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October 27, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • but is it taking you
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  • but is it taking you
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  • but is it taking you
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  • but is it taking you where yo
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  • but is it taking you where you
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  • but is it taking you where you wa
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  • but is it taking you where you want
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  • but is it taking you where you want t
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  • but is it taking you where you want to
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  • but is it taking you where you want to go
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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 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, not half of what you need
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  • 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 wanna 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
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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 limited in your faith,
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  • like your spiritual potential is being defined
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  • by your problems and circumstances?
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  • Though you aspire to live a Christian life,
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  • does it seem like life itself prevents you from being
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  • what you know you should be?
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  • We should all embark on the journey to be more like Christ.
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  • Does that feel like an endeavor with an impossible
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  • to reach destination?
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  • Well, don't let that deter you from the journey itself.
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  • God calls us to be more 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 journey toward godliness
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  • in my messages entitled, "Christlike Character."
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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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  • announcer: In Dr. Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Everything You Need," he invites you to consider
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  • how would your life change if you had the energy
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  • to diligently fulfill 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 wanna 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," learn practical ways to unleash
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  • the power of God in your life and cultivate a faith
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  • that will change you and everyone around you.
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  • Yours for a gift of any amount in support of this program.
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  • Turning Point also offers three study packages:
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  • The "Everything You Need" Experience Pack, Study Set,
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  • Plus, with any order, you will receive
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  • To order or for more details, go online
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  • or call Turning Point today.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching,
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  • "Everything You Need" here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciation of your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you
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  • these "Everything You Need" Navigation Scripture cards
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  • absolutely free.
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "Christlike Character."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I remember reading a story about a man named,
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  • Ken James, who was driving from Houston to where he lived,
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  • in Gregory, Texas.
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  • And it was in the days back then when service stations had people
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  • that came out and actually helped you put your gas
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  • in the car and usually washed your windows.
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  • And so, he was in one of those particular stations,
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  • and the attendant started to 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 time when my life was
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  • as dirty as your bug-infested windshield."
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  • Ken asked him what he meant.
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  • He said, "My life was a dirty mess
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  • until Jesus Christ cleaned 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's simple statement.
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  • When we receive Jesus Christ as 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 washing our windshields, as it were.
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  • Growing in godliness is a 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 is telling us in the great passage
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  • we're studying today.
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  • Remember how the paragraph opens,
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  • "His divine power has given to 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 need for a godly life.
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  • There's not anything we can do to get to heaven.
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  • We have no good works we can offer to God.
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  • The only way we get to heaven is by faith, by grace.
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  • You can't go to heaven by 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 ten on everything.
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  • Nobody can do that.
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  • The Bible says there is none righteous, no, not one.
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  • You can't get to heaven by doing good works.
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  • Ephesians says it is not by your works 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 do things so we can go to heaven.
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  • But once God gives us the 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 come before the cross,
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  • they come after the cross.
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  • And so, these things we're talking about right now,
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  • this is a part of the cooperative
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  • that we have with God.
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  • So, let's just begin here in 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 be too simple,
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  • but this is the best answer I know.
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  • Godliness is trying to become more like God every day,
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  • which is to say, it's to become more like Christ all the time
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  • because Christ is God in the flesh.
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  • I am told that there was once a portrait that hung near
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  • the main entrance to the Alamo, in San Antonio,
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  • and it was said to be of James Butler Bonham,
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  • who died in the battle before his portrait could be finished.
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  • His nephew looked so much like him that they went and got him,
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  • and he sat in for the rest of the portrait so that future
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  • generations would have an idea what the man who died
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  • for their freedom looked like.
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  • And I want to tell you that 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 closest relationship 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 man has ever seen God and lived.
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  • But God has revealed himself to 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 here because 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 years he was here and show us
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  • how God would live if he were here,
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  • because Jesus was God and he was here.
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  • So, if you want to know what would 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 and you find out how God works.
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  • Just as Jesus Christ reveals God to us,
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  • God has put the responsibility on 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 others will see God in our lives, amen?
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  • Renee Zellweger has been working hard 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's remarkable voice.
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  • And millions of people thought she 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 addiction to alcohol and drugs,
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  • she suffered financial pressures,
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  • and she became suicidal.
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  • In 1969, she was found dead in the bathroom
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  • of a rented house in London at the age of 47.
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  • She was a marvelous entertainer, and Renee Zellweger
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  • was given the role of Judy Garland.
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  • I want to tell you what 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 energy into transforming herself
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  • into the image of Judy Garland.
