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Preparing for Spiritual Warfare (Lesson 3 of 4)

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE TEACHER OF ALL TRUTH (JOHN 16:13) AMP

The Bible tells us in John 8:32 know the truth and the truth will set us free.  Freedom is what we all seek.  Freedom to determine our own destiny, and in doing so, we know that we are assured by the word of God that by holding onto His unchanging hands our victory in this race is a fore gone conclusion.

Nevertheless, here is the one thing you must know concerning the truth.  Listen to what the word says, 13But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. (John 16:13) AMP).

Jesus said the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”  The word guide means, “To show the way in unknown territory.”  God uses the Holy Spirit to grow and edify you, stretch and mature you, to build you up, and then take you to the next level of spiritual maturity.  It is a level that you have never, seen before it is unknown territory.  However, know without a doubt, that you are promised, a personal trainer who is the Spirit of truth.  He will come alongside you to guide you in the new place.

He knows what you need and He will never fail you.  A strange dynamic occurs between a trainer and trainee.  The trainee is always complaining to the trainer about what he cannot do.  The truth of the matter is that a good trainer knows more about the trainee than the trainee does.  He knows where he is weak and where he is strong.  He knows how quickly his muscles will respond to certain kinds of training.  He knows when he is tired or just being lazy.  A really good trainer can look at you and tell you if you’ve been eating the right foods or if you’ve gotten enough sleep the night before.  The trainer knows the trainee’s past history.  He puts the trainee on an exercise program tailored for his needs to achieve the desired goal.  Always during exercise, the trainer is right there, next to the trainee.  He never goes on a coffee break.  He never turns his back.

He takes you to the next level.  Whenever the trainer puts the trainee into weight-lighting position, the trainer makes sure there is enough weight on the bar to help the trainee advance to the next level.  When the trainee gets in weight-lifting position, the trainer is right there, whispering into his ear, “You said you wanted to get stronger.  You said you wanted to grow.  You said you wanted to build endurance and stamina.  Now, lift that weight.”  The Holy Spirit will encourage you by reminding you of the prize of God’s high calling.  He will remind you of times past when you thought you could not carry the weight of your problems, but He was right there showing you how.  Sometimes the trainee tries to negotiate with the trainer.  He will say his load is too heavy or that the trainer requires him to lift too much weight.  “Would you please, sir, take off some of this weight?”  However, the trainer knows what his pupil needs.  He tries to help the trainee get stronger.  He knows the trainee only gets stronger by lifting something heavy.  Likewise, the Holy Spirit knows you cannot exercise yourself unto godliness by doing what you are used to doing, what is easy to do.  He knows you have to go through pain sometimes.  He knows you have to be taken to new plateaus of faith, new levels of understanding in the Word, greater depths in meditation, and further intimacy in prayer.

He stands ready to help.  He will never turn his back on you, because He is also your spotter.  If He sees you straining, and sweating, and about to throw in the towel, He takes notice.  A good trainer always stands close enough to place one finger on the load you are trying to lift.  If it looks like the bar is about to fall, a good trainer will hold it for a spell to give you some rest.  He is there to make sure you do not collapse under too much weight.  After all, He has a promise to keep:”God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able” (1Cor. 10:13).  He will never let the bar fall on you and injure you.

Do you know what it is like to struggle with a heavy load only to have God step in to let you rest?  God puts His Holy Ghost finger underneath your load and lifts it for you.  In the midst of your struggle, you find yourself able to lift your burden.  Before you know it, you hear something in your ear.  Before you know it, you are getting stronger.  You are able to lift up your problems, discouragement, and heartache.  The power of the Holy Ghost helps you to run on in Jesus name.  If you keep working out with your Holy Ghost trainer, you will find after awhile that your burden feels a little bit lighter.  It is not really lighter; it is just you have gotten bigger spiritual muscles.  You have the joy of the Lord, which is your strength.  You have heaven in your view.

He gets results.  I go to the gym regularly.  I have noticed that people who leave the gym have a walk about them.  They have a little more glide in their stride.  They may not even have lost any weight, but they know that as long as they keep going to the gym, one day the pounds will come off.  If you are regularly exercising spiritually, you know your troubles will come off.  You know your trails will one day be outdated.  You know discouragement will not be with you always.  You might as well start thanking your Trainer right now, even if you have not lost a pound.  You know, if you are exercising spiritually, that He is the best Trainer there is.  Moreover, if you look around at some of His other clients, you know that those who stick with Him see miraculous results.

