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Believe: Get Your Mind Right

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October 14, 2020
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Learn how to have the correct mindset; which will help you move forward in life!

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  • David Jeremiah: Today is aboutthe rest of your life,
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  • it's about tomorrowand the day after that.
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  • The future God has plannedfor you
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  • shouldn't bea haphazard approach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Perhaps you're discouraged.It's time to deal with that.
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  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
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  • You may not know what's next,but God does.
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  • He's there waitingfor you in your tomorrow.
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  • So, step into it and discoverGod's presence and purpose
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  • in your life starting today,starting now.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's timewe rise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past,
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  • aspire to accomplishgreater things,
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  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
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  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop,it's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah teaches
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  • that God loves usand wants us to overflow
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  • with hopeand Bible-based optimism.
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  • David: There is a little spaceI do have some control of,
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  • and it's the spaceof my heart and mind.
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  • And the Bible tells methat if I fill my heart
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  • and my mindwith God's truth,
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  • that gives methe greatest advantage
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  • to come through whatever stressI'm going through
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  • and stay positivewith my hands up high.
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  • announcer: That's coming up
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  • on today'sspecial Forward edition
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  • of "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a moment,Dr. Jeremiah will direct you
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  • toward biblical hope,the greatest source of optimism
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  • And now, here's Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Believe: Get Your Mind Right."
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  • David: Some meetingsyou'll never forget.
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  • When I was in New Yorka while ago,
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  • the hotel managerpulled me aside.
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  • He knew that I loved sportsand he offered to introduce me
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  • to a fellow guest,
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  • Clemson football coachDabo Swinney.
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  • I love this man,and I have followed him
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  • from almost the beginning,so my family and I
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  • sat with Dabo for an houras he talked about his faith,
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  • his love for his football team,his excitement
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  • about his players,his zest for life.
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  • The love that he hadfor his team was so obvious.
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  • He was animated, he was speakingwith his eyes,
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  • and he was gesturingwith his hands.
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  • I don't thinkI've ever been around anyone
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  • more positive than Dabo.
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  • I remember thinking, "No wonderhe wins championships,
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  • he is a champion.
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  • He's a man who believes."
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  • Dabo, well, his real nameis William Christopher.
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  • He was bornto a mother
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  • who had battleddebilitating polio.
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  • When he was a baby,his older brother Trip
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  • tried to call him Bat Boy,and Swinney was known
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  • as Dabo ever since.
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  • When Trip was 16,a horrible accident
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  • left him permanently injured,about the same time
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  • their fatherhad business problems,
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  • fell into debt,and started drinking heavily.
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  • Dabo's parents broke up.Dabo lived from pillar to post.
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  • At the age of 16, Dabohad a lifechanging experience
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  • with Jesus Christ,and his newfound faith
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  • bolstered his beliefin the future and in himself.
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  • He tried out
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  • for the University of Alabamafootball team
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  • as a walk onand he got a scholarship.
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  • And during his last collegegame, on New Year's Day 1993,
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  • the Crimson Tidewon the national championship.
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  • At the endof his college career,
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  • Dabo reconciledwith his father
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  • and eventually helpedto lead him to Christ.
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  • In 2003, Dabo joinedthe coaching staff
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  • at Clemson University.
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  • He became head coach in 2008.
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  • At the time, Clemson was knownfor losing games
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  • they should've won.
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  • It happened so often,people called it Clemsoning.
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  • Coach Swinney knew that beliefwas at the low ebb
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  • in his universityoutside the program,
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  • so he posted a large signin the training room
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  • bearing one word,and the word was believe.
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  • The coach's beliefwas sincere and contagious.
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  • No matter the challengesor setbacks,
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  • he believed in his players
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  • more than they believedin themselves.
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  • He believed in them so much,their confidence began to surge.
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  • And under his leadership,the Tigers have won
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  • national championshipsin 2016 and 2018.
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  • Takes a positive attitudeto move forward.
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  • As you read that,you may be thinking,
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  • "Uh oh, Dr. Jeremiah'sfallen into
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  • the positive thinking trap."
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  • No, I'm not.I know about that pitfall.
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  • We should guard againstany self-help ideology
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  • that pushes Godto the sidelines,
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  • magnifies human ability,
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  • and doesn't tellthe whole truth.
