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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:Life moves so fast,
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  • but is it taking youwhere you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searchingfor something you do not have,
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  • only to end upwhere you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the worldhas to offer,
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  • we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journeythrough the twists and turns
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  • of this worlddoesn't have to put you
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  • on the pathof discouragement and despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to takethe journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with Godas your guide,
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  • where you'll discover the peace,the purpose,
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  • and the poweryou've been seeking.
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  • It's a journeyof unimaginable blessing.
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  • And here is the amazing part.
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  • With God, you already haveeverything you need
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  • for life's journey.
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  • Not half of what you needor a whole lot of what you need.
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  • God has given youeverything you need.
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  • God never intended for youto stumble your way
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  • through the course of each day,
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  • and certainly not journeyunprepared into your future.
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  • So, where do you want to go?
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  • It's time to unpackall that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have beenequipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidencebecause you, my friend,
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  • have everything you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There's reallynothing quite as satisfying
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  • as planning and preparingfor a great adventure,
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  • and then finally arrivingat your destination
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  • to enjoyits beauty and benefits.
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  • Sometimes, the journeyis filled with challenges,
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  • but arriving at the destinationmakes it all worthwhile.
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  • And the same is truein our spiritual journey.
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  • To gain a greater perspectiveof all God has for us,
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  • we must be willing to endure
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  • life's terrainand its challenges.
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  • But with God's presenceon the adventure,
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  • we are unimaginably blessed.
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  • Today, let's discoverthe blessing
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • So, travel with meacross the United States
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  • and join me in New York City,high above Central Park
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  • in The Appel Roomat Jazz at Lincoln Center
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  • for my series"Everything You Need."
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  • male announcer:In Dr. Jeremiah's book,
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  • "Everything You Need,"
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  • he invites you to consider:how would your life change
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  • if you had the energyto diligently fulfill
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  • God's purpose for you,
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  • or the confidenceto always do what pleases God,
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  • or had an intimate knowledgeof his Word?
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  • What would your faith be likeif you replaced a harmful habit
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  • with a positive one,or developed a determination
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  • that could carry youthrough any difficulty?
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  • Do you want to see yourselfbecoming more like Christ,
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  • sharing his kindness and loveto those around you?
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  • It may surprise you to knowthat God has already given you
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  • everything you needto do all this and more.
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  • In "Everything You Need,"
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  • learn practical ways to unleashthe power of God in your life,
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  • and cultivate a faiththat will change you
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  • and everyone around you,
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  • female announcer:Thank you for watching
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  • "Everything You Need"here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciationof your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiahwould like to send you
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message "The Blessing."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God has given youeverything you need
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  • so that he can bless youin every imaginable way.
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  • "For if these things are yoursand abound,
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  • you will be neither barrennor unfruitful
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  • in the knowledgeof the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • For he who lacks these thingsis shortsighted,
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  • even to blindness,
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  • and has forgotten that he wascleansed from his old sins.
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  • Therefore, brethren,be even more diligent
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  • to make your calland election sure,
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  • for if you do these things,you will never stumble,
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  • for so an entrance will besupplied to you abundantly
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  • into the everlasting kingdom
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  • of our Lord and SaviorJesus Christ."
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  • Blessing number one,godly maturity.
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  • The first blessing is the surgeof godly maturity
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  • that accompaniesyour developing these virtues.
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  • After Peter listedhis eight great qualities for us
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  • to study and learn,he says this,
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  • "For if these things are yoursand abound."
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  • Peter wantedthe early Christians
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  • to do more than just have faith,
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  • he wanted themto devote themselves
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  • to growing deeper and widerand richer in their faith,
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  • and God wants the samefor you and for me.
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  • And some of Peter'sfinal recorded words
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  • were that if we will do this,"we will grow in grace
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  • and in the knowledge of ourLord and Savior Jesus Christ,"
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  • 2 Peter 3:18.
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  • When we see that we're growing,
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  • it is such an encouraging thingto us
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  • and such an ensuring thingto us.
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  • And when the devil comes alongand he wants to say, "Well,"
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  • you can say,"Now, wait a minute.
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  • This is where I was last year,this is where I am now.
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  • I didn't get there by myself.
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  • Almighty God's at workin my life," amen?
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  • [congregation applauding[
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  • Here's the second blessing.
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  • In 2 Peter 1:8,we read,
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  • "For if you possess thesequalities in increasing measure,
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  • they will keep you from beingineffective and unproductive."
