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Self Effort vs. Rest Part 2

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November 22, 2019
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Creflo Dollar

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Self Effort vs. Rest Part 2

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  • male announcer: This program is brought to you
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  • by the partners and friends of Creflo Dollar Ministries.
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  • Creflo Dollar: The privilege and the honor of living
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  • under the covenant of grace is that we're no longer sweating
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  • or depending on our self-effort to try to get it done.
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  • Jesus got it done.
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  • We've got to now believe it, receive it, and say thank you.
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  • Taffi Dollar: We look in the mirror daily
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  • and ask ourselves questions.
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  • "Am I good enough? Am I smart enough?
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  • Did I work hard enough?"
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  • What if you found out before you could ever be good,
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  • God gave you the very thing you're crying out for?
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  • No more settling for second best.
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  • Get all God has for you.
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  • Radical Women's Ministry presents,
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  • "Worth, a Women's Conference".
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  • Register now at taffidollar.org.
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  • This is your world
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  • so let's vow to make it a better place
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  • Let every heart that needs to know
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  • your love is here to stay
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  • Oh, it's time to live a new life
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  • Oh, let his love shine bright in you
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  • Oh, we're saved by his grace
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  • so we embrace your love today
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  • We are changed
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  • Creflo: Hebrews chapter 4, verse 10.
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  • Let's go and get started now.
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  • So, we're talking about stepping away from self-effort and
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  • stepping into the rest and the confidence of what Jesus
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  • has already done, the rest, the confidence,
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  • and the peace of what Jesus has already done.
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  • Chief, go in the back and get me $200 bill out of my wallet.
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  • Two $200 bills.
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  • No matter how many times I do this illustration,
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  • it really nails it home as far as, you know,
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  • do you really believe what Jesus has done versus you
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  • working real hard to try to do something to get him to do it.
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  • I am telling you right now-- listen to me--your healing
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  • was finished 2.000 years ago, so if you get sick today,
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  • healing's in the medicine cabinet.
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  • Done, okay?
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  • Your deliverance has already been done and finished
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  • 2.000 years ago.
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  • Your deliverance is already done, okay?
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  • But what's happening?
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  • It's like today people are still trying to do something
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  • to get what's already done, instead of just taking it.
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  • Are you listening to me?
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  • It's already a finished work.
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  • When Jesus was on the cross he said, "It is finished."
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  • And you know what the church is doing?
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  • "I don't believe it. I don't believe it.
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  • I gotta add to that."
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  • He said it's finished.
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  • "I gotta add to that," and you keep trying to do stuff
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  • that's already been done.
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  • The awesomeness of living under this new covenant is living
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  • by faith in what you-- what he said is finished.
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  • So, when something occurs in my life, I just go back
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  • to the finished works of Jesus Christ,
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  • and I just believe that it's a done deal,
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  • that it's already done.
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  • All right, do we--teens--are the teenagers in here today?
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  • Yeah, y'all up now, ain't you?
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  • Okay, I need a guy who's a teenager.
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  • Your initials are A.D. A.D.
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  • Are your initials A.D.?
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  • Are you a teenager? I can't see you.
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  • If your name-- if you're a teenager
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  • and your initials are A.D. come here,
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  • if you're a teenager and your initials--
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  • well, is your-- you're waving at me.
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  • Are you a teenager?
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  • If you're initials are A.D. come here.
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  • Okay, so you're not-- your initial is not A.D.
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  • You got some teen leaders sitting back there?
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  • Send me two people up here that are teenagers
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  • that look like they broke.
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  • I ain't got time to go through all this.
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  • No, no, no, no, no, no. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
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  • No, no, no, not today. No, you have to be sent.
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  • Did they send you? Come on.
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  • All right, did they send you? You sent 'em?
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  • Oh, okay, come on.
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  • All right, they don't look like they're broke.
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  • She don't look like she broke.
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  • female: It's Sunday. We gotta look nice on Sunday.
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  • Creflo: Okay, all right, yeah, y'all face them.
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  • All right, now, all right, do you agree with me--let's--
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  • just you get on this side.
