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Are You Truly a Psalm 1 Man? - Tim Conway

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    Brethren, please turn in your Bibles
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    to Psalm 1.
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    Our brother Craig said he felt inclined
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    to preach from this psalm last week,
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    but he didn't, because
    the week before that
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    Brother Nathan Rages
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    brought us a message on stability
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    or stay-bility.
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    And Craig felt that he didn't just use
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    this psalm as a launching point,
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    but kind of stayed here for quite awhile,
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    so Craig thought to move on,
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    but I think it's interesting
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    that three preachers in a row
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    have been impressed as I have as well,
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    even before Nathan brought that.
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    I've been thinking much about
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    the first psalm.
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    And I am inclined to take us there again,
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    even after Craig was
    done preaching last week,
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    I told Craig, I believe I am
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    going to deal with Psalm 1,
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    and, God helping us,
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    let's look at it.
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    Let's read it
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    in its entirety.
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    "Blessed is the man..."
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    And I'll tell you, if we know Scripture,
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    there are one in a thousand such men.
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    "Blessed is the man
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    who walks not in the
    counsel of the wicked,
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    nor stands in the way of sinners,
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    nor sits in the seat of scoffers.
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    But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
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    and on His law, he
    meditates day and night.
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    He is like a tree planted
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    by streams of water,
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    that yields its fruit in its season,
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    and its leaf does not wither.
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    In all that he does, he prospers.
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    The wicked are not so..."
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    In fact, in the Septuagint, this reads
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    as a double negative:
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    "Not so the ungodly." Not so.
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    "...but are like chaff,
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    that the wind drives away.
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    Therefore the wicked will not stand
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    in the judgment,
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    nor sinners in the congregation
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    of the righteous."
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    Churches here are mixed,
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    but as we heard in the first hour,
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    every church has at least one devil in it.
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    They're mixed here.
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    They won't be then.
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    "For the Lord knows
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    the way of the righteous,
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    but the way of the wicked will perish."
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    This is a psalm.
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    It's the first one.
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    In it, you saw it,
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    there's two men.
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    There's one called (v. 1) blessed...
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    is the man.
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    And then when you look down in v. 6,
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    "The Lord knows the way of the righteous."
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    There's one man - the blessed man,
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    the righteous man.
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    And then there's another man.
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    And you see him here.
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    V. 4 - "The wicked are not so."
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    V. 5 "The wicked will not stand..."
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    V. 6 "The wicked will perish."
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    We're all here.
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    All mankind encapsulated
    in this one psalm.
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    But see, I see a problem right off.
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    I mean, as I read this,
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    and I think about preaching it.
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    I recognize, you as you process this,
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    that man has a built-in disposition
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    to deny and reject that he is wicked.
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    Nobody takes that term upon themselves.
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    I know you've got certain crazy people
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    out there that delight in such things.
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    But I'll tell you, when
    really pushed to it,
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    as far as their eternal welfare,
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    as far as their standing before God,
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    men sarcastically will talk about
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    being wicked,
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    or in their pride,
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    they will try to outdo one another
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    in evil deeds,
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    but when they're pressed to it,
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    men say, well, in the depths of my heart,
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    really at the deepest level,
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    I'm a good person.
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    You see, I recognize
    there's a disposition.
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    Why?
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    Because the word just sounds too horrible.
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    Wicked.
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    It's too heinous.
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    It's just too bad to describe me.
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    And here's what happens:
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    So, men think to themselves,
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    Ok, I'm about to hear the righteous
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    compared with the wicked.
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    Well, I know I'm not wicked.
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    So somehow or another,
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    what's said of the righteous -
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    it has to describe me.
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    Maybe not perfectly,
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    but I'm in there somewhere.
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    Because I'm not wicked.
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    I know I'm not that.
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    So, somehow I've got to fit in over here.
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    What's said of the wicked man
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    can't possibly be true of me.
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    You see, men, men... presuppositions.
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    They're ideas about themselves.
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    In fact, what's interesting is how often
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    the Bible has to tell us who we are.
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    It's amazing.
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    It has to tell wicked people who they are,
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    and it has to tell the
    righteous who they are.
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    Why?
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    Because we have a real hard time
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    getting that straight ourselves,
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    even as Christians.
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    Think about how often
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    the New Testament is simply
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    telling Christians who they are.
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    We don't get it right.
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    As Christians, we tend to think less
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    of ourselves than we ought to.
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    And as lost people,
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    we tend to think far more of ourselves
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    than we ought to.
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    We have a real hard time
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    getting this straight.
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    And so God comes along
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    and over and over and over again,
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    He is telling us who we are.
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    What we are.
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    This is why the Bible goes
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    to all these lengths
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    to define us over and over.
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    And you know what?
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    There's nothing that tells us who we are
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    like this book tells us who we are.
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    Nothing describes us like this book.
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    So, here's the thing,
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    v. 4, the wicked are not so.
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    You know what?
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    If we could just tear that out -
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    we don't want to do that,
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    but if we did, if we just replaced it
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    with "the man of the world..."
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    intelligent, intellectual, wise,
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    independent, fun-loving,
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    free-spirited, free thinking, witty...
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    you know what,
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    we might get more people to be honest.
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    Because the problem is,
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    as soon as the word wicked comes up,
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    oh, that's not me!
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    But you know, if we
    redefined it a little bit,
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    and put it in more acceptable terms,
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    people would let their guard down.
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    But that word wicked...
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    what about that?
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    It makes us think of wicked witches.
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    The wicked - like the devil.
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    But notice the simplicity of it all.
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    Look at v. 4.
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    "The wicked are not so."
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    Just think about that.
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    Think about the simplicity of that.
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    The wicked are not so.
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    There's no horns.
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    There's no pointed hat
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    and black cats here.
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    They don't torture people
    in their basement.
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    What is it?
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    What's true of the righteous...
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    not so.
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    That's the wicked.
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    They're not pedophiles.
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    Pedophiles are wicked,
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    but you get my drift here?
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    This is just: show me
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    what the righteous man is;
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    the wicked man is just not like that.
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    He doesn't have to run around
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    being an axe murderer.
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    He's just not like the righteous.
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    You see, there's only
    two categories here, folks.
