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A Life Beyond Amazing

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July 2, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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A Life Beyond Amazing

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  • - Dr. David Jeremiah: Each
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  • of us has just one life to live.
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  • Our life should count.
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  • It should matter.
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  • It should have purpose and,
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  • frankly, it should be amazing.
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  • But as I look around me, I
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  • see lives lived in disarray,
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  • in defeat, and discouragement.
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  • I've been deeply burdened about
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  • this because, you see,
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  • an unfulfilled life
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  • is just no way to exist.
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  • And from what I read in the
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  • Scripture, God promises us
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  • a life of blessings beyond our
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  • comprehension, literally a life
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  • beyond amazing.
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  • So I asked a few friends
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  • of mine, friends who I believe
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  • demonstrate a life beyond
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  • amazing, to sit down together
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  • with me and discuss
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  • what it takes to live a vibrant
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  • and victorious life.
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  • We gathered together for a meal
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  • in San Diego and what
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  • you're about to see is a part
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: I wanna thank
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  • you for joining me today
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  • for this amazing discussion.
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  • Somebody asked me one day,
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  • "Well, since we live
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  • in this kind of time,
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  • what should we be focusing on?"
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  • And everybody wants to know what
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  • to do, and I think God cares
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  • more about who we are,
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  • what kind of people we are.
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  • There's a bridge between when
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  • you become a Christian and when
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  • you go to heaven, and it should
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  • be making a difference
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  • in our lives.
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  • And in this discussion today,
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  • we're gonna look at some
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  • of those characteristics and ask
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  • ourselves is there something
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  • we should be doing to move this
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  • along because the fact is that
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  • the Holy Spirit gives us these
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  • qualities, they're gifts,
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  • but what most people
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  • don't understand,
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  • you've gotta open a gift.
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  • You've gotta receive it.
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  • You've gotta put it to work.
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  • And the Bible doesn't have any
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  • problem helping us understand
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  • that while the Holy Spirit
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  • is giving us all these gifts,
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  • we are commanded
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  • to put them into operation.
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  • You all know the Scripture where
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  • it says, "Jesus came that we
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  • might have life, and that we
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  • might have it more abundantly."
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  • Most Christians I know hear
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  • that and they think
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  • that it's talking about heaven.
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  • But Jesus wasn't talking
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  • about heaven.
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  • He's talking about life now.
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  • So here's my question.
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  • Do you think most Christians
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  • today are living a life
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  • beyond amazing?
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  • - Mandisa: Abundantly, for me,
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  • when I think about living life
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  • fully in relationship with the
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  • Lord and walking with the
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  • authority that I know that he's
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  • given me, I think very few of us
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  • are doing that but I think
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  • it's because it's hard to do
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  • something that you've not seen
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  • patterned for you so I feel
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  • like, hopefully, this discussion
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  • will maybe give a pattern.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: A lot of the
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  • Christian language that we hear
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  • today is a discussion of things
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  • that people know about
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  • but they don't live it.
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  • Do we all here at this table
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  • agree that it's possible
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  • that we could live that life?
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  • I mean, 'cause if we don't agree
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  • that, we should just eat our
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  • dinner and go home, you know?
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  • - David Green: To me,
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  • an abundant life with Jesus is
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  • all about following after him.
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  • I think that's when we see
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  • abundant life, is when we follow
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  • after him and try to walk
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  • with him as close as we can.
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  • Not that I've always done that,
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  • but I see that that's when we
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  • can live that abundant life.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: And you know
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  • that translates into the kind of
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  • life that the Bible talks about.
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  • Kirk, I know enough about
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  • the athletic world to know
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  • that there's a fine line between
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  • living your faith on the field
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  • and being the person everybody
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  • watches, and the abundant life
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  • is possible even in the NFL?
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  • - Kirk Cousins:
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  • Sure, absolutely.
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  • I think that through the NFL,
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  • you know, the Lord is certainly
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  • teaching me a lot.
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  • And so it's required great faith
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  • and I get on the bus every game
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  • wondering, you know,
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  • if something happens today what
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  • does that mean for my future,
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  • what does that mean
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  • for my security?
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  • And the Lord's teaching me,
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  • "Kirk, your security's not
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  • in a contract.
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  • Your security's
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  • not in touchdown passes.
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  • Your security's in me.
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  • Just trust me."
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  • And so the Lord has used the NFL
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  • to take me on a faith lesson
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  • and, as a result, I come out
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  • looking back, saying,
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  • "What an abundant life
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  • he's allowed me to live."
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  • Doesn't mean it was easy,
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  • doesn't mean it was always what
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  • I wanted, but it's been
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  • an adventure, it's been
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  • a worthwhile adventure,
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  • and hearing and responding
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  • to the voice of God, as David
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  • mentioned, as you have said,
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  • is a key part to living that
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  • abundant life.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: Right, amen.
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  • - Bobby Schuller: Yeah, I think
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  • when you ask are there some
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  • Christians that are leading
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  • a life beyond amazing,
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  • there absolutely are.
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  • And, in fact, I sometimes think
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  • they're the only ones
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  • that are doing it.
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  • There's a lot of Christians
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  • that aren't but I wouldn't be
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  • a believer if I didn't see other
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  • believers living amazing lives.
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  • And I think you sort of
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  • have two messages.
