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April 27, 2019
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  • Looking for a ray of light
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  • Looking for something better than this
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  • Oh, so tired of the black and white
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  • longing for prism light
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  • Oh, the bliss
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  • Flowing at the speed of light
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  • Was a color in the night
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  • Moving at the speed of light
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  • Was a color in the night
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  • Joy unspeakable and full of colors
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  • Found a hope so bright and clear
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  • Living in the realm of grace so vivid
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  • Our Savior's radiance so very near to me
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  • male announcer: It's easy to be overcome with fear and doubt
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  • when your future looks uncertain but today on Connect with
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  • Skip Heitzig, Skip explains how you can have joy and competence
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  • today knowing God has your future.
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  • Skip Heitzig: So a golfer went to a fortune teller
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  • and the golf or said, "Hey, I have one question,
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  • will there be golf courses in heaven?"
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  • The fortune teller said, "Well, I've got good news and I've got
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  • bad news."
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  • He goes, "Okay, give me the good news."
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  • She said, "The good news is in heaven, the golf courses are so
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  • beautiful, so magnificent.
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  • They're beyond human imagination."
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  • And he said, "Well, how could there be any bad news
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  • with that?"
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  • She said, "Well, the bad news is you have a game booked to start
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  • at 8:30 tomorrow morning."
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  • Predicting the future has been a favorite pastime for millennia.
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  • Way back in antiquity, diviners, priests, would use all sorts of
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  • methods that they said was able to read the future.
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  • So, they would look at clouds the way they were dispersed in
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  • the sky and they would say that means such and such.
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  • Or they would look at the way stars appeared in the sky and
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  • the galaxies or drops of oil in water forming different
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  • patterns.
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  • Some even used the entrails of animals.
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  • If you can imagine putting an organ like a liver on a plate
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  • and the way would wiggle and wobble.
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  • They would be able, they said, to predict the future.
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  • And it's people's desire to know the future that makes horoscopes
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  • still popular, or fortune tellers popular, or palm
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  • readers, or psychics, or weathermen.
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  • We want to know what is coming in the future.
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  • Now, all of those things are forbidden by Scripture, except
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  • perhaps for weathermen.
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  • But the reason they're forbidden in the Scripture is simple,
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  • they're fake, they don't work.
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  • They're calling on nothing to predict the future that they
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  • don't know. It's just making a guess.
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  • Only God knows the future, and only God can predict the future.
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  • And we have looked at the great series against all odds of how
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  • God has fulfilled prophecy.
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  • But did you know that you can predict your future?
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  • You can predict your future.
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  • You can't predict future circumstances, but you can
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  • predict future responses.
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  • I want you to see how Paul does it.
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  • In Philippines chapter 1, I'm gonna take you back up to
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  • verse 18. He says, "What then?
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  • Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ
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  • is preached; and in this I rejoice."
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  • Now, look at what he does with the future.
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  • "Yes, and will rejoice.
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  • For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through
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  • your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
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  • according to my earnest expectation and hope that in
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  • nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so
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  • now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by
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  • life or by death.
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  • For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
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  • Up to this point in Paul's letter to the Philippian church,
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  • he has been looking at past tense events.
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  • For example, in verse 3 Paul says, "I thank God upon every
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  • remembrances of you."
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  • That's past tense.
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  • In verse 5, he is thankful for their partnership in the gospel
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  • from the first day until now.
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  • And in verse 12 he says, "I want you to know the things that have
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  • happened to me, have happened for the furtherance of the
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  • gospel."
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  • All of these are past tense experiences.
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  • Paul is in jail.
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  • He's writing to the Philippines about what happened to him in
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  • the past, and what is happening to him in the present.
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  • Now he pivots and he looks to the future.
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  • And notice the words, for instance, in verse 18.
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  • "Yes, I will rejoice," that's future.
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  • Verse 19, "For I know that this will turn out."
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  • Verse 20, he says that, "in nothing I shall be ashamed."
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  • Also in verse 20, "So now Christ will be magnified."
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  • Paul is now predicting the future.
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  • Now, the truth is, the future was uncertain for Paul.
