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November 29, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Free Indeed: Under The Influence

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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, will talk about
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  • the reality of demonic activity, and the truth that through
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  • Jesus, there is victory.
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: All right.
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  • We're going to begin a new series called, "Free Indeed".
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  • And I want you to turn to two passages in scripture.
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  • I want you to turn to Mark 5.
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  • Open your Bibles to Mark 5, actually, and then put a
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  • marker at Luke 10.
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  • And we'll flip over to Luke 10 toward the end of the message.
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  • So Mark 5, that's where we'll begin.
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  • I'm basing the series on a scripture, that if you want
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  • to jot the reference down, John 8:36 says,
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  • "He whom the Son makes free is free indeed."
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  • "He whom the Son makes free is free indeed."
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  • I'm so excited about what God's going to do, but let me tell you
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  • why it's very, very important for you to be here,
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  • and why Satan will do everything he can to stop you from hearing
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  • this series in particular.
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  • Because he does not want to get caught.
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  • And when a thief is caught, he has to restore
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  • what he has stolen, seven-fold.
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  • That's scripture.
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  • That's Proverbs.
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  • I'm not making that up.
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  • He doesn't want to get caught, and most believers
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  • are not free indeed.
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  • Because they don't believe that they can indeed be in bondage.
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  • And when Jesus makes this statement in John 8:36,
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  • he's actually speaking to believers.
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  • He's talking to those Jews -- John 8:31 says,
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  • "Who believed in him."
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  • So is it possible for a believer to be in bondage?
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  • We're going to answer that question.
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  • I mean, we're going to answer some very difficult questions,
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  • such as can a Christian be demon-possessed?
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  • So we will talk about that, all right?
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  • John -- I mean, pardon me, Mark 5.
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  • We're going to read the whole story.
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  • I started to just read the first part, and then the end.
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  • And I thought, no, the story's too good to leave out any.
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  • So we're going to read the whole story.
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  • Alright? Mark 5:1.
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  • "Then they came to him -- then they came to the other side
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  • of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes."
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  • This is the city of Gadara.
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  • So they called it the Gadarenes that lived there.
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  • "And when he had come out of the boat, immediately there met
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  • him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit," --
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  • now, this is one of the ways the Bible refers to a demon.
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  • "Who had his dwelling among the tombs."
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  • In other words, he had lived in a cemetery.
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  • "And no one could bind him, not even with chains,
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  • because he had often been bound with shackles and chains.
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  • And the chains had been pulled apart by him,
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  • and the shackles broken in pieces.
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  • Neither could anyone tame him.
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  • And always, night and day, he was in the mountains
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  • and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
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  • When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him."
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  • The word worship, proskuneo, in the Greek means to bow down.
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  • "And he cried out with a loud voice, saying,
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  • 'What have I to do with you, Jesus," --
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  • now, let me say something here before I say this, Mark 5:7.
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  • This is actually the demon talking, through the voice
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  • of the man, but this is the demon talking.
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  • And you'll understand why, because of what he says.
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  • And the next verse tells us Jesus had already spoken to him,
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  • before this.
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  • We just get it in reverse order, in the writing.
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  • Mark 5:7.
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  • "And he cried out with a loud voice and said,"
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  • now, this is the demon talking, "'What have I to do
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  • with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
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  • I implore you by God that you do not torment me.'"
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  • Okay, see?
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  • That wouldn't be the man, because Jesus wouldn't
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  • torment a man.
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  • That's the spirit talking.
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  • And then, Mark 5:8 tells us Jesus had already
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  • said something to him.
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  • "For he said to him," some versions say he had already
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  • said to him: "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!"
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  • So Jesus had already told him, "Come out,"
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  • and he said, "What have I to do with you?
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  • Please don't torment me."
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  • Mark 5:9.
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  • "Then he asked him, 'What is your name?'
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  • "Now, look at me again for a moment.
