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Debt - The Fear of Financial Collapse

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February 14, 2021
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Dr. David Jeremiah shows us how to allow God to direct our lives in every aspect – including our finances.

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Debt - The Fear of Financial Collapse

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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: There'sa power within you
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  • to help you overcome your mostdaunting challenges.
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  • Where could life take youif fear was not a factor?
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  • Are you ready to movefrom worry to confidence,
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  • from anxiety to hope?
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  • Why be safe when you canboldly step into what's next?
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: It's time to movefrom fear to fear not.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Hello,I'm David Jeremiah,
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  • and it's time to movefrom fear to fear not.
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  • For many of us, just thinkingabout finances
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  • is enough to raise our pulse,cause our palms to sweat,
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  • and recent times may haveproduced one of the hardest
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  • financial periods in your life,but there is hope to be found
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  • even as you lookat your financial future.
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  • If our fragile economyleaves you insecure,
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  • you're not alone.
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  • God speaks to uswith seven principles
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  • for letting go of thingsthat promise earthly security
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  • and embracing thingsof eternal value.
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  • Join me in exploringthese principles
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  • and dealing with debt,the fear of financial collapse.
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  • You'll find that when you dependon God's faithfulness,
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  • you'll never be disappointed.
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  • announcer: Are you in a placein your life
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  • Dr. Jeremiah wants to teach youhow to move from fear
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  • to fear not, in his book,
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  • "Hope: Living Fearlesslyin a Scary World."
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  • In its pages, Dr. Jeremiahexplores the top seven fears
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  • holding so many of us backas he shares practical lessons
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  • for facing down these fears.
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  • Learn to walk the path of hopeand experience
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  • still controls even the smallestdetails of your life.
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  • Now, here's Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Debt: The Fearof Financial Collapse."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:When we've lost our home,
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  • our possession,our bank account,
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  • and our investments,and the very concept
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  • of financial securityhas been swept away
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  • and we have nothing left,or if we find ourselves
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  • fearing thatthat could happen to us,
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  • where do we turn?
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  • Does God have anything to saythat will give us comfort?
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  • And, of course,you know that he does,
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  • and the Bible itselfis a book of comfort.
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  • The psalms in our Bible isthe go-to book for comfort,
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  • and one of my favorite psalmswe're going to look at today
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  • for a few moments,and that's Psalm 37.
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  • I would like to suggest to youthat Psalm 37 is
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  • an incredible portionof Scripture
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  • for our discussion todaybecause it is a simple statement
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  • of some thingsAlmighty God wants us to do
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  • when we're feeling insecure.
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  • Not just about life,but about everything.
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  • Sometimes when youread the Psalms,
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  • you have to read,and then you develop principles
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  • having read it.
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  • Here, the principles arejust stuck right in the psalm.
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  • There are seven of themhere in the first few verses,
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  • just places where God,through the Psalms, says to us,
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  • "Here's what you should do."
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  • I kinda like thatbecause it's always helpful
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  • when you knowwhat you're supposed to do,
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  • and it begins herein the third verse
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  • where we're told to decideto trust in the Lord.
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  • Chapter 37, verse 3 says,"Trust in the Lord--"
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  • This is one of the themesof the Psalms,
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  • to trust in the Lord.
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  • And, you know,that's very important
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  • in this discussionbecause this whole issue
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  • of financial stability isan issue of trust.
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  • We even put thingsin what we call trusts,
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  • and we put our trust in peopleto care for those things.
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  • And here the Bible saysif you want to survive
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  • the uncertainty of lifeas a follower of God,
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  • you need to learnto put your trust in God,
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  • and that's a decisionthat you make.
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  • You decide to trust in the Lord.
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  • This is mentioned three timesin Psalm 37:
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  • here in the verse we just read,over in verse 5
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  • where we're told to commitour way to the Lord
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  • and trust also in him,and in verse 40,
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  • at the very end of the psalm,it appears again.
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  • Now, everybody has to trustin something.
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  • If you put all your trustin your resources,
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  • you're probably gonna finddisappointment along the way.
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  • If you put all of your trustin what you've been able
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  • to amass out of your workon this Earth,
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  • you're never gonna feela sense of great security,
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  • because if you put itin the bank,
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  • what if the bank fails?
