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God Loved You Before You Were Born

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September 17, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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God Loved You Before You Were Born

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  • David Jeremiah: I was looking for a way to help people simply
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  • understand the eternal nature of God's love, that it began before
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  • they did, and it exists after they no longer exist
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  • on this earth.
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  • David: You know, a lot of people think that God begins
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  • to love them when they begin to love God, and that's not true.
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  • The Bible says he loved us before we were ever born.
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  • He loved us before the world was ever born.
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  • And his love is unconditional, his love is eternal.
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  • The interesting thing about knowing God is to realize
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  • that God has always loved us, and it's just the most wonderful
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  • thing when we discover that because then we can
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  • start loving him back.
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  • David: He not only has loved us from the beginning,
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  • he always has, but he will love us
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  • forever, he always will.
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  • And nothing we can ever do can keep that from happening.
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  • male announcer: Coming up on this episode of "Turning Point,"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah will reveal something you may be missing
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  • about God's love in his series "God Loves You ."
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  • David: Before you were ever conceived, God loved you.
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  • In the womb of your mother, God loved you.
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  • When you were born, God loved you.
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  • As a child, God loves you.
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  • God loves you now, he always has, he always will.
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  • He loves not only you, but all of those who will come from you.
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  • And he has created you to be a beautiful part of
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  • the master tapestry of his love.
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  • announcer: That's just ahead on
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  • "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Discover what you could be missing
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  • about God's love in Dr. David Jeremiah's book,
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  • "God Loves You ."
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  • Inside, Dr. Jeremiah explains how the profound truth
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  • of God's love can transform the way you live.
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  • As you read, you'll uncover ten features of God's love
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  • that you may have never fully understood before.
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  • As Dr. Jeremiah tells how experiencing God's love
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  • has the potential to answer every question,
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  • solve every problem, and satisfy
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  • the deepest yearnings of the heart.
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  • "God Loves You" is yours as a thank you when you give a gift
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  • of any amount in support of this program.
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  • And, if you support "Turning Point"
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  • with a gift of $60 or more, Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • the "God Loves You" set, which includes
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  • the "God Loves You" book and the DVD album
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  • containing Dr. Jeremiah's complete teaching series.
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  • You'll also be able to follow along with Dr. Jeremiah's
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  • teaching using the "God Loves You" study guide,
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  • newly redesigned to include personal and group questions,
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  • plus a leader's guide.
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  • Also included in this set is the Love Changes Everything
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  • bookmark to remind you each day to be owned by God's love,
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  • and to be known for your love as a believer.
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  • Experience how God's love changes everything.
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  • Order these resources when you support the ministry of
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  • "Turning Point ."
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  • Contact us today.
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  • David: God loves you now.
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  • But here's some better news: he always has loved you,
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  • even before you were born, even before the world was born.
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  • He has loved you from the very foundation of time.
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  • Before the world began, he set his love upon you and upon me.
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  • Let me tell you what the Bible says about God's relationship
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  • with you before you were ever born.
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  • If you have your Bible open to Psalm 139,
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  • let me read verses 15 and 16 of that Psalm.
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  • Here is David speaking.
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  • He is saying, "My frame, O Lord,
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  • was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret,
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  • and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts
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  • of the earth.
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  • Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
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  • And in your book they were all written, the days fashioned
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  • for me, when as yet there were none of them."
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  • These verses tell us that before you were born,
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  • God knew your identity.
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  • David uses the term "me" to refer to himself
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  • before he was born.
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  • It is important to note that in verse 16,
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  • you have the only word in the Hebrew Bible for the word
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  • "embryo," it's the word that's translated by these words,
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  • "being yet unformed."
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  • As God was forming you, as he was forming me,
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  • he was loving you.
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  • With his unmatched poetic eloquence, the psalmist David
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  • writes about this Father who knits us together in the womb,
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  • numbering the hairs on our heads as well as the days
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  • of our lives.
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  • We also learn that in his infinite wisdom and power, even
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  • as God designs us for our days, he designs our days for us,
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  • writing them in his book before any of them come to pass.
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  • In Jeremiah chapter 1, and verse 5,
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  • God spoke these words to his prophet,
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  • "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.
