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Happiness: It Belongs to You

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July 19, 2020
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This liberating episode will reveal the root of unhappiness and how to renew the mind by choosing to only listen to the good news of God's amazing grace!

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Happiness: It Belongs to You

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  • Gregory Dickow: All you have todo is listen to people reporting
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  • on other people and the bad newsthat is in this world.
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  • Bad news creates a deficit ofjoy, good news creates great
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  • joy, the good news of Jesusproduces great joy.
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  • You see, our problem is not thatwe're not listening to the news,
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  • our problem is we're listeningto the wrong news, we're getting
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  • our information from man'sobservation of the things that
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  • are happening in the world andwe're not looking at it from
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  • God's point of view.
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  • We need to change ourperspective.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Gregory Dickow: Well, I reallyhave a word from God for you
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  • today, and today, I want to takeyou back to a very special
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  • teaching that God gave me at thebeginning of 2020.
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  • You'll see people in theauditorium because it was
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  • pre-covid-19, but God's word istimeless, and I believe he gave
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  • me this word prophetically, foryou today to navigate through
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  • everything going on in the worldright now.
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  • Check this out.
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  • Gregory Dickow: The gospelbrings pure joy, the gospel will
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  • make you happy if you understandit correctly, what Jesus has
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  • done for us will bring pure joyif you understand it correctly,
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  • and we're gonna make sure thatwe do.
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  • But there is no higher or deeperdesire in the heart of mankind
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  • than happiness, happiness is thesingle most intoxicating
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  • emotion, there is nothing moreintoxicating than happiness.
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  • Even love is intoxicatingbecause it makes you happy,
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  • that's what love does, when thechemicals are released through
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  • love it produces happiness inthe brain, it goes to the
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  • pleasure center of the brain andit causes you to be happy.
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  • A feeling that somebody lovesyou and a feeling of love for
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  • somebody else creates thechemical release of endorphins
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  • that actually make a personhappy.
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  • It hits the, there's a place inthe brain called the pleasure
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  • center, and it hits the pleasurecenter of the brain and then
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  • it spreads.
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  • It affects the whole body and itaffects the whole emotion system
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  • and the whole skeletal system ofthe human life, it affects
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  • everything because that's howpowerful happiness is.
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  • And so, the tragedy in lifetoday is not that man cannot
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  • find happiness, the tragedy isthat he's searching for it in
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  • the wrong places.
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  • The tragedy is not that mancan't find happiness, the
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  • tragedy is that man is searchingfor it in the wrong places.
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  • The great scientist, BlaisePascal, said, "All mankind seeks
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  • happiness," all mankind seekshappiness.
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  • This is the motive of everyaction of every man, even those
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  • who kill themselves.
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  • We think that a person thattakes their own life is taking
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  • their own life because of thesorrow, but they're really
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  • taking their own life becausethey're searching for happiness,
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  • that is truly why they're doingwhat they do; and obviously,
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  • please don't do that, pleasedon't.
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  • Please, if you know anybodywho's down this season and this
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  • time of year, call themencourage them, let them know
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  • that there's a reason for theirlife and there's a reason for
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  • them being on this earth, andGod loves them and has a purpose
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  • for them no matter how bad theirsituation might be.
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  • But I'm telling you folks, thatwe, this is why people do what
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  • they do.
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  • Why did you go to college?
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  • If you went to college you wentso that you could get a career
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  • that you would be happyfulfilling, or to make an income
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  • that you would be happy having.
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  • Or, why did you get married?
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  • So that you could have happinessin your home, so you married
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  • because you thought that personbrought you happiness; then you
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  • got divorce because he thoughtthat would bring you happiness.
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  • Everything people do is to bringthem happiness, even though it's
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  • misguided much of the time andwe're doing the wrong things,
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  • the pursuit is happiness.
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  • And really, frankly, we know,there are enough people that we
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  • know of, and enough people inthe world to examine and to
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  • observe this, that there arepeople that have fame, the fame
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  • that this world offers, themoney that this world offers,
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  • the status that this worldoffers does not satisfy the need
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  • for happiness inside of a humanbeing.
