Power for Life - Matt Sorger - Host, Dr. Freda Crews


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>COMING UP ON TIME FOR HOPE:
>THAT WHATEVER YOU COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH YOU EMPOWER.
WHATEVER YOU CALL TOLERATE IN YOUR LIFE YOU GIVE ACCESS INTO
YOUR LIFE. SO IF SOMEONE BEGINS, AND EVEN FROM A YOUNG
AGE TO COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS, THEY
COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH THAT IT ENFORCES IT IN THEIR
THINKING
>
>>ANNOUNCER: JOIN DR. FREDA CREWS, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL
COUNSELOR, AND HER GUESTS AS THEY PROVIDE PRACTICAL
SOLUTIONS TO REAL-LIFE PROBLEMS...ON "TIME FOR HOPE".
>WE WELCOME YOU AGAIN TO ANOTHER EDITION OF TIME FOR
HOPE, A FAITH BASED MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM. I'M DR. FREDA
CREWS, YOUR HOST AND TODAY I AM BEING JOINED BY AUTHOR,
PRACTICAL LIFE MINISTER AND TRAVELING EVANGELIST, MATT
SORGER. MATT ALSO HEADS MATT SORGER MINISTRIES. TODAY MATT
AND I WILL BE DISCUSSING HIS BOOK TITLED POWER FOR LIFE AND
SUBTITLED KEYS TO A LIFE MARKED BY THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
TO SAY THE LEAST, I HAVE FOUND IT A POWERFUL AND MUCH NEEDED
BOOK FOR CHRISTIANS OR THOSE SEEKING TO BECOME ONE. IF YOU
WANT TO LEARN HOW TO LIVE A VICTORIOUS LIFE IN
RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST, STAY WITH US.
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>AND MATT IT'S GREAT HAVING YOU ON TIME FOR HOPE
>IT'S GREAT TO BE HERE.
>WITH WHAT I READ ABOUT YOU, YOU'RE ON THE MOVE AND SO YOU
HAVE TO SLOW DOWN A LITTLE RIGHT SO YOU CAN COME AND JOIN
ME ON TIME FOR HOPE.
>YES YES. I'M GLAD WE HAD IT IN OUR SCHEDULE TO BE HERE
WITH YOU GUYS.
>YOU SEEM TO FEEL IN WRITING THIS BOOK, YOU MUST HAVE FELT
AND SENSED THAT THERE ARE MANY CHRISTIANS LIVING BELOW THE
STANDARD THAT GOD INTENDED FOR THEM. I JUST SAW THAT RECENTLY
IN MY OWN PERSONAL DEVOTIONS. I'M GOING BACK THROUGH THE
LIFE OF CHRIST, AND THERE'S SO MUCH I MISSED BEFORE THAT I AM
GETTING THIS TIME. BUT THERE WAS THE SCRIPTURE IN JOHN 9 OR
10; I BELIEVE IT WAS IN 9 WHERE HE MADE THE STATEMENT,
YOU KNOW, I HAVE THE CHOICE. I CAN CHOOSE NOT TO LAY MY LIFE
DOWN FOR YOU OR I CAN CHOOSE TO LAY DOWN MY LIFE AND THAT'S
WHAT MY FATHER WOULD HAVE ME DO, THAT'S WHY HE SENT ME. AND
I'M CHOOSING TO DO THAT, BUT I'M CHOOSING TO DO IT FOR A
REASON AND A PURPOSE AND THAT IS NUMBER ONE THAT YOU MIGHT
HAVE LIFE THAT WOULD BE ETERNAL LIFE, RIGHT? AND THEN
THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE TO ITS FULL. THAT HAS TO DO WITH
LIFE HERE, RIGHT?
>THAT'S RIGHT.
>ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU'RE GETTING AT THAT WE'RE MISSING
THE MARK IF WE'RE NOT LIVING LIFE TO ITS FULL IN
RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST THEN ALL HE DID THAT WE MIGHT
HAVE THAT, WE ARE ABUSING IT AREN'T WE?
>YES I AGREE 100%. JESUS CAME TO GIVE US LIFE, LIFE MORE
ABUNDANTLY, OVERFLOWING TO THE FULL AND I BELIEVE THE HOLY
SPIRIT GIVES US POWERFUL LIFE. I BELIEVE THERE IS AN
EXTRAORDINARY LIFE THAT EACH PERSON WATCHING TODAY CAN WALK
IN AND LIVE IN THE FULL BLESSING OF GOD IN THEIR LIFE.