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  • She wrote, "I immersed myself in all things Judy."
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  • She read every book she 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 voice so 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 that during filming,
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  • Zellweger sat in the makeup chair every day
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  • for two hours just to transform herself into Judy Garland.
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  • Now, I can appreciate a 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 and that's Jesus Christ, amen?
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  • And here's the difference.
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  • She has to become Judy Garland from 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 you to take from this.
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  • If an actor, an actress would be willing to go to that effort
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  • to learn how to portray somebody that they are really not,
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  • wouldn't you think we'd be willing to say,
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  • "Listen, I want to be like Jesus,
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  • and if I'm going to be like Jesus,
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  • I'm not gonna just wake up one morning
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  • and I'm gonna be like Jesus."
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  • There's some things I can do to learn who Jesus was.
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  • And the more you learn who Jesus was and the more you study
  • 00:11:23.020 --> 00:11:25.280
  • who Jesus is, the more you watch what he does,
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  • the more you have this hunger in your heart to be like that,
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  • and the more you begin to realize that something
  • 00:11:31.250 --> 00:11:34.010
  • of Jesus is starting to rub off on your life
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  • and make you a different person.
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  • Christ suffered for us, now, watch this,
  • 00:11:40.060 --> 00:11:42.260
  • leaving us an example.
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  • How do we know about Christ?
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  • He suffered and died for us, and he left us an example.
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  • And it says he did that so that we should follow his steps.
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  • How do I become like God?
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  • Well, I can't become like God the Father
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  • in the sense that I don't know how to do that,
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  • but God the Father has given me
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  • this wonderful picture of himself in Jesus Christ.
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  • So, if I want to become like God,
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  • I have to study how I can become like Christ.
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  • So, godliness literally becomes Christlikeness.
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  • There's one paragraph in particular in 1 Peter
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  • that has three things I want to share with you
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  • about what it means to be like Christ,
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  • and what it means to follow him,
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  • and what it means to develop this desire for godliness
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  • in your life.
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  • I want to read this to you.
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  • Don't get lost, I'll come back and we'll unpack it.
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  • 1 Peter 2:9 through 12,
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  • "But you are a chosen generation,
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  • a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
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  • his own special people, that you may proclaim
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  • the praises of him who called you
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  • out of darkness and into his marvelous light;
  • 00:12:46.150 --> 00:12:50.080
  • who once were not a people but are now the people of God,
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  • who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
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  • Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims,
  • 00:12:56.190 --> 00:13:00.030
  • abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul,
  • 00:13:00.040 --> 00:13:03.170
  • having your conduct honorable among Gentiles,
  • 00:13:03.180 --> 00:13:06.140
  • that when they speak against you as evildoers,
  • 00:13:06.150 --> 00:13:09.090
  • they may, by your good works that they're able to observe,
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  • glorify God in the day of visitation."
  • 00:13:12.150 --> 00:13:16.090
  • Now, as we unpack this paragraph,
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  • I want to first of all talk about how we examine
  • 00:13:19.070 --> 00:13:22.040
  • our own identify before God, and that's where it starts.
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  • In 1 Peter 2:9, God tells us something about ourselves
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  • that I think needs to be repeated often in this culture
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  • in which there isn't a whole lot of self-confidence
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  • on the part of a lot of people.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • If you're a Christian today, don't ever forget this,
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  • God tells you that you are his possession.
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  • He says you are his own special person.
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  • God created you as his own special person.
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  • The Bible says, you are not your own,
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  • you were bought with a price.
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  • If you're a Christian, you are a Christian
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  • because you are God's special person.
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  • He created you.
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  • You're unique from everybody else.
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  • You have a special purpose.
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  • God put you here for this reason.
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  • And when you find out what that purpose is,
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  • then you can start to really live.
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  • But you can't go along as a Christian and have
  • 00:14:16.030 --> 00:14:20.050
  • what some people call worm theology.
  • 00:14:20.060 --> 00:14:23.060
  • You know, I'm just a worm.
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  • No, you're not, you're the creature of God,
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  • and you are his special person.
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  • So, I just can't get over the power behind Peter's phrase.
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  • Peter calls us as Christians God's own special people.
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  • And let me tell you, Peter wasn't writing
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  • to a group of elite people.
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  • These letters from Peter were written to scattered believers,
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  • many of whom had come out of Judaism
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  • and they were suffering greatly for their faith.
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  • Some of them were slaves, many of them were illiterate,
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  • some of them were sick and elderly.
