The Lord Calls Us To Battle
Papa God we thank You for today and for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ of Nazareth and for the Holy Spirit. We thank You for all the provisions you give us, for food and clothing and for a roof over our heads. For air conditioning and for heating and this place to meet and have meetings with You. We thank You for providing the next place we are to meet and move in to that we can stay in Faith knowing you will take care of all the details of our life as well as were we go from here.
We are so grateful for the time we have had to meet here the last several years and we thank you for blessing all the people involved that have been a part of this Upper Room experience,
We Thank You for church families and loved ones and friends.
For having the privilege of coming to You anytime day or night, anywhere we are and that you always welcome us into Your throne room and make a way possible to help us in our times of need when there seems no way possible. That all things are possible with You.
We thank You for our eternal life and for our eternal identity and our inheritance. We thank for taking care of us and all the details of our lives.
We are so grateful and thankful that You allow us to partner with You like this. For all the wonderful testimonies that continue to come in.
That we can be a light in this dark world, and joint heirs with our Lord Jesus Christ.
That we are a chosen generation, The Royal Priesthood of Believers. That we are such a blessed people, as we ask You to help us now continually line up with your Holy Word.
We are so grateful You have gathered us together to be of one accord like this.
That You are so full of mercy grace and love
Help us Lord that we can put on the mindset of Christ and according to John 14;12 this and greater things shall we do.
That we can watch and pray always that we may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and that we can stand before You Lord before the Son of Man.
We invite You Holy Spirit to come now, come now Holy Spirit and teach us and take us over
We ask that blessings overtake us and chase us down in Jesus of Nazareth name Amen
I recall reading somewhere that Evangelist Billy Sunday once said gLets quit fiddling with religion and do something to bring the world to Christ." Please open your Bible to Acts 2 starting at verse 17
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
In other words Papa God's Holy Spirit is poured out on all who accept Jesus Christ of Nazareth as their savior.
We as believers have an opportunity to experience Papa God's power in an awesome way, through the outpouring of God's spirit.
When you think of what a Christian looks like today , how many people actually see a picture of a Christian in there minds eye as someone who is not religious, but some individual, who loves the Lord and is obedient to His commandments. Someone who is preaching the Gospel, healing the sick, casting out demons?
I venture to guess most people think of a religious type of person as a Christian. Someone who just appears to be a saint on the outside, but who they also probably view as a hypocrite, or as someone who has been mislead and now somehow is standing in the way of world peace.
Seems most people today think and believe the way to enter into eternal heaven is by doing good deeds.
For example, if you regularly attend church, even if you sleep through most of it, pay your tithes and do good things you will be rewarded later as they think most everyone will enter into Heaven.
I mean most people who claim to be Christians do not read their Bible and pollsters show that most people think they are going to somehow make it into Heaven regardless of how they live or if they make a commitment to the Lord because the American version of Jesus has been painted as someone who is able to overlook your sins as His grace covers you whether you obey His commandments or not.
My Bible has some verses in it perhaps theirs must be missing, like Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
So then it is rather important to keep take the Lord at His word and keep His commandments and they are not grievous. 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Now the enemy of our souls has been working overtime to hide the truth from people, but the Holy Spirit has been working overtime as well and there is no real comparison between them. John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. The Lord Jesus tells to know the truth and the truth will make us free. Then as we step out in faith we pave the way for the Lord to do miracles in our lives. If we step out in fear its like the Lord stands back and lets us have it our way, because we choice the wrong Kingdom to bow down to and the enemy comes to help then. If you bow down to a spirit of fear you are saying that spirit of fear is greater then God.
Our society's seems to have an insatiable thirst for answers which has led us to a gathering a phenomenal amount of knowledge. What is so amazing is the God already gave us the answers if we only take the time to see they have been in the Bible all along. Revelation Chapter 18 we read there will be great increases in technology, knowledge and speed of travel which exactly harmonizes with the things prophesied in places like Daniel chapter 12. In Chapter 2 of Daniel prophesies the forming of a final one-world government.
However how many study the word of God to show themselves approved? How many Christians have been confused by the modern churches with a water down Gospel message.
