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The Joy of Security

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October 1, 2020
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  • Now here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "The Joy of Security."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: I heardabout a lady who was worried
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  • because she wasn't worryingas much as she used to worry,
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  • and she was wondering whatshe should be worrying about
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  • that she wasn't worrying about.
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  • Another man who hired somebodyto worry on his behalf,
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  • paid him to worry,paid him a lot of money,
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  • and his friend said,
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  • "Isn't that reallya lot of money to spend?"
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  • He says, "Well, I don't know.I let him worry about that."
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  • So, you know,that's the way it goes.
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  • Some peopletry to get around worry
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  • in the simplestand craziest ways,
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  • but how many of you knowChristians who still worry?
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  • And it must be truebecause Paul wrote this
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  • to a group of believersin Philippi,
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  • all of whomwere Christ followers,
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  • and he gave this instructionto them about worrying.
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  • In these four verses,
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  • which are very prominent textsin the Scripture,
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  • Paul does four things:
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  • First of all,he diagnoses the problem,
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  • and then he prescribes a cure,
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  • and then he recommendsa program,
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  • and, finally,he gives a promise.
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  • And we're gonna go throughthose things today, one by one,
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  • just taking it as it comesin the Scripture itself.
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  • Let's begin with the problem,which is worry.
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  • Paul writes in Philippians 4:6,"Be anxious for nothing."
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  • Now, the New King James says,"anxious,"
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  • but the Old King James says,"careful."
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  • The Old King James says,"Be careful for nothing."
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  • Now, that's the key versefor a lot of young people,
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  • you and I both know,but that's not what that means.
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  • The word "careful" thereis the word "anxiety."
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  • So Paul is saying,
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  • "Don't be anxiousabout anything."
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  • It's the same wordfor the word "worry,"
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  • and it's translatedfrom two words
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  • in the languageof the New Testament.
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  • One means the word "mind,"
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  • and the otheris the word "divided."
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  • So "worry" is a "divided mind"that goes back and forth
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  • between what is trueand what isn't true,
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  • and you never can makethe connection.
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  • You're always worryingabout what might happen,
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  • and when you do that,according to James,
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  • you are"unstable in all your ways."
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  • The word "anxious"that Paul uses here
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  • is a synonymfor the word "worry,"
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  • and it's the same word thatJesus used to describe Martha
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  • when he said, "Martha, Martha,you are worried
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  • and troubled about many things."
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  • "Martha, Martha, you are anxiousand troubled about many things."
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  • The Lord also use this wordin talking with his disciples
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  • when he told themthat they were to
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  • "take no thought about food anddrink and clothing or shelter."
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  • In other words, he said,"Don't be anxious about all that
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  • because your heavenly Fatherknows what you need."
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  • So, anxiety,though it is ultimately resolved
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  • through our faith in Christ,
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  • it can sneak back into our livesas Christians
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  • and begin to haunt usif we don't carefully watch out
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  • from the scripturalpoint of view.
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  • The problem is worry,
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  • and Paul gives usa prescription for that.
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  • Here it is in the next verse,verse 6,
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  • "but in everythingby prayer and supplication,
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  • with thanksgiving,
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  • let your requestsbe made known to God,
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  • and the peace of God,
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  • which surpassesall understanding,
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  • will guard your heartsand your minds
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  • through Christ Jesus."
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  • Here's a marvelous contrast:
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  • "In nothing be anxious,but in everything be prayerful."
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  • I'm convinced that weare confused about prayer.
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  • A lot of peopledon't understand prayer.
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  • They think that prayer is likea magic genie in Aladdin.
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  • You just sort of pray,
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  • and God does all thesewonderful things for you,
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  • that prayer is a way for youto get everything that you want.
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  • I've actually heard sermonsabout that on television
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  • where people teachthat if you pray,
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  • you can get whatever you want.
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  • God is not our magic genie.
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  • He is not automatically boundto give us everything we want.
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  • He often answers our prayersto give us what we need.
