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Christlike Character

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May 13, 2020
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Life movesso fast,
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  • but is it taking youwhere you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searchingfor something you do not have,
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  • only to end upwhere you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the world hasto offer we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journeythrough the twists and turns
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  • of this worlddoesn't have to put you
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  • on the path of discouragementand despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to takethe journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with Godas your guide,
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  • where you'll discover the peace,the purpose,
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  • and the poweryou've been seeking.
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  • It's a journeyof unimaginable blessing
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  • and here is the amazing part:
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  • with God you already haveeverything you need
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  • for life's journey,not half of what you need
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  • or a whole lotof what you need.
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  • God has given youeverything you need.
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  • God never intended for youto stumble your way
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  • through the course of each day
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  • and certainly not journeyunprepared into your future.
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  • So where do you wanna go?
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  • It's time to unpackall that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have beenequipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence
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  • because you, my friend,have everything you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Hello, I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • Do you ever feel limitedin your faith,
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  • like your spiritual potentialis being defined
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  • by your problemsand circumstances?
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  • Though you aspire to livea Christian life,
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  • does it seem like life itselfprevents you from being
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  • what you know you should be?
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  • We should all embark on thejourney to be more like Christ.
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  • Does that feel like an endeavorwith an impossible
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  • to reach destination?
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  • Well, don't let that deter youfrom the journey itself.
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  • God calls us to bemore like him.
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  • And today on "Turning Point,"we'll discover steps that
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  • will support you on your journeytoward godliness
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  • in my messages entitled,"Christlike Character."
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  • So, travel with me acrossthe 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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  • announcer: In Dr. Jeremiah'sbook,
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  • "Everything You Need,"he invites you to consider
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  • how would your life changeif you had the energy
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  • to diligently fulfillGod's purpose for you,
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  • or the confidence to always dowhat pleases God,
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  • or had an intimate knowledgeof his Word.
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  • What would your faith be likeif you replaced a harmful habit
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  • with a positive one,or developed a determination
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  • that could carry youthrough any difficulty?
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  • Do you wanna see yourselfbecoming more like Christ,
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  • sharing his kindness and loveto those around you?
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  • It may surprise you to knowthat God has already given you
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  • everything you need to doall this and more.
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  • In "Everything You Need,"learn practical ways to unleash
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  • the power of God in your lifeand cultivate a faith
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  • that will change you andeveryone around you.
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  • "Everything You Need"here on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would liketo send you
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Christlike Character."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I remember readinga story about a man named,
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  • Ken James, who was drivingfrom Houston to where he lived,
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  • in Gregory, Texas.
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  • And it was in the days back thenwhen service stations had people
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  • that came out and actuallyhelped you put your gas
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  • in the car and usually washedyour windows.
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  • And so, he was in oneof those particular stations,
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  • and the attendant startedto wash his windshield.
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  • Ken asked him how he was doing.
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  • And the attendant said, "Well,I'm doing now pretty good.
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  • But there was a timewhen my life was
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  • as dirty as your bug-infestedwindshield."
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  • Ken asked him what he meant.
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  • He said, "My life wasa dirty mess
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  • until Jesus Christcleaned me up."
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  • That was many years ago,but he said he'd never forgotten
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  • this young man'ssimple statement.
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  • When we receive Jesus Christas our Savior,
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  • we're cleansed and forgiven,and we're on our way to heaven.
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  • But we are aren't perfect yet,can I get a witness?
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  • We have to keep washingour windshields, as it were.
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  • Growing in godliness isa lifelong process.
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  • I've been at it for 50 years,and sometimes I feel like
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  • I haven't even started.
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  • And this is what Peter istelling us in the great passage
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  • we're studying today.
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  • Remember howthe paragraph opens,
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  • "His divine power has givento us all things that pertain
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  • to life and godliness."
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  • Notice that word,God has already given you
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  • everything you needfor a godly life.
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  • There's not anything we can doto get to heaven.
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  • We have no good workswe can offer to God.
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  • The only way we getto heaven is by faith, by grace.
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  • You can't go to heavenby doing good things,
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  • you know why?
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  • Because in order to qualify,you got to be perfect.
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  • You got to get a tenon everything.
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  • Nobody can do that.
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  • The Bible says there isnone righteous, no, not one.
