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September 25, 2020
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Pastor Robert continues The God I Never Knew series with a message titled; “Is He a Person?” where he shows us through Scripture that the Holy Spirit has a mind; will; and emotions.

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  • shall prophesy."
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  • How are you going to prophesyunless you can hear God?
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  • The Holy Spirit's speaking.
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  • He says, "Your young menwill see visions,
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  • and your old menwill dream dreams".
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  • By the way, I'mstill seeing visions!
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: This week thetitle of the message is,
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  • "Is He a Person?"
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  • Now, let me tell you whythis an extremely
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  • important question to answer.
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  • There are entiretheological persuasions,
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  • I could name several,that do not believe
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  • the Holy Spirit is a person.
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  • They believe thatHe is a force, or a power.
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  • The reason it is importantto understand that He is
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  • a person, and it is clearin Scripture...
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  • it is clear in Scripture,He is a person.
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  • We saw last weekendJesus referring to Him, He.
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  • When He comes, He will.
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  • Okay?
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  • So, it's no doubtHe's a person.
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  • But, here's the reasonit's important.
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  • If you don't see Himas a person,
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  • then you will never develop apersonal relationship with Him.
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  • It's very important.
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  • See, if you don't see Him asa person, why would you ever
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  • talk to Him?
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  • You don't develop a personalrelationship with a force,
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  • or a power.
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  • But what I realized when Ithought about this is...
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  • this is going to shock you,but really, the Holy Spirit
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  • really isn't His name.
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  • It's really not His name,it's His description.
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  • It's His functionin the Trinity.
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  • For instance, listen.
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  • God, the Father.
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  • So, His function in the Trinityis to be the Father.
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  • God, the Son,and God, the Spirit.
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  • Okay, listen.
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  • His name is God.
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  • That's His name.
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  • His function is to be the Spiritthat indwells us,
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  • and empowers us, and leads us,and guides us into all truth.
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  • So, he's a person.
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  • Now, how do we know?
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  • What distinguishes a person?
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  • You're a person,but you're sitting on a chair.
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  • Is the chair a person?
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  • No.
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  • So, what distinguishes a person?
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  • Well, some might say life.
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  • Well, a tree has life,but a tree's not a person,
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  • contrary to what some groupsmight tell you today.
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  • You can't have a conversationwith a tree.
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  • You can talk, but you won'thear much, I promise you.
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  • So, a tree is not a person,but it's alive.
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  • A person exhibits the marksof a personality,
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  • and I could explain to you wherewe get the word personality,
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  • but you can see the root ofit is person, all right?
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  • Let me give you thetheological definition
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  • of a person.
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  • A person has a soul.
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  • That's how you know.
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  • A person is not aninanimate object.
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  • A person has a soul.
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  • And according to Scripture,after all of the study
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  • for hundreds of years on thesoul, a soul is made up
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  • of three parts, you've probablyheard this - mind, will,
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  • and emotions.
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  • We think with our minds,we desire with our wills,
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  • and we feel with our emotions.
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  • Let me say it again.
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  • We think with our minds,we desire with our wills,
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  • and we feel with our emotions.
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  • So, listen.
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  • Is it possible that the HolySpirit is trying to help us
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  • think like God thinks,desire what God desires,
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  • and feel what God feels?
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  • And according to Scripture,He's living inside of you.
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  • So literally, if you want toknow what God thinks about
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  • something, you haveGod living in you.
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  • And He can tell you what Godthinks, because He is God.
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  • He can tell you how Godfeels about it,
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  • because He is God.
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  • He can tell you what Goddesires in that situation,
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  • because He is God.
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  • Are you following me?
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  • So, the Holy Spirit isa person, and I want to
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  • explore each of these threepoints a little further,
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  • so here's number one.
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  • He has a mind.
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  • The Holy Spirit has a mind.
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  • John 16:13 says, "However,when He, the Spirit of truth
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  • has come, He will guideyou into all truth".
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  • Okay.
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  • How could He guide you intoall truth unless He knows
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  • all truth?
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  • And He knows it becauseHe has knowledge.
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  • He is omniscient.
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  • Omniscience comes from twowords - omni means all,
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  • science means knowledge.
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  • God has all knowledge.
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  • The Holy Spiritknows everything.
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  • He knows everything.
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  • Okay, so here's whatI want to bring it to.
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  • I'm not really trying toprove to you that
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  • the Holy Spirit's a person,because I think most of you
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  • already believe that.
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  • I'm trying to show you thebenefits of Him being a person.
