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November 23, 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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  • Turning Point also offers three study packages,
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  • the Everything You Need experience pack, study set,
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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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  • Peter says, "Listen to me, if these things,"
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  • that we've been talking about,
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  • "are yours and you're growing in them,
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  • you abound in them," he says,
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  • "you will have reached a level of adulthood spiritually
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  • that is unlike most of the people you know."
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  • That's one of the great blessings of this passage.
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  • This isn't just a curriculum that we study
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  • so that we can go on to the next thing.
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  • This is a curriculum that we study
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  • that will change our lives and if we're serious about it,
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  • Peter says this, "If these things are yours
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  • and they abound, in other words,
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  • if you're not just learning but you continue to learn,
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  • you will be growing to a level of maturity
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  • that you may never have dreamed was possible for you.
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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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  • How could I be growing in something
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  • if it's not even true in me?
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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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  • 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,
  • 00:12:42.070 --> 00:12:43.240
  • "Lord, is there's some I can do that will make sure
  • 00:12:43.250 --> 00:12:46.170
  • that will guarantee for me that I will never stumble?"
  • 00:12:46.180 --> 00:12:49.060
  • And you know what he said?
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  • "Give yourself to these things.
  • 00:12:50.170 --> 00:12:53.000
  • If you give yourself to these things,
  • 00:12:53.010 --> 00:12:54.230
  • you will never stumble."
  • 00:12:54.240 --> 00:12:57.140
  • In other words, you will never stumble
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  • on a highway to God's home.
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:02.210
  • You will never tumble off the edge of the cliff
  • 00:13:02.220 --> 00:13:04.150
  • and be lost.
  • 00:13:04.160 --> 00:13:06.010
  • Peter doesn't mean you'll never make a mistake or commit a sin,
  • 00:13:06.020 --> 00:13:09.180
  • it means your progress in the faith
  • 00:13:09.190 --> 00:13:11.240
  • will serve as reassurance of your salvation.
  • 00:13:11.250 --> 00:13:15.080
  • As you're moving forward and these things
  • 00:13:15.090 --> 00:13:17.070
  • are being added to your life,
  • 00:13:17.080 --> 00:13:19.100
  • you won't be going to the pastor every other week, saying,
  • 00:13:19.110 --> 00:13:21.280
  • "How can I be sure that I'm saved?"
  • 00:13:21.290 --> 00:13:24.040
  • Because the very essence of your growth in Christ
  • 00:13:24.050 --> 00:13:26.280
  • will be the absolutely proof that you are a believer.
  • 00:13:26.290 --> 00:13:30.250
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:13:31.180 --> 00:13:37.120
  • Over these last few years,
  • 00:13:37.130 --> 00:13:38.220
  • I've been asking God to help me develop friendships
  • 00:13:38.230 --> 00:13:40.290
  • with some younger guys who preach the gospel.
  • 00:13:41.000 --> 00:13:43.200
  • And he has, he's given me some good friends.
  • 00:13:43.210 --> 00:13:46.110
  • One guy quoted in a message, his name is Levi Lusko,
  • 00:13:46.120 --> 00:13:50.100
  • and he's a pastor up in Montana, a great teacher,
  • 00:13:50.110 --> 00:13:53.220
  • and has a story that I don't have time to go into,
  • 00:13:53.230 --> 00:13:56.200
  • but I mentioned his name one Sunday in my church service,
  • 00:13:56.210 --> 00:14:00.030
  • and I didn't know that he was watching the streaming of it.
  • 00:14:00.040 --> 00:14:03.190
  • And I said, "You need to read this book."
  • 00:14:03.200 --> 00:14:05.130
  • He'd written a book and I read it
  • 00:14:05.140 --> 00:14:06.230
  • and it was a great book, and I got home that day
  • 00:14:06.240 --> 00:14:08.230
  • and I got an email said,
  • 00:14:08.240 --> 00:14:10.030
  • "Hey, Dr. J, thanks for mentioning me in your sermon."
  • 00:14:10.040 --> 00:14:12.000
  • I thought, "How did he know that?
  • 00:14:12.010 --> 00:14:13.100
  • This is not a live television program."
  • 00:14:13.110 --> 00:14:14.260
  • But I forget we're on the Internet
  • 00:14:14.270 --> 00:14:16.290
  • and we're all over the world,
  • 00:14:17.000 --> 00:14:18.090
  • and you can get us live anywhere you are.
  • 00:14:18.100 --> 00:14:20.040
  • We had this great conversation and determined
  • 00:14:20.050 --> 00:14:22.290
  • that we're going to get together one of these days.
  • 00:14:23.000 --> 00:14:24.260
  • I really admire him.
  • 00:14:24.270 --> 00:14:26.290
  • But another pastor by the name of J.D. Greear
  • 00:14:27.000 --> 00:14:29.200
  • has quite a story about his life.
  • 00:14:29.210 --> 00:14:32.210
  • He said one Saturday morning when he was four or five,
  • 00:14:32.220 --> 00:14:35.080
  • he approached his parents about heaven
  • 00:14:35.090 --> 00:14:38.110
  • and they explained the gospel to him,
  • 00:14:38.120 --> 00:14:39.270
  • and he asked Jesus to come into his life.
  • 00:14:39.280 --> 00:14:42.150
  • And his parents and his pastor felt it was a sincere decision,
  • 00:14:42.160 --> 00:14:45.280
  • and they wrote the date in his Bible, and he said,
  • 00:14:45.290 --> 00:14:48.220
  • "I lived in peace about that for about ten years."
  • 00:14:48.230 --> 00:14:52.050
  • But in the ninth grade, he heard his Sunday school teacher
  • 00:14:52.060 --> 00:14:54.240
  • say that many who think they're saved
  • 00:14:54.250 --> 00:14:56.180
  • will awaken on the judgment day
  • 00:14:56.190 --> 00:14:58.190
  • and they will hear Jesus say he never knew them,
  • 00:14:58.200 --> 00:15:00.270
  • "And I was terrified," said J.D. Greear.
  • 00:15:00.280 --> 00:15:04.050
  • "Would I be one of those that were turned away?"
  • 00:15:04.060 --> 00:15:07.180
  • He asked Jesus to come into his heart again,
  • 00:15:07.190 --> 00:15:10.120
  • this time with the resolve to be much more
  • 00:15:10.130 --> 00:15:12.070
  • intentional about his faith.
  • 00:15:12.080 --> 00:15:14.050
  • He was baptized again, but again new doubts arose.
  • 00:15:14.060 --> 00:15:19.020
  • He prayed the sinner's prayer again and again.
  • 00:15:19.030 --> 00:15:21.190
  • He said, "I walked a lot of aisles during those days.
  • 00:15:21.200 --> 00:15:24.100
  • I think I have been saved
  • 00:15:24.110 --> 00:15:25.260
  • at least once in every denomination."
  • 00:15:25.270 --> 00:15:31.080
  • He said in all, he was baptized four times.
  • 00:15:31.090 --> 00:15:34.040
  • "Honestly, it got pretty embarrassing.
  • 00:15:34.050 --> 00:15:36.150
  • I became a staple at our church's baptism service.
