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July 13, 2020
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  • male announcer: For millennia,humans have looked up
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  • into the sky and wonderedwhat lies ahead of them
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  • in the afterlife.
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  • Our souls innately desirean answer to what is perhaps
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  • life's greatest mystery:
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  • That which awaits uswhen we walk through the door
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  • into the world beyond.
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  • But God doesn't concealthe details
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  • about your eternalresting place.
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  • Look in God's Word,
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  • and you'll find a glimpseinto heaven:
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  • streets brighter than gold,God's radiant throne,
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  • and the eternal homeof Jesus Christ.
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  • All the magnificent detailsare written in the pages
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  • of Scripture:
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  • what heaven will look like,
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  • how your soul will get there,
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  • if you'll be reunitedwith loved ones once you arrive,
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  • and how your body will appearfor eternity.
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  • That is but just a sliverof what we can know about
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  • eternity which promisesto be a place beyond
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  • your wildest dreams.
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  • All you have to do is openthe Bible, and you'll find
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  • that, inside, God is revealingthe mysteries of heaven.
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  • Now here is your hostand Bible teacher,
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: I don't knowwho said it first,
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  • but we've all heard heavenreferred to as pie in the sky
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  • by and by; as if heavenis a fable or fairytale,
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  • something for dreamersto contemplate.
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  • Nothing could befurther from the truth.
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  • As we arelearning in our series,
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  • "Revealing the Mysteriesof Heaven,"
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  • heaven is as reala place as earth.
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  • So don't let the fact that it isinvisible to us now distract you
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  • from pursuing it withall your heart and soul.
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  • It's easy to get distractedin life and to lose sight
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  • of our goals and purposes.
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  • Staying focused on anyworthwhile goal requires
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  • the traits of diligence,perseverance,
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  • faith, and other qualitieswe'll talk about in today's
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  • message which I call"Tough-Minded about Heaven."
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  • So I hope you'll stay tunedfor today's edition
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  • of "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: InsideDr. Jeremiah's book,
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  • "Revealing the Mysteriesof Heaven,"
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah willlead you through God's Word,
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  • uncovering the answersto your pressing questions
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  • about the world beyond,including,
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  • "If you've lost a child, willyou be reunited in heaven?"
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  • "How are our soulstransported to heaven?"
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  • and "Where exactly is itlocated?"
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  • As you read, you'll discoverthat the more you know
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  • about heaven, the moreyou'll live in the reality
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  • that awaits you every day.
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  • female announcer:Thank you for watching
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  • "Revealing the Mysteriesof Heaven,"
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  • here on "Turning Point,"
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  • timeless teachingfrom Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • We appreciate your viewershipas Turning Point delivers
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  • the unchanging Word of Godto an ever-changing world.
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  • And now here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Tough-Minded about Heaven."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Often, peopletell me when they know
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  • that we're going to be talkingabout this subject or even
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  • after they've been here to hearthe teaching on it that perhaps
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  • we are not reallybeing very practical.
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  • The way they say it is usuallysomething like this:
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  • "You know, pastor, we shouldn'tbe so concerned about heaven.
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  • After all, when weget to heaven,
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  • there'll be plenty of timeto be worried about heaven.
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  • We need to be spending ourenergies and our time here.
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  • Will we not have alleternity to worry about heaven?"
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  • And aren't people who areheavenly-minded usually
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  • no earthly good?
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  • I've actually hadpeople tell me that.
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  • Now, if we didn'thave the New Testament,
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  • we might be ableto reason like that.
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  • But one of the most consistenttruths of the New Testament
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  • is this: what you thinkabout heaven determines
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  • how you live today.
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  • The future is like an anchorthat has been cast ahead
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  • of us and it is pullingus into the future.
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  • In his second epistle, Peterends his letter with a question
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  • after describing the renovationof the earth at the end
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  • of the age; and you all knowabout that because we studied
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  • it, how the earth is goingto be renovated and made new.
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  • At the end of his discussionof the renovation of the earth,
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  • Peter in verse 11 of chapter 3of 2 Peter says this:
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  • "Therefore, since all thesethings will be dissolved,
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  • what manner of personsought you to be?"
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  • Not what manner of personsought you to be in the future,
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  • but what manner of personsought you to be now?
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  • His question is at the veryheart of our discussion today.
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  • What difference does it makenow that we know about heaven
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  • and God's future plansfor us?
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  • How should we livenow in light of what
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  • we know about the future?
