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Don't Take the Bait

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August 11, 2020
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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would youchange in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash themiraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live inpeace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join LeonFontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, seniorpastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO ofCanada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRITCONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: People who livein offense are people who have a
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  • hard time getting God's promisesto happen in their life.
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  • They can grow in the Word here,they can learn the Word,
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  • they can be very smart, veryintelligent, they can
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  • regurgigate the Word. Theyjust can't get it to happen
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  • in their lives.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, itsays that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly.So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblicalpromise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so manybelievers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource.
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  • - And now, from Calgary,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: The word "offense" inthe Greek is the word
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  • "skandalon". Skandalon also isthe word for the bait in a trap.
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  • You know, we had a problem withracoons in our house and so this
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  • guy came by and put this trapout. It was kind of 2 feet by 2
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  • feet square cage and so, andthere's food in there. That's
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  • the bait. The animal crawls intothe cage. It starts eating the
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  • bait and all of a sudden, bam.The door closes behind it and
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  • while it's eating its bait it istrapped. The bait of Satan if
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  • you wanna know, put at this. Thebait the enemy is after you for
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  • is to get you offended. In fact,we cover a lot of this. There's
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  • two things Jesus says that ifyou're a Christian and you're
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  • offended. There are two thingsyou will continually struggle
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  • with. We talk about things like,when you reach out and you take,
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  • and you choose to be offended,often you feel you have a right
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  • because you have been hurt.Someone has sinned against you.
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  • And we showed you Word in Jesusteaching that the sin against
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  • you is not as bad as yourreaction. And that if you do not
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  • forgive and you hold on to thatsin and you hold on to the
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  • bitterness and you're offendedby it. That this thing will
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  • destroy your marriage, yourlife, every area. There are
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  • people who have been trained inoffense. Families for
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  • generations are expert atoffense. They'll be offended at
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  • everything from what you say,from how you tilt your head, to
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  • not shaking their hand, to whatyou don't invite them to, what
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  • you do invite them to. There arepeople who have lived and been
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  • raised up in offense and it hasgone generational. And after 40
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  • years of preaching and I'vewatched families. I have watched
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  • whole family disintegrate whenGod's desire is that every
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  • generation become stronger andgreater and bigger numerically,
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  • financially. I mean,spiritually, emotionally better.
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  • I want my kids be better ateverything that I do. So this is
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  • a huge topic. It is what isdestroying the body of Christ.
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  • And when you are presented atrap, it is when someone sins
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  • against you, someone offenseyou, someone hurts you. Don't
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  • think for a minute it's aboutthat sin. It's about that
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  • person's sin. You are beingbaited and the bait is the
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  • trigger of that trap. You know,I helped an old trapper when I
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  • turned 12 on his trap lines. Hejust needed someone to help
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  • mount and he taught me conibeartraps, leg traps, all the
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  • different kinds of traps, snaresand there's always a trigger.
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  • And once you hit that trigger,bam! That snap. It just poof!
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  • The trap is finished. And it'slike my straps, you know. Bear
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  • traps are horrid things. If aman steps into a bear trap,
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  • you'll never open it. In fact,you probably die because the
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  • blood lose would be brutal. Thattrap gets you and holds you. It
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  • keeps you there. And everyone ofus including me, this is the
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  • thing I will need to be veryaware of the rest of my life.
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  • That when someone sins againstme, trespasses against me,
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  • passes a boundary on me, hurtsme emotionally, takes away from
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  • me, sins against me. That's notthe worst thing that's about to
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  • happen. The worst thing that'sabout to happen is my response.
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  • And if I reach out and I grabthe bait of offense, skandalon,
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  • I will live in a place that isbad. People who live in offense
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  • are people who have a hard timegetting God's promises to happen
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  • in their life. They can grow inthe Word here. They can learn
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  • the Word. They can be verysmart, very intelligent. They
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  • can regurgitate the Word. Theyjust can't get it to happen in
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  • their lives. Relationships inpeople who have learned to live
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  • in offense and have never dealtwith it, their relationships
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  • will never prosper. This peopleusually have lousy marriages,
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  • kids who wanna leave and get ajob some place else. They won't
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  • have friends because they'vealways got a reason. That
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  • friends just hurt me, friendsjust do this, friends just do
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  • that, meaning that they're soeasily offended. I'm offended.