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  • He did not know which way the winds of Roman justice would be
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  • blowing for him.
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  • He knew that he would stand trial, that was sure, but he
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  • doesn't know what's gonna happen in the circumstances of life.
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  • Yet, he makes predictions about his responses to those
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  • circumstances, and I'll give you four words that sum it up.
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  • He predicts joy.
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  • He predicts confidence.
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  • He predicts hope.
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  • He predicts life.
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  • It's pretty good future, right?
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  • Those four things he predicts.
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  • You, if you're a follower of Christ, you can predict your
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  • future, you can predict what your future responses will be.
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  • It's like that old Dale Carnegie saying you probably heard, "Two
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  • men looked out from prison bars, one saw the mud, the other saw
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  • stars."
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  • So, here's Paul the apostle looking out literally from
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  • prison bars in Rome.
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  • He doesn't see mud, he sees stars, and he sees four stars,
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  • to be exact.
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  • He sees the star of joy, the star of confidence, the star of
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  • hope, and the star of life.
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  • And we're gonna be looking at each one of those today.
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  • Abraham Lincoln once said, "The best thing about the future is
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  • that it only comes one day at a time."
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  • Well, that's good news, but it will come nonetheless.
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  • Your future is coming.
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  • What will it be like?
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  • I love what Corrie ten Boom used to say, she said, "Even though
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  • we don't know the future, we don't know what the future will
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  • hold, we know who holds the future."
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  • Because of that, there are four stars that you can see out from
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  • whatever prison you might find yourself in.
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  • Let's consider the first, joy is the first.
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  • In verse 18, the last part of it, notice he says, "Yes, and
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  • will rejoice."
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  • Now, let me just tell you something about the Scripture in
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  • general.
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  • This letter to the Philippines is just that, it is a letter.
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  • Paul did not write Roman numeral one period, two, three.
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  • He didn't write verse numbers, he wrote a letter.
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  • It was just text.
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  • There were no chapter divisions, there were no verse
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  • identifications.
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  • In fact, until the year 1227 A.D., all of the Bible was
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  • texts, no chapters, no verses.
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  • In 1227, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton
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  • decided it would be much easier to be able to find something in
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  • the Bible if there were chapters and verse numbers.
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  • So, he did that.
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  • And then in the 1300's, 1382, the very first English Bible
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  • that had verse numbers was the Wycliffe English Bible.
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  • And that's helpful.
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  • However, I don't always agree with where they put the verses.
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  • In fact, many Bible translators have said the same thing.
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  • They go, "Nah, that verse belongs in a different chapter."
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  • The way it was broken up is not inspired, but it can be helpful
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  • nonetheless.
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  • And here is a good example.
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  • In verse 18, the N.I.V., if you have a New International
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  • Version, shows the break that should be there.
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  • Verse 18 in the N.I.V.
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  • reads this, it ends with this phrase, "And because of this, I
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  • rejoice," period, not comma, period.
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  • Then it begins a new paragraph and the new paragraph says,
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  • "Yes, I will continue to rejoice."
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  • That's because the thought of verse 18, that last phrase
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  • belongs in verse 19.
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  • He is now moving from the past to the future.
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  • See, here's what Paul has been writing so far.
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  • He's saying, "The things that have happened to me in the past
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  • will not rob me of joy.
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  • I'm not gonna let that happen."
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  • They've actually further the gospel.
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  • And so what things are those?
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  • Well, let's go over them.
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  • He was arrested in Jerusalem, falsely accused.
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  • He was then taken to Caesarea by the sea.
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  • He spent two years in jail there.
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  • He went through three mistrials before Felix, Festus, and
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  • Agrippa.
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  • He appealed his case to Caesar.
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  • He's put on a prison ship.
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  • He's taken to Rome.
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  • He's had a shipwreck in the ocean.
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  • He finally makes it to Rome.
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  • He's put in jail again, for another two-year incarceration
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  • and he says, "All of those things happened to me in the
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  • past, and they will not steal my joy."