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  • But there is a positive,hopeful, joyful optimism
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  • that is totally biblicaland it comes from Christ alone.
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  • So, I want to say this loudlyand clearly, you can be
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  • a Christian and an optimistat the same time,
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  • and you should be.
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  • Faith adds a positive powerto your life.
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  • Just listen to Philippians 4:13.
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  • Paul wrote,"I can do all things
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  • through Christwho strengthens me."
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  • I don't know how you listento that,
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  • but that sounds pretty positiveto me.
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  • The man who wrote those wordswas an optimist
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  • with a capital O.
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  • If you read his storyin the book of Acts
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  • and study his 13 letters,they're packed with optimism.
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  • Dr. John Henry Jowettsaid of Paul,
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  • "His eyesare narrowly illumined.
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  • His cheery toneis never absent from his speech.
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  • The buoyant and springy movementof his life has never changed.
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  • The light never dies outof his sky.
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  • The Apostle Paulis an optimist."
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  • So, for the next few minutes,let's sit at the feet
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  • of the great apostleand learn his powerful secrets
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  • for resilience and optimismand positive belief.
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  • So, number one,you have to be positive
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  • in your convictions.
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  • Paul's optimism startedwith what he believed
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  • with his positive convictions.
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  • Now, I don't know if you knowwhat a conviction is,
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  • but it's a fixed belief,a deeply held set
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  • of certainties that lodges inthe center
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  • of your mind and heart.
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  • Paul's core convictionswere the foundation
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  • of his incredible lifeand ministry,
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  • and here's the best part.
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  • You can embrace themfor yourself.
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  • Here are two examples of how todo just that as you move forward
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  • toward everything Godhas in store for you
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  • in the next phaseof your life.
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  • Number one, be positiveabout God's love for you.
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  • The most basic convictionin life
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  • is rooted in understandingthe nature of God.
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  • You see, without a good,powerful, loving, creative,
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  • eternal God, there's no reasonto be optimistic.
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  • Consider Paul's wordsin Romans chapter 8,
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  • verses 38 and 39,
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  • "For I am persuadedthat neither death,
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  • nor life, nor angels,nor principalities,
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  • nor powers, nor things present,nor things to come,
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  • nor height, nor depth,nor any other created thing
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  • shall be able to separate usfrom the love of God
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  • which is in ChristJesus our Lord."
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  • Consider the reasonsfor optimism packed
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  • into this passage.
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  • Not only is God real,he's real, but he loves us.
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  • And not only does he love us,but nothing
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  • we might ever experiencecan ever separate us
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  • from that love.
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  • The ten things that Paul listsin these verses I just read
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  • could each one of thembe a potential barrier
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  • between Godand you.
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  • But Paul sayswith absolute assurance
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  • that none of themcan ever separate you
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  • from God's love.
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  • The powerful words in Romans 8about God's love are reinforced
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  • by a blessing Paul offeredtoward the end of the same book.
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  • Became a favorite versefor many people I know,
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  • especially for thosewho are going through
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  • difficult timesin their lives.
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  • Here's that promise.
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  • "Now may the Godof hope fill you with all joy
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  • and peace in believing,that you may abound in hope
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  • by the powerof the Holy Spirit."
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  • I'd like to suggestthat you pray those words
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  • aloud every day, every noon,every morning, every evening
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  • until you know themby heart.
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  • That prayer can adjustyour mindset
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  • in any given season of life,deepen your core convictions,
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  • strengthen your belief.
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  • Do you know what it means tooverflow with hope and optimism?
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  • Paul did, and you can too.
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  • Hope and optimism can becomeyour everyday attitude.
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  • So, be positiveabout God's love for you.
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  • And then secondly,be positive
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  • about God's planfor you.
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  • The Apostle Paulconstantly referred
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  • to the future.
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  • He put the past behind him,he strained forward
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  • toward what was ahead.
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  • And even when he was near death,Paul was excited
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  • about the future.
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  • Think of it, while waitingon death row for his martyrdom,
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  • he was eager for tomorrow.
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  • The last known letter Paul wrotewas to his friend Timothy,
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  • and it was writtenfrom a prison in Rome,
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  • where he awaitedcertain death.
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  • Listen to what he saidin the final chapter
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  • of his final book.
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  • "For I amalready being poured out
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  • as a drink offering,
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  • and the time of my departureis at hand.
