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Igniting Kingdom Prayer: Prayer and Spiritual Warfare

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November 17, 2019
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Dr. Tony Evans

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Igniting Kingdom Prayer: Prayer and Spiritual Warfare

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  • Tony Evans: You see, for many of us,
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  • the problem of us getting along with other people
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  • is our inability to get along with ourself.
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  • Everything visible and physical
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  • is preceded by something invisible and spiritual.
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  • The consequences we are dealing with
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  • in our lives, in our homes, in our culture,
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  • we are dealing with them because there is a gap
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  • between where God is and where we are.
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  • He wants to know that you want him
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  • and not just want his stuff.
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  • See, a lot of folk go to church to get God's stuff
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  • but who don't want the God who gives it.
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  • So if you're in distress, don't let that drive you away,
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  • draw you near.
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  • When you get close and wanna live for him,
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  • want to please him, want to honor him,
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  • want to exalt him, want to draw near to him,
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  • then heaven opens up, and he lets you find him.
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  • He lets you find him.
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  • Tony: When you've lived long enough,
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  • it becomes pretty clear
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  • that life is not a playground but a battleground.
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  • When you've lived long enough,
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  • you've come to realize that life is not always easy.
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  • While we cherish those times of fun and frivolity
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  • and play and excitement,
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  • we dread those times of pain, and anguish, and struggle.
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  • Someone had said that life
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  • can be described as being bittersweet.
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  • It has those sweet moments that we cherish and embrace,
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  • and those bitter moments
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  • that bring us to tears, hurt, and pain.
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  • Paul is writing, and he concludes
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  • his treaties to the church at Ephesus
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  • to talk to them about the battleground of life.
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  • We call it spiritual warfare,
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  • but he's not just talking about any kind of battle.
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  • He describes this one specifically
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  • by calling it the "evil day."
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  • The evil day.
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  • The evil day is when all hell breaks loose on you.
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  • The evil day is when you are overwhelmed.
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  • Yes, life has its normal ups and downs,
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  • but that's not what he's talking about here.
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  • He's talking about when you are under major attack,
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  • when your world is being shattered,
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  • your dreams are being destroyed, your hopes are being dimmed,
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  • and where you look out, and all you see
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  • is the light of an oncoming train.
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  • He calls that the evil day, the day when hell is after you,
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  • and your name has come up.
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  • He says, when that day comes, when that period of time
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  • when you're under major assault comes, he says,
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  • "I want you to understand how to approach this because,"
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  • he says, "on that day,
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  • you're going to need the strength of the Lord," verse 10.
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  • Normal stuff is not gon' work,
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  • and playin' church sho' 'nuf won't work.
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  • He says, "On that day,
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  • you're going to need the supernatural."
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  • And so he goes into these verses,
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  • leading up to the subject of prayer
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  • to tell us how to approach this time
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  • in your life, in my life.
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  • Now, I wanna make sure
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  • that I'm not wasting my time on this sermon,
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  • so does anybody here know
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  • what I'm talkin' about when I talk about an evil day?
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  • An evil day, when you're under massive spiritual assault.
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  • Well, let me remind you that everything
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  • visible and physical
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  • is preceded by that which is invisible and spiritual.
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  • Everything visible and physical
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  • is preceded by that which is invisible and spiritual.
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  • So Paul wants you to know,
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  • if you want to address in the time of your attack
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  • the visible and physical,
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  • you need to do it from the perspective
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  • of the invisible and spiritual.
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  • He gives you the term that he uses
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  • throughout the book of Ephesians of "heavenly places."
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  • "Heavenly places" means the "spiritual realm,"
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  • and what he's saying is that, when you are under assault,
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  • when your life is being shattered,
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  • you're trying to be in the will of God,
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  • you're trying to walk with God, but you're being attacked,
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  • your well-being is being attacked,
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  • your dreams are being attacked, your health is being attacked,
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  • your stability is being attacked,
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  • your resources are being attacked,
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  • your future is being attacked,
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  • you are just under assault, he says, during those times,
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  • you have to view things from the location of heavenly places
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  • or the spiritual realm if you're going to be strong,
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  • to walk through, work through the times of those attacks,
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  • and he wants to set the plan in place
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  • for how you're gon' to make it through the evil day.
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  • For those who raised your hand,
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  • because you've been in or are in the evil day,
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  • this will matter to you.
