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February 9, 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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  • Moving at the speed of light.
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  • It was a color in the night.
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  • Moving at the speed of light.
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  • It 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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  • A Savior radiance so very near to me.
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  • male announcer: God often uses the most difficult and
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  • unlikely circumstances to carry out his purpose for your life.
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  • Connect with Skip Heitzig today as he reveals the rough
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  • situations Paul and Timothy went through and how it led them to
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  • live out an incredible mission for God.
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  • Now, let's join Pastor Skip for today study.
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  • Skip Heitzig: How's that for living your life?
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  • I've got joy that cannot be taken away.
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  • He writes to the Galatians and he says the fruit of the Spirit
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  • he is now, that seed has grown.
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  • He's experienced it.
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  • The fruit of the Spirit, he says, is love, joy, peace,
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  • longsuffering, goodness, kindness, gentleness.
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  • Now, we get to the Book of Philippines, and there is more
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  • joy in this letter than any of Paul's 13 epistles
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  • that he writes.
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  • Joy is dripping out of every verse in this book.
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  • At least 19 times in four chapters of Philippians.
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  • Paul mentions joy, rejoicing, or gladness 19 times.
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  • That's Paul, Saul of Tarsus, now Paul the Apostle,
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  • the apostle of joy.
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  • Now, we come to Timothy, he's the second name, the third word
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  • of verse 1, Paul and Timothy.
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  • And let me just say Timothy is another one you would not
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  • naturally associate the emotion of joy with.
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  • Timothy came from a tough home situation.
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  • He had mixed parentage.
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  • One parent was Jewish, that was his mother religious gal, but
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  • his dad was an unbeliever from Lystra in Asia Minor.
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  • Now, his mother and grandmother are both named.
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  • 2 Timothy chapter 1, his mother was named Eunice.
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  • His grandmother was named Lois.
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  • They were both Jewish ladies who raised him in the Jewish faith,
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  • but there was this division at home because dad
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  • was not a religious guy.
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  • He was an unbelieving Greek.
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  • Then something happened.
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  • Paul the Apostle came through town, and he preached
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  • the good news, the gospel.
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  • And Lois and Eunice, mom and grandma, heard it
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  • and they received Jesus Christ.
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  • And by the way, so did young Timothy probably about
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  • 15 years of age, 15 years of age.
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  • But even at 15 years of age, he was allowed to follow Paul
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  • on his missionary journeys.
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  • And so he did.
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  • We're not told that his father came to know Christ, just his
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  • mother and his grandmother, but he becomes a part
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  • of Paul's team.
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  • He goes on his second missionary journey.
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  • He goes to Jerusalem carrying money that they collected from
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  • churches to give to the church of Jerusalem and for years,
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  • Paul the Apostle is able to be his tutor, has mentor,
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  • his discipler, and show him the joy of the Lord in the most
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  • difficult of circumstances.
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  • He becomes so important to Paul that calls him,
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  • "My son in the faith."
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  • And he's the guy that Paul will send back to the Philippians to
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  • represent him.
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  • He says in chapter 2, Philippians 2 verse 20, "I have
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  • no one who is isopsuchos," that's the word he uses,
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  • "like-minded.
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  • I'm gonna to send you Timothy because in sending you Timothy,
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  • I'm thinking I'm sending you somebody who thinks like I
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  • think, values what I value, and sending Timothy is as good
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  • as sending me.
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  • I have no one on my staff, or that I know, who is like-minded
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  • except this young man."
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  • That's Timothy.
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  • We'll read more about him, consider him more as we go.
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  • But these guys have been changed.
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  • But here's what I want you to see, the real reason for the joy
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  • in the lives of Paul and Timothy is described by the very next
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  • word in verse 1.
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  • Paul and Timothy, what's the next word?
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  • Bondservants of Jesus Christ.
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  • The reason they were joyful is because they decided,
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  • "I'm gonna to serve the Lord," that brought them joy.
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  • The word bondservants "doulos" describes a person owned by
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  • someone else, it's a slave.