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  • Our goal as his childrenis to learn
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  • how to want what we need,
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  • and then we will be comfortablewith how we pray.
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  • That's why the Biblecan tell us,
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  • if we ask anything in his will,he will hear us.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • That means that,
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  • if I get my heart in syncwith God's heart
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  • about what God wants for me,
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  • when I ask himfor what I want and need,
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  • he will answer it becauseI'm already on his wavelength,
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  • and we're together in syncabout prayer.
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  • Paul said that whenwe are tempted to worry,
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  • we are to pray,
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  • and he gives usfour different words here.
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  • Please notice them in the text.The first word is "prayer."
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  • That's kind of the general wordfor what we do when we pray.
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  • The second wordis "supplication."
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  • That is an interesting word
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  • which means"to beg or entreat" somebody,
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  • to come to God--
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  • that's the kind of prayingthat we pray when we find out
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  • we got a serious illness,
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  • or when somebody that we lovehas just discovered
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  • they have a serious--what do we do?
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  • Supplication.It's in entreating.
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  • It's "Lord, please."
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  • I prayed that prayer.I know that prayer.
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  • The third prayer is "requests."
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  • Requests are the liststhat we make.
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  • Do you have a list?
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  • You may not have itwritten down,
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  • but you got one in your head,
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  • certain things that you prayabout all the time.
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  • That's the requestson this list.
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  • But the most important wordof these four,
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  • more than "prayer,"more than "supplication,"
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  • more than "requests,"is the word "thanksgiving."
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  • Do you see that wordin the Bible?
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  • Everything through prayerand supplication and request--
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  • and notice, the different wordis not the word "and."
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  • It's the word "with."
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  • Listen to me,the first three,
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  • "prayer" and "supplication"and "requests,"
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  • but then the word changes"with thanksgiving."
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  • So thanksgiving is not oneof the four kinds of prayers.
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  • It's the conditionthat describes
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  • how you should offerthe first three.
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  • So how do you pray?
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  • You pray with prayerand supplication and requests,
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  • and no matter what kindof prayer you're ever praying,
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  • it's always with thanksgiving.
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  • Gratitude is the unwrittenpromise of God.
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  • When we prayout of thanksgiving,
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  • we have a way of somehowgetting God's attention
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  • like we don't in any other way.
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  • The Bible says that,“When we pray,
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  • we're to always praywith thanksgiving.”
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  • Do you pray with thanksgiving?
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  • Do you take note of the thingsthat God does for you?
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  • And always rememberto say thank you.
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  • None of us does it perfectly,
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  • but it's a routineand a practice
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  • that we all need to cultivatein our lives.
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  • So notice, there arethree circles that we live in.
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  • The first circleis the circle of worry.
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  • What's in that circle?Nada, nothing.
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  • "Be anxious for," what?"Nothing."
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  • The second circleis the circle of prayer.
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  • What are yousupposed to pray for?
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  • Everything.
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  • And the third circleis the circle of thanksgiving,
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  • and what's in that circle?
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  • Anything.
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  • Worry about nothing,pray about everything,
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  • be thankful for anything,
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  • and you will findthat you are starting
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  • to take a little bitof that anxiety
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  • out of your life,
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  • just by the first thingPaul tells you to do.
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  • And let me encourage you,when you pray,
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  • don't pray church prayers.
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  • Don't pray sanitized prayers.Don't pray sanctified prayers.
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  • Talk to your Father and tell himwhat you need.
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  • Prayer is a conversationbetween you and God.
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  • It isn't a religious thing.It's not a church thing.
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  • It's your way of communicatingwith a Father in heaven
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  • who loves youmore than you will ever know.
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  • Pray honestly and openly.
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  • But notice,the problem is worry,
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  • and the prescription is prayer,
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  • but there's a third thingin this text,
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  • and that's the program,and the program
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  • is right thinkingand right action.
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  • Listen carefully: When anxiousthoughts are removed by prayer,
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  • you have to replace themwith something.