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  • Peter put that in the negative,
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  • I've restated itin the positive.
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  • In essence, he is saying,
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  • "If you possessthese eight qualities
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  • and you are growing in them,
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  • you'll be increasinglyeffective and productive
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  • in whatever you dofor Jesus Christ."
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  • That's what Peter promises.
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  • The New Living Translationof 2 Peter 1:8
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  • puts this principlein plain and simple language.
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  • "The more you grow like this,
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  • the more productive and usefulyou will be."
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  • Once you start this patternof asking God to help you grow
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  • in your knowledge of who he is
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  • through the Scripture and theprinciples we've been studying,
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  • once you determinethat these things
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  • are going to be importantin your life,
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  • once you start to grow,
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  • get ready because Godis going to put you to work
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  • in ever more effective waysand more exciting places.
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  • Here's blessing number three,greater clarity.
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  • The third blessingcomes with the development
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  • of these virtues in verse 9.
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  • He says,"For he who lacks these things,"
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  • so if you don't do these things,
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  • Peter saysyou will be shortsighted,
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  • even to blindness.
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  • Shortsighted people have troublefiguring out how to live.
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  • They don't know what to say,they don't know how to act,
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  • what values they should have,
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  • and what opinionsthey should express.
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  • I've fallen in lovewith the word "clarity."
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  • I love that word.
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  • It means seeing thingsas they are,
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  • not like you wish they were.
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  • It means seeing things by faithand understanding
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  • that God is workingall things for his good.
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  • And the Biblehas a lot to say about that
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  • that you may not remember.
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  • The psalmist said, "Lord,open my eyes,
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  • that I may see wondrous thingsfrom your law.
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  • Turn away my eyes from lookingat worthless things,
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  • and revive me in your way."
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  • Again,"This was the Lord's doing,
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  • it is marvelous in our eyes."
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  • Here's what I think Peter meanswhen he says
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  • that if we don't developthese qualities in our life,
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  • we end up being shortsighted.
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  • We lost interest in anythingbeyond what affects us
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  • in the here and now.
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  • As you growin the grace of Jesus Christ,
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  • men and women,
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  • your visionbecomes increasingly more clear.
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  • You see his blessingsmore quickly.
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  • You learn to focus your vision
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  • on the thingsyou didn't see before,
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  • for the things that are seenare temporary,
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  • but the things that are unseenare eternal.
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  • So, blessing number threeis greater clarity,
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  • being able to see things better
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  • when you're adding these thingsto your life.
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  • God gives youa greater perspective
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  • on how life works.
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  • Here's number four,a grateful memory.
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  • Once again,here is a positive principle
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  • from some negative terms.
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  • 2 Peter 1:9 says this,"He who lacks these things
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  • is shortsighted,even to blindness."
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  • Now, listen to this phrase,
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  • "And has forgotten that he wascleansed from his old sins."
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  • Peter makes thisastounding statement
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  • that if we don't give ourselves
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  • to growth and developmentas Christians,
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  • we run the riskof coming to the place
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  • where we don't even rememberthat we have become Christians.
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  • Our salvation becomes almostnot important to us anymore.
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  • Peter is warning usagainst a complacent,
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  • satisfied faith.
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  • Instead, he wants usto keep the joy and thrill
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  • of our salvationfresh in our memory.
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  • When you are constantly seekingto grow in Christlike character,
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  • you will never lose the delight
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  • of what's happened to youas a Christian.
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  • Don't ever, ever forgetwhat he's done for you.
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  • The more you meditateon God's blessing
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  • to make you a Christian,the more you will want to be
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  • the most effective Christianyou can be.
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  • Here's number five,genuine stability.
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  • "Therefore, brethren,"2 Peter 1:10,
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  • "be even more diligent to makeyour call and election sure."
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  • To make it certain,set your minds
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  • on endorsing by your conduct
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  • the fact that Godhas called and chosen you.
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  • Peter says this.
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  • When you are constantly growing,
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  • that gives you the confidencethat you truly are a Christian.
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  • It underlines the assuranceof your faith.
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  • Your daily growth,your regular growth,
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  • your discipline,your discipleship,
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  • it makes your calland your election sure.
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  • Let's goto my favorite one of all,
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  • which is number six,guaranteed security.
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  • "For if you do these things,you will never stumble."
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  • Oh God, I don't want to stumble.