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  • That to have a relationship withthem is to live in that constant
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  • offense. So people find iteasier to declare them in their
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  • own mind not a safe person andthey're not. There are people
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  • today I will not hang out with,who I used to hang out with
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  • because I cannot afford theconstant non-stopping offense
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  • that they have, and they triedto bring it into my life.
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  • They're offended at that personnow they want me on their side.
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  • And on and on this list it goes.Experiencing love from someone
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  • who lives in offense isimpossible. They don't know how
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  • to feel and sense love. You canlove them til the cows come home
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  • and they'll never experiencelove because they live in
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  • offense. They'll never be ableto show love to the degree they
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  • want to because love is aforeign concept unless it's
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  • earned, unless you stay out ofall the triggers for their
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  • offense. It will becomegenerational. You will train
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  • your kids to be offended and youwonder why they don't have great
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  • friendships, why they don't havegreat marriages, homes. Entire
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  • people groups can live inoffense. There are nations that
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  • have been done bad against byanother nation and some of the
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  • leaders of that nation will turnthe entire nation into a place
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  • of anger, to be offended at themthinking they're causing
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  • everyone to rise up. Manypoliticians will try to get
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  • offense to take place in theirTV commercials. Get you offended
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  • about something because thenthey can rally people around
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  • them. And it's easy for leadersto rally people around offense
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  • and almost every politician, notall, almost will do that and
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  • what they don't realize is thatthey'll turn in a second against
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  • them when they have an offensethere because they're learning
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  • to live in offense wholenations, whole people groups.
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  • Yet John 10:10 says that Jesussaid I am come that you might
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  • have life, and that you mighthave life more abundantly. He
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  • talks about a peace that passesunderstanding, a joy that is
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  • unspeakable and full of glory, alove that is so incredible that
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  • people live in this love, showthis love, enjoy this love. And
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  • over the years I've seen entirefamilies just grow and I watched
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  • his kids rise up and serve Godand marry with wisdom. They have
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  • kids and generation aftergeneration. These generational
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  • blessings follow them becausethey've learned this skill. Your
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  • marriage, your family will notsurvive. It will not be what God
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  • has called it to be if you donot understand how the enemy is
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  • trying to tempt you to take thebait. Hebrews 12:15 says,
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  • "Exercise foresight, be on thewatch to look after one another,
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  • to see that no one falls back,fails to secure God's grace His
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  • unmerited favor and spiritualblessing, in order that no root
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  • of resentment, rancor,bitterness, hatred shoots forth
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  • and causes trouble and bittertorment, and the many become
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  • contaminated and defiled by it."There's nothing worse than an
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  • offended Christian. They'respiritually alive. They know how
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  • to take God's Word and twist it.They know how to make you feel
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  • guilty. They know how to makeyou feel whatever and everything
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  • around them begins to becomecontaminated. We must be trained
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  • by God's Word. We must have arelationship with Jesus so that
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  • we can discern between good andevil. "Well, Leon. That's easy."
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  • No, it's not evil. I mean, no,it's not easy. So many people
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  • will see something happen tothem and think they have a
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  • right. This person has sinagainst me. I have a right.
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  • Listen, Jesus taught us that thesins that you remit or that you
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  • let go of, are let go of. Thesins that you hang on to. I'm
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  • sorry. They're hanged on to. Andit's not that person sin. It's
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  • you. That person sinned againstyou. They hurt you. And if you
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  • would have just let it go andforgiven, it would have been
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  • okay. But instead, instead, yougot offended and now you're in
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  • the trap. You'll needsupernatural power to get out.
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  • You'll never grow a businessthat will last. Anyone can grow
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  • and succeed for a while. Theissue is how long can you do it.
