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The Last Attack

Karol Prado

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How important is sexual purity? What can we do to remain pure? Is it possible to be unsullied while living in a sensual society?

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  • April 21, 2018
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You have a father I want to thank you for the opportunity they have given me once again to share another presentation and I pray Lord that your Holy Spirit may be with us as we begin that you may guide us in the you may give us the wisdom to understand and I pray Lord of the please put your words in my mouth that whatever words I speak may not be mine but yours so I think you were in. I think in advance over the things that you will do during this hour in Jesus' name amen. OK So as I said the title is called The last attack and how many of you guys believe that we are living in the very last moments of Earth's history. I definitely do I mean we can see just from everything that's going on in the world everything that literally everything that's going on is given us signs that God is coming soon and we have to be prepared for his coming and I believe that God has given us tools in the world that we are simply now using to our advantage but the devil is using them to his advantage and so today we're going to talk a little bit about that and I'm just going to share with you guys some things that I don't normally share my testimony but I want to bring them out in here just because I feel like if it's perfect in here and so if we go to the Book of Revelation. We go to the Book of Revelation chapter 12 and verse 17. And I says here. And the dragon or Satan was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed which kept the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ so it says here that the devil was very angry and she ate he want to make war with the remnant of a seed we are the remnants of the seed and the Devils are very angry with us because we have the testimony of Jesus Christ and we have the faith of Jesus Christ our lives we're supposed to have the faith of Jesus Christ and so he's come after us especially us that young as young people right we are the ones that are ordained to finish the work we are the ones that God wants to send out to finish the work of this last days and so because of that the devil has come a very strong against us and so we have to be prepared for that. Great controversy says that it is a law of both the intellectual and the spiritual nature that by beholding we become changed the mind gradually or that's a sop to the subjects upon which it is allowed to do well it becomes assimilated to that which it is a custom to love and reverence 1 of the questions that I often ask myself is how can I maintain myself pure in the midst of everything that's going on how can I remain pure as a Christian when this world is not only attracted to sin but it's constantly drawn to every single thing that is evil I mean when we look when we turn on the news the 1st thing that we see is somebody's Comerford you know somebody's got robbed somebody this somebody that and I come from from Connecticut and the city that I live in or that I lived in is rich poor and Bridgeport is known to be 1 of the most dangerous cities and the United States I think it was ranked in the top 10 so I think if I'm not mistaken like the Connecticut Yeah you would think America I really but yeah Bridgeport Connecticut is known to be 1 of the most dangerous cities in the United States and I grew up there and so everything that I see happen in Bridgeport is normal to me because it's like again no like you know it's pretty poor but the reality is that everything just keeps getting worse and worse it's like it's not getting better but that's just it's meant to happen that way because God is really saying listen this has to happen I want to come back I want to grab my people but in order for me to come and take my people home my people have to be prepared to come home I can bring somebody home of they're not ready to come home and so he's wanted to prepare us for what is going on around us. So you know there is a we as Christians we have to kind of educate others it's our job to educate others and so I don't know how many of you have siblings or nieces or nephews but as I'm an older sister and I also have a niece and nephew and I feel that it is my duty to educate these little ones to understand what it is to love and to reverence God right because this text says here that by beholding we become changed so the more that we behold something whether it's good or bad our characters sooner or later are going to be transformed to the same thing that we are beholding And so we're transfer if we are beholding something that is completely against God's word soon or later we're going to become that something but if we are behold in Jesus Christ The sooner or later hopefully sooner than later we will become just like Jesus Christ and that is our goal as Christians so how can we teach these little ones who are growing up in the same sick world. What it is to be pure How is it that we can maintain ourselves for our husband to come and take us home. By the age of 9 I had already decided that I wanted to be a boy I was transgender before I even knew that word existed I began to struggle with sex addiction was such or same such attraction when I got to high school and I became addicted to pornography and masturbation all by the age of 14 or this was going on and lot of people say while you were pornography the age of 14 that's that's really young but the reality is that that's kind of old when you think when you look at the statistics are right now people by the 8 little boys or girls by the is of 7 have already seen pornography on their home computers and so 14 is really kind of all to be struggling with pornography but that's it is it I was that I was that I became introduced to it and the minute that I became introduced to this virus is and we became addicted to it but there were many things that that happened through my life that drove me to be addicted to this you know my home was not a home where where you would really see Jesus Christ my home was not founded