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A Life of Peace

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July 5, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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A Life of Peace

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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 want to
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  • thank you for joining me today.
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  • One of the things that we talk
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  • about a lot these days is peace.
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  • Everybody wants
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  • peace internationally,
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  • they want peace in their family,
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  • they want peace in their heart.
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  • How do we as Christians
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  • get this peace in our heart?
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  • I'm not talking about
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  • controlled panic here.
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  • I'm talking about real, genuine,
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  • Where does that start?
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  • - Bobby Schuller:
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  • Well, you can't have peace
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  • without Jesus, right?
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  • Because I think undergirding
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  • all of this restlessness with
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  • And what Christ promises us
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  • is that this is just a small bit
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  • of the eternal,
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  • amazing life that he's given us.
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  • But there's still a lot of
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  • believers who believe in heaven
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  • who still don't have peace.
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  • And I think a lot of that is us
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  • buying into the world's culture
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  • of, "I've got to constantly
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  • do things to make the most
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  • of this very short life."
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  • And then believers buy
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  • into that in practice,
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  • even though
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  • they don't believe it.
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  • So, we have to stop cramming
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  • our schedule full of stuff.
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  • We got to stop hurrying so much.
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  • We need to bond deeply
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  • with our friends and family.
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  • We need to be generous
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  • and serving.
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  • And I think when that happens,
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  • that's when the peace of heaven
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  • kind of meets us at our heart.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: We can all have
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  • peace when things are going good
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  • and it seems like there's not
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  • a lot of conflict
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  • in our own lives
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  • and in our community.
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  • But David, I watched carefully
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  • as you fought in the courts to
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  • keep from having to pay for
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  • something we didn't believe in.
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  • And I saw the things they were
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  • writing about you and the things
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  • they were saying about you.
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  • Tell me, what was it like?
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  • - David Green: You know,
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  • when we first found out
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  • that we may lose our business
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  • because we knew
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  • we were not going to pay for
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  • prescriptions that would
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  • take life, and the fine would be
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  • $1.3 million a day if we didn't
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  • provide this because of
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  • the number of employees we had,
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  • and I have to admit that
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  • Barbara and I finally
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  • came to the point that we said,
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  • "We only have one decision,
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  • right or wrong."
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  • And we were 100% convinced
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  • that we made the right decision.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: So actually,
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  • peace is related to truth,
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  • isn't it?
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  • And when you know the truth
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  • and you do it,
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  • God gives you this peace
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  • in your heart.
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  • - David Green: I think a part
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  • of having peace too is not
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  • absorbing so much of the news.
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  • I mean,
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  • if you want to absorb the news,
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  • you will not have peace.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: And you know,
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  • we do have the right
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  • to turn it off.
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  • - Bobby: I did that recently.
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  • I took 6 weeks off in January.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: You took
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  • a fast?
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  • - Bobby: I just felt
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  • so exhausted, and I thought,
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  • "I am just taking
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  • a sabbatical from news."
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  • And I'll tell you,
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  • it's interesting
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  • that gospel means good news.
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  • It's nice to focus on
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  • some good news for awhile
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  • instead of just, like,
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  • always focusing on bad news.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah:
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  • And 6 weeks later,
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  • you turned it on
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  • and it was the same place
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  • where you turned it off, right?
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  • - Bobby: It really changed,
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  • I know.
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  • - Mandisa: Same thing
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  • with social media as well.
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  • Like, it's easy to look at it
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  • and kind of feel discontent,
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  • to feel like you don't have
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  • So, my go-to is always
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  • Philippians 4, that for me,
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  • when I'm faced in circumstances
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  • where I feel like
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  • everything is going crazy
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  • around me, I don't just present
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  • my requests to God.
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  • I try to do it
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  • with thanksgiving.
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  • So, sometimes if I'm watching
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  • the news and I see something
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  • that is trying to steal
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  • my peace,
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  • I can present my request to God.
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  • I pray about the situation,
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  • but when I think about
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  • the circumstance and I find
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  • something to be thankful for,
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  • it's like an immediate sense
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  • of peace is what overtakes me
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  • in that moment.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible is
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  • so clear that peace is a gift
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  • from the Lord.
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  • The Bible tells us not to let
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  • our hearts be troubled,
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  • and to be anxious for nothing,
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  • but in everything,
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  • by prayer and supplication,
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  • let your requests
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: As I sat with
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  • my friends and reflected on what
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  • we shared, I was once again
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  • reminded that peace is
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  • a decision, a decision
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  • that transforms one's life.
