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A Life of Joy

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July 4, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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A Life of Joy

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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,
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  • I 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
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  • a life 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 what it
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  • 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 you're
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  • 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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  • Let's just put this stake down
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  • deep in the ground.
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  • Happiness is about happenings
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  • and joy is about Jesus.
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  • Why do you think that is?
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  • - David Green: I don't think
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  • we understand what really
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  • makes us happy.
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  • I think too many times
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  • we think it's fame
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  • or we think it's abundance.
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  • We think it's achievement,
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  • things of this nature, instead
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  • of really our relationship with
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  • the Lord and walking with him.
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  • My mother and dad were very,
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  • very poor because they were
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  • preachers of small churches
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  • but I saw the joy that they had
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  • in their life and they didn't
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  • have this abundance.
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  • But they had the Lord and they
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  • walked with him and it was
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  • incredible to see them live
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  • their life out.
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  • - Mandisa: Awesome.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: Mandisa,
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  • you came into our lives in 2006
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  • when you were a finalist
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  • on "American Idol."
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  • Since then, you've released
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  • six albums and your vibrant
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  • personality is a driving force
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  • to the success of your music but
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  • there was a time when you lost
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  • your joy, wasn't there?
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  • Tell us about that.
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  • - Mandisa: Yeah, it was
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  • recently, actually.
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  • My previous album, "Overcomer,"
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  • was inspired
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  • by my friend Keisha.
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  • She was pregnant with her second
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  • child when she was diagnosed
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  • with breast cancer
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  • and so I really wanted songs
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  • to help her stay in the fight
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  • 'til the final round.
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  • I just didn't know the final
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  • round was gonna come
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  • as soon as it did.
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  • And so as I prayed for her
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  • I really believed that God was
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  • gonna heal her here on earth.
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  • So when she went away to be with
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  • the Lord, it just shook my faith
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  • in a way that, honestly, I
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  • didn't expect and did not think
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  • was gonna happen.
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  • And so I went into a deep
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  • depression for 3 years.
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  • And I did nothing but sit in my
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  • house and I turned to my old
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  • default which has always been
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  • food so it's really interesting
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  • sitting at this table right now.
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  • But I just think about that
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  • series of years where I just
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  • sat and I shut out the world.
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  • I didn't go to church, I didn't
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  • open my Bible, I didn't wanna
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  • pray because I was angry at God,
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  • if I'm being honest.
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  • And it was the hardest time
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  • of my life.
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  • And now that the Lord has
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  • brought me out of it, through a
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  • series of things, it's making me
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  • realize truly what abundance is
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  • and truly what I'm praying for.
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  • And so I'm just trying to learn
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  • how in my circumstance instead
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  • of just saying, "Lord, take
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  • my circumstance and change it,
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  • Lord, what are you trying to
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  • teach me in this circumstance?"
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  • And part of it is walking
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  • with joy in spite
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  • of my circumstances.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: Amen, amen.
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  • You know what?
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  • Kirk, one time, I don't know
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  • where this came from but I got
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  • an article--somebody gave me
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  • an article on "What Happens
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  • To People's Super Bowl Rings."
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  • And, you know, for all the guys
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  • in the NFL, that's
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  • the Holy Grail, you know,
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  • you gotta get to the Super Bowl.
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  • If you don't have a ring,
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  • you haven't arrived.
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  • But so many guys who lived for
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  • that got that and you know some
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  • of those stories, don't you?
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  • - Kirk Cousins: Oh, sure.
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  • I mean, I have previous trophies
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  • and a conference championship
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  • ring from college
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  • which was everything to me
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  • when I was in college.
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  • That's what we were chasing.
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  • Our coaches preached it
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  • constantly and you felt like you
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  • were somewhat less of a person
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  • until you had that championship.
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  • And then we achieved it and
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  • I don't know that I've looked
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  • at that ring since the day
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  • that it was handed to me.
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  • And those days have come and
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  • gone and what hasn't changed is
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  • the fact that my relationships
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  • with those people are what
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  • really matter now
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  • as time has passed.
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  • Not the ring, not even
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  • the accomplishments or the
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  • accomplishments were fun to have
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  • together and great memories
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  • of success.
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  • The people are what really
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  • matter and, as we know,
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  • the only thing that's gonna last
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  • for eternity is God's Word
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  • and people.
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  • And so you realize at the end of
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  • the day that's what I wanna be
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  • about to at the end of my life
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  • say, "I left a legacy.
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  • I lived an abundant life
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  • and I walked the path
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  • that the Lord had for me."
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  • It's--people have to be
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  • at the center of that.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: Right.
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  • So many times, I read about
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  • people going after this goal
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  • whether it's in sports or even
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  • in the ministry, and when they
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  • get there, it's kind of like,
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  • "Is this all there is?"
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  • And joy isn't about
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  • what's happening to you.
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  • It's about your relationship
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  • with Jesus Christ
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  • and it's a great thing to know
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  • that joy is a decision.
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  • We have about as much joy
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  • as we decide to have, you know?
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  • And when we're Christians we
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  • know that our joy is connected
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  • to the one who lives within us,
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  • amen?
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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 once again
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  • reminded that joy is a decision,
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  • a decision that transforms one's
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  • life and in the next few minutes
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  • I will share with you how a life
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  • of joy is necessary to live
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  • - male announcer:
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  • 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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  • Discover the steps to the life
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  • of blessings God has for you
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • inspiring book,
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing:
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  • 9 Decisions That Will Transform
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  • Your Life Today."
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: If there's
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  • a country on this earth where
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  • people should be filled with
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  • joy, one would certainly think
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  • it would be
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  • the United States of America.
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  • But most current polls show
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  • that only about 35% of Americans
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  • are very happy.
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  • Depression affects more than
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  • 19% of American adults, anxiety
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  • disorders affect 40 million
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  • or 18% of the population.