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  • I have fought the good fight,I have finished the race,
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  • I have kept the faith.
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  • Finally, there is laid up for methe crown of righteousness,
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  • which the Lord,the righteous judge,
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  • will give to meon that day,
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  • and not to me only,but also
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  • to all who have lovedhis appearing."
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  • Paul, you see,had an incredible perspective
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  • on living and dying.
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  • Some years before,he kind of expressed that
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  • to the Philippiansin these words,
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  • he said, "For to me,living means living for Christ,
  • 00:11:44.487 --> 00:11:48.390
  • and dying is even better.
  • 00:11:48.424 --> 00:11:50.359
  • But if I live,I can do more fruitful work
  • 00:11:50.392 --> 00:11:52.728
  • for Christ,so I really don't know
  • 00:11:52.762 --> 00:11:54.663
  • which is better.
  • 00:11:54.697 --> 00:11:56.532
  • I'm torn betweenthe two desires.
  • 00:11:56.565 --> 00:11:59.101
  • I long to go and be with Christ,
  • 00:11:59.135 --> 00:12:00.770
  • which would befar better for me.
  • 00:12:00.803 --> 00:12:02.905
  • But for your sakes, it is betterthat I continue to live."
  • 00:12:02.938 --> 00:12:06.976
  • There is an agelessnessto optimists
  • 00:12:07.009 --> 00:12:09.912
  • that keeps tomorrow fresh.
  • 00:12:09.945 --> 00:12:12.515
  • As a follower of Christ,I'm ready to die
  • 00:12:12.548 --> 00:12:16.152
  • and willing to live.
  • 00:12:16.185 --> 00:12:17.853
  • But either case,I can't wait to see
  • 00:12:17.887 --> 00:12:19.755
  • what God's going to do next.
  • 00:12:19.789 --> 00:12:21.791
  • I am positiveabout my convictions.
  • 00:12:21.824 --> 00:12:24.426
  • If you want to havethe mental attitude
  • 00:12:24.460 --> 00:12:27.663
  • to be able to dreamand to believe,
  • 00:12:27.696 --> 00:12:31.033
  • you needto get your mind right.
  • 00:12:31.066 --> 00:12:32.768
  • And when youget your mind right,
  • 00:12:32.802 --> 00:12:34.670
  • you will havepositive convictions.
  • 00:12:34.703 --> 00:12:37.907
  • Now, let me say something else.
  • 00:12:37.940 --> 00:12:39.675
  • Along with positive convictions,you need to develop
  • 00:12:39.708 --> 00:12:42.311
  • positive conversations.
  • 00:12:42.344 --> 00:12:44.413
  • Let's talk about talking.
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  • If you're positivein your core convictions,
  • 00:12:46.515 --> 00:12:48.818
  • then you'll literally becomemore positive
  • 00:12:48.851 --> 00:12:51.187
  • in the way you talk.
  • 00:12:51.220 --> 00:12:52.721
  • What does it mean to be positivein your conversations?
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  • Number one, speak positivelyto yourself.
  • 00:12:56.258 --> 00:13:00.496
  • Sometimes, we have no oneto encourage us
  • 00:13:00.529 --> 00:13:02.932
  • at the break of day,
  • 00:13:02.965 --> 00:13:04.266
  • so we have tospeak to ourselves.
  • 00:13:04.300 --> 00:13:06.302
  • We have to say somethinglike Psalm 118, verse 24,
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  • "This is the daythe Lord has made,
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  • I will rejoiceand be glad in it."
  • 00:13:12.675 --> 00:13:16.278
  • Try saying that over and overthroughout the day,
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  • "This is the daythe Lord has made,
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  • and I will rejoiceand be glad in it."
  • 00:13:21.550 --> 00:13:24.820
  • Outside of praying,your most important words
  • 00:13:24.854 --> 00:13:27.890
  • are the wordsthat you say to yourself.
  • 00:13:27.923 --> 00:13:31.360
  • These words are silent,but they're significant.
  • 00:13:31.393 --> 00:13:34.864
  • Pop psychologists call thispositive self-talk,
  • 00:13:34.897 --> 00:13:38.400
  • but I'm going to skipthe trends
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  • and go straightto the Scripture.
  • 00:13:40.269 --> 00:13:42.338
  • My thesis, remember,involves Paul's example to us.
