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Risk: Get Out of Your Safe Zone

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October 12, 2020
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Learn how to get out of your safe zone and in the faith zone.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Todayis about the rest of your life.
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  • It's about tomorrowand the day after that.
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  • The future God has plannedfor you shouldn't be
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  • a haphazard approach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Perhaps you're discouraged.
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  • It's time to deal with that.
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  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
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  • You may not know what's next,but God does.
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  • He's there waiting for youand your tomorrow.
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  • So step into it and discoverGod's presence
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  • and purpose in your life.
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  • Starting today, starting now,it's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's time werise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past,
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  • aspire to accomplishgreater things,
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  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
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  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop,it's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah encourages you
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  • to step out of your safe zoneand step into your faith zone.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Unbeliefforfeits your opportunities
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  • and jeopardizes your objective.
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  • So let's keep seizing themoments God provides for us
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  • with child-like wonder.
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  • If God said it, I believe it;and that settles it,
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  • and I'm going to do it.
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  • Forward editionof "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a moment,Dr. Jeremiah will remind you
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  • to never forget all theblessings God has done for you
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  • And now here's Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Risk: Get outof Your Safe Zone."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Jean Hansenand her husband Steve were
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  • celebrating their anniversaryat a beautiful beach resort
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  • in St. Lucia.
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  • One morning,they decided to walk
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  • the resort's wellness trail,
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  • a 1-mile path with stationsfor exercises like pull-ups,
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  • a balance beam, andeven an elevated rope bridge.
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  • At each station,they did the activity.
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  • Then they cameto the rope bridge.
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  • Steve crossed it easily;but Jean, she hesitated.
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  • "All I could see," she said,"were big gaping holes
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  • on the sides, large enoughto fit my entire leg through
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  • with one slip of the foot."
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  • Fear overcame her,and she backed off
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  • and walked away frustratedand disappointed in herself.
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  • The next day, she and Steve tooka trip on a 24-foot sailboat.
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  • It was Jean's first timesailing, and she was thrilled
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  • and exhilarated even whenthe boat was in choppy waters.
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  • Experienced sailorswere in charge,
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  • but Jean knew this adventurewas far more dangerous
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  • than the rope bridge
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  • she'd backed awayfrom the day before.
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  • So the following morning,Jean and Steve took the wellness
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  • trail again, and this time shesaid, "I didn't say anything.
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  • I just walked up the ladderand I went for it.
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  • I didn't stop to look at itand wonder
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  • how I was goingto accomplish it.
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  • I just paused for a second onthe platform, grabbed the rope,
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  • and started putting onefoot in front of another.
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  • Before I knew it, I was across,feeling very victorious
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  • about myself."
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  • Most of us, if we're honest,think of risk as a negative
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  • situation we should avoid,but risk is a part of life
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  • and it's a big part of faith.
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  • Not every risk is worth taking.
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  • But if you're too overwhelmedby fear to correctly assess
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  • a situation, you'll miss manyopportunities for growth.
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  • Have you been playing it safe,too safe?
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  • If forward is the directionyou want to go,
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  • be prepared to take somefaith-based risks.
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  • I'll be honest.
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  • Left to myself, I probablywould have erred too often
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  • on the side of safetyand security,
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  • but there's a man in the Biblewho inspires me
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  • to keep stepping outand taking risks
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  • with wholehearted confidencein the Lord.
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  • I'm convincedyou'll be able to go forward,
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  • unafraid to take risksif you can embody his spirit.
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  • That man is Caleb.Do you know him?
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  • In this message,I'm going to show you
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  • how this Old Testament
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  • hero left a legacy of couragefor you, a powerful example
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  • of risk-taking,future-grabbing grace.
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  • In the Book of Numbers,Moses sent 12 men;
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  • Joshua, Caleb,and ten others,
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  • as an advanced party toreconnoiter the Promised Land.
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  • These men left the safetyof their encampment,
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  • forged the Jordan River,slipped into Canaan;
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  • and their missionwas to make notes of the land,
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  • observe the enemy,study the fortifications,
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  • estimate the population,
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  • and bring back enoughintelligence to aid Moses
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  • as he planned the cominginvasion of the land
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  • God had promisedto the Israelites.