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  • And in the next few minutes,
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  • I will share with you how
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  • a life of peace is necessary
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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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  • Your Life Today."
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  • - female announcer: Thank you
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  • for watching
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciation
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah
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  • with his message,
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah:
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  • The Prince of Peace is
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  • just 1 of 250 names given
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  • to the Lord Jesus
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • When he appeared
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  • for the first time on this earth
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  • in a manger in Bethlehem,
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  • the angels announced
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  • his arrival, as you remember,
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  • with these words,
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  • "Glory to God in the highest,
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  • and on earth peace,
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  • goodwill toward men!"
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  • The world into which
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  • Jesus was born had
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  • a very different idea of peace.
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  • Our English word "peace"
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  • originates from an old
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  • French word which means
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  • to be reconciled,
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  • or to have an agreement with,
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  • or to have
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  • the absence of hostility.
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  • But the Hebrew word "shalom"
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  • has a much richer meaning.
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  • That's the only Hebrew word
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  • I probably know to say out loud.
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  • Would you like to have the
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  • privilege of speaking Hebrew
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  • this morning?
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  • Let's say the word "shalom"
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  • out loud together, shalom.
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  • This word is found 355 times
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  • in the Old Testament, and its
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  • basic meaning is to be whole,
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  • or safe, or sound.
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  • Shalom designates a condition
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  • in which life can best be lived.
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  • A review of shalom in
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  • the Old Testament
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  • reveals that it never refers
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  • to inner psychological
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  • or emotional peace.
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  • Shalom is the condition
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  • of everything being set right.
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  • It's about the total wellbeing
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  • of the person and the community.
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  • It's one of the deepest longings
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  • of the human heart.
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  • Say it again, shalom.
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  • Jesus is the one who brings the
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  • deepest longings of our hearts
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  • for peace to satisfaction.
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  • But if we are honest,
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  • we can easily
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  • become discouraged
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  • when we see so little peace
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  • in our world and in our hearts.
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  • We long mostly for international
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  • peace, but Jesus, I believe,
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  • cares more about individual
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  • peace, internal peace.
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  • Yes, the world needs to come
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  • to peace,
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  • but how many of you know
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  • if peace comes to our hearts,
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  • pretty soon it comes
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  • to our culture?
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  • And so, you start where you need
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  • to start, and that is with the
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  • importance of individual peace.
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  • So, there are three major ways
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  • that we are affected by
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  • this peace which God brings.
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  • Let me explain them to you
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  • as we go along
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  • and we'll share them together.
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  • First of all, the Bible says
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  • that you and I can have peace
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  • with God.
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  • Underline the word "with."
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  • Romans 5:1 says that,
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  • "Therefore, having been
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  • justified by faith, we have
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  • peace with God through
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  • our Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • Peace with God was brought
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  • to us when Jesus Christ came
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  • down from heaven and went
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  • to the cross as the God man,
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  • and hung there between heaven
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  • and earth,
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  • and paid the price for our sin,
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  • our sin which separated us
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  • from God.
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  • Jesus paid the price
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  • for all of it.
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  • He took it all away.
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  • And when we put our trust
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  • in him, we are forgiven
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  • and that sin is erased.
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  • And then we can have
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  • a relationship with God.
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  • Then we can say, "Therefore,
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  • being justified by faith,
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  • I have peace with God."
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  • You have to start there before
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  • you can know the other kinds
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  • of peace that we're going
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  • to talk about this morning.
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  • So, let me just stop
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  • for a moment and say
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  • if you've not made peace
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  • with God, it's not hard to do,
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  • but it means you have
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  • to make a decision.
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  • You have to decide to deal
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  • with your sin at the cross,
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  • give it all over to Jesus,
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  • and ask him to forgive you.
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  • And when you do that
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  • and invite him to come and live
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  • in your heart, a relationship
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  • with God the Father
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  • is established immediately,
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  • so that it is even
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  • possible, as the Lord God says,
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  • to come boldly before the throne
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  • of grace to receive help
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  • in the time of trouble.
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  • Wow.
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  • Then, of course,
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  • there's not only peace with God,
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  • but there's peace from God.
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  • John 14:27 says--
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  • Jesus is saying,
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  • "Peace I leave with you,
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  • my peace I give to you;
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  • not as the world gives
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  • do I give to you.
