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  • Hey everybody, we wanted to invite you into our home
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  • at Living Proof Ministries
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  • because you have invited us into yours so many times.
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  • We live and breathe for one primary thing at Living Proof
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  • and that is to see people come to love the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • with everything in them through the study of his Word,
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  • to love God's Word, to live on God's Word.
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  • That is the greatest joy on earth to us.
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  • Every time I speak now,
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  • I know that ultimately that particular message
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  • is going to come around to our program,
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  • and I could have people like you
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  • on the other side of that screen.
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  • And so, I want you to know I think about you
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  • every single time I teach now, and you are so important to us.
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  • As we flip the calendar to a brand-new year,
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  • I wonder if you would consider coming alongside us
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  • at Living Proof and partnering with us
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  • through a yearend gift.
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  • We would pray to be such good stewards of it,
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  • and it would go such a long way with eternal results, we pray,
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  • that God would bring forth fruitfulness from it
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  • in the lives of people as they seek to know him,
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  • and to do his will.
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  • Listen, we could not possibly do it without donors like you,
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  • so we are so grateful for your help.
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  • Thank you so much.
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  • One thing that's beautiful about having to face up
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  • with our inadequacies is just like,
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  • "I am inadequate, hallelujah."
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  • There's something there just to go, I really,
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  • I actually am for the thing I was born to do,
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  • I actually am not adequate to do it.
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  • That's the miracle of it.
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  • So, it's kind of saying back to the enemy,
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  • "I agree with you. I am inadequate."
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  • And then all of a sudden, it turns back around,
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  • but my God is completely adequate,
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  • and he has made me competent in him.
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  • Tonight, as we open up our Bibles,
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  • I want you to approach it
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  • like it is nothing else on this earth.
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  • You will never hold anything in your hands,
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  • nothing that you can hold in your physical grasp
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  • that is like the Word of God,
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  • nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing.
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  • The only thing that would be more sacred to us
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  • would be to hang on to Christ himself
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  • in a real life tangible form, to grab on to him
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  • with everything we got, and that day is coming.
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  • Until then, what you hold in your hands
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  • is unlike anything else.
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  • I promise you this, he wants you to love his Son
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  • with everything you've got more than anything
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  • you could see, touch, or somehow encounter
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  • in a physical, tangible way on this earth,
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  • and he wants you to love his Word.
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  • So, I ask you tonight, are you praying for that
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  • which you feel like you so lack in the spirit?
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  • You think, "I just don't have that kind of--"
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  • Start praying for it,
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  • and I mean every day of your life
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  • until you begin to get it.
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  • And then when you get it, you pray to keep it
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  • and you ask God to increase it.
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  • You ask him to thrill you with the study of his Word,
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  • and you watch and you see what will happen.
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  • This happens in bits and pieces where all of a sudden
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  • you start sitting up and looking at it
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  • and thinking, what does that mean?
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  • And then you look at this verse over here
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  • in the Old Testament,
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  • it goes with this verse over here in the New Testament.
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  • You go, "Okay, now wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.
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  • That is brilliant."
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  • And it starts coming to life.
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  • It's not anything that natural human flesh and blood can do.
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  • The exhilaration of studying his Word,
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  • as a person that is flooded, infused with the Spirit,
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  • is something only God can do.
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  • Ask him for it.
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  • Do not sit back and just think that that's always
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  • for somebody else.
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  • That is yours.
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  • It is your birthright in Christ to enjoy Jesus
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  • and to enjoy his Word.
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  • With that in mind, would you turn with me
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  • to 2 Corinthians chapter 3:1 through 6?
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  • "Are we beginning to commend ourselves again?"
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  • The Apostle Paul asks.
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  • "Or do we need, like some, letters of recommendation
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  • "to you or from you?
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  • "You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts,
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  • "known and read by everyone.
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  • "You show that you are Christ's letter,
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  • "delivered by us, not written with ink
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  • "but with the Spirit of the living God--not
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  • "on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
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  • "Such is the confidence we have through Christ
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  • "before God.
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  • "It is not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything
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  • "as coming from ourselves,
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  • "but our adequacy is from God.
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  • "He has made us competent
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  • "to be ministers of a new covenant,
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  • "not of the letter, but of the Spirit.