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    And if you're not in the righteous,
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    the blessed man category,
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    you're in the other.
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    You're just not like the righteous.
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    That's it.
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    That's the wicked.
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    We need to see this for what it is.
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    The wicked are not so.
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    Brethren, this is God's teaching.
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    That's what Psalm 1 is.
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    What we come to right here -
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    it was spoken by David in the beginning,
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    but this is no invention of man.
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    This is inspired language.
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    This is God defining humanity.
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    There are only two alternatives here.
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    You see it.
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    Men are so disposed
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    to think in degrees.
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    Right?
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    It's not just black or white.
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    We like to think in degrees.
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    We like to think
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    somewhere in the middle.
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    That there's other alternatives.
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    But we're not given that.
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    There's no middle ground somewhere here.
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    See, we tend to think,
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    well, come on, are you
    righteous all the time?
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    Well, you know, I'm a sinner,
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    but I'm not that bad.
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    I'm not wicked.
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    So, I'm somewhere in the middle.
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    Scripture doesn't allow that.
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    We tend to think that way,
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    but Scripture doesn't allow this
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    thinking in degrees.
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    It's pretty radical.
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    Boy, how often does Scripture do this?
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    It's everywhere - in the Old Testament
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    and in the New. Everywhere!
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    That Scripture comes along and says
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    Bang! Bang!
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    Two camps.
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    You're in one or the other.
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    Radical. No in-between's.
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    That is such the language of Scripture
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    over and over and over.
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    Only two men in this psalm.
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    No middle ground.
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    Either you're one or the other.
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    We're looking at two men.
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    Just two.
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    You're like one.
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    Or you're not so.
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    So, let's consider this.
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    Let's consider the first four words.
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    "Blessed is the man..."
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    I've got five "P's"
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    that I want to use to describe just this.
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    Blessed is the man.
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    The first is this.
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    The first "P": Plurality.
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    There's a plurality of blessednesses.
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    Martin Luther points out,
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    and I needed somebody else to tell me this
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    because I can make my way through Greek,
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    but Hebrew is out there.
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    Luther says in the Hebrew,
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    the word "blessed" is plural.
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    It's literally blessednesses.
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    All blessednesses are the portion
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    of this blessed man.
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    All things are well
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    with a man like this.
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    Spurgeon calls it
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    the multiplicity of blessings.
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    You want to be this guy.
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    This means everything is good.
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    Everything is blessed.
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    Blessednesses.
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    The second "P" is
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    the propensity towards blessedness.
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    What do I mean by that?
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    Propensity.
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    The desire.
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    We desire this.
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    All men desire this.
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    Brethren, as was mentioned by Craig
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    last week, happy, blessed,
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    blessed is the man.
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    There are places such as Deuteronomy 33:29:
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    "Happy are you, O Israel!
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    Who is like you?
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    A people saved by the Lord."
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    Yes, this word can be translated
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    directly: "happy."
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    The happinesses - it's plural.
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    All the happinesses of the man
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    that's described here.
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    And here's the thing.
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    You think with me here.
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    Of all that God could have done
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    in starting out the book of Psalms,
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    the very first one,
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    the very first line,
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    He hits us with the thing
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    that all men have a propensity for;
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    that all men long after:
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    happiness.
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    We are all anxious to be blessed.
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    When we hear Esau,
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    remember how he was?
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    With his father Isaac?
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    "Bless me, even me also, O my father!"
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    Bless me!
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    That's how we all are.
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    We want it!
    We want it!
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    See, he was faced with the fact
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    that he was losing it.
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    And he was desparate.
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    Bless me!
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    We all want that blessing.
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    And you know what gives man
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    even the ability to make it
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    from one day to the next
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    is hope that ultimately,
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    he will receive that.
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    Hell is such hopelessness
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    because it's all gone.
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    The blessedness is all gone.
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    But this is the longing
    of the soul of man.
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    Right here at the beginning
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    of the very first psalm.
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    The third "P":
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    The positivity of blessedness.
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    "Blessed is the man."
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    Is. I put stress on "is."
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    It's not just that he will be.
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    He is.
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    The first psalm is God telling us
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    that blessedness is not
    just for the future.
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    You can be sitting here right in this room
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    in this world at this time
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    and be a man or woman
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    of all blessednesses.
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    I mean, you can sit here
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    and be the absolute envy -
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    if the truth were to be known -
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    the absolute envy of all mankind.
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    You have that which all men want.
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    There's a positivity here.
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    It's attainable.
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    In this world, it's attainable.
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    No matter if it's 106 degrees out.
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    It's attainable.
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    No matter if you're going through trials.
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    It's attainable.
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    That's the thing.
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    Go with David some time
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    and visit the nursing home.
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    Or, come with John Sytsma
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    when he goes over to Nepal,
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    and you look at one of these Hindi people
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    in their seventies or eighties.
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    You look at the old people
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    there in the nursing home.
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    Their faces - empty, hollow,
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    and they're just sad.
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    Why?
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    They've lived their lives.
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    So many promises of happiness.
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    When we talk about
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    "blessed is the man,"
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    they're one in a thousand.
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    You know what the other 999
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    are doing all the time?
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    The pleasures of sin for a season.
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    And those little pleasures in sin,
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    they're saying, "Try me! You'll be happy!"
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    "Try me! You'll be happy!"
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    And you're grasping at the wind.
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    You're grasping at mist.
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    Because there's pleasure for a season
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    and then it's gone.
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    And you spend a whole life doing that
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    and all these promises of happiness.
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    And you get to the end
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    and their religions haven't done it.
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    Their false gods have not done it.
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    And in all their old age,
    you look at them,
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    they're miserable.
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    They're out of their minds.
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    They just cuss and they swear
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    and they're mean.
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    You go there.
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    Isn't that how they are?
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    Just nasty old people.
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    Why?
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    Just hopeless.
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    They're getting to the end
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    and everything has proven empty.
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    It's just emptiness.
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    Only fear looms before them.
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    Happiness is one of
    the most elusive things
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    in this world.
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    You have a world out there chasing it,
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    and few there be that find it.
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    Few actually lay hold on it.
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    But, the promise here is
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    that there is a blessed man.
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    It's attainable.
