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Knowing a Powerful God

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August 7, 2020
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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: Fromthe first verse of Genesis
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  • when God created the heavensand the earth,
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  • to the last page of Revelationwhen we read about
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  • the throne of Godin New Jerusalem, our attention
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  • is dedicated to God's omnipotentand sovereign power.
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  • God's omnipotence energizesall his other attributes.
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  • But what is there about God'spower that you may not know?
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  • In today's messagefrom my new series,
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  • "The God You May Not Know,"we will look
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  • at four demonstrationsof God's power
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  • and my prayer is thatyou will walk away
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  • from today's program not justknowing about God's power
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  • but actually knowingand experiencing his power
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  • in your life.
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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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  • 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 serieson 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 a Powerful God."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible says"Great is our Lord,
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  • and mighty in power;His understanding is infinite."
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  • And the choirs of heavensing it this way:
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  • "Alleluia! Salvationand glory and honor
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  • and power belong to our God!"
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  • It is the infinite power of Godthat fuels the universe.
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  • Only God's infinite power canso effortlessly keep
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  • the universe hummingand crackling with energy.
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  • So today I wanna just take youon this little journey.
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  • First of all, with a bit ofan explanation of God's power
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  • in terms that we can understand.
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  • First of all,God can do all things.
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  • Revelation 19:6 says:"And I heard, as it were,
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  • the voiceof a great multitude,
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  • as the sound of many waters,as the sound
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  • of mighty thunderings, saying,'Alleluia!
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  • For the Lord God Omnipotentreigns!'"
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  • The Bible uses a unique wordto describe God.
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  • God is omnipotent.
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  • Say that with me.
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  • God is omnipotent.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • Omnipotent means all-powerful.
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  • Omni, O-M-N-I, is a biblicalterm which means all,
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  • and we can figure out potent.
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  • Potent means power.
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  • So omnipotent means all power.
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  • George Frideric Handelincorporated that
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  • into his,"Hallelujah Chorus"
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  • of his soul-stirring oratorio,
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  • "The Messiah," and the words areso electrifying we cannot listen
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  • to them sitting down.
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  • We have to stand up when we singabout the Lord God Omnipotent.
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  • From the first verses in Genesisall the way through the last
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  • page of Revelation when we readabout the throne of God
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  • in New Jerusalem,our attention is directed
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  • to God's omnipotent,all-powerful,
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  • almighty sovereign power.
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  • He can do all things.
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  • There isn't anything you canthink of that God can't do.
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  • Number two.
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  • Nothing is too hard for God.
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  • Luke 1:37 says: "With Godnothing will be impossible."
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  • And since he has all the powerin the universe at his command,
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  • he can do whatever he chooses.
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  • And he does one thing as easilyas he does another.
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  • Tozer indicates that nothingis harder for God
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  • than anything else.
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  • He does everything withthe same amount of ease.
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  • Now that's challenging to us.
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  • That's challenging forour finite minds to grasp
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  • because we have degreesof difficulty in what we do.
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  • Taking a tissue from a box iseasier than opening
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  • a sealed jar.
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  • Have you ever had your wife comeand give you a bottle of pickles
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  • or something and say,"I can't open this.
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  • Can you open this for me?"
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  • And hopefully you're still ableto do it because it's--
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  • I mean, it's a man thing.
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  • If you can't open that jar,it's a moment of discouragement
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  • for you.
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  • But God has no degreesof difficulty.
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  • He does everythingwith equal ease.
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  • He is able.
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  • He holds omnipotent energyin his hand.
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  • The patriarch Job said itthis way:
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  • "I know that You can doeverything and that there is
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  • no purpose of Yourscan be withheld from You."
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  • And Jeremiah prayed:"Ah, Lord God!
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  • Behold, You have madethe heavens and the earth
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  • by Your great powerand outstretched arm.
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  • There is nothingtoo hard for You."
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  • Abraham and Sarah learned thislesson when the Lord promised
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  • them a child in their old ageand you remember Sarah
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  • was past the ageof childbearing.
