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TRUE MINISTRIES CHURCH MAINTAINING A PURE HEART Things are happening! Things are exploding!!

It’s almost like you can’t keep up with the things that God is doing right now. Things are moving rapidly. Things are intense! In every area. One of the things the Spirit shared with me this morning was to make sure that you maintain a pure heart. Maintaining a pure heart is what will keep God’s presence. Many times you don’t even realize when your heart has become hardened. There are areas where you can begin to test yourself and tell where your heart has become hardened. Number one is rebellion. Are you rebellious? Well then your heart is hard. And you don’t even realize it. You may think well I want to do the things of God—I want to do this and I want to do that. But the heart is hard. Why? Because what you are saying is not what you are doing. The Spirit said to me this morning that he wanted to share some things of maintaining a pure heart. It’s so important! God is pouring out his Spirit big time. Big time! The only way to maintain his presence is to keep your heart from becoming hardened. One of the things He shared with me a few minutes ago was that some just come to get the word—but I’m telling you, come to get the Spirit! Because if you are not coming to get the Spirit, the word isn’t going to work. You can hear the word all day long, study the word, and still do the wrong thing. Why? Because it’s not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit—and it’s important to understand that. You are not here to get the word, you are here to get the Spirit! Once you get the Spirit, then you can get the word. Because the Spirit is going to digest the word. That’s how it becomes the sword of the Spirit. Remember Jesus was Spirit before he became flesh. He was the word ahead of time but he was still Spirit, wasn’t he—He was God! So what he did was he came into the world. The Holy Spirit impregnated Mary—so Jesus’ Father was the Spirit. Then he put on flesh, which was the word. So it’s the Spirit first and then the word. If you are building on the word it will crumble. Because the Spirit is what gives you strength and then you build with the word. The Spirit is the foundation of your life. That means your relationship with the Lord, in the Spirit, is your foundation. People go to bible schools and bible colleges and seminary—They go to all of these things and learn knowledge but they can’t practice it because they don’t have the Spirit. That’s why God is pouring out his Spirit right now! Because there are a lot of his children out there that know the word, but they are not doing the right thing! Now he is pouring out his Spirit to get the Spirit in them so that they can do the things that God has told them to do. So it’s an honor and blessing—think about how many have been left—think about how many people you know that are not in God’s will. But they knew God. And then they walked away. That’s why God is drawing all men unto him. Everywhere. That’s why the anointing is here. That’s why there is the pouring out of the Spirit all over. Why? Because he is bringing them! You are going to have that spirit of religion that’s going to say, I don’t need the Spirit. I’ve got the word. That’s where the bible says the Spirit brings life and the letter kills you. Why? Because you can’t obey it, so it’s going to kill you. It’s those who do the will of God. Why wait until your last breath to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and repent? Why not do it now!! Why wait until you go home to get judged. Let God judge you right now! Today! Stand in front of him and let him judge you. And let’s get started! God doesn’t lie! He wants you to walk in the supernatural. Not in the natural. You don’t belong here. You don’t belong in this realm! This is not our home! Don’t make it your home—don’t get comfortable in this place! You don’t belong here. I don’t belong here—and I thank God we are going home soon!

