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May 22, 2020
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Insightful teaching from Pastor Robert Morris and dynamic worship with Gateway Worship.

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  • Our relationship withthe Father is not something
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  • that we earn, it is a gift givento us freely by grace.
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  • Making the choice to receivethis gift is the best decision
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  • we will ever make.
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  • However, have you consideredthe importance of making
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  • God's Word the final authorityin your life?
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  • Join us today as my pastor,Robert Morris,
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  • teaches us how to move from therelationship we have now
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  • into true discipleship with God.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT MORRIS:We're in a series called,
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  • "You Are Here", and I want toremind you that --
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  • we began the series lastweekend, that the "You Are Here"
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  • sign is mainly to tell us how toget to where we want to go
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  • from where we are.
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  • And I believe that there'sa parable in Mark 4,
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  • and it's really --we're not going to be able
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  • to read the whole parable again,
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  • we read it last weekend,but it's verses 1 through 20.
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  • Jesus tells the parable,then they asked Him about it,
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  • then He made this statement -remember this statement:
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  • He said, "Do you notunderstand this parable?"
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  • Verse 13 He said, "how are yougoing to understand
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  • all the parables, if you can'tunderstand this one?"
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  • Then He explains it, so it'svery important and this parable
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  • reminded me of a survey thatwe took here at Gateway Church
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  • along with about 525 the otherchurches, 180.000 people,
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  • and it showed that everyonewho was attending church,
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  • was in four groups of people,and there are
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  • four groups of peoplein Mark 4.
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  • So, just to remind you of that,we drew four circles
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  • last weekend to representthese four groups of people,
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  • and we put the cross here,because there are people
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  • that are attending churchthat haven't come to
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  • the cross yet, haven't beensaved yet, and that's great.
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  • I'm glad, I'm very,very glad they're here.
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  • We called this first group"Exploring God".
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  • Then when you come tothe cross, this group
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  • is "Beginning in God".
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  • They're beginningtheir relationship in God.
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  • As we continue to grow,these people are "Close to God",
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  • and then these people are"God Centered".
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  • And we put some wordsover these.
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  • Last week, we calledthe message "Fellowship".
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  • These people are beginningto fellowship
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  • with other believersand learning about God.
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  • These people have come nowinto a relationship with God,
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  • and that's the title,by the way,
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  • of this week's message,if you want to put that.
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  • We're going to talk aboutrelationship this week.
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  • These people are learningmore about discipleship.
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  • And then, these peopleare really walking
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  • in the reality of lordship.
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  • Michael Jr. sent me a textand said great message,
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  • and he said, I was thinkingabout all of the ships
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  • that you had, and I thought thatthe enemy's plan is to get us
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  • to abandon ship.
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  • And I thought thatwas pretty good.
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  • By the way,even if you abandon ship,
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  • God will never abandon you.
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  • You need to know that.
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  • God will never leave youor forsake you.
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  • He'll never abandon you.
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  • But, if you abandon ship,you can get swallowed
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  • by a whale, and that stinks.
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  • So, and you can put the wordgrowing above all of these,
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  • because every personis growing,
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  • and if you ever stop growing,you'll go backward.
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  • Just one other thingI want to remind you of.
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  • When we did this survey,we found the way these people
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  • moved from group one togroup two was they chose
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  • to believe a truth that causedthem to make that move,
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  • and that was the truth of grace.
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  • These people moved fromgroup two to group three
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  • because they chose to believethat God's Word is true
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  • and is the final authority inhow they make
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  • all of their decisionsin their lives.
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  • These people moved fromgroup three to group four
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  • when they understoodthe truth of giving,
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  • not just giving their finances,but giving their life away
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  • to the kingdom of God.
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  • Now also, this week I wasthinking about these
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  • three truths and I remembereda Scripture, and remember,
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  • all of this is overcomingthe enemy.
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  • Mark 4, He's telling usthe enemy is going to try
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  • to steal the Word from you,he's going to persecute you
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  • for the Word, he's going totry to choke the Word,
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  • but you need to accept the Word.
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  • So, it's all aboutbattling the enemy here.
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  • I want to show you a versethat shows these three truths.
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  • Revelation 12:11 says,"And they overcame him",
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  • that's the enemy, watch,"by the blood of the Lamb",
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  • that's grace, "by the wordof their testimony",
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  • that's God's Word,"and they did not love
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  • their lives to the death",that's they gave their lives
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  • away for the kingdom of God.
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  • All right, so in Mark 4,we want to talk about this
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  • second group now, those whoare beginning in God.
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  • Again, I wish I had time toread the whole thing,
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  • but look at Verses 16 and 17.
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  • This is Jesus explaining it.
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  • "These likewise are the onessown on stony ground,
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  • who when they hear the Word,immediately receive it"...