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  • The Bible tellsthe story this way.
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  • "So they went up and spied outthe land
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  • from the wilderness of Zin.
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  • And they went up throughthe south and came to Hebron,
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  • and the descendantsof Anak were there."
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  • The city of Hebron had beenthe ancestral home of Abraham,
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  • Isaac, and Jacob, but now it wasinhabited by an evil tribe
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  • of huge warriors known asthe descendants of Anak.
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  • The sight of these warriorsterrified these spies,
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  • and they quickly harvestedsome pomegranates and figs
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  • from the orchards of Canaan
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  • and two of them lugged backan enormous cluster of grapes,
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  • carrying it on a polebetween them.
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  • Imagine the excitement when thespies returned to Kadesh Barnea.
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  • Their mission had taken40 days and nobody knew
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  • if they had survivedor perished.
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  • And day after day centuriesat Israel's parameters
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  • watched for them,
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  • and now they're backall of them safe and sound.
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  • But as you know,they were not united.
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  • Most of them wanted to livein the safe zone.
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  • So let's take them and someother stories along the way
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  • and let's talk abouthow to live in the safe zone.
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  • Have you ever heardof these names:
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  • Shammua, Shaphat,Igal, Palti, Gaddiel, Gaddi,
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  • Ammiel, Sethur, Nahbi,and Geuel?
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  • I haven't heard of them before.Have you?
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  • Because these are the namesof the ten spies
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  • who risked their livesin an espionage mission
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  • only to lose their heartand forget to trust in God,
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  • and they came backwith a negative report.
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  • They discouraged,they disheartened
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  • the people of Israel.
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  • Those men madethree terrible mistakes,
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  • and we can makethese mistakes ourselves
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  • if we're not careful.
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  • They fell into three traps,and you and I
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  • have to avoid these at all cost.
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  • First of all, they maximizedthe opposition.
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  • Oh, how we love to do this.
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  • God wants you to go forward.
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  • He has adventures,challenges, and victories,
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  • and meaningful tasks for you.
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  • And as you look at the bridgeto your future,
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  • are you looking at the ropesor are you looking at the holes?
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  • In Numbers 13,the ten spies magnified
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  • every threat they looked at.
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  • They looked at the bridge Godhad designed for the future
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  • and they saw only the holes.
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  • The Bible says, "The man who hadgone up with him said,
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  • 'We are not able to go upagainst these people,
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  • for they are stronger than we.'
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  • And they gave the childrenof Israel a bad report
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  • of the land which they had spiedout, saying,
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  • 'The land throughwhich we have gone as spies
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  • is a land that devoursits inhabitants,
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  • and all the peoplewhom we saw in it
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  • were men of great stature.
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  • There were giants of descendantsof Anak
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  • who came from the giants;
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  • and we were like grasshoppersin our own sight,
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  • and so we were in their sight.'"
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  • If you propose to move forwardin life,
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  • especially if you aspireto leadership,
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  • you're going to have to learnwhat it means
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  • to take risks to live by faith.
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  • One of the things we dowhen we refuse to risk,
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  • when we try to keep from losinginstead of trying to win
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  • is we maximize the opposition.
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  • Number two, we minimizethe opportunities.
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  • While the ten spiesmaximized the opposition,
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  • they also minimizedthe incredible opportunity
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  • that God had given them.
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  • They only had a dim perception
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  • of what God had in storefor them.
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  • They believed in their heartsthat God was setting them up
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  • for destruction, and theirunbelief was contagious.
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  • You can read it for yourselfin Numbers chapter 14.
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  • "So all the congregation liftedup their voices and cried,
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  • and the people wept that night.
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  • And all the children of Israelcomplained against Moses
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  • and Aaron, and the wholecongregation said to them,
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  • 'If only we had diedin the land of Egypt,
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  • or if only we had diedin this wilderness.
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  • Why has the Lord brought us tothis land to fall by the sword,
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  • that our wives and childrenshould become victims?