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  • If you invest itin the stock market,
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  • what if it goes upside down?
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  • If you get it converted to goldand silver and put it
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  • in your safe at home,what if somebody breaks in
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  • and steals it?
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  • Where can you find somethingto put your trust in
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  • that will not fail you?
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  • The psalmist says trust in God.
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  • And let me just suggest to youthat this is not emotional.
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  • This is not some feelingthat you have.
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  • When you trust in God,you make a decision to do that.
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  • I've been very convincedof that more and more of late,
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  • even when it comesto the matter of salvation.
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  • How does a personbecome a Christian?
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  • That person decides to puttheir trust in God.
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  • Does that mean they haveall of the answers
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  • to all of the questionsthey might ever have
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  • about being a Christian?
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  • Absolutely not,but there comes a time
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  • when they have enough answersthat they say,
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  • "I am gonna put my trustin God,"
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  • and they makethe decision to do it.
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  • It's a choice.
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  • And when, as Christians,we're dealing
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  • with the uncertaintiesof life,
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  • we have to makethat same choice, don't we?
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  • What about what's going onin this country?
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  • Where are we going financially?
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  • Are the government officialsgetting us in so much debt
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  • that it's all gonna come downon us like a house of cards?
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  • Is inflation gonna go crazy?
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  • I don't know.
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  • I don't put my trustin any of those things.
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  • I've put my trust in God,
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  • and I knowthat God will not fail me.
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  • Beginning at the very beginningof this is a choice
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  • that a person makesto put their trust in God.
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  • If you look down in your Biblesat verse 25,
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  • here's an affirming verse.
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  • "I have been young,and now I am old;
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  • yet I have not seenthe righteous forsaken,
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  • nor his descendantsbegging bread."
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  • Paul said in the New Testament,
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  • "My God shall supplyall your need according
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  • to his riches in gloryby Christ Jesus."
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  • I'm here to tell you today,God is trustworthy.
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  • You can put your trust in him.
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  • He will help youin every situation.
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  • 2 Corinthians 9:8 says,
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  • "God is able to makeall grace abound toward you,
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  • so that you, always havingall sufficiency in all things,
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  • will have an abundancefor every good work."
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  • Go through the Bible,and you will find promise
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  • after promise that just simplyunderscores this truth,
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  • that when you putyour trust in God,
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  • you have found the one placewhere you will not be
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  • discouraged or disappointed.
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  • And then, the next partof the verse gives us
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  • our next instruction.
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  • "Trust in the Lord,and do good."
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  • Trust in the Lord, and do good.
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  • That's, kind of, interesting,isn't it?
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  • Put your trust in the Lord,and then do good.
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  • And if you want to knowwhat that means,
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  • there's a commentary on thatin 1 Timothy chapter 6,
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  • verses 17 through 19.
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  • Let me read this passage.
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  • "Command those who are richin this present age
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  • not to be haughty, or to trustin uncertain riches but to trust
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  • in the living God, who gives usrichly all things to enjoy.
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  • And let them do good,
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  • that they may be richin good works, ready to give,
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  • willing to share,storing up for themselves
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  • a good foundationfor the time to come--"
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  • It's almostas if the psalmist says
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  • when you're in a situationwhere you don't know
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  • what to do,first put your trust in God.
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  • And then,instead of sitting around
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  • and wondering how thingsare gonna be for you,
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  • look around for somebodyto help,
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  • and do some good thingswith what you have.
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  • What an incredible way to dealwith life as we face it today.
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  • Trust, and do good.
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  • All of us areinto the trusting part,
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  • but what about the do good part?
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  • What about takingwhat God has given us?
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  • How many of you knowthat no matter
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  • how bad things are for you,
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  • somebody you knowis doing worse than you are?
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  • That's the second instruction.
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  • Here's the third one: dwellon the faithfulness of the Lord.
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  • Notice the last phrasein verse 3.
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  • Three principlesin one little verse.
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  • "And feed on his faithfulness."
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  • The Bible says whenyou're trusting in the Lord,
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  • you fill up your mind andyour heart with the realization
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  • that he is a faithful God,and he is worthy of your trust.
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  • Feed on that.
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  • He is faithful.