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  • I've been thinking and prayinglately about the importance
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  • of these days in my own life.
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  • And I believe with all my heartif you and I are to realize
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  • all that God has for us, we aregoing to have to discipline
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  • our minds to think biblically.
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  • The explosion of informationthat is assaulting our minds
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  • and hearts from the mediais not leading us toward
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  • a biblical mindset, and we aregoing to drown in all of this
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  • if we don't make up our mindsabout a few things.
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  • And when I say makeup our minds,
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  • I mean betough-minded about these things.
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  • Here in 2 Peter chapter 3 arefive things that demand
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  • are tough-mindedness.
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  • These are five things that aretrue because Jesus is coming
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  • back, five things that are truebecause there is a heaven
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  • and there is a hell,five things that we all need
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  • to take seriously because weknow where we're going.
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  • Now notice, first of all,we're to be tough-minded
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  • about our purity,tough-minded about our purity.
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  • 2 Peter chapter 3, verse 11:
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  • "Therefore, since all thesethings will be dissolved,
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  • what manner of persons oughtyou to be in holy conduct
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  • and godliness?"
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  • In this one verse, Peterdescribes the lifestyle
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  • of a Christ followerwho understands
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  • the future plan of God.
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  • Notice, first of allhe says that we're to be
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  • people of holy conduct.
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  • The word holy, hagios,means to be set apart
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  • for the service of God.
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  • Peter addresses the sameissue in his first letter.
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  • Go back to 1 Peterchapter 1 and verse 13.
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  • Now notice what he saysin the rest of that passage.
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  • "Therefore gird up the loinsof your mind and be sober,
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  • and rest your hope fullyupon the grace that is to be
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  • brought to you at the revelationof Jesus Christ;
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  • as obedient childrennot conforming yourselves
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  • to the former lusts,as in your ignorance.
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  • But as he who has calledyou is holy,
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  • you also be holy in all yourconduct because it is written,
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  • 'Be holy for I am holy.'"
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  • Peter tells usthat we are to be
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  • tough-minded about godliness,and this illustrates
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  • the importance of the inwardattitude toward God.
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  • Now, Peter is telling usthat if we're going
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  • to be godly peoplein this generation,
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  • we've got to putsome exercise into it.
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  • We got to exert ourselves.
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  • It doesn't just happen to us.
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  • You don't just wake upone day and it's all different.
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  • The exercises and the readingof the Word of God
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  • and in prayer and in makingsure you're in church
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  • and doing the things that youknow are going to cause you
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  • to be a more godly person.
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  • You're not going to justbecome godly automatically.
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  • In Titus chapter 2 and verse 12he says not only are we
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  • to pursue godliness,but we're to deny ungodliness.
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  • These are allaction words.
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  • These are notspiritual terms.
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  • This is not somesort of a mystery.
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  • This is every dayexperience on our part.
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  • Because we know somedaywe're going to go and live
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  • with a holy God, we'reto be in process right now
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  • of becoming moreand more like him in holiness
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  • and righteousnessand godly conduct.
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  • Now, put that over hereand then put over here
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  • what you're exposedto every day on television,
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  • in the media, in the placeswhere you work.
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  • Do you understandwhy you have to be
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  • tough-minded about this?
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  • You have to getup in the morning.
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  • You got to make some decisionsabout how you're going
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  • to let your life be lived.
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  • Tough-minded about purity.
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  • Now, if you sensitize yourselfto what I'm saying today,
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  • if you let this be a little gridthat you have in your mind,
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  • you will discoverthat over and over
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  • and, I mean, over againin the New Testament
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  • the Holy Spirit associatesgodliness and holiness
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  • and purity with the returnof the Lord to this earth.
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  • Those of you who say,
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  • "Well, knowing aboutthe future doesn't
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  • have anything to do with today,"you're giving yourself away.
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  • You haven't read your Bible.
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  • I have known some of this,but this week I became fully
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  • equipped on this particularsubject and it has stunned me
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  • to see how oftenin the New Testament you
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  • have the truth of Jesus comingback or heaven or the future;
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  • and in the same verse,because of that,
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  • this is what youshould be like.
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  • Now I'm just going to giveyou a little survey,
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  • and here's what I wantto assign you to do.
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  • I want you to notice two thingsin every passage.
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  • I want you to noticethe return of Christ,
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  • the second coming,the future;
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  • and holiness,godliness, and purity.
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  • All right, youready for this?
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  • Here we go.