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  • You can't get to heavenby doing good works.
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  • Ephesians says it is not by yourworks that you get to heaven,
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  • but by faith in Jesus Christ.
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  • But the next verse says,"Therefore, as Christians,
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  • develop good works.
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  • This is God's will for you."
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  • In other words, we don't dothings so we can go to heaven.
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  • But once God gives usthe gift of eternal life,
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  • and we're on our way to heaven,and we're saved,
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  • and we're believers,the Bible says we should devote
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  • our lives to good works.
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  • God cares about good works,we just got to get them
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  • in the right place.
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  • They don't comebefore the cross,
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  • they come after the cross.
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  • And so, these thingswe're talking about right now,
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  • this is a partof the cooperative
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  • that we have with God.
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  • So, let's just begin herein the right place
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  • and ask ourselves the question,what is godliness?
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  • What is it?
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  • And I don't want to try to betoo simple,
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  • but this is the bestanswer I know.
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  • Godliness is trying to becomemore like God every day,
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  • which is to say, it's to becomemore like Christ all the time
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  • because Christ is Godin the flesh.
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  • I am told that there was oncea portrait that hung near
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  • the main entranceto the Alamo, in San Antonio,
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  • and it was said to beof James Butler Bonham,
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  • who died in the battle beforehis portrait could be finished.
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  • His nephew looked so much likehim that they went and got him,
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  • and he sat in for the restof the portrait so that future
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  • generations would have an ideawhat the man who died
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  • for their freedom looked like.
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  • And I want to tell youthat Jesus Christ is
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  • the earthly portrait of God.
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  • The Bible says it this way,"No one has ever seen God,
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  • but the one and only Son,who is himself God
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  • and is in the closestrelationship with the Father,
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  • he has made God known."
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  • How do I know God?
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  • The Bible says I can't see him.
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  • The Bible simply says no manhas ever seen God and lived.
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  • But God has revealed himselfto us by sending his own Son,
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  • Jesus Christ,who is the second person
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  • of the Trinity,God in the flesh.
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  • And Jesus Christ came down herebecause of God's love for us
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  • not only to die on the cross,but to live on this earth
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  • for all those yearshe was here and show us
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  • how God would liveif he were here,
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  • because Jesus was Godand he was here.
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  • So, if you want to know whatwould God do in this situation,
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  • you got to ask yourself,what would Jesus Christ do?
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  • You study Christ andyou find out how God works.
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  • Just as Jesus Christreveals God to us,
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  • God has put the responsibilityon us to reveal Jesus Christ
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  • to others.
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  • We're to be like Christ,that's what it means
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  • to be godly, so that otherswill see God in our lives, amen?
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  • Renee Zellweger has been workinghard to become the famed actress
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  • and singer Judy Garland.
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  • If you've ever watched,"The Wizard of Oz,"
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  • you'll remember Garland'sremarkable voice.
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  • And millions of people thoughtshe was as wholesome
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  • as apple pie person,because that was the image
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  • we were given,but behind the scenes,
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  • as you remember,Garland struggled
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  • with a lot of problems.
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  • The pressure of stardom,and depression,
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  • and spiraling addictionto alcohol and drugs,
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  • she sufferedfinancial pressures,
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  • and she became suicidal.
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  • In 1969, she was found deadin the bathroom
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  • of a rented house in Londonat the age of 47.
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  • She was a marvelous entertainer,and Renee Zellweger
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  • was given the roleof Judy Garland.
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  • I want to tell youwhat she did to do that.
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  • In preparation for this role,she had to pour
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  • all of her energyinto transforming herself
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  • into the image of Judy Garland.
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  • She wrote, "I immersed myselfin all things Judy."
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  • She read every bookshe could find about Garland.
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  • She took music lessons.
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  • She learned choreography.
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  • She studied Judy's voiceso she could duplicate it.
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  • She studied Judy's gestures,her posture, her walk,
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  • her speech patterns.
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  • She used prosthetics,contact lenses, wigs, costumes.
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  • And I'm told thatduring filming,
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  • Zellweger satin the makeup chair every day
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  • for two hours just to transformherself into Judy Garland.
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  • Now, I can appreciatea person's dedication
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  • to their chosen craft.
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  • I got to tell you,there's only one person
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  • I really want to be like andthat's Jesus Christ, amen?