upon the rock and so because it wasn't founded upon the rock the devil had many entry way succumbing to my home I was being sexually abused at a very young age and so I was already learning things about my body and knowing things about myself that no little girl should know about at the age of 8 and 9 you know I was going through so much that I really couldn't fathom in my mind how it was that God love me or why it is that I was created like I said I was transgender and so everything that I was going through I just automatically said if I was a boy I wouldn't be going through any of this I would be able to protect myself but the sad reality is that without God doesn't matter whether I'm a boy or girl I will never be able to protect myself so we go to the book. Of songs songs 127 in verse 1 is says unless the Lord builds the house they labor in vain who build it who believes that because I definitely believe it when Jesus Christ is our foundation for anything specially for homes we will have a blessed life and if you think about it everything leads back to the home everything always leads back to the example that your mother and your father gave you my mother wasn't a Christian when I was growing up she became a Christian when I was like 10 or 11 and my father became a Christian due to the fact that he he was unable to raise as you see when we came to the United States my father had to stay behind Columbia and so I grew up without a father so I was feeling some some sort of abandonment because of my father my mother had to work up to 3 jobs to provide so I was feeling neglected because of the absence of my mother and because I was being sexually abused I began to really hate the way that I who I was and whenever I looked at myself in the mirror I couldn't see anything else but somebody that I just couldn't stand and I began to to build this resentment toward God and it all began because we didn't have a foundation in the home we didn't have a Christ like Foundation in the home. The book Minissha fueling says that the restoration and uplifting of humanity begins where in the home the work of parent underlies every other society is composed of families and this what the heads of the families make it out of the heart are the issues of life and the heart of the community of the church and of the nation is the household the wellbeing of society the success of the church the prosperity of the nation the pen on home influences literally everything begins in the home so whether we think whether we want to believe it or not whether we really want to admit to ourselves that our house needs some work some house cleaning housekeeping The reality is that if our homes that are supposed to be Christian homes are not up to par with the standards of God The devil is going to come right in and the story every single thing he can find beginning with the children so let me ask you something when if you can't find connections in your home because this this was my this was my problem if I couldn't find connections in the home young people can find a way to relate to their parents or to their siblings or to their cousins or whoever is close to them where do you think that they go. To their friends right they go to they go out of the home to find the connections right if I couldn't find if i Phone The Gledhill because of my mother's absence and I knew that I couldn't relate to her if my mother were if my father was thousands and thousands of miles away and I couldn't relate to him My parents were no longer in the picture when it came to me venting or when it came to me socializing or anything I was turning to something completely different and so the Internet was introduced to me the Internet was introduced and along with the Internet came social media and came my space and came Facebook and all the different stuff and so because they're going to find my connection in home I found my connections to people on the Internet and I want to show you a small clip this is actually 1 of the founders of Facebook and he says this OK so I looked at I can't fucking show you that clip but pretty much what he's saying in this clip I wish I would really wish you could see it pretty much resigned in this clip is that they understood the fact that small children and that teenagers are vulnerable and they want that connection they want to feel that sense of gratification whenever we post a picture whenever we post a status and somebody comments on it whenever we see somebody sharing our content we want to feel that it gives us some sort of stimulation and so he recognizes that teenagers and young people children are drawn to that because they're now finding that in their homes and so they created Facebook to feed their vulnerability to feed themselves off of their boner ability and because of that vulnerability that we struggle with. Social media became 1 of the biggest tools as Satan is using against our society today against our young people because of that because he recognizes that if young people are not finding connections in the home they're going to go to him they're going to go right to the world to find those connections are going to go to the world to find their so-called lover they're looking for and instead of finding pure love they're going to find the Septuagint they're going to find the struction they're going to find but we don't know that we don't we don't realize that we're venturing off into the world we only see the things that we want to see I remember when I was growing up my mother always to tell me. Tell me tell me we're friends are and I'll tell you who you are there's a saying in Spanish I don't know if you know your pastor is a tube or should always say tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are and I never believed or I would always say that she was just being annoying you know as my mother but as I got older I realized she wasn't lying because our friends influence us whether we want to believe it or not our friends influences whether it's by small choices they still influence us and so we have to be very careful with what connections we are making outside of the media or in the media and I want to show you this statistic it says here in The Washington Post teens are spending more than 1 3rd of their days using media such as