  • 00:13:42.371 --> 00:13:46.475
  • So, did Paul ever talkto himself?
  • 00:13:46.508 --> 00:13:49.812
  • He said he stroveto take captive
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  • every thoughtto make it obedient to Christ.
  • 00:13:52.681 --> 00:13:55.084
  • He said, "For in my inner being,I delight in God's law."
  • 00:13:55.117 --> 00:13:59.288
  • He said, "I am not ashamed,for I know whom I have believed,
  • 00:13:59.321 --> 00:14:03.292
  • and I am persuadedthat he's able to keep
  • 00:14:03.325 --> 00:14:05.694
  • what I've committed to himagainst that day."
  • 00:14:05.728 --> 00:14:08.030
  • And as we've observedand learned, he also said,
  • 00:14:08.063 --> 00:14:10.699
  • "I can do all thingsthrough Christ
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  • who strengthens me."
  • 00:14:13.969 --> 00:14:16.772
  • I recall preaching a sermonyears ago
  • 00:14:16.805 --> 00:14:18.841
  • on how to handlenegative thoughts,
  • 00:14:18.874 --> 00:14:21.343
  • still remember my outline.
  • 00:14:21.377 --> 00:14:24.079
  • Here's what you dowith negative thoughts,
  • 00:14:24.113 --> 00:14:25.881
  • don't curse them,don't nurse them,
  • 00:14:25.915 --> 00:14:28.651
  • don't rehearse them,but disperse them.
  • 00:14:28.684 --> 00:14:31.387
  • That's stilla pretty good formula.
  • 00:14:31.420 --> 00:14:33.455
  • Push out your negative thoughts,worry and anxiety,
  • 00:14:33.489 --> 00:14:36.425
  • fear and pessimism,by filling up your mind
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  • with God's Scripture.
  • 00:14:39.428 --> 00:14:41.096
  • And then preach those promisesto yourself.
  • 00:14:41.130 --> 00:14:44.633
  • So, speak positivelyto yourself."
  • 00:14:44.667 --> 00:14:47.736
  • That's a strange thing to sayto many modern Christians
  • 00:14:47.770 --> 00:14:50.039
  • 'cause it soundslike it's heresy
  • 00:14:50.072 --> 00:14:52.007
  • or somethingthat shouldn't even be included
  • 00:14:52.041 --> 00:14:54.543
  • in a biblical sermon.
  • 00:14:54.576 --> 00:14:55.945
  • But I only give it to youbecause it's in the Scripture.
  • 00:14:55.978 --> 00:14:59.181
  • Not only speak positivelyto yourself,
  • 00:14:59.214 --> 00:15:01.884
  • speak positively to others.
  • 00:15:01.917 --> 00:15:04.320
  • Learn to talkto yourself
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  • instead of listeningto yourself.
  • 00:15:06.088 --> 00:15:08.057
  • Learn to preach to yourself,learn to encourage yourself
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  • in the Lord.
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  • It will change the wayyou speak to others.
  • 00:15:12.628 --> 00:15:14.697
  • That's one of the keys.
  • 00:15:14.730 --> 00:15:16.532
  • Once you start totalk to yourself right,
  • 00:15:16.565 --> 00:15:18.667
  • then you could start totalk to others right.
  • 00:15:18.701 --> 00:15:20.803
  • Your mood and message will bedifferent,
  • 00:15:20.836 --> 00:15:22.972
  • even when thingsare going badly.
  • 00:15:23.005 --> 00:15:25.174
  • This was anotherof Paul's secrets.
  • 00:15:25.207 --> 00:15:27.476
  • Once he was caughtin a vicious storm
  • 00:15:27.509 --> 00:15:29.945
  • with a terrified crewon a sinking ship.
  • 00:15:29.979 --> 00:15:33.082
  • The typhoon threatenedto rip the ship
  • 00:15:33.115 --> 00:15:35.451
  • into matchsticks,and even the captain
  • 00:15:35.484 --> 00:15:38.187
  • gave up hopeof survival.
  • 00:15:38.220 --> 00:15:40.155
  • But Paul rallied their spirits.
  • 00:15:40.189 --> 00:15:43.258
  • In the midst of that tragedy,he stood up and he said,
  • 00:15:43.292 --> 00:15:46.395
  • "Keep up your courage, men,for I have faith in God."