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PSALM 24:1-6 The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness—That means he is the owner. The world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters. Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? Or His holy presence. He who has clean hands—Now this means touch. What you have touched. This doesn’t just mean physically. It means spiritually. What you have come in agreement with. What did you touch spiritually? That has caused your hands not to be clean? Of course you know there is a physical touch also. He who has clean hands and a pure heart—Why? Because what you touch will either defile your heart or keep it clean. Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD—Are you receiving blessing from the Lord? Praise God! That means you are in position. He shall receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Who seek him! That means to go after him. Remember we talked about this before. There are many people who try to find God in the word instead of finding God personally. You find God yourself! You go to him personally. Then he will bring you to the word. To confirm. The word goes out as the seed. You can go out and preach and plant a seed. Right. For salvation. When someone accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior the next move is to get filled with the Holy Ghost. So that the Mentor can teach them the word! Many people read the word and don’t even understand it. It’s not truth, it’s just knowledge then. Then they are not free—and they are constantly being deceived. 2 CORINTHIANS 6:16-18 Now I didn’t tell you not to read your word. In fact, we’re using the word right now. Now what does clean hands mean? What you touch. Where? Spiritually. And where is that? Your thoughts! How about what you touch with your eyes? How about what you touch with your ears? Can that defile your heart? YES!! I want to share something about your heart. Your heart is the character of your spirit. That’s why the bible says out of your mouth speaks your heart. That lets you know whether your spirit is contaminated or not. In verse 16, And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.” So he says something very profound—it’s awesome! He says what agreement—in other words, what have you come into agreement with. What have you touched? What have you touched in your thoughts? What have you touched with your eyes? What have you come into agreement with? Did the enemy tell you, Oh this is never going to work. And you said, Okay. Did he tell you that you couldn’t do something? Did you agree that you couldn’t—when the bible says you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. When the bible says He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world and says I’m more than a conqueror! He is placing his image in you when you come into agreement with it. Then you become a slave to him. Then we fight and wonder what’s going on. Why am I doing what I’m doing? Because you have come into agreement with the voice of the stranger. By coming in agreement with the voice of the stranger you have touched something unclean. You saw something you should not have. Driving around you can’t help it. The lust of the world is all around. So everything you see here—no matter what—whether you turn on the television or turn on anything—you can be driving down the road to get milk and there is a naked person trying to

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sell a cow! It’s ridiculous. satan is the ruler of this world. He is always trying to get you to agree with what his image is. So what we do then is we receive the inheritance from him, the end result of which is death and destruction. Remember the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. So when you touch and agree with him he has legal access to come and steal, to come and kill and to come and destroy. You are allowing it!! God says, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Why? Because you don’t know how to fight. You are playing religion. Religion won’t save you! You have to take out the Holy Ghost bazooka! You cannot out run the devil. You must turn around and fight him face to face. Or else he will take dominion in your house, in your heart and in your mind. So right now God is saying, Who can dwell in my presence? He who has clean hands and a pure heart. We must maintain a pure heart. In other words, we cannot allow it to be hardened. We must maintain the purity of heart. JAMES 4:1-8 Now if you believe God is speaking to you, He is! Don’t deny it. Take it and use it. Remember the Lord said that he is going to expose the devil’s tactics. The devil moves from one thing to another to get us to try and do stuff. But I’m telling you the Holy Spirit is one step ahead every time. The bible tells us that the Spirit tells us all things and guides us into all truth. So if you are truly listening you are ahead of the devil. You are supposed to be ahead of the devil. James 4:1, Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Wow. There is that fight within you. You can try and convince yourself but God knows your heart. Lord— bless me with that million bucks and I’ll give you … some of it!! We try and convince ourselves. I’m doing the right thing—God knows my heart. Yes he does!! And he is trying to expose it to you. But in the mind we are always trying to convince ourselves. That’s the voice of the stranger always trying to convince you that you’re okay. That you are a good person. But the bible tells us that our own righteousness is nothing but filthy rags. We are not alright! None of us is alright! The only place we are right is in Him! Other than that we are a bunch of boneheads! So in order to maintain right, we have to be in Him to be right. So where do these fights come from? Within! It says in verse 4, Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? So when you touch and agree with the world you become a friend of it. Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Not that God is your enemy—you are His! Why? Because he can’t trust you. Every time he tries to get something to you, the devil steals it ahead of time because you are out of position. That’s why the Spirit is being poured out all over—you may not even understand why you are here today. And you don’t have to. The important thing is that you are. God is trying to get something to you, not take something from you. He is trying to get something to you—in every area! It doesn’t matter how old you are. He doesn’t look at age. He doesn’t look at how young or how old. He looks at you as the image of his child—and how much he loves you and wants to bless you. He wants to get you armed up, filled up until you are a walking grenade against the kingdom of darkness. Not a self-destructive one. Okay, verse 5, Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Which means favor—more of God’s plan to prosper. He gives more of these things. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Now let me share with you, one of the great enemies against a pure heart is pride. P.R.I.D.E. Personal