online video or music nearly 9 hours on average according to a new study from the family technology education nonprofit group Common Sense Media for tweens those between the ages of $8.12 the average is nearly 6 hours per day for the top A says that teens are using are spending more than 1 3rd of their days using media on their phones that's 9 hours a day I was there you have the right there in my church my home church and there was this 1 girl told me that she spends 12 hours a day on her cell phone and I said doing was she says scrolling up and down. For 12 hours but and as I thought about it I said wow if I really think about it I could probably spend just as much time doing nothing you know if I really sit there and look at my phone all day hours would go by and you wouldn't even notice how long you're on there they're spending over $4000.00 hours on their phones a year that's a lot of time on the phone and the problem isn't technology I don't believe in the promise of knowledge because I for 1 love technology I believe that God gave us tools like this to be able to spread the gospel writer people that we cannot reach face a face but the reality is that most of the time when young people are under cellphones they're not when isn't anything except for sexual content being thrown at them they're not witness witness and anything besides music videos are showing nothing but violence and sex and so we're thinking to ourselves what is my kid doing on the phone or they were don't have parental controls to really see what it is that they're doing and they're venturing off into websites that are not helpful to their minds of those developments and so when she told me that she spends 12 hours a day on social media I really wasn't surprised but I was more concerned now what it is exactly that she is witness and on there because I had to delete I personally had to delete my Instagram because as I went to my Instagram The only thing that I would really see as I went into the search feed was just famous people living the life and they knew how to live showing half of their bodies practically being naked and so if our kids are growing up witnessing things like this what do you expect from them what do you expect for them to learn if what they're witnessing on social media is really the agenda that the devil is bringing to their mind. Germany has 79 says that the heart is a civil above all things and desperately wicked and then it continues on to say who can know it but the devil's agenda is really to get you to misinterpret got word the devil's agenda is for you to get not enough for you to how can I put this the devil's agenda is for you to really believe that God doesn't care about the little things because when we believe that God or the care about the little things we begin to make little compromises here and there and we say oh it's it isn't isn't that important it's only a little thing but exactly what Eve thought before she ate the fruit or a she said it's only a fruit is God really going to punish me if I just eat 1 fruit but as little compromises like that I'll live as into bigger and bigger compromises and so the problem like I said the problem isn't technology the problem isn't social media the problem is what we're doing where we are venturing into these social media apps We're on Facebook what are we looking at when we're are new to what kind of music are we listening to when we aren't Instagram What are we watching what we aren't snap chat who are stories are we watching we are being bombarded every single day with sexual sin and it has become so normal to society that we just say all doesn't matter it doesn't matter because it's affecting our spiritual life every single day but the thing is that it's it's a little bit I want time so we're not really taken into consideration the big amounts that is turning into nowadays we see that the agenda of the devil is to teach everybody that it is OK to be gay that marriage between 2 men or 2 women is completely normal but if we go to the Book of Genesis and we go to a book of Genesis chapter 2. Verses $2425.00 it says therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be 1 flesh and they were both naked the man and his wife and were not ashamed we heard this morning in the message that they were not ashamed because they were covered with God's righteousness right now we are ashamed because the reality is that we have walked so far away from God that we don't even recognize who we are as is people anymore but the world the saying that this is kind of weird now to be a heterosexual couple isn't normal to the outside it's weird it's weird to be straight and it's normal to be gay and this is the agenda the devil is pushing on us and he's pushing its was even through politics even through politics and the videos are now working but put Also Hillary Clinton is. Right so Hillary Clinton when she was a senator back in 2004 she made this she made the speeches public speeches that said that she was against gay marriage right and she says I believe that marriage is a should be between a man and a woman I believe that marriage is centerfire and it's holy and it shouldn't be between you know a gay couple and then she goes into $2000.00 and I believe it was 16 not 11 and 15 when. When gay marriage was approve of the Supremes as a Supreme Court and she goes today love has triumphed so even politicians are switching up the story even politicians are saying that no no way it is it is OK if you want to be married to a woman if you want to marry to a man whatever it is a you make as long as you're happy you're OK as long as your heart is happy you're OK but then the Bible says are a deceitful above all things we cannot trust our own desires God doesn't want us to be unhappy do you believe that God wants you to be unhappy I believe that God wants me to be happy but he wants me to be happy by giving him my sinful desires and him transforming those simple desires into desires that are according to his word but maybe our leaders in Congress are trying to do the right thing I mean maybe they're just trying to make the people happy right they're trying to get both and so they're want to make the people happy but the Bible says something improper. Chapter 14 and we go there are problems 14 and verse 