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  • these are people whohave received the Word
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  • with gladness, "and they haveno root in themselves".
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  • They have no root.
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  • They're new in their faith.
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  • "And so endureonly for a time.
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  • Afterward, when tribulationor persecution arises
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  • for the Word's sake",the enemy comes at them
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  • for the Word's sake,"immediately they stumble".
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  • So, I have two pointsfor you this week.
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  • The first point is,what's Satan's plan?
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  • It'd be good for us to knowwhat Satan's plan is.
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  • All of these, remember,talk about the Word.
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  • Satan, in group one, istrying to steal the word;
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  • "Lest they believe and besaved"; we saw last week;
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  • he's trying to persecutethem for the words sake,
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  • bring tribulation.
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  • He is trying to choke the word,that's next weekend's message.
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  • The cares of this world,the deceitfulness of riches,
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  • the cares for other things,choke this world -
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  • choke the word.
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  • And then the forth groupaccept the word.
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  • So the battle is alwaysagainst the Word.
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  • Look at Verse 4.
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  • Mark 4:4, "It happened as hesowed that some seed fell
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  • by the wayside, and the birdsof the air came
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  • and devoured it".
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • "The birds of the air came."
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  • And then they asked Him toexplain it, and in Verse 15
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  • He explains that one verse.
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  • He explains the whole parable,but this verse.
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  • "These are the ones by thewayside where the Word is sown.
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  • When they hear, Satan comesimmediately and takes away
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  • the Word that was sownin their heart."
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  • Now, let me just remind you thatthat shocked us last weekend,
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  • that Satan could take theword out of your heart.
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  • I'm going to show you latertoday how you can keep
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  • Satan from taking the wordout of your heart;
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  • there's a scripturethat tells us how, okay?
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  • But, here's the point.
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  • Satan is trying to takethe Word out of our hearts,
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  • that's sown in our hearts,but when Jesus tells this,
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  • he says "the birds of the air".
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  • Now, when I was beginningin God, I was learning the Word.
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  • I'm going to tell you somethings that helped me
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  • to learn the Word of God.
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  • What helped me to getexcited about the Word,
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  • and to read the Word, was I sawthis parabolic language,
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  • this symbolic language,all through the Bible.
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  • All through the Bible.Remember, we talked last weekend
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  • that Jesus spokein parables, right?
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  • Okay, when you understandthat the book is all true,
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  • but it has a lot of parabolic,a lot of symbolic language
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  • in it, it's exciting touncover these meanings.
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  • Let me say it another way:did Jesus speak in parables?
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  • CONGREGATION: Yes.
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  • ROBERT: Okay, John 5,Jesus said,
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  • "I don't do anythingunless I first see
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  • my Father do it".
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  • Okay, Jesus spoke in parables,but He doesn't do anything
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  • unless He first seesthe Father do it,
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  • so here's a question for you.
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  • When did He first seeHis Father do it?
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  • In the Old Testament.
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  • Now listen to me carefully.
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  • The Old Testament's true.
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  • It's completely true.
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  • It's not a parable, it's true,but it has parabolic language
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  • in it.
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  • Let me show you a coupleof Scriptures.
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  • Psalm 78:2 says, "I willopen my mouth in a parable".
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  • This is the Old Testament.
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  • "I will open my mouthin a parable."
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  • Let me just show you one versethat is in the Old Testament
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  • that is parabolic, alright?Watch: Ezekiel 30:21.
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  • "Son of man, I have brokenthe arm of pharaoh
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  • king of Egypt".
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  • Okay, that's God talking.
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  • Says, "thus says the Lord" -the Lord's talking to Ezekiel.
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  • He said, I've brokenthe arm of pharaoh.
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  • Okay, listen to me: God neverbroke his arm, physically.
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  • He never broke his literal arm;we have no record of that.
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  • It's not what He'stalking about.
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  • He's speakingsymbolically, right?
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  • He saying, "I've broken hispower , I broke his strength.
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  • That's what I did."
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  • God does this a lotthrough scripture.
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  • Now, the reason I'm tellingyou this is because when
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  • you begin to see it, it causesthis book to come alive
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  • to you and just jumpoff the page.
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  • This is a great thing whenyou're beginning in God.
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  • Or even when you are growingin God, or close to God,
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  • or God-centered; it's wonderfulto see these things
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  • in Scripture.
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  • So remember, here's onethat I'm going to show you.
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  • Jesus said,"the birds of the air".
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  • The birds come.
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  • They said, well,who are the birds?
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  • He said, well, that's Satan.
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  • Now, when the Bible speaksof Satan, it's not always
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  • talking about the person ofSatan only, it's talking about
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  • the work of Satan,because a third of the angels
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  • fell with him.
