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TRUE MINISTRIES CHURCH COOPERATING WITH THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST #2 – BIRTH OF SELF We have been talking about cooperating

with the character of Christ. That’s what God is desiring us to do—cooperate with his character. By cooperating with his character, you have to lose yours. You can’t cooperate with God’s character if you are still fighting with your own. Last week we talked about cooperating with God’s character and that the first thing we need to do is activate forgiveness. There was a homework assignment given for last week. Make sure that you do that and that you hold on to it. Don’t throw it away, hold on to it. Because you are going to get another one tonight. Tonight we are going to talk about the birth of self, which is actually pride. ISAIAH 14:12-16 The birth of self. You know the trinity of darkness—me, myself and I. Everybody ready? Thank God you brought your pads. Your pens. Your swords. Because paper doesn’t forget. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy and if you think you are going to leave this room and remember everything—you will not!! The Holy Spirit will bring things to your remembers but you have to get it in your spirit. So don’t let pride tell you that you know it all. Hallelujah. He knows it all. And if we cooperate we are going to know it all too!! But you have to cooperate. Verse 12, How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! This is prophetic. This is Isaiah expressing what happened in the throne room of God when Lucifer became prideful—when self was established. The word lucky comes from Lucifer. The devil snares people by their words. You are no longer lucky, you are blessed. If you have spoken that word, you need to repent for agreeing with that word because it brings a self-imposed curse on you. And you need to sever that and break that and loose yourself. God said my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge What is satan’s greatest weapon? Deception. Why? He does not want you to know his tactics. He does not want you to know what snares you. He does not want you to know what ties the hands of God. And he does not want you to know what part of your life he is involved in. The bible says we are to make no provision, or no place, for the devil. So until you begin to get rid of the devil and shut the doors and learn how to keep them shut, you are going to have the roller coaster ride of your life. You will go up and down, all around—you will go in a vicious cycle. You won’t know what to do 90% of the time and you will be tormented. That’s a terrible place to be. Especially if you have called out for help to God and you said I’m willing to do your will. You just made a covenant with God when you said that. When you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you made a covenant with God Almighty! Do you know what you said? I give you my life. So if you go and do your will, you bring a curse on yourself. When you make a covenant with God Almighty, he keeps his covenant!! But he operates in an arena where if you do this, he will do that. He wants us to learn how to cooperate with the character of Christ. Now the word Christ means anointing. The anointing that is operating in us is changing us. But there is a place where God wants you to learn how to operate in the anointing. That’s where you cooperate with Christ. As you are cooperating with the character of Christ, you are now beginning to operate in the anointing. And the first thing he said you need to do is forgive. If you have any unforgiveness anywhere, it’s an open door. If you hold any resentment anywhere, it’s an open door. We are talking about the birth of self. Verse 13, For you have said in your

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heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ I will do it my way. Verse 15. This is the response from the Lord—You have to remember that Lucifer was one the archangels of God. He was the highest ranking angel there was—besides Gabriel and Michael. Lucifer was the praise and worship leader of the universe. He was the right-hand man of God. This is the Lord’s response, Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol [which means hell], to the lowest depths of the Pit. Now listen, this is where it was prophetically spoken—you have to understand that prophesy is not just future. It’s revelation of past also. Because when you are in the Spirit, God tells you things that were, which are and which are to come. If you are led by the spirit of God and in the Spirit, you will understand whether God is talking about something past, present or future. And that’s only determined by the Holy Ghost. So if there is no relationship or anointing in your life, you will read the bible as if it were just another book and you will not get revelation the way you are supposed to. Here Isaiah tells us about what happened in the throne room of God where Lucifer was removed for too many I’s. Why? Because self was now birthed. Lucifer got his eyes on himself. This is where Lucifer denied the God of all creation and he denied his position. When you deny the Lord you promote self. So when you choose to do your will you promote self. EZEKIEL 28:11-15 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD—Now he is not talking about the natural king. He’s talking about a principality that is in the air over Tyre. Glory to God. Let’s read this together, “You were the seal of perfection—Now we know that there was no perfect man except for Jesus. So we know he’s not talking about some carnal king. Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. Who do you think he was talking about? Lucifer. You were in Eden, the garden of God. Was Lucifer in Eden, the garden of God? Yes! Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. Why was he covered with all these stones? Because he was the ruler of the earth. He was the praise and worship leader of the universe. The earth was in habited with angels called sons of God. He was there when the earth was created. The bible says in Genesis 1:1 that in the beginning the heavens, meaning spirit realm and then the earth meaning natural realm. So all the heavenly hosts and all the things in the spirit realm were created first and then God created the natural realm—the stars and everything else. So we see here that Lucifer was the praise and worship leader. He was the ruler of the earth. The earth was known as the mountain of God and the universe at that period of time. It was called the original or the perfect earth. It was perfect! Lucifer was created with timbrels. Read it with me, And workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. So you can see this very large angel. Beautiful—with all kinds of wisdom, knowledge and understanding—with stones all over him. He was the praise and worship leader of the universe where God breathed right through him! His pipes and so forth were established and attached to him. He was BEAUTIFUL! He was God’s right hand man!! You were the anointed cherub who covers—Covers what? The universe with praise! I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God—which was the earth; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. When were there fiery stones? The creation of the earth. He was there with God when the earth was created. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. Now remember something, when self was birthed the iniquity was pride. The iniquity was pride. It is haughty.