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  • She was pushing 100.
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  • And she laughed at the news,and the Lord God said,
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  • "Abraham, why did Sarah laugh,is anything too hard
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  • for the Lord?"
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  • The Lord Jesus echoes thistruth in the New Testament.
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  • He's discussing the difficultyof getting people into heaven,
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  • and he says, "It is easier fora camel to go through the eye
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  • of a needle than for a rich manto enter the kingdom of God.
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  • With men this is impossible,but with God all things
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  • are possible."
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  • God can do all things andnothing is too hard for God.
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  • Number three,God never gets tired.
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  • Isaiah 40:28 says:"Have you not known?
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  • Have you not heard?
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  • The everlasting God, the Lord,the Creator of the ends
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  • of the earth, neither faintsnor is weary.
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  • His understandingis unsearchable."
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  • God never gets tired.
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  • That brings meto the fourth thing.
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  • God can do all things,nothing is too hard for God,
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  • never does God get tired,and here's one
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  • that's kind of interesting.
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  • It's a question.
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  • Is there anything God cannot do?
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  • I've already said God can doall things but I'm gonna ask
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  • the question again.
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  • This is not doublespeak,nor am I trying to confuse you
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  • but I want you to understandsomething that if you
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  • don't understand,somebody will stick it to you
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  • someday in a discussion.
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  • Whenever you getaround young people,
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  • especially college kids who arehome from their first semester
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  • at the university,these are the kind of questions
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  • that they ask you.
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  • Questions like this one:Can God make a rock
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  • that is so heavyhe can't pick it up?
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  • Everybody go, "Hmm, hmm."
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  • Scholars love those kindof questions because
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  • there isn't really anylogical way to discuss it.
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  • It's a perplexing questionfor some people
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  • but not for people who know God.
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  • Questions like these are flawed.
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  • They're logically inconsistent.
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  • It's like asking if God can makea square circle.
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  • There isn't anything like that.
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  • And the questions areself-refuting and irrational.
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  • Whatever God doesin the exercise of his power
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  • is consistent withwho he is as a person.
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  • For example,Titus chapter 1, verse 2,
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  • says here's something Godcannot do.
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  • God cannot lie.
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  • Why can't he lie?
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  • If he can do all things,why can't he lie?
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  • Because it's against the natureof God and God never does
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  • anything against his nature.
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  • In that passage,the Apostle Paul wrote
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  • that he was laboring for Christ
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  • "in hope of eternal lifewhich God,
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  • who cannot lie,promised before time began."
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  • God cannot lie because doing sowould be inconsistent
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  • with his nature.
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  • James tells us thatGod cannot be tempted by evil,
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  • nor does he tempt anyone else:"Let no one say
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  • when he is tempted,'I am tempted by God';
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  • for God cannot be temptedby evil,
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  • nor does He Himselftempt anyone."
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  • God is immune fromtemptation because he's holy.
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  • He is beyond temptation's lureand he himself
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  • will never tempt us toward evil.
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  • He may test us to make us betterbut he will never tempt us
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  • to make us worse.
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  • The Bible says God is omnipotentbut his omnipotence
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  • is guided by his natureand it is therefore impossible
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  • for God to lie,impossible for God
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  • to deny himself,and impossible for God
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  • to be tempted by evilor tempt anyone else with evil.
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  • There are some thingsGod cannot do.
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  • He can do all things,but he cannot do those things
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  • which violate who he is.
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  • The explanation of God's power.
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  • Let me talk with youfor just a moment
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  • about the evidence of his power.
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  • How do we know that God isso powerful?
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  • I mean, if we were goingto appear before a jury
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  • and convince themof the power of God,
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  • what evidence would we bring?
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  • Well, let me tell you something.
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  • The evidence is just as wideas the universe
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  • and just as limitlessas the galaxies.
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  • There's no way you couldever present all the evidence
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  • for the power of God.