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  • We're gonna do at a time. You stay right there.
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  • Do you agree with me that this is already finished?
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  • female: Yeah.
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  • Creflo: It's already manufactured, right?
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  • female: Mm-hmm.
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  • Creflo: There is--is there anything that needs to be done
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  • to this in order for it to be a hundred-dollar bill?
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  • female: No.
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  • Creflo: All right, so what happens is--
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  • could you use a hundred dollars?
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  • female: Yeah.
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  • Creflo: Okay, so this is already finished, right?
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  • female: Mm-hmm.
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  • Creflo: It's a done deal. It really is, right?
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  • female: Yeah.
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  • Creflo: Do you believe it's done?
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  • female: Yes.
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  • Creflo: Okay, it's finished, right?
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  • Okay, so pause.
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  • She represents most of the church right now.
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  • Yeah, we agree, "Oh, yeah, it's finished.
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  • Mm-hmm, yeah, it's done.
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  • Oh, yes, I believe it."
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  • Do you need it?
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  • "Oh, yes, amen," but she is no better for none of that,
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  • because here it sits, and she's still in need.
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  • All right, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.
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  • Pause.
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  • And we laugh, and we shout, "Oh, praise the Lord,"
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  • but you still ain't-- you still ain't got
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  • the hundred dollars that's finished.
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  • She finally got it.
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  • It's finished and that's what we do at church.
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  • "You know, do you believe that I'm healed?"
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  • "Mm-hmm."
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  • "Do you believe that Jesus healed you?"
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  • "Yes, it's done."
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  • Okay, but you ain't gonna get nothing out of it
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  • until you what?
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  • congregation: Receive it.
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  • Creflo: All right, now-- so, hopefully you just saw
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  • what we did, right?
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  • female: Yes.
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  • Creflo: You saw the whole thing we just went through, right?
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  • female: Yes.
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  • Creflo: Okay, could you use a hundred dollars?
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  • female: Yes.
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  • Creflo: And it's already done, right?
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  • female: Yes.
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  • Thank you!
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  • Creflo: Okay, all right, hold on.
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  • Hold on.
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  • 'Cause she did something. She did something.
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  • She took it. Then she said, "Thank you."
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  • What?
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  • What?
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  • She took it, and she said now, "Thank you."
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  • That's what you need to do.
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  • Quit begging him.
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  • Quit begging him.
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  • Take it and, "Thank you."
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  • All right, ladies, thank you all so very much.
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  • That's basically what we're supposed to be doing.
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  • We're supposed to be taking.
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  • "Thank ya."
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  • Taking. "Thank ya."
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  • But we're sitting there like, "Huh, I wonder."
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  • See, when teenagers in a room you gotta give some money away
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  • waking 'em up, talking about ain't serious enough--
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  • here sitting up talking about, "Gimme some."
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  • The privilege and the honor of living under the covenant
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  • of grace is that we're no longer sweating or depending
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  • on our self-effort to try to get it done.
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  • Jesus got it done.
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  • We've got to now believe it, receive it, and say thank you.
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  • Believe it. Receive it.
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  • Say that out loud, "Believe it.
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  • Receive it.
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  • Thank you."
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  • If you're sick believe it, receive it, thank you.
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  • Need a job? He's provided everything.
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  • Believe it. Receive it.
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  • Thank you.
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  • So, what's the rest of your life?
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  • The rest of your life is walking like you already have it.
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  • So, somebody ask you, you say, "Well, you know,
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  • well, I heard you're dying of cancer."
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  • You say, "Oh, no, I believe I received the healing
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  • that's already been done, and I've just been thanking God.
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  • Hallelujah."
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  • Don't sit up and agree with them.
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  • Amen.
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  • Now, let's look at what it means to rest.
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  • Hebrews chapter 4, verses 1 through 11.
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  • Let's start off at verse 1.
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  • I'm trying to move a little quicker to get here.
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  • He said, "Let us therefore fear, lest,
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  • a promise being left of us entering into his rest--"
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  • Entering into his rest.
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  • Now, when I say entering into his rest,
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  • the word "rest" doesn't mean inactivity.