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  • Then he says, "Not only are there past circumstances, there
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  • are past and present people who are trying to rob me of joy."
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  • We spoke about those last week, all those anti-Paul, cranky
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  • Christians who were trying to make Paul's incarceration even
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  • worse than it already was.
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  • He says, "I'm not gonna let them steal my joy or get me down."
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  • And all of that ends in verse 18 where he says, "I rejoice."
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  • Now he turns to the future at the second part of verse 18.
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  • He pivots and says, "Yes, and I will rejoice."
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  • Now he's looking to the future and here's the deal, Once again,
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  • I remind you, Paul doesn't know what's gonna happen in the
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  • future.
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  • As far as circumstances are concerned.
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  • All he knows is that he's gonna stand before the Roman court for
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  • a trial.
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  • And because, as a Roman citizen he appealed to Caesar directly,
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  • that means he's gonna stand in front of Caesar Nero himself,
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  • and Caesar Nero will render the verdict.
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  • He will either set him free or he will sever his head.
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  • He will either exonerate him or exterminate him.
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  • Paul doesn't know which.
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  • He says as much in verse 20, "Whether by life or by death."
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  • Yet he makes this prediction, "I will rejoice.
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  • I'm gonna have joy in my future."
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  • Now, in hearing this some of us would be tempted to say, "Wait a
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  • minute, Paul, you can't say that because what if he hands you a
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  • guilty verdict and says off with his head?
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  • Then you're gonna have to say, 'Well, I used to rejoice, but
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  • not today.
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  • Today is a bummer.
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  • My bummer runneth over today.'" Paul says, "No, I'm not gonna
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  • say that.
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  • In my future, whether by life or death, I will rejoice."
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  • And here's why I am belaboring this point, this shows us that
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  • joy is a choice.
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  • It is an act of the will.
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  • It is tethered to something deeper than happiness.
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  • If you remember in our very first study of Philippians, we
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  • noted the difference between happiness and joy.
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  • We said happiness is a temporary feeling of delight if the
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  • circumstances go your way.
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  • Joy is something that is fixed.
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  • There's a difference.
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  • By the way, the Bible mentions happiness about 30 times.
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  • It mentions joy 300 times because they're different
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  • experiences, and it's helpful to make a demarcation between them.
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  • So, happiness is externally triggered.
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  • If you get a raise, you're happy.
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  • If somebody pays you a compliment, you're happy.
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  • You get a new car, you are happy for about a week till you have
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  • to make the payments on that new car.
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  • If your team wins, you're happy.
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  • If you ask that cute girl out and she says yes, you're happy.
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  • Happiness goes up and down depending on the circumstances.
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  • Joy is internally triggered.
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  • It is based upon a relationship with God.
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  • You're justified by faith, your sins are forgiven, your name is
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  • written in the Lamb's Book of Life, you're on your way to
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  • heaven.
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  • That's something that is fixed.
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  • So happiness has its source in events, in people and in things.
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  • Joy has its source in God, which means Paul may have been
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  • experiencing unhappy feelings.
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  • He may be emotionally unhappy, incarcerated in jail, and going
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  • through the beatings, et cetera.
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  • Nobody likes that.
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  • But what he is saying is, "Nothing and no one will steal
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  • my joy."
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  • That's why this book is so filled with it.
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  • In four chapters of the Book of Philippians joy, rejoicing,
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  • gladness shows up 19 times.
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  • This prisoner writes about joy.
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  • So, Paul is looking out from prison bars, and he sees the
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  • star of joy.
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  • He says, "Not only have I rejoiced, I will rejoice."
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  • That's the first one.
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  • The second prediction he makes, the second star that he sees is
  • 00:15:22.150 --> 00:15:26.140
  • the star of confidence.
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  • Look at verse 19.
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  • "For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through
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  • your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ."
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  • Did you hear the tone in his voice?
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  • Do you hear the certainty? "For I know."
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  • He is sure about something, isn't he?
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  • He didn't say, "Well, I think, I hope, I suppose."
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  • "I know," it's a very strong word.