  • 00:15:36.160 --> 00:15:39.180
  • I got my own locker in the baptismal changing area."
  • 00:15:39.190 --> 00:15:44.230
  • But here's the point he makes.
  • 00:15:47.060 --> 00:15:49.240
  • He says he began growing in Christ
  • 00:15:49.250 --> 00:15:53.240
  • and in the traits of godliness.
  • 00:15:53.250 --> 00:15:56.090
  • His doubts and his fears began to go away.
  • 00:15:56.100 --> 00:16:00.050
  • They began to melt into faith and confidence.
  • 00:16:00.060 --> 00:16:03.070
  • His growing maturity and stability
  • 00:16:03.080 --> 00:16:05.230
  • led to growing confidence and security.
  • 00:16:05.240 --> 00:16:08.150
  • And today, he'll be glad to tell you
  • 00:16:08.160 --> 00:16:10.200
  • how he knows without a doubt that he's going to heaven.
  • 00:16:10.210 --> 00:16:14.190
  • Listen, if you truly repent of your sins
  • 00:16:14.200 --> 00:16:17.210
  • and you trusted in the death and resurrection
  • 00:16:17.220 --> 00:16:19.280
  • of Jesus Christ for your salvation,
  • 00:16:19.290 --> 00:16:22.100
  • the Bible says you're saved.
  • 00:16:22.110 --> 00:16:25.230
  • The very growth you experience in Christ
  • 00:16:25.240 --> 00:16:28.050
  • will provide reassurance that you're born again.
  • 00:16:28.060 --> 00:16:31.070
  • And as you grow in the eight qualities Peter describes,
  • 00:16:31.080 --> 00:16:35.180
  • you won't stumble into doubting your salvation
  • 00:16:35.190 --> 00:16:38.230
  • because you'll be drawing from the divine power
  • 00:16:38.240 --> 00:16:42.020
  • and you'll be standing on his precious promises.
  • 00:16:42.030 --> 00:16:45.240
  • His very personality will surge through you
  • 00:16:45.250 --> 00:16:49.080
  • to create the qualities that will give you
  • 00:16:49.090 --> 00:16:51.170
  • stability and security in your life.
  • 00:16:51.180 --> 00:16:54.140
  • There's not many places in the Bible
  • 00:16:54.150 --> 00:16:56.240
  • where the word "never"
  • 00:16:56.250 --> 00:16:58.250
  • is in a more important place than in this passage.
  • 00:16:58.260 --> 00:17:02.160
  • If you do these things, you will never stumble.
  • 00:17:02.170 --> 00:17:10.230
  • By the grace of God, we should all of us
  • 00:17:10.240 --> 00:17:12.180
  • in this room today say to the Lord,
  • 00:17:12.190 --> 00:17:15.220
  • "If that's what it takes, sign me up."
  • 00:17:15.230 --> 00:17:19.090
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:17:20.000 --> 00:17:25.100
  • So, here's the last one, glorious eternity.
  • 00:17:25.110 --> 00:17:29.250
  • Here's what Peter says in verses 10 and 11.
  • 00:17:29.260 --> 00:17:33.240
  • "Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent
  • 00:17:33.250 --> 00:17:36.130
  • to make your call and election sure,
  • 00:17:36.140 --> 00:17:39.100
  • for if you do these things, you will never stumble,
  • 00:17:39.110 --> 00:17:42.100
  • for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly
  • 00:17:42.110 --> 00:17:46.190
  • into the everlasting kingdom
  • 00:17:46.200 --> 00:17:48.150
  • of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
  • 00:17:48.160 --> 00:17:51.280
  • Peter isn't suggesting that we get into the Lord's kingdom
  • 00:17:51.290 --> 00:17:55.040
  • by building character in our lives.
  • 00:17:55.050 --> 00:17:57.280
  • We can't work our way to heaven
  • 00:17:57.290 --> 00:17:59.220
  • on our own merit or by our own effort.
  • 00:17:59.230 --> 00:18:02.140
  • Instead, Peter is saying that if we diligently add
  • 00:18:02.150 --> 00:18:05.180
  • these spiritual qualities to our Christian lives,
  • 00:18:05.190 --> 00:18:08.170
  • we'll be given a rich and abundant entrance
  • 00:18:08.180 --> 00:18:12.120
  • into eternity.
  • 00:18:12.130 --> 00:18:14.270
  • One writer said, "Believers in Christ are secure
  • 00:18:16.280 --> 00:18:20.090
  • whether they add Christian character or not.
  • 00:18:20.100 --> 00:18:22.290
  • What is at stake here is not kingdom entrance,
  • 00:18:23.000 --> 00:18:25.270
  • but abundant kingdom entrance."
  • 00:18:25.280 --> 00:18:29.200
  • Some years ago, I wrote a book called
  • 00:18:29.210 --> 00:18:31.070
  • "Living with Confidence" in a Chaotic World,"
  • 00:18:31.080 --> 00:18:33.250
  • and in that book, I compared heaven
  • 00:18:33.260 --> 00:18:36.050
  • to a safe and pleasant harbor.
  • 00:18:36.060 --> 00:18:39.080
  • Throughout our lives, we sailed Godward toward that harbor,
  • 00:18:39.090 --> 00:18:42.260
  • moving through the storms and the rocks
  • 00:18:42.270 --> 00:18:44.230
  • that lurk in the waves,
  • 00:18:44.240 --> 00:18:46.120
  • and some ships barely make it into port.
  • 00:18:46.130 --> 00:18:49.210
  • The crew is exhausted, almost to mutiny.
  • 00:18:49.220 --> 00:18:52.140
  • The sails are torn, supplies are low,
  • 00:18:52.150 --> 00:18:55.130
  • the ship has sprung a leak.
  • 00:18:55.140 --> 00:18:57.080
  • It's not exactly a hail-the-conquering-hero
  • 00:18:57.090 --> 00:18:59.230
  • kind of arrival.
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:02.030
  • But we don't have to float into harbor
  • 00:19:02.040 --> 00:19:03.260
  • with our sails down and our spirits defeated.
  • 00:19:03.270 --> 00:19:07.080
  • Peter is telling us that diligent believers
  • 00:19:07.090 --> 00:19:09.220
  • are like attentive captains and sailors,
  • 00:19:09.230 --> 00:19:12.200
  • they sail with discipline,
  • 00:19:12.210 --> 00:19:14.150
  • manning the watchtower, maintaining the ship,
  • 00:19:14.160 --> 00:19:17.110
  • keeping the morale high among the crew.
  • 00:19:17.120 --> 00:19:19.110
  • Storms will come,
  • 00:19:19.120 --> 00:19:21.050
  • but God has given us what we need
  • 00:19:21.060 --> 00:19:23.040
  • to come through each one.
  • 00:19:23.050 --> 00:19:25.000
  • In other words, you can go to heaven and just go to heaven,
  • 00:19:25.010 --> 00:19:28.110
  • or you can go to heaven victoriously
  • 00:19:28.120 --> 00:19:30.080
  • because you've walked with God,
  • 00:19:30.090 --> 00:19:31.290
  • you've built your life in character,
  • 00:19:32.000 --> 00:19:33.230
  • you've been serious about your Christian faith,
  • 00:19:33.240 --> 00:19:36.010
  • and you can walk in with your hands up high," amen?