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Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you Believed?

Icon of the Pentecost

Icon of the Pentecost (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peace be with you…

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.” As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  (John 20:19-22 ESV)

For a healthy Christian life, it is indispensable that we should be fully conscious that we have received the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  The disciples spent three years walking with Jesus and they were recognized as believers.  However, this position was not enough for them.  He commanded them not to rest satisfied until they had received the Holy Spirit from Himself in heaven.

Therefore, when Jesus met with the disciples after the resurrection, he greeted them by saying, PEACE BE WITH YOU!”  Not just one time but twice, Jesus truly loved his disciples and they loved him.  But he now had to prepare them for their commission, to be his personal representatives in spreading the gospel around the world.  However, in order to do this they needed the power of the HOLY SPIRIT.  And Jesus gave them this power by breathing into them the HOLY SPIRIT.  This act reminds us of what God did to make the first man come alive, he breathed into him and he became a living soul.  There is life in the breath of God.  Man was created but did not come alive until God had breathed into him the breath of life.  God’s first breath made man different from all other forms of creation.  Here, through the breath of Jesus, God imparted eternal, spiritual life.  With this breathing came the power to do God’s will on earth.

Jesus gave the disciples their Spirit-powered and Spirit-guided mission—to preach the Good News about him so that people’s sins might be forgiven.  Now we must earnestly examine ourselves and ask the question, “DID YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?”  We know that there are still many Christians who know nothing of this gift of the Holy Spirit.  Amid much that is good and amiable, even with much earnestness and zeal, the life of such Christians is still hampered by weakness, stumbling, and disappointment simply because it has never been brought into vitalizing contact with power from on high.  Such souls have not received the HOLY SPIRIT as the Pentecostal gift to be possessed, kept, and filled by Him.

Now to be certain of this one fact, the supreme need of the Christian life is to receive the HOLY SPIRIT and, when we have it, to be conscious of the fact and live in harmony with it.  We as Evangelical Minister must not merely preach about the HOLY SPIRIT from time to time, but also direct our efforts toward teaching our congregations that there can be no true worship except through the indwelling and unceasing operation of the HOLY SPIRIT.  Only those who are thirsty will drink water with eagerness, and only those who are sick will desire a physician.  In the same way, it is only when believers are prepared to acknowledge the defective and sinful character of their spiritual condition that the preaching of the full blessing of Pentecost will find an entrance into their hearts.

Many Christians imagine that the only thing lacking in their life is more earnestness or more strength and, if they only obtain these benefits, they will become all they ought to be.  This makes the preaching of a full salvation of little avail.  It is only when the discovery is made that they are not standing in a right attitude toward the HOLY SPIRIT that they have only His preparatory operations but do not yet know Him in His indwelling, that the way to something higher will ever be open or even be desired.

For this discovery, it is indispensable that the question should be put to each individual as pointedly and as personally as may be: “DID YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?”  When the answer takes the shape of a deeply felt and utterly sincere concern, then the time of revival is not far off.

I have ministered this message to you this day from a position of peace and power given by Jesus Christ that you may come into the full knowledge of the HOLY SPIRIT.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

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THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE HOLY SPIRIT
TRUE MEANING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

"THE HOLY SPRIT BRINGS LIGHT INTO OUR LIVES" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“THE HOLY SPRIT BRINGS LIGHT INTO OUR LIVES” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Some describe the Holy Spirit as “breath” or “wind” that has the ability to transform lives. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God that dwells in each believer that empowers and equip, with the ability to accomplish what is the will of God.
Throughout scripture the Holy Spirit is referenced as almost mysterious movement, but if you stop and consider how wind flows the meaning becomes much clearer; for Jesus said, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone born of the Spirit.” (John: 3:8; NKJV)

Jesus was consistent in instilling knowledge, understanding, faith and belief in the hearts of those who chose to follow him. He often spoke of “Spirit” assuring that even when he was no longer physically present we would never be with-out someone to guide us, which remains true to this day for those who chose to take up the cross for the cause.

