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October 7, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • but is it taking you where you want to
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  • but is it taking you where you want to go
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  • but is it taking you where you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searching for something you do not have,
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  • only to end up where you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the world has to offer we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journey through the twists and turns
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  • of this world doesn't have to put you
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  • on the path of discouragement and despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to take the journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with God as your guide,
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  • where you'll discover the peace, the purpose,
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  • and the power you've been seeking.
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  • It's a journey of unimaginable blessing
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  • and here is the amazing part:
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  • with God you already have everything you need
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  • for life's journey, not half of what you need
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  • or a whole lot of what you need.
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  • God has given you everything you need.
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  • God never intended for you to stumble your way
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  • through the course of each day
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  • and certainly not journey unprepared into your future.
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  • So where do you wanna go?
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  • It's time to unpack all that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have been equipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence
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  • because you, my friend, have everything you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Every great exploration
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  • has an experienced guide.
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  • Now, a guide is one who has the wisdom and insight
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  • that helps a traveler navigate unfamiliar situations,
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  • avoid pitfalls, and reach their destination safely.
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  • The Holy Spirit is that guide for us.
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah and as we continue with our study,
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  • "Everything You Need," we're going to discuss
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  • the importance of self-control.
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  • Self-control is available by listening to the Holy Spirit
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  • who guides you through the challenges of today.
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  • Learn how self-control can keep you on the path
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  • of your Christian walk and get you safely
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  • to your ultimate destination with the fewest bumps
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  • along the way.
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  • So, join me today as we examine five steps to developing
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  • self-control in today's message, "Personal Discipline."
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  • So, travel with me across the United States and join me
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  • in New York City, high above Central Park
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  • in The Appel Room, at Jazz at Lincoln Center
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  • for my series, "Everything You Need."
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  • announcer: In Dr. Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Everything You Need," he invites you to consider
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  • how would your life change if you had the energy
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  • to diligently fulfill God's purpose for you,
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  • or the confidence to always do what pleases God,
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  • or had an intimate knowledge of his Word.
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  • What would your faith be like if you replaced a harmful habit
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  • with a positive one, or developed a determination
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  • that could carry you through any difficulty?
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  • Do you wanna see yourself becoming more like Christ,
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  • sharing his kindness and love to those around you?
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  • It may surprise you to know that God has already given you
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  • everything you need to do all this and more.
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  • In "Everything You Need," learn practical ways to unleash
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  • the power of God in your life and cultivate a faith
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  • that will change you and everyone around you.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching,
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  • "Everything You Need" here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciation of your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "Personal Discipline."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Golden State Warriors
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  • have a player named Draymond Green
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  • who's one of their star players, but his career
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  • has really been marked by a lot of emotional outbursts.
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  • He gets a lot of technical fouls.
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  • In fact, every year during the playoffs,
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  • you only get a certain amount of technical fouls, and then,
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  • you're suspended for two games, he never does it but he gets
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  • so close everybody worries that he's gonna say something
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  • or do something and he won't be able to play
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  • for the rest of the playoffs.
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  • He's known for screaming at referees;
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  • arguing with officials; kicking his opponents;
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  • turns flopping which is deliberately falling down
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  • pretending to be fouled, he turned that into an art form.
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  • But recently, he's been different.
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  • According to his own testimony, he met his match.
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  • He was playing with his two-year-old son,
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  • Draymond Junior, and the toddler was trying to throw
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  • a small basketball into this little kid-sized hoop
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  • and that's not all he was doing.
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  • This little two-year-old boy was stomping around mimicking
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  • his dad's emotional outbursts.
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  • He was flopping with every shot.
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  • Green was so stunned, he suddenly saw himself
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  • as he was and admitted that it made him disgusted.
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  • For now at least, it's made a huge difference
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  • in his performance.
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  • His coaches, his teammates, and his fans feel like
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  • they have a new player.
