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Overcoming Temptation With Scripture

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August 27, 2020
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In this message Dr. Jeremiah teaches how to overcome temptation using the Word of God.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Are youfeeling powerless,
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  • powerless to controlyour destiny?
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  • to prevail over the emotional,physical,
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  • and spiritual chaosin your life,
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  • one who can give you the powerto be more than a conqueror,
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  • but an overcomer?
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  • As an overcomer,you are no longer defined
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  • by your trialsbut by your victories.
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  • As an overcomer,you put on God-given armor
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  • that both protects youfrom the enemy
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  • and empowers you to conqueryour greatest obstacles.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:We're called to be overcomers,
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  • men and women.
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  • We're called to walk in victory,and strength,
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Overcoming Temptationwith Scripture."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Temptation isso beautiful on the front side
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  • and so ugly on the back side.
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  • And no matter who we are,or what our background may be,
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  • temptation alwayspresents itself
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  • as beautiful and inviting.
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  • But behind that mask,it is dangerous and deadly.
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  • Now, of course, the best wayto avoid temptation is
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  • to run away from it.
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  • Did you know that in the Biblethere aren't very many things
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  • we're told to run away frombut the Bible does tell us
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  • to run awayfrom sexual temptation
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  • because nobody can standagainst that and ever win.
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  • The Bible tells usthe best equipment
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  • for getting out of thatsituation is the best pair
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  • of Adidas money can buy.
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  • Just get out of there.
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  • But despite all of ourcare and caution,
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  • we can't always get awayfrom temptation
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  • and we're all gonna be temptedat some point.
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  • It's part of life.
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  • Couple of thingsto remember up front.
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  • Number one:temptation itself is not sin.
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  • It is not a sin to be temptedand I'm gonna prove that to you.
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  • It is a sin to yieldto temptation
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  • but it's not a sinto be tempted.
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  • So as long as you live,just like me,
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  • you will be tempted.
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  • It's just part of life.
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  • You're in good company.
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  • I'll tell you right now somebodyin this room, right now,
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  • is being temptedjust like you are.
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  • Somebody that livesin your neighborhood,
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  • somebody that goesto your church,
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  • is being tempted just the wayyou are because
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  • the Bible tells us thattemptation is not particular.
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  • Temptation is noton a journey to just get you.
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  • Listen to what it says in1 Corinthians 10:13:
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  • "No temptation has overtaken you
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  • except such as is commonto man."
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  • Listen to that.
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  • "Such as is common to man;but God is faithful,
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  • who will not allow you to betempted beyond that
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  • you are able,but with the temptation
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  • will make a way of escape,
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  • that you may be ableto bear it."
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  • Here's how I can prove to youthat temptation is not sin.
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  • Even Jesus Christ was tempted.
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  • Here's what it saysin Hebrews 4:15:
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  • "We do not have a High Priestwho cannot sympathize
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  • with our weaknesses,but was in all points tempted
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  • as we are," he was temptedas we are, "yet without sin."
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  • He didn't yieldto the temptation,
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  • but he was tempted.
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  • And remember this too, folks.Temptation never comes from God.
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  • If you ever hear anybody say,"Well, God made this temptation
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  • happen in my life,"you can know for sure
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  • that's not true.
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  • Here's what the Bible says.
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  • The Bible says: "Let no one saywhen he is tempted,
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  • 'I am tempted by God';
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  • for God cannot be temptedby evil,
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  • nor does He Himselftempt anyone."
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  • Those are the wordsof James chapter 1, verse 13.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • It's the devil who tempts usto evil,
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  • and that's why in the Bibleon two occasions
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  • he's called the Tempter.
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  • That's one of Satan's names.
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  • He's the Tempter.
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  • If you've been a Christianfor long,
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  • the Tempter isn't any strangerto you.
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  • I mean, he roars aboutlike a lion.
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  • That's what the Bible says.
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  • He seeks to devour.
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  • And I'm pretty surehe's passed your way
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  • more than once as he has mine.