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  • So since we don't havean infinite time
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  • and I only have a short timefor this message,
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  • I've chosen four evidencesof the power of God.
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  • Maybe the fourmost important ones.
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  • First of all, the evidenceof God's power in creation.
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  • Here's what Romans says: "Whatmay be known about God is plain.
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  • For since the creationof the world
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  • God's invisible qualities--
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  • his eternal powerand divine nature--
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  • have been clearly seen,being understood
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  • from what has been made."
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  • How do we know God is powerful?
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  • When we study creation,we see the power of God.
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  • As I look at this and rememberwhat the Scripture says,
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  • I am genuinely surprised to seehow many passages speak of this.
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  • According to Genesis 1,"God said, 'Let there be light';
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  • and there was light.
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  • And God said, 'Let there bea firmament in the midst
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  • of the waters,' and it was so.
  • 00:13:36.031 --> 00:13:38.767
  • And God said,'Let the dry land appear';
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  • and it appeared.
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  • And God said, 'Let the earthbring forth grass,'
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  • and the grass appearedand he said,
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  • 'Let us make manin Our image," and he did.
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  • In the image of Godcreated He him,
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  • male and femalecreated He them."
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  • God spoke and the worldcame into being.
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  • I know the evolutionistsdon't like this truth
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  • but it doesn't matter.
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  • One of these days,they'll get it right.
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  • But the Bible says God createdthe heavens and the earth.
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  • Argue with it if you want,believe it or not,
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  • you cannot mess with the truth.
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  • The world is the worldthat God spoke into being.
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  • Frankly, as hard as it isto believe that,
  • 00:14:26.248 --> 00:14:29.018
  • that makes a whole lot moresense to me than the modern
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  • explanations that I read aboutin the evolutionary documents.
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  • His power was conveyed tobuild this world by the simple
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  • syllables of his speaking.
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  • Psalm says it this way:"By the word of the Lord
  • 00:14:44.566 --> 00:14:47.036
  • the heavens were made,and all the host
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  • of them by the breathof His mouth.
  • 00:14:50.005 --> 00:14:52.441
  • He spoke, and it was done;He commanded,
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  • and it stood fast."
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  • And then there ishis preservation.
  • 00:14:59.315 --> 00:15:02.017
  • How many of you know thatthis world is held together
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  • by the power of God?
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  • The God who createdthe universe is the one,
  • 00:15:07.289 --> 00:15:10.225
  • according to the New Testament,"in whom all things consist,"
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  • which means he is the gluethat holds it all together.
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  • God holds the whole worldtogether by his power.
  • 00:15:20.035 --> 00:15:25.207
  • And you know what that meansto you and me?
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  • If God can holdthe world together,
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  • I think he can probably hold youtogether.
  • 00:15:32.047 --> 00:15:35.084
  • Isaiah said:"Even to your old age,"
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  • oh, do I love this.
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  • "Even to your old ageand gray hairs I am he,
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  • I am he who will sustain you.
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  • I have made youand I will carry you;
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  • I will sustain youand I will rescue you."
  • 00:15:47.563 --> 00:15:50.466
  • Isaiah said, "Even whenyou're getting old and
  • 00:15:50.499 --> 00:15:52.735
  • you get gray hair, Almighty Godis still holding you together."
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  • How do you know he can do it?
  • 00:15:56.005 --> 00:15:57.306
  • He holds the whole worldtogether.
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  • He can handle you.
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  • And he can handle me.
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  • God's endless energyand his omnipotent power
  • 00:16:04.346 --> 00:16:07.983
  • is something to behold.
  • 00:16:08.017 --> 00:16:11.520
  • And then let me talk justa moment about the evidence
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  • of God's powerin the Resurrection.
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  • In creation we see it,in God's preservation
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  • of the world we see it,but mostly in
  • 00:16:19.895 --> 00:16:22.331
  • the New Testamentwe see it
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  • in the Resurrectionof Jesus Christ.
  • 00:16:24.133 --> 00:16:26.301
  • "His incomparably great powerfor us who believe.
