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August 26, 2020
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Are youfeeling powerless,
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  • powerless to controlyour destiny?
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  • The fate of our nation,your career, financial security,
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  • and even your daily life?
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  • We are in a spiritual battlefor our hearts and minds,
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  • sometimes with little strengthto be victorious.
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  • What if I told youthere is one who can empower you
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  • to prevail over the emotional,physical,
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  • and spiritual chaosin your life,
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  • one who can give you the powerto be more than a conqueror,
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  • more than a winner,more than a victor,
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  • but an overcomer?
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  • As an overcomer,you are no longer defined
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  • by your trialsbut by your victories.
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  • As an overcomer,you put on God-given armor
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  • that both protects youfrom the enemy
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  • and empowers you to conqueryour greatest obstacles.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:We're called to be overcomers,
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  • men and women.
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  • We're called to walk in victory,and strength,
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  • and peace, and love.
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  • Sometimes I hear people say
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  • when I ask themhow they're doing,
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  • "I'm doing okay downunder the circumstances."
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  • But we don't belongunder the circumstances,
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  • we belongabove the circumstances.
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  • We're not undercomers,we're overcomers, amen?
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • Overcoming ConfusionWith Wisdom.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:What does the metaphor
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  • of the helmet represent?
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  • I believe this metaphorrepresents the mind of Christ,
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  • that God wants us to haveour mind occupied
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  • as the mind of Christ.
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  • When you put on this helmet,you put on the assurance
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  • of your salvationand you protect your mind
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  • from Satan's deceptionswith the wisdom of God.
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  • This wisdom comes to you throughthe person of Jesus Christ.
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  • 1 Corinthians 1:30says it this way,
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  • "But of him,you are in Christ Jesus,
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  • who became for usthe wisdom of God."
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  • The wisdom of God equips us andprepares us for God's purpose.
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  • It strengthens usso we can become victors
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  • over confusion and not victimsof confusion,
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  • so we can overcome falsehoodand uncertainty
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  • with the God-given confidencethat comes through Christ alone.
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  • Wisdom is often confusedwith knowledge
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  • but there's a huge difference.
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  • Knowledge involvesthe accumulation of facts.
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  • Wisdom is the ability to applyknowledge and achieve
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  • the best outcome.
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  • Someone once told me that wisdomis knowledge using its head.
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  • Knowledge is knowing thata tomato is a fruit,
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  • not a vegetable.
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  • Wisdom is knowing not to puta tomato in a fruit salad.
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  • To protect our minds fromdeception and confusion,
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  • we need wisdom from God,that means we have to take
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  • the concept of wisdom furtherbecause it's not enough
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  • for us to have only the wisdomthat the world offers.
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  • In Scripture, wisdom refersto knowing the course of action
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  • that will please God and makeour life what he wants it to be.
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  • When God promises us wisdom,he promises away of life
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  • superior to the wayof the world.
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  • He guarantees us thatthrough his gift of wisdom,
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  • you and I will find good,and acceptable,
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  • and perfect ways of walkingwith God.
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  • Wisdom is acquiredthrough our efforts to learn,
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  • and grow, and study.
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  • It's not automatic andit's not instantaneous.
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  • There's a reasonwhy they say
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  • gray-haired guyshave more wisdom.
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  • It's not about the hair,it's about the years.
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  • Wisdom is about practice.
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  • It's also about perspective.
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  • There's another misunderstandingabout what the gift of wisdom
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  • really is and how we apply itin our lives.
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  • I remember reading this one dayseveral years ago
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  • and it just so resonatedwith me.
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  • It was in a book by J.I. Packercalled, "Knowing God,"
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  • one of the classic booksof Christianity.
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  • And he uses this metaphor andhe helped me understand it.
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  • He said, "Just imaginefor a moment
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  • that you're in a train stationand you're standing
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  • on the end of a platformwatching the constant movement
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  • of trains coming inand going out.
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  • And fromthis limited perspective,
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  • your vision and comprehensionof the overall working
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  • of the train system isalmost nonexistent.
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  • All you see is trainsdoing this--
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  • now imagine you go intothe station's control center
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  • and there's a longelectronic wall chart
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  • with a diagramof the entire system showing
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  • all the tracks extending 5 mileson either side of the station
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  • and by following the littlelights moving on the chart,
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  • you can locate each trainwith all its cars
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  • and see exactlywhere it's headed.