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  • He has demonic spirits thatdo his work - spiritual hosts
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  • of wickedness,principalities and powers,
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  • all right?
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  • So, demons.
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  • Let me show you another versewhere it talks about birds,
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  • and you'll see very clearlyit's talking about
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  • demonic spirits.
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  • Revelation 18:2 says,"And he cried mightily
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  • with a loud voice, saying,"Babylon the great is fallen,
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  • is fallen, and has becomea dwelling place of demons,
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  • a prison for every foul spirit,and a cage for every unclean
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  • and hated bird. "
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  • Babylon is fallen,it's become a place of demons,
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  • foul spirits, and birds.
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  • Okay, that's not talkingabout literal birds.
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  • It's talking about demons,demonic spirits.
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  • And if you go back to Mark 4,Jesus said, now listen,
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  • birds representthe demonic spirits.
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  • Let me show youanother verse.
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  • In Deuteronomy, it's talkingabout the blessings
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  • and the curses.
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  • He says if you follow me andobey me, these blessings are
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  • going to come on you, but ifyou disobey me, these curses
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  • are going to come on you,and listen to one of the curses.
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  • Deuteronomy 28:26, "Yourcarcasses shall be food
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  • for all the birds of the airand the beasts of the earth,
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  • and no one shallfrighten them away".
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  • Now again, think about it.
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  • Mark 4, Jesus said the birdsof the air come.
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  • They said, well,who are the birds there?
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  • Well, that's Satan.That's who that is.
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  • Jesus Himself said that.
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  • So, when I was youngin the Lord,
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  • and I'm reading in Deuteronomy,and He said, listen,
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  • you walk away from me,and the birds of the air
  • 00:11:30.815 --> 00:11:32.283
  • are going to come after you,I thought,
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  • I know whatthe birds of the air are.
  • 00:11:34.385 --> 00:11:35.954
  • I saw that in Mark 4.
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  • And then it says beasts.
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  • Birds and beasts are mentionedin the Old Testament
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  • together 44 times,44 times.
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  • And let me show you a versewhere it's obvious, again,
  • 00:11:47.265 --> 00:11:50.568
  • that beasts are talkingabout the demons,
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  • the demonic spirits.
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  • I'll show you.
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  • This is a verse, it talksabout God's sheep
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  • and God's shepherds.
  • 00:11:59.277 --> 00:12:01.312
  • Okay, He's not talking about- this is parabolic language.
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  • I don't know of any Theologianthat would disagree with this.
  • 00:12:04.883 --> 00:12:06.851
  • He's not talking about literalsheep and literal Shepherds.
  • 00:12:06.951 --> 00:12:11.089
  • And if you want to know,"Well, how do you know
  • 00:12:11.189 --> 00:12:12.924
  • for sure that 'sheep' isreferring to God's people?"
  • 00:12:13.024 --> 00:12:15.894
  • Psalm 100 verse 3.
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  • The Lord - you gothrough some 100,
  • 00:12:20.732 --> 00:12:22.433
  • but what does Psalm100 verse 3 say?
  • 00:12:22.534 --> 00:12:24.369
  • "We are the Sheepof His pasture."
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  • John 10 tells usHe's the shepherd.
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  • Corinthians tells us that wepastors are under Shepherds;
  • 00:12:31.009 --> 00:12:33.745
  • we shepherd with Him.
  • 00:12:33.845 --> 00:12:34.979
  • So He's not talking about
  • 00:12:35.079 --> 00:12:36.080
  • literal sheepand literal Shepherds,
  • 00:12:36.181 --> 00:12:37.549
  • He's talking aboutHis people and pastors.
  • 00:12:37.649 --> 00:12:42.320
  • Watch what happens when pastorsdon't feed His sheep, okay?
  • 00:12:42.420 --> 00:12:45.690
  • Ezekiel 34:5 said... it says,"They", that's talking about
  • 00:12:45.790 --> 00:12:49.394
  • the sheep, "were scatteredbecause there was no shepherd",
  • 00:12:49.494 --> 00:12:52.463
  • watch, "and they became foodfor all the beasts
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  • of the field whenthey were scattered."
  • 00:12:55.366 --> 00:12:58.269
  • Now see, this is whatbothers me, is people will say,
  • 00:12:58.369 --> 00:13:00.371
  • now that says sheep.
  • 00:13:00.471 --> 00:13:01.873
  • That's not talking aboutreal sheep, that's talking
  • 00:13:01.973 --> 00:13:03.141
  • about people, God's people.
  • 00:13:03.241 --> 00:13:04.876
  • And it says shepherds.
  • 00:13:04.976 --> 00:13:05.977
  • That's not talking aboutreal shepherds,
  • 00:13:06.077 --> 00:13:07.212
  • it's talking about pastors.