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    That's the thing.
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    And oh, brethren,
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    don't we hear it in the
    very blood of Christ.
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    If anything whispers "blessedness,"
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    it's that blood.
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    The next "P" - the fourth:
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    The place of blessedness.
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    By "place," I mean,
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    where is it to be found?
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    Notice this:
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    Look at v. 2.
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    "His delight is in the law of the Lord
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    and on His law he
    meditates day and night."
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    Now, brethren, hear me carefully.
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    There is not a text,
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    and you won't find it.
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    Never found it in my Bible -
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    not any of the Bibles I've ever owned.
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    You will never find a beatitude that says,
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    blessed is the man who hungers and thirsts
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    for blessedness.
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    You won't find it.
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    It's not there.
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    Where is blessedness to be found?
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    Happiness is not to be found
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    in just seeking to be happy.
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    Think with me here.
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    What does this man desire?
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    The law of the Lord.
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    He meditates on it day and night.
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    Why? Because it's in
    that he finds his God.
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    In that he finds life;
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    he finds his Christ, his Messiah.
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    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
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    for righteousness.
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    They will be satisfied.
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    Brethren, think of this.
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    Think of this truth.
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    If you grab for happiness,
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    you miss it.
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    It just turns to mist.
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    It slips away.
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    It's only the man or the woman
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    who actually seek for something else
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    that find happiness.
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    Do you notice that?
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    Or listen to Psalm 119:2.
    Don't turn there, but listen.
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    "Blessed are those who
    keep His testimonies,
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    who seek Him with their whole heart."
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    You see?
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    We seek Him. We find blessing.
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    We seek His Word. We find blessing.
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    We seek His righteousness.
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    We find blessing.
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    We seek first the Kingdom.
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    We find all things.
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    Is that not how Scripture is?
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    Oh, brethren, that's a principle
    you don't want to lose.
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    Because men desire blessing.
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    They desire happiness.
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    And most miss it,
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    because they look for
    it in the wrong place.
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    Fifthly, the person of this blessedness.
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    Blessings and happiness
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    are not tied to the man's circumstances.
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    You need to see that.
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    See, the world tends to think,
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    blessed is the man that
    gets a beautiful wife.
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    Blessed is the man that comes into money.
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    Blessed is the man that
    can afford to get that car,
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    buy that house.
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    Blessed is the man that
    (fill in the blank).
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    ...gets the promotion at work.
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    But do you notice nothing in this psalm
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    has to do with circumstances?
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    It's the person.
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    It's who he is, not the
    circumstances in his life.
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    That's critical.
    That's crucial.
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    Blessings and happiness
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    are tied to who you are,
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    not what's happening in your life.
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    To who you are.
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    To what your relationship is with God.
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    What your relationship is with the Word.
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    That's the issue.
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    Now, there's those five "P's"
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    that have to do with "blessed."
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    Now, let's just broaden out
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    and think about the whole psalm.
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    Brethren, hear me carefully.
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    This psalm is an entire indicative.
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    There's no command here.
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    Now, I recognize Hebrew doesn't
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    necessarily have indicative verbs,
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    but in the Greek, in the Septuagint,
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    that's exactly what it is.
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    What am I getting at?
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    You don't want to know
    all about Greek and Hebrew.
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    But what am I getting at?
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    My point is this:
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    This psalm doesn't command
    you to do anything.
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    Look. Should you go to this psalm and say,
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    hey, I ought to be more
    disciplined in the Word.
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    You know, when you get indicatives,
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    they do imply, they suggest imperatives.
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    When you're told a fact,
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    they do sometimes imply
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    a responsibility on our part.
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    That's true.
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    I don't deny that.
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    And there's many other places where
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    you find this to be a reality.
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    But hear me carefully.
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    I am not going to preach
    commandments to you here,
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    because this psalm does not do that.
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    This psalm basically lays down facts.
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    Notice, nothing in this
    psalm is telling you
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    or seeking to encourage you directly
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    to not walk in the counsel of the wicked
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    or to stand in a certain place
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    or to sit in a certain place.
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    It's not commanding you.
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    It's not encouraging you
    to be in the Word.
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    It's not encouraging you to be a tree.
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    It's not encouraging you to be fruitful.
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    Not directly.
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    You hear what I'm saying.
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    It basically is a statement of fact.
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    You say where are you going?
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    I'll tell you where I'm going.
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    You know the problem too often
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    when you preach a text like this,
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    is people go away -
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    especially the wicked -
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    they go away thinking,
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    oh, I need to do better at that.
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    That's not what this is.
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    This is a statement of fact.
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    It's a description.
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    It is God coming along and He's saying
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    you want to know what
    a righteous man looks like?
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    Here's what he looks like.
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    You want to know what a wicked man is?
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    He's not that.
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    That's basically what's happening.
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    Make sure you see that.
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    You say why?
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    Because this isn't a
    pep rally to do better.
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    This is a searching.
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    This is a spotlight shining on all of us.
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    It's not an encouragement
    to go out and strive,
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    or to go out and run better.
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    This is a spotlight shining on you
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    that proves who you are.
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    Make sure you see that.
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    The issue is not so much
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    that you need to strive harder,
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    as much as it is the living God telling us
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    what is true of all of us.
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    So, notice this.
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    V. 1 is, "Blessed is the man who
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    walks not..."
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    The negative.
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    Before you get the positive in v. 2.
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    "His delight is in the law of the Lord."
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    You get the negative.
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    The negative is first.
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    Isn't that similar to -
    I think of Isaiah 55 oftentimes.
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    Let the wicked forsake his way,
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    and the unrighteous man his thoughts,
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    and let him return unto the Lord.
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    So you get the negative first:
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    forsake your way.
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    The positive: return to the Lord.
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    Or when Jesus came in the New Testament.
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    What did He say?
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    Repent!
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    Repentance is a change of mind.
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    It is that change of mind about sin,
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    about Christ.
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    There's this turning from sin.
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    There's a reversal in life.
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    There's a forsaking and then believing.
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    Calling upon the Lord in faith.
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    We often get this negative
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    before the positive.
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    Why?
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    You know what the danger is?
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    You come along with just the positive
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    and people think I need
    to tack that on my life.