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  • Okay, happiness was God's idea,happiness is God's idea, it's
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  • not the devil's idea.
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  • If it was the devil's idea tomake you happy then man, we'd
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  • have been happy before we metJesus, because the devil had
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  • us fully.
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  • The devil doesn't want youhappy, he wants you miserable,
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  • and religion makes peoplemiserable; man's religion makes
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  • people miserable but God's gracemakes them glad.
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  • Man's religion makes peoplemiserable but God's grace makes
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  • us glad.
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  • God wants us to be happy,happiness is his idea and he's
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  • given us the source of allhappiness.
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  • Listen, how can I put this toyou?
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  • Go over to Genesis chapter 3 fora moment.
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  • So here, Adam and Eve are in thegarden, and we always come back
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  • to this for some reason becausethis explains it so well.
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  • Genesis chapter 3, look at whathappens.
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  • The serpent enters into thegarden in verse 1, and begins to
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  • sow a stream of thinking that ispessimistic, negative, bad, a
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  • misconception about God-- hasGod really said, "You shall not
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  • eat from the tree of thegarden?"
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  • So notice what he says, he'schallenging God's nature, he's
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  • questioning God, he's gettingAdam and Eve to question God, to
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  • question God's intention, toquestion God's motive, and so
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  • what has the serpent'ssuccessfully done?
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  • He's interrupted the good newswith bad news, and therefore,
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  • he's interrupted the stream ofpositive emotions because of a
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  • stream, or a string, of negativethoughts.
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  • "God is holding out on you,God's lying to you, you shall
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  • not die."
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  • See, "The woman says, 'From thefruit of the trees of the garden
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  • we may eat freely but if wetouch or eat the tree in the
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  • middle of the garden we shalldie,' and the serpent said, 'You
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  • shall not die.'"
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  • So the serpent completelycontradicts what God said.
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  • God said, "You shall die," sothey stayed away from it and
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  • they ate from the other treesmost likely, this probably
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  • wasn't the first day they werein the garden, they probably
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  • eaten, who knows?
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  • We don't even know how longthey've been in the garden since
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  • this time, but they could eatfreely from any of the other
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  • trees, and they knew that Godsaid don't eat from that one
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  • 'cause the day you eat from it,you'll die; he said that in
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  • Genesis chapter 2. And here, inGenesis chapter 3, the devil
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  • immediately comes to interruptthe positivity that existed in
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  • the garden of Eden, everythingwas positive, it's perfect
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  • everything; perfect man, perfectwoman, perfect garden, perfect
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  • weather, perfect plants, andjust everything's beautiful.
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  • The garden of Edenis the word "Eden"
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  • it's the word "pleasure"
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  • it was the garden of pleasure;everything was pleasurable,
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  • everything made Adam and Evehappy, everything in the garden.
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  • Like I know that it soundsidealistic and the reason why it
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  • sounds that way is because we'vebeen programmed, we've been
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  • programmed with negativity mostof our lives and so we
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  • constantly assume it couldn't bethat good, life can't be that
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  • good, the gospel can't be thateasy.
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  • But Jesus said, "Take my yokeupon you, my yoke is easy, my
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  • burden is light," but what dopreachers say?
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  • The Christian life is hard, yetJesus said, "Take my yoke, it's
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  • easy and my burden is light," sowhy are we telling people
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  • something contrary to what Jesustold people?
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  • Because the devil works the sameway nowadays as he did in
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  • Genesis chapter 3 when he saiddid God really say that?
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  • No, he didn't really say that,he's just trying to hold out on
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  • you, he just knows that the dayyou eat from it you'll be like
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  • him knowing good and evil, guesswhat?
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  • They already were like him, Godalready made Adam and Eve in
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  • his image.
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  • Genesis 1:26, and they said, Godsaid, "Let us make man in our
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  • image according to ourlikeness," they already were
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  • like God.
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  • I know some of you are lookingat me like okay, broken record,
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  • Pastor, can you say that onemore time?
