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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Some saythat the greatest question
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  • in life is: "Does God exist?"
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  • I say the greatest question is:
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  • "Do I know the Godwho does exist?
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  • Do I know about him?
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  • Do I know him personally?"
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  • The study of God ashe reveals himself in Scripture
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  • is the supreme studyof a lifetime.
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  • It lifts our thoughts,steadies our nerves,
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  • purifies our motives,expands our confidence,
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  • and strengthens our influence.
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  • It's the greatest subjectwe could ever study,
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  • for God is the apexof all reality.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Discover moreabout God than you know
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  • and become closer to himthan you are.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: And now,here is your host,
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Considerthe wisdom of God
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  • which is billions of timesgreater than human knowledge.
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  • It is infinite.
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  • Every bit of God's knowledgeis always fully present
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  • in his mind.
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  • It never grows dim,nor does it fade.
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  • God knows instantlywith fullness of perfection
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  • and he knows every possibleitem of knowledge
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  • concerning everythingthat exists or that could exist
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  • anywhere in the universeat any time in the past
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  • or that may ever existin the ages to come.
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  • While the implicationsof God's knowledge of everything
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  • including us may soundintimidating,
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  • it is exactly the opposite.
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  • God will nevermisunderstand you.
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  • He never takes somethingthe wrong way and nothing
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  • you could do could everdeflect his love for you.
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  • In today's message we continueto spend time
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  • with the God you may not know,who is also the God
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  • who loves you morethan you know.
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  • So stay tuned for today'sedition of "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: Do you knowGod as well as you think?
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  • It may be time to takethe journey from knowing
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  • about God to deeply knowing him.
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  • In Dr. David Jeremiah's book,
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  • "The God You May Not Know,"Dr. Jeremiah shares
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  • the powerful characteristicsthat God himself
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  • wants you to understand.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I've spentmy life being overwhelmed
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  • with the wonderof the person of God
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  • and it's my greatest joyto share with you
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  • some eternal truthsabout the God you may not know.
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  • My prayer is that this book willenable you to know more about
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  • God than you do and for you togrow closer to him than you are.
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  • announcer: "The GodYou May Not Know"
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  • is yours for a giftof any amount
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  • in support of this program.
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  • Or with a generous gift of $60or more you'll receive the
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  • and the "Knowing God" bookmark,plus Dr. Jeremiah's
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  • current teaching series on DVD.
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • female announcer:In appreciation
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  • of your viewership today,Dr. Jeremiah would like
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  • to give you the "Knowing God"bookmark, a daily reminder
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  • of God's presence and powerin your life.
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Knowing an All-Knowing God."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Has itoccurred to you that nothing
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  • occurs to God?
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  • That is, he never justremembers something.
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  • He never has a new thoughtpop into his mind.
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  • Never has an old one slippedfrom his memory.
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  • Never wracks his brainto figure out what to do.
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  • He never wonders about anything.
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  • He is never surprised.
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  • He instantly and eternally knowsevery fact about everything,
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  • everywhere, forever,and he knows it perfectly,
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  • completely, and unerringly.
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  • God has never learned anything.
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  • He cannot learn anything.
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  • It may be startling to saythat God has never learned
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  • and cannot learn but if Godcould learn something
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  • that he didn't already know,he wouldn't be infinite,
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  • he wouldn't be perfect,he wouldn't be eternal,
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  • and he couldn't be God.
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  • In this message,I wanna tell you,
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  • you have a God who knowsyou and loves you.
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  • David wrote about thisin Psalm 139.
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  • Listen to his words.
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  • He said, "You have searched me,Lord, and you know me.
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  • You know when I sitand when I rise;
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  • you perceive my thoughtsfrom afar.
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  • You discern my going outand my lying down;
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  • you're familiarwith all my ways."
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  • Now listen to this.
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  • "Before a word ison my tongue you, Lord,
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  • know it completely."
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  • According to this passage,God knows you better
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  • than you know yourself.
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  • He knows the statusof your health.
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  • He knows the temperatureof your emotions.
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  • He knows the level of your faithand the purity of your thoughts.
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  • He knows the maturityof your soul.
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  • He knows the hurtsthat are hiding in your past
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  • and the fear that is cloudingyour future.
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  • He knows what you're goingto say tomorrow.
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  • He knows every word you'll speakin all the conversations
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  • you'll ever havein your entire life.
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  • He knows when you come and go,when you sit and stand,
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  • when you rise and fall.
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  • David is so overwhelmed ashe ponders this truth about God
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  • that he writes in Psalm 139,"I am fearfully
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  • and wonderfully made.
