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Knowing God Part 2

Watch Knowing God Part 2
July 24, 2019
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Creflo Dollar

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  • Faith worketh by love, not by how much you love God
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  • Faith worketh by love, not by how much you love God.
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  • Faith worketh by how much you be
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  • Faith worketh by how much you beli
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  • Faith worketh by how much you believ
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  • Faith worketh by how much you believe
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  • Faith worketh by how much you believe Go
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  • Faith worketh by how much you believe God
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  • Faith worketh by how much you believe God lo
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  • Faith worketh by how much you believe God love
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  • Faith worketh by how much you believe God loves
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  • Faith worketh by how much you believe God loves yo
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  • Faith worketh by how much you believe God loves you.
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  • announcer: Men, are you ready?
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  • We're about to rise to another level at the 2019 MENtality
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  • Conference at World Changers New York,
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  • hosted by Dr. Creflo Dollar.
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  • Be empowered, get refueled, and become the man that
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  • God has called you to be.
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  • You don't wanna miss this.
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  • To register, visit creflodollarministries.org.
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  • This is your world,
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  • so let's vow to make it a better place.
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  • Let every heart that needs to know
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  • your love is here to stay.
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  • Oh, it's time to live a new life.
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  • Oh, let his love shine bright in you.
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  • Oh, we're saved by his grace,
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  • so we embrace your love today.
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  • We are changed.
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  • Creflo: All right, now watch this.
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  • "Therefore if any man be in Christ,
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  • he is a new creature: old things are," what?
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  • Old things are what?
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  • Now, I don't know about y'all, but I'm like when I read that,
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  • when I became born again and a new creature and it said old
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  • things have passed away, all my old things weren't gone.
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  • Can I get a witness in here tonight?
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  • It's you're a new creature, old things have passed away,
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  • and I was trying to figure out, "Well,
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  • I musta didn't do it right, 'cause I gotta old stuff here."
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  • All right, now watch this.
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  • "Old things are passed away; behold,
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  • all things are become new."
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  • Now, here's what I believe he's saying.
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  • The old thing that passed away was not all of your actions.
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  • The old thing that passed away was
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  • that root, that old man.
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  • That old man passed away and all things became new.
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  • The new creation came in, so the old man is gone.
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  • Say out loud, "The old man is gone.
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  • The new man is here.
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  • Old man is gone.
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  • New man is here."
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  • Has everybody got that?
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  • All right, so here we go.
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  • What, then, is real repentance?
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  • Okay, yeah, yeah, tell me the little traditional thing that
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  • you've been told all your life.
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  • Come on. I heard it.
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  • What's repentance?
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  • Change your heart.
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  • Change your direction.
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  • Change your mind. Turn around.
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  • female: A realization that you want to do--
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  • Creflo: Now, you can use that big word if you want to,
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  • but it's still wrong.
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  • No, no, it's not wrong. It's incomplete.
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  • female: But you didn't let me finish what--
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  • Creflo: Well, you were going the wrong way anyway.
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  • I just stopped you.
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  • I just helped you and didn't want you to get out there.
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  • We have defined repentance as a change of heart,
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  • a change of mind, a change of direction.
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  • You're not wrong.
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  • You're not incorrect.
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  • We were not incorrect, but how many of you know if you're
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  • incomplete, you follow what I'm saying, you're not gonna get it
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  • like you need to get it, so let me give you
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  • the definition of real repentance.
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  • Real repentance is having the right belief,
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  • having the right belief of who you are.
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  • Real repentance is when you have the right belief
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  • of your identity in Christ.
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  • Real repentance is having the right belief
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  • of who you are in Christ.
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  • Boy, that's powerful.
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  • Real repentance is now that you've repented, you believe,
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  • "I am the righteousness of God."
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  • You believe, "I am redeemed."
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  • You believe, "I am a son and a daughter of the most high God."
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  • Real repentance is an issue of right believing concerning who
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  • you are, because your born-again process was all about the old
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  • going away and the new coming in.
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  • Real repentance is--now, why do I say
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  • you're incomplete when you say change your
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  • heart, change your mind, change your direction?
