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Want to talk to you this morning about the battle that rages for your mind

And you have to be aware

That Satan is coming against this generation

in an unprecedented measure

He is attacking this generation to take the thoughts of God out of the minds of an entire society

He's doing it through the school system. He's doing it in our colleges. He's doing it in the marketplace

He's doing it in the halls of government and he's even doing it in the house of God

Trying to eradicate

Everything that comes from the mind of God

to blind an entire generation

to take captives as many as he can for the scripture says he knows that his time is short and

We have precedence in history to know that this can happen

these people in the book of Genesis were not that far from

the testimony of the creation of God

They would have the stories they they would have the knowledge

They they had the lineage just like so many have throughout history

but they allowed something to take over the fallen nature of

humankind that fallen nature that was sewn into humankind in the Garden of Eden

That which is resident within you and me

All of society every man, every woman ever created has this capacity of sin inside that manifests itself

through the thought that I can be as God and I can determine in

Myself. What is good? And what is evil? I don't need God to tell me what the parameters of acceptable behavior are

I can determine that on my own

that's

exactly

The warfare just as Satan came in and tempted Adam and Eve with this thought and they bought into this thought and they stepped outside

To the parameters of the protection of God and look at the heartache that came into humanity because of it

Look at the heartache that visited their own home. When one of their sons became a murderer and murdered his brother

although the devil never paints the whole picture

He only paints a little piece of the canvas and it's always the little piece that's got sunshine in it

he never paints the side that has death the side that has decay in despair and depression and addiction and

Hopelessness and broken families and tears and sorrow he never paints that side of the canvas. He only paints the sunny side first

Bible tells us in the book of Romans

Chapter 1

What a society looks like that falls into spiritual decline

When people can no longer and will no longer hear the words of God when a rebellion gets a hold of a people

Whether it's through ignorance or whether it's deliberate or just simply through neglect

listen to what Paul writes and describes is the spiritual and moral decline of

Any society that chooses to follow in the same footsteps

That those in the days of Noah decided to walk in

Verse 18 of Romans 1 says the wrath of God is revealed from heaven

against all ungodliness

And unrighteousness of men who?

suppress the truth or hold down the truth in unrighteousness

Because what may be known of God is manifest in them for God has shown it to them folks. Listen to me

I've been here 21 years in America. I came here in 1994

at the invitation of pastor David Wilkerson and

I remember

Coming here thinking what an incredible nation. This is the freedom here. I remember people out on the streets

dressed in some kind of costume literally cursing people up and down as they walked by and

I thought where in America would you be allowed to do this?

Where I've come from you'd be arrested and thrown in a loony bin for what these guys and girls were doing

But in 21 years, I have witnessed the moral decline of this nation. I

Witnessed something that terrifies my heart. I've watched a whole generation taken captive by ungodly thought and moved away

From the very fabric of what makes the nation strong and what makes it people truly virtuous

Verse 19 says what may be known of God is manifest in them for God has shown it to them

There is no reason for the spiritual ignorance

That is being displayed in this nation today

For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen

being understood by the things that are made even his eternal power and Godhead so that they are without excuse because

although they knew God they did not glorify Him as God verse 21

Nor we're thankful, but became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened professing

To be wise they became fools and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like corruptible, man

birds and four-footed animals and creeping things

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness in the lusts of their hearts to dishonour their bodies among themselves

Which changed the truth of God for the lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed for every men

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions

for even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature and

Likewise also the men leaving the man use of the woman burned in their lust one for another

Men with men committing that which is shameful and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge God gave them over to a debased mind

To do things that are not fitting you see here's the opponent. They didn't want to retain God than their knowledge

They wanted the name of God eradicated from their society

They wanted the name of Jesus only to be a curse word in g-rated movies

They this is what they wanted of God

They wanted everything that would remind them of the one would bless them taken out of their coasts

We look in the testimony of Scripture and remember the man in the in the gathering

cemetery that was set free by Jesus Christ from a Thousand Devils a

Man that nobody could tame and yet when he went into the society and made his testimony of what God had done

Description says the whole town came out and they encouraged Jesus to leave their borders and do his work somewhere else

Oh how history repeats itself. God comes sets of people free

Gives blessing and power gives knowledge and understanding and we do the same

Thing in ignorance that many before I've done saying thank you for what you did, but would you mind leaving our borders?

We'll take it from here now

Would you mind letting us alone?