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  • In 2016 a federal data analysis
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  • found that suicide rates
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  • in America had surged to
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  • their highest level in 30 years,
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  • rising in that period by 64%
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  • among women and 43% among men.
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  • And a worldwide study
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  • of 90.000 people showed that
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  • the 10 richest countries in the
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  • world also had the highest rates
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  • of depression.
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  • The United States had the second
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  • highest rate, exceeded only
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  • by that of France.
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  • What this tells us is that joy
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  • and happiness may not be
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  • necessarily dependent
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  • on your circumstances.
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  • And those who have the most
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  • reason to be joyful often turn
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  • out to be the most
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  • often depressed.
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  • So let me begin this discussion
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  • about joy with two profound
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  • statements that comes to us
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  • straight from the Bible.
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  • These may surprise you.
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  • They kind of surprise me even
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  • though I've studied
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  • this over the years.
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  • One of the first things you need
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  • to understand about joy
  • 00:08:58.290 --> 00:09:00.040
  • in the Bible is that God
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  • experiences joy.
  • 00:09:02.220 --> 00:09:05.220
  • Isaiah 62:5 says: "As the
  • 00:09:05.220 --> 00:09:07.180
  • bridegroom rejoices over
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  • the bride, so shall your God
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  • rejoice over you."
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  • The Bible actually teaches us
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  • that God enjoys us.
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  • He looks down over humanity
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  • and he enjoys some of us more
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  • than others but he enjoys us.
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  • Isaiah 65:19 says:
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  • "I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
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  • and joy in My people."
  • 00:09:30.100 --> 00:09:33.020
  • And Zephaniah 3:17 says: "The
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  • Lord your God in your midst, the
  • 00:09:34.220 --> 00:09:36.090
  • Mighty One, will save; He will
  • 00:09:36.090 --> 00:09:38.170
  • rejoice over you with gladness,
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  • He will quiet you with His love,
  • 00:09:41.100 --> 00:09:43.090
  • He will rejoice over you
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  • with singing."
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  • I don't know if you've ever
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  • thought about that before but
  • 00:09:47.150 --> 00:09:48.120
  • God in heaven is a joyful person
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  • and he rejoices in us.
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  • He likes us.
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  • If you've been brought up in
  • 00:09:57.170 --> 00:09:58.120
  • a culture, where so many have,
  • 00:09:58.120 --> 00:10:00.060
  • where God is viewed as a God
  • 00:10:00.060 --> 00:10:01.190
  • of judgment, stern and angry
  • 00:10:01.190 --> 00:10:03.220
  • all of the time,
  • 00:10:03.220 --> 00:10:05.160
  • listen to the Word of God.
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  • God experiences joy.
  • 00:10:07.200 --> 00:10:10.200
  • And right on the heels of that,
  • 00:10:10.200 --> 00:10:11.210
  • we need to understand that God
  • 00:10:11.210 --> 00:10:13.080
  • wants you to experience joy.
  • 00:10:13.080 --> 00:10:16.000
  • If he's a joyful God, he wants
  • 00:10:16.000 --> 00:10:17.130
  • his creatures to be joyful.
  • 00:10:17.130 --> 00:10:20.070
  • For those who believe the Bible,
  • 00:10:20.070 --> 00:10:21.170
  • there is no debate,
  • 00:10:21.170 --> 00:10:23.110
  • no doubt about this.
  • 00:10:23.110 --> 00:10:25.060
  • What God desires for us,
  • 00:10:25.060 --> 00:10:27.190
  • he provides for us.
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  • Listen to the words
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  • of the Lord Jesus
  • 00:10:31.130 --> 00:10:32.160
  • from the Gospel of John:
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  • "These things I have spoken to
  • 00:10:34.260 --> 00:10:36.030
  • you," he said, "that My joy
  • 00:10:37.020 --> 00:10:40.020
  • may remain in you, and that
  • 00:10:40.020 --> 00:10:41.280
  • your joy may be full."
  • 00:10:42.090 --> 00:10:45.090
  • Later, in the 17th chapter,
  • 00:10:45.090 --> 00:10:46.150
  • he said, "Now I come to You,
  • 00:10:46.150 --> 00:10:48.060
  • and these things I speak
  • 00:10:48.060 --> 00:10:49.160
  • in the world, that they may
  • 00:10:49.160 --> 00:10:51.180
  • have My joy in themselves."
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  • Almighty God wants his joy
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  • to be our joy.
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  • He wants the experience of joy
  • 00:11:02.080 --> 00:11:04.070
  • that he has in heaven to be
  • 00:11:04.070 --> 00:11:06.000
  • our experience of joy
  • 00:11:06.000 --> 00:11:07.140
  • while we're on this earth.
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  • And the Bible describes
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  • that as his own joy.
  • 00:11:11.180 --> 00:11:14.180
  • The Bible tells us that God not
  • 00:11:14.180 --> 00:11:16.140
  • only wants you to be joyful,
  • 00:11:16.140 --> 00:11:18.060
  • but see if you can figure
  • 00:11:18.060 --> 00:11:19.040
  • this one out.
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  • He commands you to be joyful.
  • 00:11:22.160 --> 00:11:25.160
  • Here's what it says in
  • 00:11:25.160 --> 00:11:26.290
  • Philippians 4: "Rejoice in the
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  • Lord always," and in case you
  • 00:11:30.020 --> 00:11:32.060
  • didn't get it the first time,
  • 00:11:32.060 --> 00:11:33.180
  • "again I say, rejoice!"
  • 00:11:33.260 --> 00:11:36.260
  • And maybe you're thinking, "You
  • 00:11:36.260 --> 00:11:37.240
  • just can't walk up to somebody
  • 00:11:37.240 --> 00:11:39.010
  • and say, 'Start being joyful.'