This is his teaching:
Believe:
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves…the works that I do…”(John 14:11)
“The Spirit of truth…dwells with you and will be in you…because I live you will live also” (John: 14: 17)
“…the Holy Spirit…will teach you all things and bring to remembrance all things that I said to you” (verse 26)

No broken promise:
God spoke all things into existence; created beings failed in so many ways, yet he has not given up on us. He did something no one else can even begin to match; he gave his only Son to save us all. When his Son walked this earth as one of us, he had been given a mission to carry out through teaching and revelation of the will of his Father. Jesus says, “If you love me, you will be glad that I am on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life…I’m carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail.” (John: 14: 28-31; MGS). “First I left the Father and arrived in the world, now I leave the world and travel to the Father.” (16:28)

His Son made a promise of sending another friend after his mission was completed, the Holy Spirit; he did not leave us without hope.

Movement of the Holy Spirit:

As Jesus promised, when the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind…no one could tell where it came from; it filled the building, then like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks…(Acts: 2:1-4). The same promise is alive today. When we come to the knowledge and understanding that there is a force that lives in and around us at all times, we are able to fulfill the purpose for which we have been created. Hope within each of us should burn like fire with a desire to fulfill the purpose as Jesus did.

“Ask and you shall receive”
“Seek and you will find”
“Knock and the door will open” (Luke: 11:8; MGS), that is a promise.

GOD CREATED THE UNIVERSE IN MAN AND WOMAN’S IMAGE

GOD CREATED THE UNIVERSE IN MAN AND WOMAN’S IMAGE

GOD’S DESTINY FOR MAN AND WOMAN WAS HIGHER AND MORE NOBLER THAN ANY OTHER CREATURE  (Genesis 1:26-28) 

The Bible describes the origin of the sexes as a creative act of GodEvolution has never been able to explain how the sexes beganHumanity was commanded to be fruitful and multiply. Now watch this short video clip and we will meet on the other side.

God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.

The crown of God’s work was the creation of man in His image and according to His likeness.  This means that man was placed on earth as God’s representative, and that He resembles God in certain ways.  Just as God is a Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), so man is a tripartite being (spirit, soul, and body).  Like God, man has intellect, a moral nature, the power to communicate with others, and an emotional nature that transcends instinct.  There is no thought of physical likeness here.  In contrast to animals, man is a worshiper, an articulate communicator, and a creator.

From the beginning God’s heart to build a dwelling place for Himself in the Earth is seen in His creation of man and woman—together, the foundation of the house of the Lord.  Through the two of them together, He intended to live and reveal Himself in the world.  Through them God intended to manifest His character and authority (image), express His dominion over the Earth, display His indisputable power over the works of darkness, and subdue His archenemy, Satan.  The first man and woman were a microcosm of the church, signaling that God’s glory would forever be seen in the Earth through the combined expression of male and female.  Now, as then, God’s blessing—His promise of success—is upon our unity.

These verses also reveal to us just how God meant for man’s intrinsic value to be, his human worth and divine destiny.  God made sure that man was distinct from the rest of His creation.  The Divine Triune Counsel determined that man was to have God’s image and likeness.  Man is a spiritual being who is not only body, but also soul and spirit.  He is a moral being whose intelligence, perception, and self-determination far exceed that of any other earthly being.

These properties or traits possessed by mankind and his prominence in the order of creation imply the intrinsic worth, not only of the family of mankind, but also of each human individual.

Capacity and ability constitute accountability and responsibility.  We should never be pleased to dwell on a level of existence lower than that on which God has made it possible for us to dwell.  We should strive to be the best we can be and to reach the highest levels we can reach.  To do less is to be unfaithful stewards of the life entrusted to us.

Now let us understand, after having been made out of the dust of the ground, a human begins as any other creature—a biological entity.  The creaturely existence, however, is insufficient to describe the human being, for man becomes the crowning act of creation and is distinguished as being different—God literally breathes life into man.

Unlike the rest of creation, a human being has been created in a covenant relationship to God and has an exceptionally high and distinct value and destiny.  The likeness of man to the Creator is in the form and function of personal unity.  God designed the human personality to consist of self-consciousness and self-determination, with both the freedom and the awareness to respond to God, to other human beings, and to the environmentHe also designed a destiny for man far higher and nobler than that of any other creature.  When God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness,” He had planned from the foundation of the world a glorious future for those who would choose the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:4-6).