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  • You say, "How do you get happy being a slave?"
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  • Where does joy come from? Being a slave of Jesus Christ.
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  • Bondservants, a person owned by someone else who lives
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  • to serve someone else.
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  • When it's used in the New Testament, it usually refers
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  • to somebody who serves another willingly, voluntarily.
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  • They are voluntarily devoted and surrender to Jesus Christ
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  • as their master.
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  • Now, Joy is a funny thing.
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  • It's elusive to so many people and that is because joy is never
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  • found by direct pursuit.
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  • You might look for joy all day long, you won't find it.
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  • Joy isn't found by direct pursuit.
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  • It's a byproduct.
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  • You know, in our Declaration of Independence,
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  • we have a few guarantees.
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  • You're guaranteed life.
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  • You're guaranteed liberty, and you're guaranteed, tell me.
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  • The--the pursuit of happiness.
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  • We have a country where people are pursuing happiness.
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  • The problem is nobody's finding it.
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  • Two-thirds of Americans claim to be unhappy.
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  • They're out looking for happiness, but they are not
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  • finding it because real happiness, true joy is
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  • a better term, is not found by direct pursuit.
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  • It's a byproduct of pursuing Christ and his will.
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  • As long as you live for yourself and try to find peace, and
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  • happiness, and joy for yourself, you'll never find it.
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  • You'll be miserable. You'll be hard to live with.
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  • It's when you turn from yourself to an alien will who takes over
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  • your life and you live for him that you find joy.
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  • You see, the more you do as you please, the less you will be
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  • pleased with what you do.
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  • But when you say, "Forget me, I want to serve him, I want to be
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  • a bondservant of him," the byproduct of that is joy.
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  • Over in England, there's a great spot called Buckingham Palace.
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  • Now, Buckingham Palace is one of the center landmarks
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  • and places to visit.
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  • It's the palace of the royal family.
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  • Well, there's a flag that is flown outside of
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  • Buckingham Palace called the Royal Standard.
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  • The Royal Standard is the flag that is pushed up on the
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  • flagpole whenever the sovereign is in residence in the palace.
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  • So, if the Queen's home, flag goes up, or if the King's home,
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  • depending on what era of English history we're talking about,
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  • the Royal Standard is flown.
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  • Think of joy like that.
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  • Joy is the flag flown over the castle of your heart when
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  • the King is in residence there.
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  • It's the badge, it's the sign of a bondservant the king
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  • is residing in my heart.
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  • So, that's the pair, that's the author and his associate Paul
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  • and Timothy, the dynamic pair.
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  • But there's something else to notice and that is
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  • the difficult place.
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  • Verse 1, Paul and Timothy bondservants of Jesus Christ to
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  • all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi with
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  • the bishops and the deacons.
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  • Now, did you know that Paul never wanted to go to Philippi?
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  • At least that wasn't on his plans.
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  • It wasn't on his radar.
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  • He went there out of compulsion, not 'cause he said,
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  • "I want to go to Philippi.
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  • Philippi was a Roman colony, not a big deal that he wanted to
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  • visit, at least right now.
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  • On his second missionary journey, his plan was to go
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  • through Galatia.
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  • He had already been there before, but then expand
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  • northward and southward.
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  • That was his plan, but he got resistance.
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  • You know, who he got resistance from?
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  • God.
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  • God resisted him going to the places he planned.
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  • God resisted him.
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  • Psalm 37 says, "The steps of a good man are ordered
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  • by the Lord."
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  • Oh, how we love that verse, but let me tell you another part of
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  • that truth.
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  • The stops have a good man are also ordered by the Lord.
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  • Sometimes God says, "No."
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  • I've had people say, "I've been praying for that for months,
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  • and I've got no answer from God."
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  • Yes, you have, no. Sounds like he said no.
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  • That's what is sounds like to me.
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  • "Well, it's not the answer I wanted."
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  • That's an answer and it's a good answer if God gives it to you.
