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Knowing God Part 3

Watch Knowing God Part 3
July 25, 2019
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Creflo Dollar

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  • by the partners and friends of Creflo Dollar Ministries.
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  • Creflo Dollar: You are no longer under the law.
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  • You are under the grace of God, which means that--
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  • If the covenant changed, hallelujah,
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  • the way of living it changed.
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  • You are under the grace of God, and under the grace of God,
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  • it doesn't require performance-based Christianity.
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  • Under the grace of God, it requires belief
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  • in the One who performs, hallelujah.
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  • filled with power-packed praise and empowering Word
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  • and so much more.
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  • go to, you learn something different every single time.
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  • Call, text, or go online to register today.
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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 Dollar: Do you have your Bibles?
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  • Go with me to the book of 2 Peter chapter 1,
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  • verses 1 through 3.
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  • I think the series that we're about to enter into has taken
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  • 37 years to get to.
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  • It is something that will challenge you,
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  • it is something that will challenge your relationship
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  • with God, it is something that will challenge the label
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  • that you have put upon yourself of Christian.
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  • It is something that will challenge all of your religious
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  • practices and it may even challenge why you're here today.
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  • 2 Peter chapter 1 and let's look at verses 1 through 3 together.
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  • Now, I want you to pay attention to this.
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  • Let's read verses 1, if you have it,
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  • verses 1 through 3.
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  • Ready? Read.
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  • "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ,
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  • to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through
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  • righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and
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  • peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God,
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  • and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given
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  • unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
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  • through the knowledge of him that has called us
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  • to glory and virtue."
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  • Now I wanna go back here and milk this just a little bit
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  • because he says in verse 2, grace can be multiplied.
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  • He said in verse 2, peace can be multiplied.
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  • How many of you wouldn't mind having your grace multiplied?
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  • Amen?
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  • Now watch this.
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  • How many of you wouldn't mind at all having
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  • your peace multiplied?
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  • Especially when your peace is under attack,
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  • "God, multiply my peace."
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  • Well, he tells us how grace and peace
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  • can be multiplied unto you.
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  • He says grace and peace can be multiplied through what?
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  • The knowledge of God.
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  • That grace and peace can be multiplied through
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  • the knowledge of God.
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  • And through the knowledge of Jesus, our Lord.
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  • Grace and peace is multiplied.
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  • The question this morning is do you know God?
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  • Will you be one of the people who end up in heaven and,
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  • as you walk down the halls of heaven,
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  • walk right past Jesus and didn't even know who he was?
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  • Are you the person that's so busy doing all of the do's
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  • of Christianity that you have failed to get to know him?
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  • What do you think about when you hear the term,
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  • "Christianity"?
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  • What do you think about when you hear someone says,
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  • "I am a Christian"?
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  • What does that mean?
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  • I know what it's supposed to mean.
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  • "I am a Christian" is supposed to mean that I have
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  • a relationship with Jesus.
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  • It means I have a knowing of God.
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  • I have knowledge of who God is.
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  • I don't know if you'll get that answer.
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  • If you were to go up to someone in the street or someone in
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  • the church this morning and ask, "What does it mean
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  • that you to be a Christian?"
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  • Well, it means I can pray and get answers to my prayer.
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  • Or it means I walk by faith and not by sight.
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  • And you'll hear all of the mechanics of Christianity
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  • but it's amazing to me about the number of people who don't
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  • understand that Christianity is all about having a relationship
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  • with a God that you cannot see but you can have
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  • a relationship with.
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  • The next verse, verse 3, says this.
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  • He says, "According as his divine power
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  • hath given unto us all things."
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  • If you can make a note somewhere,
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  • those two words, "all things."
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  • "That he has given unto us all things that pertain
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  • unto life and godliness."
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  • That is a powerful statement and would make him a liar
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  • if he didn't do it.
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  • But "All things that pertain to life and godliness
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  • have been made unto us," but then he tells us how.
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  • "Through the knowledge of him."
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  • Through the knowledge of him.
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  • "All things are made available through the knowledge of him."
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  • Hah, there's something so amazing that happens,
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  • there's something so awesome that takes place as a result
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  • of knowing him.
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  • Now, I'm not just talking about knowing about him.