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  • The early verses of Psalm 37draw our attention
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  • to the faithfulness of the Lord,but I'm gonna do
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  • what you should never dowhen you're reading a novel.
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  • I'm gonna take you clearto the end of the chapter,
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  • and notice what it saysin verse 40,
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  • where the word "trust"appears again.
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  • "And the Lord shall help themand deliver them;
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  • he shall deliver themfrom the wicked,
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  • and save them,because they trust in him."
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  • When you trust in Godand you do good,
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  • and then you fill your lifeand your mind up with truth
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  • of his faithfulness, which is,like, memorizing verses
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  • and putting truthinto your spiritual computer,
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  • you develop a kind of Teflonspiritual personality
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  • that bad thingsjust roll off of you.
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  • You say, "Well, my 401has become a 101."
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  • But God is still on his throne,and he's always been faithful
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  • to me, and I know he's worthyof my trust.
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  • "How do you know that?"
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  • Well, lemme just sharewith you what I've learned
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  • from the Bible.
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  • The Bible says thatwhen I am faithless,
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  • he's still faithful.
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  • His faithfulness is not troubledby what I do
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  • or what happens in the world.
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  • He is worthy of our trust.
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  • And how many of you knowyou cannot really know that
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  • until you go through somedifficult things in your life?
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  • Because when things are goodyou probably think it's you.
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  • When things are going well,you probably think how smart
  • 00:12:08.833 --> 00:12:10.635
  • you are, where you've put--but soon as some of that
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  • is threatened you become awareof your vulnerability.
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  • The Bible says to decideto trust in the Lord
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  • when you're goingthrough uncertain times,
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  • to do the things that honorthe Lord with your life
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  • even though things are,kind of, upside down,
  • 00:12:26.384 --> 00:12:30.388
  • to dwell on the faithfulnessof the Lord.
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  • And here's oneof my favorite ones in the text:
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  • delight yourself in the Lord.
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  • Verse 4, "Delight yourselfalso in the Lord,
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  • and he shall give youthe desires of your heart."
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  • Even when our circumstanceshold nothing
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  • that seems delightful to us,
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  • we can always find our delightin the Lord.
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  • We could be facing lossand oppression,
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  • but these thingsdo not define us.
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  • We should never letthe challenges we face
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  • in our life define who we are.
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  • We're not the difficultieswe face.
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  • We are who we arebecause of our relationship
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  • with Almighty God.
  • 00:13:14.899 --> 00:13:16.701
  • Now, the interesting thingabout this verse is that there's
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  • a promise attached to it,and often it's misunderstood,
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  • and I wanna try to explain itthe best I can today.
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  • The Bible says,
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  • "Delight yourself alsoin the Lord,
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  • and he will give you the desiresof your heart."
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  • Years ago, I was readinga book on the will of God,
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  • and the writer of the booksaid the simplest way
  • 00:13:35.453 --> 00:13:37.655
  • he knew to explainhow to get the will of God
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  • in your life was to fallin love with God
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  • and then dowhatever you wanted to do.
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  • I thought that waspretty simplistic,
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  • but maybe he's not too farfrom the truth.
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  • This passage of Scripturedoesn't say that
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  • when you delight in the Lordyou can ask him
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  • for anything you want,and he'll just give it to you
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  • no matter how frivolousit may seem.
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  • "Lord, I'm delighting in youtoday.
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  • I'd sure like to havea new Corvette."
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  • No, that's not what it means.
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  • Some teachers teach that,but that's not what it means.
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  • Here.Listen to this.
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  • The Bible says,if you delight in the Lord,
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  • if you delight in him,if you truly have
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  • all of your delight in him,you will never ask anything
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  • from him that does not coincidewith who he is.
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  • In your delighting in the Lordyou define the things
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  • that you need and that you want.
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  • It becomes the contextin which you ask,
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  • so that if you're trulydelighting in the Lord
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  • you can ask himfor what you want,
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  • and he will give you the desiresof your heart.
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  • And so, the Bible tells us thatthere are some things we can do
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  • during times that are uncertain.
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  • We can trust in the Lord.
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  • We can do the thingsthat honor the Lord.
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  • We can dwellon the faithfulness of the Lord.
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  • We can delight ourselvesin the Lord.