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  • I've heard you a million times,but you know what?
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  • It's got to penetrate you thatthere is something that happened
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  • there, that as long as they werebelieving what God said about
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  • the garden, they had pleasure,and what God said about the
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  • trees, they had pleasure, andwhat God said about them, they
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  • felt pleasure, joy, happiness.
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  • As long as they believed whatGod said, they had happiness and
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  • joy and peace, but the momentthat they let the devil
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  • interrupt that stream ofpleasure with this lie, "You
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  • shall not die, God's just doingthat to keep you from
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  • something good."
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  • When God, really, gave themsomething good, and said, "It
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  • was very good," it was so goodthat's what Satan was so jealous
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  • of that he couldn't experiencedthat because of his rebellion.
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  • So he's trying to bring man intothat same bondage and he's
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  • trying to imprison man withmisery, condemnation, guilt and
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  • shame, and that's what religiondoes.
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  • I wonder how many churches youcan visit today and a preacher
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  • will be shaming someone, "Well,you know, if you don't stop
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  • doing that, God's gonna get you,God's gonna, you know, it's
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  • gonna catch up to you, and God'sgonna judge you, you better get
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  • that right, you better not takecommunion with sin in your life
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  • or it's gonna kill you."
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  • This is why many sleep and theymisquote the Bible, don't take
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  • communion unless you've fixedeverything in your life.
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  • Hey, that's why I'm takingcommunion 'cause I can't fix
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  • everything in my life, I'mtaking communion 'cause I'm
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  • going, "Thank you Jesus for yourblood."
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  • You see this is what Jesus cameto interrupt, he came to
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  • interrupt what the devilinterrupted.
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  • He, the devil, interruptedpleasure and Jesus came to
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  • interrupt the devil frominterrupting the pleasure that
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  • God intended for us to have,that's why he says, "I bring you
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  • good news of great joy."
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  • Great joy comes from good news,great joy comes from good news.
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  • So we've got to decide whatwe're going to let into our ears
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  • next year, what we're gonna letinto our heart next year, what
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  • we're gonna let into our eyesnext year, what we're going to
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  • let roll around in our thinkingnext year, because let me tell
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  • ya something.
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  • The more good news you hear, thegreater joy you'll have, the
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  • more bad news you focus on, themore misery you'll have.
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  • The more you feel like a failureand think about how you've done
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  • all these wrong things, it willcreate a stream of negative
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  • emotion and misery.
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  • The more you focus on what Jesusdid, it'll create a stream of
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  • positivity and happiness andpleasure and joy; joy and
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  • pleasure and happiness are God'sidea.
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  • Well, the Bible does say, "Sinis pleasurable for a season," so
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  • sin must be-- so pleasure mustbe bad.
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  • No, sin is bad but pleasure isnot.
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  • The Bible does exactly say that,Sin "is pleasurable for
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  • a season."
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  • In other words, it's shortlived, sin will only bring
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  • pleasure temporarily, that's whyGod is against it, he has
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  • something better than temporarypleasure.
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  • Oh, if you could get ahold ofthis, right?
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  • Because happiness is not a stateof affairs, it's a state of
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  • mind, it comes from the way wethink about what God has done
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  • for us.
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  • If you think God has been amiser towards you, you'll be
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  • a miser.
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  • If you think God has beengenerous towards you, you'll
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  • be generous.
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  • If you think God's happy withyou, you'll be happy.
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  • God's happy with me, I'll tellyou right now, God is not happy
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  • with me because I do everythingright, God is happy with me
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  • 'cause I believe in the blood nomatter what, no matter what.
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  • He's like, "Yeah, proud of youfor trusting me.
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  • Not proud of you for being aperformer and being Holy enough.
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  • No, I'm proud of you because youbelieve in me, you take me at my
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  • word, you trust me;" that makesGod happy.
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  • You want to make him happy, justbelieve him, just trust him.
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  • You can't do anything to add towhat God has done for you
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  • through Jesus, you can't doanything to add to it, you can't
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  • do anything to add to it.