12. Power Surge 14 and verse 12 and it says here please stop. Says there is a way would seem it's right on to a man but the end thereof are the ways of the so maybe these politicians are trying to do the right thing maybe in their hearts they really believe that this is OK but the Bible says here that there is a way which seem is right on to a man but the end thereof are the ways of the Earth you see when we follow our own desires when we follow the things that we want to do we are simply walking into the struction we are walking into the face of that and we're welcoming that in because we are completely this regarding what the Word of God says God doesn't say that he hates the gay person he just simply says I don't agree with the act of sin I don't agree with it because it drives you away from me it separates us and you are my son you are my daughter and I do not want to be away from you patriarchs and prophets page 459 says a long prepared Tory process unknown to the world goes on in the hearts before the Christian commit open sin that doesn't happen overnight and happen takes little compromises here and there says the mind does not come down at once from purity and holiness to the privacy corruption and crime it takes time to the grave those form in the image of God to the brutal or the satanic By be holding we become changed by the end daughters of impure thoughts man can so educate his mind that sin that sin which he once loved will become pleasant to him little by little it takes a process the difference between you and I as a Satan is very patient Satan is patient and he knows that even if it doesn't happen right away if he keeps on pushing that button. It could be possible that 1 day you might crack and he knows that he's banking on the fact that you might crack so he doesn't even know for certain that you will or you won't but he's banking on the fact that maybe you will and he keeps pressing that button until 1 day you say all right I give up I can't do it anymore and you fall into his trap so he knows that it's a long process but the difference is that when it comes to our Christianity when it comes to our spiritual walk with Christ we're not patient we want it to happen right now we want it to happen yesterday and when it doesn't happen yesterday we give up on God and we say alright I tried but you're not doing anything for me so I'm just going to have to and dodge and Meissen but God says hold on if it takes a long process for you to fall into sin it might take a little while for you to understand my plan for you but I just need you to be patient with me I need you to walk with me because I promise that I will show you which way you should go this is a process that we're beginning to see even in our education system and the state of Washington there are some things that have been approved to take place beginning last year 2017 he says that kindergarteners will be taught about the many ways to express gender crossdressing is 1 form of of gender expression. Third graders will be introduced to the concept of gender identity these children will be taught that they can choose their own gender 4th graders will be expected to the find sexual orientation which refers to whether a person identifies as heterosexual homosexual or bisexual though also be taught about HIV prevention children in the 4th grade will be told that they can choose their sexual orientation. 7th graders will be expected to distinguish between biological sex gender identity gender expression and sexual orientation high school students will critically evaluate how culture media society and other people influence our perceptions of gender roles sexuality relationships and sexual orientation they're teaching that there are no more tender roles that you can be a boy or you can be a girl it's all the same that's what they're teaching they're saying that I can wake up today and I can be a woman and I can wake up tomorrow and say that I am a boy it's all in my mind sexuality what they're teaching is that our gender is the find here and not in the biological private parts or God formed us with animals and our mothers belly and so this is what is coming into our education for our children it's scary right to look at this and say wow kids are really learning this but they are and I think about 3rd graders my little brother is 8 years old he isn't 3rd grade right now and he says that and more in the in the state of Washington they're introduced at the 3rd grade about the concept of gender identity the 1st these children are told that they can choose their own gender and I can just think a bomb a little brother. Potentially if we live in a state to be taught that he can choose whether he wants to be a boy or girl and maybe 1 day him coming home and San I think I'm a girl because my school taught me that it's OK to be a girl it's a scary thing to think about what is the reality that is happening in our world and so how are we going to be prepared to face it when it comes not if it comes but when it comes because it is coming so we have to be prepared for it. Australian researchers said that children were turning to adult films because schools were not handling were not handling the positive aspects of sex the researchers presented their findings at a conference at London's University's Institute of Education the scutcheon of sex and intimacy is too often avoided in schools they said poor has become a cultural mediator and how young people are understanding and experience sex porn is our most prominent sex educator so saying that students are turning to pornography to learn about such education how sick is that I mean just think about it when we when we read the statistics that we're about to read now you're going to be. In 2016 pornhub got 23000000000 visits that's 700 people a 2nd or 64000000 a day and of poor was watching 2016 on this 1 website poor poor hub that all the data would fill $194000000.00 U.S.B. sticks last year alone this is beyond $21791180222.00 around 1001000000900 $80225000.00 videos were watch on pornhub that's $12.00 videos per person $4599000000.00 hours of porn were watched on 1 side in just 1 year the most popular search term in the whole site was that mom for the 2nd year in a row that's incest theme porn not just that but it says that