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    Nope, that's not it.
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    That's never how it is.
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    There's first turning.
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    There's a forsaking.
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    There's things we step back from.
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    There's things that the blessed man
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    no longer involves himself in
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    before we get to the positive.
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    That's the way God often
    does it in Scripture.
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    Man in this world - evil,
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    he's wrong; he's vile -
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    and God's way is essentially different.
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    And it's not just you
    staying on your own way,
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    and your old way,
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    and then tacking on God's way.
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    There is a forsaking of your way.
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    And a coming to God's way.
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    That's the issue.
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    "Blessed is the man who walks not
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    in the counsel of the wicked,
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    nor stands in the way of sinners."
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    Not.
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    Brethren, this is desire
    being described here.
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    God's not giving a commandment.
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    There's a desire.
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    And I know, someone says, exactly!
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    Negative.
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    Of course, that's how it starts out.
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    That's what Christianity is in
    a lot of people's minds.
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    Of course, that's exactly
    how Christianity is.
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    You can't do this.
    You can't do that.
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    But, brethren, listen to me.
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    This is not a psalm of "thou shalt not's."
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    This is a man who desires the Word of God,
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    the law of the Lord.
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    This is a man who has a heart
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    that hungers after this.
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    He delights in it.
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    And because he delights in that,
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    he disdains what's against it:
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    the ways of the world,
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    the ways of the devil,
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    the ways that are wrong,
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    the ways of the scornful,
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    the ways of the sinner.
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    They're repulsive to him
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    because he delights in the law of God.
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    That's the idea.
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    Brethren, we have to
    get this in our heads.
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    Christianity is not just this set
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    of external laws that tells us
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    don't do this, don't do this...
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    Christianity is a transformation of heart
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    where our delights are now toward the Word
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    and we don't want that.
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    There's a distaste.
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    We don't love what we used to love.
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    Christianity is God changing us
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    so that we don't desire
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    the counsel of the ungodly.
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    We delight in the Word of Christ.
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    And brethren, we find His yoke easy.
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    That's the reality.
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    Notice the progressiveness
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    of this first verse.
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    He doesn't walk in the
    counsel of the wicked.
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    And then it's "stand."
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    You've got a man walking,
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    and then it's like the man stops walking
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    and he stands.
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    And then the man sits.
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    It's progressive what?
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    (Incomplete thought)
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    It is a digression.
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    It's like there's motion and then he stops
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    and then he sits.
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    It's like this increasing grip of sin.
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    This increasing - Lloyd-Jones
    called it paralysis of sin.
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    The blessed man avoids it.
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    And what is this?
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    What does he avoid?
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    You say, the wicked, the sinner,
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    the scoffer... brethren, where are they?
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    Think about your life.
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    There's voices,
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    We have these voices.
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    Things are coming in the eyes
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    and coming in the ears all the time.
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    We see things.
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    We hear things.
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    Where are these voices in this world?
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    We have means of commication today
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    like they never had in any other time.
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    Think of the channels through which
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    these things come.
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    Brethren, you know what they are.
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    Friends.
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    How often does Scripture
    speak about companionship?
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    You want to be a fool?
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    Hang out with the fools.
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    Plain and simple.
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    Social media.
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    You can hang out with people.
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    You spend your time there.
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    Brethren, what kind of voices are these?
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    The wicked, the sinner, the scoffer...
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    they're voices that take you
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    off of running this race like you should.
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    They're voices that turn us away from God
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    and godliness.
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    They scoff. They mock
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    at the ways of the righteous.
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    They scoff and they mock
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    at the ways of Scripture.
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    It's all that's advserse to
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    and against and radically,
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    essentially the opposite
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    of what's in v. 2:
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    Loving the law of the Lord.
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    It's everything that's opposed to that.
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    It's everything that shuns that.
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    It's everything that smirks at that.
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    It's everything that
    slights the ways of God.
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    That's what we're talking about.
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    What we're talking about here
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    is the blessed man;
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    is the man who looks at the friends
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    in his life and says,
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    you know what?
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    I am not going to spend time
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    with those people anymore.
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    Because you know what?
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    I want to spend time in the Word.
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    And there's something in their lives,
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    there's something in their words
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    that opposes this.
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    And I'm not walking there.
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    And I'm not standing there.
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    I'm not going to stop
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    and I'm not going to sit.
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    You see, it's almost more
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    of a progressive stagnation in sin.
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    I'm not going to do it.
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    I'm not going to go there.
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    I'm going to evaluate social media.
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    If that movie is going to take me somehow
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    away from what pleases God,
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    why am I going to go do that?
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    Why?
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    Entertainment?
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    Oh you're going to entertain yourself
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    by going and standing
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    in the way of the sinner.
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    Is that it?
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    You see, the righteous
    man doesn't do that.
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    Now, brethren, hear me again.
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    I'm not saying, ok, you better size up
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    what you're doing on Facebook
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    and you better size up what you're doing
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    with the TV and with movies
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    and with all the technology.
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    No commandments here.
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    Listen, brethren, what
    you need to recognize
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    is God is telling you what we are.
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    See, if you're the guy that perpetually
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    has to look at your life and say,
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    well, I'm massively failing there.
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    Brethren, it's not God telling you
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    you need to get your act straight.
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    It's God telling you who you are.
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    Do you recognize that's what's happening
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    in this psalm?
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    He's saying look at your life.
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    If you walk in the way of the ungodly;
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    if you stand in this place of sinners;
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    you sit there among those who
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    slight the things that are godly -
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    He's telling you what you are.
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    Because if you say,
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    no my delight is in the Word.
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    Hey, this is all opposed to that.
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    And see, if you say,
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    no, I'm a blessed man
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    because I delight in the Word.
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    Ok, there's going to be proof.
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    And the proof on the negative side
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    is what you no longer do.
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    You see, there's evidence.
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    That's the point.
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    This is indicative.
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    This is indicating what is true.
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    I'm not here today to tell you
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    to clean up your act.
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    There are definitely texts
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    that talk about purging
    that out of your life
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    which ought not to be there,
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    and cutting off and gouging out.
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    No question about that.