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Pride. He was the seal of perfection. He was perfect in holiness. He was the character of purpose—God’s purpose. He was the expression of God in the arena of praise. He was the ruler of the earth. God placed him there. Then he began to “I” himself. Self was birthed. Then he associated with something called pride which was iniquity—in the area of where Pride protects self. Pride protects self. Pride which protects self was the first character of darkness. REVELATION 12:1-6 Lucifer was in charge of a third of the angels. Gabriel was in charge of a third and Michael was in charge of a third. So where was self birthed? Right in the throne room. This is not science fiction. This is not a dream. This is reality. This is truth and reality. Because the bible tells us we are not fighting flesh and blood. How many of you all know you are going to die one day? Aren’t you glad? You don’t want to live here. Verse 1, Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars [representing satan’s angels] of heaven and threw them to the earth [or to the atmosphere here]. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. Now there is a three-fold meaning to this. It’s talking about Israel and something that is to come. It’s also talking about the church because it talks about the body of Christ or the woman, which is the bride, being taken away by two wings. Which is a representation of the fullness of the rapture— which is a representation of Moses and Elijah and Moses and Enoch. Those who are dead in Christ will be raised and those who are alive in Christ will be taken. But there is another meaning that I want to talk about tonight. I want you to look at the Garden of Eden. Not only does it represent the church and Israel but it also represents Eve. Eve never had the opportunity to birth the image of God because they fell before they could produce an offspring of the image and likeness of God. Here the dragon—the serpent, which was in the garden, did not want Eve or Adam to produce an offspring in the likeness or character of Christ. How do you know these things? By the Spirit of God. You can’t go to school and learn this stuff. You pray in the Holy Ghost and God gives you revelation knowledge from the throne room. This is not cemetery school! This is the school of the Spirit. Preparation for warriors—taking us to the deep things of God. Exposing the enemies tactics so you can stay one step ahead of him. Or two, or three!! Eve never had the opportunity to produce an offspring in the likeness and image of God. GENESIS 1:26-28 Lucifer is the originator of pride. And he is the father of self. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion—over the water, land, air and sea basically. So here we know that Adam and Eve were made in the image and likeness of God. They were multi-functioning beings. They were eternal beings. So by being eternal beings, I do