  • 00:15:46.428 --> 00:15:51.233
  • The storm grew worse,it was the deadliest storm
  • 00:15:51.266 --> 00:15:53.569
  • these sailorshad ever seen,
  • 00:15:53.602 --> 00:15:55.471
  • and there were 276 peopleonboard.
  • 00:15:55.504 --> 00:15:58.674
  • Two weeks of unbearable strainhad drained this crew
  • 00:15:58.707 --> 00:16:02.011
  • to their last drops of hope,and none of them
  • 00:16:02.044 --> 00:16:04.680
  • could eat or restbecause the nights
  • 00:16:04.713 --> 00:16:07.616
  • would just captivate them,they couldn't sleep.
  • 00:16:07.649 --> 00:16:11.754
  • In Acts chapter 27,we read about Paul.
  • 00:16:11.787 --> 00:16:15.891
  • Here's what we read.
  • 00:16:15.924 --> 00:16:17.359
  • "Just before dawn,Paul urged them all to eat.
  • 00:16:17.393 --> 00:16:21.163
  • 'For the last 14 days,'he said,
  • 00:16:21.196 --> 00:16:23.165
  • 'you have beenin constant suspense
  • 00:16:23.198 --> 00:16:25.067
  • and have gone without food.
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  • You haven't eaten anything.
  • 00:16:26.835 --> 00:16:28.804
  • Now I urge you to take upsome food.
  • 00:16:28.837 --> 00:16:31.273
  • You need it to survive.
  • 00:16:31.306 --> 00:16:32.808
  • Not one of you will losea single hair from your head.'
  • 00:16:32.841 --> 00:16:35.911
  • After this he said,he took some bread
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  • and he gave thanks to God
  • 00:16:38.180 --> 00:16:39.581
  • in front of them all,and he broke it
  • 00:16:39.615 --> 00:16:41.450
  • and they began to eat,and they were all encouraged.'"
  • 00:16:41.483 --> 00:16:44.253
  • Do you know anybody in your lifewho,
  • 00:16:44.286 --> 00:16:45.954
  • in the midstof what you're going through,
  • 00:16:45.988 --> 00:16:47.990
  • can impart positive thingslike that to you?
  • 00:16:48.023 --> 00:16:50.959
  • The power of an attitudethat is absolutely biblical
  • 00:16:50.993 --> 00:16:53.996
  • and biblically positive.
  • 00:16:54.029 --> 00:16:56.398
  • You see, the more we talkabout our troubles,
  • 00:16:56.432 --> 00:16:58.801
  • the more we rehearseand reenforce them,
  • 00:16:58.834 --> 00:17:01.570
  • the more we spread the pessimismthat's endemic to our culture.
  • 00:17:01.603 --> 00:17:06.508
  • So, instead focus on others,spread optimism.
  • 00:17:06.542 --> 00:17:10.179
  • Help thosearound you take courage.
  • 00:17:10.212 --> 00:17:12.347
  • Help them believe.
  • 00:17:12.381 --> 00:17:13.882
  • Ephesians 4:29 says,"Let everything you say be good
  • 00:17:13.916 --> 00:17:18.253
  • and helpful,so that your words
  • 00:17:18.287 --> 00:17:20.489
  • will be an encouragementto those who hear them."
  • 00:17:20.522 --> 00:17:24.927
  • I want to say to you,men and women,
  • 00:17:24.960 --> 00:17:26.595
  • our worldis wrecked.
  • 00:17:26.628 --> 00:17:28.630
  • And as we work togetherto accomplish what God
  • 00:17:28.664 --> 00:17:30.799
  • wants us to do, thelast thing we need
  • 00:17:30.833 --> 00:17:33.202
  • are endless critics.
  • 00:17:33.235 --> 00:17:35.404
  • Instead, we need the comraderyof Christ-centered people
  • 00:17:35.437 --> 00:17:39.074
  • who say what is goodand helpful so our words
  • 00:17:39.108 --> 00:17:42.144
  • will be an encouragementto so many.
  • 00:17:42.177 --> 00:17:44.379
  • We need people who believeand who inspire belief.
  • 00:17:44.413 --> 00:17:48.817
  • So, be positivein your convictions.
  • 00:17:48.851 --> 00:17:52.154
  • Be positivein your conversations.
  • 00:17:52.187 --> 00:17:54.089
  • Be positive in your crises.