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  • Would it not be better for usto return to Egypt?'"
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  • You see, their perception of Godwould be laughable
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  • if it weren't so tragic
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  • after all the Lord had donefor them.
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  • He had deliveredthem from slavery.
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  • He had parted the wide watersof the Red Sea.
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  • He'd accompanied themwith cloud and fire.
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  • He'd given them his law.
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  • He'd given food and drinkin the wilderness.
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  • He had promised to make thema great nation in a land
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  • flowing with milk and honey,and all they could do
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  • was quickly forget.
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  • When we forget all the blessingsGod has provided for us
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  • in the past, we're aptto minimize his ability
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  • to guide us in the future.
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  • We may even dread the future
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  • and where we thinkGod is leading us,
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  • and so we're exactlywhere the devil wants us.
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  • He puts us in a placeof avoiding risks
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  • and playing it safe.
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  • Oh, we of little faith.
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  • What I'm telling you is this:go forward with confidence
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  • and courage and do the taskGod has set for you.
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  • Don't maximize the opposition,don't minimize the opportunities
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  • because if you do, you willjeopardize the objective.
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  • In their unbelief,men and women,
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  • the Israelites discardedthe precious powerful
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  • future that God had for them.
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  • Their act of defiant unbeliefincurred a terrible penalty.
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  • First of all, the punishment forbringing back an evil report
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  • to the people of God was metedout in two severe sentences.
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  • First, the ten men who gavethe evil report
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  • were killed immediatelyby a plague.
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  • Numbers 14, "Now the men whoMoses sent to spy out the land,
  • 00:12:21.190 --> 00:12:25.895
  • who returned and made
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  • all the congregationcomplain against him
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  • by bringing a bad reportto the land,
  • 00:12:29.598 --> 00:12:31.500
  • those very menwho brought the evil report
  • 00:12:31.534 --> 00:12:34.503
  • about the land,
  • 00:12:34.537 --> 00:12:35.871
  • they died by the plaguebefore the Lord.
  • 00:12:35.905 --> 00:12:39.041
  • But Joshua the son of Nunand Caleb the son of Jephunneh
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  • remained alive, of the menwho went to spy out the land."
  • 00:12:42.845 --> 00:12:46.882
  • Second, not only did the menwho brought the report die;
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  • but all the peoplewho listened to the report,
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  • they were sentenced as well.
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  • Listen to Numbers 14:29 and 30.
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  • "The carcasses of you who havecomplained against me
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  • shall fall in the wilderness,
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  • all of you who were numberedaccording to your entire number
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  • from 20 years old and above.
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  • Except for Calebthe son of Jephunneh
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  • and Joshua the son of Nun,
  • 00:13:11.006 --> 00:13:13.175
  • you shall by no meansenter the land which I swore
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  • I would make you dwell in."
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  • Let me ask you a question today.
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  • What is your Canaan?
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  • What does God wants youto tackle?
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  • What does he wants youto possess?
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  • What does he wants youto accomplish for him?
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  • Unbelief forfeitsyour opportunities
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  • and jeopardizes your objective.
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  • So let's keep seizing themoments God provides for us
  • 00:13:35.431 --> 00:13:39.735
  • with child-like wonder.
  • 00:13:39.768 --> 00:13:42.137
  • If God said it, I believe itand that settles it;
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  • and I'm going to do it,
  • 00:13:45.374 --> 00:13:48.410
  • how to live lifein the safe zone.
  • 00:13:48.444 --> 00:13:50.479
  • So let's talk now
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  • about how to risk lifein the faith zone.
  • 00:13:52.114 --> 00:13:55.784
  • That brings us back to Caleb.
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  • He and Joshua representthe minority opinion
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  • among the spies.
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  • Caleb had pleadedwith the people.
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  • He had said, "Let us go up.Let us take possession.
  • 00:14:05.928 --> 00:14:08.464
  • We are well ableto overcome it."
  • 00:14:08.497 --> 00:14:11.567
  • Imagine Caleb's frustration whenthe whole nation shouted down
  • 00:14:11.600 --> 00:14:15.304
  • his words, but God heard.
