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November 17, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • but is it taking you where you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searching for something you do not have,
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  • only to end up where you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the world has to offer,
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  • we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journey through the twists and turns
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  • of this world doesn't have to put you
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  • on the path of discouragement and despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to take the journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with God as your guide,
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  • where you'll discover the peace, the purpose,
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  • and the power you've been seeking.
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  • It's a journey of unimaginable blessing.
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  • And here is the amazing part.
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  • With God, you already have everything you need
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  • for life's journey.
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  • Not half of what you need or a whole lot of what you need.
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  • God has given you everything you need.
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  • God never intended for you to stumble your way
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  • through the course of each day,
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  • and certainly not journey unprepared into your future.
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  • So, where do you want to go?
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  • It's time to unpack all that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have been equipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence because you, my friend,
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  • have everything you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There's really nothing quite as satisfying
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  • as planning and preparing for a great adventure,
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  • and then finally arriving at your destination
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  • to enjoy its beauty and benefits.
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  • Sometimes, the journey is filled with challenges,
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  • but arriving at the destination makes it all worthwhile.
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  • And the same is true in our spiritual journey.
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  • To gain a greater perspective of all God has for us,
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  • we must be willing to endure
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  • life's terrain and its challenges.
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  • But with God's presence on the adventure,
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  • we are unimaginably blessed.
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  • Today, let's discover the blessing
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • So, travel with me across 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 Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center
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  • for my series "Everything You Need."
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  • male announcer: In Dr. Jeremiah's new 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 energy to diligently fulfill
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  • God's purpose for you,
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  • or the confidence to always do what pleases God,
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  • or had an intimate knowledge of his Word?
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  • What would your faith be like if you replaced a harmful habit
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  • with a positive one, or developed a determination
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  • that could carry you through any difficulty?
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  • Do you want to see yourself becoming more like Christ,
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  • sharing his kindness and love to those around you?
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  • It may surprise you to know that God has already given you
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  • everything you need to do all this and more.
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  • In "Everything You Need,"
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  • learn practical ways to unleash the power of God in your life,
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  • and cultivate a faith that will change you
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  • and everyone around you,
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  • yours for a gift of any amount in support of this program.
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  • Turning Point also offers three study packages,
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  • the Everything You Need experience pack, study set,
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  • go online or call Turning Point today.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching
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  • "Everything You Need" here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciation of your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you
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  • these Everything You Need Navigation Scripture Cards
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  • absolutely free.
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message "The Blessing."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God has given you everything you need
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  • so that he can bless you in every imaginable way.
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  • "For if these things are yours and abound,
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  • you will be neither barren nor unfruitful
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  • in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • For he who lacks these things is shortsighted,
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  • even to blindness,
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  • and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
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  • Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent
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  • to make your call and 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 be supplied to you abundantly
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  • into the everlasting kingdom
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  • of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
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  • Blessing number one, godly maturity.
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  • The first blessing is the surge of godly maturity
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  • that accompanies your developing these virtues.
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  • After Peter listed his 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 yours and abound."
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  • Peter wanted the early Christians
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  • to do more than just have faith,
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  • he wanted them to devote themselves
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  • to growing deeper and wider and richer in their faith,
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  • and God wants the same for you and for me.
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  • And some of Peter's final 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 our Lord 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 thing to us
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  • and such an ensuring thing to us.
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  • And when the devil comes along and 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 work in 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 these qualities in increasing measure,
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  • they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive."
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  • Peter put that in the negative,
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  • I've restated it in the positive.
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  • In essence, he is saying,
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  • "If you possess these eight qualities
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  • and you are growing in them,
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  • you'll be increasingly effective and productive
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  • in whatever you do for Jesus Christ."
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  • That's what Peter promises.
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  • The New Living Translation of 2 Peter 1:8
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  • puts this principle in plain and simple language.
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  • "The more you grow like this,
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  • the more productive and useful you will be."
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  • Once you start this pattern of 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 the principles we've been studying,
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  • once you determine that these things
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  • are going to be important in your life,
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  • once you start to grow,
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  • get ready because God is going to put you to work
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  • in ever more effective ways and more exciting places.