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  • Because this morning I wanna challenge you to trade
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  • your knowledge about him for intimate knowing of him.
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  • Are you listening to me?
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  • And so as we make this journey into knowing God because
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  • we haven't really understood the nature of God and because
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  • we've not really understood the character of God,
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  • we still think he's the God that made you sick,
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  • we still think he's the God that stuck you in the hole
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  • 'cause he's trying to teach you something.
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  • We're thinking that, you know, well,
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  • he's the God that'll judge you, that he's the God that's mad at
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  • you and he's angry at you 'cause of what you did or didn't do.
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  • Or we think he's the God that's punishing you and
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  • that's why this didn't happen or that didn't happen.
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  • That's not the nature of God.
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  • And your misconception of who God is,
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  • is gonna determine how you receive from him.
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  • Your misunderstanding of the nature of God,
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  • it will determine how you receive from him.
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  • Your impression of God will determine
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  • how you receive from him.
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  • And the problem is, is if you don't know how to rightly divide
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  • the Word of truth, then you'll see over in Kings Elijah
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  • praying to God to rain fire down and the fire came down
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  • and killed 102 people.
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  • But then you go in the book of Luke chapter 9
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  • and the disciples ask Jesus on the way to Jerusalem,
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  • they stopped in Samaria, and ask Jesus,
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  • "Should we pray like Elijah and call fire down upon them
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  • right now?"
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  • And Jesus rebuked them and said, "You don't know what spirit
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  • you are of."
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  • So what's the deal?
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  • On one side, you see God pouring--
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  • raining fire down and killing 102 people.
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  • On the other side, they say, "Should we do the same thing?"
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  • And Jesus rebuked them and said, "No."
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  • Why?
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  • Because you see God operating under a covenant of wrath.
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  • You see God operating under the covenant of law.
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  • You see God who's operating on a covenant of punishment,
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  • that if you don't do this, then this will happen to you,
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  • and then you think that's the whole image of God.
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  • You think, "Well, that's who God really is."
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  • But you hadn't heard the whole story.
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  • You don't know the real nature of God just by reading
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  • the old covenant.
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  • You gotta come over here to the New Testament
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  • where you see Jesus.
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  • And when you see Jesus, you see the perfect fulfillment of
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  • the image and the nature and the character of God and Jesus says,
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  • "No, don't kill 'em 'cause now they can be born again."
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  • He says, "I'm a God of grace and I'm a God of love.
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  • And I am a God of mercy."
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  • And when you see Jesus-- Jesus told us this.
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  • Jesus says, "When you have seen me,
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  • you have seen the Father."
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  • So if you ever wanted to know what God was like,
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  • check out Jesus.
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  • Behold Jesus, and when you see Jesus,
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  • you see the Father.
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  • And so what happens because we haven't really understood
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  • the nature and the character of God,
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  • we haven't understood because we hadn't understood God,
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  • we haven't understood how God deals with us.
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  • 'Cause we didn't understand his nature and his character,
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  • we didn't even understand why God would answer prayer
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  • or wouldn't answer prayer.
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  • And yet, in 2 Peter chapter 1 and 3,
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  • that includes when he says, "all things--
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  • all things are made available," that includes healing.
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  • "All things made available," that includes joy.
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  • "All things made available," that includes deliverance.
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  • "All things made available," that includes prosperity.
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  • That includes everything that pertains to life in godliness.
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  • And if that is the truth, then, my God,
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  • why is it that we have a church full of people this morning
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  • that are lacking in "all things"?
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  • All things that pertain unto life in godliness
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  • come through the knowledge of him.
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  • And if you have the wrong knowledge about God,
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  • you're not going to receive, watch this, "all things."
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  • Proverbs 23 and 7 says: "As a man thinketh, so is he."
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  • What is it--how do you think about God?
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  • It's hard to disbelieve God once you really know him.
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  • It's hard to disbelieve God once you understand
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  • how much he loves you.
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  • It's hard to doubt when you've been spending time with him
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  • and you know him, just like you do a human being.
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  • You spend time with people, it's hard for folks
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  • to dog them out in your presence 'cause you know them.
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  • Certain things you don't believe when somebody says about
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  • another person because you know them.
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  • You know them.
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  • So why are we struggling with God?
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  • Why are we struggling to believe him?
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  • Why are we struggling to have faith in him?