  • 00:11:40.040 --> 00:11:43.040
  • You can't just command joy."
  • 00:11:43.040 --> 00:11:44.140
  • But I would say to you,
  • 00:11:44.140 --> 00:11:46.100
  • "Why not?"
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  • We're supposed to be
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  • in charge of our attitudes.
  • 00:11:48.110 --> 00:11:51.080
  • When you read the New Testament,
  • 00:11:51.080 --> 00:11:52.070
  • you discover that the ministry
  • 00:11:52.070 --> 00:11:53.210
  • of Jesus in his lifetime
  • 00:11:53.210 --> 00:11:55.040
  • was always surrounded by joy.
  • 00:11:55.290 --> 00:11:58.290
  • Jesus was a joyful person and
  • 00:11:58.290 --> 00:12:01.060
  • wherever he went he brought joy.
  • 00:12:01.100 --> 00:12:04.100
  • When he was born,
  • 00:12:04.100 --> 00:12:05.110
  • that was the promise, wasn't it?
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  • That he would bring joy.
  • 00:12:07.080 --> 00:12:08.150
  • We have a word that we sing
  • 00:12:08.150 --> 00:12:10.040
  • during the Christmas season,
  • 00:12:10.040 --> 00:12:11.080
  • "Joy to the world,
  • 00:12:11.080 --> 00:12:12.250
  • the Lord has come."
  • 00:12:12.250 --> 00:12:15.150
  • In fact, I remember one
  • 00:12:15.150 --> 00:12:16.140
  • of the first books of the Bible
  • 00:12:16.140 --> 00:12:18.010
  • I taught as a young pastor
  • 00:12:18.010 --> 00:12:19.160
  • was the Gospel of John.
  • 00:12:19.200 --> 00:12:22.200
  • And you don't even get out
  • 00:12:22.200 --> 00:12:23.180
  • of the 2nd chapter
  • 00:12:23.180 --> 00:12:24.200
  • in the Gospel of John
  • 00:12:24.200 --> 00:12:25.170
  • before you see Jesus performing
  • 00:12:25.170 --> 00:12:27.200
  • his first miracle at a wedding.
  • 00:12:29.250 --> 00:12:32.250
  • Jesus went to a wedding.
  • 00:12:32.250 --> 00:12:35.060
  • He went to a wedding to perform
  • 00:12:35.060 --> 00:12:37.110
  • a miracle that became one of
  • 00:12:37.110 --> 00:12:38.130
  • the sign miracles in the book
  • 00:12:38.130 --> 00:12:39.280
  • of John so that those who saw
  • 00:12:39.280 --> 00:12:41.080
  • the miracle would believe that
  • 00:12:41.080 --> 00:12:42.130
  • he was indeed the son of God.
  • 00:12:42.130 --> 00:12:44.010
  • But if you go back to that
  • 00:12:44.010 --> 00:12:45.020
  • chapter in the book of John,
  • 00:12:45.020 --> 00:12:46.210
  • chapter 2, and you read the
  • 00:12:46.210 --> 00:12:48.040
  • story of that wedding,
  • 00:12:48.040 --> 00:12:49.220
  • you see Jesus involved in the
  • 00:12:49.220 --> 00:12:50.280
  • celebration of a young couple
  • 00:12:50.280 --> 00:12:52.190
  • making their vows
  • 00:12:52.190 --> 00:12:54.030
  • to one another.
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  • When they ran out of wine,
  • 00:12:55.130 --> 00:12:56.180
  • Jesus took care of the problem.
  • 00:12:56.180 --> 00:12:58.020
  • He was always around
  • 00:12:58.020 --> 00:12:59.010
  • where joy was happening.
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  • I've discovered that joy is
  • 00:13:02.050 --> 00:13:03.130
  • the atmosphere in which our
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  • Christian lives
  • 00:13:05.040 --> 00:13:06.190
  • are supposed to be lived.
  • 00:13:06.190 --> 00:13:08.190
  • When Paul was writing to
  • 00:13:08.190 --> 00:13:09.210
  • the believers in Thessalonica,
  • 00:13:09.210 --> 00:13:11.140
  • he settled it once and for all.
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  • He said, "Rejoice always."
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  • Always.
  • 00:13:16.080 --> 00:13:18.160
  • And do you know that joy
  • 00:13:18.160 --> 00:13:19.130
  • is present in every major event
  • 00:13:19.130 --> 00:13:21.070
  • that we experience as believers?
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  • Let me ask you a question,
  • 00:13:23.270 --> 00:13:24.280
  • class.
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  • How many of you remember
  • 00:13:25.210 --> 00:13:26.150
  • the day you were saved?
  • 00:13:26.150 --> 00:13:27.100
  • Let me see your hands?
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  • Was that a happy day?
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  • Oh happy day, oh happy day
  • 00:13:32.000 --> 00:13:33.240
  • when Jesus washed my sin away.
  • 00:13:34.230 --> 00:13:37.230
  • The joy of salvation is the joy
  • 00:13:37.230 --> 00:13:39.120
  • of realizing you're not guilty
  • 00:13:39.120 --> 00:13:40.170
  • anymore, that you've been
  • 00:13:40.170 --> 00:13:41.280
  • forgiven, that God has given
  • 00:13:41.280 --> 00:13:43.170
  • you the gift of eternal life
  • 00:13:43.170 --> 00:13:44.220
  • and you're gonna spend
  • 00:13:44.220 --> 00:13:45.160
  • eternity with him.
  • 00:13:45.160 --> 00:13:46.130
  • Salvation is a joyous time.
  • 00:13:46.130 --> 00:13:48.160
  • In fact, the Bible says when
  • 00:13:48.160 --> 00:13:49.220
  • a person is saved Almighty God
  • 00:13:49.220 --> 00:13:52.020
  • throws a party in heaven.
