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Knowing a Changeless God

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August 6, 2020
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During this message Dr. Jeremiah explains the ways God never changes.

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Knowing a Changeless God

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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: God createdthe universe, the world,
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  • and each of uswith distinct purposes in mind.
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  • His plans were establishedfrom before the foundation
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  • of the world.
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  • His intentions and decreesdon't evolve
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  • with more knowledgefor he is all-knowing.
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  • He doesn't second-guess himselflike we do.
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  • The fact that God is changelessis a source of profound security
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  • for you and me.
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  • Because it's the oppositeof how we live,
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  • we can take hope in knowingthat when we are afflicted,
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  • overwhelmed, and encircledby our enemies,
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  • we can turn our eyes to himwho is always the same.
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  • In today's message titled,"Knowing a Changeless God,"
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  • I will share with youhow God's promises, purposes,
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  • and provisions cannotand will not ever change.
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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'snew 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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  • "God You May Not Know" setcontaining Dr. Jeremiah's
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  • and the "Knowing God" bookmark,plus Dr. Jeremiah's
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  • current teaching serieson DVD,
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  • "The God You May Not Know"book or set,
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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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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Knowing a Changeless God."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Our planet isfacing an onslaught
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  • of global threats but there'sone menace that you and I face
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  • every day and we probablydon't even know it.
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  • We feel it but it's hard tograsp all of its implications.
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  • Experts call it ROC,"rate of change."
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  • That's an appropriate acronymbecause it's not just the change
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  • but it's the rate of changethat's rocking our world.
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  • We're in a world that changesevery single moment
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  • and we can't seem to keep upyet the consequences
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  • of not keeping upare very frightening.
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  • Now don't get me wrong.
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  • I'm all for the right changesat the right times.
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  • In fact, the greatest changewe'll ever experience
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  • in this world in which we liveis the change we experience
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  • when we place our faithin Jesus Christ.
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  • He forgives us, he pardons us,he gives us eternal life.
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  • And the Bible says when we putour trust in Jesus Christ
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  • he comes into our life andwe are different people:
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  • "Old things pass awayand all things become new."
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  • You talk about change.
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  • When we come to Christ we areredeemed from the inside out.
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  • We're made new in lightof the Word of God.
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  • We literally pass from deathto life when we are born again.
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  • The Bible says whenJesus comes again,
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  • we shall all be changed.
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  • One mortal moment andthen an immortal eternity.
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  • 1 Corinthians 15 says:"In a moment,
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  • in the twinkling of an eye,at the last trumpet
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  • we shall be changed."
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  • And we're gonna be changedto be like Christ.
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  • We're gonna get a bodylike his Resurrection body.
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  • Change is at the very heartof redemption.
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  • And that's very encouragingbecause if you're like me,
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  • you've noticed you could use alittle changing here and there,
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  • amen?
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  • Amen.
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  • Even in human civilizationmany of our changes are good.
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  • I mean, who wants to go back tothe days before indoor plumbing?
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  • Do we need to vote on that one?
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  • We all love the benefits ofelectricity and medical advances
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  • and instant communicationswith people that we love.
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  • But some changes are not good.
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  • Some change is for the worse.
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  • In the midst of allof this change, enter God.
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  • Unchanging, unchangeable,immutable, forever,
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  • and unalterably steadfast.
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  • Our God never changes.
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  • So in light of that, thatwe have this unchanging God,
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  • I would like to give youfive things that
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  • this means to us and howit affects our lives today.
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  • Yes, God is unchanging.
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  • What does it mean?
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  • First of all, it means thathis promises are unchangeable.
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  • The terms "unchangeable" and"immutable" are hard to grasp.
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  • You've probably heard the word"immutability."
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  • Maybe you wonderwhat in the world that is.
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  • Well, I'll help you understandthat word
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  • and you'll never forgetwhat it means.
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  • If you've studiedscience at all,
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  • you've heard about mutations.
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  • Mutations are changes.
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  • Immutability means no change.
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  • It's changes with the "imu"on the front of it so
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  • there's no change.