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  • Anybody can be a Hollywood star.How many of them can last very
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  • long? Anyone can have lots ofmoney. Will it last to different
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  • problems? Will it last marriageissues and divorces and
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  • lawsuits? I mean, success in itslittle short bubble anyone seems
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  • to be able to have it in certainareas. But the Bible promises
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  • success where the blessing ofthe Lord maketh rich in every
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  • area of your life and there isno sorrow added to it. This is
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  • the promise that we need in ourgenerations and in our families.
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  • The Bible says very clearly inHebrews 5, if you're taking
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  • notes, 12 to 14. It talks to usabout growing up. It says, "For
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  • even though by this time youought to be teaching others."
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  • See, every one of you here, thereason you should be learning
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  • the Word, getting here takingnotes, buying those CDs, and
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  • getting when you did. It'sbecause you are called to teach
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  • others. Leon, you're thepreacher. No, no, no. You got to
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  • teach your spouse. You got toteach others. You got to look
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  • after your kids, your grandkids.The people that ask you, you
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  • know, for the hope that lieswithin you. You got to have
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  • answers. So, for even though bythe time you ought to be
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  • teaching others, you actuallyneed someone to teach you over
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  • again the very first principlesof God's Word. You have come to
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  • need milk, not solid food. Mydad and mom are pastors. My dad
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  • went to be with Jesus a fewyears ago. He had a saying, it's
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  • helped me a lot. He said, "Idon't mind bottle feeding
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  • Christians. I just don't likeparting their whiskers to get
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  • the bottle in." In other words,when you've been in God's Word
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  • for any length of time, there'sgot to be a maturity that rises
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  • up within you. He says, foreveryone who continues to feed
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  • on milk is inexperienced,unskilled in the doctrine of
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  • righteousness, of conformity tothe divine will, in purpose,
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  • thought, action. He is saying,you won't understand
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  • righteousness or get it to work.You won't know God's divine
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  • will, His divine purposes. Youwon't walk in His thoughts. You
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  • won't get His actions to go inyour life because you're just a
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  • mere infant. How long have youknown Jesus? How well have you
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  • studied His Word? Study to showyourself approved unto God.
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  • There's so much to learn, toequip yourself with, your
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  • families, your kids, yourgenerations. Verse 14, "But
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  • solid food is for full-grownmen." They use the word men
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  • interchangeably for men andwomen. "For those whose senses
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  • and mental faculties are trainedby practice to discriminate and
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  • distinguish between what ismorally good and noble and what
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  • is evil and contrary either todivine or human law." Satan's
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  • best trap against you is to getyou offended. Offended
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  • Christians feel like they have aright to be offended. You never
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  • have a right to be offended.Offense was not in the garden
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  • until they fell. It was not apart of human psyche, human
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  • interrelationships. Offense issomething that is demonic.
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  • Offense is something the enemyhas brought into this world. And
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  • when you mess with offense orwhen you take the bait and you
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  • get offended, he has got you.And the Bible very clearly says
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  • he's trapped you. 2 Timothy2:24, "The servant of the Lord
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  • must not be quarrelsome,fighting, contending. Instead,
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  • he must be kindly to everyone,mild-tempered preserving the
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  • bond of peace. He must be askilled and suitable teacher."