  • 00:13:52.020 --> 00:13:54.000
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:13:54.000 --> 00:13:55.100
  • In Luke chapter 15 and
  • 00:13:55.100 --> 00:13:57.000
  • in verse 10, we are told:
  • 00:13:57.000 --> 00:13:59.200
  • "There is joy
  • 00:13:59.200 --> 00:14:00.070
  • in the presence of the angels
  • 00:14:00.070 --> 00:14:02.110
  • of God over one sinner
  • 00:14:02.110 --> 00:14:04.110
  • who repents."
  • 00:14:04.110 --> 00:14:06.140
  • So every time you hear somebody
  • 00:14:06.140 --> 00:14:07.190
  • give their testimony of
  • 00:14:07.190 --> 00:14:08.220
  • salvation, when a person comes
  • 00:14:08.220 --> 00:14:11.100
  • to Christ, we should all
  • 00:14:11.100 --> 00:14:12.250
  • rejoice in that because
  • 00:14:12.250 --> 00:14:13.220
  • that's a moment of great joy.
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:15.240
  • That's where it all starts.
  • 00:14:15.240 --> 00:14:17.150
  • And, you know, the Bible tells
  • 00:14:17.150 --> 00:14:18.240
  • us this Christian joy
  • 00:14:18.240 --> 00:14:19.260
  • is so unique it even shows up in
  • 00:14:19.260 --> 00:14:21.220
  • times of difficulty and trial.
  • 00:14:22.010 --> 00:14:25.010
  • One of my favorite Bible
  • 00:14:25.010 --> 00:14:25.290
  • stories, probably one
  • 00:14:25.290 --> 00:14:27.040
  • of yours too, is the story
  • 00:14:27.040 --> 00:14:28.070
  • of Paul and Silas recorded
  • 00:14:28.070 --> 00:14:29.250
  • in the 16th chapter
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:31.030
  • of the book of Acts
  • 00:14:31.030 --> 00:14:31.260
  • and they're put in prison.
  • 00:14:31.260 --> 00:14:33.040
  • Remember that one?
  • 00:14:33.040 --> 00:14:34.260
  • And before they were put
  • 00:14:34.260 --> 00:14:35.240
  • in prison, they're taken to
  • 00:14:35.240 --> 00:14:36.220
  • the stocks and they're beaten.
  • 00:14:36.250 --> 00:14:39.250
  • And now they're in prison
  • 00:14:39.250 --> 00:14:40.210
  • and the Bible says
  • 00:14:40.210 --> 00:14:41.150
  • in verse 25 of Acts 16:
  • 00:14:41.150 --> 00:14:43.170
  • "But at midnight Paul and Silas
  • 00:14:43.170 --> 00:14:44.230
  • were praying and singing
  • 00:14:44.230 --> 00:14:46.030
  • hymns to God, and the prisoners
  • 00:14:46.030 --> 00:14:47.120
  • were listening to them."
  • 00:14:48.110 --> 00:14:51.110
  • Now the kind of joy that can get
  • 00:14:51.110 --> 00:14:52.120
  • you happy in jail at midnight
  • 00:14:52.120 --> 00:14:55.060
  • with your back bleeding
  • 00:14:55.060 --> 00:14:56.090
  • and your life in danger,
  • 00:14:56.090 --> 00:14:57.110
  • that's the kind of joy I want.
  • 00:14:57.110 --> 00:14:59.240
  • I want that kind of joy.
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  • We may not be able to rejoice
  • 00:15:02.200 --> 00:15:03.260
  • in our load but, as we learn,
  • 00:15:03.260 --> 00:15:06.000
  • we can rejoice in our Lord.
  • 00:15:06.200 --> 00:15:09.200
  • And Christian joy is so
  • 00:15:09.200 --> 00:15:11.050
  • incredible that it even stays
  • 00:15:11.050 --> 00:15:13.160
  • with us when we're dying.
  • 00:15:13.160 --> 00:15:16.160
  • I've been with Christian people
  • 00:15:16.160 --> 00:15:17.190
  • through the process of death
  • 00:15:17.190 --> 00:15:19.220
  • and see the smile on their face.
  • 00:15:19.220 --> 00:15:22.140
  • Some of them have told me
  • 00:15:22.140 --> 00:15:23.130
  • they've seen Jesus in the
  • 00:15:23.130 --> 00:15:24.110
  • process and they wouldn't come
  • 00:15:24.110 --> 00:15:25.190
  • back here for anything.
  • 00:15:25.190 --> 00:15:28.030
  • When Paul was getting ready
  • 00:15:28.030 --> 00:15:29.060
  • to finish his journey he said in
  • 00:15:29.070 --> 00:15:32.070
  • Acts chapter 20: "None of these
  • 00:15:32.070 --> 00:15:34.180
  • things move me," all the things
  • 00:15:34.180 --> 00:15:36.110
  • that were going on around him.
  • 00:15:36.110 --> 00:15:37.210
  • He said they don't bother me.
  • 00:15:37.210 --> 00:15:39.290
  • "These things don't move me,"
  • 00:15:39.290 --> 00:15:41.110
  • or they don't get in my way.
  • 00:15:41.110 --> 00:15:43.030
  • "I don't even count my life dear
  • 00:15:43.030 --> 00:15:44.080
  • to myself, so that I can finish
  • 00:15:44.090 --> 00:15:47.090
  • my race with joy."
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  • Joy all the way to the end.
  • 00:15:51.170 --> 00:15:53.200
  • So in the 15th chapter of the
  • 00:15:53.200 --> 00:15:55.050
  • book of John, this is all played
  • 00:15:55.050 --> 00:15:56.290
  • out in a few words and I'm gonna
  • 00:15:56.290 --> 00:15:58.130
  • take you through these few words
  • 00:15:58.130 --> 00:15:59.260
  • but if you don't have your
  • 00:15:59.260 --> 00:16:01.030
  • Scriptures in front of you you
  • 00:16:01.030 --> 00:16:02.080
  • can watch, we'll put them up
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  • on the screen.
