June 18, 2017 English Message 9AM, Five Steps Towards a Spirit Filled Life

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Exodus chapter 33 and I want to read a

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word there the Lord put in my spirit

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this morning it was going to serve us a

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part of the sermon but I'm going to use

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it at the introduction to ground us in

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word from the Lord

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let me see just just to make sure yes

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Exodus chapter 33 and really the main

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piece of it is on verse 12 but I want

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you to see something before that

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verses 7 to 11 show us some of that I

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think it's important to set this up you

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know we see Moses ministering in a kind

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of a normal way with the anointing of

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God you know it says here that in verse

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7 now Moses used to take a tent and

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pitch it outside the camp some distance

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away this is the Israelites in the

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desert no calling it the tent of meeting

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the tent of meeting like a congregation

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like a you know like a temple except

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they were in the desert moving from

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place to place there was a tent that had

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to be torn down and put up as they

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journeyed within the desert and they

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called it a tent of meeting anyone

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inquiring of the Lord would go to the

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tent of meeting outside the camp just

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like we do today we come to inquire

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before the Lord as we do every Sunday

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and other times of the week and whenever

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Moses went out to the tent all the

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people rose and stood at the entrance to

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the tents watching Moses until he

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entered the tent and as Moses went into

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the tent the pillar of cloud will come

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down and stay at the entrance while the

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Lord spoke with Moses and verse 11 says

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the Lord would speak to Moses face to

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face as a man speaks with his friend

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then Moses would return to the camp but

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his young age Joshua son of nun did not

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leave the tent that now notice this what

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struck me about this passage ISM here we

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see a servant of God you know full of

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the Spirit

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having privileged ministry I mean you

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know he has intimacy with God God is

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to him he he's enjoying the presence of

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the Lord and relaying and transmitting

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that presence of God to the people of

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Israel but you know Moses is not content

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this is my point in this particular

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passage Moses feels that there's more

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for him he's hungry for more he's

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ambitious he's not happy with what he

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has and some people say man what's going

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on here you're too demanding too

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ambitious you should be content with

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what you have the presence of God

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ministry blessing others a place to meet

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and worship the Lord but Moses wants to

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go for the gold and he knows that

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there's something additional to that

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ministerial success that he's enjoying

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so look at this piece here and I think

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you might already get an inkling of

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where I'm going here now Moses said to

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the Lord you have been telling me lead

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these people but you have not let me

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know whom you will send with me look at

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the boldness I mean this is God he's

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talking to and and yet you know he's

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coming to bargain with him hey you've

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given me a lot of things but hey you

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know there's more you haven't given me a

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very important piece of my ministry that

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I require whom you will send with me you

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have said I know you by name and you

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have found favor with me that is the God

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you said God you've said this to me if

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you are pleased with me teach me your

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ways so I may know you and continue to

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find favor with you remember that this

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nation is your people now God instead of

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being offended and saying hey what's

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what's going on I've given you enough

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already why are you asking me for more

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and why do you speak to me with such a

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reverence God listens to him we have

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authority before God let's never forget

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that we can come before the Lord boldly

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the Bible says to come boldly before the

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throne of God that the throne of grace

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says you know and so he asks them for

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Morse's and the Lord replied okay my

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presence will go with you my presence

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will go with you and I will give you

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rest

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then Moses said to him if your presence

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does not go with us do not send us up

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from here how will anyone know that you

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are pleased with me and with your people

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unless you go with us what else will

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distinguish me and your people from all

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the other people in the face of the

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earth and the Lord said to Moses I will

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do the very thing you have asked because

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I am pleased with you and I know you by

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name now here's here's the killer number

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verse 18 then Moses said now show me

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your glory

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what boldness what boldness there's all

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kinds of expressions one could use for

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that that boldness some of them not to

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be uttered here but now show me your

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glory and the Lord said I will cause all

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my goodness to pass in front of you and

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I'll proclaim my name the Lord in your

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presence I will have mercy on whom I

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will have mercy and I will have

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compassion on whom I will have

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compassion but he said you cannot see my

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face for no one may see me and live then

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the Lord said there is a place near me

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where you may stand on a rock when my

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glory passes by I will put you in a

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cleft in the rock and cover you with my

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hand until I have passed by I'll leave

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it there you know think about that a

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extraordinary scene of this man who

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could have been content with just what

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he had I mean he had a lot more than

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most of us the vast vast majority of

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servants of the Lord have and yet he

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knew that there was an additional

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experience he wanted to see God's glory

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in other words he wanted to see God's

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fullness he wanted to see God's

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extraordinary presence in a way that was

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unprecedented and he had the boldness to

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seek that for me glory the glory of God

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is his power his holiness his

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sufficiency his uh abundance that's what

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he wanted to see and you know my point

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here is that to me this is what happens

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when you look when you seek the power of

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the Holy Spirit you are seeking

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an intimacy in an experience of God that

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is beyond the general and and I think

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that this is a difference between

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different sectors of Christianity and

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different individuals throughout the

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history of Christianity there's a whole

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sector of Christianity throughout

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history and even in our own time that is

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content with the general enjoyment of

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God's presence and that is huge the

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endowment that you receive when you

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receive Jesus Christ and the blessings

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that come with being a believer in a

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follower of Christ I mean huge benefits

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accrue to you when you have that

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experience just as Moses had that

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experience in the first piece of this

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text but there's a sector of

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Christianity throughout history that has

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understood that we cannot be content

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with just that generic general

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experience of God wonderful as it is and

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saving as it is there's more there's an

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experiential moment of the the fullness

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of God the power of God the glory of God

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the all-consuming presence in an

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immersion in his glory

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which believers throughout the ages

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based on Scripture have called the

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infilling of the Holy Spirit the baptism

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of the holy spirit all kinds of words

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that come with the Pentecostal

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experience and this is what separates

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vast sectors of Christianity one from

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another it is this idea that beyond the

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experience of receiving Jesus Christ as

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your Savior and having the Holy Spirit

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in you which you do and having been

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saved by that experience that there is

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something more there is this like other

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experience that is so powerful that it's

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scary at times and and there is an

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endowment of power it is seeing God I

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mean in feeling him in a way that no

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general experience will allow you to

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have and it is that second level that