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  • I always hate to report something like this
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  • because this story's as only good as the next game,
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  • but reporters have noticed that something's different
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  • about Draymond Green and when they ask him,
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  • one of the reporters from the "San Francisco Chronicle,"
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  • here's what they found out: He gives credit
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  • for his newfound maturity and self-control
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  • to a two-year-old child.
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  • The point I wanna make is if a child can teach sportsmanship
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  • and self-control to a famous athlete,
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  • what do you think we can learn from somebody like Simon Peter?
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  • Most of you know a little bit about Peter.
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  • When he started following Jesus,
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  • he was a lot like Draymond Green.
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  • He was impetuous, impulsive, headstrong,
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  • always argued with his teammates,
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  • argued even with his coach.
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  • One moment he acted like a leader, and the next moment
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  • he acted like, well, like a two-year-old.
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  • But Peter met his match when he met Jesus Christ.
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  • And it was our Lord who patiently, gradually,
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  • brought Peter to a newfound maturity including self-control.
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  • And that's something he can do for all of us.
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  • I'm always anxious to learn more about that
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  • because it's a need that all of us have.
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  • Let me begin this discussion about self-control by saying,
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  • first of all, it deserves priority.
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  • There's a sense in which every failure that
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  • you read about in the Bible is a failure of self-control.
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  • For instance, Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden
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  • 'cause they yielded to the devil's temptation.
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  • Cain killed his brother Abel
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  • because he couldn't master his anger.
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  • Moses had trouble controlling his temper
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  • and it kept him from the Promised Land.
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  • And during the days of the judges, the Bible says:
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  • "Everyone did what was right in their own eyes,
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  • what felt good to them."
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  • And one of the judges was a guy named Samson
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  • who was the strongest man on the earth
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  • but he couldn't control his own passion.
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  • And then there's King David whose failure was his lack
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  • of control when he saw and lusted
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  • after a beautiful woman named Bathsheba,
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  • and the nation of Israel was destroyed by Babylon
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  • after losing a sense of self-control and spiraling
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  • into rebellion and indulgence.
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  • So, you go through the Bible and you say,
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  • "Is self-control in the Bible?"
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  • Well, the lack of it sure is 'cause almost every story
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  • where there's failure, the failure is,
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  • somebody who knew what to do,
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  • knew what was right
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  • and couldn't control themselves to do it.
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  • In the New Testament, self-control was
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  • one of the main implications of the gospel.
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  • Do you know this passage?
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  • Jesus said it this way:
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  • "If anyone desires to come after Me,
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  • let him deny himself, and take up his cross,
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  • and follow Me.
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  • For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world,
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  • and loses his own soul?"
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  • And the message the apostle stressed to new Christians
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  • in the early church, wherever you look,
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  • it's about self-control.
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  • Paul wrote to the believers who lived in Rome
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  • and this is what he said to them: "Let us walk properly,
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  • as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness,
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  • not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
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  • But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • and make no provision for the flesh,
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  • to fulfill its lusts."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, self-control is not only about
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  • the things we don't do that could destroy us if we did them.
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  • Self-control is about the things we should do,
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  • that if we did, we would prosper greatly.
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  • Self-control involves making everyday decisions
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  • as well as long-term goals.
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  • Think of it as a trade-off.
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  • You deny yourself an immediate indulgence to accomplish
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  • a higher-lever goal that won't be realized for some time.
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  • Here's what it means.
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  • Self-control means saying "No" when you wanna say "Yes."
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  • It means saying enough when you wanna say more.
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  • It means "I won't" when you'd rather say,
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  • "I will."
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  • It's thinking before we act and controlling our appetites,
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  • our tongues, our tempers, our thoughts, our eyes.
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  • Self-control for the Christian is a make-or-break discipline.
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  • It's the difference between success and failure
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  • if you wanna live a godly life.
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  • So, that's why it deserves priority.
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  • It's not just an incidental thing.
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  • It's not just something that we should never talk about.
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  • I've already told you that if you examine the failures
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  • of the Bible they all have one thing in common:
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  • they have in common people who couldn't do
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  • what they knew to do and did what they knew
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  • they shouldn't do.