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  • I'm not talking to you about being inactive.
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  • Don't do nothing.
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  • I come to you and say, "Are you resting in the truth
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  • that you believe you receive a job?"
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  • "Yeah, that's why I'm home.
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  • I ain't gonna do nothing but just stay in the bed all day
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  • and just--"
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  • That is not what he's talking about.
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  • It doesn't mean rest from work.
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  • It means rest in work.
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  • In other words, you're doing what you have to do
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  • but you're not stressing and worrying about anything.
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  • Resting in work. It doesn't mean inactivity.
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  • A lotta Christians think, well, you just don't do nothing.
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  • No, no, no, no, no.
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  • You know, Paul said, "I did more than all of the disciples did,"
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  • but he did it in rest and not in stress.
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  • You work in rest, and so he goes on here and he says verse 2--
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  • in verse 2 he says, "For unto us was the gospel preached,
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  • as well as unto them: but the Word," the Word,
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  • "preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith
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  • in them that heard it."
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  • I know this was referring to the gospel of the New Testament.
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  • Number one, it requires faith.
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  • The law doesn't require any faith, okay?
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  • And when you hear the Word, when you hear the good news,
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  • the almost too-good-to-be-true news about what Jesus has done,
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  • he says now will you appropriate or take possession of that
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  • with your faith.
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  • And the problem here is that they heard it preached,
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  • but they didn't mix it with faith.
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  • They didn't receive it. They didn't believe it.
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  • Verse 3 he says, "For we which have believed
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  • do enter into the rest."
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  • There it is. There it is.
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  • I believe it. I believe it.
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  • Now, this is amazing Scripture, 'cause he said for--the man that
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  • believes enters into the rest, so the authenticity
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  • of my belief is going to be determined by my rest.
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  • See, you're gonna have to really judge yourself
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  • where this is concerned and say, "You know what?
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  • Lemme see.
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  • Am I in stress or am I at rest?"
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  • Oh, I believe I receive that I'm the righteousness of God.
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  • "Well, am I in stress or rest?"
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  • I believe, I receive that I'm healed.
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  • "Well, am I in stress or rest?"
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  • Am I in stress or rest?
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  • The spirit of ease that comes over you,
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  • rather than the spirit of dis-ease that comes over you.
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  • And what the enemy wants to do is to bring about dis-ease
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  • in your emotions, and he wants to change that dis-easement
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  • in your emotions into disease in your physical body,
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  • but it becomes difficult for the enemy to do anything when
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  • you walk in a spirit of ease and rest in what Jesus
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  • has already done.
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  • I believe that your peace is your most valuable asset,
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  • so you gotta make sure you're not spending your peace
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  • on somebody else's drama, 'cause stuff happen when you let
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  • your peace go, and you gotta be careful in social media.
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  • I mean, you know, it can be used for good,
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  • but it can also be used for bullying,
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  • and it can be used for shaming.
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  • And you can wake up in the morning in the joy of the Lord
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  • and go get your phone and get on social media and
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  • somebody cussing you out, and you let the comments--
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  • you--rob you of your peace.
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  • You spent your peace on somebody's written comment
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  • that you can't even see.
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  • I remember the Lord told me that,
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  • and I just described me.
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  • I'm like, "Oh, praise the Lord. Thank you," having a good day.
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  • Looking at this and like, "You--"
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  • He said, "It's your fault.
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  • You go there and spend your peace."
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  • Whose drama are you still spending your peace on?
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  • That's why you get tired of that.
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  • You get tired of the same old drama coming and trying
  • 00:14:12.200 --> 00:14:16.070
  • to take your peace, and you keep paying for it.
  • 00:14:16.080 --> 00:14:21.100
  • Sometimes you just gotta say, "You know what?
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  • Hey, bro, hear you, but this is too expensive for my peace."
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  • When you have to spend your peace,
  • 00:14:31.260 --> 00:14:33.060
  • it's too expensive.
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  • And some of y'all came to church this morning.
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  • You're, "Lemme go to church.