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second experience that require

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is asking seeking insisting searching

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waiting expectantly that I want I am in

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trying to invite you through these

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series of sermons to understand that we

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cannot be content with just being

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Christians I mean that's wonderful we're

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saved but no God wants you to experience

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his glory to live in power to live in

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authority mm-hmm and that is that

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experience that I'm talking about the

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baptism of the Holy Spirit a very

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complex thing and that's why I am

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dedicating a lot of sermons and Greg a

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masterful presentation last Sunday on

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the life of Gideon and and and who else

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was there and Samson right yeah Gideon

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and Samson regarding you know the Holy

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Spirit and the empowering nature of the

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Holy Spirit where we're working to give

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you a full exposure to the different

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aspects of a very very complex subject

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and I hope to stay at it for a good

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while and to kind of see the whole lay

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of the land because there's so much to

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it but it is this idea of seeking that

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that more profound experience of God's

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glory for life and ministry you do not

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have to be Moses we are all kings and

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priests the Bible says we are all

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servants of the Lord and we need the

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same experiences that I alluded to last

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time that I was here that kings and

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priests and prophets required that

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anointing in order to carry out the

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demands of Christian service fathers we

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need the anointing of the Holy Spirit to

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be good father's to have the wisdom of

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God to have a capacity to forgive to

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have a capacity to impart to have the

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capacity to counsel to have the capacity

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for long term de cycling of our children

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and to have an understanding of the the

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mysteries of parenthood and teaching and

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mentoring you need the power to be a

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mother to be a father especially in

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these complex times that we live where

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there's all kinds of

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subversive teaching that our children

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received through the internet through

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schools unfortunately many times good as

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they are

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through college and so on and so forth

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we need annointed Parenthood and

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fathering and it requires that

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experience that Moses wanted he said you

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know you called me you called me to

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Pastor these people you've called us to

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go into Canaan where there's all kinds

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of tribes that are much more powerful

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than us awaiting us and you haven't

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shirred us that you're going to go with

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us and I person I want to see your face

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I want to have an experience with you

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beyond anything that I have experienced

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until now and God honored that now he

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put some limitations on it because I

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mean he said you know man if you see my

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glory you're going to turn into a piece

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of coal I'm going to elect electrocute

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you so I'm going to modify my exposure

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of my glory so that you can see much of

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it but you can't see it all your nervous

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system will be shot if you do you'll get

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a short circuit but he gave me enough of

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an experience and that you can follow

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that the story later on that beautiful

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experience that he has with the glory of

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God so it is that calling to intimacy to

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an experience of the glory of God

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that I think this whole idea of the

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baptism of the holy spirit refers to and

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that points to and this morning I want

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to talk to you about what I would say I

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would call five elements regarding the

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baptism of the holy spirit or five steps

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if you will to the baptism of the holy

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spirit and I do hope that the Lord will

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give me that's great of brevity that my

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sister Sarah had this morning just to

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cover this piece right here there's

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another verse that I want to leave you

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with as a point of departure first

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Corinthians chapter 4 verse 20 and I'll

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be giving these verses throughout the

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entire series chapter 4 verse 20 it says

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for the kingdom of God is not a matter

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of talk that this is the way the NIV

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puts it in other words you might hear of

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words for the kingdom of God is not a

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matter of talk talk perhaps meaning you

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can put out the word

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their theological discourse

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rationalistic or rational teaching grand

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the concepts rhetoric all of that is

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good I'm you know I believe in theology

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Lord I mean sigh God for theologians and

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thank God for theological reflection and

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systematization that theology provides

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of the teachings of the Bible but here

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Paul is saying something he sees kind of

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positing a an artificial competition or

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dichotomy between words and power

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because what he wants to emphasize is

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power

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I mean words are good but without the

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power of the Holy Spirit theology is

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great good Bible teaching is wonderful

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and a generic experience of the truth of

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the scripture they're wonderful but the

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kingdom of God is not a matter of words

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or concepts but of power remember what I

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told you that many times

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a modern since the modern sensibility is

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somewhat resistant to the idea of power

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because in our democratically oriented

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modern culture we fear power and we fear

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Authority because we fear it turning

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into oppressive and dictatorial energy

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and so we go to the opposite direction

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and we question

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power we we resist power and actually we

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look down in a way on power and on power

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religion what I think power is all over

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the scriptures because you need power

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for everything that you are going to

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carry out in life and Paul knew about

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this now think about it Paul was one of

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the most highly developed intellects

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that the scripture exposes us to this

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man was at theologian par excellence

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he wrote two-thirds of the New Testament

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he wrote probably the most exalted

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letter of theology Romans that we know

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of in the most fertile in terms of its

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influence over history and this man was

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no slouch when it came to rational

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discourse and systematic theology and

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yet this is the same

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man that is saying that the kingdom of

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God is not about words or talk even

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though he was a master at talk but of

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power okay so that's that's important I

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could go on why he said that the context

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but that's another matter all-together

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but I want you to understand this idea

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that one of the ways to summarize this

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entire teaching that I've been carrying

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out along with Greg is this idea of

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power that is at the heart and at the

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center of the Christian experience and

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this is what Christ came to give to us

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all authority is given to me says in

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heaven and in earth therefore go there

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you have the whole mathematics of

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Christian service I delegate the power

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that I have to you now be empowered to

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go and serve me in the power that I have

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been given by the father here's another

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image that come to my mind and I'm

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afraid that I'm going to wait not waste

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would spend all my time in these five

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elements Justin but I can't resist this

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image how many of you what you don't

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have to raise your hand how many of you

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have seen Iron Man you don't have to

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raise your hand I admit you know in the

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in the shadows yes I am an Iron Man fan

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I've seen the movies I just wanted to

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you know because I wanted illustrations

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and things about ministries that's why I

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see television and I see movies the only

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reason it's a way of becoming more

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spiritual but look at the image I wish

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you had an image of an Iron Man here in

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his uniform what is at the heart of Iron

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Man right here in the chest

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there is a glistening piece of something

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I don't know what it is really some that

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he in his genius this man invented ah

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Wow look at this vision we're here we

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have a I didn't even understand what you

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said but that says that whatever it is

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you have the the tone of authority there