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  • So, here's one of thebenefits of Him having a mind.
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  • Listen.
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  • You have someone livinginside of you who knows
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  • everything about everything,and has committed Himself
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  • to be your teacher.
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  • He knows everything.
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  • I remember one time I waslooking at some Scripture,
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  • and I was trying tofigure out what it meant.
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  • It was one of thosedifficult Scriptures.
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  • And I read all ofthe concordances on it,
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  • the lexicons, the commentaries.
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  • I went through everythingI could go through,
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  • and I couldn't figure it out.
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  • And I'm sitting there withmy computer now,
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  • with the highest Bible programthat you can purchase,
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  • so I've got everything you canthink of on there, and I've done
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  • about three hours trying tofigure out this Scripture.
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  • Can't figure it out.
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  • All of the sudden, I feltlike... I just had this feeling
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  • like the Holy Spiritwas standing right beside me.
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  • And He said to me,"What are you doing?"
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  • I said, "I'm trying tofigure out what this
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  • Scripture means, with nohelp from you, I might add".
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  • And you know, you getthese impressions.
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  • I felt like He said to me,"Do you think I know
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  • what it means?
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  • Do you think I know whatthat Scripture means?"
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  • I said, "Well, of courseyou know what it means".
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  • Listen to what He said.
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  • "Then why don'tyou just ask me?"
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  • Why don't you just ask?
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  • And so, I was likethis...okay, and I was about
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  • to say, "What does it mean",and the answer was there
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  • like that, and Scripturefrom other places came to me
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  • just like that, that backedit up and showed what
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  • the Scripture meant.
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  • Now, I'm not sayingthat happens a lot.
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  • I'm simply saying, and I thinkit's good to study,
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  • obviously, and you like itthat I study, but I am saying
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  • that the Holy Spiritcan be your teacher,
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  • and He has a mind.
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  • We know He hasthe mind of God.
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  • He is God.
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  • "Let this mind be in youwhich is also in Christ Jesus."
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  • That's the Holy Spirit's mind.
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  • You have it.
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  • So, He has a mind.
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  • Here's number two.
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  • He has a will.
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  • The Holy Spirit has a will.
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  • Acts 16:6, "Now when theyhad gone through Phrygia
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  • and the region of Galatia,they were forbidden",
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  • I underlined that word,"forbidden by the Holy Spirit
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  • to preach the Word in Asia."
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  • Now, we know later they didgo to Asia, but at this time,
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  • He forbade them.
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  • Do you know what the wordforbidden means, or forbade?
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  • It means to exerciseyour will.
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  • Did you ever forbid yourchildren to have some sweets
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  • before they eat?
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  • And then sometimes you evenhave to take them
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  • to the other roomand forbade them?
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  • So, the Holy Spirit forbade.
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  • He exercised Hiswill over them.
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  • He has a will.
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  • Okay, so again, the obviousquestion is, since He has
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  • a will, and since obviouslyHis will is the will of God,
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  • and you would like to knowGod's will for your life,
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  • why not get to know Him?
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • If you would like to knowGod's will for your life,
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  • get to know God.
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  • You know, this is one of thenumber one questions that
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  • Christians have, and that is,how can I know God's will?
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  • Well, there are two waysthat you can know
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  • God's will, okay?
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  • The general will of God andthe specific will of God.
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  • The general will of Godwe know by His Word.
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  • The specific will of Godwe know by His voice.
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  • Let me give yousome examples.
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  • If you want to know howto be married,
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  • how to treat your spouse,if you want to know
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  • about marriage, it's in theBible, the general will of God.
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  • But if you want to know whomto marry, it's not in there.
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  • If you want to know which jobto take, if you want to know
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  • where to live, or what houseto buy, that's not in there.
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  • But, how to operate yourfinances in a Scriptural way,
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  • how to operate your businessin a Scriptural way,
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  • how to be a godly husbandand father, that's in there.
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  • But to know specifically howto deal with the giftings of
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  • each child, that's not in there.
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  • How are yougoing to do that?
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  • Listen, the Holy Spirit.
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  • He will guide youinto all truth.
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  • If you want to know what topray...no, no, let me say it
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  • this way.
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  • If you want to know howto pray, it's in there.
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  • They said, "Lord,teach us to pray".
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  • How to pray is in there.
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  • If you want to know what topray, you have to know
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  • the Holy Spirit.
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  • As a matter of fact,I'm about to shock you.
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  • None of you knowwhat to pray.