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  • He's not talking to the man.
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  • He's talking to the demon that's in the man.
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  • And the demon answers.
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  • "Then he asked him, 'What is your name?'
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  • And he answered, saying, 'My name is Legion.
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  • For we are many.'"
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  • Just to let you know, legion is a Roman word which means
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  • 6.826 soldiers.
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  • When it referred to a troop of soldiers.
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  • 6.826. Okay.
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  • This guy was demonized.
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  • "'My name is Legion, for we are many.'
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  • Also he begged him earnestly that he would send
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  • them out of the country."
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  • Demonic spirits like to stay where they already
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  • have a stronghold.
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  • "Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near
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  • the mountains.
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  • So all the demons," not just one now,
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  • "All the demons begged him, saying, 'Send us to the swine,
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  • that we may enter them.' And at once Jesus
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  • gave them permission.
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  • Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine
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  • (there were about 2.000)." So at least 2.000 demons.
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  • "And the herd ran violently down the steep place
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  • into the sea, and drowned in the sea.
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  • So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it
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  • in the city and in the country.
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  • And they went out to see what it was that had happened.
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  • Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been
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  • demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed
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  • and in his right mind.
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  • And they were afraid."
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  • You thought it would say,
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  • "And they were happy."
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  • "And those who saw it told them how it happened to him
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  • who had been demon-possessed," we're going to completely
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  • define that word today.
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  • "And about the swine.
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  • Then they began to plead with him to depart
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  • from their region."
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  • You would think they would've ployed with him
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  • to start teaching seminars or something.
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  • "And when he got into the boat, he who had been
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  • demon-possessed begged him that he might be with him.
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  • However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him,
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  • 'Go home to your friends,'"
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  • remember, he didn't live at home.
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  • He'd lived in the mountains and the cemetery.
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  • "'And tell them what great things the Lord has done
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  • for you, and how he has had compassion on you.'
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  • And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all
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  • that Jesus had done for him.
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  • And all marveled."
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  • Now, let me just -- a couple things here.
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  • One is Decapolis is not a city, it's ten cities.
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  • Deca-, meaning ten.
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  • From the Greek word, it's actually ten Greek cities.
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  • Polis, means like a metropolitan area,
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  • or a metroplex is where we get that term from.
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  • So ten cities.
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  • Gadara was one of these ten cities.
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  • Damascus was one.
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  • Remember, Paul was on his way to Damascus
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  • when he was converted.
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  • Philadelphia.
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  • Not the one in Pennsylvania, was one of these ten cities.
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  • There are ten Greek cities, and that's probably why they
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  • were raising swine, because Jews didn't do that,
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  • but the Greeks had come in and influenced that society
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  • and that culture.
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  • Okay.
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  • So this guy goes and proclaims what's happened.
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  • He's demonized, and he gets set free.
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  • Demon-possessed, and he gets set free.
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  • Fantastic story.
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  • There are a couple of things that I want to talk about
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  • from this story, though, okay?
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  • Here's the first one.
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  • Number one, there really are demons.
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  • There really are demons.
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  • Because Jesus set this man free.
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  • The word demon is in the Bible, and in the New King
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  • James Version, 82 times.
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  • Some of the other versions, 80 times.
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  • It's just simply that they translate the word
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  • a little differently in those versions.
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  • 61 times, it's in the gospels.
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  • 61 times, we've got it -- the word in the gospels,
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  • where Jesus is directly dealing with demons
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  • or talking about demons.
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  • Jesus himself, coming to talk about demons.
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  • One of the reasons that I think that it's so much in the
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  • gospel is because no one ever had authority over demons,
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  • until Jesus came.
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  • And he had authority, and then he began to immediately
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  • confront demonic strongholds and bondage.
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  • Okay. There are demons.
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  • There's no doubt.
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  • Otherwise, we'd got to cut out a lot of the Bible,
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  • and a lot of Jesus' ministering.