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  • You're just forgetting one word.
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  • Real repentance is defined, it's a change of belief,
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  • which will now change your heart,
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  • your mind, and your direction.
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  • But if you don't change your belief about who you are, it
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  • won't change your heart, your mind,
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  • direction, and you ain't gonna be turning around.
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  • See, you'll go through reform, but repentance is a change of
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  • belief, a change of heart, mind, and direction,
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  • but you gotta change your belief first.
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  • Now, listen to me carefully, if you don't change--if you
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  • don't change your believing, if you don't have the right
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  • believing concerning who you are now as a result of being in
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  • Christ, guess what happens?
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  • You'll go around bragging about being a Christian;
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  • but under attack, you really don't believe that, and you'll
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  • end up responding the same way you've always responded.
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  • And that's what's going on with the church right now.
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  • You got a whole bunch of people who wear T-shirts and titles,
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  • but they don't believe.
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  • They have not changed their belief in who they are now in
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  • Christ, so when stuff happens, "Wait a minute," you pause.
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  • First of all, "I'm the righteousness of God.
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  • I've been redeemed.
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  • I'm a son of the most high God," watch this,
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  • "and I believe in the finished works of Jesus Christ."
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  • It's just what Paul did every time he saw somebody sin.
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  • He reminded them of who they were and what they had, and
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  • every time Paul--when they were sleeping around, Paul said,
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  • "Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?"
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  • When they were trying to sue each other, Paul said,
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  • "Know you not that one day you'll judge the angels?"
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  • Why?
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  • Why did he continue to remind them of who they
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  • were and what they had?
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  • Because everything about your life is gonna be based on,
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  • once you get born again, it's gonna be based on,
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  • "Do I have the right believing concerning who I am?"
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  • Mmm.
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  • Do I believe who I am?
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  • And it's gonna be tested in a plethora of ways,
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  • when you mess up and the devil's gonna try to say,
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  • "Look at what you did."
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  • You're gonna be tested, and if you believe, can you stand up in
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  • the middle of your mess-up and say,
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  • "I am the righteousness of God"?
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  • When doctor sees something and he declares some sickness on
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  • your body, you--do you really believe in this,
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  • in who you are in Christ Jesus enough to say,
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  • "I've been redeemed from sickness.
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  • My body is immune to cancer"?
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  • Everything seems to always go back to
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  • the attack of the identity.
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  • What's the first thing Satan attacked when he saw
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  • Adam and Eve in the garden?
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  • Identity.
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  • First thing he attacked when he saw Jesus
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  • in the wilderness: identity.
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  • Same plan.
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  • "I've got to constantly attack your belief in who you are in
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  • Christ; and if I can be successful in convincing you not
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  • to believe that you are who you are in Christ,
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  • everything else'll flow.
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  • 'Cause if I can get you not to believe that, then you'll no
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  • longer believe you had a change of mind.
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  • You'll see your mind wasn't changed, you'll see your heart
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  • wasn't changed, you'll see your direction wasn't changed,
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  • and you'll see that instead of you taking 180-degree turn, it
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  • was 360, and you were right back where you were."
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  • Is everybody following me now?
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  • Now, here's what we've heard.
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  • In church, we've always related good behavior with repentance.
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  • In other words, if you repented, then you're supposed
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  • to have good behavior.
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  • You remember that?
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  • You repented, so you're supposed to have good behavior,
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  • when, in fact, listen to me carefully, good behavior or
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  • behavior is the fruit of your belief in who you are.
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  • The day you believe that you are who you are in Christ Jesus,
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  • that will produce your behavior.
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  • Your belief will produce your behavior.
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  • Your belief will produce your behavior.
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  • Let me show you something here.
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  • Often we speak about repentance as a change of behavior, and
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  • most people define repentance that way.
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  • Most people, if you ask them, "What is repentance?"
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  • they'll say it's a change of behavior.
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  • No, changed behavior is the fruit of repentance.
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  • Changed behavior is the fruit of repentance.
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  • And repentance is what?
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  • Change in how you believe, which will
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  • change your heart, your mind.
