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A God-Inspired Life

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July 16, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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A God-Inspired Life

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  • - Dr. David Jeremiah: Each
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  • of us has just one life to live.
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  • Our life should count.
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  • It should matter.
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  • It should have purpose and,
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: But as long as
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  • you keep holding on to your own
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  • ambitions and you wanna do it
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  • your way and you wanna do
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  • your thing and you're not
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  • willing to trust him,
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  • you will get what you can get
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  • but it will never be as much as
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  • God wants you to have.
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  • The Bible says:
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  • "Commit your way unto the Lord,"
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  • listen to this,
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  • "and he will give you
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  • - male announcer: Today on
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  • "Turning Point,"
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  • you'll learn how to claim
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  • the vibrant and victorious life
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  • God has for you,
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  • as Dr. Jeremiah challenges you
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  • to make nine crucial decisions
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  • straight from God's Word.
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  • And you'll discover how to live
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  • a God-inspired life,
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  • - announcer: What are the signs
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  • of a life beyond amazing?
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  • Among them, joy that is not
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  • dependent on circumstance,
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  • integrity that settles
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  • for no exceptions,
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  • and self-discipline
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  • that stands firm.
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  • But how do you get them
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  • into your life?
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  • It takes a decision; actually,
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  • nine decisions each day
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  • to commit these into your heart
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  • and actions.
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  • Discover the steps to the life
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  • of blessings God has for you
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • inspiring book,
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing:
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  • 9 Decisions That Will Transform
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  • Your Life Today."
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  • Order this transformational book
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  • from Dr. Jeremiah today when you
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  • give a gift of any amount
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  • in support of this program,
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  • and if you give $60 or more,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • in appreciation,
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  • his comprehensive
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing" set.
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  • It contains his book, his entire
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  • teaching series on CD or DVD,
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  • a correlating study guide,
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  • and the "Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • Scripture cards.
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  • Also available, the "30 Days
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  • to a Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • workbook.
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  • Implement the 9 key decisions
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  • from "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • in powerful and practical ways;
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  • plus, it includes a DVD
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  • with video instructions
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  • from Dr. Jeremiah, available
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  • on its own for $30 or more
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  • or as part of
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing" set
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  • for a gift of $85 or more.
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  • Decide today to start living
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  • a life beyond what you thought
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  • possible, a life beyond amazing.
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  • Order these resources when you
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  • - female announcer: Thank you
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  • for watching
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • In appreciation
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  • of your viewership, Dr. Jeremiah
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  • would like to send you
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  • the "Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • Scripture cards absolutely free.
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  • And now,
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  • here's Dr. Jeremiah
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  • with his message:
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah:
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  • In these messages
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  • I've encouraged you
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  • to make nine decisions
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  • that will transform your life.
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  • But behind each of these
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  • decisions is one decision that
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  • impacts all of the others,
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  • and that decision is,
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  • what will you decide to do
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  • with the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • The Bible says that
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  • Jesus came into this world
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  • to deliver us from a life of sin
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  • and selfishness
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  • and separation from God.
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  • In a very familiar verse to most
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  • of us, the Scripture says:
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  • "All of us have sinned
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  • and we have fallen short
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  • of the glory of God."
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  • But through the death,
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  • burial, and resurrection
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  • of Jesus Christ,
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  • that barrier between
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  • our holy God and sinful man
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  • has been removed.
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  • And when we decide
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  • to put our trust
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  • in Jesus Christ for eternal life
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  • and we invite him
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  • into our hearts and our lives,
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  • he gives us a life beyond
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  • amazing, the life you've been
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  • listening to in these weeks.
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  • The Lord Jesus wants us to have
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  • that life but it cannot begin
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  • until we make that defining
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  • decision to put our trust
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  • in Jesus Christ.
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  • So if you've been listening to
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  • these messages and you've been
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  • intrigued by the kind of
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  • motivational content of some
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  • of it, that's all well and good
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  • but you can't even start any of
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  • these things until Jesus Christ
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  • is at home in your life.
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  • If you've never accepted him,
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  • if you've never invited him
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  • into your life, let me give you
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  • that invitation today.
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  • Make Jesus Christ the Lord
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  • of your life.
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  • Ask him to forgive your sin
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  • and he's never refused
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  • to do that for anyone
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  • who comes honestly to ask.
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  • In these messages that we have
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  • been sharing, I have focused
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  • on what a life might look like
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  • if Jesus is involved,
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  • and how we might activate
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  • that life in our everyday lives.
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  • Now, there's one more decision
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  • to make.
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  • Here is the question
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  • you must answer.
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  • Will I be willing to turn
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  • my life over to the Holy Spirit,
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  • the person God has given
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  • to each of us to orchestrate
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  • this life beyond amazing?
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  • Am I willing to let him
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  • take control?
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  • Let me suggest to you
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  • that living a life empowered by
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  • the Holy Spirit is the only way
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  • you can ever be successful
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  • as a Christian.
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  • If you've tried to sustain any
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  • of these nine characteristic
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  • traits that I have taught
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  • you over these last weeks,
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  • if you've tried to do that
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  • in your own strength,
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  • you've discovered
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  • that it's simply too difficult
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  • for you and, you know what?
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  • You're absolutely right.
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  • The Christian life is not hard.
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  • It's not difficult.
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  • It's impossible, unless
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  • the Holy Spirit is in control.
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  • In the entire history
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  • of humanity, only one person
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  • has lived a perfect life.
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  • That person is Jesus Christ.
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  • But you may be amazed to
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  • discover that even Jesus Christ
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  • did not live that life
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  • by his own power.
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  • Though he was one with God
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  • in power in heaven, to be
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  • a complete and perfect human,
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  • the Scripture says that for
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  • the years he was on this earth,
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  • he voluntarily laid aside the
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  • independent use of his divine
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  • attributes so that he could
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  • identify with us in every way.
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  • So guess what?
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  • While he was on this earth,
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  • he lived by
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  • the power of the Father and
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  • the power of the Holy Spirit.
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  • One day,
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  • Jesus told his disciples,
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  • "The words that I speak
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  • to you I do not speak
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  • of my own authority;
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  • but the Father who dwells in me,
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  • he does the work."
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  • Jesus lived and thought and
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  • worked and taught and conquered
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  • sin and won victories for God
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  • in the power of that same Spirit
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  • who lives within all of us,
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  • the Spirit whom all of us
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  • may have if we will accept
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  • his control of our lives.
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  • Well, you say, "Pastor Jeremiah,
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  • how do I do that?
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  • I'm a Christian,
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  • I know that I'm saved,
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  • I know I'm on my way to heaven.
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  • I know my sins are forgiven,
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  • but I have these things in
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  • my life that I've tried to get
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  • my arms around and I never seem
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  • to get victory over them.