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  • God's no is as important as God's go and Paul
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  • discovered that.
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  • What do I mean? Well, let me read it to you.
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  • This is Acts 16.
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  • It said, "When they had gone through Phrygia and the region
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  • of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach
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  • the word in Asia."
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  • That's God saying no.
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  • So, they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but
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  • the Spirit did not permit them."
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  • So, twice God says, "No, no, can't go there.
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  • Can't go there."
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  • So, he's flummoxed.
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  • He goes to a little place called Troas, which is a cool little
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  • beach town, must have been much bigger then.
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  • I visited there.
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  • And he, at Troas, gets a vision of a man from Macedonia saying,
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  • "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
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  • My friend Raul Ries calls him, "The man from Macademia."
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  • But he is the man from Macedonia.
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  • And he gets a vision.
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  • This man in the vision says, "Come over to Macedonia
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  • and help us."
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  • So, he's come from one direction.
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  • He tried to go north, tried to go south.
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  • He's come from that way.
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  • There's only one way to go and there's a guy in his vision
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  • saying, "Come over here and help us."
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  • So, they wake up the next day and they go, "I think God wants
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  • us to go there."
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  • That's how he goes.
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  • Now, this is, this is interesting.
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  • If you were to have interviewed Paul the Apostle at that time
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  • and he would have said, "Where you going, Paul?"
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  • He'd have said, "I don't know."
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  • "What, you don't know?
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  • What's the will of God for your life?"
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  • He'd have said, "I don't know. I haven't got a clue."
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  • "You, you're the writer of 13 books in the New Testament,
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  • surely you know the will of God."
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  • "Not today, all I know is twice I've tried to go places and God
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  • keeps shutting that door.
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  • But I got a vision from the man from Macedonia.
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  • I guess I'm supposed to go over there."
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  • God said no and to Paul, he's now understanding God's no is as
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  • important as God's go because of closed doors.
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  • Okay, so he arrives in Philippi.
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  • That's the chief city of Macedonia.
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  • Philippi named after Philip of Macedon, the father of
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  • Alexander the Great.
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  • He gets to Philippi, and I bet he's looking for a man
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  • from Macedonia.
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  • He had a vision of a man.
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  • He's looking around the streets going, "I don't see the guy that
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  • I saw in my vision.
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  • That doesn't look like him."
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  • So, he goes down to the river, we're told, where women are
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  • gathered praying.
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  • Why are women gathered praying?
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  • They're Jewish women praying by a river 'cause there's no
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  • synagogue in town, none.
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  • He often goes to the synagogue, that's where he starts.
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  • But there's no synagogue because Jewish law said you had to have
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  • at least ten Jewish men to have a synagogue.
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  • It was called the Minyan.
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  • There was no Minyan so they had no synagogue.
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  • Because there was no synagogue, he couldn't go to it
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  • and start preaching.
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  • So, he goes down to the river where women are praying.
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  • There's one woman named Lydia who sold purple fabric from
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  • Thyatira and the Bible says the Lord opened her heart to receive
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  • the word spoken by Paul.
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  • So, she comes to Christ because of Paul's presence down
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  • at the river.
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  • And I'm sure Paul is going, "Okay, well, we're off to a
  • 00:13:30.120 --> 00:13:33.020
  • start, may not be a great start.
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  • Usually I get a lot more response than one chick from
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  • Thyatira down by a river, but there's no synagogue
  • 00:13:39.120 --> 00:13:42.170
  • so I'll start with that."
  • 00:13:42.180 --> 00:13:44.060
  • So, things go from bad to worse.
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  • He ends up getting arrested, beaten up, and thrown in jail.
  • 00:13:46.250 --> 00:13:52.040
  • There's sort of an old joke about Paul that whenever he
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  • would go to a new town, he would say, "Show me the jail.
  • 00:13:54.170 --> 00:13:57.120
  • I want to find out where I'm gonna be spending the night."
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  • He spent a lot of time in jail, lot of nights in jail.