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  • But while you have to respectand be wary
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  • of the devil's temptations,I'm here to tell you today
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  • you do not need to havean inordinate fear of them.
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  • Temptation can be overcome.
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  • Our faithful God is not gonnalet us be tempted
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  • beyond what we can bear.
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  • That's what the Scripture says.
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  • He may test usby allowing temptation
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  • but he himself will nevertempt us.
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  • There's an old adagethat says this way:
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  • Satan tempts usto make us worse;
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  • God tests us to make us better.
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  • And so as you readthis whole list of armor
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  • in the book of Ephesians,
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  • all of the first things areall protective pieces of armor
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  • but then we get this oneoffensive piece of armor
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  • which we're gonna talk abouttoday and that is what the Bible
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  • calls "the sword of the Spirit,which is the Word of God."
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  • God hasn't left uswithout a piece of armament.
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  • God says that every one of usas Christians,
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  • we have this armament.
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  • It's called the swordof the Spirit,
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  • which is the Word of God.
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  • Say that.
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  • "The sword of the Spirit,which is the Word of God."
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  • In the Bible, there aretwo different words
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  • for the word "word."
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  • There's two different wordsfor the word "word."
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  • Let me explain to you.
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  • The first word is a wordwe sometimes say
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  • in the English language.
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  • It's called logos.
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  • You've all heard that somewhere.
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  • Logos is the main wordin the New Testament
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  • for the Word of God.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • Logos is the word whichrefers to the entire Bible.
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  • From Genesis to Revelation,all in between,
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  • that is the logos of God.
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  • But in Ephesians when Paul sayswe're to take,
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  • "the sword of the Spirit,which is the Word of God,"
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  • the word "logos" isn't there.
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  • It's a different word.
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  • It's the word "rhema."
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  • And the Bible says we're to take"the sword of the Spirit,
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  • which is the rhema of God."
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  • "Well," you say,"Pastor Jeremiah,
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  • what's the differencebetween logos and rhema?"
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  • Real interesting,and it's the key to everything
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  • I'm gonna say from now on.
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  • The logos, as I said,refers to the whole Bible
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  • but the rhema is,in the Scripture,
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  • it means a saying of God.
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  • The Bible says we're to takethe sword of the Spirit,
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  • which is the saying of God.
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  • And what it means is thatout of this logos which is
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  • the entire revelation of God,there are certain sayings
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  • that we find and we learnand these sayings
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  • are what we useagainst the enemy
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  • when he comes after us.
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  • The Bible is the armory in whichthe swords can be found.
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  • So when it says in the Bibleyou're to take
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  • the sword of the Spirit,which is the Word of God,
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  • it's not saying,"Take the whole Bible."
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  • It's saying,"Find the Scriptures
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  • that are in the Bible that applyto the temptation
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  • you're under and use thoseScriptures to defeat the enemy."
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  • If we could ever get that,if we could ever get that
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  • under our spiritual skin,it would make
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  • all the difference in the world.
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  • We go into the battleagainst temptation
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  • without any protectionwhatsoever.
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  • We haven't learned enoughof the Bible so we know
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  • anything to say, so we goin totally unprotected.
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  • The person who uses the swordof the Spirit better than
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  • anyone elsein all of the Scripture
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  • is none other thanthe Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • And I wanna share with youan experience in his life
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  • where he shows us how to usethe sword of the Spirit.
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  • When Jesus Christ was temptedby the devil in the wilderness,
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  • he used the sword of the Spiritwith the deftness
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  • and precision of aninvincible warrior and shows us
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  • by what he did just exactlyhow we can do the same thing.
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  • You remember inthe book of Matthew chapter 3
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  • when Jesus is being baptizedand his Father says to him,
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  • "This is my beloved Sonin whom I am well pleased."
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  • Did you knowthat's one of the places
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  • where you can prove the Trinity?
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  • Did you know that?
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  • Jesus is being baptized,the Father is in heaven saying,
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  • "This is my beloved Son,"and the Holy Spirit descends
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  • like a dove.
