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Flood Your Mind With Thoughts of Christ - Tim Conway

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    Brethren, the battle is in the mind,
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    our thoughts have to be subject to Christ.
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    Our thoughts have to be permeated by the Word of God.(P)
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    Brethren, you know what Paul has been doing?
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    Think with me!
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    He's been holding up the Gentile!
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    To your thinking, to your analysis,
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    he put's it before your thoughts
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    so that you can analyze this
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    and you can look at it and you can say, "Okay, yes, the Gentile is futile."
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    And then you hear a message like was preached several weeks ago on the futility of the mind;
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    and you begin to look at,
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    "Wow, we were like that! We were futile.
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    Everything we gave our life to, it was utter futility!"
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    And so we begin to think that way.
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    Anytime there is this temptation to go back to the world,
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    go back to the temptations of all this stuff that ensnares,
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    we can think, we can think logically.
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    We can wake up in the morning and think,
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    "I don't want to waste my life.
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    I need to put on the new man."
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    You see brethren, we begin to think.
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    This is where the battle is won.(P)
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    I can guarantee if there are any of you that are claiming to be Christians,
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    and you are floundering around in life,
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    you are not thinking right.
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    You haven't learned Christ right;
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    you have not thought about Christ right;
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    you have not learned Him right.
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    Something is defective.(P)
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    Brethren, when you are filling your mind with the Word of God all the time;
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    Thy Word is truth, brethren, we will be sanctified by that truth.
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    Because that truth permeates the mind,
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    it effects the way we think.
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    Look, that truth comes in, and it sets us free because it starts to grip us.
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    And it constrains us,
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    and it drives us in directions that are right, and that God approves of.
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    Brethren, this is it.
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    This is how you put the old off,
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    you stop thinking like you used to think.(P)
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    Actually, how is the old man driven?
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    By corrupt desires;
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    and rather than being driven by corrupt desires, you begin to be driven by truth.
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    By a mind that really thinks.
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    by a mind that sees things straight.(P)
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    Brethren, when you begin to size up the fact;
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    we talked about this before.
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    Brethren, there's a way people live;
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    when they begin to realize, "Wow, my life is short.
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    I only get one shot at this and everything I do here matters.
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    And I am going to stand before Christ one day and be judged for it."
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    You start letting that truth control you day in and day out.
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    One of the things was brethren, when we were lost, we tried NOT to think about that!
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    We tried not to think about death!
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    We tried not to think about judgment!
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    We tried not to think about the consequences of sin.
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    We tried not to think about hell.
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    We didn't want to think about it.
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    Brethren, our minds have been enlightened now.
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    We can take truth and we can think,
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    "Wow, you know what, I never found that sin was ultimately gratifying when I was lost.
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    I never found that it ultimately accomplished and gave me what it promised to give me.
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    I never found that it really produced happiness in my life."
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    What are you going to do now?
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    Are you going to stop thinking that?
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    Are you going to stop thinking about the futility?
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    You see Paul is laying this out so that you can examine this,
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    and you can say, "Yes, that's exactly how my life was!
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    It was greedy with all its sensuality, and I was hard and I was calloused,
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    and I was alienated from the life of God, and yes, I see it's all true!"
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    And now you start thinking,
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    "Well, wait a second.
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    Jesus came into this world,
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    and they called His name Jesus because He was going to save me from my sins."
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    And you start thinking,
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    He came into this world to deliver me from this present evil age.
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    And you start thinking,
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    there is an immeasurable greatness of power in me!
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    And you start thinking,
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    and you know what,
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    if I don't have holiness in my life, I read somewhere in 2 Timothy,
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    that I am not a fit vessel for the Master's use.
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    And so if I really want my life to be profitable,
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    there needs to be holiness here.
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    I need to be striving.
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    You begin thinking.(p)
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    You know, the apostle John puts it this way:
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    We don't know what we are going to be,
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    but we know this,
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    we know that when we see Him we are going to be as He is.
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    And he says that everybody that has this hope purifies himself.
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    Well now, what is the logic of that?
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    Well, the logic is this.
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    Look, if I believe that He saved me to present me holy and blameness before Him;
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    if I believe that He came into this world to break the power of sin in my life,
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    and to free me up to be zealous of good works;
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    if I believe that there is a day that I am going to have to stand before Him and give an account;
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    if I believe that He is the very image of beauty;
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    if I believe that the very pathway to usefulness in this life;
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    and I am thinking this all the time.
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    I am thinking! I am thinking!
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    We have to think, think.(P)
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    Brethren, think about what happens in the mind of someone who learns Christ,
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    who hears Christ,
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    who is taught of Christ,
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    what happens?