  • 00:14:15.337 --> 00:14:18.874
  • And as the decades passed,one by one the older Israelites
  • 00:14:18.908 --> 00:14:22.444
  • passed away and their bodiesdotted the desert.
  • 00:14:22.478 --> 00:14:26.282
  • Even the aged Mosesascended Mount Pisgah and died.
  • 00:14:26.315 --> 00:14:30.653
  • Joshua and Caleb were the solesurvivors of their generation.
  • 00:14:30.686 --> 00:14:35.624
  • When the day came to lead Israelinto the Promised Land,
  • 00:14:35.658 --> 00:14:38.294
  • they were as young in spiritas 40 years before.
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  • Joshua succeeded Moses.
  • 00:14:42.131 --> 00:14:43.933
  • He led the Israelitesacross the Jordan River
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  • into the land of Canaan.
  • 00:14:46.201 --> 00:14:47.736
  • And as we read throughthe Book of Joshua,
  • 00:14:47.770 --> 00:14:50.306
  • we find conquest after conquestand allotment after allotment.
  • 00:14:50.339 --> 00:14:54.977
  • And then we open our Biblesto Joshua chapter 14,
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  • and who should we meet againbut my favorite man, Caleb?
  • 00:14:58.213 --> 00:15:03.319
  • He made a trip to see his oldfriend and fellow spy Joshua
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  • and this is what he said to him.
  • 00:15:07.289 --> 00:15:09.458
  • He said, "You know the wordwhich the Lord said to Moses
  • 00:15:09.491 --> 00:15:12.528
  • the man of God concerning youand me in Kadesh Barnea.
  • 00:15:12.561 --> 00:15:16.265
  • I was 40 years old when Mosesthe servant of the Lord sent me
  • 00:15:16.298 --> 00:15:19.368
  • from Kadesh Barnea to spy outthe land, and I brought back
  • 00:15:19.401 --> 00:15:22.738
  • word to him as itwas in my heart.
  • 00:15:22.771 --> 00:15:25.607
  • Nevertheless, my brethrenwho went up with me,
  • 00:15:25.641 --> 00:15:28.677
  • the heart of the peoplethey made them to melt,
  • 00:15:28.711 --> 00:15:31.413
  • but I followedthe Lord my God.
  • 00:15:31.447 --> 00:15:33.615
  • So Moses swore on that day,saying, 'Surely the land
  • 00:15:33.649 --> 00:15:36.719
  • where your foot has troddenshall be your inheritance
  • 00:15:36.752 --> 00:15:39.355
  • and your children's forever
  • 00:15:39.388 --> 00:15:41.156
  • because you have wholly followedthe Lord my God.'"
  • 00:15:41.190 --> 00:15:45.961
  • Now, friends, with the passingof years,
  • 00:15:45.995 --> 00:15:47.429
  • Caleb's faith had grown.
  • 00:15:47.463 --> 00:15:49.398
  • His mind was sharp.
  • 00:15:49.431 --> 00:15:51.333
  • His spirit was strong.
  • 00:15:51.367 --> 00:15:52.935
  • His enthusiasmwas like a child's.
  • 00:15:52.968 --> 00:15:55.537
  • The promise of God was stillthe obsession of his heart.
  • 00:15:55.571 --> 00:15:59.174
  • I believe there are four reasonsfor this,
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  • and they help us understand
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  • what is involvedin living a life of risk.
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  • If you don't get anything elseout of what I'm saying today,
  • 00:16:07.883 --> 00:16:09.985
  • get these four thingsbecause these are the key
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  • to your living a life outof the safe zone.
  • 00:16:14.323 --> 00:16:19.061
  • First of all, risk takers stayexuberant about their lives.
  • 00:16:19.094 --> 00:16:23.966
  • The first reason has to dowith Caleb's exuberance.
  • 00:16:23.999 --> 00:16:26.635
  • He told Joshua, "The Lord haskept me alive these 45 years.