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  • For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
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  • Now, as we open up into the third chapter
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  • of 2 Corinthians,
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  • we're coming into the middle of a context
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  • that needs a little bit of explanation
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  • because he is really having to express,
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  • through this letter, his own legitimacy as an apostle
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  • because they have gotten a little irritated with him
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  • about some things.
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  • And so, he's having to remind them,
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  • as they are having some false teachers
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  • move into their midst bringing a kind of a gospel
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  • that is not the true gospel, and they're getting infiltrated
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  • by all sorts of trouble, and cardinality,
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  • and just new,
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  • just new in the faith and it's always messy.
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  • He's coming in to remind them,
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  • "Listen, my legitimacy comes from God himself.
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  • It does not come from anything in me."
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  • And I gotta tell you something.
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  • This is true.
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  • What he is dealing with then is just as true
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  • in many of our Christian environments today
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  • in that there is this attitude,
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  • very often that we have to be very careful of
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  • as a flock of believers, as a congregation.
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  • But I'm gonna tell you one of the things
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  • that happens very often to leaders.
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  • I'm thinking, pastors, ministers,
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  • I'm thinking people that head up all manner
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  • of ministry that serves a group of people.
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  • Very often, it goes like this, "If you don't do what we want
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  • you to do, then you must not be who we thought you to be."
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  • There's this kind of pressure that, "well, then you must not
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  • "be who we thought you were
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  • "because we thought you understood
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  • that you do what we say."
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  • Am I ringing anybody's bell here?
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  • This carnal spirit of manipulation
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  • is just as alive and well
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  • in the church today, and it was part
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  • of what was going on when he was writing this letter,
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  • this kind of, "You can either do what pleases me,
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  • or I will stain your credibility."
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  • And listen, that's a serious game,
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  • a serious game.
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  • And they were playing it, and they were playing it
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  • with everything they had.
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  • Now, it begins, this third chapter,
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  • remember with me or maybe this is new to you.
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  • I always love to have somebody brand new in the Scriptures
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  • that does not know this kind of thing.
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  • When you see a chapter break,
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  • those were not inspired originally in the text.
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  • Those were added for order.
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  • So, we see a third chapter so I can say to you turn
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  • to 2 Corinthians and the 3rd chapter,
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  • and I'm gonna begin reading at verse 1.
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  • "Or do we need, like some, letters of recommendation
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  • to you or from you?"
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  • Now, this is familiar to us because what was very common
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  • in the ancient Roman world is really essentially
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  • the same thing that we understand it to be now,
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  • which is that if we were looking for a job,
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  • we would hope to have letters of recommendation.
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  • Perhaps the potential employer would say,
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  • "I'm going to need recommendation,
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  • "job recommendations for you.
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  • I'm gonna need some letters where you're concerned."
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  • College entrance papers often ask
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  • for different kinds of recommendations.
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  • He's asking them that very thing.
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  • And so, what he's saying to them is,
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  • "Are you kidding me?
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  • "You are my letter of recommendation.
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  • That you exist," was what he was telling them,
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  • "is proof that God has worked miraculously
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  • in this congregation."
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  • He said, "God's done--" I'm putting it in my own words,
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  • "a miracle among us,
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  • "and that is the letter of recommendation.
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  • "You yourself are proof.
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  • "You are the proof of the transforming work
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  • of the Spirit."
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  • Now, I'm gonna tell you something,
  • 00:09:15.170 --> 00:09:16.280
  • and we're gonna see this throughout our texts,
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  • but I want to go ahead and give you the idea now
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  • so that it just continues to marinate
  • 00:09:22.200 --> 00:09:25.010
  • throughout our time together
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  • because we're going to see,
  • 00:09:27.000 --> 00:09:28.220
  • hit hard in this chapter of Scripture,
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  • that there is one primary way
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  • that the Holy Spirit reveals himself,
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  • one primary way overwhelmingly,
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  • that the Holy Spirit reveals himself individually,
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  • and also corporately, and it will not change.
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  • And the beauty of it is, the irony of it is,
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  • it is change.
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  • That transformation is the number-one way
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  • that the Holy Spirit surfaces, transformation,
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  • that he changes us.
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  • He changes us.
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  • That when he's at work in a congregation,
  • 00:10:06.000 --> 00:10:08.060
  • he is changing people in that congregation.
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  • When he's at work, when he's truly such a part
  • 00:10:11.090 --> 00:10:15.050
  • of a gathering in a class of believers,
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  • how he surfaces most powerfully is through changed lives.