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  • And then, it says dedicateyour life to the Lord.
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  • It says here in verse 5,"Commit your way to the Lord,
  • 00:14:56.634 --> 00:15:01.039
  • trust also in him,and he shall bring it to pass."
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  • That means you cometo the place where you say,
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  • "Lord, here is my life.I have no idea what's ahead.
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  • I don't know what you havein store for me,
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  • where this is all going,but I'm dedicating this to you.
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  • I'm signing the paperat the bottom of the page,
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  • and you just fill inwhatever you want.
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  • And that's who I am.
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  • That's where I'm going.
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  • My life is yours, Lord God.
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  • We're in this together.
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  • I dedicate my life to you."
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  • As we look back over our lives,sometimes we have to admit
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  • that the things we thoughtwere negative were just ways
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  • that God was getting readyto do something really positive,
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  • and we see him at work.
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  • So, we decide to trustin the Lord.
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  • We delight ourselvesin the Lord.
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  • Verse 4, we dedicate our lifeto the Lord.
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  • Verse 5, and here's one I love,download your worry to the Lord.
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  • Just do it.Download it.
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  • Verse 7, "Do not fret becauseof him who prospers in his way,
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  • because of the man who bringswicked schemes to pass."
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  • The Bible says don't getyourself caught up in worrying
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  • about what's going onwith other people.
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  • I mentioned earlier that oneof the things we do sometimes
  • 00:16:16.114 --> 00:16:18.416
  • as Christians is we kindalook around and say,
  • 00:16:18.416 --> 00:16:20.685
  • "Lord God, I'm serving you.I'm honoring you with my life.
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  • I'm doing everything I know todo to be an obedient Christian.
  • 00:16:25.356 --> 00:16:28.359
  • Why am I having a hard timeand all these people
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  • that don't even know how to sayyour name without cussing,
  • 00:16:31.529 --> 00:16:34.632
  • they seem to be doing well?"
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  • And the Bible says fret not.
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  • Fret not.
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  • The word "fret's"a very interesting word.
  • 00:16:42.874 --> 00:16:45.376
  • It has two different meanings.
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  • One meaning is the word"fret" means to gnaw at,
  • 00:16:47.178 --> 00:16:51.015
  • like a rat gnawingat a rope or something,
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  • and the other meaning isto have a--
  • 00:16:53.985 --> 00:16:55.987
  • kind of, like an explosive burstof flame.
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  • And that's what worry is like.
  • 00:17:00.091 --> 00:17:02.293
  • It's like something gnawingat you on the inside.
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  • It's like something burningon the inside.
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  • And so, the Lord Jesus sayswhen you look out at how life
  • 00:17:06.164 --> 00:17:08.366
  • seems to be laying outin front of you, don't fret.
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  • Kill the rat, put out the fire,and get on with your life, amen?
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  • Because if you worry about it,it's not gonna change one thing.
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  • Not gonna change one thing,except you.
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  • It's gonna ruin you.
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  • Here's the last oneof the seven,
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  • and we're finished.
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  • Download your worry to the Lord.
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  • And finally, discipline yourselfto wait on the Lord.
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  • And I wish that weren'tin the Bible.
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  • I don't like waiting.
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  • I'm built more for speedthan for comfort
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  • and waiting is notmy favorite thing.
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  • Wait on the Lord.
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  • What does that mean?
  • 00:17:46.971 --> 00:17:48.306
  • It means God is at work,but he works on his timetable
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  • and feels no obligationto coincide his timetable
  • 00:17:52.376 --> 00:17:55.546
  • with yours or mine.
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  • We may say, "God,would you please resolve this?"
  • 00:17:58.683 --> 00:18:00.852
  • And he says, "Yes."
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  • "Would you please resolvethis now?"
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  • And he says, "Wait,"and we don't like to wait.
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  • In the waiting we learn.
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  • In the waiting we grow.
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  • Waiting is what happens betweenthe promise and the fulfillment.
  • 00:18:15.099 --> 00:18:18.369
  • Waiting builds our faith.
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  • Waiting reminds us that Goddoes not live on our schedule.
  • 00:18:20.571 --> 00:18:24.542
  • We live on his,and if we will learn to wait,
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  • we will see Goddo some great things.