>I TOTALLY AGREE AND I'M SEEING IT MORE AND MORE AS I
CONTINUE, AND I'VE BEEN IN THE SCRIPTURES FOR A VERY LONG
TIME, AND THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW, ALWAYS
SOMETHING FRESH. NOW SOMETHING ELSE YOU SAY TOO THAT WE'RE
NOT TO GROW STALE IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST. WE
ARE TO KEEP MOVING AND KEEP GROWING, AND STAY FRESH AS IT
WERE. HOW DO WE DO THAT?
>YES, I BELIEVE IN THE BOOK WE TEACH PEOPLE SEVERAL THINGS.
WE TEACH THEM HOW TO REALLY ACCESS AND PLUG INTO THE POWER
OF GOD, WHICH REALLY FLOWS OUT OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD. SO WE
REALLY TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT HOW TO LIVE THAT LIFE OF INTIMACY
WITH GOD, HOW TO HAVE TRUE GENUINE AUTHENTIC LIFESTYLE
RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS. AND HOW THEY CAN GET DEEPER WITH
THE LORD, CLOSER TO GOD, AND THEN REACH THIS PLACE THAT I
CALL THE SATURATION POINT WHERE THEY GET SO FILLED WITH
GOD THAT HE STARTS TO OVERFLOW OUT OF THEIR LIVES. NOT ONLY
TRANSFORMING THEM FROM THE INSIDE OUT, BUT NOW TOUCHING
EVERYONE AROUND THEM. THEY BECOME AN INFLUENCER FOR THE
KINGDOM. THEIR LIFE BEGINS TO IMPACT THE LIVES OF OTHERS
BECAUSE NOW THERE'S AN OVERFLOW OF GOD FROM THE
INSIDE OF THEM.
> YOU KNOW MATT, I DESIRE THAT AND I TELL THE LORD THAT
REGULARLY THAT ACTUALLY MY LOVE FOR HIM AND MY COMMITMENT
TO HIM IS TO THE DEGREE THAT IT'S LIKE SOMETHING THAT GOES
OUT OF ME AND TOUCHES PEOPLE AND THAT THEY KNOW THAT I WALK
INTIMATELY AND HAVE AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH MY
HEAVENLY FATHER AND OF COURSE HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, RELYING
ON THE HOLY SPIRIT AT ALL TIMES TO CAUSE THAT TO HAPPEN.
>YES, AND I THINK, YOU KNOW OUT OF THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH
GOD THAT IS WHERE HIS POWER FLOWS, THAT IS WHERE THE
OVERFLOW OF THE ANOINTING FLOWS, IT'S HOW PEOPLE GET
HEALED, HOW THEY GET SET FREE, HOW THEY GET DELIVERED. IT'S
ALSO OUT OF THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THAT WE LEARN WHO WE
ARE. BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE THEY'RE EITHER DEFINED BY WHAT
OTHER PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT THEM, WHAT THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES
HAVE SAID ABOUT THEM AND THEIR PAST. AND THEY ARE STUCK IN
THIS PLACE AND THEY CAN'T REALLY GO FORWARD IN THE
FUTURE AND DESTINY THAT GOD HAS FOR THEM. SO WE TEACH THEM
HOW OUT OF A PLACE OF INTIMACY WITH GOD AND KNOWING TRUTH HOW
TO HAVE EVERY STRONGHOLD IN THEIR MIND BROKEN. THERE
THOUGHT PROCESS IS TRANSFORMED SO THAT THEY CAN SEE
THEMSELVES FOR WHO THEY REALLY ARE THEIR TRUE IDENTITY IN
CHRIST. AND WHEN YOU KNOW YOUR TRUE IDENTITY THE PAST NO
LONGER CONSTRICTS YOU, YOU'RE NOT A VICTIM. YOU BECOME AN
OVER COMER, AND THEN ALL THE THINGS THAT THE ADVERSARY
WOULD DO IN YOUR LIFE TO TRY TO PUSH YOU DOWN AND DEFEAT
YOU GOD TURNS IT AROUND TO USE THOSE THINGS TO PROPEL YOU
FORWARD AND ACTUALLY ANOINT YOU IN THE VERY AREAS OF YOUR
GREATEST BATTLE AND YOUR GREATEST STRUGGLE. AND I LOVE
HOW GOD DOES THAT, HE TURNS IT ALL AROUND FOR YOUR GOOD AND
USES LIFE'S GREATEST PAINS TO THEN ANOINT YOU TO HELP
MINISTER LIFE TO OTHER PEOPLE.
>THUS, HE SAID, UNLESS THE CORNER WEAK WE FALL INTO THE
GROUND AND DIE IT ABIDES ALONG. I WAS READING YESTERDAY
ABOUT HIM RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE GRAVE, AND I THOUGHT, AND
IN MY OWN PRAYER I THOUGHT LORD HOW MANY GRAVES YOU HAVE
RAISED ME OUT OF.