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and you must tell me afterwards which I

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want to know but you know this this this

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mechanism that he has here

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it glistens it shines without that he's

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just a regular human being very bright

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very energetic but he doesn't have the

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power of Ironman it resides in this

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mechanism that he that he enjoyed that

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it energizes the hold the uniform and

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the power you know energizes the entire

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armor of iron man without that at the

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center

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he's inert and I suggest to you that

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that is a great imagery for you know

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power in the believer you know we can

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have all kinds of knowledge and wisdom

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and entrepreneurial energy just like you

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know the Ironman character has but if we

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don't have the piece in there of power

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and the source of power really we are

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totally limited we cannot exercise the

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wondrous acts that Ironman puts in place

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in a sense it's a very you know

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rudimentary metaphor but this is the

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idea behind the power of the Holy Spirit

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in our lives we can do a lot without

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this some exalted experience that's

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believers and many wonderful churches

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throughout America and the world that do

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not emphasize the power of the baptism

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of the Holy Spirit are extraordinarily

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effective but I just wonder what would

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happen if they could combine all of that

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wonderful energy that they exercised and

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add to it the power of Ironman and move

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in that wondrous energy of the Holy

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Spirit the trick is how to do both

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that's another matter all-together but

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what I am trying to suggest to you is

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that is this image of power at the

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center of the Christian service

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experience that I want to lay into your

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consciousness and I hope to encourage

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you to seek that for the rest of your

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life because it is a it is a

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transformative thing so what I want to

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say again also is that um I've been

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talking about this experience how to be

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filled with the Holy Spirit to be feel

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to the Holy Spirit and this is one

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sermon that I intended several weeks ago

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and it's turned into four now I think

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and so this is the last part of it but

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it's all related one with the other

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about five steps or five elements toward

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living in the fullness and in the

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baptism of the Holy Spirit there are

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five things that I want to suggest to

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you that you need to do and or five

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attitudes even also actions and

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attitudes that you need to possess in

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order to be to enter into that

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experience of the Holy Spirit number one

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you must expect it you must expect it

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you must be and I'll tell you about it

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you must wait for it you must know that

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it is your legacy and you must see it as

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your inheritance you must expect that

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number two you must seek it and ask for

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it

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so expectation is an attitude seeking

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and asking is an action just like Moses

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sought and asked for an experience of

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the glory of God number three you must

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receive it actively by faith you must

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receive it and I've said view before

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that receiving in reference to the Holy

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Spirit is a very active thing you

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receive actively and ambitiously into

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your spirit you open you in and invite

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you you must receive it by faith

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number four you must cultivate it

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deliberately you must cultivate it once

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you have received it by faith in

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different ways and I'll tell you about

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that you must cultivate it you must

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proceed in your life to live it out to

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strengthen it remember that verse that

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we talked about in first Timothy chapter

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2 I think it is I miss you too fan into

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flame to stir up the gift of God that is

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in you in other words you could take to

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cultivate it to bring it into full

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manifestation so you must receive it

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actively you must cultivate it

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deliberately and finally you must renew

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it continually it must be renewed

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continually you cannot just be content

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with having it

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now you have to live a life that

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continually you know stirs that and

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you're like an athlete you have a gift

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you have a body that is a gifted but you

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can't take that for granted every day

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you got to get up and run those smiles

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and lift those weights and go through

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those exercises that are relevant to

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your particular field in athletics you

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have to do it until you die or until you

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stop practicing your trade your craft

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and it is like that with the Holy Spirit

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so let me just go quickly back so number

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one it must be expected it has to be

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part of your legacy as you understand it

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people Christians must be made aware and

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taught to expect the baptism the

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fullness the endowment of the Holy

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Spirit if you are not taught about it

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then you will simply be content with a

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generic experience of the Holy Spirit

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and I believe that is what happens in

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much of Christianity in America and in

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many parts of the world which is

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different by the way from what's

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happening in Africa in Asia in Latin

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America where believers are taught

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they're not perfect by far but that has

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to go things they do have it these are

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continents where Christianity has

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emerged with great effectiveness and

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evangelistic strength and people are

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taught that they need to move in power

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there are other pieces that they're

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lacking but that's that's that's

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something but here in America especially

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in the Western world in the developed

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world

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I think rationalism has crept in in in

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subtle ways and it's more about the

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sermon and the preaching and the generic

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experience theology and and disciple

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eing and doctrine which is wonderful but

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this idea of power raw naked energy

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power iron man's motor is a somehow

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neglected in the interest of reason and

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system but people must be made aware if

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we don't teach believers that this is an

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important separate part of the Christian

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experience they will simply go around

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not realizing it and you know gold

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business as usual

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I have everything that I need you

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remember the Ephesian disciples in acts

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19 that Paul encountered if you go to

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acts 19 you will see that Paul in one of

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his trips of evangelism ran into some

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disciples chapter 19 verse 1 it's a it

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says while Apollo's another evangelist

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and powerful man of God was at Corinth

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Paul took the road through the interior

25:11

and arrived at Ephesus a city a large

25:15

city in the Greco Roman Empire there he

25:18

found some disciples these were

25:21

Christians these were genuine believers

25:24

these are not people who are some sort

25:26

of a pure religion as some some

25:29

theologians are trying to suggest in

25:30

their obstinacy in resisting the

25:32

doctrine of the holy spirit these are

25:34

genuine believers what the Bible would

25:35

not call them disciples if they were not

25:37

there he found some disciples and asked

25:40

them did you receive the Holy Spirit

25:42

when you believed in other words he

25:44

knows that they have believed in Jesus

25:46

these are not you know some again call

25:49

tech practitioners of some religion that

25:51

is close to Christianity know they're

25:53

believers and their disciples did you

25:55

look at the question that Paul asked did

25:57

you receive the Holy Spirit when you

25:59

believed I mean what more do you need

26:03

there to understand this idea of two

26:06

discreet separate experiences one

26:08

believing and one receiving the Holy

26:10

Spirit receiving in the sense of

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receiving actively the Holy Spirit and

