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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • IN THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW,
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  • WE READ THAT JESUS WAS LED BY THE SPIRIT
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  • INTO THE WILDERNESS TO BE TEMPTED BY THE DEVIL.
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  • SO WOULD GOD PUT ANY ONE OF US THROUGH
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  • THAT SAME TYPE OF TEST,
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  • AND DOES THAT MEAN GOD IS THE ONE
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  • WHO LEADS US INTO TEMPTATION?
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  • WELL, THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TESTING AND TEMPTING,
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  • AND THAT'S A DISTINCTION I WANNA MAKE CLEAR TO YOU TODAY.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED THE TRUTH ABOUT TESTING
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • FOR JESUS, PRAYER WAS KEY
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  • TO HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY.
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  • SO IF THE SON OF GOD BELIEVED PRAYER WAS IMPORTANT,
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  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL IS PRAYER FOR YOU AND ME?
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  • IN HER BRAND NEW BOOK, "PRAY BIG THINGS",
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  • JULIA JEFFRESS-SADLER CHALLENGES YOU TO PRAY BIG THINGS,
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  • AND EXPERIENCE GOD'S EVEN BIGGER ANSWERS.
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  • ARE YOU READY TO SEE GOD MOVE IN YOUR LIFE
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  • LIKE NEVER BEFORE?
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  • REQUEST THE BOOK "PRAY BIG THINGS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • WELL TODAY, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SUBJECT OF TESTING,
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  • SO IT'S ONLY LOGICAL THAT WE WOULD BEGIN THE MESSAGE
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  • WITH A TEST, OKAY?
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  • TAKE OUT YOUR PAPERS, TAKE OUT A PEN,
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  • AND THERE ARE THREE QUESTIONS TO THIS TEST.
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  • PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYES ON YOUR OWN PAPER, OKAY?
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  • A VERY SIMPLE QUESTION, QUESTION NUMBER ONE,
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  • WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TEMPTATIONS
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  • THAT COME INTO MY LIFE?
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  • IS IT GOD, OR IS IT SATAN?
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  • WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TEMPTATIONS
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  • THAT COME INTO MY LIFE,
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  • IS IT GOD, OR IS IT SATAN?
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  • QUESTION NUMBER TWO, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TESTS
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  • THAT COME INTO MY LIFE?
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  • WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TESTS THAT COME INTO MY LIFE?
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  • IS IT GOD, OR IS IT SATAN?
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  • AND THEN QUESTION NUMBER THREE,
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  • IS IT ALL RIGHT TO ASK GOD
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  • TO SPARE ME FROM DIFFICULT SITUATIONS IN LIFE,
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  • EVEN IF THOSE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS STRENGTHEN MY FAITH?
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  • IS IT OKAY TO ASK GOD TO KEEP ME
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  • FROM GOING THROUGH DIFFICULTIES IN LIFE,
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  • TO SPARE ME FROM ALL PROBLEMS IN LIFE,
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  • EVEN IF THOSE PROBLEMS STRENGTHEN MY FAITH?
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  • I THINK THE ANSWER TO ALL THREE QUESTIONS
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  • WILL SURPRISE YOU THIS MORNING.
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  • WE'RE GONNA FIND THEM IN MATTHEW 6:13,
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  • IF YOU WOULD TURN THERE
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  • AS WE LOOK AT THE TRUTH ABOUT TESTING.
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  • REMEMBER THE BACKGROUND FOR THIS PRAYER?
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  • THE DISCIPLES HAD HUNG AROUND JESUS JUST LONG ENOUGH
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  • TO BE CAPTIVATED BY THE KIND OF LIFE HE LED.
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  • THEY SAW THE SUPERNATURAL POWER THAT FLOWED THROUGH HIM,
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  • THEY SAW HOW HE HAD PEACE OF MIND
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  • NO MATTER WHAT WAS HAPPENING AROUND HIM,
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  • THEY SAW HIS INTIMACY WITH GOD, AND THEY SAID YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • WE WANT SOME OF THAT IN OUR LIFE.
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  • NOW, THESE WEREN'T THE SMARTEST BULBS IN THE UNIVERSE,
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  • THESE DISCIPLES, BUT EVEN THEY WERE ABLE TO CONNECT THE DOTS
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  • BETWEEN THE KIND OF SUPERNATURAL POWER
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  • JESUS EXPERIENCED EVERY DAY AND HIS PRAYER LIFE.
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  • THEY PUT THE TWO TOGETHER, THEY REALIZED THAT PRAYER
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  • WAS THE CHANNEL THROUGH WHICH THE POWER OF GOD
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  • FLOWED INTO JESUS' LIFE.
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  • AND SO THEY SAID TO JESUS,
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  • "JESUS, TEACH US TO PRAY THE WAY YOU PRAY.
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  • "WE WANT SOME OF THAT POWER IN OUR LIFE,
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  • "TEACH US TO PRAY THE WAY YOU PRAY."
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  • AND REMEMBER HOW JESUS RESPONDED?
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  • HE SAID OKAY, YOU WANNA KNOW HOW TO PRAY?
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  • PRAY IN THIS WAY.
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  • NOW, HE DIDN'T SAY PRAY THIS PRAYER,
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  • NOWHERE DID HE INSTRUCT US TO PRAY THIS PRAYER
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  • WORD FOR WORD, THESE ARE NOT MAGICAL WORDS,
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  • KINDA LIKE HOCUS POCUS OR ABRA CADABRA,
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  • THAT IF YOU JUST SAY THEM,
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  • GREAT THINGS HAPPEN INTO YOUR LIFE.
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  • NO, THIS IS A PATTERN FOR HOW TO PRAY.
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  • REMEMBER, JESUS SAID WHEN YOU PRAY, PRAY THIS WAY.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, DON'T COME RUSHING TO GOD
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  • WITH EVERYTHING YOU WANT, THERE'S TIME FOR THAT LATER,
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  • FIRST OF ALL, FOCUS ON THE GLORY OF GOD,
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  • OUR FATHER, ABBA, DADDY, PAPA,
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  • OUR DADDY WHO IS IN HEAVEN,
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  • REMEMBER THAT RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE WITH GOD,
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  • BUT ALSO REMEMBER HE'S HOLY, HALLOWED, HOLY IS YOUR NAME.
