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November 10, 2019
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Allen Jackson Ministries

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The Power of the Spirit-Welcome

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  • CC BY ABERDEEN CAPTIONING 1-800-688-6621 WWW.ABERCAP.COM
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  • Allen Jackson: Jesus died on a cross and was raised
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  • to life again so that anyone who would believe
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  • and accept him as their Lord can be
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  • a participant in the Kingdom of God.
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  • But if your attitude, "Well, if God wants me to be a part of his
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  • kingdom, he can come get me," you'll miss it.
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  • Because God requires something of us, and I have found that
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  • principle to hold true in all those points of discipleship
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  • and growth.
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  • God is waiting for our response.
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  • So if we intend for the power of God to be a more prevalent
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  • part of our spiritual lives, we will have to engage in some
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  • choices that facilitate that, amen.
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  • So that's what we're going to unpack, and I'm gonna start
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  • with a couple of things we can do to to open our hearts more
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  • fully to the power of God.
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  • And the first one is receive the word of God.
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  • This isn't beyond knowing, sometimes it's the simple things
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  • we ignore.
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  • Psalm 107 and verse 20 says, "He sent His word and healed them,
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  • And He delivered them from their destructions."
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  • It's important to understand God sent his word into the Earth.
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  • I know it was delivered through people, it has been
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  • translated and re-translated and copied and re-copied,
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  • and we have it in a book.
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  • I'm not suggesting that you build your whole theological
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  • system around a single word or a verb or a verse,
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  • but the word of God is important.
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  • And if you don't receive the word of God, it's improbable
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  • that you will ever receive the spirit of God.
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  • Because it's through the word of God we know his character,
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  • we know something of how he interacts with humanity.
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  • We under we learn how to worship.
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  • We understand what holiness is, impurity is.
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  • There's some "Thou shalts" and "Thou shalt nots."
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  • We need God's word.
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  • Look at John 1 and verse 14, "The word became flesh and made
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  • His dwelling among us.
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  • We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only,
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  • who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
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  • Who's John speaking of?
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  • It's not a trick question.
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  • Jesus.
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  • Jesus was the word incarnate.
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  • We don't worship a book.
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  • I'm not suggesting that.
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  • But I am suggesting that your attitude towards the word of God
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  • is an indicator of your attitude towards him.
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  • That if we don't routinely make time to read the word of God,
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  • to meditate, think about it, to make space for it in our
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  • lives, why do we imagine the power of God would intrude
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  • upon us?
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  • The first step is saying, "God, I care enough about you, I'm
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  • going to make an investment in your word."
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  • People say to me, "You know, pastor, I appreciate that, but I
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  • don't like to read."
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  • I got that, change.
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  • You know, once upon a time in my life I preferred cake
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  • over vegetables, and then something cruel happened to my
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  • metabolism, and I decided vegetables looked better,
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  • so there wasn't quite so much of me.
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  • Change isn't always an evil thing.
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  • And now we have so many ways to get at information, if you
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  • don't particularly enjoy reading, there are all sorts
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  • of ways.
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  • You can have you can listen to the word of God.
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  • You can take our church app, and it will read it to you
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  • every day.
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  • But you need systematic, purposeful, intentional time
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  • with the word of God if you have any imagination of ever
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  • welcoming the power of God into your life.
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  • And I would submit to you, we need the help of God's power.
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  • All right, the second component in this is learning to receive
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  • the Spirit of God.
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  • We receive his word, and then we make an equally intentional
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  • choice to receive his spirit.
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  • In John 20 it says, "On the evening of that first day
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  • of the week, the disciples were together with the doors locked
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  • for fear of the Jews."
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  • This is evening of resurrection day, and the disciples are
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  • hiding because they're afraid they're next.
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  • If they could take Jesus out, I'm sure the disciples felt
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  • very vulnerable.
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  • So, they have the door's locked, they're afraid, they're
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  • discouraged, they're filled with despair.
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  • The most remarkable person they've ever known, they saw him
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  • suffocate on a Roman cross, and it says that "Jesus came
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  • and stood among them.
