Does God Fully Speak In You? – Matthew 10:20

April 3, 2024

Series: Faith

Topic: Faith

Scripture: Matthew 10:16-20

So we’re going to be in Matthew 10:16-20 tonight if we could stand for the reading of the Word, if you’re able.

Yeah.

He’s got Matthew 10:16-20.

Be reading out of the new King James Version tonight. Verse 16 says behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves, but ye therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to the councils and they will scourge you in their synagogues, and ye shall be brought before governors and kings. For my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak.

For it will be given to you in that same hour, what ye shall speak for. It is not ye that speak, but the spirit of your father which speaketh in you. I’ll be focusing on verse 20 tonight if we could all read that together.

For it is not ye that speak, but the spirit of your father which speaketh in you the title of my message. Tonight is who speaks in you.

We can all pray tonight, Father. I thank you for your love and your mercy tonight. Lord, I thank you for the anointing and the power that is in this house. Lord, I pray tonight that you would pour out your anointing and your spirit would move across this place. Lord, I pray that they do not see me up here behind this pulpit. But they see you working through me. They see you speaking through me. Lord, if there is any needs that need met.

Tonight I pray that you would meet them in the and Jesus name I pray. Amen.

 

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Does God Fully Speak In You? – Matthew 10:20

Minister Hunter Wriston

In our text tonight, we find Jesus talking to his disciples, giving them instructions to.

Not take any thought of what they need to say or do.

He warns them not to worry about what they will eat, what they will drink.

Or where they will stay while they’re on their journeys.

He goes on to tell them that they will suffer greatly and be beaten in his namesake.

Think about that for a second. Here is somebody like Jesus who has done miracles in front of the disciples and has called them to follow him.

And then one day he turns around and says.

In mind, because you have decided to follow me.

You will suffer greatly.

That says.

I can imagine following a a mighty man like Jesus and then him turning to me one day and saying you will be beaten and you will suffer greatly.

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Because you chose to follow me.

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He got Jesus tells them these things because he doesn’t want them to worry about getting beaten about, knowing what they will eat, about, where they shall stay, about knowing what they will say.

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He goes on to explain to his disciples that they are going to suffer many things, but the key word in the text is not to worry. There’s one saying in the Bible that has repeated 365 times and it says do not be afraid.

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What Jesus wanted his disciples to understand that if anyone is going to do his will and obey, they must deny themselves and take up their own cross to follow him.

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How many have denied their cross and and tonight for Jesus laid it down at his feet and said I will do anything of what it costs to follow you. I don’t care what it costs me.

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I will lay it all at your feet.

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And I will follow you because I believe in something supernatural that I may not be able to see.

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But I can see it working through others. See miracles in front of my eyes. Cancer disappear in this very church. We’ve seen cancer disappear. Lumps the size of golf balls and bigger disappear.

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People that have been that have wanted to do horrible things to our pastor comes to the altar to do it.

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Cannot go through with it because the power of God filled him. Something supernatural to lay down at his feet. The Bible says every tongue, every knee will bow down and every tongue will confess that he is the Lord.

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It doesn’t matter what is inside of you what you think.

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You can you can do, but you can never run away from Jesus. He will always follow you. You can may sin your entire life and on your deathbed.

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All it takes.

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And say Jesus, forgive me.

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Forgive me.

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Doing the will of God is not a two way St.

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It’s it’s a one way Rd. that you have to be careful who you select in your life for. Not everybody can follow you down that one way Rd. that Jesus has set for you.

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You know, Skylines got three ways. They’ve got four ways. They’ve got five ways. Me personally, I don’t. I don’t like it.

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That may that may cause me a little harm, but you know.

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My point was, there’s only. There’s only one way to God, and that’s through Jesus and the blood that he shed.

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On the cross.

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He wants us to know if we’re going to follow him, we must have a relationship with him.

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Jesus never forced.

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Any of his religion or anything on anyone.

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He did, however, say.

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That I will always be there for you. I will never leave your your side. Each one of you is created uniquely in his image.

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He knows what you will go through before you go through it. He sets certain tests your way because he know you.