To God the father, the creator of all there is, to Him be the glory.  In the name of Jesus, we have ministered to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

KNOWING THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE REDEEMER AND PREDATOR

KNOWING THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE REDEEMER AND PREDATOR

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

 

Knowing the distinction is how we develop into strong believers of faith in Jesus Christ and his teachings. The predator seeks out his target, devise a plan and then set about to conquer and devour. The Redeemer plucks you from the unsettled state and offers life filled with grace, mercy, joy and hope, and provides all that’s necessary through the Holy Spirit that keeps you safe and grounded. The Predator seeks to kill steal and destroy your hope, to derail you from the purpose God created you with and or for.

It is not a desire to break from the teachings, it’s being able to recognize when we find ourselves in a place that robs us of our hopes and dreams that we seek forgiveness through the Redeemer.

Perfection is a goal we all would like to reach, but as long as these bodies of clay exist we will find ourselves in the presence of the predator. When we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us we know that it is through Christ that redemptive power lives and gives us hope.

God is a living Spirit (a living personal presence) which gives us freedom from those things that holds us in bondage. The scripture reminds us, “let nothing separate us from God’s Love,” when we enter his presence it is to be done so in holy reverence, he beckons us to come.  Those who do not understand the true meaning of God are those looking or going the wrong way while refusing to give thought to what God and his message is all about.  It seems that all they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness (the Predator); thinking he can give them what they want, so they rather not bother believing a truth they cannot see.

Jesus has given us the brightness of his message: if we follow the pattern we know it is determined that we must guard our hearts because the Predator never sleeps. Jesus said, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will  deceive many (Matthew 24:4, NIV), he went on to say, the one who stands firm to the end will be saved (13).”

Knowing the distinction between Predator and Redeemer sets God’s chosen apart, for they are chosen by God for the high calling of priestly work, to be a holy people. These are God’s chosen instruments to do his work, to get the message out to others; he takes nothing and makes something, he takes the rejected and makes them accepted (1Peter 2:8-10, MSG).

Let us not think for one moment that we are not within eye-sight of the Predator; after all, he’s been around since creation and to this day as in the days of Job. As scripture revels, One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, the Designated Accuser, came along with them, God singled out Satan and said,” What have you been up to?” Satan answered God, “Going here and there, checking things out on earth.”(Job 1:6-7, MGS) This very moment in time he is still “checking things out on earth” the predator.

What a God we serve! Our Redeemer lives, Christ suffered because of other’s sins, Righteous for unrighteous; he went through death–then was made alive–to bring us to God. Through his sacrifice we are given a chance to choose and make decisions in order to become a part of who he really is, the choice is ours.

 

THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO MEDITATE ON THE SCRIPTURES

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THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO MEDITATE ON THE SCRIPTURES

Some of us read our bibles occasionally while others read them daily, but how many of you stop and take the time to meditate on what the scriptures are teaching you?   It is necessary to meditate on the Scriptures and keep the Word of God in our thoughts, heart, and daily walk.  Let us, however, constantly remember that it is only when we are filled with the Spirit that we can fully experience the Spiritual power and truth of the Word.  He is “the Spirit of truth.”  He alone guides us into all truth when He dwells in us.

The mighty working of the Spirit and the indwelling of the Lord Jesus are bound together with a life of love.  Being filled with the Spirit and the indwelling of Christ bring a life that has its root, its joy, its power, and its evidence in love because Christ is love.   When we learn to love Christ, we begin to love his word, because the truth is in his teaching of the word.  In order for us to understand it, we must be filled with the HOLY SPIRIT.  When we are filled with the HOLY SPIRIT we then can meditate on the scriptures and we will be filled with power to understand, teach and preach with power.

On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached about Jesus to thousands of hostile Jews.  With boldness and in opposition to the leaders of the people, he was able to say:  “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).  With courage and joy, Stephen, Paul, and many others were enabled to encounter threatening, suffering, and death.  They did this triumphantly because the Spirit of Christ, the victor—Christ Himself, had been glorified and now dwelt within them.  The joy of the blessing of Pentecost gives courage and power to speak for Jesus because it fills the whole heart with Him.