  • 00:18:29.714 --> 00:18:32.750
  • One of the joysof being a bit older
  • 00:18:32.750 --> 00:18:35.486
  • is to look backover your shoulder
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  • and see how God resolved thingsthat I wondered
  • 00:18:37.288 --> 00:18:42.860
  • how they wouldever get resolved.
  • 00:18:42.860 --> 00:18:45.396
  • God was at work the entire time.
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  • I just didn't see it,and I was left to wait.
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  • Almost 200 years ago,our nation went
  • 00:18:56.073 --> 00:18:59.443
  • through anothereconomic upheaval,
  • 00:18:59.443 --> 00:19:03.681
  • the financial Panicof 1837 chronicled
  • 00:19:03.681 --> 00:19:07.018
  • in the history books in detail.
  • 00:19:07.018 --> 00:19:09.820
  • Anna and Susan Warnerand their father,
  • 00:19:09.820 --> 00:19:12.290
  • Henry Warner, at that timein their lives lived
  • 00:19:12.290 --> 00:19:15.860
  • in a mansion filledwith art treasures,
  • 00:19:15.860 --> 00:19:18.629
  • high-class furnishings,and an army of servants.
  • 00:19:18.629 --> 00:19:22.567
  • They were at the topof the world of wealth,
  • 00:19:22.567 --> 00:19:26.337
  • and then came the recession.
  • 00:19:26.337 --> 00:19:29.440
  • The market crashed,took Henry Warner's investments
  • 00:19:29.440 --> 00:19:33.110
  • down with it.
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  • The family lost it alland were deeply in debt.
  • 00:19:34.812 --> 00:19:38.382
  • They moved to a decrepitold house up the river
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  • from New York City.
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  • Henry's financial collapsedevastated him emotionally.
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  • He never did really recoverfrom it.
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  • The daughters, accustomedto expensive parties
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  • and the social world,now realized
  • 00:19:51.395 --> 00:19:53.397
  • they had to pitch inand find something to do,
  • 00:19:53.397 --> 00:19:55.666
  • just to seeif they could keep
  • 00:19:55.666 --> 00:19:57.068
  • the family together and not havethem go down through debt.
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  • They didn't havea lot of talents,
  • 00:20:02.306 --> 00:20:03.975
  • but one thing they knewhow to do was to write.
  • 00:20:03.975 --> 00:20:06.777
  • This story from historyis quite encouraging.
  • 00:20:06.777 --> 00:20:09.547
  • They wrote some thingsand tried to find a publisher
  • 00:20:09.547 --> 00:20:12.016
  • and eventually Putnamaccepted Susan Warner's novel,
  • 00:20:12.016 --> 00:20:16.487
  • "The Wide, Wide World"and success began to happen.
  • 00:20:16.487 --> 00:20:21.125
  • Those two sisters ended upwriting more than 100 books,
  • 00:20:21.125 --> 00:20:25.296
  • all built on the foundationof the gospel,
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  • and one of the books called,"Say and Seal"
  • 00:20:29.600 --> 00:20:34.238
  • contained a little poem thatAnna had woven into the story,
  • 00:20:34.238 --> 00:20:38.409
  • and that little poem beginswith the words, "Jesus loves me.
  • 00:20:38.409 --> 00:20:42.713
  • This I know."
  • 00:20:42.713 --> 00:20:45.783
  • Songwriter William Bradburyadded music, and now,
  • 00:20:45.783 --> 00:20:48.686
  • "Jesus Loves Me" is lovedthroughout the whole world.
  • 00:20:48.686 --> 00:20:52.490
  • Untold millions of childrenfirst meet God
  • 00:20:52.490 --> 00:20:55.660
  • through that simple,little song.
  • 00:20:55.660 --> 00:20:58.829
  • I didn't know this,but back in 1943,
  • 00:20:58.829 --> 00:21:01.599
  • when John F. Kennedy's PT-109was sunk in the Solomon Islands,
  • 00:21:01.599 --> 00:21:05.403
  • local islandersand American marines sang,
  • 00:21:05.403 --> 00:21:08.973
  • "Jesus loves me.Jesus loves you.
  • 00:21:08.973 --> 00:21:12.610
  • Jesus loves me,"as they rescued the survivors.