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  • Before I formed you in the womb,"
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  • God says, "I knew you."
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  • God knew our identity before we were born,
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  • before we were ever formed.
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  • God loved us before we were born.
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  • Not only does he know our identity, but these passages
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  • we're reading in Psalm 139 teach us that before we were born,
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  • God knew our complexity.
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  • Notice verses 13 and 14.
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  • in this psalm, "For you formed my inward
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  • parts; you covered me in my mother's womb.
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  • I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
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  • marvelous are your works and that my soul knows very well."
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  • This is the work of our creator God,
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  • who has put us together, in the words of David,
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  • fearfully and wonderfully.
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  • The human body, which is studied now more than ever before, is
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  • the most marvelous organism that ever has been or ever will be.
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  • Back in 2010, there was a presentation entitled
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  • "Conception to Birth Visualized."
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  • It was produced by Alexander Tsiaras,
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  • a mathematician, chief of scientific
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  • visualization, at Yale.
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  • He shared some of the most incredible images of a child's
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  • development in the womb.
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  • As you watched the video, you could literally see never before
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  • images like the first cell division, the development of
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  • the heart at only 25 days, the development of arms and hands at
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  • only 32 days, the development of retina, nose, eyes at 52 days.
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  • Clearly, blown away by what he has seen in his work, which by
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  • the way won him the Nobel Prize.
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  • Tsiaras concluded his talk with these words.
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  • He said, "The complexity of these things, the mathematical
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  • model of how these things are indeed done are beyond
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  • human comprehension.
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  • Even though I am a mathematician, I look at this
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  • with the marvel of how did these instruction sets build
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  • that which is us."
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  • And then he thought, "It's a mystery, it's magic,
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  • it's divinity."
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  • He got it right the third time.
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  • Our Creator, men and women, is an artist
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  • of infinite majesty.
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  • He is a craftsman of breathtaking detail.
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  • And all that he does is driven and guided by his infinite love
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  • for you and for me.
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  • Before you were born, God knew your identity.
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  • Before you were born, he knew your complexity.
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  • And before you were born, he knew your individuality.
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  • Notice what it says in verse 16 of Psalm 139,
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  • "Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
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  • And in your book they were all written, the days fashioned
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  • for me, when as yet there were none of them."
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  • Here we strike a blow to those who want us to believe that
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  • there is no such thing as an individual person in the womb.
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  • God creates us.
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  • You say, "No, God had nothing to do with it."
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  • Yes, he has everything to do with it.
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  • Before you were formed in the womb of your mother, God saw
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  • you, he loved you, he knew you.
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  • And science strongly supports the idea of genuine life
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  • in the womb.
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  • Listen carefully, this is very important information for where
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  • we are in our culture today.
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  • Professor Micheline Matthews-Roth
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  • of Harvard University Medical School says,
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  • "It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human
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  • life begins at conception."
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  • Dr. Watson Bowes of the University of Colorado
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  • Medical School has stated, "The beginning
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  • of a single human life is from biological point of view
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  • a simple and straightforward matter."
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  • The beginning is conception.
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  • In fact, you see, physicians, and biologists, and other
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  • scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life
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  • of a human being, a being that is alive and is a member
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  • of the human species.
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  • There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless
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  • medical, biological, and scientific writings.
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  • The scientific evidence is overwhelming.
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  • But once again, if you consider the place of God in this,
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  • the argument is settled with absolute authority.
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  • God loved you before you ever were made.
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  • He loved you as he prepared you for this world and the beauty
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  • of human pregnancy.
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  • And all along, he had a life and a purpose prepared just for you.
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  • You say, "That's so hard for me
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  • to comprehend, pastor, because I feel so insignificant
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  • in this world, and there are so many people,
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  • and you're saying God actually knew me and cares about me."
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  • If you struggle with that, you should because we all do.
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  • But the only reason we struggle with that is because we cannot
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  • wrap our arms and our minds around the magnificence of
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  • Almighty God, who is so infinite and so majestic that it is
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  • possible for him to know you, and love you, and care about you
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  • as if you were the only person for him to care about.
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  • We know nothing about that.
