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October 29, 2019
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  • Come along with us and love him through his Word.
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  • We want to say to you, listen, there's nothing more exciting
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  • to us in all of the world that Jesus Christ
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  • and the revelation of him through his Word.
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  • Nothing, nothing.
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  • Our concept does come like flying like a bird,
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  • right out of Psalm 124, and it will lead us elsewhere.
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  • Psalm 124, I'm reading to you out of the ESV tonight.
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  • "If it had not been the Lord who
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  • was on our side," anybody, "let
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  • Israel now say, 'If it had not
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  • been the Lord who was on our
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  • side when people rose up against
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  • us, they would have swallowed
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  • us up alive, when their anger
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  • was kindled against us.'"
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  • Anybody just been the center of
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  • somebody's fury here recently?
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  • Oh, I got to know something better than that.
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  • Anybody had anybody mad at them recently?
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  • Let me put it like that.
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  • Okay then.
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  • You are in exactly the right condition for where we're going.
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  • If they weren't mad at you this week, they will be mad at you
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  • next week.
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  • So you're still in the right place.
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  • "Then they," verse 3, "would have swallowed us up alive
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  • when their anger was kindled against us; then the flood would
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  • have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;
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  • then over us would have gone the raging waters.
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  • Blessed be the Lord,
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  • who has not given us as prey to their teeth."
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  • As P-R-E-Y to their teeth.
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  • Now, what that would mean, that's odd to us because
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  • it's archaic vernacular, but for us, it would be,
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  • "Blessed be God who has not let them eat us alive."
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  • That would be the same kind of meaning there.
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  • Then it says in verses 7 and 8, "We have escaped like a bird
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  • from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken,
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  • and we have escaped.
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  • Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven
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  • and earth."
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  • Everybody say,
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  • "Our help is in the name of the Lord."
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  • "Who made heaven and earth."
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  • We have come here this weekend for a great escape.
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  • And we're going to get insight for our own need of escape
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  • and we're going to get some insight for some loved ones
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  • we have that desperately need an escape.
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  • So does that leave out anyone in the room?
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  • I mean, either you might need one and it might not even be
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  • from something terrible.
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  • You just really need to move on.
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  • I love how Psalm 124 begins,
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  • "If the Lord had not been on our side."
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  • I wonder if somebody knows in this house tonight that the Lord
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  • is on your side.
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  • The Lord is on your side.
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  • Listen, somebody in this place is going, "He's not on my side
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  • because you can't believe what I've been living in.
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  • And I don't know Jesus Christ from a Martian on Mars."
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  • And I'm going to tell you, God is still on your side.
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  • Listen, God is not on the side of our opinion.
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  • It's not meaning that God is on the side of our argument.
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  • It's not meaning that God is on the side of our court case.
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  • It means that God is on the side of our souls.
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  • Your God is for you.
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  • Your God has come for you.
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  • He did not create us to be against us.
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  • He came to save us and deliver us.
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  • Not one of you in this room, the only thing God is against
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  • in this room, according to the Scriptures,
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  • is that he's against our pride.
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  • So to the degree that you have come this weekend in pride,
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  • he is in opposition to your pride.
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  • To the degree that I have come in pride this weekend, he says,
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  • "God opposes the proud but he gives grace to the humble."
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  • So when we're thinking about who he's for and who he is against,
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  • he is for every single one of us
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  • but he is in opposition to our pride.
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  • And I'm just gonna--listen, I'mma tell you something that
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  • I have learned the hard way.
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  • Your pride cannot win against God.
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  • You may as well give it up.
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  • He--because when he opposes anything, it's really done.
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  • Anybody know what I'm talking about?
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  • It's really like it's all said and done because he's so much
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  • bigger than everything else and once he opposes it,
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  • it's really all over.
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  • So, it's this going down one way or the other.
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  • So it's a great time to just go, let it go down tonight.
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  • Because the only--that's the only opposition you got.
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  • To the degree, you come, and then I come before him
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  • this weekend with humility.
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  • Listen, our God is nothing but for us.
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  • He's for our sins, he is for our souls.
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  • We can't leave here and go, "He's for me," and doing this
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  • and doing.