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  • I see people stumblingall over the place,
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  • it's pretty ugly,isn't it?
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  • You don't want to be a stumbler.
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  • That doesn't mean you won't evernot sin again, that's crazy.
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  • We all sin, but the stumbleis to fall off everything
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  • that you believed in,
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  • do something that's totallyin opposition to what you claim,
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  • and lose your influence for Godand lose your testimony.
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  • I have so many friends,over the years,
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  • to whom that has happened.
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  • And when I saw that I said,
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  • "Lord, is there's some I can dothat will make sure
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  • that will guarantee for methat I will never stumble?"
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  • And you know what he said?
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  • "Give yourself to these things.
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  • If you give yourselfto these things,
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  • you will never stumble."
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  • In other words,you will never stumble
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  • on a highway to God's home.
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  • You will never tumbleoff the edge of the cliff
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  • and be lost.
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  • Peter doesn't mean you'll nevermake a mistake or commit a sin,
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  • it means your progressin the faith
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  • will serve as reassuranceof your salvation.
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  • As you're moving forwardand these things
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  • are being added to your life,
  • 00:12:26.362 --> 00:12:28.430
  • you won't be going to the pastorevery other week, saying,
  • 00:12:28.464 --> 00:12:31.033
  • "How can I be surethat I'm saved?"
  • 00:12:31.066 --> 00:12:33.235
  • Because the very essenceof your growth in Christ
  • 00:12:33.269 --> 00:12:36.038
  • will be the absolutely proofthat you are a believer.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Over these last few years,
  • 00:12:46.549 --> 00:12:47.850
  • I've been asking God to help medevelop friendships
  • 00:12:47.883 --> 00:12:50.085
  • with some younger guyswho preach the gospel.
  • 00:12:50.119 --> 00:12:52.788
  • And he has, he's given mesome good friends.
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  • One guy quoted in a message,his name is Levi Lusko,
  • 00:12:55.524 --> 00:12:59.461
  • and he's a pastor up in Montana,a great teacher,
  • 00:12:59.495 --> 00:13:02.865
  • and has a story that I don'thave time to go into,
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  • but I mentioned his nameone Sunday in my church service,
  • 00:13:05.835 --> 00:13:09.171
  • and I didn't know that he waswatching the streaming of it.
  • 00:13:09.205 --> 00:13:12.708
  • And I said,"You need to read this book."
  • 00:13:12.741 --> 00:13:14.510
  • He'd written a bookand I read it
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  • and it was a great book,and I got home that day
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  • and I got an email said,
  • 00:13:17.880 --> 00:13:19.181
  • "Hey, Dr. J, thanks formentioning me in your sermon."
  • 00:13:19.215 --> 00:13:21.083
  • I thought,"How did he know that?
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  • This is not a livetelevision program."
  • 00:13:22.451 --> 00:13:23.953
  • But I forgetwe're on the Internet
  • 00:13:23.986 --> 00:13:26.055
  • and we're all over the world,
  • 00:13:26.088 --> 00:13:27.389
  • and you can get us liveanywhere you are.
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  • We had this great conversationand determined
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  • that we're going to get togetherone of these days.
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  • I really admire him.
  • 00:13:33.996 --> 00:13:36.065
  • But another pastorby the name of J.D. Greear
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  • has quite a storyabout his life.
  • 00:13:38.801 --> 00:13:41.804
  • He said one Saturday morningwhen he was four or five,
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  • he approached his parentsabout heaven
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  • and they explainedthe gospel to him,
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  • and he asked Jesusto come into his life.
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  • And his parents and his pastorfelt it was a sincere decision,
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  • and they wrote the datein his Bible, and he said,
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  • "I lived in peace about thatfor about ten years."
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  • But in the ninth grade, he heardhis Sunday school teacher
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  • say that many who thinkthey're saved
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  • will awaken on the judgment day
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  • and they will hear Jesus sayhe never knew them,
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  • "And I was terrified,"said J.D. Greear.
  • 00:14:09.999 --> 00:14:13.235
  • "Would I be one of thosethat were turned away?"
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  • He asked Jesusto come into his heart again,
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  • this time with the resolveto be much more
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  • intentional about his faith.
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  • He was baptized again,but again new doubts arose.
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  • He prayed the sinner's prayeragain and again.
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  • He said, "I walked a lotof aisles during those days.
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  • I think I have been saved
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  • at least oncein every denomination."