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  • 'Peace be with you!'
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  • And after He said this, He showed them His hands
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  • and His side."
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  • Can I ask you a question?
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  • What do you think the attitude was in that room?
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  • It says that "Jesus showed them His hands and His side."
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  • Why do you imagine he would do that?
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  • Last time they saw Jesus, he was on a Roman cross, gasping
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  • for a breath, beaten almost beyond recognition.
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  • They saw where he was buried, but when they came a day later
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  • to check the tomb, it was opened, and the body was gone
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  • and they didn't believe the women.
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  • And now Jesus is standing in the room with them.
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  • Can you imagine?
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  • I'm sure there were questions.
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  • Is it just a projection of our imagination?
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  • Is it a ghost?
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  • And Jesus shows 'em the marks in his flesh.
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  • "It's Me.
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  • I'm back."
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  • The next sentence is one of the most intriguing to me
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  • in the Bible.
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  • It says, "The disciples were overjoyed when they saw
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  • the Lord."
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  • Kind of a gift of understatement,
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  • would you think?
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  • I'm not sure how they reacted.
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  • It's not recorded.
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  • I don't know if they burst into laughter.
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  • I don't know if they wept.
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  • I don't know if they knelt.
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  • I don't know if they were in stunned silence.
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  • I don't know, but John says that they were just overwhelmed, that
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  • it was almost more than they could--they were overjoyed when
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  • they saw the Lord.
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  • I don't think it was like.
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  • "Oh, hey J-man."
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  • I don't like it felt like that, do you?
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  • But then watch what Jesus does.
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  • It says after "Jesus said again, 'Peace be with you.
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  • As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.'
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  • And with that He breathed on them and said, 'Receive
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  • the Holy Spirit.'" Now, it's my opinion that if you died
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  • publicly, and you were buried, and you were raised to life
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  • again, and you went to see your closest friends that the first
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  • thing you had to say to them might be important.
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  • You with me?
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  • So, I think there's a little heightened significance in this,
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  • a little added emphasis that the first thing Jesus did was
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  • breathe on them and receive the Holy Spirit.
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  • In fact, it's very similar language, almost identical,
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  • to what's in Genesis 1 at the Culmination of Creation,
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  • when God fashioned man from the dust of the ground,
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  • and he breathed in him and he became a living being.
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  • See, I would submit to you at that point the disciples are
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  • born again.
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  • They've had a personal encounter with the resurrected Jesus,
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  • and the spirit of God has come into them.
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  • Prior to Jesus' redemptive work, that was not a possibility.
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  • Everything changed.
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  • Whole new covenant's in play now.
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  • And Jesus breathes on them and says
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  • "Receive the Holy Spirit."
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  • You have to receive his word, and you have
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  • to receive his spirit.
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  • male announcer: From the opening chapters of the Bible
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  • to the end, the spirit of God and the power of God are
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  • connected, even synonymous, and we all at some point have
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  • places in our lives where it would take no less than
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  • the power of God to bring an acceptable outcome.
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  • That's the topic of Pastor Allen's unique new book based
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  • on eight of his teachings, called "Unleashing the Power
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  • of the Holy Spirit."
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  • Today, when you give, you'll receive "Unleashing the Power
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  • of the Holy Spirit: The Bound Transcripts."
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  • Discover the unlimited potential of a life lived in cooperation
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  • with the Holy Spirit.
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  • Or visit AllenJackson.com to receive your copy.
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  • Together, we can make a difference.
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  • Allen Jackson: Now, I want to take the balance of our
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  • minutes and talk about a spirit-directed life
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  • and how you and I can position ourselves--what we do--
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  • to cooperate with the spirit of God in our lives more fully.
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  • I have this imagination that a healthy spiritual life is
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  • a lot like just choosing to be have a healthy life.
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  • It's not a single decision or a single experience that
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  • determines that, it's a whole-- there may be experiences that
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  • are a part of it.
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  • To have a healthy life, certainly there's some things
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  • that are helpful.
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  • But there's a whole complex set of things that interact.
