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Free Indeed: The First Open Door

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December 5, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Free Indeed: The First Open Door

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  • In this series, "Free Indeed", you will hear about
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  • the different kinds of doors we leave open to the enemy,
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  • how we can close them, and what it means to be truly free.
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  • Coming up, my pastor, Robert Morris, discusses
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  • the three different ways that the lust of the eyes
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  • can manifest itself in our life.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: So, we've been talking about open doors,
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  • and a few weeks ago we talked about pride.
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  • Well, I want to talk to you today about
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  • the first opened door.
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  • Pride would have been the first door Satan opened,
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  • but this is the first door mankind opened, Adam and Eve.
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  • First door and it is such an important door in our lives.
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  • And before we get to Genesis 3, let me just read you
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  • a Scripture to clarify how we're going to talk about this,
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  • and what we're going to talk about next weekend, alright?
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  • 1 John 2:16 says, "For all that is in the world,
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  • the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride
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  • of life is not of the Father, but is of the world".
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  • I believe these are the three major doors
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  • that the enemy comes in through.
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  • We talked about the pride of life.
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  • We're going to talk about the lust of the eyes today,
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  • and then next weekend, the lust of the flesh,
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  • and how to deal with these three open doors, all right?
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  • But, in the same way when God spoke to me about pride,
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  • I had some ways to identify it.
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  • If you remember, I said that many times when I announce
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  • that I'm going to speak on pride, the first thought
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  • most people have is, I'm proud I don't have pride.
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  • And then as we identify that we could be confident,
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  • or trust in our own strength, or our own righteousness,
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  • or our own wisdom, and that that's pride, we started
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  • seeing pride in all of ourselves, all of us.
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  • Well, in the same way, I want to show you how the lust
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  • of the eyes manifests in three different ways, okay?
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  • So, number one is greed.
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  • Now, look at Genesis 3:1.
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  • It says, "Now the serpent", that's Satan, obviously,
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  • "was more cunning", or more subtle, "than any beast
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  • of the field which the Lord God had made.
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  • And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said",
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  • I just want you to notice the first thing he does is cast
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  • doubt on the Word of God.
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  • Did God really say, "You shall not eat of every tree
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  • of the garden?"
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  • And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit
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  • of the trees of the garden, but of the fruit
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  • of the tree which is in the midst of the garden,
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  • God has said, "You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it,
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  • lest you die".
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  • Then the serpent said to the woman", watch very carefully,
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  • "You will not surely die", directly contradicting
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  • the Word of God.
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  • Now, let me just stop just for a moment, because we're
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  • going to talk about tithing some in this message,
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  • and it is amazing that it is completely clear that we open
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  • ourselves to a curse, that God doesn't curse us,
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  • but we open ourselves to a curse when we don't tithe,
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  • and it is amazing how many people, and even leaders,
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  • will say, oh, you won't be cursed.
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  • It's amazing that they absolutely contradict
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  • the Word of God.
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  • It's exact same here.
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  • No, God did not mean that, that's not true.
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  • Even though God said it, that's not true.
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  • He says, "You will not surely die.
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  • For God knows", let's keep going, "that in the day you eat
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  • of it your eyes will be opened", we're talking about
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  • the lust of the eyes, "and you will be like God,
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  • knowing good and evil".
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  • So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
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  • that it was pleasant to the eyes", we're talking
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  • about the lust of the eyes, "and a tree desirable to make one
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  • wise, she took of its fruit and ate.
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  • She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate."
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  • They both fell at the same time.
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  • Now, Satan's strategy, again, is to simply get
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  • you to doubt or question the Word of God.
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  • Is it for today is one of the ways Satan gets us to doubt it.
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  • He is like a salesman that just wants to keep you talking.
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  • You know, just get you talking so that eventually
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  • he can get his foot in the door.
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  • And, she saw that it was pleasant to the eyes.
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  • Now, here's what's amazing.