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  • And here's the difference.
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  • She has to become Judy Garlandfrom the outside in.
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  • The Bible tells me,I can be Jesus Christ
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  • from the inside out.
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  • And--but here's what I want youto take from this.
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  • If an actor, an actress would bewilling to go to that effort
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  • to learn how to portray somebodythat they are really not,
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  • wouldn't you thinkwe'd be willing to say,
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  • "Listen, I want to belike Jesus,
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  • and if I'm going to belike Jesus,
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  • I'm not gonna just wake upone morning
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  • and I'm gonna be like Jesus."
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  • There's some things I can doto learn who Jesus was.
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  • And the more you learn who Jesuswas and the more you study
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  • who Jesus is, the more you watchwhat he does,
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  • the more you have this hungerin your heart to be like that,
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  • and the more you beginto realize that something
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  • of Jesus is starting to rub offon your life
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  • and make you a different person.
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  • Well, we have to immerseourselves in all things Jesus,
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  • right?
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  • Just as she immersed herselfin all things Judy,
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  • we have to immerse ourselvesin all things Jesus.
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  • We have to read all we canabout Jesus in the gospels.
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  • That's where you're goingto learn about him.
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  • We have to keep readinghis Word throughout our lives.
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  • We have to study how we walked,and how he talked,
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  • and how he spoke.
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  • And the Bible tells usin 1 Peter chapter 2,
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  • that Christ suffered for us,now watch this,
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  • leaving us an example.
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  • How do we know about Christ?
  • 00:12:14.381 --> 00:12:15.682
  • He suffered and died for us,and he left us an example.
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  • And it says he did that sothat we should follow his steps.
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  • How do I become like God?
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  • Well, I can't becomelike God the Father
  • 00:12:24.258 --> 00:12:27.094
  • in the sense thatI don't know how to do that,
  • 00:12:27.127 --> 00:12:29.630
  • but God the Fatherhas given me
  • 00:12:29.663 --> 00:12:31.331
  • this wonderful pictureof himself in Jesus Christ.
  • 00:12:31.365 --> 00:12:34.067
  • So, if I want to becomelike God,
  • 00:12:34.101 --> 00:12:36.003
  • I have to study how I can becomelike Christ.
  • 00:12:36.036 --> 00:12:38.705
  • So, godliness literally becomesChristlikeness.
  • 00:12:38.739 --> 00:12:42.376
  • There's one paragraphin particular in 1 Peter
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  • that has three thingsI want to share with you
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  • about what it meansto be like Christ,
  • 00:12:48.982 --> 00:12:51.985
  • and what it meansto follow him,
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  • and what it means to developthis desire for godliness
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  • in your life.
  • 00:12:56.423 --> 00:12:57.724
  • I want to read this to you.
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  • Don't get lost, I'll come backand we'll unpack it.
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  • 1 Peter 2:9 through 12,
  • 00:13:01.595 --> 00:13:03.230
  • "But you area chosen generation,
  • 00:13:03.263 --> 00:13:06.466
  • a royal priesthood,a holy nation,
  • 00:13:06.500 --> 00:13:09.303
  • his own special people,that you may proclaim
  • 00:13:09.336 --> 00:13:12.606
  • the praises of himwho called you
  • 00:13:12.639 --> 00:13:14.508
  • out of darknessand into his marvelous light;
  • 00:13:14.541 --> 00:13:18.312
  • who once were not a peoplebut are now the people of God,
  • 00:13:18.345 --> 00:13:21.582
  • who had not obtained mercybut now have obtained mercy.
  • 00:13:21.615 --> 00:13:24.651
  • Beloved, I beg you assojourners and pilgrims,
  • 00:13:24.685 --> 00:13:28.088
  • abstain from fleshly lusts,which war against the soul,
  • 00:13:28.121 --> 00:13:31.558
  • having your conduct honorableamong Gentiles,
  • 00:13:31.592 --> 00:13:34.461
  • that when they speakagainst you as evildoers,
  • 00:13:34.494 --> 00:13:37.297
  • they may, by your good worksthat they're able to observe,
  • 00:13:37.331 --> 00:13:40.467
  • glorify God in the dayof visitation."