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  • Okay. He must be, and this isevery servant of the Lord. You
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  • are all to be skilled atteaching God's Word to people
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  • around you. It says, you must bepatient, forbearing, willing to
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  • suffer wrong. Verse 25, "He mustcorrect his opponents with
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  • courtesy, gentleness, in thehope that God may grant that
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  • they will repent and come toknow the Truth that they will
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  • perceive and recognize andbecome accurately acquainted
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  • with and acknowledge it, andthat they may come to their
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  • senses and escape out of thesnare of the devil, having been
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  • held captive by him, henceforthto do His will." The Bible says
  • 00:13:49.177 --> 00:13:54.749
  • in James, they have become afountain that now spews out
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  • bitter water. In the decadesthat I've been preaching, I had
  • 00:13:58.686 --> 00:14:02.557
  • the opportunity to see does theWord work in families,
  • 00:14:02.590 --> 00:14:06.427
  • marriages, homes. And like Isaid, I have seen whole families
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  • and generations deteriorate andjust break up. I've seen others,
  • 00:14:10.531 --> 00:14:13.701
  • you know, that doesn't mean theyhaven't had problems. Every
  • 00:14:13.735 --> 00:14:16.437
  • family had seasons where thingsare gonna attack you. The Bible
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  • says that offenses are coming.You know, you live in a real
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  • world. If you've got a business,someone working for you is gonna
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  • want it or go start their own.If you know, if you've got
  • 00:14:27.248 --> 00:14:29.951
  • friends, someone will becomejealous and envious and talk
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  • about you and try to hurt yourreputation. So we've got to
  • 00:14:32.487 --> 00:14:36.124
  • learn to deal with our prideabout God's Word. Some people
  • 00:14:36.157 --> 00:14:40.561
  • don't know how to sit and removetheir pride and just go, "Teach
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  • me." You see, if somebody has tobe perfect and you have to agree
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  • 100% with them before you gonnalisten to them. You're never
  • 00:14:49.771 --> 00:14:52.273
  • gonna change. You can listen toa young preacher. You can listen
  • 00:14:52.307 --> 00:14:55.710
  • to a preacher from a differentdenomination that doesn't get
  • 00:14:55.743 --> 00:14:57.946
  • what we get. If you will listen,Holy Spirit will teach you
  • 00:14:57.979 --> 00:15:01.082
  • something every time. It'sinteresting. I'll get done
  • 00:15:01.115 --> 00:15:03.685
  • church service and people willshake my hand. I get this quite
  • 00:15:03.718 --> 00:15:06.154
  • a bit. Sorry if you're here but,they'll say, "That was a great
  • 00:15:06.187 --> 00:15:09.290
  • message pastor. It was a goodreminder. It was a good
  • 00:15:09.324 --> 00:15:12.226
  • reminder." Now, what they'resaying is, "You taught me
  • 00:15:12.260 --> 00:15:14.228
  • nothing. I knew this already.But I'm glad. It's a reminder."
  • 00:15:14.262 --> 00:15:17.899
  • And they sat there, and listenedand Holy Spirit didn't have the
  • 00:15:17.932 --> 00:15:20.802
  • ability to teach them anythingnew. I wonder whose problem that
  • 00:15:20.835 --> 00:15:23.471
  • is. Galatians chapter 5 talksabout people like this. Listen
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  • to some of the symptoms and I'mgonna do about half of them. It
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  • says here that then people whoare self-centered, selfish,
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  • fleshly which doesn't mean adifferent nature. It just means
  • 00:15:41.255 --> 00:15:43.791
  • they can be born again, have thenature of Christ but their brain
  • 00:15:43.825 --> 00:15:46.761
  • is focused on self-centeredfleshly stuff. It says here that
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  • they will be hateful people,hostile, and antagonistic.