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  • 1 Corinthians 1:7 and 8:"Waiting for the revelation
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  • of the Lord Jesus Christ,"there's the future,
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  • "who will conform youto the end that you might be
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  • blameless in the dayof the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • There's holiness.
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  • Colossians 3:4 and 5,"When Christ who is our life
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  • appears, then you will alsoappear with him in glory.
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  • Therefore, put to deathyour members which are
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  • on the earth: fornication,uncleanness, passion,
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  • evil desire,covetous, and idolatry."
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  • 1 Thessalonians 3:12 and 13:
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  • "And may the Lordmake you increase
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  • and abound in loveto one another and to all,
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  • just as we do to you,so that he may establish
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  • your hearts blamelessin holiness before our God
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  • and Father at the comingof the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • There it is again.
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  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23:"May the God of peace
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  • himself sanctify you completely;and may your whole spirit,
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  • soul, and body be preservedblameless at the coming
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  • of our Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • 1 John 2:28: "And now,little children, abide in him;
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  • that when he appears,we may have confidence
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  • and not be ashamedbefore him in his coming."
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  • 1 John 3:2 and 3: "Beloved,now are we the children of God,
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  • and it has not yet revealedwhat we shall be,
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  • but we know that whenhe is revealed,
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  • we shall be like himfor we shall see him
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  • as he is and everyone--"
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  • Watch this.
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  • "Everyone who has this hopein him purifies himself
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  • just as he is pure."
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  • You got that?
  • 00:12:14.350 --> 00:12:16.218
  • When you readabout the future,
  • 00:12:16.252 --> 00:12:18.120
  • it always has an impacton the present.
  • 00:12:18.154 --> 00:12:21.590
  • Because he's coming back,it ought to motivate us
  • 00:12:21.624 --> 00:12:24.560
  • to live in a more godly way.
  • 00:12:24.593 --> 00:12:28.230
  • You see, the future is likean anchor out there
  • 00:12:28.264 --> 00:12:31.600
  • and it's reeling us in,and on the way
  • 00:12:31.634 --> 00:12:34.470
  • through it's calling usto a holiness of life.
  • 00:12:34.503 --> 00:12:38.007
  • I'll tell you what,that's a message
  • 00:12:38.040 --> 00:12:40.009
  • that's needed in ourculture today more than
  • 00:12:40.042 --> 00:12:42.111
  • any other messagebecause little by little
  • 00:12:42.144 --> 00:12:44.113
  • we are allowing the worldto pour us into its mold.
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  • You know how I know that?
  • 00:12:47.650 --> 00:12:49.151
  • Just think about all the thingsthat used to be almost
  • 00:12:49.185 --> 00:12:51.487
  • intolerable to youthat you now tolerate.
  • 00:12:51.520 --> 00:12:54.557
  • Think about the thingsthat you used to never dream
  • 00:12:54.590 --> 00:12:56.692
  • you'd be involved inand little by little
  • 00:12:56.725 --> 00:12:59.028
  • you've gaineda comfort with it.
  • 00:12:59.061 --> 00:13:01.197
  • The world is little by little--
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  • and so what I'm sayingto you, men, is this;
  • 00:13:02.631 --> 00:13:04.700
  • what I'm saying to you,women, is this:
  • 00:13:04.733 --> 00:13:06.335
  • we need to betough-minded about purity.
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  • All right, let me give youthe second one.
  • 00:13:10.773 --> 00:13:12.074
  • Secondly, here backin 2 Peter chapter 3,
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  • I want you to noticethat we're to be tough-minded
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  • about his promises.
  • 00:13:16.979 --> 00:13:19.315
  • 2 Peter 3:12 says,"Looking for and hastening
  • 00:13:19.348 --> 00:13:23.652
  • the coming of the dayof the Lord."
  • 00:13:23.686 --> 00:13:25.955
  • Now, what Peter's talkingabout here is that we must be
  • 00:13:25.988 --> 00:13:30.993
  • tough-minded about thisfact that Jesus is coming back
  • 00:13:31.026 --> 00:13:34.096
  • because, you know, a lotof people who call themselves
  • 00:13:34.129 --> 00:13:36.232
  • evangelicals don'treally believe it.
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  • Or if they do believe it, theydon't think it's very important.
  • 00:13:38.367 --> 00:13:41.203
  • If you take allof the information out
  • 00:13:41.237 --> 00:13:42.605
  • of the Bible that has to dowith everything that's going
  • 00:13:42.638 --> 00:13:44.940
  • to happen after you and I aren'there or after the Rapture,
  • 00:13:44.974 --> 00:13:49.078
  • you would take about one-fourthof the Bible and destroy it.