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  • There is a horrible, heretical line of thought
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  • that there weren't really demons, but Jesus pretended
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  • to cast demons out, because the culture believed in demons
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  • when he was here.
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  • Let me read you a few scriptures.
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  • Matthew 8:16.
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  • "When evening had come, they brought to him many who
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  • were demon-possessed."
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  • This is the Bible, says they were demon-possessed.
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  • "And he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who
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  • would say," why would the Bible say he cast
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  • 'em out if they weren't there?
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  • Matthew 9:32-33.
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  • "As they went out, behold, they brought to him a man mute
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  • and demon-possessed.
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  • And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke,
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  • and the multitude marveled, saying, 'It was never seen
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  • like this in Israel.'"
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  • Matthew 17:18.
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  • "And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him,
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  • and the child was cured from that very hour."
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  • Mark 3:14-15.
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  • "Then he appointed 12 that they might be with him,
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  • and that he might send them out to preach, and to have power
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  • to heal sicknesses, and to cast out demons."
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  • Mark 6:12-13.
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  • "So they went out and preached that people should repent,
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  • and they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil
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  • many who were sick and healed them."
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  • Mark 16:17.
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  • "And these signs will follow those who believe in my name.
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  • They will cast out demons.
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  • They will speak with new tongues."
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  • Let me say it this way, C.S. Lewis says that there are two
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  • groups of people that Satan absolutely loves
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  • and gets excited over.
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  • The skeptic, and the superstitious.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • There are people who see a demon behind every bush.
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  • They're superstitious people.
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  • But there are people who think that demons don't exist
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  • and never have existed, or they don't exist today,
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  • they just exist in Jesus' time.
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  • The skeptic.
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  • And here's what C.S. Lewis says, Satan loves both those types.
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  • Because they're both in bondage, they're both in deception.
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  • There are people that, when I start talking about demons,
  • 00:10:25.180 --> 00:10:28.130
  • say, "Oh, pastor, let's not talk about that stuff."
  • 00:10:28.160 --> 00:10:31.170
  • And there are other people that feel like, oh, good.
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  • He's getting to the good stuff.
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  • Okay?
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  • Listen to me.
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  • If you're in either one of those camps, you need
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  • to move to the middle.
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  • You're in the wrong camp, all right?
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  • We're not skeptics and we're not superstitious.
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  • We don't deny 'em, but they are there.
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  • And Jesus came to set us free.
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  • You'll never get free if you don't know that you
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  • can be in bondage.
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  • That you can be in trouble.
  • 00:10:57.140 --> 00:10:59.190
  • Jack Hayford -- again, there are two camps.
  • 00:10:59.220 --> 00:11:01.260
  • Jack Hayford says it this way.
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  • You can't cast out the flesh, and you can't disciple a demon.
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  • You can't cast out the flesh, and you can't disciple a demon.
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  • In other words, there are people that simply say
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  • it's just the flesh.
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  • What you're going through, it's just the flesh,
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  • and you need to learn to overcome the flesh, and what you
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  • need is discipleship, or disciple, or discipleship
  • 00:11:19.160 --> 00:11:22.230
  • comes from disciple, which comes from discipline.
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  • Okay? Discipline.
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  • You just need more discipline in your life.
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  • And then, the others say, no, you've got a demon,
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  • and the reason that you can't, you know, do this or do that
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  • or do this or do that is 'cause you got a demon,
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  • and they try to -- they think deliverance
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  • is the answer to everything.
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  • Here's the age-old debate.
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  • Do we need discipleship, or deliverance?
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  • Here's the answer. Yes.
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  • Because you can't cast out the flesh.
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  • And you can't disciple a demon.
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  • Are y'all following me?
  • 00:11:54.090 --> 00:11:55.160
  • It's both.