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  • Does everybody hear what I'm saying?
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  • All right, now listen to this.
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  • So, the key to the transformation is focus.
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  • Say, "Focus."
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  • The key to the transformation is focus.
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  • Let's turn to--let's see.
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  • Where do I wanna go here?
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  • Let's go to Colossians 1.
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  • Colossians 1.
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  • The key is focus.
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  • Focus.
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  • I'm focusing on who Jesus is. I'm focusing on who Jesus is.
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  • Colossians chapter 1.
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  • Now, look at verse 27.
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  • "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory
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  • of this mystery amongst the Gentiles;
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  • which is Christ in you," so focus on Christ in
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  • you, "the hope of glory."
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  • Focus on Christ.
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  • "Whom we preach, warning every man,
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  • and teaching every man in all wisdom;
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  • that we may present every man perfect in Christ."
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  • Here's the focus: the focus is I'm focusing in on Christ.
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  • Back to relationship, right?
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  • I'm focusing in on Christ. I'm focusing in on Christ.
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  • I'mma focus in on Christ.
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  • That's who I'm looking at: Jesus Christ.
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  • That's my focus, is Jesus.
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  • Now, have I one time told you to throw away faith?
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  • Have I one time told you to throw away confession?
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  • Have I one time told you to throw away
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  • the laws of prosperity?
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  • Have I told you to throw away the laws of healing?
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  • What did I tell you?
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  • Focus on the relationship.
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  • Focus on Jesus.
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  • Focus on knowing God and building an intimate
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  • relationship with God through the Word of God.
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  • Focus on that.
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  • Focus on the fact that real repentance is all about having
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  • the right belief, man, of who I am in Christ.
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  • I want you to try that sometime.
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  • When you're under attack, pause and remind
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  • yourself of who you are.
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  • "I'm the righteousness of God. I'm redeemed.
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  • I'm the healed. Glory be to God.
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  • I'm a Son of God, joint heir with Christ Jesus.
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  • Greater is he that is in me than is in the world."
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  • That will just--the devil won't know what to do,
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  • because he's like, "Oh, my gosh.
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  • They know who they are."
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  • So, what do you do?
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  • You not only know who you are, but you know whose you are,
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  • and you start relaxing in the loving relationship
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  • you have with the Father.
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  • Now, so now let's look at this good works versus--let's look
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  • at--this thing is so controversial.
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  • I'm--if you'll allow me to, I'm just gonna have to--let me just
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:15.250
  • get out there first and then anything I need to shape up will
  • 00:14:15.260 --> 00:14:19.220
  • shape up as we do it, so let's go to James chapter 2.
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  • Let me just get out there first and then I'll come back in.
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  • Can't you all tell I'm being real careful tonight?
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  • And I don't like being that, I didn't come here to be careful.
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  • Look at verse 14, and let's start at verse 14,
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  • and I'mma take you around.
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  • Now, the first thing I'm gonna do is give you the distinction
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  • between the works of the law versus the works of faith and
  • 00:14:49.160 --> 00:14:54.150
  • then I'll teach it to you, so I'm just gonna give it to you as
  • 00:14:54.160 --> 00:14:57.290
  • if we just finished 30 minutes teaching on that.
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  • All right, the works of the law is simply you doing something to
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  • try to get something from God.
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  • The works of the law is you doing--the works of the law is
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  • you performing to try to get God to perform.
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  • It's dead works, okay?
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  • The works of faith--listen to this.
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  • The works of faith are born out of a relationship with God.
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  • Listen to me now.
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  • The works of faith are born out of a relationship with God.
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  • They don't cause a relationship with God.
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  • They're born out of a relationship with God.
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  • So, we think works of faith causes us to
  • 00:15:43.210 --> 00:15:46.260
  • have a relationship with God.
  • 00:15:46.270 --> 00:15:48.060
  • No, works of faith are born out of a relationship with God.
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  • They don't cause you to have a relationship with God.
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  • You want me to say that one more time?
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  • Works of faith are born out--works of faith are born out
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  • of a relationship you have with God.