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  • That power is the same asthe mighty strength he exerted
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  • when he raised Christfrom the dead and seated him
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  • at his right handin the heavenly realms,
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  • far above all rule andauthority, power and dominion."
  • 00:16:41.850 --> 00:16:45.220
  • God, by his exerted power,reversed the process of death,
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  • overturned the process of decay,caused a silent heart
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  • to beat again,made our Lord's closed eyes
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  • to open, his lifeless corpseto walk again,
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  • and there's so much more.
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  • Jesus didn't simply returnto life,
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  • he wasn't merely resuscitated.
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  • He was resurrectedwith a glorified body,
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  • one incapable of aging or painor sickness or death.
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  • He was resurrectedwith eternal power.
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  • He came out of the grave.
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  • The Resurrection is oneof the great evidences
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  • of the power of God.
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  • But you know,all of these are great.
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  • Creation, preservation,resurrection.
  • 00:17:24.593 --> 00:17:28.130
  • But you and I livein an age
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  • when the power of God isdemonstrated all the time,
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  • and it's the greatest powerof all.
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  • I call it the powerof transformation.
  • 00:17:38.140 --> 00:17:41.643
  • Romans 1:16 says:"For I am not ashamed
  • 00:17:41.977 --> 00:17:45.314
  • of the gospel of Christ,"watch this,
  • 00:17:45.347 --> 00:17:48.183
  • "for it is the power of Godto salvation."
  • 00:17:48.217 --> 00:17:54.623
  • How many of you knowit takes the power of God
  • 00:17:54.656 --> 00:17:57.126
  • to get us saved?
  • 00:17:57.159 --> 00:17:59.628
  • Some of you knowthat more than others.
  • 00:17:59.661 --> 00:18:01.730
  • Maybe you grew up in a Christianhome and you've always been
  • 00:18:01.763 --> 00:18:03.966
  • around the faith and one dayyou just accepted Christ
  • 00:18:03.999 --> 00:18:06.168
  • 'cause it seemed likethe natural thing to do.
  • 00:18:06.201 --> 00:18:08.704
  • But some of you came outof a life that wasn't anything
  • 00:18:08.737 --> 00:18:11.073
  • close to that and theAlmighty God reached down
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  • and he grabbed hold of your lifeand his power was displayed.
  • 00:18:14.710 --> 00:18:21.083
  • So we're almost finished butI don't wanna leave this message
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  • without giving you a coupleof takeaways for your own life.
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  • First of all, in the experienceof God's power,
  • 00:18:31.026 --> 00:18:35.130
  • the power of God shouldenergize our worship of God.
  • 00:18:35.164 --> 00:18:39.034
  • One of the things that's amazingto me as I study these various
  • 00:18:39.067 --> 00:18:41.703
  • attributes of God is all of themhave a connection to worship.
  • 00:18:41.737 --> 00:18:47.442
  • The whole issue,men and women, is this:
  • 00:18:47.476 --> 00:18:49.945
  • the more you know about God,the more you love God.
  • 00:18:49.978 --> 00:18:54.483
  • And the more you love God,the more you wanna worship God.
  • 00:18:54.516 --> 00:18:57.819
  • Whenever we sing our songs like,"All hail the power,"
  • 00:18:57.853 --> 00:19:00.989
  • or "Oh, Lord, my God,when I in awesome wonder,"
  • 00:19:01.023 --> 00:19:03.692
  • when we sing these songsof worship,
  • 00:19:03.725 --> 00:19:05.894
  • we are reminding ourselves ofthe greatness of Almighty God,
  • 00:19:05.928 --> 00:19:09.498
  • the omnipotent Godof the universe,
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  • the Creator of heaven and earth,the sustainer of heaven
  • 00:19:11.833 --> 00:19:15.137
  • and earth, the sourceof the Resurrection,
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  • and the reason why you andI are on our way to heaven,
  • 00:19:17.673 --> 00:19:20.475
  • hallelujah.
