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Do You Have a Hard Heart?

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April 22, 2020
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During this message discover the warning to Christians about the danger of becoming hard-hearted toward God.

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  • male announcer: Jesusis enough.
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  • No need to add or subtractfrom him.
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  • He is greater thaneverything that exists.
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  • All else adds upto less than he.
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  • He is the sum of all things,the infinite, the absolute,
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  • the constant, holy tothe highest degree.
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  • If we take Jesusout of the equation,
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  • nothing adds up.
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  • Regardless of the goodwe multiply,
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  • how much we divide and share,
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  • a part of usremains unsolved,
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  • a fraction of who we should be,
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  • but Jesus is the answer,our common denominator.
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  • Jesus.
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  • The product of God's love,
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  • a perfect combinationof 100% God,
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  • 100% man, intersecting the arcof human history
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  • to be the difference,the solution we needed,
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  • the root of our salvation.
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  • No need to add, subtract,multiply, or divide.
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  • Nothing greater than.
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  • Everything less than.
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  • Jesus is and always will bethe solution to every equation.
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  • When you do the math, the answeris clear: Jesus is enough.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:I'm David Jeremiah,
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  • here to remind you of a truthyou may have heard before.
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  • The same hot summer sun thatwill turn the ground
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  • into concrete will also melta stick of butter.
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  • One becomes hard,the other becomes soft,
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  • and there's a spiritual lessonin that simple illustration
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  • that we'll talk about in today'smessage from our current series
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  • "Jesus Is Enough"
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  • on the New Testamentbook of Hebrews.
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  • The title of today's messageasks a question.
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  • "Do You Have a Hard Heart?"
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  • If we're not careful, our heartcan become as hard as the ground
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  • on a July afternoon.
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  • The writer of the bookof Hebrews explains
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  • where a hard heart begins andhow to keep it from happening.
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  • I'll explain both if you'll joinme for today's edition of
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you're likeme and you watch television
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  • of the things that can happento you if you take this product,
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  • and after you listen to allthose warnings
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  • you decide to keepthe disease you have.
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  • Sometimes, it actually seemslike the warnings
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  • that come with health productsare scarier than the disease
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  • you're trying to cure.
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  • As crazy as some warnings maysound, we all need warning signs
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  • in our lives, don't we?
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  • In the last partof Hebrews chapter 3
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  • we have two warning signs.
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  • These two warning signsare wrapped around the heart,
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  • warning signs about your heart.
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  • He begins in verses 7 through 11with the discussion
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  • of the disobedienceof a hard heart
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  • and his discussion begins withan exhortation to the Hebrews
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  • in verse 7 and 8a.
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  • He says, "Therefore,as the Holy Spirit says:
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  • 'Today, if you will hearhis voice,
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  • do not harden your hearts.'"
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  • Now, three timesin Hebrews chapter 3,
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  • once in Hebrews 4 we arewarned against a hard heart,
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  • the disobedienceof a hard heart.
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  • Notice in verse 8, "Do notharden your hearts."
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  • Hebrews 3:13, "Exhort oneanother daily, while it is
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  • called 'Today,' lest any of yoube hardened
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  • through the deceitfulnessof sin."
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  • Hebrews 3:15, "While it is said:'Today, if you will hear
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  • his voice, do notharden your heart.'"
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  • And Hebrews 4:7,
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  • "Today, if you will hearhis voice,
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  • do not harden your heart."
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  • Now, if you see somethinglike that four times
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  • in the context of a few verses,guess what?
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  • This is about hard hearts.
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  • This is about people who havehearts that get calloused
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  • to the things of God.
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  • Notice that the word in the textis the word "today."
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  • Say that word with me, "Today."
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  • You know, we need to get thatword back in our vocabulary.
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  • The word "today" is a God Word.
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  • I think the word "tomorrow" isa Satan word.
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  • The word that you findin the Scripture from God
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  • is always the word "today."
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  • There's never a tomorrow.
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  • The enemy is the one who comesand tells us tomorrow.