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  • Because I have a relationship with God and because I believe
  • 00:16:04.290 --> 00:16:08.140
  • him and because I know him, it's gonna
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  • produce me doing something.
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  • Me doing something, the work that I do,
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  • comes out of my relationship with him.
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  • There's no such thing as you not having no works if you have
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  • a relationship with him, 'cause the works come
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  • out of the relationship.
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  • All right, actions come out of a changed heart.
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  • Actions don't change your heart.
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  • They come out of a changed heart.
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  • See, I thought by me acting and doing something, that
  • 00:16:54.260 --> 00:16:59.090
  • would change my heart.
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  • Actions come out of a changed heart.
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  • My heart's already changed because of my relationship,
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  • so the actions are born out of a changed heart.
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  • The actions don't change your heart, so when you start
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  • telling people, "You need to do this, you need to do this
  • 00:17:14.210 --> 00:17:16.110
  • in order for God to change your heart," no, no, no, no.
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  • The relationship with him changed your heart.
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  • When you got born again, it changed your heart; and out of a
  • 00:17:21.010 --> 00:17:23.140
  • changed heart, actions were born.
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  • Does everybody follow that now?
  • 00:17:29.170 --> 00:17:31.210
  • All right, now--and so, I think it was what?
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 3:18.
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  • He said by beholding Jesus, you'll be changed
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  • into that same image.
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  • Just by beholding Jesus, yeah, you'll be changed in that same
  • 00:17:44.170 --> 00:17:46.250
  • image; and I said, "Lord, I don't even know how that works.
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  • I can't even see Jesus."
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  • He says, "You can see him through my Word."
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  • I said, "Well, I need an illustration."
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  • Well, I think it was Luke 23 or 24.
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  • Jesus said, "Father, forgive them," on the cross,
  • 00:17:58.260 --> 00:18:02.040
  • "for they know not what they do."
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  • And I'm like--I even asked, said to God,
  • 00:18:04.060 --> 00:18:06.000
  • I said, "What does that have to do with anything?"
  • 00:18:06.010 --> 00:18:07.230
  • He said, "Go over here in the book of Acts
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  • and look at Stephen."
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  • And when they stoned Stephen to death,
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  • Stephen said, "Don't hold it to their account.
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  • Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do."
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  • And I said, "What?" And I saw it.
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  • Oh!
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  • That's Jesus.
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  • What happened?
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  • He was beholding Jesus, and it was changed
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  • into that same image.
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  • The same thing Jesus did on the cross being crucified to death,
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  • Stephen did it being stoned to death, how?
  • 00:18:38.020 --> 00:18:41.030
  • Just by beholding him, he was changed into that same image.
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  • Now, let me take everything I just said
  • 00:18:47.140 --> 00:18:51.140
  • and let's start teaching.
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  • All right, now let's look at this.
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  • We are now going to look at what the Scriptures say about the
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  • works of the law, or better known in the new covenant as the
  • 00:19:00.070 --> 00:19:05.270
  • works of the flesh, versus the works of faith,
  • 00:19:05.280 --> 00:19:12.270
  • or also better known as good works.
  • 00:19:12.280 --> 00:19:17.260
  • But this whole thing about now that we're under grace, there
  • 00:19:17.270 --> 00:19:21.070
  • are no works, there's just believing.
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  • If belief is real belief, it is gonna give birth to something.
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  • You believed that chair could support you.
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  • If you were still
  • 00:19:33.150 --> 00:19:35.080
  • standing up, and I said, "Why are you standing up?"
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  • "Well, you know, I believe that chair can support me."
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  • You're lying to yourself, 'cause if you really believe that chair
  • 00:19:40.060 --> 00:19:43.100
  • could support you, it'll give birth to you siting down,
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  • 'cause people don't do what they don't believe, all right?
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  • Now, let's go with this, and hopefully I stuck enough of all
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  • of the ingredients on the inside of you.
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  • They're like a cake, it'll bake right and come together, and
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  • it won't be wop-sided, but sometimes them wop-sided cakes
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  • are the best cakes you can eat.
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  • The ugly cake sometime the best cake.