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  • As you watch the systemthrough the eyes of the men
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  • who control it, you understandwhy trains are stopped,
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  • and why they're started,and why they're diverted
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  • and sidetracked,and the logic
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  • behind every movementbecomes clear
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  • when you seethe entire picture."
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  • Wisdom is seeingbeyond the incidental.
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  • It's seeing moreof the entire picture.
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  • And the mistake thatmany Christians make
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  • when they're seeking wisdom isto assume that if they find it,
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  • it will enable them to see lifefrom the control center
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  • instead of the train platform.
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  • I've heard it describedlike this,
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  • getting God's perspectiveon our world,
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  • but that's not how wisdomworks in the Christian life.
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  • We're not shown the overallpattern of the universe,
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  • or how we fit into it,or where we're gonna end up.
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  • We're not shownGod's longterm plan for us
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  • or how our actions today willplay into that plan tomorrow.
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  • People ask me all the time,"When you started out,
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  • did you realize what Godwas gonna do for you
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  • with all these radio stationsand all these--"
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  • I had no clue.
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  • It happened one stationat a time,
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  • one day at a time,one year at a time.
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  • God knew what he was doing.
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  • He saw the whole plan,but I didn't get on that.
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  • All I got was one day at a time.
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  • This station was a good one,that one wasn't,
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  • so take this one,don't take that one.
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  • But when we humble ourselves,and we desire God's wisdom,
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  • and we listen to his words,and we obey them,
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  • he gives us all the wisdomthat we need for the moment,
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  • the wisdom which usually meansenough to take the next step.
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  • That's all we need to facethe present situation
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  • and make the right decision.
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  • Wisdom is about practice andperspective but men and women,
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  • wisdom's also about patience.
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  • Although we can't always seehow all the details of our lives
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  • fit together, God has revealedto us the ending of our story.
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  • We do know wherethis journey ends, hallelujah.
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  • In spite of the confusionaround us,
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  • we keep our eyes on the prize,the hope of our future
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  • eternal salvationthrough Jesus Christ.
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  • I'm right here,that's right there.
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  • In between is this wasteland of,"I don't know what to do unless,
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  • Lord God, you help me figure itout one day at a time."
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  • And I'm here to tell you thatin the midst of that process,
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  • life can be filled with love,and beauty, and joy.
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  • It can bring usone obstacle temptation
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  • or crisis after another.
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  • People with all kindsof different goals
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  • and standards may try to use usor delude us,
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  • but if we keep our eyes on Godand we lock into his wisdom,
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  • he promises us the wisdomwe need to overcome
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  • this daily confusionin our life.
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  • I don't think there's ever beena time more confusing
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  • than this one right now.
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  • I mean, every daythere's something new.
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  • So now, what do we do?
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  • We pray, we ask God for wisdom,we figure out some way
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  • to make it better.
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  • But the problem isthere's no easy answer
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  • to any of the problemswe face anymore.
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  • Can I get a witness to that?
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  • Isn't that true?
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  • They all seem so--it used to be,
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  • "Okay, here's this problem,let's go fix it."
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  • Now it's, "Here's this problem,what in the world
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  • do we do with that?"
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  • And so, we're cast backupon our own inadequacy
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  • and we inevitably just say,"Lord."
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  • And I love this verse in James.
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  • It says, "If any of youlack wisdom,
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  • let him ask of God,who gives to all men liberally,
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  • and upbraids not--"
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  • That means he doesn't scold usfor coming,
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  • but he gives us what we need.
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  • So, that's kindof the description of wisdom.
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  • Here's the best definition shortthat I can give you
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  • about wisdom.
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  • Wisdom is knowing to do theright thing without a precedent.
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  • So, how do we get this wisdom?
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  • Do we just put our Bible underour pillow at night and say,
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  • "Lord, may it pass fromthe Bible through the pillow
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  • to my head, I wish to be wisein the morning"?
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  • No, it doesn't work that way.
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  • Several years ago,I was challenged
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  • to read throughthe Book of Proverbs each month.
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  • I found a little book that hadthe Book of Proverbs
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  • and the Book of Psalmsbound together.
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  • Since the Book of Proverbs has31 chapters and some months
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  • have 31 days, you can readone chapter of Proverbs a day
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  • and read throughthe whole book in a month.