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  • You see, your outlook is determined by your uplook and
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  • Paul is looking out and up from that prison, and he sees not
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  • only the stars, he sees the God who made the stars.
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  • And he goes, "I am confident, I know."
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  • This is a man of faith.
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  • He is filled with faith.
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  • If joy is an act of the will, then confidence is a statement
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  • of faith.
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  • Question, what is he so confident in?
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  • What does your text tell you?
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  • What is he confident's gonna happen?
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  • I know this will turn out from my, what?
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  • It says deliverance.
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  • "I know I'm gonna be delivered."
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  • Now, what does that mean?
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  • Well, the word "deliverance" is the word, common word in the New
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  • Testament, "soterion."
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  • It's the word for salvation.
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  • "I know this is gonna turn out.
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  • I know I'm confident this is gonna turn out for my
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  • salvation," literally soteria translated deliverance.
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  • Paul is not saying, "I'm an unsaved person and I hope that
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  • if I suffer enough in jail, I'll be saved."
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  • He doesn't say that.
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  • That would contradict him.
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  • Some people think that Paul is saying, "I know that I'm gonna
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  • be sprung out of jail.
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  • I'm gonna be set free."
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  • He can't mean that because in verse 20 he says, "Whether by
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  • life or by death," so "I could live or I could die."
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  • So, when he says, "I know that this is gonna be from my
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  • deliverance," that's Paul's way of saying, "I'm gonna be
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  • just fine."
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  • Deliverance could be better translated perhaps,
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  • "My well-being."
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  • Things are gonna turn out for the best.
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  • This is Paul's Philippians 1 way of restating Romans 8:28.
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  • You know, Romans 8:28, "For we know that all things work
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  • together for good for those who love God and are called
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  • according to his purpose."
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  • This is the same truth stated in a different manner.
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  • Paul's in prison.
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  • He's not sure how God's gonna deliver him, if he's gonna
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  • deliver him from the trial or through the trial.
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  • He doesn't know if he's gonna live or die, but he goes, "I'm
  • 00:18:08.010 --> 00:18:10.180
  • just fine.
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  • I know I'm gonna be delivered."
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  • Let me explain something to you.
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  • I prayed for a lot of people who are sick through the years and
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  • quite honestly, I prayed for some people and they get better,
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  • and it's always fun to watch that happen.
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  • I've even seen on a couple of rare occasions and instantaneous
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  • healing, I won't deny that.
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  • I've seen it with my own eyes.
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  • But then I've also prayed for people who don't get better,
  • 00:18:37.070 --> 00:18:40.230
  • they get worse.
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  • I pray for them, they get worse.
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  • I pray more for them, they die.
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  • So, be careful.
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  • Let's get--skip to pray for this one.
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  • I have no special ability.
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  • God is sovereign.
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  • He does what he wants.
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  • So, I pray for some people, they get better, some people they get
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  • worse.
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  • Some people they live a long time, some people they die.
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  • God delivered them all.
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  • Some people he delivers by giving them 20 years on earth,
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  • some people he says, "No, they're done with life on earth.
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  • Let's take them to heaven."
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  • That's not a bad gig.
  • 00:19:16.280 --> 00:19:19.050
  • They get delivered completely, and that's Paul's thought.
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  • "I am confident in my future that things will turn out for my
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  • deliverance."
  • 00:19:29.090 --> 00:19:31.090
  • Now, what is the means of Paul's confidence?
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  • What's the agency of it?
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  • Well, it's twofold.
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  • Through the prayers of God's people, and through the
  • 00:19:39.130 --> 00:19:42.060
  • provision of God's Spirit.
  • 00:19:42.070 --> 00:19:43.290
  • Look at it yourself, please.
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  • "I know this will turn out for my deliverance through your
  • 00:19:47.100 --> 00:19:50.270
  • prayer and through the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ."
  • 00:19:50.280 --> 00:19:57.200
  • Here's what he's saying, "As you keep praying and as God keeps
  • 00:19:57.210 --> 00:20:01.020
  • providing, I'm gonna be fine.
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  • I face my future with confidence."
  • 00:20:03.260 --> 00:20:07.140
  • Now, let's drill down a little bit.