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  • Most people think that this was the only tree
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  • pleasant to the eyes.
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  • Let me read you another Scripture.
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  • Genesis 2:9 says, "Out of the ground the Lord God made
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  • every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight".
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  • Pleasant to the sight.
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  • They were all pleasant to the eyes.
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  • There wasn't anything different, but Satan convinced
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  • her there was something different about this tree.
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  • This word pleasant, by the way, is sometimes
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  • translated -- you ready for this?
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  • Greed, or lust, or desire.
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  • The word lust, many times, is translated desire.
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  • It was desirous.
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  • There was something about it.
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  • She thought that something else would make her happy.
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  • That's greed.
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  • She thought, God's holding out on me.
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  • Why would God hold out on us?
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  • That's what we think sometimes.
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  • What kind of God would say to us, you can have all of this,
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  • but not that, that's mine?
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  • Now, listen to me very carefully, again because we're
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  • going to talk about tithing, and this, please,
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  • please, please hear me.
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  • If you close every door in your life and don't tithe,
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  • you've left a door open to the enemy, and I'll show
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  • it to you clearly in Scripture.
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  • I'll show it clearly to you in Scripture.
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  • And many, many people do this, but here's what happens.
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  • Here's what Adam and Eve did.
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  • Do you know what the first open sin was?
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  • They took what belonged to God.
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  • That's the tithe.
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  • That's what they did.
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  • God said, you can have it all, except that one,
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  • and that's the one they took.
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  • Now, why would God do that?
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  • He does it, according to Deuteronomy 8 and other
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  • Scriptures, He says to test you so I can bless you,
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  • because God blesses us when we believe.
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  • He blesses us when we live by faith.
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  • When He tells us to do something and we do it,
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  • then we're blessed.
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  • And so, God gives us a test.
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  • The word tithe, if you're new to church,
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  • means tenth, one-tenth.
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  • And the number ten, all through Scripture,
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  • represents a test, all through Scripture.
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  • I'll ask you a few questions, and all campuses,
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  • you can answer out loud, okay?
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  • How many plagues were there?
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  • How many times did God test Pharaoh's heart?
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  • Ten. Okay.
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  • How many Commandments are there?
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  • How many times -- now, you may not know this one,
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  • but the answer is obvious, okay?
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  • How many times did God test Israel when they wandered
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  • in the wilderness?
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  • How many times were Jacob's wages changed?
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  • Come on, don't fade off on me.
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  • How many days was Daniel tested?
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  • How many virgins were tested in Matthew 25?
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  • All right, how many days of testing are mentioned
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  • in Revelation?
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  • How many disciples were there?
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  • No, there were twelve.
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  • I just tested you!
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  • I was just testing you, okay?
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  • But, the number ten represents a test.
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  • All God's simply doing is testing us, and every two weeks,
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  • or how often you get paid, you take a test.
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  • Who are you going to thank?
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  • Who are you going to honor?
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  • And will you believe that 90% with God's blessing will
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  • go farther than 10%?
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  • That's the test.
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  • Are you going to live your life by faith,
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  • or by what the enemy tells you?
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  • Because see, here's what God said.
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  • You remember, there were two trees, the Tree of Life
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  • and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
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  • Let me just classify for you -- the Tree of Life
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  • and the Tree of Death.
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  • He said, you eat this tree, you die.
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  • God says, this tree is not good for you.
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  • Satan said, no, it's good for you.
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  • Are you going to believe God?
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  • And then, their children did the same thing, at least one
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  • of them did, Cain did.
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  • And let me show you, God represents the tithe through
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  • the principle of the first born and first fruits.
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  • Let me show you a few Scriptures before
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  • we get to Malachi.
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  • Exodus 13:1, "Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
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  • "Consecrate to Me all the firstborn", all, by the way,
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  • all, "whatever opens the womb among the children
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  • of Israel, both of man and beast", now watch this,
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  • "it is mine."