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  • Our capacity to love-- I remember when
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  • our first grandchild was born.
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  • I loved him so much, and I said to Donna, "I don't think we can
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  • have anymore 'cause there's no love left in my heart.
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  • I've given it all to this one."
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  • And then we've had more.
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  • And you know what?
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  • Your love multiplies with the children, doesn't it?
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  • You love them all in a separate way.
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  • But God loves all of us with a love far more magnificent than
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  • the love I had for David Todd when he was born, or for my own
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  • children when they were born.
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  • He loves us individually, he loves us magnificently,
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  • he loves us knowingly.
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  • Jeremiah chapter 1, verse 5 tells us that not only
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  • does he know our identity, and our complexity,
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  • and our individuality, but he knows our destiny.
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  • Notice what he says in verse 5, "Before I formed you in the womb
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  • I knew you; and before you were born I sanctified you;
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  • I ordained you a prophet to the nations."
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  • And I wrote down in my Bible from that little verse that God
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  • said four things in that one verse.
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  • He said, "I formed you, I knew you, I sanctified you,
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  • and I ordained you."
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  • Jeremiah, before he was ever a being, before he was ever
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  • formed, God knew him.
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  • Before he was ever born, God sanctified him.
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  • Before he ever came out of the womb, God had already determined
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  • that he was going to be his prophet.
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  • Just as he did with Jeremiah, God treasures the moments in
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  • which he sees us grow and become closer to the people he has
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  • designed us to be.
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  • For God has a plan for your life and for mine.
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  • It predates our birth, it predates our actual being
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  • formed in the womb.
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  • God created us for a special purpose.
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  • And I think that's one of the reasons why we're so hell bent
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  • on finding out what it is.
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  • The question I'm asked more than any other question
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  • as a pastor is, "How can I know
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  • the will of God for my life?"
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  • In other words, "How can I figure out
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  • what it is that God planned for me to do?"
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  • We try to make this thing so complicated, and we jump over
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  • the most simple thing of all, and that is God is not going to
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  • reveal his path to you until you come to the place where you say,
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  • "Lord God, I'm willing to do what you've created me to do."
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  • And then watch out 'cause I want to tell you something
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  • that I've discovered.
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  • God's plan for you from eternity past is greater than anything
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  • you could ever think of for yourself.
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  • He has a plan for your life that is greater than any plan
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  • you could give for yourself.
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  • Before you were born, God knew your identity.
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  • Before you were born, God knew your complexity.
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  • Before you were born, God knew your individuality.
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  • Before you were born, God knew your destiny.
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  • And before you were born, God knew your possibility.
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  • Back in the Book of Genesis, when the whole creative process
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  • began and we get to the creation of humanity, I want you to read
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  • these verses with me.
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  • Let's read them together off the screen, "Then God said,
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  • 'Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.'
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  • So God created man in his own image;
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  • in the image of God he created him,
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  • male and female he created them."
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  • The Bible says that we are created in the image of God.
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  • Warren Wiersbe once wrote that there was a divine conference
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  • before the world began between the members of the Trinity
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  • as to how man should be.
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  • And they decided together in conference with one another
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  • that man should be created after the image of God.
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  • Now, when we think about that in human terms, we say,
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  • "Okay, he looks like his father."
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  • And we compare physical traits with the physical traits
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  • of the father.
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  • But of course, as you know, Almighty God doesn't have
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  • a physical being.
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  • God is a spirit.
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  • So, what in the world does it mean that we have been created
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  • in the image of Almighty God?
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  • It means that we bear his character, his nature.
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  • We are made as a special reflection of who God is.
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  • We are constantly echoing his identity in a smaller way.
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  • When we work, for instance, it reflects God's work.
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  • When we love, it reflects how God loves us.
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  • And everything that we do in our lives as humans reflects
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  • some part of who God is.
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  • When we have dominion.
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  • over the earth, we reflect God's dominion
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  • over the earth.
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  • And that is why we feel guilt, and why we feel love,
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  • why we feel genuine and complex emotions.
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  • As flawed as we are, we are the image and glory of the Father.