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  • In the history of Israel,the Holy Spirit is telling
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  • the Hebrews thatthe road of tomorrow
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  • leads to the townof nowhere and never.
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  • Every time the Spirit of Godspeaks to us and we refuse
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  • to respond, our hearts get alittle harder, and, ultimately,
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  • if we continue this pattern ofunbelief we are unable to
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  • respond because our hearts areso hard that they cannot respond
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  • to the outward stimulusof the Word of God.
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  • 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, "For hesays: 'In an acceptable time
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  • I have heard you, and in the dayof salvation I have helped you.'
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  • Behold, now isthe accepted time; behold,
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  • now is the day of salvation."
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  • The space between God'scommand and our response
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  • does not belong to God.
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  • It belongs to the enemy, becauseGod is the God of obedience,
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  • and Satan is the emissaryof disobedience,
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  • and when God speaks,
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  • if we allow time to elapsebefore we respond,
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  • we give over that timeto the enemy
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  • because that's what he does.
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  • He talks us into not doingwhat God tells us to do.
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  • In giving the exhortation,the writer of Hebrews
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  • is gonna give us a littleillustration or an example,
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  • and he goes back tothe Old Testament history
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  • of Israel and tells us aboutwhat is called in the Scripture
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  • "as in the rebellion."
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  • Notice verses 8b and 9the rebellion.
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  • "As in the rebellion, in the dayof trial in the wilderness,
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  • where your fathers tested meand tried me,
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  • and saw my worksfor forty years."
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  • The word for rebellion is"meribah."
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  • The word for trial is "massah."
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  • Now, those words don't meananything to you unless you read
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  • what happened.
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  • Now let me read fromExodus chapter 17.
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  • "And all the congregationof the children of Israel
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  • set on their journeyfrom the wilderness of sin,
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  • according to the commandmentof the Lord,
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  • and they camped in Rephidim;but there was no water
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  • for the people to drink.
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  • Therefore the people contendedwith Moses, and they said,
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  • 'Give us water,that we may drink.'
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  • And Moses said to them,'Why do you contend with me?
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  • Why do you tempt the Lord?'
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  • And the people thirsted therefor water,
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  • and the people complainedagainst Moses, and said,
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  • 'Why is it you have brought usup out of Egypt, to kill us
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  • and our children and ourlivestock with thirst?'"
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  • Now, remember what Godhas just done for them.
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  • If God can part the Red Sea,
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  • do you think he can't providea little water?
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  • But they had lost their faith.
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  • They no longer believedand at the commandment of God
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  • Moses was told to relievetheir stress.
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  • Exodus 17:4-7 we read, "So Mosescried out to the Lord, saying,
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  • 'What shall I dowith these people?'"
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  • Every pastor has said thaton a Monday morning
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  • at one time or another.
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  • "O Lord, what shall I dowith these people?"
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  • "'They are almost readyto stone me!'
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  • And the Lord said to Moses,'Go before the people.
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  • Take with you some of the eldersof Israel.
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  • Take in your hand your rod withwhich you struck the river,
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  • and go.
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  • Behold, I will stand before youthere on the rock;
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  • and you shall strike the rock,and water will come out of it,
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  • that the people may drink.'
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  • And Moses did so in the sightof the elders of Israel.
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  • So he called the nameof the place
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  • Massah and Meribah,"
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  • rebellion and testing,"because of the contention
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  • of the children of Israel, andbecause they tempted the Lord,
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  • saying," listen, "'Is the Lordamong us or not?'"
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  • After all he had done for them,they're asking that question.
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  • "Is the Lord in my life or not?
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  • Is God with me or not?"
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  • Now, before you get too criticalof the Israelites
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  • have we not done that?
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  • After all that God has donefor us,
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  • after everythinghe's provided for us,
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  • are there not occasionsin the wilderness
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  • when we say, "Is God with usor not?"
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  • Only two men stood up for God:Joshua and Caleb.
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  • By the way, they were the onlytwo men who got to go
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  • into the land of Canaanafter that whole generation
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  • of unbelief became dead corpsesin the wilderness.
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  • Now, the problem was thatwhen the spies came back
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  • Israel turned negative.