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  • In other words, it belongs to me.
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  • You have to give me, you have to return to me,
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  • the firstborn, because it belongs to me.
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  • Exodus 23:19, "The first of the first fruits of your
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  • land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God."
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  • The first fruits belong, and I want you to notice,
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  • when it talks about the tithe, it never uses the word give.
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  • Here's the reason.
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  • It always uses the word bring, because you can't give
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  • what doesn't belong to you.
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  • You can only bring it to the house of God, according
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  • to the Bible, and I've studied it, I'll bet more
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  • than most of you.
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  • Listen to me. Listen.
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  • According to the Bible, there's only two things
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  • you can do with a tithe.
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  • You can bring it to God's house, or you can steal it.
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  • Those are the only two things you can do.
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  • And we return it.
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  • It's a return.
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  • Leviticus 27:30 says, "And all", all, "the tithe of the land,
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  • whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit
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  • of the tree, is the Lord's.
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  • It is holy to the Lord."
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  • Holy is that big word that means set apart.
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  • It's set aside for the Lord.
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  • Now, I just want you to notice, "is the Lord's".
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  • All of the tithe.
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  • What part of all do we not understand?
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  • The whole tithe, the whole 10%, belongs to God.
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  • Okay, so greed is the first open door of the lust of the eyes.
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  • Here's number two, unbelief.
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  • Why would a person not tithe when the Bible is so clear?
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  • Really, it's because they don't believe it's for today.
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  • They're not bad people.
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  • They're really not.
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  • I've met a lot of people that have a disagreement
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  • with me on this issue.
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  • They're not bad people.
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  • Pastor, I just don't believe that that's for today.
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  • Okay, I just want to show you, this principle though goes
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  • all through Scripture.
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  • And I want you to notice, it was way before the law,
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  • and it goes all the way back even before the law.
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  • So, there is an unbelief that Satan puts in our heart.
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  • So, let me show you a couple of Scriptures here.
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  • Remember, the first goes to God.
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  • God said, "Bring all of the silver and gold from Jericho
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  • into the house of the Lord".
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  • Why did he do that?
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  • Why didn't he say 10%?
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  • It's very simple.
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  • Jericho was the first city they conquered.
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  • Here's what He's saying.
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  • You give me the first one, the rest are blessed.
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  • Joshua 6:19 says, "But all the silver and gold,
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  • and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated",
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  • that means set apart, "to the Lord.
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  • They shall come into the treasury of the Lord."
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  • Again, that's the temple.
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  • And then, Joshua 7:11, God said, "Israel has sinned,
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  • and they have transgressed My covenant which I commanded them.
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  • For they have even taken some of the accursed
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  • things", now watch this, "and have both stolen"
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  • and you say, now, how can you steal except that it belongs
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  • to someone else?
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  • "And they have put it amongst their own stuff."
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  • They bought stuff with it themselves.
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  • He put it in his tent, but they put it amongst
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  • their own stuff.
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  • "Therefore the children of Israel", now watch,
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  • this is how it opens a door.
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  • I told you I'd show you clearly.
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  • "Therefore the children of Israel could not stand
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  • before their enemies, but turned their backs
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  • before their enemies because they have become doomed
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  • to destruction", because they took the tithe.
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  • Doomed to destruction.
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  • Here's what He's saying.
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  • I wanted to bless them, but they stole.
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  • They took what was mine.
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  • Therefore, they can't stand before the enemy.
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  • God wants to bless you.
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  • He does!
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  • But, He can't bless a thief.
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  • Now, look at Malachi 3.
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  • This is very, very strong in the area of stealing,
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  • but it's going to take it to another level that I've preached
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  • on this for many, many years, and I've never seen this level
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  • until this week, never.
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  • Malachi 3, look at Verse 7.
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  • "Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone
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  • away from My ordinances."
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  • Look at me just for a moment and let me explain something to you.
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  • The word ordinance means ordinary principle.