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  • Maybe we don't know him like we would like to know him.
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  • Maybe the truth of the matter is,
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  • is that we don't really know him.
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  • Well, we know what God is like when we look at Jesus.
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  • Look at Hebrews chapter 1:2 through 3.
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  • I wanna lay this foundation.
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  • Hebrews 1, verses 2 through 3.
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  • How many of you know when you know the Word,
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  • knowing the Word is knowing God?
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  • Hear what I'm saying now.
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  • Somebody, you know, I'm telling you how important it is
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  • to know God and you're trying to figure out,
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  • okay, I agree, I wanna know God.
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  • And I am telling you here's first base
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  • of getting to know God.
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  • Know his Word.
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  • 'Cause when you know his Word, Word's gonna tell you about God.
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  • The only book around that can tell you about God is
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  • this Bible.
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  • It's the thing that the devil's trying to stop you
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  • from getting into.
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  • Churches don't get into anymore.
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  • Preachers don't preach out of it anymore.
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  • We preach a social gospel but we forget about the one
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  • that's written in this book.
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  • I have no problem with your social gospel but
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  • this is the only book that can tell you about him.
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  • And so, to know God is to know his Word, and to know his Word,
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  • the more you get in his Word, the more you know God.
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  • But then the more you know God, the more you can trust God,
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  • and the more you can trust God, then faith is no problem.
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  • Healing is no problem.
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  • Provision's no problem.
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  • Why? 'Cause you know God.
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  • Why? 'Cause you know his Word.
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  • Why?
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  • To know his Word is to know God and you can't trust
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  • who you don't know.
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  • I don't know about you but something has got to be wrong
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  • with you if somebody just walks in your life
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  • and you just trust them.
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  • I don't advise that.
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  • You don't invite--Ray Ray don't need to come to your house
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  • 'cause you met him at church and you think
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  • he's gonna be all right.
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  • You need to meet Ray Ray at Starbucks somewhere,
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  • not your house.
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  • You don't know Ray.
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  • That's what wrong with some of y'all,
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  • you're so hungry to have relationship,
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  • you get dumb stupid.
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  • You don't need to be--he don't need to know your address.
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  • He don't need to know your phone number.
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  • He don't need to know nothing.
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  • You need Ray Ray--you don't know nothing about no Ray Ray.
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  • He got curls in his hair.
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  • You don't even know if they're genuine curls.
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  • You don't no idea they're manufactured and these days
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  • what I just saw, they can fix that stuff up,
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  • glue it on your head, bring it on down,
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  • and you don't even know it.
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  • Then you get married and then the glue gets stuck
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  • in your hands and you-- you need to know.
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  • You can't trust 'til you know.
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  • See, I knew y'all would understand.
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  • That did bring it home a little bit--
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  • Bring it home.
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  • And yet you have the audacity to fall on your knees and to pray
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  • to a God that you don't know, or to trust a God that you don't
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  • know, or to put your life on the line and in the hands of a God
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  • that you don't know.
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  • Where did I tell you to go?
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  • Hebrews 1: "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
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  • whom he has appointed heir of all things,
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  • by whom also he has-- he made the worlds."
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  • Verse 3: "Who being the brightness of his glory,
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  • and Jesus being the express image of his person."
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  • Jesus is the expressed image of God,
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  • and when you see Jesus, he is the expression of God
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  • in this physical world.
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  • Jesus is the expression of God in this physical world.
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  • Now let me look at one more Scripture and we'll get started.
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  • Somebody says, "What you been doing?"
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  • Well, I'm trying to get us on the same page,
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  • that's what I'm doing.
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  • Go to John 1 and 1.
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  • John 1 and 1.
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  • Why are we talking about this, Pastor?
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  • What are you trying to show you?
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  • I'm gonna show you something that it's been 37 years
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  • in the making.
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  • Read verse 1 out loud with me.
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  • Ready? Read.
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  • "In the beginning was the-- and the Word was with--
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  • and the Word--and the Word-- and the Word--"
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  • And if you keep reading down there,
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  • "And the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst men."
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  • So in this developing relationship between you
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  • and God, you won't get there without the Word.
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  • And you won't get there without the Word being properly taught.
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  • I am learning and I am-- I'm to the point now where,
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  • you know, I would never say stuff like this in public
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  • but I can say it now.