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  • Maybe I'll feel better," and then you're gonna walk
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  • outta here and spend your peace again on something.
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  • It's too expensive. It's too expensive.
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  • When is it too expensive? When it costs you your peace.
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  • That's when you know it's too expensive.
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  • You can't afford that, somebody's drama,
  • 00:14:52.220 --> 00:14:56.270
  • or you're dating somebody and they always got
  • 00:14:56.280 --> 00:14:58.230
  • some drama in their life.
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  • Your toxic relationships, you can't even pick up
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  • when it's toxic.
  • 00:15:02.060 --> 00:15:03.150
  • Now you got--you're in love with something, and it's toxic.
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  • You're spending your peace every hour for that person.
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  • Let that person go. That's not for you.
  • 00:15:07.260 --> 00:15:09.250
  • It's too expensive. That relationship cost too much.
  • 00:15:09.260 --> 00:15:14.250
  • "You talking about monetarily?"
  • 00:15:14.260 --> 00:15:16.050
  • No, I'm talking about your peace,
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  • when it gets down to any relationship
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  • that you gotta spend your peace on.
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  • That's too expensive.
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  • I gotta let you go.
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  • You're cute, but you're not cute enough for my salvation,
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  • but I gotta let you go.
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  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:15:30.110 --> 00:15:35.260
  • A lotta young folks say, "Facts."
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  • Wow!
  • 00:15:43.140 --> 00:15:45.250
  • And so, he says, "For we which have believed do enter
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  • into rest."
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  • Right now let's make a decision to do that.
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  • Say, "Father, I believe and right now I enter
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  • into the rest of what you have done."
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  • Now, from this point on, everything around you gonna try
  • 00:16:04.270 --> 00:16:09.030
  • to pull you out of that rest and now comes the labor part.
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  • That I have to labor to stay at rest.
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  • I got to labor to keep my peace.
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  • Some folks, you look at 'em calling on your phone--
  • 00:16:26.000 --> 00:16:32.110
  • "I don't know why they keep following me."
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  • Well, get a revelation on block, the anointing of block.
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  • You ain't gotta put with that.
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  • Some of y'all wanna--some of y'all like spending your peace.
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  • Some of y'all--yeah, some of y'all like drama.
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  • Some of y'all love drama.
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  • Y'all just love it, just love drama.
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  • Look at the little-- what is these shows
  • 00:16:51.100 --> 00:16:52.270
  • where they have all the real-- reality shows.
  • 00:16:52.280 --> 00:16:55.060
  • It ain't nothing but--it ain't but--it's just a bunch of drama,
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  • and y'all love drama.
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  • I don't know how you love drama. I don't like drama.
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  • I don't like being around drama.
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  • If I see drama come, I don't like that.
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  • I would rather be by myself for years than have to deal
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  • with somebody's drama all the time.
  • 00:17:09.290 --> 00:17:14.050
  • "But that ain't love."
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  • Whatever.
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  • I ain't spending my peace on that stuff.
  • 00:17:17.010 --> 00:17:18.200
  • Now, you can debate on what's love and what's not love,
  • 00:17:18.210 --> 00:17:20.250
  • but I am not--I can't do that, 'cause you'll be kill me,
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  • and then wait on the next pastor and kill him, too.
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  • I can't do that.
  • 00:17:27.200 --> 00:17:30.100
  • "Where the other pastor at?"
  • 00:17:30.110 --> 00:17:31.200
  • "Well, he died three months ago."
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  • "Well, who are you?"
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  • Yeah, no, I ain't doing that, boy.
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  • You ain't killing me.
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  • I ain't gonna be blind, falling down,
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  • looking all old, crippled like this.
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  • I ain't doing none of that. That ain't happening.
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  • A hundred years old gonna be still standing up here.
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  • "What's up, boy?
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  • What's up? What's up?"
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  • Ha-ha-ha.
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  • Glory to God.
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  • Still playing Cops and Robbers at home, me and Taffi.
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  • We'll be a little slower, but we'll still do it.
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  • Boy, we--hallelujah. Glory be to God.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • Everybody lift your hands up just like this and do this.
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  • Say, "I receive peace."