2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For example the Bible told us the world was round, which gave Christopher Columbus the idea to try sailing over the horizon as the world was not flat after all, He trusted the Word of God over the words of men.
Then the Bible told us about things in deep space like to the north was a wide expanse of nothing, but when we looked up all we saw was stars, now with the use of the Hubble telescope we have been able to prove what the Lord said all along. In Exodus the Lord described germs but we did not confirm it with science until the late 1800fs with the use of a microscope.
We as born again spirit filled believers can take advantage of that knowledge in a way that hasn't been available before. Like teaching that diseases are directly linked to disobedience to the word of God.
Hosea 4:6 say God people perish from lack of knowledge,
Because Knowledge is Power
There are surly things the devil doesn't want you to know about. For example, he doesn't want you to know about Papa God's forgiveness through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The devil doesnft want you to know about invisible evil spirits that try to influence your thought life.
We may have gained much worldly knowledge but we also seem to have traded in our Biblical knowledge and understanding in the process. As this country excelled in the beginning because the educational system was constructed to teach the Bible, the great universities began as Bible colleges when the started out like Yale and Harvard. Now it seems they teach against those foundational truths.To the point where liberalism and its anti god agenda has infiltrated most schools in our nation.
How will Christianity in America survive when pastors who are called of God to protect His sheep donft teach the whole Gospel and only teach a popular feel good message? It is good to encourage people, because life can be full of challenges. But how many pastors and churches are leaving people stranded because they have not known or been taught the whole Gospel truth? They have not been told we are at war with an invisible enemy. That we are not fighting against flesh and blood but against something invisible that attacks our thought life. I reckon most countries announce to their people when they are at war to prepare them and keep them as safe as possible.
The first place this war starts is in your thought life and to walk in Christ forgiveness is the first place to start as part of Godfs Salvation Army.
Forgiveness is such a simple concept, however it has such incredibly powerful results. So the
devil does his best to try and keep you from forgiving anyone and yourself.
When we are experiencing the power of God in our lives we also need to have some knowledge to go with it, as we do not want to perish from lack of it. We certainly need to have some basic knowledge of Papa God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit we need some knowledge of satan and his demonic army as well as some knowledge of the world around us.
As spirit filled born again believers, Disciples of Christ, we as Christians, need to understand we are in the middle of a battle for your soul and the souls of others?
If you're not a Christian yet, then you're still in the battle. The only difference is, satan is beating you up pretty badly at the moment and will continue to do so until you surrender your life to Christ and join His winning army.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
In these verses, we can understand we are in a war. Like any good soldier you need to prepare and train for battle in order to come out victoriously. When you said I accept Jesus Christ of Nazareth as my personal saviour you in effect signed up as enlisting in God Salvation Army.
There is this very old ancient book, The Art of War by SunTzu. This fellow Sun Tzu who was apparently a Chinese general in the 6th century Before Christ.
SunTzu wrote: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
Jesus said in Mark 8:33But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
I suppose that wasn't politically correct to say such a thing to Peter in front of the others. Did Peter need counseling after such a hurtful statement?
The Lord Jesus seems to have offended people so much with the Truth that they nailed Him to a cross to die. When all He was trying to do was get them free.
Our Lord Jesus openly challenged the Jewish government, calling the leaders white washed tombstones and vipers and fools. He even attacked King Herod and called him a fox which must mean he was referring to Herod as a smelly little animal who hides in a hole in the ground and kills helpless chickens.
Luke 13: 31The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
32And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
I think maybe its time we get back to basic here and redefine our ideas of who the Lord Jesus is and find out what exactly what we are commanded to do according to the Word of God.
As I study the Bible and the Holy Spirit teaches me, Ifve had to redefine some ideas I had about who Jesus Christ of Nazareth is.
I have no doubts He is who He said He is. He even called Himself Lord which was a title reserved only for Caesar . In the Roman Empire at this time people were forced to say "Caesar is Lord" which was the embodiment of the Roman Empire in one man, the Emperor Caesar. So it was really Caesar worship and it was compulsory throughout the Roman Empire. Every one had to go to an Empire shrine and burn a pinch of incense to the image of the Emperor and say, "Caesar is Lord" as a test of loyalty to the Roman Empire.