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  • WHEN YOU COME TO GOD, SPEND A FEW MOMENTS REFLECTING ON
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  • HOW DIFFERENT GOD IS THAN YOU ARE.
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  • AND ISN'T THAT A GOOD THING,
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  • THAT GOD IS DIFFERENT THAN YOU ARE, OR THAT I AM?
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  • GOD, THANK YOU THAT YOU ARE ALL POWERFUL
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  • WHEN I'M LESS THAN ALL POWERFUL,
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  • THANK YOU THAT YOU ARE ALL WISE
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  • WHEN I'M LESS THAN ALL WISE,
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  • THANK YOU THAT YOU ARE FAITHFUL EVEN WHEN I'M FAITHLESS.
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  • REMEMBER THE HOLINESS, THE SEPARATENESS OF GOD,
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  • IT ONLY FOLLOWS THAT IF GOD IS DIFFERENT THAN WE ARE,
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  • THEN HIS PRIORITIES OUGHTA TAKE PRECEDENT OVER OURS,
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  • AND THAT'S WHY HE SAYS PRAY THY KINGDOM COME,
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  • THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT'S BEING DONE IN HEAVEN.
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  • THAT IS, FATHER, JUST IN THE SAME WAY THAT ONE DAY
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO RULE OVER THIS ENTIRE WORLD,
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  • I WANT YOU TO TAKE CHARGE OF MY LIFE.
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  • TODAY, I'M SUBMITTING EVERY PART OF MY LIFE TO YOUR RULE.
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  • THAT'S HOW WE BEGIN TO PRAY,
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  • BUT THEN IT'S FINE TO GO IN TO A LIST OF THINGS
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  • YOU'RE INTERESTED IN, THINGS YOU WANT FROM GOD.
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  • JESUS TAUGHT US TO PRAY FOR OUR NEEDS,
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  • AND HE MENTIONS THREE OF THEM, BEGINNING IN VERSE 11,
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  • HE SAID FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE A NEED FOR PROVISION,
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  • THAT MEANS OF FOOD AND SHELTER AND CLOTHING, MONEY,
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  • WE NEED THOSE THINGS, GOD KNOWS THAT,
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  • GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD, GIVE US WHAT WE NEED.
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  • SECONDLY, WE'RE TO PRAY FOR A PARDON FROM SINS,
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  • AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, OUR SINS,
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  • AS WE HAVE FORGIVEN OUR DEBTORS.
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  • THAT'S NOT JUST A ONE TIME PRAYER OF SALVATION
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  • FOR OUR FORGIVENESS OF SINS,
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  • IT IS A DAILY CONFESSING, REPENTING,
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  • TURNING AWAY FROM SIN SO THAT OUR FAMILY RELATIONSHIP
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  • WITH OUR FATHER STAYS INTACT.
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  • AND THEN WHEN WE GET TO VERSE 13,
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  • THE FINAL NEED WE ALL HAVE IS FOR PROTECTION.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 13, "AND DO NOT LEAD US INTO TEMPTATION,
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  • "BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL."
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  • NOW, THAT RAISES THE QUESTION DOES GOD EVER TEMPT US?
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  • DOESN'T IT STAND TO REASON THAT IF JESUS SAID
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  • PRAY THAT GOD WOULDN'T LEAD YOU INTO TEMPTATION
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  • THAT MAYBE SOMETIMES HE DOES LEAD YOU INTO TEMPTATION?
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  • WHY WOULD YOU PRAY THIS PRAYER IF IT WERE NOT A POSSIBILITY?
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  • LEMME ASK YOU THIS MORNING,
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  • HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD SAY PASTOR,
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  • GOD NEVER TEMPTS HIS CHILDREN, THAT'S CLEAR IN SCRIPTURE,
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  • GOD NEVER TEMPTS HIS CHILDREN, WOULD YOU RAISE YOUR HANDS?
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  • COME ON, DON'T BE BASHFUL, Y'ALL LOOK LIKE YOU'RE NOT SURE,
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  • RAISE YOUR HANDS, GOD NEVER TEMPTS HIS CHILDREN, OKAY?
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  • FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO RAISED YOUR HANDS,
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  • LISTEN TO MATTHEW 4:1,
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  • "THEN JESUS WAS LED UP BY THE SPIRIT
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  • "INTO THE WILDERNESS TO BE TEMPTED BY THE DEVIL."
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  • NOW, IT'S THE DEVIL WHO TEMPTED JESUS, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT,
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  • BUT WHO LED HIM INTO THAT PLACE OF TEMPTATION?
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  • THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
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  • HE LED JESUS INTO A TIME OF TEMPTATION.
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  • HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD SAY WELL,
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  • THAT CONVINCES ME, OR PASTOR,
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  • I'M ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE THAT GOD DOES SOMETIMES TEMPT US,
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  • WOULD YOU RAISE YOUR HAND?
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  • SURE, GOD DOES SOMETIMES TEMPT US, OKAY?
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  • I WANT YOU ALL TO LISTEN TO JAMES 1:13 AND 14.
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  • LISTEN TO WHAT JAMES SAID,
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  • "LET NO ONE SAY WHEN HE IS TEMPTED,
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  • "I AM BEING TEMPTED BY GOD,
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  • "FOR GOD CANNOT BE TEMPTED BY EVIL,
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  • "AND HE HIMSELF DOES NOT TEMPT ANYONE.
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  • "BUT EACH ONE IS TEMPTED WHEN HE IS CARRIED AWAY
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  • "AND ENTICED BY HIS OWN LUST."
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  • NEVER SAY I'M BEGIN TEMPTED BY GOD,
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  • AND BY THE WAY, THAT WORD BY,
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  • THAT PREPOSITION IN THE GREEK LANGUAGE
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  • IS A PREPOSITION OF INDIRECT AGENCY, IN OTHER WORDS,
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  • JAMES IS SAYING WHEN YOU'RE TEMPTED,
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  • DON'T SAY GOD TEMPTED ME, I'M BEING TEMPTED BY GOD,
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  • GOD IS NOT DIRECTLY TEMPTING ANYONE, IN FACT,
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  • HE'S NOT EVEN INDIRECTLY INVOLVED IN YOUR TEMPTATION,
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  • HE HAS ZERO TO DO WITH IT.