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  • Have you ever been arounda group that turns negative?
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  • Some of you have beenin churches
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  • that have turned negative.
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  • For hour after hour, they sataround with all this negativity
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  • about what was gonnahappen to them,
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  • how they were better offin Egypt.
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  • At least they had a square mealevery day, even though
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  • they had to work hard.
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  • Now they had to go throughthe wilderness.
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  • Now God is gonna send 'eminto the Promised Land.
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  • They're gonna get massacred byall these giants and cry
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  • and grumble and complain,negativity hour after hour.
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  • "And the glory of the Lordappeared in the tabernacle
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  • of meeting before allthe children of Israel.
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  • And the Lord said to Moses:'How long will these people
  • 00:11:58.134 --> 00:12:00.603
  • reject me?
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  • And how long will they notbelieve me, with all the signs
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  • which I have performedamong them?"
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  • And Moses begged God to forgivethe Israelites for their
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  • unbelief, and God responded withthese words, "And the Lord said:
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  • 'I have pardoned, according toyour word; but truly, as I live,
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  • all the earth--before all thesemen have seen my glory
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  • and the signs which I did inEgypt and in the wilderness,
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  • and have put me to the testnow these ten times,
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  • and have not heeded my voice,they certainly shall not see
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  • the land of which I swore totheir fathers, nor shall any
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  • of those who rejected me,"except for Joshua and Caleb.
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  • No one over 20 years of agewas allowed to enter
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  • the Promised Land,including Moses,
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  • and during the next 38 yearsJoshua and Caleb
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  • got up every morningand went to a funeral
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  • from somebody of theirgeneration who was left to die
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  • in the wilderness.
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  • God had so many wonderful thingsfor these people just waiting
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  • across the border, and the onlything that kept them
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  • from getting them was theirunwillingness to believe God.
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  • Their hearts had been hardened,and they would not believe.
  • 00:13:07.603 --> 00:13:12.975
  • Now, the rest of this passageis, sort of,
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  • like the application of allof this to us.
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  • We need to remember whathappened in Israel, but let's go
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  • to the second point in thislesson, which is
  • 00:13:22.551 --> 00:13:24.954
  • the deceitfulness of an evilheart, and we begin in verse 12
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  • with the peril we needto look out for.
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  • It says in verse 12,"Beware, brethren--"
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  • That's us.That's them.
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  • That's the Hebrews.That's us.
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  • That's why it'sin the Bible.
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  • "Beware, brethren," and sistren,beware, watch, "lest there be
  • 00:13:41.036 --> 00:13:47.343
  • in any of you an evil heart ofunbelief in departing
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  • from the living God; lestany of you be hardened
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  • through the deceitfulnessof sin."
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  • The author here is concernedthat the believers to whom he is
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  • writing, any of you, any of us,might do what they did.
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  • The call to believers thenand now is to beware,
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  • to watch out for,
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  • and not get caught up inunbelief, because unbelief
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  • will keep us from what Godwants in our lives.
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  • It will keep us fromhis promises.
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  • It will keep us from his rest,according to the Scripture.
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  • It won't take away our salvationif we have trusted Christ,
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  • but our unwillingness to trustChrist will keep us
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  • from what God wants in our life.
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  • And sometimes we have to askthis question: if I can trust
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  • God with eternity, why can I nottrust him with next week then?
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  • If I can trust God to get mefrom Earth to heaven and keep me
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  • there forever and ever,why is it that I cannot trust
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  • Jesus Christ to help mework through that problem
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  • I've got in my life, in mymarriage, in my family,
  • 00:14:53.342 --> 00:14:56.612
  • in the place where I work?
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  • I cannot trust him, and in ourunbelief we pull back, and then
  • 00:14:58.681 --> 00:15:01.884
  • we keep pulling back untilour hearts are hardened
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  • and we miss everythingGod wants us to have.
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  • The peril we need to look outfor is that we allow our hearts
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  • to be hardened so that wedon't hear the truth
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  • and we won't respond to it.