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  • When I realized that I had demonic bondage in my life,
  • 00:11:56.250 --> 00:12:01.210
  • I was saved, I loved the Lord, Debbie and I were married,
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  • I had gotten saved after we got married.
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  • I had started even ministering, but I was still very,
  • 00:12:06.280 --> 00:12:09.030
  • very much in bondage to lust and even immorality.
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  • And yet, I was saved.
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  • I was in my early 20s.
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  • And James Robison started sharing with me, in his home,
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  • about demons and showing me scripture after scripture
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  • after scripture, that demons can take Christians in bondage.
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  • And I remember, we had ice cream.
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  • I remember, we had ice cream.
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  • And I remember saying to him after a little while,
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  • I said, "Wait, wait, wait, wait."
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  • 'Cause I could see where he's going.
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  • I said, "Are you saying I have demons?"
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  • And James, in his very gracious way, said,
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  • "Oh, you got a whole flock of 'em."
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  • [Laughter]
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  • And I got so upset, and it's never happened since,
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  • and it's never happened before.
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  • I let my ice cream melt.
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  • You know?
  • 00:12:49.260 --> 00:12:50.180
  • I mean, I just sat there, thinking.
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  • I got demons.
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  • This guys -- I got demons, I got demons.
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  • But let me tell you what happened.
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  • The more we went to the word, listen to me,
  • 00:12:58.050 --> 00:12:59.270
  • the more hope I had.
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  • Because I thought, well, I can get free.
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  • This is why.
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  • This is why.
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  • Now, I'm going to be very transparent with you.
  • 00:13:08.110 --> 00:13:09.230
  • This is why -- I'm going to be standing up, preaching,
  • 00:13:09.260 --> 00:13:13.110
  • and notice a woman, very beautiful, and couldn't get
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  • my thoughts off of it.
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  • When I was in my early 20s.
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  • This -- and I thought this is why.
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  • I have a spirit.
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  • I have a spirit that I could set free from.
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  • So listen to me.
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  • Don't get upset, what I'm telling you that you could
  • 00:13:26.180 --> 00:13:28.030
  • have a problem in this area.
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  • You ought to get excited, because the great thing is,
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  • Jesus takes care of problems.
  • 00:13:32.230 --> 00:13:34.220
  • And 30 years of ministry, I've been in ministry
  • 00:13:34.250 --> 00:13:37.050
  • 32 or 33 years now.
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  • And the only people I've ever seen that can't get free
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  • are the people that won't admit they're in bondage.
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  • And that's the only people.
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  • If you'll just admit it, you can get free.
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  • So number one, there really are demons.
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  • Number two, they really do enter people.
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  • They really do enter people.
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  • John 10 -- we'll get to Luke 10 in a moment.
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  • John 10, Jesus said, John 10:1.
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  • "Most assuredly," this is very true what I'm telling you.
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  • "He who does not enter," you know the story.
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  • "Enter the sheep-fold." What in the world would
  • 00:14:06.230 --> 00:14:09.240
  • the sheep-fold represent?
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  • Wouldn't that be where the sheep are?
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  • The believers?
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  • "Enter the sheep by the door," and he's the door,
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  • "But climbs up some other way," into the sheep-fold,
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  • that's where they're going.
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  • "The same is a thief and a robber."
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  • And John 10:10, we know the thief does not come except
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  • to steal, kill, and destroy.
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  • Okay, here's what he's saying.
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  • The thief can get in.
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  • I'm telling you.
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  • He's trying to tell 'em.
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  • The thief can get in.
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  • And he can't come through me.
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  • But he can get in some other way, and he will do
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  • everything he can to get into the sheep, some other way.
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  • Okay.
  • 00:14:47.270 --> 00:14:48.280
  • Can a Christian be demon-possessed?
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  • Well, let's explain this word, and go back
  • 00:14:51.260 --> 00:14:54.280
  • to the original language.
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  • The word demon-possessed in the Greek is actually two words,
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  • demon-possessed.