  • 00:21:12.610 --> 00:21:16.314
  • "Jesus loves me.This I know."
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  • If you had been a partof the Warner family
  • 00:21:20.785 --> 00:21:23.120
  • when all that tragedy happened,you would have wondered,
  • 00:21:23.120 --> 00:21:25.790
  • "What in the worldcould come out of this,
  • 00:21:25.790 --> 00:21:28.059
  • of any value whatsoever?"
  • 00:21:28.059 --> 00:21:30.761
  • You might have known even thenthat God had something special,
  • 00:21:30.761 --> 00:21:34.765
  • but you didn't know what it was.
  • 00:21:34.765 --> 00:21:36.667
  • Out of the wreckage of thatfamily at that moment of time
  • 00:21:36.667 --> 00:21:39.603
  • came a little song that has beenused by God to bless the world
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  • and hundreds of thousandsof children have come to know
  • 00:21:45.576 --> 00:21:49.013
  • Jesus Christ because theydiscovered that Jesus love them.
  • 00:21:49.013 --> 00:21:54.318
  • The devil sometimes likesto fool us into thinking
  • 00:21:54.318 --> 00:21:56.654
  • that the defeats thatwe are experiencing now
  • 00:21:56.654 --> 00:21:59.590
  • are because of us or becauseGod has forgotten us,
  • 00:21:59.590 --> 00:22:02.626
  • but they are not.
  • 00:22:02.626 --> 00:22:04.095
  • They're the devil's work.
  • 00:22:04.095 --> 00:22:06.163
  • We don't have to acquiesceto his agenda.
  • 00:22:06.163 --> 00:22:08.532
  • We have onethat God has given us.
  • 00:22:08.532 --> 00:22:10.835
  • Waiting is not alwaysa bad thing.
  • 00:22:10.835 --> 00:22:13.170
  • Sometimes in the waitingwe learn to build
  • 00:22:13.170 --> 00:22:15.906
  • our trust in God.
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  • So, if you are facinguncertainty or if you know
  • 00:22:18.242 --> 00:22:21.746
  • people that are, I commendto you the 37th Psalm.
  • 00:22:21.746 --> 00:22:25.649
  • And you don't have to gopast the seventh verse
  • 00:22:25.649 --> 00:22:27.785
  • if you don't want to,
  • 00:22:27.785 --> 00:22:29.286
  • because in this psalmare these crisp instructions.
  • 00:22:29.286 --> 00:22:32.723
  • I've underlinedall of the instructions
  • 00:22:32.723 --> 00:22:34.759
  • in my Bible.
  • 00:22:34.759 --> 00:22:37.128
  • The Word of Godtells us to trust in the Lord,
  • 00:22:37.128 --> 00:22:39.597
  • to do good,to feed on his faithfulness,
  • 00:22:39.597 --> 00:22:41.665
  • to delight in the Lord,to commit our way
  • 00:22:41.665 --> 00:22:43.601
  • to the Lord,to wait on the Lord,
  • 00:22:43.601 --> 00:22:48.773
  • and when we do that,we discover
  • 00:22:48.773 --> 00:22:51.342
  • the Lord's in charge,and we can trust him,
  • 00:22:51.342 --> 00:22:55.513
  • and we will be strongin the midst of it all.
  • 00:22:55.513 --> 00:22:58.816
  • And that's a resourceyou only have
  • 00:22:58.816 --> 00:23:01.118
  • if you know Godthrough Jesus Christ.
  • 00:23:01.118 --> 00:23:03.587
  • In fact, let me just suggest toyou as we close this message
  • 00:23:03.587 --> 00:23:06.657
  • today that if you haven'tever put your trust in God,
  • 00:23:06.657 --> 00:23:10.928
  • here's what you should do:
  • 00:23:10.928 --> 00:23:12.763
  • you should decideto do it today.
  • 00:23:12.763 --> 00:23:14.965
  • Just decide to do it.
  • 00:23:14.965 --> 00:23:16.467
  • You don't have to makeanything mystical out of it.
  • 00:23:16.467 --> 00:23:19.203
  • What I've told you about Godis true.
  • 00:23:19.203 --> 00:23:21.205
  • Do you want him in your life?