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  • This thought came to me at theearlier service, I'll share it
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  • with you.
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  • It just reminded me of like ifyou get invited to a party or
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  • you get invited to a gathering,a family gathering, a friend's
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  • gathering for an event, and theyinvite you and you call them,
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  • say, "Oh yeah, I'd love tocome," and then you say, "What
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  • can I bring?
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  • What can I bring?"
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  • And you know what, a host,oftentimes, they'll say, "Don't
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  • bring anything, just bringyourself," and you don't have to
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  • tell me that twice.
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  • I'm telling you right now, ifyou invite me and say, "Don't
  • 00:13:54.990 --> 00:13:56.425
  • bring anything but yourself," Iam bringing myself.
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  • You ain't gonna see anything inmy hands, I'm not bringing you a
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  • bottle of wine, I'm not bringinga bread, I'm not bringing any
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  • candy, you said-- I take you atyour word, you said, "Just bring
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  • yourself," so I'm just bringingmyself.
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  • I'm gonna sit myself in thatparty and enjoy it and not feel
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  • guilty about it, not for onesecond, because you told me I
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  • don't have to bring anything butmyself.
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  • Hey, hey, hey, this is what thegospel is.
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  • We're like, "God, what can webring?"
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  • Jesus says, "You don't have tobring anything, I've made the
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  • food, I prepared the table, Iprepared a mansion for you in
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  • heaven, just bring yourself,just bring yourself.
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  • You don't owe anything, I don'twant anything."
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  • Hey, Jesus is like, "Don't bringme that fruitcake now, don't
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  • you dare."
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  • This is the gospel, we don'tbring anything to the table
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  • except ourself, God's like, "Igot it all prepared, don't bring
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  • anything, you just bringyourself."
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  • All that's left for us to do isjust accept the invitation and
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  • say thank you, thank you.
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  • That's the gospel, just bringyourself, that brings good,
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  • ah, really?
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  • But what does our culture do?
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  • You should feel guilty, I toldyou not to bring something but
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  • that was code for bringsomething, sounds like
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  • somebody's married.
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  • Hey, okay, you see, the devil'sa liar, telling you you gotta
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  • bring your holiness and you'dbetter fix this, you better
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  • check that, and God's like justbring yourself, I got it, I got
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  • the table prepared, killed thefatted calf, bring the best
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  • robe, put a ring on his finger,well he doesn't deserve that.
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  • Exactly, "He was lost but nowhe's been found, he was dead and
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  • now he's alive."
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  • That's the gospel; but what doesreligion tell us?
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  • Religion tells us, you knowwhat, God isn't with you anymore
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  • because you've sinned, you'regonna have to earn him back,
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  • you're gonna have to get the sinout of your life so he
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  • comes back.
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  • No, he said, "I'll never leaveyou or forsake you," so guess
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  • what I feel because of that?
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  • Joy that God is with me, he'swith me all the time, so guess
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  • what I can feel anytime I want?
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  • Joy and peace, happiness 'causeGod's with me.
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  • Because what happened in thegarden is that man, Adam and
  • 00:16:44.793 --> 00:16:49.398
  • Eve, had pleasure and they hadhappiness until what?
  • 00:16:49.431 --> 00:16:54.503
  • Until they believed the lie andthen what happened?
  • 00:16:54.536 --> 00:16:57.739
  • They lost their happiness, butwhy did they lose
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  • their happiness?
  • 00:17:00.309 --> 00:17:01.610
  • Because their sin separated themfrom God's presence and there's
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  • nothing more miserable than lifewithout God, and life without
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  • God created sorrow.
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  • The first emotion that came intothe world was fear and sorrow
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  • and depression, and then angerin Genesis chapter 4. All these
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  • emotions came because man hadseparated himself from God by
  • 00:17:23.332 --> 00:17:27.069
  • believing a lie.
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  • So this is why God made hispresence available to people
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  • throughout the Bible.
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  • He comes in the form of the Arkof the Covenant in the Old
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  • Testament, that's the Ark ofGod's presence, and wherever
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  • God's presence was, I don't havetime to get into the teaching
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  • of this.