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  • It's an ordinary principle, and He's talking about tithing.
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  • It is an ordinary principle for God's people to return
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  • the tithe to him, the first 10% of their income.
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  • That's an ordinary principle.
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  • It was, some say, 400 years before the law,
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  • 430 they're going back to Abraham.
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  • It was 2.500 years before the law, because we can
  • 00:12:57.160 --> 00:12:59.180
  • take it back to Adam and Eve, and Cain and Abel.
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  • And it was after the law, too.
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  • By the way, one of the New Testament Scriptures
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  • that has the word tithe is in red.
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  • That's Jesus, and do you know what He said?
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  • You ought to tithe.
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  • It's Matthew 23:23.
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  • He said you tithe on all of this stuff,
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  • but you neglect this.
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  • This you ought to do without neglecting the other.
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  • Okay, that right there, that one Scripture,
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  • would be enough for me, because I was lost.
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  • I don't know how lost you were, but I was lost,
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  • and the one who saved me said you ought to tithe.
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  • That's enough for me.
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  • That's enough right there.
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  • That's Matthew 23:23, that's New Testament, and it's in red,
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  • if you like red, okay?
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  • "You have gone away from My ordinary principles
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  • and you have not kept them.
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  • Return to me and I will return to you",
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  • says the Lord of hosts.
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  • But you said, "In what way shall we return?"
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  • Now, watch what God's answer is.
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  • This is not my answer.
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  • It's not a preacher.
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  • This is God!
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  • "Will a man rob God?"
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  • Notice how many times you see the word rob or a form
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  • of the word rob.
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  • "Yet you have robbed Me!
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  • But you say, "In what way have we robbed you?"
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  • In tithes and offerings.
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  • You are cursed with a curse."
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  • This is God talking!
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  • "For you have robbed Me, even this whole nation.
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  • Bring all the tithes"
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  • that's the whole tithe, not 2%, 3, 5 or 8.
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  • "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse",
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  • that's the house of God, "that there may be food in my house",
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  • and watch what He says, "and try", this word, try,
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  • means test.
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  • It's the only place God says you can test Him.
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  • "Test me now in this", says the Lord of hosts, "and see",
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  • in essence of what He's saying, "if I will not open for you
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  • the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing
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  • that there will not be room enough to receive it,
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  • and I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes."
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  • In other words, I'll close the door to Satan's
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  • attack on your life.
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  • "So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
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  • nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field",
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  • says the Lord of hosts.
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  • "And all nations will call you blessed, for you
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  • will be a delightful land", says the Lord of hosts."
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  • All right, let me show you the last open door here for the
  • 00:15:32.090 --> 00:15:35.280
  • lust of the eyes -- fear. Fear.
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  • Luke 22 says, and I'll just read it to you.
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  • You might not have time to turn to it.
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  • It says, "Then Satan entered Judas", that shows he enters
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  • humans, "surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the 12.
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  • So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests
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  • and captains how he might betray Him to them,
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  • and they were glad and agreed to give him money."
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  • Okay, was there an open door in his life?
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  • I think it was fear and I'm going to read
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  • you a little more about Judas.
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  • John 12:1 says, "Then, six days before the Passover,
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  • Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead,
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  • whom He had raised from the dead.
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  • There they made Him a supper, and Martha served,
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  • but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.
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  • Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard,
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  • anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair.
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  • The house was filled with the fragrance of the oil."
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  • By the way, this represents a tithe.
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  • I think it means the house is filled with the presence
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  • of God, the presence of the Holy Spirit, when we all tithe.
  • 00:16:39.190 --> 00:16:43.170
  • "But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son,
  • 00:16:43.200 --> 00:16:47.040
  • who would betray Him, said, "Why was this fragrant
  • 00:16:47.070 --> 00:16:49.100
  • oil not sold for three hundred denarii" by the way,
  • 00:16:49.130 --> 00:16:52.140
  • that's a year's wage, "and given to the poor?"