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  • Now, let me just say something positive about this quality,
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  • that it is something that displays maturity in your life.
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  • There's perhaps no other quality that displays maturity
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  • like self-control.
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  • The Bible tells us that the same grace that brought you salvation
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  • can teach you to say "No" to ungodliness.
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  • The same grace that you used to get saved is the grace God
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  • wants to fire up in your life so that when these temptations
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  • come because of the environment in which you live,
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  • you learn how to have the control
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  • in your own heart to say, "No thank you.
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  • No, I don't wanna do that.
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  • No, I don't wanna go there.
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  • No, I don't wanna watch that.
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  • No, I don't wanna drink that.
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  • No, I don't wanna smoke that, no."
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  • It can support you in living this controlled life
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  • as you wait for the blessed hope of the Lord's return.
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  • God wants to purify you as he wants to purify me
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  • so that I will have the control of my life by the basis
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  • of the Holy Spirit who lives within me
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  • and I will be a Spirit-controlled,
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  • self-controlled, disciple of Jesus Christ.
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  • So, self-control deserves priority.
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  • Self-control displays maturity.
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  • And then the third thing I want you to notice is,
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  • self-control deepens your discipline.
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  • You see, true freedom is impossible
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  • without some constraint.
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  • Let me just talk to you about that for a few minutes because
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  • there's a lot going on in our world today about freedom.
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  • And most people, freedom means
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  • do anything you want, anywhere you want,
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  • to whoever you want, whenever you want,
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  • no matter what happens, just be free to do
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  • whatever you want.
  • 00:11:49.140 --> 00:11:51.290
  • Most of us hear that and we know there's something
  • 00:11:52.000 --> 00:11:54.210
  • wrong with it as Christians.
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  • And the thing that's wrong with it is,
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  • freedom is not the absence of restraint.
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  • Freedom is the length of a cord from a given stake.
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  • We have a little puppy in our life right now
  • 00:12:08.070 --> 00:12:11.000
  • named Benji.
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  • We've had him for a year.
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  • Benji likes to run, and he runs all over our house
  • 00:12:14.260 --> 00:12:19.030
  • like a scared rabbit.
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  • And if we let him outside he would run all over outside
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  • of our house where the coyotes are and if we gave him
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  • no restraint to his freedom, he wouldn't last 24 hours.
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  • He would--he would be dead.
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  • We used to live, as a young couple
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  • when we first got married, on a street called Trier Road
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  • in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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  • It was a busy little street, two-way street.
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  • Cars going up and down the street as fast
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  • as they could.
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  • We didn't let our children play in the front yard.
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  • Isn't that awful of us?
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  • We made them play in the backyard
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  • where there was a fence.
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  • We gave them total freedom in the backyard.
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  • If they'd have been in the front yard,
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  • there would have been no freedom for them or no freedom
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  • for us either.
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  • Freedom is always the length of a cord from a given stake.
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  • In Christianity, we're free in Christ
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  • but we're not free to do whatever we want.
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  • We're free within the boundaries of godliness that are set
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  • in the Scripture.
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  • Once you get understanding of that, you'll get used to it,
  • 00:13:23.060 --> 00:13:25.140
  • it just sets you so free because, you know,
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  • I don't go there.
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  • I won't be free there.
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  • I'll be enslaved if I go over this line.
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  • I wanna stay here where I'm free.
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  • Free in Christ.
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  • So, self-control deepens your discipline
  • 00:13:36.150 --> 00:13:39.010
  • but there's also something to be said
  • 00:13:39.020 --> 00:13:41.280
  • for a strategy of self-control.
  • 00:13:41.290 --> 00:13:43.250
  • And I've saved enough time at the end of this message to do
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  • a little bit more here than I would normally do
  • 00:13:46.230 --> 00:13:48.250
  • on other messages because this is so important to all of us.