  • 00:16:26.668 --> 00:16:31.106
  • And ever since the Lord spokethis word to Moses
  • 00:16:31.140 --> 00:16:34.176
  • while Israel wanderedin the wilderness,
  • 00:16:34.209 --> 00:16:36.078
  • and now," listen to this,"here I am this day,
  • 00:16:36.111 --> 00:16:38.680
  • 85 years old, and I am as strongthis day as I was on the day
  • 00:16:38.714 --> 00:16:43.519
  • that Moses sent me."
  • 00:16:43.552 --> 00:16:44.920
  • In other words, Caleb said,"I'm 85, but I should be 40
  • 00:16:44.953 --> 00:16:49.491
  • 'cause I have the same energy,the same enthusiasm,
  • 00:16:49.525 --> 00:16:52.594
  • the same exuberance about lifethat I had 45 years ago."
  • 00:16:52.628 --> 00:16:58.033
  • That same joyful eagerness isavailable to you and to me.
  • 00:16:58.067 --> 00:17:03.238
  • For me, you say?
  • 00:17:03.272 --> 00:17:05.474
  • Yes, it is.
  • 00:17:05.507 --> 00:17:07.476
  • You can't lose the wonderof the worshipful,
  • 00:17:07.509 --> 00:17:10.279
  • promise-filled lifeChrist died to give you.
  • 00:17:10.312 --> 00:17:14.183
  • You can ask God for joy.
  • 00:17:14.216 --> 00:17:16.051
  • You can choose to be exuberantin life based on his promises.
  • 00:17:16.085 --> 00:17:19.421
  • It's not a matterof conjuring up emotions,
  • 00:17:19.455 --> 00:17:22.658
  • it's a matter of saying,
  • 00:17:22.691 --> 00:17:24.126
  • "Lord, with your helpI'm going to be like Joshua,
  • 00:17:24.159 --> 00:17:26.728
  • I'm going to be like Caleb,not like the other ten
  • 00:17:26.762 --> 00:17:30.032
  • who came back from Canaan."
  • 00:17:30.065 --> 00:17:32.601
  • So risk takers stay exuberantabout their lives.
  • 00:17:32.634 --> 00:17:37.372
  • Number two, they stay excitedabout their futures.
  • 00:17:37.406 --> 00:17:41.777
  • Caleb told Joshua, "Nowtherefore, give me this mountain
  • 00:17:41.810 --> 00:17:45.514
  • of which the Lord spokein that day,
  • 00:17:45.547 --> 00:17:47.783
  • for you heard in that dayhow the Anakim were there
  • 00:17:47.816 --> 00:17:50.986
  • and that the cities were greatand fortified.
  • 00:17:51.019 --> 00:17:53.722
  • It may be that the Lordwill be with me,
  • 00:17:53.755 --> 00:17:55.724
  • and I will be able to drive themout as the Lord said."
  • 00:17:55.757 --> 00:17:59.728
  • Now, I don't know if you getwhat's going on here,
  • 00:17:59.761 --> 00:18:01.663
  • but Caleb has just walked upto his leader
  • 00:18:01.697 --> 00:18:04.032
  • and asked for the toughestassignment
  • 00:18:04.066 --> 00:18:07.136
  • in the settling of the land.
  • 00:18:07.169 --> 00:18:09.471
  • When I read that,I felt like shouting yes.
  • 00:18:09.505 --> 00:18:13.775
  • At age 85, Caleb was readyto claim the hill country,
  • 00:18:13.809 --> 00:18:17.146
  • to tame the land,provide a lasting inheritance
  • 00:18:17.179 --> 00:18:19.748
  • for his children.
  • 00:18:19.781 --> 00:18:22.451
  • There's something hereI don't want you to miss.
  • 00:18:22.484 --> 00:18:24.553
  • Early in this message,I told you about Hebron
  • 00:18:24.586 --> 00:18:28.824
  • and that it was the ancestralhome of Abraham,
  • 00:18:28.857 --> 00:18:31.426
  • Isaac, and Jacob, but now itwas inhabited by an evil tribe
  • 00:18:31.460 --> 00:18:35.931
  • of huge warriors knownas the descendants of Anak.