  • 00:13:49.111 --> 00:13:53.115
  • One-fourth or betterof the Bible is all about
  • 00:13:53.148 --> 00:13:56.151
  • what's goingto happen in the future.
  • 00:13:56.185 --> 00:13:58.420
  • Now, if God thought it wasimportant enough to put it
  • 00:13:58.454 --> 00:14:00.422
  • in this book and preservethis book for all these years
  • 00:14:00.456 --> 00:14:02.691
  • accurately, I best be findingout what that's all about.
  • 00:14:02.725 --> 00:14:06.996
  • Not just out of curiosity,but out of a desire to find out
  • 00:14:07.029 --> 00:14:10.966
  • how that's goingto affect my life.
  • 00:14:11.000 --> 00:14:13.168
  • And Peter says we needto be tough-minded about
  • 00:14:13.202 --> 00:14:15.638
  • the promises of God.
  • 00:14:15.671 --> 00:14:17.072
  • He has promisedthat he is coming back,
  • 00:14:17.106 --> 00:14:19.008
  • that Christ is comingback to this earth.
  • 00:14:19.041 --> 00:14:20.876
  • We believe he's comingfirst in the rapture,
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  • and then later coming with hissaints to set up his kingdom
  • 00:14:22.778 --> 00:14:25.481
  • on this earth.
  • 00:14:25.514 --> 00:14:26.815
  • The Bible saysJesus is coming back.
  • 00:14:26.849 --> 00:14:28.550
  • Do you believe that?
  • 00:14:28.584 --> 00:14:29.885
  • "Well, yeah, I suppose."
  • 00:14:29.919 --> 00:14:31.220
  • No, no, it can't be like that.
  • 00:14:31.253 --> 00:14:33.155
  • You have to believe itwith all your heart
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  • and with all your mind.
  • 00:14:34.957 --> 00:14:36.325
  • You've got to developa tough-mindedness about it.
  • 00:14:36.358 --> 00:14:38.594
  • You see, Peter alreadyknew what our generation
  • 00:14:38.627 --> 00:14:41.897
  • was going to be like.
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  • Look down in your Biblesat chapter 3 of 2 Peter
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  • and verses 3 and 4.
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  • Listen, listen to what it says.
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  • "Knowing this first,that scoffers will come
  • 00:14:49.271 --> 00:14:51.573
  • in the last days, walkingaccording to their own lusts,
  • 00:14:51.607 --> 00:14:55.511
  • and saying, 'Where isthe promise of his coming?
  • 00:14:55.544 --> 00:14:59.315
  • For since the fathersfell asleep, all things
  • 00:14:59.348 --> 00:15:02.084
  • continue as they werefrom the beginning
  • 00:15:02.117 --> 00:15:04.286
  • of creation.'"
  • 00:15:04.320 --> 00:15:06.155
  • That's just exactly whatthe attitude is today.
  • 00:15:06.188 --> 00:15:09.024
  • You know, "Hey, pastor,what do you mean
  • 00:15:09.058 --> 00:15:10.359
  • the Lord is coming back?
  • 00:15:10.392 --> 00:15:11.694
  • Look, he's been gonefor 2.000 plus years.
  • 00:15:11.727 --> 00:15:13.028
  • He's not coming back.
  • 00:15:13.062 --> 00:15:14.363
  • If he's coming back,he'd be back."
  • 00:15:14.396 --> 00:15:15.898
  • And they forgetthat one day is--
  • 00:15:15.931 --> 00:15:17.333
  • with the Lord is 1.000 years,and 1.000 years is 1 day;
  • 00:15:17.366 --> 00:15:20.736
  • that he doesn't keeptime the way we do.
  • 00:15:20.769 --> 00:15:22.671
  • You know, sincehe made that promise,
  • 00:15:22.705 --> 00:15:24.139
  • a few minutes has gone by.
  • 00:15:24.173 --> 00:15:26.442
  • But one day he's coming back,and we have to remember
  • 00:15:26.475 --> 00:15:30.012
  • that what Godhas said is true.
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  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:15:32.915 --> 00:15:34.216
  • There are countlessnumbers of prophecies
  • 00:15:34.249 --> 00:15:35.851
  • in the Old Testamentabout his first coming
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  • and every singleone of them were fulfilled
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  • in exact proportionto the prophecy.