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  • And I'm going to show you aScripture that says we do not
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  • know what to pray,only the Holy Spirit does.
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  • How many of you have everheard of Romans 8:28?
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  • Have you ever heardof that Scripture?
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  • Let me show it to youto remind you.
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  • It says, "And we know thatall things work together for
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  • good to those who love God,to those who are called
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  • according to purpose".
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  • Okay, we all likethat Scripture.
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  • But, look at the two versesright before it.
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  • Romans 8, this I asked youto turn here, Verse 26 and 27.
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  • "Likewise the Spirit alsohelps in our weaknesses.
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  • For we do not knowwhat we should pray."
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  • Do you see that?
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  • Let me ask youone more time.
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  • Did you see that?
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  • Did the Bible say we do notknow what we should pray?
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  • Boy, I'm losing you.
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  • Are you there?
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  • Because some of you arethinking, I know what to pray.
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  • No, you don't, smarty.
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  • I just read the Bible to you.
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  • Don't argue with the Bible.
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  • You don't know what to praywithout the Holy Spirit.
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  • If you do know what to pray,it's because He told you.
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  • It's the only reason any ofus would know what to pray.
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  • We do not know what to pray.
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  • And He goes on, "For aswe ought, but the Spirit Himself
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  • makes intercession for uswith groanings
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  • which cannot be uttered.
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  • Now He who searches thehearts"...now, watch this.
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  • Point one was the mind,point two was the will.
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  • Watch carefully.
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  • "For He who searches the heartsknows what the mind
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  • of the Spirit is."
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  • That proves He has amind too, by the way.
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  • "Because He makes intercessionfor the saints according to the"
  • 00:11:38.813 --> 00:11:42.684
  • what?
  • 00:11:42.784 --> 00:11:43.651
  • "Will of God."
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  • So, the way that you'regoing to be able to know
  • 00:11:48.056 --> 00:11:50.558
  • the mind of God and know thewill of God is to know
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  • the person living in you who hasthe mind and who has
  • 00:11:53.394 --> 00:11:57.065
  • the will of God.
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  • That's the only way.
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  • Did you know that there weretimes in history where only
  • 00:12:01.836 --> 00:12:05.140
  • one person could hear God?
  • 00:12:05.240 --> 00:12:11.412
  • I could show you, in Scripture,generations that lived
  • 00:12:11.513 --> 00:12:15.583
  • on this earth, and only oneperson heard from God
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  • during that generation.
  • 00:12:18.520 --> 00:12:20.555
  • As a matter of fact, therewas a time, for 400 years,
  • 00:12:20.655 --> 00:12:26.494
  • in the Bible, that God didnot speak to one person
  • 00:12:26.594 --> 00:12:29.063
  • that we know of.
  • 00:12:29.164 --> 00:12:31.099
  • That we know of, He didnot speak to one person.
  • 00:12:31.199 --> 00:12:33.601
  • And in Acts 2, on the Day ofPentecost, and we're going to
  • 00:12:33.701 --> 00:12:38.206
  • cover that in this series,Peter stands up and says,
  • 00:12:38.306 --> 00:12:41.509
  • "This is what theprophet Joel was speaking about,
  • 00:12:41.609 --> 00:12:45.947
  • that in the last daysI'm going to pour out
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  • my spirit on all flesh.
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  • Your sons and your daughtersshall prophesy."
  • 00:12:50.585 --> 00:12:53.588
  • How are you going to prophesyunless you can hear God?
  • 00:12:53.688 --> 00:12:57.125
  • The Holy Spirit's speaking.
  • 00:12:57.225 --> 00:12:58.660
  • He says, "Your young menwill see visions
  • 00:12:58.760 --> 00:13:01.229
  • and your old menwill dream dreams".
  • 00:13:01.329 --> 00:13:03.398
  • By the way, I'm stillseeing visions.
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  • We're living in the greatesttime, because God can speak
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  • to you, personally.
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  • Every person can hear Godthrough the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:13:19.848 --> 00:13:22.650
  • the person of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Can I say something?
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  • This is one of the mostimportant things
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  • I'll ever tell you.
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  • I can hear God with you,but not for you.
  • 00:13:28.857 --> 00:13:34.329
  • The whole reason Jesus came wasto have a personal relationship
  • 00:13:34.429 --> 00:13:38.633
  • with you.
  • 00:13:38.733 --> 00:13:40.034
  • That's the whole reason He came.