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  • YOU KNOW WHY TEMPTATION COMES?
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  • HE TELLS US HERE, HERE'S THE FORMULA,
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  • EACH ONE IS TEMPTED WHEN HE IS CARRIED AWAY,
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  • THAT MEANS DRAWN BY AN INWARD POWER,
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  • AND ENTICED, THAT MEANS HOOKED, BY HIS OWN LUST.
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  • JAMES SAID THE REASON WE FALL INTO SIN
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  • IS BECAUSE OF OUR CORRUPT DESIRES ON THE INSIDE,
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  • AND SATAN, WHO DANGLES THE RIGHT BAIT IN FROM OF US
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  • ON THE OUTSIDE, SATAN IS A MASTER FISHERMAN,
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  • HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT BAIT WILL HOOK YOU.
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  • FOR SOME PEOPLE IT'S SEX, FOR SOME PEOPLE IT'S PRESTIGE,
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  • FOR SOME PEOPLE IT'S MONEY,
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  • HE KNOWS EXACTLY THE RIGHT BAIT TO DANGLE IN FRONT OF YOU,
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  • AND WHEN YOU'RE CORRUPT DESIRES SEE THAT BAIT
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  • AND YOU SNAP AT IT, JAMES SAYS YOU'RE HOOKED,
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  • THAT'S WHAT THE WORD ENTICED MEANS,
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  • IT'S A FISHING TERM THAT'S USED FOR THE HOOKING OF A FISH,
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  • THAT'S HOW TEMPTATION COMES,
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  • OUR CORRUPT DESIRES COUPLED WITH SATAN'S TEMPTATION.
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  • SO HOW DO YOU RECONCILE WHAT JAMES IS SAYING HERE,
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  • THAT GOD HAS NO PART IN OUR TEMPTATION
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  • WITH JESUS' CLEAR INSTRUCTION TO PRAY
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  • LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION?
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  • NOW FOLKS, THIS ISN'T JUST THEOLOGY OR PHILOSOPHY,
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  • WHAT I'M GONNA SHARE WITH YOU AFFECTS YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE,
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  • SO STAY WITH ME ON THIS.
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  • THE ONLY WAY TO UNDERSTAND THIS APPARENT CONTRADICTION
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  • IN SCRIPTURE IS TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE
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  • BETWEEN TEMPTATION AND TESTING.
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  • NOW IN ENGLISH, WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT WORDS,
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  • WE HAVE ONE WORD, TEMPTATION,
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  • IF YOU LOOK UP TEMPTATION IN WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY,
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  • IT MEANS TO ENTICE TO DO EVIL, THAT'S WHAT TEMPTATION IS,
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  • IT'S AN ENTICEMENT TO DO EVIL.
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  • AND IT'S TRUE, GOD NEVER ENTICES ANYBODY TO DO EVIL,
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  • HE NEVER USES EVIL, HE NEVER WANTS PEOPLE TO COMMIT EVIL.
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  • GOD NEVER IS INVOLVED IN TEMPTING PEOPLE,
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  • THAT'S WHAT SATAN DOES,
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  • HE TEMPTS PEOPLE IN ORDER TO DESTROY THEM.
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  • ON THE OTHER HAND, WE HAVE A WORD TEST,
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  • AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TESTING,
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  • THAT ALWAYS HAS A POSITIVE RESULT IN MIND,
  • 00:10:38.210 --> 00:10:41.100
  • IT MEANS A DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCE THAT IS USED
  • 00:10:41.110 --> 00:10:44.040
  • TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH.
  • 00:10:44.050 --> 00:10:45.230
  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS GOD TESTS PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME,
  • 00:10:45.240 --> 00:10:49.040
  • HE TESTS HIS CHILDREN NOT TO DESTROY THEM,
  • 00:10:49.050 --> 00:10:52.110
  • BUT TO STRENGTHEN THEM,
  • 00:10:52.120 --> 00:10:53.240
  • AND THAT'S WHY JAMES 1:2 SAYS,
  • 00:10:53.250 --> 00:10:55.120
  • "COUNT IT ALL JOY, MY BRETHREN,
  • 00:10:55.130 --> 00:10:56.250
  • "WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER VARIOUS TRIALS,
  • 00:10:56.260 --> 00:10:58.260
  • "KNOWING THAT THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH PRODUCES ENDURANCE."
  • 00:10:58.270 --> 00:11:02.110
  • NOW HERE'S WHERE IT GETS INTERESTING,
  • 00:11:02.120 --> 00:11:04.180
  • EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT WORDS,
  • 00:11:04.190 --> 00:11:06.190
  • TEMPTATION AND TEST, IN THE GREEK LANGUAGE,
  • 00:11:06.200 --> 00:11:10.130
  • THERE'S ONLY ONE WORD, PEIRASMOS,
  • 00:11:10.140 --> 00:11:14.020
  • AND THAT WORD SOMETIMES MEANS TEMPTATION,
  • 00:11:14.030 --> 00:11:17.270
  • THE ENTICEMENT TO DO EVIL,
  • 00:11:17.280 --> 00:11:19.260
  • AND SOMETIMES THAT SAME WORD MEANS TO TEST,
  • 00:11:19.270 --> 00:11:23.290
  • TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH, ONE WORD THAT HAS TWO MEANINGS.
  • 00:11:24.000 --> 00:11:28.010
  • AND IF THAT SEEMS STRANGE TO YOU,
  • 00:11:28.020 --> 00:11:29.130
  • WE HAVE THAT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, DON'T WE?
  • 00:11:29.140 --> 00:11:31.070
  • FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT DOES THE WORD BANK MEAN, B-A-N-K, BANK?
  • 00:11:31.080 --> 00:11:37.110
  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
  • 00:11:37.120 --> 00:11:39.030
  • WELL, IT DEPENDS ON THE CONTEXT IN WHICH YOU USE IT.
  • 00:11:39.040 --> 00:11:40.230
  • YOU CAN SAY I'M GOING TO MAKE A DEPOSIT IN THE BANK,
  • 00:11:40.240 --> 00:11:43.190
  • WE UNDERSTAND THAT,
  • 00:11:43.200 --> 00:11:45.040
  • BUT IF WE SAY THE AIRPLANE'S ABOUT TO BANK TO THE LEFT,
  • 00:11:45.050 --> 00:11:48.030
  • IT MEANS SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT,
  • 00:11:48.040 --> 00:11:50.050
  • OR IF WE TALK ABOUT THE RIVER OVERFLOWED ITS BANK,
  • 00:11:50.060 --> 00:11:52.290
  • IT MEANS SOMETHING ELSE.
