"A life that shine"

Februry 11, 2018 9AM English Message, "A Life that Shines "

visions Chapter five I have been working

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through the book of Ephesians with you

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little by little and we're gonna be

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reading Ephesians chapter five I'm gonna

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be using the English standard version

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ESV and this is a powerful book about

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living a supernatural life about living

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in a charged atmosphere of spiritual

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warfare what does it mean to be God's

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special people the people of Ephesus

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were not wimps they were surrounded by

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the worship of the goddess Diana and all

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kinds of spiritual warfare and the

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Apostle Paul is saying you've got to be

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sure that you are living in the spirit

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because there is not much wiggle room

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and so we also live in times that are

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challenging that are tempting where

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there's spiritual warfare and we need to

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be a people that is defined before the

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Lord pasady rental last week was talking

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about the importance of holiness before

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the Lord and this next text in Ephesians

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just happens to be the next one I was

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going to to preach on but it dovetails

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very nicely with what he was talking

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about so Ephesians chapter 5 beginning

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in verse 1 Ephesians 5 verse 1 says the

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following says therefore be imitators of

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God imitate God as beloved children and

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walk in love as Christ loved us and gave

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himself up for us a fragrant offering

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and sacrificed to God but sexual

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immorality and all impurity or

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covetousness must not even be named

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among you as is proper among saints let

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there be no filthiness nor foolish talk

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nor crew joking which are out of place

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but instead let there be Thanksgiving

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for you may be sure of this that

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everyone who is sexually immoral or

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impure or who covets that is an

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idolaters

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has no inheritance in the kingdom of

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Christ and God let no one deceive you

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with empty word

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for because of these things the wrath of

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God comes upon the sons of disobedience

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therefore do not become partners with

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them for a one time you were darkness

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but now you are light in the Lord walk

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as children of light for the fruit of

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light is found and all that is good and

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right and true and try to discern what

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is pleasing to the Lord take no part in

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the unfruitful works of darkness but

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instead expose them for it is shameful

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even to speak of the things that they do

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in secret but when anything is exposed

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by the light it becomes visible for

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anything that becomes visible is light

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therefore it says away co-sleeper and

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rise from the dead and Christ will shine

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on you verse 15 look carefully then how

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you walk not as unwise but as wise

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making the best use of the time because

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the days are evil therefore do not be

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foolish but understand what the will of

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the Lord is and do not get drunk with

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wine for that is debauchery but be

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filled with the spirit addressing one

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another in Psalms and hymns and

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spiritual songs singing and making

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melody to the Lord with your heart

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giving thanks always and for everything

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to God the Father in the name of our

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Lord Jesus Christ

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submitting to one another out of

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reverence for Christ amen father I thank

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you for these words may they be living

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and active in our hearts as they truly

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are

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lord I pray that it wouldn't be human

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message or human conversation today but

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Lord that the Good Shepherd would speak

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to us and that your words would be

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freedom and life guide us Lord and this

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time we dedicate it to you in Jesus name

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Amen amen I'd like to start with a

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little story that I made up okay it's

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pretty pathetic here there's a reason

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why I don't write stories but I'm gonna

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try I'm gonna try something that I did

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to try to soothe my heart after last

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Sunday's horrible defeat right

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needed something to distract myself

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right so imagine this story I want you

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to imagine once upon a time there was a

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young man maybe 19 20 college student

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not a particularly exceptional kid he

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kind of was mediocre got C's you know

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kind of did what he could kind of

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hanging in there he had fun he was in

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the frat clubs he was drinking he was in

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the party scene he was just kind of

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messing around when suddenly suddenly he

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lives in England we can imagine he lives

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in England when there was big news that

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the King had died and they were looking

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for the heir to the throne and they

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discovered through fancy genetic DNA

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testing that there was a true heir out

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there see this young man this young

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college student who was just messing

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around he had no idea that really he was

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adopted that genetically he was of royal

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noble birth that he was descended from

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the royal family even though he didn't

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like tea very much just drank a lot of

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beer and that he was genetically king

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and now he was also legally king of all

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England only problem is he was a

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Cuvaison who was 19 years old he didn't

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have the slightest idea what it meant to

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walk like a king he was king in his

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birth in his birthright legally you are

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the king kiddo but I don't feel like a

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king and I don't know how to live like a

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king right and so imagine my little

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movie that I'm gonna make a million

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dollars from my little story and the

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rest of the movie is about him trying to

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figure out what it means to walk like a

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king right you know you can't keep

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crushing beer heads on your you know

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beer cans on your head you know you

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can't keep messing around you have time

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for you to learn to walk in accordance

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with your true identity now the book of

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Ephesians in a very interesting way

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starts with a verse that says that we as

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Christians are blessed in the heavenly

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realms with

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every spiritual blessing in Jesus Christ

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that in the spiritual dimension you are

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not just a normal person you have a

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spiritual identity and in that spiritual

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identity you are blessed you are

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privileged you have a position where you

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are not just allowed to be in the

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spiritual dimension you're flying

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first-class amen and it goes on to say

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that in him we love God predestined us

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to be adopted as his sons and daughters

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the word used there is not just any

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child but the child who will inherit the

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whole household in him it says in verse

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11 of chapter one we have obtained an

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inheritance that we might be for the

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praise of his glory God has something

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special for us whether we know it or not

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it says that in him even though we were

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dead in our transgressions and sins God

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made us alive with Christ and he raised