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  • If you're gonna be healthy physically, it certainly has
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  • to do with your diet and your exercise and your sleep patterns
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  • and your hygiene, and the environment in which you
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  • live, and some of it's genetics.
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  • There's a whole host of things, and there's not a single
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  • experience that's around that.
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  • There's there's multiple experiences that are revisited.
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  • You may have been to the doctor and had a physical, and he said
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  • you were healthy 15 years ago.
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  • That was good to know.
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  • But you need to take that report off the wall and revisit it
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  • occasionally.
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  • Well, spiritually, there's not-- it's not about a singular
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  • experience or a single component, it's a complex thing,
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  • and you're going to need some experiences.
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  • But you're gonna need a collection of decisions that
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  • enable you to thrive spiritually.
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  • And far too often it seems to me that we get focused
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  • on an experience and we substitute that for a healthy
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  • spiritual life.
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  • We'll tell about an experience we had, that I'm grateful
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  • for those experiences in my own life, but I want them
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  • to continue to be a string of stories that are told by what
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  • God is doing in our lives.
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  • So, I'm going to hand you some things that will be a part
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  • of some choices towards a healthy spiritual life.
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  • You have to be born of the spirit.
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  • That's not optional.
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  • This is not simply a civic club.
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  • We're not just bound together by good deeds and kindness
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  • and expressions of generosity and love, there is something
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  • transformative at the heart of the Jesus story.
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  • In John chapter 3 and verse 5, "Jesus said, 'I tell you
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  • the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is
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  • born of water and the spirit.'" Doesn't matter what group
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  • of people you're born to, doesn't matter what denomination
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  • you join, how many bibles you possess, you won't enter
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  • the kingdom of God unless you are born of water
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  • and the spirit.
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  • It's an essential necessity, amen.
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  • Alright, Romans 8 and verse 11 says, "If the Spirit of Him who
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  • raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised
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  • Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal
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  • bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you."
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  • If you are born again, if you accepted Jesus as Lord of your
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  • life, the spirit of God lives within you.
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  • Hallelujah!
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  • "Jesus said to his disciples, 'If I go away, the Father will
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  • send you another counselor.
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  • He will be with you and He will be in you.'" That isn't normal.
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  • That's a change in the story.
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  • The spirit of God used to dwell in the tabernacle in the Holy
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  • of Holies, and then in the temple.
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  • But now the spirit of God dwells in you, not in a building built
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  • with human hands.
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  • Being the church doesn't mean we're proponents
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  • for architecture or 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings.
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  • I'm not opposed to those things, but the church is a people
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  • initiative, because God's spirit is within us, not because you
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  • come to church, because you have acknowledged Jesus as Lord
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  • of your life.
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  • Because the Holy Spirit comes where Jesus is exalted.
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  • The doorway for Him into your life, as you acknowledge Jesus
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  • of Nazareth as the Messiah, the son of God, and you're
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  • willing to choose Him as Lord and serve Him as king, that set
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  • of choices attracts the Holy Spirit.
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  • That's really exciting!
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  • The power of God, present within you.
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  • That's an amazing statement.
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  • The same spirit that brought life to Jesus's physical body,
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  • that brought him forth from the dead, is present in you
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  • to deliver you from death.
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  • Not physical death, but all those expressions of evil that
  • 00:12:38.250 --> 00:12:41.170
  • diminish your life and bring death and destruction to you,
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  • there is power present within you to bring freedom.
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  • We need to know more about that and how to unleash that
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  • and cooperate with that, but it begins with that simple
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  • invitation, to "Jesus, be Lord of my life."
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  • I'm gonna lead you in that prayer again this morning.
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  • You may have prayed it before.
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  • If you've never prayed it and meant it, today would be
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  • a good day.
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  • See, I suspect all of us at one time in our lives or another
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  • have been guilty of praying it really with no intent.
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  • And I get that, I even understand it on one level.
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  • But you need to understand we don't hustle God.
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  • Foolin' the preacher is not too hard, but we don't hustle God.
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  • And if you've never really intended to honor him, to choose
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  • Jesus as Lord, today would be a really good day.