  • 00:16:52.170 --> 00:16:54.220
  • Now, watch very carefully.
  • 00:16:54.250 --> 00:16:56.040
  • "This he said, not that he cared for the poor,
  • 00:16:56.070 --> 00:16:59.090
  • but because he was a thief", remember who else is a thief,
  • 00:16:59.120 --> 00:17:03.180
  • and Satan entered a thief, "and he had the money box",
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  • that's the offering box.
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  • They didn't have it on walls, because they traveled around
  • 00:17:09.260 --> 00:17:11.220
  • and they carried it around with them.
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  • "And he used to take what was put in it."
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  • He used to take money out of the offering box.
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  • Now, I don't think anyone here would take money
  • 00:17:19.080 --> 00:17:22.190
  • out of our offering boxes.
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  • I really don't think that you would do that.
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  • But, let me just ask you something.
  • 00:17:26.270 --> 00:17:29.000
  • That money in the offering box belongs to God.
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  • It's the tithe that belongs to God.
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  • Is it the same?
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  • When we don't put money in the offering box that belongs
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  • to God, is it the same as if we took it out?
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  • Are we becoming thieves and giving Satan the right
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  • to enter us?
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  • Because that's what happened to Judas.
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  • Let me show you just a hair more about what he sold Him for.
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  • I think he did it for fear.
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  • I think he realized Jesus wasn't going to set up
  • 00:18:04.250 --> 00:18:06.110
  • an earthly kingdom, so he was afraid, and a lot of people
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  • don't tithe for fear of the future.
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  • That's the open door, fear.
  • 00:18:12.100 --> 00:18:14.240
  • Matthew 26:15, "Judas said, "What are you willing to give me
  • 00:18:14.270 --> 00:18:18.040
  • if I deliver Him?"
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  • And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver."
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  • Matthew 27:3, "Then Judas, His betrayer,
  • 00:18:21.200 --> 00:18:23.270
  • seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful
  • 00:18:24.000 --> 00:18:26.060
  • and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief
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  • priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned by betraying
  • 00:18:28.210 --> 00:18:31.100
  • innocent blood".
  • 00:18:31.130 --> 00:18:32.080
  • And they said, "What is that to us?
  • 00:18:32.110 --> 00:18:33.130
  • You see to it!"
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  • Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple",
  • 00:18:34.220 --> 00:18:37.190
  • he's in church now, in the temple, "and departed,
  • 00:18:37.220 --> 00:18:40.200
  • and went and hanged himself.
  • 00:18:40.230 --> 00:18:42.010
  • But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said,
  • 00:18:42.040 --> 00:18:44.000
  • "It's not lawful to put them into the treasury,
  • 00:18:44.030 --> 00:18:46.170
  • because they are the price of blood."
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  • Okay, listen.
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  • Do you know where they got the thirty pieces of silver
  • 00:18:49.270 --> 00:18:51.130
  • in the first place?
  • 00:18:51.160 --> 00:18:52.240
  • From the treasury.
  • 00:18:52.270 --> 00:18:55.080
  • They said it's not lawful to put it into the treasury,
  • 00:18:55.110 --> 00:18:57.280
  • or back into the treasury.
  • 00:18:58.010 --> 00:19:00.050
  • So, they went, it says, and they bought a field
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  • and it's prophesied in Scripture they'd do it.
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  • It's called the Field of Blood.
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  • Okay, I'm going to tell you something maybe
  • 00:19:05.110 --> 00:19:07.120
  • you've never thought of or heard in your life.
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  • They took tithe money to betray Jesus.
  • 00:19:11.220 --> 00:19:18.000
  • Now, here is what most of us here would think.
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  • I would never do that.
  • 00:19:21.070 --> 00:19:23.200
  • But, I want to ask you a very, very hard question.
  • 00:19:23.230 --> 00:19:27.140
  • Would you betray Jesus for 10%?