  • 00:13:40.500 --> 00:13:44.304
  • Now, as we unpackthis paragraph,
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  • I want to first of all talkabout how we examine
  • 00:13:47.241 --> 00:13:50.143
  • our own identify before God,and that's where it starts.
  • 00:13:50.177 --> 00:13:53.981
  • In 1 Peter 2:9, God tells ussomething about ourselves
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  • that I think needs to berepeated often in this culture
  • 00:13:57.384 --> 00:14:01.588
  • in which there isn't a whole lotof self-confidence
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  • on the part of a lot of people.
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  • Listen to this.
  • 00:14:06.260 --> 00:14:07.561
  • If you're a Christian today,don't ever forget this,
  • 00:14:07.594 --> 00:14:09.229
  • God tells you that you arehis possession.
  • 00:14:09.263 --> 00:14:13.133
  • He says you arehis own special person.
  • 00:14:13.166 --> 00:14:17.471
  • God created youas his own special person.
  • 00:14:17.504 --> 00:14:22.609
  • The Bible says,you are not your own,
  • 00:14:22.643 --> 00:14:25.045
  • you were bought with a price.
  • 00:14:25.078 --> 00:14:26.613
  • If you're a Christian,you are a Christian
  • 00:14:26.647 --> 00:14:29.082
  • because you areGod's special person.
  • 00:14:29.116 --> 00:14:32.185
  • He created you.
  • 00:14:32.219 --> 00:14:33.787
  • You're uniquefrom everybody else.
  • 00:14:33.820 --> 00:14:36.223
  • You have a special purpose.
  • 00:14:36.256 --> 00:14:37.658
  • God put you herefor this reason.
  • 00:14:37.691 --> 00:14:39.593
  • And when you find outwhat that purpose is,
  • 00:14:39.626 --> 00:14:41.828
  • then you can startto really live.
  • 00:14:41.862 --> 00:14:44.064
  • But you can't go alongas a Christian and have
  • 00:14:44.097 --> 00:14:48.168
  • what some people callworm theology.
  • 00:14:48.201 --> 00:14:51.204
  • You know, I'm just a worm.
  • 00:14:51.238 --> 00:14:52.539
  • No, you're not,you're the creature of God,
  • 00:14:52.572 --> 00:14:54.641
  • and you are his special person.
  • 00:14:54.675 --> 00:14:59.079
  • So, I just can't get over thepower behind Peter's phrase.
  • 00:14:59.112 --> 00:15:01.949
  • Peter calls us as ChristiansGod's own special people.
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  • And let me tell you,Peter wasn't writing
  • 00:15:08.755 --> 00:15:10.958
  • to a group of elite people.
  • 00:15:10.991 --> 00:15:13.327
  • These letters from Peter werewritten to scattered believers,
  • 00:15:13.360 --> 00:15:17.230
  • many of whom had comeout of Judaism
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  • and they were suffering greatlyfor their faith.
  • 00:15:18.999 --> 00:15:21.068
  • Some of them were slaves,many of them were illiterate,
  • 00:15:21.101 --> 00:15:23.704
  • some of them were sickand elderly.
  • 00:15:23.737 --> 00:15:25.539
  • But Peter said to them,"No, you are special.
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  • You are the mostspecial people on the earth.
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  • It isn't the imperial andthe elite who are special,
  • 00:15:30.978 --> 00:15:34.715
  • it's you.
  • 00:15:34.748 --> 00:15:36.249
  • You are God's special people,that you may proclaim
  • 00:15:36.283 --> 00:15:38.952
  • the praises of himwho called you out of darkness."
  • 00:15:38.986 --> 00:15:43.423
  • You are God's possession.
  • 00:15:43.457 --> 00:15:45.525
  • He created you for a purpose.
  • 00:15:45.559 --> 00:15:48.495
  • You belong to him.
  • 00:15:48.528 --> 00:15:51.264
  • You are very important.
  • 00:15:51.298 --> 00:15:54.001
  • Number two, not only are youGod's possession,
  • 00:15:54.034 --> 00:15:57.437
  • but you're God's pilgrim.
  • 00:15:57.471 --> 00:15:59.639
  • Here's what it saysin 1 Peter 2:11,
  • 00:15:59.673 --> 00:16:01.908
  • "Beloved, I beg youas sojourners and pilgrims."