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  • All three persons of the Trinityare right there
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  • in that one picture.
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  • How many of you know that wasa high point in Jesus's life?
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  • That wasa mountaintop experience.
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  • When you're getting baptizedby God the Father and he says,
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  • "This is my beloved Son,in whom I am well pleased,"
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  • I don't know that it can getany better than that.
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  • How many of you knowthat sometimes
  • 00:11:40.116 --> 00:11:41.417
  • after your highest moment,that's when you're
  • 00:11:41.450 --> 00:11:43.886
  • the most vulnerable tothe temptation of the enemy?
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  • What you learn from watchingwhat happens to Jesus is
  • 00:11:46.822 --> 00:11:49.792
  • after he experiencedhis high moment in baptism,
  • 00:11:49.825 --> 00:11:53.662
  • hearing his Father say,"This is my beloved Son
  • 00:11:53.696 --> 00:11:56.065
  • in whom I am well pleased,"he leaves that situation
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  • and goes immediately tothe desert and the Bible says:
  • 00:11:59.769 --> 00:12:02.138
  • "And Satan tempted him."
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  • Watch out for those high momentsbecause sometimes the height
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  • of the mountain on whichyou find yourself determines
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  • the depth of the valleythat follows it.
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  • Now watch that.
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  • So here's Jesus now andhe's in the desert with Satan.
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  • The Bible says:"The Spirit led Jesus
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  • to the wildernesswhere Satan tempted him
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  • at the very heartof his Father's words."
  • 00:12:26.529 --> 00:12:29.832
  • This was Satan's strategy.
  • 00:12:29.865 --> 00:12:31.634
  • Did you know that--I don't wannabe disrespectful of Satan
  • 00:12:31.667 --> 00:12:34.336
  • 'cause I respect him greatly.
  • 00:12:34.370 --> 00:12:36.372
  • I just don't fear him.
  • 00:12:36.405 --> 00:12:37.706
  • I respect him.
  • 00:12:37.740 --> 00:12:39.575
  • But Satan never had a new ideasince the Garden of Eden.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • He always tempts peoplethe same way.
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  • Do you know how he does it?
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  • In three ways:the lust of the flesh,
  • 00:12:48.284 --> 00:12:49.952
  • the lust of the eyes,and the pride of life.
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  • You'll find all threeof those things listed in,
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  • 1 John 2:16, one verse.
  • 00:12:54.390 --> 00:12:57.760
  • That was Satan's strategyin the Garden and he told Eve
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  • that the fruit was goodfor food, the lust of the flesh.
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  • He said it was pleasantto the eyes,
  • 00:13:05.668 --> 00:13:07.870
  • the lust of the eyes,and he said,
  • 00:13:07.903 --> 00:13:09.305
  • "It will make you wise,"the pride of life.
  • 00:13:09.338 --> 00:13:12.474
  • That's what Satan did whenhe tried to tempt Jesus.
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  • Now I wanna remind youof the story
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  • 'cause most of you knowthis well.
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  • First of all,Satan tests Jesus
  • 00:13:19.181 --> 00:13:21.016
  • along the linesof the lust of the flesh.
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  • Matthew 4 says it this way:"Jesus was led by the Spirit
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  • into the wilderness to betempted by the devil.
  • 00:13:26.856 --> 00:13:29.158
  • And when He had fastedfor 40 days and 40 nights,
  • 00:13:29.191 --> 00:13:31.660
  • afterward He was hungry.
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  • And when the temptercame to Him, he said,
  • 00:13:34.363 --> 00:13:36.832
  • 'If You are the Son of God,
  • 00:13:36.866 --> 00:13:39.168
  • command that these stonesbecome bread.'"
  • 00:13:39.201 --> 00:13:41.937
  • Notice, he came to Jesuswhen he was hungry and
  • 00:13:41.971 --> 00:13:44.773
  • tempted him with the abilityto make his own bread.
  • 00:13:44.807 --> 00:13:49.311
  • Satan was playingon the human hunger of Jesus,
  • 00:13:49.345 --> 00:13:52.982
  • trying to get him to stepoutside of the will
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  • of his Father and performa miracle for himself.