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  • No, he's not for our sins.
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  • Our God is for our souls.
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  • He's on the side of people.
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  • He loves people.
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  • "The Great Escape is an escape so great only God
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  • could accomplish it."
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  • How many of us in this room has ever had God do something that
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  • literally no one else could have done in your life?
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  • No one, absolutely no one, absolutely no one.
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  • Then I want somebody else to get hope in this house.
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  • And listen, that wasn't the last thing he planned to do.
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  • You know, when I had that one great escape and I tell you I've
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  • been in bondage ever since.
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  • No.
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  • You don't just get one shot at it.
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  • Is anybody so glad you don't just get one shot?
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  • It's like down and then you're out.
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  • We got--everybody go, "I got another shot at this."
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  • Anybody?
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  • Somebody needs to know you just got another shot at it.
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  • Okay, "And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome
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  • but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,
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  • correcting his opponents with gentleness.
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  • God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to
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  • a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses
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  • and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured
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  • by him to do his will."
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  • One of the earliest things we learn in theology after you get
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  • to know Christ, if we are in a biblically-based community
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  • of believers or church, is that God has a will;
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  • he has a plan for lives.
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  • God's will is accomplished through his plan.
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  • In other words, when people say God has a plan for your life,
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  • it's because he has a will.
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  • God's will for your life, the way it is accomplished
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  • is through what we would call a plan.
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  • The big eye-opener in verse 26, right here is that the devil
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  • also has a plan for your life.
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  • And I just want you to hear it.
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  • And somebody may say to me, "You know what?
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  • I really don't believe in a devil."
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  • And you know, I'm almost going to tell you I don't believe you.
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  • Or you're telling me with the evil on this planet, the
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  • nonsensical, I mean completely irrational, where there's no way
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  • to even find a motive, just violence and death
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  • and bloodshed, things that don't make any sense,
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  • they're not for a cause.
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  • They're just evil,
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  • they're just evil.
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  • And that there is an enemy realm, a darkness, that tries
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  • to pierce through the things of earth and pervade even people
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  • with the light of God shining right on them.
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  • "God's will for our lives
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  • has a slick and deceptive counterfeit."
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  • So originally, I wrote the point, "God's will for
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  • our lives has a dark and deceptive counterfeit,"
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  • and the Lord pierced my heart and went, "Uh-uh."
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  • Even though, even though we know that everything of the enemy has
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  • to be dark, he can also masquerade as an angel of light,
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  • the Word of God says.
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  • So it does not mean that you would go--you would not
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  • necessarily be aware that you were in darkness.
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  • How you would know, is it truth or a lie, but to say that it
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  • always looks dark, that's not necessarily true.
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  • Normally, it looks dark but it can also masquerade as light,
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  • and we're going to see if we can get to the bottom of that.
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  • You see those words, "After being captured?"
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  • Look in 26.
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  • In the Greek, it is a perfect passive participle form of
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  • the Greek word zogreo.
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  • And it means literally being captured alive.
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  • A snare is something that has a hold on us.
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  • It's a dominion sin.
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  • It's something that either keeps us held or keeps us coming back.
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  • Anybody know what I'm talking about?
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  • How many of you in this room would own up like I have that
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  • you have been in a snare?
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  • That you know the difference?
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  • A snare.
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  • I mean, I mean, when you just like--I have been held by
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  • something by tremendous bitterness and unforgiveness,
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  • by grudges.
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  • I have been held in it.
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  • I'm been held in hatred, I've been held in this area or that
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  • area that you been held, captivated by it, that it has
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  • a drawing power.
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  • "Sin is something we do.
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  • A snare is somewhere we stay."
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  • Let me say that again.
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  • Sin is something.
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  • I mean like we sin but then a snare is a place we kind of sit
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  • on down.
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  • In fact, we feel stuck in it.
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  • And we have a love-hate relationship with or snare,
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  • don't we?
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  • Because I mean we went to it because it's comfort and all
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  • sorts of things.
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  • Feel good, a lot of it.
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  • But we have a love-hate relationship with it because
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  • we know it's got us.
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  • We know we're not mastering that.
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  • We know it.