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not believe they had blood. Because if they would have tripped and cut themselves, they would have bled to death. They had glorified bodies. Why? They were made in the image and likeness of God. When Jesus rose again from the dead, they saw Jesus and he was like a man but he had no blood. He was flesh and bone. Why? Because the life of the flesh was in the Spirit. Not in the blood. That’s what Adam and Eve looked like. They were eternal beings. They were multi-functioning beings—eternal purpose: To govern, protect and maintain God’s creation. Co-existing with angelic support. They were multi-functioning beings. They walked and talked with God. They spoke with him face to face. They had an eternal purpose to govern, protect and maintain God’s creation co-existing with angelic support. In fact, when you read in the scriptures, it says when God created Adam, he took him and put him in the garden of Eden in the hope that the garden would spread through the world. GENESIS 3:1-23 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. We just said that he was full of wisdom. He was beautiful. He was perfect. And he was anointed. Of course, he was no longer Lucifer now. He was a serpent. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” What did he just do? He imparted a corruptible seed. And every time she walked by he watered it: Come on, you know God’s holding something back from you! He doesn’t want you to be like him! He kept watering it and watering it. First of all, Lucifer—satan—the serpent does not want you to know who you are! He was trying to move her out of position to negate who she was. And the woman made the first mistake. She responded!! When she responded she accepted the corruptible seed that was imparted in her. She said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden [Which is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil—which one you’re hanging from serpent!], God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Obviously she knew what death was, but she did not know what lying was. She did not know what sin was so she would have to speak the truth. Then the serpent—responded again to water that huge corruptible seed. And he said to the woman, You will not die!! God is a liar!! A light bulb went on in her. You mean he’s holding something back from me? You mean he really didn’t mean what he said? And he watered it even more. He started flooding it now. He started putting some soil around it and miracle grow! For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God—Wait a minute, she was like God! She was already made in his image and likeness. You couldn’t be any more like God!! So what was he doing? He was trying to convince her that she wasn’t who God said she was. She thought for a minute and said, Whoa! Wow. And that corruptible seed began to grow. This dude has got a heavy duty point. Because if God’s holding something back from me, I’ve got to have it. I’ve gotta have it!!! So you know what she did? She put her catcher’s mitt on and said throw me one of those. Give the me that fruit, man!! So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food [lust of the flesh], that it was pleasant to the eyes [lust of the eyes], and a tree desirable to make one wise [pride of life], she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Verse 7, Then the eyes of both of them were opened—to the natural realm and closed to the spirit realm. They could no longer see God the way they used to see God. Why? Self was just birthed. Lucifer just produced his first two offspring. Lucifer produced his first two offspring by producing self. Self was now birthed. God could no longer fellowship with sin. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew that they were naked—Why? Everything was associated with self now.

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And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings—comfortable from shame and fear. And they heard [I said heard!! They didn’t see God anymore.] the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves—Why? Because satan’s greatest weapon is deception and his power is fear. Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Like he didn’t know where he was! So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” That tree of self-righteousness. That tree that produces pride. That tree that produces offspring of self. Then the man said, “The woman [you know he was fleshly now. He was protecting self. What does he do? He was passing the blame on to the woman. He was already protecting himself. Why? Because the principalities of satan, which had now taken over the earth and the earth had just been turned over to satan, prince of power of air. His principalities, his angels, were now all in place. The prince of power of air had now taken over. Why? Because he took Adam’s office. Adam and Eve never got the opportunity to have offspring—children in the image and likeness of God. What was produced now was the offspring of the father of darkness known as self. Now they were blinded to the things of the spirit realm and everything was opened to them according to the natural realm— which was now fallen nature. Everything had now fallen. That’s why when you bite an apple it turns brown. Because it’s now decaying. That’s why you were born now to die. So he said, The woman – it’s her fault!! She gave me the seed—which she really did. See Adam wasn’t there when this was going on. She brought the fruit to him. He was there in the garden – but he wasn’t there in front of the tree when the serpent was talking to her. The bible says later on that Eve deceived Adam. What was he trying to do? Why did he not go after Adam? Because Adam was not the birther, Eve was. That’s why the devil always wants to go after your children. He wants to go after them before they are even born. And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me [now she’s passing the blame to the serpent], and I ate.” So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed. Do you understand that means hatred. So the serpent knew that the Lord was going to send somebody in at some time. But he didn’t know when. He shall bruise your head—He’s going to kick your head!! And you shall bruise His heel.” So the serpent knew somebody was coming that God was going to send at some time. He wanted to stop that seed from coming in. To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife—In other words, because you allowed the seed to be imparted in you. And have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. So we know that the Lord did the first sacrifice. The first sacrifice was done in the Garden of Eden because it was life for life. God took an animal and killed it and covered