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Can go through it.

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He’s not going to give you a test that you can’t conquer.

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He’s not gonna give you a battle that you can’t overcome.

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We must deny ourselves and take up our own cross in life and lay down our.

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Our expectations, our dreams and whatever else stands in the way so that we can fully surrender it to God.

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We’ve got to lay down our frustrations, our worries, our burdens, our heart breaks and pain at his feet and leave it there. And don’t pick up those same worries that you left at his feet.

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If you have already laid it at his feet, there is no need to go back.

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That sin has been forgiven. That battle you have won. There’s no reason to backtrack.

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You’ve got to understand tonight that if you do not lay it down at his feet and fully submit to the Lord that he will never be able to use you and speak through you.

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If you’re not fully sold out to God.

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He will not use you. You can grow up in church all your life.

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And you can come in and you can sit in the Pew and you can say.

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Well, I’m here.

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Punch in.

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1230 kicks around. Preacher’s done.

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Punch out.

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Your relationship is not restricted by 4 walls.

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Or.

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Your relationship is when you’re outside of the four walls.

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You’ve got to understand that.

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You cannot expect God to give you breakthrough if all you do is come in here and stand at your Pew and say, well, I made it this Sunday.

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I’m here.

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Soon as it’s over, I may go watch the game. I think the Bengals are on today. I wonder who they play.

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That’s not going to do you any good.

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The pastor can can can have your relationship with Jesus. You can’t force you to have a relationship with Jesus. Your buddies can’t have. You can’t force you to have a relationship with Jesus. You’ve got to make up inside your own mind that this is what I’m doing. I will be saved by the blood of the cross. I will not turn back, no matter what battles that I decide I will face in life.

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I will serve the Lord.

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A lot of people aren’t fully sold out to God and they say it’s it’s easy to be a follower of Jesus.

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Pastor Terry, if it’s so easy, why doesn’t everybody?

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Become a pastor.

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Garrison, if it’s so easy, why doesn’t everybody run the cameras for the church?

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Julie, if it’s so easy, why doesn’t everybody become?

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A prayer warrior.

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And have a ministry.

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It’s not easy being a follower of something you cannot see, and the world cannot see because we live in a world today where everybody needs to be able to see everything that’s going on and have control of everything.

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That’s the flesh talking. I rebuked that in the name of Jesus.

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Good.

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It’s not easy being a follower of Jesus. There are gonna be times that you will be mocked. You will be called crazy. You will lose friendships that you thought.

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Were gonna last the lifetime.

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But church, let me tell you something tonight. I don’t care if it costs me everything that I own.

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I will serve the Lord.

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They say things like.

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Being a follow the Lord is so easy. All I must do is believe in God. All I have to do is that he exist. All I have to do is believe he existed and that he died on the cross for me.

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Eddie Rose again.

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That’s all I have to do.

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The devil believes in God.

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It’s in the Bible.

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Well, it’s it’s it’s different because I know the Bible.

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Or it’s different. It’s different because.

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UM.

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I I believe in God and you know Satan was thrown out of heaven.

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It’s and they say that it’s different because I know the Bible and I can quote Scripture. The Devil knows the Bible. The devil can quote scripture.

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What was Lucifer’s job in heaven?

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It was music, music.

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What you put in your ear through music is so important and it’s so overlooked in today’s society, you could come in here and listen to praise and worship music and then you leave here and you listen to the the rap, the country. I’m not saying that I haven’t done it before. I have done it before. When I was lost, but as soon as I realized that there’s underlying message is.

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In the music and in the beats.

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A lot of people don’t realize that and they get so caught up in it and it fills the spirit.

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What will separate you from someone who is sold out? Or excuse me, what will separate you from someone who is not sold out and someone who is will be? Can you determine what is godly and what is ungodly?

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Can you separate yourself from that person you thought you were going to spend the rest of your life with?

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Can you step away from that argument when it gets starting to get too heated and your flesh wants to rise up inside of you and say something that you know deep in your soul and your mind will permanently hurt that person?

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Unfortunately, brother, unfortunately.

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Wives are always right, my brother. Hallelujah.