  • 00:18:35.964 --> 00:18:40.769
  • The sight of these warriorshad terrified
  • 00:18:40.802 --> 00:18:42.638
  • the ten unfaithful spies.
  • 00:18:42.671 --> 00:18:44.973
  • They were made to feellike grasshoppers
  • 00:18:45.007 --> 00:18:46.575
  • compared to the enemy.
  • 00:18:46.608 --> 00:18:48.710
  • This portion of territorywas still not taken by Israel.
  • 00:18:48.744 --> 00:18:51.980
  • It was unpossessed, unclaimed,and the giants had scared
  • 00:18:52.014 --> 00:18:55.083
  • everybody away; everybody exceptCaleb, who said in effect,
  • 00:18:55.117 --> 00:19:00.756
  • "I want that countryas my inheritance,
  • 00:19:00.789 --> 00:19:04.092
  • and I'm ready to take care ofthose daunting supervillains.
  • 00:19:04.126 --> 00:19:07.462
  • Let me at them."
  • 00:19:07.496 --> 00:19:10.165
  • No matter your ageor your circumstance,
  • 00:19:10.199 --> 00:19:12.668
  • no matter what hillyou need to climb,
  • 00:19:12.701 --> 00:19:14.703
  • that kind of enthusiasmis what carries you forward.
  • 00:19:14.736 --> 00:19:19.708
  • Caleb didn't use his gray hairto beg off the heavy lifting.
  • 00:19:19.741 --> 00:19:23.812
  • He asked for a worthy challengebecause he had the wisdom
  • 00:19:23.845 --> 00:19:27.349
  • to know that with a powerfulquest comes a powerful reward.
  • 00:19:27.382 --> 00:19:32.221
  • In other words,knock down a giant
  • 00:19:32.254 --> 00:19:34.923
  • and you become a giant yourself.
  • 00:19:34.957 --> 00:19:37.359
  • He still had a visionfor the future,
  • 00:19:37.392 --> 00:19:39.294
  • and because of thathe accomplished
  • 00:19:39.328 --> 00:19:41.230
  • the greatest victory of his lifewhen he was 85 years old.
  • 00:19:41.263 --> 00:19:46.802
  • Risk takers stay exuberantabout their lives,
  • 00:19:46.835 --> 00:19:50.806
  • they stay excitedabout their futures,
  • 00:19:50.839 --> 00:19:53.709
  • and they stay enthusiasticabout their assignment.
  • 00:19:53.742 --> 00:19:57.646
  • As you can see,Caleb was enthusiastic
  • 00:19:57.679 --> 00:20:00.415
  • about his assignment.
  • 00:20:00.449 --> 00:20:02.117
  • Joshua and the Israeliteshad not yet succeeded
  • 00:20:02.150 --> 00:20:04.553
  • in driving the evil occupants
  • 00:20:04.586 --> 00:20:06.488
  • out of the large sectionsof the Promised Land.
  • 00:20:06.521 --> 00:20:09.791
  • The business was unfinished,but Joshua 15, verse 14 says,
  • 00:20:09.825 --> 00:20:14.663
  • "Caleb drove out the three sonsof Anak: Sheshai, Ahiman,
  • 00:20:14.696 --> 00:20:20.602
  • and Talmai, the childrenof Anak."
  • 00:20:20.636 --> 00:20:23.238
  • Caleb did exactly what he wastold, and he did it immediately.
  • 00:20:23.272 --> 00:20:27.476
  • He is one of thosesuccess stories
  • 00:20:27.509 --> 00:20:29.311
  • whose secret isn't so secret.
  • 00:20:29.344 --> 00:20:31.647
  • He just did it in the strengthof the Lord.
  • 00:20:31.680 --> 00:20:34.116
  • That's enthusiasm.
  • 00:20:34.149 --> 00:20:36.018
  • You know, the word "enthusiasm,"made up of the Greek words
  • 00:20:36.051 --> 00:20:39.655
  • for in and God.
  • 00:20:39.688 --> 00:20:42.424
  • Enthusiasm, it was coinedto describe the zeal
  • 00:20:42.457 --> 00:20:46.595
  • of the early Christians.