  • 00:15:39.788 --> 00:15:42.458
  • The same God who fulfilledhis prophecies of his coming
  • 00:15:42.491 --> 00:15:45.294
  • at Bethlehem has madesome statements about his
  • 00:15:45.327 --> 00:15:47.129
  • coming in the future and theywill be fulfilled as exactly
  • 00:15:47.162 --> 00:15:49.398
  • as the ones werein the first coming.
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  • So Peter says betough-minded about his return.
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  • Not only should we betough-minded about purity
  • 00:15:57.006 --> 00:15:59.975
  • and tough-mindedabout his promises,
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  • but we need to be tough-mindedabout our purpose.
  • 00:16:02.378 --> 00:16:04.780
  • Notice verse 14,2 Peter chapter 3:
  • 00:16:04.813 --> 00:16:07.783
  • "Therefore, beloved, lookingforward to these things--"
  • 00:16:07.816 --> 00:16:11.286
  • What things?
  • 00:16:11.320 --> 00:16:12.621
  • The things we'vebeen talking about,
  • 00:16:12.654 --> 00:16:13.956
  • heaven and the disillusionof the earth
  • 00:16:13.989 --> 00:16:15.290
  • and all the promises God has.
  • 00:16:15.324 --> 00:16:16.625
  • "Looking forwardto these things,"
  • 00:16:16.658 --> 00:16:17.960
  • watch this,"be diligent to be found
  • 00:16:17.993 --> 00:16:20.362
  • by him in peacewithout spot and blameless."
  • 00:16:20.396 --> 00:16:23.832
  • Now, the words bediligent here in 2 Peter
  • 00:16:23.866 --> 00:16:26.969
  • are found three timesin this epistle.
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  • The first time isin 2 Peter 1:5 through 7
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  • where we're told to be diligent,to add to our faith virtue,
  • 00:16:33.609 --> 00:16:37.946
  • and to our virtue knowledge.
  • 00:16:37.980 --> 00:16:39.281
  • That's a good passage.
  • 00:16:39.314 --> 00:16:40.616
  • We should go and reviewthat again sometime.
  • 00:16:40.649 --> 00:16:42.951
  • The second time isin 2 Peter 1:10.
  • 00:16:42.985 --> 00:16:45.487
  • "Therefore, brethren,be even more diligent,
  • 00:16:45.521 --> 00:16:49.391
  • be even more diligent to makeyour call and your election
  • 00:16:49.425 --> 00:16:52.895
  • sure, for if you do thesethings you will never stumble."
  • 00:16:52.928 --> 00:16:57.166
  • We have to be diligent to makesure that our lives are matching
  • 00:16:57.199 --> 00:17:00.769
  • the purpose for whichwe were created.
  • 00:17:00.803 --> 00:17:03.539
  • Do you realize how easy it isto just let days and weeks
  • 00:17:03.572 --> 00:17:07.309
  • and months go byand all of a sudden you wake up
  • 00:17:07.342 --> 00:17:11.180
  • and the thing to which youhave been called has been put
  • 00:17:11.213 --> 00:17:14.016
  • on the back burner and it'snot even in play in your life?
  • 00:17:14.049 --> 00:17:18.153
  • And one day when you standbefore the Lord as a Christian,
  • 00:17:18.187 --> 00:17:20.055
  • you're going to give an accountfor the things done in the body.
  • 00:17:20.089 --> 00:17:23.826
  • And God is going to tell you,"I gave you a gift.
  • 00:17:23.859 --> 00:17:26.261
  • What did you do with it?"
  • 00:17:26.295 --> 00:17:27.963
  • And, you know, there's a lotof parables in the teaching
  • 00:17:27.996 --> 00:17:30.365
  • of Jesus that tell usthat's a real situation.
  • 00:17:30.399 --> 00:17:33.202
  • It's going to happen.
  • 00:17:33.235 --> 00:17:34.536
  • And so Peter is saying,in light of the fact that Jesus
  • 00:17:34.570 --> 00:17:36.972
  • is coming back, be diligentabout your purpose.
  • 00:17:37.005 --> 00:17:40.375
  • You can't always put Godat the bottom of the list
  • 00:17:40.409 --> 00:17:41.844
  • and then say,"I'm making God my priority."
  • 00:17:41.877 --> 00:17:45.681
  • Paul understoodthat heaven was his goal
  • 00:17:45.714 --> 00:17:47.850
  • and his life reflected this.