  • 00:13:48.260 --> 00:13:51.290
  • So, here are some ideas that I wanna give you
  • 00:13:52.000 --> 00:13:54.160
  • for your little notes and for your lives.
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  • Number one, most important of all:
  • 00:13:57.290 --> 00:14:01.090
  • ask the Holy Spirit for help.
  • 00:14:01.100 --> 00:14:05.070
  • Paul said this: "Walk in the Spirit,
  • 00:14:05.080 --> 00:14:09.030
  • and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh."
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  • In other words, let the Spirit of God
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  • control you, and you won't be tempted
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  • to go outside the lines.
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  • Let the Spirit of God reign in your life and you will have
  • 00:14:19.140 --> 00:14:21.250
  • the freedom to live where you are
  • 00:14:21.260 --> 00:14:23.080
  • and you won't be casting your eyes
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  • on the other side of the barrier where you ought not to go.
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  • Notice the order.
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  • The Bible doesn't say: "Don't fulfill the lust
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  • of the flesh and you will walk in the Spirit."
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  • The Bible says you have to be filled with the Spirit each day
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  • under his control and, if you do that,
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  • you will be able to say, "No," to the lusts of the flesh.
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  • Ask for the Holy Spirit's help.
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  • One of the things when you write a book like I've written,
  • 00:14:46.000 --> 00:14:47.290
  • that I fear is that people will think I'm giving you
  • 00:14:48.000 --> 00:14:50.290
  • a self-help book or a book that you can use
  • 00:14:51.000 --> 00:14:53.280
  • to become a Christian and live the Christian life
  • 00:14:53.290 --> 00:14:56.220
  • without the Holy Spirit.
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  • Let me just tell you something, ladies and gentlemen:
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  • every word that I've written in this book
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  • about what to do is worthless unless it's what to do
  • 00:15:01.200 --> 00:15:05.000
  • with the help of the Holy Spirit,
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  • because we're incapable of doing that, you know.
  • 00:15:07.130 --> 00:15:11.000
  • We are--you know, somebody says,
  • 00:15:11.010 --> 00:15:12.160
  • "Pastor, I can't do that. That's not natural."
  • 00:15:12.170 --> 00:15:14.140
  • Absolutely, it's supernatural and that's why
  • 00:15:14.150 --> 00:15:16.190
  • you have to have the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:15:16.200 --> 00:15:19.200
  • The Bible says: "The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid,
  • 00:15:19.210 --> 00:15:23.280
  • but it gives us power and love and self-discipline."
  • 00:15:23.290 --> 00:15:28.080
  • Have you ever read that verse?
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  • "The Spirit that God gave us gives us power and gives us love
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  • and gives us," what's the last one, class?
  • 00:15:34.090 --> 00:15:36.200
  • "Self-discipline."
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  • Where does self-discipline come from?
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  • It comes from God.
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  • How does it work in our life?
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  • "Through the empowering of the Holy Spirit who lives
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  • within you and in with me."
  • 00:15:44.260 --> 00:15:46.260
  • So, for this reason, I'd say the first step
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  • that you need to take if you're trying to work
  • 00:15:49.120 --> 00:15:51.230
  • on self-discipline in your life,
  • 00:15:51.240 --> 00:15:54.050
  • is just ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
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  • Ask the Holy Spirit to take control of those areas
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  • of your life that you're struggling with.
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  • Number two, adjust your thoughts.
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  • Let's go back to Simon Peter, 2 Peter 1:3 through 8
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  • isn't the first time he mentions self-control.
  • 00:16:09.050 --> 00:16:12.060
  • This was a lesson he had learned the hard way
  • 00:16:12.070 --> 00:16:15.060
  • and he brought it up often in both of his letters.
  • 00:16:15.070 --> 00:16:18.000
  • Back in 1 Peter chapter 1 and 13, he said this,
  • 00:16:18.010 --> 00:16:21.250
  • "So prepare your minds for action
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  • and exercise self-control.
