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The Joy of Harmony

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December 2, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • In this rich exploration of the biblical book
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  • of Philippians, Dr. Jeremiah uncovers the apostle Paul's
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  • secret to experiencing a joy that carried Paul through
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  • the most difficult times.
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  • Discover this happiness for yourself
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  • male announcer: Thank you for watching "Count It All Joy,"
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  • on "Turning Point."
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "The Joy of Harmony."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: In the early church there were a few
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  • men who were gifted with what was called exhortation.
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  • No question about the fact that Paul
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  • was one of those gifted men.
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  • They used their gift to encourage
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  • and motivate people and when they spoke, it was like you
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  • were in the locker room getting ready to go out and play
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  • a game because they spoke like that, motivationally
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  • and powerfully.
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  • So here are Paul's four exhortations
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  • to the Philippians and to us in Philippians
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  • chapter 4:1 through 5.
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  • Number one: don't be defeated.
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  • Paul writes in the 1st verse of the 4th chapter:
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  • "Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren,
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  • my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved."
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  • I don't know if you noticed it or not but in that one verse,
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  • Paul said five good things about the Philippians.
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  • They were, first of all, his brethren.
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  • These people were family to the apostle and he considered
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  • them his spiritual brothers and sisters.
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  • Second, twice in the same verse, he called them beloved.
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  • Third, he described them as longed-for and more than
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  • anything else he valued the people themselves.
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  • He describes them as his joy and he ends up by referring
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  • to them as his crown.
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  • And it's intriguing that his admonition and exhortation
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  • to these people is not for them to march forward in the battle.
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  • He tells them to stand.
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  • In every one of Paul's letters there is no offensive warfare
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  • demanded of believers.
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  • That comes as quite a surprise to many of us.
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  • Even in Ephesians 6 where you have the whole armor of God,
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  • all of the armor except for the sword of the Spirit
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  • is defensive armor, to protect the believer
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  • and help them stand.
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  • You see, the fact is there is no more ground for us to take.
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  • Jesus Christ has already won the battle decisively when he
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  • died on the cross and was resurrected from the dead
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  • and his command to us is to hold the ground
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  • that he's already given us.
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  • We are to stand fast in the Lord.
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  • So the first thing Paul tells these Philippians believers
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  • from his incarceration is, "Whatever you do,
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  • don't let the enemy make inroads into the joy of the Lord."
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  • And remember, that was happening.
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  • There were some dudes from Jerusalem who had
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  • come up and tried to tell these Christians that unless
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  • they embraced the Old Testament law
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  • they could not be Christians.
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  • In other words, they had to become Jews before
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  • they could become Christians.
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  • Paul said that's false doctrine.
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  • Don't let it in. Stand your ground.
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  • Stand against that which comes against what God has given
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  • you and that's the challenge he gives to us today.
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  • Everywhere you look today, there are strange things being said.
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  • It's just not in the political world,
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  • it's in the religious world as well.
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  • Our job is to know the Word of God,
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  • to understand what God has given us and stand with everything
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  • we have against those who would come to take it from us.
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  • Here's his second exhortation: don't be divisive.
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  • Now I have to believe in my heart this might have been maybe
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  • the main reason Paul wrote this letter.
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  • Here's what he says in chapter 4, verses 2 and 3:
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  • "I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be
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  • of the same mind in the Lord.
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  • And I urge you also, true companion,
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  • help these women who labored with me in the gospel,
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  • with Clement also, and the rest of my
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  • fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life."
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  • Now there's a little background to this so let me create it
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  • from the Scripture.
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  • When Paul came to Philippi to start this church,
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  • he started in a way that many of the churches started during
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  • that day: without a church and without a synagogue
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  • they would meet at the river in the middle of the city
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  • and have their little gatherings.
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  • One day Paul came to Philippi, he went to the river and there
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  • he met a woman named Lydia.
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  • She was a commercial woman.
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  • She sold purple and that day when Paul met with her
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  • and explained the gospel to her, she quietly accepted the Lord
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  • and she began to live for him.
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  • If you wanna read the whole story of this,
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  • it's in the 16th chapter of Acts.