  • 00:13:40.134 --> 00:13:42.370
  • You can't have a personalrelationship with someone
  • 00:13:42.470 --> 00:13:46.107
  • through someone else.
  • 00:13:46.207 --> 00:13:49.711
  • See, some will say, well,we have a relationship
  • 00:13:49.811 --> 00:13:50.979
  • with the Father through the Son.
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  • Wait.
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  • Jesus is God.
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  • You have a relationshipwith God.
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  • Same with the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:13:56.985 --> 00:13:58.653
  • Now, I do believe in seekingcounsel, but you don't ask
  • 00:13:58.753 --> 00:14:02.223
  • what God is saying, you ask,am I hearing God correctly
  • 00:14:02.323 --> 00:14:07.662
  • and does this line up,when you ask for godly counsel.
  • 00:14:07.762 --> 00:14:09.430
  • You don't ask othersto hear God for you.
  • 00:14:09.530 --> 00:14:11.266
  • I remember one time a guycame up to me in church
  • 00:14:11.366 --> 00:14:15.336
  • and said to me, "Pastor Robert,can you get a Word from God
  • 00:14:15.436 --> 00:14:20.208
  • for me?"
  • 00:14:20.308 --> 00:14:22.710
  • Can you get a Wordfrom God for me?
  • 00:14:22.810 --> 00:14:24.078
  • And I said to him, "Listen,if God tells me something,
  • 00:14:24.178 --> 00:14:25.680
  • I'll tell you.
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  • But if He doesn'ttell me anything,
  • 00:14:27.148 --> 00:14:28.016
  • I can't tell you anything."
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  • And then the next day in myquiet time, I just happened
  • 00:14:30.218 --> 00:14:31.920
  • to think of this and I wasalmost going to dismiss it,
  • 00:14:32.020 --> 00:14:34.422
  • and then I thought, well,I might as well ask.
  • 00:14:34.522 --> 00:14:36.190
  • So, I said, "Lord, do youhave a Word for that guy?"
  • 00:14:36.291 --> 00:14:38.159
  • And the Lord said, "Yes,tell him I want to
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  • talk to him personally".
  • 00:14:39.594 --> 00:14:48.836
  • So, you can know the mind ofGod if you get to know
  • 00:14:48.937 --> 00:14:50.972
  • the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:51.072 --> 00:14:52.774
  • You can know the will of Godby getting to know
  • 00:14:52.874 --> 00:14:54.309
  • the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:54.409 --> 00:14:55.243
  • And here's number three,He has emotions.
  • 00:14:55.343 --> 00:14:59.314
  • The Holy Spirit has emotions.
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  • Galatians 5...we'll get toEphesians 4 in a moment.
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  • This is the famous passageof the fruit of the Spirit,
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  • but I want you to understandthat all of these are
  • 00:15:08.656 --> 00:15:11.559
  • characteristics of a person.
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  • Galatians 5:22-23.
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  • "But the fruit of the Spiritis love."
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  • Okay, listen.
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  • A person loves.
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  • Trees don't love.
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  • A person loves.
  • 00:15:27.108 --> 00:15:28.743
  • "But the fruit of the Spiritis love, joy."
  • 00:15:28.843 --> 00:15:31.913
  • Okay, a person has joy.
  • 00:15:32.013 --> 00:15:33.781
  • "Peace", a person has peace.
  • 00:15:33.881 --> 00:15:36.050
  • "Longsuffering",a person is longsuffering.
  • 00:15:36.150 --> 00:15:37.251
  • Are you gettingthe gist of it?
  • 00:15:37.352 --> 00:15:40.021
  • "Kindness", aperson has kindness.
  • 00:15:40.121 --> 00:15:43.157
  • "Goodness, faithfulness"...a person is faithful.
  • 00:15:43.257 --> 00:15:46.327
  • "Gentleness",a person is gentle.
  • 00:15:46.427 --> 00:15:47.862
  • "And self-control",a person has self-control.
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  • All of the fruits of the Spiritare characteristics
  • 00:15:50.531 --> 00:15:52.567
  • of a person.
  • 00:15:52.667 --> 00:15:54.569
  • The Holy Spirit's a person.
  • 00:15:54.669 --> 00:15:56.137
  • Okay, now lookat Ephesians 4.
  • 00:15:56.237 --> 00:15:58.539
  • Verse 30 says, "And do notgrieve the Holy Spirit of God,
  • 00:15:58.639 --> 00:16:04.379
  • by whom you are sealedfor the day of redemption".
  • 00:16:04.479 --> 00:16:08.282
  • Okay.