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  • And watch what Jesus does.
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  • He whips out his first sword.
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  • Are you ready for this?
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  • To overcome this thrustof temptation,
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  • Jesus reached into his armoryand he pulled out a sword,
  • 00:14:07.329 --> 00:14:10.699
  • a rhema of God, and this is whathe said: "It is written--
  • 00:14:10.733 --> 00:14:14.069
  • it is written, 'Man shall notlive by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceedsfrom the mouth of God.'"
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  • Take that, Satan.
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  • To overcome--to overcomethis temptation,
  • 00:14:26.348 --> 00:14:31.053
  • Jesus quotedDeuteronomy 8, verse 3.
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  • And the key word is "alone."
  • 00:14:34.857 --> 00:14:36.926
  • He said, "Man shall not liveby bread alone,
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  • or by bread only."
  • 00:14:39.094 --> 00:14:40.396
  • Jesus reminded Satanthat feeding on and obeying
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  • God's Word's far more importantthan eating any physical bread.
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  • And Satan was defeatedin his first temptation.
  • 00:14:47.136 --> 00:14:50.806
  • How was he defeated?
  • 00:14:50.839 --> 00:14:52.574
  • The sword of the Spirit,which is the Word of God.
  • 00:14:52.608 --> 00:14:56.245
  • Here's the second temptation:"And the devil took Him up
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  • into the holy city, and set Himon the pinnacle of the temple,
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  • and said to Him,'If You are the Son of God,
  • 00:15:02.451 --> 00:15:05.354
  • throw Yourself down.
  • 00:15:05.387 --> 00:15:07.423
  • For it is written:"He shall give His angels
  • 00:15:07.456 --> 00:15:09.591
  • charge over you," and,"In their hands
  • 00:15:09.625 --> 00:15:12.094
  • they shall bear you up,
  • 00:15:12.127 --> 00:15:13.462
  • lest you dash your footagainst a stone.'"
  • 00:15:13.495 --> 00:15:17.132
  • The second temptationof Satan against Jesus
  • 00:15:17.166 --> 00:15:20.102
  • took place 450 feetabove the Kidron Valley,
  • 00:15:20.135 --> 00:15:25.341
  • above the temple floor.
  • 00:15:25.374 --> 00:15:27.409
  • Jesus was standingon the pinnacle of the temple
  • 00:15:27.443 --> 00:15:30.279
  • with Satan,and Satan was saying,
  • 00:15:30.312 --> 00:15:32.748
  • "Jesus, if you won't worka miracle for yourself,
  • 00:15:32.781 --> 00:15:37.019
  • why don't you let God doa miracle for you?
  • 00:15:37.052 --> 00:15:39.922
  • Why don't you jump offand let God catch you
  • 00:15:39.955 --> 00:15:42.658
  • and protect you on the way down,and that will prove
  • 00:15:42.691 --> 00:15:45.761
  • to everyone that you are reallythe Messiah."
  • 00:15:45.794 --> 00:15:50.599
  • The devil wanted Christ to sethimself up as a wonder worker,
  • 00:15:50.632 --> 00:15:54.403
  • to put on a show.
  • 00:15:54.436 --> 00:15:57.272
  • But the Lord had the perfectsword all ready.
  • 00:15:57.306 --> 00:15:59.942
  • He said, "It is written again,'You shall not tempt
  • 00:15:59.975 --> 00:16:04.646
  • the Lord your God.'"
  • 00:16:04.680 --> 00:16:06.949
  • You can see the Lord Jesusdoing battle with the enemy.
  • 00:16:06.982 --> 00:16:10.185
  • He said, "Satan,get out of the way.
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  • Listen to what the Bible says.
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  • The Bible says: 'You shall nottempt the Lord your God,'"
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  • and Jesus overcameSatan's temptation by quoting
  • 00:16:17.026 --> 00:16:19.528
  • Deuteronomy chapter 6, verse 16.