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Adam and Eve. What was he doing that for? So he could restore them the blessing of being fruitful and multiplying. But they could not remove the arena that they would live forever. Because he spoke that in and God cannot come against his word. He said if you eat of this, you die! So there wasn’t anything God could do about that. But what he could do was restore them to the promise of being fruitful and multiplying—but he could not remove that they would die. Verse 22, Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. In other words, self has been birthed. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. So what did he do? He removed them from the tree of life. That’s why you need to be born again so that you can eat again of the tree of life. So we see that the corruptible seed was planted. In other words, there was conception. Then it was watered and became birthed and promoted pride—to be like God. The devil always tells you that God is always holding something back from you. So the serpent convinced Eve that she wasn’t who God said she was. Self was birthed and the protector is pride. Now Adam and Eve had become the offspring of darkness. Do you know who their mentor was? Pride. Because they were removed from the tree of life just as Lucifer was removed from the throne room of God. So it came down the family line. Lucifer was removed from the presence of God and Adam and Eve were removed from the tree of life. Why? Because they just inherited that. And the mentor was now pride. Pride protects self. Fear protects pride. Anger protects fear. Self was birthed. Pride is now the mentor of self, mentoring the image of darkness. Pride is associated with the principalities of pride that are used to control self. So the principalities and all the angels, they are controlling individuals by the spirit of pride. Pride is a high-powered spirit that is one of the principalities that reign over cities, nations and so forth. They are promoting pride. Pride is the mentor of self. GENESIS 6:1-8 We know that self was birthed. It was an offspring of darkness. Self now has to die—God said you eat of this and you die. The tree of life was now removed. But Lucifer who was the originator of pride and also walks in fear himself—he realized that God said something very powerful. He said I’m going to send a seed in that is going to bruise your head and you are going to bruise his heel. So Lucifer did not want to allow a seed in. So he did something very wicked. Verse 1, Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God—which are angels. These are the angels of satan—saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. So these principalities, satan’s angels, put on flesh and came into the natural realm and took for themselves wives. This is where the mythology came from—Zeus and all the others. Because these angels had power. They worshiped them as gods and all kinds of stuff. And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Why? Because when these fallen angels, or rather angels of satan, came down to the earth and put on flesh and went into these women, these daughters of

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men, they produced offspring—of evil! Some giants and all kinds of stuff—some of them were beautiful! Satan wanted to stop every seed that would come into the world because he was afraid that one of them would crush his head. Understand something. Here from the Garden, self was birthed. Now you have wickedness that comes down from heaven, puts on flesh and becomes one flesh with self. Now offspring are birthed and God said every intent now of everyone on the earth was evil continuously. Why? Because these were now all the offspring that were birthed. And he said my spirit can’t dwell with this, I’m not going to allow this. The spirit of life. He said I’m not going to allow this. In verse 6, And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. Now what happened? The flood came. But because self became pregnant with pure evil and produced offspring—when God killed all man where did their spirits go? Spirits don’t die. This is where demons were produced. How did they keep going and why were their giants and so forth in the Old Testament? Well one of Noah’s sons married an offspring and it came across. We have another teaching on that. But I am not going into all of that tonight. I wanted you to see about this birth. So what was Lucifer trying to do? He as trying to stop the seed from coming in. God said that’s it—you’re all dead now. And he killed them all! They are now demons. So they had a body at one time. A demon is a disembodied spirit trying to find a body. He will look for it and you can be born with it because of the family line and the curses that come down—and you don’t even realize it. That’s why he is always after children. The devil and powers of darkness are always trying to attack children. Pride is a killer. So when you and I were born we were born in darkness. We were born with blinders on. We didn’t understand the things of the Spirit. The only thing we wanted was “me”—everything for ME! That’s why a baby always says mine, mine, mine! It cries for me. When the children grow up and you go out and buy them something —what do they say? That’s mine!! Little flesh creatures. That’s all they want is what’s for them. To fulfill their flesh! For the purpose of self—me, myself and I. Why? Because they are the offspring of self—self is the offspring of darkness. That’s why we must be born again!!! Rebirthed so that self is no longer the purpose of life—but He is. This is where you become sons of God. MATTHEW 10:32-33 Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. So by denying the Lord, you are promoting self. MATTHEW 16:24-25 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me [or imitate me], let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life [or self] will lose it, but whoever loses his life [self] for My sake will find it [have eternal life]. God does not fellowship with self. He fellowships with his children. So the spirit of pride is the protector and the mentor of self. So everything that you do, if it’s self-oriented, you know you are associating with pride. Because he is the protector.