>AMEN.
> YOU KNOW, I'VE DIED AND I'VE DIED AND I'VE DIED AND HE HAS
RAISED ME UP AND RAISED ME UP AND RAISED ME UP. OF COURSE
I'M STILL LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ULTIMATE BEING RAISED UP,
THE ULTIMATE RESURRECTION. BUT IT'S NECESSARY ISN'T IT, IT'S
NECESSARY TO DIE AND THEN HE TEACHES US WHAT HE WANTS TO
TEACH US, SHOWS US WHAT HE WANTS TO SHOW US AND THEN HE
RAISES US UP AND SAYS TAKE UP THAT MAT AND WALK, RIGHT?
>THAT'S RIGHT, THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT. WE DIE TO OURSELVES,
AND YOU KNOW GOD WORKS THAT OUT IN LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS.
ONE OF THE CHAPTERS IN THE BOOK POWER FOR LIFE, WE CALL
IT FRUIT TESTERS, AND YOU KNOW THE LORD, POWER IS PRODUCED BY
FRUIT, IT'S THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK AND IT'S INTERESTING,
BECAUSE THE LORD WILL ALLOW CIRCUMSTANCES OR PEOPLE IN OUR
LIVES TO TEST OUR FRUIT, AND IN THE PROCESS CAUSE US TO DIE
TO OURSELVES SO THAT THE RESURRECTION POWER OF GOD
COULD COME FORTH FROM OUR LIVES AND YOU KNOW THESE ARE
ALL OF THE RELATIONSHIPS IN OUR LIFE. YOU KNOW PEOPLE, OUR
LIVES ARE FILLED WITH RELATIONSHIPS, SOME ARE GOOD,
SOME ARE STRUGGLING, SOME REALLY TEST US, BECAUSE
DIFFERENT PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES REACT
DIFFERENTLY WITH EACH OTHER. AND THE LORD USES ALL OF THESE
THINGS TO CAUSE US TO LEARN TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT AND BE
SPIRIT LED NOT SOUL DRIVEN. SOUL DRIVEN IS THINGS HAPPEN,
PEOPLE SAY STUFF, YOU REACT OUT OF YOUR EMOTION. YOU GET
FRUSTRATED, YOU GET FILLED WITH STRIFE, YOU GET FILLED
WITH ALL OF THIS TENSION AND THE LORD IS SAYING BE AT PEACE
AND LIVE OUT OF YOUR SPIRIT WHERE YOU DON'T REACT BUT YOU
RESPOND, BECAUSE YOU'VE LEARNED HOW TO HAVE SELF
CONTROL OVER YOUR EMOTIONS. AND THIS IS A BIG PART OF
HAVING VICTORY IN YOUR LIFE, YOU KNOW ON A DAILY BASIS NOT
JUST IN A GOOD CHURCH SERVICE. WHEN YOU'RE OUTSIDE THE
CHURCH, AND YOU HAVE TO GO TO WORK AND YOU HAVE TO INTERACT
WITH PEOPLE, HOW DO YOU LIVE VICTORIOUSLY, HOW DO YOU HAVE
JOY, HOW YOU HAVE PEACE, HOW DO YOU LIVE WITH GOD'S
PRESENCE? WELL A BIG PART OF THAT IS LEARNING HOW TO
RESPOND CORRECTLY TO SITUATIONS AND PEOPLE BY THE
HOLY SPIRIT, NOT OUT OF YOUR SOUL.
>OUT OF YOUR SPIRIT RATHER THAN OUT OF YOUR SOUL. A FEW
WEEKS AGO, I WAS MEDITATING, AND I WAS THINKING ABOUT
HEAVEN, AND IT JUST BECAME SO VERY VERY CLEAR TO ME. IT WAS
SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER HAD HAPPEN BEFORE IN THIS WAY AND
EXPERIENCED THAT HEAVEN IS GOING TO BE A PLACE OF LOVE,
JOY AND PEACE.
>I LOVE IT.
>LOVE, JOY AND PEACE. BUT WE CAN HAVE THAT NOW.
>THAT'S RIGHT.
>THAT'S THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT AND THE LORD WOULD HAVE
US HAVE THAT IN SPITE OF THESE DEATHS THAT WE HAVE TO DIE AND
THE PAIN THAT WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH AND SO FORTH. HE IS
THERE TO EMPOWER US, BUT TO FILL US WITH JOY AND LOVE AND
PEACE.
