00:15:37.362
  • but casting my care.
  • 00:15:37.462 --> 00:15:39.230
  • We were not designedto carry burdens.
  • 00:15:39.330 --> 00:15:42.033
  • What we're supposed to do islay them at the feet
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  • of the Shepherd.
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  • But, here's the problem.
  • 00:15:46.571 --> 00:15:48.373
  • We lay them, but wedon't leave them.
  • 00:15:48.473 --> 00:15:51.376
  • Think about this.
  • 00:15:51.476 --> 00:15:52.710
  • How many times have you beenreading the Bible, and you stop
  • 00:15:52.810 --> 00:15:55.680
  • and you think, I don'teven know what I just read,
  • 00:15:55.780 --> 00:15:57.749
  • because your mindwas somewhere else?
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  • That's the enemy,trying to keep you
  • 00:16:00.752 --> 00:16:03.054
  • from receiving this book.
  • 00:16:03.154 --> 00:16:05.256
  • So, number one, thecares of this world.
  • 00:16:05.356 --> 00:16:06.657
  • Number two, thedeceitfulness of riches.
  • 00:16:06.758 --> 00:16:10.695
  • The deceitfulness of riches.
  • 00:16:10.795 --> 00:16:13.097
  • Let me read you acouple of Scriptures.
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  • 1 Timothy 6:17 says,"Command those who are rich
  • 00:16:15.199 --> 00:16:19.904
  • in this present age not tobe haughty, nor to trust",
  • 00:16:20.004 --> 00:16:25.510
  • I want you to remember theword trust,
  • 00:16:25.610 --> 00:16:27.211
  • "in uncertain riches,but in the living God."
  • 00:16:27.311 --> 00:16:29.947
  • Don't trust in riches, trustin God, "who gives us richly
  • 00:16:30.048 --> 00:16:34.018
  • all things to enjoy".
  • 00:16:34.118 --> 00:16:35.286
  • Now first thing I wantto do is when it says
  • 00:16:35.386 --> 00:16:37.522
  • "command thosewho are rich, "
  • 00:16:37.622 --> 00:16:39.390
  • some of you thought,okay, that's good.
  • 00:16:39.490 --> 00:16:41.492
  • He's talking to the rich peoplenow.
  • 00:16:41.592 --> 00:16:43.428
  • [Laughter]
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  • I don't have to listento this part.
  • 00:16:44.495 --> 00:16:47.198
  • You know, a while back,there were lots of articles
  • 00:16:47.298 --> 00:16:49.867
  • and lots of things being saidabout the "top 1% in America".
  • 00:16:49.967 --> 00:16:53.204
  • I don't know ifyou know this,
  • 00:16:53.304 --> 00:16:54.472
  • but if you have an income,combined family income
  • 00:16:54.572 --> 00:16:58.142
  • of $48.000 or more,
  • 00:16:58.242 --> 00:17:00.845
  • you're in the top 1%of the world.
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  • Of the world.
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  • You're a one-percenter.
  • 00:17:09.220 --> 00:17:10.822
  • Some of you might think,"I went to church
  • 00:17:10.922 --> 00:17:12.924
  • and found outI'm a one-percenter."
  • 00:17:13.024 --> 00:17:16.561
  • You're a one-percenter.
  • 00:17:16.661 --> 00:17:18.930
  • When it says "commandthose who are rich,"
  • 00:17:19.030 --> 00:17:21.666
  • that's most Americans.
  • 00:17:21.766 --> 00:17:25.236
  • Just go tosome of
  • 00:17:25.336 --> 00:17:26.471
  • the third-world countriesand see.
  • 00:17:26.571 --> 00:17:28.639
  • Alright, so, here's what --
  • 00:17:28.739 --> 00:17:29.907
  • First thing hesays is don't trust.
  • 00:17:30.007 --> 00:17:31.809
  • Tell them not totrust in riches.
  • 00:17:31.909 --> 00:17:35.012
  • Then look atVerses 9 and 10.