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  • My frame was not hidden fromyou when I was made in secret.
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  • Your eyes saw my substance,when I was yet unformed."
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  • And God has planned every dayof David's life in advance.
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  • Psalm 139, verse 16 says:"Every day of my life
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  • was recorded in your book.
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  • Every moment was laid outbefore a single day had passed."
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  • How then shouldthat make us feel?
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  • Let David tell us,again in Psalm 139.
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  • I love this first statement:"How precious are your thoughts
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  • about me, O God.
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  • They cannot be numbered!
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  • I can't count them;
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  • they outnumberthe grains of sand!
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  • And when I wake up,you're still with me!"
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  • I never really thoughtabout this before.
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  • The thoughts thatGod has concerning me
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  • and how precious they are.
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  • Like all of God'sother attributes,
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  • God's all-knowing nature isimpossible for us to comprehend.
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  • When the Lord Jesus Christwas on this earth
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  • we learned that he voluntarilydivested himself
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  • of the independent useof his attributes.
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  • He did not play Godwhile he was in the flesh.
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  • But on occasions,his uniqueness and his deity
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  • and his omniscience broke out.
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  • Let me tell you what I mean.
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  • In the Gospels,Jesus instantly knew
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  • the thoughts of everybodywho was around him.
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  • Yet Matthew 12 tells a storyabout a demon-possessed man
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  • who came to Jesusand the Pharisees
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  • were muttering amongthemselves about the commotion,
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  • and in verse 25 we read:"But Jesus knew their thoughts."
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  • When a man with a withered handcame to Jesus,
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  • the critics were really upsetbut Luke 6:8 says:
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  • "But Jesus knew their thoughts."
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  • And when the crowds wantedto hail Jesus as King,
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  • the Bible sayshe withdrew because
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  • "he knew all men,and had no need
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  • that anyone should testifyof man,
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  • for he knew what was in man."
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  • Likewise, John 6:61 says that,"when Jesus knew in himself
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  • that his disciples complainedabout this, he said to them,
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  • 'Does this offend you?'"
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  • And a few verses later,John wrote:
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  • "Jesus knew from the beginningwho they were who did not
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  • believe and who wouldbetray him," wow.
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  • Even in his humanity,during the days
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  • of his earthly ministry,Jesus seemed to possess
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  • this perception or knowledgebeyond the range
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  • of human capacity.
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  • In one occasionin the book of Matthew,
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  • we read these words.
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  • Jesus is saying this:"Woe to you, Chorazin!
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  • Woe to you, Bethsaida!
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  • For if the mighty works whichwere done in you had been done
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  • in Tyre and Sidon,they would have repented
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  • long ago in sackclothand ashes."
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  • Now stop and think about that.
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  • How could Jesus know that?
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  • How could Jesus possibly knowwhat would have happened
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  • in remote cities in ahypothetical situation?
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  • From this passage, we learnthat the omniscience of God
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  • means he not only knowseverything that is actual,
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  • he knows everythingthat is possible.
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  • There are nohypothetical questions for God.
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  • He knows how every contingencywould resolve itself
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  • if it were implemented.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Well, you say,
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  • "Well, Dr. Jeremiah,that's a high and lofty truth.
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  • He sure is worthyof our worship,
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  • he knows everything,but what does that mean to me?
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  • How do I process that?
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  • How does that work in my life?"
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  • And I'd like to give youthree or four things
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  • that you should take awayfrom this.
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  • First of all, let's talkabout God's omniscience
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  • and our confession of sin.
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  • God's all-knowing natureisn't simply an academic study.
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  • "He who covers his sinswill not prosper,
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  • but whoever confessesand forsakes them
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  • will have mercy from God."
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  • Isn't it kind of foolishthat we try to cover our sins
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  • from an omniscient God?
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  • We posture, we spin, we do allof this fake stuff that happens,
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  • and it may work with thosewho we know in the flesh
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  • but it's not making muchof an impression on God
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  • because he knew you were gonnado that before you did it.
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  • And here's the thingyou have to understand:
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  • he didn't stop loving youin the process.
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  • And he wants you to know the joyof forgiveness for what you do
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  • that is wrong and you don't haveto get a whole bunch of steam up
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  • to go and tell him itbecause he already knows it.
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  • So confess your sin.
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  • You know what confession means?
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  • It means to say the same thingabout your sin that God says.
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  • Confess your sin.
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  • Tell God you're sorry.
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  • Get back on the trackand keep going.
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  • But to try to hide your sinor to think in some silly way
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  • you can cover it from analmighty omniscient God,
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  • that doesn't makeany sense at all.
