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The Joy of Responsibility

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November 25, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: How do you feel about discipline?
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  • Do you find it tiring or burdensome
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  • or perhaps motivating?
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  • What if I told you that if you can discipline yourself
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  • in three specific ways,
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  • you would find a sense of happiness and satisfaction
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  • that circumstances cannot change?
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello, I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • There is an unexplainable joy found in living a responsible
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  • and disciplined life,
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  • and we need only to look to the Book of Philippians
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  • where the apostle Paul lays out three resolutions
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  • for responsibility.
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  • Join me now as we study them together on today's edition
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  • of "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah uncovers the Apostle Paul's secret
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  • to experiencing a joy that carried Paul
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  • through the most difficult times.
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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 Responsibility."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: It was February 4th, 2007
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  • and the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears
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  • were playing in Super Bowl 41 in Miami.
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  • The Colts were just 2 weeks removed from the greatest game
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  • in their history as they had come back from a 21 - 3 deficit
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  • against the New England Patriots and actually won the game
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  • 38 - 34 and went to the Super Bowl.
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  • As you can imagine, the Colts were pretty pumped up
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  • for that Super Bowl game,
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  • which would be their first entrance
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  • into the Super Bowl since 1971.
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  • And the night before the game, their head coach,
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  • who was at that time Tony Dungy, stood in front of his team
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  • and passionately exhorted them to fight and to stick together,
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  • to care about the game,
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  • care about the guys playing next to them.
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  • But he also warned them that playing against the Bears,
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  • they would have to weather a storm at some time
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  • during their Super Bowl Sunday if they were going to win.
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  • The team was absolutely pumped up,
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  • Tony Dungy was pumped up,
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  • and he recalled on the Dan Patrick sports show
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  • that he was so pumped up he made a change in his plan
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  • for the game.
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  • He said, "We had decided all week long that we were not going
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  • to kick the ball to Devin Hester,"
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  • one of the fastest and most productive kickoff returners
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  • in NFL history.
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  • "We're going to kick it away from him."
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  • Dungy said on the show that that night after his speech,
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  • he thought that doing that was playing scared.
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  • That he shouldn't do that.
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  • "So the next morning as we're going to the game,"
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  • he said, "I told the team I hope we lose the toss
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  • 'cause if we do, we're going to kick the ball
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  • right down the middle to Hester
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  • and we're going to pound him, and they're going to know
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  • we've taken their best threat and they'll be finished.
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  • So we lose the coin toss and we kick the ball to Hester,
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  • and 13 seconds later he's standing in the end zone
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  • with his hands up in the air."
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  • So all the guys come over to their coach and they go,
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  • "What was that?"
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  • He said, "I told you there's going to be a storm."
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  • It all happened right up front.
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  • Storms are a part of football, and as you will agree,
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  • they don't always come up front.
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  • They come whenever they want to.
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  • They're a part of life, and the only way
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  • you know how to meet them
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  • is if you discipline yourself to face them.
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  • I think that's what Dungy was trying to tell his team,
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  • and obviously it worked 'cause they won that game.
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  • We cannot come back from challenges in our life
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  • if we're not prepared to do so ahead of time.
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  • We don't just gain immediate strength to overcome issues
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  • if we haven't planned to do so
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  • in preparation for the inevitable.
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  • So I've always thought the most important thing
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  • about success,
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  • the most important thing about being a Christian
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  • in terms of your personal responsibility
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  • is the concept of discipline,
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  • one of the most ill-defined and perhaps unpopular word
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  • in the language in which you and I converse.
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  • Someone by the name of Bobby Knight
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  • who used to be a basketball coach
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  • told me in a letter once that discipline
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  • was doing what needs to be done,
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  • doing it when it needs to be done,
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  • doing it the best it can be done,
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  • and doing it that way every time you do it.
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  • I wrote that one down.
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  • Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary list
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  • as one definition of discipline the following:
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  • "Training that corrects, molds, or perfects
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  • the mental faculties or moral character."
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  • Discipline.
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  • Paul moves into this section of Scripture
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  • having taken us through a very, very special doctrinal section
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  • about the incarnation.
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  • The first 11 verses of chapter 2 in Philippines
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  • are maybe some of the most important, sacred,
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  • beautiful Scriptures you will ever read.