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  • It's really frustrating.
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  • If there's something
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  • I'm missing out on,
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  • please tell me."
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  • Well, I just wanna tell you,
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  • you're not missing
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  • the Holy Spirit.
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  • He lives within you.
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  • But you may not be appropriating
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  • him properly or allowing him
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  • to have control in your life.
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  • And if that's true,
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  • you will never be able to live
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  • the life beyond amazing
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  • with any consistency at all.
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  • There are certain things
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  • that you are going to have
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  • to recognize and realize
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  • if you want that edge
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  • in your Christian experience.
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  • Living a life engaged
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  • with the Holy Spirit.
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  • I hope that, as you've listened
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  • to these messages and heard me
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  • talk about all the possibilities
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  • to be a person of love and joy
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  • and peace and a person that has
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  • integrity and a person that has
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  • self-discipline, I hope if you
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  • listened to all these things,
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  • that you found within
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  • your own heart a hungering and
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  • thirsting after this and saying,
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  • "I want that to be true
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  • of my life."
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  • Well, I wanna tell you again
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  • that that's one of the most
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  • critical things that you can
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  • have, and that's a desire.
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  • The Holy Spirit takes up
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  • residency in our hearts the
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  • moment we believe but we do not
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  • at that moment instantaneously
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  • become a fully mature Christian.
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  • It takes time for the fruit
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  • that the Spirit brings to ripen
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  • and become visible in our lives.
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  • And we have to do our part
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  • and here's the first thing
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  • we have to do.
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  • We have to desire the
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  • Holy Spirit to be in control.
  • 00:08:25.270 --> 00:08:28.270
  • You say, "Well, that seems
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  • kind of--I mean,
  • 00:08:29.280 --> 00:08:32.020
  • why are you telling--
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  • it doesn't make any--
  • 00:08:32.250 --> 00:08:33.180
  • why would you say that?
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  • Wouldn't anybody desire
  • 00:08:34.130 --> 00:08:35.050
  • the Holy Spirit?"
  • 00:08:35.050 --> 00:08:36.030
  • No, we don't.
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  • Let me tell you where
  • 00:08:37.040 --> 00:08:37.240
  • many Christians and I think if
  • 00:08:37.240 --> 00:08:39.050
  • I could quote people
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  • that I've read
  • 00:08:41.050 --> 00:08:42.010
  • and if I could look down
  • 00:08:42.010 --> 00:08:42.250
  • into the hearts of people
  • 00:08:42.250 --> 00:08:43.260
  • that I've met, way too many
  • 00:08:43.260 --> 00:08:45.240
  • Christians get saved and the
  • 00:08:45.240 --> 00:08:47.130
  • only thing they care about is
  • 00:08:47.130 --> 00:08:48.160
  • that they're not going to hell
  • 00:08:48.160 --> 00:08:49.250
  • and they're going to heaven and
  • 00:08:49.250 --> 00:08:50.240
  • now they're gonna do their own
  • 00:08:50.240 --> 00:08:51.210
  • thing all the way through life.
  • 00:08:51.210 --> 00:08:54.200
  • If you said to them,
  • 00:08:54.200 --> 00:08:55.110
  • "Do you want more of God?
  • 00:08:55.110 --> 00:08:56.140
  • Do you want more of the
  • 00:08:56.140 --> 00:08:57.050
  • Spirit's control in your life?"
  • 00:08:57.050 --> 00:08:58.130
  • Many people would say,
  • 00:08:58.130 --> 00:08:59.290
  • "So what does that mean?"
  • 00:08:59.290 --> 00:09:01.210
  • And then when you start talking
  • 00:09:01.210 --> 00:09:02.120
  • about what God may do in their
  • 00:09:02.120 --> 00:09:03.260
  • lives, they back away and say,
  • 00:09:03.260 --> 00:09:05.140
  • "You know, I'm cool.
  • 00:09:05.140 --> 00:09:06.100
  • I'm great."
  • 00:09:06.100 --> 00:09:07.230
  • And many of them will say,
  • 00:09:07.230 --> 00:09:08.190
  • "Don't bother me
  • 00:09:08.190 --> 00:09:09.090
  • with all that stuff.
  • 00:09:09.090 --> 00:09:09.290
  • I know I'm saved.
  • 00:09:09.290 --> 00:09:11.010
  • I know I'm going to heaven.
  • 00:09:11.010 --> 00:09:12.070
  • And I'm confident of that
  • 00:09:12.070 --> 00:09:13.080
  • and I'm comfortable with that,
  • 00:09:13.080 --> 00:09:14.260
  • and that's all I want.
  • 00:09:14.260 --> 00:09:16.030
  • I'm not into all of this,"
  • 00:09:16.030 --> 00:09:17.260
  • and they think, really,
  • 00:09:17.260 --> 00:09:19.080
  • walking in the Spirit
  • 00:09:19.080 --> 00:09:20.180
  • is some kind of over-the-line,
  • 00:09:21.010 --> 00:09:24.010
  • out-of-control walk.
  • 00:09:24.140 --> 00:09:27.140
  • The Bible says if you want
  • 00:09:27.140 --> 00:09:28.200
  • the Spirit of God to control
  • 00:09:28.200 --> 00:09:30.030
  • your life, if you want
  • 00:09:30.030 --> 00:09:31.110
  • his power source turned on,
  • 00:09:31.110 --> 00:09:33.040
  • you have to desire it.
  • 00:09:33.040 --> 00:09:36.010
  • At the climax of one
  • 00:09:36.010 --> 00:09:37.020
  • of Israel's festivals,
  • 00:09:37.020 --> 00:09:39.020
  • Jesus stood up in the temple
  • 00:09:39.020 --> 00:09:40.170
  • and he said, "If anyone thirsts,
  • 00:09:40.170 --> 00:09:43.110
  • let him come to me and drink."
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  • And if you read the next verse,
  • 00:09:46.160 --> 00:09:48.000
  • you find out he was talking
  • 00:09:48.000 --> 00:09:49.190
  • about the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:09:49.190 --> 00:09:52.110
  • In another passage, Jesus said,
  • 00:09:52.110 --> 00:09:54.070
  • "If you then, being evil,
  • 00:09:54.070 --> 00:09:55.230
  • know how to give good gifts
  • 00:09:55.230 --> 00:09:57.070
  • to your children,
  • 00:09:57.070 --> 00:09:58.210
  • how much more will
  • 00:09:58.210 --> 00:09:59.290
  • your heavenly Father
  • 00:09:59.290 --> 00:10:01.080
  • give the Holy Spirit
  • 00:10:01.080 --> 00:10:02.290
  • to those who ask Him!"