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  • Sometime them pretty cakes ain't good at all,
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  • but them ugly cakes, my God, my God.
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  • It's like a ugly waffle.
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  • Baby, it ain't got to be pretty. Just put it on the plate.
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  • I can get syrup on all of it, amen, it's good.
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  • All right, now watch this, verse 14, "What does it
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  • profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath
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  • faith, and have not works?"
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  • You understand that. "Can faith save him?"
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  • You understand that, somebody comes in, and they say, "Well,
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  • I believe something," but they don't follow it through
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  • with some corresponding action.
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  • All right, now watch this, 15, "If a brother
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  • or a sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
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  • and one of you say unto them, 'Depart in peace, be
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  • ye warmed and filled;' notwithstanding you give them
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  • not those things which are needful to the
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  • body; what does it profit?"
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  • You see that, somebody comes and it's cold outside,
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  • and you say, "Be warmed.
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  • Be filled. Hallelujah.
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  • In the name. Pssh, there it go.
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  • My hand's tingling in the name...
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  • in the name of the Lord."
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  • Still ain't got no clothes on.
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  • Still cold, still hungry, so you see what he's saying, right?
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  • All right, go to the next verse.
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  • He said, "Even so--"
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  • Now, here's what I want you to watch carefully.
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  • "Even so faith, if it hath not works," faith,
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  • if it has not works, "is dead, being alone."
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  • So, most Christians read this and said, "Okay, I have
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  • faith," and watch this, and they're thinking, "Well, now
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  • I got to do something," so they manufactured the action.
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  • They didn't let--they didn't allow the action to come forth
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  • out of what they really believed.
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  • See, faith without works is dead,
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  • but actions without faith will kill you,
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  • you doing something you don't believe.
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  • All right, watch this.
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  • Verse 18, "Yea, a man may say, 'Thou hast faith,
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  • and I have works': show me thy faith without thy works,
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  • and I will show thee my faith by my works."
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  • Boy, that cost a big thing. All true.
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  • Next verse, "Thou believest that there is one God;
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  • thou doest well," he says, "but the devils
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  • also believe, and they tremble."
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  • He said they believe, and out of their belief trembling came.
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  • All right, next verse.
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  • "But will thou know, O vain man, that faith without actions,"
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  • faith without the--translation is faith without
  • 00:22:50.190 --> 00:22:54.000
  • corresponding action, "is dead?"
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  • To say you have faith and you're not giving birth to the
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  • appropriate action to go with that,
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  • then your faith is incomplete.
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  • It is dead.
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  • You say, "I have faith," but then it
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  • never corresponds with anything.
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  • It's dead.
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  • All right, now watch. So, go to the next verse.
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  • "Was not--" Now, this is so important.
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  • "Was not Abraham our father justified by works--"
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  • All right, stop.
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  • Now, if you're not careful, you'll get very, very confused
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  • here, because you gotta figure out what works was
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  • he talking about, because if you go to Romans chapter 4 right
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  • quick--he says, "Was not Abraham our father justified by works?"
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  • I would pause and say that depends on what
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  • kinda work you're talking about.
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  • Go to Romans. Let me show you what I'm saying.
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  • Romans chapter 4, verse 1 and 2.
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  • All right, "What shall we say then that Abraham our father,
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  • as pertaining to the flesh," or works of
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  • the flesh, "hath found?"
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  • Verse 2, "For if Abraham were justified by works,
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  • he hath whereof to glory; but not before God."
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  • And if you keep reading, Abraham was not
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  • justified--let's keep reading.
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  • "For what saith the Scripture?
  • 00:24:16.210 --> 00:24:18.000
  • Abraham believed God, and it was
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  • counted unto him for righteousness."
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  • Verse 4, "Now to him that worketh is the reward not
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  • reckoned of grace, but of debt."
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  • Verse 5, "But to him that worketh not,
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  • but believed on him that justifieth the ungodly,
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  • his faith is counted for righteousness."
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  • All right, now go back to verse 2.
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  • So, you know, for if Abraham were justified by works,
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  • he said God doesn't get the glory for it, he does.
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