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  • How many of you know,
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  • you don't get ridof your anxiety
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  • by going around all daysaying to yourself,
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  • "I am not gonna worryas like I used to.
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  • I'm not gonna worry todaylike I worried yesterday.
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  • I'm not gonna be anxious, like--
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  • I am goingto conquer anxiety."
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  • You know what happenswhen you do that?
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  • You take your worryto a whole new level,
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  • and you are now an expertin worrying.
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  • So when you get rid of worrythrough prayer,
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  • you have to replace itwith something.
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  • How do you--so I've castall my burdens on the Lord.
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  • Now what's next?
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  • And Paul says,"Okay, let me give you
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  • a follow-up programto your prayers."
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  • Here's the first thing:Right thinking.
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  • He says, to avoid anxiety,we must think proper thoughts.
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  • Philippians 4:8, "Finally,brethren," he writes,
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  • "whatever things are true,whatever things are noble,
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  • whatever things are just,whatever things are pure,
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  • whatever things are lovely,
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  • whatever thingsare of a good report,
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  • if there's any virtue,
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  • if there's anythingpraiseworthy,
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  • meditate or thinkon these things."
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  • Now, what Paul is sayingis this:
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  • What we think has a lot to dowith how we function.
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  • Paul tells usthat there are certain things
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  • you need to programyour mind with,
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  • certain thingsyou need to think.
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  • Now, he doesn't get intoa lot of detailed here,
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  • but he gives us six guidelines,and I'll tell you what,
  • 00:11:54.819 --> 00:11:57.689
  • if you go throughthese guidelines,
  • 00:11:57.722 --> 00:11:59.057
  • and we're just gonnatouch on 'em today,
  • 00:11:59.090 --> 00:12:01.259
  • you will realizethat there's a lot we can do
  • 00:12:01.292 --> 00:12:04.362
  • as God's people to make surethat we stay in charge
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  • of what happensbetween our ears.
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  • We don't take thatvery seriously.
  • 00:12:11.936 --> 00:12:13.838
  • We sort of allow thatto just happen, don't we?
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  • We're very passive about it,
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  • but Paul tells us there's a waywe can program our minds
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  • so that we becomethe beautiful people
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  • God wants us to be.
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  • First of all,"Whatsoever things are true,"
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  • "whatsoever things are true."
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  • How many of you know thatthe inability to cope with truth
  • 00:12:32.924 --> 00:12:35.760
  • is a form of mental illness?
  • 00:12:35.794 --> 00:12:38.730
  • When you learn to livewith things that are not true,
  • 00:12:38.763 --> 00:12:42.200
  • and functionas if your non-truth was truth,
  • 00:12:42.233 --> 00:12:45.870
  • you are in deep troubleand headed toward an abyss
  • 00:12:45.904 --> 00:12:49.574
  • from which it is mostlyimpossible to recover.
  • 00:12:49.607 --> 00:12:53.378
  • Truth is the touchstoneof our lives,
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  • and we need to learn
  • 00:12:56.114 --> 00:12:57.715
  • to think about those thingswhich are true.
  • 00:12:57.749 --> 00:13:00.318
  • What things are true?
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  • Jesus Christ said,
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  • "I am the way, the truth,and the life."
  • 00:13:03.054 --> 00:13:05.757
  • This book is truth.
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  • Truth in our culture today
  • 00:13:07.692 --> 00:13:09.093
  • is that which correspondswith reality,
  • 00:13:09.127 --> 00:13:11.563
  • but truth according to God
  • 00:13:11.596 --> 00:13:12.997
  • is that which correspondswith his Word.
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  • Think about true things.
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  • Get ridof all of the false narratives
  • 00:13:17.468 --> 00:13:20.104
  • that are so prevalent today,and think things that are true.
  • 00:13:20.138 --> 00:13:24.275
  • Guideline number two,"whatever things are noble,"
  • 00:13:24.309 --> 00:13:28.980
  • we are to think on thingsthat are honorable,
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  • things that claim respect.