>YES. AND I KNOW THAT'S TRUE BECAUSE JESUS TOLD HIS
DISCIPLES, HE TAUGHT THEM HOW TO PRAY. HE SAID PRAY THAT MY
KINGDOM COME ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. SO IF HEAVEN IS
FILLED WITH JOY AND PEACE AND HEALING AND WHOLENESS AND
FREEDOM THAT MEANS GOD'S KINGDOM IN US, JESUS IN US,
RELEASES HIS KINGDOM POWER, WHICH IS RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE
AND JOY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. SO WE CAN EXPERIENCE ALL OF THOSE
THINGS. WE CAN HAVE TOTAL FREEDOM FROM SIN, TOTAL JOY,
TOTAL PEACE EVERY DAY OF OUR LIFE. WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT
TILL WE DIE AND GO TO HEAVEN PRAISE GOD.
>TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE BOUND. THEY CAN BE BOUND BY THE EVIL
ONE AND NOT KNOW IT, NOT RECOGNIZING AND NOT KNOW IT.
AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE AS A CHILD OF GOD, THEY DO NOT HAVE
TO BE. THOSE THAT ARE SEEKING TO GET INTO THE KINGDOM AND
GET, SATAN WILL KEEP THEM OUT AS LONG AS HE CAN. I KNOW HE
HELD ON TO ME UNTIL THE VERY LAST SECOND BEFORE THE LORD
SAID THAT'S ENOUGH, SHE'S MINE, YOU KNOW, AND WE NEED
PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT. THAT THEY CAN EXPERIENCE THIS
POWERFUL LIFE. THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE DEFEATED IN ANY AREA OF
THEIR LIVES, DO THEY?
>NO THEY DON'T.
>IT DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE WITHOUT PAIN, IT DOESN'T MEAN
THEY DON'T LOSE THEIR JOBS, IT DOESN'T MEAN THEY DON'T LOSE
THEIR LOVED ONES, IT DOESN'T MEAN THEIR MARRIAGES DON'T
BREAK UP; IT MEANS ALL OF THAT CAN HAPPEN TO THEM AND THEY
STILL HAVE THE POWER FOR LIFE. YOU ACTUALLY SAY EXPERIENCE
EVERYTHING YOU WERE CREATED FOR. I TEACH THAT WE HAVE A
DESTINY; EVERY ONE OF US HAS A DESTINY.
>AMEN, AMEN. AND THERE'S GREATNESS ON THE INSIDE OF US,
AND WHAT IS THAT GREATNESS? IT'S JESUS; IT'S THE POWER AND
PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND YOU KNOW GOD WANTS PEOPLE
TO HAVE A DESTINY, HE WANTS THEM TO HAVE A VISION FOR
THEIR DESTINY, HE WANTS THEM TO HAVE A WHOLE TRANSFORMATION
OF THEIR PERSPECTIVE OF THEIR LIFE. BECAUSE WHAT YOU'RE
SAYING IS TRUE, YOU KNOW LOTS OF GOOD PEOPLE GO THROUGH SOME
REALLY HARD THINGS AND WE TALK ABOUT THAT IN THE BOOK. PEOPLE
THAT LOVE GOD, AND THEY'VE GONE THROUGH SOME REALLY TOUGH
THINGS.
>THEY ARE NOT EXEMPT, WE'RE NOT EXEMPT.
>BUT THE LORD EMPOWERS THEM TO PERSEVERE AND WE WANT PEOPLE
TO RUN THEIR RACE ALL THE WAY TO THE FINISH LINE AND CROSS
THAT LINE AND HEAR JESUS SAY WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL
SERVANT. AND WE WANT THEM TO EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING THEY
WERE CREATED FOR, EVERYTHING GOD HAS FOR THEM, ALL THE
VICTORY, ALL THE PEACE, ALL THE JOY, ALL THE POWER THAT
GOD HAS FOR THEM.
>I WANT IT FOR MYSELF AND I WANT IT FOR ALL OF THOSE
AROUND ME. REVELATION REFERS TO THE OVER COMERS, RIGHT?
>YES.
>AND THAT IF YOU OVERCOME TO THE END, AND WE CAN. GOD WILL
EMPOWER AND ENABLE US THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO OVERCOME TO
THE END AND BE OVER COMERS. WE HAVE A LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO,
DON'T WE?
>OH, WE SURE DO.