  • 00:10:04.090 --> 00:10:07.090
  • Both of these passages indicate
  • 00:10:07.090 --> 00:10:08.180
  • the same thing.
  • 00:10:08.180 --> 00:10:09.280
  • We have to desire
  • 00:10:09.280 --> 00:10:11.090
  • the Holy Spirit to control us.
  • 00:10:11.090 --> 00:10:13.170
  • We have to thirst
  • 00:10:13.170 --> 00:10:14.290
  • for his direction in our lives.
  • 00:10:14.290 --> 00:10:17.260
  • The direction to the destination
  • 00:10:17.260 --> 00:10:20.200
  • and the power to get there
  • 00:10:20.200 --> 00:10:21.280
  • but the decision to continually
  • 00:10:23.290 --> 00:10:25.000
  • drive forward to the correct
  • 00:10:25.000 --> 00:10:26.210
  • How many of you know when you
  • 00:10:31.160 --> 00:10:32.050
  • get in your car--they haven't
  • 00:10:32.050 --> 00:10:33.020
  • done this yet, at least,
  • 00:10:33.020 --> 00:10:34.000
  • they're working on it--
  • 00:10:34.000 --> 00:10:34.270
  • you don't turn on the ignition,
  • 00:10:34.270 --> 00:10:36.070
  • punch the GPS system
  • 00:10:36.070 --> 00:10:37.220
  • and then sit back and
  • 00:10:37.220 --> 00:10:38.190
  • fold your arms and the car takes
  • 00:10:38.190 --> 00:10:40.260
  • you where the GPS system
  • 00:10:40.260 --> 00:10:42.090
  • says it's gonna take you?
  • 00:10:42.090 --> 00:10:44.060
  • That doesn't work.
  • 00:10:44.060 --> 00:10:45.230
  • By the way, I have
  • 00:10:45.230 --> 00:10:47.100
  • a running dispute with the lady
  • 00:10:47.100 --> 00:10:48.230
  • in my GPS system.
  • 00:10:48.230 --> 00:10:50.100
  • She's not always telling me
  • 00:10:50.100 --> 00:10:52.180
  • the truth.
  • 00:10:52.180 --> 00:10:55.010
  • Sometimes she says,
  • 00:10:55.010 --> 00:10:56.000
  • "Turn right," and I know better.
  • 00:10:56.000 --> 00:10:57.110
  • I'm supposed to go forward.
  • 00:10:58.040 --> 00:11:01.060
  • And you know what happens
  • 00:11:01.060 --> 00:11:03.220
  • when you don't follow the lady
  • 00:11:03.220 --> 00:11:05.200
  • in the little box in your car?
  • 00:11:06.130 --> 00:11:09.130
  • You just wait a few moments
  • 00:11:09.130 --> 00:11:10.200
  • and you hear these words:
  • 00:11:10.200 --> 00:11:12.000
  • "Recalculating, recalculating."
  • 00:11:13.170 --> 00:11:16.170
  • And I thought to myself
  • 00:11:16.170 --> 00:11:17.150
  • this week,
  • 00:11:17.150 --> 00:11:18.050
  • "I wonder how many times
  • 00:11:18.050 --> 00:11:19.020
  • the Spirit of God has directed
  • 00:11:19.020 --> 00:11:20.190
  • me and I've gone on my own way
  • 00:11:20.190 --> 00:11:23.040
  • and the Spirit of God has said,
  • 00:11:23.040 --> 00:11:24.260
  • "Recalculating."
  • 00:11:24.260 --> 00:11:27.080
  • One of the things I know is that
  • 00:11:27.080 --> 00:11:28.050
  • God never gives up on us.
  • 00:11:28.050 --> 00:11:30.060
  • We take a wrong turn,
  • 00:11:30.060 --> 00:11:31.120
  • he doesn't say,
  • 00:11:31.120 --> 00:11:32.040
  • "Okay, that's it for Jeremiah.
  • 00:11:32.040 --> 00:11:32.280
  • He went right and I told him
  • 00:11:32.280 --> 00:11:34.080
  • to go straight.
  • 00:11:34.080 --> 00:11:35.100
  • I'm done with him."
  • 00:11:35.100 --> 00:11:37.070
  • No, he keeps after us.
  • 00:11:37.070 --> 00:11:38.150
  • He keeps recalculating
  • 00:11:38.150 --> 00:11:39.270
  • and bringing our lives back.
  • 00:11:39.270 --> 00:11:41.010
  • But here's the issue.
  • 00:11:41.010 --> 00:11:43.070
  • The Holy Spirit doesn't do
  • 00:11:43.070 --> 00:11:45.000
  • the work.
  • 00:11:45.000 --> 00:11:46.160
  • He shows you what to do,
  • 00:11:46.160 --> 00:11:48.150
  • gives you the strength to do it,
  • 00:11:48.150 --> 00:11:50.030
  • but you have to make
  • 00:11:50.030 --> 00:11:51.170
  • the decision to follow it.
  • 00:11:51.170 --> 00:11:54.060
  • And if you don't, then
  • 00:11:54.290 --> 00:11:57.290
  • your GPS system's worthless,
  • 00:11:58.200 --> 00:12:01.220
  • and you will be lost.
  • 00:12:01.220 --> 00:12:03.290
  • And you won't find your way.
  • 00:12:03.290 --> 00:12:06.160
  • So you have to ask yourself
  • 00:12:06.160 --> 00:12:07.240
  • the question today,
  • 00:12:07.240 --> 00:12:08.250
  • do you want these qualities
  • 00:12:08.250 --> 00:12:10.110
  • developed in your life?
  • 00:12:10.110 --> 00:12:11.190
  • Do you wanna be in a cooperative
  • 00:12:11.190 --> 00:12:12.240
  • program with the Lord God
  • 00:12:12.240 --> 00:12:13.290
  • to work out your own salvation,
  • 00:12:13.290 --> 00:12:15.220
  • to work out
  • 00:12:15.220 --> 00:12:16.180
  • what God has worked in?
  • 00:12:16.180 --> 00:12:17.250
  • Then the Holy Spirit's gonna be
  • 00:12:17.250 --> 00:12:19.010
  • involved and
  • 00:12:19.010 --> 00:12:20.020
  • you have to give him control.
  • 00:12:20.020 --> 00:12:22.260
  • Second,
  • 00:12:22.260 --> 00:12:24.200
  • you have to denounce your sin.
  • 00:12:24.200 --> 00:12:27.100
  • I love to tell people when I
  • 00:12:27.100 --> 00:12:28.140
  • talk about the Holy Spirit that
  • 00:12:28.140 --> 00:12:29.250
  • the Holy Spirit has two names
  • 00:12:29.250 --> 00:12:31.230
  • and his first name is Holy.