  • 00:13:32.283 --> 00:13:34.452
  • If it is true that weexternalize our thoughts,
  • 00:13:34.485 --> 00:13:37.522
  • then honorable people
  • 00:13:37.555 --> 00:13:39.724
  • are the resultof honorable thoughts.
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  • Isn't that a great idea,
  • 00:13:42.961 --> 00:13:45.096
  • to think about thingsthat are noble?
  • 00:13:45.129 --> 00:13:47.298
  • How many of you knowthere's a lot of stuff
  • 00:13:47.332 --> 00:13:48.833
  • that we get messed upwith in our world today,
  • 00:13:48.867 --> 00:13:51.603
  • that's not very noble?
  • 00:13:51.636 --> 00:13:53.805
  • Number three,"whatever things are just,"
  • 00:13:53.838 --> 00:13:57.208
  • that's a general term for thingsthat are righteous
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  • by both divineand human standards.
  • 00:14:00.278 --> 00:14:03.314
  • Number four,"whatever things are pure."
  • 00:14:03.348 --> 00:14:07.285
  • Now, this was written by Paul,long before the Internet,
  • 00:14:07.318 --> 00:14:10.088
  • so it wasn't nearly the problemin those days
  • 00:14:10.121 --> 00:14:12.590
  • than it is in our day,but purity is a major, major war
  • 00:14:12.624 --> 00:14:17.428
  • for many menin our culture today.
  • 00:14:17.462 --> 00:14:20.798
  • The Bible says,if you don't wanna be filled
  • 00:14:20.832 --> 00:14:22.934
  • with stressand anxiety and worry,
  • 00:14:22.967 --> 00:14:25.536
  • get purity in your mind.
  • 00:14:25.570 --> 00:14:28.106
  • Get rid of those thingsthat will corrupt your thinking.
  • 00:14:28.139 --> 00:14:31.075
  • Stay off of thelate-night Internet.
  • 00:14:31.109 --> 00:14:33.411
  • Discipline yourself to thinkthose things which are pure.
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  • You cannot lift your mind
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  • and let it open to those thingswhich are impure
  • 00:14:40.385 --> 00:14:42.887
  • and live a Christian lifethat has any victory.
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  • It will totally destroy you.
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  • It will undercuteverything you do.
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  • Whatever you do, if you're gonnabe ruthless about anything,
  • 00:14:49.894 --> 00:14:52.263
  • be ruthless about that.
  • 00:14:52.297 --> 00:14:54.399
  • Tear the Internet connectionout of the wall.
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  • Do whatever--you know,I remember seein' a commercial
  • 00:14:57.769 --> 00:14:59.404
  • where they threw a computerout the window.
  • 00:14:59.437 --> 00:15:01.139
  • That may not be a bad thoughtfor some folks.
  • 00:15:01.172 --> 00:15:03.574
  • Guideline number five is"whatever things are lovely."
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  • I like that word, don't you?
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  • Say that word with me,"lovely, lovely."
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  • Do you know that it's onlyin the Bible one time,
  • 00:15:13.584 --> 00:15:15.987
  • and it's right herein Philippians 4?
  • 00:15:16.020 --> 00:15:19.557
  • "Lovely" is a wordthat is often found
  • 00:15:19.590 --> 00:15:22.093
  • in the New Testament times,not in the Bible,
  • 00:15:22.126 --> 00:15:25.029
  • but sometimesit was in an epitaph,
  • 00:15:25.063 --> 00:15:27.298
  • sometimes it was in a writing.
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  • It was a term that could be usedto describe fine art or music.
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  • A thorough readingof 1 Corinthians 13,
  • 00:15:33.871 --> 00:15:36.441
  • will give you some ideasof what "lovely" is.
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  • It's the oppositeof the confusion and disorder
  • 00:15:39.577 --> 00:15:42.480
  • that so often rules in our day.