  • 00:14:34.990 --> 00:14:40.362
  • He said in all,he was baptized four times.
  • 00:14:40.396 --> 00:14:43.232
  • "Honestly, it gotpretty embarrassing.
  • 00:14:43.265 --> 00:14:45.601
  • I became a stapleat our church's baptism service.
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  • I got my own lockerin the baptismal changing area."
  • 00:14:48.737 --> 00:14:53.876
  • But here's the point he makes.
  • 00:14:56.312 --> 00:14:58.914
  • He says he begangrowing in Christ
  • 00:14:58.948 --> 00:15:02.918
  • and in the traits of godliness.
  • 00:15:02.952 --> 00:15:05.421
  • His doubts and his fearsbegan to go away.
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  • They began to meltinto faith and confidence.
  • 00:15:09.258 --> 00:15:12.294
  • His growing maturityand stability
  • 00:15:12.328 --> 00:15:14.830
  • led to growing confidenceand security.
  • 00:15:14.863 --> 00:15:17.566
  • And today,he'll be glad to tell you
  • 00:15:17.599 --> 00:15:19.735
  • how he knows without a doubtthat he's going to heaven.
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  • Listen, if you truly repentof your sins
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  • and you trusted in the deathand resurrection
  • 00:15:26.809 --> 00:15:29.011
  • of Jesus Christfor your salvation,
  • 00:15:29.044 --> 00:15:31.413
  • the Bible says you're saved.
  • 00:15:31.447 --> 00:15:34.850
  • The very growthyou experience in Christ
  • 00:15:34.883 --> 00:15:37.252
  • will provide reassurancethat you're born again.
  • 00:15:37.286 --> 00:15:40.322
  • And as you grow in theeight qualities Peter describes,
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  • you won't stumbleinto doubting your salvation
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  • because you'll be drawingfrom the divine power
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  • and you'll be standingon his precious promises.
  • 00:15:51.200 --> 00:15:54.903
  • His very personalitywill surge through you
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  • to create the qualitiesthat will give you
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  • stability and securityin your life.
  • 00:16:00.709 --> 00:16:03.579
  • There's not many placesin the Bible
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  • where the word "never"
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  • is in a more important placethan in this passage.
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  • If you do these things,you will never stumble.
  • 00:16:11.620 --> 00:16:19.828
  • By the grace of God,we should all of us
  • 00:16:19.862 --> 00:16:21.663
  • in this room todaysay to the Lord,
  • 00:16:21.697 --> 00:16:24.800
  • "If that's what it takes,sign me up."
  • 00:16:24.833 --> 00:16:28.370
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:16:29.071 --> 00:16:34.410
  • So, here's the last one,glorious eternity.
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  • Here's what Peter saysin verses 10 and 11.
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  • "Therefore, brethren,be even more diligent
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  • to make your calland election sure,
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  • for if you do these things,you will never stumble,
  • 00:16:48.457 --> 00:16:51.427
  • for so an entrance will besupplied to you abundantly
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  • into the everlasting kingdom
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  • of our Lord and SaviorJesus Christ."
  • 00:16:57.633 --> 00:17:01.036
  • Peter isn't suggesting thatwe get into the Lord's kingdom
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  • by building characterin our lives.
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  • We can't work our way to heaven
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  • on our own meritor by our own effort.
  • 00:17:08.877 --> 00:17:11.513
  • Instead, Peter is sayingthat if we diligently add
  • 00:17:11.547 --> 00:17:14.650
  • these spiritual qualitiesto our Christian lives,
  • 00:17:14.683 --> 00:17:17.619
  • we'll be given a richand abundant entrance
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  • into eternity.
  • 00:17:21.490 --> 00:17:23.959
  • One writer said,"Believers in Christ are secure
  • 00:17:25.994 --> 00:17:29.364
  • whether they addChristian character or not.
  • 00:17:29.398 --> 00:17:32.034
  • What is at stake hereis not kingdom entrance,
  • 00:17:32.067 --> 00:17:34.970
  • but abundant kingdom entrance."
  • 00:17:35.003 --> 00:17:38.707
  • You can go to heavenand just go to heaven,
  • 00:17:38.740 --> 00:17:41.110
  • or you can go to heavenvictoriously
  • 00:17:41.143 --> 00:17:43.011
  • because you've walked with God,
  • 00:17:43.045 --> 00:17:44.713
  • you've built your lifein character,
  • 00:17:44.746 --> 00:17:46.515
  • you've been seriousabout your Christian faith,
  • 00:17:46.548 --> 00:17:48.784
  • and you can walk inwith your hands up high," amen?