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  • Here's blessing number three, greater clarity.
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  • The third blessing comes 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 says you will be shortsighted,
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  • even to blindness.
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  • Shortsighted people have trouble figuring 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 opinions they should express.
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  • I've fallen in love with the word "clarity."
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  • I love that word.
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  • It means seeing things as they are,
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  • not like you wish they were.
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  • It means seeing things by faith and understanding
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  • that God is working all things for his good.
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  • And the Bible has 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 things from your law.
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  • Turn away my eyes from looking at 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 means when he says
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  • that if we don't develop these qualities in our life,
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  • we end up being shortsighted.
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  • We lose interest in anything beyond what affects us
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  • in the here and now.
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  • As you grow in the grace of Jesus Christ,
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  • men and women,
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  • your vision becomes increasingly more clear.
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  • You see his blessings more quickly.
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  • You learn to focus your vision
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  • on the things you didn't see before,
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  • for the things that are seen are temporary,
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  • but the things that are unseen are eternal.
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  • So, blessing number three is greater clarity,
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  • being able to see things better
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  • when you're adding these things to your life.
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  • God gives you a 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 was cleansed from his old sins."
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  • Peter makes this astounding statement
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  • that if we don't give ourselves
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  • to growth and development as Christians,
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  • we run the risk of coming to the place
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  • where we don't even remember that we have become Christians.
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  • Our salvation becomes almost not important to us anymore.
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  • Peter is warning us against a complacent,
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  • satisfied faith.
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  • Instead, he wants us to keep the joy and thrill
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  • of our salvation fresh in our memory.
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  • When you are constantly seeking to grow in Christlike character,
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  • you will never lose the delight
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  • of what's happened to you as a Christian.
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  • Don't ever, ever forget what he's done for you.
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  • The more you meditate on 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 Christian you 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 make your 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 God has 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 confidence that you truly are a Christian.
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  • It underlines the assurance of 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 call and your election sure.
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  • Let's go to 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 stumbling all 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 ever not sin again, that's crazy.
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  • We all sin, but the stumble is to fall off everything
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  • that you believed in,
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  • do something that's totally in opposition to what you claim,
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  • and lose your influence for God and lose your testimony.
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  • Peter doesn't mean you'll never make a mistake or commit a sin,
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  • it means your progress in the faith
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  • will serve as reassurance of your salvation.
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  • As you're moving forward and these things
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  • are being added to your life,
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  • you won't be going to the pastor every other week, saying,
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  • "How can I be sure that I'm saved?"
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  • Because the very essence of your growth in Christ
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  • will be the absolutely proof that you are a believer.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Over these last few years,
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  • I've been asking God to help me develop friendships
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  • with some younger guys who preach the gospel.
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  • And he has, he's given me some good friends.
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  • One guy quoted in a message, his name is Levi Lusko,
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  • and he's a pastor up in Montana, a great teacher,
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  • and has a story that I don't have time to go into,
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  • but I mentioned his name one Sunday in my church service,
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  • and I didn't know that he was watching the streaming of it.
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  • And I said, "You need to read this book."
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  • He'd written a book and 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,
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  • "Hey, Dr. J, thanks for mentioning me in your sermon."
  • 00:12:49.260 --> 00:12:51.220
  • I thought, "How did he know that?
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  • This is not a live television program."
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  • But I forget we're on the Internet
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  • and we're all over the world,
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  • and you can get us live anywhere you are.
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  • We had this great conversation and determined
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  • that we're going to get together one of these days.
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  • I really admire him.
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  • But another pastor by the name of J.D. Greear
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  • has quite a story about his life.
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  • He said one Saturday morning when he was four or five,
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  • he approached his parents about heaven
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  • and they explained the gospel to him,
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  • and he asked Jesus to come into his life.
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  • And his parents and his pastor felt it was a sincere decision,
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  • and they wrote the date in his Bible, and he said,
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  • "I lived in peace about that for about ten years."