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  • It is a changed life that is the best letter
  • 00:10:26.060 --> 00:10:28.290
  • of recommendation
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  • that will ever be read in the church.
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  • That's what people are looking for.
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  • When there's no other excuse, except that God must be God
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  • because people in your workplace knew you to be like this
  • 00:10:39.140 --> 00:10:42.170
  • and you are now like this.
  • 00:10:42.180 --> 00:10:44.260
  • Anybody know what I'm talking about?
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  • It's transformation.
  • 00:10:46.150 --> 00:10:48.070
  • Now, I want to say something to you
  • 00:10:48.080 --> 00:10:49.260
  • because I'm not sure that ministers or pastors
  • 00:10:49.270 --> 00:10:53.290
  • always even know when there has been a dramatic change
  • 00:10:54.000 --> 00:10:58.270
  • in their congregation because so much
  • 00:10:58.280 --> 00:11:01.280
  • of what our pastors or our leadership ever get
  • 00:11:01.290 --> 00:11:05.060
  • by way of email, happy people rarely write.
  • 00:11:05.070 --> 00:11:09.290
  • It's the truth. It's a sad thing, isn't it?
  • 00:11:10.000 --> 00:11:12.210
  • But it's the truth.
  • 00:11:12.220 --> 00:11:14.010
  • It's always they literally hit Monday morning
  • 00:11:14.020 --> 00:11:17.160
  • with their inbox.
  • 00:11:17.170 --> 00:11:19.040
  • I mean, they're just ready.
  • 00:11:19.050 --> 00:11:20.290
  • They're ready 'cause they didn't like something on Sunday,
  • 00:11:21.000 --> 00:11:24.120
  • Monday morning, boom, boom.
  • 00:11:24.130 --> 00:11:27.150
  • I mean, they have worked themselves to death on Sunday,
  • 00:11:27.160 --> 00:11:31.010
  • and then here's what they get on Monday morning.
  • 00:11:31.020 --> 00:11:33.200
  • But here's what I want to say to you,
  • 00:11:33.210 --> 00:11:35.140
  • and this is what ever environment you might be in.
  • 00:11:35.150 --> 00:11:40.200
  • If you know in that environment--I'm
  • 00:11:40.210 --> 00:11:42.110
  • gonna tell you something.
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  • My life has been changed here.
  • 00:11:43.220 --> 00:11:45.020
  • The Holy Spirit has so--I'm telling you,
  • 00:11:45.030 --> 00:11:47.290
  • I am not who I was.
  • 00:11:48.000 --> 00:11:50.170
  • I have been marked in this congregation,
  • 00:11:50.180 --> 00:11:53.170
  • in this small group,
  • 00:11:53.180 --> 00:11:55.040
  • in this particular sphere of influence.
  • 00:11:55.050 --> 00:11:58.100
  • I've been changed here.
  • 00:11:58.110 --> 00:11:59.270
  • Let someone know because sometimes the leadership
  • 00:11:59.280 --> 00:12:04.090
  • is going, "I wonder if anybody's changing."
  • 00:12:04.100 --> 00:12:07.050
  • Because we know that there's no way
  • 00:12:07.060 --> 00:12:10.110
  • to fake the real work of the Spirit,
  • 00:12:10.120 --> 00:12:14.050
  • that it's not numbers, it's transformation.
  • 00:12:14.060 --> 00:12:18.160
  • It will still be that way as long as this world endures,
  • 00:12:18.170 --> 00:12:24.040
  • that there's still people that the Holy Spirit is after,
  • 00:12:24.050 --> 00:12:28.110
  • still people that are the priority
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  • of the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:12:31.030 --> 00:12:33.140
  • It is not platforms. It is not projects.
  • 00:12:33.150 --> 00:12:36.000
  • The point of all ministry is people.
  • 00:12:36.010 --> 00:12:40.000
  • I want to say that again, the point of all ministry
  • 00:12:40.010 --> 00:12:43.220
  • is people.
  • 00:12:43.230 --> 00:12:45.110
  • And so, he is most seen
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  • when we are most changed.
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  • Selena, I'm excited to talk about
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  • this month's Living Proof offer.
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  • It's a storybook and friends, this one part,
  • 00:12:57.200 --> 00:13:00.170
  • it gripped my heart because it helped me to see
  • 00:13:00.180 --> 00:13:03.280
  • my story and one of the greatest stories ever told.