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  • But I have a bigger agenda.
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  • I want everybody here to know how to help somebody else
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  • into the kingdom.
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  • In fact, I think we ought to take that on as a goal.
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  • Over the next six months, everybody here be willing
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  • to help one person into the kingdom of God.
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  • Thank you for that enthusiastic response to the suggestion.
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  • How many would be willing to be a part of that?
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  • Look at that.
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  • Hundreds and hundreds of people.
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  • That's awesome.
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  • You see, the invitation that we're talking about on the table
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  • is the cooperation of the Holy Spirit, the power of God
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  • on our behalf.
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  • Well, if our only interest in the power of God is to help
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  • me get my way, I suspect that's not the greatest point
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  • of invitation for us.
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  • But if we cultivate a legitimate intent to see the spirit of God
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  • at work amongst us--
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  • Folks, the only solution to the problems we face as
  • 00:14:21.050 --> 00:14:23.190
  • a people will come from the expansion
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  • of the influence of the spirit of God in our world.
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  • Our answers aren't going to come through a political party
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  • or an ideology.
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  • The form of government we live under, and I'm grateful for it,
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  • it is representative.
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  • It means the people in Washington reflect the hearts
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  • of Main Street.
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  • And if we want more truth and integrity in Washington, we
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  • have to have more truth and integrity on Main Street.
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  • Which means that you and I are the delivery system.
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  • In your sphere of influence, your family, your friends, your
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  • co-workers, your neighbors, the folks you hang out with.
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  • All of those people you want to engage in dialogue
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  • about Jesus.
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  • Have you invited 'em to a group with you?
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  • Maybe you bring 'em to a Wednesday night--
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  • I don't know--
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  • You can use church as a point of invitation.
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  • But the real issue is, you use your advocacy and say, "You
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  • know, I'm really into this Jesus thing.
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  • And I think he might be good for you."
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  • If we will do that, God shows up.
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  • If we could care less, we just want God to give us what we
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  • want, when we want it.
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  • Not so much.
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  • So this really is a doorway.
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  • It's a doorway.
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  • The power of God comes into the lives of people who are
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  • interested in the purposes of God.
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  • So we're gonna say this prayer together, but I want you to have
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  • it in your experience so you can share it with somebody else.
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  • Let's pray this together.
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  • Just close your eyes for a minute.
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  • Forget the people around you.
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  • Say: Almighty God, I'm a sinner, and I need a savior.
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  • I believe Jesus is your son, that he died on a cross for my
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  • sin, that you raised him to life again that I might be justified.
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  • Forgive me of my sins.
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  • Jesus, be Lord of my life.
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  • All that I am, all that I have, I want to honor you.
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  • And now I forgive anyone of anything, and I thank you
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  • that I belong to God.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Wow!
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  • Now, that's a miracle!
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  • It changes everything about your life.
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  • It changes the authority over your life, the power
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  • available to you.
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  • Now that the spirit of God is within you, I want to add
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  • to that one more component of a healthy spiritual life: A
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  • willingness to give energy and effort to praise,
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  • thanksgiving, worship.
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  • And I'm not talking principally about the things that occur
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  • on a platform like this.
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  • Worship starts in your spirit.
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  • When you accept Jesus as Lord of your life,
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  • your spirit is made new.
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  • Now, you still have your soul and your body, and those still
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  • have some components of the former life.
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  • They're not fully transformed yet.
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  • But worship begins in your spirit, so we have to submit our
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  • soul-ish self to worship, my mind, my will and my emotions.
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  • My mind says, "I don't want to."
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  • My feelings, "I don't feel like it."
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  • And I say, "It doesn't matter.
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  • You're not in charge here.
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  • I appreciate your opinion.
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  • It has been duly noted.
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  • Now hush and worship the Lord."
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  • We've let worship deteriorate into something
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  • that is very soul-ish.
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  • We talk about it in terms of style and preference.
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  • And I like this leader or that leader or that person or that
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  • whatever, and if it doesn't suit our style, we think we withdraw
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  • from worship.