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  • For those of you who've not yet been to the evil day,
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  • keep living.
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  • It's comin'.
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  • When you're under assault and your stability,
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  • your world, is being shaken, he says, during those times,
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  • three times, he says,
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  • "I want you to stand firm, stand firm, stand firm,
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  • don't quit, don't quit, don't quit,"
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  • because the temptation is easily to throw in the towel
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  • when your world is collapsing right in front of your eyes.
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  • He says, "The first thing I want you to understand
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  • is that you wrestle not against flesh and blood."
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  • In other words, people aren't the source of your problem.
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  • They may be the conduit for your problem,
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  • but they're not the source of your problem,
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  • for we Christians "wrestle not against flesh and blood,
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  • but principalities and powers,
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  • and world forces that are located in heavenly places"
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  • or the spiritual realm.
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  • When you are under the fire of oppression,
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  • when you're under the fire of the evil one,
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  • when you're under fire of demonic attack,
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  • when you're under the fire of suffering, he says,
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  • "You take your stand on the ground
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  • where Jesus Christ has already been burned for you,
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  • where Jesus Christ has already suffered for you."
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  • You grab ahold of the strength that the Lord has to offer.
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  • You do not run away from God when you are in the evil day.
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  • You have to run to God
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  • when you're in the midst of the evil day
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  • because you're now engaged in spiritual warfare.
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  • When your world is being attacked
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  • in whatever way it's being attacked,
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  • that's not the time to run from him.
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  • It's the time to run to him.
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  • It's not the time to evade him.
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  • It's the time to embrace him.
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  • He says, "Stand firm.
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  • Hold onto your faith in the strength
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  • of our Lord Jesus Christ
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  • in the midst of the suffering, the pain,
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  • and in the midst of the struggle."
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  • He then tells you how to dress for spiritual success.
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  • He gives you the armor of God.
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  • He tells you, "I want you to get dressed for the battle."
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  • Now, when you're in a war, and when you're in a parade,
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  • a military parade, they show the weapons.
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  • When you're in a war,
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  • you use the weapons 'cause in the evil day,
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  • this is not "Showtime at the Apollo."
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  • This is time when you gotta get dressed.
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  • He says, "You gotta put on truth,
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  • put on righteousness, put on peace."
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  • He goes on, he says, "You gotta put on faith."
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  • He says, "You gotta put on the helmet of salvation."
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  • Then he says, "You gotta use the sword of the Spirit,
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  • which is the word of God."
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  • He gives these six pieces of spiritual arsenal
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  • or spiritual armor that the believer is to utilize
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  • when it comes to taking a stand in the evil day
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  • or when you're under spiritual attack
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  • and spiritual oppression that's affecting your physical,
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  • financial, circumstantial, emotional, family well-being.
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  • Take your stand harder than you've ever taken it before,
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  • but put on this armor.
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  • But now you may not remember all the pieces of the armor.
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  • So let's make it easy
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  • because Romans chapter 13, verse 14, says, "Put on Christ."
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  • If you can't remember all the pieces,
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  • remember this one, "Put on Christ."
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  • Why?
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  • Because he says, "I want you to be--put on truth."
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  • Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
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  • He says, "I want you to put on righteousness."
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  • Scripture says Christ is our righteousness.
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  • He says, "Put on peace."
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  • Jesus said, "In this world, you will have tribulation,
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  • but I give you my peace."
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  • He says, "Put on the helmet of salvation."
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  • Scripture is clear Jesus is the author and finisher
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  • of our salvation.
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  • And then he says, "Put on the Word of God.
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  • Use the sword of the Spirit."
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  • John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word.
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  • The Word was with God. The Word was God."
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  • Verse 14, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us."
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  • Jesus says he is the Word.
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  • So if you don't remember truth, remember Jesus.
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  • If you don't remember righteousness,
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  • remember Jesus.
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  • If you don't remember peace, remember Jesus.
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  • If you don't remember faith, remember Jesus.
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  • If you don't remember the helmet of salvation,
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  • remember Jesus.
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  • If you don't remember the Bible, remember Jesus
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  • because Jesus is the full armor of God.
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  • Tony: I studied the Bible in college for four years.
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  • I studied the Bible for four years,
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  • workin' on my master's degree,
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  • another four years, workin' on my doctorate degree,
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  • and then I've been preaching all of these years,
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  • and I'm still learning new things from this awesome,
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  • inexhaustible book, the Word of God.