  • 00:13:03.290 --> 00:13:07.210
  • And I've seen just how much it moves people
  • 00:13:07.220 --> 00:13:10.110
  • every time Beth shares it.
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  • Let's take a quick peek.
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  • I'm writing a story worth telling
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  • with your life intertwined in mine.
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  • It will have all the elements that make the story rich,
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  • hopes and dreams and what seems to be their dashing.
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  • Oh, I see you squirming there.
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  • A little nerve wracking, isn't it?
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  • Oh, don't you worry.
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  • It's gonna be so good.
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  • Friends, Beth wrote this powerful story
  • 00:13:36.090 --> 00:13:38.130
  • with you in mind as part of the series,
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  • The Master Storyteller.
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  • I love how Jesus knows the power of a story.
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  • This book will give us a fresh reminder
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  • of how our individual stories are significant
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  • within his story.
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  • Right now, you can get the full printed storybook
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  • as our thank you for your donation.
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  • And with your book, you will also receive
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  • a free audio download of Beth reading it aloud.
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  • To get your copy, text the word "gift" to 57682.
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  • (Selena) Natalie, you know I'm getting my copy,
  • 00:14:06.290 --> 00:14:08.280
  • and I also think that this would make a fabulous gift
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  • for anyone in your life too.
  • 00:14:11.100 --> 00:14:13.080
  • Everybody needs to be reminded of how God sees them.
  • 00:14:13.090 --> 00:14:15.230
  • Yeah, so true. We'll see you next week.
  • 00:14:15.240 --> 00:14:18.120
  • And don't forget, he's writing a story worth telling
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  • with your life.
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  • I want you to look at verses 4 and 6 again,
  • 00:14:23.240 --> 00:14:26.070
  • I want to read them a second time.
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  • "Such is the confidence we have
  • 00:14:27.230 --> 00:14:29.240
  • "through Christ before God.
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:31.040
  • "It is not that we are competent in ourselves
  • 00:14:31.050 --> 00:14:33.010
  • "to claim anything as coming from ourselves,
  • 00:14:33.020 --> 00:14:35.070
  • "but our adequacy is from God.
  • 00:14:35.080 --> 00:14:37.190
  • "He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant,
  • 00:14:37.200 --> 00:14:40.250
  • "not of the letter, but of the Spirit.
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  • For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
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  • One of our deepest core fears is that of incompetency.
  • 00:14:45.290 --> 00:14:51.290
  • I read an article a couple of days ago about honeymoons
  • 00:14:52.000 --> 00:14:56.170
  • that have been absolutely ruined because one
  • 00:14:56.180 --> 00:15:01.040
  • or the other of them,
  • 00:15:01.050 --> 00:15:02.250
  • I hate to say that in this case, it was the wife both times,
  • 00:15:02.260 --> 00:15:06.130
  • but she was just absolutely bent on finding a way
  • 00:15:06.140 --> 00:15:12.040
  • to have the perfect post of her honeymoon.
  • 00:15:12.050 --> 00:15:15.290
  • Now, something, at some point we go,
  • 00:15:16.000 --> 00:15:19.210
  • okay, we have gotten really, really bizarre.
  • 00:15:19.220 --> 00:15:25.190
  • Don't you think?
  • 00:15:25.200 --> 00:15:27.210
  • That at some point we go, hmm?
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  • Who saw a day coming
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  • when our favorite pictures were of us?
  • 00:15:33.040 --> 00:15:37.060
  • Who saw that coming?
  • 00:15:37.070 --> 00:15:39.020
  • Who saw that coming?
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  • Who ever saw?
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  • Do you know it was just a few years ago
  • 00:15:41.250 --> 00:15:44.280
  • that you couldn't get a camera to turn back around to you?
  • 00:15:44.290 --> 00:15:49.200
  • I mean you, honestly, you'd have to turn the lens
  • 00:15:49.210 --> 00:15:52.040
  • like it was just like there's no way to do this.
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  • This has been a very recent development
  • 00:15:54.270 --> 00:15:58.140
  • that we are this into ourselves,
  • 00:15:58.150 --> 00:16:00.250
  • but do we feel any more adequate with all our posting?
  • 00:16:00.260 --> 00:16:05.100
  • Absolutely not.
  • 00:16:05.110 --> 00:16:06.250
  • Or, but okay, maybe our children's accomplishments
  • 00:16:06.260 --> 00:16:10.280
  • because indirectly that really reflects on us.