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  • Walk outta here peaceful.
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  • Let that stuff roll off your back,
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  • just like water off a duck's back.
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  • Let it go. Let it go.
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  • Sometimes God's trying to show you something,
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  • but you got too much static in your mind.
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  • There's too much going on.
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  • You can't hardly hear 'cause you got all that junk going on,
  • 00:18:26.010 --> 00:18:28.150
  • thinking about who said what, when they said what.
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  • "How come they didn't say this?"
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  • What they did.
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  • And then, show up, and I don't understand why they didn't do it
  • 00:18:32.260 --> 00:18:34.050
  • and--
  • 00:18:34.060 --> 00:18:35.150
  • " That's stupid, that's crazy, and God trying to get
  • 00:18:35.160 --> 00:18:37.050
  • a little Word in there.
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  • He can't get nothing in there.
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  • It's not that you can't hear from him.
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  • You're just too occupied with all that other junk.
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  • All right, "For--"
  • 00:18:49.060 --> 00:18:53.050
  • I done read this about three, four times.
  • 00:18:53.060 --> 00:18:54.150
  • "For we which have believed do enter into the rest,
  • 00:18:54.160 --> 00:18:57.210
  • as he said, "As I have sworn in my wrath,
  • 00:18:57.220 --> 00:19:00.140
  • if they shall enter into my rest: although the works
  • 00:19:00.150 --> 00:19:03.040
  • were finished from the foundations of the world."
  • 00:19:03.050 --> 00:19:05.180
  • Verse 4.
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  • He says, "For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day
  • 00:19:07.030 --> 00:19:09.260
  • on this wise, and God did rest the seventh day
  • 00:19:09.270 --> 00:19:13.200
  • from all his works."
  • 00:19:13.210 --> 00:19:15.220
  • Now, it's so important that, yeah, okay,
  • 00:19:15.230 --> 00:19:17.270
  • God rested the seventh day.
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  • He was demonstrating something, but the Sabbath,
  • 00:19:19.110 --> 00:19:21.260
  • the Sabbath was a shadow of the reality which is Jesus.
  • 00:19:21.270 --> 00:19:28.080
  • In the Old Testament you read it as the Sabbath day.
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  • That was the day that they took rest.
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  • We're not talking about a day.
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  • Colossians talks about the reality of the Sabbath.
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  • The Old Testament was a shadow of the reality of Jesus.
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  • Basically everything leads to Jesus,
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  • and I'm saying all of that because Jesus is our Sabbath.
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  • We find rest in him.
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  • Oh, praise God.
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  • You find rest in Jesus and what he has done and what he means.
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  • That's why we take communion.
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  • We do this in remembrance of him.
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  • We find rest in what he's already finished.
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  • We find rest in what's already done.
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  • Jesus is my Sabbath.
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  • He's my rest.
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  • You ain't gonna find rest in Mohammed.
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  • You ain't gonna find rest in Buddha,
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  • but you will find rest in Jesus.
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  • Let's find that rest today, amen?
  • 00:20:34.190 --> 00:20:37.000
  • Go down to verse 9 and 10.
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  • Hebrews 4:9 and 10.
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  • He says, "There remaineth therefore a rest
  • 00:20:42.020 --> 00:20:43.240
  • to the people of God."
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  • Verse 10, "For he that is entered into his rest,
  • 00:20:45.080 --> 00:20:50.280
  • he also has ceased from his own works,
  • 00:20:50.290 --> 00:20:55.200
  • as God did from his."
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  • You're not going to enter into the rest operating by the law.
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  • As long as you continue to try to perform to try to get God
  • 00:21:05.030 --> 00:21:08.200
  • to do something, you're not gonna enter into that rest.
  • 00:21:08.210 --> 00:21:11.220
  • As long as you feel like, "I got to do this in order for God
  • 00:21:11.230 --> 00:21:15.200
  • to do that," you haven't entered into that rest.