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  • But in 2 Samuel chapter 6, Davidand his men are carrying the Ark
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  • of the Covenant to David's home,the Ark of the Covenant is where
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  • God's presence would dwell.
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  • In the temple, God would dwellin the in the Ark of the
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  • Covenant, it was like a woodenbox with gold and all sorts of
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  • cherubim and seraphim from theangels on this piece of
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  • furniture called the Ark of theCovenant.
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  • God dwelt in there, not in theouter courts, not in the inner
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  • courts, but in the Holy ofHolies, that's where God's
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  • presence was.
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  • And so when they were carryingthe Ark of the Covenant,
  • 00:18:18.153 --> 00:18:21.623
  • wherever they went, they weredancing and singing and
  • 00:18:21.657 --> 00:18:25.394
  • celebrating, why?
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  • Because they were carrying thepresence of God, but then
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  • somebody touched it that wasn'ta priest, because only priests
  • 00:18:33.235 --> 00:18:36.672
  • could touch the ark, guess what?
  • 00:18:36.705 --> 00:18:39.875
  • God has made us kings andpriests, we get to touch God's
  • 00:18:39.908 --> 00:18:42.377
  • presence, in fact, he lives inus now.
  • 00:18:42.411 --> 00:18:47.449
  • So, as soon as he touched it, itwobbled, the Ark of the Covenant
  • 00:18:47.482 --> 00:18:53.288
  • wobbled, and that man died.
  • 00:18:53.322 --> 00:18:56.091
  • And they said whoa, we betterstop right now, and they were
  • 00:18:56.124 --> 00:18:59.228
  • carrying the Ark of theCovenant, you can find this in 2
  • 00:18:59.261 --> 00:19:01.897
  • Samuel 6, and they said we gottastop, David said we gotta stop
  • 00:19:01.930 --> 00:19:04.132
  • this, leave it here at the houseof Obed Edom.
  • 00:19:04.166 --> 00:19:06.034
  • And the Bible says when theyleft the Ark of the Covenant in
  • 00:19:06.068 --> 00:19:08.604
  • the house of Obed Edom,everything in Obed Edom's house
  • 00:19:08.637 --> 00:19:11.840
  • was happy and blessed and joyfuland fortunate and to be envied,
  • 00:19:11.873 --> 00:19:16.612
  • and it was everything thateverybody wants, and every bit
  • 00:19:16.645 --> 00:19:19.114
  • of happiness that anybody couldever ask for, it was in his
  • 00:19:19.147 --> 00:19:21.617
  • house as long as the Ark of theCovenant was in there.
  • 00:19:21.650 --> 00:19:23.652
  • And so David realized, whoa,they're having so much joy and
  • 00:19:23.685 --> 00:19:26.455
  • peace and blessedness andhappiness, I think we're ready
  • 00:19:26.488 --> 00:19:28.991
  • to take it back to my house.
  • 00:19:29.024 --> 00:19:30.325
  • So he gets these guys, he's likenow nobody mess this up, nobody
  • 00:19:30.359 --> 00:19:35.364
  • fudge this up, he said, come on,let's carry this to my house,
  • 00:19:35.397 --> 00:19:41.403
  • man, it's too good.
  • 00:19:41.436 --> 00:19:42.771
  • It's too good to leave it there,we gotta get it to my house.
  • 00:19:42.804 --> 00:19:45.374
  • They take it his house, and asthey take it, they start singing
  • 00:19:45.407 --> 00:19:48.010
  • and dancing again, and rejoicingand praising, why?
  • 00:19:48.043 --> 00:19:51.079
  • 'Cause the presence of Godbrings joy, no wonder.
  • 00:19:51.113 --> 00:19:54.916
  • Psalm 16:11 says, "In hispresence is fullness of joy, and
  • 00:19:54.950 --> 00:19:58.654
  • at his right hand are pleasuresfor evermore."
  • 00:19:58.687 --> 00:20:02.624
  • So guess what?