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  • But in the ninth grade, he heard his Sunday school teacher
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  • say that many who think they're saved
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  • will awaken on the judgment day
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  • and they will hear Jesus say he never knew them,
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  • "And I was terrified," said J.D. Greear.
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  • "Would I be one of those that were turned away?"
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  • He asked Jesus to come into his heart again,
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  • this time with the resolve to 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 prayer again and again.
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  • He said, "I walked a lot of aisles during those days.
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  • I think I have been saved
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  • at least once in every denomination."
  • 00:14:05.210 --> 00:14:11.020
  • He said in all, he was baptized four times.
  • 00:14:11.030 --> 00:14:13.280
  • "Honestly, it got pretty embarrassing.
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  • I became a staple at our church's baptism service.
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  • I got my own locker in the baptismal changing area."
  • 00:14:19.130 --> 00:14:24.170
  • But here's the point he makes.
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  • He says he began growing in Christ
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  • and in the traits of godliness.
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  • His doubts and his fears began to go away.
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  • They began to melt into faith and confidence.
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  • His growing maturity and stability
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  • led to growing confidence and security.
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  • And today, he'll be glad to tell you
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  • how he knows without a doubt that he's going to heaven.
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  • Listen, if you truly repent of your sins
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  • and you trusted in the death and resurrection
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  • of Jesus Christ for your salvation,
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  • the Bible says you're saved.
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  • The very growth you experience in Christ
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  • will provide reassurance that you're born again.
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  • And as you grow in the eight qualities Peter describes,
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  • you won't stumble into doubting your salvation
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  • because you'll be drawing from the divine power
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  • and you'll be standing on his precious promises.
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  • His very personality will surge through you
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  • to create the qualities that will give you
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  • stability and security in your life.
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  • There's not many places in the Bible
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  • where the word "never"
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  • is in a more important place than in this passage.
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  • If you do these things, you will never stumble.
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  • By the grace of God, we should all of us
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  • in this room today say to the Lord,
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  • "If that's what it takes, sign me up."
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • So, here's the last one, glorious eternity.
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  • Here's what Peter says in verses 10 and 11.
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  • "Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent
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  • to make your call and 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 be supplied to you abundantly
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  • into the everlasting kingdom
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  • of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
  • 00:16:28.100 --> 00:16:31.220
  • Peter isn't suggesting that we get into the Lord's kingdom
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  • by building character in our lives.
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  • We can't work our way to heaven
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  • on our own merit or by our own effort.
  • 00:16:39.170 --> 00:16:42.060
  • Instead, Peter is saying that if we diligently add
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  • these spiritual qualities to our Christian lives,
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  • we'll be given a rich and abundant entrance
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  • into eternity.
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  • One writer said, "Believers in Christ are secure
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  • whether they add Christian character or not.
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  • What is at stake here is not kingdom entrance,
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  • but abundant kingdom entrance."
  • 00:17:05.220 --> 00:17:09.130
  • You can go to heaven and just go to heaven,
  • 00:17:09.140 --> 00:17:11.250
  • or you can go to heaven victoriously
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  • because you've walked with God,
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  • you've built your life in character,
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  • you've been serious about your Christian faith,
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  • and you can walk in with your hands up high," amen?
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  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:17:22.230 --> 00:17:26.200
  • Over 20 years ago,
  • 00:17:26.210 --> 00:17:28.070
  • I was stricken with stage four lymphoma cancer.
  • 00:17:28.080 --> 00:17:33.240
  • When I was first diagnosed,
  • 00:17:33.250 --> 00:17:35.260
  • I went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota,
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:38.270
  • and there I underwent major surgery.
  • 00:17:38.280 --> 00:17:42.100
  • I can tell you even today, these many years later,
  • 00:17:42.110 --> 00:17:47.130
  • I still remember almost everything
  • 00:17:47.140 --> 00:17:49.220
  • that happened during that time,
  • 00:17:49.230 --> 00:17:52.190
  • and especially my initial moments
  • 00:17:52.200 --> 00:17:55.030
  • when I returned to my home in San Diego.