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  • And we know in the dark of the night, it's dark, and when
  • 00:09:36.020 --> 00:09:38.260
  • the darkness is dark, it is very, very, very unsettling
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  • for the believer.
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  • Zogreo, to be captured alive.
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  • Okay, y'all, I've got to tell you the craziest thing.
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  • There is an--oh, I think it's the only other place.
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  • Yes, this verb, the verb form of it, we saw that participle just
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  • a moment ago, but it's the verb form of that, zogreo, that I was
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  • telling you about.
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  • And It is used elsewhere in the New Testament only in Luke 5:10,
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  • but many of you are familiar with it.
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  • It's when Jesus, of course, has come up where they're
  • 00:10:10.020 --> 00:10:14.150
  • fixing the nets, and he's got the sons of Zebedee,
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  • and there's Peter, Simon Peter.
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  • And Jesus says to Simon the fisherman,
  • 00:10:20.230 --> 00:10:23.160
  • and now I'm quoting,
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  • "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men."
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  • And some of you are going, "Now, that is
  • 00:10:28.280 --> 00:10:30.280
  • my life verse."
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  • Amen?
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  • Now you have it.
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  • Go, just right that thing up.
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  • Mm-hmm.
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  • To capture alive.
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  • It's the same word zogreo there, and it means that when we
  • 00:10:42.100 --> 00:10:45.250
  • are captured by the gospel, we're meant to be caught alive.
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  • We're given a life that we've never had.
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  • A life, and life more abundant.
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  • And it too means that God is after not just taking us home
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  • in that moment that we're saved.
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  • He might do that soon.
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  • He did it with the thief on the cross, but more likely, we're
  • 00:11:06.030 --> 00:11:10.080
  • going to be hanging around awhile so that he can do what?
  • 00:11:10.090 --> 00:11:13.050
  • So that he make you use of us.
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  • So he can make use of us.
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  • And here's where I want you to see the counterfeit.
  • 00:11:16.280 --> 00:11:18.270
  • Because the gospel is to catch alive.
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  • The devil's own plan is to catch us alive.
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  • The will of God catch us alive.
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  • The will of the enemy catch us alive.
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  • It's just that they have two completely antithetical agendas
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  • of what they want to do with us once they get us alive.
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  • "I will make you catchers of men."
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  • Hi, I'm Selena.
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  • And I'm Natalie.
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  • And we're on n staff with Living Proof Ministries.
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  • We are so grateful you are joining us today.
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  • The program you are currently watching is actually just
  • 00:11:54.280 --> 00:11:57.280
  • the beginning of a three-part series called
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  • "The Great Escape."
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  • In this series, Beth exposes the traps that keep us from
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  • walking in our God-given freedom.
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  • Honestly, Natalie, I feel like I have felt trapped in my life
  • 00:12:06.250 --> 00:12:10.140
  • so many times before, but God has been so faithful
  • 00:12:10.150 --> 00:12:14.230
  • and his Word has prevailed over my life
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  • and over every circumstance, every single time.
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  • One of my go-to life verses, when I need a reminder of
  • 00:12:20.190 --> 00:12:23.160
  • God's faithfulness, is Psalms 18:9.
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  • It says he rescued me because he delighted in me.
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  • Listen, I know that we have all felt trapped one time
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  • or another.
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  • We want to share this resource with you,
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  • but this is the last week for this offer.
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  • So get your copy today.
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  • We'll see you next week.
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  • Okay, look at that part in 26.
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  • 2 Timothy 2:26.
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  • Look it up back now toward the top of the verse where it says,
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  • I hope you noticed this,
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  • "And they may come to their senses."
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  • Come to their senses.
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  • Y'all, this is the most interesting word.
  • 00:12:58.180 --> 00:13:03.220
  • Ananepho means to become sober.
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  • It actually means to become sober again because that A-N-A
  • 00:13:07.230 --> 00:13:11.050
  • on the beginning of that Greek word means again.
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  • One of the differences in a snare is that there's
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  • an intoxicating effect to it.
  • 00:13:15.240 --> 00:13:17.210
  • Now, for somebody that is going, "You know what?