  • 00:17:47.883 --> 00:17:49.685
  • He eloquently wroteto the Philippians
  • 00:17:49.718 --> 00:17:52.621
  • in Philippians 3:13 and 14these words.
  • 00:17:52.654 --> 00:17:54.890
  • He says, "Brethren, I donot count myself to have
  • 00:17:54.923 --> 00:17:57.993
  • apprehended,but one thing I do."
  • 00:17:58.026 --> 00:18:00.062
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:18:00.095 --> 00:18:01.630
  • "Forgetting those things whichare behind and reaching forward
  • 00:18:01.663 --> 00:18:05.167
  • to those things which are ahead,I press toward the goal
  • 00:18:05.200 --> 00:18:09.204
  • for the price of the upwardcall of God in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:18:09.238 --> 00:18:13.909
  • What was he saying?
  • 00:18:13.942 --> 00:18:15.244
  • I've had to sayno to some stuff.
  • 00:18:15.277 --> 00:18:16.578
  • I've had to forgetabout the past,
  • 00:18:16.612 --> 00:18:17.913
  • and I got to press towardand focus in and get
  • 00:18:17.946 --> 00:18:20.215
  • tough-minded about what Godhas called me to do.
  • 00:18:20.249 --> 00:18:22.451
  • Are you tough-minded aboutGod's purpose in your life?
  • 00:18:22.484 --> 00:18:24.987
  • That's one of the things Petersays should come when we
  • 00:18:25.020 --> 00:18:27.456
  • realize that one daywe're going to report
  • 00:18:27.489 --> 00:18:29.958
  • for the final time.
  • 00:18:29.992 --> 00:18:32.294
  • We're going to standbefore the Lord
  • 00:18:32.327 --> 00:18:34.196
  • and give an account of howwe've lived our lives.
  • 00:18:34.229 --> 00:18:35.964
  • In light of that, gird upthe loins of your mind,
  • 00:18:35.998 --> 00:18:39.568
  • roll up the sleevesof your mind,
  • 00:18:39.601 --> 00:18:42.171
  • and be tough-mindedabout your purpose.
  • 00:18:42.204 --> 00:18:44.640
  • Now, here's the fourth one.
  • 00:18:44.673 --> 00:18:46.608
  • Tough-minded aboutyour profession.
  • 00:18:46.642 --> 00:18:48.243
  • 2 Peter chapter 3, verse 17:
  • 00:18:48.277 --> 00:18:51.046
  • "You therefore, beloved,since you know
  • 00:18:51.079 --> 00:18:53.182
  • this beforehand--"
  • 00:18:53.215 --> 00:18:54.516
  • Know what?
  • 00:18:54.550 --> 00:18:55.851
  • Know that God's got the futureall lined out for you.
  • 00:18:55.884 --> 00:18:57.953
  • "Beware--"Now watch this.
  • 00:18:57.986 --> 00:19:00.055
  • "Beware lest you fallfrom your own steadfastness,
  • 00:19:00.088 --> 00:19:03.959
  • being led awaywith the error of the wicked."
  • 00:19:03.992 --> 00:19:07.596
  • Now please note he didn'tsay beware that you fall
  • 00:19:07.629 --> 00:19:10.832
  • from your salvation.
  • 00:19:10.866 --> 00:19:12.167
  • You can't do that.
  • 00:19:12.201 --> 00:19:13.502
  • He says beware that youfall from being steadfast.
  • 00:19:13.535 --> 00:19:16.772
  • What does that mean?Solid.
  • 00:19:16.805 --> 00:19:19.408
  • You know what you believe,you know why you believe it
  • 00:19:19.441 --> 00:19:21.977
  • and nothing cansway you from it.
  • 00:19:22.010 --> 00:19:24.146
  • You're not justa surface Christian,
  • 00:19:24.179 --> 00:19:26.281
  • but the roots go downdeep into your heart.
  • 00:19:26.315 --> 00:19:28.884
  • And when some someoneknocks at your door,
  • 00:19:28.917 --> 00:19:30.986
  • maybe it's two guys who aretraveling in the neighborhood,
  • 00:19:31.019 --> 00:19:33.555
  • and they want to engage youin some sort of conversation,
  • 00:19:33.589 --> 00:19:38.393
  • you already know whoJesus is, who he was,
  • 00:19:38.427 --> 00:19:42.531
  • and who we always will be.
  • 00:19:42.564 --> 00:19:44.333
  • And so you're not movedfrom the steadfastness
  • 00:19:44.366 --> 00:19:46.935
  • of your faith.