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  • They're always making trouble.It says here that they're always
  • 00:15:55.269 --> 00:15:58.072
  • sowing discord. There's strifeeverywhere they go. They're
  • 00:15:58.106 --> 00:16:01.109
  • always jealous of people whosucceed rather than do it
  • 00:16:01.142 --> 00:16:03.511
  • yourselves. They're angry. Theyhave rage. Rage is when you,
  • 00:16:03.544 --> 00:16:07.749
  • it's uncontrolled anger.Everybody's got anger. The Bible
  • 00:16:07.782 --> 00:16:10.518
  • says be angry and sin not. I'vegot the ability to be angery and
  • 00:16:10.551 --> 00:16:13.154
  • people don't wanna see it. So Iusually can control it. But rage
  • 00:16:13.187 --> 00:16:17.458
  • is when you can't control it.It's just explodes up everywhere
  • 00:16:17.492 --> 00:16:21.029
  • and no one wants to be aroundyou because you are an
  • 00:16:21.062 --> 00:16:23.531
  • uncontrolled angry person. Thenit talks about this kind of
  • 00:16:23.564 --> 00:16:27.368
  • people. They're selfish. Whenyou're selfish, there's always
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  • rivalries going on around you.You make people angry with each
  • 00:16:30.038 --> 00:16:35.376
  • other. Not only that you can getpeople, but you'll can make
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  • people angry, like a whisperingit separates cheap friends. It
  • 00:16:38.046 --> 00:16:40.882
  • could cause dissensions,divisions among people,
  • 00:16:40.915 --> 00:16:43.985
  • factions. And then it goes ontalking about sex parties,
  • 00:16:44.018 --> 00:16:46.721
  • drunkenness, alcohol. Christiansare capable going on in all
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  • these directions. But the churchof Jesus Christ if we are
  • 00:16:49.590 --> 00:16:52.827
  • maturing in the Word, then weought to be able to deal with
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  • this issue of offense. Do notget offended. According to the
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  • Word, offended people are alwaystwo things. They're always proud
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  • and they're always victims. Evernotice that? And try to put this
  • 00:17:05.339 --> 00:17:10.411
  • two together. This pride andthen they're victims. All
  • 00:17:10.445 --> 00:17:18.352
  • offended people fall into twocategories. Those who have been
  • 00:17:18.386 --> 00:17:21.956
  • treated unjustly and those whothink they have been treated
  • 00:17:21.989 --> 00:17:27.195
  • unjustly and they don't have theright information. Okay, either
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  • way you have no right to beoffended. And when you get
  • 00:17:32.300 --> 00:17:36.137
  • offended, you are now in thetrap of Satan. You are doing his
  • 00:17:36.170 --> 00:17:40.208
  • bidding. You are living out anddestroying the things around
  • 00:17:40.241 --> 00:17:43.277
  • you, instead of growing. I can'tmake this look evil enough for
  • 00:17:43.311 --> 00:17:46.414
  • you. We think evil is the sinthat was perpetuated against
  • 00:17:46.447 --> 00:17:49.550
  • you. You know, as a young pastoryears ago. You know, now that I
  • 00:17:49.584 --> 00:17:53.154
  • got older and I got a few greyhair is less, but it never
  • 00:17:53.187 --> 00:17:56.858
  • stops. There's always somebodytaking you on. Always someone
  • 00:17:56.891 --> 00:18:00.061
  • lying about you. Always someonetaking you down, backstabbing
  • 00:18:00.094 --> 00:18:03.431
  • you. I mean, I have deaththreats and attempts. You name
  • 00:18:03.464 --> 00:18:05.833
  • it. It's always somebody andit's the talking and it's the
  • 00:18:05.867 --> 00:18:08.402
  • people who love you and saidthey were with you and then they
  • 00:18:08.436 --> 00:18:10.938
  • and boy, there're so manychances to get offended. And I
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  • had to learn this simple, isthis in fact very profound these
  • 00:18:14.976 --> 00:18:18.513
  • three services because I had tolearn. Let it go. Let it go. Let
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  • it go. Isn't there a kid's song,Let It Go? All the mom saying,
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  • "Yeah!" Let it go. Do not makethat so important that you
  • 00:18:27.021 --> 00:18:31.592
  • internalize it because you'regonna have opportunities every
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  • day to be offended. And thegreatest offenses will come from
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  • the people you love the mostbecause you're opening your
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  • heart to your spouse this wide,to your parents, your kids, your
  • 00:18:42.837 --> 00:18:46.908
  • sons-in-law, daughters-in-law.And when your heart, to whom
  • 00:18:46.941 --> 00:18:49.410
  • your heart is open up wide to inlove, can be opened up that wide
  • 00:18:49.443 --> 00:18:53.381
  • too in hate. The people who hatethe most usually come out of a
  • 00:18:53.414 --> 00:18:58.519
  • relationship where they haveloved so openly and have never
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  • developed the skill of keepingoffense out of the relationship.