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  • So, he's in jail in stocks stretched out in pain with his
  • 00:14:04.120 --> 00:14:08.140
  • buddy and at midnight, they sing hymns to God.
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  • An earthquake happens, the stocks fall from his hands,
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  • the doors open.
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  • He ends up leading the Philippian jailer to Christ
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  • and his family.
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  • So, we have a chick down by a river named Lydia, and a jail
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  • guy, two converts who become the seeds of this church that's
  • 00:14:28.250 --> 00:14:33.100
  • gonna grow.
  • 00:14:33.110 --> 00:14:34.290
  • So, Paul leaves, years go by, maybe even a decade
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  • goes by right now.
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  • The church at Philippi finds out Paul's in jail again,
  • 00:14:42.100 --> 00:14:46.110
  • this time in Rome.
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  • So, they send him some money, a love gift, to help support him.
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  • He writes a thank you letter, Philippians is that
  • 00:14:53.160 --> 00:14:55.190
  • thank you letter.
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  • It's a special relationship of love and he's saying thank you.
  • 00:14:57.010 --> 00:15:00.080
  • And as they read it, they discovered something unexpected
  • 00:15:00.090 --> 00:15:04.190
  • in it, joy, joy.
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  • This guy who's had it so bad for so long is writing with such
  • 00:15:09.120 --> 00:15:14.100
  • joyful terms, unexpected joy.
  • 00:15:14.110 --> 00:15:20.290
  • Billy Sunday said, "If you have no joy, there's a leak in your
  • 00:15:21.000 --> 00:15:23.180
  • Christianity somewhere.
  • 00:15:23.190 --> 00:15:26.090
  • If you have no joy, there's a leak in your Christianity
  • 00:15:26.100 --> 00:15:30.140
  • somewhere."
  • 00:15:30.150 --> 00:15:32.270
  • I know, I can hear all sorts of rebuttals.
  • 00:15:32.280 --> 00:15:36.200
  • "You don't know what I've been through.
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  • You don't know who's hurt me.
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  • You don't know what circumstances I'm under."
  • 00:15:40.170 --> 00:15:44.290
  • Wait a minute, what are you doing under your circumstances?
  • 00:15:45.000 --> 00:15:49.070
  • You see, as believers, were told to rise above the circumstances,
  • 00:15:49.080 --> 00:15:53.090
  • that's where joy is.
  • 00:15:53.100 --> 00:15:54.270
  • And Paul says, "We are more than conquerors through him
  • 00:15:54.280 --> 00:15:58.190
  • who loved us."
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  • Don't get under your circumstances, get over them,
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  • on top of them.
  • 00:16:03.230 --> 00:16:07.050
  • So, this dynamic pair, Paul and Timothy, faced difficult places
  • 00:16:07.060 --> 00:16:12.000
  • with difficult people, so what did they do?
  • 00:16:12.010 --> 00:16:17.080
  • In their pain, they found God's purpose.
  • 00:16:17.090 --> 00:16:22.050
  • They found God's purpose.
  • 00:16:22.060 --> 00:16:25.020
  • So, I want to go from the dynamic pair and the difficult
  • 00:16:25.030 --> 00:16:28.090
  • place to the divine purpose.
  • 00:16:28.100 --> 00:16:30.240
  • What is that purpose? Well, it's hinted at at least.
  • 00:16:30.250 --> 00:16:33.120
  • Again in verse 1, "Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus
  • 00:16:33.130 --> 00:16:36.190
  • Christ," now watch this, "to all the saints in Christ Jesus who
  • 00:16:36.200 --> 00:16:44.120
  • are in Philippi with the bishops and the deacons."
  • 00:16:44.130 --> 00:16:49.090
  • Sounds like they've grown.
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  • What started out as a woman by a river, and a jailer and his
  • 00:16:51.150 --> 00:16:55.080
  • family, has grown into all the saints, a spiritual family with
  • 00:16:55.090 --> 00:17:01.180
  • spiritual fathers, overseers, pastors, and servants,
  • 00:17:01.190 --> 00:17:06.110
  • deacons in this case.