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  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:17:52.054 --> 00:17:55.757
  • Over 20 years ago,
  • 00:17:55.791 --> 00:17:57.326
  • I was strickenwith stage four lymphoma cancer.
  • 00:17:57.359 --> 00:18:02.898
  • When I was first diagnosed,
  • 00:18:02.931 --> 00:18:04.967
  • I went to the Mayo Clinicin Rochester, Minnesota,
  • 00:18:05.000 --> 00:18:08.003
  • and there I underwentmajor surgery.
  • 00:18:08.036 --> 00:18:11.440
  • I can tell you even today,these many years later,
  • 00:18:11.473 --> 00:18:16.545
  • I still rememberalmost everything
  • 00:18:16.578 --> 00:18:18.847
  • that happened during that time,
  • 00:18:18.881 --> 00:18:21.750
  • and especiallymy initial moments
  • 00:18:21.783 --> 00:18:24.219
  • when I returned to my homein San Diego.
  • 00:18:24.253 --> 00:18:28.490
  • As soon as we arrived,I walked in,
  • 00:18:28.524 --> 00:18:30.759
  • I had been cut openfrom stem to stern.
  • 00:18:30.792 --> 00:18:34.796
  • And I wasn't all thatfeeling good,
  • 00:18:34.830 --> 00:18:39.001
  • and so I found my wayto my favorite recliner
  • 00:18:39.034 --> 00:18:41.803
  • in our little living room.and within a few moments,
  • 00:18:41.837 --> 00:18:45.007
  • Donna brought mea stack of letters
  • 00:18:45.040 --> 00:18:46.808
  • and get well cards that had comewhile we were away.
  • 00:18:46.842 --> 00:18:50.279
  • On top of the pile was a book
  • 00:18:50.312 --> 00:18:52.047
  • that was given to meby the publisher.
  • 00:18:52.080 --> 00:18:55.851
  • Before I tell youabout this book,
  • 00:18:55.884 --> 00:18:57.986
  • I'm going to tell youwhat was going through my mind
  • 00:18:58.020 --> 00:18:59.621
  • that day as I came home.
  • 00:18:59.655 --> 00:19:01.990
  • I was asking Goda lot of questions.
  • 00:19:02.024 --> 00:19:04.693
  • I had gotten pastthe why question
  • 00:19:04.726 --> 00:19:07.129
  • and I was concentratingon the what questions like,
  • 00:19:07.162 --> 00:19:10.365
  • what am I supposed to learn fromthis frightening experience?
  • 00:19:10.399 --> 00:19:14.169
  • Or what's going to happenin the future?
  • 00:19:14.203 --> 00:19:16.905
  • Or what do you want me to dogoing forward?
  • 00:19:16.939 --> 00:19:19.641
  • What does all of this mean?
  • 00:19:19.675 --> 00:19:23.378
  • The book on the topof the pile of cards
  • 00:19:23.412 --> 00:19:26.515
  • had this intriguing title,"The Life God Blesses."
  • 00:19:26.548 --> 00:19:34.089
  • It was written by a mannamed Gordon MacDonald,
  • 00:19:34.122 --> 00:19:38.760
  • a man I had metand greatly admired.
  • 00:19:38.794 --> 00:19:42.798
  • As I read that book,
  • 00:19:42.831 --> 00:19:44.700
  • I couldn't help but thinkthat the publisher
  • 00:19:44.733 --> 00:19:47.202
  • didn't send me that book,God sent me that book.
  • 00:19:47.236 --> 00:19:51.540
  • It was just the right message,
  • 00:19:51.573 --> 00:19:53.542
  • and I was in justthe right place
  • 00:19:53.575 --> 00:19:55.544
  • to read itprayerfully and carefully.
  • 00:19:55.577 --> 00:19:58.680
  • In the front of that bookwas a story
  • 00:19:58.714 --> 00:20:00.716
  • I never have forgotten.
  • 00:20:00.749 --> 00:20:03.151
  • The story involvesan American yachtsman
  • 00:20:03.185 --> 00:20:05.921
  • named Michael Plant,41 years old,
  • 00:20:05.954 --> 00:20:10.325
  • an experienced sailor withover 100.000 miles at sea.
