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The Joy of Serenity

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December 4, 2019
27:30

Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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The Joy of Serenity

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  • female announcer: Are you waiting for joy to find you?
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  • Don't wait, claim a happiness that circumstances cannot change
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  • with Dr. Jeremiah's book, "Count It All Joy."
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  • In this rich exploration
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  • of the biblical book of Philippians,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah uncovers the Apostle Paul's secret
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  • 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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  • with "Count It All Joy," yours as a thank you
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  • And if you generously give $60 or more,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you in appreciation
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  • the "Count It All Joy" set, which includes his book,
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  • his complete newly preached, 12-message series
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  • on your choice of CD or DVD, and a correlating study guide,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's "Counted It Joy" book or set.
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  • when you contact "Turning Point" today.
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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 Serenity."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: As we turn our attention
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  • to this last section of Philippians,
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  • we've already learned about
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  • the peace of God which passes all understanding
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  • and the God of peace who's promised to be with us.
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  • We've discovered that blessings can be ours,
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  • which we learned right praying
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  • and right thinking and right living;
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  • and now Paul, at the end of this letter,
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  • is gonna take a few moments
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  • to voice his gratitude to the Philippians
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  • because they had continued to care for him,
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  • and they'd sent money to him while he was doing his ministry.
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  • He was not rejoicing
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  • simply because they had sent him a gift.
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  • He was not hinting that he wanted another gift.
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  • He was going on record as being content,
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  • and this is what he said in verse 11.
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  • "I have learned to be content."
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  • I've learned it.
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  • The word "content" means self-sufficient,
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  • but Paul goes beyond that.
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  • Paul tells us that our sufficiency
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  • is not of ourselves.
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  • "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves
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  • to think of anything as being from ourselves,
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  • but our sufficiency is from God," 2 Corinthians 3:5.
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  • The Christian views contentment
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  • both as something that's independent
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  • and something that's dependent.
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  • The things of the world
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  • that we are told are necessary for contentment
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  • don't matter to the Christians, they don't.
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  • If you see somebody who's really walking
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  • in the center of the will of God,
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  • money is just a tool to get them what they need
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  • so they can serve God better.
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  • On the other hand,
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  • all of the things the world says are unimportant
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  • are of vital importance: the family, time alone,
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  • building your own life, your faith in God.
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  • So, here is Paul at the end of this letter
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  • giving us this little tutorial
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  • on how we can develop the spirit of contentment.
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  • Let me remind you again
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  • this is not something you're born with.
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  • I have never seen a contented baby.
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  • Have you?
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  • Contentment is not something that's in your genes.
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  • It's something you learn. You learn to be content.
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  • Now, that's possible, I'm sure, that some people are more--
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  • they're just more normally contended than others,
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  • but for those of you who have a spirit of discontent,
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  • let me give you this encouragement.
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  • Here's what the Bible says: you don't have to stay that way.
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  • You can learn to be content.
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  • If the Apostle Paul can do it, you can do it, I can do it.
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  • Here is his first principle to help us:
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  • contentment in the place where God has stationed you.
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  • "But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last
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  • your care for me has flourished again;
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  • though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.
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  • Not that I speak in regard to need,
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  • for I have learned in whatever state I am,
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  • to be content: I know how to be abased.
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  • I know how to abound.
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  • Everywhere and in all things I have learned
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  • both to be full and to be hungry,
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  • both to abound and suffer need."
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  • Paul's contentment was something he possessed.
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  • He said he had learned how to be content when he was in poverty.
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  • He did not say he was content with poverty.
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  • He said he was content in the midst of it.
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  • What he's saying is, "Whatever life has dealt me,
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  • whatever time it deals it to me,
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  • I'm gonna be content because my contentment
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  • has nothing to do with what's going on around me,
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  • but everything to do with what's happening within me."
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  • And Paul is the most incredibly personal testimony guy
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  • for this story.
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  • He's not writing this letter from a penthouse.
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  • He's writing this letter under imprisonment.
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  • He's a house prisoner in Rome;
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  • and as he looks back over his life,
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  • he doesn't look back over a life that's easy,
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  • one that would normally be thought
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  • to be a life that produces contentment.
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  • He'd been stoned and dragged out of a city.
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  • He'd been beaten and thrown into jail.
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  • He'd been plotted against by the Jews.
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  • He'd been in tribulation and trials and distresses
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  • and stripes and tumults and labors and sleeplessness.
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  • There's just about anything you can think of
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  • that could happen to a person happened to Paul.
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  • He experienced trouble on every side,