  • 00:16:10.290 --> 00:16:15.010
  • We're hoping people know.
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  • I mean, I hope they think I'm humble doing it,
  • 00:16:16.220 --> 00:16:19.240
  • but I also hope they go,
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  • "Man, those are good genes right there,
  • 00:16:21.170 --> 00:16:24.040
  • good genetics right there."
  • 00:16:24.050 --> 00:16:27.140
  • Overachievement, we'll use that
  • 00:16:27.150 --> 00:16:30.250
  • and maybe that will earn me a place at the table.
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  • And I've gotta tell you something,
  • 00:16:37.010 --> 00:16:39.010
  • no amount of our overachieving
  • 00:16:39.020 --> 00:16:41.190
  • will cure our natural bent toward feelings of inadequacy.
  • 00:16:41.200 --> 00:16:48.100
  • The natural heart on its own is very, very destructive
  • 00:16:48.110 --> 00:16:52.260
  • to the person.
  • 00:16:52.270 --> 00:16:54.090
  • When it's just left to its own, it will just, it will just rag
  • 00:16:54.100 --> 00:16:59.020
  • on you, and rag on you, and lie to you, and lie to you.
  • 00:16:59.030 --> 00:17:02.060
  • It's just the nature of the natural man.
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  • The Spirit of God at work in us and transforming the heart,
  • 00:17:06.260 --> 00:17:09.170
  • it becomes a whole different story.
  • 00:17:09.180 --> 00:17:11.190
  • But in our natural heart, it will turn on us
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  • over and over and over again.
  • 00:17:15.030 --> 00:17:17.030
  • And so, it never works.
  • 00:17:17.040 --> 00:17:18.270
  • No amount of overachieving ever fixes it
  • 00:17:18.280 --> 00:17:21.260
  • because it's not about activity.
  • 00:17:21.270 --> 00:17:25.170
  • So, we could live on the defensive.
  • 00:17:25.180 --> 00:17:28.020
  • That's what a lot of times we do because we get mad
  • 00:17:28.030 --> 00:17:30.220
  • at the people around us
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  • because we know they know we dropped the ball.
  • 00:17:32.030 --> 00:17:35.100
  • And so, we're mad at them
  • 00:17:35.110 --> 00:17:36.260
  • because we need to make it their fault we dropped the ball.
  • 00:17:36.270 --> 00:17:41.170
  • So, if I am incompetent in this area and you're close by,
  • 00:17:41.180 --> 00:17:47.280
  • I mean, I can either blame me or I can blame you.
  • 00:17:47.290 --> 00:17:50.280
  • And depending upon my mood, I mean, I'd rather it be you.
  • 00:17:50.290 --> 00:17:55.070
  • Anybody, anybody?
  • 00:17:55.080 --> 00:17:57.100
  • It just depends.
  • 00:17:57.110 --> 00:17:58.200
  • So, we can live on the defensive.
  • 00:17:58.210 --> 00:18:00.020
  • We can give up, we can just give up.
  • 00:18:00.030 --> 00:18:02.190
  • We can just give up.
  • 00:18:02.200 --> 00:18:04.040
  • Like, "I tell you, I'm so incompetent,
  • 00:18:04.050 --> 00:18:05.280
  • "I'm not doing anything.
  • 00:18:05.290 --> 00:18:07.080
  • "I literally am not going to do anything.
  • 00:18:07.090 --> 00:18:09.240
  • I'm done with all of it."
  • 00:18:09.250 --> 00:18:11.140
  • Or we could just use it as an excuse for minimalism.
  • 00:18:11.150 --> 00:18:14.240
  • In other words, "I'm pathetic at it anyway.
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  • "I'm just gonna do the bare minimum.
  • 00:18:17.130 --> 00:18:18.250
  • Why even try?"
  • 00:18:18.260 --> 00:18:20.100
  • Does any of this sound familiar?
  • 00:18:20.110 --> 00:18:21.280
  • Anybody left out so far?
  • 00:18:21.290 --> 00:18:24.190
  • There's a reason why I recognize these things.
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  • Or shall we pursue life in the Spirit
  • 00:18:29.220 --> 00:18:33.150
  • by whom we are made competent?
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  • Hold that thought.
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  • Let that, let that just blink for a little while in the heart.