  • 00:17:55.040 --> 00:17:59.110
  • As soon as we arrived, I walked in,
  • 00:17:59.120 --> 00:18:01.210
  • I had been cut open from stem to stern.
  • 00:18:01.220 --> 00:18:05.220
  • And I wasn't all that feeling good,
  • 00:18:05.230 --> 00:18:09.280
  • and so I found my way to my favorite recliner
  • 00:18:09.290 --> 00:18:12.220
  • in our little living room. and within a few moments,
  • 00:18:12.230 --> 00:18:15.280
  • Donna brought me a stack of letters
  • 00:18:15.290 --> 00:18:17.220
  • and get well cards that had come while we were away.
  • 00:18:17.230 --> 00:18:21.060
  • On top of the pile was a book
  • 00:18:21.070 --> 00:18:22.290
  • that was given to me by the publisher.
  • 00:18:23.000 --> 00:18:26.230
  • Before I tell you about this book,
  • 00:18:26.240 --> 00:18:28.270
  • I'm going to tell you what was going through my mind
  • 00:18:28.280 --> 00:18:30.160
  • that day as I came home.
  • 00:18:30.170 --> 00:18:32.270
  • I was asking God a lot of questions.
  • 00:18:32.280 --> 00:18:35.180
  • I had gotten past the why question
  • 00:18:35.190 --> 00:18:38.010
  • and I was concentrating on the what questions like,
  • 00:18:38.020 --> 00:18:41.080
  • what am I supposed to learn from this frightening experience?
  • 00:18:41.090 --> 00:18:45.020
  • Or what's going to happen in the future?
  • 00:18:45.030 --> 00:18:47.240
  • Or what do you want me to do going forward?
  • 00:18:47.250 --> 00:18:50.160
  • What does all of this mean?
  • 00:18:50.170 --> 00:18:54.080
  • The book on the top of the pile of cards
  • 00:18:54.090 --> 00:18:57.120
  • had this intriguing title, "The Life God Blesses."
  • 00:18:57.130 --> 00:19:05.010
  • It was written by a man named Gordon MacDonald,
  • 00:19:05.020 --> 00:19:09.210
  • a man I had met and greatly admired.
  • 00:19:09.220 --> 00:19:13.220
  • As I read that book,
  • 00:19:13.230 --> 00:19:15.190
  • I couldn't help but think that the publisher
  • 00:19:15.200 --> 00:19:18.040
  • didn't send me that book, God sent me that book.
  • 00:19:18.050 --> 00:19:22.140
  • It was just the right message,
  • 00:19:22.150 --> 00:19:24.140
  • and I was in just the right place
  • 00:19:24.150 --> 00:19:26.140
  • to read it prayerfully and carefully.
  • 00:19:26.150 --> 00:19:29.180
  • In the front of that book was a story
  • 00:19:29.190 --> 00:19:31.190
  • I never have forgotten.
  • 00:19:31.200 --> 00:19:34.020
  • The story involves an American yachtsman
  • 00:19:34.030 --> 00:19:36.250
  • named Michael Plant, 41 years old,
  • 00:19:36.260 --> 00:19:41.070
  • an experienced sailor with over 100.000 miles at sea.
  • 00:19:41.080 --> 00:19:46.210
  • Plant started sailing when he was nine years old
  • 00:19:46.220 --> 00:19:49.120
  • and he held the record for the fastest
  • 00:19:49.130 --> 00:19:51.090
  • solo circumnavigation by an American.
  • 00:19:51.100 --> 00:19:55.240
  • On October 16, 1992, Michael Plant
  • 00:19:55.250 --> 00:20:00.120
  • sailed out of New York Harbor bound for France.
  • 00:20:00.130 --> 00:20:04.030
  • His 60-foot sailboat, the Coyote, was top of the line.
  • 00:20:04.040 --> 00:20:08.040
  • Its design, its hull, its materials, its fabrication,
  • 00:20:08.050 --> 00:20:11.280
  • its equipment, and its comfort were unparalleled.
  • 00:20:11.290 --> 00:20:17.020
  • But something went terribly wrong.