  • 00:19:46.969 --> 00:19:48.570
  • Finally, last of all,number five, he says,
  • 00:19:48.604 --> 00:19:53.508
  • "I want you to be tough-mindedabout your progress."
  • 00:19:53.542 --> 00:19:55.811
  • We have to betough-minded about our progress.
  • 00:19:55.844 --> 00:19:58.213
  • Did you know that when youread 2 Peter chapter 3
  • 00:19:58.247 --> 00:20:00.849
  • you're readingPeter's swan song?
  • 00:20:00.882 --> 00:20:02.217
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:20:02.251 --> 00:20:03.552
  • It's the last thing we haveof him having said or written.
  • 00:20:03.585 --> 00:20:05.954
  • Do you know what the lastthing Peter said was
  • 00:20:05.988 --> 00:20:09.124
  • before he shut it all down?
  • 00:20:09.157 --> 00:20:11.193
  • Here's what he said.
  • 00:20:11.226 --> 00:20:12.894
  • "But grow in graceand in the knowledge
  • 00:20:12.928 --> 00:20:15.998
  • of our Lord and SaviorJesus Christ.
  • 00:20:16.031 --> 00:20:18.100
  • To him be the gloryboth now and forever.
  • 00:20:18.133 --> 00:20:20.168
  • Amen."
  • 00:20:20.202 --> 00:20:21.503
  • Are you the same person thisyear that you were last year?
  • 00:20:21.536 --> 00:20:24.206
  • Can you identify anychange and growth in your life?
  • 00:20:24.239 --> 00:20:27.609
  • Peter says the thing you needto do in light of the fact
  • 00:20:27.643 --> 00:20:30.879
  • that Jesus is coming back,and this is his last admonition,
  • 00:20:30.912 --> 00:20:33.115
  • grow in graceand in the knowledge
  • 00:20:33.148 --> 00:20:36.485
  • of the Lord and SaviorJesus Christ.
  • 00:20:36.518 --> 00:20:37.986
  • Are you a growing Christianor have you just stagnated?
  • 00:20:38.020 --> 00:20:41.223
  • If you're not growing,you are an absolute
  • 00:20:41.256 --> 00:20:45.027
  • perfect target for the enemy.
  • 00:20:45.060 --> 00:20:47.562
  • He can come and draw you away,and you can get caught up
  • 00:20:47.596 --> 00:20:51.199
  • in somethingthat can ruin your life.
  • 00:20:51.233 --> 00:20:53.168
  • So Peter is really on targethere when he's saying grow
  • 00:20:53.201 --> 00:20:56.538
  • in grace and in the knowledgeof the Lord Jesus Christ, why?
  • 00:20:56.571 --> 00:20:59.308
  • Because Jesus is coming back.
  • 00:20:59.341 --> 00:21:00.642
  • I've written down in my notes,
  • 00:21:00.676 --> 00:21:01.977
  • "Growth comesthrough the will of God."
  • 00:21:02.010 --> 00:21:04.980
  • Growth comesthrough the will of God.
  • 00:21:05.013 --> 00:21:07.249
  • Did you know that it'sGod's will for you to grow?
  • 00:21:07.282 --> 00:21:10.385
  • I don't know what God's will isfor your job or what his will is
  • 00:21:10.419 --> 00:21:12.888
  • for the person you'rethinking about marrying.
  • 00:21:12.921 --> 00:21:14.890
  • I don't know abouthis will for where you're
  • 00:21:14.923 --> 00:21:16.825
  • supposed to live.
  • 00:21:16.858 --> 00:21:18.160
  • I can tell youone thing for sure.
  • 00:21:18.193 --> 00:21:19.828
  • God wants you to grow.
  • 00:21:19.861 --> 00:21:21.596
  • It's the will of God for youto be a growing Christian.
  • 00:21:21.630 --> 00:21:25.167
  • He didn't bring you into hisfamily so you could be dwarfed,
  • 00:21:25.200 --> 00:21:29.204
  • he brought you into hisfamily so you could grow
  • 00:21:29.237 --> 00:21:31.340
  • into a strong, vibrant,vernal Christian.
  • 00:21:31.373 --> 00:21:35.177
  • Secondly, growth comesthrough the watchfulness
  • 00:21:35.210 --> 00:21:38.080
  • of prayer.
  • 00:21:38.113 --> 00:21:39.781
  • 1 Peter 4:7 says, "But the endof all things is at hand."