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  • Because here, here when we get to point number two,
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:47.280
  • here we're gonna recognize one diamond in the rough
  • 00:18:47.290 --> 00:18:50.180
  • in our feelings of inadequacy
  • 00:18:50.190 --> 00:18:52.280
  • because it brings us to the place of realizing,
  • 00:18:52.290 --> 00:18:56.180
  • "I was made by God for things I am incapable of doing."
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  • Oh, I'm going to say that again until somebody gets it.
  • 00:19:05.040 --> 00:19:10.200
  • You were created, the reason why you have this thing in you
  • 00:19:10.210 --> 00:19:14.230
  • that just goes, why can't I quite find it?
  • 00:19:14.240 --> 00:19:20.130
  • Because you were born for something
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  • you are incapable of doing without the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:19:23.180 --> 00:19:27.160
  • He alone can do it through you.
  • 00:19:27.170 --> 00:19:29.130
  • So, you were like, you came in to being in him
  • 00:19:29.140 --> 00:19:33.260
  • with this thing in you, this calling in you,
  • 00:19:33.270 --> 00:19:37.200
  • that you can't even do.
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  • So, if you don't, and if I don't,
  • 00:19:40.130 --> 00:19:42.170
  • find a way to understand how this all connects
  • 00:19:42.180 --> 00:19:45.180
  • with the Holy Spirit doing this through us,
  • 00:19:45.190 --> 00:19:48.140
  • then we just go on and on with this whole sense of,
  • 00:19:48.150 --> 00:19:51.220
  • "I never--I never have ever found anything
  • 00:19:51.230 --> 00:19:54.240
  • I really felt alive doing."
  • 00:19:54.250 --> 00:19:58.010
  • Well, it's your calling.
  • 00:19:58.020 --> 00:19:59.150
  • It's your calling.
  • 00:19:59.160 --> 00:20:01.030
  • And one thing that's beautiful about having to face up
  • 00:20:01.040 --> 00:20:04.050
  • with our inadequacy is just going like,
  • 00:20:04.060 --> 00:20:05.250
  • "I am inadequate, hallelujah."
  • 00:20:05.260 --> 00:20:08.040
  • There's something that just to go, really, I actually am.
  • 00:20:08.050 --> 00:20:11.220
  • For the thing I was born to do,
  • 00:20:11.230 --> 00:20:14.220
  • I actually am not adequate to do it.
  • 00:20:14.230 --> 00:20:17.270
  • That's the miracle of it.
  • 00:20:17.280 --> 00:20:19.190
  • So, it's kind of saying back to the enemy,
  • 00:20:19.200 --> 00:20:21.280
  • "I agree with you, I am inadequate."
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:26.230
  • And then all of a sudden, it turns back around,
  • 00:20:26.240 --> 00:20:29.270
  • but my God is completely adequate
  • 00:20:29.280 --> 00:20:36.090
  • and he has made me competent in him.
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  • Point number two, the most important works
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  • we will ever do in and of ourselves
  • 00:20:43.090 --> 00:20:47.070
  • we are inadequate to do.
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  • The temptation of our age
  • 00:20:50.000 --> 00:20:54.140
  • to default to technique and technology,
  • 00:20:54.150 --> 00:20:59.240
  • to create an atmosphere that can mimic the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:20:59.250 --> 00:21:04.280
  • rather than to actually welcome and risk
  • 00:21:04.290 --> 00:21:08.070
  • the Holy Spirit himself is enormous.
  • 00:21:08.080 --> 00:21:12.040
  • In other words, we could just create an environment
  • 00:21:12.050 --> 00:21:16.050
  • that looks a lot like him.
  • 00:21:16.060 --> 00:21:18.160
  • We might even buy it.
  • 00:21:18.170 --> 00:21:20.010
  • I'm not even saying that this would necessarily be conscious.
  • 00:21:20.020 --> 00:21:24.170
  • I'm saying, wouldn't it be a scary thought
  • 00:21:24.180 --> 00:21:28.060
  • that in a lot of our surroundings,
  • 00:21:28.070 --> 00:21:30.040
  • and in a lot of our churches, and a lot of our congregations
  • 00:21:30.050 --> 00:21:34.280
  • across the planet, that the Holy Spirit
  • 00:21:34.290 --> 00:21:38.100
  • could have moved out months ago, and no one has noticed it yet?