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This is powerful because Jesus said I am the way, truth and life. Nobody comes to the Father except through me. There is no other way to eternal life except through Jesus! No other way. No matter how much you do “self,” there is no other way. Only through the Lord. PSALM 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Why? Because the Lord is my shepherd. In other words, it is no longer your wants, it is His wants. Why? Because he is your shepherd. You have a relationship with Him now that you know everything is going to be taken care of. You have a trust in him that everything is going to be taken care of, no matter what it is. Fear will try and move you away. Pride, which will mentor self, will tell you that you can’t wait for God, that you had had better do it. Pride will never allow you to wait. Pride is the pusher. The Spirit is the leader. The Lord is my shepherd, I will not want. The bible says that we are to be in a position where we get into a place where our desires are no longer controlling us. Too many people are led by emotions and they are the most dangerous people there are. Those that are led by their feelings. Why? Because it is associated with the arena of self. Because they are always led by how they feel. Me, me, me, me, me – self. They are led by their feelings—in all kinds of directions based on how they feel. They are the most dangerous people because you don’t know what they are going to do. The mentor is their mentoring self. Pride blinds an individual and they can’t discern. The two fruits of pride are rebellion and betrayal. Anyone associating—you know will eventually betray you unless they get delivered. Why? Because they are led by their feelings so much that you know they can’t be led by truth. The offspring of satan—self—is after everybody else. To steal, kill and destroy. So when you know someone who is associated with self with emotions all the time, you had better be careful. Because that person will betray you and they are associating with rebellion which is witchcraft. Pride is the mentor of self and protector of self. It makes promises and can never complete them. It can’t complete them because there is always something of self getting in the way. Then every time it makes a promise, which is a covenant, and it can’t fulfill it, that brings a self-imposed curse. So it has a backyard—a storehouse of curses. It can’t just shake it. No matter how many hours it works— no matter how many things—it still can’t outrun the warehouse of curses. Because the devil still has access to steal, kill and destroy. PROVERBS 16:17-19 Cooperating with the character of Christ, you have to deny yourself! And get rid of the spirit of pride. Put on the cloak of humility. The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. PROVERBS 6:16-19 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. Wow! Why are those things manifesting? Because it is trying to promote self. My flesh is bigger than yours! People who get in discussions and arguments, that’s all they are doing is taking heed to the voice of the stranger. And the devil is getting fed. Pride blinds the eyes to discern what is right. They can’t make the correct choice. They call good evil and evil good because they can’t discern. They can’t see beyond themselves.

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1 PETER 5:5-8 This is so important that you begin to discern these things!! Because these are things that will move you right out of position of receiving God’s revelation!! People are more concerned about the blessing!! Forget the blessing—I want the revelation!! Because I’m not a servant of the blessing. I am a servant of the revelator. People are trying to get revelation to get a blessing. I want revelation to get closer. I want revelation to expand the kingdom of God and expose the enemies tactics in peoples lives. Verse 5, Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Even if the person is younger than you, submit! Because God placed them in a position and you submit to God’s authority or you have none. God does not look at age. Elders is not about age. There are elders that are in their twenties. It has nothing to do with age. It’s about who God places where. People are so caught up in self. I can’t submit to that young whippersnapper. I know more than him! (I’ve been through 6 cemetary schools.) I can quote the scriptures and remember every page …. But I can’t cut loose of the dope, the lust, the sex, perversion, or the perverse mouth. Sure, you deserve that position. Prideful flesh creature. Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” We get people who come into our discipleship house fresh out of corrections. And they want to have a meeting with me. They tell me that God sent them to me to help me change the program. It’s not a program. Believe me they come in all kinds of characters. God sent us to die. Yes but I need a position right away so somebody will recognize me! Come on I have all this knowledge, I have to be somewhere! You have all this knowledge and nothing to give— because you can’t walk what you talk. Because your mentor is from beneath and he is a promoter of self. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time [not you exalt you], casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Pride says you are going to do it your way. The Lord says give me your first fruits. Because otherwise you are trusting in you and not him and end up bringing a curse on yourself. Cast your cares upon Him!! Cast your concerns. Your worries. Your jobs. Everything upon Him. Cast your child support upon Him. Cast everything upon Him. Cast it upon Him. He will make the way. He will show you where you need to go and what you need to do. First you have to die and get rid of the spirit of pride and quit trying to fix things in your own flesh—that always puts you back in the cycle again! Let Him be God and become his child. And give him what is due to him. Praise, worship, tithe, honor and respect, obedience and submission. Verse 8, Be sober— what prevents you from being sober? The spirit of pride because it blinds you. You can’t discern the right choice to make. You are too busy making choices according to how you feel! Not what the truth is. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. People become self-righteous with pride. They always want a reward now for what they have done good. 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-7 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into ministries and households and make captives of gullible men and women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the