  • 00:19:36.020 --> 00:19:39.080
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:19:39.090 --> 00:19:43.150
  • So, there you have this wonderful list of blessings,
  • 00:19:43.160 --> 00:19:49.080
  • seven things God wants to do in your life
  • 00:19:49.090 --> 00:19:52.070
  • if you will commit yourself to these things.
  • 00:19:52.080 --> 00:19:56.120
  • Over 20 years ago,
  • 00:19:56.130 --> 00:19:57.290
  • I was stricken with stage four lymphoma cancer.
  • 00:19:58.000 --> 00:20:03.160
  • When I was first diagnosed,
  • 00:20:03.170 --> 00:20:05.180
  • I went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota,
  • 00:20:05.190 --> 00:20:08.190
  • and there I underwent major surgery.
  • 00:20:08.200 --> 00:20:12.020
  • I can tell you even today, these many years later,
  • 00:20:12.030 --> 00:20:17.050
  • I still remember almost everything
  • 00:20:17.060 --> 00:20:19.140
  • that happened during that time,
  • 00:20:19.150 --> 00:20:22.110
  • and especially my initial moments
  • 00:20:22.120 --> 00:20:24.250
  • when I returned to my home in San Diego.
  • 00:20:24.260 --> 00:20:29.030
  • As soon as we arrived, I walked in,
  • 00:20:29.040 --> 00:20:31.110
  • I had been cut open from stem to stern.
  • 00:20:31.120 --> 00:20:35.120
  • And I wasn't all that feeling good,
  • 00:20:35.130 --> 00:20:39.180
  • and so I found my way to my favorite recliner
  • 00:20:39.190 --> 00:20:42.120
  • in our little living room. and within a few moments,
  • 00:20:42.130 --> 00:20:45.180
  • Donna brought me a stack of letters
  • 00:20:45.190 --> 00:20:47.120
  • and get well cards that had come while we were away.
  • 00:20:47.130 --> 00:20:50.260
  • On top of the pile was a book
  • 00:20:50.270 --> 00:20:52.190
  • that was given to me by the publisher.
  • 00:20:52.200 --> 00:20:56.130
  • Before I tell you about this book,
  • 00:20:56.140 --> 00:20:58.170
  • I'm going to tell you what was going through my mind
  • 00:20:58.180 --> 00:21:00.080
  • that day as I came home.
  • 00:21:00.090 --> 00:21:02.190
  • I was asking God a lot of questions.
  • 00:21:02.200 --> 00:21:05.100
  • I had gotten past the why question
  • 00:21:05.110 --> 00:21:07.230
  • and I was concentrating on the what questions like,
  • 00:21:07.240 --> 00:21:11.000
  • what am I supposed to learn from this frightening experience?
  • 00:21:11.010 --> 00:21:14.240
  • Or what's going to happen in the future?
  • 00:21:14.250 --> 00:21:17.160
  • Or what do you want me to do going forward?
  • 00:21:17.170 --> 00:21:20.080
  • What does all of this mean?
  • 00:21:20.090 --> 00:21:24.000
  • The book on the top of the pile of cards
  • 00:21:24.010 --> 00:21:27.040
  • had this intriguing title, "The Life God Blesses."
  • 00:21:27.050 --> 00:21:34.210
  • It was written by a man named Gordon MacDonald,
  • 00:21:34.220 --> 00:21:39.110
  • a man I had met and greatly admired.
  • 00:21:39.120 --> 00:21:43.120
  • As I read that book,
  • 00:21:43.130 --> 00:21:45.090
  • I couldn't help but think that the publisher
  • 00:21:45.100 --> 00:21:47.240
  • didn't send me that book, God sent me that book.
  • 00:21:47.250 --> 00:21:52.040
  • It was just the right message,
  • 00:21:52.050 --> 00:21:54.040
  • and I was in just the right place
  • 00:21:54.050 --> 00:21:56.040
  • to read it prayerfully and carefully.
  • 00:21:56.050 --> 00:21:59.080
  • In the front of that book was a story
  • 00:21:59.090 --> 00:22:01.110
  • I never have forgotten.
  • 00:22:01.120 --> 00:22:03.240
  • The story involves an American yachtsman
  • 00:22:03.250 --> 00:22:06.170
  • named Michael Plant, 41 years old,
  • 00:22:06.180 --> 00:22:10.290
  • an experienced sailor with over 100.000 miles at sea.
  • 00:22:11.000 --> 00:22:16.130
  • Plant started sailing when he was nine years old
  • 00:22:16.140 --> 00:22:19.040
  • and he held the record for the fastest
  • 00:22:19.050 --> 00:22:21.010
  • solo circumnavigation by an American.
  • 00:22:21.020 --> 00:22:25.160
  • On October 16, 1992, Michael Plant
  • 00:22:25.170 --> 00:22:30.040
  • sailed out of New York Harbor bound for France.
  • 00:22:30.050 --> 00:22:33.250
  • His 60-foot sailboat, the Coyote, was top of the line.
  • 00:22:33.260 --> 00:22:37.260
  • Its design, its hull, its materials, its fabrication,
  • 00:22:37.270 --> 00:22:41.200
  • its equipment, and its comfort were unparalleled.
  • 00:22:41.210 --> 00:22:46.240
  • But something went terribly wrong.
  • 00:22:46.250 --> 00:22:50.250
  • Within two weeks, Plant was missing
  • 00:22:50.260 --> 00:22:53.050
  • and his radio frequencies were silent.
  • 00:22:53.060 --> 00:22:56.150
  • Authorities began searching the vast north Atlantic.
  • 00:22:56.160 --> 00:22:59.190
  • Airline pilots listened for emergency signals.
  • 00:22:59.200 --> 00:23:03.040
  • Ships in the area kept a constant lookout.
  • 00:23:03.050 --> 00:23:06.090
  • Plant's friends felt growing apprehension.
  • 00:23:06.100 --> 00:23:10.080
  • Finally, the Coyote was spotted floating upside down
  • 00:23:10.090 --> 00:23:13.230
  • 450 miles northwest of the Azores islands.
  • 00:23:13.240 --> 00:23:18.160
  • Plant's fellow sailors were mystified.
  • 00:23:18.170 --> 00:23:21.220
  • You see, sailboats normally don't capsize
  • 00:23:21.230 --> 00:23:24.160
  • because they're designed with a ballast beneath the waterline,
  • 00:23:24.170 --> 00:23:28.150
  • a weight bolted to the bottom of the ship
  • 00:23:28.160 --> 00:23:30.250
  • to keep it upright.
  • 00:23:30.260 --> 00:23:32.140
  • They're built to take a pounding,
  • 00:23:32.150 --> 00:23:34.060
  • and then like a child's punching balloon,
  • 00:23:34.070 --> 00:23:36.250
  • they right themselves after every blow.
  • 00:23:36.260 --> 00:23:40.040
  • The Coyote was designed with a ballast
  • 00:23:40.050 --> 00:23:42.220
  • that weighed 8.400 pounds, but it was missing.
  • 00:23:42.230 --> 00:23:50.150
  • What happened to it is a mystery to this day.