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  • He begins the next section, which is verse 12
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  • of chapter 2--he begins this Scripture this way.
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  • He says, "Therefore, my beloved brethren,
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  • as you have always obeyed,
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  • not as in my presence only but now much more
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  • in my absence, work out your own salvation
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  • with fear and trembling."
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  • I want to preach a little bit on the word "therefore."
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  • It's a word that gets shoved under the rug sometimes
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  • when we're reading the Scripture,
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  • but here it is really critical.
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  • You all know that the word "therefore"
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  • makes you look backward.
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  • It makes you take what you're about to read
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  • and go back and read what was before it
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  • because it's connected.
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  • Someone said that the word "therefore" is there
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  • so that you will find out what it's there for,
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  • and you need to go back and find out
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  • what the word "therefore" is there for in this passage.
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  • What has Paul said?
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  • Paul has said that Jesus Christ came from heaven.
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  • He was obedient. He was obedient unto death.
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  • He was obedient unto the death of the cross.
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  • He humbled himself, he died, he was buried,
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  • he was resurrected, and he ascended to a high;
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  • and every knee shall bow and every tongue
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  • shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord
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  • to the glory of God the Father.
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  • Therefore--and then he gives us our instructions.
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  • How many of you know that we don't just get doctrine
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  • so we know more?
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  • Doctrine is always the foundation
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  • upon which duty rests.
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  • We do what we do because we know what we know,
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  • and Paul is going to help us now understand
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  • what we should do because we understand
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  • how much God has done for us, how much he loves us,
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  • the sacrifice that he has paid for us,
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  • and where he is right now at the right hand
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  • of the Father in heaven.
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  • Therefore he said, "Not just as in my presence,
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  • but now much more in my absence."
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  • By the way, where is Paul when he's writing this?
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  • He's in prison.
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  • He has been in Philippi, but he's not there anymore.
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  • He's in prison.
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  • He's writing his church in Philippi from prison
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  • and he says, "I want you to know that it was great
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  • when I was with you,
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  • that you were doing the right things.
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  • But now that I'm absent from you,
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  • it's even more important."
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  • And then he gives them this instruction.
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  • He says, "Work out your own salvation
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  • with fear and trembling."
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  • Now, that could mean, in the context of the doctrine,
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  • "When I was with you,
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  • I was helping you with your salvation
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  • and your doctrine and your growth,
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  • but I'm not here anymore.
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  • So you got to do it yourself.
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  • Work out your own salvation."
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  • But hear me today. This is not what Paul is saying.
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  • Paul is not saying you have to work to get your salvation.
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  • This letter is written to Christians.
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  • Why would he say that?
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  • He's not saying work for your salvation.
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  • He's saying because you're saved,
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  • there's some things you should do.
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  • "For by grace you have been saved through faith,
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  • and that not of yourselves.
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  • It is the gift of God," watch this, "not of works,
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  • lest anyone should boast."
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  • We all agree with that.
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  • Then the next verse says, "For we are his workmanship
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  • created in Christ Jesus for good works,
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  • which he has prepared us for that we should walk in them."
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  • Not saved by good works, saved for good works.
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  • There's not one blessed thing anyone in this room
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  • can do to advance yourself toward heaven by one step.
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  • How many of you know that when we were born,
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  • we were all born with our backs toward God?
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  • And it was the grace of God through his son Jesus Christ
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  • that reached down and brought us out of our sin,
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  • and we didn't do anything except say,
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  • "Yes, Lord, thank you. Forgive me for my sin.
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  • I want to be saved."
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  • We can't do anything to be saved.
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  • But once we become Christians, God begins to work in us
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  • so that we can have a part
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  • both in our own growth and sanctification
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  • and also in the opportunity that he gives us
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  • to reach the world.
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  • He doesn't save us to just sit and celebrate,
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  • he saves us to be a part of his everlasting kingdom.
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  • So I want to talk to you today about the good works
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  • that God wants to do in you and in me
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  • now that we are Christians.
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  • If you're not a Christian here today,
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  • this message is not a ticket for you to go to heaven.
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  • You can't get to heaven except by grace through faith.
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  • It's not of works lest any man should boast.
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  • But once you become a Christian, listen up.
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  • Who really is responsible for your spiritual growth?