  • 00:12:31.230 --> 00:12:34.130
  • Because he is holy,
  • 00:12:34.130 --> 00:12:35.240
  • the Holy Spirit cannot thrive
  • 00:12:35.240 --> 00:12:37.090
  • in a contaminated environment.
  • 00:12:37.210 --> 00:12:40.210
  • Ephesians 4:30 says this:
  • 00:12:40.210 --> 00:12:42.020
  • "Do not bring sorrow
  • 00:12:42.020 --> 00:12:43.290
  • to God's Holy Spirit
  • 00:12:43.290 --> 00:12:45.270
  • by the way that you live."
  • 00:12:46.170 --> 00:12:49.170
  • I think the New King James says:
  • 00:12:49.170 --> 00:12:51.000
  • "Grieve not the Holy Spirit."
  • 00:12:51.260 --> 00:12:54.260
  • And as you become sensitive to
  • 00:12:54.260 --> 00:12:56.210
  • the things that you know are not
  • 00:12:56.210 --> 00:12:58.020
  • pleasing to God, you don't
  • 00:12:58.020 --> 00:13:00.060
  • just blow them off or you don't
  • 00:13:00.060 --> 00:13:01.230
  • just excuse yourself for them,
  • 00:13:01.230 --> 00:13:03.200
  • you deal with them,
  • 00:13:03.200 --> 00:13:05.190
  • and you ask God to forgive you
  • 00:13:05.190 --> 00:13:06.250
  • and you repent and repentance
  • 00:13:06.250 --> 00:13:08.080
  • means to turn from it.
  • 00:13:08.080 --> 00:13:10.120
  • It means to take a 180.
  • 00:13:10.120 --> 00:13:12.080
  • You're going this way in this
  • 00:13:12.080 --> 00:13:13.160
  • particular practice and God
  • 00:13:13.160 --> 00:13:15.110
  • brings conviction to your heart
  • 00:13:15.110 --> 00:13:17.270
  • about it and you say,
  • 00:13:17.270 --> 00:13:19.070
  • "Lord God, I know this is wrong
  • 00:13:19.070 --> 00:13:20.080
  • and I repent of this
  • 00:13:20.080 --> 00:13:21.290
  • and I'm sorry for this."
  • 00:13:21.290 --> 00:13:23.060
  • But that's not the end of it.
  • 00:13:23.060 --> 00:13:24.200
  • When you do that, you turn
  • 00:13:24.200 --> 00:13:25.260
  • and you go the other direction.
  • 00:13:25.260 --> 00:13:27.260
  • Repentance is not a matter
  • 00:13:27.260 --> 00:13:29.070
  • of sorrow and tears and crying.
  • 00:13:29.070 --> 00:13:31.270
  • Repentance means to stop doing
  • 00:13:31.270 --> 00:13:33.190
  • what you're doing
  • 00:13:33.190 --> 00:13:34.210
  • and start doing the right thing,
  • 00:13:34.210 --> 00:13:36.240
  • to repent.
  • 00:13:36.240 --> 00:13:38.040
  • And what is so wonderful about
  • 00:13:38.040 --> 00:13:39.190
  • Charles Ryrie's statement is
  • 00:13:39.190 --> 00:13:41.140
  • that we think what I'm talking
  • 00:13:41.140 --> 00:13:42.240
  • about is some kind
  • 00:13:42.240 --> 00:13:43.260
  • of subnormal or abnormal.
  • 00:13:43.260 --> 00:13:45.000
  • No, this is the way
  • 00:13:45.000 --> 00:13:46.000
  • that Christian life is.
  • 00:13:46.000 --> 00:13:47.110
  • Someone once told me that
  • 00:13:47.110 --> 00:13:48.070
  • Christian life is getting up
  • 00:13:48.070 --> 00:13:49.090
  • and falling down,
  • 00:13:49.090 --> 00:13:50.120
  • falling down and getting up,
  • 00:13:50.120 --> 00:13:51.090
  • falling down and getting up
  • 00:13:51.090 --> 00:13:52.190
  • all the way to heaven.
  • 00:13:52.190 --> 00:13:55.170
  • Nobody lives a perfect life.
  • 00:13:55.170 --> 00:13:57.060
  • Nobody gets there
  • 00:13:57.060 --> 00:13:58.090
  • without challenges.
  • 00:13:59.080 --> 00:14:02.100
  • But the issue isn't
  • 00:14:02.100 --> 00:14:03.170
  • are you gonna be challenged
  • 00:14:03.170 --> 00:14:04.270
  • in your life.
  • 00:14:04.270 --> 00:14:05.210
  • The issue is what will you do
  • 00:14:05.210 --> 00:14:07.200
  • when it happens?
  • 00:14:07.200 --> 00:14:09.170
  • How will you respond to it?
  • 00:14:09.170 --> 00:14:11.080
  • How honest are you willing to be
  • 00:14:11.080 --> 00:14:12.220
  • before God when he puts
  • 00:14:12.220 --> 00:14:14.150
  • his finger on something and
  • 00:14:14.150 --> 00:14:15.260
  • he surely will if you wanna walk
  • 00:14:15.260 --> 00:14:17.040
  • with him, and he'll say,
  • 00:14:17.040 --> 00:14:18.270
  • "That spirit you have toward
  • 00:14:18.270 --> 00:14:20.200
  • that person is wrong."
  • 00:14:20.200 --> 00:14:22.290
  • Lord God, I'm sorry.
  • 00:14:22.290 --> 00:14:24.140
  • "That's not enough.
  • 00:14:24.140 --> 00:14:25.090
  • Go fix it."
  • 00:14:25.090 --> 00:14:27.240
  • Walking in the Spirit,
  • 00:14:27.240 --> 00:14:29.200
  • not grieving the Spirit,
  • 00:14:29.200 --> 00:14:31.130
  • is living a life where
  • 00:14:31.130 --> 00:14:32.160
  • you listen to the Spirit of God
  • 00:14:32.160 --> 00:14:34.210
  • when he puts his finger
  • 00:14:34.210 --> 00:14:36.290
  • on something in your life.
  • 00:14:36.290 --> 00:14:38.050
  • In 1 John 1:9
  • 00:14:38.050 --> 00:14:39.110
  • is the great encouragement that
  • 00:14:39.110 --> 00:14:40.210
  • "if we confess our sin,
  • 00:14:40.210 --> 00:14:43.060
  • he is faithful
  • 00:14:43.060 --> 00:14:44.080
  • and just to forgive us
  • 00:14:44.080 --> 00:14:45.120
  • our sins and cleanse us
  • 00:14:45.120 --> 00:14:46.290
  • from all unrighteousness."