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  • Let not your heart be troubled,
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  • neither let it be afraid."
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  • There's a wonderful moment
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  • that the Apostle John
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  • records in his Gospel.
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  • Jesus is in a room making
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  • his first post-resurrection
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  • appearance to his
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  • gathered disciples.
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  • "Then, the same day at evening,
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  • being the first day of the week,
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  • when the doors were shut where
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  • the disciples were assembled,
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  • for the fear of the Jews,
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  • Jesus stood in the midst,
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  • and said to them,
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  • 'Peace be with you.'"
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  • It is what he did next that
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  • perfectly illustrates what we
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  • had been talking about
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  • in these last few verses,
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  • for the next verse
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  • in John chapter 20 says this,
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  • "And when he had said this,
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  • he showed them his hands
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  • and his side."
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  • He was showing them his hands
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  • and his side obviously for the
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  • purpose of identifying himself
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  • to them, but I believe he was
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  • also saying, "These wounds
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  • are why I can say to you,
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  • 'Peace be with you.'"
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  • His death on the cross
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  • made it possible for him
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  • to offer us the peace
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  • we so desperately crave.
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  • But here's the best news of all,
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  • there's not only peace with God
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  • and the peace from God,
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  • but there's the peace of God.
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  • It's the best of all.
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  • We read about this
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  • in Philippians chapter 4.
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  • Here's what Paul wrote
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  • to the Philippian believers,
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  • "Be anxious for nothing,
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  • but in everything by prayer and
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  • supplication, with thanksgiving,
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  • let your requests be made known
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  • to God," now watch this,
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  • "and the peace of God, which
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  • surpasses all understanding,
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  • will guard your hearts and minds
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  • through Jesus Christ."
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  • The peace of God acts,
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  • according to Paul,
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  • as a sentinel or a soldier
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  • who walks back and forth
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  • in the front of the door of
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  • your heart to provide security.
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  • The picture here is that our
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  • hearts and our minds are always
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  • under assault, guilt, worries,
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  • threats, confusions,
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  • uncertainties.
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  • They all threaten our peace,
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  • and Paul says that God wants
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  • to guard our hearts and minds,
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  • and he guards our hearts
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  • with his peace
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  • when we commit ourselves to him.
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  • I like that picture of my heart
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  • and God's soldier walking back
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  • and forth in front of a door to
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  • keep all the junk out that would
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  • come in and destroy my peace.
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  • So, we look back
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  • at the wonder of God's peace.
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  • I want to encourage you
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  • to cultivate that peace
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  • in your life.
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  • And there are four main highways
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  • upon which the peace of God
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  • travels, the Spirit of God,
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  • the Son of God,
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  • the Word of God in prayer.
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  • I want to say just a few words
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  • about each one of them.
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  • First of all,
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  • peace in the Spirit of God.
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  • Did you know that when Jesus
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  • was teaching his disciples and
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  • telling them that he was going
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  • to have to go back to heaven,
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  • he told them that it was a good
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  • thing that he was going back to
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  • heaven because when he was going
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  • to go back to heaven, he was
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  • going to send the Holy Spirit
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  • down to take his place.
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  • You say, "Well, how could
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  • the Holy Spirit be better
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  • than the Son of God?"
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  • In one way.
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  • When Jesus Christ was on
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  • this earth, he confined himself
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  • to the limitations of his human
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  • body, so that Jesus was
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  • where he was while he was
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  • on this earth only where
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  • we could be personally.
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  • And as you know the story
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  • of the Bible, Jesus really
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  • never left the land of Israel.
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  • "But you see, when I go back
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  • to heaven, I'm going to send you
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  • my Holy Spirit,
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  • and he will not be so confined.
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  • The Holy Spirit will come to
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  • live within the heart of every
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  • single person who puts their
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  • trust in me, therefore through
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  • the Holy Spirit I will be
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  • available to you wherever
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  • you go, whatever you do,
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  • whatever happens to you."
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  • The Bible teaches us that when
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  • we accept Jesus Christ as our
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  • personal Savior, the Holy Spirit
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  • comes to dwell within our hearts
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  • and becomes our perpetual,
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  • eternal Savior.
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  • John 16:33, Jesus finished
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  • his speech to his disciples
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  • about his going back to heaven,
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  • and said,
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  • "These things I have spoken
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  • to you, that in me you may
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  • have peace."