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  • 1 Timothy 6:9-10, "For thosewho desire",
  • 00:17:37.281 --> 00:17:40.785
  • remember the word desire,"to be rich
  • 00:17:40.885 --> 00:17:43.321
  • fall into temptation,and a snare,
  • 00:17:43.421 --> 00:17:47.158
  • and into manyfoolish and harmful lusts
  • 00:17:47.258 --> 00:17:49.927
  • which drown men in destructionand perdition, for the love",
  • 00:17:50.027 --> 00:17:55.900
  • remember the word love now,we've got trust, desire,
  • 00:17:56.000 --> 00:17:58.202
  • and love, "for the love of moneyis a root of all kinds of evil,
  • 00:17:58.302 --> 00:18:03.941
  • for which some have strayed fromthe faith in their greediness
  • 00:18:04.041 --> 00:18:07.578
  • and pierced themselvesthrough with many sorrows."
  • 00:18:07.678 --> 00:18:10.548
  • Okay.
  • 00:18:10.648 --> 00:18:11.849
  • Here's what he's in essencetold us in these three verses.
  • 00:18:11.949 --> 00:18:14.085
  • Don't trust in money,don't desire money,
  • 00:18:14.185 --> 00:18:18.623
  • and don't love money.
  • 00:18:18.723 --> 00:18:20.892
  • Now, listen.
  • 00:18:20.992 --> 00:18:21.859
  • Why would he tell us that?
  • 00:18:21.959 --> 00:18:23.294
  • Don't trust in it, don'tdesire it, and don't love it.
  • 00:18:23.394 --> 00:18:26.364
  • Why would he tell us that?
  • 00:18:26.464 --> 00:18:27.298
  • It's simple.
  • 00:18:27.398 --> 00:18:28.566
  • He's not trying to speak badagainst being a good worker,
  • 00:18:28.666 --> 00:18:31.936
  • or praying for your companyto succeed,
  • 00:18:32.036 --> 00:18:34.405
  • or trying to geta promotion.
  • 00:18:34.505 --> 00:18:35.473
  • That's not whathe's talking about.
  • 00:18:35.573 --> 00:18:36.507
  • He's talking abouta heart issue here,
  • 00:18:36.607 --> 00:18:38.476
  • and here's what he says.
  • 00:18:38.576 --> 00:18:39.677
  • Don't trust in, don'tdesire, and don't love money.
  • 00:18:39.777 --> 00:18:43.814
  • Here's they reason why,because we're supposed to trust,
  • 00:18:43.915 --> 00:18:47.618
  • desire, and love God.
  • 00:18:47.718 --> 00:18:51.856
  • That's why.
  • 00:18:51.956 --> 00:18:52.957
  • See, it tries to takethe place of God.
  • 00:18:53.057 --> 00:18:55.993
  • If you think about it, moneywill promise you everything
  • 00:18:56.093 --> 00:19:00.331
  • that only God can give you.
  • 00:19:00.431 --> 00:19:02.400
  • That's why Jesus said youcan't serve God and Mammon,
  • 00:19:02.500 --> 00:19:05.436
  • He called it, which is anAramaic word which refers
  • 00:19:05.536 --> 00:19:07.838
  • to the Syrian god of riches.
  • 00:19:07.939 --> 00:19:09.674
  • He said youcan't serve both.
  • 00:19:09.774 --> 00:19:11.175
  • It's one or the other.
  • 00:19:11.275 --> 00:19:13.711
  • To illustrate this, I wastalking to a pastor one time
  • 00:19:13.811 --> 00:19:16.714
  • and he was talkingabout some problems
  • 00:19:16.814 --> 00:19:19.083
  • he had in church and all this.
  • 00:19:19.183 --> 00:19:22.086
  • He said, "Boy, we reallyneed God to come through."
  • 00:19:22.186 --> 00:19:25.957
  • I just kind of hadthis little thing.
  • 00:19:26.057 --> 00:19:28.426
  • I wanted to kind of get himback on track in his thinking.
  • 00:19:28.526 --> 00:19:31.295
  • And I know him real wellso he's a good friend
  • 00:19:31.395 --> 00:19:33.297
  • so it wasn't like I just metthe guy or something;
  • 00:19:33.397 --> 00:19:37.235
  • we have a goodrelationship.
  • 00:19:37.335 --> 00:19:38.369
  • So he said, "We reallyneed God to come through."