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  • Paul owed a debt to the many women who were
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  • a part of the early churches that he made happen.
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  • These women had enough faith to pray,
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  • many of them were very prosperous.
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  • There's a whole study on the women who financed Paul's
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  • journeys, that helped him do what he did just out of their
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  • love for the gospel and their love for him.
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  • However, the Philippian church has now grown.
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  • It's been in existence for a while
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  • and, apparently, there's these two women in the church
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  • who are causing trouble.
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  • And Paul's really worried about it.
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  • And all this stuff we've been learning about unity and walking
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  • in oneness of spirit, I believe it's all
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  • directed to this problem.
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  • He's building up to it.
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  • Now he's gonna tell us what the problem is.
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  • These two women aren't getting along.
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  • Paul referred to these women as "those who labored with him
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  • in the gospel."
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  • These weren't just women who were at the edge of the church.
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  • These were women who were at the very core
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  • of the church.
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  • They may have been some of the women who helped
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  • find a church and found it.
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  • Their effect on the congregation couldn't be explained if they
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  • weren't influential in the congregation.
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  • Their names are interesting.
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  • Euodia means sweet fragrance.
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  • Syntyche means affable.
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  • So Sweet Fragrance and Affable weren't
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  • getting along.
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  • I remember a time in the church that I started in,
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  • Fort Wayne, Indiana, that we were experiencing some disunity
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  • among some of our members.
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  • It was the first time I'd ever experienced
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  • that and I was trying to figure this all out.
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  • It was exhausting to me because it just--it was taking up
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  • all my time.
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  • Every day somebody would call me,
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  • "Did you hear this?
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  • Did you hear that? She said this, she said that."
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  • And I could not come to grips with the amount of time it was
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  • taking for me to deal with disunity in our church.
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  • And then one day in my study, I came across this Scripture:
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  • "I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you
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  • to walk worthy of the calling with which you were
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  • called, with all lowliness and gentleness,
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  • and long-suffering, bearing with one another in love,"
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  • now watch this phrase, "endeavoring to keep the unity
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  • of the Spirit with the bond of peace."
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  • I looked up the word "endeavor" and it's a word that comes
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  • from the same word as diligence.
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  • It means to work hard, to pursue,
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  • to give everything you have to it.
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  • Here is Paul telling the Ephesians
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  • that keeping the unity in the church is just
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  • plain hard work.
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  • You have to be aware, you have to be willing to spend yourself
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  • because the unity of the church is one of the high priorities
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  • of the Lord Jesus.
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  • He prayed in his high priestly prayer that we would be one.
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  • We are all part of the body of Christ
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  • and when little chapters like some churches,
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  • maybe one that you came from, has disruption
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  • and disunity and arguments
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  • and fights, it's displeasing to the Lord and we who are
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  • in charge in leadership in churches, we should take
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  • that very seriously.
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  • My father, who was a pastor, used to tell me when he found
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  • out I was going into the ministry,
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  • he'd give me these little tidbits of advice.
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  • He would say to me something like this:
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  • "David, if you take care of the splinters,
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  • you'll never have a split."
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  • And he was telling me the truth.
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  • You have to work hard at unity.
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  • When something goes wrong, somebody gets upset,
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  • I mean, like about the music or whether you should wear
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  • ties or whatever, you gotta work hard at making sure that doesn't
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  • do damage to the body of Christ.
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  • As he attempted to deal with the division in
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  • the church at Philippi, Paul called upon his friends in
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  • the church to help these women--help these women.
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  • He wanted the problem resolved.
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  • His appeal was strong and his reasoning was clear:
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  • these women were members of the body of Christ
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  • and they should not be divided.
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  • Paul appealed to a threefold unity to bring these two women
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  • back together.
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  • First of all, he reminded the Philippians that these
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  • women had unity in their salvation.
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  • He said, "These women, their names are in the Book of Life."
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  • If you study the Book of Life in the book of Revelation,
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  • you discover that the Book of Life was
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  • a book into which every human who was born into the world
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  • had their name inserted and if, by the time they
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  • die, they have not received Jesus Christ as their personal
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  • Savior, their name is blotted out of the book.
