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God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 29)

Rejoice Not when Your Enemy Falls

Here is the Golden Nugget:

Proverbs 24:17-18

“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.

Lest the Lord see it and it displease Him and He turn away His wrath from him.”

A lot of times when someone is not being nice to us and we see them get into trouble we are happy about it and say things like, “Good they deserve it” or “They are getting what they deserve.” Sometimes if they get hurt we laugh and say something like: “That’s how it feels!”

The Bible clearly tells us not to be glad or rejoice when punishment or bad things happen to our enemy (those who are not nice to us). Did they deserve it? Probably, but it isn’t pleasing to God if we are rejoicing over it. God will handle things, but if we are rejoicing over the Fact of their punishment then God will turn away his anger from them.

When Jesus was getting arrested, Peter had cut off Malchus’ ear but Jesus didn’t laugh instead he sounded displeased that Peter did that.

 Read John 18:1-12

18 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. 10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? 12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

So if Jesus didn’t rejoice over his enemy’s fall neither should we. Jesus always had compassion!

Jesus is our greatest example in life and we need to remember what would Jesus do or how would Jesus react to this situation.

 

God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 28)

*Pleasant Words!

The Golden Nuggets are:

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb sweet to the soul and health to the bones.”

Psalm 141:3 “Set a watch O Lord before my mouth keep the door of my lips.”

God talks a lot about our mouth. We talked about death and life being in the power of our tongue, but now we are learning that pleasant words are sweet to the soul and health to our bones.

With this promise here, if we are speaking only pleasant things, it is sweet to our soul and health to our bones. In order to walk in perfect health we need to keep speaking good things.

If we have a problem with how we talk, we can ask God to keep the door of our mouth.

God can cause that to happen in different ways. He might just prevent us from talking or he might appoint someone to get on our case every time we say something negative. They would say something like this: “Hey, don’t be saying that!” “That’s a negative confession” “That isn’t a good thing to say.” “Do you really want that to happen?”

The Bible says “pleasant words” are as the honeycomb not the negative, harsh, sour, or hurting words.

Those that are having health problems, or bone problems need to change what they are saying. Are they speaking good things or bad things? Are they constantly talking about the circumstances or are they speaking God’s Word concerning the situation?

Maybe they do not have anything good to say about anyone or anything. It says pleasant words not just concerning yourself but towards others.

Here is what pleasant means.

Pleasant: acceptable, friendly, agreeable, cheerful, polite, pleasing, lovely, delightful, refreshing, nice, sympathetic, pleasurable, etc.

With this definition, we can clearly see the kind of words we need to be speaking. These words are not just for speaking about yourself, but what we are speaking about or towards others.

If the words you are speaking are not part of the description, then it shouldn’t be coming out of your mouth.
We need to really learn how to think before we speak. Keep our mouths shut unless it is pleasant.

You can’t take back the things that you have said, you can ask for forgiveness, but you can’t take it back.

So Remember PLEASANT WORDS! Don’t forget to ask God to set a guard (watch) at our mouths and to keep the door of your lips so you don’t say things that you shouldn’t say.

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb sweet to the soul and health to the bones.”

 

God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 27)

No Stumbling!

The Golden Nugget is…

Proverbs 4:12 “When thou goest thy steps shall not be straitened and when thou runnest thou shalt not stumble.”

This verse is so amazing in different ways! First off, do you know what it talks about when it says, “…thy steps shall not be straitened”?

This word straitened means: confine, hinder, restrict, to put into difficulties (especially financial).

Stumble means: to strike your foot against something, slip, stagger, hesitate, tilt, or wobble.

Every time I read the Bible and come across a word I don’t quite understand or I think I know what it means, but want a greater understanding on it, I mark the word in my Bible and I can go back to it and look it up to find out what it means.

Before I looked of the word straitened, every time I read this verse I always stopped and wondered what this word straitened really meant. When I finally looked it up, I also decided to look up the word stumble to see what it said.

I was so glad when I finally decided to take the time to look up these words. Often times I would use this verse for stumbling, because I knew what that meant. “When thou runnest thou shalt not stumble.” I had some trouble stumbling, especially if I started running and trip over my feet or my feet caught in the grass or something would get me off balance and I would stumble and fall.