  • 00:20:02.658 --> 00:20:03.992
  • So where is the Ark of theCovenant now?
  • 00:20:04.026 --> 00:20:05.327
  • The Bible says the Ark of theCovenant is inside of us, we are
  • 00:20:05.360 --> 00:20:07.562
  • now the temple of the living Godand the Holy Spirit lives inside
  • 00:20:07.596 --> 00:20:11.066
  • of us, and so we are now the Arkof the Covenant.
  • 00:20:11.099 --> 00:20:13.635
  • Every human person who hasinvited Jesus into their life is
  • 00:20:13.669 --> 00:20:17.072
  • the Ark of the Covenant now,you're carrying the presence of
  • 00:20:17.105 --> 00:20:19.441
  • God, so guess what?
  • 00:20:19.474 --> 00:20:20.776
  • Now that you realize you'recarrying the presence of God, if
  • 00:20:20.809 --> 00:20:24.012
  • you really believe that, it'llmake you dance, it'll make you
  • 00:20:24.046 --> 00:20:26.448
  • shout, it'll make you praise,it'll make you sing, it'll make
  • 00:20:26.481 --> 00:20:28.817
  • you happy, it will bringpleasure, why?
  • 00:20:28.850 --> 00:20:31.920
  • Because God is with us, becauseGod is with us, in us.
  • 00:20:31.953 --> 00:20:42.130
  • and for us.
  • 00:20:42.164 --> 00:20:43.465
  • And when you believe that,everything is gonna be alright.
  • 00:20:43.498 --> 00:20:50.038
  • I'm telling you, the devil is aliar, God is with you and he's
  • 00:20:50.072 --> 00:20:59.247
  • never gonna leave.
  • 00:20:59.281 --> 00:21:00.615
  • When you believe that, peace andjoy is gonna flood your life and
  • 00:21:00.649 --> 00:21:08.390
  • flood your soul.
  • 00:21:08.423 --> 00:21:09.758
  • Let's pray, Father, thank youfor your word today.
  • 00:21:09.791 --> 00:21:11.827
  • thank you for your grace.
  • 00:21:11.860 --> 00:21:13.195
  • Lord, I just pray that thiswould sink deep in our hearts,
  • 00:21:13.228 --> 00:21:16.732
  • every one of us would find--awaken to the presence of God,
  • 00:21:16.765 --> 00:21:22.137
  • that we would awaken to the factthat, by the blood of Jesus, you
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:25.674
  • have come to live inside of us,and we are ever living in your
  • 00:21:25.707 --> 00:21:29.211
  • presence, and your presence isever living in us.
  • 00:21:29.244 --> 00:21:32.514
  • I pray for a revelation of thatto come upon every person within
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  • the sound of my voice inwhatever means or way they're
  • 00:21:37.119 --> 00:21:40.455
  • hearing this.
  • 00:21:40.489 --> 00:21:41.790
  • And with every head bowed, ifyou've never accepted Jesus
  • 00:21:41.823 --> 00:21:44.393
  • Christ as your savior and Lord,I want to pray with you, and I'm
  • 00:21:44.426 --> 00:21:47.662
  • just going to invite you to prayalong with me, out loud.
  • 00:21:47.696 --> 00:21:50.565
  • And I'm gonna invite everybodyto please pray with us but if
  • 00:21:50.599 --> 00:21:52.701
  • you'd like to receive Jesus asyour savior and Lord, you've
  • 00:21:52.734 --> 00:21:54.870
  • never been born again, you'venever accepted him as your
  • 00:21:54.903 --> 00:21:57.339
  • savior and Lord, now's a greattime to do it, why put it off?
  • 00:21:57.372 --> 00:22:02.644
  • Jesus paid the price for you, hedied for you, we got to realize
  • 00:22:02.677 --> 00:22:09.351
  • that it was for you, you gottarealize it was for you.
  • 00:22:09.384 --> 00:22:12.154
  • So I invite you to pray with me,if you'd like to, for the first
  • 00:22:12.187 --> 00:22:14.723
  • time, everybody's gonna praywith us.