  • 00:20:17.030 --> 00:20:21.030
  • Within two weeks, Plant was missing
  • 00:20:21.040 --> 00:20:23.130
  • and his radio frequencies were silent.
  • 00:20:23.140 --> 00:20:26.230
  • Authorities began searching the vast north Atlantic.
  • 00:20:26.240 --> 00:20:29.270
  • Airline pilots listened for emergency signals.
  • 00:20:29.280 --> 00:20:33.100
  • Ships in the area kept a constant lookout.
  • 00:20:33.110 --> 00:20:36.150
  • Plant's friends felt growing apprehension.
  • 00:20:36.160 --> 00:20:40.140
  • Finally, the Coyote was spotted floating upside down
  • 00:20:40.150 --> 00:20:43.290
  • 450 miles northwest of the Azores islands.
  • 00:20:44.000 --> 00:20:48.220
  • Plant's fellow sailors were mystified.
  • 00:20:48.230 --> 00:20:51.280
  • You see, sailboats normally don't capsize
  • 00:20:51.290 --> 00:20:54.220
  • because they're designed with a ballast beneath the waterline,
  • 00:20:54.230 --> 00:20:58.210
  • a weight bolted to the bottom of the ship
  • 00:20:58.220 --> 00:21:01.030
  • to keep it upright.
  • 00:21:01.040 --> 00:21:02.220
  • They're built to take a pounding,
  • 00:21:02.230 --> 00:21:04.140
  • and then like a child's punching balloon,
  • 00:21:04.150 --> 00:21:07.030
  • they right themselves after every blow.
  • 00:21:07.040 --> 00:21:10.120
  • The Coyote was designed with a ballast
  • 00:21:10.130 --> 00:21:13.000
  • that weighed 8.400 pounds, but it was missing.
  • 00:21:13.010 --> 00:21:20.230
  • What happened to it is a mystery to this day.
  • 00:21:20.240 --> 00:21:23.060
  • Some sailors believe it was sheered off by debris in the sea
  • 00:21:23.070 --> 00:21:27.030
  • or maybe even by a passing whale,
  • 00:21:27.040 --> 00:21:29.280
  • but the boat's hull shows no signs of that kind of damage.
  • 00:21:29.290 --> 00:21:33.160
  • Others think it was bolted on not strongly enough.
  • 00:21:33.170 --> 00:21:36.290
  • Most experts believe the ballast was damaged
  • 00:21:37.000 --> 00:21:39.190
  • while Plant was preparing for his journey,
  • 00:21:39.200 --> 00:21:42.000
  • when the boat became mired in mud
  • 00:21:42.010 --> 00:21:43.260
  • and had to be dragged out.
  • 00:21:43.270 --> 00:21:46.020
  • These experts think the ballast was weakened at that point,
  • 00:21:46.030 --> 00:21:49.060
  • and then dislodged by the winds and storms and the currents.
  • 00:21:49.070 --> 00:21:53.100
  • But whatever the reason,
  • 00:21:53.110 --> 00:21:55.180
  • without the ballast to hold it steady
  • 00:21:55.190 --> 00:21:57.260
  • through troubled waters,
  • 00:21:57.270 --> 00:21:59.220
  • the boat capsized and Plant's body was never found.
  • 00:21:59.230 --> 00:22:05.070
  • The lesson is clear.
  • 00:22:05.080 --> 00:22:07.230
  • The life of godliness is not built out in the open,
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:13.050
  • it's nurtured trait by trait, gift by gift,
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:16.020
  • just as Peter explains.
  • 00:22:16.030 --> 00:22:18.150
  • There are storms ahead for all of us.
  • 00:22:18.160 --> 00:22:20.250
  • If we ignore the quiet but essential traits
  • 00:22:20.260 --> 00:22:23.240
  • outlined in these messages, we're headed for troubled waters
  • 00:22:23.250 --> 00:22:28.030
  • without the ballast of God's gifts to stabilize us.