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  • Who's responsible for you, now that you're a Christian,
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  • to go on to greatness in your Christian life?
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  • When Paul wrote to young Timothy a little later on
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  • in the New Testament, he gave him this instruction.
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  • He said, "Timothy, exercise yourself toward godliness."
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  • And the word "exercise"-- there's a really cool word.
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  • It's the word "gumnasia" in the Greek language,
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  • from which we get the word "gymnasium."
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  • He said, "Timothy, get into the spiritual gymnasium and work out
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  • and grow in your faith."
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  • Don't just be flabby as a Christian.
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  • Don't be passive, get active.
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  • Do some things that'll make a difference.
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  • And I love that word because I spend some time
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  • in the gym and I never forget
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  • while I'm in there working on my body
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  • that I need to spend equal or more time
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  • working on my soul
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  • 'cause it's a whole lot more needy than my body is
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  • as needy as my body is.
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  • And Paul doesn't leave this in the realm of easy listening.
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  • He says what you do, do with fear and trembling.
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  • He says, "Work out your own salvation
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  • with fear and trembling."
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  • In other words, take this seriously.
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  • He doesn't mean we're supposed to walk around and quake.
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  • He means that we're to seriously consider
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  • that there's a part of our lives as Christians
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  • that we can easily ignore, and if we do,
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  • it will be to our own detriment.
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  • There's a way that you can have greater joy, greater impact,
  • 00:13:00.190 --> 00:13:04.050
  • greater facility in your walk with the Lord,
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  • and that is grow in Christ.
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  • God has given us everything we need for life
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  • and godliness.
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  • He's put it in us. He saved us.
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  • He gave us the Holy Spirit.
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  • He's given us the Word of God.
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  • He's given us Jesus Christ.
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  • We have all of that.
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  • Now, what the Scripture is saying,
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  • "Take what I've given you and develop it
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  • and make it work and practice it and get involved in using it
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  • and finding out what works and how you can grow
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  • so that you're not in the same place next year
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  • as you are this year as a baby Christian."
  • 00:13:34.130 --> 00:13:37.260
  • So here's what he's telling us.
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  • He's saying, "If you're going to do this,
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  • the first discipline is to do your part."
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  • To realize that while Jesus is everything in salvation,
  • 00:13:45.090 --> 00:13:48.260
  • he gives you something to do now that you're a Christian.
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  • He's not just going to make you godly.
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  • You have to work at this.
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  • You have to take the responsibility.
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  • There is a personal responsibility.
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  • I've dealt with this over and over again
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  • in writing books and in teaching.
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  • It's one of the most misunderstood things
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  • among Christians, which is why
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  • there's so much passivity in the Christian walk today.
  • 00:14:08.160 --> 00:14:13.020
  • But notice not only should I do my part,
  • 00:14:13.030 --> 00:14:15.070
  • Philippians 2:12, but I have to depend on God.
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  • Here, again, we're back in this cooperative
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  • that we have with God and us.
  • 00:14:21.200 --> 00:14:23.210
  • Notice verse 13.
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  • After he says, "Work out your own salvation with fear
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  • and trembling," he then says,
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  • "It is God who works in you,
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  • both to will and to do for his good pleasure."
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  • God has worked in us, he's working in us,
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  • he will continue to work in us,
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  • but we're to work diligently so that we might realize
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  • the benefit of all that God has done
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  • and is doing for us.
  • 00:14:46.040 --> 00:14:47.200
  • Both divine enablement and human responsibility are involved.
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  • How many of you know God doesn't speak to us out loud?
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  • I've never heard God's voice out loud.
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  • I hear his voice through the Scripture.
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  • Sometimes I hear the voice of God through the Scripture
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  • that I've memorized
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  • or little bits and pieces of it that come back to me
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  • sometimes in the night hour, sometimes in the early mornings.
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  • When I'm driving in the car and have enough sense
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  • to turn the radio off, God speaks to me.
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  • But what I think we learned from this passage is when God speaks,
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  • it's usually not something for us to consider.
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  • God doesn't say, "Here are three options."
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  • God says, "Do this."
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  • And that's where you get involved.
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  • God isn't going to do what he's asked you to do.
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  • So you have to do it.
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  • So you say, "Well, I'm waiting for the spirit.
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  • I'm waiting for the spirit to move me."