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  • The power of God shouldenergize our worship and,
  • 00:19:23.445 --> 00:19:26.415
  • secondly, the power of Godshould encourage our walk.
  • 00:19:26.448 --> 00:19:30.485
  • "Now may the God of hopefill you with all joy and peace
  • 00:19:30.519 --> 00:19:34.456
  • in believing, that you mayabound in hope by the power
  • 00:19:34.489 --> 00:19:38.860
  • of the Holy Spirit,"the third member
  • 00:19:38.894 --> 00:19:41.463
  • of the triune God.
  • 00:19:41.496 --> 00:19:43.232
  • And then the power of God notonly should energize our worship
  • 00:19:43.265 --> 00:19:47.836
  • and encourage our walk,the power of God
  • 00:19:47.869 --> 00:19:50.439
  • should empower our work.
  • 00:19:50.472 --> 00:19:52.975
  • Sometimes we feel like wedon't have the energy to do it.
  • 00:19:53.008 --> 00:19:56.345
  • Sometimes we get up and think,"Oh, I gotta go do this.
  • 00:19:56.378 --> 00:19:59.214
  • I'm on the team.I do this."
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  • Well, listen to this.
  • 00:20:01.750 --> 00:20:03.385
  • "God is the one who we proclaim,admonishing and teaching
  • 00:20:03.418 --> 00:20:08.724
  • everyone with all wisdom,so that we may present everyone
  • 00:20:08.757 --> 00:20:12.094
  • fully mature in Christ.
  • 00:20:12.127 --> 00:20:13.729
  • To this end I strenuouslycontend," now watch this,
  • 00:20:13.762 --> 00:20:16.031
  • "with all the energy Christso powerfully works in me."
  • 00:20:16.064 --> 00:20:22.271
  • Here's what I know.
  • 00:20:22.304 --> 00:20:24.439
  • It's not what I always practice.
  • 00:20:24.473 --> 00:20:26.408
  • It's what I know.
  • 00:20:26.441 --> 00:20:28.176
  • You cannot do the work of Godin your own power.
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:32.547
  • If you try, you will get onlywhat you can do,
  • 00:20:32.581 --> 00:20:36.318
  • but you will never discoverwhat God can do.
  • 00:20:36.351 --> 00:20:39.721
  • When we get involvedin serving the Lord,
  • 00:20:39.755 --> 00:20:42.190
  • if we're not careful we getinto our own persona.
  • 00:20:42.224 --> 00:20:45.027
  • We start working hard,adding more hours and trying
  • 00:20:45.060 --> 00:20:47.863
  • our very best to make it happen,and all of that is a part
  • 00:20:47.896 --> 00:20:50.565
  • of being in ministry but,men and women,
  • 00:20:50.599 --> 00:20:53.669
  • God never intended you and Ito take on the burden
  • 00:20:53.702 --> 00:20:57.639
  • of God's work in our own powerwhile he allows the power
  • 00:20:57.673 --> 00:21:01.410
  • of Almighty God we've beentalking about here today
  • 00:21:01.443 --> 00:21:04.313
  • to be unaccessed by usduring the process.
  • 00:21:04.346 --> 00:21:07.616
  • We have to stop sometimesand back up and say,
  • 00:21:07.649 --> 00:21:10.686
  • "Lord God,this is too big for me.
  • 00:21:10.719 --> 00:21:13.121
  • This is too much for me.
  • 00:21:13.155 --> 00:21:14.856
  • If you don't fill mewith your power,
  • 00:21:14.890 --> 00:21:16.792
  • this can't happen.
  • 00:21:16.825 --> 00:21:18.960
  • Not only can it not be born,it cannot be sustained.
  • 00:21:18.994 --> 00:21:23.031
  • And, oh, I wish I could bringbefore you the illustrations
  • 00:21:23.065 --> 00:21:26.201
  • that I know of peoplewho keep trying
  • 00:21:26.234 --> 00:21:28.203
  • to do the mighty work of Godwithout any of God's power.