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  • And if you read five psalmsalong with that every day,
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  • you can read five psalmsand one chapter in Proverbs,
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  • and you can read throughPsalms and Proverbs every month.
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  • And so, I did that.
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  • So, what would happenif you read Proverbs
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  • and Psalms every monthfor a whole year 12 times?
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  • I ran into some coaches thatI know who were doing that
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  • and man,if coaches are doing it,
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  • we ought to do it.
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  • We ought to find a way to getProverbs and Psalms
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  • into our lives and the reasonfor that is Psalms is
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  • about your relationshipwith God.
  • 00:11:59.702 --> 00:12:01.837
  • Proverbs helps you to figure outwhat to do with all
  • 00:12:01.871 --> 00:12:04.240
  • the people you, and gives youall this wisdom that you need.
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  • Proverbs and Psalmsare part of what
  • 00:12:06.842 --> 00:12:09.211
  • the Bible callswisdom literature.
  • 00:12:09.245 --> 00:12:12.848
  • So, that would bea good thing to read.
  • 00:12:12.882 --> 00:12:15.084
  • One of the early discoveriesof my Proverbs study was
  • 00:12:15.117 --> 00:12:18.020
  • that many promises Godhas given to us are promises
  • 00:12:18.053 --> 00:12:21.791
  • that are only for thosewho seek after wisdom.
  • 00:12:21.824 --> 00:12:25.961
  • So, let me ask youthis question,
  • 00:12:25.995 --> 00:12:27.530
  • are you willing to seekafter wisdom?
  • 00:12:27.563 --> 00:12:29.799
  • Here's what the Bible says,"Happy is the man
  • 00:12:29.832 --> 00:12:32.768
  • who finds wisdom, and the manwho gains understanding."
  • 00:12:32.802 --> 00:12:36.739
  • Proverbs 3:13, "For wisdomis better than rubies,
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  • and all things one may desirecannot be compared with her."
  • 00:12:42.044 --> 00:12:46.215
  • Over and over andover Solomon said, "Get wisdom."
  • 00:12:46.248 --> 00:12:50.452
  • And the question is,"Okay, how do I get it?"
  • 00:12:50.486 --> 00:12:53.823
  • And as I studied this questionand read and reread
  • 00:12:53.856 --> 00:12:56.025
  • the Word of Godin search of the answer,
  • 00:12:56.058 --> 00:12:58.427
  • I began to see someconsistent patterns.
  • 00:12:58.460 --> 00:13:01.831
  • Our ability to acquireGod's wisdom is not so much
  • 00:13:01.864 --> 00:13:05.534
  • a matter of doingas it is of being.
  • 00:13:05.568 --> 00:13:08.537
  • It's not so mucha matter of activity
  • 00:13:08.571 --> 00:13:10.472
  • as a matter of attitude.
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  • We prepare to receiveGod's wisdom
  • 00:13:12.274 --> 00:13:14.844
  • by adoptingfour basic attitudes.
  • 00:13:14.877 --> 00:13:19.248
  • The humility to hear God's was,the hunger to seek God's wisdom,
  • 00:13:19.281 --> 00:13:23.018
  • the hearing, to truly listento God's wisdom,
  • 00:13:23.052 --> 00:13:25.521
  • and the heeding heartto do God's wisdom.
  • 00:13:25.554 --> 00:13:28.657
  • Let's take those one at a time.
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  • Number one, a humble spirit.
  • 00:13:30.259 --> 00:13:33.829
  • The first stepin acquiring wisdom
  • 00:13:33.863 --> 00:13:36.031
  • is a proper understandingof one's relationship to God.
  • 00:13:36.065 --> 00:13:39.768
  • Solomon put it this way,"The fear of the Lord--"
  • 00:13:39.802 --> 00:13:44.240
  • You know the rest of it?
  • 00:13:44.273 --> 00:13:45.574
  • "Is the beginning of wisdom,but fools despise wisdom
  • 00:13:45.608 --> 00:13:49.445
  • and instruction."
  • 00:13:49.478 --> 00:13:51.914
  • God wants us to hungerfor his wisdom.
  • 00:13:51.947 --> 00:13:54.516
  • We need to be confident,
  • 00:13:54.550 --> 00:13:56.151
  • but we don't needto be arrogant.