  • 00:21:15.210 --> 00:21:18.290
  • As long as you feel like, you know,
  • 00:21:19.000 --> 00:21:21.030
  • you've got to go on a fast ten days every month in order
  • 00:21:21.040 --> 00:21:24.170
  • for God to bless you or anoint you,
  • 00:21:24.180 --> 00:21:26.150
  • you have not entered into that rest.
  • 00:21:26.160 --> 00:21:30.010
  • You know, I thank God that in this new covenant we can enter
  • 00:21:30.020 --> 00:21:33.270
  • into a rest and find rest in what Jesus has already done,
  • 00:21:33.280 --> 00:21:38.290
  • but there are still too many Christians sweating like sinners
  • 00:21:39.000 --> 00:21:43.110
  • trying to get the job done.
  • 00:21:43.120 --> 00:21:45.270
  • I prophesy over this church today sweatless victories.
  • 00:21:45.280 --> 00:21:52.270
  • You hear what I said?
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  • You're gonna start walking in victories
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  • that you didn't have to sweat to get.
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  • Your days of sweating are over.
  • 00:22:00.110 --> 00:22:04.120
  • Why?
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  • Because you can find rest in Jesus,
  • 00:22:05.270 --> 00:22:08.000
  • and you can find rest in what he has already done, amen?
  • 00:22:08.010 --> 00:22:13.230
  • Some of y'all gonna find out you're not gonna need
  • 00:22:13.240 --> 00:22:15.110
  • that Tylenol when you get home today, amen?
  • 00:22:15.120 --> 00:22:20.120
  • Now, let's look at Joshua 24:13.
  • 00:22:20.130 --> 00:22:22.230
  • Deuteronomy 6:10.
  • 00:22:22.240 --> 00:22:25.090
  • Now, somehow in teaching the law that came by Moses we were
  • 00:22:25.100 --> 00:22:30.190
  • convinced that God needs you to do your part in order for him
  • 00:22:30.200 --> 00:22:38.050
  • to do his part, and so we came up with this little slogan.
  • 00:22:38.060 --> 00:22:43.140
  • Well, not-- some people think--
  • 00:22:43.150 --> 00:22:44.240
  • still think it's in the Bible.
  • 00:22:44.250 --> 00:22:46.150
  • "Well, Brother Dollar, God helps those who helps themselves."
  • 00:22:46.160 --> 00:22:50.010
  • That ain't in the Bible. That ain't in the Bible.
  • 00:22:50.020 --> 00:22:54.240
  • God doesn't help those who help themselves.
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  • God helps those who need help.
  • 00:22:57.020 --> 00:23:02.170
  • "Well, where does it, then, come from?"
  • 00:23:02.180 --> 00:23:04.020
  • You've heard me over and over and over again.
  • 00:23:04.030 --> 00:23:05.120
  • Benjamin Franklin said that.
  • 00:23:05.130 --> 00:23:08.280
  • See, we mix stuff like that and then talking
  • 00:23:08.290 --> 00:23:10.160
  • about the Bible said that.
  • 00:23:10.170 --> 00:23:12.080
  • We take songs and it's not even Scripture and say the Bible
  • 00:23:12.090 --> 00:23:14.080
  • said that, so now listen to this very carefully here now.
  • 00:23:14.090 --> 00:23:19.040
  • I'm gonna show you two places where God did stuff
  • 00:23:19.050 --> 00:23:22.240
  • and he didn't need them.
  • 00:23:22.250 --> 00:23:24.260
  • He did it anyway.
  • 00:23:24.270 --> 00:23:27.140
  • Verse 13 he says, "And I have given you a land for which
  • 00:23:27.150 --> 00:23:30.210
  • you did not labor," so they got land without laboring,
  • 00:23:30.220 --> 00:23:36.200
  • "cities which you built not, and you dwell in them;
  • 00:23:36.210 --> 00:23:42.260
  • vineyards and olive yards which you--"
  • 00:23:42.270 --> 00:23:45.070
  • You didn't even plant them, but God said,
  • 00:23:45.080 --> 00:23:49.090
  • "I did it without your labor."
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  • Oh, man.
  • 00:23:53.110 --> 00:23:55.070
  • Look at Deuteronomy 6:10-13.
