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August 24, 2017
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Contentment and Ambition

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  • - Brian Houston: Well, hi,
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  • I'm Brian Houston and this is my
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  • wife Bobbie and together we're
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  • the pastors at Hillsong Church.
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  • Our church is a global church
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  • with a single mission.
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  • That mission is to point people
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  • to Jesus and see them reach
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  • their full potential.
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  • - Bobbie Houston: We
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  • affectionately refer
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  • to our church as one
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  • house with many rooms.
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  • And today we're excited to
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  • welcome you to this program
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  • with beautiful worship
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  • and powerful teaching from
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  • - Terry Crist: Hello,
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  • and welcome to Hillsong Church
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  • Phoenix.
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  • We meet all across the Phoenix
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  • valley from the beautiful
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  • suburbs to the working class
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  • neighborhoods right into
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  • the downtown urban core.
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  • We love this city, from
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  • its rugged beauty to its
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  • rich diversity to its sense
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  • of youthful energy;
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  • there's so much to value
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  • and treasure right here.
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  • But most of all, we love
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  • the people who live here.
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  • Our heart is to see their lives
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  • transformed with the love
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  • and grace of Jesus.
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  • I'm Terry Crist and, along
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  • with my wife, Judith,
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  • we're the lead pastors
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  • of Hillsong Church Phoenix.
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  • And I'm so glad that you've
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  • taken time to join us on the
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  • Hillsong Channel for one
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  • of our weekend services.
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  • I'm excited about the message
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  • that I'm sharing today
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  • and I really believe
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  • it has the potential
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  • - Terry: It doesn't matter what
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  • stage you're in, you can always
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  • find reasons to be discontent.
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  • This is an issue that relates to
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  • young and old, to rich and poor,
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  • to married and to singles, to
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  • people who are pursuing their
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  • dreams and to people who have
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  • reached their dreams only to
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  • discover that they're somewhat
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  • hollow and unfulfilling.
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  • This is a universal
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  • issue in life.
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  • And the fact is, as I look back
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  • over my life, I can see
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  • this thread of discontent
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  • woven throughout my history.
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  • - Terry: I'd like to ask you
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  • if you would give a great big
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  • welcome to everybody joining
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  • us on one of our campuses, in
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  • one of our venues, or watching
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  • somewhere in the world today
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  • on the Hillsong Channel.
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  • Come on, Phoenix.
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  • Awesome.
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  • If you have your Bibles, turn
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  • with me this morning to the
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  • book of Philippians chapter 4.
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  • We are wrapping up our series on
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  • "Soul Care," and this morning
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  • I wanna talk to you about
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  • something that I can't recall
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  • ever talking about in 34 years
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  • of teaching the Bible.
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  • In fact, it's been something
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  • that I've often thought about
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  • but, quite frankly, haven't
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  • really had the language with
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  • which to reconcile what seems
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  • to be two very opposing ideas.
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  • And yet as we have journeyed
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  • our way through the Scriptures,
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  • during the course of this
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  • series, I've persisted in asking
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  • God for a way to bring these
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  • ideas together and I feel as if
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  • God has given me some handles
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  • on the subject of contentment
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  • and ambition.
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  • Contentment and ambition.
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  • Fifty-two years ago,
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  • the Rolling Stones recorded
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  • a song that expressed the
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  • frustration of a generation and,
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  • even more, the sound of an era.
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  • It was called, "I Can't Get
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  • No Satisfaction," right.
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  • And while that most people would
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  • relate it to sexual fulfillment,
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  • it was really as much about the
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  • spirit of the times as anything
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  • else.
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  • It was about their frustration
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  • with the war and the onslaught
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  • of commercialism and really,
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  • fundamentally, it was a cry for
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  • freedom.
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  • And 52 years later, "Rolling
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  • Stone" magazine now lists that
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  • as the second greatest song of
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  • all times.
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  • I think that song has endured
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  • because I think it resonates
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  • with something deep within the
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  • soul of humanity, that is, our
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  • basic desire for contentment and
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  • our struggle with
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  • discontentment.
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  • I think at the most basic level
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  • of the soul, we long for
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  • contentment which, by
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  • definition, is simply the
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  • feeling of being satisfied with
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  • the way things are.
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  • However, the problem is the way
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  • things are is not altogether
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  • satisfactory.
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  • The world is not as it should be
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  • and we all know that intuitively
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  • or at least we see that
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  • obviously.
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  • You don't have to look hard and
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  • far in order to realize that
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  • this planet is profoundly
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  • broken.
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  • The world is not as God
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  • originally intended it.
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  • Things are not as they should
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  • be.
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  • And we find ourselves living in
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  • that reality.
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  • So the question is how do we
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  • find contentment when we have
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  • deep within ourselves a longing
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  • for something more, a desire for
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  • something better, something
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  • different than perhaps what
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  • other people have settled for in
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  • life?
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  • How do we find contentment when
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  • we all seem to struggle with
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  • chronic disappointment at some
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  • point or another?
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  • And let me be clear about one
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  • thing.
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  • Discontentment is a universal
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  • problem.
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  • It seems to be really popular
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  • these days to kind of lay all of
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  • the problems in the world at the
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  • feet of the West.
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  • If you listen to many preachers,
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  • you won't listen long before
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  • they say, "The problem in the
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  • western world is.
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  • The problem with people in the
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  • West is.
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  • The problem in America is.
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  • And while that I'm quite sure
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  • people in the West have unique
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  • challenges and, to some degree,
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  • even unique problems, the fact
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  • is most of the problems that we
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  • face are universal.
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  • They're not just western
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  • problems, they're human problems
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  • and, as such, they're found
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  • everywhere.
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  • I've traveled into over 65
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  • nations and I've discovered that
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  • it doesn't matter whether you're
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  • living in a small village or you
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  • find yourselves in the suburbs
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  • of Phoenix; we all long for
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  • something more.
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  • We all desire a better quality
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  • of life.
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  • And most people, in most places
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  • on the planet, struggle from
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  • time to time with discontent.
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  • It's universal.
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  • We all struggle with it.
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  • And there's no sign of it
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  • getting better in our
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  • generation.
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  • In fact, I recently read an
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  • article from the "Daily Mail" in
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  • London that said from the time
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  • one enters their teens until the
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  • time one turns about 40, it's
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  • all a downhill slide in terms of
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  • contentment and happiness.
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  • Let's think about that for a
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  • moment.
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  • According to researchers, you
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  • actually have your best chance
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  • at being content at age 74,
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  • yeah.
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  • Really exciting for all of the
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  • 20- and 30-year-olds here, in
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  • the room here today, I know.
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  • Hang in there, buddy.
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  • If you can just make it to 74,
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  • everything's gonna be okay.
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  • Seriously, researchers have
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  • discovered that things start
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  • looking up at about age 46 but
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  • apparently 74 is the golden
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  • year.
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  • So I'm wondering this morning,
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  • do we have any 74-year-olds who
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  • will say that 74 is the best
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  • year of your life?
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  • Can I get a witness to that here
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  • this morning?
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  • It's not true?
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  • It's true?
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  • Seventy-four is good?
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  • You're only 73 but you're
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  • believing that 74 is gonna be
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  • your best year?
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  • Okay, so we have an aspirational
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  • statement but do we have someone
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  • who is actually 74?
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  • Seventy-four.
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  • Is 74 the best year of your
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  • life?
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  • The best, better than 73?
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  • So he does have much to look
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  • forward to?
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  • Fantastic.
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  • So apparently, for once,
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  • researchers are actually right
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  • about something: 74 is the
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  • golden year of life.
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  • What I want you to know is that
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  • discontent is something we all
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  • struggle with.
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  • I know I have.
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  • In fact, in the interest of full
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  • disclosure, I've spent a lot of
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  • my life with my heart discontent
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  • for one reason or another.
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  • When I was young, I wanted to be
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  • older in order to have some
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  • credibility.
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  • Now that I'm...in my prime, I
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  • want to be younger in order to
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  • have relatability.
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  • When Judith and I had nothing in
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  • life, when we had nothing at all
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  • to speak of, we longed for a
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  • better quality of life and, as
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  • God has blessed us and we now
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  • have a better quality of life,
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  • I've come to discover that,
  • 00:08:56.280 --> 00:08:58.000
  • along with blessings, come
  • 00:08:58.000 --> 00:08:59.150
  • responsibility.
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  • It doesn't matter what stage
  • 00:09:01.250 --> 00:09:03.270
  • you're in, you can always find
  • 00:09:03.270 --> 00:09:06.030
  • reasons to be discontent.
  • 00:09:06.030 --> 00:09:08.160
  • This is an issue that relates to
  • 00:09:08.160 --> 00:09:09.290
  • young and old, to rich and poor,
  • 00:09:09.290 --> 00:09:12.090
  • to married and to singles, to
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  • people who are pursuing their
  • 00:09:14.190 --> 00:09:16.090
  • dreams and to people who have
  • 00:09:16.090 --> 00:09:18.070
  • reached their dreams only to
  • 00:09:18.070 --> 00:09:19.230
  • discover that they're somewhat
  • 00:09:19.230 --> 00:09:21.110
  • hollow and unfulfilling.
  • 00:09:21.110 --> 00:09:23.180
  • This is a universal issue in
  • 00:09:23.220 --> 00:09:26.220
  • life.
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  • And the fact is, as I look back
  • 00:09:27.120 --> 00:09:29.020
  • over my life, I can see this
  • 00:09:29.020 --> 00:09:31.020
  • thread of discontent woven
  • 00:09:31.020 --> 00:09:33.010
  • throughout my history.
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  • And I want better for you.
  • 00:09:35.030 --> 00:09:37.120
  • In fact, I want better for me.