  • 00:13:56.185 --> 00:13:58.087
  • There's a differencebetween confidence
  • 00:13:58.120 --> 00:13:59.788
  • if your confidence isin God,
  • 00:13:59.822 --> 00:14:01.423
  • and arrogantif you're all full of yourself.
  • 00:14:01.457 --> 00:14:04.260
  • And it doesn't take a rocketscientist to figure out
  • 00:14:04.293 --> 00:14:06.161
  • the difference betweenthe two, isn't that right?
  • 00:14:06.195 --> 00:14:08.964
  • Most people can figure that out.
  • 00:14:08.998 --> 00:14:11.533
  • Prophet Jeremiah saida mouthful when he said this,
  • 00:14:11.567 --> 00:14:15.871
  • "'Let not the wise man gloryin his wisdom,
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  • Let not the mighty manglory in his might,
  • 00:14:19.275 --> 00:14:22.111
  • Let the rich man gloryin his riches;
  • 00:14:22.144 --> 00:14:24.179
  • But let him who glories gloryin this,
  • 00:14:24.213 --> 00:14:26.782
  • That he understandsand knows Me,
  • 00:14:26.815 --> 00:14:29.151
  • That I am the Lord,exercising lovingkindness,
  • 00:14:29.184 --> 00:14:31.754
  • and judgment,and righteousness in the earth.
  • 00:14:31.787 --> 00:14:34.189
  • For in these I delight,'says the Lord."
  • 00:14:34.223 --> 00:14:37.993
  • So, the first step to get wisdomis to know you need it.
  • 00:14:38.027 --> 00:14:41.030
  • It's to be humble enoughto reach out for it.
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  • It's to get past your own wisdomand all of our own,
  • 00:14:44.667 --> 00:14:48.103
  • even sometimesyour goals and plans.
  • 00:14:48.137 --> 00:14:50.739
  • And I'm big on that stuff.
  • 00:14:50.773 --> 00:14:52.308
  • I know we need to doit all of that,
  • 00:14:52.341 --> 00:14:54.109
  • but they all need to besubmitted to the Lord.
  • 00:14:54.143 --> 00:14:56.545
  • And when we see they're headedin a direction they shouldn't be
  • 00:14:56.578 --> 00:14:58.847
  • going, we need to stop and puteverything on hold until we hear
  • 00:14:58.881 --> 00:15:02.384
  • from God which way to go.
  • 00:15:02.418 --> 00:15:05.054
  • So, the next thing you knowafter a humble spirit
  • 00:15:05.087 --> 00:15:07.556
  • is you need a hungry soul.
  • 00:15:07.589 --> 00:15:10.359
  • Imagine the company you workfor suddenly puts you in charge
  • 00:15:10.392 --> 00:15:13.595
  • and you are now responsiblefor the whole company
  • 00:15:13.629 --> 00:15:17.499
  • and you have to makeall the decisions.
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  • You're gonna be really hungryto figure out what to do.
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  • You're gonna have a desireto know.
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  • Wisdom has to be soughtin order to find it.
  • 00:15:24.540 --> 00:15:27.109
  • In other words, it's not gonnajust come to you.
  • 00:15:27.142 --> 00:15:29.511
  • It's not something thatyou just run into in life.
  • 00:15:29.545 --> 00:15:32.214
  • You have to desire it.
  • 00:15:32.247 --> 00:15:33.549
  • If wholehearted seekingafter God is a prerequisite
  • 00:15:33.582 --> 00:15:36.819
  • for wisdom, many of us knowwhere our problem lies.
  • 00:15:36.852 --> 00:15:41.991
  • We halfheartedly seek after him.
  • 00:15:42.024 --> 00:15:43.892
  • We say, "Oh Lord God,if you got anything
  • 00:15:43.926 --> 00:15:45.327
  • you want to add to this,I'd be happy to hear it."
  • 00:15:45.361 --> 00:15:49.131
  • If you put thatin that perspective,
  • 00:15:49.164 --> 00:15:50.799
  • you will never getthe wisdom of God.
  • 00:15:50.833 --> 00:15:53.168
  • God's wisdom comeswhen we seek for it.
  • 00:15:53.202 --> 00:15:56.672
  • Someone once said it this way,"We all have about
  • 00:15:56.705 --> 00:15:59.341
  • as much of God as we want."