  • 00:21:28.236 --> 00:21:33.475
  • And we see it so oftenin the secular realm.
  • 00:21:33.508 --> 00:21:36.044
  • In our churches instead ofteaching people how to access
  • 00:21:36.078 --> 00:21:38.580
  • the power of Godwe send them
  • 00:21:38.613 --> 00:21:40.482
  • to positive mentalattitude seminars.
  • 00:21:40.515 --> 00:21:43.185
  • We start holding all ofthe secular business seminars
  • 00:21:43.218 --> 00:21:46.321
  • in our own churchesto tell people how to do
  • 00:21:46.355 --> 00:21:48.557
  • the work of Godin their own strength
  • 00:21:48.590 --> 00:21:50.392
  • when it was never meant to bedone that way
  • 00:21:50.425 --> 00:21:52.761
  • in the first place.
  • 00:21:52.794 --> 00:21:54.763
  • And so we struggle and we failand we fall on our face.
  • 00:21:54.796 --> 00:21:56.331
  • Are those principles good?Yes.
  • 00:21:56.365 --> 00:21:58.967
  • Can we learn from them?Yes.
  • 00:21:59.000 --> 00:22:00.302
  • But they cannot be the sourceof our strength and our power.
  • 00:22:00.335 --> 00:22:03.372
  • Only our strength and power fromGod can enable us and empower us
  • 00:22:03.405 --> 00:22:08.543
  • to do the work of God.
  • 00:22:08.577 --> 00:22:11.513
  • Most Christians operatein the energy of the flesh
  • 00:22:11.546 --> 00:22:13.982
  • about 80% of the time, accordingto what people have discussed.
  • 00:22:14.015 --> 00:22:17.986
  • Sometimes I do that butI'm always sorry when I do.
  • 00:22:18.019 --> 00:22:22.991
  • You know, sometimesin a Christian life
  • 00:22:23.024 --> 00:22:24.326
  • you have a power outage.
  • 00:22:24.359 --> 00:22:25.660
  • You know what that is?
  • 00:22:25.694 --> 00:22:26.995
  • Well, it's going to the doctorand finding
  • 00:22:27.028 --> 00:22:28.997
  • there's something wrong.
  • 00:22:29.030 --> 00:22:31.466
  • It's going into your officeat work and being laid off.
  • 00:22:31.500 --> 00:22:34.803
  • It's getting a phone callthat your child is in trouble.
  • 00:22:34.836 --> 00:22:36.972
  • It's hearing the news thata loved one is at death's door.
  • 00:22:37.005 --> 00:22:39.508
  • It's a plungein the stock market
  • 00:22:39.541 --> 00:22:41.443
  • just when you're about readyto retire.
  • 00:22:41.476 --> 00:22:44.112
  • These things happen to you,they happen to me,
  • 00:22:44.146 --> 00:22:46.348
  • and they have for many yearsto many people.
  • 00:22:46.381 --> 00:22:50.085
  • That's just when we learnto switch power sources
  • 00:22:50.118 --> 00:22:52.587
  • and begin drawing from thetransformer of God's power
  • 00:22:52.621 --> 00:22:57.692
  • 'cause we find out we don'thave the strength to make it.
  • 00:22:57.726 --> 00:23:00.695
  • Why do you think people say,when they're going
  • 00:23:00.729 --> 00:23:02.531
  • through tough times,"Dr. Jeremiah,
  • 00:23:02.564 --> 00:23:04.399
  • I felt like God was closerto me than he's ever been
  • 00:23:04.433 --> 00:23:06.935
  • my whole life"?
  • 00:23:06.968 --> 00:23:08.303
  • 'Cause you switched off yourpower and you switched on God's.
  • 00:23:08.336 --> 00:23:12.374
  • And you found out his poweris sufficient.
  • 00:23:12.407 --> 00:23:16.411
  • And God is waiting to exercisehis power in your behalf.