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  • When we get to heaven someday, God's gonna open the book to see
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  • if our name is in the book.
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  • And if we have accepted Christ, we will be in the book.
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  • But if we have not, our name will not be there.
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  • Paul said their names were in the Book of Life.
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  • They were Christians. They had unity in salvation.
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  • But they also had unity in Spirit.
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  • Paul said they were of the same mind.
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  • When Paul exhorted these two women to be
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  • of the same mind, he was just reminding them that they had
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  • the Holy Spirit living in them and he was talking about
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  • the spirit of humility and servanthood which
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  • should have filled both of them.
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  • They had a unity in Spirit.
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  • These were women who were together.
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  • And here's the most amazing thing.
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  • They had unity in service.
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  • Euodia and Syntyche are wonderfully described here
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  • as "women who labored with Paul in the gospel and with Clement
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  • also, and the rest of his fellow workers."
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  • These two women were not just Christians.
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  • They were not just women who knew the Lord.
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  • They were women who served the Lord.
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  • Think of that now.
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  • They were unified in their salvation,
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  • unified in their Spirit, unified in their serving.
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  • Oh, how he loved the unity of the believer.
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  • Much more could be said about that but let's get number three.
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  • Don't be defeated, don't be divisive,
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  • and don't be discouraged.
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  • Here's my favorite part.
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  • Philippians 4:4: "Rejoice in the Lord always.
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  • Again I will say, rejoice!"
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  • I don't know what was going on in the Philippians church but
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  • if we've been studying along the way what was happening
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  • with all these people trying to come in and destroy their
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  • unity, all these people who were trying to drag them back into
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  • the old days of Judaism, that must have been really hard
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  • and there probably had been discussions at dinner
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  • on some nights at home where one person was going this way
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  • and another person had been attracted to go this way.
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  • And they were even not together in their families.
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  • And Paul, who's a great example to all of us who preach
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  • the gospel, wanted to pour courage into their lives.
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  • Did you know that's what it means to encourage somebody?
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  • To pour courage into their life.
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  • When somebody's discouraged, that means they're running low
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  • on their tank of courage.
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  • So when you encourage them, you fill them back up again.
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  • And that's what Paul's going to do.
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  • He says, "Rejoice in the Lord always.
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  • And again I say, rejoice!"
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  • In the book of Philippians, the word "rejoice" is used
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  • nine times and the word "joy" is used four times and the phrase
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  • "rejoice" is used twice.
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  • And these powerful positive words were written by a man
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  • who was under house arrest in Rome.
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  • This exhortation to rejoice is the message of Paul
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  • and, believe it or not, this will surprise you,
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  • it's the message of the shortest verse in the Bible.
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  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16: "Rejoice always."
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  • Now I know what you're thinking.
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  • Some of you grew up in the church and you thought
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  • "Jesus wept" was the shortest verse, John 11:35.
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  • And it is the shortest verse in the Bible if you're
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  • just counting the English.
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  • But the New Testament was not written in English but in Greek
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  • and there are 16 letters in the Greek phrase,
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  • "Jesus wept," and there are only 14 letters in the Greek phrase
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  • "Rejoice always."
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  • So "Rejoice always" is the shortest verse in
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  • the Bible, right there, there you go.
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  • Now let's go back to this shortest verse in the Bible
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  • and put it in its context.
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  • Now I want you to get this, friends.
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  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16 to 18: "Rejoice always,
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  • pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks,"
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  • now grab hold of this, "for this is the will
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  • of God in Christ Jesus for you."
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  • What is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you?
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  • Rejoice always.
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  • When Paul exhorted the Philippians to rejoice,
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  • he was not motivating them to seek happiness.
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  • Joy is not happiness. Joy is a relationship.
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  • One of the best definitions of joy that I ever read goes
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  • like this: "Joy is the flag flown high from the castle
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  • of my heart when the King is in residence."
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  • When Jesus is in my life, when I'm honoring him with what I do,
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  • when I'm living the life of Christ the best
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  • that I am able to in the power of the Holy Spirit,
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  • when that's going on and Jesus is in my life
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  • and the flag of joy is flying over my heart, I can go
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  • through anything, no matter what it is.