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us up with Christ and he seated us with

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Christ in heavenly places we are called

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not just to live with Jesus in heaven

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but we're gonna share the throne we are

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called to be part of Jesus's ruling

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Court I don't understand what that means

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but that is our destiny and thee we

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don't deserve any of this it is by grace

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we've been saved through faith all of

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this is so that he might demonstrate

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that God can take messed-up broken

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sinful people who actually were in

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rebellion against him he can raise them

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up change their hearts change their

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lives clothe them in royal robes and

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have them share in his spiritual

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authority we are living examples of

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God's powerful grace that if God did it

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with me he can do it with anyone that

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God can take anybody and change their

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life we're diamonds of His grace we're

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meant to display the amazing riches of

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his mercy to a stunned universe look

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what God can do you are a diamond of His

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grace meant to display the multifold

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multifaceted wisdom of God

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and to show what he can do you are his

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workmanship his masterpiece it says in

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Ephesians 2:10 created special for good

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works that God prepared in advance for

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you now it's time to learn to walk in

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them and this is all about learning to

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walk in accordance with our identity you

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see you already are there your spirit is

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already in glory your spirit is already

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Noble and glorified but our brain has

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not gotten the memo yet and we've been

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walking wrong for a long time anyone

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ever need to take lessons in in posture

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for a dancing class or something like

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that or in a sport where you've got to

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learn how to walk all over again because

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even though your body is meant to walk a

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certain way you've been in the wrong

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habit for a long time and that's what

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Ephesians seems to be all about the

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Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:1 says as a

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prisoner of the Lord then I urge you to

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walk worthy of the calling with which

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you have been called your walk in the

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Bible is your daily life how you live

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your life how you handle yourself on

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Monday morning at work how you handle

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yourself with that boss that is so

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difficult how you handle your situations

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at home with spouse and kids and parents

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how you deal with the different

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situations you face in life your walk is

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what you look like when you're not in

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church how you behave when no one's

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watching maybe amen and that is our

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calling the Apostle Paul says I say to

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you and insist on it in the Lord that

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you no longer walk like the Gentiles do

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in the futility of their thinking you

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have the uniform of Christ on now it's

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time to live that way it's time to live

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appropriately with your calling we have

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a high calling now this text we just

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read has three different references to

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the word walk okay in verse eight and if

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you look with me in Ephesians 5 verse 8

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it says at one time you were darkness

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but now you are light in the Lord so

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walk that way walk as children

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of light in verse 15 and 16 it says look

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carefully then how you walk not as

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unwise but as wise making the best use

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of the time because the days are evil

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and then the first one at the very

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beginning of this text in verse 1

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therefore be imitators of God as beloved

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children and walk in love as Christ

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loved us and gave himself up for us a

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fragrant offering and sacrifice to God

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walking in a way that imitates God have

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you ever tried to imitate God before you

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have as a two-year-old you tried to run

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the universe right all of us try to

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imitate God in the wrong ways right we

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try to take control and do things

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instead of letting God be God we want to

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take his place

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imitating God doesn't mean trying to be

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God he's trying to be like God okay what

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does it mean to be like God doesn't that

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sound arrogant being like God we have

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the perfect example in human form what

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would Jesus do you ever seen that bumper

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sticker WWJD again the problem with

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putting that on your car there's a

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little problem with putting that on your

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bumper right because it means you have

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to drive like Jesus would drive even in

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Boston not always an easy thing to do

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what would Jesus do at home at work

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under pressure in traffic on a day off

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when his team loses the Super Bowl what

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does it mean to walk like Jesus then no

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what does that mean that people can look

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in your eyes and say I see something

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different about this person I see Jesus

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in her eyes

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I've heard of put this way and the text

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talks about how the life of Jesus living

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in love was a fragrant sacrifice to God

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I want to live a life that smells like

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Jesus right and that weird to say I want

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it so that when people meet you they're

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just like there's something there's

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something that smells like Jesus about

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this person

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but to do that we need to take some

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showers first so we're gonna talk about

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that morally right it says live a life

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of love as Christ loved us Jesus when he

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had the Apostles he washed their feet at

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the table remember that story and he

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says I have given you an example so that

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you should do what I did though I am

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your Lord and your King I have taken the

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position of a slave and I've washed your

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feet now you do the same thing Jesus

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gave his life for us on the cross and

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what does he say to us if anyone would

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come after me you must take your cross

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and follow me

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living a life of love what would Jesus

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do how would Jesus love this person that

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might be unlovable how would Jesus

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interact with this this may be you've

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got a situation at work someone's

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difficult someone is is not polite to

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you is unreasonable to you how would

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Jesus respond if that's our question if

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we think about that then that fragrance

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of Christ can begin to permeate the

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atmosphere of our lives now the

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reference there of the life of Jesus

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being like a sacrifice a fragrant

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offering and sacrifice that refers back

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to the tabernacle remember we've talked

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about that a wise a ways back we talked

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about the tabernacle where the Shekinah

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glory of God dwelt in that tabernacle

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and there was this glowing supernatural

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fire in the tabernacle and the people of

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Israel had the unique privilege of

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living with holy fire they had that

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privilege of bringing sacrifices and

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offerings and looking at that

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supernatural display of God's power and

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being there and seeing that and living

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in that presence but to do so God gave

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them a series of very important laws

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where they had to be very careful about

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external ceremonial rules of holiness