26:16

not notice also Paul's urgency to

26:20

determine whether they have this

26:21

important piece the first thing that he

26:23

asked him hey did you receive the Holy

26:25

Spirit when you believed they answered

26:28

no we have not even heard that there is

26:32

a Holy Spirit what do you eat that with

26:34

we haven't even heard that there is a

26:36

Holy Spirit nobody has taught us you

26:39

know I suggest to you that there are

26:40

countless congregations and countless

26:42

believers in the Western world

26:43

particularly who would have the same

26:45

answer if you ask them did you receive

26:47

the power of the Holy Spirit when you

26:48

believed and they would say I mean no my

26:51

pastor has never talked about that we

26:52

were taught that you know when you as

26:53

received Christ you have what you need

26:55

now just learn the Bible and go to many

26:57

discipleship classes and and become a

27:00

big-headed nor of Christianity and so on

27:04

and that's what we need and to live in

27:06

holiness and obedience and to do good

27:07

works and so on and so forth no we have

27:11

not even heard that there is a holy

27:12

spirit so Paul asked then what baptism

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did you receive John's baptism they

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replied and Paul clarifies here says yes

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John's baptism was a baptism of

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repentance John's baptism by the way

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I'll talk about that at some other point

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water baptism in water and repentance

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you see it in the Gospels he told the

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people to believe in the one coming

27:35

after him that is in Jesus in other

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words that's what you have on hearing

27:41

this they were baptized into the name of

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the Lord Jesus and when Paul placed his

27:45

hands on them the Holy Spirit came on

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them and they spoke in tongues and the

27:52

prophesied they received this inundation

27:57

of power and this is what I'm talking

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about you see you see Paul's urgency he

28:04

said did you do you did you get taught

28:06

about this peace no all right let's

28:09

let's get into it and so you see that

28:12

you know part of our charge as teachers

28:15

and pastors is that we need to let you

28:19

know and we make you aware and restless

28:21

about this idea of this experience that

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you must be inducted into and encouraged