  • 00:20:07.150 --> 00:20:10.000
  • Consider prayer for a moment.
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  • "I am absolutely confident in my future well being through your
  • 00:20:13.140 --> 00:20:18.120
  • prayer."
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:19.190
  • He's assuming the Philippian church is already praying for
  • 00:20:19.200 --> 00:20:21.190
  • them, but in writing this, he's asking for more prayer.
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  • And I'm gonna make a statement that might be shocking to you,
  • 00:20:25.200 --> 00:20:29.280
  • but I believe it to be true.
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  • We marginalize prayer, we really do.
  • 00:20:33.090 --> 00:20:38.270
  • Most of us believers, most of us, we marginalize prayer.
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  • We doubt that prayer will even work, quite frankly.
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  • You know how I know that?
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  • Because if we didn't believe that, we'd be doing a whole lot
  • 00:20:51.160 --> 00:20:53.150
  • more of it.
  • 00:20:53.160 --> 00:20:56.110
  • If we really thought prayer had the power to change things, to
  • 00:20:56.120 --> 00:21:01.160
  • change us, to change people, we'd be doing it a lot.
  • 00:21:01.170 --> 00:21:07.050
  • Paul is so sure that as long as they are praying for him, he can
  • 00:21:07.060 --> 00:21:12.130
  • be joyful, and he can be confident in the future.
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  • A few years back, I had the privilege of going to London and
  • 00:21:16.260 --> 00:21:19.050
  • visiting Charles Haddon Spurgeon's church called The
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  • Metropolitan Tabernacle.
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  • And, of course, Spurgeon lived in the 1800s died, but his
  • 00:21:24.250 --> 00:21:28.090
  • church still stands.
  • 00:21:28.100 --> 00:21:29.100
  • It has survived wars, burnings, bombings.
  • 00:21:29.110 --> 00:21:31.280
  • The facade is still there.
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  • The church has been rebuilt.
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  • But I love going there 'cause I remember all the stories, not
  • 00:21:35.060 --> 00:21:38.160
  • only about Spurgeon and how many people came to hear him preach,
  • 00:21:38.170 --> 00:21:42.070
  • but he would if he took people on a tour of the facility, he
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  • would show them the great tabernacle where he would
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  • preach.
  • 00:21:49.200 --> 00:21:50.260
  • But he took them to the basement where there was a little empty
  • 00:21:50.270 --> 00:21:53.250
  • room, a meager room, and he'd point to the room and say, "This
  • 00:21:53.260 --> 00:21:58.050
  • is the powerhouse and the reason that this church is blessed by
  • 00:21:58.060 --> 00:22:02.120
  • God." It was a prayer room.
  • 00:22:02.130 --> 00:22:03.220
  • He said, "When I preach, there's a group of people every service
  • 00:22:03.230 --> 00:22:06.280
  • that meets in this room and they pray that the Spirit of God
  • 00:22:06.290 --> 00:22:10.130
  • would be unleashed.
  • 00:22:10.140 --> 00:22:11.090
  • This is the secret.
  • 00:22:11.100 --> 00:22:13.220
  • This is the power."
  • 00:22:13.230 --> 00:22:16.060
  • Leonard Ravenhill said this, "The church has many organizers,
  • 00:22:16.070 --> 00:22:19.140
  • but few agonizers.
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  • Many who pay, but few who pray.
  • 00:22:24.030 --> 00:22:26.290
  • Many resters, but few wrestlers.
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  • Many who are enterprising, few who are interceding.
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  • A worldly Christian will stop praying, and a praying Christian
  • 00:22:35.110 --> 00:22:39.040
  • will stop worldliness.
  • 00:22:39.050 --> 00:22:40.180
  • Tithes may build a church, but tears will give it life."
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:47.160
  • Now, why should we pray?
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  • There's a lot of reasons.
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  • I'll give you just two.
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  • Reason number one, spiritual work always requires spiritual
  • 00:22:52.180 --> 00:22:56.170
  • tools.