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  • And I will be sad, I will cry, I will have tears but it can't
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  • touch the joy that's down deep in my heart.
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  • The joy of knowing that everything is okay
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  • with me as long as I'm okay with God, amen?
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  • [applauding]
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  • And you know, that's not just one verse.
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  • Here's a couple of Scriptures from the Old Testament
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  • to illustrate what I'm saying.
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  • Psalm 5:11 says this: "But let all those rejoice who put their
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  • trust in You; let them ever shout for joy,
  • 00:17:01.090 --> 00:17:04.110
  • because You defend them; let those also who love
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  • Your name be joyful in You."
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  • Psalm 9:1 and 2: "I will praise You, O Lord,
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  • with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
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  • I will be glad and rejoice in You;
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  • I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High."
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  • That doesn't sound negative, does it?
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  • Nehemiah 8:10 says: "The joy of the Lord is your strength."
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  • Did you know that gratitude and joy go together?
  • 00:17:37.290 --> 00:17:43.100
  • I watched a commencement address that was given
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  • by Denzel Washington, one of my favorite actors.
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  • He ended his talk with this little bit of advice.
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  • He said, "When you go to bed tonight,
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  • be sure to place your slippers way under your bed
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  • so that when you awake tomorrow you'll have to get down
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  • on your knees to get them.
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  • And while you're down there, be sure to thank the Lord
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  • for all that he has done for you."
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  • How's that for a positive way to start your day?
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  • [applauding]
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  • You see, happiness is just the world's cheap imitation
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  • of Christian joy.
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  • Did you know happenings are the basis of happiness?
  • 00:18:22.280 --> 00:18:27.080
  • Come from the same word.
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  • Happiness then depends on what's happening.
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  • How many of you know if you have the joy of the Lord in your
  • 00:18:31.170 --> 00:18:33.190
  • heart, it doesn't depend on what's happening?
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  • It depends on the ever-faithful God in whose trust
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  • you place your life.
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  • When we have joy, it can be our constant possession
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  • 'cause it doesn't depend on the circumstances
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  • of the day.
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  • Paul said, "Rejoice in the Lord."
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  • Rejoice in the Lord.
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  • This philosophy made it possible for him to endure all kinds
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  • of problems and still move forward in his walk with Christ.
  • 00:18:55.210 --> 00:18:59.280
  • When he wrote his second letter to the church at Corinth,
  • 00:18:59.290 --> 00:19:03.240
  • he listed just a few of the things he had endured.
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  • There's two or three of these lists in the Epistles
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  • but this is my favorite.
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  • This is the things Paul dealt with every day.
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  • Remember, he's the apostle of joy.
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  • He wrote a book that has joy in it
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  • 9 times, 12 times, 14 times.
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  • You wanna know what he lived like?
  • 00:19:20.100 --> 00:19:22.260
  • Here it is.
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  • "From the Jews five times I received 40 stripes minus one.
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  • Three times I was beaten with rods;
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  • once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked;
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  • a night and a day I have been in the deep;
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  • in journeys often, in perils of waters,
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  • in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen,
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  • in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city,
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  • in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea,
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  • in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil,
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  • in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst,
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  • in fastings often, in cold and nakedness--beside the other
  • 00:19:54.150 --> 00:19:58.090
  • things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern
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  • for all the churches."
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  • Rejoice in the Lord?
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  • You gotta be kidding me.
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  • In the midst of that, he rejoiced in the Lord.
  • 00:20:10.020 --> 00:20:14.160
  • How could anyone experience all these things and still
  • 00:20:14.170 --> 00:20:17.270
  • have the spirit of joy?
  • 00:20:17.280 --> 00:20:20.000
  • Paul understood what most modern men do not,
  • 00:20:20.010 --> 00:20:22.180
  • that joy and pain are often compatible emotions.
  • 00:20:22.190 --> 00:20:26.210
  • Is there any joy greater, women, than to bring a new life
  • 00:20:26.220 --> 00:20:31.290
  • into the world?
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  • And is there any pain worse than what accompanies that joy?
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  • If you never have any pain, you don't know what joy is like.