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  • Now, notice this is, kind of,out of context in some ways,
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  • but it's so precious in thesense that the second point is
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  • there is a peril we need to lookout for, and there are people
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  • we need to look after.
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  • Notice what it says in verse 13,"But exhort one another daily,
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  • while it is called 'Today,' lestany of you be hardened
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  • through the deceitfulnessof sin."
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  • The word "exhort" is the sameword for encourage,
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  • so let's read it again.
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  • "But encourage one anotherdaily, while it is called
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  • 'Today,' lest any of yoube hardened through
  • 00:15:42.558 --> 00:15:44.560
  • the deceitfulness of sin."
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  • These are the people we need tolook after and notice how
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  • different things might have beenat Kadesh Barnea if the people
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  • who had come back even with somediscouraging information had,
  • 00:15:52.868 --> 00:15:57.139
  • instead of trying to discourageeverybody, decided,
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  • "This is what Godhas called us to do.
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  • Let's encourage one another,and we can do it."
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  • So, looking backover this section,
  • 00:16:05.280 --> 00:16:07.282
  • here is the downward spiralwe need to avoid,
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  • and I'm gonna put theseup on the screen.
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  • Here's the downward spiral:from unbelief to departure,
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  • to sin, to being deceived,and being hardened.
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  • That's what happens.
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  • In spite of all that Godhas done for us,
  • 00:16:25.934 --> 00:16:27.469
  • if we're not careful, we forgetthe heritage we have in Christ.
  • 00:16:27.503 --> 00:16:32.775
  • And, like I said before, we'reokay to trust him for eternity.
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  • It's tomorrow that I can'tbelieve him for, so there is
  • 00:16:37.246 --> 00:16:43.652
  • a past we need to look back to.
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  • Notice in verse 14 and 15,"For we have become partakers
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  • of Christ if we holdthe beginning
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  • of our confidence to the end,
  • 00:16:51.727 --> 00:16:53.796
  • while it is said: 'Today, if youwill hear his voice,
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  • do not harden your heartsas in the rebellion.'"
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  • I know this is a hard saying,but listen carefully.
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  • In the Bible it says that we areto make sure of our faith.
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  • We're to examine ourselvesto see whether or not
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  • we're in the faith.
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  • Now, here is what I want youto understand from this.
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  • If you're a Christianand you've accepted Christ,
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  • you will have detoursin your life.
  • 00:17:14.850 --> 00:17:17.352
  • All of us have had those,including your speaker,
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  • but your detours never take youclear away from God,
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  • with no desire in your heartto return.
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  • If you can be a Christian andwalk away from God for years
  • 00:17:29.598 --> 00:17:32.768
  • and years and never have anydesire in your heart to return,
  • 00:17:32.801 --> 00:17:36.872
  • then you never have known Jesusin the first place,
  • 00:17:36.905 --> 00:17:40.209
  • because the Bible says that Godputs his seed within us
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  • when we become Christians,and we are born again.
  • 00:17:44.913 --> 00:17:49.118
  • How many of you know youcannot be unborn?
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  • And you become God's person,God's family.
  • 00:17:52.788 --> 00:17:56.091
  • There's a versein 1 John chapter 2
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  • that maybe summarizesthis thought better than
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  • anything I could say.
  • 00:18:02.030 --> 00:18:03.565
  • Let me read it to you.It's in 2:19.
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  • It says here, "They went outfrom us, but they were never
  • 00:18:05.300 --> 00:18:09.738
  • of us; if they had been of us,they would have continued
  • 00:18:09.771 --> 00:18:14.843
  • with us; but they went out thatthey might be made manifest,
  • 00:18:14.877 --> 00:18:20.549
  • that none of themwere of us."
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  • Did you get that?
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  • It says in this group there weresome who came and hung out
  • 00:18:25.888 --> 00:18:28.790
  • with everybody, but then one daythey left, and they went out,
  • 00:18:28.824 --> 00:18:32.561
  • and they went out from usbecause they never
  • 00:18:32.594 --> 00:18:36.165
  • really were of us.