  • 00:14:46.290 --> 00:14:48.020
  • Do you know that verse
  • 00:14:48.020 --> 00:14:48.240
  • wasn't written to unbelievers?
  • 00:14:48.240 --> 00:14:50.070
  • That verse was written
  • 00:14:50.070 --> 00:14:51.100
  • to young believers,
  • 00:14:51.100 --> 00:14:52.220
  • and the Apostle John said,
  • 00:14:52.220 --> 00:14:53.280
  • "Listen, when you're
  • 00:14:53.280 --> 00:14:54.270
  • walking along the way
  • 00:14:54.270 --> 00:14:55.270
  • as a Christian and you mess up
  • 00:14:55.270 --> 00:14:57.010
  • or you step in a hole or you do
  • 00:14:57.010 --> 00:14:58.200
  • something you shouldn't do
  • 00:14:58.200 --> 00:14:59.270
  • or you say something
  • 00:14:59.270 --> 00:15:01.010
  • you shouldn't say, listen to me,
  • 00:15:01.010 --> 00:15:03.010
  • here's what you need to know.
  • 00:15:03.010 --> 00:15:04.180
  • If you confess your sin,
  • 00:15:04.180 --> 00:15:06.000
  • he is faithful and just to
  • 00:15:06.000 --> 00:15:07.140
  • forgive your sin and cleanse you
  • 00:15:07.140 --> 00:15:09.120
  • from all unrighteousness.
  • 00:15:09.120 --> 00:15:11.140
  • And get back on the road and
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:12.170
  • keep walking and don't stop."
  • 00:15:12.170 --> 00:15:15.150
  • The Christian life is not
  • 00:15:15.150 --> 00:15:16.210
  • an uninterrupted road from
  • 00:15:16.210 --> 00:15:18.100
  • where you become a Christian
  • 00:15:18.100 --> 00:15:19.190
  • all the way to heaven.
  • 00:15:19.190 --> 00:15:20.280
  • You're gonna have some stops
  • 00:15:20.280 --> 00:15:22.000
  • and some starts.
  • 00:15:22.000 --> 00:15:24.080
  • Here's the third thing: devote
  • 00:15:24.080 --> 00:15:25.280
  • yourself to the Word of God.
  • 00:15:25.280 --> 00:15:28.190
  • Well, what does that
  • 00:15:28.190 --> 00:15:29.200
  • have to do with anything?
  • 00:15:29.200 --> 00:15:32.000
  • The process of growing in Christ
  • 00:15:32.000 --> 00:15:33.140
  • is impossible without this book.
  • 00:15:34.150 --> 00:15:37.150
  • Did you know that nobody
  • 00:15:37.150 --> 00:15:38.150
  • has ever been saved
  • 00:15:38.150 --> 00:15:40.150
  • except for two things.
  • 00:15:40.150 --> 00:15:41.150
  • You have to have
  • 00:15:41.150 --> 00:15:42.050
  • the Spirit of God
  • 00:15:42.050 --> 00:15:43.010
  • and the Word of God.
  • 00:15:43.010 --> 00:15:44.120
  • Nobody will get to heaven
  • 00:15:44.120 --> 00:15:45.080
  • unless the Spirit of God
  • 00:15:45.080 --> 00:15:46.120
  • and the Word of God
  • 00:15:46.120 --> 00:15:47.040
  • has worked in their life.
  • 00:15:47.040 --> 00:15:48.040
  • That's how you become
  • 00:15:48.040 --> 00:15:48.240
  • a Christian.
  • 00:15:48.240 --> 00:15:49.200
  • But did you know also that
  • 00:15:49.200 --> 00:15:50.180
  • once you become a Christian,
  • 00:15:50.180 --> 00:15:51.210
  • nobody ever grows in their faith
  • 00:15:51.210 --> 00:15:53.180
  • without the Spirit of God
  • 00:15:53.180 --> 00:15:54.250
  • and the Word of God?
  • 00:15:54.250 --> 00:15:56.030
  • Let me tell you how this works.
  • 00:15:56.030 --> 00:15:58.220
  • If you want the fruit of love
  • 00:15:58.220 --> 00:15:59.220
  • to develop in your life,
  • 00:15:59.220 --> 00:16:01.210
  • read the passages
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  • in the Bible about love,
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  • 1 Corinthians 13, others.
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  • If you want to learn how
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  • to endure and have greater
  • 00:16:07.260 --> 00:16:09.200
  • endurance, study the lives
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  • of men like Job or Moses.
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  • Do you wanna grow in integrity?
  • 00:16:14.060 --> 00:16:15.280
  • I suggest you get acquainted
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  • with Noah and Abraham
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  • and Joseph and Hannah and Daniel
  • 00:16:18.210 --> 00:16:20.060
  • and a whole bunch of others.
  • 00:16:20.060 --> 00:16:22.260
  • If you do not put
  • 00:16:22.260 --> 00:16:24.000
  • the Word of God on
  • 00:16:24.000 --> 00:16:24.280
  • your hard drive, the Holy Spirit
  • 00:16:24.280 --> 00:16:26.200
  • doesn't have anything to work
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  • with in your life.
  • 00:16:27.250 --> 00:16:29.100
  • Here's one that's tough
  • 00:16:29.100 --> 00:16:30.220
  • for all of us men especially:
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  • "die to your own ambition."
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  • Not to ambition.
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  • To your own ambition.
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  • The Bible says in Galatians 5:
  • 00:16:40.140 --> 00:16:42.090
  • "Those who are Christ's
  • 00:16:42.090 --> 00:16:43.200
  • have crucified the flesh with
  • 00:16:43.200 --> 00:16:45.250
  • its passions and its desires.
  • 00:16:45.250 --> 00:16:48.090
  • If we live in the Spirit,
  • 00:16:48.090 --> 00:16:50.090
  • we have to walk in the Spirit."
  • 00:16:51.060 --> 00:16:54.060
  • We're commanded to walk
  • 00:16:54.060 --> 00:16:55.060
  • in the Spirit.
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  • It's simply a matter
  • 00:16:55.270 --> 00:16:56.180
  • of obedience.
  • 00:16:56.180 --> 00:16:57.160
  • We must be willing to let God
  • 00:16:57.160 --> 00:16:58.210
  • be God, and all God's resources
  • 00:16:58.210 --> 00:17:00.130
  • will be available to us
  • 00:17:00.130 --> 00:17:01.250
  • if we simply walk in the Spirit.
  • 00:17:01.250 --> 00:17:04.080
  • And Paul uses this word "walk."
  • 00:17:04.080 --> 00:17:05.270
  • It's very interesting.
  • 00:17:05.270 --> 00:17:06.240
  • How many of you know "walk"
  • 00:17:06.240 --> 00:17:07.180
  • is one step at a time?