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Can you put yourself? Can you not put yourself in positions of temptation and positions that will ultimately cause you to break?

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Can you step away from that friendship? Can you step away from that relationship? Can you step away from that job? Can you step away from that family member that’s causing you to do things that are not what you are called to do?

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Everyone in here has a calling on their life. Whether you realize it.

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Yet or not.

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Each and every one of you.

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All it takes for you to unlock that calling and step into what the Lord has for you is you have to surrender yourself. You have to ask yourself a question. Who speaks in me?

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That’s what the text is all about tonight. Who speaks in you?

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Before you say something, back to that person before you go ahead and say something to that person that would permanently hurt them before you go and step into that building before you go and preach the gospel before you stand up in front of work and deliver a presentation.

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You need to ask yourself who speaks in me?

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Because if it’s not Jesus, I don’t want it. If it doesn’t come from Jesus, I don’t want it.

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If it wasn’t sent by him, I want to be the furthest possible point away from that.

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Because if I’m not, I’m gonna get wrapped up in what the world has set, and I’m gonna get caught in a trap.

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And then I’m gonna have to go through things that the Lord never intended for me to go through. Why? Because it was my choice. It was the flesh talking.

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It wasn’t the spirit of God inside of me saying stop.

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It was. Ohh I I heard you say. Stop God, but this is just too good.

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To be true.

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It’s like eating a dessert.

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Sometimes you know you have a big meal.

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You know, you get you a couple plates.

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Y’all stuffed.

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And you’re like, I want something sweet.

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Your stomach’s telling you no.

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But your body’s telling you, yeah.

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And you go and eat it.

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And then you step on the scale in the morning.

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Ohh, I’m guilty. Trust me, I’m I’m guilty.

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No one said that the being a follower of the Lord was easy if it was so easy, then everyone would be saved and everybody would be.

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Doing.

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It we wouldn’t have anybody that was lost.

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We wouldn’t have anybody that needed to preach the.

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Gospel.

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Because everybody would be doing.

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It’s not easy.

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People don’t like what’s hard. They like what’s easy.

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Because what’s hard requires work.

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And we live in a generation in the world today where people are lazy.

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They like what they can do, the least of and get by with.

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We moved here almost two years ago from Maryland.

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It’s a great state, don’t get me wrong.

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I grew up there all.

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My life. I loved it.

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But when I found out that I had the opportunity to, I don’t know if the word is start over.

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Have new friends. It’s almost like going on a vacation when you’ve never been before, except you’re moving there. You get excited, you get excited.

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And I remember watching online, saying, man, I can’t wait to be in there. I can’t wait for my first service. I’m gonna get all dressed up and nice, and I’m gonna go sit on the front row and.

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I mean, every life is going to be great.

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Once we moved here, however.

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There were many battles that me and my family, but me personally, I had to go through.

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A lot of things that not a lot.

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Of people know.

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And.

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It was a lot of rough times and a lot of hardships.

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A lot of relationships that I had once that I once had that I thought were going to last a lifetime and they didn’t, a lot of interest changed. Mindsets changed.

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Friendships lost.

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I can remember going all through these things and hearing these voices.

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In my head and in my ear when I was going through these things, very powerful.

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Voices and they would always attack me when.

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I would try to sleep.

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Every time I lay my head down.

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And I thought to myself, I was like after a while of doing this, why is it attacking me?

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While I’m trying to sleep.

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Because that’s when you’re most vulnerable.

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You’re not most vulnerable standing up here singing. You’re not most vulnerable in the House of the Lord. You’re most vulnerable when you lay your head down to sleep, because that’s when your body’s trying to shut down.

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I can remember trying to go to bed and feeling this.

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I don’t know how to describe it, but this cold breeze that chill, I just couldn’t get warm from saying you need to go these voices saying you need to go back to Maryland.

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You were moved here for a purpose. Look what you’re doing. Nothing.

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You were moved here to preach the gospel and look at you. You’ve done nothing.

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I had fully convinced myself that I wasn’t in the right place, that I had made a mistake. I went and I can remember telling my mom we need to go back to Maryland.