  • 00:21:38.110 --> 00:21:43.050
  • Because we thought it was all about the lights
  • 00:21:43.060 --> 00:21:47.000
  • and the volume and a certain way of doing things.
  • 00:21:47.010 --> 00:21:51.150
  • And so, because that looked so much like him,
  • 00:21:51.160 --> 00:21:55.040
  • it must be him until it comes
  • 00:21:55.050 --> 00:21:58.010
  • to the bottom line of, are people being transformed?
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  • Now, we've got a whole different ballgame.
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  • And I gotta tell you,
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  • please don't misunderstand what I mean.
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  • This is really important.
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  • Nothing is wrong with using lighting, and sound,
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  • and setting up good facilities.
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  • I'm talking about fitting facilities
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  • where people can be comfortable, can take notes,
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  • can do whatever they need to do to posture people
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  • for the best focus in worship.
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  • There's nothing wrong with that.
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  • Remember, if you know anything
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  • about the Old Testament tabernacle and temple,
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  • God himself set it up where it was beautiful.
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  • Have you ever been where like you're in a room
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  • that's got really deep, gorgeous colors,
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  • really beautiful textures that are like heavy curtains
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  • and that kind of thing that are to a candle light,
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  • a lamp light?
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  • It would have been beautiful.
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  • It would have had the scents of incense.
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  • And so, don't get the idea
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  • that all of that cancels out the Spirit.
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  • God himself, when he prescribed what those environments
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  • would look like for worship,
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  • he was prescribing something that would be a surrounding
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  • that would help focus it and bring out
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  • that kind of worship.
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  • But when the accessories become the actual agents,
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  • in other words, that's what's working.
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  • I love it when lights go down and the volume goes up.
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  • That's all it takes.
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  • Like when there's--the Holy Spirit could be missing
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  • entirely, and we wouldn't know the difference, that,
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  • that is when we have woefully defaulted into the flesh.
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  • And I want to say something,
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  • it's not just the church's fault,
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  • or the gathering's fault, or the leadership's fault
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  • when that happens.
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  • What's happened, we are--we've got such consumerism mentality
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  • that it spreads into our church life.
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  • And so, we end up choosing a church
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  • according to what goods and services it provides.
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  • So, it's really almost like we go and look for a car.
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  • We need like it fits everything.
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  • Like I want to make sure this is the color I like.
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  • And I want to make sure that it has
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  • certain devices with it, electronics.
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  • I want to know what the guarantees are.
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  • I want to get the best possible deal.
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  • I want to be low money, high satisfaction.
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  • Say very little about the offering
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  • but say a lot about what you can do.
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  • Anybody getting this with me?
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  • And so then we've replaced the Holy Spirit.
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  • I want to say to you, the most important thing
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  • that you could hear this evening is this,
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  • and it's as true corporately as it is individually,
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  • as true individually as it is corporately.
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  • What the church has going for us
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  • is the Holy Spirit of Christ.
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  • That's what we've got.
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  • He's the one animating the Word.
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  • He's the one bringing the transformation.
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  • The bride of Christ, without the Spirit,
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  • is a corpse, a gray, dull-skinned corpse.
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  • For the church to thrive, it must have the Holy Spirit.
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  • It's what makes it work.
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  • I say this to you as a person
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  • because it's also where your fulfillment
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  • and your satisfaction comes in.
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  • And what is true for the body of believers
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  • is also true for you individually.
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  • Lord, I want to know what it's like to be filled
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  • with your Spirit, to be infused with you,
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  • to be able to walk away from a conversation
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  • with somebody that I truly have resented
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  • and despised, and for some miraculous reason,
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  • I love them today.
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  • There's nothing like that.
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  • That's where the satisfaction comes in.
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  • It's what Jesus was talking about in John 4
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  • with the woman at the well.
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  • Oh, I have this living water.
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  • I have this living water.
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  • It never get stale.
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  • 00:26:37.120 --> 00:26:44.110
  • We will never ever radiate the beauty of the glory of God,
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  • as long as we wear a cover over who we truly are.
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  • I've gotta ask you a question,
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  • is your face unveiled before God?
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  • Because not only do we veil it before one another
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  • in the very Body of Christ
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  • where we know good and well
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  • none of us have it together,
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  • and still we keep putting on this act,
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  • still we keep doing this with one another.
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  • But what's worse yet is we take it
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  • into our prayer time,
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  • and we think we're gonna bull God.
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