porn increased marital infidelity by 300 percent the most common female role in porn is women in their twenty's portraying teenagers child porn recorded child sexual exploitation known as child porn is 1 of the fastest growing online businesses. $624000.00 child porn traders have been discovered online in the United States child porn is a pretty good $3000000000.00 industry 64 percent of young people ages $13.00 to $24.00 actively seek help or not graffiti weekly or more often teenage girls and young women are significantly more likely to actively seek out porn than women 25 years older and above a $2015.00 matter analysis of $22.00 students. They found that the. Consumption of pornography was significantly associated with increases in verbal and physical aggression among males and females are like these are all of the sexes a point and there is a lot more statistics but when you see this you really see the damage and pornography what it does to us as human beings what it does to our mind what it does to our families pornography is the new drug forget about cocaine heroin forget about marijuana forget about alcohol pornography is a new drug that most of our young people are drawn to sets is what they're drawn to and so they're trying to find connections in the world because they cannot find connections in their broken homes when you have a broken home the devil will sneak in and you will destroy every single thing you can find beginning with the children that is a reality because I have lived it myself. But how is it that this industry has grown so much over the years is a simple be curiosity or is there an agenda behind it where you guys think I think there's an agenda behind it. You know this man is Calvin Klein So I mean you know you know he is he's he's a fashion designer and says I'm going to drug addict my while period wasn't about drugs it was about sexual freedom and then he says I'm a sexual person and that's reflected in my clothes and in my advertisements. So not only is the devil getting into our schools not only is he getting into our homes but he's also getting into the television shows that we watch his get it so even the clothes that we wear and advertising is where you find most of the messages about sex this is where our children I mean I was when I was growing up I was addicted to television I was that was kind of like my escape route television I was in from the T.V. for hours and watch cartoons or watch movies and when I was growing up I didn't really see many like. Many messages out there like they were prominent right there were hidden messages you can see in the shows I watch because I mean I notice now as I look back on the things that I still watch I see the gay agenda being hidden and this and these messages but today it's just it's out there I you just see it everywhere it doesn't matter what it is whether you're watching a commercial about about Sotto or you're watching a commercial about a new clothing my whatever it is you see that sex is just being sold it's like the most part thing in the world sex and we see this being played out we are bombarded from every single every single avenue possible with the supper whether it's from the L.G. beauty community or whether it's from the heterosexual community which is being bombarded with sex how many of you guys know Disney channel this in channel right so there is a new show called and the Makah came on 2017 and this is a show for tweens right from for little kids from the ages of 10 to 12 and it says here that any mac is a story about tweens figuring out who they are. Terry Minsky the Casson everyone involved initial takes great care in ensuring that it's appropriate for all audiences and sends out powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity now this boy right here he is I think is 12 in the show his name a Cyrus fan and the 2nd season of the show the 1st episode he came out as gay to his best friend when I watch when I so watch this Nene I would never see matches like this never never but now we're not only are we seeing the 1st coming out scene in this NIE but we also have a Disney movie you know like the princess movies that had its 1st gay couple. To males and the Disney Channel movie for little kids and my my niece would watch you know if we allowed her to watch Disney but this is what our kids are watching on T.V. This is why my brother well my niece was a little kid in my church we're everything all these kids are drawn to these types of shows because they're specifically targeted to them right when business makes shows it's not to target the adult is not a target myself for you guys is to target the little kids so if we're not careful in what we are allowing our little children our nieces or nephews our little siblings to watch they're going to be bombarded with all of these messages before they can even recognize what it is that is going on I'm pretty sure that if my brother was to watch this he would be a little confused but he would be drawn to the show just because it's a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity that's the agenda the agenda is to be inclusive and yes as Christians we're supposed to love everyone we're supposed to love everyone but we're supposed to also know where to draw the line. But if we're not careful if we're not prepared to embrace these attacks when the 1 that comes we're not going to know where the line is the line is going to be hidden because we're not going to realize when far went too far is actually too far we're not going to know the difference and I want to take you to. What I think is a bible we go to the Book of Exodus Chapter 15 and verse 26 says here if the how will diligently hearken the voice of the Lord by God and will do that which is right in his sight and will give here to his commandments and keep all his statutes I will put none of these diseases upon the which I have wrought upon the Egyptians for I am the Lord to heal the Lord wants to heal us from everything possible whether it is anything spiritual whether it's physical whether it's emotional whether it's mental he wants to heal us but the reality is that even though his love for us is unconditional I believe that salvation requires conditions see I cannot be saved in my sense as much as I love my sin I cannot