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  • That's why I've spent a lot of
  • 00:09:40.180 --> 00:09:41.210
  • time thinking about the idea of
  • 00:09:41.210 --> 00:09:44.010
  • contentment and how it relates
  • 00:09:44.010 --> 00:09:46.090
  • to soul care and I think I've
  • 00:09:46.090 --> 00:09:48.150
  • learned a few things and I now
  • 00:09:48.150 --> 00:09:50.080
  • these things out, to be able to
  • 00:09:52.100 --> 00:09:54.030
  • share them with you this morning
  • 00:09:54.030 --> 00:09:55.180
  • so they can be
  • 00:09:55.180 --> 00:09:56.130
  • of benefit to you.
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  • - Terry: "I've learned how
  • 00:09:58.120 --> 00:09:59.060
  • to be content both in plenty
  • 00:09:59.060 --> 00:10:01.010
  • and in hunger, in abundance
  • 00:10:01.010 --> 00:10:02.280
  • and in need."
  • 00:10:02.280 --> 00:10:04.110
  • In other words, a simple
  • 00:10:04.110 --> 00:10:05.200
  • lifestyle doesn't guarantee
  • 00:10:05.200 --> 00:10:08.110
  • a contented heart any more than
  • 00:10:08.110 --> 00:10:10.050
  • material possessions guarantee
  • 00:10:10.050 --> 00:10:12.080
  • happiness.
  • 00:10:12.080 --> 00:10:14.150
  • Contentment isn't found in
  • 00:10:14.150 --> 00:10:15.230
  • owning things, contentment isn't
  • 00:10:15.230 --> 00:10:17.190
  • found in abandoning things,
  • 00:10:17.190 --> 00:10:19.210
  • because contentment
  • 00:10:19.210 --> 00:10:21.080
  • isn't about things.
  • 00:10:21.080 --> 00:10:23.260
  • - Terry: Philippians 4 and
  • 00:10:29.170 --> 00:10:30.060
  • verse 10 gives us the passage
  • 00:10:30.060 --> 00:10:32.200
  • that encapsulates
  • 00:10:32.200 --> 00:10:35.160
  • the secret of contentment.
  • 00:10:35.160 --> 00:10:38.160
  • Philippians 4 beginning with
  • 00:10:38.160 --> 00:10:39.090
  • verse 10, Paul says this: "I
  • 00:10:39.090 --> 00:10:42.010
  • rejoiced in the Lord greatly
  • 00:10:42.010 --> 00:10:44.200
  • that now at length you have
  • 00:10:44.200 --> 00:10:47.050
  • revived your concern for me.
  • 00:10:47.050 --> 00:10:49.090
  • You were indeed concerned for
  • 00:10:49.090 --> 00:10:50.230
  • me, but you had no opportunity.
  • 00:10:50.230 --> 00:10:53.090
  • Not that I am speaking of being
  • 00:10:53.090 --> 00:10:55.020
  • in need, for I have learned in
  • 00:10:55.020 --> 00:10:56.220
  • whatever situation I am in to be
  • 00:10:56.220 --> 00:10:59.060
  • content.
  • 00:10:59.060 --> 00:11:00.220
  • I know how to be brought low,
  • 00:11:00.220 --> 00:11:02.250
  • and I know how to abound.
  • 00:11:02.250 --> 00:11:04.250
  • In any and every circumstance, I
  • 00:11:04.250 --> 00:11:06.130
  • have learned the secret," there
  • 00:11:06.130 --> 00:11:09.120
  • it is again, "the secret of
  • 00:11:09.120 --> 00:11:11.130
  • facing plenty and hunger,
  • 00:11:11.130 --> 00:11:14.110
  • abundance and need.
  • 00:11:14.110 --> 00:11:16.170
  • I can do all things through him
  • 00:11:16.170 --> 00:11:19.100
  • who strengthens me."
  • 00:11:19.100 --> 00:11:21.200
  • Now, I want to spend
  • 00:11:21.200 --> 00:11:22.140
  • a few minutes unpacking
  • 00:11:22.140 --> 00:11:23.230
  • those four verses because they
  • 00:11:23.230 --> 00:11:25.070
  • may well be the key that opens
  • 00:11:25.070 --> 00:11:27.270
  • the door to freedom for a lot of
  • 00:11:27.270 --> 00:11:29.200
  • people here this morning and
  • 00:11:29.200 --> 00:11:31.260
  • also watching around the world.
  • 00:11:31.260 --> 00:11:34.030
  • In the span of just a few
  • 00:11:34.030 --> 00:11:35.180
  • verses, Paul gives us here the
  • 00:11:35.180 --> 00:11:37.280
  • key to the secret of
  • 00:11:37.280 --> 00:11:39.260
  • contentment.
  • 00:11:39.260 --> 00:11:40.270
  • And what I find so remarkable
  • 00:11:40.270 --> 00:11:42.250
  • about this is the setting in
  • 00:11:42.250 --> 00:11:44.250
  • which it was given.
  • 00:11:44.250 --> 00:11:46.240
  • Paul communicates these ideas to
  • 00:11:46.240 --> 00:11:48.280
  • us from a place of deficit in
  • 00:11:48.280 --> 00:11:51.200
  • life.
  • 00:11:51.200 --> 00:11:52.280
  • In fact, if you think about the
  • 00:11:52.280 --> 00:11:54.010
  • biblical context, what you
  • 00:11:54.010 --> 00:11:55.100
  • essentially have is a man who is
  • 00:11:55.100 --> 00:11:58.000
  • sitting in prison because of
  • 00:11:58.000 --> 00:12:00.040
  • corrupt officials on death row,
  • 00:12:00.050 --> 00:12:03.050
  • waiting his own execution.
  • 00:12:03.050 --> 00:12:05.280
  • And in the midst of this
  • 00:12:05.280 --> 00:12:07.170
  • despairing circumstance, in the
  • 00:12:07.170 --> 00:12:09.160
  • midst of these depressing days,
  • 00:12:09.180 --> 00:12:12.180
  • he then writes a letter to his
  • 00:12:12.180 --> 00:12:14.280
  • financial supporters and, in the
  • 00:12:14.280 --> 00:12:17.050
  • process of encouraging them, he
  • 00:12:17.050 --> 00:12:19.230
  • tells us how to be content.
  • 00:12:19.230 --> 00:12:22.220
  • Is it just me or is it a little
  • 00:12:22.220 --> 00:12:25.150
  • strange that a guy on death row
  • 00:12:25.150 --> 00:12:28.150
  • could discover the secret to
  • 00:12:28.150 --> 00:12:30.150
  • contentment?
  • 00:12:30.150 --> 00:12:32.150
  • I find it absolutely bizarre and
  • 00:12:32.150 --> 00:12:35.050
  • even more bizarre that he puts
  • 00:12:35.050 --> 00:12:37.070
  • this secret in a thank you note.
  • 00:12:38.080 --> 00:12:41.080
  • I've written a few thank you
  • 00:12:41.080 --> 00:12:42.130
  • notes in my life.
  • 00:12:42.130 --> 00:12:43.140
  • I wish I were better at writing
  • 00:12:43.140 --> 00:12:45.180
  • them but I don't think any of
  • 00:12:45.180 --> 00:12:47.080
  • them have ever contained
  • 00:12:47.080 --> 00:12:48.170
  • anything at all profound.
  • 00:12:48.170 --> 00:12:50.090
  • And yet Paul uses something as
  • 00:12:50.090 --> 00:12:52.170
  • simple as a thank you note to
  • 00:12:52.170 --> 00:12:54.250
  • tell us all how to be free and
  • 00:12:55.050 --> 00:12:58.050
  • at rest in our souls.
  • 00:12:58.050 --> 00:13:01.010
  • Now, here's the background.
  • 00:13:01.010 --> 00:13:02.250
  • The background is simply that
  • 00:13:02.250 --> 00:13:04.000
  • the Philippian church had sent a
  • 00:13:04.000 --> 00:13:05.210
  • financial gift to Paul.
  • 00:13:05.210 --> 00:13:07.230
  • Paul was in need and he was
  • 00:13:07.230 --> 00:13:10.160
  • somewhat desperate and somehow
  • 00:13:10.160 --> 00:13:12.230
  • they either knew that or they
  • 00:13:12.230 --> 00:13:14.130
  • discerned that and so they
  • 00:13:14.130 --> 00:13:16.000
  • received an offering and they
  • 00:13:16.000 --> 00:13:17.050
  • sent it as a gift to Paul.
  • 00:13:17.050 --> 00:13:19.100
  • And when Paul receives it, he
  • 00:13:19.100 --> 00:13:20.290
  • writes his thank you letter back
  • 00:13:20.290 --> 00:13:22.140
  • to them, but he doesn't want
  • 00:13:22.140 --> 00:13:24.060
  • them to know that he has any
  • 00:13:24.060 --> 00:13:26.140
  • sense of being discontent.
  • 00:13:26.140 --> 00:13:28.130
  • He doesn't want them to feel
  • 00:13:28.130 --> 00:13:30.270
  • as if, even though he's grateful
  • 00:13:30.270 --> 00:13:33.150
  • for their gift, he was
  • 00:13:33.150 --> 00:13:34.120
  • discontented before it
  • 00:13:34.120 --> 00:13:36.020
  • actually arrived.
  • 00:13:36.020 --> 00:13:37.220
  • So he balances this art here of
  • 00:13:37.220 --> 00:13:40.110
  • expressing appreciation and yet
  • 00:13:41.010 --> 00:13:44.010
  • assuring them that he was okay
  • 00:13:44.010 --> 00:13:46.170
  • even without the gift.
  • 00:13:47.020 --> 00:13:50.020
  • I think that's really important.
  • 00:13:50.020 --> 00:13:51.240
  • And he also mentions it
  • 00:13:51.240 --> 00:13:53.250
  • as a secret.
  • 00:13:53.250 --> 00:13:55.290
  • He says,
  • 00:13:55.290 --> 00:13:56.270
  • "Thank you for the gift.
  • 00:13:56.270 --> 00:13:58.220
  • I'm extremely grateful and it's
  • 00:13:58.220 --> 00:14:00.230
  • going to come in helpful but,
  • 00:14:00.230 --> 00:14:03.020
  • in spite of this,
  • 00:14:03.020 --> 00:14:04.070
  • I've learned the secret to
  • 00:14:04.070 --> 00:14:05.180
  • something substantial."