  • 00:16:01.942 --> 00:16:07.014
  • One of Peter's greatest conceptswas this idea of being
  • 00:16:07.047 --> 00:16:10.984
  • a traveler down here.
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  • This wasn't original to him.
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  • I mean, this isin the Old Testament
  • 00:16:15.589 --> 00:16:16.890
  • several times, where peopleare called pilgrims.
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  • It's not a John Wayneexpression.
  • 00:16:20.460 --> 00:16:22.396
  • You know, John had thatpilgrim thing he did.
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  • But this means that you and I,we don't really belong here.
  • 00:16:25.465 --> 00:16:31.071
  • This is not our home.
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  • Our home is in heaven.
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  • We're sojourners,that's what it says,
  • 00:16:35.108 --> 00:16:36.510
  • we're strangers.
  • 00:16:36.543 --> 00:16:38.545
  • And there's somethingreally special about that.
  • 00:16:41.214 --> 00:16:44.851
  • To Christians who were scatteredby persecution
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  • and were traveling to heaven,Peter in verse 11 says,
  • 00:16:48.021 --> 00:16:51.291
  • "Beloved, I beg youas sojourners and pilgrims,
  • 00:16:51.324 --> 00:16:55.028
  • abstain from fleshly lustswhich war against the soul."
  • 00:16:55.062 --> 00:16:58.532
  • In other words, don't takeon the characteristics
  • 00:16:58.565 --> 00:17:00.567
  • of the environmentwhere you are.
  • 00:17:00.600 --> 00:17:03.070
  • We don't belong here.
  • 00:17:03.103 --> 00:17:04.871
  • Here's the third thing thatwill help you as you journey
  • 00:17:04.905 --> 00:17:07.107
  • toward godliness, youare God's platform.
  • 00:17:07.140 --> 00:17:10.877
  • It says here that God gives us--what he gives us so that
  • 00:17:10.911 --> 00:17:14.848
  • we may proclaim the praisesof him who called us
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  • out of darknessinto marvelous light.
  • 00:17:18.251 --> 00:17:21.088
  • While we're goingthrough this world as we are,
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  • while we're pilgrimagingour way to heaven,
  • 00:17:24.858 --> 00:17:27.727
  • our purpose is thatwe're to be testimonies to God.
  • 00:17:27.761 --> 00:17:32.265
  • We're to be witnesses to him.
  • 00:17:32.299 --> 00:17:33.900
  • That doesn't mean we haveto know the four spiritual laws
  • 00:17:33.934 --> 00:17:36.136
  • of the Roman roador any of the other methods
  • 00:17:36.169 --> 00:17:37.737
  • of presenting the gospel.
  • 00:17:37.771 --> 00:17:39.239
  • It means that our whole life,who we are as pilgrims,
  • 00:17:39.272 --> 00:17:42.509
  • is to be a testimony to whothe Lord Jesus Christ is.
  • 00:17:42.542 --> 00:17:48.515
  • I started prayinga little prayer some years ago
  • 00:17:48.548 --> 00:17:50.550
  • that I don't know wherethis came from,
  • 00:17:50.584 --> 00:17:52.652
  • but as I would face the dayand realize
  • 00:17:52.686 --> 00:17:54.821
  • what my routines would be,I just started to pray,
  • 00:17:54.855 --> 00:17:57.357
  • "Lord Jesus, help me to bringyour influence
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  • into every situationwhere I go today.
  • 00:17:59.926 --> 00:18:02.996
  • May there be somethingof Jesus in this situation."
  • 00:18:03.029 --> 00:18:06.099
  • And you know, I get intosome pretty interesting places
  • 00:18:06.133 --> 00:18:09.302
  • where Jesus doesn't seem likehe fits.
  • 00:18:09.336 --> 00:18:13.140
  • But when you have Jesusin your heart,
  • 00:18:13.173 --> 00:18:15.175
  • wherever you go,if you're living for him,
  • 00:18:15.208 --> 00:18:17.244
  • you bring the presenceof Jesus into that situation.
  • 00:18:17.277 --> 00:18:21.047
  • Isn't that true?
  • 00:18:21.081 --> 00:18:22.916
  • Well, that's our goal,to remind others of Jesus.