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  • But Peter said to them, "No, you are special.
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  • You are the most special people on the earth.
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  • It isn't the imperial and the elite who are special,
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  • it's you.
  • 00:15:06.230 --> 00:15:08.080
  • You are God's special people, that you may proclaim
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  • the praises of him who called you out of darkness."
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  • You are God's possession.
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  • He created you for a purpose.
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  • You belong to him.
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  • You are very important.
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  • Number two, not only are you God's possession,
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  • but you're God's pilgrim.
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  • Here's what it says in 1 Peter 2:11,
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  • "Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims."
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  • One of Peter's greatest concepts was this idea of being
  • 00:15:39.010 --> 00:15:42.290
  • a traveler down here.
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  • This wasn't original to him.
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  • I mean, this is in the Old Testament
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  • several times, where people are called pilgrims.
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  • It's not a John Wayne expression.
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  • You know, John had that pilgrim thing he did.
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  • But this means that you and I, we don't really belong here.
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  • 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,
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  • we're strangers.
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  • And there's something really special about that.
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  • To Christians who were scattered by persecution
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  • and were traveling to heaven, Peter in verse 11 says,
  • 00:16:20.010 --> 00:16:23.090
  • "Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims,
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  • abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul."
  • 00:16:27.020 --> 00:16:30.160
  • In other words, don't take on the characteristics
  • 00:16:30.170 --> 00:16:32.170
  • of the environment where you are.
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  • We don't belong here.
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  • Here's the third thing that will help you as you journey
  • 00:16:36.270 --> 00:16:39.030
  • toward godliness, you are God's platform.
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  • It says here that God gives us-- what he gives us so that
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  • we may proclaim the praises of him who called us
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  • out of darkness into marvelous light.
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  • While we're going through this world as we are,
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  • while we're pilgrimaging our way to heaven,
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  • our purpose is that we're to be testimonies to God.
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  • We're to be witnesses to him.
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  • That doesn't mean we have to know the four spiritual laws
  • 00:17:05.290 --> 00:17:08.050
  • of the Roman road or any of the other methods
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  • of presenting the gospel.
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  • It means that our whole life, who we are as pilgrims,
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  • is to be a testimony to who the Lord Jesus Christ is.
  • 00:17:14.170 --> 00:17:20.160
  • I started praying a little prayer some years ago
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  • that I don't know where this came from,
  • 00:17:22.180 --> 00:17:24.200
  • but as I would face the day and realize
  • 00:17:24.210 --> 00:17:26.250
  • what my routines would be, I just started to pray,
  • 00:17:26.260 --> 00:17:29.110
  • "Lord Jesus, help me to bring your influence
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  • into every situation where I go today.
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  • May there be something of Jesus in this situation."
  • 00:17:35.010 --> 00:17:38.030
  • And you know, I get into some pretty interesting places
  • 00:17:38.040 --> 00:17:41.090
  • where Jesus doesn't seem like he fits.
  • 00:17:41.100 --> 00:17:45.040
  • But when you have Jesus in your heart,
  • 00:17:45.050 --> 00:17:47.050
  • wherever you go, if you're living for him,
  • 00:17:47.060 --> 00:17:49.070
  • you bring the presence of Jesus into that situation.
  • 00:17:49.080 --> 00:17:53.010
  • Isn't that true?
  • 00:17:53.020 --> 00:17:54.270
  • Well, that's our goal, to remind others of Jesus.
  • 00:17:57.240 --> 00:18:01.260
  • And here in this passage, in 1 Peter, he says,
  • 00:18:01.270 --> 00:18:04.210
  • "Have your conduct honorable among the Gentiles,
  • 00:18:04.220 --> 00:18:09.060
  • so that when they speak against you as evildoers,
  • 00:18:09.070 --> 00:18:13.100
  • they may, by your good works which they observe,
  • 00:18:13.110 --> 00:18:16.140
  • glorify God."
  • 00:18:16.150 --> 00:18:18.180
  • Our hands and our feet become the platform or the pulpit
  • 00:18:18.190 --> 00:18:23.040
  • by which God is able to speak to our world.
  • 00:18:23.050 --> 00:18:26.080
  • When we grow in godliness, people begin to see Jesus in us.
  • 00:18:26.090 --> 00:18:31.110
  • And that's the purpose of this character building quality
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  • that we're given in 2 Peter chapter 1.
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  • "Add to your faith virtue. Add to your virtue knowledge.
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  • Add to your knowledge self-control.