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  • You have the one from the world
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  • that says, "A life beyond
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  • amazing is if you travel a lot
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  • and if you have a lot of fun
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  • experiences or you make tons of
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  • money, if you do these things,"
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  • but the believers are saying,
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  • "No, there's a life that's
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  • amazing if you follow Jesus' way
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  • which means serving others,
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  • being generous, bonding deeply
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  • with others, being vulnerable,
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  • letting go of shame, believing
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  • in God's love," and there's two
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  • very different messages and
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  • that's why I think one of the
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  • best ways to lead people
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  • to Christ is to lead the amazing
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  • life Jesus has called us to.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: Amen.
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  • - Mandisa:
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  • Jesus is after a relationship.
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  • It's not just about
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  • Sunday morning participation.
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  • It really is about a life that
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  • you live every single day
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  • in relationship with the Lord.
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  • And I think it's just so easy
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  • for us to look at the outside,
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  • what we see in our churches
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  • on Sunday mornings, and to think
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  • that that's all there is to it.
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  • I think that we are missing
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  • what he's really after,
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  • and that's after relationship.
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  • - David: We talk about faith
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  • but what is true faith
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  • in God's Word?
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  • And I think when we have
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  • the true faith in God's Word
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  • then we will walk it out.
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  • And I think that hopefully
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  • happens in our life, that we'll
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  • walk closer to him and realize
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  • that our faith in God
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  • and walking in his ways,
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  • that we'll see a different life.
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  • - Kirk: You know, the Bible
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  • says in Jeremiah that you will
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  • find me, the Lord says, when
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  • you seek me with all your heart.
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  • When it's not just a Sunday
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  • church attendance, check
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  • the box, but when you give your
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  • whole heart and you go all in,
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  • that's when God shows up and
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  • so I think that's the challenge
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  • is to live a life where
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  • we go all in with
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  • God and then watch him show up.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: Right, that's
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  • a good experience to have.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: As I sat with
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  • my friends and reflected on what
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  • was shared, I was reminded that
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  • a life beyond amazing
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  • is the kind of life God
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  • wants us to live.
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  • How nine decisions rooted
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  • in the Spirit can transform us,
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  • empower us, and deliver a life,
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  • - announcer: What are the signs
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  • of a life beyond amazing?
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  • Among them, joy that is not
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  • dependent on circumstance,
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  • integrity that settles
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  • for no exceptions,
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  • and self-discipline
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  • that stands firm.
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  • But how do you get them
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  • into your life?
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  • It takes a decision; actually,
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  • nine decisions each day
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  • to commit these into your heart
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  • and actions.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: What kind
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  • of people do we need
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  • to be to live in this culture
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  • that is so messed up and hard to
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  • define and we don't know where
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  • it's going and it always ends up
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  • where we didn't think
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  • it would be?
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  • We are told that
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  • when the Holy Spirit
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  • completely controls the life
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  • of a believer, this is what
  • 00:08:37.150 --> 00:08:39.190
  • it will look like:
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  • the fruit of the Spirit is love,
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  • joy, peace, longsuffering,
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  • kindness, goodness,
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  • faithfulness, gentleness,
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  • and self-control.
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  • God's description of a man
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  • for all seasons.
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  • So in response to the question,
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  • "What kind of people should we
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  • be at such a time in history
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  • as this," here is God's answer.
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  • He calls us to be people of love
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  • and joy and peace.
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  • He wants us to have
  • 00:09:05.210 --> 00:09:06.240
  • endurance in our lives.
  • 00:09:06.240 --> 00:09:08.070
  • He wants us to have compassion
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  • for those who need our help.
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  • We should be people
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  • of generosity.
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  • This is God's ideal person
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  • and, believe it or not,
  • 00:09:16.080 --> 00:09:17.230
  • we can become like that.
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  • We were meant to be like that.
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  • Could I just say it this way?
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  • Christ died so that we could be
  • 00:09:22.170 --> 00:09:24.060
  • that kind of a person.
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  • The Lord Jesus Christ said
  • 00:09:26.200 --> 00:09:27.270
  • in John 10:10, "I have come
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  • that they might have life,
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  • and that they might have it
  • 00:09:32.180 --> 00:09:33.290
  • more abundantly."
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  • Sounds like life beyond amazing.
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  • But there are some roadblocks
  • 00:09:40.060 --> 00:09:41.270
  • that we need to get out
  • 00:09:41.270 --> 00:09:42.260
  • of the way if we're gonna get
  • 00:09:42.260 --> 00:09:45.030
  • to the place we wanna be.
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  • If there's a gap between
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  • the promise of what our Lord
  • 00:09:48.280 --> 00:09:50.250
  • wants us to have
  • 00:09:50.250 --> 00:09:51.280
  • and what we're experiencing,
  • 00:09:51.280 --> 00:09:53.210
  • what is causing it?
  • 00:09:53.210 --> 00:09:55.090
  • What is happening to us that
  • 00:09:55.090 --> 00:09:56.110
  • this abundant life that Jesus
  • 00:09:56.130 --> 00:09:59.130
  • died for so that we could have
  • 00:09:59.130 --> 00:10:01.020
  • it seems to always be at the end
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  • of our fingers but not quite
  • 00:10:03.270 --> 00:10:05.040
  • in our grasp.
  • 00:10:05.040 --> 00:10:06.280
  • And I'd like to suggest
  • 00:10:06.280 --> 00:10:07.290
  • to you the three things that
  • 00:10:07.290 --> 00:10:09.180
  • I've thought of in preparation
  • 00:10:09.180 --> 00:10:10.210
  • for this that might help us
  • 00:10:10.210 --> 00:10:12.220
  • understand this a little bit.