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  • What a great thing to thinkabout things that are lovely.
  • 00:15:45.616 --> 00:15:48.686
  • Lift your standard of thought.
  • 00:15:48.720 --> 00:15:51.122
  • Get out of the doldrums,
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  • and get yourstandard of thought up here.
  • 00:15:52.924 --> 00:15:55.860
  • And, finally,number six,
  • 00:15:55.893 --> 00:15:57.662
  • "whatever thingsare of a good report."
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  • That means "fair speaking"
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  • is literallywhat the words mean.
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  • It describes what is appealing.
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  • Listening to such reportsbuilds you up.
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  • Take care to what you listen to.
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  • Have you ever heard peoplecome up and say,
  • 00:16:10.508 --> 00:16:11.809
  • "Have you heardwhat's goin' on with," someone,
  • 00:16:11.843 --> 00:16:13.444
  • and you know you're aboutto get a bad report?
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  • Most often,you don't wanna do that.
  • 00:16:16.981 --> 00:16:18.616
  • You don't wanna hear that.
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  • We're always opento bad reports.
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  • The Bible says, "Whatever thingsare of a good report."
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  • I love it when people come,
  • 00:16:25.323 --> 00:16:26.624
  • "Let me tell youwhat's happened,"
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  • and they tell youall the good things
  • 00:16:27.992 --> 00:16:29.293
  • that are happening.
  • 00:16:29.327 --> 00:16:30.628
  • I don't need anybodyto fill my mind up
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  • with negative things.
  • 00:16:31.996 --> 00:16:33.297
  • So the Bible says, "Take controlof the gate of your mind"
  • 00:16:33.331 --> 00:16:36.801
  • because that's where you can doa lot of good
  • 00:16:36.834 --> 00:16:40.338
  • when it comesto what you think about.
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  • What you think about,if it's not right,
  • 00:16:42.540 --> 00:16:44.409
  • will be what you worry about.
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  • "It's just in my head, Pastor."
  • 00:16:47.311 --> 00:16:48.780
  • No, if it's in your head,you let it in your head.
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  • You have controlover your thoughts,
  • 00:16:51.516 --> 00:16:55.353
  • and your thoughts come
  • 00:16:55.386 --> 00:16:57.388
  • from the places you goand the things you do,
  • 00:16:57.422 --> 00:17:01.125
  • and I just wanna remind youthat Isaiah 26, verse 3, says,
  • 00:17:01.159 --> 00:17:06.931
  • "You will keep himin perfect peace,
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  • whose mind is stayed on you,because he trusts in you."
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  • Program your mindwith positive things,
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  • and you will takeanother step
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  • toward avoiding worryin your life.
  • 00:17:22.380 --> 00:17:24.682
  • And then here's the second partof that plan:
  • 00:17:24.715 --> 00:17:27.852
  • To avoid anxiety,we must think proper thoughts,
  • 00:17:27.885 --> 00:17:30.588
  • and to avoid anxiety,we must do proper things.
  • 00:17:30.621 --> 00:17:33.624
  • Philippians 4:9, "The thingswhich you have learned
  • 00:17:34.725 --> 00:17:37.195
  • and received and heardand seen in me, these do."
  • 00:17:37.228 --> 00:17:41.332
  • I remember that there was oncea highway in Canada that read,
  • 00:17:41.365 --> 00:17:45.336
  • "Take care which routeyou choose.
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  • You will be in itfor the next 25 miles."
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  • Our thoughts make the routesthat our actions follow.
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  • Our thinking issuesin our doing.
  • 00:17:55.346 --> 00:17:57.548
  • We ponderwhat we end up practicing.
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  • Our learning determinesour living.
  • 00:18:00.952 --> 00:18:04.722
  • And Paul says,
  • 00:18:04.755 --> 00:18:06.057
  • "Not only should you thinkthe right thoughts,
  • 00:18:06.090 --> 00:18:07.892
  • you should do the right things."