  • 00:17:06.120 --> 00:17:09.040
  • Church has grown.
  • 00:17:09.050 --> 00:17:10.210
  • So, that growth from all of his pain to see a church grow out of
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  • that and strong, it's worth it all to him, worth it all.
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  • I know that 'cause read the next couple verses.
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  • Let's just take a sneak peek.
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  • Verse 3, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you always
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  • in every prayer of mine making request for you all."
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  • He's from the south apparently.
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  • "Request for y'all with joy for your fellowship in the gospel
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  • from the first day until now being confident of this very
  • 00:17:48.060 --> 00:17:51.200
  • thing that he who has begun a good work in you will complete
  • 00:17:51.210 --> 00:17:55.000
  • it until the day of Christ."
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  • Here's the key, or here's one of the keys of Paul's life
  • 00:17:57.160 --> 00:17:59.250
  • and his joy.
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  • Whatever negative experience he was facing, and I bet I'm
  • 00:18:01.110 --> 00:18:04.130
  • talking to a few people who are facing some negative experience.
  • 00:18:04.140 --> 00:18:07.140
  • Whatever negative experience Paul was encountering, he was
  • 00:18:07.150 --> 00:18:11.070
  • looking for how God was working.
  • 00:18:11.080 --> 00:18:14.030
  • When something bad happened he would think, "What's God up to?
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  • He's up to something. This hurts.
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  • This is painful. This is horrible.
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  • What's he up to?"
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  • That's how he lived his life.
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  • Listen, when life happens unexpectedly, God is moving
  • 00:18:28.180 --> 00:18:32.140
  • supernaturally, Paul believed that.
  • 00:18:32.150 --> 00:18:34.040
  • Paul live that way.
  • 00:18:34.050 --> 00:18:35.150
  • There's always two sides of every event in your life.
  • 00:18:35.160 --> 00:18:39.060
  • There's the factual side of the event, but then there's
  • 00:18:39.070 --> 00:18:42.200
  • the actual side of the event.
  • 00:18:42.210 --> 00:18:45.190
  • There's the facts, the who, the what, the where, the how,
  • 00:18:45.200 --> 00:18:49.250
  • and usually, "What are the facts?
  • 00:18:49.260 --> 00:18:52.180
  • What happened here?"
  • 00:18:52.190 --> 00:18:53.290
  • Okay, here's the facts, but then there's the actual side,
  • 00:18:54.000 --> 00:18:56.250
  • the why, why did this happen?
  • 00:18:56.260 --> 00:18:59.230
  • And so, Paul lived his life looking around for the actual
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:03.280
  • side of this event.
  • 00:19:03.290 --> 00:19:05.140
  • He knew the facts, but what's the actual thing happening?
  • 00:19:05.150 --> 00:19:08.220
  • Why is God allowing this?
  • 00:19:08.230 --> 00:19:11.100
  • What's he up to?
  • 00:19:11.110 --> 00:19:13.010
  • Where is the will of God found in this fabric of pain
  • 00:19:13.020 --> 00:19:16.240
  • and suffering?
  • 00:19:16.250 --> 00:19:18.070
  • In this case, he'll discover that God uses Roman law,
  • 00:19:18.080 --> 00:19:22.140
  • appellate law.
  • 00:19:22.150 --> 00:19:24.000
  • He appeals his case to Caesar, which gets him on a ship where
  • 00:19:24.010 --> 00:19:29.080
  • he almost dies, but doesn't, which takes him to Rome,
  • 00:19:29.090 --> 00:19:32.070
  • which puts him in jail for a long time.
  • 00:19:32.080 --> 00:19:37.100
  • But through all that, he discovers, "Ah, this is the will
  • 00:19:37.110 --> 00:19:42.230
  • of God and for that I'm joyful."
  • 00:19:42.240 --> 00:19:44.250
  • You go, "The will of God, how?"