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  • Write the reference down.
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  • Let's talk for a moment about
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:07.100
  • the source of joy in your life.
  • 00:16:07.100 --> 00:16:08.250
  • We've already established
  • 00:16:08.250 --> 00:16:09.260
  • that this joy comes from Jesus.
  • 00:16:09.260 --> 00:16:11.260
  • Listen to his words in
  • 00:16:11.260 --> 00:16:12.170
  • John 15:11: "These things I have
  • 00:16:12.170 --> 00:16:14.210
  • spoken to you, that My joy,"
  • 00:16:14.210 --> 00:16:17.170
  • said Jesus,
  • 00:16:17.170 --> 00:16:18.130
  • "My joy may remain in you."
  • 00:16:18.130 --> 00:16:20.240
  • Say that with me.
  • 00:16:20.240 --> 00:16:21.210
  • "My joy."
  • 00:16:21.210 --> 00:16:23.000
  • "And that your joy
  • 00:16:23.000 --> 00:16:24.200
  • might be full."
  • 00:16:24.200 --> 00:16:25.140
  • Jesus says, "I want your joy
  • 00:16:25.140 --> 00:16:26.150
  • to be the result of my joy."
  • 00:16:28.060 --> 00:16:31.060
  • This joy is Christ's joy.
  • 00:16:31.140 --> 00:16:34.140
  • This joy is the life
  • 00:16:34.140 --> 00:16:35.190
  • of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:16:35.190 --> 00:16:37.140
  • being lived out inside of you.
  • 00:16:37.140 --> 00:16:39.240
  • Christian joy is Christ's joy
  • 00:16:39.240 --> 00:16:42.230
  • in the Christian.
  • 00:16:42.230 --> 00:16:44.090
  • Christian joy is letting Christ
  • 00:16:44.090 --> 00:16:46.030
  • live his life through you
  • 00:16:46.030 --> 00:16:47.240
  • so that what he is you become.
  • 00:16:48.260 --> 00:16:51.260
  • Peter called it a joy
  • 00:16:51.260 --> 00:16:53.030
  • inexpressible and full of glory.
  • 00:16:53.220 --> 00:16:56.220
  • This joy isn't dependent on us.
  • 00:16:56.220 --> 00:16:58.060
  • It's dependent on him.
  • 00:16:58.060 --> 00:16:59.110
  • And if we will trust him, he
  • 00:16:59.110 --> 00:17:00.250
  • produces that joy in our hearts.
  • 00:17:01.110 --> 00:17:04.110
  • And the characteristic of this
  • 00:17:04.110 --> 00:17:05.140
  • joy is that it was full joy.
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  • This is not imperfect
  • 00:17:09.020 --> 00:17:10.090
  • or incomplete.
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  • It is not an almost joy
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  • or a sometimes joy.
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  • This is an everyday,
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  • 100% complete joy.
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  • And the uniqueness of this
  • 00:17:19.210 --> 00:17:20.210
  • joy is captured in words that
  • 00:17:20.210 --> 00:17:22.200
  • Peter wrote in the 1st chapter
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  • of his 1st letter.
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  • See if you can get your arms
  • 00:17:25.270 --> 00:17:27.000
  • around this one.
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  • Here's what he said: "Whom
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  • having not seen you love.
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  • Though now you do not see Him,
  • 00:17:33.250 --> 00:17:35.070
  • yet believing, you rejoice
  • 00:17:35.070 --> 00:17:36.090
  • with joy inexpressible
  • 00:17:36.090 --> 00:17:37.290
  • and full of glory."
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  • Let me pause for a moment
  • 00:17:40.240 --> 00:17:41.190
  • and say if you're looking
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  • for joy outside of Jesus
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  • But I'm here to tell you, he's
  • 00:17:46.150 --> 00:17:47.150
  • always open for business.
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  • He's always ready
  • 00:17:50.020 --> 00:17:51.020
  • for you to come.
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  • And if you want joy, real joy,
  • 00:17:52.250 --> 00:17:54.290
  • wonderful joy, you've got to let
  • 00:17:54.290 --> 00:17:56.270
  • Jesus come into your heart.
  • 00:17:56.270 --> 00:17:59.170
  • And if you've never done that, I
  • 00:17:59.170 --> 00:18:00.190
  • hope you will do that 'cause all
  • 00:18:00.190 --> 00:18:02.190
  • the rest of this is not gonna
  • 00:18:02.190 --> 00:18:03.200
  • work for you unless you
  • 00:18:03.200 --> 00:18:04.210
  • have Jesus in your heart.
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  • That's where it starts.
  • 00:18:06.240 --> 00:18:09.000
  • The Bible also tells us
  • 00:18:09.000 --> 00:18:10.210
  • that this joy that is my joy,
  • 00:18:10.210 --> 00:18:12.110
  • says Jesus, and full joy,
  • 00:18:12.110 --> 00:18:15.070
  • this joy is continual joy.
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  • Friends, have you ever
  • 00:18:16.160 --> 00:18:18.110
  • discovered how simple it is for
  • 00:18:18.110 --> 00:18:20.050
  • your gladness of today to become
  • 00:18:20.050 --> 00:18:21.220
  • your sadness of tomorrow?
  • 00:18:22.000 --> 00:18:25.000
  • Have you ever noticed
  • 00:18:25.000 --> 00:18:25.210
  • that your sweetness
  • 00:18:25.210 --> 00:18:27.080
  • of the morning can turn
  • 00:18:27.080 --> 00:18:28.270
  • into your bitterness at night?