28:26

to pursue for the rest of your life

28:28

this power mentality this hunger for

28:32

more that Moses reflects in his

28:35

relationship with God we got it we got

28:37

to get you one thing and restless and

28:40

understanding that there's more for you

28:43

I'll tell you another story this is an

28:46

adventure that I had with my Fiat 500

28:49

that little miniscule car that you see

28:51

sometimes parked in front of the church

28:53

which I often just take by the handle

28:55

and I just move it when I want to park

28:56

it in a very small spot I bought that

29:00

car three and a half years ago I didn't

29:03

know I didn't I thought if you would

29:04

have asked me before yesterday I would

29:06

have said maybe two years ago honest

29:08

I didn't even know how long ago I had

29:10

bought the car and you know through an

29:13

experience that I had long story with a

29:15

with my brakes just recently I decided

29:19

you know I I've had the contract for

29:24

this car and all the paperwork that they

29:26

gave me years ago in a class that lock

29:29

top always thinking you know I should go

29:31

back to that thing and read it and know

29:33

what my benefits are and so on and so

29:35

forth I knew that I had purchased some

29:37

some additional benefits when I bought

29:39

the car but like a good Latino I put

29:42

that aside and even didn't even look at

29:44

the documentation and I postponed it and

29:47

finally after this unpleasant experience

29:49

that I had where I paid an amount of

29:51

money that I shouldn't have paid as I

29:52

found out after I read the contract I

29:57

discovered you know so I said let me get

29:59

these papers let me take him out and I

30:00

took a half hour and I started reading

30:02

them I found out number one that I had

30:05

bought it three and a half years ago not

30:07

two for two and a half years ago as I

30:09

thought number two I found out that it

30:11

had cost me much less than I had been

30:12

telling people that the car had cost me

30:14

because I you know it's just one big

30:16

much in my mind so I was delighted to

30:19

find out that no I paid you know a very

30:21

decent amount for the car and number

30:25

three I found out that I had bought

30:28

about four or five different service

30:31

contracts that entitle me to all kinds

30:34

of privileges and benefits if I would

30:37

have if I would have read that thing

30:39

carefully I would have saved myself five

30:41

hundred dollars don't tell my wife

30:44

because I didn't tell her how much it

30:45

was I did not read the contract I did

30:52

not know a certain benefit that I had

30:53

there but I started reading the contract

30:56

and I found out that I had you know all

30:58

kinds of main extended maintenance

30:59

rights and that I should have known that

31:02

I had and you know things about the

31:06

paint job that I had the car had

31:09

received that protected against all

31:10

kinds of things and you know other

31:13

elements about depreciation and

31:15

insurances and you know I had a bunch of

31:18

benefits I did not know about them

31:22

because

31:22

had not read the relevant scriptures

31:24

about my car

31:26

so yesterday as I spent time I was made

31:30

aware of all of the benefits that I had

31:34

as the owner of that little Fiat and yet

31:38

the car gate has given me great pleasure

31:40

and and you know service every time I

31:43

park it where nobody else can park I

31:45

feel a certain amount of satisfaction

31:46

and I thank the Lord and I look around

31:49

at those poor drivers who you know have

31:51

this big car that they can't get into

31:53

these privileged spaces that the Lord

31:55

has reserved for my team yet but you

31:58

know that was not enough I had I should

32:00

have delved deeper and known and

32:04

exercised all those other rights that I

32:07

had been given when I bought the car and

32:11

I suggest to you that this is the idea

32:13

you know believers have a trove of

32:18

gifting that they have a right and to

32:24

have access to and often we do not tell

32:26

them and often they are given lenses to

32:30

read scripture that somehow neutralize

32:32

them against being able to see what they

32:34

are seeing is that the other thing

32:35

according to the interpretive frame that

32:39

you are given you will see or not see

32:42

certain things in Scripture that's what

32:44

worldviews are in paradigms they blind

32:47

you to things that are not contained in

32:48

the paradigm that's a long story there

32:50

but sometimes we move in a purely of

32:53

angelical paradigm and when we read

32:55

certain things we filter those pieces

32:59

that's why we need to give you a power

33:01

paradigm we need to give you a

33:03

Pentecostal paradigm so that when you

33:06

come across these scriptures you are so

33:08

that's what they mean and then you can

33:10

have access to the power that those

33:12

scriptures want you to have access to

33:14

and you can move in a fuller more

33:16

powerful more effective more endowed way

33:19

do you get what I'm trying to give me an

33:21

amen at least to fool me into thinking

33:23

that I'm being effective you

33:25

it's an important piece look what Paul

33:28

says in Ephesians chapter 1 verse 17 I

33:34

may be getting ahead of myself if fish

33:37

is chapter 1 verse 17 I keep asking says

33:41

Paul that the god of our Lord Jesus

33:43

Christ the glorious father may give you

33:49

the spirit of wisdom and revelation so

33:51

that you may know him better

33:53

I pray also that the eyes of your heart

33:55

may be enlightened in order that you

33:57

might know the hope to which he has

33:59

called you the riches of his glorious

34:01

inheritance in the Saints and his

34:04

incomparably great power for us who

34:08

believe that power now he feels

34:11

compelled to elaborate on it because

34:12

he's gotten to the core of what he wants

34:14

for these believers to understand that

34:16

power is like the working of his mighty

34:19

strength which he exerted in Christ when

34:22

he raised him from the dead and seated

34:24

him at his right hand in the heavenly

34:25

realms far above all rule and authority

34:28

power and Dominion and every title that

34:30

can be given not only in the present age

34:32

but also in the one to come wow what a

34:34

handful what a mouthful what is saying

34:37

is believers I pray that God will give

34:40

you such understanding and wisdom such

34:42

supernatural revelation because it

34:44

requires supernatural revelation and

34:47

teaching for us to truly understand how

34:51

extraordinary is the power that we have

34:55

reciting with it within each one of us

34:59

really it requires a revelation from God

35:02

it requires a tearing down of the

35:05

biological resistance that our brain

35:07

exercises on the understanding of such

35:09

great power because our biology always

35:12

gets on the way and our neurology as

35:15

well of understanding and moving if we

35:17

could only remove that for a moment we

35:19

would be peerless and you know

35:22

absolutely invincible but there's always

35:25

a veneer of rationality that prevents us

35:27

from being fully aware of the all the

35:29

power that resides within us and so Paul

35:33

says I'm praying that the Lord will

35:35

give you a revelation of what a great

35:38

endowment of power you have received

35:40

that you might be able to move in it and

35:42

says it as a matter of fact that power

35:43

is so great that it is the same power

35:45

that lifted Jesus from the dead I don't

35:50

know of any power existent in the human

35:52

sphere right now that can raise anybody

35:53

from the dead and I don't want to be

35:56

like some of those obscures theologians

35:59

of the you know 17th century or 18th

36:01

century who said that something couldn't

36:03

be done but I would wager that humanity

36:08

does not have the necessary wherewithal

36:11

to raise anybody from the dead once

36:13

they're dead because it is a spiritual

36:16

transaction now if you believe that is

36:18

only neurological biological chemical

36:20

then yes perhaps you can but I believe

36:23

that the seat of life is a spirit and

36:25

God commands that and so I don't I do

36:29

not know that technologically speaking

36:31

it would be possible to raise anybody

36:32

only God can do that and Paul says I

36:34

want you to know that that same power

36:36

that is able to give life as the power

36:37

that moves within you not only that but

36:39

it's not it also it is also the same

36:41

power that gave Jesus the authority to

36:44

sit above every other power and every

36:48

other source of energy that is in the

36:50

cosmos that is the power that you have

36:53

within you and I want you to be aware of

36:55

that power so we must be made aware and

36:59

taught that this is the power that we

37:03

have within us if you're not made aware

37:06

of it if you don't become actively aware

37:09

of this dimension of scriptural

37:11

revelation and the Christian walk then

37:14

you will always be like me with my fear

37:16

you'll be able to enjoy it you'll be

37:18

able to drive it around transport

37:20

yourself from place to place but you're

37:21

not aware of all the other things that

37:24

are residing within that little car you

37:28

have to be made aware and I'll stop

37:30

there for that for that piece number two

37:33

you must seek it it must be sought and

37:36

asked for look at Luke chapter 11 for a

37:40

moment chapter 11

37:45

verses 9 through 13 it's a longer

37:49

passage but again I want to put it in

37:51

the proper context 11 9 to 13 look at

37:55

number verse 9 it says so this is Jesus

37:57

saying so I say to you ask and that will

38:00

be given to you seek and you will find

38:03

knock and the door will be opened to you

38:05

for everyone who asks receives and he

38:08

who seeks finds and to him who knocks

38:09

the door will be open now I know that in

38:13

pastor you know in the past this passage

38:15

is always interpreted in terms of you

38:16

know life of faith seeking and asking

38:18

God for things that you need but look

38:21

how Jesus turns this around and turns it

38:24

into something regarding that seeking

38:26

the power of the Holy Spirit it says in

38:28

verse 11 which of you fathers if your

38:30

son asks for a fish will give him a

38:32

snake instead or if he asks for an egg

38:34

will give him a scorpion so he's talking

38:37

still talking about seeking and asking

38:38

if you then though you are evil know how

38:41

to give good gifts to your children how

38:43

much more will your Father in Heaven

38:45

give the Holy Spirit to those who ask

38:49

him

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now I know that there's more complexity