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you ever observed that how in people

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today now some Orthodox Jews still do it

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maybe they keep kosher where they only

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eat certain foods and you won't eat

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other foods and maybe they would have to

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go through certain cleansing rituals

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all day long they were thinking about

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their external holiness so that they

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could offer a pleasings offering to God

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and the Bible says that when they offer

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to sacrifice from a pure heart following

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the regulations that it was a fragrant

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aroma in his presence it says I love it

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in the King James it says their

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sacrifice was a sweet-smelling savour

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before God you ever smelled that

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beautiful aroma this is a theme that's

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gonna come up when I was a little guy

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very young my father used to smoke a

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pipe before you know we really thought

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about the fact that it was killing all

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of us in the house but anyway he used to

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smoke a pipe with really good tobacco

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right now I don't attempt any of you

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some of you're like Greg I'm just trying

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to stop that now and you're talking

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about it and we would we would sit

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sometimes and be together and he would

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be smoking his pipe right you know

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poisoning my lungs without us knowing it

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but boy did it smell good sweet smelling

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fragrance right now he's quit well he

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doesn't even know in his pipe you throw

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it away okay well it's just for the

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record we don't promote smoking in this

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church but boy what a sweet smell I want

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our worship to be like an incense that

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goes up before the presence of God but

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it's not just our song

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it's our life that needs to be pleasing

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in God's presence in that way that

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fragrance that goes before him but now

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it's not about being careful about you

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know all these external rules of

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holiness like in the Old Testament all

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of that was a picture of our heart Jesus

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said blessed are the pure in heart for

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they shall see God

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now it's not what goes into our mouth

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that contaminates us but what comes out

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of our mouth so now it's being very

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careful that our heart is acceptable in

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that offering we're gonna live to God

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that our lifestyle our words our actions

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our interactions would be pleasing in

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God's sight that I wouldn't just worship

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on Sunday morning but on Monday morning

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and Monday night and Friday night and

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Saturday that my whole week would be an

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offering to the Lord a pleasing aroma

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before him but the text goes on to talk

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about some pretty

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our teaching about the fact that some of

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our deeds don't smell too good look with

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me again in verse 3 it says but sexual

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immorality and all impurity or

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covetousness must not even be named

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among you in the NIV it says there must

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not even be a hint of sexual immorality

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among you that that's improper for God's

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holy people it goes on to say let there

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be no filthiness or foolish talk or

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crude joking which are out of place but

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instead let there be Thanksgiving that

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among God's holy people being careful

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about our heart we need to get serious

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about holiness in the little things as

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well as the big things the way we talk

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is a big deal to God the the Apostle

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James said that our tongue is like the

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rudder of a ship that even though the

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ship is huge this little rudder steers

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the whole ship if I'm talking a certain

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way my life might go that way that we

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need to start thinking about the way we

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live the way we talk the jokes we tell

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the way we interact that some things

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just don't fit anymore

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let there not even be named among you

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you know my daughter and I went on a

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field trip a couple weeks ago because

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she had a project in school that that I

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gotta talk more about where she had to

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dress up like a character from

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Massachusetts history and to our shock

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she chose Norman Rockwell are the most

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girly girl in all of Norwood chose to be

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Norman Rockwell okay if it's a great

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painter and so we went to his museum and

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Norman Rockwell did a painting of the

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civil rights movement I don't you know

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the painting I'm talking about of the

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little girl who went to the school when

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they decide were gated the schools and

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she went to the school and there were so

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many riots against this that the police

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and the National Guard had to escort her

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into the school you know the painting

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I'm talking about in the moment I'm

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talking about

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so in this painting she's walking in

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this beautiful little girl in her white

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dress with her schoolbooks with the

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officers before behind her and on the

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wall behind her

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is written this a horrible you know

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there's a racial slur is written on the

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wall if you look at it and so my

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daughter called me over and she said

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daddy what what's this word what's this

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word and so I and so I told her that's a

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very bad insult that used to be used and

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sometimes still might be but it's so bad

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that we we don't even say it

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I and and I thought I could have even

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said the word as I was talking to her

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but I said you know what I don't want my

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daughter ever even to hear that word

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come from her father's mouth even if I'm

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teaching her it's bad there are some

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words I never because it just doesn't

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fit it's just not appropriate you see as

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Christians now that I'm using that as an

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extreme example but there are many

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things that has a child of God as a son

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or daughter of God there are some words

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that just don't fit anymore just not me

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anymore

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anyone here who used to talk like a

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sailor I don't know do we have any okay

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we got some hands going up you don't

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have to raise your I remember starting

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to work on a construction site when I

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was a young you know fifteen year old

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and I and my cousin hooked me up with

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some Christian construction workers you

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know hopefully they would share the

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gospel with me which they did the first

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day I hit my thumb and I let out a

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colorful expression of frustration okay

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and the guys were like boy you think

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that makes you a man because you can use

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a bad word you think that makes you a

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man I can throw this hammer off the roof

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and I'm like these are the most unusual

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construction workers I have ever met

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because they said I may be a

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construction worker but I'm a Christian

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first right and there are some things

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that I don't even need to say there are

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some expressions some attitudes that

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people just don't even say because it

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doesn't fit anymore it's just not me

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anymore I used to be darkness but now

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I'm light in the Lord I'm learning how

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to walk like a king and part of that

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means I'm gonna learn to talk like the

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kingdom I'm gonna express myself in a