Especially in baseball or softball, I would hit the ball and go to run and %50 of the time stumble trying to get to the base. Sometimes in the outfield when going after a ball that would happen too!

When I found this verse I started using it right away, but now I can use it more powerfully because I can use it better now that I took the time to look up the words.

Now it helps even more, not just for running but also for our spiritual walk with the Lord. If we are reading the Bible, going to church, and doing the things of the Lord, it says,  “when we go our steps shall not be straitened (confine, hinder, restrict or put into difficulties especially financial) and when thou runnest thou shalt not stumble (strike your foot against something, slip, stagger, hesitate, tilt, wobble)”

The devil likes to throw difficulties our way to hinder us from reading the Bible, or hinder us from going to church.  The devil likes to try and make us stumble spiritually (sin) and make us feel like it isn’t worth being a Christian because of sin. That is why we have the power of forgiveness!

When we do something wrong we ask for forgiveness and God forgives us!

Satan also likes to try and make us feel constricted in our finances so we might make the choice to Not Give in the offerings at church.

This Verse tells us that when we are serving the Lord our steps we take will not have financial difficulties! God will supply everything we have need of!

That is why we have God’s Word the Bible, to tell us these things so we can trust in the Lord in everything we do. 

We have this verse here to back it up: Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

God will take care of us! So you see these verses are not only for physical needs but also to help us spiritually so we can continue to walk with the Lord. We need to push through those obstacles that the devil likes to throw at us by using the Word of God. It is just like when the football players on the offence push against that line of players on the defense so the runner can go through to the touch down!

We need to push through the devil to run the touch down to heaven!

Here is that verse again, “Proverbs 4:12 “When thou goest thy steps shall not be straitened and when thou runnest thou shalt not stumble.”

 

God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 26)

 

Greater Works!

The Golden Nugget is found from 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.”

Here is a story about Jesus and something he did for an example for us.

John 6:2-14, Matthew 14:13-14, 21 Mark 6:40

Jesus fed the 5,000 right after his cousin, John the Baptist, was be-headed. I think at first, Jesus and his disciples wanted to be alone, but Jesus had compassion on the multitude of people that were following him. He healed them and fed them both spiritually and physically.

Imagine this whole property filled with people who are following you. There is no way to cook for all of those people or even go out and buy enough food for them!

Jesus had them sit down in groups of 50 and 100. If you divided just the 5,000 men by 100 that would be 50 groups of just men. There were also women and children that were not counted in these figures!

After they were sitting down, Jesus prayed and blessed the food they had collected from the people and only a boy with a small lunch had food, 5 loaves and 2 fish. When Jesus prayed the food multiplied, and when everyone was done, they did not waste the left-overs! The disciples were taking food to the people and then collecting what was not eaten and they had gathered 12 baskets of food left over. One for each disciple.

I just think of how fun it is for the cooks to cook for the ones we have at Camp Meeting and then for people wait in line to get food is fun!

I know that what Jesus did was not only a miracle, but an example. It says greater works shall we do! Feeding the multitude was a huge thing! Not only was Jesus feeding them physically, he was preaching to them also.

So remember that is says that Greater Works we will do! It doesn’t matter if you are praying for your food or for someone to get a miracle, God will answer and Greater Works will you do! Just believe it!

 

 

God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 25) 

 

Our Golden Nugget!

Romans 8:35, 38, 39

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine (hunger) or nakedness or peril or sword.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things to come

Nor height nor depth nor any other creature (anything else in creation) shall be able to separate us from the love of God which Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So, what is the main point? Nothing can separate you from God’s Love! There is NOTHING in all of God’s creation that can block you or separate you from the love of God! He loves you! You can’t pretend his love isn’t there. It is all around us!

Think of it this way: Just because you are at school, does that mean your parents don’t love you, or that you are too far away that their love is blocked from you?

No! It doesn’t matter if you are at your friend’s house, at the store, a school trip, or even if your parents have a business trip to go on and you can’t go with; your parents love is always there and will never change just because you are apart.

God’s love is greater than that! What about getting sick? A Storm? Going on Vacation? On top of the tallest mountain? In the deepest part of the Ocean? Outer Space?