  • 00:16:08.383 --> 00:16:09.050
  • Don't grievethe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:16:09.150 --> 00:16:10.952
  • Listen, grief is an emotion,and it says that the Holy Spirit
  • 00:16:11.052 --> 00:16:15.923
  • can be grieved.
  • 00:16:16.024 --> 00:16:17.225
  • In other words, the Holy Spiritcan have grief.
  • 00:16:17.325 --> 00:16:21.162
  • And we read Ephesians,about joy.
  • 00:16:21.262 --> 00:16:23.998
  • Okay, joy and griefare emotions, and both
  • 00:16:24.098 --> 00:16:27.301
  • of those verses are describingthe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:16:27.402 --> 00:16:30.304
  • The Holy Spirithas feelings.
  • 00:16:30.405 --> 00:16:31.639
  • He has feelings.
  • 00:16:31.739 --> 00:16:34.275
  • So, this says don't grievethe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:16:34.375 --> 00:16:36.911
  • Now remember, one of thebest ways to find out
  • 00:16:37.011 --> 00:16:39.547
  • the meaning of a passage isto see the context
  • 00:16:39.647 --> 00:16:43.117
  • of the passage.
  • 00:16:43.217 --> 00:16:44.752
  • So, we're going to reada few verses before
  • 00:16:44.852 --> 00:16:46.487
  • and a few verses after, andsee if we can figure out
  • 00:16:46.587 --> 00:16:49.090
  • what grieves the Holy Spirit,because we're told not to do it.
  • 00:16:49.190 --> 00:16:52.527
  • So if you're told not to do it,wouldn't you want to know
  • 00:16:52.627 --> 00:16:54.262
  • what am I not supposed to do?
  • 00:16:54.362 --> 00:16:57.498
  • I'm not supposed to grieve Him,but how do you grieve Him?
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  • All right?
  • 00:16:59.434 --> 00:17:00.568
  • So, if you back up to Verse 25,Ephesians 4:25, it says,
  • 00:17:00.668 --> 00:17:04.138
  • "Therefore put away lying".
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  • Okay.
  • 00:17:05.706 --> 00:17:06.674
  • Listen, I'm just goingto sum it up for you.
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  • Lying grievesthe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:08.276 --> 00:17:11.112
  • "Let each one of you speaktruth with his neighbor,
  • 00:17:11.212 --> 00:17:13.347
  • for we are membersof one another.
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  • Be angry, and do not sin.
  • 00:17:14.549 --> 00:17:18.486
  • Do not let the sun go downon your wrath,
  • 00:17:18.586 --> 00:17:20.855
  • nor give place to the devil."
  • 00:17:20.955 --> 00:17:22.290
  • That would grievethe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:22.390 --> 00:17:23.491
  • "Let him who stolesteal no longer."
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  • Stealing would grievethe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:26.661 --> 00:17:28.196
  • "But rather let him labor,working with his hands
  • 00:17:28.296 --> 00:17:30.498
  • what is good, that he may havesomething to give to him
  • 00:17:30.598 --> 00:17:33.901
  • who has a need."
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  • Not giving wouldgrieve the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:34.969 --> 00:17:36.370
  • "Let no corrupt wordproceed out of your mouth."
  • 00:17:36.471 --> 00:17:39.774
  • A corrupt word would grievethe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:39.874 --> 00:17:43.111
  • "But what is good fornecessary edification,
  • 00:17:43.211 --> 00:17:45.379
  • that it may impart graceto the hearers.
  • 00:17:45.480 --> 00:17:47.515
  • And do not grievethe Holy Spirit of God,
  • 00:17:47.615 --> 00:17:50.251
  • by whom you were sealedfor the day of redemption.
  • 00:17:50.351 --> 00:17:52.687
  • Let all bitterness"...bitterness would grieve
  • 00:17:52.787 --> 00:17:54.555
  • the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:54.655 --> 00:17:55.723
  • "Wrath, clamor, and evilspeaking"...all of that
  • 00:17:55.823 --> 00:17:58.693
  • would grieve the Holy Spirit,"be put away from
  • 00:17:58.793 --> 00:18:00.294
  • you, with all malice.
  • 00:18:00.394 --> 00:18:01.295
  • Be kind to one another."
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  • Kindness is one of thefruits of the Spirit.
  • 00:18:03.097 --> 00:18:04.999
  • "Tenderhearted, forgivingone another, even as God
  • 00:18:05.099 --> 00:18:07.602
  • in Christ forgave you."