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reverence into a deadly end. It’s a killer. Most people don’t even know when they are involved in pride. You fight pride every day. With every decision you make, pride is there. Remember pride protects self. Fear protects pride. Anger protects fear. What does Jesus say? If you want to be his disciple you must first deny your self. So if you can’t deny yourself it means you are coming into agreement with something. In other words, there is something unclean. Your heart’s not pure. Why? Because it’s promoting rebellion. A hardened heart is being promoted. Why? Because there is rebellion towards things. Look how he explains this. Go to verse 7, Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. In other words, if you can’t submit to God, you can’t resist the devil. There are people trying to kick the devil out of their house and he doesn’t have to go. Why? Because there has not been submission to God yet. When you submit to God, then the devil will go. You can’t try to command the devil to leave your house, because he’s coming right back! You move him out to the front door and he will move to the back! You will kick him out of one room and he will go to another room. You cannot remove the powers of darkness from you until you submit to God. There are people spiritually fighting—going crazy— If they would just submit they would find that the powers of darkness would flee. And they will stop killing, stealing and destroying. He says, Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. That means submit. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Why? Because you are agreeing with the world. You are double-minded. You are unstable. God is trying to get us into this position. So if you feel convicted today, that’s good! But don’t let guilt beat you up. What you do is you repent and get in position. That’s what it’s about. Your Daddy loves you! PSALM 51:10-13 We are going to expose the enemy. How many of you want to be blessed! Well you have to walk in God’s presence. That’s where it’s happening. Here’s brother David—look how he cries out. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. He got revelation! David knew about maintaining a pure heart! Even though he made mistakes, he was repentant. Of course, every mistake he made he had to reap. He did some reaping! But there was something he realized—he cried, Don’t take your presence from me! Don’t take your Holy Spirit from me! Please help me maintain! Keep in me a clean heart and a steadfast spirit—Lord please! I need your help! I can’t do it on my own. But I know that my relationship with you is what is going to maintain a pure heart. Keep me as the apple of your eye! Don’t let me go anywhere Lord. My hope is in you. My strength is in you. When you go to God every day in this arena, you are focusing on him and nothing else. You don’t go to Him and say Lord I need this…. You go to Him and say, Lord I need YOU! Because when you have Him you have everything. The Lord is your shepherd, you shall not want. Those who are in want is because they are not in position. If you are in want it is because you are not in position. Because he does exceedingly abundantly above all you could ever ask or think and he has come to bring life and life more abundantly. Now it’s not going to come all at once. Why? Because he is going to use it to train you. It’s time for training. It’s not time for preaching. It’s time for training. We are in a war and are under the Commander and Chief of the Lord’s army. You are in the military and you are soldiers and it’s time to start acting like them. Psalm 51, go to verse 12, Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You. This is powerful! He’s saying, Keep my heart pure Lord! And a steadfast spirit! Why? Because the joy will be constantly be maintained. God will

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give you the ability to teach. He will give you wisdom. He did it in Exodus. The Spirit gave him the ability to teach and he gave them the ability to build with wisdom. And he will do that with you! Then you can convert others—In other words, you will bring them into God’s presence and let God kill them and you don’t have to any longer. You will be a conductor in God’s orchestra. EZEKIEL 18:30-32 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord GOD. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!” So it’s a good time to repent. That means turn away. Learn. Turn and learn—and live. Why? So you can maintain the presence of God. Because that’s what is happening right now. Maintaining the presence of God. EXODUS 35:4-9; 21 And Moses spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying: ‘Take from among you an offering to the LORD. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the LORD: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood; oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate. Now I’m not going to pass around a bucket—but what is he saying? A willing heart. It must start with a willingness. There must be the beginning of a willingness to want to get a pure heart. To want to get right with God. There must be a willingness. Go to verse 21, Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the LORD’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments. So there was a willing spirit. In other words, if there was a willing heart, there is a willing spirit. Why? Because the heart is the character of your Spirit. You will know whether you are contaminated or not. So they were bringing an offering – and I’m not here to talk about offerings today – but since it has been mentioned …. If you are not a tither, you can’t be blessed. You are a selfblesser and it won’t last. Tithing protects your money. Offering increases it. That’s all I have to say about that. So the first thing we must do is be disciplined to maintain a what? Pure heart. In other words, discipline bypasses discernment. Why does it bypass discernment? Because you must be in the Spirit to be able to discern. If you are not in the Spirit, you can’t discern. Discipline is what assists us when you are not in the Spirit. So that you are going to do it, no matter what! By being disciplined, you would be able to get in the Spirit. But if you are not disciplined—The military, they get disciplined, don’t they. They’re disciplined. They discipline themselves to do what they have to do every morning and whatever. They have to go through stuff. They go through boot camp and whatever. They are disciplined—and believe me most of them are not in the Spirit! At least in the carnal military. In the Lord’s military, you have to be in the Spirit. So there is a discipline first. The first thing that must happen in your life is you must be disciplined. Disciplined to what? Do what you are supposed to do. Whether you feel it or you don’t. Discipline has nothing to do with what you feel. You get up in the morning, you go shower, you make your coffee, you brush your teeth, you get something to eat, you get ready