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  • Not all churches are the same and the Word coming
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  • from the pulpit is the same.
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  • If you--listen, if you don't rightly divide the Word of
  • 00:16:46.090 --> 00:16:49.090
  • truth, the Bible says, "Rightly divide the Word of truth,"
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  • if you don't rightly divide the Word of truth,
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  • then you're gonna believe wrong and if you believe wrong,
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  • you're gonna live wrong.
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  • The Word has to be rightly divided.
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  • You can't pick the Bible up and just start in Genesis
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  • and finish in Revelation.
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  • You're gonna be of men most confused.
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  • You have to rightly divide, correctly analyze,
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  • the Word of truth.
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  • You've gotta divide between what's true in the old covenant
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  • and what's true in the new covenant.
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  • You've gotta divide between what happened before the cross
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  • and what's true after the cross.
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  • You've gotta divide between the dispensation of the law
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  • and the dispensation of grace.
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  • You have to divide between servanthood and sonship.
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  • You've gotta divide between the covenant of law and the covenant
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  • of grace, 'cause what's true in the Old Testament
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  • may not be true in--under the covenant in the New Testament.
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  • What's true before the cross will not be true
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  • after the cross.
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  • What's true concerning a servant may not be true as a son.
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  • You have to rightly divide the Word of truth.
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  • Now, what has Christianity become?
  • 00:18:04.250 --> 00:18:14.240
  • What has church become?
  • 00:18:14.250 --> 00:18:22.040
  • It seems like it's dwindled down to get a relationship with God
  • 00:18:22.050 --> 00:18:30.060
  • so you can get your material needs met.
  • 00:18:30.070 --> 00:18:36.090
  • Get a relationship with God so you can get healed.
  • 00:18:36.100 --> 00:18:40.020
  • Get a relationship with God so you can get somebody.
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  • Get a relationship with God so good stuff will happen.
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  • Get a relationship with God so you don't have to go to hell.
  • 00:18:49.080 --> 00:18:54.160
  • Now, all of those, God's for.
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  • He wants to meet your needs, he wants you
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  • to develop great relationships.
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  • All of those things God is for.
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  • I'm not here to tell you to throw away that stuff.
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  • I'm here to say we're out of sync.
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  • We are--we've got what should be on the fifth level
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  • at the first level, and what should be at the first level is
  • 00:19:20.260 --> 00:19:23.180
  • on the last level.
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  • And how many of you know that if things are out of priority,
  • 00:19:27.000 --> 00:19:30.270
  • life won't work?
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  • You're familiar with the Lotto, you've played this Lotto.
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  • Don't say, "Amen" loud, we don't want nobody know
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  • I'm talking about you.
  • 00:19:41.090 --> 00:19:45.230
  • But sequence is everything when you're trying to open a safe,
  • 00:19:45.240 --> 00:19:47.220
  • right?
  • 00:19:47.230 --> 00:19:49.290
  • I can give you the correct numbers.
  • 00:19:50.000 --> 00:19:51.090
  • It may take you some time to get the right sequence.
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  • Listen to me carefully now.
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  • I really believe that one of the biggest problems in the body
  • 00:19:57.120 --> 00:20:00.120
  • of Christ is that we learn the mechanics of how Christianity
  • 00:20:00.130 --> 00:20:04.120
  • works, we learn the mechanics of faith, and that's okay.
  • 00:20:04.130 --> 00:20:09.140
  • We learn the mechanics of confessions.
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  • I don't have no problem with that.
  • 00:20:11.190 --> 00:20:13.090
  • We learn the mechanics of giving and receiving.
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  • Have no problems with that.
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  • We learn the mechanics of prayer.
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  • Yes, amen.
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  • We learn all of these things.
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  • We learn about all the things to do and many times
  • 00:20:27.050 --> 00:20:33.050
  • we try to put them into practice without really knowing God.
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  • Think about it.
  • 00:20:41.080 --> 00:20:42.170
  • You know the mechanics of faith but you don't know the God
  • 00:20:42.180 --> 00:20:45.050
  • that gave you the opportunity to operate by faith.
  • 00:20:45.060 --> 00:20:48.160
  • You know the mechanics of how to pray the greatest prayer
  • 00:20:48.170 --> 00:20:52.050
  • in five days but you don't know the God you praying to.