  • 00:18:07.702 --> 00:18:08.970
  • Okay, again letme sum it up.
  • 00:18:09.070 --> 00:18:10.605
  • What grievesthe Holy Spirit?
  • 00:18:10.705 --> 00:18:11.672
  • Sin.
  • 00:18:11.772 --> 00:18:14.142
  • When a believer walks in sin,it grieves the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:18:14.242 --> 00:18:16.444
  • It makes the Holy Spirit sad.Why?
  • 00:18:16.544 --> 00:18:18.346
  • Because the Holy Spiritloves you, and when you walk
  • 00:18:18.446 --> 00:18:20.181
  • in sin, it's going to hurt you.
  • 00:18:20.281 --> 00:18:24.051
  • So, He's sad.
  • 00:18:24.152 --> 00:18:25.419
  • If you saw one of your childrendoing something that was
  • 00:18:25.520 --> 00:18:28.022
  • going to hurt him or her,would you be sad?
  • 00:18:28.122 --> 00:18:32.460
  • See, that's the way it is.
  • 00:18:32.560 --> 00:18:33.427
  • That's the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:18:33.528 --> 00:18:34.629
  • Okay, it says don't grieve.
  • 00:18:34.729 --> 00:18:37.265
  • Now, I want you to thinkjust for a moment about
  • 00:18:37.365 --> 00:18:38.733
  • this emotion, grief.
  • 00:18:38.833 --> 00:18:40.168
  • Do you know what grief is?
  • 00:18:40.268 --> 00:18:41.802
  • Grief is a sadness that youfeel when you lose intimacy
  • 00:18:41.903 --> 00:18:47.241
  • with a person.
  • 00:18:47.341 --> 00:18:49.777
  • For instance, if a personthat's a close family
  • 00:18:49.877 --> 00:18:52.747
  • or friend dies,you grieve, right?
  • 00:18:52.847 --> 00:18:59.086
  • Okay, you're grievingbecause you've lost intimacy.
  • 00:18:59.187 --> 00:19:01.889
  • You're not going to be ableto talk
  • 00:19:01.989 --> 00:19:02.990
  • with that person anymore,or have conversations,
  • 00:19:03.090 --> 00:19:04.759
  • or do stuff.
  • 00:19:04.859 --> 00:19:05.660
  • Okay, there's a grieving.
  • 00:19:05.760 --> 00:19:06.928
  • But if you know the Lord,you're going to see that person
  • 00:19:07.028 --> 00:19:08.529
  • again one day, right?
  • 00:19:08.629 --> 00:19:09.830
  • But you still grieve,because you don't have intimacy
  • 00:19:09.931 --> 00:19:11.599
  • right now with the person.
  • 00:19:11.699 --> 00:19:13.734
  • Is everyone following?
  • 00:19:13.834 --> 00:19:14.936
  • Okay, please catch this.
  • 00:19:15.036 --> 00:19:17.471
  • That's the way the Holy Spiritfeels when believers sin.
  • 00:19:17.572 --> 00:19:21.309
  • He knows.
  • 00:19:21.409 --> 00:19:22.810
  • See, you don't loseyour salvation when you sin,
  • 00:19:22.910 --> 00:19:25.546
  • you lose your intimacy.
  • 00:19:25.646 --> 00:19:27.982
  • See, He knows He's going tosee you again.
  • 00:19:28.082 --> 00:19:30.618
  • You're going to go to heaven,because you go to heaven
  • 00:19:30.718 --> 00:19:31.986
  • not by works, but by grace.
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  • Any other foundationthan that is a horrible
  • 00:19:34.322 --> 00:19:36.057
  • foundation to try tobuild your life on.
  • 00:19:36.157 --> 00:19:37.992
  • So, He knows...yeah, yeah,we're going to have
  • 00:19:38.092 --> 00:19:40.528
  • eternal fellowship togetherbecause this person's
  • 00:19:40.628 --> 00:19:41.929
  • truly saved, but as longas this person walks in sin,
  • 00:19:42.029 --> 00:19:45.132
  • we can't have intimacy.
  • 00:19:45.233 --> 00:19:47.435
  • So, He's grieving becauseHe's lost intimacy with you.
  • 00:19:47.535 --> 00:19:52.039
  • Are you followingwhat I'm saying?
  • 00:19:52.139 --> 00:19:56.978
  • After I got saved, a few monthslater was my birthday,
  • 00:19:57.078 --> 00:20:00.414
  • and Debbie said to me,"What do you want
  • 00:20:00.514 --> 00:20:01.749
  • for your birthday?"