  • 00:17:07.280 --> 00:17:10.280
  • Powerful.
  • 00:17:10.280 --> 00:17:12.110
  • Taking one step at a time,
  • 00:17:12.110 --> 00:17:13.200
  • that's how you live
  • 00:17:13.200 --> 00:17:14.130
  • the Christian life,
  • 00:17:14.130 --> 00:17:15.140
  • one step at a time.
  • 00:17:15.140 --> 00:17:16.200
  • Putting one spiritual foot
  • 00:17:16.200 --> 00:17:18.000
  • in front of the other.
  • 00:17:18.000 --> 00:17:20.030
  • Sometimes you walk into
  • 00:17:20.030 --> 00:17:21.020
  • the wind, sometimes you walk
  • 00:17:21.020 --> 00:17:22.090
  • with the wind at your back.
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  • No matter, regardless of
  • 00:17:24.240 --> 00:17:26.010
  • what you're doing in your life,
  • 00:17:26.010 --> 00:17:27.250
  • the person who is walking in
  • 00:17:27.250 --> 00:17:29.140
  • the Spirit is making progress.
  • 00:17:29.230 --> 00:17:32.230
  • When we let go of our ambition,
  • 00:17:32.230 --> 00:17:34.080
  • we say to the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:17:34.080 --> 00:17:35.160
  • "Okay, I'm gonna get off
  • 00:17:35.160 --> 00:17:37.160
  • the throne of my life
  • 00:17:37.160 --> 00:17:38.240
  • and I'm gonna put you there.
  • 00:17:38.240 --> 00:17:41.060
  • And from now on,
  • 00:17:41.060 --> 00:17:42.110
  • what you want
  • 00:17:42.110 --> 00:17:43.100
  • will be what I do."
  • 00:17:43.100 --> 00:17:45.100
  • I remember a leader
  • 00:17:45.100 --> 00:17:46.070
  • who was going through some
  • 00:17:46.070 --> 00:17:47.180
  • real struggles in his church and
  • 00:17:47.180 --> 00:17:49.110
  • he said he finally came to grips
  • 00:17:49.110 --> 00:17:50.190
  • with this is how he was going
  • 00:17:50.190 --> 00:17:51.280
  • to handle it.
  • 00:17:51.280 --> 00:17:52.260
  • Every day when he went to work,
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:54.000
  • he'd open his office and look
  • 00:17:54.000 --> 00:17:55.070
  • there at the chair in his office
  • 00:17:55.070 --> 00:17:56.150
  • and envision that
  • 00:17:56.150 --> 00:17:57.150
  • the Spirit of God was there
  • 00:17:57.150 --> 00:17:58.140
  • and he would say
  • 00:17:58.140 --> 00:17:59.070
  • to the Spirit of God,
  • 00:17:59.070 --> 00:17:59.220
  • "I don' know
  • 00:17:59.220 --> 00:18:00.100
  • what to do with this mess;
  • 00:18:00.100 --> 00:18:01.030
  • it's in your hands."
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  • And he would go someplace else
  • 00:18:04.070 --> 00:18:05.050
  • and study.
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  • Those of us who have grown up
  • 00:18:08.000 --> 00:18:09.020
  • in the American ethic know
  • 00:18:09.020 --> 00:18:10.210
  • that we're pushed and driven
  • 00:18:10.210 --> 00:18:13.140
  • to be self-made people.
  • 00:18:14.120 --> 00:18:17.120
  • We're motivated to do better
  • 00:18:17.120 --> 00:18:18.270
  • and learn and be effective.
  • 00:18:18.270 --> 00:18:21.090
  • All of that is well and good
  • 00:18:21.270 --> 00:18:24.270
  • but you have to stop somewhere
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:26.200
  • along the way and ask yourself,
  • 00:18:26.200 --> 00:18:28.170
  • "Who is this for
  • 00:18:28.170 --> 00:18:29.200
  • and what is this about?"
  • 00:18:29.250 --> 00:18:32.250
  • And you have to ask God
  • 00:18:32.250 --> 00:18:33.260
  • to give you clarity on that.
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  • No servant can serve
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:38.230
  • two masters.
  • 00:18:38.230 --> 00:18:41.020
  • You cannot have two CEOs
  • 00:18:41.020 --> 00:18:43.050
  • in your life.
  • 00:18:43.050 --> 00:18:44.090
  • You can only get to have one.
  • 00:18:44.090 --> 00:18:47.040
  • And you have to make
  • 00:18:47.040 --> 00:18:48.010
  • the decision.
  • 00:18:48.010 --> 00:18:49.010
  • The Lord God
  • 00:18:49.010 --> 00:18:49.210
  • isn't gonna make it for you.
  • 00:18:49.210 --> 00:18:50.180
  • You have to decide,
  • 00:18:50.180 --> 00:18:51.150
  • "Okay, I've been tooling along
  • 00:18:51.150 --> 00:18:52.160
  • here in my boat
  • 00:18:52.160 --> 00:18:53.220
  • with a whole lot less power
  • 00:18:53.220 --> 00:18:54.270
  • than I think I should have.
  • 00:18:54.270 --> 00:18:56.120
  • Maybe there's something else."
  • 00:18:56.120 --> 00:18:58.250
  • And then just stop dead
  • 00:18:58.250 --> 00:19:00.100
  • in your tracks and say,
  • 00:19:00.100 --> 00:19:01.200
  • "I'm gonna let God take control.
  • 00:19:01.200 --> 00:19:04.120
  • I'm gonna let God run my life.
  • 00:19:04.120 --> 00:19:06.170
  • I'm gonna read his Word.
  • 00:19:06.170 --> 00:19:08.030
  • I'm gonna let the Holy Spirit
  • 00:19:08.030 --> 00:19:09.060
  • direct me."
  • 00:19:09.080 --> 00:19:12.080
  • Listen to me.
  • 00:19:12.080 --> 00:19:13.100
  • God's plan for your life
  • 00:19:13.100 --> 00:19:14.240
  • is better than
  • 00:19:14.240 --> 00:19:15.210
  • any you can imagine.
  • 00:19:15.210 --> 00:19:17.190
  • But as long as you keep
  • 00:19:17.190 --> 00:19:18.140
  • holding on to your own ambitions
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:19.290
  • and you wanna do it your way
  • 00:19:19.290 --> 00:19:21.000
  • and you wanna do your thing and
  • 00:19:21.000 --> 00:19:22.100
  • you're not willing to trust him,
  • 00:19:22.100 --> 00:19:24.210
  • you will get what you can get
  • 00:19:24.210 --> 00:19:26.080
  • but it will never be as much
  • 00:19:26.080 --> 00:19:27.080
  • The Bible says: "Commit your way
  • 00:19:29.280 --> 00:19:30.240
  • unto the Lord," listen to this,
  • 00:19:30.240 --> 00:19:32.250
  • "and he will give you
  • 00:19:32.250 --> 00:19:34.120
  • the desires of your heart."