  • 00:17:54.123 --> 00:17:56.825
  • Only after you've learnedto be positive
  • 00:17:56.859 --> 00:17:58.560
  • in your convictionand your conversation
  • 00:17:58.594 --> 00:18:00.796
  • can you learnto be positive
  • 00:18:00.829 --> 00:18:02.698
  • even during thingsthat are hard.
  • 00:18:02.731 --> 00:18:05.801
  • During times of conflictand crisis,
  • 00:18:05.834 --> 00:18:08.337
  • optimism shineslike the sun
  • 00:18:08.370 --> 00:18:10.672
  • piercing the clouds.
  • 00:18:10.706 --> 00:18:12.241
  • That was true for our hero,the Apostle Paul.
  • 00:18:12.274 --> 00:18:15.844
  • Listen again to what he said.
  • 00:18:15.878 --> 00:18:18.413
  • "Who shall separate usfrom the love of Christ?
  • 00:18:18.447 --> 00:18:21.850
  • Shall tribulation,shall distress, persecution,
  • 00:18:21.884 --> 00:18:25.554
  • or famine, or nakedness,or peril, or sword?
  • 00:18:25.587 --> 00:18:28.790
  • As it is written, 'For your sakewe are killed all day long.
  • 00:18:28.824 --> 00:18:33.228
  • We are countedas sheep for the slaughter.'
  • 00:18:33.262 --> 00:18:34.997
  • Yet in all these thingswe are more than conquerors
  • 00:18:35.030 --> 00:18:38.167
  • through himwho loved us."
  • 00:18:38.200 --> 00:18:40.602
  • Let me take just a momentand unpack that passage.
  • 00:18:40.636 --> 00:18:43.372
  • The Apostle Paullists seven persecutions
  • 00:18:43.405 --> 00:18:47.176
  • he had constantly experienced.
  • 00:18:47.209 --> 00:18:49.511
  • "It felt like being killedall day long," he said.
  • 00:18:49.545 --> 00:18:52.247
  • "But in all of this," he said,"I am more than a conqueror."
  • 00:18:52.281 --> 00:18:57.352
  • The phrase"more than a conqueror"
  • 00:18:57.386 --> 00:18:59.087
  • is a translationof a Greek word
  • 00:18:59.121 --> 00:19:01.456
  • that reads like this,hypernikomen.
  • 00:19:01.490 --> 00:19:04.726
  • The word N-I-Kis in the middle of the word.
  • 00:19:04.760 --> 00:19:07.496
  • It's the word "nike,"believe it or not.
  • 00:19:07.529 --> 00:19:09.464
  • Nike is the Greek wordfor victory,
  • 00:19:09.498 --> 00:19:11.233
  • which is why that shoe companyuses it.
  • 00:19:11.266 --> 00:19:14.102
  • It means overcomer.
  • 00:19:14.136 --> 00:19:16.438
  • And look at the first partof the word, "hyper."
  • 00:19:16.471 --> 00:19:19.808
  • You know the term hyper.
  • 00:19:19.841 --> 00:19:21.276
  • When you talk about your kidbeing hyper, he's over the top.
  • 00:19:21.310 --> 00:19:24.379
  • If you see somebodythat you work with,
  • 00:19:24.413 --> 00:19:25.881
  • they're hyper,they're out of control.
  • 00:19:25.914 --> 00:19:28.116
  • So Paul said, "In the midstof all these problems,
  • 00:19:28.150 --> 00:19:31.286
  • these seven thingsthat come to me,
  • 00:19:31.320 --> 00:19:33.455
  • I am hyper victorious.
  • 00:19:33.488 --> 00:19:36.525
  • I am not just a conqueror,I am more than a conqueror."
  • 00:19:36.558 --> 00:19:41.697
  • And so, I want you to knowon the authority
  • 00:19:41.730 --> 00:19:43.966
  • of the Scripture and becauseof the love of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:19:43.999 --> 00:19:47.569
  • that you can bean overcomer.
  • 00:19:47.603 --> 00:19:50.405
  • You can believe in him,you can trust him,
  • 00:19:50.439 --> 00:19:52.941
  • and you can be positivein your convictions.
  • 00:19:52.975 --> 00:19:55.777
  • You can be positivein your conversations.
  • 00:19:55.811 --> 00:19:58.146
  • You can be positivein your crisis.