  • 00:23:16.445 --> 00:23:20.582
  • If you're here today andyou don't know Jesus Christ
  • 00:23:20.615 --> 00:23:24.386
  • and maybe you thinkyour life is out of control
  • 00:23:24.419 --> 00:23:26.655
  • and there's nothingthat can change it,
  • 00:23:26.688 --> 00:23:28.723
  • I'm here to tell youif you haven't tried Jesus,
  • 00:23:28.757 --> 00:23:32.494
  • you're short-circuitingyour whole life.
  • 00:23:32.527 --> 00:23:35.664
  • Until you try Jesus, you haven'ttried the ultimate answer.
  • 00:23:35.697 --> 00:23:40.435
  • Jesus is the ultimate answerto whatever it is
  • 00:23:40.469 --> 00:23:43.939
  • that's happening in your life.
  • 00:23:43.972 --> 00:23:45.507
  • If you do not know Jesus Christ,tap into the power that's
  • 00:23:45.540 --> 00:23:48.910
  • waiting for you to change yourlife and make you a new person.
  • 00:23:48.944 --> 00:23:53.081
  • If you're a Christianand you're going through
  • 00:23:53.114 --> 00:23:54.883
  • a tough time and you wonder,"Is there any hope?"
  • 00:23:54.916 --> 00:23:57.285
  • Let me tell you, there is hope.
  • 00:23:57.319 --> 00:23:58.687
  • Nothing is too hard for our God.
  • 00:23:58.720 --> 00:24:01.957
  • Nothing is too hard.
  • 00:24:01.990 --> 00:24:03.525
  • He never sleeps.
  • 00:24:03.558 --> 00:24:04.860
  • He's not ever weary.
  • 00:24:04.893 --> 00:24:06.995
  • Whatever it is you need,he is able to do.
  • 00:24:07.028 --> 00:24:11.700
  • And don't give up on Jesus.
  • 00:24:11.733 --> 00:24:14.903
  • Don't ever give up on him.
  • 00:24:14.936 --> 00:24:17.739
  • You may feel like giving up onyourself and sometimes you have
  • 00:24:17.772 --> 00:24:20.809
  • to give up on yourself beforeyou come to Jesus but I came
  • 00:24:20.842 --> 00:24:25.480
  • here today to tell you howwonderful is the power of God.
  • 00:24:25.514 --> 00:24:28.817
  • But most of all to say,"Don't go away
  • 00:24:28.850 --> 00:24:30.952
  • with more knowledgeabout God's power.
  • 00:24:30.986 --> 00:24:33.154
  • Find out how his power iswaiting to affect your life and
  • 00:24:33.188 --> 00:24:36.691
  • make whatever decision you needto make today to get connected.
  • 00:24:36.725 --> 00:24:41.897
  • Get connected tothe power of God.
  • 00:24:41.930 --> 00:24:45.100
  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return to close
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  • today's programright after this.
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible saysthe power of God is displayed
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  • throughout his creation.
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  • His power is impossible to miss.
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  • Yet the most remarkable andsurprising display of his power
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  • is often ignored by many peopleand that is the Resurrection
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  • of his own Son from the dead.
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  • God raised his Son Jesusfrom the dead to demonstrate
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  • the reality of eternal lifefor all who will place
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  • their faith in him.
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  • You cannot fully experienceGod's power in your life
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  • until you have askedJesus Christ to be in it first.
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  • If you have never placed yourfaith in Christ I would love
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  • to send you two free giftsfrom Turning Point
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  • and the other is our monthlydevotional magazine called,
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • We will gladly send both theseresources to you free of charge
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  • if you'll contact us here at,"Turning Point" today.
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  • male announcer: Next time on,"Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: No matterhow hard it may seem to us
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  • right now, maybe you're goingthrough a difficult place,
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  • maybe you've never beenin a place like this before,
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  • but if you look you will seethe goodness of God,
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  • for it's everywhere.
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  • It's only when we block it outbecause we put our problems
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  • in the front of our mind andwe forget how good God is.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message
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  • "Knowing a Good God,"here on "Turning Point."
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