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  • If you've never been sick, you don't know what it's like
  • 00:20:43.090 --> 00:20:45.190
  • to be well.
  • 00:20:45.200 --> 00:20:47.060
  • If you've never lost a job, you don't know
  • 00:20:47.070 --> 00:20:49.040
  • the joy of having a job.
  • 00:20:49.050 --> 00:20:51.140
  • You see, pain and joy are kind of God's yin and yang,
  • 00:20:51.150 --> 00:20:54.190
  • if I can say that, to keep us focused and understand
  • 00:20:54.200 --> 00:20:59.020
  • that our joy isn't about what happens.
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  • Our joy is about who we know and who we love.
  • 00:21:01.070 --> 00:21:06.220
  • The apostle James wrote about this in his letter.
  • 00:21:06.230 --> 00:21:10.250
  • He said, "My brethren, count it all joy when
  • 00:21:10.260 --> 00:21:16.070
  • you fall into trials."
  • 00:21:16.080 --> 00:21:18.210
  • You know, this is one of the things
  • 00:21:18.220 --> 00:21:21.030
  • that's so cool about being a Christian.
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  • We can understand this but somebody who's not
  • 00:21:22.280 --> 00:21:25.010
  • a Christian thinks we're crazy.
  • 00:21:25.020 --> 00:21:27.050
  • That's just double-talk. This is crazy speech.
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:30.190
  • And that's what they think but, if you know Jesus,
  • 00:21:30.200 --> 00:21:32.220
  • you know what I'm talking about.
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  • It's true, isn't it?
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  • We have a peace that passes all understanding.
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  • If you don't know Jesus Christ and his peace and his joy,
  • 00:21:38.030 --> 00:21:40.260
  • you can't comprehend that.
  • 00:21:40.270 --> 00:21:42.150
  • If you haven't been through a trial or two and watched how
  • 00:21:42.160 --> 00:21:45.080
  • faithful the Lord is with you when you go through that trial,
  • 00:21:45.090 --> 00:21:50.080
  • you can't understand what I'm talking about today.
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  • One of the most encouraging passages in all of the Bible
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  • and certainly one of the most encouraging in the Old Testament
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  • is this from the prophet Habakkuk
  • 00:22:01.000 --> 00:22:05.040
  • who validated this concept of joy.
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  • Have you ever read this?
  • 00:22:06.280 --> 00:22:08.170
  • "Though the fig tree may not blossom,
  • 00:22:08.180 --> 00:22:11.160
  • nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive
  • 00:22:11.170 --> 00:22:15.240
  • may fail, and the fields yield no food;
  • 00:22:15.250 --> 00:22:18.240
  • though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
  • 00:22:18.250 --> 00:22:21.120
  • and there be no herd in the stalls,"
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  • listen now, "yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
  • 00:22:23.170 --> 00:22:26.290
  • I will joy in the God of my salvation."
  • 00:22:27.000 --> 00:22:31.050
  • For a man in Habakkuk's day, what he just described
  • 00:22:31.060 --> 00:22:34.130
  • was total, absolute ruin.
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  • In an agricultural world, he just described someone
  • 00:22:36.200 --> 00:22:39.120
  • losing everything they had and at the end of it he said,
  • 00:22:39.130 --> 00:22:43.220
  • "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, and I will joy in
  • 00:22:43.230 --> 00:22:48.110
  • the God of my salvation."
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  • So don't be defeated and don't be divisive
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  • and don't be discouraged.
  • 00:22:53.180 --> 00:22:55.100
  • Whatever you do, don't be discouraged.
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  • And don't be defensive.
  • 00:22:57.240 --> 00:23:00.210
  • Verse 5 says: "Let your gentleness be known to all men.
  • 00:23:00.220 --> 00:23:03.260
  • The Lord is at hand."
  • 00:23:03.270 --> 00:23:06.160
  • When the apostle urges the Philippians to let their
  • 00:23:06.170 --> 00:23:09.170
  • gentleness be known to all men, he uses a word that means
  • 00:23:09.180 --> 00:23:13.000
  • to be reasonable, not to be carried away with an obsession.