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  • And it will rob you of your joband of your fellowship with God.
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  • It won't rob youof your salvation.
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  • David lived that wayfor a while, remember?
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  • And he prayed, "Oh, Lord God,restore unto me
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  • the joy of my salvation."
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  • He didn't lose his salvation.
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  • He just lost his joy.
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  • Have you lost your joy?
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  • Just go and tell Godwhat's going on.
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  • So that's how God's omniscienceaffects our confession of sin.
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  • Let's talk aboutGod's omniscience
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  • and our fellowship with God.
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  • When we began our relationshipwith God through Jesus Christ,
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  • that's when we startto understand and rejoice
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  • in God's omniscience for it'sa tremendous encouragement
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  • in our daily walk.
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  • We enjoy the security of knowingthat he knows us,
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  • he knows all about us,and he still loves us.
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  • His love, his omniscience,are infinite which means he can
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  • never know us better or love usless than he does right now.
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  • He is an almighty omniscient Godwho knows everything
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  • about who we are and loves useternally and infinitely.
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  • He could never love us less,he could never love us more
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  • because he loves usperfectly in all that we are.
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  • Some of us struggle becausein our human relationships,
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  • love is often performance based.
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  • "I will love you if you dosuch and such,"
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  • and when we stop doingsuch and such,
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  • we say we don't love themanymore.
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  • We hear all kinds of flimsyexcuses for relationships
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  • breaking up like not beingconnected or,
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  • "I don't feel your love,"or whatever,
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  • but you never have to worryabout that with God.
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  • You can count on it.
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  • No matter what you did today,God loves you as much as
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  • he did yesterday and he'll loveyou the same amount tomorrow.
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  • He's an all-knowing Godand his love never is changed,
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  • no matter.
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  • Now, does that meanyou should go on doing things
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  • that offend him?
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  • Absolutely not.
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  • Confession, that's the way toget your heart right with God.
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  • 2 Timothy 2:19 says:"Nevertheless the solid
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  • foundation of God stands,having this seal:
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  • 'The Lord knowsthose who are his.'"
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  • This is a special promisefor believers.
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  • He knows that you're his,that you belong to him.
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  • You're a child of the King.
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  • Third, these get progressivelymore difficult.
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  • Not only to understandbut to explain.
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  • God's omniscienceand our prayers.
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  • God's omniscience has muchto do with the way we pray.
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  • Now listen carefully.
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  • The Lord Jesus tells usto approach God in a simple
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  • and sincere way, and with fullassurance that he already knows
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  • what we need before we ask him.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • "Therefore do not worry, saying,'What shall we eat?'
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  • or 'What shall we drink?'or 'What shall we wear?'
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  • For after all these thingsthe Gentiles seek.
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  • For your heavenly Father knowsthat you need all these things."
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  • And I know what's going throughyour mind: "If God already knows
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  • what we need why do we pray?
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  • Isn't it a waste of time to talkto God since he already knows
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  • what we need,what we're gonna say?"
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  • Yet God has commanded us to prayand if we didn't know
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  • anything else, that would beenough, wouldn't it?
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  • Even if we don't understandall the dynamics of prayer,
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  • we read in the Bible:"Men ought always to pray,
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  • and not faint."
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  • So if God says we should pray,we should pray even if
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  • we don't understand someof the issues involved.
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  • But let's talk about this issue.
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  • God has commandedus to pray and,
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  • when we pray, we're doingexactly what the Lord
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  • has told us to do and haveyou discovered this?
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  • It is often while in prayer thatwe ourselves begin to realize
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  • what we really need.
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  • Prayer is how we discoversubmission to the will of God.
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  • We don't pray over our needs toremind God that we have them,
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  • but to acknowledge him as thesource of all of our provision,
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  • to express our confidencein him and to thank him
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  • for what he does.
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  • God, with perfect knowledge,knows how events will unfold
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  • and his answers to our prayersare aided by his omniscience.
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  • He already knows what we need.
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  • He helps us growthrough prayer to submission
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  • to his perfect will.
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  • While we're to bringour request to God,
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  • we don't have to franticallyworry that we're forgetting
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  • some unnecessary detail.
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  • He knows what we needfar better than we do,
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  • and prayer is alignmentwith God.
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  • Listen to me,prayer changes us.
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  • When we pray and we connectwith God in prayer
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  • and we earnestly seek his willin our lives,
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  • what happens isn't so much thatGod moves in some way for us.
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  • We move toward God.
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  • And when you getin sync with God,
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  • you're under the spoutof blessing, hallelujah.