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Because I can’t go, I can’t do it anymore.

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I was on the edge of the Cliff and I was ready to jump.

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Then one night.

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I got tired of the voices.

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I got tired of the lies I got into my bed in the middle of the night and I began to cry out to the Lord saying, Lord, I don’t.

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Want to do this anymore?

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Lord, I need help.

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I’m suffering and I’m broken.

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I have friendships that I thought were going to last a lifetime, and they’re talking bad about me.

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There’s no the one place that I thought I could move here from and be safe is now becoming a place where I don’t even want to go anymore because every time I turn my back, somebody’s got something to say.

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Why?

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I began to rebuke the enemy, and I played the blood of the lamb over my house and my family, and I began to pray for breakthrough and for the chains to be broken and for the suffering to end. And it was only when I finally had enough and I put it all at the Lord’s feet and I laid it all down that I finally see breakthrough come that I finally see new friendships.

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Come in. Then I finally see happiness come back into my life that I finally see the Lord use me for what he had called me to do and allowed him to speak through me.

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Oh God. Hallelujah.

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But it wasn’t until I sold myself out to him.

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That was the prohibiting factor.

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Was yes, I had a relationship with him.

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Yes, I prayed every night. Yes, I read my Bible.

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Yes, I was filled with the Holy Spirit.

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But it wasn’t until I said Lord.

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Everything I have, I lay at your feet.

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Take it all away if it allows me to finally do what you’ve called me to do.

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So I ask you again tonight. Who speaks in you?

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Come on.

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Is it easy? Is it easy, brother Steve?

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No. Is it easy, brother Nick?

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Is it easy? Brother Jonah, is it easy? No.

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No, it’s not easy, but the greatest thing about our God is even when it’s not easy, he’s still faithful even when he’s not easy, he’s still there for me, even when I feel like I have nothing left.

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He’s still there.

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All hours of the night 24/7 365 days a year.

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He’s still there.

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You’ve got to hold on to what the Lord has for you. The path won’t be easy, but the victory that you will receive will be greater than anything you could possibly get on Earth.

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Oh, God, anybody happy to be saved tonight? Can I get a witness in the House of how faithful he’s been? Can I get a witness about how he’s brought you through hard times? Hallelujah. It takes me to the story of job. Here’s a man who had everything.

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Yet God allowed things to be.

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Taken away from him.

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He lost his cattle.

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He lost his children.

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He suffered greatly.

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He endured horrible physical pain.

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Yet through all this.

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Job stayed faithful.

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And still served the Lord.

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Joe didn’t know why he was going through all this, but still allowed the Lord to speak through him and use him.

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Even when he could barely move.

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He still prays.

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When he had nothing left, he still prayed.

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When he had nothing else to give and sacrifice, he still prayed. He still held on to what the Lord had for him, and the Lord delivered him through and used him mightily.

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Whatever you’re going through tonight, I I don’t know what it is, but the Lord can still use you.

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You may think I’m too far gone.

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I’ve gone through too much. This battle is too great.

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There’s no battle. Great enough. There’s no valley low enough. There’s no sea wide enough that my Lord can’t see me through.

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I ask you again, who speaks in you when you are talking to that lost loved one?

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Who speaks at you when you get cussed out at work for something you didn’t even do?

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Who speaks in you when you are talking to that lost friend of yours?

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You’re you may be the only witness left in.

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That person’s life.

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Be careful what you choose to speak.

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But don’t don’t fall into their lost ways.

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It’s perfectly fine to have people that aren’t saved in family members that it’s not. I mean it’s.

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But it’s perfectly alright to have that, but you need to be able to ask yourself when you go to talk to them and when you go to Minister to them.

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Who speaks in you? Is it Jesus, or are you Speaking of what they want to hear?

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Are you talking to them about the latest thing that came up on the news, or are you talking to them about that church service or you are strung out?

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On the floor, are you talking to them about that church service? When your feet turned loose and you hadn’t, you had no idea why are you talking to them about that church service where people fell out in the spirit and you had no explanation? Why are you talking to them about the supernatural Lord and savior that can save them from ******* that can save them from the worldly actions that they’re doing. My Lord and savior.