  • 00:21:39.815 --> 00:21:42.851
  • There's the future again.
  • 00:21:42.884 --> 00:21:44.486
  • "Therefore," what?
  • 00:21:44.519 --> 00:21:46.388
  • Be watchful and seriousin your prayers.
  • 00:21:46.421 --> 00:21:50.926
  • Is there anything, friends,that takes more
  • 00:21:50.959 --> 00:21:52.794
  • tough-mindednessthan developing
  • 00:21:52.828 --> 00:21:54.529
  • your prayer life?
  • 00:21:54.563 --> 00:21:56.565
  • Me--it's for me.Prayer is hard work.
  • 00:21:57.966 --> 00:22:01.403
  • If you only pray whenyou feel like praying,
  • 00:22:01.436 --> 00:22:04.406
  • you probably never pray'cause prayer isn't
  • 00:22:04.439 --> 00:22:07.642
  • the kind of thing whereyou get up and say,
  • 00:22:07.676 --> 00:22:08.977
  • "Oh, I just can't wait to geton my knees and pray."
  • 00:22:09.010 --> 00:22:10.779
  • You do it out of obedience.
  • 00:22:10.812 --> 00:22:12.114
  • And what happens whenyou do it out of obedience,
  • 00:22:12.147 --> 00:22:13.448
  • God fills your heartwith love and desire
  • 00:22:13.482 --> 00:22:15.283
  • and hope and excitement.
  • 00:22:15.317 --> 00:22:17.719
  • But you've got to betough-minded about it.
  • 00:22:17.753 --> 00:22:20.489
  • You've got to say,"I'm going to do this.
  • 00:22:20.522 --> 00:22:22.324
  • And in order to do this,I'm not going to do that.
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  • Because if I do that,it's going to wipe this out
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  • and this is the priority."
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  • That's how you growtough-minded about prayer.
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  • Thirdly, you growthrough the Word of God.
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  • In Revelation 22:7 it says,"Behold, I am coming quickly.
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  • Blessed is he who keepsthe words of this prophecy."
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  • That was written aboutthe book of Revelation,
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  • but it appliesto the whole book.
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  • You growthrough the Word of God.
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  • And finally, you growthrough the work of the church.
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  • Hebrews 10:25 says,here again is the future,
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  • "Let us consider one anotherin order to stir up love
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  • and good works, not forsakingthe assembling of ourselves
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  • together as the manner of someis, but exhorting one another,"
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  • now watch this, "and so muchthe more as you see
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  • the day approaching."
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  • Are you getting the picturein this message?
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  • If you don't getanything else out of this,
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  • I hope you get this, that whatyou believe about the future
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  • determines how you live today.
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  • And over and over againin the Bible,
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  • that is the truth that we hear.
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  • If you believeJesus is coming back,
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  • you will developa tough-mindedness
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  • about how you liveyour life today.
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  • And the more you--the moreyou move yourself away
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  • from what God has plannedfor you in the future,
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  • the more apt you areto become a person
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  • who just sort of driftsthrough life.
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  • You see, when you knowwhere you're going,
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  • it makes all the differencein the world how you live.
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  • And if you keep remindingyourself that one day you're
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  • going to spend eternitywith a holy God
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  • and the only way you're goingto get rewards up there is
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  • by bringing people with youand by encouraging people
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  • and by your own givingand all of that,
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  • makes all the differencein the world.
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  • So you see the coming of Christand the doctrine of heaven
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  • provides some of the strongestmotivation for living
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  • the Christian lifeyou will ever find.
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  • We need to startgetting ready.
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  • We need to start living ourlives like we really believe
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  • that one day we're goingto spend eternity
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  • with Almighty God.
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  • We need to becometough-minded about heaven.
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • to close today's program,right after this.
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  • announcer: There are a lotof myths, rumors,
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  • and conjecture about heaven,but what can you believe?
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  • announcer: And nowwith one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Let mere-emphasize this truth.
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  • Being tough-minded about heavendoesn't mean we get there
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  • by our own gritand determination.
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  • Rather, it means stayingfaithful to the only one
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  • who can open heaven's doorfor us, Jesus Christ.
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  • I hope you are secure in yourunderstanding of heaven as your
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  • eternal home through faithin Christ for no amount
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  • of hard work on our part canreplace Christ's death
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  • and his resurrectionon our behalf.
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  • So if you have any questionsabout a relationship with him,
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next time for anothermessage from Dr. Jeremiah
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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