  • 00:20:52.060 --> 00:20:58.140
  • You know the mechanics about giving and receiving
  • 00:20:58.150 --> 00:21:00.230
  • but you don't see God as your supply house.
  • 00:21:00.240 --> 00:21:05.180
  • And so, what happens?
  • 00:21:05.190 --> 00:21:07.160
  • You're more engaged to the principle and the mechanics
  • 00:21:07.170 --> 00:21:13.220
  • without knowing God, 'cause, in fact,
  • 00:21:13.230 --> 00:21:18.020
  • all of the principles and the mechanics
  • 00:21:18.030 --> 00:21:21.260
  • was an overflow of your relationship with God.
  • 00:21:21.270 --> 00:21:27.140
  • I could come up here tonight and I can say,
  • 00:21:27.150 --> 00:21:29.040
  • "Here are the five things that I do that brings great pleasure
  • 00:21:29.050 --> 00:21:34.260
  • to my wife.
  • 00:21:34.270 --> 00:21:36.070
  • Here are the five things I do that brings pleasure
  • 00:21:36.080 --> 00:21:37.240
  • to my wife."
  • 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:39.040
  • Now, these five things are born out of my relationship with her.
  • 00:21:39.050 --> 00:21:43.190
  • These five things came because of my relationship with her.
  • 00:21:43.200 --> 00:21:47.170
  • It brings her great pleasure so now what you do is,
  • 00:21:47.180 --> 00:21:50.040
  • you show up at church to get the five things.
  • 00:21:50.050 --> 00:21:52.220
  • You're writing it down.
  • 00:21:52.230 --> 00:21:54.020
  • "Say that again, Pastor. I missed number two."
  • 00:21:54.030 --> 00:21:55.270
  • You don't get it.
  • 00:21:55.280 --> 00:21:57.280
  • You show up to church to get the five things.
  • 00:21:57.290 --> 00:22:01.070
  • Now, you go home and get the five things that was an overflow
  • 00:22:01.080 --> 00:22:07.150
  • out of my relationship with my wife and with no relationship
  • 00:22:07.160 --> 00:22:12.220
  • with your wife or husband, you try the five things.
  • 00:22:12.230 --> 00:22:20.010
  • So you're only engaged in the five mechanics.
  • 00:22:20.020 --> 00:22:24.220
  • And how many of you know when you go home trying
  • 00:22:24.230 --> 00:22:26.140
  • to mechanically do something to your spouse,
  • 00:22:26.150 --> 00:22:31.180
  • and they know it wasn't born out of a relationship,
  • 00:22:31.190 --> 00:22:38.270
  • then eventually you get a little confused about why he doing that
  • 00:22:38.280 --> 00:22:43.000
  • and why she did it like that and why are you talking like that
  • 00:22:43.010 --> 00:22:46.020
  • and what's wrong?
  • 00:22:46.030 --> 00:22:47.150
  • Why are you dressing like that? Where did this come from?
  • 00:22:47.160 --> 00:22:51.010
  • It--I don't know where this came from.
  • 00:22:51.020 --> 00:22:54.130
  • See, this is where we are with God.
  • 00:22:54.140 --> 00:22:56.160
  • We know the five steps of the highest kind of faith.
  • 00:22:56.170 --> 00:22:59.030
  • We know how to pray these awesome prayers.
  • 00:22:59.040 --> 00:23:01.090
  • We even know how to [speaking in tongues].
  • 00:23:01.100 --> 00:23:04.230
  • We know it and they're fine.
  • 00:23:04.240 --> 00:23:06.190
  • But out of priority, you miss the whole gamut of this thing,
  • 00:23:06.200 --> 00:23:10.190
  • that out of a relationship with God,
  • 00:23:10.200 --> 00:23:13.030
  • I can walk by faith.
  • 00:23:13.040 --> 00:23:14.160
  • Because when I have a relationship with God,
  • 00:23:14.170 --> 00:23:16.240
  • my faith is no problem because I know him.
  • 00:23:16.250 --> 00:23:21.250
  • The mechanics of Christianity do not produce the "all things."