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way that is congruent with my spiritual

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identity another story we had - my

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daughter had to dress up right please

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don't bother her about this

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really let me have it but she had to

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dress up like Norman Rockwell and if you

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know Norman Rockwell smoked a pipe right

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it's the pipe theme today and so I

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figured okay great we'll get you we'll

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get you a pipe because there's very few

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distinctive things about this guy right

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he's just a guy right with the pipe so

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he needed to have the pipe because

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that's what Norman Rockwell always had a

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pipe and I told her you know he didn't

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know that it was killing him back then

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and so you know we'll get you a pipe and

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she's like no no daddy I can't have a

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pipe and I'm like no I mean you're not

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gonna smoke it it'll be just a play pipe

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you know it'll be that it's like she

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said no daddy that would be

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inappropriate it would be inappropriate

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like well I guess you're right a pipe

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just doesn't belong in a little girl's

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mouth in school all right you're you're

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right so wewe found another way to kind

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of do it but some things just don't

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belong anymore that wording here is it's

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not appropriate it just doesn't fit in

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another translation says some words are

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now out of place now I'm not saying we

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have to be uptight as Christians I think

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Christians can joke around we can have

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fun we can enjoy ourselves even a good

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little peek our idea every now and then

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another thing we have to be upset about

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or uptight about sexuality right we can

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I can even say that word in a sermon God

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made that in the Garden of Eden right

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but we do need to be uptight about sin

24:01

and about sinfulness and there are some

24:03

things that just aren't funny right and

24:06

and as part of it is unlearning that and

24:09

allowing our our words and our heart to

24:12

follow that our speech is a rudder so it

24:15

goes on to say some very serious things

24:17

here so if you look with me in verse

24:19

five and this is where the challenge

24:22

comes in clj that it's time for us to

24:24

draw a lined in the sand and to define

24:26

ourselves we should be different if

24:28

we're Christians right if we're

24:30

Christians people should be able to tell

24:32

you're a Christian if they can't tell

24:35

we're a Christian well maybe we need to

24:37

kind of come to the altar again here but

24:39

look at what it says in verse five it

24:41

says for you may be sure of this that

24:44

everyone who is sexually

24:46

immoral or impure or who is covetous

24:49

that is an idolaters greedy has no

24:52

inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and

24:55

of God it goes on to say let no one

24:57

deceive you with empty words for because

25:01

of these things the wrath of God comes

25:03

on the sons of disobedience therefore

25:05

don't become partners with them now

25:08

again if I go back to my my little story

25:10

at the beginning that boy who needs to

25:13

learn to live differently he might need

25:16

to separate from certain friends that

25:18

were dragging him down okay now I want

25:22

to be very clear here we don't believe

25:23

in isolationism here in this church we

25:27

believe that we need to be in the world

25:29

but not of the world right we need to be

25:32

Jesus was a friend of sinners Jesus went

25:35

over the tax collectors house he ate

25:37

with them he spent time with him I don't

25:39

think we need to be snooty and say I'm

25:40

better than no no it's none of that but

25:43

sometimes when you're in certain groups

25:46

and you are being drawn away we are

25:49

being sucked into their way of thinking

25:51

and behaving it's time to start drawing

25:53

a line in the sand even if it means

25:54

losing a friend because you have an

25:56

inheritance in the kingdom and it's just

25:59

a fact that that certain behaviors don't

26:01

you have an inheritance - you're going a

26:04

certain place and other people are going

26:06

the different way now our goal is to

26:08

share the love of Jesus with them and

26:10

win them so they'll want to go the same

26:11

way but if they're dragging you down

26:13

more than you're dragging them up then

26:16

maybe it's time for a little bit of

26:17

healthy distance okay I want to put that

26:20

out there and again I do this with fear

26:23

and trembling because I want us to be a

26:25

church that is out there that is

26:26

connecting with people so but at the

26:28

same time we need to discern which way

26:31

is this relationship going am i if i am

26:34

i influencing them or are they

26:36

influencing me and maybe it's a little

26:40

bit of both and we need to evaluate that

26:42

because it says very clearly let no one

26:45

deceive you with empty words I don't

26:48

know what those empty words could be

26:49

except somebody trying to convince

26:52

Christians that it's okay to live in two

26:54

worlds somebody trying to convince

26:56

Christians that because you're forgiven

26:58

by grace

26:59

and God loves you that it's okay for you

27:02

to keep doing the same things you always

27:03

did before it's not and so this word is

27:08

very strong we are forgiven by grace we

27:10

are sealed with the Holy Spirit and

27:12

because of that it's time to start

27:14

living that way verse 8 for at one time

27:18

you were darkness but now you're light

27:21

in the Lord walk as children of light

27:23

you're already in the light it's time to

27:26

start living that way for the fruit of

27:29

light is found in all that is good and

27:31

right and true look what it says in

27:33

verse 10 beautiful verse it says try to

27:36

discern what is pleasing to the Lord I

27:40

love a translation I think it might be

27:43

the NIV that says carefully find out

27:46

what pleases the Lord another say God

27:50

how do you want me to handle this

27:52

situation maybe you're in some very

27:55

complicated situations anyone here know

27:57

that life can get complicated maybe

27:59

you're at work and the way things are

28:01

going there the office politics or the

28:04

situation in your workplace where

28:06

dishonesty is how things were and you're

28:07

trying to think God how do I handle this

28:10

situation maybe you're in a home

28:12

situation that's very difficult and

28:14

there's tension and difficulty and

28:16

you're trying to sort it out or maybe

28:18

it's just a habit that you have that is

28:21

very hard to break and God is saying

28:23

carefully find out what pleases the Lord

28:26

it's time to say God show me what you

28:29

want me to do here what would Jesus do

28:32

how am I going to live out my faith in

28:34

this situation Romans 12:1 and 2 it says

28:37

therefore I urge you brothers and

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sisters to take the first step of