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  • The word "immutability"is about change
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  • and the Bible saysGod does not do that.
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  • He does not change.
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  • The promises of the Bibleare just as sure
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  • as the character of God.
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  • Because God does not change,his promises do not change.
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  • I remember whenI was growing up,
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  • we had this little traditionin my house.
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  • I don't know if this was my momor my dad,
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  • but I rather suspectit was my mom.
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  • She brought home one dayand what she called
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  • the promise box andstacked together in this box
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  • were promises.
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  • And she put thison the kitchen table
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  • and every time us kids wouldget ready to come to dinner,
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  • we would sit downfor the prayer and,
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  • before we would pray,she would get this box out
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  • and she'd hand out one of theseto everybody around the table
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  • and we would read a promisefrom God before we prayed.
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  • And then we'd gather them all upand put them at the back
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  • of the box so they didn'tcirculate too quickly
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  • and we'd go through that box.
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  • And over the yearsthat I grew up,
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  • one of my memorieswas constantly
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  • being exposed tothe promises of God.
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  • And here are some of thecards from our kitchen table.
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  • I'd like you to help meremember them.
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  • Maybe some of them arewhat you need for today.
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  • So as I put 'em upon the screen,
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  • let's read 'emout loud together.
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  • Shall we do that?Let's go.
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  • "Have I not commanded you?
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  • Be strong and of a good courage;do not be afraid,
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  • nor be dismayed,for the Lord your God is
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  • with you wherever you go."
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  • "Call upon me in the dayof trouble; I will deliver you."
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  • "Fear not, for I am with you;be not dismayed,
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  • for I am your God.
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  • I will strengthen you, yes,I will help you,
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  • I will uphold you withmy righteous right hand."
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  • "If any of you lacks wisdom,let him ask of God,
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  • who gives to all liberallyand without reproach,
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  • and it will be given to him."
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  • "If we confess our sins,he is faithful and just
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  • to forgive us our sinsand to cleanse us
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  • from all unrighteousness."
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  • To grow stronger in our faith wemust focus our mental energy on
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  • the unfailing promises of God,on the unchangeable God
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  • who is behind those promises.
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  • I love what the Apostle Petersaid about these promises.
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  • He called them "exceedinglygreat and precious,"
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  • and they are.
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  • They're exceedinglygreat and precious.
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  • There was a man who owneda company and he was
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  • a Christian man and he hada young laborer
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  • who worked for himwho was also a Christian.
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  • And this owner began to noticethat this young man who was
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  • a Christian was handling lifea whole lot better than he was.
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  • They went through some troubleand some difficulty
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  • and it was tearing apartthe owner,
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  • but the young manwho came to work
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  • just came every daywith a smile on his face
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  • and never seemed to be movedat all by what was happening.
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  • And one day the ownercouldn't take it any longer
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  • and he went to his youngemployee and he said,
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  • "What is it with you, sir?"
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  • He said, "You don't seem to bebothered by anything."
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  • He said, "Well, the secret isthe promises of God."
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  • He said, "Well, I have them too.
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  • I stand on the promises of God."
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  • He said, "That's your problem."
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  • He said, "You can't standon 'em.
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  • You've got to lay down on 'emand hold on to 'em with both
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  • hands and embrace them."
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  • He said, "If you stand on 'em,the wind can blow you off of 'em
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  • but if you hang on withboth hands and you hug it
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  • with all your--you've got to hugyour promises," he said.
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  • And that's not a bad truth.
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  • It's not just read it onceand say, "Well, there it is."
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  • And take that promise to heart.
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  • Put your arms around it,hug it to your soul,
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  • and God will meet your need.
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  • His promises are unchangeable.
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  • His purposes are unchangeable.
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  • That's the second thing.
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  • Not only are God's promisesunchanging, so are his purposes.
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  • Did you know thatwhen God created you,
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  • he already knew what you weregonna be like because he saw you
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  • before the foundation ofthe world and his purpose
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  • for you was already in his mind.
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  • There's no one here thatdoesn't have a purpose from God.