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knowledge of the truth. In other words, they are always learning but can’t practice it or apply it to their lives. These are spirits of religion controlled by pride. These are religious spirits. They have a form of godliness but there is no power. The only thing they do is get more and more knowledge, knowledge, knowledge. But they can’t get free. Pride is actually taking the word of God and mentoring them. If the Holy Ghost were mentoring them, they would be free. Because truth sets you free. But pride mentors them. Why? Because they are getting knowledge to puff oneself up. That’s why one of the things we always want to teach people is that when you are being taught, you always want to put it in an area of how can I teach it. Whatever I am getting, how can I teach it. If you are not applying it, pride is preventing you from using it. That’s all it’s being used for is to promote self—by quoting scriptures and all kinds of stuff. You can’t lay hands on the sick—you can’t cast out a devil, especially the ones that are in you! You don’t get revelation knowledge. Struggling, tormented, going to and fro—from job to job to job—and relationship and relationship and relationship—from booze to weed to crack Whatever it is. Why? Because it’s a promoter of self. Can’t submit. It’s a demon. And the soul-tie is satan. Why? Because it comes down that family line. PSALM 50:16-23 Are you willing to do whatever it takes? You will be challenged on that. Pride will say I am only willing to do so much. Humbleness will say Lord I trust you. I will do whatever it takes. My hope is in you not me. Verse 16, But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth [this is that religious spirit], Seeing you hate instruction [or counsel or correction] And cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil [in other words, no control over the mouth], And your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I kept silent; You thought that I was altogether like you; But I will rebuke you, And set them in order before your eyes. Now consider this, you who forget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, And there be none to deliver: Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.” That is powerful. ROMANS 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your [responsibility] reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. So you are to prove God’s will. By doing what? Walking according to his will. Cooperating with the character of Christ will prove the will of God. MATTHEW 26:36-39 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” This needs to be said now. People fight for their life—but you gave your life to Jesus so you don’t have a life. If you still continue to fight for your life, then

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you associate with the mentor of pride. And he will lead you in a path and a journey of deception. And you will never get the full breakthrough that you need. Jesus prayed this three times. Father if it is possible let this cup pass me by, but not my will your will. Are you willing to do whatever it takes. Are you willing to do the will of God in every decision. Are you willing to learn how to fight. Are you willing to give God your best to defeat the power of pride. Pride is a spirit. It is a strong spirit. he is a mentor and assister of birthing offspring of darkness. He is a protector—he will do everything he can to prevent you from knowing who you are and denying yourself. Pride is associated with perfection. He is an accuser of the brethren. He is involved in competition. He is a mocker. He is stubborn and self-righteous. He loves to gossip and plant cancer seeds. He course jests and is boastful. He is sarcastic and critical. He is a liar and holds unforgiveness. He is covetous and promotes jealousy. He is a motormouth that can’t shut-up because he is so busy promoting himself. Pride rejects faith. Pride is inherited. It’s not an event or something you did. It is inherited. You were born with it. He is the mentor of self ready for you at all times. He is a haughty spirit. He will promote the will of darkness and reject the will of God. 2 TIMOTHY 2:19-26 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” Iniquity is inherited sin. What’s he saying? Break the curse off!! A demon is a messenger of the curse. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter—if anyone is willing to take the authority and break those curses off, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. Pride is inherited. For every area of your life where there is association of pride, you must repent. Then you must break the curse. Well okay where did pride come from? We know self was promoted in the throne room, self was birthed and pride was established. We know that from Adam and Eve offspring produced self. We go all the way back to our ancestors. All the way back to satan because he was the father of self. Then things came down the family line. So it is our responsibility to repent for associating and agreeing with the spirit of pride and all of its associates. To break the curse off of our lives and repent for our forefathers and loose ourselves from the soul-ties of our past that have brought the curse down our line. And put a bloodline of Jesus Christ between yourself and that spirit commanding that spirit to leave you. Ask God to anoint your spirit to be strong, your soul to be renewed and your flesh to be crucified —crucifying and mortifying your flesh and putting self back on the cross where it belongs. In the name of Jesus. Cooperating with the character of Christ means denying yourself and beginning to release yourself from these prideful issues. Repent for those things you manipulated. Repent for those areas where you planted corruptible seeds yourself. Repent for touching and agreeing with the voice of the stranger of pride and being mentored—puffing self up by knowledge and yet not able to walk in the power of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said he who is in Christ is a new creation. You can’t become a new creation if you are not

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cooperating with the character of Christ. You will still do old things. You will get all kinds of knowledge and never progress. Pride is a killer. It’s a promoter of sickness and disease. It’s a promoter of jealousy, rage and wrath. It’s a promoter of murder. It will do everything it can to protect self. It associates with fear and anger. We must learn these things because things are not going to get better. They are going to get worse. We must come to a place where we are willing to do whatever it takes to be loosed from these things. And learn how to war against them so they don’t come back again. Because they will come back. You have to learn how not to agree with them. They love to promote material. Remember when satan tempted Jesus he said look around here – you can have all this stuff if you worship me. You can have this brand new car, this computer, this nice house—you can have all of these things.... Pride is always afraid to release material. Are you willing to release yourself from this prideful demonic spirit that is the number one killer in this country? ****

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