  • 00:20:01.849 --> 00:20:03.217
  • And I don't even rememberwhat I said, I just remember
  • 00:20:03.317 --> 00:20:05.987
  • the next morning, when I wasmeeting with the Lord,
  • 00:20:06.087 --> 00:20:08.589
  • I felt like the Holy Spiritsaid to me,
  • 00:20:08.689 --> 00:20:10.992
  • "What do you want from mefor your birthday?"
  • 00:20:11.092 --> 00:20:15.096
  • And I thought, well, I nevereven thought about asking you.
  • 00:20:15.196 --> 00:20:17.531
  • He said, "I want you to ask mefor a birthday gift every year".
  • 00:20:17.632 --> 00:20:21.235
  • And so, every year,when my natural birthday
  • 00:20:21.335 --> 00:20:23.537
  • comes around, I ask the Lordfor something.
  • 00:20:23.638 --> 00:20:26.274
  • Now, it's not like I ask fora Corvette, you know,
  • 00:20:26.374 --> 00:20:29.977
  • or something like that.
  • 00:20:30.077 --> 00:20:31.112
  • I ask for something in mylife - to be able to be
  • 00:20:31.212 --> 00:20:34.081
  • a better husband, be a father,to walk more freely
  • 00:20:34.181 --> 00:20:38.119
  • in an area.
  • 00:20:38.219 --> 00:20:39.820
  • Things like that, okay?
  • 00:20:39.920 --> 00:20:40.855
  • All right.
  • 00:20:40.955 --> 00:20:41.822
  • So anyway, that wasafter I got saved.
  • 00:20:41.922 --> 00:20:46.360
  • So, years later...let me go back.
  • 00:20:46.460 --> 00:20:48.029
  • I was turning 30 years old,and Jesus began His ministry
  • 00:20:48.129 --> 00:20:50.831
  • when He was 30, and you know,it was like a big deal to me,
  • 00:20:50.931 --> 00:20:53.334
  • spiritually.
  • 00:20:53.434 --> 00:20:54.702
  • And the Lord said, "What do youwant for your 30th birthday?"
  • 00:20:54.802 --> 00:20:57.772
  • And I thought about it fora while, and then I said,
  • 00:20:57.872 --> 00:21:00.074
  • "I want to be able tohear you more clearly.
  • 00:21:00.174 --> 00:21:04.245
  • I want to be able to hearyou for my family,
  • 00:21:04.345 --> 00:21:06.147
  • to minister to people.
  • 00:21:06.247 --> 00:21:07.214
  • I want to be ableto hear you."
  • 00:21:07.315 --> 00:21:09.016
  • So, that weekend - my birthdaywas on a Monday.
  • 00:21:09.116 --> 00:21:12.086
  • That Friday, Saturday, andSunday, I was speaking
  • 00:21:12.186 --> 00:21:14.555
  • in a conference.
  • 00:21:14.655 --> 00:21:15.723
  • There were three of usspeaking in the conference.
  • 00:21:15.823 --> 00:21:17.158
  • I spoke Friday night,and it was just amazing.
  • 00:21:17.258 --> 00:21:21.295
  • I mean, it was amazing.
  • 00:21:21.395 --> 00:21:22.563
  • I remember thinking I'm alreadygetting my birthday wish
  • 00:21:22.663 --> 00:21:26.834
  • from the Lord.
  • 00:21:26.934 --> 00:21:27.968
  • I went back tothe hotel room.
  • 00:21:28.069 --> 00:21:29.470
  • I was by myself,traveling back then.
  • 00:21:29.570 --> 00:21:31.138
  • I don't travel bymyself anymore.
  • 00:21:31.238 --> 00:21:33.040
  • But I was traveling alone,and I was flipping through
  • 00:21:33.140 --> 00:21:36.310
  • the channels, and somethingcame on that I shouldn't
  • 00:21:36.410 --> 00:21:39.413
  • have watched.
  • 00:21:39.513 --> 00:21:40.681
  • And you know I'm alwaysvery honest with you.
  • 00:21:40.781 --> 00:21:43.250
  • Some of you this hashappened to, and some of you,
  • 00:21:43.351 --> 00:21:45.619
  • you know, have notfallen in this area,
  • 00:21:45.720 --> 00:21:47.188
  • and some of you have.
  • 00:21:47.288 --> 00:21:48.489
  • But, I watched something thatI should not have watched.