  • 00:14:05.180 --> 00:14:08.030
  • The secret.
  • 00:14:08.030 --> 00:14:09.170
  • Twice he calls it a secret.
  • 00:14:10.040 --> 00:14:13.040
  • Some translations even identify
  • 00:14:13.040 --> 00:14:14.120
  • this as a mystery.
  • 00:14:14.120 --> 00:14:16.070
  • And the fact that Paul refers to
  • 00:14:16.070 --> 00:14:17.140
  • this as a secret indicates
  • 00:14:17.140 --> 00:14:19.200
  • that contentment doesn't
  • 00:14:19.200 --> 00:14:21.040
  • come naturally.
  • 00:14:21.040 --> 00:14:23.130
  • It isn't born in us
  • 00:14:23.130 --> 00:14:25.060
  • automatically.
  • 00:14:25.060 --> 00:14:26.260
  • And it also tells us that how we
  • 00:14:26.260 --> 00:14:29.010
  • pursue contentment is not
  • 00:14:29.010 --> 00:14:31.040
  • the natural way
  • 00:14:31.040 --> 00:14:33.060
  • the world would suggest.
  • 00:14:33.060 --> 00:14:35.110
  • How we pursue contentment is
  • 00:14:35.110 --> 00:14:36.200
  • contrary to our natural way
  • 00:14:36.200 --> 00:14:38.270
  • of thinking.
  • 00:14:38.270 --> 00:14:40.070
  • For example, the world tells us
  • 00:14:40.100 --> 00:14:43.100
  • that the way to achieve
  • 00:14:43.100 --> 00:14:44.140
  • contentment is to escape
  • 00:14:44.140 --> 00:14:47.080
  • the situations that cause
  • 00:14:47.080 --> 00:14:48.240
  • discontentment.
  • 00:14:48.240 --> 00:14:50.240
  • If you wanna find contentment,
  • 00:14:50.240 --> 00:14:52.260
  • the world says, then just leave
  • 00:14:52.260 --> 00:14:54.040
  • the thing that makes you
  • 00:14:54.040 --> 00:14:55.250
  • miserable, therefore, the world
  • 00:14:55.250 --> 00:14:57.230
  • says, abandon the situations
  • 00:14:57.230 --> 00:14:59.110
  • that aren't fulfilling you,
  • 00:14:59.110 --> 00:15:01.100
  • abandon the relationships that
  • 00:15:01.100 --> 00:15:02.210
  • aren't fulfilling you, and if
  • 00:15:02.210 --> 00:15:04.120
  • you leave all of those things
  • 00:15:04.120 --> 00:15:05.170
  • behind, you'll be content.
  • 00:15:05.190 --> 00:15:08.190
  • But Paul says something
  • 00:15:08.190 --> 00:15:10.050
  • different.
  • 00:15:10.050 --> 00:15:11.140
  • Paul says, "I have learned to be
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:13.170
  • content in good times and in bad
  • 00:15:13.170 --> 00:15:15.250
  • times, in good situations
  • 00:15:15.250 --> 00:15:18.070
  • and in bad situations.
  • 00:15:18.070 --> 00:15:20.150
  • I don't have to change my
  • 00:15:20.150 --> 00:15:22.020
  • environment to find contentment
  • 00:15:22.020 --> 00:15:24.130
  • because contentment is not
  • 00:15:24.130 --> 00:15:25.270
  • attached to the environment that
  • 00:15:25.270 --> 00:15:27.190
  • I find myself in."
  • 00:15:27.190 --> 00:15:30.160
  • The world also
  • 00:15:30.160 --> 00:15:32.000
  • attaches contentment to
  • 00:15:32.000 --> 00:15:33.060
  • what we have or don't have.
  • 00:15:33.120 --> 00:15:36.120
  • The "more is better" philosophy
  • 00:15:36.120 --> 00:15:38.070
  • teaches us that to be satisfied
  • 00:15:38.070 --> 00:15:40.060
  • in life we just need one more
  • 00:15:40.060 --> 00:15:41.210
  • thing so we find ourselves in
  • 00:15:41.210 --> 00:15:43.220
  • the never-ending pursuit of the
  • 00:15:43.220 --> 00:15:45.220
  • elusive essence of contentment.
  • 00:15:46.070 --> 00:15:49.070
  • And quite frankly,
  • 00:15:49.070 --> 00:15:50.100
  • it's like chasing a unicorn.
  • 00:15:50.100 --> 00:15:52.270
  • I don't even know if they exist
  • 00:15:52.270 --> 00:15:54.230
  • and, if they do, I wouldn't even
  • 00:15:54.230 --> 00:15:56.120
  • know how to go about finding
  • 00:15:56.120 --> 00:15:58.080
  • one.
  • 00:15:58.080 --> 00:15:58.280
  • And when you look at life and
  • 00:15:58.280 --> 00:16:00.240
  • you think, "If I just have one
  • 00:16:00.240 --> 00:16:02.060
  • more thing, I'll be content,"
  • 00:16:02.060 --> 00:16:04.090
  • you will find yourself in the
  • 00:16:04.090 --> 00:16:06.010
  • never-ending pursuit of
  • 00:16:06.010 --> 00:16:07.210
  • something that is elusive and,
  • 00:16:07.210 --> 00:16:09.260
  • if you even find it, it will not
  • 00:16:09.260 --> 00:16:11.230
  • satisfy you at the deepest level
  • 00:16:11.230 --> 00:16:14.050
  • of your being.
  • 00:16:14.050 --> 00:16:16.080
  • Now, on the other hand, the
  • 00:16:16.080 --> 00:16:18.080
  • world might say, "If acquiring
  • 00:16:18.130 --> 00:16:21.130
  • things doesn't produce
  • 00:16:21.130 --> 00:16:23.100
  • contentment, then abandoning
  • 00:16:23.100 --> 00:16:25.200
  • things will produce
  • 00:16:25.200 --> 00:16:26.180
  • contentment."
  • 00:16:26.180 --> 00:16:28.030
  • So the "more is better"
  • 00:16:28.030 --> 00:16:30.010
  • philosophy of contentment
  • 00:16:30.010 --> 00:16:31.260
  • is then balanced out by others
  • 00:16:31.260 --> 00:16:33.210
  • who say the "less is better"
  • 00:16:33.210 --> 00:16:36.020
  • philosophy of contentment.
  • 00:16:36.020 --> 00:16:37.190
  • In other words, if you simplify
  • 00:16:37.190 --> 00:16:39.110
  • your life, if you give
  • 00:16:39.110 --> 00:16:41.010
  • everything away,
  • 00:16:41.010 --> 00:16:42.210
  • if you have nothing at all,
  • 00:16:42.210 --> 00:16:44.150
  • then you will be content.
  • 00:16:44.230 --> 00:16:47.230
  • But Paul comes along and says,
  • 00:16:47.230 --> 00:16:49.000
  • "Wait a second, I've learned how
  • 00:16:49.000 --> 00:16:50.150
  • to be content both in plenty
  • 00:16:50.150 --> 00:16:52.210
  • and in hunger, in abundance
  • 00:16:52.210 --> 00:16:54.200
  • and in need."
  • 00:16:54.200 --> 00:16:55.260
  • In other words, a simple
  • 00:16:55.260 --> 00:16:57.070
  • lifestyle doesn't guarantee
  • 00:16:57.070 --> 00:16:59.240
  • a contented heart any more
  • 00:16:59.240 --> 00:17:01.180
  • than material possessions
  • 00:17:01.180 --> 00:17:02.290
  • guarantee happiness.
  • 00:17:03.020 --> 00:17:06.020
  • Contentment isn't found in
  • 00:17:06.020 --> 00:17:07.100
  • owning things, contentment isn't
  • 00:17:07.100 --> 00:17:09.080
  • found in abandoning things,
  • 00:17:09.080 --> 00:17:11.080
  • because contentment isn't
  • 00:17:11.080 --> 00:17:13.110
  • about things.
  • 00:17:14.020 --> 00:17:17.020
  • It's about something different.
  • 00:17:17.020 --> 00:17:19.120
  • That's why it's a secret.
  • 00:17:19.120 --> 00:17:21.110
  • It's a mystery.
  • 00:17:21.110 --> 00:17:22.230
  • Contentment is a secret that has
  • 00:17:22.230 --> 00:17:24.100
  • to be learned.
  • 00:17:24.100 --> 00:17:25.090
  • So what is it?
  • 00:17:25.090 --> 00:17:26.250
  • What is contentment and what is
  • 00:17:26.250 --> 00:17:28.020
  • the secret?
  • 00:17:28.020 --> 00:17:28.220
  • Well, the word "content" comes
  • 00:17:28.220 --> 00:17:30.060
  • from a Greek word that simply
  • 00:17:30.060 --> 00:17:31.100
  • means to be self-sufficient or
  • 00:17:31.100 --> 00:17:33.290
  • to be satisfied or to have
  • 00:17:33.290 --> 00:17:35.270
  • enough.
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:37.070
  • And even though Paul only uses
  • 00:17:37.070 --> 00:17:38.230
  • it one single time in the New
  • 00:17:38.230 --> 00:17:40.170
  • Testament, it is a word that was
  • 00:17:40.170 --> 00:17:42.280
  • used in the culture of the day.
  • 00:17:42.280 --> 00:17:45.180
  • In fact, in the culture of the
  • 00:17:45.180 --> 00:17:46.210
  • day, they had their ideas about
  • 00:17:46.210 --> 00:17:49.170
  • what produces happiness just as
  • 00:17:49.170 --> 00:17:51.080
  • we do in the culture of our day.
  • 00:17:51.080 --> 00:17:54.070
  • Just as in the culture of our
  • 00:17:54.070 --> 00:17:55.150
  • day, people pursue happiness
  • 00:17:55.150 --> 00:17:57.050
  • based upon urban legends, based
  • 00:17:57.050 --> 00:17:59.060
  • upon myths, based upon religious
  • 00:17:59.060 --> 00:18:01.160
  • ideas, based upon the
  • 00:18:01.160 --> 00:18:03.030
  • suggestions of friends.