  • 00:22:56.180 --> 00:22:57.260
  • One of the most frustrating endeavors is to try to do a work
  • 00:22:57.270 --> 00:23:01.080
  • of the Spirit in the energy of your flesh.
  • 00:23:01.090 --> 00:23:04.030
  • You are doomed for failure.
  • 00:23:04.040 --> 00:23:07.120
  • Second reason, it produces confidence, according to the
  • 00:23:07.130 --> 00:23:11.000
  • text.
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  • "I am confident through your prayers."
  • 00:23:11.280 --> 00:23:17.230
  • It's a spiritual tool, it produces confidence, two good
  • 00:23:17.240 --> 00:23:20.240
  • reasons to keep it up.
  • 00:23:20.250 --> 00:23:22.270
  • So, one means of Paul's confidence is through
  • 00:23:22.280 --> 00:23:26.150
  • their prayer.
  • 00:23:26.160 --> 00:23:27.190
  • Notice the second, "And the supply of the Spirit of
  • 00:23:27.200 --> 00:23:31.100
  • Jesus Christ."
  • 00:23:31.110 --> 00:23:32.100
  • The Holy Spirit of give you everything you need.
  • 00:23:32.110 --> 00:23:35.070
  • Now, you see the word "supply" in that text?
  • 00:23:35.080 --> 00:23:38.100
  • It literally means a lavish supply, a lavish supply.
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  • The Greek word is "epichoregeos," we get our word
  • 00:23:44.040 --> 00:23:48.220
  • "chorus" from that.
  • 00:23:48.230 --> 00:23:50.280
  • It literally means one voice upon another.
  • 00:23:50.290 --> 00:23:56.060
  • So, if Ryan stands up here singing and Tamra stay ends up
  • 00:23:56.070 --> 00:23:59.250
  • here and adds a harmony, and Stephen stands up here and adds
  • 00:23:59.260 --> 00:24:02.280
  • yet another harmony, and their voices blend in melody and
  • 00:24:02.290 --> 00:24:06.050
  • harmonies first, third, and fifth, you are stacking up the
  • 00:24:06.060 --> 00:24:09.170
  • voices.
  • 00:24:09.180 --> 00:24:11.020
  • Then if you add a choir next to them, you have an epichoregeos.
  • 00:24:11.030 --> 00:24:16.030
  • You have a lavish supply of beautiful voices.
  • 00:24:18.180 --> 00:24:23.100
  • So, what Paul is saying is this, "The reason I'm confident is
  • 00:24:23.110 --> 00:24:28.200
  • because you keep praying and because the Holy Spirit lavishly
  • 00:24:28.210 --> 00:24:32.030
  • supplies everything I need to handle the future."
  • 00:24:32.040 --> 00:24:36.170
  • Here's the truth, the hand of God will never lead you where
  • 00:24:36.180 --> 00:24:41.030
  • the grace of God cannot keep you.
  • 00:24:41.040 --> 00:24:44.220
  • He will lavishly supply what you need.
  • 00:24:44.230 --> 00:24:48.230
  • You know, Zechariah chapter 4, verse 6.
  • 00:24:48.240 --> 00:24:50.290
  • You'll finish it as I start quoting it.
  • 00:24:51.000 --> 00:24:52.280
  • It's not by might, it's not by power, it's by?
  • 00:24:52.290 --> 00:24:58.090
  • Say it, "My Spirit says the Lord.
  • 00:24:58.100 --> 00:25:00.260
  • Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord."
  • 00:25:00.270 --> 00:25:05.030
  • So, Paul is confident in the future.
  • 00:25:05.040 --> 00:25:07.280
  • If there are praying friends and plenty of fuel, and the fuel is
  • 00:25:07.290 --> 00:25:13.040
  • the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:25:13.050 --> 00:25:14.120
  • So, Paul looks out of his prison bars.
  • 00:25:14.130 --> 00:25:18.170
  • He sees two stars, the star of joy, the star of confidence.
  • 00:25:18.180 --> 00:25:22.050
  • He predicts them both, but he sees a third star, the star of
  • 00:25:22.060 --> 00:25:25.120
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