  • 00:18:36.198 --> 00:18:38.734
  • And they went out from usin order that they might be
  • 00:18:38.767 --> 00:18:41.537
  • manifested and that they werenever of us in the first place.
  • 00:18:41.570 --> 00:18:45.507
  • And that's really a lot of whatHebrews is talking about,
  • 00:18:45.541 --> 00:18:48.377
  • these threshold Christians, ifyou will, who would come close
  • 00:18:48.410 --> 00:18:51.680
  • to the gospel, but then hadpulled back and gone back
  • 00:18:51.713 --> 00:18:54.550
  • into Judaism.
  • 00:18:54.583 --> 00:18:56.018
  • What the writer of Hebrews issaying is this: your inability
  • 00:18:56.051 --> 00:18:58.954
  • to understand your initialconfidence in Christ
  • 00:18:58.987 --> 00:19:01.890
  • and to persevere as a saint.
  • 00:19:01.924 --> 00:19:04.026
  • And there's a part of that thatmaybe we'll never understand,
  • 00:19:04.059 --> 00:19:07.095
  • but our confidence in Christand our staying with Christ
  • 00:19:07.129 --> 00:19:10.199
  • is what demonstrates that Christis really in our lives.
  • 00:19:10.232 --> 00:19:14.102
  • You may have been on somejourneys away from him,
  • 00:19:14.136 --> 00:19:15.604
  • but the very fact you're inchurch today tells me something
  • 00:19:15.637 --> 00:19:18.106
  • is going on in your heart that'sbringing you back to where
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:20.976
  • you once were.
  • 00:19:21.009 --> 00:19:22.511
  • You haven't lost your salvation.
  • 00:19:22.544 --> 00:19:24.112
  • The Bible says you don'tlose your salvation,
  • 00:19:24.146 --> 00:19:25.681
  • but you can lose the joyof your salvation.
  • 00:19:25.714 --> 00:19:28.050
  • Anybody know about that?
  • 00:19:28.083 --> 00:19:30.319
  • So, the author endsthis chapter now.
  • 00:19:30.352 --> 00:19:34.156
  • We've looked at the perilwe need to look out for,
  • 00:19:34.189 --> 00:19:38.060
  • the people we needto look after,
  • 00:19:38.093 --> 00:19:39.528
  • the past we needto look back to.
  • 00:19:39.561 --> 00:19:41.730
  • Here is the last point,and we're finished:
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  • the process we needto look into.
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  • Notice what it says, and this isan interesting passage.
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  • Verse 16 through 19, "For who,having heard, rebelled?
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  • Indeed, was it not all who cameout of Egypt, led by Moses?
  • 00:19:52.507 --> 00:19:55.811
  • Now with whom was he angryforty years?
  • 00:19:55.844 --> 00:19:59.047
  • Was it not with those whosinned, whose corpses
  • 00:19:59.081 --> 00:20:00.916
  • fell in the wilderness?
  • 00:20:00.949 --> 00:20:02.251
  • And to whom did he swear thatthey would not enter his rest,
  • 00:20:02.284 --> 00:20:04.786
  • but to those who did not obey?
  • 00:20:04.820 --> 00:20:06.788
  • So we see that they could notenter in because of unbelief."
  • 00:20:06.822 --> 00:20:10.259
  • Now, I don't know if you'velooked at your Bible,
  • 00:20:10.292 --> 00:20:11.793
  • but there is a lottaquestion marks
  • 00:20:11.827 --> 00:20:13.395
  • in that passage.
  • 00:20:13.428 --> 00:20:14.830
  • There are six questions, five,perhaps six, if you read it
  • 00:20:14.863 --> 00:20:17.232
  • in the original language.
  • 00:20:17.266 --> 00:20:18.867
  • Now, what are these questions?It's interesting.
  • 00:20:18.900 --> 00:20:22.404
  • There's three setsof two questions,
  • 00:20:22.437 --> 00:20:24.239
  • and in the three setsof two questions
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  • one questionasks the question,
  • 00:20:26.241 --> 00:20:28.810
  • and the next questionanswers the question.
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  • You know who are good at askingquestions to answer questions?