  • 00:18:25.819 --> 00:18:29.823
  • And here in this passage,in 1 Peter, he says,
  • 00:18:29.856 --> 00:18:32.659
  • "Have your conduct honorableamong the Gentiles,
  • 00:18:32.692 --> 00:18:37.164
  • so that when they speakagainst you as evildoers,
  • 00:18:37.197 --> 00:18:41.301
  • they may, by your good workswhich they observe,
  • 00:18:41.334 --> 00:18:44.437
  • glorify God."
  • 00:18:44.471 --> 00:18:46.573
  • Our hands and our feet becomethe platform or the pulpit
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  • by which God is able to speakto our world.
  • 00:18:51.144 --> 00:18:54.247
  • When we grow in godliness,people begin to see Jesus in us.
  • 00:18:54.281 --> 00:18:59.352
  • And that's the purpose of thischaracter building quality
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  • that we're givenin 2 Peter chapter 1.
  • 00:19:04.357 --> 00:19:07.227
  • "Add to your faith virtue.Add to your virtue knowledge.
  • 00:19:07.260 --> 00:19:11.698
  • Add to your knowledgeself-control.
  • 00:19:11.731 --> 00:19:14.367
  • Add to your self-controlperseverance.
  • 00:19:14.401 --> 00:19:16.870
  • And add to your perseverancegodliness, Christlikeness."
  • 00:19:16.903 --> 00:19:22.375
  • Now, that's who we are,
  • 00:19:22.409 --> 00:19:25.111
  • that's why we should bethis way.
  • 00:19:25.145 --> 00:19:27.280
  • So, let's take the final stepin this little package.
  • 00:19:27.314 --> 00:19:30.617
  • Let's go from examiningour identity to expressing it.
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  • Here's what I want to sayto you,
  • 00:19:34.921 --> 00:19:36.223
  • once again three things quickly.
  • 00:19:36.256 --> 00:19:39.226
  • First of all,godliness is about ownership.
  • 00:19:39.259 --> 00:19:42.696
  • Live like you belong.
  • 00:19:42.729 --> 00:19:46.099
  • You belong to Jesus,you belong to God.
  • 00:19:46.132 --> 00:19:49.202
  • It makes you think twiceabout things you do
  • 00:19:49.236 --> 00:19:51.871
  • when you recognize that.
  • 00:19:51.905 --> 00:19:53.673
  • Have you ever as a childremember your parents saying,
  • 00:19:53.707 --> 00:19:56.243
  • "Now remember when you go out,whose children you are,"
  • 00:19:56.276 --> 00:20:00.213
  • you know?
  • 00:20:00.247 --> 00:20:02.048
  • My dad was the presidentof the college where I--
  • 00:20:02.082 --> 00:20:04.751
  • and I grew up in Cedarville,Ohio.
  • 00:20:04.784 --> 00:20:06.886
  • And he never quite said itthis way,
  • 00:20:06.920 --> 00:20:08.421
  • but my mom had no problemsaying it.
  • 00:20:08.455 --> 00:20:11.224
  • "You are the president's son.
  • 00:20:11.258 --> 00:20:12.892
  • Just you know,don't embarrass us."
  • 00:20:12.926 --> 00:20:16.796
  • When you realize thatyou're God's special possession,
  • 00:20:16.830 --> 00:20:19.432
  • you want to do the right thing.
  • 00:20:19.466 --> 00:20:22.035
  • You want to be the right person.
  • 00:20:22.068 --> 00:20:23.403
  • It's a great motivationto Christlikeness.
  • 00:20:23.436 --> 00:20:25.672
  • I belong to God.
  • 00:20:25.705 --> 00:20:27.574
  • I want to live in such a waythat brings honor to his name.
  • 00:20:27.607 --> 00:20:31.177
  • I don't want to soilthe name of God,
  • 00:20:31.211 --> 00:20:33.280
  • because I'm one of his children,
  • 00:20:33.313 --> 00:20:35.548
  • and I'm acting likeI don't know who is.
  • 00:20:35.582 --> 00:20:38.752
  • So, the Bibleconstantly reminds us of that.
  • 00:20:38.785 --> 00:20:42.289
  • In 1 Corinthians, for instance,we read, "You are not your own.
  • 00:20:42.322 --> 00:20:46.426
  • Therefore honor Godwith your body."
  • 00:20:46.459 --> 00:20:49.829
  • Romans 1 says, "You are calledto belong to Jesus Christ,
  • 00:20:49.863 --> 00:20:53.767
  • called to be holy people."