  • 00:23:50.160 --> 00:23:52.280
  • Some sailors believe it was sheered off by debris in the sea
  • 00:23:52.290 --> 00:23:56.250
  • or maybe even by a passing whale,
  • 00:23:56.260 --> 00:23:59.200
  • but the boat's hull shows no signs of that kind of damage.
  • 00:23:59.210 --> 00:24:03.100
  • Others think it was bolted on not strongly enough.
  • 00:24:03.110 --> 00:24:06.230
  • Most experts believe the ballast was damaged
  • 00:24:06.240 --> 00:24:09.130
  • while Plant was preparing for his journey,
  • 00:24:09.140 --> 00:24:11.240
  • when the boat became mired in mud
  • 00:24:11.250 --> 00:24:13.200
  • and had to be dragged out.
  • 00:24:13.210 --> 00:24:15.260
  • These experts think the ballast was weakened at that point,
  • 00:24:15.270 --> 00:24:19.000
  • and then dislodged by the winds and storms and the currents.
  • 00:24:19.010 --> 00:24:23.040
  • But whatever the reason,
  • 00:24:23.050 --> 00:24:25.120
  • without the ballast to hold it steady
  • 00:24:25.130 --> 00:24:27.200
  • through troubled waters,
  • 00:24:27.210 --> 00:24:29.160
  • the boat capsized and Plant's body was never found.
  • 00:24:29.170 --> 00:24:34.290
  • The lesson is clear.
  • 00:24:35.000 --> 00:24:37.150
  • The life of godliness is not built out in the open,
  • 00:24:37.160 --> 00:24:42.270
  • it's nurtured trait by trait, gift by gift,
  • 00:24:42.280 --> 00:24:45.240
  • just as Peter explains.
  • 00:24:45.250 --> 00:24:48.070
  • There are storms ahead for all of us.
  • 00:24:48.080 --> 00:24:50.170
  • If we ignore the quiet but essential traits
  • 00:24:50.180 --> 00:24:53.160
  • outlined in these messages, we're headed for troubled waters
  • 00:24:53.170 --> 00:24:57.250
  • without the ballast of God's gifts to stabilize us.
  • 00:24:57.260 --> 00:25:02.070
  • The qualities you need to get through these storms
  • 00:25:02.080 --> 00:25:05.040
  • and get to heaven triumphantly
  • 00:25:05.050 --> 00:25:07.000
  • are available to you in abundance,
  • 00:25:07.010 --> 00:25:08.260
  • and God has given you everything you need.
  • 00:25:08.270 --> 00:25:11.040
  • The only question is, what are you doing
  • 00:25:11.050 --> 00:25:13.290
  • with those precious qualities?
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  • How are you doing with adding these qualities to your life?
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  • You see, as you add these qualities to your life,
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  • you're building the ballast underneath your life,
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  • the underwater part of who you are
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  • that nobody ever sees, but you know.
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  • And when the storm comes,
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  • if you've built that ballast to balance
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  • what's going on out here,
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  • you will get through the storm and you will stay upright.
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  • But if all you do is build what everybody sees
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  • and you don't work on the underlying stuff,
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  • you will get to the war and it will be over.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • My wonderful friends,
  • 00:25:53.050 --> 00:25:54.250
  • there needs to be more to you and me than meets the eye.
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  • Down below the waterline, deep in our hearts,
  • 00:25:58.220 --> 00:26:01.250
  • we need to carry the ballast of God's power
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  • and his promise and his purposes.
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  • This is the gravity of his grace
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  • that keeps us steady in the storm.
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  • So, my prayer for all of us today is this,
  • 00:26:12.230 --> 00:26:15.290
  • may God bless and keep us in his promises forever.
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  • "To him be the glory both now and forever.
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  • Amen," amen.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return in a moment
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  • 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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  • Are you up for the challenge?
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  • Learn to add all eight qualities to your faith
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  • female announcer: And now, with one last word
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God's promises are there to encourage us
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  • on our spiritual journey and his blessings await us
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  • on the great adventure we have been studying
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  • as we develop diligence, virtue, knowledge,
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  • self-control, perseverance, godliness,
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  • brotherly kindness, and love in our faith.
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  • But before we can put these qualities to work,
  • 00:27:46.150 --> 00:27:49.230
  • we first must have faith in Jesus Christ.
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  • If you would like to know more about what it means
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I got attracted to this particular passage
  • 00:28:54.290 --> 00:28:56.290
  • because I think it's singularly one of the most
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  • perfect passage of Scripture in the Bible.
  • 00:29:00.140 --> 00:29:03.060
  • First of all, there's a promise at the beginning
  • 00:29:03.070 --> 00:29:05.160
  • and there's a blessing at the end.
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  • And in between are all the things you need to do
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  • to get from the promise to the blessing,
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  • and it's right in the text and it's--
  • 00:29:11.210 --> 00:29:13.270
  • it just grabbed me so much, I thought,
  • 00:29:13.280 --> 00:29:16.050
  • "I got to share that passage because it's so powerful."
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  • announcer: Join us next time for an encore presentation
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  • of Dr. Jeremiah's powerful "Everything You Need" interview
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Life moves so fast,
  • 00:30:01.150 --> 00:30:04.240
  • 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.
  • 00:30:13.090 --> 00:30:17.070
  • Exploring what the world has to offer,
  • 00:30:17.080 --> 00:30:20.080
  • we often find nothing.
  • 00:30:20.090 --> 00:30:23.280
  • However, your journey through the twists and turns
  • 00:30:23.290 --> 00:30:26.070
  • 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,
  • 00:30:39.000 --> 00:30:41.270
  • and the power you've been seeking.
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  • It's a journey of unimaginable blessing.
  • 00:30:44.260 --> 00:30:48.130
  • And here is the amazing part.
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  • With God, you already have everything you need
  • 00:30:50.240 --> 00:30:53.200
  • for life's journey.
  • 00:30:53.210 --> 00:30:55.100
  • Not half of what you need or a whole lot of what you need.
  • 00:30:55.110 --> 00:30:58.270
  • God has given you everything you need.
  • 00:30:58.280 --> 00:31:03.100
  • God never intended for you to stumble your way
  • 00:31:03.110 --> 00:31:06.010
  • through the course of each day,
  • 00:31:06.020 --> 00:31:07.170
  • and certainly not journey unprepared into your future.
  • 00:31:07.180 --> 00:31:12.010
  • 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,
  • 00:31:22.090 --> 00:31:25.250
  • 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.
  • 00:31:39.230 --> 00:31:43.030
  • Sometimes, the journey is filled with challenges,
  • 00:31:43.040 --> 00:31:46.060
  • but arriving at the destination makes it all worthwhile.
  • 00:31:46.070 --> 00:31:50.180
  • And the same is true in our spiritual journey.
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  • To gain a greater perspective of all God has for us,
  • 00:31:54.010 --> 00:31:57.040
  • we must be willing to endure
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  • life's terrain and its challenges.
  • 00:31:59.030 --> 00:32:02.000
  • But with God's presence on the adventure,
  • 00:32:02.010 --> 00:32:04.220
  • we are unimaginably blessed.