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  • You may not feelvery purposeful,
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  • you may not feelvery close to God,
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  • but if you're a Christian,if you know Jesus Christ,
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  • if you've accepted Christ,Almighty God has
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  • a purpose for your life.
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  • And it's your responsibilityto find out what that is.
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  • He's not gonna send youan email.
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  • You have to get that.
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  • You have to get inthe Word of God and find out
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  • what God is up toin your life.
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  • It's part of the growththat you go through.
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  • As humans, we have a hard timeunderstanding this because
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  • let me tell you what we are.
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  • We're not immutable.
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  • We're improvisers.
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  • We improvise.
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  • I mean, we start cooking supperand we don't have
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  • all the ingredients,and so, we improvise.
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  • How's that turn out?
  • 00:12:23.058 --> 00:12:24.393
  • We create a business plan butwe forget there's some obstacles
  • 00:12:25.227 --> 00:12:28.230
  • out there that we didn't see,so we improvise.
  • 00:12:28.264 --> 00:12:31.600
  • We form a game plan forour team but the opponents
  • 00:12:31.634 --> 00:12:34.537
  • call an audible and runa trick play, so we improvise.
  • 00:12:34.570 --> 00:12:41.477
  • But God never improvises.
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  • He already knows all thecontingencies and his providence
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  • marches toward his goalsand his immutable decrees.
  • 00:12:48.217 --> 00:12:52.521
  • Perhaps you're saying,"Well, I've read the Bible,
  • 00:12:52.555 --> 00:12:54.957
  • Dr. Jeremiah,and I've read some verses
  • 00:12:54.990 --> 00:12:56.759
  • and I got some questions."
  • 00:12:56.792 --> 00:12:59.228
  • If you ever hangaround young people,
  • 00:12:59.261 --> 00:13:00.563
  • especially college-age kids,they know
  • 00:13:00.596 --> 00:13:01.964
  • where all these places are.
  • 00:13:01.997 --> 00:13:03.732
  • Somebody told 'em.
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  • They didn't read itin their devotional time.
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  • They heard it fromsome ungodly professor
  • 00:13:07.036 --> 00:13:08.504
  • in a school they go to.
  • 00:13:08.537 --> 00:13:10.072
  • But here are some of the thingsthat you hear
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  • when you talk aboutthe changeless nature of God.
  • 00:13:11.740 --> 00:13:15.177
  • "Does not the Bible tell usthat God changes his mind?
  • 00:13:15.211 --> 00:13:20.616
  • For instance, when God saw thewickedness of the world before
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  • the flood he was "sorry thathe had made man on the earth."
  • 00:13:23.485 --> 00:13:29.525
  • Or this one is the onewe're gonna talk about.
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  • The prophet Jonahdelivered his message
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  • to the people of Nineveh.
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  • Here was his message:"Yet 40 days and Nineveh
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  • shall be overthrown," and yetwhen you read Jonah chapter 3,
  • 00:13:42.071 --> 00:13:46.709
  • God spared Nineveh.
  • 00:13:46.742 --> 00:13:49.879
  • What do you say whenpeople say to you,
  • 00:13:49.912 --> 00:13:52.248
  • "Well, God told the peopleof Nineveh that he was gonna
  • 00:13:52.281 --> 00:13:55.184
  • destroy them and then we foundout that he didn't do that.
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  • Did God change his mind?"
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  • And I answer it like this.
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  • God's threat to wicked Ninevehwas not unqualified
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  • and unconditional.
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  • God did not go to the kingon the throne of Nineveh,
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  • hearing Jonah's message and theparliament as it met to discuss
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  • what might happen and the womenas they wept at the well
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  • and the beggars as theywondered what to do.
  • 00:14:19.909 --> 00:14:22.611
  • He did not go to them and say,"It doesn't matter
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  • how you change your ways,you repent deeply
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  • or cry for mercy and destroyyour idols and trust in me,
  • 00:14:28.284 --> 00:14:31.687
  • I am still gonna nuke you."
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  • God did not say that.