  • 00:18:03.030 --> 00:18:04.110
  • In the culture of the 1st
  • 00:18:04.110 --> 00:18:05.200
  • century, the very thing was
  • 00:18:05.200 --> 00:18:07.120
  • absolutely true as well.
  • 00:18:07.120 --> 00:18:09.020
  • In the culture of the day, the
  • 00:18:09.020 --> 00:18:10.250
  • ancient Stoics elevated
  • 00:18:10.250 --> 00:18:13.220
  • contentment as a virtue.
  • 00:18:13.220 --> 00:18:15.250
  • They believed that contentment
  • 00:18:15.270 --> 00:18:18.270
  • was something everyone should
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  • strive for.
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  • And they had their own way of
  • 00:18:22.010 --> 00:18:23.150
  • going about it.
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  • One of the ways that they
  • 00:18:25.060 --> 00:18:25.290
  • pursued contentment was they
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  • pursued contentment through
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  • indifference.
  • 00:18:29.200 --> 00:18:30.200
  • I want you to hear this because
  • 00:18:30.200 --> 00:18:33.140
  • I think this relates to our
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  • world today as well.
  • 00:18:35.150 --> 00:18:36.230
  • One Stoic writer, Epictetus,
  • 00:18:36.290 --> 00:18:39.290
  • wrote this.
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  • He said, "Begin with a cup or
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  • a household utensil; if it
  • 00:18:43.270 --> 00:18:46.050
  • breaks, say, 'I don't care.'
  • 00:18:46.050 --> 00:18:49.010
  • Go on to a horse or a dog;
  • 00:18:49.010 --> 00:18:51.040
  • if anything happens to it, say,
  • 00:18:51.040 --> 00:18:53.160
  • 'I don't care.'
  • 00:18:53.160 --> 00:18:54.270
  • Go on to yourself and if
  • 00:18:54.270 --> 00:18:56.170
  • you're hurt or injured in any
  • 00:18:56.170 --> 00:18:57.270
  • way, say, 'I don't care.'
  • 00:18:58.030 --> 00:19:01.050
  • And if you go on long enough
  • 00:19:01.050 --> 00:19:02.050
  • and if you try hard enough,
  • 00:19:02.050 --> 00:19:03.150
  • you'll come to a state
  • 00:19:03.150 --> 00:19:05.150
  • when you can watch your
  • 00:19:05.150 --> 00:19:06.210
  • nearest and dearest suffer and
  • 00:19:06.210 --> 00:19:08.160
  • die, and say, 'I don't care.'"
  • 00:19:10.000 --> 00:19:13.000
  • That is contentment through
  • 00:19:13.000 --> 00:19:15.240
  • indifference.
  • 00:19:15.240 --> 00:19:16.200
  • It's the idea that if I'm going
  • 00:19:16.200 --> 00:19:18.240
  • to be content in life, then I've
  • 00:19:18.240 --> 00:19:20.140
  • got to just stop caring.
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:23.290
  • And as outrageous as that
  • 00:19:23.290 --> 00:19:25.040
  • sounds, some of you have
  • 00:19:25.040 --> 00:19:26.210
  • actually accepted that.
  • 00:19:27.070 --> 00:19:30.070
  • Some of you have come to the
  • 00:19:30.070 --> 00:19:31.030
  • idea that "this marriage isn't
  • 00:19:31.030 --> 00:19:32.200
  • going to be better than
  • 00:19:32.200 --> 00:19:34.030
  • it is now.
  • 00:19:34.030 --> 00:19:35.040
  • Therefore, if I'm going
  • 00:19:35.040 --> 00:19:36.070
  • to be content, I have to
  • 00:19:36.070 --> 00:19:37.250
  • become indifferent."
  • 00:19:38.010 --> 00:19:41.010
  • Some of you think,
  • 00:19:41.010 --> 00:19:41.230
  • you know, "This job isn't any
  • 00:19:41.230 --> 00:19:43.150
  • better than--going to get any
  • 00:19:43.150 --> 00:19:45.000
  • better than it is now and I
  • 00:19:45.000 --> 00:19:46.150
  • don't know how to go back and
  • 00:19:46.150 --> 00:19:48.280
  • pursue an education in order to
  • 00:19:48.280 --> 00:19:50.290
  • qualify for another position,
  • 00:19:50.290 --> 00:19:52.240
  • therefore I'm gonna stop caring.
  • 00:19:52.240 --> 00:19:55.110
  • I'm gonna live indifferently
  • 00:19:55.110 --> 00:19:57.070
  • and, based upon my indifference,
  • 00:19:57.070 --> 00:19:59.150
  • perhaps then
  • 00:19:59.150 --> 00:20:00.100
  • - Terry: God has a vision
  • 00:20:03.120 --> 00:20:04.260
  • for your life.
  • 00:20:04.260 --> 00:20:06.030
  • God has a dream for your life.
  • 00:20:06.030 --> 00:20:08.090
  • And God wants you to see the
  • 00:20:08.090 --> 00:20:09.240
  • dream and embrace the dream and
  • 00:20:09.240 --> 00:20:11.260
  • chase the dream and pursue the
  • 00:20:11.260 --> 00:20:14.000
  • dream because God is glorified
  • 00:20:14.000 --> 00:20:15.280
  • in the dream.
  • 00:20:15.280 --> 00:20:17.050
  • God has a dream for your life,
  • 00:20:17.050 --> 00:20:19.060
  • and being content doesn't mean
  • 00:20:19.060 --> 00:20:21.000
  • you have to settle in life.
  • 00:20:21.000 --> 00:20:23.130
  • - Terry: Can I just say that
  • 00:20:29.090 --> 00:20:29.280
  • God has something so much more
  • 00:20:29.280 --> 00:20:30.260
  • for you?
  • 00:20:30.260 --> 00:20:32.100
  • God has so much better for you.
  • 00:20:32.170 --> 00:20:35.170
  • And Paul isn't talking about
  • 00:20:35.170 --> 00:20:37.190
  • us coming to a place where we
  • 00:20:37.190 --> 00:20:39.060
  • become indifferent to anything
  • 00:20:39.060 --> 00:20:41.150
  • in order to be contented
  • 00:20:41.150 --> 00:20:42.280
  • about anything.
  • 00:20:42.280 --> 00:20:45.150
  • Paul isn't indifferent.
  • 00:20:45.150 --> 00:20:47.110
  • Paul is passionate.
  • 00:20:47.110 --> 00:20:49.120
  • He's compassionate.
  • 00:20:49.120 --> 00:20:51.110
  • He is emotionally engaged
  • 00:20:51.110 --> 00:20:53.050
  • with the people around him.
  • 00:20:53.050 --> 00:20:55.010
  • He wants us to know in this
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  • thank you note, "I am grateful
  • 00:20:56.150 --> 00:20:58.180
  • for your support.
  • 00:20:58.180 --> 00:20:59.210
  • I am rejoicing," he uses the
  • 00:20:59.210 --> 00:21:01.240
  • word "rejoicing," "over your
  • 00:21:01.240 --> 00:21:04.080
  • concern about me."
  • 00:21:04.080 --> 00:21:05.100
  • Paul isn't indifferent
  • 00:21:05.100 --> 00:21:07.230
  • but he is content.
  • 00:21:07.230 --> 00:21:10.050
  • Because contentment
  • 00:21:10.050 --> 00:21:11.070
  • doesn't mean indifference.
  • 00:21:11.070 --> 00:21:13.250
  • And, let me also add since I'm
  • 00:21:13.250 --> 00:21:15.110
  • in the neighborhood, contentment
  • 00:21:15.110 --> 00:21:17.120
  • doesn't mean complacency.
  • 00:21:17.120 --> 00:21:20.100
  • It doesn't mean not having goals
  • 00:21:20.130 --> 00:21:23.130
  • and dreams and longings and a
  • 00:21:23.130 --> 00:21:25.080
  • vision for your life because
  • 00:21:25.080 --> 00:21:26.220
  • there are some people who would
  • 00:21:26.220 --> 00:21:27.180
  • say that if you're gonna be
  • 00:21:27.180 --> 00:21:28.260
  • content, then just stop longing
  • 00:21:28.260 --> 00:21:30.290
  • for anything better and you'll
  • 00:21:30.290 --> 00:21:33.070
  • be content in life.
  • 00:21:33.070 --> 00:21:35.080
  • The problem with that is that
  • 00:21:35.080 --> 00:21:36.230
  • God has a vision for your life.
  • 00:21:36.230 --> 00:21:39.140
  • God has a dream for your life.
  • 00:21:39.140 --> 00:21:41.200
  • And God wants you to see the
  • 00:21:41.200 --> 00:21:43.000
  • dream and embrace the dream and
  • 00:21:43.000 --> 00:21:45.070
  • chase the dream and pursue the
  • 00:21:45.070 --> 00:21:47.030
  • dream because God is glorified
  • 00:21:47.030 --> 00:21:49.130
  • in the dream.
  • 00:21:49.130 --> 00:21:50.090
  • God has a dream for your life,
  • 00:21:50.090 --> 00:21:52.230
  • and being content doesn't mean
  • 00:21:52.230 --> 00:21:54.220
  • you have to settle in life.
  • 00:21:56.010 --> 00:21:59.010
  • In fact, just one chapter
  • 00:22:00.190 --> 00:22:03.190
  • earlier, just right before Paul
  • 00:22:03.190 --> 00:22:06.130
  • talks about the secret of
  • 00:22:06.130 --> 00:22:07.160
  • contentment, in chapter 3 and
  • 00:22:07.160 --> 00:22:09.040
  • verse 13, Paul says, "But one
  • 00:22:09.040 --> 00:22:10.260
  • thing I do: forgetting what lies
  • 00:22:10.260 --> 00:22:12.230
  • behind and straining forward,"
  • 00:22:13.160 --> 00:22:16.160
  • straining forward.