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—you are disciplined! You are disciplined every morning to do the same routine to get things going. You don’t even think about it, you just get up and do it. Hopefully, you are getting up and praying first—before you are feeding your flesh. So discipline is the first thing, by what? A willing heart and a willing spirit. HEBREWS 3:12-19 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt [that means world] led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. So their heart was hardened. It promoted rebellion and it also promoted unbelief. It caused rebellion, unbelief, anxiousness, mistrust, fear, and they didn’t enter the promised land. Where do you think we are at right now? Why do you think God is pouring out his spirit? The scripture right now is about the ten virgins. That’s what is happening right now—it’s manifesting. Those who are filled with the oil—why? Because the bridegroom is coming for the bride. Five of the virgins were wise and five were idiots. The five that were not right said to the five wise, Let us buy some of your oil. And they said, No. No— you have to get it yourself. Why? Because time is too short now. That’s why God is drawing all men unto him in a powerful, powerful way! It’s not a time to play games. It is a time to be serious like you have never been before. Because the end result is standing before Him. If you knew there was only a year left, what would you do? Would you be more concerned about your job and some of the other stuff. No. You had better start thinking that way because I doubt there is much time left. I doubt it. All the prophetic has been fulfilled, a couple of things are left. It’s time. If we have seven years left, that’s wonderful. I said if. But there is not much time left. We are in the latter days. Don’t be afraid because we are in the latter days because you don’t belong here anyway. This is not your home. You are spirit. And you are an offspring of the anointed one and his anointing. You don’t belong here! So quit trying to fight to stay here. Quit trying to fight for your life. Surrender your life and let God establish it. It’s a lot easier. So the first thing to be maintained is discipline. The second thing is to be grateful and thankful. To be grateful and thankful! So you must discipline yourself to be grateful and thankful no matter what. If you maintain being grateful and thankful you won’t be in want. You will shut the door to the devil. If you are grumbling and complaining you are in want—and you’re not grateful. And if you are finding things are messed up, then you have touched and agreed with something and you must search it out and start breaking things and learning. You must learn. But you must maintain an attitude of gratitude and gratefulness no matter what. If you find yourself grumbling and complaining because you can’t do this and you want to do that—DIE. Quickly. Come out of it. Quit fighting like you own something. You don’t own anything. It’s all His. This is where we must come out of the world. This is where we must maintain that attitude of gratitude. Thank you Lord! Thank you! It’s all yours. And whatever you choose to give me I thank you and I will give praise to you. I will maintain praise and an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness. Why? It takes the focus off of you and your circumstances—and especially your complaining. If you will judge yourself and look at what’s coming out of your mouth—imagine if you wrote