  • 00:13:07.312 --> 00:13:08.413
  • But now, beasts of the field,that's lions and tigers.
  • 00:13:08.513 --> 00:13:11.683
  • No, that's not literal beasts,that's spiritual beasts.
  • 00:13:11.783 --> 00:13:17.655
  • There are spiritual beaststhat want to come after you,
  • 00:13:17.755 --> 00:13:21.092
  • and spiritual birds thatwant to come after you.
  • 00:13:21.192 --> 00:13:24.229
  • Genesis 3:1 says,"Now the serpent..."
  • 00:13:24.329 --> 00:13:28.099
  • -- okay, let meask you something.
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  • Who's the serpent?
  • 00:13:29.267 --> 00:13:31.069
  • How do you know?
  • 00:13:31.169 --> 00:13:34.772
  • Well, we just know.
  • 00:13:34.873 --> 00:13:38.610
  • Okay, when I say somethingrepresents something,
  • 00:13:38.710 --> 00:13:41.212
  • I can give you a book,chapter, and verse.
  • 00:13:41.312 --> 00:13:43.648
  • I'll never tell you thisrepresents this without
  • 00:13:43.748 --> 00:13:46.184
  • giving you a book,chapter, and verse.
  • 00:13:46.284 --> 00:13:47.585
  • Revelation 12:9 says,"So the great dragon
  • 00:13:47.685 --> 00:13:50.555
  • was cast out, that serpent ofold called the Devil and Satan".
  • 00:13:50.655 --> 00:13:55.360
  • Okay, so we know.
  • 00:13:55.460 --> 00:13:57.762
  • Obviously, we know thatit was Satan,
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  • So here's what I'm asking you.
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  • We assign a spiritualmeaning to serpent.
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  • We say that'stalking about Satan.
  • 00:14:04.102 --> 00:14:06.471
  • Is it possible there's anotherspiritual meaning in the verse?
  • 00:14:06.571 --> 00:14:09.908
  • Remember there are alsoother fallen angels,
  • 00:14:10.008 --> 00:14:11.676
  • demonic spirits.
  • 00:14:11.776 --> 00:14:12.777
  • Watch the rest of the verse,Genesis 3:1.
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  • "Now the serpent was morecunning than any beast
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  • of the field whichthe Lord God had made."
  • 00:14:19.450 --> 00:14:23.221
  • Is it possible thatthat is saying,
  • 00:14:23.321 --> 00:14:25.356
  • in the spiritual language,Satan is the most cunning
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  • of all of the fallen angels?
  • 00:14:28.927 --> 00:14:32.597
  • I'm telling you, there's a lotin this book we haven't seen.
  • 00:14:32.697 --> 00:14:35.934
  • It's amazing.
  • 00:14:36.034 --> 00:14:38.569
  • When Jesus was in the wildernessbeing tempted 40 days,
  • 00:14:38.670 --> 00:14:42.340
  • Satan was there tempting Him.
  • 00:14:42.440 --> 00:14:44.342
  • The angels the good angels werethere, ministering to Him.
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  • Do you think it's possible thatthe demons, the Fallen Angels,
  • 00:14:46.945 --> 00:14:50.248
  • were also there,attacking Him?
  • 00:14:50.348 --> 00:14:52.183
  • Watch this verse becauseit doesn't make any sense to me,
  • 00:14:52.283 --> 00:14:55.853
  • unless you see spirituallanguage in the Bible.
  • 00:14:55.954 --> 00:14:58.589
  • Mark 1:12 and 13.
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  • "Immediatelythe Spirit drove Him..."
  • 00:15:00.692 --> 00:15:02.527
  • -- Jesus --"...into the wilderness.
  • 00:15:02.627 --> 00:15:03.761
  • And He was there inthe wilderness 40 days,
  • 00:15:03.861 --> 00:15:06.397
  • tempted by Satan,and was with the wild beasts;
  • 00:15:06.497 --> 00:15:13.638
  • and the angelsministered to Him."
  • 00:15:13.738 --> 00:15:18.009
  • Okay, I don't think that'stalking about lions and bears.
  • 00:15:18.109 --> 00:15:21.512
  • The one who could stopthe mouths of lions,
  • 00:15:21.612 --> 00:15:24.549
  • he wouldn't tell us, "Now therewere also lions and bears there,
  • 00:15:24.649 --> 00:15:26.651
  • and Jesus had to hide sometimesand climb trees, and all."
  • 00:15:26.751 --> 00:15:31.990
  • No; it means the hordesof hell were there,
  • 00:15:32.090 --> 00:15:35.727
  • the principalities and Powersand the spiritual hosts
  • 00:15:35.827 --> 00:15:38.262
  • of wickedness,they were all there
  • 00:15:38.363 --> 00:15:41.099
  • trying to comeagainst the son of God.