  • 00:32:04.230 --> 00:32:07.040
  • 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
  • 00:32:51.170 --> 00:32:54.060
  • 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?
  • 00:32:59.280 --> 00:33:02.260
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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,
  • 00:34:22.070 --> 00:34:25.030
  • 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
  • 00:34:30.160 --> 00:34:32.230
  • 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.
  • 00:34:57.020 --> 00:35:00.170
  • 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.
  • 00:35:21.050 --> 00:35:24.100
  • 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,
  • 00:35:36.190 --> 00:35:39.020
  • 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,"
  • 00:35:44.170 --> 00:35:47.110
  • 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,
  • 00:36:01.160 --> 00:36:03.030
  • "For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure,
  • 00:36:03.040 --> 00:36:07.160
  • they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive."
  • 00:36:07.170 --> 00:36:13.030
  • 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,
  • 00:36:16.240 --> 00:36:18.050
  • "If you possess these eight qualities
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  • and you are growing in them,
  • 00:36:20.130 --> 00:36:22.160
  • you'll be increasingly effective and productive
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  • in whatever you do for Jesus Christ."
  • 00:36:25.260 --> 00:36:28.160
  • That's what Peter promises.
  • 00:36:28.170 --> 00:36:30.070
  • The New Living Translation of 2 Peter 1:8
  • 00:36:30.080 --> 00:36:32.150
  • puts this principle in plain and simple language.
  • 00:36:32.160 --> 00:36:35.250
  • "The more you grow like this,
  • 00:36:35.260 --> 00:36:38.040
  • the more productive and useful you will be."
  • 00:36:38.050 --> 00:36:42.250
  • Once you start this pattern of asking God to help you grow
  • 00:36:42.260 --> 00:36:46.210
  • in your knowledge of who he is
  • 00:36:46.220 --> 00:36:48.180
  • through the Scripture and the principles we've been studying,
  • 00:36:48.190 --> 00:36:51.070
  • once you determine that these things
  • 00:36:51.080 --> 00:36:53.100
  • are going to be important in your life,
  • 00:36:53.110 --> 00:36:55.220
  • once you start to grow,
  • 00:36:55.230 --> 00:36:57.140
  • get ready because God is going to put you to work
  • 00:36:57.150 --> 00:37:00.170
  • in ever more effective ways and more exciting places.
  • 00:37:00.180 --> 00:37:04.220
  • Here's blessing number three, greater clarity.
  • 00:37:04.230 --> 00:37:09.030
  • The third blessing comes with the development
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  • of these virtues in verse 9.
  • 00:37:11.040 --> 00:37:13.210
  • He says, "For he who lacks these things,"
  • 00:37:14.150 --> 00:37:16.290
  • so if you don't do these things,
  • 00:37:17.000 --> 00:37:19.020
  • Peter says you will be shortsighted,
  • 00:37:19.030 --> 00:37:21.160
  • even to blindness.
  • 00:37:21.170 --> 00:37:24.020
  • Shortsighted people have trouble figuring out how to live.
  • 00:37:24.030 --> 00:37:28.030
  • 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.
  • 00:37:32.030 --> 00:37:34.130
  • I've fallen in love with the word "clarity."
  • 00:37:34.140 --> 00:37:36.280
  • 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.
  • 00:37:49.020 --> 00:37:53.050
  • And the Bible has a lot to say about that
  • 00:37:53.060 --> 00:37:55.220
  • that you may not remember.
  • 00:37:55.230 --> 00:37:57.070
  • The psalmist said, "Lord, open my eyes,
  • 00:37:57.260 --> 00:38:01.230
  • that I may see wondrous things from your law.
  • 00:38:01.240 --> 00:38:05.100
  • Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
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  • and revive me in your way."
  • 00:38:08.160 --> 00:38:11.040
  • Again, "This was the Lord's doing,
  • 00:38:11.050 --> 00:38:13.270
  • it is marvelous in our eyes."
  • 00:38:13.280 --> 00:38:17.100
  • Here's what I think Peter means when he says
  • 00:38:17.110 --> 00:38:20.020
  • that if we don't develop these qualities in our life,
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  • we end up being shortsighted.
  • 00:38:23.020 --> 00:38:25.070
  • We lose interest in anything beyond what affects us
  • 00:38:25.080 --> 00:38:29.190
  • in the here and now.
  • 00:38:29.200 --> 00:38:31.100
  • As you grow in the grace of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:38:31.110 --> 00:38:34.030
  • men and women,
  • 00:38:34.040 --> 00:38:35.130
  • your vision becomes increasingly more clear.
  • 00:38:35.140 --> 00:38:38.280
  • You see his blessings more quickly.
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  • You learn to focus your vision
  • 00:38:41.160 --> 00:38:43.100
  • on the things you didn't see before,
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  • for the things that are seen are temporary,
  • 00:38:45.240 --> 00:38:47.240
  • but the things that are unseen are eternal.
  • 00:38:47.250 --> 00:38:50.250
  • So, blessing number three is greater clarity,
  • 00:38:50.260 --> 00:38:55.170
  • being able to see things better
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  • when you're adding these things to your life.
  • 00:38:57.290 --> 00:39:01.130
  • God gives you a greater perspective
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  • on how life works.
  • 00:39:03.140 --> 00:39:05.130
  • Here's number four, a grateful memory.
  • 00:39:05.140 --> 00:39:08.230
  • Once again, here is a positive principle
  • 00:39:08.240 --> 00:39:11.080
  • from some negative terms.
  • 00:39:11.090 --> 00:39:13.100
  • 2 Peter 1:9 says this, "He who lacks these things
  • 00:39:14.020 --> 00:39:17.240
  • is shortsighted, even to blindness."
  • 00:39:17.250 --> 00:39:21.040
  • Now, listen to this phrase,
  • 00:39:21.050 --> 00:39:23.030
  • "And has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins."
  • 00:39:23.040 --> 00:39:29.180
  • Peter makes this astounding statement
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  • that if we don't give ourselves
  • 00:39:31.120 --> 00:39:33.040
  • to growth and development as Christians,
  • 00:39:33.050 --> 00:39:35.120
  • we run the risk of coming to the place
  • 00:39:35.130 --> 00:39:37.170
  • where we don't even remember that we have become Christians.
  • 00:39:37.180 --> 00:39:41.190
  • Our salvation becomes almost not important to us anymore.
  • 00:39:41.200 --> 00:39:46.080
  • Peter is warning us against a complacent,
  • 00:39:46.090 --> 00:39:49.000
  • satisfied faith.
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  • Instead, he wants us to keep the joy and thrill
  • 00:39:50.280 --> 00:39:53.230
  • of our salvation fresh in our memory.
  • 00:39:53.240 --> 00:39:57.270
  • When you are constantly seeking to grow in Christlike character,
  • 00:39:57.280 --> 00:40:02.070
  • you will never lose the delight
  • 00:40:02.080 --> 00:40:04.190
  • of what's happened to you as a Christian.
  • 00:40:04.200 --> 00:40:08.090
  • Don't ever, ever forget what he's done for you.
  • 00:40:08.100 --> 00:40:11.040
  • The more you meditate on God's blessing
  • 00:40:11.050 --> 00:40:13.270
  • to make you a Christian, the more you will want to be
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  • the most effective Christian you can be.