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  • The fruit of the Spirit is love,
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  • joy, and peace.
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  • When you have the Holy Spirit
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  • in your heart,
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  • you have the possibility
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  • of peace in your life.
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  • And the Bible says that peace
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  • is the inevitable result
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  • of the Holy Spirit controlling
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  • your life.
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  • So, how can I tell
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  • if I'm controlled
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  • by the Holy Spirit of God?
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  • By the quietness within me
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  • when there's turmoil around me.
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  • 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
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  • when everything should be
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  • coming unglued?
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  • And I just feel this little--
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  • this little sense in my heart,
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  • "I'm going to be okay.
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  • God is with me.
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  • I'm going to make it."
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  • That's what God says he will
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  • give to us through his Spirit.
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  • And then the peace
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  • of the Son of God.
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  • When Jesus was preparing
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  • his disciples for his departure
  • 00:15:57.090 --> 00:15:58.230
  • from them, he encouraged
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  • them with these words, he said,
  • 00:16:00.040 --> 00:16:02.040
  • "Let not your heart be troubled.
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  • You believe in God,
  • 00:16:03.090 --> 00:16:04.140
  • believe also in me.
  • 00:16:04.140 --> 00:16:07.070
  • Peace I leave with you,
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  • my peace I give to you;
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  • not as the world gives
  • 00:16:10.140 --> 00:16:11.240
  • do I give to you.
  • 00:16:11.240 --> 00:16:12.250
  • Let not your heart be troubled,
  • 00:16:12.250 --> 00:16:14.010
  • neither let it be afraid."
  • 00:16:14.010 --> 00:16:16.030
  • Just a few verses later,
  • 00:16:16.030 --> 00:16:17.080
  • Jesus expounded
  • 00:16:17.080 --> 00:16:18.200
  • on his earlier promise.
  • 00:16:18.200 --> 00:16:20.100
  • He said, "These things
  • 00:16:20.100 --> 00:16:21.250
  • I have spoken to you,
  • 00:16:21.250 --> 00:16:23.010
  • that in me you may have peace.
  • 00:16:23.010 --> 00:16:24.180
  • Now, to be honest with you,"
  • 00:16:24.180 --> 00:16:25.290
  • he said,
  • 00:16:25.290 --> 00:16:27.010
  • "in the world you're going
  • 00:16:27.010 --> 00:16:28.070
  • to have tribulation; but be
  • 00:16:28.070 --> 00:16:29.170
  • of good cheer 'cause I have
  • 00:16:29.170 --> 00:16:30.270
  • overcome the world."
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  • I love this question that is
  • 00:16:33.250 --> 00:16:35.030
  • tucked away in the book of Job.
  • 00:16:35.030 --> 00:16:37.290
  • I never realized this was there.
  • 00:16:37.290 --> 00:16:39.290
  • I've read the book of Job a lot
  • 00:16:39.290 --> 00:16:41.010
  • of times, but this was escaped
  • 00:16:41.010 --> 00:16:42.070
  • me, but it's worth writing down.
  • 00:16:42.090 --> 00:16:45.090
  • Job 34:29,
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  • "When he gives quietness,
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  • who then can make trouble?"
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  • Isn't that a great verse?
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  • If he, and this is obviously
  • 00:16:55.120 --> 00:16:57.050
  • speaking of God,
  • 00:16:57.050 --> 00:16:58.160
  • if he then brings
  • 00:16:58.160 --> 00:17:00.020
  • quietness here,
  • 00:17:00.020 --> 00:17:03.010
  • who's going to make trouble?
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  • Here's my prayer for all of us
  • 00:17:05.270 --> 00:17:07.030
  • borrowed from the prayer
  • 00:17:07.030 --> 00:17:08.170
  • Paul prayed for his friends
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  • in Thessalonica.
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  • Here's what he prayed,
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  • "Now may the Lord of Peace
  • 00:17:12.110 --> 00:17:13.270
  • himself give you peace
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  • always in every way."
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  • That's my prayer.
  • 00:17:18.240 --> 00:17:21.050
  • Then there's peace
  • 00:17:21.050 --> 00:17:21.200
  • in the Word of God.
  • 00:17:21.200 --> 00:17:23.230
  • "I will hear
  • 00:17:23.230 --> 00:17:26.080
  • what God the Lord will speak,
  • 00:17:26.120 --> 00:17:29.120
  • for he will speak peace
  • 00:17:29.120 --> 00:17:31.070
  • to his people
  • 00:17:31.070 --> 00:17:32.150
  • and to his saints."