  • 00:19:44.260 --> 00:19:46.050
  • Listen and again, sneak ahead a little bit.
  • 00:19:46.060 --> 00:19:48.130
  • Look at verse 12, "I want you to know, brethren, that the things
  • 00:19:48.140 --> 00:19:53.250
  • which happened to me have actually turned out for
  • 00:19:53.260 --> 00:19:56.030
  • the furtherance of the gospel."
  • 00:19:56.040 --> 00:19:57.130
  • Now, you think of that statement.
  • 00:19:57.140 --> 00:19:59.170
  • You know what he means when he says,
  • 00:19:59.180 --> 00:20:00.270
  • "The things that happened to me?
  • 00:20:00.280 --> 00:20:02.170
  • Falsely accused in Jerusalem, thrown in Caesarea, bad trial
  • 00:20:02.180 --> 00:20:08.040
  • after bad trial, put on a grain ship and taken to Rome, locked
  • 00:20:08.050 --> 00:20:12.240
  • up in a Roman prison in guards.
  • 00:20:12.250 --> 00:20:14.100
  • All those things that have happened to me that sound bad,
  • 00:20:14.110 --> 00:20:16.170
  • have actually turned out to further the gospel."
  • 00:20:16.180 --> 00:20:21.250
  • And as we get into it, I'll show you how that happened.
  • 00:20:21.260 --> 00:20:25.060
  • So, we have 104 verses in 4 chapters,
  • 00:20:25.070 --> 00:20:30.040
  • dripping with pure joy.
  • 00:20:30.050 --> 00:20:32.180
  • Amazing to think about.
  • 00:20:32.190 --> 00:20:35.260
  • A book of joy, written by a guy who was once a killjoy has now
  • 00:20:35.270 --> 00:20:44.220
  • become the apostle of joy.
  • 00:20:44.230 --> 00:20:48.030
  • Now, here's how to calculate your life.
  • 00:20:48.040 --> 00:20:51.100
  • Here's how to think about your life.
  • 00:20:51.110 --> 00:20:53.230
  • Here's how to get joy in any situation.
  • 00:20:53.240 --> 00:20:55.240
  • You take these elements and put them together.
  • 00:20:55.250 --> 00:20:58.130
  • You take a dynamic person--by dynamic I don't mean,
  • 00:20:58.140 --> 00:21:01.220
  • "I'm dynamic."
  • 00:21:01.230 --> 00:21:03.140
  • It just means, "I'm saved and filled with the Spirit."
  • 00:21:03.150 --> 00:21:06.040
  • That's dynamic.
  • 00:21:06.050 --> 00:21:07.170
  • You have life in you, that's what dynamic means.
  • 00:21:07.180 --> 00:21:10.070
  • Take a dynamic person, saved and filled with the Spirit, place a
  • 00:21:10.080 --> 00:21:13.170
  • dynamic person in a difficult place with difficult people, but
  • 00:21:13.180 --> 00:21:18.170
  • have that person discover the plan of God and the result will
  • 00:21:18.180 --> 00:21:23.290
  • be joy when you discover the plan of God in
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:27.250
  • that difficult place.
  • 00:21:27.260 --> 00:21:30.250
  • The joy may be quite unexpected, and when it is,
  • 00:21:30.260 --> 00:21:34.070
  • it's better that way.
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:36.100
  • You go, "I can't--I've talked to people.
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:38.270
  • I don't know how to explain it.
  • 00:21:38.280 --> 00:21:40.200
  • I--this is the worst period of my life, but I have such peace
  • 00:21:40.210 --> 00:21:43.160
  • and such joy."
  • 00:21:43.170 --> 00:21:47.170
  • Let me close with this story.
  • 00:21:47.180 --> 00:21:50.160
  • Tim Hansel writes about an 82-year-old man, served as
  • 00:21:50.170 --> 00:21:56.040
  • a pastor for 50 years.
  • 00:21:56.050 --> 00:21:58.250
  • They discovered skin cancer on this man that required
  • 00:21:58.260 --> 00:22:06.140
  • 15 operations to maintain him.