  • 00:23:27.050 --> 00:23:35.140
  • That may be what's going on, but I'd gone
  • 00:23:35.150 --> 00:23:39.090
  • to all the faith classes, I read all of Brother Hagin's books.
  • 00:23:39.100 --> 00:23:42.000
  • I read all of Brother Copeland's books.
  • 00:23:42.010 --> 00:23:43.130
  • "Brother Dollar, I got all your tapes,
  • 00:23:43.140 --> 00:23:45.240
  • so why is it not happening?"
  • 00:23:45.250 --> 00:23:48.060
  • Because you're trying to use the mechanics without knowing him.
  • 00:23:48.070 --> 00:23:55.020
  • Y'all don't hear what I'm saying.
  • 00:23:55.030 --> 00:23:57.120
  • No, no, you don't. You think you do.
  • 00:23:57.130 --> 00:24:03.270
  • You remember the story about the seven sons of Sceva?
  • 00:24:03.280 --> 00:24:12.270
  • And so, they went in.
  • 00:24:12.280 --> 00:24:14.120
  • They were professional exorcists,
  • 00:24:14.130 --> 00:24:17.230
  • and their occupation was casting devils out of people.
  • 00:24:17.240 --> 00:24:22.270
  • So they went in one day and they saw these demon-possessed folks
  • 00:24:22.280 --> 00:24:28.220
  • and they said, "We cast you out in the name of the Jesus
  • 00:24:28.230 --> 00:24:37.090
  • that Paul preached."
  • 00:24:37.100 --> 00:24:42.160
  • Turn to your neighbor and say, "Mechanics."
  • 00:24:42.170 --> 00:24:48.050
  • And the demons, I don't know, I imagine
  • 00:24:48.060 --> 00:24:50.190
  • they were pretty active until they heard that.
  • 00:24:50.200 --> 00:24:52.110
  • "Aggh, uh?"
  • 00:24:52.120 --> 00:24:54.270
  • They did a Scooby-Doo--
  • 00:24:54.280 --> 00:24:56.070
  • "Scooby-Doo."
  • 00:24:56.080 --> 00:24:57.230
  • And then, they begin to think about this.
  • 00:24:59.280 --> 00:25:02.250
  • They said, "Now, hold on a minute.
  • 00:25:02.260 --> 00:25:06.120
  • Paul we know.
  • 00:25:06.130 --> 00:25:10.050
  • We know Paul.
  • 00:25:10.060 --> 00:25:14.260
  • Jesus, we sure know him.
  • 00:25:14.270 --> 00:25:21.030
  • But who are you?"
  • 00:25:21.040 --> 00:25:24.090
  • announcer: Many Christians today miss out on the abundant
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  • life God promises because they are only practicing
  • 00:25:28.090 --> 00:25:31.010
  • the mechanics of Christianity.
  • 00:25:31.020 --> 00:25:32.220
  • Creflo: We don't understand that what drives the mechanics
  • 00:25:33.140 --> 00:25:36.040
  • of our Christianity is the personal relationship
  • 00:25:36.050 --> 00:25:39.220
  • with Jesus Christ and from that personal relationship
  • 00:25:39.230 --> 00:25:42.170
  • with Jesus Christ the overflow of that personal relationship
  • 00:25:42.180 --> 00:25:47.070
  • with Jesus Christ begins to bring us into what to do.
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  • at the 2019 MenTality Conference at World Changers New York,
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  • Be empowered.
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  • Get refueled and become the man that God has called you to be.
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  • Creflo: There are so many needs in the body of Christ today.
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  • We need to learn to pray.
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  • Now, prayer cannot be a simple Christian word that we just say.
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  • No, prayer is so serious.
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  • Prayer is what this ministry was built on.
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  • Prayer changes things.
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  • This is not just some catchy religious cliché.
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  • It's the way we communicate with God and learn to stop stressing
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  • over all the drama and issues in our lives.
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  • Instead of stressing and worrying,
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  • we give them to God and let him show us how to work it all out.
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  • Call for prayer today.
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  • announcer: Whatever you need today,
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  • no matter how big or small, bring it before
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  • the Lord in prayer.
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  • You may request prayer today by phoning in or posting
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  • your prayer request online at, creflodollarministries.org.
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  • announcer: Thank you, partners and friends.
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  • Your love and financial support make it possible
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  • to bring this message into millions of homes.
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