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  • Prayer is about keepingin fellowship with God
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  • so you stay in alignment withGod and, yes, when you do that,
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  • God answers prayer.
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  • Have you ever wondered whythe Scripture says:
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  • "If you ask anything accordingto his will, he will do it"?
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  • What does that mean?
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  • Get in alignment with Godand ask anything you want
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  • 'cause if you'rein the will of God,
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  • you can be sure he'll answeryour prayer.
  • 00:17:54.156 --> 00:17:57.326
  • And then, here's one that hasfilled a lot of theology books
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  • and attempts to answerthis question:
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  • the omniscience of Godand our suffering.
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  • And some of you needto listen carefully.
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  • God's omniscience comesto bear in our suffering.
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  • I mean, occasionally,something will happen to us
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  • so hurtful that we don'teven know how to express it,
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  • even to our closest friends.
  • 00:18:23.385 --> 00:18:25.420
  • And we long for someone who canunderstand our souls and what
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  • an encouragement to know thatAlmighty God is an all-knowing
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  • friend who sticks closerthan a brother and knows
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  • every pulse of our heart.
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  • He may not immediately discloseall the solutions to us,
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  • but we can rest assuredthat he has the answers.
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  • He knows the solutions,he resolves the difficulties,
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  • he keeps his promises,his grace is always
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  • sufficient and, most of all,he knows our hearts
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  • and our hurtsthrough every trial.
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  • We're not omniscient but God is.
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  • And in times of uncertainty,we can trust a God
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  • who is certain in all things.
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  • The Christian life is a lifeof faith which is described
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  • in Hebrews 11:1 as "thesubstance of things hoped for,
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  • the evidence of thingsnot seen."
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  • What does that mean?
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  • We can paraphrase it this way:faith is trusting God
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  • when the answers have notyet appeared.
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  • Sometimes,we pray and it doesn't seem like
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  • God is listening.
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  • That's when faith goesinto purpose.
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  • If we know God, we know he'sa worthy God who loves us,
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  • we've looked at his holiness andhis faithfulness and he never
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  • changes and he's good and he'spowerful and soon we'll learn
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  • that he's loving, we know all ofthese things about God so when
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  • we don't know what's going on,we have to hang on to the things
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  • we do know and that'swhen faith happens.
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  • We trust in the God we know whenwe haven't yet been brought up
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  • to speed on what he's doing.
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  • According to Psalm 147,verse 5:
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  • "God's understandingis infinite,"
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  • so he has universal knowledgeof every detail
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  • of every trial we willever face.
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  • He knows how those trialscame about,
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  • how many thousands of eventsunfolded throughout our history
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  • to cause them.
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  • He knows how manycomplicated aftereffects
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  • the trials will produce.
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  • He knows exactly how many tearsthey will bring to your eyes,
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  • how much hurt they will bringto your heart,
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  • how many blessings they willyield as the years go by.
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  • He knows the endfrom the beginning.
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  • So "trust in the Lordwith all your heart,
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  • and lean not toyour own understanding."
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  • That verse is just notthe most famous life verse
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  • of God's people.
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  • It's the verse that you come towhen you've asked God for help
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  • and it doesn't seem to behappening the way you thought
  • 00:20:56.605 --> 00:20:59.341
  • it would, because you're leaningto your own understanding.
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  • And the Bible says don't leanto your own understanding
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  • but trust God, the God you know,
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  • the God you're learningto know better.
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  • The ways of Godare often imponderable.
  • 00:21:13.121 --> 00:21:16.325
  • Sometimes we ask questions likethis: "If God knows everything,
  • 00:21:16.358 --> 00:21:20.996
  • both what has happened in thepast and what's going to happen
  • 00:21:21.029 --> 00:21:23.832
  • in the future, why does helet this happen?"
  • 00:21:23.865 --> 00:21:28.203
  • That's a reasonable question,but we must make room
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  • for God's omniscience.
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  • He sees thingsin their totality.
  • 00:21:34.676 --> 00:21:37.112
  • Listen to me.
  • 00:21:37.145 --> 00:21:38.447
  • God sees everything all at once.
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  • We peer at life througha small crack in the wall.
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  • God sees this; we see this.
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  • Isaiah 55:8-9 says: "For mythoughts are not your thoughts,
  • 00:21:49.825 --> 00:21:53.995
  • nor are your ways my ways,for as the heavens are higher
  • 00:21:54.029 --> 00:21:58.166
  • than the earth, so are my wayshigher than your ways,
  • 00:21:58.200 --> 00:22:01.203
  • and my thoughtsthan your thoughts."