  • 00:22:14.756 --> 00:22:16.124
  • Just say this, "Heavenly Father,I invite Jesus Christ into my
  • 00:22:16.158 --> 00:22:19.861
  • life as my savior and Lord.
  • 00:22:19.895 --> 00:22:22.931
  • I believe Jesus died for my sinsand rose from the dead, the
  • 00:22:22.964 --> 00:22:28.170
  • blood of Jesus cleanses me fromall my sin.
  • 00:22:28.203 --> 00:22:32.607
  • From this moment forward, I'm achild of God."
  • 00:22:32.641 --> 00:22:36.144
  • Congratulations, you just madethe greatest decision of your
  • 00:22:36.178 --> 00:22:38.280
  • life, you'll never regret it.
  • 00:22:38.313 --> 00:22:39.614
  • I'm telling you, you will neverever regret it.
  • 00:22:39.648 --> 00:22:43.285
  • All you gotta do is bringyourself, just bring yourself,
  • 00:22:43.318 --> 00:22:47.522
  • what do I gotta bring?
  • 00:22:47.556 --> 00:22:48.857
  • Bring yourself, there's a partygoing on here now, it's a
  • 00:22:48.890 --> 00:22:50.992
  • celebration, Christianity's acelebration, it's a party.
  • 00:22:51.026 --> 00:22:53.895
  • People say, I know people say,"No-no-no, it's suffering
  • 00:22:53.929 --> 00:22:56.264
  • and it's..."
  • 00:22:56.298 --> 00:22:57.632
  • No, Jesus did the suffering sothat we could do the
  • 00:22:57.666 --> 00:23:00.001
  • celebrating, and I'm not gonnalet his blood go unnoticed and
  • 00:23:00.035 --> 00:23:06.374
  • un-celebrated, since he did thatfor you and he did that for
  • 00:23:06.408 --> 00:23:09.778
  • me, amen.
  • 00:23:09.811 --> 00:23:11.146
  • Gregory Dickow: Well as you'veheard me say today, there is
  • 00:23:11.179 --> 00:23:16.985
  • nothing more intoxicating thanhappiness, it's what everyone on
  • 00:23:17.018 --> 00:23:22.057
  • earth is seeking for in one wayor another, but the devil
  • 00:23:22.090 --> 00:23:25.794
  • doesn't want you happy, he wantsyou miserable.
  • 00:23:25.827 --> 00:23:28.029
  • The devil wants people miserablebecause God's grace makes us
  • 00:23:28.063 --> 00:23:31.900
  • glad, but religion makes usmiserable, and the devil wants
  • 00:23:31.933 --> 00:23:36.304
  • to make us miserable too.
  • 00:23:36.338 --> 00:23:37.672
  • Now, in a few moments, I want topray for you to experience this,
  • 00:23:37.706 --> 00:23:41.576
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  • 00:23:41.610 --> 00:23:46.748
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  • 00:23:46.781 --> 00:23:49.885
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  • 00:23:49.918 --> 00:23:53.722
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  • 00:23:53.755 --> 00:23:57.392
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  • 00:23:59.961 --> 00:24:03.698
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  • 00:24:03.732 --> 00:24:08.036
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  • Now, let's pray together,alright?
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  • You ready?
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  • Father, I thank you for everyperson who's watching this.
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  • Lord, deliver them from thereligious, demonic lies that say
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  • that they can't enjoy theirlife, that they should be
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  • miserable, that they should besuffering, that they should be
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  • sorrowful or sad.
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  • I release supernatural joy,supernatural happiness, freedom
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  • from condemnation, freedom fromthe bondage of the devil and
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  • religion, in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Now listen, if you do not have achurch home, I'm telling you
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  • right now, join me through ourglobal online church community,
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  • it's better than ever, you aregonna find so much love there,
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  • it's gonna change your lifeforever.
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  • You can find it at
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  • GregoryDickow.com/Live,GregoryDickow.com/Live.
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  • Don't miss our next broadcast, Ican't wait to see you then,
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  • God bless.
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  • ♪♪♪
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