  • 00:20:46.628 --> 00:20:48.864
  • When we have the Godof all energy within us,
  • 00:20:48.897 --> 00:20:51.333
  • there's a surge of power
  • 00:20:51.366 --> 00:20:52.868
  • that's like an atomic reactionin our hearts.
  • 00:20:52.901 --> 00:20:56.071
  • Risk takers stay exuberantabout their lives,
  • 00:20:56.104 --> 00:20:59.941
  • they stay excitedabout their futures,
  • 00:20:59.975 --> 00:21:02.978
  • they stay enthusiasticabout their assignment,
  • 00:21:03.011 --> 00:21:06.181
  • and they stay energizedabout their God;
  • 00:21:06.214 --> 00:21:10.786
  • and that brings us backto the consummation
  • 00:21:10.819 --> 00:21:13.221
  • of our story.
  • 00:21:13.255 --> 00:21:15.023
  • Only the energy of God within uscan keep us barreling forward
  • 00:21:15.057 --> 00:21:19.594
  • into the remainder of God's willfor our lives.
  • 00:21:19.628 --> 00:21:22.798
  • The story of Caleb's lifeis told in just 30 verses
  • 00:21:22.831 --> 00:21:26.835
  • in the Bible,
  • 00:21:26.868 --> 00:21:28.670
  • but six times in those 30 verseswe are given the secret
  • 00:21:28.704 --> 00:21:33.475
  • to his risk-filled,risk-taking life.
  • 00:21:33.508 --> 00:21:38.246
  • I want to put these before you.
  • 00:21:38.280 --> 00:21:40.148
  • I want you to see these.
  • 00:21:40.182 --> 00:21:41.516
  • It is really stark.
  • 00:21:41.550 --> 00:21:43.218
  • It is really overwhelminglyclear and very powerful.
  • 00:21:43.251 --> 00:21:47.255
  • Just 30 verses, and in thoseverses six times
  • 00:21:47.289 --> 00:21:50.525
  • we're told Caleb's secret.
  • 00:21:50.559 --> 00:21:53.061
  • And let me tell you something.
  • 00:21:53.095 --> 00:21:54.563
  • When you find Caleb's secret,you will find the secret
  • 00:21:54.596 --> 00:21:57.833
  • for your life.
  • 00:21:57.866 --> 00:21:59.234
  • Here are these verses.
  • 00:21:59.267 --> 00:22:01.336
  • "But my servant Calebhas a different spirit in him,
  • 00:22:01.370 --> 00:22:05.006
  • and he has followed me fully.
  • 00:22:05.040 --> 00:22:10.479
  • They have not whollyfollowed me,
  • 00:22:10.512 --> 00:22:12.581
  • except Caleb the sonof Jephunneh, the Kenizzite,
  • 00:22:12.614 --> 00:22:15.283
  • and Joshua the son of Nun,for they have wholly
  • 00:22:15.317 --> 00:22:19.521
  • followed the Lord."
  • 00:22:19.554 --> 00:22:21.857
  • Deuteronomy 1, "Caleb the sonof Jephunneh;
  • 00:22:21.890 --> 00:22:24.793
  • he shall see it,and to him and his children
  • 00:22:24.826 --> 00:22:27.129
  • I am giving the landon which he walked
  • 00:22:27.162 --> 00:22:29.364
  • because he wholly followedthe Lord."
  • 00:22:29.398 --> 00:22:34.302
  • Joshua 14, "I wholly followedthe Lord my God.
  • 00:22:34.336 --> 00:22:38.740
  • So Moses swore on that day,saying, 'Surely the land
  • 00:22:38.774 --> 00:22:41.943
  • where your foot has troddenshall be your inheritance
  • 00:22:41.977 --> 00:22:44.746
  • and your children's forever
  • 00:22:44.780 --> 00:22:46.281
  • because you have wholly followedthe Lord my God.'"
  • 00:22:46.314 --> 00:22:51.319
  • And Joshua 14:14, "Hebrontherefore became the inheritance
  • 00:22:51.353 --> 00:22:55.624
  • of Caleb the son of Jephunneh,the Kenizzite to this day
  • 00:22:55.657 --> 00:22:59.361
  • because he wholly followedthe Lord God of Israel."