  • 00:20:53.800 --> 00:20:55.735
  • Romans 14:8 says, "If we live,we live for the Lord;
  • 00:20:55.769 --> 00:20:58.605
  • and if we die,we die for the Lord.
  • 00:20:58.638 --> 00:21:00.440
  • So, whether we live or die,we're the Lord's."
  • 00:21:00.473 --> 00:21:03.543
  • We belong to him.
  • 00:21:03.576 --> 00:21:05.245
  • When the writer of Psalm 73endured a confused time
  • 00:21:05.278 --> 00:21:09.115
  • of discouragementand depression,
  • 00:21:09.149 --> 00:21:11.051
  • the reality that pulled himthrough this was this.
  • 00:21:11.084 --> 00:21:13.787
  • Psalm 73:23, "Yet I still belongto you,
  • 00:21:13.820 --> 00:21:18.091
  • and you hold my right hand."
  • 00:21:18.124 --> 00:21:20.493
  • Isn't that a great truthfrom God?
  • 00:21:20.527 --> 00:21:24.497
  • Romans 8:1 says it this way,"There is therefore now
  • 00:21:24.531 --> 00:21:27.334
  • no condemnation to thosewho belong to Christ Jesus."
  • 00:21:27.367 --> 00:21:30.837
  • Ladies and gentlemen,we belong to Christ Jesus.
  • 00:21:30.870 --> 00:21:34.174
  • And let's live like we belong.
  • 00:21:34.207 --> 00:21:36.910
  • He's our owner, he's our Father.
  • 00:21:36.943 --> 00:21:38.845
  • He's the giver of life.
  • 00:21:38.878 --> 00:21:41.314
  • He's the one to whomwe will one day report.
  • 00:21:41.348 --> 00:21:44.417
  • Number two, godlinessis about citizenship.
  • 00:21:44.451 --> 00:21:47.487
  • Keep your eyes on heaven.
  • 00:21:47.520 --> 00:21:49.789
  • Keep your watchon heaven's time.
  • 00:21:49.823 --> 00:21:52.759
  • Keep your eyes on heaven.
  • 00:21:52.792 --> 00:21:54.928
  • Don't always be lookingat the things of the earth.
  • 00:21:54.961 --> 00:21:57.897
  • As you diligently add godlinessto your life by remembering
  • 00:21:57.931 --> 00:22:01.368
  • who you are, you have to keepheaven in mind,
  • 00:22:01.401 --> 00:22:04.938
  • God's special place.
  • 00:22:04.971 --> 00:22:07.073
  • The closer we get to heaven,
  • 00:22:07.107 --> 00:22:09.576
  • the more we should reflectits character.
  • 00:22:09.609 --> 00:22:13.213
  • Here's the essenceof the principle again.
  • 00:22:13.246 --> 00:22:15.248
  • You become like the placeyou most want to go,
  • 00:22:15.281 --> 00:22:19.719
  • and you became like the personyou most want to see.
  • 00:22:19.753 --> 00:22:24.090
  • And here's the third one,godliness is about ownership,
  • 00:22:24.124 --> 00:22:27.360
  • so act like you belong.
  • 00:22:27.394 --> 00:22:30.096
  • Godliness is about citizenship;keep your eyes on heaven.
  • 00:22:30.130 --> 00:22:33.833
  • And godliness isabout stewardship.
  • 00:22:33.867 --> 00:22:36.002
  • That's not money, it meanscarry out your assignment.
  • 00:22:36.035 --> 00:22:39.406
  • Peter said again,"Have your conduct honorable
  • 00:22:39.439 --> 00:22:42.375
  • among the Gentiles, so thatwhen they speak against you,
  • 00:22:42.409 --> 00:22:45.445
  • they may, by your good workswhich they observe,
  • 00:22:45.478 --> 00:22:49.516
  • glorify God in the dayof visitation."
  • 00:22:49.549 --> 00:22:52.752
  • So, what I'm saying to youis this.