  • 00:21:48.589 --> 00:21:51.759
  • And the next nightin the service,
  • 00:21:51.859 --> 00:21:54.128
  • it was totally differentfrom the night before.
  • 00:21:54.228 --> 00:21:57.932
  • Now, I knew I'd prayed,I'd asked for forgiveness.
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  • I'd confessedit to the Lord.
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  • I'd confessed itto Debbie, even.
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  • But, it was just somethingwas different.
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  • What happened was,I had...listen.
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  • I had grievedthe Holy Spirit.
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  • I lost intimacy, because Heknew if I went back down
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  • that line that I came out of,that it would ruin my life
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  • and my family,and He was grieved.
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  • On Sunday morning,the speaker got up to speak,
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  • and he was an older man.
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  • Again, I was turning 30.
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  • I think the other guyministering was about my age,
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  • and he was in his 70s.
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  • And he said, "I want to speakon something that's different
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  • than what I was going tospeak on".
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  • He said, "I want to speak ongrieving the Holy Spirit".
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  • And he talked about how thatwe'll have a sin in our life
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  • that the Holy Spirit says to us,"Don't do that, don't do that",
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  • and we, in essencethis is how we grieve Him,
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  • we stiff arm Him.
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  • But then, when we go tominister to people,
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  • we want Him to speak to us.
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  • But, when He's speaking tous about a sin,
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  • we say we don't want tolisten to you now.
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  • But then we turn right aroundthen and say, "Okay,
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  • now I'm teaching a smallgroup or something,
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  • will you come nowand speak to me?"
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  • Do you see what I'm saying?
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  • So, I'm sitting there onthe front row as one of
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  • the speakers of the conference,and I'm thinking he's talking
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  • right to me.
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  • And then he said this.
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  • He said, "And the Lord told meto tell you,
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  • whatever that sin is, if you'llcome to the altar today,
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  • He'll set you free."
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  • And I thought, I need to go,but I'm one of the speakers
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  • of the conference.
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  • You know?
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  • And then I had this thought.
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  • I thought, well,you know what?
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  • They're not going to think,you know, that it's lust.
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  • They're not going to think that,because I'm one of the speakers.
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  • They're going to think probablythat I don't pray enough
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  • or I don't read my Bible enough.
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  • And right when I thoughtthat, this older man that
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  • was speaking said, "And I'mnot talking about that you
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  • don't pray enough or youdon't read your Bible enough.
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  • He said, "I'm talking aboutthat you have a dirty,
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  • a shameful, rottensin in your life".
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  • And the Lord said to me,"Do you want to go now?"
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  • But that's what I felt likeHe said, "if you go now,
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  • I'll set you free".
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  • So, when he gave the invitation,I was the first one there.
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  • Now, listen to me.
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  • We're talking about the HolySpirit, but the Lord led me
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  • to share this with you.
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  • Here's what the Lordtold me to tell you.
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  • If you have a sin that'sholding you in bondage,
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  • if you'll come today,He'll start the process
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  • of freedom in your life.
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  • You need to understandthat freedom is a road.
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  • Bondage is a road also.
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  • See, people don't realize that.
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  • Bondage is a road.
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  • You don't fall the first day,you fall down the road.
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  • In the same way, freedom iswhen you turn around
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  • on the road and startgoing back to God.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Do you feellike that the Lord
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  • is pointing out somethingto you right now?
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  • I've felt that waymany, many times.
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  • And it could be the mainreason that you watched today,
  • 00:25:01.282 --> 00:25:05.319
  • because there's somethingin your life
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  • that is hindering youfrom walking in the fullness
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  • of the power ofthe Holy Spirit.
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  • And I want to encourage youthat, if the Lord's
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  • pointing out something,it's not to make you feel bad.
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  • I promise you,it's to set you free.
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  • So right now, just repent,and that's not a bad word.
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  • In other words,just change your mind.
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  • That's what it means,to change your mind.
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  • Tell the Lord,Lord, I repent.
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  • I turn away from this sinand I turn my life
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  • back to you in this area.
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  • Hey, thank you so muchfor watching.
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  • I'm always amazed at the hungeryou have to learn
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  • the Word of God.
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  • I want to encourage youto watch next time.
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  • I'm going to continuethis series.
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  • And also, to getthe entire series.
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  • There are six messages onthe person and the work
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  • of the Holy Spirit, and I putit in this series called,
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  • "The God I Never Knew".
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  • See you next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best lifeisn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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