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  • Put all your hope in the gracious salvation
  • 00:16:28.000 --> 00:16:29.250
  • that will come to you when Jesus Christ
  • 00:16:29.260 --> 00:16:31.160
  • is revealed to the world."
  • 00:16:31.170 --> 00:16:34.200
  • C.S. Lewis says that, "Christians often blame
  • 00:16:34.210 --> 00:16:37.280
  • their sins on their body, but in most cases
  • 00:16:37.290 --> 00:16:41.140
  • the body's just obeying impulses that are generated by the mind.
  • 00:16:41.150 --> 00:16:46.170
  • Sometimes, the body even resists
  • 00:16:46.180 --> 00:16:48.070
  • what the mind's telling it to do.
  • 00:16:48.080 --> 00:16:51.040
  • Almost always, the body hated its first smoke,
  • 00:16:51.050 --> 00:16:55.210
  • its first drink, it was the mind that
  • 00:16:55.220 --> 00:16:58.140
  • insisted on continuing the habits,
  • 00:16:58.150 --> 00:17:00.250
  • thinking indulgence was sophisticated or cool."
  • 00:17:00.260 --> 00:17:04.260
  • Likewise, the right thoughts
  • 00:17:04.270 --> 00:17:06.210
  • circulating through our minds empower self-restraint.
  • 00:17:06.220 --> 00:17:10.280
  • Set your mind on the things of heaven,
  • 00:17:10.290 --> 00:17:12.250
  • the things that God has given you,
  • 00:17:12.260 --> 00:17:14.140
  • the blessing that it is to be a Christian in a world
  • 00:17:14.150 --> 00:17:17.010
  • where Christianity is, little by little,
  • 00:17:17.020 --> 00:17:19.070
  • slipping away from us all.
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  • Ask for the Holy Spirit's help, adjust your thoughts
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  • and recognize that most of the battles you have
  • 00:17:24.280 --> 00:17:28.160
  • with self-control don't begin with your body;
  • 00:17:28.170 --> 00:17:31.050
  • they begin with your mind.
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  • And you let those thoughts take control of your mind,
  • 00:17:33.240 --> 00:17:36.050
  • pretty soon your body will follow along in obedience.
  • 00:17:36.060 --> 00:17:40.290
  • And then, there's the third one.
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  • Ask for the Holy Spirit help, adjust your thoughts,
  • 00:17:43.000 --> 00:17:45.100
  • and acquire new habits.
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  • Paul understood that the godliness
  • 00:17:47.250 --> 00:17:50.060
  • every Christian desires
  • 00:17:50.070 --> 00:17:52.000
  • can be achieved with the right habits.
  • 00:17:52.010 --> 00:17:54.010
  • Did you ever read what he said to Timothy?
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  • He said, "Timothy, exercise yourself toward godliness.
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  • For bodily exercise profits a little,
  • 00:18:00.260 --> 00:18:04.020
  • but godliness is profitable for all things,
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:07.030
  • having the promise of the life that is now
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  • and that which is to come."
  • 00:18:09.080 --> 00:18:10.290
  • He's saying bodily exercise profits little.
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  • It helps you in the here and now.
  • 00:18:14.160 --> 00:18:16.090
  • But spiritual exercise, the exercise toward godliness,
  • 00:18:16.100 --> 00:18:20.060
  • is way better because it not only helps you now,
  • 00:18:20.070 --> 00:18:23.080
  • but it helps you in the life to come.
  • 00:18:23.090 --> 00:18:25.130
  • Not only helps you live a better life now but prepares you
  • 00:18:25.140 --> 00:18:28.010
  • for heaven far better than if you don't ever do it.
  • 00:18:28.020 --> 00:18:31.120
  • And he says, "Bodily exercise."
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  • You know why I like this verse?
  • 00:18:33.170 --> 00:18:34.270
  • Because that word, that phrase, is the translation
  • 00:18:34.280 --> 00:18:37.100
  • of a Greek word that sounds like this:
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  • gymnasion--gymnasium.
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  • That's the word.