  • 00:18:28.290 --> 00:18:31.290
  • Or the friends you thought were
  • 00:18:31.290 --> 00:18:32.290
  • your friends yesterday become
  • 00:18:32.290 --> 00:18:34.110
  • your enemies today?
  • 00:18:34.150 --> 00:18:37.150
  • Or the wisdom you thought
  • 00:18:37.150 --> 00:18:38.160
  • was so cool yesterday is now
  • 00:18:38.160 --> 00:18:40.280
  • so foolish today?
  • 00:18:40.280 --> 00:18:43.180
  • The one thing that all of us
  • 00:18:43.180 --> 00:18:44.180
  • share as we take this journey
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:46.000
  • together with humanity
  • 00:18:46.000 --> 00:18:47.030
  • is that nothing we get involved
  • 00:18:47.030 --> 00:18:48.100
  • with ever seems to last.
  • 00:18:48.240 --> 00:18:51.240
  • But the joy of Christ of which
  • 00:18:51.240 --> 00:18:53.000
  • we speak today is a continual,
  • 00:18:53.000 --> 00:18:55.150
  • never-ending, absolutely
  • 00:18:55.150 --> 00:18:57.040
  • constant, lasting joy.
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  • This joy is not hinged
  • 00:19:00.140 --> 00:19:01.150
  • on happenings.
  • 00:19:01.150 --> 00:19:02.230
  • It's perfected in a person.
  • 00:19:04.020 --> 00:19:07.020
  • At one of the lowest times in
  • 00:19:07.020 --> 00:19:08.060
  • the lives of Jesus' disciples,
  • 00:19:08.060 --> 00:19:10.170
  • the days just before he was
  • 00:19:10.170 --> 00:19:11.180
  • taken away from them to go
  • 00:19:11.180 --> 00:19:13.050
  • to the cross, in the midst
  • 00:19:13.050 --> 00:19:15.010
  • of their sorrow and anxiety,
  • 00:19:15.010 --> 00:19:17.020
  • Jesus comforted his disciples
  • 00:19:17.020 --> 00:19:19.080
  • with these words, John 16:22:
  • 00:19:19.080 --> 00:19:22.030
  • "Therefore you now have sorrow;
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:25.110
  • but I will see you again
  • 00:19:25.110 --> 00:19:27.060
  • and your heart will rejoice,"
  • 00:19:27.060 --> 00:19:28.170
  • and this is the part I love,
  • 00:19:28.170 --> 00:19:30.040
  • "and your joy no one
  • 00:19:30.040 --> 00:19:32.180
  • will take from you."
  • 00:19:33.060 --> 00:19:36.060
  • So how do you get this joy?
  • 00:19:36.060 --> 00:19:37.170
  • We've already talked about
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  • the fact that you have
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  • to surrender your life
  • 00:19:39.270 --> 00:19:41.040
  • to the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • You have to give Jesus Christ
  • 00:19:44.020 --> 00:19:46.270
  • first place in your life.
  • 00:19:46.270 --> 00:19:49.000
  • I want to say again
  • 00:19:49.000 --> 00:19:49.230
  • if you don't know Jesus Christ
  • 00:19:49.230 --> 00:19:50.190
  • that's where joy starts.
  • 00:19:50.190 --> 00:19:53.060
  • One of the things you need
  • 00:19:53.060 --> 00:19:54.000
  • to do if you wanna have joy
  • 00:19:54.000 --> 00:19:54.250
  • in your life you have to submit
  • 00:19:54.250 --> 00:19:55.230
  • your life totally
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:19:56.210
  • to the Spirit of God.
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:19:58.150
  • You see, joy is the fruit
  • 00:19:58.150 --> 00:19:59.250
  • of the Spirit.
  • 00:19:59.250 --> 00:20:01.050
  • And when you're filled
  • 00:20:01.050 --> 00:20:01.280
  • with the Spirit of God
  • 00:20:01.280 --> 00:20:03.010
  • you get that fruit.
  • 00:20:03.010 --> 00:20:04.080
  • We're talking about how
  • 00:20:04.080 --> 00:20:05.030
  • you cultivate the fruit
  • 00:20:05.030 --> 00:20:06.020
  • but you don't get it.
  • 00:20:06.020 --> 00:20:07.030
  • You have to trust
  • 00:20:07.030 --> 00:20:07.260
  • the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:20:07.260 --> 00:20:08.220
  • and then the Spirit of God
  • 00:20:08.220 --> 00:20:09.270
  • comes to live within your heart
  • 00:20:09.270 --> 00:20:12.100
  • and if you want that joy
  • 00:20:12.100 --> 00:20:13.030
  • to be full and complete you
  • 00:20:13.030 --> 00:20:15.160
  • have to say to the Lord Jesus
  • 00:20:15.160 --> 00:20:17.140
  • and to the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:20:17.140 --> 00:20:19.120
  • "Here's my life.
  • 00:20:19.120 --> 00:20:20.240
  • Do with it as you please."
  • 00:20:20.240 --> 00:20:23.110
  • I may have told you years ago
  • 00:20:23.110 --> 00:20:24.100
  • that when I first understood the
  • 00:20:24.100 --> 00:20:26.050
  • importance of fully dedicating
  • 00:20:26.050 --> 00:20:28.020
  • your life to the Lord, I didn't
  • 00:20:28.020 --> 00:20:29.120
  • wanna do it because for some
  • 00:20:29.120 --> 00:20:30.160
  • reason in my mind I thought God
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:31.290
  • was gonna send me to Africa.
  • 00:20:32.020 --> 00:20:35.020
  • For some reason, I thought if I
  • 00:20:35.020 --> 00:20:35.280
  • said, "Lord Jesus, you can have
  • 00:20:35.280 --> 00:20:38.030
  • my whole life," I thought
  • 00:20:38.030 --> 00:20:39.130
  • if I did that I'd end up
  • 00:20:39.130 --> 00:20:40.180
  • on a mission field in Africa.