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  • He instructs them to practice,
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  • "The things," notice this,"which you have learned
  • 00:18:11.696 --> 00:18:15.199
  • and received and heardand seen in me," he said,
  • 00:18:15.233 --> 00:18:19.337
  • "these things you watch me do,
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  • I'm the model here,these things, do."
  • 00:18:21.205 --> 00:18:25.443
  • Well, you say,"Pastor Jeremiah,
  • 00:18:25.476 --> 00:18:26.777
  • what thingsis he talkin' about?"
  • 00:18:26.811 --> 00:18:28.980
  • You could go throughall of the book of Acts.
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  • You could takethe whole life of Paul
  • 00:18:30.681 --> 00:18:32.717
  • and script it all outand have hundreds of things
  • 00:18:32.750 --> 00:18:35.853
  • that Paul saidand that he did
  • 00:18:35.887 --> 00:18:38.055
  • and that he encouraged peopleto follow,
  • 00:18:38.089 --> 00:18:39.857
  • but let's just take Philippians.
  • 00:18:39.891 --> 00:18:41.392
  • Let's just take
  • 00:18:41.425 --> 00:18:42.727
  • the first three chaptersof Philippians.
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  • Here's what we learn about Paulthat he tells us we are to do
  • 00:18:44.729 --> 00:18:50.234
  • in three chaptersof one of his letters.
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  • Hang on.
  • 00:18:52.770 --> 00:18:54.071
  • I'm gonna fly through thison the screen.
  • 00:18:54.105 --> 00:18:56.774
  • "Loving more,having greater discernment,
  • 00:18:56.807 --> 00:18:59.610
  • being sincereand without offense,
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  • being filled with the fruitsof righteousness,
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  • having conductworthy of the Gospel,
  • 00:19:03.181 --> 00:19:05.283
  • standing fast in one spirit,
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  • striving togetherfor the Gospel,
  • 00:19:07.218 --> 00:19:09.086
  • being like-mindedof one accord,
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  • esteeming othersbetter than yourself,
  • 00:19:11.122 --> 00:19:12.890
  • working out your own salvationin fear and trembling,
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  • doing all things withoutcomplaining and disputing,
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  • holding fast the word of life,looking out for false teachers,"
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  • verse 3 of chapter 3, and that'sjust three chapters about Paul.
  • 00:19:21.832 --> 00:19:26.404
  • What is he saying?
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  • What Paul is saying is this:"You have the opportunity
  • 00:19:28.539 --> 00:19:32.376
  • to carefully evaluatewhat the Bible says,
  • 00:19:32.410 --> 00:19:35.012
  • but if you wanna translate itinto flesh and blood,
  • 00:19:35.046 --> 00:19:38.049
  • here's how I've lived my life."
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  • I would never say that.
  • 00:19:40.384 --> 00:19:41.686
  • I could never say that,but I'm not the apostle Paul.
  • 00:19:41.719 --> 00:19:44.222
  • Under the inspirationof the Scripture, Paul said,
  • 00:19:44.255 --> 00:19:46.624
  • "I am a living example
  • 00:19:46.657 --> 00:19:48.492
  • of how you areto follow Christ."
  • 00:19:48.526 --> 00:19:51.529
  • Here's what you do:
  • 00:19:51.562 --> 00:19:52.930
  • Study his life,learn what he's doing,
  • 00:19:52.964 --> 00:19:54.966
  • and do what he does.
  • 00:19:54.999 --> 00:19:56.834
  • Paul's life matched his words.
  • 00:19:56.867 --> 00:20:00.805
  • That's the kind of people,as leaders,
  • 00:20:00.838 --> 00:20:02.640
  • we should all aspire to be.
  • 00:20:02.673 --> 00:20:04.809
  • Great teachersfollow their own teaching.
  • 00:20:04.842 --> 00:20:08.946
  • You can't be a great teacherif you don't live the truth.