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  • If God had treated them aftertheir repentance in the same way
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  • as he was going to treat themin their cruelty and contempt,
  • 00:14:41.530 --> 00:14:45.467
  • then God would have beenan implacable and unjust God.
  • 00:14:45.501 --> 00:14:49.605
  • I mean, why had he bothered togo to such lengths to get Jonah
  • 00:14:49.638 --> 00:14:52.808
  • by hook or by crook,by storm or by whale,
  • 00:14:52.841 --> 00:14:55.611
  • to come and preach to them if heintended just to destroy them?
  • 00:14:55.644 --> 00:14:59.481
  • Why not simply killthe lot of them?
  • 00:14:59.515 --> 00:15:02.351
  • The unchangeable nature of Godmeans that God is
  • 00:15:02.384 --> 00:15:05.487
  • always consistent,that he is always the same,
  • 00:15:05.521 --> 00:15:09.191
  • that whatever happens in life,it is not God who is
  • 00:15:09.224 --> 00:15:12.962
  • on the changing end of it.
  • 00:15:12.995 --> 00:15:14.563
  • It is man.
  • 00:15:14.596 --> 00:15:15.998
  • It is like the sun thathardens clay and melts butter.
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  • Is it the sun's faultthat that happens?
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  • No, it's the characterand quality of the object.
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  • He is changeless.
  • 00:15:24.907 --> 00:15:26.241
  • He is always the same.
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  • He will always dothe right thing.
  • 00:15:27.743 --> 00:15:30.112
  • That is the consistencyof the God that we serve.
  • 00:15:30.145 --> 00:15:33.515
  • So don't let any would-beskeptic blow you off course
  • 00:15:33.549 --> 00:15:38.554
  • because the Bible is trueand if you just take
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  • a little extra timeyou can figure it out.
  • 00:15:41.457 --> 00:15:44.626
  • 1 Samuel 15:29 puts it this way:"The Strength of Israel
  • 00:15:44.660 --> 00:15:48.097
  • will not lie nor relent.
  • 00:15:48.130 --> 00:15:51.200
  • For he is not a man,that he should relent."
  • 00:15:51.233 --> 00:15:55.637
  • The unchangeableness of Godmeans that God always does
  • 00:15:55.671 --> 00:15:58.374
  • what's right always.
  • 00:15:58.407 --> 00:15:59.742
  • In other words,God's immutability
  • 00:15:59.775 --> 00:16:02.244
  • is God's absolute consistency.
  • 00:16:02.277 --> 00:16:05.014
  • You can depend on God,you can trust in him,
  • 00:16:05.047 --> 00:16:07.082
  • he will always do what is right.
  • 00:16:07.116 --> 00:16:09.785
  • And then his provisions areunchangeable and I like this one
  • 00:16:11.353 --> 00:16:14.056
  • best of all because I have needslike you do and we like to know
  • 00:16:14.089 --> 00:16:18.627
  • that we have a God up therewho cares about all that.
  • 00:16:18.660 --> 00:16:21.764
  • Here's what the Bible saysin James 1:17:
  • 00:16:21.797 --> 00:16:25.034
  • "Every good endowmentthat we possess
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  • and every complete giftthat we have received
  • 00:16:27.102 --> 00:16:29.471
  • comes from above,from the Father of all lights,
  • 00:16:29.505 --> 00:16:32.841
  • with whom there is neverthe slightest variation
  • 00:16:32.875 --> 00:16:35.244
  • or shadow of inconsistency."
  • 00:16:35.277 --> 00:16:39.148
  • God is unchangeable andhis grace never diminishes.
  • 00:16:39.181 --> 00:16:42.885
  • From his hand comesone blessing after another.
  • 00:16:42.918 --> 00:16:45.287
  • Are we blessed orare we blessed?
  • 00:16:45.320 --> 00:16:48.457
  • The same God who provideda spring of water for Hagar
  • 00:16:48.490 --> 00:16:51.360
  • created streams in the desertfor the Israelites,
  • 00:16:51.393 --> 00:16:55.230
  • brought bread by ravensfor Elijah, delivered fish
  • 00:16:55.264 --> 00:17:00.803
  • on the Galilean hillsideand food for the widows
  • 00:17:00.836 --> 00:17:03.572
  • in the book of Acts.