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  • You have to havea humble spirit,
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  • you have to have a hungry soul,and then you have to have
  • 00:16:04.213 --> 00:16:06.615
  • a hearing heart.
  • 00:16:06.648 --> 00:16:09.184
  • As the 1944 presidentialelection approached,
  • 00:16:09.218 --> 00:16:12.287
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt had beenpresident for three terms.
  • 00:16:12.321 --> 00:16:16.091
  • With the nation deeply involvedin World War II,
  • 00:16:16.125 --> 00:16:18.193
  • Roosevelt's health was failingand his advisers thought
  • 00:16:18.227 --> 00:16:21.163
  • there was a good chancethat if he was reelected,
  • 00:16:21.196 --> 00:16:23.298
  • Roosevelt would dieduring the fourth term.
  • 00:16:23.332 --> 00:16:26.668
  • You probably read some ofthe this in the history books,
  • 00:16:26.702 --> 00:16:28.871
  • but that would leave hisVice President Henry Wallace
  • 00:16:28.904 --> 00:16:31.774
  • to guide the nationthrough the rest of the war,
  • 00:16:31.807 --> 00:16:34.476
  • and they didn't believe thathe would be up to the task.
  • 00:16:34.510 --> 00:16:37.379
  • So, for the 1944 election,Roosevelt made a little known
  • 00:16:37.413 --> 00:16:40.749
  • senator from Missouri,Harry S. Truman
  • 00:16:40.783 --> 00:16:42.785
  • his running mate and putWallace on the sidelines
  • 00:16:42.818 --> 00:16:46.822
  • and the Roosevelt-Truman ticketwas elected easily.
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  • Now, watch what happened.
  • 00:16:49.992 --> 00:16:51.326
  • Three monthsinto his fourth term,
  • 00:16:51.360 --> 00:16:53.328
  • the worst happened.
  • 00:16:53.362 --> 00:16:54.897
  • Roosevelt died of a massivecerebral hemorrhage
  • 00:16:54.930 --> 00:16:57.900
  • and Vice President Harry Truman,with less than three months
  • 00:16:57.933 --> 00:17:01.370
  • of executive office experienceunder his belt,
  • 00:17:01.403 --> 00:17:03.839
  • was suddenly the Presidentof the United States.
  • 00:17:03.872 --> 00:17:07.376
  • Only after being sworninto office did Truman learn
  • 00:17:07.409 --> 00:17:10.112
  • the shocking newsthat America was in possession
  • 00:17:10.145 --> 00:17:14.183
  • of an atomic bomb.
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  • Secrecy about the bomb projectthat excluded the vice president
  • 00:17:15.918 --> 00:17:19.188
  • from the need-to-know circleduring his first three months
  • 00:17:19.221 --> 00:17:22.658
  • in office and he becamethe president to use that bomb
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  • later that year in Japanand bring it into the war.
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  • Just try to imagine yourselfin that role.
  • 00:17:30.999 --> 00:17:33.769
  • When Truman metwith the reporters the day
  • 00:17:33.802 --> 00:17:35.971
  • after taking office,he told them,
  • 00:17:36.004 --> 00:17:38.440
  • "I don't know whether you fellasever had a load of hay fall
  • 00:17:38.474 --> 00:17:40.742
  • on you, but when they told meyesterday
  • 00:17:40.776 --> 00:17:42.678
  • about the president's death,I felt like the moon, the stars,
  • 00:17:42.711 --> 00:17:45.481
  • and the planetshad fallen on my head."
  • 00:17:45.514 --> 00:17:48.617
  • And a few days laterin his first address
  • 00:17:48.650 --> 00:17:50.652
  • before a joint sessionof congress,
  • 00:17:50.686 --> 00:17:53.122
  • Truman expressedhis dependence on God
  • 00:17:53.155 --> 00:17:55.390
  • for wisdom in the faceof his new responsibilities.
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  • Quote, "At this moment,I have a heart of prayer.
  • 00:17:58.994 --> 00:18:03.499
  • As I have assumed my duties,I humbly pray to Almighty God
  • 00:18:03.532 --> 00:18:06.935
  • in the words of King Solomon,'Therefore give to your servant
  • 00:18:06.969 --> 00:18:09.872
  • an understanding heart to judgeyour people that I may discern
  • 00:18:09.905 --> 00:18:14.076
  • between good and evil,for who is able to judge
  • 00:18:14.109 --> 00:18:17.379
  • this great people of yours?'"