  • 00:19:58.180 --> 00:20:00.916
  • And finally, here's the best oneof all,
  • 00:20:00.949 --> 00:20:02.784
  • you can be positivein your countenance,
  • 00:20:02.818 --> 00:20:05.387
  • in your face.
  • 00:20:05.420 --> 00:20:06.989
  • Your mood is always reflectedin your countenance,
  • 00:20:07.022 --> 00:20:09.524
  • did you know that?
  • 00:20:09.558 --> 00:20:10.926
  • When optimism is in your heart,
  • 00:20:10.959 --> 00:20:12.394
  • a joyful countenanceis on your face.
  • 00:20:12.427 --> 00:20:15.397
  • Someone said, "What's downin the well
  • 00:20:15.430 --> 00:20:17.866
  • comes up in the pail."
  • 00:20:17.899 --> 00:20:20.202
  • Unfortunately,I don't have a photograph
  • 00:20:20.235 --> 00:20:22.704
  • of the Apostle Paul,
  • 00:20:22.738 --> 00:20:24.606
  • so I can't prove his facewas radiant.
  • 00:20:24.640 --> 00:20:27.342
  • But who can doubt it?
  • 00:20:27.376 --> 00:20:29.144
  • His smile and positive attitudeinfiltrated his writings.
  • 00:20:29.177 --> 00:20:32.681
  • For example, he told theCorinthians one time this,
  • 00:20:32.714 --> 00:20:36.218
  • he said, "And we all, whowith unveiled faces
  • 00:20:36.251 --> 00:20:39.821
  • contemplate the Lord's glory,are being transformed
  • 00:20:39.855 --> 00:20:42.924
  • into his imagewith ever-increasing glory,
  • 00:20:42.958 --> 00:20:46.028
  • which comes from the Lord,who is the Spirit."
  • 00:20:46.061 --> 00:20:49.731
  • So, I just want to tell you,men and women,
  • 00:20:49.765 --> 00:20:52.768
  • that youcan be positive.
  • 00:20:52.801 --> 00:20:55.003
  • It's right to be positive.Good Christians are positive.
  • 00:20:55.037 --> 00:20:58.540
  • We needpositive Christian optimists.
  • 00:20:58.573 --> 00:21:01.343
  • We need people who walk aroundlooking like Jesus
  • 00:21:01.376 --> 00:21:04.046
  • really is everythingthat they say
  • 00:21:04.079 --> 00:21:06.081
  • he is and that he's makinga difference in their lives.
  • 00:21:06.114 --> 00:21:09.851
  • It was back in Novemberin 2007
  • 00:21:09.885 --> 00:21:12.587
  • when a toughold Alaskan fisherman
  • 00:21:12.621 --> 00:21:14.790
  • named Alan Rydentook a month-long trip at sea
  • 00:21:14.823 --> 00:21:18.593
  • in his 42-foot boat.
  • 00:21:18.627 --> 00:21:21.063
  • The trip became a nightmarewhen the boat capsized
  • 00:21:21.096 --> 00:21:23.598
  • in a terrible storm.
  • 00:21:23.632 --> 00:21:25.467
  • Ryden managed to getinto a raft,
  • 00:21:25.500 --> 00:21:27.569
  • wearing his survival suitand a fleece jacket,
  • 00:21:27.602 --> 00:21:30.806
  • and he got off a mayday signalto the coastguard.
  • 00:21:30.839 --> 00:21:34.176
  • But the weather was wickedand this little raft
  • 00:21:34.209 --> 00:21:37.012
  • tossed around like a cork.
  • 00:21:37.045 --> 00:21:39.681
  • Shivering in this buffeted raft,Alan felt himself losing hope.
  • 00:21:39.715 --> 00:21:44.786
  • His mind panickedand quickly sunk
  • 00:21:44.820 --> 00:21:46.822
  • into discouragementand hopelessness.
  • 00:21:46.855 --> 00:21:49.524
  • He began wonderingif his life insurance
  • 00:21:49.558 --> 00:21:52.194
  • would providefor his family.
  • 00:21:52.227 --> 00:21:54.029
  • Suddenly, Alan realizedhis own thoughts
  • 00:21:54.062 --> 00:21:56.765
  • were pulling him undermore than the seas,
  • 00:21:56.798 --> 00:21:59.234
  • and he madeone of the toughest decisions
  • 00:21:59.267 --> 00:22:00.836
  • of his life.