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  • You're not withdrawing from worship.
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  • Worship starts inside of you.
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  • With that attitude, worship is distant from you.
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  • Now, I appreciate music when it suits the style that I like,
  • 00:18:15.290 --> 00:18:19.040
  • or it's a song that I particularly enjoy, or the words
  • 00:18:19.050 --> 00:18:21.230
  • resonate with me, but the truth is, you should be able
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  • to worship the Lord with a kazoo and somebody like me
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  • that sings off-key.
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  • 'Cause it's about what's inside of me and who God is.
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  • And we've let this get a little flipped.
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  • And the reason, I think it's an attack from the enemy,
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  • from Satan himself.
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  • Some have suggested that his assignment in heaven, before he
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  • lost his place, was music.
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  • 'Cause in scripture worship and the spirit of God
  • 00:18:49.120 --> 00:18:55.040
  • are intertwined.
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  • And we allow worship to be separate from us over soul-ish
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  • things, we forfeit the power of God.
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  • Thanksgiving is an easier way, perhaps, to think about that.
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  • We choose to give thanks to God.
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  • Now, that's a choice.
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  • It doesn't mean I feel like it.
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  • Everybody in the room-- I'm quite confident--
  • 00:19:17.240 --> 00:19:19.030
  • has some places today where our life is undone.
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  • Either relationally or emotionally or physically
  • 00:19:23.010 --> 00:19:25.220
  • or somebody you care about, you need God's help.
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  • So it's not that we give thanks because everything's perfect.
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  • You understand the refusal to give thanks to God is
  • 00:19:32.280 --> 00:19:35.280
  • an expression of disrespect.
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  • Suppose teenagers in your house said, "I'm not gonna be grateful
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  • to you until you do everything I want the way I want."
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  • Well, bless your heart.
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  • But that's a little bit of the attitude we hold
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  • towards God.
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  • I'm not givin' thanks to you.
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  • You're not performing the way I want you to perform.
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  • And we withhold our worship and our thanksgiving.
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  • The Bible talks about a sacrifice of praise.
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  • Now, why would you do that?
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  • Because the worship of God and the praise of God
  • 00:20:10.050 --> 00:20:12.180
  • and the spirit of God are intertwined.
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  • In Psalms it says, "We come into His gates with thanksgiving
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  • and into His courts with praise."
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  • Don't let it be about stuff.
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  • You may have styles you prefer.
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  • I appreciate that.
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  • That's not wrong.
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  • But that's not the determiner.
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  • My decision is to give honor to the Lord, alright.
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  • We welcome his word, we invest some energy and effort in praise
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  • and worship and thanksgiving, now I want to give you one more
  • 00:20:38.230 --> 00:20:41.220
  • component, and that's prayer.
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  • Aren't you glad you get out in the rain for that nugget?
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  • I want to suggest that you think about prayer in this way: As
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  • an expression of an invitation and intent.
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  • If you don't pray, you fail to extend the invitation.
  • 00:20:57.170 --> 00:21:02.050
  • And when we don't pray, we are declaring we have no intent
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  • of God being involved.
  • 00:21:05.190 --> 00:21:08.080
  • See, when we fail to pray, we fail to extend the invitation
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  • to God and we demonstrate this nagging lack of intent
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  • of the Holy Spirit's participation.
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  • I don't want to do that.
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  • Look with me in John Chapter 11.
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  • It's an event in Jesus' life.
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  • He's in Bethany.
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  • It's the village where Martha and Mary live with their brother
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  • Lazarus, but Lazarus has a new home.
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  • He's in a tomb.
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  • Been there several days, he's not in good space.
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  • And Jesus goes, not to visit the cemetery,
  • 00:21:35.190 --> 00:21:39.120
  • he has another assignment.
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  • You know the story.
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  • They took away the stone and Jesus looked up,
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  • and he said--
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  • We get to listen to Jesus pray.
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  • It's your notes.
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  • John 11:41, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
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  • I knew that You always hear Me, but I said this for the benefit
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  • of the people standing here, that they may believe
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  • that You sent Me."