  • 00:22:01.236 --> 00:22:05.073
  • I'm sure you've hadmoments like that,
  • 00:22:05.107 --> 00:22:07.542
  • frustration thatI can't figure out God.
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  • I wanna figure out everything.
  • 00:22:11.580 --> 00:22:12.914
  • I'm just that way.
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  • But I can't figure out God.
  • 00:22:15.450 --> 00:22:18.353
  • His ways are so high,so far beyond anything
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  • that I can comprehend.
  • 00:22:23.859 --> 00:22:26.328
  • And when it comesright down to it,
  • 00:22:26.361 --> 00:22:28.497
  • we have to confessthat God simply has
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  • more information than we do.
  • 00:22:30.899 --> 00:22:34.136
  • And we have to trust himwith the margins that exist
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  • between our knowledge and his.
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  • We have an all-knowing God,my friends and because
  • 00:22:42.177 --> 00:22:44.980
  • he is omniscient we should bequick to confess our sin,
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  • which he already knows.
  • 00:22:49.184 --> 00:22:51.820
  • We should be quick to enjoy hisfellowship because he loves us
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  • even thought he knowseverything about us.
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  • We should be quick to bring himour prayers because he knows
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  • beforehand what we needand wants to connect with us
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  • and get us on the same page.
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  • And we should never ever goanywhere else first before,
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  • in times of suffering,we go to the great Shepherd.
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  • And here it is, in one sentence:he knows us all better than
  • 00:23:20.315 --> 00:23:27.556
  • we know ourselves andloves us passionately.
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  • And so much so that he wantsto spend eternity
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  • with every one of us.
  • 00:23:38.333 --> 00:23:40.969
  • In the Bible, it says,"And I will come again
  • 00:23:41.002 --> 00:23:43.572
  • and receive you unto myself,that where I am,
  • 00:23:43.605 --> 00:23:46.641
  • there you may be also."
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  • God wants us to bewith him forever.
  • 00:23:48.743 --> 00:23:50.946
  • I remember reading someplacethat if God had a refrigerator,
  • 00:23:50.979 --> 00:23:54.115
  • your picture would beon the door.
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  • He loves you like that.
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  • And the beauty of it is,we now know that
  • 00:24:00.155 --> 00:24:02.791
  • he isn't loving us because hedoesn't know what we're up to.
  • 00:24:02.824 --> 00:24:06.528
  • He loves us in spiteof everything.
  • 00:24:06.561 --> 00:24:09.998
  • He loves us as we areand he loves us way
  • 00:24:10.031 --> 00:24:13.401
  • too much to leave usthe way that we are.
  • 00:24:13.435 --> 00:24:17.572
  • And that's why we cometo church, isn't it?
  • 00:24:17.606 --> 00:24:20.041
  • So we can learn more about him,become more like him,
  • 00:24:20.075 --> 00:24:24.045
  • and enjoy the benefit of beingin the forever family.
  • 00:24:24.079 --> 00:24:30.952
  • Let me just say to you today,I know this God.
  • 00:24:30.986 --> 00:24:35.323
  • He's faithful.
  • 00:24:35.357 --> 00:24:36.992
  • In every situationyou will ever face,
  • 00:24:37.025 --> 00:24:39.227
  • God is faithful.
  • 00:24:39.261 --> 00:24:41.863
  • And he wants to be faithful toyou and if you don't know him
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  • in a personal way, this may seema little strange to hear
  • 00:24:44.232 --> 00:24:46.701
  • a message like this 'causeif you don't know God,
  • 00:24:46.735 --> 00:24:48.703
  • you don't understand it.
  • 00:24:48.737 --> 00:24:50.772
  • But you know God first byputting your trust in his Son,
  • 00:24:50.805 --> 00:24:53.108
  • Jesus Christ, and there's nobetter thing you could ever do
  • 00:24:53.141 --> 00:24:56.344
  • than put your trustin Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:56.378 --> 00:24:58.380
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As I learn moreabout God in my walk with him,
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  • the more I understand that thereis so much more I need to know.
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  • If we turn that around,the Bible says:
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  • "God has known everythingabout us from the moment
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  • of our conceptionin our mother's womb.
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  • He knows us the waya father knows
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  • each of his unique children.
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  • The most important thing Godknows about us is that we need
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  • and the other is our monthlydevotional magazine called,
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Then when God getsinvolved in our lives,
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  • he takes the good and the bad,the mistakes and all
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  • of the things we do rightand, in his Sovereign,
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  • he mixes it all togetherand he puts together in his
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  • plan and accordingto the Scripture,
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  • he makes all things beautiful.
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Knowing a Sovereign God,"here on "Turning Point."
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