None of those things can separate you from God’s love!  We still don’t know how deep the deepest part of the ocean is, but God knows! There are places out in space they can’t go either!

There is Absolutely NOTHING that can separate us from God’s love! The only thing in the deepest part of all water are sins! It says that when we ask for forgiveness, God casts it into the deepest part of the Sea (all bodies of water).

So, Who can separate you from God and his love? No one!

What can separate you from God and his love? Nothing!

These verses are very clear that absolutely nothing or no one can take you, separate, block, or hinder you from the love of God.

So the next time you are feeling down and that nobody loves you, remember, God does and nothing can separate you from that. The only reason you feel that way is because the devil only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He wasn’t to destroy you and make you turn from God, so if he can make you feel lonely and depressed and unloved, then he can make you feel that God doesn’t love you.

You need to stand up and tell the devil that nothing can separate you from God’s love and tell the devil he is a liar and to get out and leave you alone in Jesus Name!

Romans 8:35, 38, 39

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine (hunger) or nakedness or peril or sword.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things to come

Nor height nor depth nor any other creature (anything else in creation) shall be able to separate us from the love of God which Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Separate: apart, by itself, cause to move or be apart, divide, unconnected, disjoined, set apart, isolate, remove

 

God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 24) 

 

Time to Study! The Golden Nugget is…

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.”

We need to study and be eager and do our utmost best especially with God’s Word. This verse will also help us with our school work. If we are studying and doing our utmost best we won’t be ashamed because we know we did our utmost best and we studied.

Here is another verse about studying. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 “And that ye study to be quiet and to do your own business and to work with your own hands as we commanded you.”

John 14:26 “But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in my name he shall teach you all things and bring all things back to your remembrance whatsoever I have said to you.” Psalm 48:14 “For this God is our God for ever and ever He will be our guide even unto death.”

How can God guide us? By His Spirit! Here are seven things to remember:

1.    Study!

2.    Be quiet!

3.    Stay in your own business!

4.    Be filled with the Spirit.

5.    Ask the Holy Ghost to teach you before reading the Bible and doing your school work.

6.    Before answering questions, ask the Holy Ghost to bring back all things to your remembrance the things you need remembering.

7.    Trust God! He will lead you every step of the way!

All of these verses are here to help you in school and with God’s Word. If you are filled with the Spirit, and you have asked him to be your teacher and guide, he will guide you in all things.

Remember it is God’s Spirit inside you and He knows all things from beginning to end. God knows how to do your school work too!

This is why being filled with the Spirit is so important! There are so many things we need guidance in and God is the only one who knows the right direction to take. If we are Trusting in God, He will lead us by his Spirit every step of the way.

We need God’s Spirit to guide us though His Word, in school, and in life. (on the job, in college, driving, sports, everything)

You are constantly learning and studying even when you don’t think you are. There is always something you are learning. If you are letting God and his Spirit help you, the Holy Spirit is your teacher as well as your reminder and guide. He will be there every step of the way.

How do we study? By being quiet and only concentrating on what you are learning. If you are letting other people’s business distract you, then you aren’t really getting anything out of what you are studying.

That is why it says to do your own business and not get into someone else’s. That alone is hard to do sometimes, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, he will lead us and guide us in everything we do!

Before I read the Bible, I always say this, “I thank you Lord that the Holy Spirit is my teacher and my guide. I understand all things and faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  I thank you Lord that the Holy Spirit will also bring all things back to my remembrance the things I have need of in Jesus Name Amen.”

When I was in school and studying and taking tests I would pray basically the same way. Sometimes I would even get stuck on a question and ask the Holy Spirit to help me and I would skip that question and go back to it so I didn’t waste time thinking on it.

If you are being diligent in studying the Bible, school work, or anything the Holy Spirit is there to bring it back. But if you aren’t studying there won’t be anything there to bring back to you. So, remember that!

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 23) 

*Here is your Golden Nugget:

Children are Special to Jesus!