  • 00:17:32.150 --> 00:17:34.000
  • I will hear what God the Lord
  • 00:17:34.000 --> 00:17:35.260
  • will have to say 'cause when I
  • 00:17:35.260 --> 00:17:38.110
  • listen to him, he speaks peace.
  • 00:17:39.080 --> 00:17:42.080
  • Did you know that the Bible
  • 00:17:42.080 --> 00:17:43.210
  • is the key to your peace?
  • 00:17:44.130 --> 00:17:47.130
  • And when I'm going through some
  • 00:17:47.130 --> 00:17:48.250
  • times and I don't know
  • 00:17:48.250 --> 00:17:49.280
  • what to do,
  • 00:17:49.280 --> 00:17:50.230
  • I try to find a way to spend
  • 00:17:50.230 --> 00:17:52.000
  • more time in the Scripture,
  • 00:17:52.000 --> 00:17:54.070
  • not to prepare a sermon,
  • 00:17:54.070 --> 00:17:55.140
  • but for my own help
  • 00:17:55.140 --> 00:17:57.010
  • and encouragement.
  • 00:17:57.010 --> 00:17:59.120
  • And once in a while, you guys,
  • 00:17:59.120 --> 00:18:00.200
  • you should memorize a few verses
  • 00:18:00.200 --> 00:18:02.120
  • from this Book because they act
  • 00:18:02.120 --> 00:18:04.070
  • as anti-terrorism agents
  • 00:18:04.070 --> 00:18:06.090
  • in your life.
  • 00:18:06.090 --> 00:18:08.220
  • So, when bad stuff is happening
  • 00:18:08.220 --> 00:18:10.170
  • and terror is going on, you know
  • 00:18:10.170 --> 00:18:11.270
  • there's a verse some place you
  • 00:18:11.270 --> 00:18:13.080
  • can grab hold of and use it
  • 00:18:13.080 --> 00:18:15.000
  • as a weapon against anxiety.
  • 00:18:17.090 --> 00:18:20.090
  • And finally,
  • 00:18:20.090 --> 00:18:22.190
  • there's peace in prayer.
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  • Listen to what Paul says
  • 00:18:25.000 --> 00:18:26.030
  • to the Philippians in chapter 4,
  • 00:18:26.030 --> 00:18:28.060
  • "Be anxious for nothing,"
  • 00:18:28.060 --> 00:18:29.290
  • listen to this.
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  • Anxious means worried.
  • 00:18:31.030 --> 00:18:34.020
  • Did you know the old King James
  • 00:18:34.020 --> 00:18:35.220
  • of this verse says,
  • 00:18:35.220 --> 00:18:37.100
  • "Be careful for nothing."
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:39.030
  • I always thought that was
  • 00:18:39.030 --> 00:18:39.280
  • kind of like a proof text
  • 00:18:39.280 --> 00:18:41.000
  • for when you're a teenager,
  • 00:18:41.000 --> 00:18:42.130
  • "Be careful for nothing."
  • 00:18:42.130 --> 00:18:45.040
  • And then I realized the word
  • 00:18:45.040 --> 00:18:45.290
  • "careful" means anxiety.
  • 00:18:45.290 --> 00:18:48.210
  • "Be anxious for nothing,"
  • 00:18:48.210 --> 00:18:50.070
  • says the Scripture,
  • 00:18:50.070 --> 00:18:51.200
  • "but in everything
  • 00:18:51.200 --> 00:18:53.040
  • by prayer and supplication,
  • 00:18:53.040 --> 00:18:55.260
  • let your request
  • 00:18:55.260 --> 00:18:57.130
  • be made known to God."
  • 00:18:57.130 --> 00:18:59.240
  • Now, here's the way
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:00.270
  • I sort that out in my mind.
  • 00:19:00.270 --> 00:19:03.220
  • In essence,
  • 00:19:03.220 --> 00:19:04.070
  • Paul says the Christian life
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  • is composed of three circles.
  • 00:19:05.130 --> 00:19:07.170
  • First of all, there's the worry
  • 00:19:07.170 --> 00:19:08.240
  • circle or the anxiety circle.
  • 00:19:08.240 --> 00:19:10.270
  • And if you read the text,
  • 00:19:10.270 --> 00:19:12.020
  • what belongs in that circle?