  • 00:11:53.000 --> 00:11:54.140
  • THE MEANING OF THE WORD DEPENDS UPON ITS CONTEXT.
  • 00:11:54.150 --> 00:11:57.070
  • NOW, THIS IS TRUE FOR THE WORD PEIRASMOS,
  • 00:11:57.080 --> 00:11:59.270
  • WHICH IS BEST TRANSLATED A DIFFICULT SITUATION.
  • 00:11:59.280 --> 00:12:03.180
  • SOMETIMES THAT WORD PEIRASMOS CAN MEAN A TEMPTATION,
  • 00:12:03.190 --> 00:12:07.030
  • AN ENTICEMENT TO DO EVIL,
  • 00:12:07.040 --> 00:12:08.210
  • SOMETIMES IT CAN MEAN A TEST,
  • 00:12:08.220 --> 00:12:10.050
  • A DIFFICULT SITUATION TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH.
  • 00:12:10.060 --> 00:12:12.240
  • IN JAMES 1, JAMES USES THAT SAME WORD TO MEAN BOTH THINGS.
  • 00:12:12.250 --> 00:12:17.120
  • IN JAMES 1:2, HE SAYS,
  • 00:12:17.130 --> 00:12:18.260
  • "CONSIDER IT ALL JOY, MY BRETHREN,
  • 00:12:18.270 --> 00:12:20.180
  • "WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER VARIOUS PEIRASMOS, TRIALS,"
  • 00:12:20.190 --> 00:12:24.150
  • DIFFICULT SITUATIONS,
  • 00:12:24.160 --> 00:12:26.090
  • "KNOWING THAT THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH PRODUCES ENDURANCE."
  • 00:12:26.100 --> 00:12:29.260
  • BUT THEN DOWN IN JAMES 1:13 TO 14,
  • 00:12:29.270 --> 00:12:32.250
  • EVEN THOUGH THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CHANGES TO TEMPTATION,
  • 00:12:32.260 --> 00:12:35.220
  • JAMES USES THE SAME GREEK WORD, HE SAID,
  • 00:12:35.230 --> 00:12:37.280
  • "LET NOBODY SAY WHEN HE IS TEMPTED,"
  • 00:12:37.290 --> 00:12:40.060
  • PEIRASMOS, SAME WORD,
  • 00:12:40.070 --> 00:12:42.000
  • "I'M BEING TEMPTED BY GOD."
  • 00:12:42.010 --> 00:12:44.030
  • NOW, HERE'S THE IMPORTANT POINT,
  • 00:12:44.040 --> 00:12:46.120
  • A DIFFICULT SITUATION CAN BE BOTH
  • 00:12:46.130 --> 00:12:50.100
  • A TEMPTATION AND A TEST AT THE SAME TIME.
  • 00:12:50.110 --> 00:12:56.030
  • WHEN YOU GO THROUGH A DIFFICULT SITUATION,
  • 00:12:56.040 --> 00:12:58.130
  • IT CAN BE BOTH A TEMPTATION AND A TEST AT THE SAME TIME.
  • 00:12:58.140 --> 00:13:01.060
  • LET'S SAY THE DOCTOR TELLS YOU YOU HAVE CANCER.
  • 00:13:01.070 --> 00:13:05.130
  • IS THAT A TEMPTATION, OR IS IT A TEST?
  • 00:13:05.140 --> 00:13:08.210
  • WELL, SATAN'S GONNA USE THAT DIFFICULT SITUATION
  • 00:13:08.220 --> 00:13:11.060
  • TO TEMPT YOU TO DENY GOD,
  • 00:13:11.070 --> 00:13:13.020
  • TO DESTROY YOUR FAITH,
  • 00:13:13.030 --> 00:13:14.150
  • TO MAKE YOU THINK THAT IF GOD REALLY LOVES YOU,
  • 00:13:14.160 --> 00:13:16.100
  • WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD HE LET YOU HAVE CANCER?
  • 00:13:16.110 --> 00:13:18.160
  • SO FOR SATAN, IT'S A TEMPTATION, BUT AT THE SAME TIME,
  • 00:13:18.170 --> 00:13:22.000
  • GOD IS USING THAT DIFFICULT SITUATION IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:13:22.010 --> 00:13:25.180
  • TO TEST YOU, TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH.
  • 00:13:25.190 --> 00:13:28.190
  • WHETHER THAT DIFFICULT SITUATION ENDS UP BEING A TEMPTATION
  • 00:13:28.200 --> 00:13:32.130
  • THAT DESTROYS YOUR FAITH OR A TEST
  • 00:13:32.140 --> 00:13:34.140
  • THAT STRENGTHENS YOUR FAITH DEPENDS ON YOUR RESPONSE TO IT.
  • 00:13:34.150 --> 00:13:38.150
  • YOU SEE, A PEIRASMOS, A DIFFICULT SITUATION,
  • 00:13:38.160 --> 00:13:40.250
  • IS NEITHER GOOD NOR BAD,
  • 00:13:40.260 --> 00:13:42.200
  • IT'S NEITHER EVIL NOR RIGHTEOUS,
  • 00:13:42.210 --> 00:13:44.180
  • IT DEPENDS UPON YOUR RESPONSE TO IT.
  • 00:13:44.190 --> 00:13:47.050
  • THINK ABOUT JOB,
  • 00:13:47.060 --> 00:13:49.220
  • ONE DAY SATAN CAME TO GOD AND SAID LOOK AT YOUR SERVANT JOB,
  • 00:13:49.230 --> 00:13:54.000
  • LOOK AT ALL THE GOOD THINGS HE'S DONE FOR YOU,
  • 00:13:54.010 --> 00:13:56.160
  • NO WONDER HE WORSHIPS YOU,
  • 00:13:56.170 --> 00:13:57.220
  • BUT LET ME HAVE A ROUND OR TWO WITH HIM,
  • 00:13:57.230 --> 00:13:59.250
  • LET ME TOUCH HIM, LET ME TAKE AWAY ALL OF THESE BLESSINGS,
  • 00:13:59.260 --> 00:14:02.290
  • AND HE'LL CURSE YOU.