  • 00:40:16.130 --> 00:40:20.030
  • Here's number five, genuine stability.
  • 00:40:20.040 --> 00:40:23.020
  • "Therefore, brethren," 2 Peter 1:10,
  • 00:40:24.120 --> 00:40:28.010
  • "be even more diligent to make your call and election sure."
  • 00:40:28.020 --> 00:40:33.240
  • To make it certain, set your minds
  • 00:40:33.250 --> 00:40:37.060
  • on endorsing by your conduct
  • 00:40:37.070 --> 00:40:39.250
  • the fact that God has called and chosen you.
  • 00:40:39.260 --> 00:40:43.020
  • Peter says this.
  • 00:40:43.030 --> 00:40:45.130
  • When you are constantly growing,
  • 00:40:45.140 --> 00:40:48.020
  • that gives you the confidence that you truly are a Christian.
  • 00:40:48.030 --> 00:40:52.190
  • It underlines the assurance of your faith.
  • 00:40:52.200 --> 00:40:55.270
  • Your daily growth, your regular growth,
  • 00:40:55.280 --> 00:40:58.110
  • your discipline, your discipleship,
  • 00:40:58.120 --> 00:41:00.250
  • it makes your call and your election sure.
  • 00:41:00.260 --> 00:41:05.180
  • Let's go to my favorite one of all,
  • 00:41:05.190 --> 00:41:08.160
  • which is number six, guaranteed security.
  • 00:41:08.170 --> 00:41:14.050
  • "For if you do these things, you will never stumble."
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  • Oh God, I don't want to stumble.
  • 00:41:19.150 --> 00:41:21.120
  • I see people stumbling all over the place,
  • 00:41:21.130 --> 00:41:23.070
  • it's pretty ugly, isn't it?
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  • You don't want to be a stumbler.
  • 00:41:25.240 --> 00:41:27.100
  • That doesn't mean you won't ever not sin again, that's crazy.
  • 00:41:27.110 --> 00:41:30.040
  • We all sin, but the stumble is to fall off everything
  • 00:41:30.050 --> 00:41:34.060
  • that you believed in,
  • 00:41:34.070 --> 00:41:35.220
  • do something that's totally in opposition to what you claim,
  • 00:41:35.230 --> 00:41:40.010
  • and lose your influence for God and lose your testimony.
  • 00:41:40.020 --> 00:41:45.230
  • Peter doesn't mean you'll never make a mistake or commit a sin,
  • 00:41:45.240 --> 00:41:49.100
  • it means your progress in the faith
  • 00:41:49.110 --> 00:41:51.160
  • will serve as reassurance of your salvation.
  • 00:41:51.170 --> 00:41:55.000
  • As you're moving forward and these things
  • 00:41:55.010 --> 00:41:56.290
  • are being added to your life,
  • 00:41:57.000 --> 00:41:59.020
  • you won't be going to the pastor every other week, saying,
  • 00:41:59.030 --> 00:42:01.220
  • "How can I be sure that I'm saved?"
  • 00:42:01.230 --> 00:42:03.280
  • Because the very essence of your growth in Christ
  • 00:42:03.290 --> 00:42:06.220
  • will be the absolutely proof that you are a believer.
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  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:42:11.120 --> 00:42:17.060
  • Over these last few years,
  • 00:42:17.070 --> 00:42:18.160
  • I've been asking God to help me develop friendships
  • 00:42:18.170 --> 00:42:20.230
  • with some younger guys who preach the gospel.
  • 00:42:20.240 --> 00:42:23.140
  • And he has, he's given me some good friends.
  • 00:42:23.150 --> 00:42:26.050
  • One guy quoted in a message, his name is Levi Lusko,
  • 00:42:26.060 --> 00:42:30.040
  • and he's a pastor up in Montana, a great teacher,
  • 00:42:30.050 --> 00:42:33.160
  • and has a story that I don't have time to go into,
  • 00:42:33.170 --> 00:42:36.140
  • but I mentioned his name one Sunday in my church service,
  • 00:42:36.150 --> 00:42:39.250
  • and I didn't know that he was watching the streaming of it.
  • 00:42:39.260 --> 00:42:43.110
  • And I said, "You need to read this book."
  • 00:42:43.120 --> 00:42:45.050
  • He'd written a book and I read it
  • 00:42:45.060 --> 00:42:46.150
  • and it was a great book, and I got home that day
  • 00:42:46.160 --> 00:42:48.150
  • and I got an email said,
  • 00:42:48.160 --> 00:42:49.250
  • "Hey, Dr. J, thanks for mentioning me in your sermon."
  • 00:42:49.260 --> 00:42:51.220
  • I thought, "How did he know that?
  • 00:42:51.230 --> 00:42:53.020
  • This is not a live television program."
  • 00:42:53.030 --> 00:42:54.180
  • But I forget we're on the Internet
  • 00:42:54.190 --> 00:42:56.210
  • and we're all over the world,
  • 00:42:56.220 --> 00:42:58.010
  • and you can get us live anywhere you are.
  • 00:42:58.020 --> 00:42:59.260
  • We had this great conversation and determined
  • 00:42:59.270 --> 00:43:02.230
  • that we're going to get together one of these days.
  • 00:43:02.240 --> 00:43:04.200
  • I really admire him.
  • 00:43:04.210 --> 00:43:06.230
  • But another pastor by the name of J.D. Greear
  • 00:43:06.240 --> 00:43:09.140
  • has quite a story about his life.
  • 00:43:09.150 --> 00:43:12.150
  • He said one Saturday morning when he was four or five,
  • 00:43:12.160 --> 00:43:15.020
  • he approached his parents about heaven
  • 00:43:15.030 --> 00:43:18.050
  • and they explained the gospel to him,
  • 00:43:18.060 --> 00:43:19.210
  • and he asked Jesus to come into his life.
  • 00:43:19.220 --> 00:43:22.090
  • And his parents and his pastor felt it was a sincere decision,
  • 00:43:22.100 --> 00:43:25.220
  • and they wrote the date in his Bible, and he said,
  • 00:43:25.230 --> 00:43:28.160
  • "I lived in peace about that for about ten years."
  • 00:43:28.170 --> 00:43:31.290
  • But in the ninth grade, he heard his Sunday school teacher
  • 00:43:32.000 --> 00:43:34.180
  • say that many who think they're saved
  • 00:43:34.190 --> 00:43:36.120
  • will awaken on the judgment day
  • 00:43:36.130 --> 00:43:38.130
  • and they will hear Jesus say he never knew them,
  • 00:43:38.140 --> 00:43:40.190
  • "And I was terrified," said J.D. Greear.
  • 00:43:40.200 --> 00:43:43.270
  • "Would I be one of those that were turned away?"
  • 00:43:43.280 --> 00:43:47.100
  • He asked Jesus to come into his heart again,
  • 00:43:47.110 --> 00:43:50.040
  • this time with the resolve to be much more
  • 00:43:50.050 --> 00:43:51.290
  • intentional about his faith.
  • 00:43:52.000 --> 00:43:53.270
  • He was baptized again, but again new doubts arose.