be saved in it I must step away from that sin so that the Lord Jesus Christ can come and take me home if you will diligently hark in the voice of the Lord and will do that which is right and his sight not my sight because will seem a fight to me as the ways of the right but will seem cut right to God is because it's right to God and because He created us if you will do what is right in his sight and will give ear to his commandments and keep all of us statues he will heal me he will protect me from any of the diseases that are in the world sin is a disease that is the biggest disease that it is that is killing our people right now and we have no way to combat it the only way that we can really come face to face with this disease is by understanding what God's will is for our lives. Desire of ages says that any habit or practice that would lead into sin and bring this honor upon cries were better be put away what ever the sacrifice that which does honors God cannot benefit the soul the blessings of have and cannot attend any man in violating the eternal principles of right and once and cherish is sufficient to work to the good they should have the character and to mislead others do you believe your influence that your actions influence other people. I certainly believe so I actually whatever I do is going to influence somebody else whether it's good or bad if I can if as a Christian I give somebody a bad representation of who Christ is and they go all to do the same thing that I'm doing I'm hold accountable for their actions because they're just watching what I'm doing and I'm giving them a better presentation of what being a Christian is and so dirty turning around and doing the same is I think my Their blood is on my hands so we have to be careful of the things that we do whether good or bad you see the hit the people of Israel when I when I when I think about Israel I think about myself the people of Israel have a history of backsliding they have a history of constantly constantly going against the Word of God and you should see God picking them up every single time and and yes he he disciplines and he says you know because you did this you're going to have to suffer a little bit but nevertheless he has a remnant among every single group he has a remnant So every time Israel force God is just picking on back up but they have this history of constantly backsliding against God and I want to take you through our numbers with a quick I want to take you to numbers with a quick A says I know you guys all the stories the story of the butterfly secular I actually want to go to to The Book of Exodus Chapter 19 and I want to go there because there was a reason why Balan couldn't curse the people of Israel. They were being protected by God. And every go to Exodus Chapter 19 in verse 5. And says Now therefore if you be if you were the bay my voice ended and keep my covenant then you shall be a peculiar treasure and to me above all people for all the earth is mine so if we obey his voice we are going to be a peculiar nation what is peculiar mean how. Separate separate from the world will be different that's our duty our duty is to be different we're not to be mixed in with the crowd so God says that if we obey his voice if we keep His commandments we are to be a peculiar people for the Lord and if we go to Numbers Chapter 23 verses 8 and 9 it says here bet on a saying here to the king he says how shall I cursed whom God has not cursed or how to light a fire whom the Lord have not fired from for from the top of the rocks I see him and from the hills I behold them lo the people shall dwell alone and shall not be wrecking among the nations you know that word reckoned I looked it up in another bible verses and he says additional not be counted among the nations they shall not be mixed with the multitude they shall be set apart and so as I look at this I realize that the reason why he couldn't curse them was because at that moment they were being faithful to God at that moment they were following God's commandments and because they were following God's commandments and they were walking righteously before God No curse could come above about upon them there was nothing that Baylen could do that was going to bring a curse upon them because they were being protected by God. And so when we walk righteously before God when we follow and we hark in the voice of the Lord there is nothing the devil can do that can harm us because we are under his protection so he says here that how shall I curse whom God has not cursed how shall I defy whom the Lord has not defiled and says that they shall be they shall not be wrecking among the nations they shall not be counted among the nations they are a set apart people they are a peculiar nation they are protected right now I can't touch them. First Peter chapter 1 verse chapter 5 members and says Be sober be vigilant because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour have you guys ever watch like Animal Planet or like any of those real I love watching as well but every time I see like the videos of the animals from the jungle and I look at like the Lions and the way that they act when they see an animal that they want to kill how 100 they're usually hiding right there hiding and they're very patient and there they just sit there and they wait and then when the pray has kind of lost a sense of direction or they're not paying attention that's when the lion comes and he jumps out from where he's hiding from and he takes them and he devours them we are that animal that the lion is looking for we are that prey that the line is after and so the lion which is the devil he's waiting there patiently for us to take our eyes off of Jesus Christ he's waiting patiently for us to 1 day say Oh it's it's just a little compromise it's not really that important and so God says that we should be sober and be village and because he is watching over us as a roaring lion walking to see whom he may devour he wants to devour you and I. But when we hark in the words of the Lord there can be nothing that can overcome us because we have a savior and Jesus Christ but the question is what is the devil using right now to distract us you guys no social media but above that I mean social media is like kind of like. A door it's