38:53

here that I could deal with but I'm just

38:56

concerned about just the face value of

38:59

what is being proposed here by Jesus if

39:04

normal imperfect parents know how to

39:06

give good things

39:07

how much more if we ask for the Holy

39:10

Spirit if you ask the Lord like Moses

39:12

asks in the passage that we read boldly

39:15

you say Lord I'm not content with just

39:17

what I have I want more and I hope that

39:18

you will always be like that in your in

39:20

your life do not be content with a

39:23

mediocre experience of the Christian

39:26

life I believe that 85 90 percent of

39:29

Christianity contents themselves with

39:31

touching the surface of Christian power

39:34

and abundance and joy effectiveness

39:37

experiencing the power of God the the

39:40

facilitation of all kinds of

39:42

achievements in the Christian walk we

39:45

live hand-to-mouth many times like for

39:47

the Aceros like beggars when God wants

39:50

us to live like kings and princes and

39:53

princesses having given us all the land

39:56

that our feed step on

39:58

I believe that that's the case but we

40:01

are simply taught now you know just have

40:04

you know clench your teeth until the law

40:07

comes and takes you out of this terrible

40:09

world and save you and that's it say no

40:12

we will call two who live in abundance

40:14

victory over every every disease every

40:18

banned bondage every demonic opposition

40:22

every obstacle every brokenness in

40:26

ourselves everything of the past every

40:28

wound God says I've given you the land

40:31

I've given all to you you have to seek

40:33

it though you have to ask for it doesn't

40:34

come naturally it doesn't come just by

40:36

default there are pieces of the

40:38

Christian inheritance that have to come

40:40

by seeking and asking in Chapter in acts

40:44

one more passages to submit this acts

40:46

chapter 1 verse 4 this is Jesus himself

40:50

speaking to the disciples who know him

40:51

have a baptized in water have seen his

40:54

miracles have experienced his

40:55

resurrection and this is what he says to

40:57

them verse 4 one one on one occasion he

41:01

was eating with and he gave him this

41:02

command do not leave Jerusalem but wait

41:06

for the gift my father promised which

41:10

you have heard me speak about for John

41:13

baptized with water connect to the other

41:15

scripture in acts about the Ephesians

41:18

for John baptized with water but in a

41:20

few days you will be baptized with the

41:23

Holy Spirit so he's telling them don't

41:26

go anywhere wait just as Moses is 8

41:28

don't take us away from here you're not

41:30

going to go with us I wanted an

41:32

experience assuring me that I have what

41:34

I have so Jesus says wait for the gift

41:38

now go to verses 12 and 14 this is the

41:44

disciples now Jesus has gone up to

41:45

heaven then they return to Jerusalem

41:48

from the hill called the Mount of Olives

41:49

the Sabbath today walk from the city

41:51

when they arrived they went upstairs to

41:53

the room where they were staying those

41:56

present etc were so and so and then

41:59

verse 14 they all joined it together

42:01

constantly in prayer along with the

42:04

women and Mary the mother of Jesus and

42:05

with his brothers what were they doing

42:07

they were obeying Jesus saying go and

42:09

wait and then they went into that room

42:11

that upper room to pray now I don't know

42:14

I'm not sure that if the Bible tells us

42:16

how many days that were there I don't

42:17

think that it does but they were there

42:19

for a long time praying praying praying

42:21

lord send the spirit that you said that

42:24

you would send now why wouldn't Jesus

42:27

just send it to them he wants to give it

42:30

why have them wait why put them to pray

42:32

you know why because we talk about

42:33

prayer how prayer prepares you and

42:35

changes you and and prepares a

42:37

sensitivity and changes your attitude

42:40

and and all kinds of things are waiting

42:42

that pregnant waiting and asking and

42:45

expecting and doubting it's all part of

42:47

the technology of faith so they're there

42:50

waiting and praying and asking and

42:51

agonizing and wondering if they're going

42:54

to receive it and then it comes down

42:55

upon them in chapter 2 when the day of

43:00

Pentecost came they were all together in

43:02

one place and you know the rest they

43:03

were all filled with the Holy Spirit and

43:05

began to speak in other tongues as the

43:07

spirit enabled them so they were praying

43:12

and seeking and asking and that's what

43:14

you need to do now I don't know I cannot

43:17

guarantee in all honesty when you will

43:21

fully and definitively receive that

43:26

experience but what I want to do is just

43:28

to give you a show of a push toward that

43:30

direction we will pray for you we're

43:33

going to do a lot of stuff that's there

43:34

just not theory about that and you must

43:36

do your part if you don't do your part

43:38

don't just stay in your seat you got to

43:42

do your part you got to seek you got to

43:44

do you got a search you have to honor

43:46

this gift it's worth travailing for and

43:51

God will give it to you but you have to

43:53

want it and you have to seek it so you

43:57

must seek it and ask for it and then

44:00

number three you must receive it and I

44:04

had this by faith this is a very

44:06

important qualification you must receive

44:09

it by faith I've always compared it to

44:12

receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior

44:14

you receive Jesus in a way that is

44:16

active Lord I receive you I open my life

44:20

to you I open my mind to you I ask you

44:22

to come in and enter it's a very

44:25

interactive thing it's an active

44:27

receiving you must receive the Holy

44:29

Spirit inside of you in the baptism and

44:32

then you must walk believing that that

44:34

action of receiving by faith has been

44:37

realized

44:39

and has been honored and now you must

44:42

move in that why do I say this and this

44:46

alone will take me the rest of the

44:47

sermon and it's too bad you know I don't

44:50

know how to complete this this thing

44:51

really without the shopping up very

44:54

profound things but you know there's so

44:58

much controversy about whether you have

45:00

to speak in tongues whether tongues are

45:02

the evidence of the of the Baptist the

45:04

Holy Spirit now we'll talk about that I

45:05

would give a separate presentation on

45:07

that I've seen enough of this thing over

45:11

the years I've observed I would say

45:13

thousands of Christians I have the

45:14

privilege of having a lab right here to

45:17

toy with every day and to observe and I

45:20

have observed churches that you know are

45:22

knowing that are not anointed and half

45:24

anointed and two anointed and I know

45:28

there's a lot of complexity about the

45:31

fact that you speak in tongues

45:32

often doesn't mean very much really and

45:35

this is why I think Paul made made a

45:38

kind of a relative thing it's not the

45:40

thing that we make it out to be many

45:42

times in a Pentecostal enthusiasms but

45:46

there's a lot of complexity a lot of

45:48

controversy as to what constitutes

45:49

assurance that you have been baptized

45:51

with the Holy Spirit and I don't want

45:53

you to get entangled in all those thorny

45:56

bushes of complexity the fact is that

46:03

you have to receive it by faith in that

46:05

in the God's proper timing and with

46:08

appropriate teaching you will enter into

46:10

all the other pieces all the other

46:12

pronoun paraphernalia of Pentecostalism

46:15

don't let that deter you from seeking

46:19

the experience and entering and being

46:21

thirsty for it God will show you the way

46:23

isn't this what Jesus says if you ask

46:26

God will give it to you and it would be

46:30

wonderful because it will be a personal

46:31

journey

46:32

now some people receive very quickly

46:35

others are more cerebral and receive

46:37

later others are more

46:38

or private and and restrained and they

46:41

don't get into all the manifestations

46:42

but in time the Lord does his work every

46:45

Christian is its total totally different

46:48

so unique and God deals with your

46:51

neurology differently because we

46:54

understand that you are made at

46:55

differently and yet many Pentecostals

46:57

have tried to always cage this in and

46:59

put it in a little box I have observed

47:02

through history all the different people

47:05

who have been baptized in the Holy

47:07

Spirit and they have different

47:08

experiences we will see that even in

47:10

Scripture itself so that's what you have

47:12

to receive it by faith when people come

47:15

to Christ during a service I have seen

47:18

people come to Christ and and cry their

47:22

eyes out I have seen people come to

47:25

Christ and be so bold over by the

47:27

experience that they fall on their knees

47:30

with the burden of their sins being

47:32

taken away or the awareness of them well

47:34

they're being touched by God I think

47:36

Christians laugh I have seen Christians

47:38

say wow it's like a like a veil has been

47:41

taken off of my eyes I've seen others

47:42

just say yes Jesus I receive you and

47:44

then walk back very quietly as if

47:46

nothing had happened and then live out a

47:48

very powerful Christian life everybody's

47:49

different we do not question whether

47:51

they have received Christ or not it's an

47:53

inner experience and and the fruit will

47:55

say what it is I think it's the same

47:58

with the Holy Spirit every Christian

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receives the Holy Spirit in different

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ways we have tried to you make it

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uniform and predictable and codify it

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for the assurance of the pastors and the

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theologians really I believe that's all

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it is but if we are truly honest we

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realize that every believer will have a

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different experience of the Holy Spirit

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it is how they walk it out that in my

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opinion that makes the difference so you

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must receive it by faith I don't have a

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lot of time to get into that piece um I