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    But brethren, what this is saying to us
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    is not so much that that's
    what you need to do,
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    it's saying to us,
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    if you're the blessed man,
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    that's what you already do.
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    That's already true in your life.
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    That's already a reality.
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    Brethren, this is not commandment.
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    This is fact.
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    God is not admonishing us specifically
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    to be holier.
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    He's telling us the truth about
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    what holiness looks like.
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    And that holy man is that blessed man.
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    He's telling us that if
    you're that blessed man,
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    you're not going to run with
    that same crowd you ran with.
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    And you're not going to do the same things
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    on the Internet you used to do.
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    And you're not going to do the same things
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    at the movie theatre you used to do.
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    And you're not going to do the same things
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    in front of the television.
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    Because these are all the avenues
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    by which those voices come.
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    You're not going to do the same thing
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    with family.
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    You're not going to do the
    same thing with friends.
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    You're not going to do
    the same things with radio.
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    You're not going to do the
    same thing with songs and music.
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    Why?
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    Because look, you've
    got to bring this home.
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    The counsel of the wicked,
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    the way of the sinner,
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    the seat of the scoffer.
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    This is real.
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    You have to put familiar faces on this.
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    This is not just this
    ambiguous thing out there.
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    This is your life.
    This is my life.
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    And I'll tell you this,
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    what He's saying is the blessed man
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    is a man who suddenly is not
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    doing all sorts of things
    that he used to do.
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    And one of the primary rationales,
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    one of the primary motivations,
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    one of the primary movers in all of this
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    is not external laws.
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    It's what he delights in.
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    He now delights in the Word of God.
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    And so, naturally, if
    you delight in something,
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    you don't delight in that which is opposed
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    to the something that you delight in.
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    That's the reality here, brethren.
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    And notice this last one.
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    Because, I think this is key.
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    "Nor sits in the seat of scoffers."
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    You know what a scoffer is?
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    Or a scorner?
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    They're somebody who mocks.
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    And even in the church,
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    we get those who scorn
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    and they scoff and they mock
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    and they make light of
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    anyone they see who seems more radical.
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    You know what you get in the church?
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    You get these people
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    who they want to keep a clear conscience.
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    And they come to Scripture,
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    and they see something there,
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    like they look at modesty
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    and they think what that means
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    is I need to wear a dress that's down
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    to the floor.
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    And you know what?
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    They're not being legalistic.
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    They're not coming along
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    and they're not pressing
    that on you and me.
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    They look at Scripture and they say
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    don't set anything that's vain or useless
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    before my eyes.
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    And they say, you know what?
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    I think TV altogether is vain and useless.
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    And so they're seeking to do it.
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    And if you're the guy
    that's always out there
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    saying legalism, legalism, legalism!
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    You're likely in the seat of that scoffer.
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    When you look at people
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    who are trying to keep a clear conscience
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    and they're eradicating things,
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    and they say my eye offends,
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    and so I'm getting rid of that.
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    I'm tearing it out and
    I'm casting it from me.
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    And they're people of conscience.
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    And they're walking through their life
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    and they're going to the Word
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    and they delight in the Word
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    and they're looking in the Word
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    and they're saying my conscience says
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    oh, look what I find here.
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    Now look, you may look at them and say,
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    you know what?
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    Their conscience has not been
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    most accurately informed,
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    because if you think about other places
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    in Scripture...
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    And you know what, that may be true,
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    but don't mock and don't
    slight at such people
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    who are trying to keep clear consciences
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    before God.
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    And they're meticulous
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    and they're diligent.
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    I remember one time when I was down
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    at Stockdale,
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    and a woman came and she had been
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    wearing a head convering before that,
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    and then she wasn't
    wearing the head covering.
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    I said where's your head covering?
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    Did you study Scripture and
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    you came to another conclusion?
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    She said, no, just because the people here
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    don't wear them.
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    I said you better get
    that thing on your head.
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    Why? Because she thought
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    that's what the Lord wants her to do.
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    And if that's what you think the Lord
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    wants you to do,
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    and whether it comes down
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    to how you raise your children
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    or how you love your wife
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    or how you drive your car,
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    or what you do at work -
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    brethren, Spurgeon said it one time:
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    better to live according to this Word -
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    how you interpret it
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    and be wrong,
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    than to not do that.
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    You understand what he's saying.
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    He's not saying bad doctrine's good.
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    He's saying you need to live up
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    to the light of the lamp that is
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    shining at your feet from this book.
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    it's not what everybody else is doing.
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    You do what you believe that God
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    wants you to do from that book.
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    And you seek to live
    with a clear conscience.
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    And you know who the scoffer is?
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    They're the people always shouting
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    "legalism" in the church.
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    Oh, that's legalistic.
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    They're just legalists.
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    You be careful.
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    You just be careful.
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    Because I tell you what,
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    if you're that person who's always looking
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    and you're looking down your nose
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    at other people who are
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    really trying to walk before the Lord,
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    and they're trying to walk
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    with a clear conscience,
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    and they're trying to please Him
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    and they're trying to be meticulous
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    to God's Word -
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    you look at them and
    you call them legalists -
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    you have been sitting
    in the seat of the scoffer.
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    Let me tell you.
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    I'm not telling you don't do that.
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    Repent of that.
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    Of course, there's a place for that.
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    What I'm telling you is this:
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    What God is doing is showing
    you who you are.
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    Not what you ought to be.
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    He's showing you who you are.
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    So, notice his delight.
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    His delight is in the law of the Lord.
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    And on His law, he meditates
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    day and night.
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    Again, brethren, this is not a commandment
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    for the Word of Christ
    to dwell in you richly.
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    There is a commandment like that.
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    There's instruction like
    that in Scripture.
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    I'm not saying that there isn't.
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    I'm just saying that this psalm
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    is basically - the gist of it
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    is that God is telling us the truth
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    about ourselves.
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    Oh, brethren, the blessed man
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    is that man who has come to this
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    entirely new relationship
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    with the Word of God.
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    Look, again, I'm telling you.
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    Brethren, I am not here to tell you
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    that if you've not been in the Word,
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    you need to get in the Word.
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    What I'm telling you is
    if you're not in the Word,
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    it's because you don't delight in the Word
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    and Scripture is telling you
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    who and what you are.