  • 00:17:03.605 --> 00:17:05.674
  • He's the God who will providefor you.
  • 00:17:05.707 --> 00:17:07.876
  • He's the father of lightsand the maker of stars.
  • 00:17:07.910 --> 00:17:11.513
  • He knows how to meet our needsand he always is faithful
  • 00:17:11.547 --> 00:17:14.750
  • when we trust him.
  • 00:17:14.783 --> 00:17:16.452
  • And here's the good news,men and women.
  • 00:17:17.786 --> 00:17:20.422
  • The same God who providedfor the heroes of the Bible
  • 00:17:20.456 --> 00:17:23.392
  • is caring for you.
  • 00:17:23.425 --> 00:17:25.961
  • I love to think that the Godwho hears my cries for help
  • 00:17:25.994 --> 00:17:28.730
  • is the same God who heard Danieland David and Peter and Paul
  • 00:17:28.764 --> 00:17:33.035
  • and all the rest of the peoplethat I love to study
  • 00:17:33.068 --> 00:17:36.205
  • in my Bible.
  • 00:17:36.238 --> 00:17:38.373
  • The same God.
  • 00:17:38.407 --> 00:17:40.843
  • His promises are unchangeable,his purposes are unchangeable,
  • 00:17:40.876 --> 00:17:46.715
  • his provisions are unchangeable,and his personality
  • 00:17:46.748 --> 00:17:49.918
  • is unchangeable.
  • 00:17:49.952 --> 00:17:52.321
  • Let me just say thisright up front.
  • 00:17:52.354 --> 00:17:54.123
  • This is one of my favoritethings about this point.
  • 00:17:54.156 --> 00:17:56.024
  • God is never in a bad mood.
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  • Do you know anybody like that?
  • 00:18:00.095 --> 00:18:02.798
  • You're not married to one.
  • 00:18:02.831 --> 00:18:04.133
  • I know that for sure.
  • 00:18:04.166 --> 00:18:06.435
  • God never has a bad day.
  • 00:18:06.468 --> 00:18:08.604
  • There's never a place whereyou need to stop and say,
  • 00:18:08.637 --> 00:18:10.639
  • "Well, let's waituntil next week.
  • 00:18:10.672 --> 00:18:11.974
  • Maybe God will be doingbetter by then."
  • 00:18:12.007 --> 00:18:16.111
  • Our Lord possessesthe same wisdom,
  • 00:18:16.145 --> 00:18:19.114
  • grace, benevolence,compassion, power, glory,
  • 00:18:19.148 --> 00:18:22.384
  • and attitude as he didwhen he walked on this earth.
  • 00:18:22.417 --> 00:18:25.287
  • You know how I know that?
  • 00:18:25.320 --> 00:18:26.622
  • Because Hebrews 13:8 says:"Jesus Christ is the same
  • 00:18:26.655 --> 00:18:30.659
  • yesterday, today, and forever."
  • 00:18:30.692 --> 00:18:34.997
  • We change but Goddoes not change.
  • 00:18:35.030 --> 00:18:37.699
  • When we are afflicted andoverwhelmed and complaining,
  • 00:18:38.467 --> 00:18:41.036
  • when we can't sleep andwe're encircled by our enemies,
  • 00:18:41.069 --> 00:18:44.339
  • we have to turn our eyes tohim who is always the same,
  • 00:18:44.373 --> 00:18:47.809
  • whose years have no end.
  • 00:18:47.843 --> 00:18:50.979
  • Let me just add one littlethought for all of us
  • 00:18:51.013 --> 00:18:54.016
  • who are believers today.
  • 00:18:54.049 --> 00:18:56.018
  • I hope you will grab holdof this.
  • 00:18:56.051 --> 00:18:59.054
  • The Christian knows no changein regard to God.
  • 00:18:59.087 --> 00:19:04.159
  • Listen to me.
