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THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - The Call Of Jesus

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    The Call of Jesus
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    Welcome to lesson five in this series
    called "The Call of Jesus"
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    where I'm talking out from my book
    by the same name "The Call of Jesus".
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    I want to do one video
    for every chapter in the book.
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    Now we've come to chapter five
    and it's called "The Leading of the Holy Spirit".
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    I just want to say, I love being led
    by the Holy Spirit.
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    I love it. I am excited about
    being led by the Holy Spirit.
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    I think it's so important for all of us,
    as believers, that we understand
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    what the Holy Spirit wants to do.
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    We are not called to do this alone.
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    We are called to be led by the Holy Spirit.
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    I want to talk about that in this chapter.
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    I want to start with reading something
    from the chapter:
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    "The Holy Spirit wants to be as big a part
    of our everyday lives
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    as He was in the lives of the first disciples.
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    He wants to guide us, work through us,
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    and to make it so that there are no
    difference between our lives
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    and the lives of the first disciples
    we read about in the Book of Acts."
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    And I want to say this. I really, really, really
    believe that the Book of Acts in the Bible
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    should be the normal Christian life.
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    And what they experienced there is the same
    you and me should experience today.
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    We should not build on our church traditions.
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    We should build on the Bible
    and the Bible alone.
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    And the Holy Spirit is here to guide us.
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    He is here to help us.
    He is here to lead us to the truth.
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    He is here to remind us of every word
    Jesus has spoken.
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    When we look at Luke 10, as we are going
    to go through in this book,
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    verse by verse by verse,
    we start reading this:
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    "After these things the Lord appointed
    seventy others also,
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    and sent them two by two before His face
    into every city and place
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    where He Himself was about to go."
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    So, here we read that after Jesus
    appointed them two and two,
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    He sent them into every city and place
    where He Himself wanted to go.
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    When Jesus walked on earth
    He was led by the Spirit of God
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    and He walked here on earth physically
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    and He wanted to go to different cities
    and places,
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    because He knew that the harvest
    was great
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    and there were people who were waiting
    for Him in that city, and that city,
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    and that place, and that place.
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    So, when Jesus walked on earth physically,
    He wanted to go to different places.
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    For example, the woman in Samaria,
    the woman at the well He went to.
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    But now, Jesus is not here
    physically anymore.
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    Now He is in Heaven.
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    But, He did not leave us alone.
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    When He left to Heaven,
    He sent His Spirit down here.
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    And now, we are Christ's body
    and He is the head.
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    And like Jesus wanted to go to
    specific cities and places at that time,
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    because there were people there
    who were the persons of peace,
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    who were seeking God,
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    the same way He wants now us,
    as His body,
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    by the Holy Spirit in us,
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    to go to those places.
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    And I truly believe that what we read
    in the Book of Acts,
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    when we read about being led
    by the Holy Spirit
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    and what Jesus commanded to do,
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    is the same today.
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    The Book of Acts is not just like
    the book of... What is that?
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    Is it a book of the apostles
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    or is it a book about the work
    of the Holy Spirit?
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    Because the Book of Acts really shows
    what the Holy Spirit can do
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    in a person who follows Christ.
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    And I want to read something here
    from this chapter of my book:
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    "All the way through the book of Acts,
    we read how the Holy Spirit worked
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    through the first disciples.
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    He was a big part of their life,
    as it was He who was leading them.
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    In the book of Acts, we read things like,
    'It seems good to the Holy Spirit, and us.'
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    (Acts, 15:28), 'So, being sent out
    by the Holy Spirit' (Acts 13:4),
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    and 'they were forbidden
    by the Holy Spirit' (Acts 16:6)."
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    I truly believe it should be like that
    today in our lives.
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    But where do we ever in the churches
    hear something like that today?
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    Where do we ever hear somebody
    talk like that,
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    saying like: Hey, it seems good
    to the Holy Spirit and to us.
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    Or, being sent out by the Spirit,
    or being forbidden by the Spirit
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    to go there and there.
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    We don't hear a talk like that today,
    but this should be how it is.
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    Why? Because Jesus is the same
    yesterday, today and forever,
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    and the Holy Spirit is the same
    yesterday, today and forever.
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    Let's keep reading my book.
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    "We see this even more clearly if we look
    at the disciple Philip in Acts 8:26-40.
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    One day in Philip's life, he experienced
    an angel of the Lord speaking to him,
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    telling him where to go.
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    When he arrived there where the angel
    said he should go,
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    he saw a chariot, and then the Holy Spirit
    spoke to him
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    saying that he should run over to the chariot
    and speak with the man there.
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    When he obeyed and went there,
    he met the 'person of peace'
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    (I will come back to this later).
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    The man there was ready, seeking God.
    Philip then shared the gospel
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    with the eunuch, and he repented.
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    As soon as the eunuch saw water,
    he was immediately baptized.
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    Just after the baptism, Philip experienced
    something amazing.
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    The Holy Spirit suddenly took him away
    to another place.
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    It is really amazing when we read
    how God worked in Philip's life.