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  • Add to your self-control perseverance.
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  • And add to your perseverance godliness, Christlikeness."
  • 00:18:48.270 --> 00:18:54.110
  • Now, that's who we are,
  • 00:18:54.120 --> 00:18:57.030
  • that's why we should be this way.
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  • So, let's take the final step in this little package.
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  • Let's go from examining our identity to expressing it.
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  • Here's what I want to say to you,
  • 00:19:06.290 --> 00:19:08.080
  • once again three things quickly.
  • 00:19:08.090 --> 00:19:11.080
  • First of all, godliness is about ownership.
  • 00:19:11.090 --> 00:19:14.220
  • Live like you belong.
  • 00:19:14.230 --> 00:19:18.040
  • You belong to Jesus, you belong to God.
  • 00:19:18.050 --> 00:19:21.070
  • It makes you think twice about things you do
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  • when you recognize that.
  • 00:19:23.280 --> 00:19:25.210
  • Have you ever as a child remember your parents saying,
  • 00:19:25.220 --> 00:19:28.080
  • "Now remember when you go out, whose children you are,"
  • 00:19:28.090 --> 00:19:32.070
  • you know?
  • 00:19:32.080 --> 00:19:34.020
  • My dad was the president of the college where I--
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  • and I grew up in Cedarville, Ohio.
  • 00:19:36.240 --> 00:19:38.270
  • And he never quite said it this way,
  • 00:19:38.280 --> 00:19:40.130
  • but my mom had no problem saying it.
  • 00:19:40.140 --> 00:19:43.070
  • "You are the president's son.
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  • Just you know, don't embarrass us."
  • 00:19:44.280 --> 00:19:48.240
  • When you realize that you're God's special possession,
  • 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:51.130
  • you want to do the right thing.
  • 00:19:51.140 --> 00:19:54.010
  • You want to be the right person.
  • 00:19:54.020 --> 00:19:55.120
  • It's a great motivation to Christlikeness.
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  • I belong to God.
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  • I want to live in such a way that brings honor to his name.
  • 00:19:59.180 --> 00:20:03.050
  • I don't want to soil the name of God,
  • 00:20:03.060 --> 00:20:05.080
  • because I'm one of his children,
  • 00:20:05.090 --> 00:20:07.160
  • and I'm acting like I don't know who is.
  • 00:20:07.170 --> 00:20:10.220
  • So, the Bible constantly reminds us of that.
  • 00:20:10.230 --> 00:20:14.080
  • In 1 Corinthians, for instance, we read, "You are not your own.
  • 00:20:14.090 --> 00:20:18.120
  • Therefore honor God with your body."
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:21.240
  • Romans 1 says, "You are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
  • 00:20:21.250 --> 00:20:25.220
  • called to be holy people."
  • 00:20:25.230 --> 00:20:27.210
  • Romans 14:8 says, "If we live, we live for the Lord;
  • 00:20:27.220 --> 00:20:30.170
  • and if we die, we die for the Lord.
  • 00:20:30.180 --> 00:20:32.120
  • So, whether we live or die, we're the Lord's."
  • 00:20:32.130 --> 00:20:35.150
  • We belong to him.
  • 00:20:35.160 --> 00:20:37.060
  • When the writer of Psalm 73 endured a confused time
  • 00:20:37.070 --> 00:20:41.020
  • of discouragement and depression,
  • 00:20:41.030 --> 00:20:43.000
  • the reality that pulled him through this was this.
  • 00:20:43.010 --> 00:20:45.220
  • Psalm 73:23, "Yet I still belong to you,
  • 00:20:45.230 --> 00:20:50.010
  • and you hold my right hand."
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  • Isn't that a great truth from God?
  • 00:20:52.140 --> 00:20:56.130
  • Romans 8:1 says it this way, "There is therefore now
  • 00:20:56.140 --> 00:20:59.080
  • no condemnation to those who belong to Christ Jesus."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, we belong to Christ Jesus.
  • 00:21:02.260 --> 00:21:06.050
  • And let's live like we belong.
  • 00:21:06.060 --> 00:21:08.270
  • He's our owner, he's our Father.
  • 00:21:08.280 --> 00:21:10.250
  • He's the giver of life.
  • 00:21:10.260 --> 00:21:13.090
  • He's the one to whom we will one day report.
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  • Number two, godliness is about citizenship.
  • 00:21:16.130 --> 00:21:19.140
  • Keep your eyes on heaven.
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  • Keep your watch on heaven's time.