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  • It's actually daimoni zomai.
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  • Daimoni zomai, would be if you want to say it all at once,
  • 00:15:04.250 --> 00:15:07.050
  • but daimoni, which would be the word demon,
  • 00:15:07.080 --> 00:15:10.270
  • zomai, means to possess.
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  • So to translate it demon-possessed, okay.
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  • I really think a better translation is demonized.
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  • But to translate demon-possessed is okay,
  • 00:15:19.290 --> 00:15:22.160
  • other than the fact that we did not then teach people
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  • what the word possessed means here.
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  • Because there are two Greek words for possession.
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  • One is ownership.
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  • This is not the word for ownership.
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  • This word means to gain mastery over.
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  • Now, mastery would be the exact literal --
  • 00:15:37.240 --> 00:15:39.230
  • but let me give you some synonyms of that, to gain
  • 00:15:39.260 --> 00:15:41.290
  • control over, to have power over.
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  • So can a Christian be owned by a demon?
  • 00:15:45.180 --> 00:15:48.140
  • No.
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  • We're owned by God.
  • 00:15:49.160 --> 00:15:52.150
  • But can a Christian be under the control of a demon?
  • 00:15:52.180 --> 00:15:59.040
  • Fair's definition says it means to be under
  • 00:15:59.070 --> 00:16:02.000
  • the power of a demon.
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  • This is defining daimoni zomai, the Greek word.
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  • To be under the power, under the mastery,
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  • under the control of a demon, in a certain area of your life,
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  • in one, maybe a lust or unforgiveness or bitterness
  • 00:16:16.020 --> 00:16:18.130
  • or resentment, or gluttony, or whatever the area could be.
  • 00:16:18.160 --> 00:16:23.190
  • Now, let me just -- do you -- don't raise your hand,
  • 00:16:23.220 --> 00:16:25.290
  • but let me just ask you this question.
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  • Is there any area of your life you just can't
  • 00:16:28.010 --> 00:16:29.190
  • get the victory of?
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:31.250
  • Is there an area of your life that you feel helpless?
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  • Powerless?
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  • Is there an area of your life, a sin that you
  • 00:16:36.190 --> 00:16:38.200
  • have confessed over and over and over and over and over and over,
  • 00:16:38.230 --> 00:16:43.280
  • and I don't have enough time to keep saying overs.
  • 00:16:44.010 --> 00:16:48.190
  • And over and over again, and told God,
  • 00:16:48.220 --> 00:16:50.160
  • "I'll never do that again," but you keep doing it?
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  • Okay, can I say this to you, lovingly?
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  • Wake up.
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  • You're in bondage.
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  • That is not -- you know what we do?
  • 00:16:59.250 --> 00:17:01.030
  • We say, "Well, I have a weakness in that area."
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  • You've had it 20 years.
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  • It is not a weakness.
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  • And listen, I'm not telling you bad news.
  • 00:17:07.120 --> 00:17:09.030
  • I'm telling you good news.
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  • If you're in bondage, I know the one who can set you free.
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  • I know him.
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  • He can set you free.
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  • But he can't set you free if you don't know you're in bondage.
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  • So you have to know you're in bondage.
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  • I named this message, "Under the Influence".
  • 00:17:26.230 --> 00:17:29.130
  • I don't know if I even told you that at the first,
  • 00:17:29.160 --> 00:17:31.010
  • but the title of this message is, "Under the Influence".
  • 00:17:31.040 --> 00:17:35.090
  • If a man, and let's say the man's a Christian,
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  • he's a believer.
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  • He's a believer.
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  • He believes in Jesus.
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  • Filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:41.030 --> 00:17:43.010
  • If a man who's a Christian begins to look at pornography --
  • 00:17:43.040 --> 00:17:52.280
  • hear me.
  • 00:17:53.010 --> 00:17:54.140
  • You're opening a door to the enemy.
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  • And he will come in.