Then Jesus Christ of Nazareth comes along and quoted Psalm 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Matthew 22: 41While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.
43He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
44The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
45If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
46And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
All the religious leaders were not able to challenge the Jesus when He asked them , In other words Jesus being the Christ asked them gWhat do you think about the Messiah fellows all you great scholars of the Law and Prophets, come on now whose son is He?h and they answer Jesus, "The son of David". Then Jesus asked them, "How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit calls Him Lord? If then David calls Him Lord, how can He be his son? Those fellows must had that "Oops" look on their faces. Like Deer in the headlights.
The correct answers of course must be that David called the Messiah "Lord" because the Messiah was more than just one of his physical descendents; He is the divine Messiah"Jesus is Lord". Praise God!
As you recall when baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the angels proclaimed that it was gChrist who is the Lordh who was born in Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Now I would not say our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth was a pacifist as so many modern churches would have the people seem to think he was. He did not proclaim liberal ideas like socialism or communism did He? He did not even stay out of political and governmental issues like you think a good Jewish Rabbi should as we see here.
In Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
In John 2: 15And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
Does that sound like a pacifist to any one? As we taught before this was right before the Passover and Jesus had to get rid of any and all unclean levin from His Fathers house.
In John 2: 16And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
17And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
If Jesus would have waited and been first born in our time, I venture to guess he would soon be on most governments watch lists as a long haired breaded radical extremist.
Our Lord Jesus was not some emaciated anorexic person, He probably looked like some healthy strong Blue Collar Carpenter. Maybe he looked sort of like an old Bruce Springsteen poster? It must take some strength to run threw the Temple cracking that whip and over throwing everyone money table there. I assure you He did not seem gentle Jesus at this moment. He was not bowing down to anyone.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth used parables to teach.
Matthew 25:14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Does that sound like our Lord is promoting capitalism or socialism here?
In Luke 22:35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
You mean Jesus told his men to buy swords, did I read this right? Mind you this is not talking about the sword of the Word, you can not buy that. Peter had a sword when he cut off that man's ear when they came to arrest the Lord Jesus.
When someone joins the army do they think they will just sit about and relax or will they be expected to train for battle and eventually possibly go into a battle? Enlistment is only the first step as is getting saved and born again. Sadly the modern church has somehow present this idea that is all you have to do and then Grace covers you forever. So we have a Christian army that are like helpless babies on milk. That is OK at the beginning of the journey, but there has to be a time to put away the toys and grow up in this thing. I love my children and I enjoyed them as children, but if they stayed that way well into their adulthood I think I might start to be a bit frustrated with them. But our Lord is full of mercy, grace and love.
Mind you our Lord was always kind and gentle to those who came to Him in humbleness recognizing He was from God. He gives mercy, grace and love to the humble in spirit as He still does today but He resisted the people with a spirit of pride. Still does as He is the same Jesus yesterday, today and tomorrow, Hebrew 13:8
Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Because Jesus was preparing the way for the Kingdom. Christianity is the foundation of western civilization, even our calendar is built on the life of Christ we have B C before Christ and A D Anno Domini Latin for the year of our Lord. This is the day our Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Because everything change at the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, which opened a door between Heaven and earth, which ripped open the vale so we can now boldly come before the mercy seat of God as we became the priesthood of believers when we got born again.
Today if you asked people what the Gospel really means you will get an assortment of answers. Most people seem to think it only means salvation from eternity in hell. That is certainly a part of it, but we know there more to that just that.
There are even quite a few definitions of Salvation you can find. We agree it is the act of saving, preservation from destruction, danger or great calamity. Keeping you from eternal death and giving you eternal everlasting life. But it is about prospering and health even as your souls prospers. The Lord reminds us to not forget all His benefits
Psalm 103:1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed
If we are going to be real followers of Christ our Lord what happened to picking up our crosses and following Him? Matthew 16:24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
The Lord Jesus tells us in Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
Now consider these Scriptures and what the modern church teaches, If the Lord Jesus was to go back in time and preach the American popular mainstream messages today I seriously doubt He would be crucified. Thank God He has already paid the price for all our sins.