We don't want you interrupting our good lifestyle

We don't want you interrupting our Commerce our pursuit of life our ideas of liberty and happiness

we choose to embrace these things as

We envision them to be not as your word says that they are verse 29 says being filled with all unrighteousness

sexual immorality wickedness covetousness maliciousness

full of envy murder deceit strife evil mindedness whisperers backbiters

haters of God violent proud boasters inventors of evil things disobedient to parents

Sounds like the news

undiscerning untrustworthy unloving unforgiving

Unmerciful who knowing the righteous judgment of God that those who practice such things are deserving of death

Not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them not wanting God in our thoughts

It will always lead to the same place

You know, the definition of a fool is somebody who does the same thing over and over again and every time for expecting different results

The pattern is there the history is there

It's it's not hidden

Like Paul said in Romans 1 we know it we have history books at least something of history might be left

We've seen what's happened to other societies who have done exactly what this society is now attempting to do

You know in the days of Noah

Said God looked down and it repented him. He was sorry in his heart for what he had created and

the scripture tells us

in Matthew chapter 24

Jesus talks about the days that Noah says but as the days of Noah were so

We'll also the coming of the Son of Man. He's now talking about the return of Jesus Christ

And he likens it to the days of Noah

I want you to listen carefully to this as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking marrying

giving it marriage until the day that Noah entered the Ark and

They did not know until the flood came and took them all away. So

Also, will the coming of the Son of Man be?

They had no idea

How short their time was?

Every day passing by this visible testimony of God that was set before them. There was a place of mercy

Peter in the New Testament calls Noah a preacher of righteousness

I'm sure he most likely stood there inviting people into this place of safety prepared by God

but the society around him the thoughts were so

Encapsulated in rebellion against God that even though they could recognize that this was something supernatural

This was something sovereign they couldn't embrace it

And they had no idea in their minds. They were marrying their giving in marriage in their minds. They were righteous

They were committed they were committing one to another what possible issue. Could God have with this?

they were

Feasting as if there was a million tomorrow's folks. Do you know how close we are to the coming of Jesus Christ?

The Bible tells us we don't know the very day or the hour

But we're not children of darkness that that day should overtake us as a thief. Can you see it?

Do you understand that we're on the threshold of the return of Christ now? He's right at the doors

I can hear his footsteps coming. There's something in my heart. That's saying get your lamp out trim your lamp. Get ready

Behold the bridegroom is coming go up to meet him that's got to be the cry of the church

Now the bridegroom is coming go out to meet him get oil in your lamp. Get ready

The son of God is coming the world as we know it is coming to an end

It's all coming to an end this insanity in the Middle Eastern nation now rising against nation

He's coming upon the earth. Just as Jesus said they want

All leading to this definitive moment folks the ungodly know that Christ is coming

There's something in the hearts of every man woman and child that knows the hour. We're living it

We're living in the season of Christ's return. I fully expect this event scripture calls the rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ

I expect it to happen any day now

Even in the Church of Jesus Christ, there's a dullness in months. Not all thank God

I'm not standing here to indict the body of Christ

It's not my job

But I'm telling you there's many places where that people in God's house are just as blind as the people outside of God's house

The last king of Babylon was called

belteshazzar and

Here the history he knew God that God had dealt with one of his forefathers severely to show that man

that the kingdoms belong to God and he sits on

The throne who he chooses and he takes off for me chooses and that knowledge was not hidden from him

But yet he chose to take the holy things of God that had been taken out of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem

and he

threw a feast for all of his friends and all of his family and they put wine in these vessels and they began to

party, and they praised the gods of gold and silver and stoned and wood and

Then suddenly the writing of a hand

Appears on a wall its sovereign and they know that God's trying to speak but nobody in the room can understand what it says

And that's what happens when you begin to party with the holy things of God when you take lightly

The cross of Jesus Christ when that kind of a spirit gets ahold of God's people they open the book, but they can't understand it

The hand of God wrote this book

Through the Apostle Paul's you Matthew Mark Luke and John it was a human hand

But it was and of God superimposed over them that wrote the words of this book

And when people take lightly this salvation when Christ is only just an add-on to an already set in motion life plan

When Jesus is no more than a song on Sunday and fire insurance for the rest of the week when there's no living

Relationship men and women don't read their Bible because they can't understand it

And that's what happens with the party crowd

The Jesus party crowd that's what happens to them. So it's happening in this generation. Oh

how

Unaware they're going to be how caught off guard

Men are going to be when all hell begins to break out and they'd stand in their congregations. They preach you told me

that if I would come to Jesus it would be nothing but wealth and health and happiness and prosperity and a bigger slice of the

pie

Your lied to me and

So they called for the men of God

They knew there was a man of God still left in the kingdom and Daniel stood before Belshazzar in all of his entourage

And he said here's what God's Word says

You've been weighed in the balance and you've been found wanting

And God has numbered the days of your kingdom and finished it

and even though you stand in the place of power and authority

Your kingdom is over he's giving it to somebody else another nation is going to take your place