  • 00:15:41.199 --> 00:15:44.268
  • But it tells usthey were wild beasts.
  • 00:15:44.369 --> 00:15:47.005
  • Okay, let me just showyou a couple more.
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  • These are things thatjumped out at me
  • 00:15:49.207 --> 00:15:50.508
  • when I was beginning in God,all right?
  • 00:15:50.608 --> 00:15:52.877
  • Shows me -it caused the Bible -
  • 00:15:52.977 --> 00:15:55.213
  • everyday I couldn't wait to readthe Bible to see what else
  • 00:15:55.313 --> 00:15:57.248
  • was in there that I didn't know,that I had never heard of.
  • 00:15:57.348 --> 00:16:00.852
  • Isaiah 4:1 says, "And inthat day seven women shall
  • 00:16:00.952 --> 00:16:05.423
  • take hold of one man, saying,"We will eat our own food
  • 00:16:05.523 --> 00:16:09.093
  • and wear our own apparel,only let us be called
  • 00:16:09.193 --> 00:16:12.363
  • by your name to take awayour reproach".
  • 00:16:12.463 --> 00:16:15.733
  • Now, didn't that bless you?[laughter]
  • 00:16:15.833 --> 00:16:18.870
  • But when you understandthere are types and shadows
  • 00:16:18.970 --> 00:16:20.638
  • in the Bible,women represent churches.
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  • The church is the bride,not the groom,
  • 00:16:25.209 --> 00:16:28.079
  • the bride of Christ.
  • 00:16:28.179 --> 00:16:30.715
  • And all through Scripture,women will represent churches,
  • 00:16:30.815 --> 00:16:33.751
  • and I could show youlots of verses on that.
  • 00:16:33.851 --> 00:16:36.187
  • And in Revelation, Chapters2 and 3, it talks about
  • 00:16:36.287 --> 00:16:40.224
  • seven women -seven churches.
  • 00:16:40.324 --> 00:16:44.695
  • And those seven churchesrepresent the end time church.
  • 00:16:44.796 --> 00:16:49.801
  • The Bible also talks aboutthe one man, the new man,
  • 00:16:49.901 --> 00:16:52.870
  • the new Adam - Jesus.
  • 00:16:52.970 --> 00:16:54.138
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:16:54.238 --> 00:16:55.373
  • Is it possible that this iswhat this verse is saying,
  • 00:16:55.473 --> 00:16:57.408
  • symbolically?
  • 00:16:57.508 --> 00:16:58.976
  • "And in that day"...all right,this is Isaiah.
  • 00:16:59.077 --> 00:17:00.778
  • Now, Isaiah, when he says that,"in that day",
  • 00:17:00.878 --> 00:17:02.513
  • he's talking aboutthe last days.
  • 00:17:02.613 --> 00:17:04.082
  • And in the end times,the churches, lots of churches,
  • 00:17:04.182 --> 00:17:07.652
  • they're going to take holdof one man, Jesus,
  • 00:17:07.752 --> 00:17:10.988
  • but they're going to say to Him,let us eat our own food.
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  • Let us teach ourown doctrines.
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  • And let us wearour own apparel.
  • 00:17:19.330 --> 00:17:21.599
  • Apparel, clothes, always haveto do with righteousness.
  • 00:17:21.699 --> 00:17:23.668
  • He's clothed us withHis righteousness.
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  • Let us have our ownform of righteousness.
  • 00:17:26.437 --> 00:17:28.539
  • Let us teach our own doctrines,and let us have our own form
  • 00:17:28.639 --> 00:17:31.075
  • of righteousness, but let usstill be called by your name
  • 00:17:31.175 --> 00:17:34.112
  • to take away our reproach.
  • 00:17:34.212 --> 00:17:37.715
  • We still want to be Christians,but the culture's changing, God.
  • 00:17:37.815 --> 00:17:41.419
  • You've got to understandthat what was wrong
  • 00:17:41.519 --> 00:17:43.921
  • 40 years ago, it's right today.
  • 00:17:44.021 --> 00:17:46.023
  • It's not right.
  • 00:17:46.124 --> 00:17:46.924
  • It's still wrong.
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  • It's still wrong.[applause]
  • 00:17:48.960 --> 00:17:56.067
  • Leviticus 26:26, "When I havecut off your supply of bread"...
  • 00:17:56.167 --> 00:18:00.571
  • now, you ought to alreadybe thinking,
  • 00:18:00.671 --> 00:18:02.006
  • what's bread represent?
  • 00:18:02.106 --> 00:18:03.608
  • Bread representsthe Word of God.