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  • Did you know that Satan knowsthe Bible better than we do?
  • 00:16:23.799 --> 00:16:26.635
  • I mean, that's a sad storybut it's true.
  • 00:16:26.668 --> 00:16:29.138
  • Satan said,"It is written, Lord,
  • 00:16:29.171 --> 00:16:32.374
  • 'He shall give His angels chargeover you,' and,
  • 00:16:32.408 --> 00:16:34.743
  • 'In their handsthey shall bear you up,
  • 00:16:34.777 --> 00:16:36.712
  • lest you dash your footagainst a stone.'"
  • 00:16:36.745 --> 00:16:39.314
  • That's from Psalm 91:11-12,
  • 00:16:39.348 --> 00:16:41.984
  • one of the great angel passagesin the Bible.
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  • Satan knows God's Wordand he's not above
  • 00:16:44.386 --> 00:16:47.289
  • using them to his advantage.
  • 00:16:47.322 --> 00:16:49.525
  • He uses Scripture to lead usto question God
  • 00:16:49.558 --> 00:16:51.860
  • and by selectivelyusing Scripture,
  • 00:16:51.894 --> 00:16:53.896
  • he tries to confuse usas he tried to do Christ
  • 00:16:53.929 --> 00:16:56.832
  • in this temptation.
  • 00:16:56.865 --> 00:16:58.767
  • Well, there's one moretemptation.
  • 00:16:58.801 --> 00:17:00.202
  • I've told you there were three.
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  • The first was the lustof the flesh:
  • 00:17:01.870 --> 00:17:03.839
  • "Make some breadout of this stone."
  • 00:17:03.872 --> 00:17:06.241
  • The second wasthe lust of the eyes:
  • 00:17:06.275 --> 00:17:07.910
  • "Why don't you justthrow yourself off the temple
  • 00:17:07.943 --> 00:17:09.678
  • and let God save you?"
  • 00:17:09.711 --> 00:17:12.047
  • And the third one isthe pride of life.
  • 00:17:12.081 --> 00:17:14.783
  • Once again, in Matthew 4:"Again, the devil took Jesus up
  • 00:17:14.817 --> 00:17:17.853
  • on an exceedinglyhigh mountain,
  • 00:17:17.886 --> 00:17:20.422
  • and showed Him all the kingdomsof the world and their glory.
  • 00:17:20.456 --> 00:17:24.259
  • And he said to Him,
  • 00:17:24.293 --> 00:17:25.861
  • 'All these thingsI will give You, Jesus,
  • 00:17:25.894 --> 00:17:29.565
  • if You will fall downand worship me.'"
  • 00:17:29.598 --> 00:17:32.634
  • By the way, that's what Satanalways wanted
  • 00:17:32.668 --> 00:17:34.770
  • from the very beginning,from the time he rebelled
  • 00:17:34.803 --> 00:17:38.307
  • against God as Luciferand was kicked out of heaven.
  • 00:17:38.340 --> 00:17:42.945
  • We can seewhy this third temptation
  • 00:17:42.978 --> 00:17:44.813
  • might have appealedto Jesus more than the others
  • 00:17:44.847 --> 00:17:47.282
  • because the devil was offeringJesus a way of ruling the world
  • 00:17:47.316 --> 00:17:51.253
  • without goingthrough the agony of the cross.
  • 00:17:51.286 --> 00:17:55.791
  • Once again, Jesusreached into his armory.
  • 00:17:55.824 --> 00:17:58.327
  • Remember, the armoryis the whole Bible
  • 00:17:58.360 --> 00:18:00.696
  • and the sword isthe saying of God
  • 00:18:00.729 --> 00:18:02.631
  • that comesout of that whole Bible.
  • 00:18:02.664 --> 00:18:04.666
  • He reached into the sheafof swords and he pulled out
  • 00:18:04.700 --> 00:18:06.835
  • the rhema of God.
  • 00:18:06.869 --> 00:18:08.337
  • And he said in verse 10:"Away with you, Satan!