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  • Hang on to that one for a while.
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  • Discipline one is, I'm going to do my part.
  • 00:15:40.130 --> 00:15:43.090
  • Discipline two is, God's going to do his part.
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  • He's going to will and do.
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  • He's going to give you the desire
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  • and he's going to tell you what to do,
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  • but you have to respond.
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  • You have to take it the next step.
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  • Now, it would be really unusual if Paul would give us
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  • such strong encouragement without giving us
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  • some illustrations of how this works.
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  • So here's the third discipline. I will do my part.
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  • I will depend on God.
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  • Number three, I will be different from the world.
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  • I want you to read with me verses 14 through 16.
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  • "Do all things without complaining."
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  • That's a pretty good start if you're a pastor.
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  • "That you may become blameless and harmless.
  • 00:16:23.030 --> 00:16:25.140
  • Children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked
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  • and perverse generation, among whom you shine
  • 00:16:27.290 --> 00:16:30.110
  • his lights in the world holding fast the Word of life
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  • that I may rejoice in the day of Christ
  • 00:16:32.180 --> 00:16:34.080
  • that have not run in vain or labored in vain."
  • 00:16:34.090 --> 00:16:37.250
  • Watch the contrast between the end of verse 13,
  • 00:16:37.260 --> 00:16:40.070
  • here we are again, and the beginning of verse 14.
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  • In verse 13, we are told that is God who does the work,
  • 00:16:43.160 --> 00:16:46.230
  • and then without so much as a transition sentence
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  • we're instructed, "Do all things."
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  • Isn't that interesting?
  • 00:16:52.120 --> 00:16:53.280
  • We're back and forth.
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  • God's doing it, I'm doing it.
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  • God's doing in me, I'm doing what God's doing in me
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  • and taking it out of me.
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  • It would be unlike Paul to give us this instruction
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  • without helping us understand.
  • 00:17:05.060 --> 00:17:06.150
  • So notice how contemporary his illustrations are.
  • 00:17:06.160 --> 00:17:10.070
  • As Christians we have to live in the world,
  • 00:17:10.080 --> 00:17:12.050
  • but there should be a noticeable difference in our lifestyle.
  • 00:17:12.060 --> 00:17:16.080
  • If we are listening to what God is saying to us
  • 00:17:16.090 --> 00:17:18.220
  • in this passage of Scripture,
  • 00:17:18.230 --> 00:17:20.020
  • something will be different about us.
  • 00:17:20.030 --> 00:17:22.150
  • He tells us, first of all, that we are to be people
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  • who have a cheerful life in an unhappy world,
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  • cheerful living in an unhappy world.
  • 00:17:28.250 --> 00:17:31.200
  • Verse 14, "Do all things without complaining and disputing."
  • 00:17:31.210 --> 00:17:37.090
  • Could we use a little of that in the body of Christ?
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  • Yeah, we could.
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  • A PhD named Guy Winch says, "There's a difference
  • 00:17:43.040 --> 00:17:46.150
  • between an optimistic, a pessimist,
  • 00:17:46.160 --> 00:17:48.070
  • and a chronic complainer.
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  • An optimist sees a glass half full.
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  • A pessimist sees a glass half empty.
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  • A chronic complainer sees a glass that is slightly chipped
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  • holding water that isn't cold enough because it's tap water
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  • and I asked for bottled water.
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  • And wait, there's a smudge on the rim,
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  • which means the glass wasn't clean
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  • and now I'm probably going to end up
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  • with some kind of virus."
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  • We're laughing because we know what we're talking about,
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  • don't we?
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  • You can get in one of those moods, can't you?
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  • Everything is just messed up and you can't help it.
  • 00:18:23.270 --> 00:18:27.020
  • You know, the word complaining comes from a word
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  • that means to mutter or to grumble.
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  • And the children of Israel had turned grumbling
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  • into an Olympic sport.
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  • It was their Super Bowl.
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  • They grumbled at the Red Sea when they saw the chariots
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  • of the Egyptians coming after them.
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  • They grumbled at Marah where the waters were bitter.
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  • They grumbled in the wilderness when they had no food,
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  • then they grumbled at Rephidim
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  • when they had no water, and they grumbled
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  • at Kadesh Barnea because the spies reported the presence
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  • of giants in the land which God had called them to.