  • 00:19:04.193 --> 00:19:05.661
  • You may be rich todayand poor tomorrow.
  • 00:19:05.694 --> 00:19:07.763
  • You may be sick todayand well tomorrow.
  • 00:19:07.796 --> 00:19:10.332
  • You may be happy todayand distressed tomorrow.
  • 00:19:10.365 --> 00:19:12.968
  • But there is no changewith regard
  • 00:19:13.001 --> 00:19:15.470
  • to your relationship with God.
  • 00:19:15.504 --> 00:19:17.706
  • God is not affectedby riches or poverty,
  • 00:19:17.739 --> 00:19:21.410
  • by sickness or wellness.
  • 00:19:21.443 --> 00:19:23.378
  • If you are God's childyou are with him.
  • 00:19:23.412 --> 00:19:26.815
  • If he loved you yesterday,he loves you today.
  • 00:19:26.848 --> 00:19:29.451
  • You are neither better nor worsein God than you ever were.
  • 00:19:29.484 --> 00:19:32.754
  • Let all your prospectsbe blighted,
  • 00:19:32.788 --> 00:19:34.856
  • let all your hopes be blasted,let all your joy be withered,
  • 00:19:34.890 --> 00:19:37.960
  • you haven't lost anythingwith what you have in God
  • 00:19:37.993 --> 00:19:40.862
  • because your relationshipwith God is above
  • 00:19:40.896 --> 00:19:44.499
  • and beyond all of thatother stuff that I mentioned.
  • 00:19:44.533 --> 00:19:49.204
  • When our world spins too fastand changes too much,
  • 00:19:49.238 --> 00:19:52.641
  • we need to contemplatethe immutability of our God,
  • 00:19:52.674 --> 00:19:55.811
  • his promises, his purposes,his provision,
  • 00:19:55.844 --> 00:19:58.113
  • his personality cannot change.
  • 00:19:58.146 --> 00:20:01.350
  • And there's one last thought:
  • 00:20:01.383 --> 00:20:03.652
  • his propheciescannot change either.
  • 00:20:03.685 --> 00:20:07.089
  • And I'm not talking aboutthe promises that I mentioned
  • 00:20:07.122 --> 00:20:09.324
  • at the early partof this message.
  • 00:20:09.358 --> 00:20:11.460
  • I wish I could tell youthat there is no dark side
  • 00:20:11.493 --> 00:20:14.763
  • to the immutability of God.
  • 00:20:14.796 --> 00:20:17.866
  • But there is.
  • 00:20:17.899 --> 00:20:20.469
  • I would be less than faithfulif I didn't tell you about it.
  • 00:20:20.502 --> 00:20:23.472
  • Just as God does not changeone word of his promise,
  • 00:20:23.505 --> 00:20:26.708
  • you need to knowthat if you reject him,
  • 00:20:26.742 --> 00:20:28.677
  • you will go to a Christlesseternity when you die.
  • 00:20:28.710 --> 00:20:32.514
  • His justice and judgmentare unchanging.
  • 00:20:32.547 --> 00:20:35.317
  • His warnings are consistentthroughout the Scripture.
  • 00:20:35.350 --> 00:20:37.986
  • At the beginning of the Biblehe told Adam and Eve that
  • 00:20:38.020 --> 00:20:40.289
  • if they disobeyed him,"You shall surely die."
  • 00:20:40.322 --> 00:20:43.992
  • In the middle of the Biblewe read:
  • 00:20:44.026 --> 00:20:45.427
  • "The soul who sinnethshall die."
  • 00:20:45.460 --> 00:20:47.863
  • Jesus warned in John 8:24that if you reject him
  • 00:20:47.896 --> 00:20:50.899
  • "you will die in your sins."
  • 00:20:50.932 --> 00:20:52.934
  • In Romans 6:23 Paul wrote:"The wages of sin is death."
  • 00:20:52.968 --> 00:20:57.172
  • Near the end of the BibleJames describes how sin
  • 00:20:57.205 --> 00:20:59.675
  • "when it is finished,brings forth death."