  • 00:22:52.786 --> 00:22:54.521
  • The Bible says if we liveour lives in the culture
  • 00:22:54.554 --> 00:22:56.856
  • where God has called us,if we live our lives in such
  • 00:22:56.890 --> 00:22:59.259
  • a way that we are uniquelydifferent than anybody around us
  • 00:22:59.292 --> 00:23:02.996
  • because we love people,we care about them,
  • 00:23:03.029 --> 00:23:05.098
  • we reach out to them,we call them by their name
  • 00:23:05.131 --> 00:23:07.834
  • when they're hurting,we go when nobody else will,
  • 00:23:07.867 --> 00:23:10.770
  • when we do those kind of things,when we live our lives like that
  • 00:23:10.804 --> 00:23:14.340
  • with that kind of conduct,the Bible says
  • 00:23:14.374 --> 00:23:16.042
  • when they come after us,or they want to say bad things
  • 00:23:16.075 --> 00:23:18.244
  • about us, they can't reallydo it because you've done
  • 00:23:18.278 --> 00:23:21.147
  • so many good things to help themthat they just--
  • 00:23:21.181 --> 00:23:24.584
  • there's no waythey can climb over it.
  • 00:23:24.617 --> 00:23:26.486
  • If people are goingto criticize us, men and women,
  • 00:23:26.519 --> 00:23:28.988
  • let them climb over our lovefor them,
  • 00:23:29.022 --> 00:23:32.659
  • and our love and good worksfor them.
  • 00:23:32.692 --> 00:23:35.195
  • Well, there you go.
  • 00:23:41.367 --> 00:23:42.769
  • What does it mean to be godly?
  • 00:23:42.802 --> 00:23:44.838
  • It means first of allto know who you are.
  • 00:23:44.871 --> 00:23:47.774
  • You belong to God,you are his special person.
  • 00:23:47.807 --> 00:23:51.110
  • Number two, it means thatyou're a pilgrim,
  • 00:23:51.144 --> 00:23:54.481
  • you're not here forever.
  • 00:23:54.514 --> 00:23:56.649
  • You're here onlyfor the short time
  • 00:23:56.683 --> 00:23:58.518
  • God has let you beon this planet.
  • 00:23:58.551 --> 00:24:00.587
  • While you're here as a pilgrim,honor him and be his platform
  • 00:24:00.620 --> 00:24:05.158
  • to sing praises to his name,and by your good works
  • 00:24:05.191 --> 00:24:09.028
  • to honor him in your life.
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  • If you don't think there'ssomething to work on there,
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  • I haven't done my job.
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  • All of us are inthe midst of this,
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  • and all of us takenotes in our own hearts.
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  • This is going to make mea better person
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  • as I walk with the Lord, amen?
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • with one more inspirational wordright after this.
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  • male announcer: Today,Dr. Jeremiah gave us
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  • practical steps to unleashthe power of God's promises
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  • in our lives.
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  • Are you up for the challenge?
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  • Learn to add all eight qualitiesto your faith in Dr. Jeremiah's
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  • book, "Everything You Need."
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  • "Turning Point" also hasthree study packages
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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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  • David: The journey of beingmore like Christ
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  • will never endon this side of eternity.
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  • We can always draw closer to himby bringing our actions
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  • in line with his.
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  • Don't be discouraged.
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  • He has provided the tools youneed to become more Christlike.
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  • And I hope you are experiencingthe joy that comes
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  • from pursuingChristlike character.
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  • But perhaps you're watchingtoday and want to know
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  • more about what it meansto believe in Jesus Christ.
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  • Please allow me to send youtwo free resources
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  • that will help lead youto a better understanding
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  • of God's Wordand his plan for eternity.
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  • One is a booklet called,"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and the other is our monthlydevotional magazine,
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • announcer: In additionto these free study resources,
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  • nothing is as profoundas the Word of God.
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  • And now, Dr. Jeremiahhas a Bible
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  • for every memberof the family.
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  • There are numerous versionsof the Jeremiah Study Bible,
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  • perfect for adults and teens,and the "Airship Genesis:
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  • announcer: Next time on,"Turning Point."
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  • David: Let us always be peoplewho are known for our kindness,
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  • who stand up againstthe ugliness and evil
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  • that's so much a partof our discourse today
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  • and our evil today.
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  • I don't have to agree with you.
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  • I don't have to believeanything you believe.
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  • But I do have to treat youwith dignity and kindness,
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  • and listen to you asI expect you to listen to me.
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  • announcer: Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Radical Kindness",here on "Turning Point."
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