Let us understand that the blessing of Pentecost makes the Word of God new.  We see this fact distinctly in the case of the disciples.  As with all the Jews of that age, their ideas of the Messiah and the Kingdom of God were external and carnal.   All the instruction of the Lord Jesus throughout three long years could not change their way of thinking.  They were unable to comprehend the doctrine of a suffering and dying Messiah or the hope of His invisible spiritual dominion.  Even after His resurrection, He had to rebuke them for their unbelieving spirit and their inability to understand the Scriptures.

With the coming of the day of Pentecost, an entire change took place.  Their ancient Scriptures opened up before them.  The light of the Holy Spirit in them illumined the Word.  In the preaching of Peter and Stephen and in the addresses of Paul and James, we see how a divine light had shown on the Old Testament.  They saw everything through the Spirit of this Jesus who had made His abode within them.

Words

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Now in closing we leave you with the same words that we begin with which is, “It is necessary to meditate on the Scriptures and keep the Word of God in our thoughts, heart, and daily walk.  Let us, however, constantly remember that it is only when we are filled with the Spirit that we can fully experience the Spiritual power and truth of the Word.  He is “the Spirit of truth.”  He alone guides us into all truth when He dwells in us.”  Therefore, let us always remember these few simple words, “THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO MEDITATE ON THE SCRIPTURES!”  “DO IT NOW!” 

DID YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?

Icon of the Pentecost

Icon of the Pentecost (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DID YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.” As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  (John 20:19-22 ESV)

For a healthy Christian life, it is indispensable that we should be fully conscious that we have received the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  The disciples spent three years walking with Jesus and they were recognized as believers.  However, this position was not enough for them.  He commanded them not to rest satisfied until they had received the Holy Spirit from Himself in heaven.

Therefore, when Jesus met with the disciples after the resurrection, he greeted them by saying, PEACE BE WITH YOU!”  Not just one time but twice, Jesus truly loved his disciples and they loved him.  But he now had to prepare them for their commission, to be his personal representatives in spreading the gospel around the world.  However, in order to do this they needed the power of the HOLY SPIRIT.  And Jesus gave them this power by breathing into them the HOLY SPIRIT.  This act reminds us of what God did to make the first man come alive, he breathed into him and he became a living soul.  There is life in the breath of God.  Man was created but did not come alive until God had breathed into him the breath of life.  God’s first breath made man different from all other forms of creation.  Here, through the breath of Jesus, God imparted eternal, spiritual life.  With this breathing came the power to do God’s will on earth.

Jesus gave the disciples their Spirit-powered and Spirit-guided mission—to preach the Good News about him so that people’s sins might be forgiven.  Now we must earnestly examine ourselves and ask the question, “DID YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?”  We know that there are still many Christians who know nothing of this gift of the Holy Spirit.  Amid much that is good and amiable, even with much earnestness and zeal, the life of such Christians is still hampered by weakness, stumbling, and disappointment simply because it has never been brought into vitalizing contact with power from on high.  Such souls have not received the HOLY SPIRIT as the Pentecostal gift to be possessed, kept, and filled by Him.

Now to be certain of this one fact, the supreme need of the Christian life is to receive the HOLY SPIRIT and, when we have it, to be conscious of the fact and live in harmony with it.  We as Evangelical Minister must not merely preach about the HOLY SPIRIT from time to time, but also direct our efforts toward teaching our congregations that there can be no true worship except through the indwelling and unceasing operation of the HOLY SPIRIT.  Only those who are thirsty will drink water with eagerness, and only those who are sick will desire a physician.  In the same way, it is only when believers are prepared to acknowledge the defective and sinful character of their spiritual condition that the preaching of the full blessing of Pentecost will find an entrance into their hearts.

Many Christians imagine that the only thing lacking in their life is more earnestness or more strength and, if they only obtain these benefits, they will become all they ought to be.  This makes the preaching of a full salvation of little avail.  It is only when the discovery is made that they are not standing in a right attitude toward the HOLY SPIRIT that they have only His preparatory operations but do not yet know Him in His indwelling, that the way to something higher will ever be open or even be desired.

For this discovery, it is indispensable that the question should be put to each individual as pointedly and as personally as may be: “DID YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?”  When the answer takes the shape of a deeply felt and utterly sincere concern, then the time of revival is not far off.  I have ministered this message to you this day from a position of peace and power given by Jesus Christ that you may come into the full knowledge of the HOLY SPIRIT.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

 

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