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down everything that’s coming out of your mouth that day and put it up there—whoo! You will find out where your heart is at. You will find out whether it has been hardened. How many times have you told God, That’s it, I’m done! Why? Because you didn’t get what you wanted. Quit comparing yourself to anybody. Stop it. Don’t compare yourself to anybody. God is comparing you to Him. Don’t worry about somebody getting blessed and don’t be envious of those being blessed. Be grateful and thankful where you are at. And know that there is more. Just stay in line. So the first one is be disciplined. The second one is be grateful and thankful. EPHESIANS 5:18-19 And do not be drunk with wine in which is dissipation but be filled with the Spirit. He said be filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s not about being drunk with carnal wine. It’s about being filled with the Spirit of God. In verse 19, what happens—Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ submitting to one another in the fear of God. This is powerful! So you must be spiritually positioned so that worship is constantly running in you. So that you are constantly worshiping the Lord. Hallelujah. Thank you Lord. Wherever I go—Hallelujah! Why? I’m making contact with the other side. Praise you Lord! Thank you! The bible says acknowledge Him in all of your ways and he will guide your path. Commit to him your works and he will establish your steps. Speaking psalms, submitting to one another in the fear of God. God’s presence will always bring reverence to Him. Fear. Every time. So that you will depart from evil. So that you won’t touch unclean things. You will think twice about doing something stupid. But when you come in agreement. When you touch and agree with something—the enemy already has access to you. And the bible says we are to make no place for the devil. So the third thing is the position of worship promotes humility. As you are a worshiper, you become humble. Not prideful. Humility will nullify pride. You won’t try to figure it out, you will learn how to wait on God to bring it to you. You won’t go ahead of God. You won’t be anxious. You will wait. You will trust. You will surrender. HEBREWS 10:24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Wow! Don’t forsake to assemble. Why? Because it causes accountability. If you are not accountable, you are not responsible. Individuals that are not willing to be accountable are not responsible. If you can’t be accountable to man, you can’t be accountable to God. That’s a deception. People say that they will be accountable to God and yet they can’t be accountable for assembling—because that’s what the bible says to do. Assemble. Why? Because that’s where your help is at. You go to the house of God. But the house of God doesn’t become the house of God until God’s children come in the house. Then it’s the house of God. Other than that this is just a shelter. Now it’s the house of God. Why? Because God’s children are here. The angels are all around. They are working on your behalf right now—and you have a legion of angels. There are protecting angels. Angels trying to meet your needs. They have to wait until you get positioned before they can move. Because the command comes from the Lord. When you get in position, God starts commanding them—Go! He holds you with one hand and kicks the devil with the other hand but you have got to get in position where he can hold you. That’s called positioning. You

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have to get in position so he can hold you and then the other hand swings and slaps the devil, moves the angels on your behalf—The next thing you know, the job you have been waiting for doesn’t come through because another one better does. Something else happens. So the fourth thing is the assembling of the saints which brings accountability. 3 JOHN 2-4 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper—Does God want you to prosper? Yes! In all things—Not just material. It does no good to prosper materially if you can’t use it spiritually—or use it for the kingdom of God. The first area he wants you to prosper in is spiritually. But he does want you to prosper materially also. Why? So you can help build the kingdom of God—build orphanages, rescue people—get the Word out! Feed, clothe and shelter. Open up discipleship houses, whatever it is. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. Prosperity in the spirit is going to bring health to you. Your soul is your mind, will and emotions. So those things must prosper—in other words, line up with the will of God, which allows the flow of the anointing. The flow of blessings to come. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Why? Because truth sets you free, doesn’t it. So now they are prospering because they have lined up according to the spirit of God and according to the will of God. So you are to know the truth and walk by it. In other words, you must have a desire to learn. Never think that you have learned enough. The moment you think you have learned enough, you have fallen. The more you learn about the things of God—revelation and rhema—the more you realize how big he is. And how much you don’t know. When you get to a point where you think you know and you know enough, you are in trouble. We must have a constant desire to always want to learn. A child’s heart is always willing to learn and quick to forgive. The fifth thing is to always have a desire to learn. HEBREWS 12:5-11 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him—So if you feel that today—if you feel chastened by the Lord today and you feel rebuked by the Lord, it’s cause he loves you. For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. So your chastening is going to train you. You are being trained right now by the chastening of the Lord. What happens though, is that as God chastens individuals, they run! That’s it, I’m not taking it anymore! I’m done! I’m packing! I’m leaving! I, I, I … That’s it, I’m finding another church! They hop from church to church to church to church. And every time they get chastened, they run. See you can’t outrun the chastening of the Lord either. You can’t out run the devil and you can’t out run the chastening of the Lord. You must turn around and fight the devil and you must turn around and submit to God. Submit! And resist the devil! So receive the chastening of the Lord with joy.