  • 00:20:59.708 --> 00:21:03.111
  • At the final pagesof Revelation,
  • 00:21:03.145 --> 00:21:07.416
  • at the judgment beforeGod's Great White Throne,
  • 00:21:07.449 --> 00:21:10.185
  • we read: "Anyone not foundwritten in the Book of Life
  • 00:21:10.218 --> 00:21:15.123
  • was cast into the lake of fire."
  • 00:21:15.157 --> 00:21:19.328
  • Now listen to me carefullyand hear my heart.
  • 00:21:19.361 --> 00:21:21.697
  • I am so excited to tell youabout the promises of God
  • 00:21:21.997 --> 00:21:25.300
  • that never fail.
  • 00:21:25.334 --> 00:21:26.968
  • But I am also frightened thatif you do not listen to me,
  • 00:21:27.002 --> 00:21:31.540
  • you will think that it's onlythe good promises of God
  • 00:21:31.573 --> 00:21:34.109
  • that do not fail.
  • 00:21:34.142 --> 00:21:35.644
  • When God tells us what happenswhen we reject him,
  • 00:21:35.677 --> 00:21:38.380
  • he keeps his word at the samerate as keeping his word
  • 00:21:38.413 --> 00:21:41.650
  • with his positive promises.
  • 00:21:41.683 --> 00:21:43.585
  • He never can lie.
  • 00:21:43.618 --> 00:21:44.953
  • God could not tell you thesethings will happen to you
  • 00:21:44.986 --> 00:21:46.988
  • if you reject him andthen not do them.
  • 00:21:47.022 --> 00:21:49.524
  • The whole message of Scriptureis bound up in God's
  • 00:21:50.192 --> 00:21:52.327
  • wonderful plan: to reconcilehumanity with himself.
  • 00:21:52.361 --> 00:21:56.698
  • He wants all of us to bein heaven with him.
  • 00:21:56.732 --> 00:21:59.534
  • It is his desire that we becomea part of his forever family
  • 00:21:59.568 --> 00:22:05.040
  • and spend eternity in heavenwith our Creator.
  • 00:22:05.073 --> 00:22:08.577
  • In Malachi chapter 3, we readthese words: "For I am the Lord,
  • 00:22:08.610 --> 00:22:13.749
  • I do not change;therefore you are not consumed,
  • 00:22:13.782 --> 00:22:16.718
  • O sons of Jacob."
  • 00:22:16.752 --> 00:22:18.620
  • Change and decay all around usbut we have a changeless God.
  • 00:22:18.653 --> 00:22:24.326
  • If you're a Christian todayand you know him,
  • 00:22:25.160 --> 00:22:27.429
  • put your arms around him todayin your time of devotion.
  • 00:22:27.462 --> 00:22:30.966
  • Read his Word and rejoiceand give him thanks that he is
  • 00:22:30.999 --> 00:22:34.202
  • the one on whom you count.
  • 00:22:34.236 --> 00:22:36.571
  • If you're not a Christian,take this moment
  • 00:22:36.605 --> 00:22:40.075
  • to think seriouslyabout your life.
  • 00:22:40.108 --> 00:22:42.611
  • God loves you.
  • 00:22:42.644 --> 00:22:44.112
  • He sent his Son, Jesus Christ,to die for you on the cross
  • 00:22:44.146 --> 00:22:46.815
  • so that you could be forgivenof your sin and get out from
  • 00:22:46.848 --> 00:22:50.118
  • under those negative thingsthat God said and
  • 00:22:50.152 --> 00:22:55.023
  • get over on the side of God'sgood promise for your life.
  • 00:22:55.056 --> 00:23:00.862
  • One thing for sure, everythingis going to change and the
  • 00:23:00.896 --> 00:23:04.199
  • change is gonna come faster andfaster and some of these changes
  • 00:23:04.232 --> 00:23:07.736
  • are gonna shock us and some willencourage us but if you know
  • 00:23:07.769 --> 00:23:10.639
  • the unchanging God you areready for whatever happens.
  • 00:23:10.672 --> 00:23:18.847
  • Lloyd Douglas was the author of,"The Robe."