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  • First of all, I think for many
  • 00:10:14.200 --> 00:10:16.130
  • of us, we misunderstand
  • 00:10:16.130 --> 00:10:17.230
  • our salvation.
  • 00:10:17.230 --> 00:10:20.120
  • Most Christians today
  • 00:10:20.120 --> 00:10:21.170
  • view salvation strictly
  • 00:10:21.170 --> 00:10:22.290
  • in the past tense.
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  • Salvation is something
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  • that has happened to us.
  • 00:10:27.140 --> 00:10:29.070
  • It's history.
  • 00:10:29.070 --> 00:10:30.090
  • Our salvation, according to many
  • 00:10:30.090 --> 00:10:32.160
  • Christians, is a done thing.
  • 00:10:33.090 --> 00:10:36.090
  • But the Bible doesn't view
  • 00:10:36.090 --> 00:10:37.070
  • salvation like that,
  • 00:10:37.070 --> 00:10:38.200
  • men and women.
  • 00:10:38.200 --> 00:10:39.190
  • The Bible views salvation
  • 00:10:39.190 --> 00:10:40.210
  • in three different tenses.
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  • The Bible views salvation
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  • like this.
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  • I have been saved.
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  • If I've trusted Jesus Christ as
  • 00:10:48.120 --> 00:10:49.150
  • my Savior, as many of you have,
  • 00:10:49.150 --> 00:10:51.220
  • you've become a Christian, then
  • 00:10:51.220 --> 00:10:53.220
  • you can say of yourself, "I have
  • 00:10:53.220 --> 00:10:55.060
  • been saved," and you point to
  • 00:10:55.060 --> 00:10:57.210
  • the day when you trusted Christ.
  • 00:10:57.210 --> 00:10:59.060
  • But the Bible also teaches
  • 00:10:59.060 --> 00:11:01.230
  • that once you're saved,
  • 00:11:01.230 --> 00:11:03.020
  • you continue being saved.
  • 00:11:03.020 --> 00:11:04.280
  • You're saved eternally but it's
  • 00:11:04.280 --> 00:11:06.170
  • true that once you have been
  • 00:11:06.170 --> 00:11:08.160
  • saved, as you go forward in your
  • 00:11:08.160 --> 00:11:10.200
  • life, you are being saved.
  • 00:11:10.200 --> 00:11:13.150
  • And one day, the Scripture says,
  • 00:11:13.150 --> 00:11:14.180
  • you're gonna stand before the
  • 00:11:14.180 --> 00:11:16.010
  • Lord and you're gonna be just
  • 00:11:16.010 --> 00:11:17.250
  • like him and then the Bible says
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  • you will be ultimately saved.
  • 00:11:19.080 --> 00:11:21.010
  • So here's the way that works.
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  • You are saved from your sin,
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  • from the very penalty of sin.
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  • During your lifetime
  • 00:11:28.130 --> 00:11:29.190
  • as a Christian, you're gradually
  • 00:11:29.190 --> 00:11:30.270
  • being saved from the power
  • 00:11:30.270 --> 00:11:32.090
  • of sin over your life and
  • 00:11:32.090 --> 00:11:34.120
  • ultimately, one day, praise God,
  • 00:11:34.120 --> 00:11:35.290
  • we're all gonna be saved
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  • from the very presence of sin.
  • 00:11:37.080 --> 00:11:39.030
  • There won't even be any sin.
  • 00:11:39.050 --> 00:11:42.050
  • But please hear me.
  • 00:11:42.050 --> 00:11:44.020
  • If you get stuck in the past
  • 00:11:44.020 --> 00:11:45.230
  • tense, you won't be the kind
  • 00:11:46.020 --> 00:11:49.020
  • of person who can have a life
  • 00:11:49.020 --> 00:11:50.270
  • beyond amazing because salvation
  • 00:11:50.270 --> 00:11:53.230
  • is more than just
  • 00:11:53.230 --> 00:11:54.240
  • "I have been saved."
  • 00:11:54.240 --> 00:11:56.250
  • It's "I am being saved
  • 00:11:56.250 --> 00:11:57.270
  • and I ultimately will be saved."
  • 00:11:57.270 --> 00:11:58.280
  • That's why Paul said
  • 00:11:58.280 --> 00:12:01.220
  • to the Romans that
  • 00:12:01.220 --> 00:12:03.170
  • "now is our salvation nearer
  • 00:12:03.170 --> 00:12:06.020
  • than when we believed."
  • 00:12:06.020 --> 00:12:07.130
  • What was he talking about?
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  • Not past salvation;
  • 00:12:09.040 --> 00:12:10.080
  • that was already done.
  • 00:12:10.080 --> 00:12:11.090
  • Not present salvation;
  • 00:12:11.090 --> 00:12:12.060
  • they were all living that.
  • 00:12:12.060 --> 00:12:13.060
  • The salvation of the future when
  • 00:12:13.060 --> 00:12:14.130
  • you stand before the Lord
  • 00:12:14.130 --> 00:12:15.280
  • and you are made like unto him.
  • 00:12:15.280 --> 00:12:17.290
  • Sometimes we miss what God
  • 00:12:17.290 --> 00:12:19.240
  • wants for us in the Christian
  • 00:12:19.240 --> 00:12:21.080
  • experience because we misapply
  • 00:12:21.080 --> 00:12:23.020
  • the concept of works.
  • 00:12:23.020 --> 00:12:25.290
  • Here's the dilemma
  • 00:12:25.290 --> 00:12:26.270
  • that people have.