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    That's the issue.
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    That's what's happening here.
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    The blessed man -
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    he's the man that it's just not theory
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    for him to say
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    that man shall not live by bread alone,
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    but by every word that proceedeth
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    forth from the mouth of God.
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    He knows that.
    He believes that.
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    His life reflect that.
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    The exact same truth you heard
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    from our brother in the first hour
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    from John 8.
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    Listen, Jesus says it.
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    Again, it's not a commandment.
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    It's a fact.
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    He says if you abide in My Word,
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    you are truly My disciples.
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    He's not saying abide in My Word.
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    Yes, there's places where you can find
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    such statements,
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    but there are these factual statements
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    made all through Scripture,
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    that if you are His disciple,
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    His Word abides in you.
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    Not just that it should.
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    And if it doesn't, it shows who you are.
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    That's what He was saying to these people.
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    Listen, brethren, be honest.
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    This is the truth about the blessed man.
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    On the whole,
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    if you were to drag this man into court,
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    and accuse him of being a Bible lover,
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    guess what?
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    There's evidence to convict him.
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    Where are you?
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    Oh, isn't it amazing?
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    The first psalm - blessings
    which everybody wants.
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    And it's got to do with where
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    the Word of God is in your life.
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    The first first is the negative of that.
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    It's the contrary.
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    You avoid all those voices that
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    are not like this.
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    But you delight in the Word.
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    You say, I've never killed anybody.
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    The wicked? They're not so.
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    In other words, if you take them
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    into the court room,
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    and you say prove that you're a lover
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    of the Word,
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    the wicked are not so.
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    And so if there isn't evidence,
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    the wicked is not so.
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    Well, I own a Bible.
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    In fact, I have three.
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    That's not what's being said here.
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    Do you delight in it?
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    You say, yeah, I delight in it.
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    Are you meditating on it day and night?
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    Can you go three days,
    four days, five days, seven days
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    and you're not in it?
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    You see, again, brethren,
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    this is not telling you what you ought
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    to be doing.
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    This is telling you what you are.
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    This is the delight of the man.
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    Look, what you don't want to do
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    is walk away from this message and say,
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    well, you know what?
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    My delight is really in video games;
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    hanging out with my friends;
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    listening to the new music.
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    You know, what I find delight in
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    is sex and money and fun...
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    I guess I better start reading my Bible,
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    even though it's not what
    you really delight to do.
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    You see, it's not doing that.
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    It's saying no, the truth is
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    if you can leave that Bible on the shelf,
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    there's not a panting
    in your soul after it.
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    Look, I recognize there are dry seasons.
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    But do you hear what's being said?
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    On the whole, I don't have to
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    invent a bunch of exceptions here.
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    And I don't have to define this
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    in super amounts of detail.
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    Because God doesn't think it's
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    that necessary to do it.
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    He simply says this,
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    the blessed man delights
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    in the law of the Lord
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    and in that law, he
    meditates day and night.
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    Period.
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    That's what God says.
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    I don't need to amend that.
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    I don't need to add to that.
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    And brethren, what you need to ask
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    is be honest.
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    Does that reflect your life?
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    Because if it doesn't,
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    the wicked are not so.
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    Like I said, the wicked isn't just wicked
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    because he's torturing
    people in his basement.
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    The wicked is just the guy
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    that doesn't delight in the Word.
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    He's not like the righteous person.
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    That's what we have here.
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    The righteous man -
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    he hungers.
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    There's something desirable.
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    Why?
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    Why?
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    Because the Spirit has opened his eyes
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    and this Word is now living.
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    And when he looks into it,
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    it's like... Wow!
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    There's wisdom.
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    It opens the window to the glory of God.
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    And in these pages,
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    he sees Christ.
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    He's never seen anything like it before.
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    He might have looked
    at it when he was lost,
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    but now it's just altogether new.
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    Don't fool yourself.
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    If you're able to be away from this Word;
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    it's just a dry, dead letter,
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    and basically being in it is a chore.
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    It's like you know when you assess
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    your Christian life,
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    it's like, well yes, I read.
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    Yeah, I've kind of got that in place
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    these last few days.
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    I've really forced myself.
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    I disciplined myself.
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    Although typically, I can go long seasons
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    with watching a whole lot more TV
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    than I ever get in the Word;
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    and be on the Internet a whole lot more
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    than I'd ever be in the Word.
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    Exposing myself to all sorts of voices.
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    Brethren, let's just be honest.
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    His delight is in the law of the Lord,
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    and on His law, he
    meditates day and night.
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    And the wicked are not so.
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    So we have a picture here in v. 3.
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    The righteous man - the blessed man,
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    he is like a tree
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    planted by the streams (plural)
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    of water that yields its fruit
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    in its season.
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    And it's leaf does not wither.
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    In all that he does, he prospers.
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    The wicked are not so,
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    but are like chaff
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    that the wind drives away.
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    We're given this picture.
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    And again, brethren, I'm going to
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    keep emphasizing this.
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    This tells us the truth about ourselves.
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    Nothing tells the truth about us
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    like the Bible does.
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    Spiritually speaking,
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    all men are either (incomplete thought).
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    Have you ever been -
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    I don't know up and down
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    the San Antonio River -
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    I don't think I've seen much of the river
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    other than right here in San Antonio.
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    But I've been to different places
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    on the Guadalupe River.
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    Have you ever seen those cypresses?
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    Oh, there are some downtown
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    along the Riverwalk.
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    You know those cypresses?
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    Great big, massive trees.
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    And you know where they grow?
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    They only grow right alongside the river.
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    You can try to plant them other places,
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    but if you don't give them steady water,
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    they just don't make it.
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    Great big trees,
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    like a great big cypress tree
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    planted along the Guadalupe River
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    with roots that go down into soil
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    that's moist and life-giving
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    all the time.
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    That's what the righteous is like.
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    The unrighteous - a pile of chaff.
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    You know what?
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    When we look at each other
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    like we can look at each other right here.
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    I can't see that difference,
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    but it's true.
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    Spiritually speaking,
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    if we could pull back the veil,
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    some are these massive cypress trees,
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    planted along the rivers (plural).
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    Rivers.
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    Abundance.
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    And some are just a pile of chaff.