  • 00:22:06.150 --> 00:22:11.270
  • Eighty-two years old, skin cancer, 15 operations.
  • 00:22:11.280 --> 00:22:16.090
  • You're thinking there can't be a shred of joy in this story.
  • 00:22:16.100 --> 00:22:19.200
  • Ah, but listen Tim writes this, "Besides suffering from the
  • 00:22:19.210 --> 00:22:25.090
  • pain, he was so embarrassed about how the cancer had scarred
  • 00:22:25.100 --> 00:22:28.230
  • his appearance that he wouldn't even go out.
  • 00:22:28.240 --> 00:22:34.040
  • Then one day he was given a copy of my book, 'You Gotta Keep
  • 00:22:34.050 --> 00:22:36.240
  • Dancing', in which I tell of my long struggle with chronic
  • 00:22:36.250 --> 00:22:40.080
  • intense pain from a near-fatal climbing accident.
  • 00:22:40.090 --> 00:22:44.190
  • In that book, I told of the day when I realized that the pain
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:47.260
  • would be with me forever.
  • 00:22:47.270 --> 00:22:51.100
  • So, at that moment, I made a pivotal decision.
  • 00:22:51.110 --> 00:22:54.150
  • I knew that it was up to me to choose how I responded to it
  • 00:22:54.160 --> 00:22:57.230
  • so I chose joy."
  • 00:22:57.240 --> 00:23:01.120
  • After reading a while, the elderly pastor said he put
  • 00:23:01.130 --> 00:23:05.060
  • the book down thinking, "He's crazy.
  • 00:23:05.070 --> 00:23:08.070
  • I can't choose joy," so he gave up on the idea.
  • 00:23:08.080 --> 00:23:13.090
  • Then later as he read the gospel of John chapter 15, verse 11,
  • 00:23:13.100 --> 00:23:18.220
  • that joy is a gift.
  • 00:23:18.230 --> 00:23:21.060
  • And Jesus says, "I want to give you my joy that your joy
  • 00:23:21.070 --> 00:23:26.250
  • may be complete."
  • 00:23:26.260 --> 00:23:29.150
  • He thought, "A gift, a gift."
  • 00:23:29.160 --> 00:23:36.160
  • He didn't know what to do so he got down on his knees.
  • 00:23:36.170 --> 00:23:39.110
  • Then he didn't know what to say so he said, "Well then, Lord,
  • 00:23:39.120 --> 00:23:43.130
  • give it to me."
  • 00:23:43.140 --> 00:23:48.090
  • And suddenly, as he described it, this incredible hunk of joy
  • 00:23:48.100 --> 00:23:54.060
  • came from heaven and landed on him.
  • 00:23:54.070 --> 00:23:57.110
  • "I was overwhelmed," this old man wrote.
  • 00:23:57.120 --> 00:24:01.120
  • "It was like the joy spoken about in the Book of Peter,
  • 00:24:01.130 --> 00:24:05.020
  • a joy unspeakable and full of glory.
  • 00:24:05.030 --> 00:24:08.200
  • I didn't know what to say so I said, 'Turn it on, Lord,
  • 00:24:08.210 --> 00:24:12.120
  • turn it on.'"
  • 00:24:12.130 --> 00:24:15.000
  • And before he knew it, he was dancing around the house.
  • 00:24:15.010 --> 00:24:18.060
  • Picture an 82-year-old guy, skin cancer, dancing
  • 00:24:18.070 --> 00:24:20.110
  • around his house.
  • 00:24:20.120 --> 00:24:22.060
  • He felt so joyful, that he actually felt born again again,
  • 00:24:22.070 --> 00:24:26.280
  • and this astonishing change happened at the age of 82.
  • 00:24:26.290 --> 00:24:33.000
  • He just had to get out, he said.
  • 00:24:33.010 --> 00:24:35.190
  • There was so much joy, he couldn't stay cooped up so he
  • 00:24:35.200 --> 00:24:39.200
  • went out to the local fast food restaurant and got a burger.