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  • That's an intriguing prayer.
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  • "Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
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  • I thank you--"
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  • In the present tense.
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  • "That you have heard me--"
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  • In the past tense.
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  • Jesus is referencing a prayer he's already prayed.
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  • "I've already prayed about Lazarus.
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  • And God I've come here.
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  • I know what's about to happen.
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  • I knew, past tense, that you always hear me.
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  • But I said this for the benefit of the people standing here.
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  • I want everybody listening and everybody that's gonna read
  • 00:22:23.030 --> 00:22:24.260
  • this in the centuries to come to know I've already prayed
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  • about this before I got here."
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  • And then he says, "Lazarus, get out here."
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  • It says that Lazarus walked out bound with his grave
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  • clothes, and Jesus said, "Set him free."
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  • Now, let me ask you a question.
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  • It's not a trick question.
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  • What would've happened if Jesus hadn't prayed?
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  • Lazarus would've never needed a second tomb.
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  • The prayer changed everything, right?
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  • Not just the prayer of invitation out of the tomb.
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  • His prayer before he got there.
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  • Folks, prayer in your life and my life is far more
  • 00:23:03.180 --> 00:23:06.130
  • significant than we've imagined.
  • 00:23:06.140 --> 00:23:08.230
  • Now, we've been workin' on this quite a while around here.
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  • We've had "Let's Pray" and we're continuing to pull that forward.
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  • We want to be a people who learn to pray because there's some
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  • things you want to stop saying.
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  • I don't pray, I'm not comfortable with prayer, I don't
  • 00:23:17.240 --> 00:23:19.200
  • know how to pray, I get all of that, I feel awkward, me too!
  • 00:23:19.210 --> 00:23:24.110
  • Learning new things always comes with an awkward level.
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  • But we want to become a people who invite God
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:31.020
  • into the circumstances of our lives.
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  • You have to change the language to up your comfort level?
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  • So be it.
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  • I want to invite God into the place where I work,
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  • don't you?
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  • I want to invite God into the lives of our grandkids
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  • and our kids and our neighbors and our friends.
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  • I want to invite God into the lives of the teenagers
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  • when I watch them worship the Lord.
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  • I want to invite God into my home.
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  • You and I are the point of invitation.
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  • What happens if we don't extend the invitation?
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  • Much less.
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  • Why have we lived when this deficit position with so little
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  • expression of the power of God?
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  • Because we haven't cared enough to invite him in.
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  • He will respond to the invitation.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • It really does matter.
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  • It really does matter.
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  • In 1 Corinthians 12, we've looked at the list.
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  • It's a listing of the gifts of the Spirit.
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  • They're twelve listed there.
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  • The first verse is: I don't want you to be ignorant about this.
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  • And then it lists--I'm sorry, there's not twelve,
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  • there's nine.
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  • The word of wisdom, a word of knowledge,
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  • discerning of spirits, the working of miracles,
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  • the gift of healing, faith, prophecy, tongues,
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  • and interpretation of tongues.
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  • Nine expressions of the spirit of God.
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  • It's not the only list in the New Testament.
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  • In Romans 12 it says, "We have different gifts, according
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  • to the grace given us.
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  • If your gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion
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  • to his faith."
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  • That one's in the other list.
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  • The rest of these here are not.
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  • "If it's serving, let him serve; if it's teaching, let him teach;
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  • if it's encouraging, let him encourage; if it's contributing
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  • to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it's
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  • leadership, let him govern diligently; if it's showing
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  • mercy, let him do it cheerfully."
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  • So the list is growing a bit.
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  • It says these are expressions of grace.
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  • That's an important clue.
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  • Grace is not about something you earn.
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  • Grace is not merit based.
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  • If you earned it, it isn't grace.
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  • The spirit of God and the power of God don't move in our lives
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  • because we earned it or we deserve it.
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  • In fact, the spirit of God moves in our life in spite of us.
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  • But we can still welcome him, cooperate with him, intend
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  • for him to be a part.
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  • male announcer: From the opening chapters of the Bible
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