  • 00:23:21.205 --> 00:23:23.574
  • Here's how it happens:You accept what the Word of God
  • 00:23:23.574 --> 00:23:26.777
  • says about you as a person.
  • 00:23:26.777 --> 00:23:29.180
  • I had to accept that about me.It's true of all of us.
  • 00:23:29.180 --> 00:23:31.749
  • You know what it is?We're all sinners.
  • 00:23:31.749 --> 00:23:33.684
  • Guess what?
  • 00:23:33.684 --> 00:23:35.019
  • We're all sinners,and the Bible says
  • 00:23:35.019 --> 00:23:37.054
  • that when we acknowledgethat we're sinners,
  • 00:23:37.054 --> 00:23:38.823
  • we come to God and we say,
  • 00:23:38.823 --> 00:23:40.825
  • "Almighty God, will youforgive me of my sin?"
  • 00:23:40.825 --> 00:23:44.094
  • And God says, "Yes, I willdo that through what my Son,
  • 00:23:44.094 --> 00:23:46.430
  • Jesus, did for you on the cross.
  • 00:23:46.430 --> 00:23:48.199
  • He died on the cross andpaid the penalty for your sin.
  • 00:23:48.199 --> 00:23:51.035
  • If you will trust himand put your faith in him
  • 00:23:51.035 --> 00:23:53.704
  • and what he did for youon the cross,
  • 00:23:53.704 --> 00:23:55.206
  • you can become a memberof my forever family."
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  • And you say, "Well,I've never done that."
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  • Well, why don't you do it?
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  • Why don't you decide to do it?
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  • Why don't you decide today,"I've had enough of this life
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  • depending on myselfand everybody else.
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  • I wanna get in on the God thing.
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  • I have decided to putmy trust in him"?
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  • We used to sing a songwhen I was growing up
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  • that goes like this: "I havedecided to follow Jesus."
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  • I want you to decide that today.
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  • Make that decisionand just tell God,
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  • "I have decided to put my trustin you and in Jesus Christ,"
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  • and he will hear youand acknowledge you,
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  • and you will become a Christian.
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  • "And then, all these things thatI've promised from Psalm 37
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  • will come into playin your life."
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  • Why would you not wanna do that?
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  • You're just one decision awayfrom being involved
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  • in the blessing of God.
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  • female announcer:Dr. Jeremiah will return
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  • to close today's programright after this.
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  • male announcer: Thank youfor watching "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would liketo offer you his book,
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  • "Hope: Living Fearlesslyin a Scary World,"
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  • to help you learn to movefrom fear to fear not.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's book will be sentto you as a thank you
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  • for a gift of any amountin support of this program.
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  • And for a generous giftof $65 or more,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah will send youin appreciation
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  • the "Living Fearlessly" setwhich contains his book,
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  • his current teaching series,"What Are You Afraid Of?"
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  • on your choice of CD or DVD,and a correlating study guide.
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  • Plus the "Fear to Fear Not"bookmark,
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  • which will serveas a reminder
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  • to claim hope each day.
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  • Receive these resourceswhen you support the ministry
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  • of, "Turning Point" today.
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  • female announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If your securityand your hope are tied
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  • to your financial well-being,
  • 00:25:53.424 --> 00:25:55.859
  • well, we've seen exactlyhow fleeting that can be.
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  • It can lead to brokennessand ruin on every level.
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  • Wealth alone isn'tthe foundation
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  • of a satisfying lifeand never has been.
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  • True riches comefrom knowing the God
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  • from whom all blessings flow,and it's my hope and prayer
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  • that you have a personal,growing relationship with God,
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  • the only source of realeternal security and hope.
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  • Whether you're a new believeror you want to take
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  • your relationshipwith God to a deeper level,
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  • there are two helpful resourcesI'd like to send you at no cost.
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  • The first is a booklet called,"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and the second is our monthlydevotional magazine,
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • They're yours freewhen you contact us here at,
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  • "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Next time on,"Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: When he calls youor me to anything,
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  • whether it's difficult or easy,whether it's a challenge
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  • close at home or far away,if God has called you,
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  • he is obligated to help you.
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  • And I'm here to tell you afterall these years he has never,
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  • ever failed me.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join Dr. Jeremiah next timefor his message,
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  • "Defeat: The Fear of Failure,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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