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  • That's why I'm so excited about "The Tony Evans Study Bible"
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  • and its accompanying work,
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  • "The Tony Evans Bible Commentary."
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  • It will take all of this training and this teaching
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  • and make it available to you to understand, utilize,
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  • and apply God's most powerful Word.
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  • Tony: You put on Christ, you become centered in him.
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  • This is not belief in God.
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  • This is centered in God's Son, who is the revelation of God,
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  • the manifestation of God, who is the power of God,
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  • to manifest himself particularly in the evil day.
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  • Now, you wanna do it all the time,
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  • but you better do it in the evil day
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  • when the doctors don't have answers,
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  • when the bankers don't have answers,
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  • when your friends don't have answers,
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  • and sho' 'nuf when you don't have answers.
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  • You need to be centered on the person of Jesus Christ
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  • and all the tools that he offers you,
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  • but he says you gotta put him on.
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  • The question is "How do you put him on?"
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  • That's where verse 18 comes in. Let me read it again.
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  • He says in verse 18, "With all prayer and petition,
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  • pray at all times in the spirit, and with this in view,
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  • be on the alert with all perseverance
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  • and petition for all the saints."
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  • The way you put on Christ, that is,
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  • practically utilize him to equip you
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  • to move through the battle you face,
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  • is with prayer.
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  • Now, prayer is relational communication with God.
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  • A lot of people wanna pray
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  • when they're in spiritual warfare,
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  • who have not prayed till they got the spiritual warfare.
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  • In other words, they don't know how to stand strong in the Lord
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  • 'cause they haven't been standing with the Lord,
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  • but now that they're in an emergency,
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  • they need the Lord.
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  • He's talkin' about staying in touch with him all day.
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  • That's why 1 Thessalonians 5:17, says, "Pray without ceasing."
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  • In other words, "Stay in touch with me."
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  • Now, let me explain why this is so important.
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  • The evil day is principalities, powers, and world forces.
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  • This means you are under attack.
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  • This means that this attack
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  • is coming from the devil and demons.
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  • It is unfortunate that far too many Christians
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  • have lost sight of demons.
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  • Demons are angels that went rogue.
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  • Demons are the spiritual mafia
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  • that attacks us in the spiritual,
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  • that brings about our pain in the physical,
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  • and the Bible has an answer to demons.
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  • The answer to demons are angels.
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  • So here's how this works:
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  • The Bible declares every Christian
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  • has been assigned an angel,
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  • and the job of the angel is to look after
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  • the well-being of the believer.
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  • So every Christian has an angel that is assigned to you by God.
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  • One of the jobs of your angel is to thwart the demonic attack
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  • that is coming against you
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  • 'cause angels know how to fight angels,
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  • and so when the demonic angel
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  • comes to bring pain and anguish and defeat in your world
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  • and in your life, you have an angel.
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  • The Bible says, when we pray, we engage God,
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  • the Holy Spirit, and I'll talk about him in a moment,
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  • who activates the angel assigned to you
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  • to deal with the demonic oppression
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  • that is coming against you.
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  • So he says, "With all perseverance--"
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  • but he tells you somethin' else, and it's the key.
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  • He says, "Pray in the Spirit."
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  • Verse 18, "Don't just pray," meaning,
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  • "Don't just have conversation," but he says,
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  • "I want you to pray in the Spirit."
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  • Now, a question is "What does that mean?"
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  • The Bible talks about the role of the Spirit
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  • is to deliver the mind of God.
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  • 1 Corinthians chapter 2, verse 9 and 10,
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  • "But just as it is written,
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  • 'Things which eye hath not seen and ear hath not heard,
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  • and which has not been entered into the heart of man,
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  • all that God has prepared for those who love him.'
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  • For to us God revealed them--"
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  • He's not talkin' about heaven, he's talkin' about earth.
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  • "To us God revealed them through the Spirit,
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  • for the Spirit searches all things,
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  • even the depths of God."
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  • See, when you're in the evil day,
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  • that means folk can't help you.
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  • When you're in the evil day,
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  • they have limitations that they can do for you,
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  • and you need something that "Eye hath not seen,
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  • ear hath not heard,
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  • and the imagination is not conceived of."
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  • You need the supernatural to enter into the natural.
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  • Now, being in the Spirit is opposed in Scripture
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  • to being in the flesh.