  • 00:43:53.280 --> 00:43:58.240
  • He prayed the sinner's prayer again and again.
  • 00:43:58.250 --> 00:44:01.130
  • He said, "I walked a lot of aisles during those days.
  • 00:44:01.140 --> 00:44:04.040
  • I think I have been saved
  • 00:44:04.050 --> 00:44:05.200
  • at least once in every denomination."
  • 00:44:05.210 --> 00:44:11.020
  • He said in all, he was baptized four times.
  • 00:44:11.030 --> 00:44:13.280
  • "Honestly, it got pretty embarrassing.
  • 00:44:13.290 --> 00:44:16.090
  • I became a staple at our church's baptism service.
  • 00:44:16.100 --> 00:44:19.120
  • I got my own locker in the baptismal changing area."
  • 00:44:19.130 --> 00:44:24.170
  • But here's the point he makes.
  • 00:44:27.000 --> 00:44:29.180
  • He says he began growing in Christ
  • 00:44:29.190 --> 00:44:33.180
  • and in the traits of godliness.
  • 00:44:33.190 --> 00:44:36.030
  • His doubts and his fears began to go away.
  • 00:44:36.040 --> 00:44:39.270
  • They began to melt into faith and confidence.
  • 00:44:39.280 --> 00:44:42.290
  • His growing maturity and stability
  • 00:44:43.000 --> 00:44:45.150
  • led to growing confidence and security.
  • 00:44:45.160 --> 00:44:48.070
  • And today, he'll be glad to tell you
  • 00:44:48.080 --> 00:44:50.120
  • how he knows without a doubt that he's going to heaven.
  • 00:44:50.130 --> 00:44:54.110
  • Listen, if you truly repent of your sins
  • 00:44:54.120 --> 00:44:57.130
  • and you trusted in the death and resurrection
  • 00:44:57.140 --> 00:44:59.200
  • of Jesus Christ for your salvation,
  • 00:44:59.210 --> 00:45:02.040
  • the Bible says you're saved.
  • 00:45:02.050 --> 00:45:05.170
  • The very growth you experience in Christ
  • 00:45:05.180 --> 00:45:07.290
  • will provide reassurance that you're born again.
  • 00:45:08.000 --> 00:45:11.010
  • And as you grow in the eight qualities Peter describes,
  • 00:45:11.020 --> 00:45:15.120
  • you won't stumble into doubting your salvation
  • 00:45:15.130 --> 00:45:18.170
  • because you'll be drawing from the divine power
  • 00:45:18.180 --> 00:45:21.260
  • and you'll be standing on his precious promises.
  • 00:45:21.270 --> 00:45:25.180
  • His very personality will surge through you
  • 00:45:25.190 --> 00:45:29.020
  • to create the qualities that will give you
  • 00:45:29.030 --> 00:45:31.110
  • stability and security in your life.
  • 00:45:31.120 --> 00:45:34.080
  • There's not many places in the Bible
  • 00:45:34.090 --> 00:45:36.180
  • where the word "never"
  • 00:45:36.190 --> 00:45:38.190
  • is in a more important place than in this passage.
  • 00:45:38.200 --> 00:45:42.080
  • If you do these things, you will never stumble.
  • 00:45:42.090 --> 00:45:50.150
  • By the grace of God, we should all of us
  • 00:45:50.160 --> 00:45:52.100
  • in this room today say to the Lord,
  • 00:45:52.110 --> 00:45:55.140
  • "If that's what it takes, sign me up."
  • 00:45:55.150 --> 00:45:59.010
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:45:59.220 --> 00:46:05.040
  • So, here's the last one, glorious eternity.
  • 00:46:05.050 --> 00:46:09.190
  • Here's what Peter says in verses 10 and 11.
  • 00:46:09.200 --> 00:46:13.180
  • "Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent
  • 00:46:13.190 --> 00:46:16.070
  • to make your call and election sure,
  • 00:46:16.080 --> 00:46:19.040
  • for if you do these things, you will never stumble,
  • 00:46:19.050 --> 00:46:22.040
  • for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly
  • 00:46:22.050 --> 00:46:26.130
  • into the everlasting kingdom
  • 00:46:26.140 --> 00:46:28.090
  • of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
  • 00:46:28.100 --> 00:46:31.220
  • Peter isn't suggesting that we get into the Lord's kingdom
  • 00:46:31.230 --> 00:46:34.280
  • by building character in our lives.
  • 00:46:34.290 --> 00:46:37.220
  • We can't work our way to heaven
  • 00:46:37.230 --> 00:46:39.160
  • on our own merit or by our own effort.
  • 00:46:39.170 --> 00:46:42.060
  • Instead, Peter is saying that if we diligently add
  • 00:46:42.070 --> 00:46:45.100
  • these spiritual qualities to our Christian lives,
  • 00:46:45.110 --> 00:46:48.090
  • we'll be given a rich and abundant entrance
  • 00:46:48.100 --> 00:46:52.040
  • into eternity.
  • 00:46:52.050 --> 00:46:54.190
  • One writer said, "Believers in Christ are secure
  • 00:46:56.200 --> 00:47:00.030
  • whether they add Christian character or not.
  • 00:47:00.040 --> 00:47:02.230
  • What is at stake here is not kingdom entrance,
  • 00:47:02.240 --> 00:47:05.210
  • but abundant kingdom entrance."
  • 00:47:05.220 --> 00:47:09.130
  • You can go to heaven and just go to heaven,
  • 00:47:09.140 --> 00:47:11.250
  • or you can go to heaven victoriously
  • 00:47:11.260 --> 00:47:13.220
  • because you've walked with God,
  • 00:47:13.230 --> 00:47:15.130
  • you've built your life in character,
  • 00:47:15.140 --> 00:47:17.070
  • you've been serious about your Christian faith,
  • 00:47:17.080 --> 00:47:19.150
  • and you can walk in with your hands up high," amen?
  • 00:47:19.160 --> 00:47:22.220
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:47:22.230 --> 00:47:26.190
  • Over 20 years ago,
  • 00:47:26.200 --> 00:47:28.060
  • I was stricken with stage four lymphoma cancer.
  • 00:47:28.070 --> 00:47:33.230
  • When I was first diagnosed,
  • 00:47:33.240 --> 00:47:35.250
  • I went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota,
  • 00:47:35.260 --> 00:47:38.260
  • and there I underwent major surgery.
  • 00:47:38.270 --> 00:47:42.090
  • I can tell you even today, these many years later,
  • 00:47:42.100 --> 00:47:47.120
  • I still remember almost everything
  • 00:47:47.130 --> 00:47:49.210
  • that happened during that time,
  • 00:47:49.220 --> 00:47:52.180
  • and especially my initial moments
  • 00:47:52.190 --> 00:47:55.020
  • when I returned to my home in San Diego.
  • 00:47:55.030 --> 00:47:59.100
  • As soon as we arrived, I walked in,
  • 00:47:59.110 --> 00:48:01.200
  • I had been cut open from stem to stern.