28:43

offering your body as a living sacrifice

28:46

holy and acceptable to God this is your

28:48

spiritual act of worship then you'll be

28:51

able to know what God's will is you'll

28:53

be able to test and approve what his

28:55

will is that it begins with surrender it

28:59

begins by saying God I give you my job

29:02

god I give you my family God I give you

29:05

my temper God I give you my anxiety God

29:09

I give you my depression God I give you

29:12

all of this Lord

29:13

got and I invite you to show me what

29:16

pleases you in this situation he will do

29:20

it you know sometimes people come to me

29:22

and say that they feel that they're

29:25

always going to be a certain way right

29:26

maybe they say you know as Mika Rock -

29:30

sorry I see no puedo cambiado so ya see

29:33

right it's just my character it's just

29:35

the way I am

29:36

I just can't change that's not true

29:39

you can change because the one who is in

29:42

you is greater than the one who is in

29:44

the world you can change because you're

29:47

a new creation in Christ the old has

29:49

gone the new has gone you don't have to

29:52

live with this same problem the rest of

29:55

your life

29:56

some people are some of us deal with

29:58

emotional struggles that are so severe

30:00

that we feel like it's never going to

30:02

change no it can change you can have a

30:04

new normal I'm not saying you won't be

30:07

tempted the temptation might be until

30:10

until your dying day even if you live to

30:12

100 you'll be tempted in the same area

30:14

but you don't have to give in you are

30:17

light in the Lord you once were darkness

30:20

but now you are light in the Lord walk

30:22

as children of the Lord now it goes on

30:24

to talk about some very serious things

30:26

look at what it says in verse 11 it says

30:29

take no part in the unfruitful works of

30:31

darkness but instead expose them in

30:34

other words there should be a difference

30:38

or a contrast between us and between the

30:41

world you should be able to tell if

30:44

someone is a believer don't participate

30:46

in those unfruitful works of darkness

30:48

but expose them I want to talk about

30:50

this because some people interpret these

30:52

verses to mean that our job as

30:55

Christians is to go around digging up

30:57

dirt on other people like a like a

30:59

sleazy politician dig up the dirt and

31:02

then put it on Facebook and condemn them

31:06

and expose what they did in darkness but

31:09

the Apostle Paul quickly corrects us

31:11

there and says it's shameful even to

31:13

speak about what the disobedient do in

31:16

secret in other words God doesn't want

31:18

us focusing on evil I believe what he's

31:21

saying is that your life should shine in

31:23

such a way that when it comes in contact

31:26

with darkness people become aware of

31:29

their own sinfulness and struggles that

31:32

our light exposes the darkness in the

31:35

society around us not because we're

31:37

condemning or critical but by contrast

31:40

right by contrast that people can see

31:44

the difference when a person starts

31:46

changing it's not going to be easy

31:47

there's going to be what the

31:50

psychologists call a cognitive

31:52

dissonance in the people around you

31:54

because you're starting to behave

31:56

differently the people around you are

31:58

going to start saying so you think

32:00

you're better than me now that it think

32:02

you're better than me is that it oh

32:04

excuse me so you can't come along you

32:07

know and and it's uncomfortable for

32:10

people because they feel like we used to

32:12

do this together now you're not doing it

32:14

and there's this discomfort and that's

32:17

what we need to be very humble and godly

32:19

and say no I'm not better than anyone

32:22

I'm a sinner saved by grace

32:24

I'm in process I'm struggling but it's

32:26

just not for me anymore I've got a new

32:29

life that I'm moving in a new direction

32:31

want to come with me right and if people

32:34

want to great if they don't they have

32:36

free will that God has given them but

32:38

that's when there's that interaction

32:40

we're not going to always be able to be

32:42

part of the crowd now some of the

32:44

problem is that our life is not always

32:48

shining right we have plenty of areas of

32:51

darkness in our own light life and I

32:53

love the way it talks about it here it

32:55

says there is light shining arise and

32:58

shine it's time to come into the light

33:00

away co-sleeper and rise from the dead

33:02

and Christ will shine on you brothers

33:06

and sisters the light of God is the

33:10

happiest most healing place for a

33:14

Christian coming out of darkness and

33:17

saying God I'm gonna let your light

33:19

shine on me there's a great saying by a

33:23

famous jurist Brandeis the the college

33:26

is named after him he was talking about

33:28

governments and he's talking about

33:29

transparency in government and he says

33:32

the sunlight is the best disinfectant

33:36

sunlight is the best

33:38

in fact n't now I don't know if that is

33:40

chemically true but it is certainly true

33:43

in governments right open the windows

33:45

let the light in you know release

33:47

documents well I don't know about that

33:49

but whatever is appropriate right you

33:52

know just let there be transparency in

33:55

government and there's going to be less

33:57

corruption because there's light shining

33:59

right sunlight can also work like that

34:01

on certain items of clothing it's dirty

34:04

you put it in the light let the Sun just

34:06

burn that whatever it is out of it right

34:09

the sunlight heals it scares rats and

34:14

cockroaches running away the light is a

34:17

good thing for us and so that's why God

34:20

says we should walk in the light as he

34:23

is in the light and if we do that we'll

34:24

have fellowship with one another says in

34:26

1st John chapter 1 verse 7 if we walk in

34:31

the light as he is in the light will

34:33

have better fellowship with one another

34:35

because there's no more masks and fake

34:38

behavior but we're being honest we're

34:41

coming clean we're telling the truth and

34:44

suddenly there's a greater ease and

34:46

freedom between one another and the

34:48

blood of Jesus his son purifies us from

34:51

all sin when we are in the light God

34:54

takes the best medicine in the universe

34:57

the best disinfectant in the universe

35:00

and he begins to scrub away at a sinful

35:03

conscience and we begin to feel good if

35:05

we say we haven't sinned we lie and

35:08

don't live by the truth that's what

35:10

first John says right if you say no I'm

35:13

good I don't have any struggles you're

35:15

lying you're just lying we all have

35:18

struggles of some sort every one of us

35:20

there is no one who is perfect not even

35:23

one and so if we confess our sins God is

35:27

faithful and just to forgive us our sins

35:29

and to purify us from all

35:31

unrighteousness

35:32

I invite you to come into the light and

35:34

to confess your sins to God and find a

35:37

person that you can trust a man or woman

35:41

of God who knows how to keep a secret

35:44

amen he's not going to post it on

35:47

Facebook who is appropriate not like

35:50

this person's a child and you're an

35:52

adult you

35:52

take an appropriate person a person who

35:54

can handle it a person who's not going

35:56

to be scandalized and say you did what

35:59

someone you can really talk to about

36:02

your struggles say I need help I'm

36:04

struggling with this I need you to I

36:06

need you to pray with me

36:07

and if you have ever tried that with the

36:10

right appropriate person you know that

36:12

it is the most healing thing that can