kind of like an entryway because what is really distracting us right now I mean he's attractants with social media because those are the tools that God gave us and so whatever got to gives us the devil wants to take and use it against us right so God gave us technology gave us science and so the devil is has taken that gift that God has given us and has turn it against his people and have said well here's something else you can do with it but the reality is that right now God's people struggling with sexual sin but 1 of the entry ways to sexual sin into our lives is to social media Super now or fee is through all of these apps are in reality the apps are harmless but the content that is in the apps is what is hurting us as God's children so when we hearken the voice of the devil sort of harkened in the voice of God We are constantly bombarded with all these messages that say it's OK to have premarital sex if you're attracted to that boy you're attracted to that girl it's OK you can go on dates you can hang out with them whatever happens happens you know it's normal that's the reality today it's normal to have premarital sex it's normal to engage in oral sex to engage in any type of sex touching feeling because the world is doing it so it's OK for us to do it instead of us converting the world the world is converting us that's the sad reality but what happens when what happens when we take our eyes off of Jesus what happens when we stop to listen to the voice of God What happens when we stop following God's will for our far life what happens when we stop following his plan what happens to us as children as his children as Christians. It's danger of death with a structure and we go back to numbers have it appear this is sad this is sad right here because these people very They literally had everything right there they were protected Baylen couldn't do anything against them but then it says here and Israel a boat and shoots him and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of more up and they called the people on to the sacrifices of their gods and the people did AIDS and bow down to their God they took their eyes of Jesus Christ they took their eyes off the prize as you can say and what happened after that was that they fell into sexual sin they fell into the very thing that the devil had used in the passage destroy their ancestors it was like a repeating cycle it kept happening over and over and over again and it's happening today to God's children today to God and time people the devil is using the sexual sense of the story as before we get to the heavenly can and do believe that because I definitely do I see it happening all even especially in the church and it's happening more prevented what with more frequency the book Petrozza prophet says at 1st there was little intercourse or association between the initial light and her heathen neighbors but after a time 1000000 Irish women began to steal into the camp there are periods excited no alarm and so quietly were their plans conducted that the attention of the leader Moses was not called to the matter it was the object of these women and their association with the Hebrews to seduce them into transgression of the law of God to draw their attention to heathen right and customs to lead them into idolatry this motors were studiously concealed under the garb of. Friendship so that they were not suspected even by the guardians of the people whatever the word friendship where I said my mother was right. Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are it's completely true we should have our friends to to influence us at least everyone says and bad ways but the reality is that they came in and said Oh we just want to be your friends which is want to hang out with you what are you guys when you guys up to and what happened they fell into sexual sin they started sleeping with the women of the other camp and because of that what came after this what came to God's people after this happened the structure idolatry the struction you see God when you when you say a lot of times when you say the word the when you say the words destruction and God in the same sentence people tend to look at God like a harsh God or somebody that just doesn't really care he just wants the story people he just wants the government and sinners but I believe with all of my heart that it truly pains Carl to have to destroy his people I believe with all my heart that when God comes to the decision the realisation that some people have to die it breaks his heart and he we because we are his creation and I can't imagine a father having to destroy his children because of disobedience I mean I can't imagine my mother having to completely walk away from me because I just she can't take it anymore and that's not because she can't take it because I'm just such a bad person but she can't take the fact that I don't see that my sin is destroying me and God is the same way God is our father and for him to see that his children. His sons are committing adultery that they're mixing themselves amongst the multitude of the heathen and he's thinking in his mind what are my children doing and so because of that sin that must come there has to be a separation between them and God There can be no other way God loves us so much that he's willing to let us go before we are miserable in the presence of him that's how much he loves us numbers 2535 A says an Israel joined hands on to pay or and a number of the lower was scandal against Israel and the Lord said unto Moses take all the heads of the people and hang them up before the Lord against the sun that the fears anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel and most a sense of the judges of Israel slay ye everyone his men that were joined on to by a peer or God must destroy the wicked he has to he has to and I remember when I 1st read stuff to Christ I came across a verse that said that God and His love and mercy and I'm just paraphrasing his she says that in his love and mercy He loves us so much that he just cannot allow us to get into heaven and our sinful state he cannot allow succumbing to heaven not because he doesn't want us there but because he knows that we would be miserable there he knows that in such a perfect. Environment we would be so