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    That's the comparison here.
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    Tree. Chaff.
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    You see the difference?
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    Your life. My life.
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    Tree or chaff.
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    What's your life like?
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    It's just radical difference.
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    You see, there's no shades here.
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    There's no degrees here.
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    It's not like, well, you've got
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    a chaff-y looking tree over there.
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    No, none of that.
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    You're one or the other.
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    People don't tend to realize
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    the radical difference between
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    the Christian and the non-Christian.
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    The roots of this tree go deep down.
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    This man whose heart and mind
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    and soul - the roots go down deep
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    into the words of Christ.
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    The law of the Lord.
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    They go down into His commandments,
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    His Word, and they're
    pulling the nutrients up.
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    You see, didn't Christ say,
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    "Sanctify them by Thy truth.
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    Thy Word is truth."
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    The sanctifying power of the Spirit of God
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    comes through - his
    delight is in this law.
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    And in this law, he looks in.
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    He sees the character of God.
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    He sees the beauties of Christ.
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    And it's transformative.
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    Those roots go down.
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    The chaff? The chaff has no roots.
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    You look at your life.
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    No real roots in here.
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    You don't memorize this.
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    You don't meditate on this.
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    The Word is not controlling.
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    Instead, you've subjected yourself
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    to worldly opinions.
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    Wordly counsels.
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    Worldly mindsets.
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    All the time, you're being bombarded.
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    So it's very easy to put
    a little Christian title
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    on music that's just otherwise ungodly.
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    We can Christianize just about everything.
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    But the truth is,
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    the man who spends a lot of time
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    in this Word -
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    he can smell out the difference.
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    He's not just looking at the name
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    because you can be like Sardis.
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    You can have a name, but you're dead.
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    And the person whose heart
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    and mind and soul
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    are down in the depths of this
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    moisture-rich soil of the Word of Christ,
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    they can tell those things.
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    Because it gives them discernment.
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    They see.
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    Which are you?
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    A tree versus chaff.
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    They have nothing in common.
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    The tree is fruitful.
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    The fruits of the Spirit.
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    You see, there's a person
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    who spends a lot of time in this book.
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    Their roots are planted here.
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    And that Word abides in them.
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    It stays.
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    They're not hearers only.
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    But they're doers.
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    And they go forth
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    and as they do the Word,
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    this fruit of the Spirit,
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    they go up and it's rich.
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    By this, our Father is well pleased,
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    that we bring forth much fruit.
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    There's an abundance of fruit.
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    Love - the fruit of love.
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    And there's joy.
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    And there's the fruits of the Spirit.
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    Chaff is not fruit.
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    Chaff is the stuff on the outside
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    of the kernel or the grain.
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    It's the stuff that gets taken off
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    and it's winnowed away.
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    The wind blows it away.
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    You don't want it.
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    It's useless.
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    There's no good use for it.
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    Nothing like a tree at all.
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    It's entirely different.
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    There's no roots.
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    There's no fruit.
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    The fruit that it brings forth -
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    the fruit in this person's life
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    is really useless.
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    So, the question is this,
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    will you be honest with yourself?
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    Is the Word of God your light?
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    Your sustenance? Your love?
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    Your portal into the very mind of Christ?
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    Is that not what we're told?
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    We have the very mind of Christ.
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    I can go into the recesses
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    of the mind of Christ in this book.
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    And the Spirit reveals and teaches me.
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    Brethren, is that what it is?
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    The window into the very glories of God?
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    The wicked are not so.
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    Let's be honest.
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    Be honest.
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    You say, wow, if I'm going to be honest,
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    I'm in the category of the wicked.
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    It makes me very uncomfortable.
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    I don't like that title.
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    But I don't know much how I can
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    put myself in this other camp.
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    How do I get to where
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    you're saying the blessed man is?
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    Notice v. 3.
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    "He is like a tree planted
    by streams of water."
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    Isn't that interesting
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    that God moves David
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    (incomplete thought);
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    We know that some trees -
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    a seed falls.
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    It germinates.
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    And you get a tree.
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    But you know what's interesting?
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    That's not the picture.
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    The picture is of a tree
    that gets planted.
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    I've planted a lot of trees.
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    Trees just don't end up there,
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    unless they get planted.
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    And a tree doesn't plant itself.
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    Someone puts it there.
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    And there's only one
    way that you get planted.
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    See, this is what I don't
    want to have happen.
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    Don't say to yourself
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    I'm not like that,
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    so I better get my act together
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    and get like that.
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    And so you know what I'm going to do?
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    I am going to go home
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    and even though I haven't been
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    in the Word much
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    and there's dust on the cover...
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    And Spurgeon said one place
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    many of you can write damnation
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    in the dust on your Bibles.
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    The way out of this is not to go home
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    and clean the dust off
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    and open it.
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    Reading Scripture is not
    how you get planted.
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    I'm not saying it's a bad thing.
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    You can find the Christ in these words.
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    Undoubtedly.
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    But brethren, the ticket here...
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    The path
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    is not to say, well,
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    I better start coming to church more.
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    Better get in the Word more.
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    I better start doing, doing, doing.
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    Don't say that to yourself.
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    Though I would really rather play
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    video games and watch movies
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    and spend endless hours on Facebook.
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    And though I'd rather hang
    out with my friends
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    and do a thousand other things.
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    I better force myself into the Bible.
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    Though I find it dull and lifeless,
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    for me - life, vigor, living it up...
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    it's watching the game.
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    It's in sports.
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    It's in freedom.
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    That's where it is.
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    Even though I really don't
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    have a love for the brethren.
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    I don't have a love for
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    the breaking of bread
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    and remembering Christ and what He did
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    and singing those songs.
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    I don't really have a love for all that.
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    I don't have a love for
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    the apostle's doctrine
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    and for that preaching that goes on,
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    and for the Word,
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    and no love of prayer.
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    But I better get my act together
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    because I don't want to lose my soul.
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    Brethren, look, you don't need religion.
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    That's not how you get planted.
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    I think, "And can it be?"
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    You remember Charles Wesley?
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    John Wesley?
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    George Whitefield?
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    You remember where they were?
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    The holy club.
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    They gave their money.
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    They visited people in prison.