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  • And so we must, whether it is ajust, whether someone has
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  • treated you poor and you thinkyou have the right or not.
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  • Offense is not what you want.Offense is a stronghold and it
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  • controls you. I believe, and Ican prove it to you if I took
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  • another three hours and justgive you verse after verse. I
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  • believe that when the enemy getsyou offended, that you are now
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  • in his control. All of thesymptoms and the adjectives that
  • 00:19:29.850 --> 00:19:33.554
  • the Bible talks about do notcome from heaven. They do not
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  • come from the blessing. They'reall in the curse side and it
  • 00:19:35.990 --> 00:19:39.060
  • doesn't mean the curse has theright to come against you. It
  • 00:19:39.093 --> 00:19:41.395
  • just means that all sorts ofstuff begins to mess up your
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  • life. In Proverbs 18:19 saysthis, "A brother offended is
  • 00:19:45.099 --> 00:19:53.407
  • harder to be won over than astrong city, Proverbs 18:19, and
  • 00:19:53.441 --> 00:20:00.314
  • their contentions separate themlike the bars of a castle." When
  • 00:20:00.348 --> 00:20:06.621
  • you deal with somebody that youknow or that you love, and they
  • 00:20:06.654 --> 00:20:10.157
  • are offended, and they've takenthe bait, okay. You will not be
  • 00:20:10.191 --> 00:20:16.564
  • able to change their heart. Soif you have to do something. If
  • 00:20:16.597 --> 00:20:19.900
  • you actually did something, thenask for forgiveness. If you
  • 00:20:19.934 --> 00:20:25.206
  • haven't done anything, stopchasing them around like a
  • 00:20:25.239 --> 00:20:29.510
  • chicken with your head choppedoff trying to win them back, win
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  • them back. If they're offended,then they made a mistake of
  • 00:20:32.079 --> 00:20:34.882
  • taking that offense. They'vestepped into the offense.
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  • They've taken the bait,skandalon. They are trapped by
  • 00:20:37.151 --> 00:20:40.087
  • the enemy not by you. You havedone nothing. And even if you
  • 00:20:40.121 --> 00:20:43.024
  • did do something, that they werestill forbidden to be offended.
  • 00:20:43.057 --> 00:20:47.995
  • I have watched people justsucked up to people and chasing
  • 00:20:48.029 --> 00:20:50.264
  • them around their whole livestrying to make up for what. You
  • 00:20:50.298 --> 00:20:53.467
  • do not have the ability tooffend me. Offense is not
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  • something you can give me.Offense is something I create
  • 00:20:56.971 --> 00:20:59.540
  • and take. Immature Christiansare the ones who get offended. I
  • 00:20:59.573 --> 00:21:05.012
  • don't care if you've beenserving God for 40 years. You
  • 00:21:05.046 --> 00:21:08.149
  • get offended, you're immature.You're immature. Immature
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  • Christians will stay offendedtheir entire life. Every
  • 00:21:13.154 --> 00:21:15.990
  • relationship that gets aroundthem can get contaminated so you
  • 00:21:16.023 --> 00:21:18.426
  • gotta be careful about pickingup their offense because they'll
  • 00:21:18.459 --> 00:21:20.961
  • tell you about somebody aroundthem and get you offended
  • 00:21:20.995 --> 00:21:23.631
  • against them, too. I made adecision in my life and that is
  • 00:21:23.664 --> 00:21:26.667
  • you can't turn me againstanybody. I will meet them, and I
  • 00:21:26.701 --> 00:21:30.438
  • will judge them on my -, I don'tneed your judgment. I will meet
  • 00:21:30.471 --> 00:21:34.141
  • them, and I will decide onwhat's going on because there's
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  • always somebody who's gotsomething to say about another
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  • person. And churches had becomecesspools in many cases of
  • 00:21:38.746 --> 00:21:42.083
  • people with no ability todevelop relationships and they
  • 00:21:42.116 --> 00:21:46.454
  • stay immature. If you don'tteach them how, you get offense.