  • 00:14:03.000 --> 00:14:04.150
  • SO GOD SAYS OKAY, YOU HAVE AT IT.
  • 00:14:04.160 --> 00:14:06.110
  • GOD DIDN'T DIRECTLY CAUSE THESE PROBLEMS,
  • 00:14:06.120 --> 00:14:07.280
  • BUT HE GAVE SATAN PERMISSION,
  • 00:14:07.290 --> 00:14:09.220
  • SO HE WAS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE.
  • 00:14:09.230 --> 00:14:11.190
  • NOW, JOB DIDN'T KNOW ANY OF THIS,
  • 00:14:11.200 --> 00:14:13.090
  • HE'S JUST SITTING THERE ONE DAY, MINDING HIS OWN BUSINESS,
  • 00:14:13.100 --> 00:14:16.050
  • WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN HE GETS WORD
  • 00:14:16.060 --> 00:14:17.180
  • THAT ALL OF HIS CATTLE HAVE BEEN DESTROYED,
  • 00:14:17.190 --> 00:14:19.090
  • AND THEN HE GETS ANOTHER WORD THAT A FREAK WINDSTORM
  • 00:14:19.100 --> 00:14:22.140
  • COLLAPSED THE ROOF OF HIS HOUSE AND KILLED HIS 10 CHILDREN,
  • 00:14:22.150 --> 00:14:24.250
  • AND THEN HE STARTS LOOKING AT THE BOILS ON HIM
  • 00:14:24.260 --> 00:14:27.020
  • AND HE LOSES HIS HEALTH,
  • 00:14:27.030 --> 00:14:28.130
  • ALL OF THESE THINGS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME,
  • 00:14:28.140 --> 00:14:30.210
  • HE GOES THROUGH THIS TREMENDOUS TIME OF TESTING.
  • 00:14:30.220 --> 00:14:33.150
  • NOW, SATAN IS USING THIS DIFFICULT SITUATION
  • 00:14:33.160 --> 00:14:36.180
  • TO DESTROY JOB'S FAITH.
  • 00:14:36.190 --> 00:14:39.100
  • "WHY NOT CURSE GOD AND DIE?" HIS WIFE SAYS.
  • 00:14:39.110 --> 00:14:42.260
  • AT THE SAME TIME, GOD IS USING THIS DIFFICULT SITUATION
  • 00:14:42.270 --> 00:14:46.190
  • TO STRENGTHEN JOB, AND BECAUSE JOB ENDED UP TRUSTING IN GOD,
  • 00:14:46.200 --> 00:14:51.020
  • EVEN THOUGH HE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND
  • 00:14:51.030 --> 00:14:52.170
  • THE ANSWER TO THE WHY QUESTION,
  • 00:14:52.180 --> 00:14:54.110
  • THESE DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES BECAME A TEST
  • 00:14:54.120 --> 00:14:57.120
  • RATHER THAN A TEMPTATION, DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT?
  • 00:14:57.130 --> 00:15:00.160
  • DIFFICULT SITUATIONS ARE NEITHER GOOD NOR BAD,
  • 00:15:00.170 --> 00:15:03.210
  • THEY'RE A TEMPTATION OR A TEST
  • 00:15:03.220 --> 00:15:05.270
  • DEPENDING UPON OUR RESPONSE TO THEM.
  • 00:15:05.280 --> 00:15:09.180
  • SEVERAL WEEKS AGO,
  • 00:15:09.190 --> 00:15:11.030
  • WE HAD THE DIRECTOR OF JONI EARECKSON TADA'S MINISTRY
  • 00:15:11.040 --> 00:15:16.250
  • WORSHIPING WITH US,
  • 00:15:16.260 --> 00:15:18.020
  • I SHARED THIS WITH OUR CROWD LAST SUNDAY NIGHT,
  • 00:15:18.030 --> 00:15:20.000
  • JONI, YOU KNOW, WAS IN THAT FREAK DIVING ACCIDENT 40 YEARS,
  • 00:15:20.010 --> 00:15:23.240
  • SHE'S BEEN IN A WHEELCHAIR EVER SINCE,
  • 00:15:23.250 --> 00:15:25.200
  • AND JUST RECENTLY SHE WAS DIAGNOSED
  • 00:15:25.210 --> 00:15:28.010
  • WITH BREAST CANCER.
  • 00:15:28.020 --> 00:15:29.200
  • AND THE DIRECTOR OF HER MINISTRY TOLD ME
  • 00:15:29.210 --> 00:15:32.030
  • THE FIRST WORDS OUT OF JONI'S MOUTH
  • 00:15:32.040 --> 00:15:34.180
  • WHEN SHE LEARNED SHE HAD CANCER
  • 00:15:34.190 --> 00:15:36.110
  • WERE I WONDER WHAT GOD'S GOING TO DO
  • 00:15:36.120 --> 00:15:39.150
  • THROUGH THIS IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:15:39.160 --> 00:15:42.100
  • SEE, THAT WAS A DIFFICULT SITUATION,
  • 00:15:42.110 --> 00:15:43.290
  • BUT SHE HAD DETERMINED THAT IT WAS GONNA BE A TEST
  • 00:15:44.000 --> 00:15:46.210
  • TO STRENGTHEN HER FAITH,
  • 00:15:46.220 --> 00:15:48.090
  • NOT A TEMPTATION THAT DESTROYED HER FAITH.
  • 00:15:48.100 --> 00:15:52.080
  • SO WHENEVER WE'RE PRAYING THIS PRAYER,
  • 00:15:52.090 --> 00:15:54.280
  • LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
  • 00:15:54.290 --> 00:15:57.100
  • BUT DELIVER INTO EVIL,
  • 00:15:57.110 --> 00:15:58.180
  • THAT WORD TEMPTATION COULD BE TRANSLATED
  • 00:15:58.190 --> 00:16:01.130
  • LORD, DO NOT LEAD US INTO DIFFICULT SITUATIONS,
  • 00:16:01.140 --> 00:16:06.000
  • BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.