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Jesus Christ.

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Yeah.

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Who speaks in you when you can’t find the words to respond?

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When there’s no thoughts in your head, but somehow your tongue is moving.

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Can the Holy Spirit speak through you?

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Can he? Are you allowing him to minister?

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To not just the people that are lost, but also the people that are saved.

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There could be people.

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In that church service that night.

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That are bound and you don’t even know it. They look just like.

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The average person.

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Yeah, somebody could be fighting the spirit of alcohol. Somebody could be fighting the spirit of drugs.

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And if you don’t have any faith that the Lord can set them free, I’ll tell you, you need to show up on Sunday night.

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Because on Sunday night I have seen things I’ve never seen before.

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Hallelujah.

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I’ve seen things that I didn’t think were possible happen in front of my eyes.

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I’ve seen people set free.

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I’ve seen cold hearted witchcraft.

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Gone.

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When you feel like God is not moving.

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In my generation or your generation?

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And my generation, I’ve got a young man up here tonight, sitting in the front row in that third row.

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Right there. That could tell you otherwise.

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These are powerful men of God.

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It didn’t just happen overnight, though. For them to be where they are today, this happened and started with their mothers, with their fathers getting on their knees at night. Saying Lord, you can have everything just just please keep my children on the right.

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Path.

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Don’t take them off the path. Don’t devil. You can have. You cannot have anything that I have. But I need you to understand. Devil. You’re under my foot for a reason. You’re down there for a reason.

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I won’t let you have my children. I won’t let you have my family.

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These men of women and God’s women? Yeah, I’m stumbling over my words. Lord, help me.

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Pretty good.

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There are young men and women of God.

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That.

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This past is past two weeks we had NYC.

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Greatest news conference I’ve ever been to.

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I’ve been to quite a few.

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Where they, you know, they go through the motions.

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I’ve never been through one though.

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That I’ve got to experience the power that I experienced here.

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This what’s in this House is not everywhere.

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If it was everywhere, I’d still be in Maryland. I wouldn’t be here.

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I moved. We moved here out of faith.

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When you do a move out of faith and you trust the.

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Lord.

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He’s going to open doors and you thought can not be opened.

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He’s going to take you to places where you.

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Thought you’d never be.

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And I see we had many testimonies.

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Of.

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Starting at kids at age 11 and 12, going off to all the way to kids that are 2223 years old, they’ll have one thing in common.

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They allowed the Lord to speak through them.

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They allow the spirit of God to fill them so much that they wanted to turn their feet loose when that music came on. As soon as that clock struck 0.

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And they said, let’s just come down for praise and worship. You couldn’t set a foot in that altar, cause it was young people.

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Down there, ready to praise God.

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I remember being down there at that altar and it was just like bumping, bumping, bumping so many children, so many kids, so many teenagers, little kids four or five years old.

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All the way up to kids my age.

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Down there for one purpose, and that’s to get more of Jesus.

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How can we get more of Jesus?

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I want more of Jesus. I want him to take control of everything.

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In my life.

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How do I get more of Jesus?

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How do I?

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How do I get more of the Holy Spirit?

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How do I get him to take away things that I don’t want that should not be in my life? Because you’ve got to be OK with him taking away things? Because if you’re not, you need to go back to the altar and you need to get.

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What’s the word?

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Try not to offend anybody, but.

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You need to go back to the altar and need to ask him, said, and ask yourself, is he really in my heart?

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If I’m not OK with him taking away that that girlfriend or that boyfriend of mine, if I’m not OK with him taking away that friendship of mine, if I’m not OK with him taking away the thing that I love the most.

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Am I really sold out? Am I really a follower of Jesus?

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Do I really love him with all my heart?

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If you’re not OK with it, you need to be able.

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To get OK.

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Because your happiness is not in your spouse.

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Your happiness is not in your friendships. It’s not in your hobbies.

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Your happiness comes from Jesus.

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Only with Jesus.

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There’s not a thing on this planet that can.

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Feel your happiness.