  • 00:12:26.270 --> 00:12:28.180
  • I'm supposed to be saved
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  • but it's not by works.
  • 00:12:30.070 --> 00:12:33.070
  • But then I am saved.
  • 00:12:33.070 --> 00:12:34.070
  • Now what do I do?
  • 00:12:34.070 --> 00:12:36.100
  • So let me help you with that.
  • 00:12:36.100 --> 00:12:37.030
  • Two passages of Scripture
  • 00:12:37.030 --> 00:12:38.080
  • that are very clear.
  • 00:12:38.080 --> 00:12:39.080
  • First of all, Ephesians 2:8-9,
  • 00:12:39.080 --> 00:12:41.200
  • notice: "For by grace you have
  • 00:12:41.200 --> 00:12:43.130
  • been saved through faith,
  • 00:12:43.130 --> 00:12:45.150
  • and that not of yourselves;
  • 00:12:45.150 --> 00:12:47.060
  • it is the gift of God,"
  • 00:12:47.060 --> 00:12:48.120
  • now watch this, "not of works,
  • 00:12:48.120 --> 00:12:49.270
  • lest any man should boast."
  • 00:12:51.020 --> 00:12:54.020
  • Or try this one.
  • 00:12:54.020 --> 00:12:55.040
  • Paul wrote to Titus, his young
  • 00:12:55.040 --> 00:12:56.190
  • protégé and he said, "Not by
  • 00:12:56.190 --> 00:12:58.000
  • works of righteousness which we
  • 00:12:58.000 --> 00:12:59.280
  • have done, but according to his
  • 00:12:59.280 --> 00:13:01.150
  • mercy he saved us, through the
  • 00:13:01.150 --> 00:13:03.280
  • washing of regeneration and the
  • 00:13:03.280 --> 00:13:05.060
  • renewing of the Holy Spirit."
  • 00:13:05.060 --> 00:13:06.270
  • Paul, in both of these passages,
  • 00:13:06.270 --> 00:13:09.190
  • reminds us clearly,
  • 00:13:09.190 --> 00:13:10.280
  • indelibly, unconditionally,
  • 00:13:10.280 --> 00:13:13.260
  • there is no such thing
  • 00:13:13.260 --> 00:13:14.250
  • as being saved by works.
  • 00:13:14.250 --> 00:13:16.080
  • You can't do enough works
  • 00:13:16.080 --> 00:13:17.270
  • to become a Christian.
  • 00:13:17.270 --> 00:13:19.240
  • You were saved by the grace
  • 00:13:19.240 --> 00:13:20.250
  • of God, apart from works.
  • 00:13:20.250 --> 00:13:22.200
  • Everybody got that?
  • 00:13:22.200 --> 00:13:24.010
  • All right, now don't stop here
  • 00:13:24.010 --> 00:13:25.030
  • because after Ephesians 2:8-9
  • 00:13:26.040 --> 00:13:29.040
  • comes Ephesians 2:10.
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  • Have you read that?
  • 00:13:31.110 --> 00:13:33.010
  • "For we are His workmanship,
  • 00:13:33.010 --> 00:13:35.140
  • created in Christ Jesus for good
  • 00:13:35.140 --> 00:13:38.070
  • works, which God prepared
  • 00:13:38.070 --> 00:13:40.120
  • beforehand that
  • 00:13:40.120 --> 00:13:41.180
  • we should walk in them."
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  • Not saved by good works
  • 00:13:43.240 --> 00:13:46.150
  • but you're saved for good works.
  • 00:13:46.280 --> 00:13:49.280
  • Same thing with Titus chapter 3.
  • 00:13:50.000 --> 00:13:53.000
  • Here's verse 8 and same chapter.
  • 00:13:53.000 --> 00:13:54.290
  • This is even more powerful.
  • 00:13:54.290 --> 00:13:56.160
  • "This is a faithful saying,
  • 00:13:56.160 --> 00:13:57.220
  • and these things I want you
  • 00:13:57.220 --> 00:13:58.230
  • to affirm constantly,
  • 00:13:58.230 --> 00:13:59.240
  • that those who have believed
  • 00:13:59.240 --> 00:14:01.140
  • in God should be careful
  • 00:14:01.140 --> 00:14:03.170
  • to maintain good works.
  • 00:14:03.170 --> 00:14:06.080
  • These things are good
  • 00:14:06.080 --> 00:14:07.120
  • and profitable to men."
  • 00:14:07.120 --> 00:14:09.290
  • So sometimes, we don't get what
  • 00:14:09.290 --> 00:14:11.150
  • we should get out of this life
  • 00:14:11.150 --> 00:14:13.090
  • as Christians because
  • 00:14:13.090 --> 00:14:15.030
  • we misunderstand salvation and
  • 00:14:15.030 --> 00:14:17.280
  • we think it's already over, that
  • 00:14:17.280 --> 00:14:19.170
  • everything has happened.
  • 00:14:19.170 --> 00:14:21.120
  • Sometimes, we don't get it right
  • 00:14:21.120 --> 00:14:22.190
  • because we misunderstand
  • 00:14:22.190 --> 00:14:23.290
  • how works are so wonderfully
  • 00:14:23.290 --> 00:14:25.260
  • commanded of us as believers.
  • 00:14:25.260 --> 00:14:28.180
  • And here's the third one, and
  • 00:14:28.180 --> 00:14:29.250
  • this is a little more mysterious
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:31.000
  • but if you've been around the
  • 00:14:31.000 --> 00:14:32.050
  • church as long as I have,
  • 00:14:32.050 --> 00:14:33.110
  • you'll get this one in a hurry.