  • 00:22:16.160 --> 00:22:18.030
  • Does that sound like the actions
  • 00:22:18.030 --> 00:22:20.160
  • of a passive man?
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  • Absolutely not.
  • 00:22:23.010 --> 00:22:24.290
  • "Straining forward to what lies
  • 00:22:24.290 --> 00:22:27.170
  • ahead, I press on toward the
  • 00:22:27.170 --> 00:22:30.130
  • goal for the prize of the upward
  • 00:22:30.130 --> 00:22:32.230
  • call of God in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:22:32.270 --> 00:22:35.270
  • Paul wasn't complacent.
  • 00:22:35.270 --> 00:22:37.290
  • He was hard-charging.
  • 00:22:37.290 --> 00:22:40.030
  • He was driven to succeed for
  • 00:22:40.030 --> 00:22:42.020
  • the sake of the gospel.
  • 00:22:42.020 --> 00:22:43.060
  • He was passionate about
  • 00:22:43.060 --> 00:22:44.200
  • reaching people.
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:45.180
  • He was passionate about
  • 00:22:45.180 --> 00:22:46.290
  • building church.
  • 00:22:46.290 --> 00:22:47.250
  • He was passionate about
  • 00:22:47.250 --> 00:22:49.120
  • extending the gospel to the
  • 00:22:49.120 --> 00:22:51.040
  • far-flung regions of the planet.
  • 00:22:51.040 --> 00:22:53.040
  • Paul was not complacent.
  • 00:22:53.070 --> 00:22:56.070
  • He was engaged.
  • 00:22:57.040 --> 00:23:00.060
  • God doesn't want us to be
  • 00:23:00.060 --> 00:23:01.060
  • complacent.
  • 00:23:01.060 --> 00:23:02.130
  • He wants us to be engaged.
  • 00:23:02.130 --> 00:23:05.100
  • If God has put a dream in your
  • 00:23:05.100 --> 00:23:06.190
  • heart, Paul would want you to go
  • 00:23:06.190 --> 00:23:08.150
  • for it.
  • 00:23:08.150 --> 00:23:10.010
  • If God has called you to do
  • 00:23:10.010 --> 00:23:11.030
  • something extraordinary, Paul
  • 00:23:11.030 --> 00:23:13.020
  • would encourage you to pursue
  • 00:23:13.020 --> 00:23:14.220
  • it.
  • 00:23:14.220 --> 00:23:15.120
  • If you've got an unfulfilled
  • 00:23:15.120 --> 00:23:16.180
  • longing that would bring glory
  • 00:23:16.180 --> 00:23:18.140
  • to God and joy to your heart,
  • 00:23:18.150 --> 00:23:21.150
  • then Paul would want you to go
  • 00:23:21.150 --> 00:23:23.170
  • after it.
  • 00:23:23.170 --> 00:23:24.110
  • If you long to go back to school
  • 00:23:24.110 --> 00:23:26.070
  • to get an education or to stay
  • 00:23:26.070 --> 00:23:28.090
  • in school long enough to
  • 00:23:28.090 --> 00:23:29.140
  • complete your education or to
  • 00:23:29.140 --> 00:23:31.110
  • start a new business or to reach
  • 00:23:31.110 --> 00:23:34.050
  • for a promotion, or to find a
  • 00:23:34.050 --> 00:23:36.050
  • spouse, c'mon somebody, or to
  • 00:23:36.050 --> 00:23:39.050
  • improve your quality of life,
  • 00:23:39.050 --> 00:23:41.010
  • Paul would sign off on that.
  • 00:23:41.270 --> 00:23:44.270
  • Paul wants you to live in
  • 00:23:44.270 --> 00:23:47.060
  • pursuit of your God-given dream
  • 00:23:47.070 --> 00:23:50.070
  • but he wants you to do it with
  • 00:23:50.070 --> 00:23:51.230
  • three things in mind.
  • 00:23:51.230 --> 00:23:53.080
  • Number one, he wants you to
  • 00:23:53.080 --> 00:23:54.040
  • pursue it God's way.
  • 00:23:54.050 --> 00:23:57.050
  • Number two, he wants you to
  • 00:23:57.050 --> 00:23:58.020
  • pursue it to bring glory to God,
  • 00:23:58.080 --> 00:24:01.100
  • and number three, he wants you
  • 00:24:01.100 --> 00:24:02.200
  • to trust God's timing to bring
  • 00:24:02.200 --> 00:24:05.120
  • it to pass.
  • 00:24:05.120 --> 00:24:06.240
  • Don't force it before
  • 00:24:06.240 --> 00:24:09.220
  • the appointed time in life.
  • 00:24:09.220 --> 00:24:11.250
  • But most of all, Paul just wants
  • 00:24:11.250 --> 00:24:13.270
  • you to be at peace right now.
  • 00:24:13.270 --> 00:24:15.220
  • As you're waiting, as you're
  • 00:24:15.220 --> 00:24:16.250
  • praying, as you're believing, as
  • 00:24:16.250 --> 00:24:18.210
  • you're dreaming about God's
  • 00:24:18.210 --> 00:24:20.030
  • promises to be fulfilled in your
  • 00:24:20.030 --> 00:24:21.250
  • life, Paul wants you to enjoy
  • 00:24:21.250 --> 00:24:23.140
  • the journey.
  • 00:24:23.140 --> 00:24:24.050
  • If you're in prison, that
  • 00:24:24.050 --> 00:24:25.270
  • doesn't mean that's the
  • 00:24:25.270 --> 00:24:26.230
  • conclusion of your days.
  • 00:24:26.230 --> 00:24:28.210
  • If you're in bankruptcy, that
  • 00:24:28.210 --> 00:24:30.060
  • doesn't mean things aren't going
  • 00:24:30.060 --> 00:24:31.160
  • to improve for you.
  • 00:24:31.160 --> 00:24:32.170
  • If you're on death row, that
  • 00:24:32.170 --> 00:24:33.290
  • doesn't mean that's the end of
  • 00:24:33.290 --> 00:24:35.050
  • your story.
  • 00:24:35.050 --> 00:24:35.250
  • Paul was jailed time and time
  • 00:24:35.250 --> 00:24:37.240
  • again and, instead of giving up,
  • 00:24:37.240 --> 00:24:40.120
  • God provided a way of escape in
  • 00:24:40.120 --> 00:24:42.070
  • order to bring him into the next
  • 00:24:42.070 --> 00:24:44.000
  • season of his life because God's
  • 00:24:44.000 --> 00:24:46.090
  • dream is not going to be denied
  • 00:24:46.090 --> 00:24:49.090
  • if you pursue it faithfully.
  • 00:24:50.020 --> 00:24:53.020
  • So what is contentment?
  • 00:24:53.020 --> 00:24:54.120
  • Here it is.
  • 00:24:54.120 --> 00:24:55.150
  • It is an inner sense of peace
  • 00:24:55.150 --> 00:24:57.150
  • that comes from trusting that
  • 00:24:57.150 --> 00:24:59.150
  • God is in control of all that
  • 00:24:59.150 --> 00:25:01.150
  • happens to me and that his plan
  • 00:25:01.150 --> 00:25:03.240
  • will ultimately prevail if we
  • 00:25:03.240 --> 00:25:06.130
  • pursue his will.
  • 00:25:06.130 --> 00:25:08.250
  • Contentment is something we feel
  • 00:25:08.250 --> 00:25:11.180
  • based on a belief we hold.
  • 00:25:12.220 --> 00:25:15.220
  • Based on a belief we hold.
  • 00:25:15.220 --> 00:25:17.210
  • I wanna talk about this for
  • 00:25:17.210 --> 00:25:19.020
  • a moment because that--it's
  • 00:25:19.020 --> 00:25:21.110
  • not any belief that leads
  • 00:25:21.110 --> 00:25:22.260
  • to contentment.
  • 00:25:22.260 --> 00:25:25.050
  • You say, "Well, I can just
  • 00:25:25.050 --> 00:25:26.040
  • believe anything and eventually
  • 00:25:26.040 --> 00:25:27.150
  • I'll find contentment."
  • 00:25:27.150 --> 00:25:28.240
  • The world proves otherwise.
  • 00:25:28.270 --> 00:25:31.270
  • Paul's talking about a belief
  • 00:25:31.270 --> 00:25:33.220
  • system that leads
  • 00:25:33.220 --> 00:25:35.170
  • to contentment in our lives.
  • 00:25:35.170 --> 00:25:37.280
  • In other words, God's Word is
  • 00:25:37.280 --> 00:25:40.100
  • an ecosystem and it all works
  • 00:25:40.100 --> 00:25:43.040
  • together, just as God designed
  • 00:25:43.040 --> 00:25:45.150
  • for ecosystems to work in the
  • 00:25:45.150 --> 00:25:47.000
  • natural world and they do.
  • 00:25:47.000 --> 00:25:48.220
  • They all work together, rain
  • 00:25:48.220 --> 00:25:50.150
  • and sunshine, and snow and hail,
  • 00:25:50.150 --> 00:25:53.030
  • and springtime and fall,
  • 00:25:53.050 --> 00:25:56.050
  • it all works together
  • 00:25:56.050 --> 00:25:57.230
  • in God's ecosystem.
  • 00:25:57.230 --> 00:25:59.260
  • And yet sometimes we think that
  • 00:25:59.260 --> 00:26:01.240
  • we can just cherry pick a Bible
  • 00:26:01.240 --> 00:26:04.020
  • verse and we can take a promise
  • 00:26:04.020 --> 00:26:06.120
  • out and build it on another
  • 00:26:06.120 --> 00:26:08.240
  • value system, another ecosystem,
  • 00:26:08.240 --> 00:26:11.080
  • and get the same result.
  • 00:26:11.080 --> 00:26:13.260
  • That's like picking a fragile
  • 00:26:13.260 --> 00:26:15.130
  • rose out of your rose garden and
  • 00:26:15.130 --> 00:26:18.050
  • then saying, "I'm gonna plant
  • 00:26:18.050 --> 00:26:20.030
  • it on Mars and it will thrive
  • 00:26:20.030 --> 00:26:22.280
  • just the same there."