  • 00:24:39.210 --> 00:24:45.030
  • A lady saw how happy he was and asked, "How are you doing?"
  • 00:24:45.040 --> 00:24:51.050
  • He said, "Oh, I'm wonderful."
  • 00:24:51.060 --> 00:24:55.060
  • "Is it your birthday?"
  • 00:24:55.070 --> 00:24:56.170
  • she asked.
  • 00:24:56.180 --> 00:24:58.070
  • "No, honey, it's better than that."
  • 00:24:58.080 --> 00:25:00.180
  • "Ah, it's your anniversary."
  • 00:25:00.190 --> 00:25:03.030
  • "No, better than that."
  • 00:25:03.040 --> 00:25:06.130
  • "Well, what is it?"
  • 00:25:06.140 --> 00:25:08.110
  • She asked excitedly.
  • 00:25:08.120 --> 00:25:10.070
  • "It's the joy of Jesus.
  • 00:25:10.080 --> 00:25:13.050
  • Do you know what I'm talking about?"
  • 00:25:13.060 --> 00:25:16.020
  • The lady just shrugged and answered,
  • 00:25:16.030 --> 00:25:18.090
  • "No, I have to work on Sundays."
  • 00:25:18.100 --> 00:25:22.130
  • Right over her head.
  • 00:25:22.140 --> 00:25:24.140
  • She didn't get that crazy, old man talking about
  • 00:25:24.150 --> 00:25:27.130
  • the joy of Jesus.
  • 00:25:27.140 --> 00:25:29.030
  • That's how she thought.
  • 00:25:29.040 --> 00:25:30.220
  • But he didn't care, he knew, he felt, he experienced a whole new
  • 00:25:30.230 --> 00:25:37.130
  • way of living the joy of the Lord, unexpected joy,
  • 00:25:37.140 --> 00:25:41.180
  • unexpected joy.
  • 00:25:41.190 --> 00:25:43.140
  • Well, in this case, you can expect joy.
  • 00:25:43.150 --> 00:25:48.000
  • If you're filled with life, the life of Jesus filled with the
  • 00:25:48.010 --> 00:25:50.190
  • Holy Spirit, a dynamic person in a difficult place with
  • 00:25:50.200 --> 00:25:53.220
  • difficult people discovering a divine purpose.
  • 00:25:53.230 --> 00:25:57.260
  • The result will be joy and the result of this letter,
  • 00:25:57.270 --> 00:26:00.220
  • all 104 verses, 103 left.
  • 00:26:00.230 --> 00:26:03.170
  • We'll be here a while.
  • 00:26:03.180 --> 00:26:06.030
  • Will be joy that will drip on us week after week as we derive
  • 00:26:06.040 --> 00:26:10.160
  • its benefit.
  • 00:26:10.170 --> 00:26:11.270
  • Let's pray.
  • 00:26:11.280 --> 00:26:14.070
  • 00:26:14.230 --> 00:26:18.230
  • male announcer: Joy isn't a feeling, it's a choice, and you
  • 00:26:18.260 --> 00:26:21.120
  • can experience true and lasting joy when you make a decision to
  • 00:26:21.130 --> 00:26:24.240
  • follow Jesus.
  • 00:26:24.250 --> 00:26:26.100
  • And now we want to tell you about a resource that will help
  • 00:26:26.110 --> 00:26:28.120
  • you maintain healthy relationships in your life.
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  • 00:26:36.140 --> 00:26:38.260
  • The '60s promised that explosion of peace, love, and brotherhood,
  • 00:26:38.270 --> 00:26:42.030
  • but instead, it brought confusion and moral decline.
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  • Discover God's plan for real love in Skip Heitzig's book,
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  • "Beyond the Summer of Love."
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  • 00:26:50.020 --> 00:26:53.080
  • love of Jesus in the royal road of love collection.
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  • announcer: Watch next time as Pastor Skip shares from Paul's
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