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  • He says get into the spiritual gym and get your work done.
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  • Do your bodily exercise.
  • 00:18:50.230 --> 00:18:52.110
  • That's great, but don't forget while you're doing
  • 00:18:52.120 --> 00:18:54.200
  • your bodily exercise to do your spiritual exercise,
  • 00:18:54.210 --> 00:18:58.080
  • the exercise toward godliness.
  • 00:18:58.090 --> 00:19:01.280
  • You say, "Well, how do I go about that?"
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  • Well, here's what I would suggest.
  • 00:19:03.250 --> 00:19:06.010
  • Take some area of your life where you struggle
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:07.240
  • with discipline and then ask God to give you a small victory
  • 00:19:07.250 --> 00:19:11.250
  • in that part of your life.
  • 00:19:11.260 --> 00:19:14.130
  • Maybe you spend money someplace that you know
  • 00:19:14.140 --> 00:19:16.200
  • you don't need to do that, so just avoid that place.
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  • Don't do that.
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  • Go for several days and just don't go there
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  • and don't spend that money.
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  • It may not be very much but at least it's a start.
  • 00:19:23.130 --> 00:19:25.200
  • And then, when you conquer that area,
  • 00:19:25.210 --> 00:19:27.190
  • move on to the next one.
  • 00:19:27.200 --> 00:19:29.080
  • And after several small individual victories,
  • 00:19:29.090 --> 00:19:32.000
  • your habitual self-control will start to get better.
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  • No longer will you depend on sheer willpower.
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:39.060
  • Keep doing this and the habit becomes second nature.
  • 00:19:39.070 --> 00:19:44.090
  • That's when your life changes, one small step
  • 00:19:44.100 --> 00:19:47.080
  • towards self-discipline.
  • 00:19:47.090 --> 00:19:48.180
  • You say, "I don't read books enough."
  • 00:19:48.190 --> 00:19:50.080
  • Well, read a page every day.
  • 00:19:50.090 --> 00:19:51.270
  • "I don't read the Bible like I should."
  • 00:19:51.280 --> 00:19:53.190
  • Read some verses every day.
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  • And after you read a few verses, read a paragraph and,
  • 00:19:55.110 --> 00:19:57.230
  • after you read a paragraph, say,
  • 00:19:57.240 --> 00:19:59.120
  • "This week, I'm gonna read a chapter."
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  • And you just start where you can and get yourself some
  • 00:20:02.180 --> 00:20:05.170
  • small victories that will build confidence in your life.
  • 00:20:05.180 --> 00:20:08.000
  • Can you tell me today that you are not capable of reading
  • 00:20:08.010 --> 00:20:11.080
  • a small paragraph in the Bible every day?
  • 00:20:11.090 --> 00:20:14.040
  • Sure you are.
  • 00:20:14.050 --> 00:20:15.200
  • Now, if I told you you need to read a chapter every day
  • 00:20:15.210 --> 00:20:17.170
  • or you should read the Bible through in a year,
  • 00:20:17.180 --> 00:20:19.180
  • that would be intimidating to you.
  • 00:20:19.190 --> 00:20:21.200
  • But read your paragraph every day.
  • 00:20:21.210 --> 00:20:24.090
  • When you do that, you will discover, first of all,
  • 00:20:24.100 --> 00:20:26.100
  • you'll want to read more and you're able to read more
  • 00:20:26.110 --> 00:20:29.050
  • because you've proven to yourself that you can do it.
  • 00:20:29.060 --> 00:20:32.220
  • Let me tell you one other thing.
  • 00:20:32.230 --> 00:20:34.090
  • Adjust your thoughts, acquire new habits,
  • 00:20:34.100 --> 00:20:36.010
  • and avoid tight spots.