Psalm 127:3 “Lo, Children are an heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

Luke 18:6 (18:15-17)

“But Jesus called them  (the children) unto him and aid, “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of God’”

Read Matthew 18:1-6 Luke 9:46-48

God’s Word tells us a lot about children. It says we are an heritage of the Lord and his reward! Never once did Jesus push a child away! In fact when the disciples tried to take the children away Jesus stopped them. The parents were binging even babies to Jesus so he could touch them and the disciples rebuked them. Jesus told the parents to let the children come!

Basically saying, “Here let me hold them.” (AMP) “But Jesus called to them (the parents) to Him saying, ‘Allow the little children to come to Me and do not hinder them, for such as these belong to the kingdom of God.” He went on to say, “Whoever does not accept and receive and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child does shall not in any way enter it at all.”

If we can’t accept children we can’t accept the kingdom of God! Just like when the children and babies were crying out “Hosanna to the son of David!” the chief priests and scribes got upset told them they need to “Shut-up”! Jesus had a come-back! He said, “Yea; have ye never read, out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou has perfected praise?”

Why is that? Because children aren’t afraid of their emotions! Children cry, yell, cheer, laugh, sing, and dance. They do it at home, in stores, at church or whenever and they don’t think of where they are at or if it is the right place to do such a thing. They don’t know or understand where or when to do those things. Children don’t really get embraced about things like we do.

This is why the Bible says we need to become like little children because adults think too much. Children don’t stop to think before they shout out for joy in the middle of the library when they get excited about something. Adults know that in a library it doesn’t matter how excited you get, you have to contain your excitement and be quiet. We all know that when something excites you, you want to rejoice now and not wait until later. You have that excitement now!

We need to learn to be excited about church, what God is doing, and about what we read in His Word.

That is why children don’t bother me when they are loud while they are singing the songs in church or if they get dancing before the Lord, or help with offering , or singing a special in church even if they can’t remember all the words. It doesn’t bother me when kids want to step out and give a Word from the Lord or give a message in tongues. Why? Because they are only glorifying God in the only way they know how.

Even Babies when they all of a sudden make a noise in church when it is quiet, I smile knowing that they are praising the Lord, they get quieted by their parents, but really there is no need for that.

Zane is loud, but when he gets into singing and worshiping the Lord, he can get even louder and some have said that he needs to be quieter because he is being a disturbance, but I remind him, that Jesus loves children and loves to hear our praises! I am always full of joy when I see and hear young people, children, and babies, praising the Lord.

Most adults (sad to say) think that children should not be heard or barely seen. I look through God’s eyes and know that He loves the children and understands that they are young.

You need to look through God’s eyes too and realize just how special you are!

 

God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 22)

 

The Golden Nugget is: God to the Rescue! Who would Dare Stand against God?

 

Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things, if God be for us who can be against us?”

Romans 12:19 AMP says this

“Beloved never avenge yourselves but leave the way open for God’s wrath for it is written Vengeance is mine I will repay says the Lord.”

Psalm 37:39-40 “But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord He is their strength in time of trouble, and the Lord shall help them and deliver them from the wicked and save them because they trust in Him.”

Salvation means the act of saving, protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc.… deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption (rescue, deliverance, escape, exemption, life line, release, restoration, safe keeping)

Is there anyone, even the devil himself that would dare to start a fight against God? Remember, the devil and all his demon friends already tried fighting Jesus and they all got whipped, beaten, and defeated by Jesus and he is God’s Son! They wouldn’t even dare come to God and say, “You want to fight, I can beat your but!”

Who would win? God would! This is why we need to step out of the way and let God do all the work! That is why God’s Word says if our enemy is hungry to feed him, if he is thirsty give him something to drink, if he is naked give him clothes to wear! Romans 13:8 “Owe no man anything but to love one another for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Bless them which persecute you bless and curse not. (12:14) Don’t let evil overcome you, but overcome evil with Good! Romans 12:21

 

God will take care of them! There is no reason to get revenge! No reason to get them back! That is what our enemy would be expecting, but they never expect you to be nice to them.

Why not give them something they do not expect and blow their pants off!

Remember Salvation is from the Lord and he is your strength in time of trouble. (go over again what Salvation is)

We just need to keep out of God’s way and let Him handle every situation. When that happens, they see God instead of us! And who will dare to come against God? No one! And they won’t come against us because we are God’s children, and God is be for us (before) Get it, if God be for us who can be against us! He is out in front of us, fighting every battle. He is indestructible! Always the winner!