  • 00:48:01.210 --> 00:48:05.210
  • And I wasn't all that feeling good,
  • 00:48:05.220 --> 00:48:09.270
  • and so I found my way to my favorite recliner
  • 00:48:09.280 --> 00:48:12.210
  • in our little living room. and within a few moments,
  • 00:48:12.220 --> 00:48:15.270
  • Donna brought me a stack of letters
  • 00:48:15.280 --> 00:48:17.210
  • and get well cards that had come while we were away.
  • 00:48:17.220 --> 00:48:21.050
  • On top of the pile was a book
  • 00:48:21.060 --> 00:48:22.280
  • that was given to me by the publisher.
  • 00:48:22.290 --> 00:48:26.220
  • Before I tell you about this book,
  • 00:48:26.230 --> 00:48:28.260
  • I'm going to tell you what was going through my mind
  • 00:48:28.270 --> 00:48:30.150
  • that day as I came home.
  • 00:48:30.160 --> 00:48:32.260
  • I was asking God a lot of questions.
  • 00:48:32.270 --> 00:48:35.170
  • I had gotten past the why question
  • 00:48:35.180 --> 00:48:38.000
  • and I was concentrating on the what questions like,
  • 00:48:38.010 --> 00:48:41.070
  • what am I supposed to learn from this frightening experience?
  • 00:48:41.080 --> 00:48:45.010
  • Or what's going to happen in the future?
  • 00:48:45.020 --> 00:48:47.230
  • Or what do you want me to do going forward?
  • 00:48:47.240 --> 00:48:50.150
  • What does all of this mean?
  • 00:48:50.160 --> 00:48:54.070
  • The book on the top of the pile of cards
  • 00:48:54.080 --> 00:48:57.110
  • had this intriguing title, "The Life God Blesses."
  • 00:48:57.120 --> 00:49:05.000
  • It was written by a man named Gordon MacDonald,
  • 00:49:05.010 --> 00:49:09.200
  • a man I had met and greatly admired.
  • 00:49:09.210 --> 00:49:13.210
  • As I read that book,
  • 00:49:13.220 --> 00:49:15.180
  • I couldn't help but think that the publisher
  • 00:49:15.190 --> 00:49:18.030
  • didn't send me that book, God sent me that book.
  • 00:49:18.040 --> 00:49:22.130
  • It was just the right message,
  • 00:49:22.140 --> 00:49:24.130
  • and I was in just the right place
  • 00:49:24.140 --> 00:49:26.130
  • to read it prayerfully and carefully.
  • 00:49:26.140 --> 00:49:29.170
  • In the front of that book was a story
  • 00:49:29.180 --> 00:49:31.180
  • I never have forgotten.
  • 00:49:31.190 --> 00:49:34.010
  • The story involves an American yachtsman
  • 00:49:34.020 --> 00:49:36.240
  • named Michael Plant, 41 years old,
  • 00:49:36.250 --> 00:49:41.060
  • an experienced sailor with over 100.000 miles at sea.
  • 00:49:41.070 --> 00:49:46.200
  • Plant started sailing when he was nine years old
  • 00:49:46.210 --> 00:49:49.110
  • and he held the record for the fastest
  • 00:49:49.120 --> 00:49:51.080
  • solo circumnavigation by an American.
  • 00:49:51.090 --> 00:49:55.230
  • On October 16, 1992, Michael Plant
  • 00:49:55.240 --> 00:50:00.110
  • sailed out of New York Harbor bound for France.
  • 00:50:00.120 --> 00:50:04.020
  • His 60-foot sailboat, the Coyote, was top of the line.
  • 00:50:04.030 --> 00:50:08.030
  • Its design, its hull, its materials, its fabrication,
  • 00:50:08.040 --> 00:50:11.270
  • its equipment, and its comfort were unparalleled.
  • 00:50:11.280 --> 00:50:17.010
  • But something went terribly wrong.
  • 00:50:17.020 --> 00:50:21.020
  • Within two weeks, Plant was missing
  • 00:50:21.030 --> 00:50:23.120
  • and his radio frequencies were silent.
  • 00:50:23.130 --> 00:50:26.220
  • Authorities began searching the vast north Atlantic.
  • 00:50:26.230 --> 00:50:29.260
  • Airline pilots listened for emergency signals.
  • 00:50:29.270 --> 00:50:33.090
  • Ships in the area kept a constant lookout.
  • 00:50:33.100 --> 00:50:36.140
  • Plant's friends felt growing apprehension.
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  • Finally, the Coyote was spotted floating upside down
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  • 450 miles northwest of the Azores islands.
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  • Plant's fellow sailors were mystified.
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  • You see, sailboats normally don't capsize
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  • because they're designed with a ballast beneath the waterline,
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  • a weight bolted to the bottom of the ship
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  • to keep it upright.
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  • They're built to take a pounding,
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  • and then like a child's punching balloon,
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  • they right themselves after every blow.
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  • The Coyote was designed with a ballast
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  • that weighed 8.400 pounds, but it was missing.
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  • What happened to it is a mystery to this day.
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  • Some sailors believe it was sheered off by debris in the sea
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  • or maybe even by a passing whale,
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  • but the boat's hull shows no signs of that kind of damage.
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  • Others think it was bolted on not strongly enough.
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  • Most experts believe the ballast was damaged
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  • while Plant was preparing for his journey,
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  • when the boat became mired in mud
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  • and had to be dragged out.
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  • These experts think the ballast was weakened at that point,
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  • and then dislodged by the winds and storms and the currents.
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  • But whatever the reason,
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  • without the ballast to hold it steady
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  • through troubled waters,
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  • the boat capsized and Plant's body was never found.
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  • The lesson is clear.
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  • The life of godliness is not built out in the open,
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  • it's nurtured trait by trait, gift by gift,
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  • just as Peter explains.
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  • There are storms ahead for all of us.
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  • If we ignore the quiet but essential traits
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  • outlined in these messages, we're headed for troubled waters
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  • without the ballast of God's gifts to stabilize us.
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  • The qualities you need to get through these storms
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  • and get to heaven triumphantly
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  • are available to you in abundance,
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  • and God has given you everything you need.
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  • The only question is, what are you doing
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  • with those precious qualities?
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  • How are you doing with adding these qualities to your life?
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  • You see, as you add these qualities to your life,
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  • you're building the ballast underneath your life,
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  • the underwater part of who you are
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  • that nobody ever sees, but you know.
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  • And when the storm comes,
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  • if you've built that ballast to balance
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  • what's going on out here,
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  • you will get through the storm and you will stay upright.
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  • But if all you do is build what everybody sees
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  • and you don't work on the underlying stuff,
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  • you will get to the war and it will be over.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • My wonderful friends,
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  • there needs to be more to you and me than meets the eye.
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  • Down below the waterline, deep in our hearts,
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  • we need to carry the ballast of God's power
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  • and his promise and his purposes.
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  • This is the gravity of his grace
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  • that keeps us steady in the storm.
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  • So, my prayer for all of us today is this,
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  • may God bless and keep us in his promises forever.
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  • "To him be the glory both now and forever.
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  • Amen," amen.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God's promises are there to encourage us
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  • And in between are all the things you need to do
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  • to get from the promise to the blessing,
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  • and it's right in the text and it's--
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  • it just grabbed me so much, I thought,
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  • "I got to share that passage because it's so powerful."
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