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    Well, he looks, he contemplates.
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    He thinks, he thinks about what he has learned and he says,
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    "This is really important.
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    This is the most important thing I have ever heard, this is everything!
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    This is truth."
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    Not just, yes, there are other things in this world that are true, but this is THE truth.
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    I have found something that is the truth.
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    I have found something that is beyond every other thing to be found.
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    I'll let everything else go rather than to let this go.
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    I'll sacrifice everything as long as I can have this One I have learned about.
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    The message of Christ, it begins to grip him, it holds him, it captures him.
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    It permeates his thinking.(P)
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    Brethren, when you wake up in the morning and you think about how precious Christ is,
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    when you think about how beautiful He is,
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    when you think about how, "I want to draw close to Him.
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    I want Him to speak to me today.
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    I want to know of His presence manifestly in my life,
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    I want to feel it, I want to know the joy of it.
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    I want to know the burning of it."
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    But I realize this, there are things that I can do in my life that can hinder that,
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    that can grieve the Spirit.
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    You see you are thinking, "I don't want that to happen.
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    I am going to seek to live pure."
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    And all the time we are being driven from the inside.
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    We are being driven by truth in the inner being.
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    We are being driven by the way we think.
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    Brethren, this is the heart of the matter.
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    This is it.
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    This is why the Scriptures are so absolutely critical to your life.
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    Brethren, I'll tell you this too.
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    If it is the image of God after the likeness of God that we have been created,
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    if this is true,
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    you wake up and you realize,
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    God saved me, I am a child of God.
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    He begats me and puts His image in me.
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    Can you even imagine what Peter said?
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    We are possessors of the divine nature.
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    That is one of the most staggering,
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    that is staggering!
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    We are possessor of the divine nature?!(P)
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    Brethren, one of the things we need to permeate our thinking with;
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    if indeed God Himself,
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    if God-likeness, God's image burned into me,
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    and flowing out in holiness and righteousness,
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    if that is really what the new man is about,
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    then brethren, I need to be controlled by truth like that.
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    I need to come to the Word of God
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    and I need to see God in all of His righteousness,
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    and I need to see God in all of His holiness.
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    I need to see it.
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    God is holy, holy, holy, the whole earth is full of His glory.(P)
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    Brethren, that will not capture your soul if you are not in this Book.
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    And I mean prayerfully, and that makes a difference.
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    You are in the Word, and you are praying it in.
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    God, show me, God teach me, show me Yourself.
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    You begin to let that fear of God rush in and grab hold of you;
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    and God in all of His glory, and you see His holiness.(P)
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    Brethren, holiness, I'll tell you this.
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    The theologians, try to explain it,
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    God being holy,
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    there no doubt it contains a reality of purity,
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    of being separate,
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    but you know, everybody struggles with it.
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    And I think the closest way you come to understanding what holiness means,
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    is simply to look at God.
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    It is to take His revealed Word and it is to find out,
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    and I'll tell you the holiness of God shines probably as brightly as anywhere,
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    right there at the Cross.
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    I mean what in the world?
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    It took God Himself to suffer under the indignation of God Himself.
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    God suffering under God.
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    The holiness of God in absolute utter hatred.
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    He is of pure eyes,
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    than to behold sin,
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    and He cannot behold it,
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    and it must be punished,
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    and He will crush with His damning power where that is!
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    And Christ becomes sin.(P)
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    I'll tell you first and foremost the Cross is not about us.
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    It is about God's holy name.
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    It is about God vindicating His own self!
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    Brethren, we begin to see that, and it jumps out at us,
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    and we see.
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    And how righteous He is;
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    how absolutely perfect,
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    how everything about God is upright,
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    through and through.
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    Everything He does is pristine perfection of righteousness.(P)
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    And brethren,
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    I wish I could just squeeze all of that out of here right now,
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    but that is not the way it happens.
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    It comes by a lifetime of being in this Word all the time,
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    and studying, and meditating, and coming away,
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    where brethren, if you come away from this Book,
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    and you are not somehow swayed,
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    impacted,
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    influenced,
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    or moved by the truth of it,
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    you are not reading it right.(P)
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    Brethren, if you are neglecting this book, there is simply no excuse.
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    And I mean, pray it in brethren.
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    It makes a big difference when you pray,
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    when you seek God.
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    Many times we have not because we ask not.
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    One of the things, come to this Book and just plead.
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    Remember, remember brethren, remember!
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    What I emphasized to you about Paul's prayer,
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    There back in chapter 1,
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    praying that we might have a revelation of Him,
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    we need a revelation of God,
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    we need a revelation of His truth to our soul.
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Flood Your Mind With Thoughts of Christ - Tim Conway
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