  • 00:19:12.020 --> 00:19:13.110
  • Be anxious for what?
  • 00:19:13.110 --> 00:19:15.090
  • Nothing.
  • 00:19:15.090 --> 00:19:17.060
  • And then,
  • 00:19:17.060 --> 00:19:18.000
  • there's the prayer circle,
  • 00:19:18.000 --> 00:19:19.140
  • and what should you pray about?
  • 00:19:19.140 --> 00:19:21.060
  • What goes in the prayer circle?
  • 00:19:21.060 --> 00:19:23.120
  • Everything.
  • 00:19:23.120 --> 00:19:24.210
  • And then there's
  • 00:19:24.210 --> 00:19:25.130
  • the thanksgiving circle,
  • 00:19:25.130 --> 00:19:26.240
  • and what goes in that circle?
  • 00:19:26.240 --> 00:19:28.090
  • Anything that God does for you,
  • 00:19:28.090 --> 00:19:29.280
  • always be thankful.
  • 00:19:29.280 --> 00:19:31.070
  • In the very act of being
  • 00:19:31.070 --> 00:19:32.110
  • thankful for what God has done
  • 00:19:32.110 --> 00:19:33.170
  • for you, he begins to dissipate
  • 00:19:33.170 --> 00:19:34.280
  • the anxiety that's trying
  • 00:19:34.280 --> 00:19:36.280
  • to hurt your heart.
  • 00:19:36.280 --> 00:19:39.220
  • So, in other words,
  • 00:19:39.220 --> 00:19:40.140
  • we must be anxious for nothing,
  • 00:19:40.140 --> 00:19:42.070
  • prayerful for everything,
  • 00:19:42.070 --> 00:19:43.190
  • and thankful for anything.
  • 00:19:43.190 --> 00:19:45.210
  • That's the kind of peace
  • 00:19:45.210 --> 00:19:47.160
  • that never fails to produce
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:49.200
  • that quiet center in your heart.
  • 00:19:50.230 --> 00:19:53.230
  • Some years ago, I was given
  • 00:19:53.230 --> 00:19:56.040
  • the opportunity to speak
  • 00:19:56.040 --> 00:19:57.070
  • at the Moody Pastors Conference
  • 00:19:57.070 --> 00:19:58.190
  • in Chicago.
  • 00:19:58.190 --> 00:20:00.090
  • After I went back to my room
  • 00:20:00.090 --> 00:20:01.220
  • that night, I decided to catch
  • 00:20:01.220 --> 00:20:03.120
  • an earlier flight home the next
  • 00:20:03.120 --> 00:20:05.070
  • day that was to leave at 7 a.m.
  • 00:20:06.030 --> 00:20:09.030
  • As I was getting ready for bed,
  • 00:20:09.030 --> 00:20:10.200
  • I began to calculate how early
  • 00:20:10.200 --> 00:20:12.040
  • I would have to get up
  • 00:20:12.040 --> 00:20:13.140
  • in order to make that flight.
  • 00:20:13.140 --> 00:20:16.100
  • On my time, which was
  • 00:20:16.100 --> 00:20:17.160
  • 2 hours earlier,
  • 00:20:17.160 --> 00:20:19.130
  • I asked for a 2:30 wakeup call.
  • 00:20:20.070 --> 00:20:23.070
  • I made it to the airport
  • 00:20:23.070 --> 00:20:24.110
  • in plenty of time
  • 00:20:24.110 --> 00:20:25.080
  • and I went to my gate,
  • 00:20:25.080 --> 00:20:26.070
  • only to discover that my flight
  • 00:20:26.070 --> 00:20:27.110
  • was delayed for an hour,
  • 00:20:27.210 --> 00:20:30.210
  • which later became 2 hours.
  • 00:20:30.210 --> 00:20:32.090
  • You guys know
  • 00:20:32.090 --> 00:20:33.020
  • what that's all about.
  • 00:20:33.020 --> 00:20:35.130
  • When I checked in,
  • 00:20:35.130 --> 00:20:36.070
  • I asked the young lady at
  • 00:20:36.070 --> 00:20:37.060
  • the desk if she knew what was
  • 00:20:37.060 --> 00:20:38.090
  • going on with my flight.
  • 00:20:38.090 --> 00:20:40.030
  • She said, "There's a storm
  • 00:20:40.030 --> 00:20:41.050
  • hovering over Chicago,
  • 00:20:41.050 --> 00:20:43.020
  • would you like to see it?"