  • 00:14:33.110 --> 00:14:34.100
  • Sometimes, it's mistaken idea
  • 00:14:34.150 --> 00:14:37.150
  • of spirituality.
  • 00:14:37.150 --> 00:14:39.090
  • Here's what I know, men
  • 00:14:39.090 --> 00:14:40.230
  • and women, after all these years
  • 00:14:40.230 --> 00:14:42.020
  • of studying this and I wanna be
  • 00:14:42.020 --> 00:14:43.070
  • very clear about this.
  • 00:14:43.070 --> 00:14:44.140
  • The New Testament calls upon
  • 00:14:44.140 --> 00:14:46.090
  • Christians to take action.
  • 00:14:46.090 --> 00:14:48.190
  • It does not tell us that
  • 00:14:48.190 --> 00:14:50.060
  • the work of sanctification
  • 00:14:50.060 --> 00:14:51.160
  • is going to be done for us.
  • 00:14:51.160 --> 00:14:54.110
  • We are in the good fight
  • 00:14:54.110 --> 00:14:55.250
  • of faith and we have
  • 00:14:55.250 --> 00:14:56.270
  • to do the fighting.
  • 00:14:56.270 --> 00:14:58.160
  • But thank God we're unable to do
  • 00:14:58.160 --> 00:14:59.210
  • it for the moment we believe and
  • 00:14:59.210 --> 00:15:01.080
  • are justified by faith, we're
  • 00:15:01.080 --> 00:15:02.240
  • born again by the Spirit of God,
  • 00:15:02.240 --> 00:15:04.110
  • we get the ability.
  • 00:15:04.110 --> 00:15:06.070
  • The New Testament method
  • 00:15:06.070 --> 00:15:07.100
  • of sanctification
  • 00:15:07.100 --> 00:15:08.100
  • is to remind us of that.
  • 00:15:08.100 --> 00:15:09.130
  • Now, having been reminded of it,
  • 00:15:09.130 --> 00:15:10.200
  • let's go do it.
  • 00:15:11.260 --> 00:15:14.260
  • Now, let me hurry quickly to the
  • 00:15:14.260 --> 00:15:16.110
  • roadmap of a life beyond amazing
  • 00:15:16.110 --> 00:15:19.060
  • and I want you, if you have
  • 00:15:19.060 --> 00:15:20.100
  • your Bibles, to turn to the
  • 00:15:20.100 --> 00:15:21.140
  • 2nd chapter of Philippians.
  • 00:15:21.210 --> 00:15:24.210
  • I love the book of Philippians.
  • 00:15:24.210 --> 00:15:26.010
  • Do you love Philippians?
  • 00:15:26.010 --> 00:15:27.140
  • Yes, what a great book this is.
  • 00:15:27.140 --> 00:15:28.180
  • It seems like it speaks
  • 00:15:28.180 --> 00:15:29.230
  • to so many things.
  • 00:15:29.230 --> 00:15:31.230
  • But I'm gonna read to you these
  • 00:15:31.230 --> 00:15:33.010
  • verses and, having explained to
  • 00:15:33.010 --> 00:15:34.250
  • you what I've explained to you,
  • 00:15:34.250 --> 00:15:35.230
  • you'll sort of get this now in
  • 00:15:35.230 --> 00:15:36.190
  • the way that I hoped you
  • 00:15:36.190 --> 00:15:38.200
  • would get it.
  • 00:15:38.200 --> 00:15:39.260
  • Philippians 2:12-13: "Therefore,
  • 00:15:39.260 --> 00:15:42.210
  • my beloved, as you have always
  • 00:15:42.210 --> 00:15:44.030
  • obeyed, not as in my presence
  • 00:15:44.030 --> 00:15:46.240
  • only, but now much more in my
  • 00:15:46.240 --> 00:15:48.070
  • absence," listen carefully,
  • 00:15:48.070 --> 00:15:50.240
  • "work out your own salvation
  • 00:15:50.260 --> 00:15:53.260
  • with fear and trembling; for it
  • 00:15:53.260 --> 00:15:56.010
  • is God who works in you both
  • 00:15:56.010 --> 00:15:58.010
  • to will and to do
  • 00:15:58.010 --> 00:16:00.240
  • for His good pleasure."
  • 00:16:00.240 --> 00:16:02.290
  • And you're gonna say, "Wait a
  • 00:16:02.290 --> 00:16:03.240
  • minute, didn't you just tell me
  • 00:16:03.240 --> 00:16:04.260
  • you don't have to work
  • 00:16:04.260 --> 00:16:05.290
  • for your salvation?"
  • 00:16:05.290 --> 00:16:07.080
  • Yes, I did because that's
  • 00:16:07.080 --> 00:16:08.220
  • what the Bible says
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  • and I'm not contradicting it.
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  • You're just
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  • not reading carefully.
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  • It doesn't say,
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  • "Work for your salvation."
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  • It says, "Work out
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  • your salvation."
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  • Some of you are so opposed
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  • to work out,
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  • you won't even read that.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • In that same text,
  • 00:16:26.130 --> 00:16:27.170
  • it says, "Work out your own
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  • salvation with fear and
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  • trembling; because
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  • it is God who works in you."
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  • So we're to work out
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  • what God has worked in.
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  • God has given us these things
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  • that we need.
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  • But that doesn't mean
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  • we just sit and hold them.
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  • What is really responsible
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  • for your Christian walk,
  • 00:16:49.270 --> 00:16:51.290
  • your Christian growth?