  • 00:16:06.010 --> 00:16:09.090
  • NOW, WHAT EXACTLY IS JESUS TELLING US TO PRAY FOR?
  • 00:16:09.100 --> 00:16:12.280
  • TWO THINGS, WRITE THEM DOWN,
  • 00:16:12.290 --> 00:16:15.010
  • FIRST OF ALL, HE SAID WHEN YOU PRAY,
  • 00:16:15.020 --> 00:16:17.180
  • PRAY FOR AN EXEMPTION FROM PROBLEMS.
  • 00:16:17.190 --> 00:16:21.060
  • LEAD US NOT INTO DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.
  • 00:16:21.070 --> 00:16:24.100
  • THERE IS NOTHING WRONG AND EVERYTHING RIGHT
  • 00:16:24.110 --> 00:16:27.260
  • TO ASK GOD TO KEEP YOU OUT OF DIFFICULTIES.
  • 00:16:27.270 --> 00:16:31.220
  • LORD, JUST PROTECT ME FROM DIFFICULT SITUATIONS, WHY?
  • 00:16:31.230 --> 00:16:35.070
  • BECAUSE TESTS, ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE THE POSSIBILITY
  • 00:16:35.080 --> 00:16:38.200
  • OF GREAT SUCCESS, THEY ALSO HOLD THE POSSIBILITY OF FAILURE,
  • 00:16:38.210 --> 00:16:41.170
  • DON'T THEY?
  • 00:16:41.180 --> 00:16:43.180
  • I MEAN, LET'S SAY YOU'RE TAKING A CLASS IN SCHOOL
  • 00:16:43.190 --> 00:16:46.200
  • AND THE TEACHER SAYS NOW, AT THE END OF THE CLASS,
  • 00:16:46.210 --> 00:16:50.170
  • AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER, THERE'S GONNA BE A FINAL EXAM,
  • 00:16:50.180 --> 00:16:54.080
  • BUT THE FINAL EXAM IS OPTIONAL.
  • 00:16:54.090 --> 00:16:58.180
  • HOW MANY STUDENTS DO YOU THINK WOULD VOLUNTARILY SAY OH NO,
  • 00:16:58.190 --> 00:17:01.170
  • I WANNA TAKE THAT FINAL EXAM?
  • 00:17:01.180 --> 00:17:04.200
  • THERE'S ONE OR TWO NERDS IN EVERY CLASS
  • 00:17:04.210 --> 00:17:06.030
  • WHO SAY OH BOY, YEAH, YEAH, MAN,
  • 00:17:06.040 --> 00:17:07.180
  • I CAN STUDY AND SHOW HOW SMART I AM,
  • 00:17:07.190 --> 00:17:10.030
  • THOSE ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.
  • 00:17:10.040 --> 00:17:12.240
  • MOST PEOPLE WOULD OPT,
  • 00:17:12.250 --> 00:17:14.100
  • IF GIVEN A CHANCE, NOT TO GO THROUGH A FINAL EXAMINATION,
  • 00:17:14.110 --> 00:17:17.140
  • BECAUSE THEY KNOW ALTHOUGH AN EXAM
  • 00:17:17.150 --> 00:17:19.080
  • HAS A CHANCE TO GIVE SUCCESS,
  • 00:17:19.090 --> 00:17:22.040
  • IT ALSO HAS A CHANCE TO HIGHLIGHT FAILURE AS WELL.
  • 00:17:22.050 --> 00:17:24.280
  • THAT REMINDS ME OF A STORY I WAS READING THIS WEEK
  • 00:17:24.290 --> 00:17:27.020
  • ABOUT A COLLEGE SOPHOMORE WHO WAS REALLY DREADING
  • 00:17:27.030 --> 00:17:30.120
  • HIS FINAL EXAM IN ORNITHOLOGY, THE STUDY OF BIRDS.
  • 00:17:30.130 --> 00:17:34.190
  • THE PROFESSOR WAS TOUGH,
  • 00:17:34.200 --> 00:17:35.250
  • HE WAS NOTORIOUSLY HARD ON THIS FINAL EXAM,
  • 00:17:35.260 --> 00:17:38.060
  • BUT THE STUDENT PREPARED THE BEST HE COULD,
  • 00:17:38.070 --> 00:17:40.090
  • HE WALKS INTO THE CLASSROOM, AND TO HIS DISMAY,
  • 00:17:40.100 --> 00:17:44.030
  • THERE'S NO BLUE BOOK ON THE TABLE,
  • 00:17:44.040 --> 00:17:46.090
  • THERE'S NO MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAM.
  • 00:17:46.100 --> 00:17:48.200
  • INSTEAD, FOR THE FINAL,
  • 00:17:48.210 --> 00:17:50.140
  • THE PROFESSOR HAD PUT 25 PICTURES OF BIRDS
  • 00:17:50.150 --> 00:17:54.090
  • AROUND THE CLASSROOM, AND NOT JUST PICTURES OF BIRDS,
  • 00:17:54.100 --> 00:17:57.260
  • BUT JUST PICTURES OF BIRDS' FEET.
  • 00:17:57.270 --> 00:18:01.230
  • AND THE FINAL EXAM WAS TO IDENTIFY EACH OF THE 25 BIRDS
  • 00:18:01.240 --> 00:18:06.010
  • BY LOOKING AT THE FEET.
  • 00:18:06.020 --> 00:18:07.290
  • WELL, THIS STUDENT WAS SO FRUSTRATED,
  • 00:18:08.000 --> 00:18:10.070
  • HE SLAMMED HIS BOOK DOWN, HE SAID PROFESSOR,
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:11.250
  • THERE IS NO WAY ANYBODY COULD DO THAT,
  • 00:18:11.260 --> 00:18:13.260
  • NO WAY YOU COULD IDENTIFY A BIRD
  • 00:18:13.270 --> 00:18:15.140
  • JUST BY LOOKING AT THE FEET.
  • 00:18:15.150 --> 00:18:16.250
  • PROFESSOR SAID WELL, THAT'S THE FINAL EXAM.
  • 00:18:16.260 --> 00:18:18.060
  • THE STUDENT SAID WELL, I'M NOT GONNA DO IT.
  • 00:18:18.070 --> 00:18:19.130
  • HE SAID IF YOU DON'T DO IT, YOU'RE GONNA FAIL.