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just give you on Galatians three at

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least you know you have got leave with

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one

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Galatians three verses one through five

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you foolish Galatians who has bewitched

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you before your very eyes Jesus Christ

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was clearly portrayed as crucified would

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you like to learn just one thing

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which I would like to learn just one

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thing from you did you receive the

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spirit by observing the law or by

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believing what you heard are you so

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foolish at the beginning with the spirit

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are you're now trying to attain your

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goal by human effort does God give you

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his spirit and work miracles among you

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because you observe the law or because

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you believe what you have heard now I

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know that the context is very different

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about circumcision and all kinds of

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stuff but the principle that Paul is

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seeking to apply here is very universal

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you receive the Holy Spirit by believing

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by faith it's not by any works of tongs

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or falling to the floor and writhing on

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the floor or frothing at the mouth it's

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by faith you receive it by faith all the

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other evidentiary elements are secondary

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in my opinion we will have more of that

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so if you receive by faith here I had

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this thing that I wanted to develop but

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we'll wait here's the way I put it in

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the process of receiving also you

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receive you assume you proceed and then

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confirm and develop those are the five

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steps within the five steps that's what

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I think happens you know in in this area

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of receiving by faith you receive it you

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assume that you have it you proceed as

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if you have it you will confirm it on

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the way as you leave us if you have it

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you will confirm that you have it and

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then you proceed to develop that having

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there's a whole mouthful in there as

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well but these are these are five

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elements of that you know when somebody

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prays for you to receive the Holy Spirit

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receive it believe it assume that you

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have it proceed in your life as if you

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have it and then you will confirm that

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you have it as the Lord brings you into

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ownership and manifestation of it and

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then you develop it continually in your

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life enough set about receiving by faith

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number four so we have what is a number

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one is expected number two secret number

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three receive it actively number four

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cultivated cultivated deliberately

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cultivate this presence of the Holy

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Spirit in your life this baptism

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is crucial remember second Timothy

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chapter 1 verse 6 second Timothy 1 verse

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6 I admonish you to stir up the gift

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that is within you stir it up that's

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what I mean by cultivating stir up it's

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crucial once you have the power the Holy

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Spirit in your life

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now you must walk it out so that if a

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friend at work as you're both drinking

51:37

water at the watercooler comes to you

51:39

and says I have this problem my son is

51:42

you know addicted and I don't know what

51:44

to do is stealing the money from the

51:45

house blah blah blah we've done we've

51:47

taken to psychiatrist a your

51:50

spirit-filled Christian why don't you

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ask them Wow I understand that it must

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be horrible can I pray for you I can't

51:57

be where you are but I can pray for you

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can we take just a moment and don't be

52:02

religious don't close your eyes don't

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hold their hands you know don't

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embarrass them just say just like that

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say with a father in Jesus name we bind

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the enemy in the life of this young man

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and I agree with this mother this father

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that you are going to work in his life

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we declare freedom on his life with a

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carrier anointing may he come to a

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saving knowledge of you may he walk with

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you we break any bondage in his life in

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Jesus name thank you Lord we received

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that amen send them on their way be

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continued praying for him believe that

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you the power of God in you you have to

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go and call the pastor and wake him up

52:39

and say pastor would you like to pray

52:40

for some you do it you have the power in

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you you have the anointing in you now

52:46

you may not feel it emotionally because

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you're not used to it but that's the way

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you begin by flexing your muscles you

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have it use them by faith walk in that

52:57

anointing you need a job get into a

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wrestling match with God like Jacob and

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say Lord I'm not going to leave you

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until I have the best job in the city

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regarding this field because you have

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promised me great things do you have a

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you but in bondage of something an

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addiction

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an affliction of some sort depression

53:19

anxiety guilt victimization wounds of

53:23

the past Lord in Jesus name your word

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says that I am free and I have the power

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to overcome any affliction in my life I

53:30

claim your blessing and I declare this

53:33

giant I'm going to tear it down and I

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will no longer live in that kind of and

53:38

then continue to struggle continue it

53:41

may take months years I'm not saying

53:43

that is easy

53:44

we oversimplified things a lot but I

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guarantee success for you ultimately and

53:47

it may be it may come sooner than you

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think

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but you have to exercise the power you

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have the power inside of you what does

53:53

what does the Lord say to Joshua says I

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have given you every piece of ground

53:58

that you step on therefore go and live

54:03

it out now Joshua I still had to fight

54:05

with all kinds of Giants I mean they

54:06

said they hadn't even entered into the

54:08

into Canaan yet but the Lord says I have

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given it to you

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you have the title now walk it out and