miserable that we would hide from him and sort of wanted to be near to him We want to hide from him there is hope though you guys believe there is hope there is definitely hope. Germany are 3 verses verse 22 says return I love that word return you backsliding children and I will says here but I suppose to say he'll sorry and I will hear heal your backsliding behold com We come on to before the hour the Lord our God So he says Return come back like the prodigal child come back the prodigal son says Lord Father I have sinned against you make me as 1 of your higher servants and his father says come back he goes he go he doesn't just wait for a son to come back he runs out to him in meet him in the middle and he embraces him and he hugs them and he brings them home so God says return you backsliding children and I will heal your backsliding behold we come on to V. FOR YOU are the Lord our God God promises to heal us he promises to heal us from the same issue that we are currently struggling struggling with but the problem is that we don't want to admit that there is an issue we don't want to admit that our decisions are leading us to the point of the struction we're were to was we're better off ignoring the fact that we have a problem than admitting that we need help and that's a pride issue too it's pride because we don't want to admit our wrong we don't want to at MIT's a God that we need his help and I remember for myself I was always a person that I never liked asking people for help I would rather struggle by myself than admitting somebody that I was wrong that they were right and I would just let it be and whether I wanted to or not I will just continue to go on the way that I was going because I just didn't want to say that I'm sorry or that I was wrong. And that's to say that we are right now as Christians we don't want to admit to God that we're wrong we don't want to say I'm sorry to him and we just we would rather die we rather suffer than to say Lord I must please help me. Please help me out Lord there's a quote that says here. What happened was a call and. Subsequent as 1 of my favorite quotes the says many are inquiring how am I to make the surrender of myself to God How you desire to give yourself to him but you are weak and moral power in slavery to doubt and control by the habits of your life of sin your promises and resolutions are a ropes of sand you cannot control your thoughts your impulses or your affections the knowledge of your broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens your confidence in your own sincerity and causes you to feel that God cannot accept you but you need not to spare what you need to understand is the true force of the Will this is the governing power in the nature of man the power of this issue of the situation or of choice everything depends on the right action of the will the power of choice God has given to man it is there is to exercise you cannot change your heart you cannot of yourselves give to God it's affections but you can choose to serve Him you can give him your will he will then working you to will and to do according to HIS good pleasure thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ your affections will be centered upon him your thoughts will be in harmony with him. Of ourselves we cannot do anything no matter how much we try we just cannot be come into agreement with God as we are in our sinful state but we can realize is that we have no power in ourselves and so our only choice right now are only door this is we have to make is to allow God just allow him allow him to do the work that only he can do whether you're struggling with pornography with masturbation was same sex attraction with an addiction to to food whatever it is it doesn't matter your only job is to allow God to work that's all you have to do so I'll say once again and I'll keep saying it until I have to stop social media is not the problem I really believe that God gave us this tool to reach people we could use a for our advantage the problem is how are we using social media how am I using the tools a God gave me to reach people am I being a good steward with everything that he gave me or am I abusing the power that he gave me and am I using it to my advantage to indulge in Meissen you see it's very easy for us to just say you know I give up I give up and I'm just going to give in I'm going to give up on God because what's the point I can't do it any more but we can use says here that we have to understand the true force of the will if we understand that an US we have the power to choose yes or no we can say yes God I understand that I have a problem understand I need your help and I'm giving you the author already to do that work in me. We can make that choice a day so I invite you to make that choice today with me to say God I allow you to work in my life I allow you to make the changes I cannot make for myself. That's unfair Let's choose God everything with an eye just a day not just some morrow but the day after and a day after Let's choose God Let's choose to allow him to make a change in our lives a change that we cannot make for ourselves let's have our prayer before we finish. Heavenly father we want to thank you once again for allowing us to be here for another presentation I think you are for the opportunity that you've given me to share your words to share my experience and to be transparent with the people have come to listen to me Lord I pray our father as we leave this room tonight we may really come to understanding that the only thing that we can do at this point is just recognize that we have a problem and choose to allow you to work in our lives we cannot make the change ourselves Lord there is nothing that I can do to change my sinful ways but you can do the Lord you promised to do that and you said in your word that you will finish the work that you have begun in my life and so I invite shall we invite you Lord to come into our hearts and to transform us from the inside out please be with us as we continue on with the rest of the program today in this even in Jesus name Amen this media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about you 1st if you would like to listen to more service please visit W W W. 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