>IT'S TIME FOR A BREAK AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
>WHILE I WAS TRAINING TO BECOME A PILOT MY INSTRUCTOR
MADE SURE I LEARNED HOW TO CORRECT FOR ADVERSE WINDS THAT
CAN EASILY FORCE A PLANE OFF COURSE OR PRODUCE A DIFFICULT
LANDING. I ALSO LEARNED THAT BEFORE DEPARTING FOR A CERTAIN
DESTINATION, I NEEDED TO PLAN AND CHART MY COURSE, WHICH
INCLUDED DETERMINING THE DIRECTION I WOULD BE TAKING AS
I LIFTED OFF. FOR EXAMPLE WHEN I WAS AN ACTIVE PILOT, AND I
PLANNED TO DEPART THE SPARTANBURG DOWNTOWN AIRPORT
FOR JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, I WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT I WOULD
BE HEADING TOWARDS THE SOUTHEAST. AND IF I FOLLOWED
MY PRE-SET NAVIGATIONAL INSTRUMENTS, I WOULD IN DUE
TIME ARRIVE AT A JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA AIRPORT. BUT, ONCE IN
FLIGHT, AS MY INSTRUCTOR HAD TAUGHT ME, ANOTHER FACTOR MUST
BE FIGURED IN, AND THAT WAS THE DIRECTION AND FORCE OF THE
WIND. EVEN WITH GREAT NAVIGATIONAL AIDS, PILOTS MUST
STAY ALERT TO THE POWER OF THE EVER CHANGING WIND, AND
CORRECT ACCORDINGLY, OR THEY CAN FIND THEMSELVES HEADED IN
A DIRECTION THEY DID NOT PLAN TO GO. AND THE SAME IS TRUE OF
LIFE. TO GET WHERE I WANT TO GO I MUST HAVE A DESTINATION
IN MIND, DETERMINE THE DIRECTION THAT WILL TAKE ME
THERE, AND MAKE SURE I STAY ON COURSE. JUST AS I MUST MAKE
CORRECTION FOR THE WIND WHILE IN THE SKIES; IN LIFE, I MUST
ALLOW FOR THE WINDS OF A DISADVANTAGED CHILDHOOD,
FAILURES, SHATTERED DREAMS, BAD CHOICES, LOSSES, BROKEN
RELATIONSHIPS, ILLNESS, DISEASE, SIN AGAINST THE
CREATOR GOD, AND OTHER CALAMITIES THAT CAN PUSH ME
OFF COURSE. THE FIRST DIRECTION I WOULD GIVE TO
CORRECT FOR THESE CONTRARY WINDS IS TO EXPECT THEM
(PROVERBS 27:12: HOLY BIBLE). IT IS MY BELIEF THAT WE ARE A
GENERATION WHO LIVES IN A GREAT DEAL OF DENIAL RELATED
TO THE REALITY THAT LIFE CAN BE DECEITFUL, UNFAIR,
SOMETIMES TREACHEROUS, AND CERTAINLY UNPREDICTABLE. AND I
FEAR A GENERATION THAT HAS LOST AN ACUTE AWARENESS THAT
WE MUST GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF OUR BEHAVIOR TO THE CREATOR GOD. I
AM NOT ADVOCATING ALLOWING THIS REALITY TO ENSLAVE YOU
WITH A NEGATIVE OUTLOOK, OR TO PROVIDE AN EXCUSE FOR NOT
PLOTTING A COURSE FOR YOUR LIVES. WHAT I AM OFFERING IS A
CHALLENGE TO GO FOR YOUR DESTINY IN SPITE OF THESE
ADVERSE WINDS, BY PREPARING A PLAN OF ACTION, MAKING THE
NECESSARY CORRECTIONS WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF OFF COURSE OR
ARE FORCED TO CHANGE YOUR COURSE, AND BY TAKING
ADVANTAGE OF FRESH AND NEW CHALLENGES THAT COME YOUR WAY,
WHICH IS THE EQUIVALENT OF HAVING A TAIL WIND WHILE IN
FLIGHT. AND MY SECOND CHALLENGE IS TO ALLOW EACH AND
EVERY WIND OF ADVERSITY TO PUSH YOU INTO A MORE INTIMATE
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CREATOR GOD, WHO CAN TRANSFORM YOU
INTO THE PERSON HE INTENDED YOU TO BE FROM THE BEGINNING.
AND THERE'S NO BETTER TIME TO ACCEPT THESE CHALLENGES THAN
AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR. (2 PETER 1:5-8: HOLY
BIBLE).
>THANKS FOR HANGING IN THERE WITH US. WE'RE TALKING WITH
MATT SORGER ABOUT HIS BOOK POWER FOR LIFE. AND MATT, WE
COULD JUST GO ON AND ON AND ON YOUR BOOK IS SO FULL OF SO
MUCH. BUT OF COURSE WE HAVE TO NARROW IT DOWN AND LEAVE THE
REST FOR THEM TO ORDER YOUR BOOK. I MEAN, IF THEY WANT TO
HEAR THE REST OF THE STORY THEY NEED TO GET YOUR BOOK.