Now the interesting thing is

The servant of God stood there in the words of God were clear

There was no ambiguity. There was no misunderstanding

But this king Belshazzar and possibly many who are with him. They could recognize truth but strangely couldn't hear it

They could recognize it. You could be sitting here this morning and you can recognize is that man is speaking from God

The words that he speaks I know they're true, but you can't be moved to change your behavior through it

You can't be moved to bend your knee. You can't be moved to say my ways are not God's ways

It's a strange affliction of those who've played games with the holy things of God the ability to recognize

Truth but a lack of ability to embrace

what they recognize

Daniel students before Belshazzar and says your kingdom is over your

Season of a ruling is finished. Your military mind is not going to save you now

And he stands before Belshazzar and tells him your kingdom is done

It's been given to somebody else and what this Belshazzar do, he commands his

Servant surrounded missus promote Daniel to the third highest ruler in the kingdom

Put a gold chain on his neck and put new robes on his back. So here he is. Daniel's just standing there

It must have been so incredulous this

Foolish king was decorating him while the enemies were right at the gate

Recognizing and decorating and honoring a man who spoke the truth, but yet unwilling to bend his knee to what he was hearing

If you are able to be under conviction

Thank God for it if you are living in sin, and you are bothered by it

Thank God that you are bothered that means God is still in your thoughts. God is still with you

God is still fighting for you

The danger is that when God is no longer

in your thoughts when you've sinned away the deep grace as they used to preach years ago in the house of God when you've so

Resisted God then finally is withdrawn. And says okey have it your way

live you way

Create your own system of right and wrong

don't

Bend your knee to God and he walks away and a man who lives in evil starts thinking he's doing good even begins to think

That heaven might be his home when it's all over

God is no longer in any of his thoughts as in the days of Noah his thoughts are continuously evil

He doesn't think they're evil

But when you when you have expelled God from the borders of your mind, there's nothing left

But that which is created out of the human spirit which in contrast to the holiness of God of course is evil

No matter the difficulty of the time

that's why Hebrews chapter 3 and 4 three times says

You can still hear God

Don't harden your heart

If God is in your thoughts of God is fighting against that which wants to occupy your mind if you feel like there's a war

Going on inside of your head. Thank God. There is a war. That means two opposing sides are still there

When there's no longer war you've either given in to one side or the other?

But thank God there's a war thank God that those of us who know him

We we can't do wrong without being convicted of the holy spirit immediately

That what we're doing is dishonouring to God we can't speak something

We shouldn't speak without you can't even if I say something I shouldn't say

I can't get from here to the end of the platform without him suddenly talking. Hey, wait a minute. Get back here

We got to talk about something. Thank God. Thank God

We all struggle with our thoughts

We all battle despair knocks on every door depression tries to find lust comes to every mind

The tendency to want to exaggerate embellish your outright lie comes to every person we want to be angry

We want to hate those that persecute us and speak evil of us

We fight in our minds, but the difference is that the true believer God is in our thoughts

God is with us in our thoughts. He is touched with the feelings of our infirmities

He's not aloof he's not angry he's not critical he doesn't stand as judge

He stands as the one who says come to me in your time of struggle come quickly to the throne of grace

That I may help you in your time of need God is with us in our thoughts

I thank the Lord for that with all my heart and he promises us victory and power to withstand

The downward pall of this fallen generation and there is a huge downward pull

To conform now in this generation. We are living in a time very much like Daniels time when

Statues of our being raised up of what man says this is what the image of society should look like

And when you hear the music you better bow or you're going to suffer for it

God is the only one who can give us the power to stand

God is the one

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal the weapons of our warfare are mighty the weapons of our warfare

God gives us through faith in the finished victory of Christ on the cross

He gives us the power to pull down these thoughts that would try to rise up and exalt themselves above the knowledge of God

Whether they're coming in from the outside or they're coming in from the inside as Paul said I've got Fighting's without and fears within

It doesn't matter where they come from God

Promises me the power to pull them down.

I Can walk in the light of Scripture, I can walk in the truth of God I can stand in an evil day

I Can be given authority to make a difference

Even though everything around me looks like it's going the other way

And I might seem you might seem like the only fish in the stream going upstream and everybody else is going the opposite direction

but God says I've given you weaponry and power to pull down these strongholds and

To cast down these arguments and all these high things that have exalted themselves

Against the knowledge of God and to bring these thoughts into captivity

That's why it's so important to win the battle of the mind

That is the battleground that we've got to fight on now and that's where the battle must be won

Because we are all that is left

To stay the hand of God's judgment on this nation hear me on this. We're all that's left

There's no political party

There's no new preacher

There's nothing good to have this nation is on a collision course with Almighty. God himself

And there's nothing left to stop it from where it's going, but you and me

Coming in boldly as Hebrews tells us to do to the throne room of grace and say God. I'm not here just for myself