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  • And that's also why, until we get in sync with him, until we
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  • get connected with him, we can never, ever feel like we're
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  • the people we ought to be.
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  • So many have said that God created us with a God-shaped
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  • vacuum in our heart.
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  • And until we put God in the proper place in our life, this
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  • image of God in us is flawed and broken, and it can't ever be
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  • realized.
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  • That's why there's such a hunger, and a thirst,
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  • and a craving after meaning in our world today.
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  • Why people fill their lives with drugs, and alcohol,
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  • and promiscuity, and popularity, and all the things that you see
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  • rampant around us.
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  • They're trying to find some way to fill up the ache and the hole
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  • in their heart.
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  • And the only one who can ever do that is the God who made them
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  • in his own image.
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  • He's the only one.
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  • And the only way you can connect with that God is through
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  • his Son Jesus Christ, who died on the cross
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  • for your sin and for mine.
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  • And that's how God feels about you and me,
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  • looking through the window of time,
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  • all of his creation is good.
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  • Yes, very good.
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  • There are no exceptions.
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  • When God saw you through the window of time, he said,
  • 00:18:07.070 --> 00:18:12.020
  • "It's good, very good."
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  • He loved you before you came on the scene, so when you were
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  • born, he rejoiced.
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  • And I need to tell you today that he feels that way about
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  • every child, about children who are born with defects, children
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  • who are born that aren't going to be what we would consider
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  • to be normal.
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  • With God, there is no difference.
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  • Every child with Almighty God is a child that he set
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  • his love upon before they were ever conceived.
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  • There is no such thing as a child who is not worthy to live.
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  • I want so much for all these messages on the love of God
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  • to be so positive.
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  • And it is positive to know that God loves you, he always has,
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  • and he always will.
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  • It's positive to know that he loved you before you were born.
  • 00:19:09.040 --> 00:19:12.010
  • But I know that someone's here today, maybe someone who came
  • 00:19:12.020 --> 00:19:14.180
  • to Christ recently, and in your past there is this experience,
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  • and you feel some guilt about it.
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  • Let me tell you this, you cannot do anything
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  • that God will not forgive.
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  • And if you ask him to forgive you, he will,
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  • but you need to do that.
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  • And then you need to accept his forgiveness because God
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  • is not the kind of God who says, "Oh yes, I will forgive you,
  • 00:19:36.120 --> 00:19:40.010
  • but I won't forget."
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  • That's how we forgive, right?
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  • God isn't-- he doesn't forgive like that.
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  • When God forgives, let me tell you what the Bible says.
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  • He casts it in the deepest sea.
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  • He separates it from himself as far as the east is
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  • from the west.
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  • God forgives absolutely, completely.
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  • If you ask him for forgiveness, he has forgiven you.
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  • Don't tell me that you can't forgive yourself because that
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  • means you think you have a higher standard than God does.
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  • No, no, if God has forgiven you, you are forgiven, amen?
  • 00:20:08.240 --> 00:20:13.010
  • Now, accept that.
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  • One last thing before I close my Bible and we close this session.
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  • Before you were born, God knew your legacy.
  • 00:20:20.110 --> 00:20:24.000
  • If God sees all of time, and he does, then he sees
  • 00:20:24.010 --> 00:20:27.280
  • what we cannot yet see.
  • 00:20:27.290 --> 00:20:30.260
  • He sees beyond our lives to the eternal impact we are going
  • 00:20:30.270 --> 00:20:34.060
  • to have on others.
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  • Our vision is hazy.
  • 00:20:36.260 --> 00:20:39.030
  • We always fall for the illusion that we have the future
  • 00:20:39.040 --> 00:20:41.230
  • all figured out.
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  • We keep thinking it will be just like the past and the present,
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  • but it never is.
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  • The whole world is in the hands of the Almighty.
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  • And when we come into this world, we come into this world
  • 00:20:52.210 --> 00:20:56.020
  • with an incredible possibility that goes way out
  • 00:20:56.030 --> 00:20:59.250
  • into the future.
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  • When I was born to my mother and father, I was just the first son
  • 00:21:03.000 --> 00:21:09.280
  • in the family.