  • 00:18:17.412 --> 00:18:20.249
  • He was referring to1 Kings chapter 3 and verse 9
  • 00:18:20.282 --> 00:18:24.520
  • in his unique supplicationto God
  • 00:18:24.553 --> 00:18:27.022
  • when Solomon was told by God,"Ask whatever you want
  • 00:18:27.055 --> 00:18:30.759
  • and I will give it to you,"remember that?
  • 00:18:30.792 --> 00:18:33.295
  • And he didn't ask for riches.
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  • He didn't ask for long life.
  • 00:18:35.130 --> 00:18:36.532
  • He didn't ask for anything.
  • 00:18:36.565 --> 00:18:38.534
  • He said, "Lord God,I want a hearing heart."
  • 00:18:38.567 --> 00:18:43.005
  • He asked for wisdom.
  • 00:18:43.038 --> 00:18:44.940
  • What a request.
  • 00:18:44.973 --> 00:18:46.441
  • Although we may havea humble spirit
  • 00:18:46.475 --> 00:18:48.010
  • and a hungry soul,we still need to have
  • 00:18:48.043 --> 00:18:50.112
  • a hearing heart.
  • 00:18:50.145 --> 00:18:51.446
  • We need to be willing to listento what God tells us
  • 00:18:51.480 --> 00:18:53.582
  • when we ask him for his help.
  • 00:18:53.615 --> 00:18:55.951
  • Proverbs says, "A wise man willhear and increase in learning.
  • 00:18:55.984 --> 00:19:00.556
  • Listen to the counseland receive instruction
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  • that you maybe wisein your latter days.
  • 00:19:02.858 --> 00:19:05.861
  • Incline your ears,hear the words of the wise."
  • 00:19:05.894 --> 00:19:08.931
  • These are the wordsof the Proverbs.
  • 00:19:08.964 --> 00:19:11.066
  • And there's so much ofGod's wisdom all around us,
  • 00:19:11.099 --> 00:19:13.235
  • available to us from those whohave walked with God before us,
  • 00:19:13.268 --> 00:19:16.305
  • but we have to train ourselvesto listen.
  • 00:19:16.338 --> 00:19:19.908
  • Sometimes people ask me if I'mwith such and such a person,
  • 00:19:19.942 --> 00:19:23.111
  • and I can name twoor three illustrations and you
  • 00:19:23.145 --> 00:19:25.047
  • would know some of these people.
  • 00:19:25.080 --> 00:19:26.982
  • "I hear you had a conversationwith so and so."
  • 00:19:27.015 --> 00:19:28.951
  • No, I listened to so and so,but we didn't have
  • 00:19:28.984 --> 00:19:32.120
  • a conversation 'causehe did all the talking,
  • 00:19:32.154 --> 00:19:34.656
  • I did all the listening.
  • 00:19:34.690 --> 00:19:36.291
  • You ever beenin a situation like that?
  • 00:19:36.325 --> 00:19:37.893
  • You go and have dinnerwith somebody,
  • 00:19:37.926 --> 00:19:39.228
  • you can't getin a word edgewise.
  • 00:19:39.261 --> 00:19:40.562
  • They're so full of themselves,they just talk all the time
  • 00:19:40.596 --> 00:19:42.531
  • and you all you do is listen.
  • 00:19:42.564 --> 00:19:44.166
  • That's not a conversation,that's an experience
  • 00:19:44.199 --> 00:19:46.101
  • of listening.
  • 00:19:46.134 --> 00:19:48.904
  • And it's easy to find coursesand seminars that will teach you
  • 00:19:48.937 --> 00:19:51.607
  • how to talk better, but whereare the courses that help you
  • 00:19:51.640 --> 00:19:55.210
  • learn how to listen better?
  • 00:19:55.244 --> 00:19:57.746
  • I mean, we give our graduatesawards for good speaking,
  • 00:19:57.779 --> 00:20:00.182
  • but I've never seen an awardfor excellent listening.
  • 00:20:00.215 --> 00:20:03.986
  • And it's ridiculous becauseGod gave us two ears
  • 00:20:04.019 --> 00:20:06.488
  • and only one mouth.