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    God was a part of the early church,
    just like He wants
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    to be a part of your life
    and my life today."
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    Hallelujah! The call Jesus has given us
    is not impossible.
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    He would never call us to do something
    He would not empower us to do.
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    And He has given us the Holy Spirit
    and by the Holy Spirit
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    we can experience crazy things.
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    Who does Jesus want to visit today?
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    Who does Jesus want you to go to
    and speak to?
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    Like Philip was led by the Holy Spirit,
    we today can be led by the Holy Spirit
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    to that person who is ready to receive.
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    I have many strong examples where
    I've seen how the Holy Spirit
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    has led me, and I think it should be
    like that in all of our lives.
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    One funny example. It looks a little
    like Philip in the book of Acts 8,
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    we've just read.
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    Some years ago I was out walking.
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    I've been walking,
    I've been out on the street evangelizing.
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    I was walking on the way home
    and suddenly I heard God said: Stop.
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    And I was like: What?
    Go back.
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    I turned around. When I turned around
    I saw a man behind me.
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    I thought I should go to him.
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    He was standing with his back
    towards me, so I didn't want to come
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    from his behind, so I walked around him,
    and then I stood there
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    like I was looking at the shop,
    and then I turned to look at his face.
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    And then he was suddenly gone.
    And I was like...
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    I stood there, in front of the shop now,
    and I thought: God, I thought You said:
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    Stop. Go back. And now the man is gone.
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    And then I looked at the shop.
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    It was a hairdresser, and it was funny
    because I don't use that anymore.
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    And it seemed weird, because I was
    on my way home,
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    God said: Stop and go back.
    And now I was standing in front
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    of a hairdresser shop.
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    And then somebody came from my
    behind and said:
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    Excuse me, you are blocking the door.
    I turned around. Sorry!
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    When I turned around and looked
    at that person who said: Sorry,
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    I was so excited. Because when I saw
    him I knew he was the person of peace.
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    It made sense why God said:
    Go back and stand right there.
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    Because that young man had one arm
    under the jacket like this.
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    So I said: Hey, stop, stop.
    Can I ask you something?
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    Do you believe in God?
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    And he said: It is so interesting you ask me.
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    Because my grandmother died two weeks
    ago and she had a Bible.
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    And I inherited her Bible and the last two
    weeks I've been reading the Bible every day.
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    But I don't understand what I read.
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    And this morning I said: God, if You are real,
    send somebody to explain what I'm reading.
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    It was so amazing. I said: I'm a Christian.
    I want to explain it. Let me pray for your arm.
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    What happened? And he had internal
    bleeding in his arm.
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    I prayed for him and he got completely
    healed right away,
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    and he was a person of peace,
    and I could share the gospel with him.
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    I love examples like this.
    Almost like the Book of Acts.
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    He was a person of peace
    ready to receive,
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    and the Holy Spirit spoke: Go back,
    stand there in front of the window almost,
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    so that guy came and could not enter in.
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    We need to have experiences like this,
    where the Holy Spirit is leading us.
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    I have many experiences like that.
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    I believe there is a reason for that.
    I want to share that with you.
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    A main reason I think is the balance
    between listening to the Spirit and doing it.
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    I believe we need to listen to the Spirit,
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    but I also believe we need to do.
    We just need to obey.
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    I don't wait for the Holy Spirit
    to speak to me,
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    in that way that... There are some people
    who are over-spiritual.
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    Don't be over-spiritual.
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    I met people who are over-spiritual,
    so they never leave their homes
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    unless they get a very, very clear
    word that God says: Go.
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    No, I don't need the Holy Spirit
    to say: Go. Why?
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    Because Jesus has already said: Go.
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    He has already said: Go.
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    So, why wait for another "Go" when
    He has already said: "Go"?
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    So, I don't wait for that "Go".
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    I go because Jesus has already said it.
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    I obey it because it's already written
    in His Word.
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    But, while I am obeying,
    I'm listening.
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    And I think that is important.
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    Also, that man I've just told about,
    when God said: Stop and go back,
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    I was not sitting home on my couch
    and doing nothing.
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    No, I was actually out there obeying,
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    and out there obeying - God spoke.
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    Let me read something from this chapter
    in my book.
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    "I believe it is important that we have
    the attitude of doing whatever Jesus said to do,
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    no matter if we feel like it or not, or if we
    experience God speaking directly to us or not.
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    It is important that when you go out
    on His Word,
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    you are praying, listening, and asking
    the Holy Spirit
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    if there is anything He wants to say
    to you today.
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    This is when things start to happen.
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    For example, if you look at a car,
    you can sit behind the wheel
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    and turn the wheel as much as you want,
    but no matter how much you turn the wheel,
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    nothing will happen when the car
    is not moving.
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    Because the car is not moving,
    it actually is more difficult to turn the wheel,
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    but when the car starts to move,
    it is both easier to turn the wheel
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    and also to move the car
    where you want it to go.
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    This is the same with God
    and being led by the Holy Spirit.