BEING A PSYCHOTHERAPIST I'M VERY INTERESTED IN SOMETHING
THAT YOU BROUGHT OUT ABOUT FINDING OUR IDENTITY, KNOWING
WHO WE REALLY ARE INSTEAD OF AS YOU BROUGHT OUT ALREADY
LISTENING TO OTHER VOICES IS WHAT I CALL THEM. VOICES FROM
THE PAST, VOICES IN THE PRESENT, VOICES OF THE EVIL
ONE, ALL OF THEM TRYING TO TELL US WHO WE ARE AND WE CAN
BE SO CONFUSED ABOUT WHO WE REALLY ARE. IF WE ARE IN
CHRIST THERE'S NO REASON FOR THAT.
>RIGHT, RIGHT
>HIS WORD TELLS US WHO WE REALLY ARE AND WE HAVE
PERMISSION TO CLAIM OUR INHERITANCE, CLAIM OUR
IDENTITY. LET'S HEAR ABOUT THAT.
>YES, YOU KNOW, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. I THINK THERE ARE
SEVERAL THINGS THAT PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE OF TODAY.
NUMBER ONE THEY HAVE TO LEARN TO DISCERN THE VOICE THAT
THEY'RE HEARING. YOU KNOW THE ENEMY CAN SPEAK TO PEOPLE AND
LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS. HE CAN SPEAK BY PROJECTING THOUGHTS
OR EVEN EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS ONTO PEOPLE AND USUALLY HE
SPEAKS IN THE FIRST PERSON. LIKE HE'LL SAY TO SOMEBODY I'M
FAT, I'M UGLY, I'M ALONE, I'LL NEVER GO ANYWHERE AND THE
THOUGHT COMES INTO THEIR MIND AND THE POWER OF AGREEMENT IS
THAT WHATEVER YOU COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH YOU EMPOWER.
WHATEVER YOU CALL TOLERATE IN YOUR LIFE YOU GIVE ACCESS INTO
YOUR LIFE. SO IF SOMEONE BEGINS, AND EVEN FROM A YOUNG
AGE TO COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS,
NEGATIVE PERCEPTIONS OF THEMSELVES OR WHATEVER, THEY
COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH THAT IT ENFORCES IT IN THEIR
THINKING AND THEIR THINKING THEN BEGINS TO AFFECT THEIR
BEHAVIOR, THEIR SOUL, THEIR EMOTIONS, THEIR THOUGHTS. IT
ALL WORKS TOGETHER. SO WE TEACH PEOPLE NUMBER ONE
DISCERN THE VOICE THAT YOU HAVE HEARD AND THAT YOU'RE
LISTENING TO AND REFUSE TO COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH ANY
LIES THAT DON'T LINE UP WITH WHAT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS YOU
ARE. THEN YOU KNOW, I THINK THE ADVERSARY CAN BRING PEOPLE
INTO BONDAGE, AND YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT'S FROM THE WORDS
SPOKEN BY OTHER PEOPLE OR YOU KNOW, IT'S THOUGHTS WE GET IN
OUR OWN MINDS, IDENTITY IS SHAPED BY THOSE THINGS. AND IF
PEOPLE ALLOW THOSE THINGS TO TAKE ROOT IN THEIR HEART OVER
TIME I LOOK AT OUR MINDS AS LIKE A RECORD PLAYER AND WE'VE
GOT THESE GROOVES IN OUR THINKING AND PATTERNS OF
THOUGHT FORM OVER TIME. THEY GET SOLIDIFIED OVER TIME. SO
IF SOMEONE HAS GONE YEARS OF THEIR LIFE THINKING A CERTAIN
WAY AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY READ ONE SCRIPTURE THAT
CONTRADICTS WHAT THEY HAVE THOUGHT ALL THESE YEARS IT'S
GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME TO GET THOSE GROOVES IN THE BRAIN OR
IN THE MIND OR IN THE PATTERNS OF THINKING CHANGED, THOSE
STRONG HOLDS BROKEN DOWN. AND IT REQUIRES THE WORD OF TRUTH,
IT REQUIRES THE ANOINTING OF GOD, BUT PEOPLE CAN BE TOTALLY
TRANSFORMED IN THEIR THINKING. THAT TRANSFORMATION WILL
AFFECT EVERY SINGLE AREA OF THEIR LIFE. IT WILL AFFECT HOW
THEY SEE THEMSELVES, HOW THEY SEE GOD, HOW THEY INTERACT
WITH GOD, HOW THEY INTERACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE. THERE ARE
SO MANY RAMIFICATIONS THAT RESULT FROM KNOWING OUR
IDENTITY IN CHRIST, BUT IT COMES FROM KNOWING THE TRUTH.