  • 00:23:18.880 --> 00:23:24.586
  • And when he wasa university student,
  • 00:23:24.619 --> 00:23:26.254
  • he lived in a boarding house.
  • 00:23:26.288 --> 00:23:28.623
  • Downstairs on the first floorof that boarding house
  • 00:23:28.657 --> 00:23:31.893
  • was an elderly retiredmusic teacher.
  • 00:23:31.927 --> 00:23:35.263
  • He was very infirm andcould not leave his apartment.
  • 00:23:35.297 --> 00:23:39.534
  • Douglas took a liking tothis man and every morning
  • 00:23:39.568 --> 00:23:43.238
  • they had a ritual theywould go through together.
  • 00:23:43.271 --> 00:23:47.409
  • Lloyd Douglas would comedownstairs and he would open
  • 00:23:47.442 --> 00:23:50.045
  • the man's door and ask him,"Well, sir,
  • 00:23:50.078 --> 00:23:52.347
  • what's the good news today?"
  • 00:23:52.380 --> 00:23:55.116
  • And the old man would pick uphis tuning fork and tap it
  • 00:23:55.150 --> 00:23:58.353
  • on the side of his wheelchairand hold it up and say,
  • 00:23:58.386 --> 00:24:01.523
  • "That's middle C.
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  • It was middle C yesterday,it will be middle C tomorrow,
  • 00:24:03.658 --> 00:24:07.062
  • and it will be middle C1000 years from now.
  • 00:24:07.095 --> 00:24:10.832
  • The tenor upstairs sings flat,the piano across the hall is
  • 00:24:10.866 --> 00:24:14.402
  • out of tune but, my friend,this is middle C
  • 00:24:14.436 --> 00:24:17.606
  • and that's the good newsfor today."
  • 00:24:17.639 --> 00:24:20.642
  • And I wanna tell youJesus Christ is my middle C.
  • 00:24:22.477 --> 00:24:29.117
  • He is the same yesterday,today, and forever.
  • 00:24:29.150 --> 00:24:33.922
  • The world in which I liveis out of tune.
  • 00:24:33.955 --> 00:24:36.992
  • The prognosticatorsgot it all wrong.
  • 00:24:37.025 --> 00:24:40.529
  • Everything I look at seemsmessed up but I take
  • 00:24:40.562 --> 00:24:43.498
  • my tuning fork and I thrust itagainst the hard surface
  • 00:24:43.532 --> 00:24:47.602
  • and I remind myself,"My God is my middle C."
  • 00:24:47.636 --> 00:24:53.108
  • And he's yours, too.
  • 00:24:53.141 --> 00:24:54.876
  • We serve and lovean unchanging God.
  • 00:24:54.910 --> 00:25:00.749
  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return to close
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  • today's programright after this.
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  • announcer: Todayon "Turning Point,"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would liketo offer you,
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  • "The God You May Not Know:Take the Journey From Knowing
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  • About God to Knowing God,"inside which Dr. Jeremiah shares
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  • the powerful characteristicsthat God himself wants you
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  • to understand.
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Some peoplethrive on change
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  • while others don't.
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  • And all of us wishwe could go back in time
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  • and do a few things differentlybut we can't.
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  • But change is a foreign ideato God because
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  • he sees everything all at once.
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  • He sees past,present, and future.
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  • In fact, the death of his Sonwasn't a surprise to God.
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  • It was his plan to offer youthe blessings of forgiveness
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  • and eternal life.
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  • You can discoverthat perfect plan for yourself
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  • with two free giftsfrom Turning Point.
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  • Both will guide you to faithin the God who is unchanging
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  • male announcer: Next time on,"Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We are remindingourselves of the greatness
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  • of Almighty God, the omnipotentGod of the universe,
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  • the Creator of heaven and earth,the sustainer of heaven
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  • and earth, the sourceof the Resurrection,
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  • and the reason why you and Iare on our way to heaven,
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  • hallelujah.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next time forDr. Jeremiah message,
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  • "Knowing a Powerful God,"here on "Turning Point."
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