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There’s not a thing on this planet that can give you more joy than serving Jesus. There’s nothing sweeter than serving Jesus.

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We read in the in the Bible that in his last days he will pour out his spirit upon all flesh.

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Our sons and daughters will prophecy.

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Her old men will dream dreams.

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If you don’t believe that the end of times are coming.

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You must be living.

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In a hole.

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The Bible speaks of a 200 man million army that will March.

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At the end of times.

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Do you know that in China and Russia they have combined their army?

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What’s the number?

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200 million.

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Is that a coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidences.

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Attacks on Israel.

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All these things coming to pass.

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In our own very church.

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Elderly men getting up to prophecy saying I dreamt this. It’s happened in the past two years. It’s happened that I more than I can count.

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And everything that they’ve said has been true and has come to pass. Why? How is that possible?

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Because they allowed the Lord to speak through them.

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They’re fully submitted and sold out.

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You’ve got to get sold out if you’re not sold out.

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There’s nothing better than being sold out.

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God’s not finished.

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He’s not.

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He’s not finished with my generation.

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He’s not finished with the generation that’s coming, and he’s not finished with the older generation.

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You can go all your life and live all your life.

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Back slit.

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Away from God.

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It takes one step of faith.

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To say Lord.

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I have.

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Done horrible things.

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Things that I that you may not think you.

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Can be forgiven of.

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But the blood that was shed on that cross.

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The nails that were driven through his hands.

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The Spears that were shoved in his side.

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The amount of times he was whipped.

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The thorns that were put on his head.

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Took all that pain away from my life.

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Everything that I have done that I thought I could not be forgiven of, he took it away.

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I had a buddy text me not too long ago.

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And he said.

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I see you’re doing a lot better than Kentucky than you were in Maryland.

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Going to.

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Your attended church mourn.

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He said you looks like you’re starting to preach.

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And I texted him back. I said I am, buddy said. How you been?

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He said I’ve been doing good. He said you should come down here sometime and.

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We should.

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You should come out with all your old classmates and we should go out and get a drink.

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I responded him back.

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I said brother.

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If I do come back.

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To Maryland to visit you.

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I will not be going to get a drink.

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I will not partake in anything that is not holy and godly.

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Why?

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Why would I? Why do I want to do that?

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Because the spirit that’s inside of Maine tells me not to do it.

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I’ve denied my flesh for so long and I’ve let it go and I didn’t let it bother me. And I said, Lord, help me. Each day I got an inch closer, an inch closer, I deprive things that my flesh wanted.

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To attach itself.

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To and as I started starving myself from those things, I started getting an inch closer an inch closer.

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Each day an inch closer an inch.

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Closer.

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Till finally my flesh stopped.

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Everything stopped.

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I didn’t have the desire to go see that movie anymore. I didn’t have the desire to listen to that music anymore. I didn’t have the desire to take up that that hobby anymore.

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Why?

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Jesus.

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Jesus.

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The singers and musicians would make their way up here.

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I think I’m. I think I’m on time. I’m on time. I’m on time. All right? Hallelujah. Thank you, Lord.

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So I continue to.

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Go back and forth with him and.

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I said.

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Brother, I’m. I don’t. I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to go to that place anymore.

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And he said why?

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We used to always go there after basketball games in high school.

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Every time we just got done blowing somebody out on the court, we used to always go out there.

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Every time on the soccer field, we used to absolutely dominate our competition. We always used to meet there.

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I said because I don’t want to do it anymore.

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I said brother uh.

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I don’t want to do that anymore.

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I said I don’t want to do it anymore.

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And he he began to question me. He said why? What’s gotten into you?

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I said the Holy Spirit of Jesus has gotten into me.

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I said, and I wanted to get inside of you. Would you believe tonight that he’s watching me preach? Tonight he’s a preacher and the minister of the Gospel and the Apostolic Church.

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God is good.

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And he’s never he never forsakes me.

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He’s been so good to me.

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He’s brought me through things that I never thought I could. I could come out of.

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But it was only until I finally sold myself out.

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So I ask you one more time tonight.

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Who speaks in you?

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Speak.

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