  • 00:20:08.980 --> 00:20:12.250
  • If I stood up hereand preach to you every week
  • 00:20:12.283 --> 00:20:14.785
  • out of the Word of God
  • 00:20:14.819 --> 00:20:16.220
  • and left a trail behind meof things that violated
  • 00:20:16.254 --> 00:20:18.990
  • all the principles I taught,I would be useless.
  • 00:20:19.023 --> 00:20:21.759
  • In fact, I would be worsethan useless.
  • 00:20:21.792 --> 00:20:24.228
  • I would be a negative exampleof the things
  • 00:20:24.262 --> 00:20:27.231
  • that God has called us to do.
  • 00:20:27.265 --> 00:20:29.000
  • I can't be perfect,neither can anyone else,
  • 00:20:29.033 --> 00:20:31.402
  • but I should aspire to the truth
  • 00:20:31.435 --> 00:20:33.204
  • with the highest evidencein my life
  • 00:20:33.237 --> 00:20:36.307
  • that I believe the thingsthat we talk about.
  • 00:20:36.340 --> 00:20:39.210
  • Paul said, "The thingsyou have heard,
  • 00:20:39.243 --> 00:20:41.912
  • the things you have received,
  • 00:20:41.946 --> 00:20:43.447
  • the things you have seen in me,these things do."
  • 00:20:43.481 --> 00:20:47.718
  • Now, here's the good partof all of this:
  • 00:20:47.752 --> 00:20:49.854
  • Do you want a guarantee?
  • 00:20:49.887 --> 00:20:52.356
  • You go to the doctor,and you say,
  • 00:20:52.390 --> 00:20:53.691
  • "I've got this problem."
  • 00:20:53.724 --> 00:20:55.493
  • Most often,they won't say to you,
  • 00:20:55.526 --> 00:20:57.094
  • "Okay, take this,and I promise you,
  • 00:20:57.128 --> 00:20:59.764
  • you will get better."
  • 00:20:59.797 --> 00:21:01.198
  • But Paulisn't an average doctor.
  • 00:21:01.232 --> 00:21:03.200
  • Paul is saying, "If you dowhat I tell you to do,
  • 00:21:03.234 --> 00:21:06.937
  • you will be victoriousover worry."
  • 00:21:06.971 --> 00:21:10.574
  • You say, "Where is that?"Okay, here we go.
  • 00:21:10.608 --> 00:21:12.576
  • God's promise of peace,verse 7, "and the peace of God,
  • 00:21:12.610 --> 00:21:17.315
  • which surpassesall understanding,
  • 00:21:17.348 --> 00:21:20.284
  • will guard your heartsand your minds
  • 00:21:20.318 --> 00:21:22.453
  • through Christ Jesus,
  • 00:21:22.486 --> 00:21:24.188
  • and the God of peacewill be with you."
  • 00:21:24.221 --> 00:21:26.924
  • If you pray, if you programyour thoughts,
  • 00:21:26.957 --> 00:21:29.960
  • if you do what the Word of Godsays for you to do,
  • 00:21:29.994 --> 00:21:32.296
  • and if you do that,"the peace of God,
  • 00:21:32.330 --> 00:21:35.800
  • which surpassesall understanding,
  • 00:21:35.833 --> 00:21:38.235
  • will guard your heart."
  • 00:21:38.269 --> 00:21:39.804
  • Notice God's protection:
  • 00:21:39.837 --> 00:21:41.605
  • It saysit will guard your heart.
  • 00:21:41.639 --> 00:21:43.174
  • This is a tremendous Scripture,
  • 00:21:43.207 --> 00:21:45.009
  • one of the bestin the Word of God.
  • 00:21:45.042 --> 00:21:46.877
  • It says,when you do these things,
  • 00:21:46.911 --> 00:21:48.512
  • God will send his garrison,his armed guard,
  • 00:21:48.546 --> 00:21:53.050
  • to stand in frontof your heart's door
  • 00:21:53.084 --> 00:21:55.353
  • so that it won't letany of these bad things
  • 00:21:55.386 --> 00:21:57.621
  • into your heartthat will cause you to worry.