  • 00:21:46.487 --> 00:21:50.024
  • Once you got offense, you got awhole church place. You got a
  • 00:21:50.057 --> 00:21:52.026
  • whole problem. I mean, familiesand husbands and wives. You said
  • 00:21:52.059 --> 00:21:55.029
  • this about my wife and a manjust rises up. You did what in
  • 00:21:55.062 --> 00:21:57.665
  • my family and my kid. God Lordit's a mess. And so to teach,
  • 00:21:57.698 --> 00:22:03.070
  • there's a place of rest. There'sa place of peace. There's a
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  • place of maturity. There's aplace for God's Word works.
  • 00:22:07.408 --> 00:22:12.346
  • There's a place where you cangrow up and just back away. And
  • 00:22:12.380 --> 00:22:16.117
  • when people sin against you ortry to get you involved in an
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  • offense that you refuse. Andwhen you do it, you just do it
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  • in a loving way and say, "Hey,bro, I love you both. And, you
  • 00:22:22.790 --> 00:22:25.860
  • know, I don't even know what'swrong with them, but I know that
  • 00:22:25.893 --> 00:22:28.329
  • just going by stacks there'll besomething wrong with both of
  • 00:22:28.362 --> 00:22:30.831
  • you, so I just opt out. There'ssomething wrong with me. And so
  • 00:22:30.865 --> 00:22:35.536
  • we can always work on this aslong as we stay out of offense.
  • 00:22:35.569 --> 00:22:38.305
  • But to get into offense isallows Satan to get involved in
  • 00:22:38.339 --> 00:22:40.941
  • my generations, my health, everyarea of my life, finances,
  • 00:22:40.975 --> 00:22:44.311
  • etcetera and so I refuse. I'llpray for you. I love you." And,
  • 00:22:44.345 --> 00:22:48.182
  • you know, these kinds of thingsare crucial to the body of
  • 00:22:48.215 --> 00:22:52.119
  • Christ. Jesus has so much to sayabout things like getting
  • 00:22:52.153 --> 00:22:55.990
  • involved in the offense ofanother. That, you know, that
  • 00:22:56.023 --> 00:22:59.160
  • you gossip. Why is that listedwith murder? Because you can
  • 00:22:59.193 --> 00:23:03.564
  • kill somebody, or you can murderthat relationship, so they're
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  • finished for the rest of theirlives of having a relationship.
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  • That's the thing that we say,the words. We can drive people
  • 00:23:10.337 --> 00:23:13.808
  • to offense. We can say thingsthat bring offense. When we're
  • 00:23:13.841 --> 00:23:16.877
  • offended, we contaminate peoplewith our offense. I opted out.
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  • And boy, do I have to work atit. So if I have to work at it,
  • 00:23:21.816 --> 00:23:25.986
  • you know, maybe a lot of you arebetter than me. But I still
  • 00:23:26.020 --> 00:23:28.989
  • think you're gonna have to workat it. You're gonna have to know
  • 00:23:29.023 --> 00:23:31.525
  • this and every time someone hurtyou, sins against you, comes
  • 00:23:31.559 --> 00:23:34.562
  • against you. You're gonna haveto make a decision that I'm not,
  • 00:23:34.595 --> 00:23:37.932
  • I'm not. I'm letting it go. I'mnot gonna, you know, you can
  • 00:23:37.965 --> 00:23:41.202
  • grab. Say this is boiling waterthat is just poured into this
  • 00:23:41.235 --> 00:23:44.438
  • cup and I grab. The Bible saysthat offense is you hold on to
  • 00:23:44.472 --> 00:23:48.676
  • it. Now, you're burning. Jesusheal me. Oh, take the pain away.
  • 00:23:48.709 --> 00:23:53.614
  • Take the pain away. Take thepain away. Let go. It hurt so
  • 00:23:53.647 --> 00:23:59.420
  • much. Jesus, help me. Let go!How much in our lives are we
  • 00:23:59.453 --> 00:24:04.258
  • gonna hang on to as offense?
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  • to be directed by God. So manypeople want formulas, so many
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