  • 00:16:51.290 --> 00:16:53.050
  • Is it just sit back and wait for
  • 00:16:53.050 --> 00:16:54.080
  • the Holy Spirit to zap you?
  • 00:16:54.080 --> 00:16:57.030
  • How many have been zapped?
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  • No, and we wonder,
  • 00:17:00.110 --> 00:17:02.060
  • "Why isn't this working."
  • 00:17:02.060 --> 00:17:03.070
  • Well, we're looking
  • 00:17:03.070 --> 00:17:04.050
  • for the wrong thing.
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  • Each generation of believers
  • 00:17:06.290 --> 00:17:08.070
  • carries on its own debate
  • 00:17:08.070 --> 00:17:10.080
  • over this question.
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  • But here's what I
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  • want you to know.
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  • The Bible holds the tension
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  • between man's role and God's
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  • role in perfect balance.
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  • When you became
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  • a Christian, you got everything
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  • you need for life in godliness.
  • 00:17:21.270 --> 00:17:23.220
  • How many of you believe that?
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  • The Bible says it.
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  • We have to believe it.
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  • He said, "God gave us."
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  • What did he do?
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  • He put it in us.
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  • Like he puts ore in the earth,
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  • he puts these things in us.
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  • Not only that, the Scripture
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  • says he gives us
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  • precious promises.
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  • What is that?
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  • That's the Bible, the guidebook.
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  • He gives us everything we need
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  • for a life in godliness and then
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  • on top of that, he gives us
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  • these precious promises
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  • to help us.
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  • Here in Philippians, remember it
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  • says, "Work out your salvation
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  • with fear and trembling;
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  • for it's God who works
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  • in you both to will and to do
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  • of his good purpose."
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  • What would that look like?
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  • Well, let me just tell you
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  • what it would look like.
  • 00:18:00.280 --> 00:18:02.090
  • Verse 14 comes next:
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  • "Do all things without
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  • complaining and disputing."
  • 00:18:06.130 --> 00:18:09.090
  • That's a good place to start.
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  • How many of you could
  • 00:18:10.240 --> 00:18:11.210
  • use a little help there?
  • 00:18:11.210 --> 00:18:12.260
  • You probably complained
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  • 'cause you couldn't find
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  • your parking place this week.
  • 00:18:14.220 --> 00:18:16.220
  • And I know some of you
  • 00:18:16.220 --> 00:18:17.190
  • complained 'cause somebody
  • 00:18:17.190 --> 00:18:18.170
  • sat in your seat when you came
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  • to church this morning.
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  • So you all need some work,
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  • that's what I'm telling you.
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  • The reason why we need to work
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  • out what God has worked in
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  • is 'cause it's not
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  • all working, amen?
  • 00:18:30.070 --> 00:18:33.070
  • And it goes on to say that when
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  • we do this, we'll become
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  • blameless and harmless, children
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  • of God without fault in the
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  • midst of a crooked and perverse
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  • generation, among whom you shine
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  • as lights in this world."
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  • The Bible says that the reason
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  • we're not making more of an
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  • impact on the world, why we're
  • 00:18:47.060 --> 00:18:48.120
  • not shining as light, is because
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  • we haven't taken seriously
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  • the opportunity we have to take
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  • the things that God has given us
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  • and max them out for his glory
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  • and for our good.
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  • We're not just gonna sit
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  • and wait for God to make us
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  • the people
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  • that he's called us to be.
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  • The Bible won't allow that.
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  • If you don't know that, there's
  • 00:19:05.200 --> 00:19:06.240
  • hundreds of other Scriptures I
  • 00:19:06.240 --> 00:19:08.060
  • could bring to you that call us
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  • to put on the new life,
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  • to take off the old life,
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  • to walk in holiness.
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  • These are commands.
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  • These are not suggestions.
  • 00:19:16.010 --> 00:19:18.290
  • So what is character?
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  • What will we look like
  • 00:19:20.040 --> 00:19:21.060
  • if we develop
  • 00:19:21.060 --> 00:19:22.000
  • this character in our life?
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  • People of strong character
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  • are usually people
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  • that are very disciplined.
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  • They have fortitude, integrity,
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  • ethical strength.
  • 00:19:28.250 --> 00:19:31.010
  • These are attributes
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  • that will distinguish you
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  • from one another.
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  • These are the things
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  • that make you shine as a light
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  • in the darkness.
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  • You're a different
  • 00:19:37.110 --> 00:19:38.100
  • kind of person.
  • 00:19:38.100 --> 00:19:39.120
  • Character is an attitude
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  • that every young person, every
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  • middle-aged person, and every
  • 00:19:41.260 --> 00:19:44.090
  • old person should have embedded
  • 00:19:44.090 --> 00:19:45.270
  • in their minds.
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  • Character is returning extra
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  • change at the grocery store.
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  • Character is keeping
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  • appointments and being on time.
  • 00:19:51.030 --> 00:19:53.030
  • Character is honoring
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  • your commitments
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  • and honoring your word.
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  • Character is choosing
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  • the harder right instead
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  • of the easier wrong.
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  • Character is setting priorities
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  • that honor God and family
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  • and country.
  • 00:20:04.110 --> 00:20:06.150
  • Character in marriage is working
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  • through the tough times rather
  • 00:20:08.090 --> 00:20:09.240
  • than throwing in the towel
  • 00:20:09.240 --> 00:20:11.020
  • and looking for divorce.