  • 00:19:38.469 --> 00:19:40.705
  • And I said to him, "Wouldit fix this problem
  • 00:19:40.805 --> 00:19:44.842
  • if someone gave you amillion dollars?"
  • 00:19:44.942 --> 00:19:47.411
  • And he just likethis said, "Yeah!"
  • 00:19:47.511 --> 00:19:50.214
  • And I said, "So thenyou wouldn't need God;
  • 00:19:50.314 --> 00:19:52.250
  • would you?
  • 00:19:52.350 --> 00:19:56.487
  • You wouldn't need Godthen; would you?"
  • 00:19:56.587 --> 00:19:58.489
  • You could just seethe look on his face.
  • 00:19:58.589 --> 00:20:00.157
  • Of course, we prayedand we talked about it.
  • 00:20:00.258 --> 00:20:02.627
  • But here's whathe was saying,
  • 00:20:02.727 --> 00:20:03.995
  • "I either need God to comethrough or I need someone
  • 00:20:04.095 --> 00:20:06.097
  • to give us some money."
  • 00:20:06.197 --> 00:20:08.899
  • That's the wrong way to think.
  • 00:20:09.000 --> 00:20:10.368
  • That's called the deceitfulnessof riches.
  • 00:20:10.468 --> 00:20:13.537
  • See riches willdeceive you.
  • 00:20:13.638 --> 00:20:15.640
  • "Serve Me, and you will behappy."
  • 00:20:15.740 --> 00:20:18.042
  • You'll never be happyserving riches.
  • 00:20:18.142 --> 00:20:21.012
  • You'll only behappy serving God.
  • 00:20:21.112 --> 00:20:23.381
  • So, the deceitfulness ofriches, and the third
  • 00:20:23.481 --> 00:20:25.216
  • is the desires for other things.
  • 00:20:25.316 --> 00:20:28.753
  • The desires forother things.
  • 00:20:28.853 --> 00:20:30.955
  • Now, I like how he phrasesthis, other things.
  • 00:20:31.055 --> 00:20:34.825
  • Other things.
  • 00:20:34.925 --> 00:20:36.327
  • Let me show you a veryfamous passage here,
  • 00:20:36.427 --> 00:20:39.497
  • and watch the wordthings, all right?
  • 00:20:39.597 --> 00:20:41.866
  • Matthew 6:31-33, "Jesussaid, "Therefore do not worry,
  • 00:20:41.966 --> 00:20:46.837
  • saying what shall weeat, or what shall we drink,
  • 00:20:46.937 --> 00:20:49.073
  • or what shall we wear, forafter all these things
  • 00:20:49.173 --> 00:20:54.378
  • the Gentiles seek."
  • 00:20:54.478 --> 00:20:56.580
  • They seek these things.
  • 00:20:56.681 --> 00:20:59.383
  • "For your heavenly Fatherknows that you need
  • 00:20:59.483 --> 00:21:01.085
  • all these things.
  • 00:21:01.185 --> 00:21:03.254
  • But", you, is what He'ssaying here, "seek first
  • 00:21:03.354 --> 00:21:07.024
  • the kingdom of God and Hisrighteousness,
  • 00:21:07.124 --> 00:21:09.026
  • and all these things will beadded to you."
  • 00:21:09.126 --> 00:21:12.663
  • Now, I want you tonotice what He said.
  • 00:21:12.763 --> 00:21:14.198
  • He said the people thatdon't know about God seek
  • 00:21:14.298 --> 00:21:17.201
  • these things, but your heavenlyFather knows you need this.
  • 00:21:17.301 --> 00:21:21.072
  • Later He says, "Yourheavenly Father knows
  • 00:21:21.172 --> 00:21:23.741
  • the things you needbefore you ask".
  • 00:21:23.841 --> 00:21:26.777
  • Now remember, "Ask and youshall receive,
  • 00:21:26.877 --> 00:21:28.679
  • seek and you shall find".
  • 00:21:28.779 --> 00:21:30.448
  • Here's what He's saying.
  • 00:21:30.548 --> 00:21:31.782
  • Don't seek things, seek God,but you can ask your Father
  • 00:21:31.882 --> 00:21:37.254
  • to meet your needs.
  • 00:21:37.355 --> 00:21:38.556
  • See, this Word, the desiresfor other things, is the Greek
  • 00:21:38.656 --> 00:21:41.826
  • word epithumeo.