  • 00:19:27.170 --> 00:19:34.090
  • And if you would, you're opening a door to Satan.
  • 00:19:34.120 --> 00:19:38.170
  • By the way, do you know what thirty pieces of silver is?
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  • Do you know why it was exactly thirty pieces of silver?
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  • Exodus 21:32 says, "If the ox gores a male or female servant,
  • 00:19:43.250 --> 00:19:48.210
  • he shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver,
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  • and the ox shall be stoned."
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  • Okay, thirty pieces of silver was the price of a slave.
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  • We're talking about bondage, believers being in bondage?
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  • Listen very, very carefully.
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  • Please, please, please hear me.
  • 00:20:03.170 --> 00:20:07.090
  • They betrayed Jesus with the tithe.
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  • It was thirty pieces of silver.
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  • Listen.
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  • It's the price of bondage.
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  • That's what it is.
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  • When you don't return to God what belongs to God,
  • 00:20:20.080 --> 00:20:25.020
  • you become a slave.
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  • You go into bondage.
  • 00:20:27.220 --> 00:20:30.080
  • This past week, I was eating in a restaurant, and a waitress
  • 00:20:30.110 --> 00:20:36.030
  • came up and talked to me that comes to the church here.
  • 00:20:36.060 --> 00:20:39.070
  • She's a single mother.
  • 00:20:39.100 --> 00:20:40.250
  • About three months, I was eating in that restaurant,
  • 00:20:40.280 --> 00:20:43.060
  • about two or three months ago, with a pastor friend
  • 00:20:43.090 --> 00:20:46.010
  • of mine, and she came to the table and told us she'd just
  • 00:20:46.040 --> 00:20:49.150
  • started coming to the church, and we said,
  • 00:20:49.180 --> 00:20:51.230
  • that's great.
  • 00:20:51.260 --> 00:20:52.280
  • And when she brought us our food, this pastor friend
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:54.200
  • of mine said, "Is there anything we can pray with you
  • 00:20:54.230 --> 00:20:57.010
  • about when we bless our food?"
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  • And she started crying.
  • 00:21:01.180 --> 00:21:05.010
  • And she said, "Well, I've just started coming to church,
  • 00:21:05.040 --> 00:21:06.210
  • but I'm a single mother and I'm really,
  • 00:21:06.240 --> 00:21:08.110
  • really worried about my son, and the lots of difficulties
  • 00:21:08.140 --> 00:21:12.000
  • going through things."
  • 00:21:12.030 --> 00:21:14.200
  • So, I said, "Well, we're going to pray for you".
  • 00:21:14.230 --> 00:21:15.260
  • So, we prayed for her.
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  • After that, I said, "Give me the contact information for you.
  • 00:21:17.090 --> 00:21:20.210
  • We have a ministry to single parents.
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  • We love to minister to single parents."
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  • And I talked to the person over at Single Parents,
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  • Pastor Samantha Golden, and I had her contact,
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  • we got her involved. Okay.
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  • So this week, she comes to me and she says, "I have to tell
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  • you that they called me, I'm involved in the ministry now.
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  • Everything's changed.
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  • My whole life's changed, my son's changed, everything".
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  • She said, "But I have to tell you when it happened".
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  • She said, "I started going.
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  • I started going to class, started doing all of that."
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  • "But", she said, "I was sitting in church and the Lord
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  • said to me, "When are you going to return to Me
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  • what belongs to Me?"
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  • She's a single mom.
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  • And listen, this is what she said to me this last week.
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  • She said, "The day I started tithing, everything changed".
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  • Everything changed.
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  • Here's what she was saying.
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  • I closed the door to Satan in my life.
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  • Please, please hear me.
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  • Please hear me.
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  • If you don't know me well, you might think I'm preaching
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  • to get more offerings.
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  • That's the furthest thing from the truth.
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  • If you know me well, you know that's the furthest
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  • thing from the truth.