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  • Keep your eyes on heaven.
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  • Don't always be looking at the things of the earth.
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  • As you diligently add godliness to your life by remembering
  • 00:21:29.270 --> 00:21:33.100
  • who you are, you have to keep heaven in mind,
  • 00:21:33.110 --> 00:21:36.270
  • God's special place.
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  • The closer we get to heaven,
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  • the more we should reflect its character.
  • 00:21:41.170 --> 00:21:45.050
  • Here's the essence of the principle again.
  • 00:21:45.060 --> 00:21:47.060
  • You become like the place you most want to go,
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  • and you became like the person you most want to see.
  • 00:21:51.210 --> 00:21:56.010
  • And here's the third one, godliness is about ownership,
  • 00:21:56.020 --> 00:21:59.090
  • so act like you belong.
  • 00:21:59.100 --> 00:22:02.030
  • Godliness is about citizenship; keep your eyes on heaven.
  • 00:22:02.040 --> 00:22:05.250
  • And godliness is about stewardship.
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:08.000
  • That's not money, it means carry out your assignment.
  • 00:22:08.010 --> 00:22:11.120
  • Peter said again, "Have your conduct honorable
  • 00:22:11.130 --> 00:22:14.110
  • among the Gentiles, so that when they speak against you,
  • 00:22:14.120 --> 00:22:17.130
  • they may, by your good works which they observe,
  • 00:22:17.140 --> 00:22:21.150
  • glorify God in the day of visitation."
  • 00:22:21.160 --> 00:22:24.220
  • So, what I'm saying to you is this.
  • 00:22:24.230 --> 00:22:26.150
  • The Bible says if we live our lives in the culture
  • 00:22:26.160 --> 00:22:28.250
  • where God has called us, if we live our lives in such
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  • a way that we are uniquely different than anybody around us
  • 00:22:31.080 --> 00:22:34.290
  • because we love people, we care about them,
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  • we reach out to them, we call them by their name
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  • when they're hurting, we go when nobody else will,
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  • when we do those kind of things, when we live our lives like that
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  • with that kind of conduct, the Bible says
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  • when they come after us, or they want to say bad things
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  • about us, they can't really do it because you've done
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  • so many good things to help them that they just--
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  • there's no way they can climb over it.
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  • If people are going to criticize us, men and women,
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  • let them climb over our love for them,
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  • and our love and good works for them.
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  • Well, there you go.
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  • What does it mean to be godly?
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  • It means first of all to know who you are.
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  • You belong to God, you are his special person.
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  • Number two, it means that you're a pilgrim,
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  • you're not here forever.
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  • You're here only for the short time
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  • God has let you be on this planet.
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  • While you're here as a pilgrim, honor him and be his platform
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  • to sing praises to his name, and by your good works
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  • to honor him in your life.
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  • If you don't think there's something to work on there,
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  • I haven't done my job.
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  • All of us are in the midst of this,
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  • and all of us take notes in our own hearts.
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  • This is going to make me a better person
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  • as I walk with the Lord, 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 gave us
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  • practical steps to unleash the power of God's promises
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  • in our lives.
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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 being more like Christ
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  • will never end on this side of eternity.
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  • We can always draw closer to him by 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 you need to become more Christlike.
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  • And I hope you are experiencing the joy that comes
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  • from pursuing Christlike character.
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  • But perhaps you're watching today and want to know
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  • Please allow me to send you two free resources
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  • announcer: In addition to these free study resources,
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  • nothing is as profound as the Word of God.
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  • announcer: Next time on, "Turning Point."
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  • David: Let us always be people who are known for our kindness,
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  • who stand up against the ugliness and evil
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  • that's so much a part of 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 believe anything you believe.
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  • But I do have to treat you with dignity and kindness,
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  • and listen to you as I expect you to listen to me.
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  • announcer: Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Radical Kindness", here on "Turning Point."
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  • male announcer: Join David Jeremiah
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  • for "Make the Season Bright: Christmas on Broadway,"
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  • in New York City, December 12, at the historic Beacon Theatre.
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  • Spend an inspirational evening with Dr. David Jeremiah
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  • and his guests, Jordan Smith, winner of "The Voice," Season 9;
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  • the hilarious holiday comedy of John Crist;
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  • the Voices of Lee; Michael Sanchez;
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  • and Sheila Walsh.
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  • Tickets are on sale now.
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  • Don't miss, "Make the Season Bright:
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  • Christmas on Broadway," with David Jeremiah,
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  • December 12, in New York City.
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