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Thank you Lord! David said it—he said, Lord though you slay me, I will still praise you! Don’t run from God’s chastening. EPHESIANS 5:8-17 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Let me share something with you, stop hanging around with those who are unruly. What does a child of God have to do with a child of the devil. If you know someone that is claiming to be a believer and they are not walking right, don’t hang with them! Why? Bad company corrupts good habits. You are to hang around with those who have a pure heart after God. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Expose them! It blows my mind how people—because they are caught up soulishly—that they hang around with those that are committing fornication—drunkards—saying, Oh they are my good friend! No, they are an enemy to God! And if they are God’s enemy they are yours. Why? Because they are a friend of the world. If you are a friend of the world, you are an enemy of God. God’s not the enemy, you’re His enemy! You are to come out from among them. You are to expose the garbage. And you do it in love. I’m sorry man, we were friends but I can’t hang with you. No, I’m not going to come over and watch football at your house while you drink and think I’m going to make it. While you’re living with this girl and this girl is living with you and you want me to come out and fellowship with you—no, no, no! That’s not going to happen! Or you want me to bless you while you are in fornication. Or you’re living with somebody or whatever and you want the blessings of the Lord. Let me tell you it will be stolen immediately. You are not to have fellowship—why? Because you are to maintain a pure heart! I don’t care what the devil has convinced you with, you are either obedient to this word or you are not. You are either obedient or you are not. There is no gray area. It’s either light or darkness. One or the other. Let’s read that one more time – verse 11, And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. So the seventh thing is to have no fellowship with darkness. None. If someone is not right with God, they are darkness. Maintaining a pure heart. That’s where we are at. The enemy wants to defile your heart. ****

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NOTES: Maintaining a Pure Heart Maintaining a pure heart is what will keep God’s presence. There are areas where you can begin to test yourself and tell where your heart has become hardened. Number one is rebellion. Are you rebellious? Well then your heart is hard. Submission to authority – on every level. Anything less is rebellion. Not wearing a seatbelt is rebellion. Something as small as not putting your grocery cart back where the store asks that it be returned to is indicative of rebellion. The enemy only needs a crack. A little leaven. If I am not under authority I will have no authority. If I have no authority I can’t take dominion. And then will have no victory. It’s rebellion in the heart. Am I obedient/submitting to authority even when no one is looking. Am I doing what my boss has asked even when he is not around—even when he would not know one way or another? Am I submitted to the authority God has placed me under. Am I doing things my way or the way I have been asked to do something? Jesus was completely and totally submitted to the Father on every level – He did what he saw the Father do. He walked in perfect obedience and because he walked in perfect obedience and submission to the Father, he walked in perfect power, authority, having dominion over everything. If I am not submitting or rebellious on any level that means self is too much alive. My wants/desires to do things my way is too alive. I must be dead to self—completely submitting to the God and the authority he has placed me under. The only way to maintain his presence is to keep your heart from becoming hardened. The Spirit is the foundation of your life. That means your relationship with the Lord, in the Spirit, is your foundation. Your heart is the character of your spirit. That’s why the bible says out of your mouth speaks your heart. That lets you know whether your spirit is contaminated or not. What comes out of my mouth defines me. Spirit = breath – what I speak matters. It is one of the fruits from the garden of my heart. What I have sown in my heart – allowed in my gates—the seed that I have allowed to take root in my heart will determine what comes out of my mouth. Did he tell you that you couldn’t do something? Did you agree that you couldn’t—when the bible says you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. When the bible says He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world and says I’m more than a conqueror! He is placing his image in you when you come into agreement with it. Then you become a slave to him. Then we fight and wonder what’s going on. Why am I doing what I’m doing? Because you have come into agreement with the voice of the stranger. I must operate in the belief system of the new man only. What defines me is only who and what Christ says I am and have in Him. Nothing else. I must replace all corruptible seeds with who I AM in Christ. I can’t get lazy in examining my thoughts – or my motives.

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So when you touch and agree with him he has legal access to come and steal, to come and kill and to come and destroy. You are allowing it!! God says, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Why? Because you don’t know how to fight. You are playing religion. Religion won’t save you! You have to take out the Holy Ghost bazooka! You cannot out run the devil. You must turn around and fight him face to face. Or else he will take dominion in your house, in your heart and in your mind. The bible tells us that the Spirit tells us all things and guides us into all truth. So if you are truly listening you are ahead of the devil. But I won’t hear correctly unless I am clean. I won’t be able to even if I try. I must be clean and sanctified to hear and discern correctly. Now let me share with you, one of the great enemies against a pure heart is pride. P.R.I.D.E. Personal reverence into a deadly end. It’s a killer. Most people don’t even know when they are involved in pride. You fight pride every day. With every decision you make, pride is there. Remember pride protects self. Fear protects pride. Anger protects fear. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. In other words, if you can’t submit to God, you can’t resist the devil. There are people trying to kick the devil out of their house and he doesn’t have to go. Why? Because there has not been submission to God yet.