  • 00:21:41.926 --> 00:21:44.862
  • Epithumeo.
  • 00:21:44.962 --> 00:21:46.230
  • The reason I'm bringing this outis it's in the New Testament,
  • 00:21:46.330 --> 00:21:49.033
  • like 38 times.
  • 00:21:49.133 --> 00:21:50.368
  • It's only translatedthree times, desire.
  • 00:21:50.468 --> 00:21:54.038
  • Only three times.
  • 00:21:54.138 --> 00:21:55.106
  • The other times it'stranslated lust.
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  • Now, it's interesting, bythe way, to note the times
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  • that it's translated desire.
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  • In Mark 4, but it's translateddesire two other times.
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  • One time it's when Paul'stalking about going to heaven.
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  • He said I have this desireto go into heaven,
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  • but I know I need tobe here with you.
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  • It's more profitable for youthat I stay,
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  • but I have a desire.
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  • But, it's the word thatit's translated lust.
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  • Let me tell you why.
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  • The root of this word ispassion, strong passion.
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  • Here's the otherplace it's used.
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  • Jesus, when He's talkingabout the last meal,
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  • He said, "I have ferventlydesired to eat
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  • this meal with you".
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  • It's the same word.
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  • So, you've got tounderstand then.
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  • You say, well, Paul andJesus, they wouldn't
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  • be talking about lust.
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  • No, they're not!
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  • They're talkingabout passion!
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  • Passion.
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  • See, God gave us passion.
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  • Satan tries to turn it intothe lust for other things.
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  • But, God wants us to bepassionate about Him
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  • and His kingdom.
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  • Seek God.
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  • Be passionate aboutGod and His kingdom.
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  • Be passionate about it!
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  • When I was young though,as I told you, in my 20s,
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  • I had a real struggle in thisarea of sexual lust,
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  • and I remember going to PastorOlen, who was the pastor
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  • of Shady Grove, and now that'sour Grand Prairie Campus.
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  • And I went to Pastor Olenone time and I said,
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  • Pastor Olen, I'm having a realproblem with my thoughts again,
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  • and I'm wondering if there'sa book you could recommend,
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  • or you know, something.
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  • And I remember he kind of did,you know, if you know him,
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  • when he's thinking, you know.
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  • He looked at me, and then hekind of did his arms like that,
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  • and put his hands on my head.
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  • He said, "Father," and Iremember thinking,
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  • oh, we're praying, you know?
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  • So, I didn't know!
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  • It was just that fast.
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  • He said, Father, I praythat Robert
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  • will fall passionatelyin love with You."
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  • And then he just turnedaround and walked off,
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  • and I remember thinking,no book?
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  • You know?
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  • Just a five secondprayer, you know?
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  • But the next morning in myquiet time, the Lord brought
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  • it back to me, and the Lordsaid to me, "Son,
  • 00:24:02.700 --> 00:24:04.468
  • passion for Me drives outlust for other things.
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  • Passion for Medrives out this."
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  • And that's what Jesusis trying to tell us.
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  • He's trying to tell us,listen, the Word
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  • can drive these things out.
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  • But He's also trying to warnus that those things
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  • can drive the Word out, canchoke the Word,
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  • if you don't allow the Wordto do its work in you.
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  • ROBERT: Every week I sayto the congregation,
  • 00:24:34.865 --> 00:24:36.400
  • what's the Holy Spirit sayingto you through this message?
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  • And that's what Iwant to ask you today.
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  • What is God saying to youthrough this message?
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  • The cares of this world, thedeceitfulness of riches,
  • 00:24:46.443 --> 00:24:49.947
  • and the desires for other thingsall pull us away
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  • from the Word of God.
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  • So if there's somethingtrying to pull you away
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  • from God's Word and from GodHimself, just take a moment
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  • and just confessit to the Lord.
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  • Say, Lord, I don't wantto drift away from you.
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  • I want your Word to haveits perfect work in me.
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  • We want to be disciples, andwe want to grow up in the Lord,
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  • and I know that'swhy you watch the program.
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  • So, I'm so gratefulthat you watched.
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  • We have one moremessage in this series.
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  • I'll see you next week.
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