  • 00:18:19.140 --> 00:18:21.030
  • SO THE STUDENT STANDS UP AND WALKS OUT THE DOOR,
  • 00:18:21.040 --> 00:18:22.280
  • HE SAID I'M FINISHED WITH THIS CLASS.
  • 00:18:22.290 --> 00:18:24.150
  • THE PROFESSOR SAYS IF YOU WALK OUT THAT DOOR,
  • 00:18:24.160 --> 00:18:26.270
  • YOU HAVE FAILED, HE SAID I'M NOT TAKING THE EXAM.
  • 00:18:26.280 --> 00:18:29.210
  • THE PROFESSOR SAID OKAY, YOU FAIL.
  • 00:18:29.220 --> 00:18:32.000
  • NOW, TELL ME YOUR NAME.
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:33.230
  • THE STUDENT STOPPED, PULLED UP HIS PANTS LEGS,
  • 00:18:33.240 --> 00:18:35.290
  • TOOK OFF HIS SHOES AND SOCKS, HELD UP HIS FEET,
  • 00:18:36.000 --> 00:18:38.150
  • SAID YOU FIGURE IT OUT FOR YOURSELF.
  • 00:18:38.160 --> 00:18:47.280
  • NOW, WE DON'T LIKE TESTS, DO WE?
  • 00:18:47.290 --> 00:18:52.010
  • THEY MAY SHOW HOW SMART WE ARE,
  • 00:18:52.020 --> 00:18:53.230
  • BUT THEY MAY SHOW HOW STUPID WE ARE AS WELL.
  • 00:18:53.240 --> 00:18:58.160
  • JESUS SAID WHEN YOU PRAY, ASK GOD TO SPARE YOU FROM TESTING,
  • 00:18:58.170 --> 00:19:04.040
  • NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.
  • 00:19:04.050 --> 00:19:06.270
  • YOU KNOW WHY JESUS SAID IT'S OKAY TO ASK GOD
  • 00:19:06.280 --> 00:19:08.240
  • TO KEEP YOU FROM TESTING, FROM DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES?
  • 00:19:08.250 --> 00:19:12.080
  • BECAUSE THAT'S HOW JESUS PRAYED HIMSELF.
  • 00:19:12.090 --> 00:19:15.260
  • REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE?
  • 00:19:15.270 --> 00:19:18.010
  • THE CHOIR JUST SANG ABOUT IT.
  • 00:19:18.020 --> 00:19:19.200
  • THE NIGHT BEFORE HE WAS CRUCIFIED,
  • 00:19:19.210 --> 00:19:22.090
  • WHAT DID JESUS SAY TO GOD?
  • 00:19:22.100 --> 00:19:24.280
  • HE SAID GOD, IF IT'S ALL THE SAME TO YOU,
  • 00:19:24.290 --> 00:19:28.020
  • I'D RATHER NOT GO THROUGH THIS EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:19:28.030 --> 00:19:31.110
  • LET THIS CUP PASS FROM ME.
  • 00:19:31.120 --> 00:19:35.070
  • IT WASN'T JUST THE PHYSICAL TORTURE JESUS DREADED,
  • 00:19:35.080 --> 00:19:37.270
  • BUT THE SPIRITUAL SUFFERING OF BEARING THE SINS
  • 00:19:37.280 --> 00:19:40.280
  • OF THE ENTIRE WORLD,
  • 00:19:40.290 --> 00:19:42.090
  • OF TAKING GOD'S CONDEMNATION UPON HIMSELF.
  • 00:19:42.100 --> 00:19:44.260
  • HE SAID FATHER, I'D RATHER NOT GO THROUGH THIS.
  • 00:19:44.270 --> 00:19:47.030
  • WHY DID HE SAY THAT?
  • 00:19:47.040 --> 00:19:49.030
  • BECAUSE HE KNEW THIS TEST COULD GO EITHER WAY.
  • 00:19:49.040 --> 00:19:53.110
  • IF INDEED HE WERE OBEDIENT TO THE FATHER,
  • 00:19:53.120 --> 00:19:55.170
  • THEN THERE WOULD BE GREAT VICTORY.
  • 00:19:55.180 --> 00:19:58.180
  • BUT IF HE REFUSED TO SUBMIT TO THE FATHER'S WILL
  • 00:19:58.190 --> 00:20:01.030
  • AND GAVE INTO SATAN,
  • 00:20:01.040 --> 00:20:02.260
  • IT WOULD BE THE GREATEST DISASTER IN HISTORY.
  • 00:20:02.270 --> 00:20:05.250
  • SO HE SAID FATHER, IF IT'S ALL THE SAME TO YOU,
  • 00:20:05.260 --> 00:20:07.140
  • I WOULD JUST PREFER NOT TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS TEST,
  • 00:20:07.150 --> 00:20:09.260
  • BUT THEN HE QUICKLY ADDED YET NOT MY WILL
  • 00:20:09.270 --> 00:20:12.120
  • BUT YOUR WILL BE DONE.
  • 00:20:12.130 --> 00:20:15.120
  • JESUS SAID IN THE SAME WAY WE OUGHTA DAILY ASK GOD
  • 00:20:15.130 --> 00:20:18.100
  • TO PROTECT US FROM DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.
  • 00:20:18.110 --> 00:20:20.290
  • LEAD US NOT INTO DIFFICULTIES.
  • 00:20:21.000 --> 00:20:23.260
  • AND SO LIKE JESUS, WE SHOULD SAY LORD,
  • 00:20:23.270 --> 00:20:25.230
  • IF IT'S ALL THE SAME TO YOU,
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  • PLEASE KEEP THESE THINGS FROM HAPPENING TO ME.
  • 00:20:27.020 --> 00:20:30.220
  • BUT WE ALSO KNOW, LIKE JESUS DISCOVERED,
  • 00:20:30.230 --> 00:20:33.110
  • THAT SOMETIMES GOD HAS A DIFFERENT PLAN FOR US.
  • 00:20:33.120 --> 00:20:37.090
  • INSTEAD OF SPARING US, EXEMPTING US FROM PROBLEMS,
  • 00:20:37.100 --> 00:20:40.130
  • HIS PLAN IS TO TAKE US THROUGH PROBLEMS,
  • 00:20:40.140 --> 00:20:43.270
  • AND THAT'S WHY JESUS ADDED THIS SECOND PART OF THE PRAYER,
  • 00:20:43.280 --> 00:20:47.000
  • DELIVER US FROM EVIL.