  • 00:26:22.280 --> 00:26:25.060
  • The ecosystem is different.
  • 00:26:25.060 --> 00:26:27.010
  • Therefore, it's not
  • 00:26:27.010 --> 00:26:28.040
  • going to work the same.
  • 00:26:28.040 --> 00:26:29.190
  • If you're gonna live with God's
  • 00:26:29.190 --> 00:26:31.090
  • promises being fulfilled in your
  • 00:26:31.090 --> 00:26:32.250
  • life, then you've got to look at
  • 00:26:32.250 --> 00:26:34.060
  • the Bible not as something that
  • 00:26:34.060 --> 00:26:36.010
  • you cherry pick promises from,
  • 00:26:36.010 --> 00:26:37.280
  • but you've got to look at the
  • 00:26:37.280 --> 00:26:39.040
  • Bible as God's system for life,
  • 00:26:39.040 --> 00:26:41.170
  • God's way for life, God's
  • 00:26:41.170 --> 00:26:43.070
  • ecosystem for life.
  • 00:26:43.070 --> 00:26:44.220
  • And if you live in this
  • 00:26:44.220 --> 00:26:45.290
  • ecosystem, you can find
  • 00:26:46.130 --> 00:26:49.130
  • contentment here.
  • 00:26:49.130 --> 00:26:51.020
  • But you can't cherry pick
  • 00:26:51.020 --> 00:26:52.080
  • a promise and live in another
  • 00:26:52.080 --> 00:26:54.090
  • value system and expect
  • 00:26:54.090 --> 00:26:56.210
  • contentment to be born
  • 00:26:56.210 --> 00:26:58.060
  • in your life.
  • 00:26:58.060 --> 00:26:59.030
  • Contentment is something we feel
  • 00:26:59.030 --> 00:27:01.210
  • based upon a belief we hold,
  • 00:27:01.210 --> 00:27:03.210
  • and the belief we hold
  • 00:27:03.210 --> 00:27:05.110
  • is based on God's Word.
  • 00:27:06.100 --> 00:27:09.100
  • We believe God is in control
  • 00:27:09.100 --> 00:27:10.220
  • of our lives.
  • 00:27:10.220 --> 00:27:12.160
  • We are aware of God's provision
  • 00:27:12.160 --> 00:27:14.020
  • for our lives.
  • 00:27:14.020 --> 00:27:15.210
  • We know that God has times and
  • 00:27:15.210 --> 00:27:17.070
  • seasons for our lives, and we
  • 00:27:17.070 --> 00:27:19.170
  • believe that ultimately he's
  • 00:27:19.170 --> 00:27:20.230
  • a good, good Father who has
  • 00:27:20.230 --> 00:27:23.130
  • good things mapped out for those
  • 00:27:23.130 --> 00:27:26.010
  • who love him and serve him.
  • 00:27:26.010 --> 00:27:27.250
  • And contentment is born
  • 00:27:27.250 --> 00:27:29.250
  • in that ecosystem.
  • 00:27:29.250 --> 00:27:32.230
  • It thrives in an environment
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  • of trust.
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  • Ultimately, contentment isn't
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  • about denying your desires
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  • and what you really
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  • want out of life.
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  • Instead, it expresses a freedom
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  • from being controlled
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  • by those desires.
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  • Contentment isn't pretending
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  • that things are right with
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  • the world when they aren't.
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  • It is displaying a peace in
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  • the midst of those things that
  • 00:27:54.020 --> 00:27:55.170
  • aren't right in the world,
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  • knowing that God is in control
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  • even when things are wrong
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  • in the world.
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  • Contentment is a stance of
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  • the will and a position of
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  • the heart.
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  • And it's what God wants
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  • - Terry: We'd have a really
  • 00:28:13.040 --> 00:28:13.210
  • small Bible if Adam and Eve
  • 00:28:13.210 --> 00:28:15.140
  • would have continued living
  • 00:28:15.140 --> 00:28:17.070
  • righteously before God.
  • 00:28:17.070 --> 00:28:18.280
  • But they didn't, therefore we
  • 00:28:18.280 --> 00:28:21.030
  • have the full body of Scripture
  • 00:28:21.030 --> 00:28:23.180
  • leading us, guiding us, and
  • 00:28:23.180 --> 00:28:25.210
  • directing us, as God redeems us
  • 00:28:25.210 --> 00:28:28.040
  • from the brokenness of the world
  • 00:28:28.040 --> 00:28:29.220
  • and from the futility of sin and
  • 00:28:29.220 --> 00:28:32.090
  • from the devastating effects of
  • 00:28:32.090 --> 00:28:34.010
  • rebellion at work on the planet.
  • 00:28:34.010 --> 00:28:35.290
  • And the antidote to all of that
  • 00:28:35.290 --> 00:28:37.140
  • is in knowing God, having
  • 00:28:37.140 --> 00:28:39.110
  • friendship with God, and
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  • [m
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  • [mus
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  • [music
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: If you read Genesis 2,
  • 00:28:46.100 --> 00:28:49.100
  • you catch a fleeting glimpse of
  • 00:28:49.100 --> 00:28:51.110
  • what contentment looks like.
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  • And by the way, it's just
  • 00:28:53.240 --> 00:28:54.140
  • a fleeting glimpse.
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  • I don't know if you've ever
  • 00:28:57.130 --> 00:28:58.030
  • thought about it, but do you
  • 00:28:58.030 --> 00:28:59.190
  • know much of the Bible is
  • 00:28:59.190 --> 00:29:01.280
  • colored by the impact of sin?
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  • If you were to take sin out of
  • 00:29:05.200 --> 00:29:06.290
  • the world, then you're left with
  • 00:29:06.290 --> 00:29:09.140
  • basically three chapters in the
  • 00:29:09.140 --> 00:29:10.240
  • Bible: Genesis 1, Genesis 2, and
  • 00:29:10.240 --> 00:29:12.200
  • the last chapter of the book of
  • 00:29:12.200 --> 00:29:13.210
  • Revelation, because everything
  • 00:29:13.210 --> 00:29:15.060
  • sandwiched in between them is
  • 00:29:15.060 --> 00:29:16.290
  • God's response to sin in the
  • 00:29:16.290 --> 00:29:19.060
  • world.
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  • We'd have a really small Bible
  • 00:29:20.250 --> 00:29:22.180
  • if Adam and Eve would have
  • 00:29:22.180 --> 00:29:24.000
  • continued living righteously
  • 00:29:24.000 --> 00:29:26.010
  • before God.
  • 00:29:26.010 --> 00:29:27.030
  • But they didn't, therefore we
  • 00:29:27.030 --> 00:29:29.060
  • have the full body of Scripture
  • 00:29:29.060 --> 00:29:31.220
  • leading us, guiding us, and
  • 00:29:31.220 --> 00:29:33.250
  • directing us, as God redeems us
  • 00:29:33.250 --> 00:29:36.080
  • from the brokenness of the world
  • 00:29:36.080 --> 00:29:37.290
  • and from the futility of sin and
  • 00:29:37.290 --> 00:29:40.130
  • from the devastating effects of
  • 00:29:40.130 --> 00:29:42.050
  • rebellion at work on the planet.
  • 00:29:42.050 --> 00:29:44.030
  • And the antidote to all of that
  • 00:29:44.030 --> 00:29:45.250
  • is in knowing God, having
  • 00:29:45.250 --> 00:29:47.150
  • friendship with God, and
  • 00:29:47.150 --> 00:29:48.260
  • building a life of trusting God.
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  • We have a brief glimpse of
  • 00:29:52.210 --> 00:29:55.070
  • contentment in the Bible, very
  • 00:29:55.070 --> 00:29:57.230
  • brief.
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  • Genesis 1, God creates the
  • 00:29:58.270 --> 00:30:00.230
  • world, and then Genesis 2, man
  • 00:30:00.230 --> 00:30:03.070
  • is created.
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  • And for a minute he's content.
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  • He's content in his friendship
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  • with God.
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  • He's content in his relationship
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  • with Eve, she with Adam.
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  • He's content with his mandate.
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  • See, contentment doesn't mean
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  • that you don't have ambition.
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  • Adam had a mandate.
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  • He had a holy ambition.
  • 00:30:26.030 --> 00:30:28.020
  • When God created him, God said,
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  • "I want you to manage
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  • the planet on my behalf."
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  • I'd call that a pretty big
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  • holy ambition, wouldn't you?
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  • We all manage a little bit
  • 00:30:38.110 --> 00:30:39.100
  • of something or another.
  • 00:30:39.100 --> 00:30:40.050
  • Adam was called along with
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  • Eve to manage the planet.
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  • He had a holy ambition
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  • to honor and glorify God.
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  • So there's a big difference
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  • in ambition.
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  • All ambition is not equal.
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  • There's selfish ambition and
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  • then there's holy ambition.
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  • Selfish ambition says I'm
  • 00:30:58.030 --> 00:30:59.190
  • going to do things my way
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  • for my benefit.
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  • And it puts me at the center of
  • 00:31:04.130 --> 00:31:05.290
  • it as the source and supply
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  • and the outcome.
  • 00:31:08.250 --> 00:31:09.250
  • On the other hand, holy ambition
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  • says God has a plan that
  • 00:31:11.180 --> 00:31:13.240
  • he wants to accomplish through
  • 00:31:13.240 --> 00:31:15.010
  • my life and he is working
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  • in me both to will and to do
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  • his good pleasure and if I stay
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  • surrendered to him, trusting
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  • him, reliant upon him, connected
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  • to him, then God is going
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  • to work through me
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  • to accomplish his agenda.
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  • And it's all about God.
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  • He is at the center of that
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  • story; I'm not at the center
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  • of that story.
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  • We're a part of that story
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  • but selfish ambition is
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  • me living out my desires.
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  • Holy ambition is God living
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  • out his will through me.