Too many Christians seem to be sitting back and waiting for the Rapture. To me the fact that so many prophecies are being fulfilled and we might actually be the generation that witnesses the return of Christ, seems this be a good time to get really serious about the things of God.
Our Lord Jesus only needed 12 men to turn the world upside down. How is it that we have millions of professing Christians and we are seeing such little impact in the world. Seems the world is impact us more then we as Christians are impacting the world for the Gospel sake. We need to get off these watered down unbiblical ideas that we can not help win the world for Jesus.
The founding Fathers of this country must not have been like many of us or they would have never overthrown the British tyranny. Did they also think the rapture would happen in their life time?
Why did Jesus teach us to pray Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven? Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
God means what He says and says what He means. So if all things are possible with God that means we can bring some Heaven to earth.
Just think for a moment about some of the people who help do that throughout history after the Bible was completed, for example Christians like William Wilberforce , who help end slavery in England in the late 1700's Or those believers who set up organizations to care for widows and orphans. People like John G Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, and Derek Prince who helped people understand God wants to use you to bless and heal others.
I mean one day we will all give an account for what we did here on earth and how we spent our Lives. How we invested our time and energy and talents. Have we really spent it advancing the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of self? Are we more concerned about our bank accounts then giving an accounting of our lives?
Matthew 5: 10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
13Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Don't lose your saltiness, or you are good for nothing as a believer.
The Lord Jesus was divine but He laid aside and limited his divinity in His days here in the flesh. So He could be an example for us of a sinless man, overcoming sin and defeating satan;
He proved to us that the same Holy Spirit anointing Him was available to us and that we are to do these same works in His name. If Jesus did all these miracles and healings because He was God, then how does He expect us believers to do them? If He did them through the Works of the Holy Spirit then He has a right to expect us as His true believers and disciples to do them because He promised us we could and should.
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father
Was the Lord Jesus concerned about sin in people's lives, did he challenge the religious leaders? Was John the Baptist wrong to confront King Herod's private life and call him on the fact that the women he was sleeping with was not his lawful wife? It ended up costing John the Baptist to lose his head over speaking the truth.
1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,
2And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
3For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.
4For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
How different this world be if all Christians just call it like it is.
The Word of God tells us that He can do more then we can imagine, so why aren't more people experiencing answers prayers and that abundant life Jesus promises us? Without the repentance being taught the church is in trouble. If we who are saved, are scarcely saved what about those who think the American Jesus just winks and looks the other way at your sin issues?
1st Peter 4:17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
1Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Jeremiah 5: 25Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.
Psalm 66:18If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Jeremiah 4:22For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
Hosea 4:6 6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
1st John 5:13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Let us pray. Pray with me out loud so both invisible Kingdom hear us.
Papa God I believe we can do what you say we can do, that You told us to help bring some of Heaven to earth. May Your kingdom come. May Your will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Help us Lord in all the places we need to get right with you. That we can truly repent for any wrongs and then not keep going back into them. For who you make free is free indeed. That we can be blessed and receive the more abundant life you want for us. That we can help make disciples of all nations, that we can stand strong and stay in Faith always. That we are doers of the word, and not hearers only, so we arenft deceiving our own selves. (According to James 1:22)
That we understand this war is not with ourselves or with others, but with disembodied beings who, by their fallen nature, are attempting to overthrow us and alter the good plans you have made for us Lord.
We pray Lord now for more wisdom and discernment that we are quick to act and to recognize when the other kingdom tries to manifest through humans those invisible things that comprise the very nature of Satan, who is still called the god of this present world.
Thank You Lord for your Word that You sent to save us and bless us and heal us.
That we are able through Christ and the Holy Ghost to help us to stand strong against the kingdom of Darkness that wants to manifest itself through us humans. Because we understand now that without us, it cannot really manifest, nor even be seen. We give You all our praise, we worship You Lord, we thank You for giving us your Holy light which wins over darkness.
We ask again that you bless those here and those who are part of our lives. That you heal those who need healing that You bless those who need provision.
We pray in Jesus Christ of Nazareth name. Amen
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