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  • To be in the Spirit--
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  • Let me start with the participle "in."
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  • He wants you to be in the Spirit,
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  • so he does not want you visiting and exiting.
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  • He wants you operating in the realm of the Spirit.
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  • What is the realm of the Spirit?
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  • The realm of the Spirit is a spiritual mind-set.
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  • In Romans chapter 8, verses 1 to 13,
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  • read it when you get home.
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  • He gives this extended discussion about the Spirit,
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  • and he says, "When you have the Spirit,
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  • you have the mind of the Spirit,"
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  • so this has to do with how you're thinking.
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  • The mind is your thought.
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  • He wants you to think spiritually, not secularly.
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  • He wants you to think biblically, not worldly.
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  • He wants you to think the mind of Christ, not the mind of man.
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  • So I wanna show you, again, Galatians 5.
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  • Galatians 5 says this about the spirit.
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  • Verse 16, "But I say, walk by the Spirit,
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  • and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
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  • For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit,
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  • and the Spirit against the flesh,
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  • for these are in opposition to one another,
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  • so that you may not do the things that you please."
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  • He says there is a battle,
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  • and it's a battle between the spirit and the flesh.
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  • Let me define the "flesh."
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  • The "flesh" is the desire to please self
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  • independently of God.
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  • The flesh is the desire to please yourself
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  • as opposed to pleasing God.
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  • We all battle with the flesh.
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  • "Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the desire--"
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  • please don't misread that.
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  • He didn't say you won't have the desire
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  • 'cause the flesh wants what it wants.
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  • So you will have the desire, but the Spirit will override it.
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  • Don't read the verse in reverse.
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  • Don't read, "To get rid of the desire of the flesh,
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  • walk in the Spirit."
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  • That's backwards.
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  • "Walk in the Spirit, and it will overrule
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  • the desire of the flesh."
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  • It will overrule it.
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  • The capacity to do what you need to do
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  • or what God wants done will be activated
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  • in your experience as you walk in the Spirit.
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  • Now, many times, people will say,
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  • "I'm praying, but nothing is happening."
  • 00:20:04.280 --> 00:20:08.050
  • Well, let me explain.
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  • If we, as humans, went into the water
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  • and tried to breathe and start to inhale,
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  • inhale, and exhale, you're doin' the right thing,
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  • but you're doin' it in the wrong environment.
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  • Many Christians pray.
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  • They doin' the right thing,
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  • but they're doing it in the flesh.
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  • They're doing it in the wrong environment,
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  • and if you're doing the right thing
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  • in the wrong environment, the right thing won't work.
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  • So just 'cause you say your prayers in the mornin',
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  • say grace at dinner, and say your bedtime prayer,
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  • that's the right thing, but the question is
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  • "Have you been walking in the right environment?"
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  • Because, if you're not walking in the right environment,
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  • doing the right thing won't work,
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  • and, in fact, it can help kill ya quicker.
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  • So he says, "Oh, oh, oh, oh,
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  • I want you to be consumed with being in my presence.
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  • Walking in the flesh," he says,
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  • "will put you in a spiritual graveyard,
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  • but walking by the Spirit will put you--"
  • 00:21:03.090 --> 00:21:07.060
  • and here's how you know because you're no longer
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  • having to force things when you're in the Spirit.
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  • But the Bible calls the Spirit, a wind.
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  • A wind. It blows.
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  • The Bible says the Holy Spirit guides us.
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  • He pulls us. Now, you can walk.
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  • You should walk, but you're walking on some power.
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  • You're walking on some undergirding.
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  • You're walking on some strength
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  • because you're walking with the mind of the Spirit,
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  • consistent with the revelation and Word of God
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  • so that he can override, and so you begin to flow in it
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  • even though you still have to walk,
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  • and even though you may have a ways to go.
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  • He says, "Pray always in the Spirit," spiritually.
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  • And so he's my only out,
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  • and so we cry out to God and trust God,
  • 00:22:07.000 --> 00:22:12.130
  • but you have your evil day.
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  • Oh, you will, and if we make prayer a lifestyle,
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  • walking in the Spirit a lifestyle
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  • and not a visit--don't treat the Spirit like a tree church.
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  • Don't just come for a visit.
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  • No, he says, "You roll with me, and you stay in contact with me
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  • all day, every day, short, long, fast, slow."