  • 00:31:47.060 --> 00:31:50.060
  • And that's a completely
  • 00:31:50.060 --> 00:31:50.280
  • different reality.
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  • Adam had ambitions.
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  • He had a holy ambition for
  • 00:31:53.030 --> 00:31:54.170
  • a moment to manage the planet
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  • and he was content in that.
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  • But then something happens and
  • 00:31:59.080 --> 00:32:00.200
  • what happens is that a serpent
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  • crawls into the garden or walks
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  • into the garden and this
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  • serpent, Satan, lies to Eve.
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  • And here's the lie.
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  • The lie is this: "You know, God
  • 00:32:11.260 --> 00:32:14.260
  • has restricted a tree from you.
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  • You know, God lets you eat from
  • 00:32:17.180 --> 00:32:18.150
  • the tree of life.
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  • That's why you are eternal, Eve.
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  • But there's this other tree
  • 00:32:20.240 --> 00:32:22.070
  • called the tree of the knowledge
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  • of good and evil and God doesn't
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  • let you eat of that because if
  • 00:32:24.280 --> 00:32:26.000
  • you take a bit of that fruit,
  • 00:32:26.000 --> 00:32:27.160
  • your eyes will be opened,"
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  • and the serpent said,
  • 00:32:28.280 --> 00:32:29.290
  • "you will be like God.
  • 00:32:29.290 --> 00:32:32.120
  • So you will be eternal and you
  • 00:32:32.120 --> 00:32:34.230
  • will also be equal to God."
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  • What is the serpent doing?
  • 00:32:38.010 --> 00:32:39.200
  • The serpent is introducing
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  • discontent based upon a lie,
  • 00:32:42.140 --> 00:32:45.140
  • and up until this point
  • 00:32:45.140 --> 00:32:47.100
  • discontentment has not been
  • 00:32:47.100 --> 00:32:49.060
  • a part of the human experience
  • 00:32:49.060 --> 00:32:51.090
  • until the lie is believed.
  • 00:32:51.090 --> 00:32:52.290
  • And when Eve believes the lie
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  • and when Adam is convinced
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  • of the lie, the lie
  • 00:32:56.190 --> 00:32:57.260
  • was essentially this:
  • 00:32:57.260 --> 00:32:59.000
  • "God wants to keep you limited.
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  • There's so much that
  • 00:33:02.160 --> 00:33:03.220
  • you could be.
  • 00:33:03.220 --> 00:33:04.130
  • There's so much that
  • 00:33:04.130 --> 00:33:05.210
  • you could do.
  • 00:33:05.210 --> 00:33:06.130
  • There's so much more that you
  • 00:33:06.130 --> 00:33:07.210
  • could accomplish but God's
  • 00:33:07.210 --> 00:33:09.080
  • restricting your freedom, God's
  • 00:33:09.080 --> 00:33:11.010
  • oppressing your potential,
  • 00:33:11.010 --> 00:33:12.120
  • and if you just do it your way,
  • 00:33:12.120 --> 00:33:14.110
  • then you'll do it a better way
  • 00:33:14.110 --> 00:33:15.290
  • than God's way is."
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  • That was the lie.
  • 00:33:17.060 --> 00:33:18.040
  • And the lie led to discontent.
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  • The lie led to discontent.
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  • If Adam and Eve would have
  • 00:33:24.190 --> 00:33:25.150
  • resisted the lie, discontent
  • 00:33:25.150 --> 00:33:26.290
  • wouldn't be a part of
  • 00:33:26.290 --> 00:33:27.190
  • the human experience.
  • 00:33:27.190 --> 00:33:29.180
  • But it's in believing the lie
  • 00:33:29.180 --> 00:33:31.070
  • that suddenly discontent becomes
  • 00:33:31.070 --> 00:33:34.040
  • our reality and it's based upon
  • 00:33:34.040 --> 00:33:36.170
  • this idea that we wonder
  • 00:33:36.170 --> 00:33:38.100
  • if we're being shortchanged.
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  • Here's what I want you to
  • 00:33:42.190 --> 00:33:43.090
  • consider this morning.
  • 00:33:43.090 --> 00:33:44.110
  • What are you afraid to be
  • 00:33:44.110 --> 00:33:45.200
  • content about because you
  • 00:33:45.200 --> 00:33:47.040
  • believe God will leave you there
  • 00:33:47.040 --> 00:33:48.250
  • if you express contentment?
  • 00:33:51.150 --> 00:33:54.150
  • I've met a lot of single people
  • 00:33:54.150 --> 00:33:55.250
  • in life who are afraid to
  • 00:33:55.250 --> 00:33:57.180
  • nurture a heart of contentment
  • 00:33:57.180 --> 00:34:00.080
  • which, by the way,
  • 00:34:00.080 --> 00:34:00.280
  • has to be nurtured.
  • 00:34:00.280 --> 00:34:02.060
  • They're afraid to nurture
  • 00:34:02.060 --> 00:34:03.060
  • a heart of contentment related
  • 00:34:03.060 --> 00:34:05.090
  • to their singleness because they
  • 00:34:05.090 --> 00:34:06.220
  • believe that if they become
  • 00:34:06.220 --> 00:34:08.100
  • content, God will just leave
  • 00:34:08.100 --> 00:34:10.020
  • them there.
  • 00:34:10.020 --> 00:34:12.080
  • I've met a lot of married people
  • 00:34:12.080 --> 00:34:13.210
  • who keep the level of conflict
  • 00:34:13.210 --> 00:34:16.160
  • high in their marriage because
  • 00:34:16.160 --> 00:34:19.060
  • that they feel like if they
  • 00:34:19.060 --> 00:34:20.280
  • don't keep pointing out their
  • 00:34:20.280 --> 00:34:22.230
  • partners' flaws that they're
  • 00:34:22.230 --> 00:34:24.150
  • just gonna settle right there
  • 00:34:24.150 --> 00:34:26.160
  • and never get better.
  • 00:34:26.160 --> 00:34:27.260
  • And so they keep the engagement
  • 00:34:27.260 --> 00:34:29.270
  • high and the conflict high
  • 00:34:29.270 --> 00:34:31.210
  • because of discontentment.
  • 00:34:33.020 --> 00:34:36.020
  • Discontentment.
  • 00:34:36.020 --> 00:34:36.230
  • I know people who are constantly
  • 00:34:36.230 --> 00:34:38.230
  • in debt and they can't stop
  • 00:34:38.230 --> 00:34:40.250
  • charging things on their credit
  • 00:34:40.250 --> 00:34:42.120
  • cards because they're afraid
  • 00:34:42.120 --> 00:34:44.170
  • of waiting on God to provide.
  • 00:34:44.170 --> 00:34:47.090
  • What are you afraid to be
  • 00:34:47.090 --> 00:34:48.230
  • content about because you
  • 00:34:48.230 --> 00:34:50.090
  • believe God will leave you there
  • 00:34:50.090 --> 00:34:52.070
  • if you express contentment?
  • 00:34:52.160 --> 00:34:55.160
  • Can I tell you it's a lie?
  • 00:34:55.160 --> 00:34:57.090
  • It's the same lie that
  • 00:34:57.090 --> 00:35:00.030
  • the serpent brought to Eve.
  • 00:35:00.030 --> 00:35:02.120
  • And the truth is, is that being
  • 00:35:02.120 --> 00:35:04.200
  • contented doesn't mean settling.
  • 00:35:04.220 --> 00:35:07.220
  • Being contented simply means
  • 00:35:07.220 --> 00:35:09.130
  • trusting.
  • 00:35:09.130 --> 00:35:10.260
  • It means my heart is anchored
  • 00:35:10.260 --> 00:35:12.180
  • in God.
  • 00:35:12.180 --> 00:35:13.230
  • It means knowing this good, good
  • 00:35:13.230 --> 00:35:15.280
  • Father not only has good, good
  • 00:35:15.280 --> 00:35:17.280
  • plans for me but he has a good,
  • 00:35:17.280 --> 00:35:19.260
  • good timing for me and I can't
  • 00:35:19.260 --> 00:35:21.270
  • see what I can't see but if I
  • 00:35:21.270 --> 00:35:23.210
  • can trust his heart, even when I
  • 00:35:23.210 --> 00:35:26.090
  • don't understand his hand, then
  • 00:35:26.090 --> 00:35:28.030
  • God is going to work in my life,
  • 00:35:28.030 --> 00:35:29.190
  • God's going to work in my story,
  • 00:35:29.190 --> 00:35:31.110
  • and God will bring to pass what
  • 00:35:31.110 --> 00:35:33.050
  • he has promised me.
  • 00:35:33.050 --> 00:35:34.040
  • His reputation is bound up in
  • 00:35:34.230 --> 00:35:37.230
  • his promise.
  • 00:35:38.240 --> 00:35:41.240
  • What are you afraid of being
  • 00:35:41.240 --> 00:35:42.240
  • contented over for fear that it
  • 00:35:42.240 --> 00:35:45.220
  • will never change in your life?
  • 00:35:46.180 --> 00:35:49.180
  • When humanity bought into
  • 00:35:49.180 --> 00:35:51.090
  • the lie that God couldn't
  • 00:35:51.090 --> 00:35:52.230
  • be trusted, even though they
  • 00:35:52.230 --> 00:35:54.210
  • were living in Eden, feeling
  • 00:35:54.210 --> 00:35:56.290
  • deprived, humanity's essence,
  • 00:35:57.030 --> 00:36:00.050
  • our nature, became discontent.
  • 00:36:00.050 --> 00:36:01.180
  • We rebelled against God.
  • 00:36:01.180 --> 00:36:02.220
  • Paul writes about this moment in
  • 00:36:02.220 --> 00:36:04.110
  • Romans 5 and verse 12 when he
  • 00:36:04.110 --> 00:36:05.160
  • said, "Sin came into the world
  • 00:36:05.160 --> 00:36:06.200
  • through one man, and death
  • 00:36:06.200 --> 00:36:07.230
  • through sin, so that death
  • 00:36:07.230 --> 00:36:09.030
  • spread to all men because
  • 00:36:09.030 --> 00:36:10.160
  • all sinned."