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  • He's not going to own you.
  • 00:17:58.180 --> 00:18:00.140
  • But he will be in, and you will be under his influence,
  • 00:18:00.170 --> 00:18:04.230
  • under his power, and this man who's maybe a very good
  • 00:18:04.260 --> 00:18:07.170
  • husband, good father, maybe a good grandfather,
  • 00:18:07.200 --> 00:18:12.130
  • will wind up doing something totally out of character,
  • 00:18:12.160 --> 00:18:17.020
  • that shocks him and everybody around him,
  • 00:18:17.050 --> 00:18:19.030
  • and that he's very ashamed of.
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  • Because he was under the influence of a spirit
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  • that he opened the door to.
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  • Are y'all -- are you following me?
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  • Everyone following me on this?
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  • Okay.
  • 00:18:32.250 --> 00:18:33.140
  • So, now, listen to me.
  • 00:18:33.170 --> 00:18:35.110
  • If you're starting to get depressed, don't get depressed,
  • 00:18:35.140 --> 00:18:42.190
  • because there really are demons.
  • 00:18:42.220 --> 00:18:44.180
  • They really do enter people, but here's point three.
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  • Jesus really does cast them out.
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  • He really does.
  • 00:18:51.210 --> 00:18:56.120
  • Now, go to Luke 10.
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  • All right, Luke 10:17.
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  • Jesus had sent 70, he sent the 12 out with power over demons.
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  • Then, he sent 70 out.
  • 00:19:04.090 --> 00:19:06.080
  • And then, Luke 10:17 says: "Then the 70 returned with joy,
  • 00:19:06.110 --> 00:19:11.170
  • saying, 'Lord,'" -- they're talking to Jesus now.
  • 00:19:11.200 --> 00:19:14.010
  • "Even the demons are subject to us in your name."
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  • Here's what in essence he says.
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  • That doesn't impress me.
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  • 'Cause here's what he says.
  • 00:19:21.130 --> 00:19:22.160
  • "And he said to them, 'I saw Satan fall like lightning
  • 00:19:22.190 --> 00:19:23.280
  • from heaven.'"
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  • Listen.
  • 00:19:26.200 --> 00:19:27.200
  • When he rebelled against my Father, he was out
  • 00:19:27.230 --> 00:19:29.190
  • quicker than lightning.
  • 00:19:29.220 --> 00:19:31.020
  • So I'm not impressed by Satan, a created being.
  • 00:19:31.050 --> 00:19:34.090
  • "Behold, I give you the authority," I give you
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  • the authority, "To trample on serpents and scorpions."
  • 00:19:37.230 --> 00:19:41.020
  • There are types and shadows again.
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  • He doesn't mean snakes and stinging critters.
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  • Okay?
  • 00:19:45.070 --> 00:19:46.080
  • This is demons, the whole subject's about demons.
  • 00:19:46.110 --> 00:19:49.120
  • "Serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy.
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  • And nothing shall by any means hurt you.
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  • Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this," --
  • 00:19:56.130 --> 00:19:59.100
  • notice, you don't need to be excited about this.
  • 00:19:59.130 --> 00:20:00.280
  • This isn't the exciting part.
  • 00:20:01.010 --> 00:20:03.010
  • "That the spirits are subject to you,"
  • 00:20:03.040 --> 00:20:05.030
  • but I do want you to notice the spirits are subject.
  • 00:20:05.060 --> 00:20:07.240
  • This word, by the way, subject means obedient,
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  • submissive, slaves.
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  • That's what it means.
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  • Obedient, submissive slaves, in the name of Jesus.
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  • "'Don't rejoice that the spirits are subject to you,
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  • but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.'
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  • In that hour, Jesus rejoiced in the spirit,
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  • and said, 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
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  • that you have hidden these things,'" now, remember
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  • the words these things.
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  • "From the wise and the prudent."
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  • In other words, the people who think they're smart.