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  • I'm preaching this because I love you.
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  • I don't want the devourer having an open door in your life,
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  • and I have watched hundreds, probably thousands of people
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  • close this door to Satan, and their whole life changed.
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  • Don't leave the original door that was opened to Satan.
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  • Don't leave it open.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Let me tell you why this truth is so important:
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  • because Jesus said, "Where your heart is,
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  • there your treasure will be also".
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  • It is so important to understand that when we withhold
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  • our treasure, when we withhold the tithe,
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  • what is rightfully the Lord's, it causes heart problems.
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  • Now, I'm not saying physical heart problems.
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  • It causes spiritual heart problems.
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  • It causes greed in our lives.
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  • It causes doubt.
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  • It causes fear.
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  • It causes unbelief.
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  • Because we're withholding from God what is rightfully
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  • God's, and I know a lot of people struggle in this area.
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  • I want to encourage you, if the Holy Spirit is speaking to
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  • you today about this area, begin tithing to your local church.
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  • Don't send your tithe to us.
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  • Don't send your tithe to a television ministry.
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  • But, send your tithe, give your tithe, bring your tithe,
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  • take your tithe to a local church,
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  • and here's the great thing.
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  • Watch God close this door to the enemy in your life.
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  • Hey, I love you so much, and I am so proud of you
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  • that you have a hunger for God, and for God's Word.
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  • I want to let you know, we're not finished with this series.
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  • I'll be continuing this series, "Free Indeed", next week.
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  • ANNOUNCER: We're so glad you joined us for today's program
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  • as Pastor Robert shares important truths from his
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  • "Free Indeed" series.
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  • Did you know that as believers it's possible to be
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  • demonically oppressed?
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  • Even though we've received salvation
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  • and complete restoration through Jesus,
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  • it's possible for the enemy to have a stronghold in areas
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  • that we leave open to him.
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  • But the good news is that God wants you to be free
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  • from guilt, anger, depression, and shame.
  • 00:24:29.160 --> 00:24:32.120
  • In the "Free Indeed" series, Pastor Robert helps you
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  • discover the principles laid out in God's word that will lead you
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  • to freedom and restoration in every area of your life.
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  • He also shares about the different kinds of doors
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  • that we leave open to the enemy.
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  • How we can close them, and what it means to be truly free.
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  • We want you to have these important teachings
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  • so that you can fully live in the victory that Jesus
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  • purchased and intended for you.
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  • That's why for your gift of any amount, we'd like to send you
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  • the 11-part series "Free Indeed" on CD as our way
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  • of saying thank you for supporting this ministry.
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  • And for your gift of $55 or more we will send you "Free Indeed"
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  • on CD and DVD, or as a digital download.
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  • Please be sure to call or visit us online today at
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  • PastorRobert.com to request your copy of this series.
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  • And while you're there, please take a moment to share
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  • your prayer requests with us.
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  • And look at the many other resources that are available
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  • to help you discover new levels of freedom in Christ.
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  • We'd also love for you to share with us what God is doing
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  • in your life as you apply the truths from His word.
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  • We look forward to hearing from you,
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  • and as always, we thank you for your generous support
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  • of Pastor Robert Morris ministries.
  • 00:25:35.010 --> 00:25:36.140
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  • The walls are coming down, The walls are coming down
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  • Oh, oh
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  • The walls are coming down, The walls are coming down
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  • Oh, oh
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  • The walls are coming down, The walls are coming down
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  • Oh, oh
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  • - Yes, we believe it!
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  • The walls are coming down, The walls are coming down
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  • Oh, oh
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  • The walls are coming down, The walls are coming down
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  • Oh, oh
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  • The walls are coming down, The walls are coming down
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  • Oh, oh, yeah
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  • - Come on, church, we lift it up, sing praise!
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  • JACK HAYFORD: The essence of worship is not an escape
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  • from reality,
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  • but an entrance into it.
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