  • 00:18:08.370 --> 00:18:11.607
  • For it is written, 'You shallworship the Lord your God,
  • 00:18:11.640 --> 00:18:14.710
  • and Him only you shall serve.'"
  • 00:18:14.743 --> 00:18:19.148
  • Now let's notice what happenedwhen Jesus hit him
  • 00:18:19.181 --> 00:18:21.416
  • with the third sword, verse 11:"And the devil left Him,
  • 00:18:21.450 --> 00:18:27.289
  • and behold, angels cameand ministered to Him."
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  • Do you know whatthe Bible says to us?
  • 00:18:30.259 --> 00:18:32.027
  • The Bible says: "Resistthe devil and he will," what?
  • 00:18:32.060 --> 00:18:34.796
  • "Flee from you."
  • 00:18:34.830 --> 00:18:36.298
  • That's what Jesus did.
  • 00:18:36.331 --> 00:18:37.633
  • You know, sometimes we don'teven resist the devil, do we?
  • 00:18:37.666 --> 00:18:40.102
  • We just let him havehis way with us.
  • 00:18:40.135 --> 00:18:43.238
  • But the Bible says if we learnthe Scripture and we take
  • 00:18:43.272 --> 00:18:45.908
  • the Word of God and we use itagainst the enemy,
  • 00:18:45.941 --> 00:18:48.944
  • he will flee from us.
  • 00:18:48.977 --> 00:18:52.314
  • Satan has no promise of victoryin your life.
  • 00:18:52.347 --> 00:18:54.650
  • Do you know the Scripturethat says:
  • 00:18:54.683 --> 00:18:56.451
  • "Greater is he that is in youthan he that is in the world"?
  • 00:18:56.485 --> 00:18:59.421
  • That's my Savior who isin me and he is greater than
  • 00:18:59.454 --> 00:19:03.091
  • the one who is in the world.
  • 00:19:03.125 --> 00:19:05.861
  • So there you have it.
  • 00:19:05.894 --> 00:19:07.196
  • That's how you use the sword.
  • 00:19:07.229 --> 00:19:08.530
  • "How does that work, Pastor?"
  • 00:19:08.564 --> 00:19:10.165
  • You and I,we have the same access
  • 00:19:10.199 --> 00:19:11.867
  • to the Scripture that Jesus did.
  • 00:19:11.900 --> 00:19:13.769
  • In fact, we have more.
  • 00:19:13.802 --> 00:19:15.671
  • How do we take this truth nowand make it work in our lives?
  • 00:19:15.704 --> 00:19:19.141
  • First of all,let me say first of all,
  • 00:19:19.174 --> 00:19:21.310
  • stay in the line of fire.
  • 00:19:21.343 --> 00:19:23.278
  • Stay in the line of fire.
  • 00:19:23.312 --> 00:19:24.613
  • You say, "Well, what do youmean by that?"
  • 00:19:24.646 --> 00:19:26.148
  • Did you know that if you havea pastor who preaches
  • 00:19:26.181 --> 00:19:27.883
  • the Word of God it's hazardousto go to that church?
  • 00:19:27.916 --> 00:19:32.754
  • You know what he's doing?
  • 00:19:32.788 --> 00:19:34.189
  • He's standing in the pulpitand he's slinging swords.
  • 00:19:34.223 --> 00:19:36.892
  • He's slinging outthe sayings of God.
  • 00:19:36.925 --> 00:19:39.494
  • Have you ever gotten in the wayof one of the swords
  • 00:19:39.528 --> 00:19:41.263
  • coming from the preacher?
  • 00:19:41.296 --> 00:19:43.365
  • Sometimes, preachers get accusedof reading the mail
  • 00:19:43.398 --> 00:19:45.334
  • of their congregants because--but we don't do that.
  • 00:19:45.367 --> 00:19:48.570
  • The Holy Spirit is in usand just like he's in you.
  • 00:19:48.604 --> 00:19:52.241
  • The sayings of God may beincidental verses or phrases
  • 00:19:52.274 --> 00:19:55.911
  • that I'm hardly aware ofwhen I'm preaching.