  • 00:20:11.020 --> 00:20:12.190
  • Character is being committed to
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  • the wellbeing of your family and
  • 00:20:13.270 --> 00:20:15.060
  • friends, associates and others,
  • 00:20:15.060 --> 00:20:17.090
  • even if it's personally costly.
  • 00:20:17.090 --> 00:20:18.250
  • And character is setting
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  • a good example.
  • 00:20:20.210 --> 00:20:21.270
  • A married person of character
  • 00:20:21.270 --> 00:20:23.100
  • acts married all the time.
  • 00:20:23.270 --> 00:20:26.270
  • A person of character
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  • is self-disciplined
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  • and self-controlled.
  • 00:20:28.230 --> 00:20:30.030
  • Character implies the courage
  • 00:20:30.030 --> 00:20:31.050
  • to stand for what is right, if
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  • necessary all alone, to oppose
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  • what is wrong, and to make
  • 00:20:34.270 --> 00:20:36.030
  • the effort to discern
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  • the difference.
  • 00:20:37.160 --> 00:20:38.200
  • Character is being truthful in
  • 00:20:38.200 --> 00:20:39.280
  • all things while being sensitive
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  • to the fact that sometimes truth
  • 00:20:41.040 --> 00:20:42.130
  • hurts and needs not be spoken.
  • 00:20:43.110 --> 00:20:46.110
  • Character is being selfless
  • 00:20:46.110 --> 00:20:48.140
  • rather than selfish.
  • 00:20:48.140 --> 00:20:50.280
  • Remember, character is the only
  • 00:20:50.280 --> 00:20:53.010
  • thing that goes in the casket
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:54.090
  • with you to the hereafter.
  • 00:20:54.090 --> 00:20:56.280
  • And believe it or not,
  • 00:20:56.280 --> 00:20:57.280
  • it's the only thing that people
  • 00:20:57.280 --> 00:20:59.020
  • will remember about you
  • 00:20:59.020 --> 00:21:00.210
  • when you're gone.
  • 00:21:00.210 --> 00:21:02.240
  • And it should be something
  • 00:21:02.240 --> 00:21:04.000
  • we desperately
  • 00:21:04.000 --> 00:21:05.120
  • want to develop in our lives.
  • 00:21:05.120 --> 00:21:07.220
  • Here's where I'm at, folks.
  • 00:21:07.220 --> 00:21:09.240
  • I can tell you we used to talk
  • 00:21:09.240 --> 00:21:11.060
  • about this years ago.
  • 00:21:11.060 --> 00:21:13.110
  • We used to talk about character.
  • 00:21:13.110 --> 00:21:14.150
  • We used to even teach it
  • 00:21:14.150 --> 00:21:15.190
  • to our children in school.
  • 00:21:15.190 --> 00:21:17.030
  • Do you remember that?
  • 00:21:17.030 --> 00:21:18.110
  • We had courses in character.
  • 00:21:18.110 --> 00:21:19.240
  • Not now.
  • 00:21:19.240 --> 00:21:20.260
  • We've got characters
  • 00:21:20.260 --> 00:21:21.240
  • in our school but we don't have
  • 00:21:21.240 --> 00:21:22.240
  • any character in our school.
  • 00:21:23.080 --> 00:21:26.080
  • But that doesn't mean
  • 00:21:26.080 --> 00:21:27.060
  • we shouldn't do it, does it?
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:28.080
  • Because nobody's been
  • 00:21:28.080 --> 00:21:29.060
  • doing it recently?
  • 00:21:29.060 --> 00:21:30.100
  • Would you say that one
  • 00:21:30.100 --> 00:21:31.100
  • of the great needs we have
  • 00:21:31.100 --> 00:21:32.160
  • in our culture is more people
  • 00:21:32.160 --> 00:21:33.180
  • of character?
  • 00:21:33.180 --> 00:21:35.240
  • Don't you wanna be
  • 00:21:35.240 --> 00:21:36.220
  • a person of character?
  • 00:21:36.220 --> 00:21:37.140
  • I know I sure do.
  • 00:21:37.140 --> 00:21:38.160
  • I wanna learn everything I can
  • 00:21:38.160 --> 00:21:39.120
  • about what it means to be a man
  • 00:21:39.120 --> 00:21:41.100
  • of God and have character
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:43.050
  • because, whether you like it or
  • 00:21:43.050 --> 00:21:45.060
  • not, at some point people whose
  • 00:21:45.060 --> 00:21:48.020
  • opinion matters will be paying
  • 00:21:48.020 --> 00:21:50.120
  • a lot of attention to you
  • 00:21:50.120 --> 00:21:51.260
  • and to me.
  • 00:21:51.260 --> 00:21:53.170
  • They'll be watching
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:54.150
  • what we do and how we react.
  • 00:21:54.150 --> 00:21:57.060
  • We might not even know it
  • 00:21:57.060 --> 00:21:58.210
  • but they'll be looking at you
  • 00:21:58.210 --> 00:21:59.210
  • for an example because
  • 00:21:59.210 --> 00:22:01.020
  • they need an example to follow.
  • 00:22:01.020 --> 00:22:03.000
  • They'll be looking for a leader.
  • 00:22:03.000 --> 00:22:05.070
  • Maybe the children
  • 00:22:05.070 --> 00:22:06.070
  • will be looking for parents
  • 00:22:06.070 --> 00:22:07.110
  • to do the right thing.