  • 00:13:17.220 --> 00:13:19.260
  • I've never known what to call it, but I can testify to that."
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  • I need to see somebody's hand that goes, "Oh yeah,
  • 00:13:22.010 --> 00:13:24.040
  • I get that."
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  • That when you're trapped in it, that you're not even clear,
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  • necessarily of mind.
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  • Somebody can sit down with you and try to talk to you about it
  • 00:13:31.240 --> 00:13:34.020
  • and you're just like all fuzzy about it like you don't even
  • 00:13:34.030 --> 00:13:36.100
  • get it, like a complete denial.
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  • Anybody know what I'm talking about?
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  • Just intoxicated, not clear.
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  • Have you ever felt like you've come out of something and gone,
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  • "What in heaven's name did I just do?"
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  • Am I the only one?
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  • I need to just see you.
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  • Has anybody? Any?
  • 00:13:49.290 --> 00:13:51.010
  • Like what am I doing?
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  • Like, you know, in your right mind, what in heaven's name
  • 00:13:52.200 --> 00:13:57.020
  • are you caught in?
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  • Anybody?
  • 00:13:58.190 --> 00:13:59.260
  • But that's--it truly does have that effect, that the snare,
  • 00:13:59.270 --> 00:14:03.290
  • that Word, that come to their senses means, that they
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  • would wake up out of that drunken stupor,
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  • out of that intoxication.
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  • Tonight, I wrote this down in my notes, tonight we have come
  • 00:14:13.000 --> 00:14:17.240
  • to sober up.
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  • Anybody?
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  • Tonight we have come to--look at one another and say, "Tonight,
  • 00:14:21.250 --> 00:14:25.130
  • we've come to sober up."
  • 00:14:25.140 --> 00:14:28.130
  • I mean is that crazy or what?
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  • If somebody says, "What happened tonight at a conference?"
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  • "You know what?
  • 00:14:32.240 --> 00:14:33.230
  • We came to sober up.
  • 00:14:33.240 --> 00:14:35.230
  • We were like a room full of drunks and we came to sober up."
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  • Because I can tell you right now that anybody that has gone into
  • 00:14:39.260 --> 00:14:43.100
  • recovery for a drinking binge, that the first thing on
  • 00:14:43.110 --> 00:14:49.100
  • the agenda in any recovery place I've ever seen,
  • 00:14:49.110 --> 00:14:53.060
  • and I've seen some, is to sober up.
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  • The first day or days are spent sobering up because
  • 00:14:56.230 --> 00:15:00.250
  • nothing happens--the addiction does not ever break
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  • if you never sober up.
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  • So we're asking for God to set all manner of people free from
  • 00:15:07.140 --> 00:15:12.170
  • whatever they are all ensnared in, when the first thing that
  • 00:15:12.180 --> 00:15:15.230
  • needs to happen is, they've got to wake up.
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  • They've got to wake up.
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  • 'Cause there's no talking someone into it.
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  • God has got to wake them up,
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  • and he is perfectly capable of doing it.
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  • God has got to wake us up
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  • and he is perfectly capable of doing it.
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  • Now, listen, I know what somebody may be thinking
  • 00:15:33.070 --> 00:15:36.020
  • right now because it's what I would be thinking too.
  • 00:15:36.030 --> 00:15:38.170
  • I've got this struggle in my inner man with this person that
  • 00:15:38.180 --> 00:15:42.060
  • has just been so wigged out of control in sin, and then that
  • 00:15:42.070 --> 00:15:45.160
  • has also known that superiority of self- righteousness.
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  • How that all came together under one bleach blonde head,
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  • I will never know but it did.
  • 00:15:51.180 --> 00:15:53.140
  • I somehow could accomplish being the older brother and
  • 00:15:53.150 --> 00:15:56.000
  • the younger brother in my split personality all at one time.
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  • I don't know how.
  • 00:15:58.220 --> 00:16:00.100
  • I don't know how, but I was able to do it.
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  • But I'm just going to tell you that in case you're thinking,
  • 00:16:02.140 --> 00:16:05.150
  • "Uh-uh, that is saying it's just all--the devil made me do it."
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  • Oh no, it's not.