  • 00:19:55.944 --> 00:19:58.280
  • It may be some versethat I use to prove something
  • 00:19:58.313 --> 00:20:00.382
  • but that verse isthe exact sword that God needs
  • 00:20:00.415 --> 00:20:03.685
  • to touch somebody's heartand that sword finds its way.
  • 00:20:03.719 --> 00:20:07.589
  • Isn't that something?
  • 00:20:07.623 --> 00:20:11.460
  • I remember last yearI started writing
  • 00:20:11.493 --> 00:20:13.128
  • some of this stuff downbecause it was so amazing to me.
  • 00:20:13.161 --> 00:20:16.265
  • People have becomeChristians through listening
  • 00:20:16.298 --> 00:20:18.133
  • to a stewardship message.
  • 00:20:18.166 --> 00:20:20.369
  • I had some people getsaved one Sunday
  • 00:20:20.402 --> 00:20:22.137
  • when I was preachingon stewardship.
  • 00:20:22.170 --> 00:20:23.805
  • How does that happen?
  • 00:20:23.839 --> 00:20:26.241
  • The Bible just--the sword isthere and maybe it's a verse
  • 00:20:26.275 --> 00:20:29.478
  • I didn't even know I was quotingand that sword found
  • 00:20:29.511 --> 00:20:31.980
  • its way into the heartof a person who needed it.
  • 00:20:32.014 --> 00:20:35.484
  • What I'm telling you here isthat the declaration
  • 00:20:35.517 --> 00:20:37.653
  • of a scriptural phrase or a wordhas power we don't realize.
  • 00:20:37.686 --> 00:20:43.525
  • So never underestimatethe potential of just one sword.
  • 00:20:43.558 --> 00:20:47.996
  • How many of uscould go back and say,
  • 00:20:48.030 --> 00:20:49.631
  • "You know,I was in this situation
  • 00:20:49.665 --> 00:20:51.066
  • or that situation,and I heard this guy
  • 00:20:51.099 --> 00:20:53.001
  • on the radio or I sawthis guy on television
  • 00:20:53.035 --> 00:20:54.970
  • or I was reading this bookand that thing jumped out
  • 00:20:55.003 --> 00:20:57.239
  • of that bookand just got me.
  • 00:20:57.272 --> 00:20:59.508
  • And I've never recovered."
  • 00:20:59.541 --> 00:21:01.376
  • Stay in the line of fire.
  • 00:21:01.410 --> 00:21:03.011
  • Obviously, the swordscan't hit you if you're never
  • 00:21:03.045 --> 00:21:05.280
  • in the presence of somebodywho's a sword-thrower.
  • 00:21:05.314 --> 00:21:08.383
  • I try to be a sword-thrower.
  • 00:21:08.417 --> 00:21:10.986
  • I like to throwthe swords of God.
  • 00:21:11.019 --> 00:21:13.922
  • Number two,search every inch of the armory.
  • 00:21:13.955 --> 00:21:19.261
  • Did you notice--did you notice where God
  • 00:21:19.294 --> 00:21:21.730
  • got all three of his swords?
  • 00:21:21.763 --> 00:21:24.700
  • Now, I mean, come on, really.
  • 00:21:24.733 --> 00:21:26.935
  • His entire repertoireagainst Satan came
  • 00:21:26.968 --> 00:21:31.373
  • from the book of Deuteronomy?
  • 00:21:31.406 --> 00:21:34.910
  • When was the last time you hadyour devotions in Deuteronomy?
  • 00:21:34.943 --> 00:21:38.480
  • It's not exactly the book wetell new believers to start on.
  • 00:21:38.513 --> 00:21:41.650
  • "Oh yeah, you just got saved?
  • 00:21:41.683 --> 00:21:42.984
  • Well, why don't you read thebook of Deuteronomy," right?
  • 00:21:43.018 --> 00:21:46.088
  • No, we don't do that, do we?