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  • And Moses took all their complaining
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  • and then gave it back to them,
  • 00:18:59.160 --> 00:19:01.030
  • and this is what he said in Exodus 16:8.
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  • "Your complaints are not against us
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  • but against the Lord."
  • 00:19:06.040 --> 00:19:08.080
  • Whoa.
  • 00:19:08.090 --> 00:19:10.090
  • They were complaining against Moses and his leadership team
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  • and Moses said, "Go ahead and do that.
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  • Just don't forget you're not complaining against us,
  • 00:19:15.270 --> 00:19:18.060
  • you're complaining against God."
  • 00:19:18.070 --> 00:19:21.050
  • And Paul use these experiences of the Israelites
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  • to make the same point
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  • when he wrote to the Corinthians.
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  • He said, "Nor complain, as some of them also complained,"
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:30.280
  • speaking of this time I just mentioned,
  • 00:19:30.290 --> 00:19:33.090
  • "and were destroyed by the destroyer."
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  • What Paul is saying is if you work it out in your own life
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  • and you take what God has given you
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  • and you develop these disciplines,
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  • you won't be a complainer.
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  • That'll get off your list.
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  • Here's the next one.
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  • He said, straight living in a crooked world.
  • 00:19:48.120 --> 00:19:50.260
  • Verse 15, "That you may become blameless and harmless,
  • 00:19:50.270 --> 00:19:53.160
  • children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked
  • 00:19:53.170 --> 00:19:56.020
  • and perverse generation."
  • 00:19:56.030 --> 00:19:59.070
  • And this doesn't mean we have to live perfectly.
  • 00:19:59.080 --> 00:20:01.030
  • He didn't say that you may become perfect.
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  • He said blameless and harmless.
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  • That means live a life that nobody can point a finger at you
  • 00:20:05.170 --> 00:20:08.140
  • and say, "Oh, did you--" No.
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  • Live a life of godliness.
  • 00:20:11.080 --> 00:20:13.250
  • And it's interesting that the word "harmless"
  • 00:20:13.260 --> 00:20:15.170
  • means to be pure, unmixed.
  • 00:20:15.180 --> 00:20:18.040
  • He also says that this world in which we live is crooked.
  • 00:20:18.050 --> 00:20:23.000
  • He says, "You become blameless and harmless,
  • 00:20:23.010 --> 00:20:25.090
  • children without fault in the midst of a crooked world."
  • 00:20:25.100 --> 00:20:28.210
  • You know, the word "crooked" in the language
  • 00:20:28.220 --> 00:20:30.160
  • of the New Testament is the word "scolios"
  • 00:20:30.170 --> 00:20:33.110
  • from which we get the word "scoliosis"
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  • which is the medical term for the curvature
  • 00:20:35.200 --> 00:20:38.110
  • of the spine.
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  • It's a tremendous picture.
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  • Paul says, "The world is crooked.
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  • Stand up straight."
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  • When you stand up straight for God, you will be noticed.
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  • I promise you.
  • 00:20:51.020 --> 00:20:52.210
  • If everyone else is bending down and you're standing up straight,
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  • you're going to get some attention.
  • 00:20:55.150 --> 00:20:58.080
  • And I think that's what the Bible means when it says,
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  • "Be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks
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  • you about the faith that is in you."
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  • Be ready.
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  • And, you know, we cannot do that in our own strength.
  • 00:21:06.120 --> 00:21:08.040
  • We need the power of the Holy Spirit working in us
  • 00:21:08.050 --> 00:21:11.060
  • and cooperating with the thing that God has called us to do.
  • 00:21:11.070 --> 00:21:15.070
  • And then there's the third thing.
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  • He talks about radiant living in a dark world.
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  • He said in verse 15, "Among whom you shine
  • 00:21:20.280 --> 00:21:23.260
  • as lights in the world,
  • 00:21:23.270 --> 00:21:26.000
  • holding fast the Word of life so that I may rejoice
  • 00:21:26.010 --> 00:21:28.140
  • in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain
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  • or labored in vain."
  • 00:21:30.150 --> 00:21:33.040
  • Paul said, "In the midst of this world,
  • 00:21:33.050 --> 00:21:34.190
  • we live in a world of darkness
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  • and it seems like it's getting darker all the time."