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  • See, let this really build your faith up.
  • 00:23:58.070 --> 00:24:01.210
  • Let this build your faith up, that God will do things in your
  • 00:24:01.220 --> 00:24:08.000
  • life that you will not be able to give credit to your labor.
  • 00:24:08.010 --> 00:24:14.220
  • In fact, while you are sitting here this morning minding your
  • 00:24:14.230 --> 00:24:17.160
  • own business, God is doing something that
  • 00:24:17.170 --> 00:24:21.050
  • you won't be able to take credit for.
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  • Some of y'all, a lotta time, when you get home,
  • 00:24:24.180 --> 00:24:26.160
  • you'll find that Jesus has done something
  • 00:24:26.170 --> 00:24:28.290
  • that you didn't even know was going on, praise God?
  • 00:24:29.000 --> 00:24:32.000
  • And the only thing left for you to do is give him the praise,
  • 00:24:32.010 --> 00:24:34.250
  • "You got the praise."
  • 00:24:34.260 --> 00:24:36.050
  • You can't sit around taking credit for it.
  • 00:24:36.060 --> 00:24:38.030
  • See, under the law you boast, but when Jesus did it,
  • 00:24:38.040 --> 00:24:42.290
  • there is no boasting.
  • 00:24:43.000 --> 00:24:46.260
  • Verse 10, "It shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought
  • 00:24:46.270 --> 00:24:50.130
  • thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers,
  • 00:24:50.140 --> 00:24:54.040
  • to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, to give thee great
  • 00:24:54.050 --> 00:24:59.040
  • and goodly cities," to give 'em goodly cities,
  • 00:24:59.050 --> 00:25:02.290
  • to give them goodly cities.
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  • See, I gotta get somebody to believe that today.
  • 00:25:07.060 --> 00:25:09.110
  • See, God trying to do some stuff.
  • 00:25:10.210 --> 00:25:12.000
  • He just needs somebody to believe him.
  • 00:25:12.010 --> 00:25:13.160
  • announcer: Did you know worry is a wrong form of meditation?
  • 00:25:14.110 --> 00:25:17.230
  • We all go through things in our life that bring about
  • 00:25:17.240 --> 00:25:19.270
  • uncertainty and doubt.
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  • female: this message somehow just brought me back into trust.
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  • Creflo: I am too blessed to be complaining
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  • and worrying about this.
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  • It's gonna be all right.
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  • announcer: For a love gift of $20 or more we would like
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  • to offer you "The Contrast: Self-Effort Versus Rest"
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  • 4-message series.
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  • Call the number on the screen or go online
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  • to order today.
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  • Creflo: So, I'm prophesying it right now in the air.
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  • I'm putting it right now that there's a change.
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  • There's a metamorphosis getting ready to take place.
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  • female: I just believe that being here this time is
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  • the best place for me to be right now,
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  • female: It's an experience that I don't feel like anybody
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  • could sum up into words.
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  • It is undescribable.
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  • female: You will not be disappointed.
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  • announcer: Admission is free, but seats are limited.
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  • Call or go online to register today.
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  • Creflo: Your financial seeds into Creflo Dollar Ministries
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  • enable us to do missions work both abroad and at home.
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  • Now, the donations you make are immediately used to help meet
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  • someone's needs, whether it's food,
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  • clothing, or job training, or to hear the truth of the gospel.
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  • That's why I'm so grateful for the friends and partners
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  • of this ministry who freely and cheerfully give financial
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  • offerings to support us and to support what we're doing.
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  • You understand our vision, and we appreciate
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  • your financial gifts, and we'll continue to use them
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  • to empower change.
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  • We love you, and we thank God for you every day.
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  • announcer: You may support Creflo Dollar Ministries
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  • by calling us or logging on to our secure website.
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  • Thank you for your faithful financial support.
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  • announcer: Because of you, Creflo Dollar Ministries is
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  • providing a new understanding of grace and empowering change
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  • in the lives of millions of people every day.
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  • Thank you, partners and friends.
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  • Your love and financial support makes it possible to bring
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  • this message into millions of homes all across the globe.
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