  • 00:20:40.180 --> 00:20:43.050
  • And now I know that wouldn't
  • 00:20:43.050 --> 00:20:44.080
  • have been all that bad because a
  • 00:20:44.080 --> 00:20:45.150
  • lot of good things happen there.
  • 00:20:45.150 --> 00:20:48.000
  • But you see, until you come
  • 00:20:48.000 --> 00:20:48.280
  • to the place where
  • 00:20:48.280 --> 00:20:49.230
  • it's not you anymore, it's him,
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:50.280
  • you're willing to say,
  • 00:20:50.280 --> 00:20:52.080
  • "Lord Jesus, here's my life.
  • 00:20:52.170 --> 00:20:55.170
  • You chart it.
  • 00:20:55.170 --> 00:20:57.100
  • I'll sign at the bottom."
  • 00:20:57.100 --> 00:20:58.240
  • I faced that early in my life
  • 00:20:58.240 --> 00:20:59.280
  • when I believed God
  • 00:20:59.280 --> 00:21:01.060
  • wanted me to be a preacher.
  • 00:21:01.060 --> 00:21:02.240
  • I had been so totally involved
  • 00:21:02.240 --> 00:21:04.120
  • in the broadcast industry.
  • 00:21:04.120 --> 00:21:07.110
  • I'd taken many courses in
  • 00:21:07.110 --> 00:21:08.190
  • broadcast industry, in speech,
  • 00:21:08.190 --> 00:21:11.020
  • and I was working in a couple
  • 00:21:11.020 --> 00:21:12.190
  • of radio stations 'cause this
  • 00:21:12.190 --> 00:21:13.290
  • is what I wanted to do, and then
  • 00:21:13.290 --> 00:21:15.020
  • God called me to preach and
  • 00:21:15.020 --> 00:21:16.070
  • I thought the worst thing about
  • 00:21:16.070 --> 00:21:17.150
  • that was I was gonna leave all
  • 00:21:17.150 --> 00:21:18.180
  • that broadcasting stuff away and
  • 00:21:18.180 --> 00:21:19.280
  • I was gonna go be a preacher.
  • 00:21:19.280 --> 00:21:22.230
  • But God was just training me
  • 00:21:22.230 --> 00:21:23.220
  • back here for what he knew
  • 00:21:23.220 --> 00:21:24.270
  • he wanted me to do out here
  • 00:21:24.270 --> 00:21:26.020
  • and I would never have found
  • 00:21:26.020 --> 00:21:27.160
  • that out if I hadn't just said,
  • 00:21:27.160 --> 00:21:28.200
  • "Lord, okay, whatever.
  • 00:21:28.200 --> 00:21:29.270
  • You want me to go to seminary
  • 00:21:29.270 --> 00:21:30.250
  • and be a preacher, here I am."
  • 00:21:30.250 --> 00:21:33.210
  • And what I thought
  • 00:21:33.210 --> 00:21:34.120
  • he took away from me,
  • 00:21:34.120 --> 00:21:35.020
  • he gave me back multiple times.
  • 00:21:35.020 --> 00:21:37.220
  • The Bible says, "Commit your way
  • 00:21:37.220 --> 00:21:39.040
  • unto the Lord and he," what?
  • 00:21:39.040 --> 00:21:40.030
  • "Gives you the desires
  • 00:21:40.030 --> 00:21:41.120
  • of your heart."
  • 00:21:41.120 --> 00:21:43.040
  • But it doesn't start until you
  • 00:21:43.040 --> 00:21:44.170
  • say, "Yes," until you say,
  • 00:21:44.170 --> 00:21:46.040
  • "Lord God, I want your joy.
  • 00:21:46.040 --> 00:21:48.010
  • I know I'm not gonna get it
  • 00:21:48.010 --> 00:21:49.030
  • my way so here I am.
  • 00:21:49.030 --> 00:21:51.030
  • Here's the page of my life.
  • 00:21:51.030 --> 00:21:52.180
  • I've signed the bottom,
  • 00:21:52.180 --> 00:21:53.150
  • you fill in the details."
  • 00:21:53.160 --> 00:21:56.160
  • Thirdly, you've got to study
  • 00:21:56.160 --> 00:21:57.150
  • the Word of God.
  • 00:21:57.150 --> 00:21:59.060
  • Do you know why?
  • 00:21:59.060 --> 00:21:59.290
  • Because this
  • 00:21:59.290 --> 00:22:00.260
  • is God's handbook on joy.
  • 00:22:00.260 --> 00:22:03.030
  • This is the book that God gave
  • 00:22:03.030 --> 00:22:04.200
  • us so that we would know
  • 00:22:04.200 --> 00:22:05.260
  • how to live the Christian life.
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:07.160
  • And if you wanna know about joy,
  • 00:22:07.160 --> 00:22:08.120
  • ha, ha, man, this is it.
  • 00:22:08.120 --> 00:22:10.080
  • You'll find joy everywhere
  • 00:22:10.080 --> 00:22:11.100
  • in this book.
  • 00:22:11.100 --> 00:22:13.160
  • Let me just tell you that if you
  • 00:22:13.160 --> 00:22:14.130
  • want really to have joy
  • 00:22:14.130 --> 00:22:15.210
  • cultivated in your life you've
  • 00:22:15.210 --> 00:22:16.240
  • gotta share your life
  • 00:22:16.240 --> 00:22:17.200
  • with others.
  • 00:22:17.200 --> 00:22:18.240
  • You're not gonna be happy
  • 00:22:18.240 --> 00:22:19.180
  • by yourself.
  • 00:22:19.180 --> 00:22:21.030
  • God never intended you
  • 00:22:21.030 --> 00:22:22.080
  • to be happy by yourself.