  • 00:20:47.010 --> 00:20:49.020
  • THAT IS A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION THROUGH PROBLEMS,
  • 00:20:49.030 --> 00:20:53.160
  • A PROTECTION THROUGH PROBLEMS.
  • 00:20:53.170 --> 00:20:56.010
  • WHETHER GOD DIRECTLY CAUSED
  • 00:20:56.020 --> 00:20:59.010
  • THE DIFFICULTY YOU'RE EXPERIENCING,
  • 00:20:59.020 --> 00:21:01.150
  • WHETHER HE ALLOWED SATAN TO CAUSE IT,
  • 00:21:01.160 --> 00:21:04.020
  • OR WHETHER YOUR PROBLEM IS JUST THE RESULT
  • 00:21:04.030 --> 00:21:06.190
  • OF YOUR OWN STUPIDITY,
  • 00:21:06.200 --> 00:21:08.110
  • SOMETIMES WE SUFFER FOR OUR OWN STUPIDITY, DON'T WE?
  • 00:21:08.120 --> 00:21:11.280
  • BUT WHATEVER THE CAUSE, THE CATALYST FOR YOUR SUFFERING,
  • 00:21:11.290 --> 00:21:16.070
  • IT DIDN'T TAKE GOD BY SURPRISE.
  • 00:21:16.080 --> 00:21:19.010
  • IN PSALM 139, DAVID SAID,
  • 00:21:19.020 --> 00:21:21.100
  • "EVERY DETAIL OF EVERY DAY OF OUR LIVES
  • 00:21:21.110 --> 00:21:24.250
  • "WERE WRITTEN IN GOD'S BOOK
  • 00:21:24.260 --> 00:21:26.020
  • "BEFORE WE EVER BREATHED OUR FIRST BREATH."
  • 00:21:26.030 --> 00:21:28.060
  • ISN'T THAT AN AMAZING THOUGHT?
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  • BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD,
  • 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:31.110
  • HE WROTE DOWN EVERY DETAIL OF OUR LIFE.
  • 00:21:31.120 --> 00:21:35.270
  • BUT LISTEN TO THIS,
  • 00:21:35.280 --> 00:21:37.050
  • GOD NOT ONLY KNEW EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:21:37.060 --> 00:21:41.010
  • GOD HAS PLANNED EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR LIFE
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  • FOR A GREAT ETERNAL PURPOSE.
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  • 00:21:56.050 --> 00:21:58.000
  • IT ENTIRELY DEPENDS UPON YOUR RESPONSE TO IT.
  • 00:21:58.010 --> 00:22:02.130
  • BUT NONETHELESS, THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH ASKING GOD
  • 00:22:02.140 --> 00:22:05.130
  • TO KEEP YOU OUT OF DIFFICULTIES.
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:08.000
  • WELL, EVEN AFTER THIS TELEVISION SHOW ENDS,
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  • WE WANNA PROVIDE YOU WITH THE SPIRITUAL RESOURCES YOU NEED
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  • 00:22:37.280 --> 00:22:40.110
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  • AND YOU KEPT PRAYING.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] IN HER NEW BOOK,
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  • JULIA SHARES THE STORY OF GOD'S LIFE-CHANGING ANSWERS
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  • TO BOLD PRAYERS.
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  • MY DAUGHTER, JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER,
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  • HAS NEVER BEEN SHY ABOUT PRAYING WITH BOLDNESS,
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  • WITH YOU TODAY, "PRAY BIG THINGS".
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  • IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHY GOD ISN'T ANSWERING YOUR PRAYERS,
  • 00:23:24.120 --> 00:23:27.150
  • OR YOUR DREAMS SEEM IMPOSSIBLE,
  • 00:23:27.160 --> 00:23:29.220
  • I WANNA SHOW YOU THE SURPRISING LIFE
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  • GOD HAS FOR YOU WHEN YOU'RE BOLD ENOUGH TO ASK HIM.
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  • TO MAKE PRAYER A PRIORITY IN HIS LIFE,
  • 00:24:01.110 --> 00:24:04.000
  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL IS PRAYER
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  • FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME?
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  • AS TOGETHER WE PIERCE THE DARKNESS
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  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:24:12.290 --> 00:24:17.080
  • SATAN TEMPTS PEOPLE IN ORDER TO DESTROY THEIR FAITH,
  • 00:24:17.090 --> 00:24:21.070
  • BUT GOD TESTS US IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH.
  • 00:24:21.080 --> 00:24:25.280
  • AND WHETHER THAT DIFFICULT SITUATION
  • 00:24:25.290 --> 00:24:28.050
  • ENDS UP BEING A TEMPTATION THAT DESTROYS YOUR FAITH
  • 00:24:28.060 --> 00:24:31.110
  • OR A TEST THAT STRENGTHENS YOUR FAITH
  • 00:24:31.120 --> 00:24:34.050
  • DEPENDS ON HOW YOU RESPOND TO IT.
  • 00:24:34.060 --> 00:24:36.240
  • THAT'S WHY JAMES 1:2 SAYS,
  • 00:24:36.250 --> 00:24:39.120
  • "COUNT IT ALL JOY, MY BRETHREN,
  • 00:24:39.130 --> 00:24:41.130
  • "WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER VARIOUS TRIALS,
  • 00:24:41.140 --> 00:24:44.050
  • "KNOWING THAT THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH PRODUCES ENDURANCE."
  • 00:24:44.060 --> 00:24:49.100
  • BUT IT'S STILL OKAY TO ASK GOD TO KEEP YOU FROM TESTING.
  • 00:24:49.110 --> 00:24:54.000
  • IN FACT, JESUS HIMSELF DID,
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  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'LL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT WHAT JESUS MEANT
  • 00:24:55.200 --> 00:24:59.260
  • WHEN HE PRAYED LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION,
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  • BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.
  • 00:25:04.100 --> 00:25:06.270
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF OUR NEXT MESSAGE.
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  • I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT HAPPENED, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW?
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  • THESE THINGS THAT COME INTO YOUR LIFE, LISTEN TO THIS,
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