  • 00:23:13.010 --> 00:23:16.000
  • Paul was exhorting his friends to avoid that inflexible
  • 00:23:16.010 --> 00:23:22.230
  • attitude that will not bend or yield to another's opinion.
  • 00:23:22.240 --> 00:23:26.100
  • He was not saying that doctrinal conviction should be yielded.
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  • He was not urging compromise.
  • 00:23:30.210 --> 00:23:32.230
  • Paul's exhortation was a very proper ending
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  • to this whole discussion.
  • 00:23:34.250 --> 00:23:37.160
  • We must cultivate the right spirit toward one another
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  • so that even in areas where we may not see eye to eye,
  • 00:23:41.010 --> 00:23:44.130
  • we can still love one another and avoid the problems
  • 00:23:44.140 --> 00:23:47.260
  • that separated Euodia and Syntyche.
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  • Why was he saying that?
  • 00:23:51.260 --> 00:23:54.020
  • Because they were being assaulted by bad people,
  • 00:23:54.030 --> 00:23:57.140
  • evil-spirited people, and Paul was saying,
  • 00:23:57.150 --> 00:24:00.020
  • "Don't return evil for evil."
  • 00:24:00.030 --> 00:24:02.010
  • Paul said, "Be reasonable, be gentle.
  • 00:24:02.020 --> 00:24:04.230
  • There's a way you can stand for your faith without losing
  • 00:24:04.240 --> 00:24:07.180
  • your reputation.
  • 00:24:07.190 --> 00:24:10.170
  • You can be strong and still loving.
  • 00:24:10.180 --> 00:24:13.180
  • You can be bold and not be bad."
  • 00:24:13.190 --> 00:24:18.090
  • We have to show it all the time to all people whether they agree
  • 00:24:18.100 --> 00:24:22.200
  • with us or not.
  • 00:24:22.210 --> 00:24:25.070
  • So as you look back, here's Paul's four principles:
  • 00:24:25.080 --> 00:24:27.250
  • don't be defeated; stand your ground.
  • 00:24:27.260 --> 00:24:30.280
  • Don't be divisive; be of the same mind.
  • 00:24:30.290 --> 00:24:34.070
  • Don't be discouraged; rejoice in the Lord.
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  • And don't be defensive; let your big-heartedness be known
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  • to all men.
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  • So let's walk with a positive gait.
  • 00:24:42.160 --> 00:24:45.090
  • Let's walk tall and strong.
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  • Let's be the people Christ created us to be.
  • 00:24:47.100 --> 00:24:49.280
  • What did he create us to be?
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  • "Rejoice evermore for this is the will
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  • of God in Christ Jesus concerning you,"
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  • and all the people of God said "Amen."
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  • 12-message teaching series on your choice of CD or DVD,
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  • and a correlating study guide.
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  • Thank you for watching and supporting
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  • the ministry of Turning Point.
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  • Call or go online to request these resources today.
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  • announcer: If you personally have never taken the step
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  • to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior,
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  • you can do that today.
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  • And if you will allow us, Dr. Jeremiah would like
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  • to send you two resources that will help you.
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  • The first is a booklet called "Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • which will help you as you begin your relationship with Christ.
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  • And the second is our monthly devotional magazine,
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  • "Turning Points," to give you encouragement and inspiration
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  • throughout the year.
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  • These resources are yours completely free when you
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  • contact Turning Point today.
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  • male announcer: In addition to these free study resources,
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  • nothing is as profound as the Word of God.
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  • And now, Dr. Jeremiah has a Bible for every member
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  • of the family.
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  • There are numerous versions of "The Jeremiah Study Bible,"
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  • perfect for adults and teens.
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  • And the "Airship Genesis Kids' Study Bible"
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  • will bring the truth of God's Word to the young ones
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  • in your life.
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  • Contact "Turning Point" for more information
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible says when we put our trust in him,
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  • when we pray, when we take the Word of God seriously,
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  • when we determine we're gonna control what enters our mind,
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  • the Bible says God not only garrisons our heart with
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  • the peace of God but he enters our
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  • heart with the presence of God.
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today.
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  • Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Joy of Security,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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