  • 00:18:03.708 --> 00:18:05.176
  • "Man shall not live by breadalone, but by every Word
  • 00:18:05.276 --> 00:18:06.978
  • that proceeds out ofthe mouth of God."
  • 00:18:07.078 --> 00:18:08.579
  • Bread, all through Scripture,represents the Word of God.
  • 00:18:08.679 --> 00:18:10.481
  • "Give us this dayour daily bread."
  • 00:18:10.581 --> 00:18:12.650
  • Give me a Wordfrom you today, God.
  • 00:18:12.750 --> 00:18:14.585
  • "When I cut off", this is whenthey've walked away from God.
  • 00:18:14.685 --> 00:18:18.089
  • I'm going to cut offyour revelation.
  • 00:18:18.189 --> 00:18:19.690
  • "When I cut off your supplyof bread, ten women shall
  • 00:18:19.790 --> 00:18:23.094
  • bake your bread in one oven,and they shall bring back
  • 00:18:23.194 --> 00:18:26.197
  • your bread by weight,and you shall eat it
  • 00:18:26.297 --> 00:18:28.599
  • and not be satisfied."
  • 00:18:28.699 --> 00:18:29.800
  • Okay, is it possiblehere's what He's saying?
  • 00:18:29.901 --> 00:18:31.302
  • When you walk away from me,when the church starts
  • 00:18:31.402 --> 00:18:33.304
  • walking away from me andhaving their own form
  • 00:18:33.404 --> 00:18:35.139
  • of righteousness, their ownform of holiness,
  • 00:18:35.239 --> 00:18:37.475
  • I'm cutting off your revelation.
  • 00:18:37.575 --> 00:18:39.744
  • I'm going to makeit dry for you.
  • 00:18:39.844 --> 00:18:40.978
  • When I do this, lots ofdifferent churches are going to
  • 00:18:41.078 --> 00:18:44.282
  • prepare your Sunday schoollessons in one place.
  • 00:18:44.382 --> 00:18:48.386
  • They're going to bake your breadin one oven,
  • 00:18:48.486 --> 00:18:50.154
  • and they're going to bring itback to you and measure it
  • 00:18:50.254 --> 00:18:51.956
  • out by weight.
  • 00:18:52.056 --> 00:18:53.291
  • They're going to give you abouttwo to three verses a week,
  • 00:18:53.391 --> 00:18:54.926
  • and you'll eat it,and you'll not be satisfied.
  • 00:18:55.026 --> 00:18:59.263
  • You won't be satisfied.
  • 00:18:59.363 --> 00:19:00.298
  • Have you ever been ina church like that?
  • 00:19:00.398 --> 00:19:01.832
  • You open up your Sunday schoolbook and you think,
  • 00:19:01.933 --> 00:19:03.334
  • we only get three Scripturesthis week.
  • 00:19:03.434 --> 00:19:05.803
  • That's all we getfor the whole week.
  • 00:19:05.903 --> 00:19:09.373
  • Are you all following me?
  • 00:19:09.473 --> 00:19:11.576
  • There might be some thingsin this book you haven't seen,
  • 00:19:11.676 --> 00:19:14.612
  • and I haven't seen,and this is a good book,
  • 00:19:14.712 --> 00:19:17.415
  • by the way.
  • 00:19:17.515 --> 00:19:18.749
  • It was written by a genius.
  • 00:19:18.849 --> 00:19:20.785
  • Did you all know that?
  • 00:19:20.885 --> 00:19:23.154
  • Smarter than me,smarter than you.
  • 00:19:23.254 --> 00:19:25.323
  • All right, here's number two.
  • 00:19:25.423 --> 00:19:26.824
  • Well, what's God's plan?
  • 00:19:26.924 --> 00:19:29.193
  • If Satan's plan is to keepus away from this book,
  • 00:19:29.293 --> 00:19:31.128
  • what's God's plan?
  • 00:19:31.229 --> 00:19:32.096
  • Well, Mark 4:20,if you're still in Mark 4.
  • 00:19:32.196 --> 00:19:35.299
  • It says, "These are the onessown on good ground,
  • 00:19:35.399 --> 00:19:37.768
  • those who hear the Word,accept it, and bear fruit".
  • 00:19:37.868 --> 00:19:40.705
  • I'm going to tellyou real simple.
  • 00:19:40.805 --> 00:19:42.039
  • God would like foryou to bear fruit.
  • 00:19:42.139 --> 00:19:44.542
  • He'd like for you to besuccessful in your marriage,
  • 00:19:44.642 --> 00:19:46.510
  • in your family, in your health,in your finances,
  • 00:19:46.611 --> 00:19:48.412
  • in your business.
  • 00:19:48.512 --> 00:19:49.513
  • He wants you - you wantyour children to succeed?