YOU CANNOT REMOVE THE POWERS OF DARKNESS FROM YOU UNTIL YOU SUBMIT TO GOD.
When you go to God every day in this arena, you are focusing on HIM and nothing else. You don’t go to Him and say Lord I need this…. You go to Him and say, Lord I need YOU! Because when you have Him you have everything. The Lord is your shepherd, you shall not want. Those who are in want is because they are not in position. Focus and attention must be on God – never on man or the pastor/teacher. God must always be the focus – NOTHING in between. Otherwise, idolatry—because we magnify what we focus on. there is no manipulation in a pure heart. there is no control in a pure heart. there is never a manpleasing spirit in a pure heart. Because in a pure heart are no idols. At the base of manipulation, control and a manpleasing spirit is always fear. Where there is fear - there will be idols. fear of losing someone or something. Sometimes this is so deeply rooted and camouflaged so well that the presence of these demons take precedence of the host’s actual character. The person is so convinced that the familiar spirits are actually who they are and they think it’s just part of their personality and they are unable to separate themselves long enough to even examine what is really motivating them. The host begins to justify and reason away thought patterns, emotional attachments and behavior that are actually the fruit of what’s really operating. The demons operating in the host use the tremendous fear that is so carefully masked, making the host capable of just about anything so as not to lose the position it thinks it has in the heart of the idol it looks to in lieu of God. the host thinks they look to God, but the fruit being produced tells a different story. the focus being on the man/or idol and not on God. There is no pure heart in one who allows a manpleasing spirit, manipulation and control to operate within them. He who has clean hands and a

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pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. Ignorance is no excuse. we are to constantly examine who and what is motivating our spirit at all times. There must be nothing in between me and God. What is motivating me even now. the host needs a lot of prayer - prayer for the host to want deliverance. because the only way to truly be free is if they really want to be free as these demons are so strong. but then again, if confronted and they say they desire freedom, what is the motive -- free to please God and have nothing before Him - or free to please man? if it is to be free to please man - the motive is still not pure. the host needs prayer. my motive is a desire for truth and for my own sight to remain clear. with the sight comes a responsibility with what I am given to see. I must separate the person from the demon continually. Blessing the person and being polite to the person, doesn’t mean I am blind to, condone or in any way pet the evil operating within them. There is no idolatry in a pure heart. A pure heart does not manage demons of any kind, disguised in any way. Discipline bypasses discernment. Why does it bypass discernment? Because you must be in the Spirit to be able to discern. If you are not in the Spirit, you can’t discern. Discipline is what assists us when you are not in the Spirit. So that you are going to do it, no matter what! By being disciplined, you would be able to get in the Spirit. Don’t forsake to assemble. Why? Because it causes accountability. If you are not accountable, you are not responsible. Individuals that are not willing to be accountable are not responsible. If you can’t be accountable to man, you can’t be accountable to God. That’s a deception. People say that they will be accountable to God and yet they can’t be accountable for assembling—because that’s what the bible says to do. Assemble. Why? Because that’s where your help is at. You go to the house of God. But the house of God doesn’t become the house of God until God’s children come in the house. Then it’s the house of God. Other than that this is just a shelter. Now it’s the house of God. Why? Because God’s children are here. In other words, you must have a desire to learn. Never think that you have learned enough. The moment you think you have learned enough, you have fallen. The more you learn about the things of God—revelation and rhema—the more you realize how big he is. And how much you don’t know. A teachable spirit is humble. A humble spirit is always teachable. You can’t out run the devil and you can’t out run the chastening of the Lord. You must turn around and fight the devil and you must turn around and submit to God. Submit! And resist the devil! So receive the chastening of the Lord with joy. Stand/endure. No matter what. Bad company corrupts good habits. You are to hang around with those who have a pure heart after God. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. SANCTIFICATION.

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To maintain a pure heart – 1. Must be disciplined; 2. Must be grateful and thankful continually; 3. Must maintain an arena of constant worship – this position of worship promotes humility. As you are a worshiper, you become humble. 4. Must not forsake to assemble which brings accountability. 5. Must always have a desire to learn. 6. Must not run from the chastening of the Lord. 7. Must have no fellowship with darkness. ~~

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