  • 00:20:43.020 --> 00:20:45.210
  • I said, "What do you mean?"
  • 00:20:45.210 --> 00:20:47.080
  • She said, "Well, come around
  • 00:20:47.080 --> 00:20:48.010
  • here and I'll show you the storm
  • 00:20:48.010 --> 00:20:49.090
  • on my computer screen."
  • 00:20:49.090 --> 00:20:51.200
  • So, I went around the welcome
  • 00:20:51.200 --> 00:20:53.180
  • desk, and there on the screen
  • 00:20:53.180 --> 00:20:55.260
  • of her computer I could see
  • 00:20:55.260 --> 00:20:57.000
  • the storm.
  • 00:20:57.000 --> 00:20:58.100
  • Here was Chicago,
  • 00:20:58.100 --> 00:20:59.150
  • and surrounding it
  • 00:20:59.150 --> 00:21:00.160
  • was this red mass.
  • 00:21:00.160 --> 00:21:03.030
  • That red mass literally
  • 00:21:03.030 --> 00:21:04.180
  • swallowed Chicago up
  • 00:21:04.180 --> 00:21:06.040
  • on the screen.
  • 00:21:06.040 --> 00:21:07.230
  • And we were right
  • 00:21:07.230 --> 00:21:08.210
  • in the center of the storm.
  • 00:21:08.210 --> 00:21:09.290
  • The storm was over the top of
  • 00:21:09.290 --> 00:21:11.020
  • Chicago so no planes could land
  • 00:21:11.020 --> 00:21:13.190
  • and no plans could take off.
  • 00:21:13.190 --> 00:21:15.080
  • Everything was shut down.
  • 00:21:16.020 --> 00:21:19.020
  • So, I went back, sat down in
  • 00:21:19.020 --> 00:21:20.190
  • my comfortable chair, and began
  • 00:21:20.190 --> 00:21:23.030
  • working on my computer.
  • 00:21:23.030 --> 00:21:25.250
  • And for the next few moments,
  • 00:21:25.250 --> 00:21:27.010
  • I watched as the storm
  • 00:21:27.010 --> 00:21:28.190
  • I had seen on the computer
  • 00:21:28.190 --> 00:21:30.190
  • rolled into the city of Chicago.
  • 00:21:31.000 --> 00:21:34.000
  • I saw this ferocious storm,
  • 00:21:34.000 --> 00:21:36.150
  • the rain beating against
  • 00:21:36.150 --> 00:21:37.200
  • the glass windows.
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:38.230
  • You could actually see the
  • 00:21:38.230 --> 00:21:39.240
  • windows moving with the pressure
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:41.050
  • of the wind and the rain.
  • 00:21:41.050 --> 00:21:43.180
  • I had a moment of clarity
  • 00:21:43.180 --> 00:21:44.160
  • right then, a moment of truth.
  • 00:21:44.160 --> 00:21:46.220
  • I was surrounded by a storm.
  • 00:21:46.220 --> 00:21:49.170
  • In fact, I was sitting at
  • 00:21:49.170 --> 00:21:50.250
  • the very center of that storm.
  • 00:21:51.020 --> 00:21:54.020
  • But I was sitting
  • 00:21:54.020 --> 00:21:54.220
  • in a comfortable chair
  • 00:21:54.220 --> 00:21:55.170
  • with a cup of coffee
  • 00:21:55.170 --> 00:21:56.140
  • in my hands,
  • 00:21:56.140 --> 00:21:57.100
  • working on my computer,
  • 00:21:57.100 --> 00:21:58.110
  • and I was just as safe
  • 00:21:58.110 --> 00:21:59.090
  • as anybody could be.
  • 00:21:59.090 --> 00:22:01.240
  • I was sheltered
  • 00:22:01.240 --> 00:22:04.120
  • in the midst of the storm.
  • 00:22:04.120 --> 00:22:07.090
  • And I remembered this psalm,
  • 00:22:09.190 --> 00:22:12.190
  • "Hear my cry, O God;
  • 00:22:12.190 --> 00:22:14.240
  • attend to my prayer.
  • 00:22:14.240 --> 00:22:16.270
  • When my heart is overwhelmed,
  • 00:22:16.270 --> 00:22:19.150
  • lead me to the rock
  • 00:22:19.150 --> 00:22:20.230
  • that is higher than I.