AND I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO THIS, GO INTO PRAYER, GET
BEFORE GOD, TAKE A PIECE OF PAPER, EVERY LIE THAT YOU HAVE
BELIEVED ABOUT YOURSELF WRITE THOSE THINGS DOWN. AND THEN GO
INTO THE WORD AND FIND EVERY SCRIPTURE THAT SPEAKS THE
TRUTH THAT CONFRONTS THAT LIE. AND EVERY TIME THAT LIE, THAT
THOUGHT THAT THE EMOTION COMES INTO YOUR MIND, OUT OF YOUR
MOUTH, THE WORD OF TRUTH HAS TO COME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. AND
THEN OVER TIME THERE IS AN AMAZING TRANSFORMATION THAT
HAPPENS IN PEOPLE'S LIVES.
> YOU KNOW EVEN SCIENTIFICALLY THEY HAVE DISCOVERED IT'S
CALLED NEUROPLASTICITY WITH THE BRAIN THAT NEW PATHWAYS
CAN BE FORMED IN THE BRAIN AND THEY CAN BE REPLACED WITH NEW
PATHWAYS. SO YOU ARE SPEAKING WHAT THEY EVEN KNOW
SCIENTIFICALLY NOW. ACTUALLY, THAT HAS TO HAPPEN EVEN WHEN
WE'RE BORN AGAIN, AND WE BECOME A NEW CREATION IN
CHRIST. WE DON'T BECOME A TOTALLY NEW PERSON, IN GOD'S
SIGHT WE DO IN OUR STANDING BUT NOT PRACTICALLY. AND IT
REALLY THRILLED MY SOUL WHEN I SAW THIS NEW SCIENTIFIC, THESE
SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES ABOUT THE BRAIN THAT THAT'S THE WAY
WE BECOME NEW CREATIONS, NEW CREATURES IN CHRIST JESUS,
THAT THE BRAIN CAN BE RE-INFORMED IS WHAT IT IS. AND
IT WILL FORM THOSE NEW PATHWAYS. SO IT GOES RIGHT
ALONG, GOD KNEW IT, THE HOLY SPIRIT KNEW IT WHEN HE PENNED
ALL THE TRUTH IN THE SCRIPTURES FAR BEFORE THE
SCIENTISTS FOUND IT OUT ABOUT OUR BRAINS. SO WE AS YOU SAY,
WE CAN HAVE A NEW IDENTITY, AND WE REALLY SHOULD CLAIM
THAT IDENTITY THAT WE HAVE IN CHRIST. AND THEN LET'S MOVE ON
TO SOME OTHER THINGS, REAL QUICKLY. YOU TALK ABOUT THE
POWER OF PERSPECTIVE, AND YOU JUST MENTIONED A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT THAT. BUT IT DOES HAVE TO DO WITH THE WAY WE VIEW
OURSELVES, OUR FAMILY, THE WORLD AROUND US, DOESN'T IT?
>PERSPECTIVE AFFECTS EVERYTHING, BECAUSE YOU CAN
HAVE THE SAME SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES, DIFFERENT
PERSPECTIVE, IT AFFECTS YOUR ABILITY TO FORGIVE PEOPLE,
YOUR ABILITY TO BE FREE OF OFFENCES. AND IN THE BOOK I
TALK ABOUT JOSEPH AND HE MAKES ONE STATEMENT IN SCRIPTURE,
THERE'S A STATEMENT IN SCRIPTURE ABOUT THE LIFE OF
JOSEPH THAT IN ONE SENTENCE SHOWS YOU THE WHOLE THING. HE
SAYS A MAN SOLD INTO SLAVERY, WE KNOW BY HIS BROTHERS THREW
HIM INTO A PIT. THEY WERE ANGRY AT HIM, JEALOUS OF HIM;
HE HAD THIS GREAT VISION OF HIS FUTURE. AND THEN HIS
BROTHERS THROW HIM IN THE PIT, BUT THEN IT SAYS A MAN'S SOLD
INTO SLAVERY BUT SENT BY GOD. SAME CIRCUMSTANCES, DIFFERENT
PERSPECTIVE, EARTHLY PERSPECTIVE, SOLD AS A SLAVE,
HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE, SENT BY GOD.
>GOD WORKING OUT OUR DESTINY. GOD WORKING OUT OUR DESTINY.
GREAT MATT, WONDERFUL JOB. I ENCOURAGE OUR VIEWERS TO GET
YOUR BOOK. IT IS JAM PACKED. WE'VE JUST ACTUALLY TOUCHED; I
USUALLY SAY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG HERE.
>AND THE TESTIMONIES HAVE BEEN POWERFUL. PEOPLE BOUND BY
DEPRESSION FOR 18 YEARS, TOTALLY SET FREE WHEN THEY
READ IT.