  • 00:22:07.110 --> 00:22:09.080
  • And each time you enter a room,
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:10.290
  • each time you go to a practice
  • 00:22:10.290 --> 00:22:12.170
  • or a meeting, every time you
  • 00:22:12.170 --> 00:22:14.000
  • involve yourself in the life
  • 00:22:14.000 --> 00:22:15.150
  • of another human being, you
  • 00:22:15.150 --> 00:22:17.060
  • have the opportunity to leave
  • 00:22:17.060 --> 00:22:19.220
  • a positive legacy behind because
  • 00:22:19.250 --> 00:22:22.250
  • you're a person of character.
  • 00:22:22.260 --> 00:22:25.260
  • Ladies and gentlemen,
  • 00:22:25.260 --> 00:22:28.020
  • what I've been talking about
  • 00:22:28.020 --> 00:22:29.060
  • is called sanctification.
  • 00:22:29.060 --> 00:22:31.050
  • And sanctification
  • 00:22:31.050 --> 00:22:32.080
  • is best defined in this word.
  • 00:22:32.080 --> 00:22:35.010
  • Sanctification is becoming
  • 00:22:35.010 --> 00:22:36.080
  • in practice what you
  • 00:22:36.080 --> 00:22:38.000
  • already are in position.
  • 00:22:38.160 --> 00:22:41.160
  • Everything God calls us to be,
  • 00:22:41.160 --> 00:22:43.210
  • we already are in his mind
  • 00:22:43.210 --> 00:22:45.250
  • but he calls us now to become
  • 00:22:45.250 --> 00:22:48.030
  • every day what we already
  • 00:22:48.030 --> 00:22:50.060
  • are in heaven.
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  • You know, the greatest
  • 00:22:52.120 --> 00:22:53.050
  • illustration of what
  • 00:22:53.050 --> 00:22:53.280
  • I've been talking to you
  • 00:22:53.280 --> 00:22:54.260
  • about today is this.
  • 00:22:54.260 --> 00:22:56.160
  • Almighty God has loved us before
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  • the foundation of the world.
  • 00:22:59.170 --> 00:23:02.180
  • And that would be enough,
  • 00:23:02.180 --> 00:23:04.000
  • would it not?
  • 00:23:04.000 --> 00:23:05.140
  • He loves us.
  • 00:23:05.140 --> 00:23:07.180
  • But God didn't leave it at that.
  • 00:23:07.180 --> 00:23:09.060
  • He loved us and he sent us
  • 00:23:10.130 --> 00:23:13.130
  • his own Son to prove it.
  • 00:23:13.130 --> 00:23:16.010
  • God took action to demonstrate
  • 00:23:16.010 --> 00:23:18.270
  • his love to you and to me.
  • 00:23:19.210 --> 00:23:22.210
  • And if you've never received
  • 00:23:22.210 --> 00:23:23.220
  • that love because you've never
  • 00:23:23.220 --> 00:23:25.030
  • understood how much he loves
  • 00:23:25.030 --> 00:23:26.110
  • you, I'd like to ask you
  • 00:23:26.110 --> 00:23:27.280
  • to do that today.
  • 00:23:27.280 --> 00:23:29.120
  • God loves you so much
  • 00:23:29.120 --> 00:23:30.130
  • that he didn't even keep his own
  • 00:23:30.130 --> 00:23:31.170
  • Son in heaven with him.
  • 00:23:31.170 --> 00:23:33.010
  • He sent his only begotten Son to
  • 00:23:33.010 --> 00:23:34.110
  • this earth, let him become like
  • 00:23:34.110 --> 00:23:35.280
  • us, and go to the cross and pay
  • 00:23:35.280 --> 00:23:37.140
  • a penalty for our sin, which we
  • 00:23:37.140 --> 00:23:39.060
  • could never have paid so
  • 00:23:39.060 --> 00:23:41.240
  • that we can have a standing
  • 00:23:41.240 --> 00:23:43.080
  • before the Father.
  • 00:23:43.080 --> 00:23:45.100
  • If you've never trusted Christ,
  • 00:23:45.100 --> 00:23:47.120
  • ask yourself this morning,
  • 00:23:47.120 --> 00:23:48.170
  • "Why not?"
  • 00:23:48.170 --> 00:23:49.290
  • Maybe it's time for you
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  • to make that decision,
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  • - announcer: Dr. Jeremiah
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  • will return with one more
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  • inspirational word to close
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  • today's "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • - announcer: Discover the steps
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  • to the life of blessings
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  • God has for you
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing:
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  • Your Life Today."
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  • - announcer: And now, with one
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  • last word for today's program,
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah:
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  • Let me say it again.
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  • God intends for your Christian
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  • life to be amazing.
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  • However, some Christians
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  • are not experiencing
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  • that kind of abundant life.
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  • And maybe that's you.
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  • That's the purpose in this
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  • today about realizing
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  • a life beyond amazing.
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  • I want you to overcome
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  • the roadblocks in your life,
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  • discover the roadmap, and reap
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  • the results of the life Christ
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  • Such a life begins with faith
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  • in Christ as Lord and Savior
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  • - announcer: Next time
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  • on "Turning Point."
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  • - announcer: Dr. Jeremiah
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  • continues his conversation
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  • with Bobby Schuller, Mandisa,
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  • David Green, and Kirk Cousins.
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  • And he teaches how
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  • we can make the decision
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: God has given
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  • us that love and he's stored it
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  • in a reservoir around our heart
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  • and it's out of that reservoir
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  • of God's love to us
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  • - announcer: Thank you
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  • for being with us today
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  • for Dr. Jeremiah's series,
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing."
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  • Join us next time
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  • for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "A Life of Love,"
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