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    We can sit in our church and pray to God,
    and wait for the Holy Spirit to lead us.
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    We can pray and fast, but nothing will happen
    because we are doing nothing.
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    But when we start to obey and go out
    on the Word of God by faith,
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    while having a strong life with God
    of praying and fasting,
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    we will then experience that it is so much
    easier to be led by the Holy Spirit."
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    I want to say, what I just read here,
    I really believe in this with a car.
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    We need to not just sit and move
    the wheel.
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    We need the car running first.
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    We need to get car started.
    We, you need to start to obey.
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    Why? Because Jesus said it.
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    Don't wait. He has said it.
    Obey His word.
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    I've met so many people:
    Oh, I don't know what the will of God is
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    for my life, I don't know what to do...
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    Here. Take the Word, read it, obey it.
    This is the God's will for your life.
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    Go with it. Do it.
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    But then, while you do it - listen.
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    While you do it - be open for the Holy Spirit.
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    And there, I think, it's so important
    to spend time in prayer and fasting.
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    And fasting is very, very important.
    I talk about that more in my book.
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    I really encourage you to get if you can.
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    So, what I want to say with this lesson is
    that I want to encourage you to go.
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    Don't wait.
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    Yes, if you have not received the Holy Spirit,
    then don't go.
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    If you have not received the Holy Spirit,
    find somebody near you,
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    go to www.TLRmap.com, find somebody
    near you who can pray for you
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    to receive the Holy Spirit.
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    That was the only time Jesus said:
    Wait.
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    That was when people were waiting
    for the Holy Spirit.
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    But after they got the Holy Spirit
    He did not say: Wait. He said: Go.
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    Go, go, go, go, go.
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    And I encourage you to what we read
    here in Jesus' call, in Luke 10,
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    is not for us to only pray about
    and meditate about.
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    It's for us to obey.
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    It's for us to go and do.
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    But, while you are going and doing,
    I will talk more about that later,
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    when we put it altogether and come
    with a lot of testimonies,
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    you need to open your ears and listen
    to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.
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    The Holy Spirit doesn't speak often
    through a big, audible voice.
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    The Holy Spirit speaks through
    small, small thoughts.
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    When you are out on the street,
    when you go and speak to somebody,
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    you often see a multitude of people,
    but then you pray and say: God...
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    Who do you want me to speak to?
    Who do you send me to?
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    And then often you see one person
    you are somehow drawn to.
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    You don't know why.
    You just get your eyes on that person
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    in a way... Why that person?
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    The Holy Spirit is leading you.
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    Or, you are like: God, who do You
    want me to go to today?
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    And then maybe it is a person you know,
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    maybe it's a person from your family,
    people around you,
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    that person just comes to your mind.
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    This is often how the Holy Spirit
    is speaking.
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    God puts somebody into your mind
    and the Holy Spirit guides us.
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    Like me, that time I was walking
    I was on my way home,
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    and it was just like my thoughts
    suddenly: Stop. Go back. What?
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    But I'm on the way home.
    Go back. Okay.
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    It was a thought that came into my mind,
    and this is how God often speaks to us.
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    So, ask Him who does He want you
    to be sent to.
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    And then, go in faith.
    Go and talk with them.
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    In next lessons in this video series
    and in the book
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    I will come with many, many, many
    more details,
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    next many times, of what you do
    when you go out there.
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    What you do when you then go and find
    that person of peace.
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    How you share the gospel,
    how you heal the sick,
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    how you cast out demons,
    how you stay in their house,
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    how you build communities
    like we read in Acts 10, Acts 16, Acts 19.
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    How you see with Jesus
    and the woman at the well,
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    or Paul, or Lydia, or some of the other
    examples in the Bible.
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    I hope you are ready for it.
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    Time is short. We are living in the end times.
    Jesus is coming back soon.
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    And make sure that when He comes back
    He finds you working in His harvest.
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    The harvest is great,
    the workers are few.
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    And we need you out there.
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    It's not about being a super evangliest.
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    It's about obeying Him.
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    Don't say: Lord, Lord,
    if you don't do what Jesus says.
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    Let's read Jesus' words,
    let's look at the call He has given all of us,
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    and as I said in the beginning,
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    maybe you feel a call to be a worship leader,
    even you don't see that in the Bible,
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    or be a businessman, even you don't see that.
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    I think that's okay that people have
    different callings,
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    things they feel God has called them to,
    but...
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    that call should not precede
    the call of Jesus.
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    You can have talents, things you want to do,
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    but it, actually, comes down to obeying Him
    and doing His will.
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    Because when we say "yes" to Jesus
    we say "no" to ourselves.
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    And we say "yes" to denying ourselves
    and taking up His cross and follow Him.
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    And that is an exciting life.
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    Until next time, share this video,
    get the book on Amazon, if you can,
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    or on the www.TheLastReformation.com.
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    Read the book together with this series.
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    Share it, and let's see the church comes back
    to what Jesus has called us to.
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    See you next time! God bless you!
    Bye-bye!
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    The Call of Jesus
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