  • 00:22:22.080 --> 00:22:23.140
  • He created the church
  • 00:22:23.140 --> 00:22:24.240
  • so that we could be together.
  • 00:22:24.240 --> 00:22:26.130
  • How many of you know how hard it
  • 00:22:26.130 --> 00:22:27.070
  • would be to live the Christian
  • 00:22:27.070 --> 00:22:28.030
  • life today if we didn't have
  • 00:22:28.030 --> 00:22:28.260
  • each other,
  • 00:22:28.260 --> 00:22:29.190
  • if we didn't have the church?
  • 00:22:29.190 --> 00:22:30.190
  • Look at all the scary mess we're
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:31.220
  • in right now in this country.
  • 00:22:31.220 --> 00:22:33.040
  • Look at all the craziness
  • 00:22:33.040 --> 00:22:35.100
  • that's going on.
  • 00:22:35.100 --> 00:22:36.050
  • You know, the only kind of
  • 00:22:36.050 --> 00:22:36.290
  • sanity you ever feel is when you
  • 00:22:36.290 --> 00:22:38.010
  • come to church on Sunday.
  • 00:22:38.010 --> 00:22:40.100
  • Then you have to go back
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:41.020
  • into that mixed-up world.
  • 00:22:41.020 --> 00:22:43.110
  • You gotta have other people
  • 00:22:43.110 --> 00:22:44.090
  • in your life.
  • 00:22:44.090 --> 00:22:46.140
  • You know,
  • 00:22:46.140 --> 00:22:47.070
  • Christianity is joyful.
  • 00:22:47.070 --> 00:22:47.290
  • One of the great things people
  • 00:22:47.290 --> 00:22:48.250
  • tell me when they visit
  • 00:22:48.250 --> 00:22:49.230
  • our church, "Dr. Jeremiah,
  • 00:22:49.230 --> 00:22:50.220
  • there's so much joy
  • 00:22:50.220 --> 00:22:51.200
  • in your church."
  • 00:22:51.200 --> 00:22:53.090
  • Isn't that what should be here?
  • 00:22:53.090 --> 00:22:55.000
  • If you've got Jesus,
  • 00:22:55.000 --> 00:22:56.090
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:23:01.050 --> 00:23:04.050
  • Joy is contagious and to catch
  • 00:23:04.200 --> 00:23:07.200
  • the infection you have to expose
  • 00:23:07.200 --> 00:23:09.230
  • yourself to the virus and become
  • 00:23:09.230 --> 00:23:12.070
  • part of the blessed epidemic,
  • 00:23:12.220 --> 00:23:15.220
  • amen?
  • 00:23:15.220 --> 00:23:17.220
  • So if you wanna be a joyful
  • 00:23:17.220 --> 00:23:18.290
  • person, I've been learning
  • 00:23:18.290 --> 00:23:20.120
  • this the hard way and some
  • 00:23:20.120 --> 00:23:21.180
  • of you know it already.
  • 00:23:21.180 --> 00:23:22.190
  • If you wanna be joyful,
  • 00:23:22.190 --> 00:23:23.220
  • hang out with joyful people.
  • 00:23:23.220 --> 00:23:25.280
  • You say, "How do I know
  • 00:23:25.280 --> 00:23:26.200
  • the kind of people to go
  • 00:23:26.200 --> 00:23:27.170
  • and hang out with?"
  • 00:23:27.170 --> 00:23:28.280
  • Find those who are joyful
  • 00:23:28.280 --> 00:23:30.090
  • because if a person
  • 00:23:30.090 --> 00:23:31.030
  • has authentic joy,
  • 00:23:31.030 --> 00:23:32.060
  • you've just solved your problem.
  • 00:23:32.060 --> 00:23:33.100
  • You've got the right person.
  • 00:23:33.100 --> 00:23:35.180
  • Find joyful people.
  • 00:23:35.180 --> 00:23:37.000
  • Hang out with joyful people.
  • 00:23:37.000 --> 00:23:38.190
  • Become a part of the epidemic.
  • 00:23:38.190 --> 00:23:40.180
  • Catch the virus.
  • 00:23:40.180 --> 00:23:43.050
  • Get infected with the joy
  • 00:23:43.050 --> 00:23:44.190
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:23:48.170 --> 00:23:51.170
  • So let me go back to that lyric
  • 00:23:51.170 --> 00:23:53.070
  • of an old song we used
  • 00:23:53.070 --> 00:23:54.080
  • to sing growing up.
  • 00:23:54.080 --> 00:23:55.080
  • Here it is.
  • 00:23:55.080 --> 00:23:56.010
  • "If you want joy, real joy,
  • 00:23:56.010 --> 00:23:58.230
  • wonderful joy, let Jesus
  • 00:23:58.230 --> 00:24:01.050
  • - announcer: Dr. Jeremiah
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  • will return with one more
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  • inspirational word to close
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  • - announcer: And now, with one
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: In today's
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  • message I quoted a number
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  • For many, true joy seems to be
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  • an elusive experience.
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  • Perhaps this is true
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  • because we seek happiness
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  • True joy is only found
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  • when we come to know God and
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  • we anticipate spending eternity
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  • in his presence.
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  • The path to knowing
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  • God's joy is through faith
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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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  • with Bobby Schuller, Mandisa,
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  • David Green, and Kirk Cousins.
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  • And he teaches how we can make
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  • the decision to live
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  • a life of peace.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: How do I know
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  • if the Holy Spirit's working
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  • at peace in my life?
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  • When I have some moments when
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  • everything should be coming
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  • unglued and I just feel this
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  • little--this little sense
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  • in my heart, "I'm gonna be okay.
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  • God is with me.
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  • for being with us today
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing."
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  • Join us next time
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  • "A Life of Peace,"
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