36:14

happen because suddenly they pray for

36:17

you come into the light line of Judah we

36:20

are children of light it's time for us

36:23

to walk that way amen now the text goes

36:26

on to tell us exactly how look with me

36:29

at verse 15 it says we can't do this on

36:32

our own we need to be careful how we

36:35

walk not as unwise but as wise making

36:37

the most of the time because the days

36:39

are evil have you ever had to walk

36:41

carefully in the city of Boston you

36:44

ready to walk carefully because the

36:45

roads are icy right or maybe you have to

36:48

drive carefully because there's potholes

36:50

walk carefully because we don't live in

36:54

a neutral environment the flow of the

36:56

world is going the wrong way the church

37:00

historians talk about the world the

37:03

flesh and the devil the whole world

37:05

around us is trying to sell us in there

37:08

is something in us our flesh that wants

37:10

to buy it and the devil is a great

37:12

salesman and there is a flow going the

37:16

wrong way and if we just let go we're

37:18

gonna flow the wrong way right there's a

37:21

saying in Spanish combat only case a the

37:24

water main

37:25

I can't even say the last part well so

37:28

you did for me the image is that

37:32

shellfish come out on shrimp a shrimp

37:36

that's grabbing onto a rock and in the

37:38

water and it goes to sleep just takes a

37:41

nap the current is gonna wash that

37:43

shrimp away right because if you don't

37:47

hold on if you don't walk carefully we

37:49

will go the wrong way we need to make an

37:53

effort in the midst of Darkness to

37:55

cultivate a spiritual mentality so that

37:59

my whole life is spent focused on Jesus

38:02

and there is an invitation in the next

38:04

verses and I really

38:05

want you to stay with me as we bring

38:07

this home there is an invitation to a

38:09

new zone of supernatural living where I

38:12

don't just have to be afraid of sinning

38:15

like oh I don't want to do that I don't

38:16

want to do that I don't want to do that

38:17

I'm gonna be so focused on what I do

38:19

want to do that I'm not even gonna have

38:21

time to sin anymore it's easier to focus

38:24

on a yes than a no and I'm gonna be in a

38:28

zone of communion where sin would just

38:31

be like you know I don't want to do that

38:32

because I don't want to interrupt this

38:34

zone I'm in this spiritual zone look at

38:38

what it says in verse 18 it says do not

38:40

get drunk on wine for that is debauchery

38:44

I have no idea what debauchery means so

38:47

I looked it up it's excess it's just

38:48

going overboard but be filled with the

38:51

spirit when you get drunk when we get

38:55

drunk on wine that alcohol there's a

38:57

reason why it's called spirits right

38:59

because it like fills your senses it

39:01

permeates your mind some of us more

39:03

quickly than others which is why some of

39:05

us can't even touch it right so but it

39:08

fills your mind it fills you it

39:10

permeates you and it dulls certain types

39:13

of skills and abilities right if you are

39:16

a brain surgeon please don't have a

39:18

glass of wine to calm down before

39:20

surgery right my father okay again again

39:23

I'm going to true confession time maybe

39:26

a little too much information

39:27

my father he'd be smoking his pipe and

39:29

he would have his little drink of he had

39:32

his whiskey and ginger ale he would

39:34

measure it out he wouldn't drink too

39:35

much we'd have one and I knew that if I

39:37

waited till he'd finished his whiskey I

39:39

had a much better chance of beating him

39:41

at chess or checkers

39:42

right I knew that how's my chance it was

39:46

obvious the difference right because

39:49

there was a dome this happening his

39:52

brain wasn't as sharp well when we get

39:54

to full not just of alcohol but of

39:57

anything and we get to full we can dull

40:00

our spiritual sensitivity so these next

40:03

verses are about how to be filled with

40:06

the Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit if

40:07

you're a Christian is already in you and

40:09

me he's here but if I do certain things

40:13

certain practices that Holy Spirit will

40:15

fill my mind and my feelings and I

40:18

can live in that zone and here's how

40:21

there's some very clear disciplines for

40:24

us verse 19 look with me please number

40:27

one addressing one another in Psalms and

40:31

hymns and spiritual songs singing and

40:35

making melody to the Lord with your

40:39

heart

40:40

sing sing sing sing come to church and

40:44

maybe you don't sing real well right

40:46

maybe some of us are like it's not good

40:49

for me to sing too loud you know I turn

40:51

off the mic but I'm up here there's a

40:53

reason for that right right but I'm

40:54

staying in maybe you're in the shower

40:57

cutting loose you know maybe you're in

41:00

the car you roll up the windows and

41:02

you're cutting loose sing and start by

41:05

singing in church it says addressing one

41:08

another with Psalms hymns and spiritual

41:12

songs addressing one another means we're

41:14

singing publicly we're singing amongst

41:16

ourselves it were in three different

41:18

ways

41:19

Psalms what are the songs right the book

41:22

of songs we got a whole book of songs

41:25

right here in the Bible but God isn't

41:28

done writing Psalms he's giving us him

41:31

to where people Christians write

41:34

Christian songs choruses hymns those two

41:37

and then there's a third one in church

41:40

what's the third one

41:40

Psalms hymns and what's the third one

41:43

spiritual songs I invite you to try this

41:46

sometime you're in church we're singing

41:49

right either a psalm or a hymn up here

41:51

but there's another song that God wants

41:54

you to discover it's the song that's

41:56

going to be spiritual that's going to be

41:57

born out of your heart I'd encourage you

42:00

sometime during the singing to just let

42:02

yourself become a jazz vocalist maybe

42:06

start quiet okay please but just let it

42:09

start flowing to start singing words

42:12

that are coming to your mind in English

42:14

in Spanish in Swahili I don't care in

42:18

tongues but you're quietly singing in

42:21

the spirit and suddenly there's a song

42:24

that just starts coming I love it some

42:26

of our worship leaders here and you

42:28

might not even know it but when they

42:29

lead us in those times of improvisation

42:32

sometimes where God is giving them the

42:34

song right there it's a spiritual song

42:36

it's being written in the moment it's

42:38

being cooked right in front of us

42:40

awesome when you come to church I

42:43

challenge us don't come as a spectator

42:47

you come so that God can hear your voice

42:50

that your song will be heard but you say

42:53

God I'm gonna go today and you're gonna

42:55

hear me sing if there's one thing I do

42:58

it's be to worship you and I'm not gonna

43:00

delegate that to anyone else that's my

43:02

job

43:03

that's your job you sing to the Lord I

43:06

love it on Wednesday nights cuz in the

43:08

English prayer time that we do on the

43:10

other side people come to sing they come

43:12

to cut loose and every voice is heard

43:15

and that is what God is calling us to do

43:17

if we do that if we engage in public

43:20

worship it's going to be easier for us

43:22

to engage in private worship does anyone

43:26

worship during the week when you're not

43:29

in services have you ever tried this you

43:31

ever tried just turning on Christian

43:33

music in your car in your house and

43:35

singing along

43:36

it says here carry a melody in your

43:40

heart it's a lot harder to sin if you're

43:44

singing a worship song to yourself right