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  • You show me an intoxicated person that normally, I mean
  • 00:16:09.210 --> 00:16:13.080
  • there might--this may be different at the frat house.
  • 00:16:13.090 --> 00:16:15.270
  • Normally, it has not been poured down their throat.
  • 00:16:15.280 --> 00:16:19.040
  • James 1:14, it says, "We are lured and enticed
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  • by our desires.
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  • Then when desire grows, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is
  • 00:16:25.260 --> 00:16:29.010
  • full-grown, it gives birth to death."
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  • It's something then comes to destruction.
  • 00:16:30.160 --> 00:16:32.160
  • So, in fishing terms, it means that the enemy baits according
  • 00:16:32.170 --> 00:16:38.030
  • to the shape of our hook.
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  • We have to take complete responsibility.
  • 00:16:40.200 --> 00:16:43.190
  • Because he's baiting us because our hook fits that bait.
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  • It's something inside of us has just never ever been brought
  • 00:16:49.110 --> 00:16:54.070
  • to restoration and health, and he is looking us
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  • with a bait that fits the hook.
  • 00:16:56.240 --> 00:16:59.200
  • Could anybody disagree with that in this room?
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:02.010
  • That's like yeah, yeah.
  • 00:17:02.020 --> 00:17:03.100
  • I mean we look back and we go,
  • 00:17:03.110 --> 00:17:05.060
  • I still have to take responsibility.
  • 00:17:05.070 --> 00:17:06.200
  • Intoxicating effect, yes, but I still have to do.
  • 00:17:06.210 --> 00:17:09.250
  • People have told me before that they had been all wrapped up in
  • 00:17:09.260 --> 00:17:12.290
  • pornography, then even that, just in toxic, that it just
  • 00:17:13.000 --> 00:17:16.100
  • like oh, just completely dulls the mind.
  • 00:17:16.110 --> 00:17:19.270
  • But they're still the one getting on the computer,
  • 00:17:19.280 --> 00:17:24.080
  • so we have to take complete responsibility.
  • 00:17:24.090 --> 00:17:26.210
  • Intoxication does not erase responsibility.
  • 00:17:26.220 --> 00:17:30.160
  • Still, us picking it up.
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  • Okay.
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  • "So Satan will settle for our uselessness but he prefers
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  • to put us to use."
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  • I've been used by him; you've been used by him.
  • 00:17:39.160 --> 00:17:42.150
  • Because listen, he'll take uselessness
  • 00:17:42.160 --> 00:17:45.210
  • but that's not what he prefers.
  • 00:17:45.220 --> 00:17:47.160
  • When we could do some work for him, all the while,
  • 00:17:47.170 --> 00:17:50.150
  • we belong to God.
  • 00:17:50.160 --> 00:17:52.220
  • I mean that is even better because we can blow our
  • 00:17:52.230 --> 00:17:55.080
  • testimonies while we're at it.
  • 00:17:55.090 --> 00:17:57.270
  • So he's big into that.
  • 00:17:57.280 --> 00:17:59.280
  • He is big into that.
  • 00:17:59.290 --> 00:18:01.040
  • Now, okay, stay with me here.
  • 00:18:01.050 --> 00:18:03.060
  • In the same way, that God's most supreme identity is expressed in
  • 00:18:03.070 --> 00:18:06.020
  • his name, the devil's chief identity
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:14.070
  • is expressed in his name.
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  • That word devil in 2 Timothy 2:26--and when you see it in
  • 00:18:17.020 --> 00:18:22.160
  • the New Testament and you read it along the way,
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  • it is the Greek word diabolos.
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  • Diabolos.
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  • That is the devil.
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  • It is a word that means to accuse.
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  • He has no bigger job than to accuse.
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  • It is what the word--the name devil means accuser.
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  • "We are of great use to the accuser when we assist
  • 00:18:45.160 --> 00:18:49.270
  • with accusations."
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  • Accusation Is emotional Adderall, isn't it?
  • 00:18:51.170 --> 00:18:55.130
  • It's emotional Adderall because I tell you it--Adderall gets us
  • 00:18:55.140 --> 00:19:00.070
  • all hyped up.