Let’s go over our first verse again:

“Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things, if God be for us who can be against us?”

 

God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 21)

 

The Golden Nugget is…

Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow and intents of the heart.”

Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the Lord, and like a hammer that breaketh the rock into pieces?

How many of you have tried to smash a rock? I use to take a hammer and pound on little stones just to see if I could break them. After the rock would break, I would look for a bigger one and try it.

That is how God’s word is to our problems. When we speak the Word of God in Jesus Name, our problems and circumstances bust into many pieces. There is no rock (obstacle) that God can’t break!

Philippians 2:10-11

“That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow of those in heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth and that everyone should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

It doesn’t matter what the situation, every knee will bow in the name of Jesus Christ!

This is just one example Matthew 8:23-27

“And when he was entered into a ship his disciples followed him. And behold there arose a great tempest in the sea insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him and awoke him saying, Lord save us we perish! And he saith unto them, “Why are ye fearful O ye of little faith?” Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm. But the men marveled saying, “What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”

You mean to tell me that even the winds and waters have to obey God’s Word?

That’s right! Anything in heaven and of earth has to bow to the Name of Jesus Christ! When Jesus spoke to the winds and the sea, they obeyed him and it happened quickly.

 There was power in the words Jesus spoke and we have that same power when we speak the Word of God in Jesus Name!

Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow and intents of the heart.”

 

 

God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 20)

 

Our Golden Nugget is found in James 1:5

“If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.”

Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

Remember the last time we talked about having more understanding than our teachers, enemies, and ancients?

These verses kind of go along with it. In the first verse that is given, it says if you lack wisdom to ask and God will give it to you. If there is something we do not understand either in school, work, in putting something together, taking something apart to fix it or whatever it is, ask God to give you the wisdom in how to do it!

Maybe you are faced with a decision to make and you don’t know what to choose, just ask God for wisdom! It says in the second verse that was given that His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light onto our path. When we turn to God and His Word for the answers it will be like a light shining on the right choice to make and you will have peace knowing it is the right choice.

Let’s look at King Solomon:

1 Kings 3:5-15

In this passage The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night and God said to Solomon, “Ask what I shall give thee.”

Solomon told God how he showed great mercy to his father David and how he had given David a son to take over the throne and that son being him (Solomon). Solomon said, “ O Lord my God thou has made thy servant king instead of David my father and I am but a little child, I know not how to go out or come in. Thy servant is in the midst of thy people that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people that I may discern between good and bad for who is able to judge this thy so great a people.”

It says that it pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked for understanding and wisdom and to know between good and bad.

God told Solomon, “Because thou has asked this thing and has not asked for thyself long life, neither has asked for riches for thyself, nor has asked the life of thine enemies but asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment, I have done according to thy words and lo, I have given thee a wise and understanding heart so that there was none like thee before thee neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. I have also given thee that which thou has not asked both riches and honour so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. If you walk in my ways to keep my statutes and my commandments as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.”

After that, Solomon woke up and offered offerings unto the Lord.

It wasn’t long after that time that two women fighting over a baby, came to Solomon, and God proved to Solomon that He had given him what he asked for, wisdom and knowledge.

In the natural, Solomon wouldn’t have known who that baby belonged to because they both pleaded for the baby and both claimed it to be their own child. They didn’t have the DNA tests that we have today. It was each woman’s word against each other. There were no other witnesses, video cameras or DNA to bring out the truth!

 God gave Solomon the wisdom and knowledge that he had asked for and because of it, he was able to make the right decision. From that point on Solomon had several people from near and far come to seek the wisdom that God gave him and they didn’t come for a free show, they paid Solomon just to hear what he had to say about their situation. Even the Queen of Sheba came to see King Solomon to seek out his wisdom. She had to come for herself to see everything! He was already rich by then, but she gave him even more riches! She wasn’t the last person to visit him either, many more came.

I encourage each of you to read 1 Kings Chapters 3 though chapter 10. I think you will enjoy it.

Let’s say these verses again: James 1:5“If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.”

Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

 

 

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