43:46

it's harder if you're driving and you're

43:50

singing along with a worship song and

43:51

someone cuts you off it's less likely

43:54

that your flesh might react in a certain

44:00

way and even if your flesh does react in

44:03

a certain way you're so in the zone that

44:05

you're like home man

44:06

I was just worshiping and now I you know

44:09

and so you'll read your cork correct

44:12

worship worship number two look with me

44:16

in verse o add one thing I want to say

44:20

that I think of your life as like an

44:22

atmosphere where you can dim the lights

44:24

or you can turn the lights up have you

44:27

ever found that when you're worshiping

44:29

or if you got Christian music going it's

44:30

almost like it's lighter in the room

44:33

every you you look around you like

44:35

everything looks lighter looks freer

44:37

lighten up the room number 20 verse 20

44:40

the second spiritual discipline that you

44:43

can do to cultivate the fullness of the

44:45

Spirit

44:46

giving thanks when everything goes well

44:50

and when you're happy is that what it

44:53

says look at verse 20 giving thanks when

44:58

and for what they lost they fumble how

45:05

could I possibly give that giving glory

45:08

to the Lord to God the Father in the

45:10

name of our Lord Jesus Christ I'm not

45:12

saying we have to give thanks for evil

45:14

things in this world but we can give

45:16

thanks that even when the world seems

45:18

out of control even when evil things are

45:20

happening I give thanks because you are

45:22

good and your love indoors forever amen

45:26

when I'm starting to pray and I've got

45:29

problems and I'm crying out to God I can

45:30

start by saying god I thank you that

45:32

you're with me even though I don't feel

45:33

like with you I thank you that you are

45:35

good I thank you that you love me maybe

45:37

you have a job with a boss that is less

45:40

than kind God thank you that at least I

45:42

have this job thank you that you have

45:45

the wisdom to help me with this thank

45:47

you

45:47

it is almost impossible to give thanks

45:51

and to be in sin at the same time it is

45:54

possible but it is very unlikely because

45:57

Thanksgiving is a god-centered activity

46:01

I'm not just recognizing wow this food

46:04

tastes good I'm saying thank God that he

46:07

provided this food for me suddenly I'm

46:09

not just enjoying it I'm bringing God

46:11

into the moment I'm saying I'm seeing

46:13

every good thing as a gift from a loving

46:15

father it's not just a beautiful sunny

46:18

day but I'm saying God thank you that

46:21

you are the one who made the Sun of the

46:22

Sun Shine on me today and not just

46:25

living my life I'm living my life in the

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light of God if you are struggling I

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encourage you try this like medicine

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five minutes of Thanksgiving set your

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phone set it for a timer for five

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minutes in the morning and try just

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giving thanks to God for everything for

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five minutes and just watch what that

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does amen

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be filled with giving thanks for

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everything now the last one in some ways

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is the most important one and this is

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one is so important that we're going to

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have to talk about it again next week

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verse 21

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look at what the last discipline so

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worship giving thanks and finally

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submitting to one another out of

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reverence for Christ that is in the

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grammar here it's very clear be filled

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with the spirit here's how singing and

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making music in your heart giving thanks

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and number three submitting to one

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another out of reverence for Christ when

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I think about spirituality I usually

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don't think about submitting to people

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in my life but the Bible does it says we

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am to submit to you not just because

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you're a good person not just because

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you're my boss not just because you're

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my parent but out of reverence for

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Christ because the way we treat other

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people is the way we are treating God

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whether that person is a Christian or

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enough or not reverencing the people

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around me that my relationships would be

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spiritually full of light and that

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involves an attitude of honoring the

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person before me of saying that you are

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an important person and I am going to

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submit to you especially if you're in a

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particular role in my life

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and so we're going to talk about this

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next week so some people are like okay

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I'm making plans I'm gonna go talk about

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submitting because submitting is not

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usually our favorite word is it it

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sounds like I do what I want thank you

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very much that's a great way to not be

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filled with the Holy Spirit spirituality

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and Submission go together now we're

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gonna talk next week about what that

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means and what it doesn't mean it

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doesn't mean the same as being

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subservient amen it doesn't mean having

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a low self-concept

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it doesn't mean going along with what

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everyone wants but it does mean I honor

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the people that God has put in authority