  • 00:22:20.230 --> 00:22:22.180
  • For you have been a shelter
  • 00:22:22.180 --> 00:22:24.040
  • for me,
  • 00:22:24.040 --> 00:22:25.140
  • a strong tower from the enemy.
  • 00:22:27.120 --> 00:22:30.120
  • I will abide in your tabernacle
  • 00:22:30.120 --> 00:22:32.090
  • forever.
  • 00:22:32.090 --> 00:22:33.210
  • I will trust in the shelter
  • 00:22:33.210 --> 00:22:35.190
  • of your wings."
  • 00:22:37.020 --> 00:22:40.020
  • For you have been a shelter
  • 00:22:40.020 --> 00:22:43.020
  • for me.
  • 00:22:43.020 --> 00:22:44.200
  • The Lord Jesus Christ has more
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:46.010
  • than I can count sheltered me
  • 00:22:46.010 --> 00:22:48.010
  • in the midst of personal storms
  • 00:22:48.010 --> 00:22:50.180
  • when I didn't know what was
  • 00:22:50.180 --> 00:22:51.160
  • going to happen and the storm
  • 00:22:51.160 --> 00:22:53.010
  • seemed almost unbearable.
  • 00:22:53.010 --> 00:22:55.250
  • Down in the quiet place in my
  • 00:22:55.250 --> 00:22:57.020
  • heart where no one can see
  • 00:22:57.020 --> 00:22:58.160
  • but God himself, there was this
  • 00:22:58.160 --> 00:23:01.030
  • quiet peace that was beyond my
  • 00:23:01.030 --> 00:23:03.280
  • understanding and didn't seem
  • 00:23:03.280 --> 00:23:06.130
  • rational because it wasn't,
  • 00:23:06.140 --> 00:23:09.140
  • it was super-rational.
  • 00:23:09.140 --> 00:23:11.170
  • It was the peace of God
  • 00:23:11.170 --> 00:23:13.160
  • which passes all understanding.
  • 00:23:13.160 --> 00:23:16.130
  • And that's the peace God
  • 00:23:16.130 --> 00:23:17.110
  • wants you and me to have.
  • 00:23:17.110 --> 00:23:19.090
  • That's his gift to us.
  • 00:23:19.090 --> 00:23:20.150
  • He has bequeathed it to us and
  • 00:23:20.150 --> 00:23:22.000
  • made it a legacy of the cross.
  • 00:23:22.060 --> 00:23:25.060
  • And if you will receive him,
  • 00:23:25.060 --> 00:23:26.180
  • first of all, you can have peace
  • 00:23:26.180 --> 00:23:27.250
  • with God, but after you become
  • 00:23:27.250 --> 00:23:29.020
  • a Christian, you can know
  • 00:23:29.020 --> 00:23:30.040
  • the peace that comes from God.
  • 00:23:30.040 --> 00:23:31.150
  • And most of all, you can learn
  • 00:23:31.150 --> 00:23:32.200
  • how to accept the peace of God
  • 00:23:32.200 --> 00:23:34.090
  • and the God of peace
  • 00:23:34.090 --> 00:23:35.200
  • who lives within your heart,
  • 00:23:35.200 --> 00:23:37.220
  • and you will be better.
  • 00:23:37.220 --> 00:23:39.110
  • And in this crazy world which
  • 00:23:39.110 --> 00:23:40.150
  • seems to be spinning out
  • 00:23:40.150 --> 00:23:41.190
  • of control,
  • 00:23:41.190 --> 00:23:42.200
  • he will be the only stable thing
  • 00:23:42.200 --> 00:23:43.160
  • in your whole neighborhood.
  • 00:23:43.160 --> 00:23:46.100
  • And people will look at you
  • 00:23:46.100 --> 00:23:47.090
  • and say, "What's wrong with him?
  • 00:23:47.090 --> 00:23:49.060
  • Isn't he reading the news?
  • 00:23:49.060 --> 00:23:50.060
  • Isn't he hearing the story?"
  • 00:23:50.060 --> 00:23:52.050
  • Oh yeah, we hear the story,
  • 00:23:52.050 --> 00:23:53.080
  • but we're sheltered
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  • all the time.
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  • Perhaps it ought to be what.
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  • Lord God, what do you want to do
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  • in my life during this time?
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  • What do you want me to learn?
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  • How can I embrace my adversity
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