  • 00:20:10.359 --> 00:20:15.797
  • Plant started sailingwhen he was nine years old
  • 00:20:15.831 --> 00:20:18.500
  • and he held the recordfor the fastest
  • 00:20:18.533 --> 00:20:20.402
  • solo circumnavigationby an American.
  • 00:20:20.435 --> 00:20:24.906
  • On October 16, 1992,Michael Plant
  • 00:20:24.940 --> 00:20:29.511
  • sailed out of New York Harborbound for France.
  • 00:20:29.544 --> 00:20:33.215
  • His 60-foot sailboat,the Coyote, was top of the line.
  • 00:20:33.248 --> 00:20:37.252
  • Its design, its hull,its materials, its fabrication,
  • 00:20:37.286 --> 00:20:41.056
  • its equipment, and its comfortwere unparalleled.
  • 00:20:41.089 --> 00:20:46.194
  • But somethingwent terribly wrong.
  • 00:20:46.228 --> 00:20:50.232
  • Within two weeks,Plant was missing
  • 00:20:50.265 --> 00:20:52.567
  • and his radio frequencieswere silent.
  • 00:20:52.601 --> 00:20:55.904
  • Authorities began searchingthe vast north Atlantic.
  • 00:20:55.937 --> 00:20:59.041
  • Airline pilots listenedfor emergency signals.
  • 00:20:59.074 --> 00:21:02.477
  • Ships in the areakept a constant lookout.
  • 00:21:02.511 --> 00:21:05.647
  • Plant's friendsfelt growing apprehension.
  • 00:21:05.681 --> 00:21:09.618
  • Finally, the Coyote was spottedfloating upside down
  • 00:21:09.651 --> 00:21:13.121
  • 450 miles northwestof the Azores islands.
  • 00:21:13.155 --> 00:21:17.893
  • Plant's fellow sailorswere mystified.
  • 00:21:17.926 --> 00:21:21.096
  • You see,sailboats normally don't capsize
  • 00:21:21.129 --> 00:21:23.899
  • because they're designed witha ballast beneath the waterline,
  • 00:21:23.932 --> 00:21:27.869
  • a weight boltedto the bottom of the ship
  • 00:21:27.903 --> 00:21:30.205
  • to keep it upright.
  • 00:21:30.238 --> 00:21:31.840
  • They're builtto take a pounding,
  • 00:21:31.873 --> 00:21:33.575
  • and thenlike a child's punching balloon,
  • 00:21:33.608 --> 00:21:36.211
  • they right themselvesafter every blow.
  • 00:21:36.244 --> 00:21:39.514
  • The Coyote was designedwith a ballast
  • 00:21:39.548 --> 00:21:42.117
  • that weighed 8.400 pounds,but it was missing.
  • 00:21:42.150 --> 00:21:49.891
  • What happened to itis a mystery to this day.
  • 00:21:49.925 --> 00:21:52.327
  • Some sailors believe it wassheered off by debris in the sea
  • 00:21:52.361 --> 00:21:56.231
  • or maybe evenby a passing whale,
  • 00:21:56.264 --> 00:21:59.067
  • but the boat's hull showsno signs of that kind of damage.
  • 00:21:59.101 --> 00:22:02.671
  • Others think it was bolted onnot strongly enough.
  • 00:22:02.704 --> 00:22:06.108
  • Most experts believethe ballast was damaged
  • 00:22:06.141 --> 00:22:08.777
  • while Plant was preparingfor his journey,
  • 00:22:08.810 --> 00:22:11.146
  • when the boatbecame mired in mud
  • 00:22:11.179 --> 00:22:13.014
  • and had to be dragged out.
  • 00:22:13.048 --> 00:22:15.217
  • These experts think the ballastwas weakened at that point,
  • 00:22:15.250 --> 00:22:18.353
  • and then dislodged by the windsand storms and the currents.
  • 00:22:18.387 --> 00:22:22.491
  • But whatever the reason,
  • 00:22:22.524 --> 00:22:24.760
  • without the ballastto hold it steady
  • 00:22:24.793 --> 00:22:27.028
  • through troubled waters,
  • 00:22:27.062 --> 00:22:28.897
  • the boat capsized andPlant's body was never found.
  • 00:22:28.930 --> 00:22:34.336
  • The lesson is clear.