  • 00:19:49.614 --> 00:19:52.750
  • He wants you to have a goodlife and enjoy your life;
  • 00:19:52.850 --> 00:19:55.419
  • He created all ofthis for you to enjoy.
  • 00:19:55.519 --> 00:19:57.355
  • He really did.
  • 00:19:57.455 --> 00:19:58.789
  • But the only way you'regoing to bear fruit,
  • 00:19:58.889 --> 00:20:00.858
  • have a good life,a prosperous successful life,
  • 00:20:00.958 --> 00:20:03.961
  • is if you accept the Word.
  • 00:20:04.061 --> 00:20:06.831
  • That's it.
  • 00:20:06.931 --> 00:20:07.765
  • You've got to knowthe Word of God.
  • 00:20:07.865 --> 00:20:09.166
  • That's what He's saying here.
  • 00:20:09.267 --> 00:20:10.401
  • Now, we talked lastweek about friendship,
  • 00:20:10.501 --> 00:20:12.970
  • and we compared thisto God becoming your friend,
  • 00:20:13.070 --> 00:20:16.307
  • God becoming your best friend,and then God becoming
  • 00:20:16.407 --> 00:20:18.476
  • that lifelong spouse thatyou'll die for, okay?
  • 00:20:18.576 --> 00:20:21.679
  • Listen to me, if you don't spendthree, four, five, six, seven
  • 00:20:21.779 --> 00:20:25.283
  • hours studying this bookoutside of the one hour
  • 00:20:25.383 --> 00:20:28.719
  • you spend in church every week,you're not going to make it.
  • 00:20:28.819 --> 00:20:32.823
  • Because you got birds and beesthat are coming after you,
  • 00:20:32.923 --> 00:20:36.360
  • they are coming after you.
  • 00:20:36.460 --> 00:20:37.395
  • You got to know this book.
  • 00:20:37.495 --> 00:20:39.263
  • So I want you to understand -God's plan is for you
  • 00:20:39.363 --> 00:20:43.134
  • to bear fruit, but the only wayfor you to bear fruit
  • 00:20:43.234 --> 00:20:46.137
  • is to accept the word,to understand the word,
  • 00:20:46.237 --> 00:20:48.005
  • to believe the word.
  • 00:20:48.105 --> 00:20:49.140
  • We read last weekendand we read in this Parable:
  • 00:20:49.240 --> 00:20:51.275
  • Satan's trying to steal the wordout of your heart.
  • 00:20:51.375 --> 00:20:55.880
  • Is there a way that we couldkeep him from stealing the word
  • 00:20:55.980 --> 00:20:59.750
  • out of our heart?
  • 00:20:59.850 --> 00:21:00.951
  • Real famous scripture.
  • 00:21:01.052 --> 00:21:02.586
  • Psalm 119:11, "Your WordI have hidden in my heart,
  • 00:21:02.687 --> 00:21:12.997
  • that I might not sin",that I might not stumble.
  • 00:21:13.097 --> 00:21:16.701
  • Remember?
  • 00:21:16.801 --> 00:21:18.202
  • "When persecution arises,they stumble."
  • 00:21:18.302 --> 00:21:20.204
  • They fall.
  • 00:21:20.304 --> 00:21:21.205
  • They sin.
  • 00:21:21.305 --> 00:21:22.340
  • "Your Word I have hiddenin my heart",
  • 00:21:22.440 --> 00:21:24.175
  • so the enemy can't take itout of my heart.
  • 00:21:24.275 --> 00:21:26.510
  • Okay, very simple,how do you hide God's Word?
  • 00:21:26.610 --> 00:21:29.080
  • Two words.
  • 00:21:29.180 --> 00:21:30.915
  • The scriptural word, meditate.
  • 00:21:31.015 --> 00:21:33.150
  • A word to help us understandmeditate - memorize.
  • 00:21:33.250 --> 00:21:36.687
  • I don't have time to read them,but Joshua 1 and Psalm 1.
  • 00:21:36.787 --> 00:21:41.892
  • In Psalm 1, "The man whomeditates on the Word of God
  • 00:21:41.992 --> 00:21:43.928
  • is like a green tree plantedby the water,
  • 00:21:44.028 --> 00:21:45.896
  • bears fruit in season".
  • 00:21:45.996 --> 00:21:47.798
  • Joshua 1, "You meditate onthis Word day and night that
  • 00:21:47.898 --> 00:21:50.201
  • you may prosper and havegood success in everything
  • 00:21:50.301 --> 00:21:52.069
  • you do".
  • 00:21:52.169 --> 00:21:52.903
  • You meditate, memorize it.
  • 00:21:53.003 --> 00:21:54.538
  • Memorize it.