  • 00:19:35.180 --> 00:19:38.180
  • So ask yourself,
  • 00:19:38.180 --> 00:19:39.150
  • what is it you desire and then
  • 00:19:39.150 --> 00:19:41.130
  • The Spirit of God is just
  • 00:19:44.260 --> 00:19:45.280
  • waiting for you to say, "Yes.
  • 00:19:45.280 --> 00:19:48.090
  • Yes, take control.
  • 00:19:48.090 --> 00:19:50.140
  • I'll follow your direction,"
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  • and then you've got
  • 00:19:53.140 --> 00:19:54.110
  • to commit yourself to do
  • 00:19:54.110 --> 00:19:55.230
  • So the question is this.
  • 00:19:58.280 --> 00:20:00.060
  • What do you want your life
  • 00:20:00.060 --> 00:20:01.130
  • to be like?
  • 00:20:01.130 --> 00:20:03.130
  • The Apostle Paul
  • 00:20:03.130 --> 00:20:04.100
  • puts it very plainly:
  • 00:20:04.100 --> 00:20:06.000
  • "If you live according
  • 00:20:06.000 --> 00:20:07.080
  • to the flesh you will die;
  • 00:20:07.080 --> 00:20:10.030
  • but if by the Spirit you put
  • 00:20:10.030 --> 00:20:11.080
  • to death the deeds of the body,
  • 00:20:11.080 --> 00:20:12.280
  • you will live.
  • 00:20:12.280 --> 00:20:13.280
  • For as many as are led
  • 00:20:13.280 --> 00:20:15.090
  • by the Spirit of God,
  • 00:20:15.090 --> 00:20:17.010
  • So here we are at the end
  • 00:20:22.040 --> 00:20:23.010
  • of this series and here we are
  • 00:20:23.010 --> 00:20:24.090
  • at the end of this message
  • 00:20:24.090 --> 00:20:25.120
  • and where do we go from here?
  • 00:20:25.120 --> 00:20:27.020
  • I just wanna leave you
  • 00:20:27.020 --> 00:20:28.020
  • with this thought wherever
  • 00:20:28.020 --> 00:20:29.110
  • you are on this journey.
  • 00:20:29.110 --> 00:20:30.220
  • Many of you are Christians,
  • 00:20:30.220 --> 00:20:31.220
  • have been for a long time,
  • 00:20:31.220 --> 00:20:32.290
  • still looking for that power
  • 00:20:32.290 --> 00:20:34.200
  • in your life to be used of God.
  • 00:20:34.200 --> 00:20:37.090
  • Some of you are brand new
  • 00:20:37.090 --> 00:20:38.110
  • in the faith.
  • 00:20:38.110 --> 00:20:39.080
  • Maybe you've just been baptized
  • 00:20:39.080 --> 00:20:40.030
  • and you're getting your start
  • 00:20:40.030 --> 00:20:42.280
  • as walking with the Lord.
  • 00:20:42.280 --> 00:20:44.100
  • Wherever you are, whatever
  • 00:20:44.100 --> 00:20:45.150
  • you're doing, just keep going.
  • 00:20:45.150 --> 00:20:47.280
  • Don't quit.
  • 00:20:47.280 --> 00:20:49.230
  • Keep utilizing
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:51.020
  • what God gives you.
  • 00:20:51.020 --> 00:20:52.130
  • Keep taking what you learn
  • 00:20:52.130 --> 00:20:55.070
  • and putting it into practice.
  • 00:20:55.070 --> 00:20:57.180
  • Don't just be a collector
  • 00:20:57.180 --> 00:20:58.230
  • of information.
  • 00:20:58.230 --> 00:20:59.260
  • I'm glad when I see you take
  • 00:20:59.260 --> 00:21:00.250
  • notes but I hope you're taking
  • 00:21:00.250 --> 00:21:02.020
  • notes so you can remember what
  • 00:21:02.020 --> 00:21:03.200
  • the Word of God says so you can
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:05.100
  • remember when you read it again
  • 00:21:05.100 --> 00:21:06.180
  • what to do.
  • 00:21:06.180 --> 00:21:09.010
  • The Bible says we're not to be
  • 00:21:09.010 --> 00:21:10.010
  • hearers of the Word only,
  • 00:21:10.010 --> 00:21:11.110
  • but doers.
  • 00:21:11.110 --> 00:21:13.020
  • One of my greatest fears is that
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:14.070
  • I'm a teacher of the Word of God
  • 00:21:14.070 --> 00:21:15.150
  • and people come and they're more
  • 00:21:15.150 --> 00:21:16.250
  • smart about the Bible than they
  • 00:21:16.250 --> 00:21:18.100
  • ever were but they don't allow
  • 00:21:18.100 --> 00:21:19.210
  • the Word of God to matriculate
  • 00:21:19.210 --> 00:21:21.170
  • down into the everyday life
  • 00:21:21.170 --> 00:21:23.010
  • that they live.
  • 00:21:23.010 --> 00:21:25.010
  • So here's what I'm saying.
  • 00:21:25.010 --> 00:21:25.210
  • Just keep going.
  • 00:21:25.210 --> 00:21:27.110
  • Don't quit.
  • 00:21:27.110 --> 00:21:29.030
  • There's a story about a mother
  • 00:21:29.030 --> 00:21:30.080
  • who had a young son
  • 00:21:30.080 --> 00:21:32.110
  • who was struggling
  • 00:21:32.110 --> 00:21:33.170
  • to learn to play the piano.
  • 00:21:33.170 --> 00:21:35.200
  • And she thought
  • 00:21:35.200 --> 00:21:36.150
  • it might encourage him to attend
  • 00:21:36.150 --> 00:21:38.010
  • a concert of a great pianist
  • 00:21:38.010 --> 00:21:40.100
  • who was visiting their city.
  • 00:21:40.100 --> 00:21:42.270
  • As they were seated, the mother
  • 00:21:42.270 --> 00:21:44.170
  • spotted a friend and left
  • 00:21:44.170 --> 00:21:46.200
  • her seat to go speak to her.
  • 00:21:47.050 --> 00:21:50.050
  • Her son, a very curious
  • 00:21:50.050 --> 00:21:51.150
  • young man, took the opportunity
  • 00:21:51.150 --> 00:21:53.170
  • to explore the grand music hall
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:56.110
  • where this event
  • 00:21:56.110 --> 00:21:57.240
  • was taking place.
  • 00:21:57.240 --> 00:22:00.050
  • Soon, he wandered through a door
  • 00:22:00.050 --> 00:22:01.170
  • marked "No admittance."