  • 00:22:34.369 --> 00:22:36.872
  • The life of godlinessis not built out in the open,
  • 00:22:36.905 --> 00:22:42.277
  • it's nurtured trait by trait,gift by gift,
  • 00:22:42.310 --> 00:22:45.180
  • just as Peter explains.
  • 00:22:45.213 --> 00:22:47.616
  • There are storms aheadfor all of us.
  • 00:22:47.649 --> 00:22:49.951
  • If we ignore the quietbut essential traits
  • 00:22:49.985 --> 00:22:52.921
  • outlined in these messages,we're headed for troubled waters
  • 00:22:52.954 --> 00:22:57.225
  • without the ballastof God's gifts to stabilize us.
  • 00:22:57.259 --> 00:23:01.563
  • The qualities you needto get through these storms
  • 00:23:01.596 --> 00:23:04.466
  • and get to heaven triumphantly
  • 00:23:04.499 --> 00:23:06.334
  • are available to youin abundance,
  • 00:23:06.368 --> 00:23:08.203
  • and God has given youeverything you need.
  • 00:23:08.236 --> 00:23:10.472
  • The only question is,what are you doing
  • 00:23:10.505 --> 00:23:13.308
  • with those precious qualities?
  • 00:23:13.341 --> 00:23:15.510
  • How are you doing with addingthese qualities to your life?
  • 00:23:15.544 --> 00:23:18.680
  • You see, as you addthese qualities to your life,
  • 00:23:18.713 --> 00:23:21.383
  • you're building the ballastunderneath your life,
  • 00:23:21.416 --> 00:23:24.419
  • the underwater partof who you are
  • 00:23:24.453 --> 00:23:26.788
  • that nobody ever sees,but you know.
  • 00:23:26.822 --> 00:23:29.257
  • And when the storm comes,
  • 00:23:29.291 --> 00:23:30.959
  • if you've built that ballastto balance
  • 00:23:30.992 --> 00:23:32.961
  • what's going on out here,
  • 00:23:32.994 --> 00:23:35.163
  • you will get through the stormand you will stay upright.
  • 00:23:35.197 --> 00:23:38.467
  • But if all you do is buildwhat everybody sees
  • 00:23:38.500 --> 00:23:41.269
  • and you don't workon the underlying stuff,
  • 00:23:41.303 --> 00:23:43.738
  • you will get to the warand it will be over.
  • 00:23:43.772 --> 00:23:46.208
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:23:46.241 --> 00:23:52.514
  • My wonderful friends,
  • 00:23:52.547 --> 00:23:54.216
  • there needs to be more to youand me than meets the eye.
  • 00:23:54.249 --> 00:23:58.086
  • Down below the waterline,deep in our hearts,
  • 00:23:58.119 --> 00:24:01.156
  • we need to carry the ballastof God's power
  • 00:24:01.189 --> 00:24:03.792
  • and his promiseand his purposes.
  • 00:24:03.825 --> 00:24:06.761
  • This is the gravityof his grace
  • 00:24:06.795 --> 00:24:09.130
  • that keeps us steadyin the storm.
  • 00:24:09.164 --> 00:24:12.067
  • So, my prayerfor all of us today is this,
  • 00:24:12.100 --> 00:24:15.303
  • may God bless and keep usin his promises forever.
  • 00:24:15.337 --> 00:24:18.907
  • "To him be the gloryboth now and forever.
  • 00:24:19.708 --> 00:24:22.844
  • Amen," amen.
  • 00:24:22.878 --> 00:24:25.013
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:24:25.647 --> 00:24:28.984
  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
  • 00:24:30.218 --> 00:24:32.254
  • with one more inspirational wordright after this.
  • 00:24:32.287 --> 00:24:35.724
  • male announcer:Today, Dr. Jeremiah
  • 00:24:37.626 --> 00:24:38.960
  • gave us practical steps
  • 00:24:38.994 --> 00:24:40.629
  • to unleash the powerof God's promises in our lives.
  • 00:24:40.662 --> 00:24:44.533
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  • Learn to add all eight qualitiesto your faith
  • 00:24:46.768 --> 00:24:49.804
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I got attractedto this particular passage
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  • because I think it's singularlyone of the most
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  • First of all, there's a promiseat the beginning
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  • And in between areall the things you need to do
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  • and it's right in the textand it's--
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  • it just grabbed me so much,I thought,
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  • "I got to share that passagebecause it's so powerful."
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  • of Dr. Jeremiah's powerful"Everything You Need" interview
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