  • 00:20:31.346 --> 00:20:34.249
  • Women.
  • 00:20:34.283 --> 00:20:37.586
  • Mothers.
  • 00:20:37.619 --> 00:20:39.087
  • They're tremendous at it.
  • 00:20:39.121 --> 00:20:40.656
  • It's, sort of, a indoor sportwith them, and so don't be
  • 00:20:40.689 --> 00:20:46.962
  • so hard on the writerof Hebrews.
  • 00:20:46.995 --> 00:20:48.764
  • He's gonna ask three questions,and he's gonna answer them
  • 00:20:48.797 --> 00:20:51.867
  • with three questions.
  • 00:20:51.900 --> 00:20:54.236
  • First of all, he says inthe first set of questions
  • 00:20:54.269 --> 00:20:56.571
  • that in situations like we'vedescribed today, we often move
  • 00:20:56.605 --> 00:21:00.042
  • from informationto insubordination.
  • 00:21:00.075 --> 00:21:03.945
  • Question number one: who,having heard, rebelled.
  • 00:21:03.979 --> 00:21:06.882
  • They heard, and they rebelled.
  • 00:21:06.915 --> 00:21:10.152
  • Answer to question number one:was it not all who Moses
  • 00:21:10.185 --> 00:21:14.489
  • led out of Egypt?
  • 00:21:14.523 --> 00:21:15.891
  • Of course.
  • 00:21:15.924 --> 00:21:19.761
  • Second set of questions, frominsubordination to iniquity.
  • 00:21:19.795 --> 00:21:24.166
  • Question number two, with whomwas God angry for 40 years?
  • 00:21:24.199 --> 00:21:29.304
  • Answer: was it not those whosinned, whose corpses fell
  • 00:21:29.338 --> 00:21:32.774
  • in the wilderness?
  • 00:21:32.808 --> 00:21:34.576
  • Of course.
  • 00:21:34.609 --> 00:21:36.311
  • Question number three.
  • 00:21:36.345 --> 00:21:39.614
  • We've gone from informationto insubordination,
  • 00:21:39.648 --> 00:21:42.050
  • from insubordination toiniquity, and the third set
  • 00:21:42.084 --> 00:21:46.221
  • of questions takes us frominiquity to immovability.
  • 00:21:46.254 --> 00:21:49.591
  • Question number three, to whomdid he swear that they
  • 00:21:49.624 --> 00:21:53.662
  • should not enter his rest?
  • 00:21:53.695 --> 00:21:55.630
  • Answer: to thosewho did not obey.
  • 00:21:55.664 --> 00:21:59.201
  • And the word "obey" here isan incredible word.
  • 00:21:59.234 --> 00:22:01.937
  • It is a word which meansobstinance.
  • 00:22:01.970 --> 00:22:05.507
  • It means they did not justnot obey.
  • 00:22:05.540 --> 00:22:08.009
  • Their hearts had been so hard,and they didn't even hear.
  • 00:22:08.043 --> 00:22:11.046
  • They had no desire to obey.
  • 00:22:11.079 --> 00:22:12.647
  • Now, watch again the progressionfrom information
  • 00:22:12.681 --> 00:22:14.916
  • to insubordination.
  • 00:22:14.950 --> 00:22:17.386
  • "I won't do what you tell me."
  • 00:22:17.419 --> 00:22:18.887
  • From insubordination to iniquityit becomes more hardened
  • 00:22:18.920 --> 00:22:21.757
  • in our hearts, and from iniquityto immovability, when you get
  • 00:22:21.790 --> 00:22:25.360
  • to the third set of questions,you can no longer respond,
  • 00:22:25.394 --> 00:22:29.297
  • because your heart has been sohardened that the information
  • 00:22:29.331 --> 00:22:33.168
  • of the Word of God no longerpenetrates your heart.
  • 00:22:33.201 --> 00:22:36.004
  • And apart from an interventionby the Spirit of God to break
  • 00:22:36.037 --> 00:22:39.541
  • that heart open, you've passedyour today, and you're in that
  • 00:22:39.574 --> 00:22:47.449
  • awful place called tomorrow.