  • 00:22:02.150 --> 00:22:05.150
  • When the house lights dimmed and
  • 00:22:05.150 --> 00:22:07.040
  • the mother returned to her seat
  • 00:22:07.040 --> 00:22:08.090
  • and realized that her child was
  • 00:22:08.090 --> 00:22:10.160
  • missing, before she could do
  • 00:22:10.160 --> 00:22:12.070
  • anything about it, the curtains
  • 00:22:12.070 --> 00:22:13.290
  • opened on the spotlighted center
  • 00:22:13.290 --> 00:22:15.260
  • stage and the audience gasped
  • 00:22:15.260 --> 00:22:18.030
  • with a mixture of laughter
  • 00:22:18.030 --> 00:22:19.170
  • and anger.
  • 00:22:19.170 --> 00:22:20.240
  • When the mother saw the cause
  • 00:22:20.240 --> 00:22:22.000
  • of her reaction,
  • 00:22:22.000 --> 00:22:23.060
  • she gasped in horror.
  • 00:22:23.060 --> 00:22:24.260
  • There at the keyboard of this
  • 00:22:24.260 --> 00:22:26.170
  • grand piano sat her little boy,
  • 00:22:26.190 --> 00:22:29.190
  • innocently picking out
  • 00:22:29.190 --> 00:22:31.050
  • "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
  • 00:22:33.120 --> 00:22:36.120
  • At that moment, the master
  • 00:22:36.120 --> 00:22:38.040
  • pianist made his entrance.
  • 00:22:38.070 --> 00:22:41.070
  • He quickly moved to the piano
  • 00:22:41.070 --> 00:22:42.110
  • and whispered
  • 00:22:42.110 --> 00:22:43.120
  • in the little boy's ear,
  • 00:22:43.120 --> 00:22:45.050
  • "Don't quit, keep playing."
  • 00:22:45.050 --> 00:22:48.030
  • And then the great piano master
  • 00:22:48.030 --> 00:22:49.200
  • leaned over the boy with his
  • 00:22:49.200 --> 00:22:50.290
  • left hand and began filling
  • 00:22:50.290 --> 00:22:52.060
  • in the bass accompaniment to
  • 00:22:52.060 --> 00:22:53.150
  • "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
  • 00:22:53.150 --> 00:22:55.280
  • And a moment later,
  • 00:22:55.280 --> 00:22:57.000
  • his right arm reached around
  • 00:22:57.000 --> 00:22:58.140
  • to the other side and added
  • 00:22:58.140 --> 00:22:59.250
  • a running obbligato.
  • 00:22:59.250 --> 00:23:02.050
  • And when the last note sounded,
  • 00:23:02.050 --> 00:23:03.290
  • the mesmerized audience stood
  • 00:23:03.290 --> 00:23:05.220
  • to their feet and thundered
  • 00:23:05.220 --> 00:23:07.100
  • their applause.
  • 00:23:07.100 --> 00:23:09.100
  • Together, the old master and
  • 00:23:09.100 --> 00:23:10.290
  • the young novice had transformed
  • 00:23:10.290 --> 00:23:13.130
  • an awkward situation into
  • 00:23:13.130 --> 00:23:15.160
  • a wonderfully creative moment.
  • 00:23:16.270 --> 00:23:19.270
  • And this is what God does
  • 00:23:19.270 --> 00:23:21.220
  • with us.
  • 00:23:21.220 --> 00:23:23.090
  • No matter how hard we try
  • 00:23:23.090 --> 00:23:24.230
  • to live godly lives, our efforts
  • 00:23:24.230 --> 00:23:26.150
  • always seem to come up short.
  • 00:23:26.150 --> 00:23:29.090
  • But when God enters,
  • 00:23:29.090 --> 00:23:31.230
  • he turns our halting music
  • 00:23:31.230 --> 00:23:33.280
  • into a masterpiece.
  • 00:23:33.280 --> 00:23:36.140
  • He takes our efforts,
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:38.100
  • done in good faith,
  • 00:23:38.100 --> 00:23:40.170
  • and he honors our efforts,
  • 00:23:40.170 --> 00:23:42.040
  • but not only that, by his
  • 00:23:42.040 --> 00:23:43.090
  • Holy Spirit he transformed
  • 00:23:43.090 --> 00:23:44.280
  • those efforts into something
  • 00:23:44.280 --> 00:23:46.180
  • beyond what we could ever do if
  • 00:23:46.180 --> 00:23:47.290
  • we had the best day of our life.
  • 00:23:48.170 --> 00:23:51.170
  • And that is what Paul
  • 00:23:51.170 --> 00:23:52.120
  • was telling us when he wrote:
  • 00:23:52.120 --> 00:23:53.120
  • "Work out your own salvation
  • 00:23:53.120 --> 00:23:55.200
  • in fear and trembling."
  • 00:23:55.200 --> 00:23:57.110
  • Sit down at the piano
  • 00:23:57.110 --> 00:23:58.210
  • and begin to play.
  • 00:23:58.210 --> 00:24:00.190
  • But don't worry, it is God who
  • 00:24:00.190 --> 00:24:03.180
  • works in you both to will with
  • 00:24:04.180 --> 00:24:07.180
  • his right hand and to do with
  • 00:24:07.180 --> 00:24:09.250
  • his left hand what is necessary.
  • 00:24:12.040 --> 00:24:15.040
  • So the indispensable key
  • 00:24:15.040 --> 00:24:17.000
  • is what the master said
  • 00:24:17.000 --> 00:24:18.140
  • to the little boy: "Don't quit.
  • 00:24:20.010 --> 00:24:23.010
  • - male announcer: Dr. Jeremiah
  • 00:24:25.110 --> 00:24:26.170
  • will return with
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  • one more inspirational word
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  • to close today's
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • - announcer: Discover the steps
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  • to the life of blessings
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  • God has for you
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • inspiring book,
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing:
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  • 9 Decisions That Will Transform
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  • Your Life Today."
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  • - announcer: And now,
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  • with one last word
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  • for today's program,
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: Throughout
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  • this series,
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  • I have encouraged you
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  • to make decisions that will lead
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  • to a life beyond amazing,
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  • a life of love, joy, peace,
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  • But that is exactly how
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  • the Bible tells us to live.
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  • We can become the people
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  • God wants us to be and
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  • claim the abundant life he has
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  • for us if we will depend
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  • on the power of the Holy Spirit.
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  • That can only happen
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  • when we are born again
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  • by faith in Jesus Christ.
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  • So to help you take that step
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  • - announcer: Thank you
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  • Join us next time
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  • for an Encore Presentation
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  • of Dr. Jeremiah's interview
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