  • 00:21:57.655 --> 00:21:59.857
  • If you do these things,
  • 00:21:59.890 --> 00:22:01.325
  • God promises to garrisonyour heart with his peace.
  • 00:22:01.359 --> 00:22:04.695
  • Notice how he describesthis peace:
  • 00:22:04.729 --> 00:22:07.064
  • "And the peace of God,
  • 00:22:07.098 --> 00:22:08.699
  • which surpassesall understanding."
  • 00:22:08.733 --> 00:22:12.069
  • How many of you knowthat kind of peace?
  • 00:22:12.103 --> 00:22:14.238
  • You've gone through something
  • 00:22:14.271 --> 00:22:15.706
  • that you'd never dreamedyou'd ever go through,
  • 00:22:15.740 --> 00:22:17.842
  • and God has intervenedin your life
  • 00:22:17.875 --> 00:22:20.244
  • and given you strength,
  • 00:22:20.277 --> 00:22:21.912
  • and you try to explain itto somebody,
  • 00:22:21.946 --> 00:22:23.781
  • especially somebodywho's not a Christian,
  • 00:22:23.814 --> 00:22:26.150
  • and they look at youlike they have no idea
  • 00:22:26.183 --> 00:22:28.285
  • what you're talkin' about.
  • 00:22:28.319 --> 00:22:29.987
  • How could anybody have peacein the midst of that?
  • 00:22:30.020 --> 00:22:32.823
  • Well, you can't explain it
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  • because it's a peace thatsurpasses all understanding.
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  • You have to experience itto know it.
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  • Notice, not only does Godgive you his protection,
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  • he goes further than that.
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  • He gives you his presence.
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  • How many of you knowthere's two things here?
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  • There's the peace of Godthat garrisons your heart.
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  • That's protection.
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  • But there's the God of peace whocomes to live within your heart.
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  • That's even better.
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  • I'd rather have the God of peaceany day than the peace of God
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  • 'cause, when you getthe God of peace,
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  • you can getthe peace of God, amen?
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  • So the Bible says that,when you do these things,
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  • God will come,
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  • and he will have a veryspecial presence in your life.
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  • You will get the presence of Godin your life.
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  • He will be with you.
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  • His presence will be yourcomfort and encouragement.
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  • When problems come,God will be with you.
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  • God draws near to usin times of desperate need
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  • in ways that wecan't understand.
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  • How is it that Godcould be nearer to me today
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  • than he wasbefore all this happened?
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  • It's not really possiblebecause God is never
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  • any more near to us at one timethan at the other,
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  • but when we gothrough these difficult times,
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  • we sense his presencelike never before,
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  • and so many times,people have come to me and said,
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  • "Pastor,when I went through that,
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  • if God hadn't been with me,
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  • I don't knowwhat I would've done,"
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  • or have you had people say,
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  • "How do peoplewho don't know the Lord
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  • go through times like this?"
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  • The Bible says,when we put our trust in him,
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  • when we pray, when we takethe Word of God seriously,
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  • when we determinewe're gonna control
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  • what enters our mind,the Bible says
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  • God not only garrisons our heartwith the peace of God,
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  • but he enters our heartwith the presence of God,
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  • and that is sufficientto help us.
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  • And, finally, God's peace,he calls it the "peace of God,
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  • which surpassesall understanding."
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  • So my question to you today
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  • is do you have that peacein your heart?
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  • Do you have that peaceworkin' for you?
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  • We do a little better with itsometimes than others,
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  • but we should be growingin our ability
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  • to turn over our caresto the Lord.
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  • "Cast your care upon him,for he cares for you."
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  • Let me tell you,you can choose to live your life
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  • worried to death,
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  • or you can chooseto follow God's principles
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  • and live above worry
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  • and have the joy of the Lordin your heart.
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  • I pray that you will dothe latter and let God control.
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