  • 00:36:10.160 --> 00:36:11.110
  • So now man's contentment
  • 00:36:11.110 --> 00:36:13.160
  • was lost.
  • 00:36:13.160 --> 00:36:14.060
  • And now sin fuels discontent.
  • 00:36:15.010 --> 00:36:18.010
  • Here, I wanna say something
  • 00:36:18.010 --> 00:36:18.240
  • that's really heavy, okay?
  • 00:36:18.240 --> 00:36:20.210
  • You gonna smile back?
  • 00:36:22.250 --> 00:36:25.250
  • A fake smile?
  • 00:36:25.250 --> 00:36:26.150
  • It'd be helpful.
  • 00:36:26.150 --> 00:36:27.170
  • A false sense of reassurance
  • 00:36:27.170 --> 00:36:29.100
  • that you're not gonna get up
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  • and run out.
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  • You're not even gonna give me
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  • that, are you?
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  • Okay, well, I'm gonna say
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  • it anyhow.
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  • Did you know at the root of
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  • every sin is a lack of trust
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  • in God?
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  • And if we could resolve the
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  • trust issues, we could resolve
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  • the sin issues.
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  • Every single sin is based upon
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  • the fear that God will not be
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  • for us what we need and God will
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  • not do for us what we long for
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  • and God will not supply to us
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  • what he has promised to us.
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  • And every single sin is rooted
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  • in a lack of trust.
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  • You think about those who sin as
  • 00:37:01.210 --> 00:37:04.050
  • we all do through being
  • 00:37:04.050 --> 00:37:05.210
  • dishonest at times in our life.
  • 00:37:05.210 --> 00:37:07.110
  • What is that based upon?
  • 00:37:07.110 --> 00:37:08.110
  • Dishonesty is based upon the
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  • fear of the truth not being
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  • effective, it not being
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  • efficient, it not being adequate
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  • and enough.
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  • Think about those who struggle
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  • with sexual sin and we all have
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  • at some point or another in
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  • life, in being tempted
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  • and having to deny that.
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  • What is that based upon?
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  • That's based upon the idea that
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  • if I don't trust God to fulfill
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  • me, sexually and emotionally and
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  • relationally, that I'm not going
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  • to find contentment in my life
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  • and so therefore I have to
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  • produce that in myself following
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  • the ways of the world,
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  • not trusting the ways of
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  • the kingdom.
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  • At the root of every single sin,
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  • if you deconstruct it, you
  • 00:37:43.030 --> 00:37:44.180
  • will find a lack of trust,
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  • which tells me if we can become
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  • a people who anchor our hearts
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  • in trusting God, we can address
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  • the issue of sin in our lives
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  • and not live chained to sin,
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  • not live bound by sin,
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  • not live broken by sin, because
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  • we've elevated the game
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  • to a place of trust.
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  • But that leads me to another
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  • point and it's this.
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  • You cannot trust until you feel
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  • fully loved.
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  • So maybe the bigger issue is the
  • 00:38:15.110 --> 00:38:17.050
  • love issue.
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  • Maybe it's a love issue that
  • 00:38:18.230 --> 00:38:20.130
  • leads to a trust issue
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  • that resolves the sin issue
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  • in our lives.
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  • I hope you could leave here this
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  • morning knowing that you have
  • 00:38:26.250 --> 00:38:28.090
  • a God in heaven who loves you
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  • unconditionally, a God in heaven
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  • who is madly and intentionally
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  • and passionately in love with
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  • you.
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  • A God in heaven who has gone to
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  • every conceivable length in
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  • sending his Son Jesus to die for
  • 00:38:41.200 --> 00:38:43.270
  • you, to save you, to rescue you.
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  • You are not loved any less than
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  • any other person on the planet.
  • 00:38:48.100 --> 00:38:50.070
  • In fact, now that you are a
  • 00:38:50.070 --> 00:38:52.130
  • follower of Jesus, you are not
  • 00:38:52.130 --> 00:38:54.110
  • loved any more than the--than
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  • any other person on the planet.
  • 00:38:55.290 --> 00:38:57.210
  • Christ loved us all in that
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  • while we were yet sinners he
  • 00:38:59.260 --> 00:39:02.040
  • died for us.
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  • God loves you and if we can
  • 00:39:03.090 --> 00:39:05.090
  • settle that in our lives today
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  • then we can find freedom
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  • - Terry: That's why you can
  • 00:39:12.070 --> 00:39:12.270
  • look at people like Paul
  • 00:39:12.270 --> 00:39:13.280
  • who say, "I'm okay.
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  • My soul is free when I have,
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  • when I don't have, when I'm
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  • free, when I'm imprisoned,
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  • 'cause it's not about any of
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  • those things.
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  • Contentment isn't connected to
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  • my circumstances.
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  • Contentment is connected to
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  • [m
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  • [music
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  • [music]
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  • - Brian: Well, it's so good to
  • 00:39:38.130 --> 00:39:41.130
  • have you at the Hillsong Channel
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  • and I wanna ask you a question.
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  • Have you ever made a conscious
  • 00:39:44.290 --> 00:39:46.050
  • decision to surrender ownership
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  • of your life to the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ?
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  • Have you ever encountered him
  • 00:39:50.210 --> 00:39:51.210
  • in a personal way?
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  • He loves you.
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  • He is for you.
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  • He is on your side.
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  • The truth is the Bible says that
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  • if you ask Jesus to come into
  • 00:40:00.200 --> 00:40:02.090
  • your life he will come in
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  • and he will live in you.
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  • It's a promise, an amazing
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  • promise, that you can know the
  • 00:40:07.120 --> 00:40:08.280
  • presence and power of God living
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  • within you, simply by saying,
  • 00:40:10.270 --> 00:40:12.240
  • "Jesus, I want you to
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  • come into my life."
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  • When we recognize our need
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  • of him, and we decide we'll
  • 00:40:17.180 --> 00:40:19.070
  • turn from sin, which, of course,
  • 00:40:19.070 --> 00:40:20.230
  • all of us outside of
  • 00:40:20.230 --> 00:40:21.260
  • Jesus Christ are sinners, but
  • 00:40:21.260 --> 00:40:24.080
  • through Jesus sin does not have
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  • to be what frames our lives.
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  • It can come out of a
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  • relationship with Jesus himself.
  • 00:40:29.100 --> 00:40:31.060
  • Maybe at some point you've
  • 00:40:31.060 --> 00:40:32.090
  • prayed a prayer like that
  • 00:40:32.090 --> 00:40:33.150
  • but somewhere along the way,
  • 00:40:33.150 --> 00:40:35.020
  • you lost your way.
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  • Well, what a perfect time
  • 00:40:37.150 --> 00:40:38.220
  • to start a brand new chapter.
  • 00:40:38.220 --> 00:40:41.050
  • It's not as though God moves.
  • 00:40:41.050 --> 00:40:42.220
  • He said, "I'll never leave
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  • you nor forsake you."
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  • He doesn't leave us,
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  • he doesn't unsave us.
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  • He saves us but we can be making
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  • choices that have us
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  • living dislocated from
  • 00:40:50.200 --> 00:40:52.030
  • the center of God's will.
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  • I just could not think of
  • 00:40:53.190 --> 00:40:55.200
  • a more perfect time to pray
  • 00:40:55.200 --> 00:40:57.070
  • a prayer saying,
  • 00:40:57.070 --> 00:40:58.150
  • "Jesus, come into my life.
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  • I recognize my need of you.
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  • I ask you to fill me with your
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  • life and your hope to save me
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  • from sin and to give me
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  • a new beginning.
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  • I am a child of God.
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  • I am a new creation.
  • 00:41:12.080 --> 00:41:14.070
  • I am a follower of Jesus Christ.
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  • Thank you, Lord,
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  • [m
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  • [music
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  • [music]
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  • [music
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  • - Joel: If you believe it,
  • 00:41:36.110 --> 00:41:39.110
  • I want you to lift your hands,
  • 00:41:39.110 --> 00:41:40.050
  • lift your voice when we sing.
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  • I know you love me.
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  • I know you found me.
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  • I know you saved me
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  • and your grace
  • 00:41:51.150 --> 00:41:52.230
  • will never fail me.
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  • And while I'm waiting,
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  • I'm not waiting,
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  • I know heaven lives in me.
  • 00:42:07.030 --> 00:42:10.030
  • So I will sing like I will
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  • there in the fearless light
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  • of glory where the darkness
  • 00:42:18.110 --> 00:42:21.110
  • cannot find me and
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  • your face is all I see.
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  • I will sing like a man with
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  • no sickness in my body, like
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  • no prison walls can hold me.
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  • I will sing like I am free.
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  • 'Cause I know you love me.
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  • I know you found me.
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  • I know you saved me and your
  • 00:42:49.230 --> 00:42:52.150
  • grace will never fail me
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  • And while I'm waiting,
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  • I'm not waiting,
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  • I know heaven lives in me.
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  • I'll sing holy, holy.
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  • My heart cries holy.
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  • As it is in heaven,
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  • it is in me.
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  • - Joel: Do you believe it?
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  • C'mon, sing it again.
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  • I'll sing holy, holy.
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  • My heart cries holy.
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  • As it is in heaven,
  • 00:44:02.250 --> 00:44:05.250
  • it is in me.
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  • - Joel: C'mon, if you believe
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  • it, can we sing it?
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  • We'll sing holy, holy.
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  • The earth cries holy.
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  • As it is in heaven,
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  • so let it be.
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  • We'll sing holy, holy.
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  • The earth cries holy.
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  • As it is in heaven,
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  • so let it be.
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  • - Joel: C'mon, one more time:
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  • "We'll sing."
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  • We'll sing holy, holy.
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  • The earth cries holy.
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  • As it is in heaven,
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  • We'll sing holy, holy.
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  • As it is in heaven,
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  • As it is in heaven,
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