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  • When we contact God, if the timing is wrong,
  • 00:22:40.050 --> 00:22:44.030
  • he'll say, "Slow."
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  • If the request is wrong, he'll say, "No."
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  • If we are wrong, he'll say, "Grow."
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  • But if the request is right, the time is right,
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  • and we are right, sooner or later,
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  • he'll say, "Go."
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  • So I want this to be known as a house of prayer.
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  • Praise God for great music, praise God for preaching.
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  • All of that's critical to worship,
  • 00:23:09.070 --> 00:23:11.030
  • but if we don't make contact with heaven,
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  • all we did was come to any event, a religious event.
  • 00:23:13.150 --> 00:23:19.070
  • But if we, as a church, will cry out to God,
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  • and when God meets you in your evil day,
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  • however that happens,
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  • sometimes he takes you through it,
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  • sometimes he delivers you out of it,
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  • and sometimes he just gives you the strength to deal with it.
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  • He does it in all kind of ways, but however he decides to do it,
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  • you'll know he's right there in the midst.
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  • He changes your perspective in the midst of your evil day.
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  • And, you know, you can go a long way
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  • with a change of perspective.
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  • It reminds me of the story of the two hunters,
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  • and they found out, in Alaska,
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  • they will paying $5.000 for every wolf that was killed
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  • because it had overgrown with wolves,
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  • and they were creating an imbalance in nature,
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  • so they had to get rid of some of the wolves.
  • 00:24:10.220 --> 00:24:13.030
  • So these two buddies decided, "We're gonna go to Alaska.
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  • We're hunters.
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  • Let's kill wolves, $5.000 a wolf."
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  • So they got their gear.
  • 00:24:21.180 --> 00:24:24.040
  • They pitched their tent 'cause, "Tomorrow morning,
  • 00:24:24.050 --> 00:24:26.230
  • we're goin' out and kill some wolfs, $5.000 a wolf."
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  • So they went to sleep to get ready for tomorrow.
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  • In the middle of the night, one of the men heard a noise.
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  • He turned on his light,
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  • and he could see through the canvas
  • 00:24:42.280 --> 00:24:45.040
  • he was surrounded by wolves.
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  • He went to hunt wolves, and now the wolves are huntin' him.
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  • There are 25 wolves surrounding his tent.
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  • They're growling.
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  • As he put it up closer,
  • 00:24:57.000 --> 00:24:58.090
  • he could see the teeth of the wolf,
  • 00:24:58.100 --> 00:25:01.060
  • so they were ready to attack.
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  • He woke his friend up.
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  • "Bob, get up, get up, get up. Look!"
  • 00:25:08.210 --> 00:25:13.280
  • Bob said, "What?" He said, "Look, we're rich."
  • 00:25:13.290 --> 00:25:18.090
  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Perspective can change everything.
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  • 00:25:27.090 --> 00:25:34.120
  • Tony: Life wouldn't be life without a crisis, would it?
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  • You're either in one, just came out of one,
  • 00:25:37.220 --> 00:25:39.210
  • or sooner or later, you'll run into one;
  • 00:25:39.220 --> 00:25:42.170
  • things that overwhelm you.
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  • Well, I want you to join me in praying through the crisis,
  • 00:25:46.080 --> 00:25:52.000
  • the thing where you are desperate for God,
  • 00:25:52.010 --> 00:25:55.040
  • and make sure you connect your prayer with obedience.
  • 00:25:55.050 --> 00:25:59.290
  • When prayer becomes connected
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  • with doing what God told you to do,
  • 00:26:01.250 --> 00:26:05.040
  • then not only do you get to pray,
  • 00:26:05.050 --> 00:26:06.200
  • you get to see Jesus pray on your behalf,
  • 00:26:06.210 --> 00:26:09.010
  • or as the Scripture says, "to make intercession for us."
  • 00:26:09.020 --> 00:26:13.250
  • When you're in a crisis, you need an interceder,
  • 00:26:13.260 --> 00:26:15.240
  • somebody to help you out.
  • 00:26:15.250 --> 00:26:18.060
  • Jesus Christ is so situated to be that supernatural help,
  • 00:26:18.070 --> 00:26:23.220
  • so in your crisis, get a partner in prayer
  • 00:26:23.230 --> 00:26:29.100
  • through your prayer and your obedience,
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  • and let's see what miracle awaits you.
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