  • 00:20:06.521 --> 00:20:08.757
  • That's for a reasonyet most of us,
  • 00:20:08.790 --> 00:20:10.792
  • the mouth is greatly overworkedand the ears are
  • 00:20:10.826 --> 00:20:13.362
  • in a state of semiretirement.
  • 00:20:13.395 --> 00:20:17.199
  • One man explained it this,"A wise man talks because
  • 00:20:17.232 --> 00:20:19.901
  • he has something to say,fools talk because
  • 00:20:19.935 --> 00:20:22.104
  • they have to say something."
  • 00:20:22.137 --> 00:20:25.040
  • So, you need a humble spirit,what is that?
  • 00:20:25.073 --> 00:20:27.676
  • "I know I don't haveto the answers."
  • 00:20:27.709 --> 00:20:29.811
  • You need a hungry soul.
  • 00:20:29.845 --> 00:20:31.280
  • "Lord God, I'm desperatefor your help.
  • 00:20:31.313 --> 00:20:33.548
  • You need a hearing heartthat says, "Okay, I get it.
  • 00:20:33.582 --> 00:20:37.352
  • I hear what you're saying.I intake this information."
  • 00:20:37.386 --> 00:20:40.389
  • One last thing, a heeding mind.
  • 00:20:40.422 --> 00:20:43.625
  • A humble spirit says,"I need God."
  • 00:20:43.659 --> 00:20:46.795
  • A hungry soul says,"I desire God."
  • 00:20:46.828 --> 00:20:49.298
  • A hearing heart says,"I will listen to God."
  • 00:20:49.331 --> 00:20:51.900
  • But a heeding mind says,"I will do
  • 00:20:51.933 --> 00:20:54.102
  • what God tells me to do."
  • 00:20:54.136 --> 00:20:56.638
  • If you don't get to that point,all the rest
  • 00:20:56.672 --> 00:20:58.573
  • of it's meaningless.
  • 00:20:58.607 --> 00:21:00.242
  • To know that we need Godis important,
  • 00:21:00.275 --> 00:21:02.010
  • to reach out for himis imperative,
  • 00:21:02.044 --> 00:21:04.146
  • to hear what he has to sayis crucial,
  • 00:21:04.179 --> 00:21:06.315
  • but all of it is meaninglessunless we determine to do
  • 00:21:06.348 --> 00:21:09.651
  • what he tells us to do.
  • 00:21:09.685 --> 00:21:11.053
  • You have to come tothis process and say,
  • 00:21:11.086 --> 00:21:12.954
  • "Lord God, I need your inputinto this thing.
  • 00:21:12.988 --> 00:21:15.824
  • I need your wisdom andI'm saying to you upfront,
  • 00:21:15.857 --> 00:21:18.560
  • whatever you tell me to do,I'm gonna do it.
  • 00:21:18.593 --> 00:21:20.595
  • Lord God, I'm gonna signthe bottom of this paper.
  • 00:21:20.629 --> 00:21:22.497
  • You fill in the top part.
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  • Whatever it isyou want me to do, I'm ready.
  • 00:21:24.199 --> 00:21:25.934
  • I'm gonna do it,"the heeding heart.
  • 00:21:25.967 --> 00:21:29.204
  • Several years ago--this is a long time ago now,
  • 00:21:29.237 --> 00:21:31.440
  • more than several.
  • 00:21:31.473 --> 00:21:33.508
  • Several is relative.
  • 00:21:33.542 --> 00:21:36.345
  • I was invited to speakat a church in West Virginia
  • 00:21:36.378 --> 00:21:39.981
  • and a member of thatcongregation wanted to know
  • 00:21:40.015 --> 00:21:41.750
  • if I'd like to take a tourof the coal mine.
  • 00:21:41.783 --> 00:21:44.720
  • It was prevalentin that community.
  • 00:21:44.753 --> 00:21:47.956
  • They lowered usinto this mine shaft
  • 00:21:47.989 --> 00:21:51.293
  • and they gave me this helmetand it had a carbide lamp on it.
  • 00:21:51.326 --> 00:21:54.629
  • That's what miners wearas a headgear.
  • 00:21:54.663 --> 00:21:57.332
  • We were deep in the mine.