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    And you know what, in the end,
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    the Spirit of God convicted them all -
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    it was a hopeless path,
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    and they were helpless.
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    Religion is never the way.
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    We talked about Luther.
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    Blessednesses - Luther tried it.
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    Went to the monastery.
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    Religion never works.
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    That's not the ticket.
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    That's not how you get planted.
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    You say, how? Tell me.
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    Tell me.
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    The answer is this:
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    it's found in John 3:3.
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    It's, "Truly, truly, I say to you,
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    unless one is born again,
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    he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
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    Yeah, but you didn't
    tell me anything to do.
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    Again, you're just stating the fact.
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    What does this look like?
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    Brethren, here's what it looks like.
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    Jesus said - same discourse -
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    When the Spirit comes,
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    He is going to convict men of sin,
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    of righteousness,
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    of judgment.
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    And you know what happens?
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    God plants us.
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    And you know what happens?
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    Sin. Something begins to happen,
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    and the Spirit causes it to happen.
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    You think about it.
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    Conviction.
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    Where does that happen?
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    You might say the conscience.
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    But it happens in the mind.
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    The Spirit begins to cause us
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    to think different.
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    Suddenly, sin... sin!
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    And maybe at first, you're even agitated.
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    That was what was true with me.
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    Not that I'm the standard,
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    but I remember in the very beginning,
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    this emptiness; this hollowness.
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    And I just wanted Him to leave me alone.
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    God, leave me alone
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    and let me go back and enjoy...
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    and much like Pilgrim
    in Pilgrim's Progress,
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    you get worldly wise men.
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    Go try religion.
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    And that's where he went.
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    He went hiking up there.
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    Sometimes we get upset.
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    But brethren, I remember clearly
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    the night the Spirit of God showed me
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    my sin was wicked and I deserved hell,
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    and if God didn't put me there -
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    and you see, that's the
    conviction that comes.
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    We start to feel this weight of sin.
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    Salvation has to do with sin.
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    And Jesus said that He did not
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    come for the well.
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    And it is not until we're unwell -
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    and it's the Spirit of God who causes
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    that to happen.
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    Not just to freak out
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    because we happen to hear a message
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    and it says I must be one of the wicked.
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    Brethren, it's when you want your sin
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    dealt with.
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    It's the Spirit of God causing
    something to happen;
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    beginning to disturb us.
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    Sin becomes disturbing.
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    We can't just coddle with it anymore.
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    Something is happening.
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    Something begins to happen.
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    And maybe at first,
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    you don't know that
    it's God that's doing it.
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    But something begins to happen to you.
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    And something that never happened before.
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    Something that hasn't
    happened like this before.
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    And then, righteousness...
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    there's this desparate sense -
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    this in itself isn't salvation,
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    because I have a feeling
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    the rich, young ruler felt this.
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    But you begin to get this sense:
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    something's missing.
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    I need more than I have
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    to get right with God.
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    Do we know that religion isn't doing it?
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    You see, that's what the Wesley's
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    and Whitefield were trying.
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    This holy club.
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    They were trying to do all their stuff.
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    But John Wesley looked at those Moravians,
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    and he said, I'm missing something.
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    Something isn't there.
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    You see, the Spirit convicts of sin,
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    and righteousness - or a lack
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    of our righteousness.
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    The fact we need more than we have.
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    The fact we need something.
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    And then judgment.
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    I'm not ready to stand before God.
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    I'm not ready for this.
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    I'm not ready.
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    And then something is
    happening in the soul.
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    Brethren, it doesn't always look identical
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    in everybody,
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    but that's what Christ said
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    that the Spirit of God would do.
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    And that's what happens.
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    When people are being born again,
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    the Spirit of God is doing something
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    in the heart of men
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    concerning sin and righteousness
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    and judgment.
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    And then you know what happens.
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    He came to exalt Christ.
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    And there, in our despair,
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    is all the crutches, and all the counsels,
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    and all the things we rested on,
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    and all our hopes
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    and all that we put our stock in.
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    It's just crumbling away
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    and we can't find...
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    I need something else.
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    And sometimes the Spirit of God
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    lets people get to
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    an amazing place of despair.
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    But look, it doesn't matter how much.
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    That's not the issue.
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    The issue is that then
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    the Spirit causes the scales to fall off.
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    That's what happened to Paul.
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    The scales fell off.
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    Of you've got it in 2 Corinthians,
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    it's like the veil is pulled back.
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    And just like God said in the beginning,
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    let there be light.
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    He shows us this glorious light
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    in the very face of Jesus Christ.
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    And you know what begins to happen?
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    We hear this message of salvation
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    and the Spirit speaks to us.
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    It's for you.
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    It's for you.
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    It's relevant to you.
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    This crucified Christ.
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    And we see that.
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    We see that this message is for us.
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    We hear those life-giving words.
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    Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
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    and you will be saved.
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    And like that lady,
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    we become convinced,
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    if I can just touch the
    hem of His garment,
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    I'll be healed.
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    Brethren, that's what happens.
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    We accept the truth.
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    You accept the truth
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    that Christ Jesus came into the world
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    to die for sinners.
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    And that is music to your ears.
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    That there is a way;
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    there is a remedy;
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    there is a Doctor;
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    there is a way to be healed.
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    You believe that truth for you.
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    And you will come to look up and recognize
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    God has planted me
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    beside these waters
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    and I long after that book
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    and for the truths and the promises in it
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    and the Word of Christ.
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    Brethren, it's not a
    psalm of commandments.
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    It's a psalm that says it like it is.
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    The Word of God shows us who we are.
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    Father, I pray
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    this message would
    go deep into the hearts.
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    Lord, if there are imperatives
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    and responsibilities and instructions
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    for us to take practically
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    to apply to our lives.
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    Then may it be taken
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    and may it be practiced
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    and may it be applied.
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    But Lord, I pray that this Word
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    would be what it seems like
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    You intended it to be.
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    A light to shine and expose and reveal
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    the very character of every one of us
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    in this room.
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    And I pray that it would have that effect.
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    I pray it in the name of
    our Lord Jesus Christ,
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    Amen.
Title:
Are You Truly a Psalm 1 Man? - Tim Conway
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