  • 00:21:46.121 --> 00:21:48.490
  • There isn't any place in theScripture that's unimportant.
  • 00:21:48.523 --> 00:21:51.193
  • There are some placesthat are more important than
  • 00:21:51.226 --> 00:21:53.128
  • others but there are no placesthat are less inspired.
  • 00:21:53.161 --> 00:21:56.965
  • The whole Scripture,all of it,
  • 00:21:56.998 --> 00:21:58.433
  • has the same qualityof inspiration.
  • 00:21:58.467 --> 00:22:00.936
  • It's the Word of God.
  • 00:22:00.969 --> 00:22:02.637
  • So never underestimate reading,even those Old Testament
  • 00:22:02.671 --> 00:22:06.875
  • prophets and the old--I mean, here's my trouble.
  • 00:22:06.908 --> 00:22:10.445
  • Have you ever tried to getthrough Leviticus?
  • 00:22:10.479 --> 00:22:13.815
  • But you know what?God's blessing is on Leviticus.
  • 00:22:13.849 --> 00:22:16.718
  • And there's probably a versein Leviticus that he wants you
  • 00:22:16.752 --> 00:22:19.721
  • to find so you can use itwhen the time comes.
  • 00:22:19.755 --> 00:22:23.325
  • 2 Timothy 3:16 says:"All Scripture is God-breathed
  • 00:22:23.358 --> 00:22:27.162
  • and it's useful for teachingand rebuking and correcting
  • 00:22:27.195 --> 00:22:30.999
  • and training in righteousness."
  • 00:22:31.032 --> 00:22:32.567
  • One of the reasonswhy we should read through
  • 00:22:32.601 --> 00:22:34.202
  • our Bibles and never stopreading through our Bibles,
  • 00:22:34.236 --> 00:22:37.205
  • no matter how many timesyou read through your Bible,
  • 00:22:37.239 --> 00:22:39.241
  • you're always gonna findnew truth
  • 00:22:39.274 --> 00:22:40.609
  • that you didn't see before.
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  • This book is a miracle book and,if you keep notes,
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  • you keep finding these swordsyou didn't know were there.
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  • Keep going through the armory.
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  • Examine every inchof the armory.
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  • You're gonna find swords whereyou thought there weren't any
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  • and they might just be the thingGod wants you to have
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  • to defeat the enemy.
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  • Number three,stay in the line of fire,
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  • search every inch of the armory.
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  • Number three,start gathering your swords.
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  • How many of you know that mosttemptations that come your way
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  • don't come your waywhile you're walking around
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  • with a Bible in your hand?
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  • That means I need to store upthese swords in my mind
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  • so that when temptation comes,I can call on them
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  • to ward off the attackand defeat it.
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  • How many of you know thatwhen you memorize the Scripture
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  • you make it portable?
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  • It goes wherever you go.
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  • I love what Psalm 119, verse 11,says:
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  • "Your word I have hiddenin my heart,
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  • that I might not sinagainst You."
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  • How does that work?
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  • If you have the Word of Godin your heart
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  • when temptation comes,it's like God brings that back
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  • from the hard drive to actionand all of a sudden
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  • now you have accessto God's Word.
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  • Here's what I knowabout temptation.
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  • God has given us everythingwe need to withstand it.
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  • What is it?
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  • It's the sword of the Spirit,which is the Word of God.
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  • But underneath all of that is aneven more important principle,
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  • men and women,and that is when we love God
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  • with all of our heart,we will never want to do
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  • something that will hurthis heart.
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  • And we canthen be overcomers, amen?
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  • Amen, amen.
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  • Thank you very much.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: It's alwaystoo soon to quit, you guys.
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  • Don't quit just becauseit looks discouraging.
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  • "Oh, he won't even listen to us.
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  • Just keep praying.
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  • Keep knocking on the door.
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  • Keep seeking.Keep asking.
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  • And God--God is there.
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  • announcer: Join Dr. Jeremiahnext time for his message,
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  • "Overcoming Everythingwith Prayer,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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