  • 00:21:36.040 --> 00:21:40.080
  • Jesus told his disciples, "Let your light so shine
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  • before men that they may see your good works
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  • and glorify your Father in heaven."
  • 00:21:46.210 --> 00:21:49.090
  • And Paul reminded the Christians,
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  • "For you were once darkness,
  • 00:21:51.280 --> 00:21:54.190
  • but now you are light in the Lord.
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  • Walk as children of light."
  • 00:21:56.210 --> 00:22:00.070
  • And Paul does not leave us passively shining
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  • in the darkness.
  • 00:22:02.290 --> 00:22:04.180
  • He doesn't say, "Go, just be a good person in this wicked world
  • 00:22:04.190 --> 00:22:08.090
  • and people will flood to you to become Christians."
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  • That won't happen.
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  • "Hold forth the Word of life.
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  • Give them the message of the Gospel."
  • 00:22:15.110 --> 00:22:18.000
  • You cannot get to heaven without content.
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  • Content is what the Bible says you must do
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  • to become a Christian.
  • 00:22:25.130 --> 00:22:26.280
  • You can shine until there's no shining left,
  • 00:22:26.290 --> 00:22:29.200
  • but if you don't, along with that,
  • 00:22:29.210 --> 00:22:31.210
  • hold forth the Word of life, nobody will ever know
  • 00:22:31.220 --> 00:22:34.030
  • what they're supposed to do.
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  • They will walk away just saying what a good person you are.
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  • It's here that we have to make sure we get it right.
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  • It's here that we have to make sure
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  • that we're thinking straight.
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  • It's here that we don't leave anything on the table.
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  • We ought to always be grateful for our salvation.
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  • We ought to always be praising God for the grace
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  • which he has given us.
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  • None of us deserve it. I know I don't.
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  • And I know if you're honest, you don't either.
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  • We are blessed people that God has somehow
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  • through his sovereignty allowed us
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  • to be in the pipeline where the gospel
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  • would be preached and we heard it one day.
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  • There are hundreds of thousands and millions
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  • of people around the world
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  • who at this point in time in their life
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  • have never heard one gospel word,
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  • but we heard the message.
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  • Some of us grew up in Christian homes.
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  • Some of us were blessed with a good school.
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  • Some of us went to Christian schools.
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  • We've been in good churches.
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  • We are blessed to be Christians.
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  • But the Bible says in all of your gratitude
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  • and in all of your thanksgiving remember,
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  • "Work out your own salvation in fear and trembling
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  • for it is God who works in you both to will and to do
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  • of his good pleasure."
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  • So let me ask you this.
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  • Would it not be reasonable to think that you
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  • and I would be willing to become better than you are?
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  • And those things are usually done when no one's watching.
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  • No one knows.
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  • But without them, you end up being a casualty along the way.
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  • Without them, the people God intended for you to touch
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  • and reach go unreached and untouched.
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  • So let me just encourage you to take that seriously.
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  • "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for it
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  • is God who works in you both to will and to do
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  • of his good pleasure."
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return in a moment
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  • to close today's program right after this.
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  • his book "Count It All Joy."
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  • In its pages, you'll discover practical steps about
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  • how to claim a happiness that circumstances cannot change.
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  • male announcer: And now with one last word for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Every parent knows how to bring a smile
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  • to a child's face by saying, "Great job."
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  • or "Well done."
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  • Living a life of excellence and responsibility
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  • brings all of us a great joy,
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  • and we also know when we have failed to live
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  • responsibly and it's not a good feeling.
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  • Paul wanted his readers to know the joy of living well.
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  • That's why he exhorted them to live responsibly
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  • in every realm of their lives.
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  • That begins with accepting the forgiveness of sins
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  • God offers us in Jesus Christ.
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  • To know how to experience that forgiveness,
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  • allow me to send you two free gifts from "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In addition to these free study resources,
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  • nothing is as profound as the Word of God and now Dr. Jeremiah
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  • has a Bible for every member of the family.
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  • will bring the truth of God's Word
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We have a decisive role in the lives
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  • of people who are around us.
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  • Our families, our neighbors, the people we work with,
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  • we are Jesus Christ to them.
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  • The only Christ they will ever see is the Christ
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  • they see in us.
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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 Ministry" here on "Turning Point."
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