Thank you God for winning this victory, but I'm here for my city. I'm here for my family. I'm here for my friends

I'm here for my enemies. I'm here God

For those that don't even know who you are

I'm here to cast down in the name of Jesus Christ the thoughts that are holding them captive and

Keeping them from the salvation. That's freely offered them in Christ Jesus. That's why folks

We've got to pray like we've never prayed before

This is not an hour for player to play. It's an hour to pray

It's an hour to come into the throne room of God. It's an hour to be filled with faith. It's an hour to stand

Moses stood before Pharaoh and say no deals with you

It's an hour to come to the throne of God not in our strength

But in our weakness not with a history of our faithfulness

But with a recognition that God's mercy has covered everything that we've done to offend his name

coming into that throne room of grace in the midst of our

Recognition of our own poverty in our own name not coming in with arrogance not coming in knowing everything but knowing this one thing

There's only one name given under heaven whereby men might be saved

Coming in and believing that wouldn't we pray God hears us if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray

I'll hear from heaven. I'll forgive their sin and heal their land

Jesus said now my eyes will be open in my ears. We'll be listening for the prayer that is prayed in this place

It's time to pray folks. It's time to pray

It's not about a program and I'm talking about a program

It's time to pray it's life or death for people now

It's time to pray we've come to the very border of becoming a godless nation

It's time to pray it's time for you and I to go down knees and begin to petition God

It's time for us to make a decision

As Joshua said to the people of his day

If it seemed difficult for you to serve the Lord choose this day whom you're going to serve but as for me in my house

We will serve the Lord choose

The state choose this day choose to say whom you're going to serve choose to stand

Choose to be alight choose to be a man and woman to prayer choose to be a great relationship with men and God

Choose to do it God's Way choose to walk inside of the boundaries of the text of Scripture

Choose it with all your heart

Only the prayer meeting can save America nothing else is going to make a difference

We are always left

As Aaron once did

With the only thing that stands between a rebellious people and the wrath of a holy God

We're played away our damn grace in this nation. We have snapped our noses of God too long

We've entered into the fields of the fatherless forgetting that God's Word says 50 million babies have been aborted in this nation and

We're going into the schools of those we didn't kill in the womb and telling them there is no God

We have entered into the fields of the fatherless

And God says when you do that I will rise up and defend them

We've crossed the line in the society

The only thing left is the permit the only thing left is you and I

Going again to our knees

with lives as much as we know a walking in obedience to

what God has asked us to do and with hearts filled with faith and

with a passion, you know hardnesses of God Oh

God

This is my prayer. Most every morning now. I

Said Lord if New York City

If people in this city go to hell let it be because they had a choice

Let it be because they knew and rejected the truth

But don't let anybody end up there who never heart. I

Pray God for an awakening in the city in every Church

I don't care what names on the door anyone old Jesus son of God visit the people who come to your house

Visit our parks our businesses our schools

Visit us God as you've done in the days of old I

Know what God can do

I know he can visit the society. It looks so big to us look so

Insurmountable, but that's always the way it's been throughout the course of history

Enemy armies gather they've got the superior armor. They've they've got this the upper side

Seeming to have all the advantage and all God's people have left his faith

So ironic we start we end up what we should have started we turned to him again

The only hope for American folks is a spiritual awakening

Where men and women wake up where the Church of Christ wakes up where we begin to realize where we are what we have done

Begin to understand that it's not God's heart to judge

It's in God's heart to be merciful and His mercy will be there until we reach the point where our thoughts are

continuously evil

As the people of God is so important now that

Our minds become shrouded in this book

And as Paul said whatever is a virtue, whatever's of good report

Whatever is praiseworthy would have this lovely think on these things and the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly

It's time to get out of the seat of the scornful

It's time to stop associating with sinners if we're associating for any other reason but winning them to Christ

It's time to make the break folks

It's time to get oil in our laps

We don't have that long

Madmen

Are eventually going to get access to weapons of destruction? That's a given it's only a matter of time

I'm not trying to scare you trying to stir you

We're going home soon

Soon and very soon we're going to see the king

Whether Christ returns for us or we go to him first, I don't know but soon and very soon

We're going to see the king. I

Want to challenge you to pray like you've never prayed before we stand for God like you've never stood before

You have to have a vision of yourself. You have to see how important you are to the kingdom of God

I'm talking to everybody here you are important to the kingdom of God

You are the only one that stands between your family and the judgment of God. Do you understand that?

You're the only one that stands between God and this boss that you hate and workers that stab you in the back

They're going to a Christ as eternity. Do you understand? You're the only one left?

There's nobody else. They're not going to hear it anywhere else

There's only one person left standing that can separate them from death, eternally, and it's you

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