  • 00:21:54.638 --> 00:21:56.340
  • When I was beginning in God,I started memorizing Scripture.
  • 00:21:56.440 --> 00:22:01.178
  • Last April, most of you werehere then and you know,
  • 00:22:01.278 --> 00:22:06.283
  • I went to Australia.
  • 00:22:06.384 --> 00:22:08.519
  • They gave me some migraineheadache medicine
  • 00:22:08.619 --> 00:22:12.757
  • that caused internal bleeding.
  • 00:22:12.857 --> 00:22:14.558
  • It caused internal bleedingin a major artery.
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  • I lost a third of my blood,over a third of my blood,
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  • in less than 24 hours.
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  • I was bleeding to death.
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  • They took me to the hospital.
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  • I was in the waiting room,and I passed out.
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  • When the doctor's telling youhow much blood you've lost,
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  • and you know it,and you feel it...I mean,
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  • I felt like I was dyingwhen I passed out.
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  • I had no control.I was gone.
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  • And to wake up and knowI'm still alive,
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  • and then the doctor tells you,you know, you were about to die,
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  • and we've got thebleeding stopped.
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  • But then, you know,the doctor is gone,
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  • Debbie had to go.
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  • They wouldn't let her stayat the hospital.
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  • And in the middle of the night,the enemy's attacking.
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  • Death?I mean, I don't know.
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  • I don't know if they've gotthis bleeding stopped
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  • or it's going to start again.
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  • And I started having fear,and I remembered the Word.
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  • I thought, I need the Word.
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  • And so, I started quotingScripture, and I remember
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  • starting at Genesis andthinking of every Scripture
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  • in Genesis I could remember,and then Exodus,
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  • and then Leviticus,and then Numbers.
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  • When I got to Ezekiel,I remembered a Scripture,
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  • and I remember whenI got to Ezekiel,
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  • I remembered the Scripture,and then I thought...
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  • I have my phone with me, and Ihave my Bible in my phone.
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  • I don't know why I didn'tthink of that before, but...
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  • and I think it wasbecause God actually wanted me
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  • to go back to my heart,you know?
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  • But, I got my Bible and Ilooked it up, and I want to
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  • show you this verse that theLord brought back to my mind
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  • that I had hiddenin my heart.
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  • And you think about whatthis verse should mean to you
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  • if you were told thatyou might die,
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  • and you were strugglingwith a blood issue.
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  • Ezekiel 16:6 says, "And whenI passed by you and saw you
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  • struggling in your own blood,I said to you in your blood,
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  • "Live. "
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  • Yes, I said to you inyour blood, "Live. "
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  • [applause]
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  • This is the only thingthat will help you.
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  • I can preachmy heart out to you,
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  • but if you don't get in thisbook, I can't help you.
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  • ROBERT: God wants tospeak to you today.
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  • I want you to hear that.
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  • And one of the primary waysthat God speaks to us
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  • is He causes the Scriptureto come alive to us.
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  • I want you to make a commitmenttoday to read God's Word
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  • every day.
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  • And if you miss a day,don't feel bad about it,
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  • don't condemn yourself,just pick it up again
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  • the next day or the next chanceyou have.
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  • But get in a habit of readingGod's Word every day,
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  • because I promise you,the Holy Spirit will speak
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  • to you, and those Scriptureswill go deeply into your heart,
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  • and will take root and will bearfruit in your life.
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  • Satan's plan is to keepyou out of God's Word.
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  • God's plan is for youto have a life
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  • and to have it more abundantly,but He does that through us
  • 00:25:04.862 --> 00:25:08.098
  • knowing His Word.
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  • "You shall know the truth,and the truth
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  • shall make you free."
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  • Hey, we're going to continuethis series next week.
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  • I'll see you then.
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  • ANNOUNCER: The Christian lifeisn't a destination,
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  • it's a journey.
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  • A journey to purpose, power,and productivity
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  • in God's Kingdom.
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  • In this, "You Are Here" series,Pastor Robert
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  • takes a practical lookat four specific milestones
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  • that we encounterin our journey:
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  • Fellowship, relationship,discipleship, and lordship.
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  • As you discover the natureof these milestones,
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  • you'll come to identifyprecisely where you are
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  • on this growth path,and more importantly,
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  • how to get to your destination;God's highest and best
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  • for your life.
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  • Pastor Robert explainsthe pitfalls that we face
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  • in each seasonof our journey,
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  • and he offers practicaland biblical steps
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  • to help us continueto move forward.
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  • The spiritual truths whichhe shares will encourage
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  • and strengthen you, as younavigate life's ups and downs.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • Living your best life isn'tabout having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, heath,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover that
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  • there is so muchmore to life.
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  • With humor, passion,and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents
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  • the secrets of livingyour best life.
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