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  • "And revealed them to these babes."
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  • These young disciples.
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  • "Even so, Father, for it seemed good in your sight."
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  • Okay.
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  • Notice, he said, "Father, thank you, you've hidden
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  • these things."
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  • What were they just talking about?
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  • They were talking about authority over demons.
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  • And he said, "I know God that the smart people don't
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  • believe there are demons.
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  • They don't believe that we have authority over 'em,
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  • but these precious babes, these young believers, they know.
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  • They saw it.
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  • They understand that.
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  • I thank you, Lord, for that."
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  • The spirits are subject in his name.
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  • See, we don't have a problem knowing that God has the power.
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  • But what the enemy does is focus on our weakness
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  • and our history.
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  • And say, "Well, now you can't get free.
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  • Other people can get free, but you can't get free
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  • because I really got a bondage, a stronghold,
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  • in this area."
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  • Okay.
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  • I just want to remind you, this man was -- in Mark 5,
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  • where we started?
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  • He was demonized.
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  • A legion, 6.826.
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  • He lived naked in the cemetery.
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  • Okay?
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  • So none of you are as in bondage as this guy.
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  • I mean, y'all got your clothes on, so that's good.
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  • So none of you are as in bondage as this guy.
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  • So I want to show you something that'll give you hope.
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  • Mark 5:6 says: "When he saw Jesus from afar,
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  • he ran and worshiped him."
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  • Here's what I want to tell you.
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  • Satan does not have the power to stop you
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  • from coming to Jesus.
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  • That's what we've just read.
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  • If he could've stopped anyone,
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  • he could've stopped that guy.
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  • So if you're in bondage, if you have a difficulty
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  • in your life, if you have a weakness, if you have an area
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  • of sin you can't stop, you can't break,
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  • you're probably in bondage in that area.
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  • You're under the influence in that area.
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  • But Jesus can set you free.
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  • Is there an area of your life that if you're honest,
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  • in that area, you're under the influence of the enemy?
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  • Have you opened a door, or a window, in your life?
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  • You know, I gave the illustration about a Christian
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  • who might begin to look at pornography on the internet.
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  • And then, he does something totally out of character,
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  • that he's very ashamed of, but it's because
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  • he's under the influence.
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  • He's opened the door to the thief,
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  • and the thief is stealing, killing, and destroying.
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  • I want you to know, Jesus came to set you free.
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  • I want to encourage you to continue to watch,
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  • and continue to listen, because I'm going to continue
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  • this series next week.
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  • And I very seldom ever say this, but if you could
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  • get the CDs or the DVDs, there is more content
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  • on the CDs and the DVDs.
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  • I couldn't show all of the content, all that I shared,
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  • in just the television program.
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  • So please, get the CDs, get the DVDs, watch next week,
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  • because Jesus really does want you to be free indeed.
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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.
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  • 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 while you're there, please take a moment to share
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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.
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  • Just one king and just one crown
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  • Could rule and reign here till the darkness has bowed down
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  • So hear your people as we pray
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  • And humbly seek your face, we seek your face
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  • Whatever you want Whatever you ask
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  • Our lives are yours we gladly lay them in your hands
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  • Set revival free In our surrendering
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  • Come start a fire and let it burn
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  • We're crying out till heaven fills the earth oh oh oh
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  • Just one love and just one hope
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  • Could unify this great divide and make us whole
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  • A royal priesthood for your fame A people called
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  • by your great name by your great name
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  • ROBERT: I want to invite you to check out The King's University
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  • right here at Gateway Church.
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  • Dr. Jack Hayford founded this university about 20 years ago,
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  • and now we have the honor and the privilege of stewarding
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  • this university.
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  • This is a university where you can get your bachelor's degree,
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  • your master's degree, all the way to your doctorate.
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  • We love you so much.
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  • Please, if you're looking for a university,
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  • check out The King's University.
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