  • 00:20:36.020 --> 00:20:39.230
  • As you change to be more self-disciplined,
  • 00:20:39.240 --> 00:20:42.190
  • you're gonna study your own life and you know what's interesting
  • 00:20:42.200 --> 00:20:46.050
  • to most of us is we have certain failures that happen to us
  • 00:20:46.060 --> 00:20:50.170
  • routinely at the same time and the same place
  • 00:20:50.180 --> 00:20:54.070
  • in the same situation.
  • 00:20:54.080 --> 00:20:56.040
  • I mean, listen to me, ladies and gentlemen.
  • 00:20:56.050 --> 00:20:57.160
  • If you've fallen in a hole on your way walking home,
  • 00:20:57.170 --> 00:21:00.190
  • find another route.
  • 00:21:00.200 --> 00:21:03.180
  • You know, don't keep going the same way
  • 00:21:03.190 --> 00:21:05.090
  • and keep falling in the same hole.
  • 00:21:05.100 --> 00:21:06.290
  • It's amazing to me how we do that.
  • 00:21:07.000 --> 00:21:09.210
  • We keep making the same mistake in the same place
  • 00:21:09.220 --> 00:21:12.050
  • for the same reasons at the same time
  • 00:21:12.060 --> 00:21:14.280
  • and we don't have enough determination to say,
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  • "This is not good. I need to stop doing this."
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  • "The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
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  • he who keeps his way preserves his soul."
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  • A couple of chapters later, in Proverbs, we read,
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  • "Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor;
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  • only fools insist on quarreling.
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  • It takes self-control to avoid reacting
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  • to every controversy and every provocation.
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  • Don't go where you often find yourself defeated in your life.
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  • I mean, let me just pause and say this.
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  • If you struggle with pornography,
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  • for instance, and you don't have self-control over what you watch
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  • on television, Jesus said, "If your eyes offend you,
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  • pluck them out."
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  • Well, let me give you the modern translation:
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  • "If your television offends you, throw it out."
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  • You know, don't use it, or your computer or whatever.
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  • You've gotta stop the places where these things happen to you
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  • so that you don't have to stop the things happening to you.
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  • Little by little, if you do that,
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  • if you ask God to give you wisdom to show you
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  • where the pathway is that you get on that leads you
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  • to the land of nowhere, you'll be able to do better.
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  • Ask for the Holy Spirit's help, adjust your thoughts,
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  • acquire new habits, avoid tight spots,
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  • and accept the process.
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  • What is the process?
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  • Here it is.
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  • If you mess up, don't give up.
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  • You know what the enemy does?
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  • Yeah, I've learned over the years and this is
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  • what I've learned personally about the devil,
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  • what the enemy does to me.
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  • First of all, he tells me I could never do that,
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  • and then, I do it.
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  • And then, he tells me I can never come back from it.
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  • He tells me, "You could never do that," and then you do it.
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  • That was--the first lie was, you can't do it
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  • 'cause the Bible says: "Pride goes before a fall,
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  • and a haughty spirit before destruction."
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  • Don't be all haughty about how good you are.
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  • Don't say, "Well, that could never happen to me."
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  • Yes, it could.
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  • But then, I think this tops that lie a hundred times over.
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  • Once you do make a mistake, the enemy comes and says to you,
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  • "You can't recover from this.
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  • See, I told you, you couldn't read
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  • your Bible faithfully.
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  • I told you, you couldn't do this."
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  • Here's what I'm telling you.
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  • When you mess up, don't give up.
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  • Just pick up and go back where you started,
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  • where you got off and start again.
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  • Listen to what the proverb says.
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  • This will resonate with all of us.
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  • "For though the righteous fall seven times,
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  • they rise again," Proverbs 24:16.
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  • Someone once told me that the Christian life
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  • is nothing more than falling down and getting up,
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  • and falling down and getting up,
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  • and falling down and getting up all the way to heaven.
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  • So, when you fall down, just get up.
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  • Get up.
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  • So let me encourage you.
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  • "Add to your faith virtue, and to your virtue knowledge.
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  • Then when you get a little knowledge,
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  • add to your knowledge self-control."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you feel like you can never gain control
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  • Because God promises that you already have
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