  • 00:21:09.290 --> 00:21:12.280
  • But I've lived my whole life, and I've fathered four children,
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  • who have now given us grandchildren.
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  • And so, from that little child that was in my mother's womb
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  • to where I am today, and to my children today, and to their
  • 00:21:26.210 --> 00:21:29.270
  • children, and their children's children, all of the future
  • 00:21:29.280 --> 00:21:33.090
  • and the legacy of one person goes out into the future.
  • 00:21:33.100 --> 00:21:39.260
  • And the incredible possibility of it is enormous.
  • 00:21:39.270 --> 00:21:45.140
  • The psalmist said, "I am fearfully
  • 00:21:45.150 --> 00:21:48.050
  • and wonderfully made."
  • 00:21:48.060 --> 00:21:51.110
  • And the word in Psalm 139 for wonderfully is translated
  • 00:21:51.120 --> 00:21:54.290
  • in some Bibles by the word "skillfully."
  • 00:21:55.000 --> 00:21:58.080
  • "I am fearfully and skillfully made."
  • 00:21:58.090 --> 00:22:01.130
  • But the word itself is the Hebrew word for the word
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  • which means to embroider.
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  • God has embroidered us into his master tapestry of life.
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  • God has pulled all the threads together and put us in his
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  • master tapestry so that we play a part in all that God is doing.
  • 00:22:17.250 --> 00:22:23.090
  • Every single one of us is a thread or a part of
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  • that great tapestry that God is embroidering.
  • 00:22:26.120 --> 00:22:31.110
  • We see the threads that are around us, and we think
  • 00:22:31.120 --> 00:22:34.020
  • we've got it all figured out, but we can't possibly see
  • 00:22:34.030 --> 00:22:37.120
  • where God wants us all to go.
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  • The most important thing for you to take away from this message
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  • today is this.
  • 00:22:43.260 --> 00:22:46.170
  • When you feel unloved, when you feel like you're not
  • 00:22:46.180 --> 00:22:48.220
  • significant, when you feel like maybe God made a mistake letting
  • 00:22:48.230 --> 00:22:52.080
  • you come into this world, I want you to remember
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  • this thing, my friend.
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  • Before you were ever conceived, God loved you.
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  • In the womb of your mother, God loved you.
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  • When you were born, God loved you.
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  • As a child, God loves you.
  • 00:23:04.110 --> 00:23:06.060
  • God loves you now, he always has, he always will.
  • 00:23:06.070 --> 00:23:10.000
  • He loves not only you, but all of those who will come from you.
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  • And he has created you to be a beautiful part of
  • 00:23:13.190 --> 00:23:16.250
  • the master tapestry of his love.
  • 00:23:16.260 --> 00:23:21.180
  • So, rejoice in your identity.
  • 00:23:21.190 --> 00:23:25.000
  • If David could say in this incredible psalm, maybe he even
  • 00:23:25.010 --> 00:23:30.290
  • looked at the mirror before he said it, he said,
  • 00:23:31.000 --> 00:23:35.020
  • "Lord God, I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
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  • So, you go home today, will you?
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  • Stand in front of the mirror, where you usually feel really
  • 00:23:43.130 --> 00:23:48.200
  • bad, stand in front of that mirror, and with a great sense
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  • of confidence stretch your arms out and say,
  • 00:23:54.170 --> 00:23:58.160
  • "Lord God, I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
  • 00:23:58.170 --> 00:24:03.080
  • Give him praise that God has preserved you and that he's
  • 00:24:03.090 --> 00:24:06.230
  • given you help in your life, amen?
  • 00:24:06.240 --> 00:24:11.060
  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return to close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • David: Think of it, you are the only you
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  • that has ever lived.
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  • I find it totally amazing that God's love caused him to create
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  • you and me in a unique way.
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  • He knows and loves you better than anyone else ever could,
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  • and he wants you to enjoy the benefits of his love forever.
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  • That's exactly why he sent Jesus Christ into the world
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  • to take away our sins.
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  • Jesus showed us exactly how much God really does love us.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Before he ever gave one commandment, God said,
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  • "I want you to make sure you understand that the context
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  • of these things I'm going to tell you, the context
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  • is my great eternal love."
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