  • 00:21:57.366 --> 00:21:59.334
  • My buddy called up and said,"Turn out all the lights."
  • 00:21:59.368 --> 00:22:04.072
  • He wanted me to seewhat total darkness is like.
  • 00:22:04.106 --> 00:22:06.808
  • Most of you think you'veprobably seen total darkness,
  • 00:22:06.842 --> 00:22:08.677
  • but you have never seentotal darkness.
  • 00:22:08.710 --> 00:22:10.946
  • There's always a little bitof light sneaking through,
  • 00:22:10.979 --> 00:22:14.015
  • but not in a coal mine,not that far down.
  • 00:22:14.049 --> 00:22:16.551
  • So, he turned off allthe lights in the shaft,
  • 00:22:16.585 --> 00:22:19.187
  • and I don't think I've ever seensuch darkness in my life.
  • 00:22:19.221 --> 00:22:22.524
  • But there was a source of lightand that was the small lamp
  • 00:22:22.557 --> 00:22:25.527
  • I wore on my head which emitteda short beam
  • 00:22:25.560 --> 00:22:28.930
  • that illuminated about a stepor two in front of me.
  • 00:22:28.964 --> 00:22:32.434
  • I remember being afraidto move at first.
  • 00:22:32.467 --> 00:22:35.937
  • I could see nothing on eitherside and very little ahead.
  • 00:22:35.971 --> 00:22:39.908
  • But I soon madea significant discovery.
  • 00:22:39.941 --> 00:22:43.478
  • As soon as I walkedinto the light that I had,
  • 00:22:43.512 --> 00:22:46.915
  • that light projected the wayfor an additional step
  • 00:22:46.948 --> 00:22:50.986
  • into the darkness.
  • 00:22:51.019 --> 00:22:52.954
  • As long as I keptmoving forward,
  • 00:22:52.988 --> 00:22:54.723
  • so did the light which meantthere was always enough light
  • 00:22:54.756 --> 00:22:58.126
  • on my pathway to keep mefrom stumbling
  • 00:22:58.160 --> 00:23:00.395
  • and guarantee my progress.
  • 00:23:00.429 --> 00:23:03.064
  • That small lamp on my headwas my helmet of salvation.
  • 00:23:03.098 --> 00:23:06.701
  • It showed me what I neededto see to move forward
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  • in the darkness.
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  • As I moved forward,I brought the light with me.
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  • We don't need to knowwhat's at the end of the tunnel.
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  • We just need to knowwhat the next step is.
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  • And what does the Bible say?
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  • "If you walk in the lightas he is in the light,"
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  • that's what we're called to do.
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  • Wisdom guides us in overcomingthe confusing events
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  • of our lives, all of them,but it does it one step
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  • into the light we have.
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  • And here's what I know,listen to me carefully,
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  • if you will walk in the lightthat God gives you,
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  • he will give you the lightyou need for the next step.
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  • If you will trust God forthe wisdom you need today,
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  • he will give you the wisdomyou need for tomorrow.
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  • Just like that light onmy helmet when I took
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  • a step into the light I had,the light shone
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  • one step furtherinto the darkness.
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  • God wants us to have his wisdomand there's a way
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  • that wisdom can be acquired.
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  • If we'll just humble ourselvesbefore him and acknowledge
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  • our need, if we will determinenot to be wise in our own eyes,
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  • if we'll have a hungry spiritfor that wisdom,
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  • if we will seek after itwith all of our hearts,
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  • if we will hear the wisdomwhen it is downloaded to us
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  • and then do what God tells usto do,
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  • we can walk in the wisdomthat God wants us to have.
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God created youto be an overcomer.
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  • that can both protect you fromthe enemy and strengthen you
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  • to conquer the greatestobstacles in your life.
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  • You no longer needto be defeated, and discouraged,
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  • Being an overcomer means puttingon the whole armor of God
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  • provided to us by faithin Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer: Next time on"Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Memory is a gift from God,
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  • and we need to fill our memorywith the Scriptures,
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  • and we need to have thoseScriptures available to us
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  • so that when Satan comesafter us with a temptation,
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  • we don't have to run homeand look up the concordance.
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  • We can just say, as Jesus did,"It is written."
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  • announcer: Join Dr. Jeremiahnext time for his message,
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  • Overcoming TemptationWith Scripture here on,
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