  • 00:22:59.394 --> 00:23:04.065
  • Now, if you didn't pick upfrom my voice the key phrases
  • 00:23:04.099 --> 00:23:06.802
  • in these verses,you're not listening.
  • 00:23:06.835 --> 00:23:09.271
  • Caleb wholly followed.
  • 00:23:09.304 --> 00:23:11.640
  • He wholly followed.
  • 00:23:11.673 --> 00:23:13.542
  • He wholly followed his Lord.
  • 00:23:13.575 --> 00:23:16.144
  • By the time he was 85, most ofhis generation had given up hope
  • 00:23:16.178 --> 00:23:19.981
  • and died, but Caleb still hada bright fire
  • 00:23:20.015 --> 00:23:23.051
  • burning in his heart.
  • 00:23:23.084 --> 00:23:24.386
  • He still wanted to risk his lifeon the greatest possible task
  • 00:23:24.419 --> 00:23:27.956
  • that God could give him.
  • 00:23:27.989 --> 00:23:30.692
  • What risk is God asking youto take as you go forward?
  • 00:23:30.725 --> 00:23:34.996
  • I want to tell you flat out,
  • 00:23:35.030 --> 00:23:36.765
  • you can't go forwardwithout risk.
  • 00:23:36.798 --> 00:23:39.801
  • His will for you is not earthlycomfort, but divine courage;
  • 00:23:39.835 --> 00:23:43.839
  • courage in the faceof opposition,
  • 00:23:43.872 --> 00:23:45.540
  • courage in the faceof cultural change,
  • 00:23:45.574 --> 00:23:48.109
  • courage when confrontedwith the unknown.
  • 00:23:48.143 --> 00:23:52.080
  • God will never choose safetyfor us
  • 00:23:52.113 --> 00:23:53.682
  • if it will cost significance.
  • 00:23:53.715 --> 00:23:55.717
  • God created us to countand not to be counted.
  • 00:23:55.750 --> 00:24:00.388
  • This is your time to moveforward, this is my time
  • 00:24:00.422 --> 00:24:03.525
  • to move forwardout of the safe zone
  • 00:24:03.558 --> 00:24:06.061
  • into the faith zoneand going forward.
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  • female announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
  • 00:24:12.267 --> 00:24:14.336
  • with one more inspirationalword to close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • and Purpose in your Tomorrow.
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  • And if you give $75 or more,he will send you in appreciation
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  • female announcer: And nowwith one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: No matter whatseason of life in which you find
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  • yourself, your brightest daycan be just around the corner.
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  • Take hold of it.
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  • Let go of the pastand get out of your rut.
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  • Choose to run forward, towardeverything God has planned
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  • for the next phaseof your life.
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  • But remember, this forwardjourney is not one we do alone.
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  • We need Jesus Christto take even one step.
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  • So I hope you know Jesus Christwell; but if you don't,
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  • I'd like to introduce himto you today.
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  • I would like to sendyou two resources
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  • to start your journeywith Christ.
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  • The first is a booklet called"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and the second is our monthlydevotional magazine,
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • These resources are yourscompletely free
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  • when you contact"Turning Point" today.
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  • announcer: Also availablefrom Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • the Jeremiah Study Bible,
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  • the culmination of more thanfour decades of Dr. Jeremiah's
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  • study and teaching availablein NKJV, NIV, and ESV;
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  • plus Dr. Jeremiah's AirshipGenesis Kids Study Bible
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  • for the young ones in your life.
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  • Order a Bible for yourself oras a gift for someone you know.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We have to getto the place where we understand
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  • that God has given us a manual.
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  • When we're trying to pursue ourdream and we don't know
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  • what's next, we have to realizethe answer
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  • to what's next is in that book.
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  • And if we will absorb ourselvesin that book, if we will just
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  • allow ourselves to let that bookwash over our soul,
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  • God will show us what to do.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timeas Dr. Jeremiah
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  • provides direction about howto pursue the dreams
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  • God has put in your heart
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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