  • 00:22:28.040 --> 00:22:32.130
  • The qualities you need to get through these storms
  • 00:22:32.140 --> 00:22:35.100
  • and get to heaven triumphantly
  • 00:22:35.110 --> 00:22:37.060
  • are available to you in abundance,
  • 00:22:37.070 --> 00:22:39.020
  • and God has given you everything you need.
  • 00:22:39.030 --> 00:22:41.100
  • The only question is, what are you doing
  • 00:22:41.110 --> 00:22:44.050
  • with those precious qualities?
  • 00:22:44.060 --> 00:22:46.110
  • How are you doing with adding these qualities to your life?
  • 00:22:46.120 --> 00:22:49.160
  • You see, as you add these qualities to your life,
  • 00:22:49.170 --> 00:22:52.070
  • you're building the ballast underneath your life,
  • 00:22:52.080 --> 00:22:55.080
  • the underwater part of who you are
  • 00:22:55.090 --> 00:22:57.190
  • that nobody ever sees, but you know.
  • 00:22:57.200 --> 00:23:00.050
  • And when the storm comes,
  • 00:23:00.060 --> 00:23:01.260
  • if you've built that ballast to balance
  • 00:23:01.270 --> 00:23:03.260
  • what's going on out here,
  • 00:23:03.270 --> 00:23:06.020
  • you will get through the storm and you will stay upright.
  • 00:23:06.030 --> 00:23:09.110
  • But if all you do is build what everybody sees
  • 00:23:09.120 --> 00:23:12.050
  • and you don't work on the underlying stuff,
  • 00:23:12.060 --> 00:23:14.190
  • you will get to the war and it will be over.
  • 00:23:14.200 --> 00:23:17.030
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:23:17.040 --> 00:23:23.120
  • My wonderful friends,
  • 00:23:23.130 --> 00:23:25.030
  • there needs to be more to you and me than meets the eye.
  • 00:23:25.040 --> 00:23:28.290
  • Down below the waterline, deep in our hearts,
  • 00:23:29.000 --> 00:23:32.010
  • we need to carry the ballast of God's power
  • 00:23:32.020 --> 00:23:34.200
  • and his promise and his purposes.
  • 00:23:34.210 --> 00:23:37.190
  • This is the gravity of his grace
  • 00:23:37.200 --> 00:23:40.000
  • that keeps us steady in the storm.
  • 00:23:40.010 --> 00:23:42.280
  • So, my prayer for all of us today is this,
  • 00:23:42.290 --> 00:23:46.050
  • may God bless and keep us in his promises forever.
  • 00:23:46.060 --> 00:23:49.230
  • "To him be the glory both now and forever.
  • 00:23:50.170 --> 00:23:53.210
  • Amen," amen.
  • 00:23:53.220 --> 00:23:55.260
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:23:56.150 --> 00:23:59.250
  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return in a moment
  • 00:24:01.010 --> 00:24:03.020
  • with one more inspirational word right after this.
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  • male announcer: Today, Dr. Jeremiah
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  • gave us practical steps
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  • to unleash the power of God's promises in our lives.
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  • female announcer: And now, with one last word
  • 00:24:49.120 --> 00:24:51.050
  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
  • 00:24:51.060 --> 00:24:54.080
  • Dr. Jeremiah: God's promises are there to encourage us
  • 00:24:55.100 --> 00:24:57.140
  • on our spiritual journey and his blessings await us
  • 00:24:57.150 --> 00:25:01.240
  • on the great adventure we have been studying
  • 00:25:01.250 --> 00:25:04.240
  • as we develop diligence, virtue, knowledge,
  • 00:25:04.250 --> 00:25:08.230
  • self-control, perseverance, godliness,
  • 00:25:08.240 --> 00:25:12.170
  • brotherly kindness, and love in our faith.
  • 00:25:12.180 --> 00:25:16.190
  • But before we can put these qualities to work,
  • 00:25:16.200 --> 00:25:19.280
  • we first must have faith in Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:19.290 --> 00:25:24.070
  • If you would like to know more about what it means
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  • to know Christ and to follow him,
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  • please allow me to send you two free resources.
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