  • 00:19:00.080 --> 00:19:02.100
  • Accusation gets us all hyped up and super focused.
  • 00:19:02.110 --> 00:19:05.070
  • You're never in like an accusatory mood toward anybody
  • 00:19:05.080 --> 00:19:08.030
  • that you are not focused upon.
  • 00:19:08.040 --> 00:19:10.030
  • Would it be fair to say?
  • 00:19:10.040 --> 00:19:11.120
  • Emotional Adderall.
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  • It makes us feel right, makes us feel high.
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  • It is a Godless gotcha.
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  • Amen?
  • 00:19:18.030 --> 00:19:19.220
  • Somebody may be going, "My mind went Godless.
  • 00:19:19.230 --> 00:19:21.140
  • I mean I--I was right.
  • 00:19:21.150 --> 00:19:22.270
  • I was right."
  • 00:19:22.280 --> 00:19:25.220
  • Well, here is the thing, the irony is that our Godless
  • 00:19:25.230 --> 00:19:30.110
  • accusations can make us as complicit with the enemy
  • 00:19:30.120 --> 00:19:35.240
  • as someone who is in the trap.
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  • If we get all proud, and arrogant, and self-righteous,
  • 00:19:38.010 --> 00:19:42.160
  • and accusatory, all about this person that's in a trap,
  • 00:19:42.170 --> 00:19:46.040
  • we're complicit too, because we're in it too.
  • 00:19:46.050 --> 00:19:51.110
  • We're just on the self-righteous side of it.
  • 00:19:51.120 --> 00:19:53.120
  • Anybody just going there with me?
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  • I didn't think it was fun when
  • 00:19:54.260 --> 00:19:56.160
  • I got it a week and a half ago either.
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  • I really didn't.
  • 00:19:57.220 --> 00:19:58.250
  • I really didn't. Okay.
  • 00:19:58.260 --> 00:20:00.020
  • So somebody that's going like, "But I know that God told me
  • 00:20:00.030 --> 00:20:02.180
  • to accuse him."
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  • Listen, John 5:45.
  • 00:20:03.170 --> 00:20:05.280
  • I want you to jot down the address of John 5:45
  • 00:20:05.290 --> 00:20:08.180
  • and I'm going to show you what it says.
  • 00:20:08.190 --> 00:20:09.270
  • It says this, "Do not suppose that I will accuse you
  • 00:20:09.280 --> 00:20:13.170
  • before the Father."
  • 00:20:13.180 --> 00:20:15.130
  • He said, "Your own law accuses you."
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  • He tells us later that the enemy accuses us, but Jesus said
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  • out of his own mouth, "Do not suppose that I will accuse you
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  • before the Father."
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  • Jesus does not accuse us.
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  • He doesn't have to.
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  • He already knows.
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  • A lot of our accusation, we don't completely know.
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  • You know, I can be a little quieter in my spirit when
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  • I really do know.
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  • I'm more accusatory when I'm still building my case.
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  • Anybody?
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  • I'm just all in it then.
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  • Because I'm just trying to prove a point.
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  • I'm trying to prove a point.
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  • Okay, listen, we're not getting an accusation from Jesus.
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  • We are not getting that from Jesus.
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  • Confrontation is biblical.
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  • You see it demonstrated many places in Scripture,
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  • but one place where we see Jesus tell us what to do is
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  • Matthew 18:15 through 17.
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  • Well, he says go to someone, go to 'em.
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  • One of the things that I do, I'm always, like I'm trying to think
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  • when the last time was, I did not practice this.
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  • I call a godly person and ask to be held accountable.
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  • If it's a real high-pitched situation I asked the other
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  • party if I can bring somebody that loves us all, that is just
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  • godly and everybody trusts.
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  • But normally, I will make a telephone call to somebody
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  • I really trust and that's a really, really godly friend
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  • and I will say, "Listen, I got to do something that's hard
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  • and I want you, I want you to be expecting me
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  • to call you back and tell you how I behaved."
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  • Anybody getting that with me?
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  • " I want you, I'm going to be calling you back, and if I blow
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  • my top and I say a bunch of stuff,
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  • I'm going to have to tell you."