  • 00:22:47.482 --> 00:22:50.619
  • And so, the passage ends withthis Word, "So we see they
  • 00:22:50.652 --> 00:22:54.289
  • could not enter inbecause of unbelief,"
  • 00:22:54.322 --> 00:22:57.893
  • the evil heart of unbelief.
  • 00:22:57.926 --> 00:23:00.462
  • Hebrews chapter 3, verses 7through 19 is about this.
  • 00:23:00.495 --> 00:23:06.868
  • In the Christian life it's nothow you start that matters.
  • 00:23:06.902 --> 00:23:11.540
  • It's how you finish, and I wannatell you people,
  • 00:23:11.573 --> 00:23:16.611
  • I wanna finish strong.
  • 00:23:16.645 --> 00:23:20.148
  • I wanna come acrossthe finish line
  • 00:23:20.182 --> 00:23:21.850
  • with my hands up high,
  • 00:23:21.883 --> 00:23:23.685
  • screaming at the top ofmy lungs, "Hallelujah.
  • 00:23:23.718 --> 00:23:25.854
  • Praise God.
  • 00:23:25.887 --> 00:23:27.389
  • I'm home."
  • 00:23:27.422 --> 00:23:29.157
  • I don't wanna be a casualtyin the last years of my life.
  • 00:23:29.191 --> 00:23:32.894
  • I don't want to let anythingthat God has done in my life
  • 00:23:32.928 --> 00:23:35.363
  • keep me from believing that hehas still much more to give.
  • 00:23:35.397 --> 00:23:39.367
  • The land of Canaan is filledwith promise, and if that's true
  • 00:23:39.401 --> 00:23:42.604
  • for me it ought to be truefor all of us.
  • 00:23:42.637 --> 00:23:45.040
  • Some of us here today,we started out great.
  • 00:23:45.073 --> 00:23:47.809
  • We were on fire for the Lord,and then sometimes your career
  • 00:23:47.843 --> 00:23:50.545
  • can get in your way, and ittakes you on a detour,
  • 00:23:50.579 --> 00:23:53.148
  • and it takes a long time for youto get back.
  • 00:23:53.181 --> 00:23:55.851
  • Today, if you do not hardenyour heart,
  • 00:23:55.884 --> 00:23:59.321
  • receive the message of Christ.
  • 00:23:59.354 --> 00:24:02.557
  • For those of you who are notChristians, today is the day
  • 00:24:02.591 --> 00:24:04.926
  • you should receive Christ.
  • 00:24:04.960 --> 00:24:06.595
  • And for those of you who areChristians, who have allowed
  • 00:24:06.628 --> 00:24:08.830
  • the cares of this worldand the deceitfulness of riches
  • 00:24:08.864 --> 00:24:11.500
  • and all those other thorns thatgrow up along the way to squelch
  • 00:24:11.533 --> 00:24:14.402
  • God's work in your life, thevery fact that you're hearing
  • 00:24:14.436 --> 00:24:17.606
  • this message and you're opento do something about it is
  • 00:24:17.639 --> 00:24:20.509
  • a testimony to the fact that Godis still at work in your life.
  • 00:24:20.542 --> 00:24:24.713
  • And today is the day for youto say, "Okay, Lord God,
  • 00:24:24.746 --> 00:24:30.685
  • I will do it.I will respond."
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  • female announcer: And nowwith one last Word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The best way Iknow to keep one's heart soft
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  • and responsive toward God is byknowing him and spending time
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  • in his presence and in his Word.
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  • Once we know God personally,by faith in his Son,
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  • Jesus Christ, it becomes a joyand pleasure to spend time
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  • in his presence.
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  • We do that through readinghis Word, through prayer,
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  • and through worship.
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  • announcer: Next time on"Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I'm outof Egypt.
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  • Praise God.I'm on the road.
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  • That's encouraging.I see the goal.
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  • I know where I'm headed.
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  • But it's about this journeyand the fact that God
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  • wants to give me rest.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next time forDr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Experiencing God's Best,"here on "Turning Point."
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  • ...
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