> AND I WOULD LIKE THEM TO EXPERIENCE THIS POWER, AND
ESPECIALLY LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
THAT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVE THAT INTIMATE, IN THE MOMENT
PRESENT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD. BUT I MUST SPEAK TO OUR
VIEWERS BEFORE WE GO. I DO HAVE A NOTE FROM A VIEWER TO
SHARE WITH YOU.
>
>
>LET ME SAY THAT YOU CAN HAVE ALL OF THIS. IF YOU ARE
VIEWING THIS SHOW OR YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED SOME OF THIS
YOURSELF. YOU CAN HAVE EVERY BIT OF THIS IN JESUS CHRIST.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO AROUND CHAIN BASED, YOU DON'T HAVE TO
LIVE IN SHAME AND GUILT AND EMBARRASSMENT. JESUS HAS COME
ALONG AND HAS GIVEN YOU EYES TO SEE OR HAS CAUSED THE LAME
MAN TO WALK WHEN HE SAID TO HIM TAKE UP YOUR MAT AND WALK.
YOU HAVE TO HEAR WHAT JESUS SAYS, YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT
YOU CAN HAVE THESE DESIRES. THESE KINDS OF DESIRES ARE
IMPLANTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD. SO IF YOU FOLLOW UP ON
THEM AND BELIEVE, IF YOU HEAR AND BELIEVE THEN YOU CAN
EXPERIENCE THESE KINDS OF THINGS, THESE KINDS OF CHANGES
IN YOUR LIFE. AND CERTAINLY WE HAVE PRAYED FOR THIS
INDIVIDUAL, WE DO FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE, EVERY PRAYER
REQUEST THAT COMES IN. WE TAKE IT TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, THE
ALMIGHTY POWERFUL GOD, WHO IS ABLE TO INTERVENE. THEN I HAVE
AN ENCOURAGING NOTE TO SHARE.
>
>
>GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY WE ARE JUST, I WANT TO GIVE HIM ALL
THE GLORY AND PRAISE FOR THIS MINISTRY IN THE PEOPLE'S LIVES
THAT ARE IMPACTED AND CHANGED. AND THEN AGAIN I ASK AGAIN,
REMEMBER US IN PRAYER. WE CAN USE YOUR PRAYERS, ENCOURAGE
YOU TO PRAY FOR US AND THIS MINISTRY AND THEN ALSO HELP US
FINANCIALLY. AS I SAY THE BILLS HAVE TO BE PAID, THEY
COME IN EVERY WEEK, AND THEY HAVE TO BE PAID AND THE LORD
HAS PROVIDED HE CONTINUES TO PROVIDE AND VERY OFTEN IT IS
THROUGH PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT APPRECIATE TIME FOR HOPE. SO
IF YOU HAVEN'T HELPED US FINANCIALLY, I ENCOURAGE YOU
TO THINK ABOUT IT, PRAY ABOUT IT AND EVEN DO IT.
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WE APPRECIATE YOU JOINING US FOR TODAY'S EDITION OF TIME
FOR HOPE. OUR MINISTRY'S MISSION IS TO OFFER HOPE TO
DISCOURAGED AND HURTING PEOPLE. AS WE CONTINUE TO GIVE
OUT MESSAGES OF HOPE, YOU CAN BECOME A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM BY
SENDING US A FINANCIAL GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT. WHEN YOU MAKE A
TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION TO TIME FOR HOPE, YOU ARE JOINING
US IN OFFERING HOPE TO MANY VIEWERS WHO MIGHT BELIEVE
THERE IS NO HOPE FOR THEIR SITUATION, AND YOU ARE ALSO
ENABLING US TO INFORM AND INSPIRE SOME VIEWERS TO EXPAND
OUR MISSION BY MINISTERING TO HURTING PEOPLE AROUND THEM. WE
HAVE AVAILABLE, UPON REQUEST, A FREE FACT SHEET THAT
CONTAINS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT TODAY'S
TOPIC. AND, AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN RECEIVE A COPY OF OUR GUEST'S
BOOK FOR A GIFT OF $14.00 OR MORE. TO RECEIVE THE FREE FACT
SHEET OR OUR GUEST'S BOOK, OR BOTH, YOU MAY CALL US AT:
1-800-669-9133, WRITE US AT P.O. BOX 2169, SPARTANBURG, SC
29304, OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT TIMEFORHOPE.ORG. TO SEE THIS
PROGRAM AGAIN ONLINE, GO TO OUR WEBSITE OR FIND US ON
YOUTUBE. JOIN US NEXT WEEK AS DR. CREWS DISCUSSES ANOTHER
INSIGHTFUL TOPIC. UNTIL NEXT TIME, HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND
REMEMBER IT IS TIME FOR HOPE.