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in my life and I honor the people around

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me with a submissive heart and together

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with that comes a spiritual anointing

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like nothing else so we'll talk about

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that next week but I want to end with

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this and I'll invite the musicians we

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are light in the Lord line of Judah and

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I feel like God is speaking to his

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pastor Roberto last week gave a very

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strong message

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and this is a follow-up on that that God

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is calling us to grow up as a

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congregation and to go to another level

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to live up to the height of our calling

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and to be the people that we say we are

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it doesn't mean we're perfect we make a

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big deal in this church about being a

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hospital we tell people come as you are

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come with your struggles come with your

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problems Christ will set you free

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because we're the Spirit of the Lord is

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freedom and I don't take back a word of

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that but I want to add to that that as

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we come into the light that light should

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transform us so the light shines not

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just on us but through us and we become

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sons of daughters of light now I'm going

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to invite us to a moment of prayer but

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I'm not going to give a calling because

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the proof will be in the pudding if this

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word takes root not now but tomorrow

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morning at whatever time the alarm goes

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off that's when we'll know if I am gonna

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choose to walk in the spirit today or

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not and I want to challenge you to

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really realize that you already are

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blessed you are called you have an

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inheritance you are destined for glory

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you were dead in transgressions and sins

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you were darkness but God raised you up

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with Christ he seated you with Christ in

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heavenly realms he has a destiny for you

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and you are now light in the Lord it's

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time to start living that way amen

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let's do it let's stand up together

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let's pray father in Jesus name I thank

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you that you are the one who doesn't

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just save us but also transforms us into

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your likeness god I thank you that when

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your light shines on us Lord that light

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becomes sticky and sticks to us and

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shines through us as well father I pray

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that we as a church would come into your

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light and let Christ shine on us and

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father I lift up the areas of struggle

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that we have the areas of darkness that

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we deal with in the name of Jesus we

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take those things God that we're ashamed

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of and we take them out right now

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and we put them before you and we let

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your light shine on them we let your

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light heal and transform and set us free

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god I thank you Lord Jesus that you have

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put the uniform of the kingdom on us God

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filled with metals and majesty I pray

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God that we would walk robed with Christ

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robed with that dignity that is worthy

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of the high calling we have received

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Lord I pray in Jesus name God that you

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would teach us to walk around singing

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like crazy people all day Lord that you

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would teach us God to choose to give

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thanks rather than complain when it

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would be so easy to complain God that

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you would teach us to honor and

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reverence the people in our lives rather

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than rebel and look down on them god I

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pray God that we would walk as children

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of light and that your light would shine

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through us father take us God we offer

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our bodies as living sacrifices to you

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God holy and acceptable that you take

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our lives toma nuestra Vida zein you're

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no saint oregano hottie senor para que

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tu gloria brie EA and nosotros in your

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that your glory would shine on us and

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through us we pray all of this in Jesus

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name