  • 00:22:00.869 --> 00:22:02.204
  • He determined to cast outnegative thoughts
  • 00:22:02.237 --> 00:22:04.606
  • and tossed them out of the raftlike they were weights.
  • 00:22:04.639 --> 00:22:07.642
  • He began quoting Scriptureto himself,
  • 00:22:07.676 --> 00:22:10.379
  • speaking God's Word out loud.
  • 00:22:10.412 --> 00:22:12.647
  • He started thanking Godfor any good thing
  • 00:22:12.681 --> 00:22:14.883
  • that came to his mind.
  • 00:22:14.916 --> 00:22:16.284
  • He said to himself, "Well,at least I'm in a survival suit.
  • 00:22:16.318 --> 00:22:19.588
  • My suit does have
  • 00:22:19.621 --> 00:22:21.056
  • a top of the linestrobe light attached.
  • 00:22:21.089 --> 00:22:23.191
  • At least I'm in some kindof a craft.
  • 00:22:23.225 --> 00:22:25.327
  • At least I got thatfleece jacket on.
  • 00:22:25.360 --> 00:22:27.629
  • I am strong.I am a good swimmer.
  • 00:22:27.662 --> 00:22:29.564
  • I have no fear of the water."
  • 00:22:29.598 --> 00:22:32.067
  • Ryden's mental struggledeepened as the darkness set in,
  • 00:22:32.100 --> 00:22:35.170
  • but he remained committedto hanging on
  • 00:22:35.203 --> 00:22:37.839
  • with all of his strengthto the anchor of his hope.
  • 00:22:37.873 --> 00:22:41.076
  • He later said,"There was definitely
  • 00:22:41.109 --> 00:22:43.145
  • a grace from God.
  • 00:22:43.178 --> 00:22:44.780
  • I had to fight for every inchof my thoughts."
  • 00:22:44.813 --> 00:22:48.316
  • Ten hours later,Ridden was rescued.
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  • Tracie Miles, who wroteabout this story
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  • in her book "Unsinkable Faith,"
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  • said the real rescuewas not outwardly, but inwardly.
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  • It had been achievedduring the storm when,
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  • by grace,Ryden had anchored himself
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  • in God and embracedpositive thoughts,
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  • which helped him stay afloat.
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  • She's right, believingand getting your mind right
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  • requires you to stay positivein your convictions,
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  • even amid your crisis.
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  • The same is true if you want tomove forward,
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  • so anchor yourself in the hopeof Jesus Christ.
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  • Cling to the promisesof the Bible.
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  • Determine by God's grace
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  • that you're going to keepyour mind buoyant
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  • and your soul unsinkableeven in the storms.
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  • I can't control what's happeningout there,
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  • but there is a little spaceI do have some control of,
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  • and it's the spacein my heart and mind.
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  • And the Bible tells methat if I fill my heart
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  • and my mind with God's truth,that gives me
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  • the greatest advantageto come through
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  • whatever stressI'm going through
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  • and stay positivewith my hands up high.
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  • That's my prayerfor all of us,
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  • that we won't letthe storm we're in right now
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  • bury us under its debris,but we will stand up
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  • in the power of Jesus Christ
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  • and say with Paul,"I can do all things
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  • through Christ whostrengthens me."
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  • female announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • with one more inspirational wordto close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • David: No matterwhat season of life
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  • in which you find yourself,your brightest day
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  • can be just around the corner.
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  • Take hold of it.Let go of the past.
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  • Get out of your rut.
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  • Choose to run forwardtoward everything
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  • God has plannedfor the next phase of your life.
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  • But remember,this forward journey
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  • is not one we do alone.
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  • We need Jesus Christto take even one step.
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  • So, I hope you know Jesus Christwell, but if you don't,
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  • I'd like to introduce him to youtoday.
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  • to start your journeywith Christ.
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  • and teaching,available in NKJV, NIV, and ESV.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • David: The rewardfor what we've done here
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  • will be so palpable,no one will miss it.
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  • You're investing in a waythat can never ever
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  • and your investmentis waiting for you
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  • when you arrive in heaven.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timeas Dr. Jeremiah challenges you
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  • to outlive your lifeand leave a legacy
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  • that lasts for eternityhere on "Turning Point."
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