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in you know I ask you to be bold me like

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Adam and look at this word excel

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Valiente how does that how does that

54:23

sound in English versus it be strong and

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courageous be strong now go and walk in

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the in that right I mean with Joshua you

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could have said all thank you lord great

54:34

now I have it wonderful no you're going

54:36

to have to fight some Giants you're

54:38

going to be cut every once in a while in

54:40

a battle but I've given you the land

54:42

it's it's irrefutable it's inevitable

54:45

it's irresistible it's invincible put

54:48

any other absolute word that you want in

54:50

that you have it

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walk it out carry it out in the power

54:54

that I have given you go in this power

54:55

that I have given you that's what that's

54:57

what the angel says to to Gideon

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go in the power that you have when did

55:04

you get you'd receive by the way that

55:05

power I believe when the angel looked at

55:07

him there's this one place of his the

55:09

angel looked at him I think it was an

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endowment of power it was an impartation

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because God can empower by placing hands

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by uttering a word or by giving a look

55:20

of power and Gideon received and then

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there was a different when he blew that

55:25

horn it was not any horn I was being

55:27

blown or maybe it was but the one who

55:29

blowing it was full of the power of the

55:31

Holy Spirit so you have to walk it out

55:34

once you have it you must cultivate it

55:36

you must continue a life of cultivation

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of the gift that you are receiving

55:40

finally forgive me because I do want to

55:42

finish this thing number five you must

55:44

renew it continually you must continue

55:48

to be filled with the Holy Spirit one

55:49

feeling is not enough

55:51

there are many feelings throughout

55:53

Scripture and this is the element of

55:54

revival this is why in Ephesians it says

55:57

do not be drunk with wine but rather be

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filled in other words I believe that the

56:03

Greek original if I'm not mistaken it

56:06

stopped I continue to be filled with the

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Holy Spirit it is an insistent

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repetitive iteration or kind of action

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continue to be filled always and this is

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true we must all have this need to be

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filled every day of our lives

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you were filled yesterday but the energy

56:26

that you used yesterday requires a new

56:28

energy how many times do you week a day

56:30

do you say to yourself you know what I

56:32

ate on Monday someone's wish we could

56:34

say that and and therefore I don't need

56:36

to eat anymore for you no no you eat

56:39

every day as your body you know as you

56:41

work energy you consume energy you need

56:43

more food because that's that's the

56:44

nature of the natural world and I

56:46

believe that the spiritual world runs

56:48

often very similarly parallel entitled

56:50

wasted to the supernatural to the

56:53

natural and so you need the periodic in

56:57

feelings in the scriptures we see the

57:00

believers I won't read it but in your

57:03

time look at acts 4:31 these believers

57:06

were filled with the Holy Spirit says

57:07

there had already been filled please the

57:10

worship team could come up you know they

57:13

had already been filled feel free to

57:17

come up even if you don't be intimidated

57:19

by my rhetoric in my past you just come

57:21

up and bless me with your music and your

57:24

anointing you know you must are you

57:30

Christians have to live a life of

57:32

Perpetual renewal and hunger this is the

57:37

problem with many of us you know we come

57:40

here it's like come to the gas station

57:42

and

57:43

and every Sunday and we're pumped what

57:45

about the rest of the week how much how

57:47

much time do you spend in the presence

57:49

of the Lord your devotional time how

57:52

much time do you dedicate to reading the

57:53

word to mining the word for those deep

57:55

deep teachings of Scripture how often do

57:59

you realize man I'm running on empty I

58:01

need I need a morning of fasting and

58:04

praying I need to take a day off I need

58:07

to go someplace and just renew my vow

58:09

and my love and and my passion for the

58:13

Lord

58:14

you know ministry wears me down I mean

58:17

it it takes so much for me emotionally

58:20

anybody who serves can tell you that if

58:22

I did not perpetually go to the waters I

58:25

would have been burned to a crisp

58:27

decades ago the only thing that sustains

58:30

us a new mother father has been

58:33

parenting is terrible you teacher what

58:37

more demanding field you who work in a

58:39

factory or drive a taxicab or drive a

58:42

bus or work at a hospital or an

58:44

emergency room how taxing is that how

58:46

demanding is modern life how burning is

58:50

it you who work in a kitchen with all

58:54

these people looking over in demanding

58:56

their dishes right on time and in the

58:57

proper how much does it take from you

58:59

how much do we need to go to the waters

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and be filled again with the Holy Spirit

59:03

the wonderful thing is that God is

59:05

perpetually ready to give us more and

59:07

more and more if you ask him if you're

59:10

hungry if you're thirsty can you lower

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your head for a moment and own this word

59:18

and receive it in your spirit you must

59:22

know that it's your legacy you must seek

59:25

it you must receive it actively

59:31

you must cultivate it and you must seek

59:35

perpetual visitations of God in your

59:38

life

59:38

so father I want to be the first one to

59:43

break a piece of that good bread and eat

59:46

it right now and I pray that you will Oh

59:51

Lord that you would inject this directly

59:56

into the sensibility of your people and

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that you would implant it in a

60:04

supernatural way because this is not

60:06

about information this Living Word has

60:10

to be in graft and grafting and we

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receive it Lord I pray that we will

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leave here hungry I pray that we won't

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leave filled and satiated no I pray that

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we will leave hungry and one thing who

60:25

have more of that I pray that every

60:28

humble spirit here would be blessed by

60:31

receiving that impartation father we are

60:35

needy we are like Moses afraid of going

60:40

out there and very aware of our

60:44

ineptitude our brokenness and our

60:47

absolute disqualification from doing

60:52

anything worthy of you and the first one

60:55

who had made that father and I need the

60:58

crutch of your Holy Spirit

61:00

I need that Iron Man jewel in my very

61:05

the very center of my being empowering

61:08

me to move with supernatural

61:10

effectiveness

61:12

and we receive that in Jesus name Lord I

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declare that by these words that are

61:17

declared in a prophetic mode your people

61:21

will be impregnated with the holy thirst

61:26

and hunger and that we will never be the

61:28

same

61:29

we'll be bold in our expectations of

61:33

your impartation for your glory do it

61:36

now father do it now I receive it in

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Jesus name

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hallelujah in Jesus name