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  • And once I get that going, you know I don't want to have to
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  • call 'em back and go, "Well, I was an idiot.
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  • I have had to do it, but I don't want to have to do.
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  • So Once I make that call and get somebody holding me accountable,
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  • I'm already in better stead.
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  • So consider, when you need to make a--make a call.
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  • Say, "I'm 'a be calling you back at such and such time.
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  • I'm going to go talk to 'em.
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  • I'm going to be calling you back and I'm going to report to you."
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  • Does that make any sense to anybody?
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  • All right, listen, I started to add something, that once again
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  • the Holy Spirit stopped me from.
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  • I started to list accusation as pride and confrontation
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  • as humility, but you know what?
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  • That's not always true.
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  • Have you ever had somebody come to you and they said all
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  • the right things but they were so smackin' superior to you,
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  • you could have thrown up?
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  • Anybody?
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  • Where it was exactly right.
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  • It was so biblical, they said all the right things,
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  • "I come to you in the love of the Lord."
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  • Am I telling the truth?
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  • Or we can come in our godliest wrap-up, and come as so pious
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  • and so superior, if the person we're confronting walks away
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  • from us feeling like trash, we bore the fruit of pride.
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  • So--listen, it's not about saying all the right things,
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  • because there are times when you know somebody's saying the right
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  • things to you and you're thinking, "You despise me."
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  • Send me someone to confront me that loves me because do not
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  • come to me with all your pious verbiage and your superior lip.
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  • I don't want it.
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  • Anybody?
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  • I don't want it.
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  • So don't think for a second that it's always, accusation
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  • is always proud confrontation., is always humble.
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  • That really does not stick.
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  • Okay, I love this, I love this because Pastor Jonathan Martin
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  • says this, and he just in a recent message, "Who needs meth
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  • when you could just be right?"
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  • Really, really, who needs a drug when you could just be right
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  • because being right, I mean it's a high.
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  • It's like whoa.
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  • Listen, "Accusation is the counterfeit
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  • of authentic authority."
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  • It's not real authority.
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  • It's not biblical authority.
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  • It is presuming an authority that is a counterfeit of Godly
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  • authority.
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  • 1 Peter 3:9, "Do not repay evil for evil or insult for insult.
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  • Instead, bless others because you were called to inherit
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  • a blessing."
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  • Do you know, when somebody's ugly to you, and you really do
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  • have the guts to speak well and to speak kindly, and to hit your
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  • knees in prayer for that person, and pray for God to have favor
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  • on them, and to help them and to set them free, I want you
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  • to know God is up there talking about you.
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  • He's talking about you.
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  • You speak well to others, he speaks well of you.
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  • I don't know what that does for you, but I want that.
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  • I want that.
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  • I want him to be able to talk good behind my back about me.
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  • I think you want that too.
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  • When it comes to the Word of God, stories teach.
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  • Stories don't just entertain, they teach.
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  • When it comes to the Word of God and the approach that Jesus had
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  • in his teaching, stories were not fluff, stories were not just
  • 00:25:38.260 --> 00:25:43.220
  • filler, they literally were part of the sermon, not a break
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  • in the sermon.
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  • It wasn't just for entertainment that Jesus would tell stories
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  • over and over again in his teaching and that it was
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  • the primary approach he used for his teaching out in the crowds.
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  • It is by no accident.
  • 00:26:07.230 --> 00:26:09.260
  • It was a way of inviting somebody through a side door
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  • that might have been reluctant to go in through the front door.
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  • I am so full of joy this morning.
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  • Anybody else got a little joy on 'em today?
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  • We're going to lift it up and let the name of Jesus go forth
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  • in this place, in such power and in such presence.
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  • We are so, so thrilled to be with you.
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  • And I think what God's going to remind us of today is that
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  • we're in the middle of the story.
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  • Do you not think that he's going to tie up every thread where
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  • you are concerned?
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  • That he who started the plan knows how to end it?
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  • We're going to get some confidence in him today,
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  • in his ability to always bring something to a good finish.
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  • Can somebody say, "Hallelujah?"
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  • There's nothing, no sin, no transgression,
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  • that exceeds
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  • the power of the cross.
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  • Thank you, God.
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