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  • accompanied by outward conflicts and inward fears.
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  • He had known abundant labors and frequent imprisonments
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  • and close encounters with death.
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  • He was beaten 5 times with 39 stripes.
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  • Three times he was beaten with rods.
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  • Once he was stoned.
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  • Three times he experienced shipwreck.
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  • He spent a night and a day in the water.
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  • He faced death from robbers and countrymen and Gentiles,
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  • from false brethren.
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  • He'd experienced weariness and sleeplessness and hunger
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  • and thirst and fastings and cold and nakedness;
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  • and yet, in the midst of all of that, he said,
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  • "I have learned how to be content."
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  • I don't know about you, but I'm saying, "Come on, Paul.
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  • What are you doing here?"
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  • It might seem a lot easier for us to find contentment
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  • in times of abundance than in times of stress.
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  • There are many who would not agree
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  • with that statement.
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  • Thomas Carlyle would be among them.
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  • He said, "Adversity is sometimes hard on a man,
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  • but for one man who can stand prosperity,
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  • there are 100 that can stand adversity."
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  • Paul knew how to live in good times,
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  • as well as in tough times.
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  • He uses the word "abound" to describe his life.
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  • He grew up, I am quite sure, in a moderately affluent home
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  • and. even after his conversion, he had experienced
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  • God's abundant provision for his needs.
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  • As we learned at the beginning of this study,
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  • when the church in Philippi started,
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  • he was somewhat financed by a group of wealthy women
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  • who took it upon themselves to make sure
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  • that he had everything he needed
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  • so that he could continue to teach and preach the gospel.
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  • We are told that he went to a banquet at the home
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  • of the Philippian jailer on one occasion.
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  • He was entertained by the natives
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  • in the Island of Malta after he survived a shipwreck.
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  • The whole story of the Philippians' relationship
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  • with Paul was one of caring and giving and ministering,
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  • and it didn't really matter what was going on with Paul.
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  • They loved him, they wanted to serve him,
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  • and so they did.
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  • And whether he was feasting or fasting,
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  • whether he was rich or poor,
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  • he had learned how to be content in the midst of it.
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  • When writing to his young disciple,
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  • Paul instructed Timothy like this.
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  • He said, "Godliness with contentment is great gain."
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  • He was saying if you get to contentment,
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  • along with godliness, you've arrived.
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  • You're home.
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  • It's what you've been looking for,
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  • and he goes on to talk about
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  • what happens when we don't do that.
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  • He said, "Those who desire to be rich,"
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  • or those who throw themselves after money,
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  • "fall into temptation and a snare,
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  • and into many foolish and harmful lusts
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  • which drown men in destruction and perdition."
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  • And that's where you get this famous line,
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  • that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.
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  • Remember, it's not money that's the root of all evil.
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  • It's the love of it that's the root of all evil,
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  • and Paul said to Timothy, "If you go down that road,
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  • it can get you into a lot of trouble."
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  • The Bible is very clear that we should have everything we need,
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  • and in Philippians 4:11 and 12,
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  • there are four basic things you need.
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  • Let me tell you what they are. They're real simple.
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  • You need something to put on: clothes.
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  • You need something to put in: food.
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  • You need something to put up: a house.
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  • And you need something to put away:
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  • a little money for the future.
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  • That's it. Pretty simple.
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  • Paul's contentment was inclusive
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  • of any situation and any location.
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  • He learned to be content everywhere
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  • and in all things, the Scripture says.
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  • Contentment's not a place.
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  • It's not a job. It's not friendships.
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  • Contentment's what's in your heart;
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  • and Paul said, "I have learned that whatever state I'm in,
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  • whatever is going on in my life,
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  • whether I'm way up here or way down here,
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  • my contentment doesn't have to change
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  • because my contentment
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  • was never about those things in the first place."
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  • Contentment in the place where God has stationed you.
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  • Here's the second principle: contentment
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  • because of the power of God that strengthens you.
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  • We don't always realize that the next verse
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  • comes before the one just before it in this text,
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  • but the next verse says this,
  • 00:10:23.030 --> 00:10:25.050
  • "I can do all things
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  • through Christ who strengthens me."
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  • What kind of all things can you do?
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  • Listen to me. You can learn to be content.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • You say, "Well, I can't do that."
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  • Probably not by yourself, but here's a Scripture saying
  • 00:10:37.150 --> 00:10:39.130
  • that if you allow God to strengthen you, he will.
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  • Now, this verse means a lot of other things,
  • 00:10:42.180 --> 00:10:44.070
  • but connected to the passage, it surely means this:
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  • if you're not contented, if you're not happy,
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  • if you're not doing what you want to do,
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  • if you feel like God has looked over you
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  • and you're not where you should be,
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  • you need to fix that.
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  • You need to learn how to be content.
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  • Paul tells you you can do it;
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  • and if you need some help, here is God's promise:
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  • I can do all things
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  • through Christ who strengthens me.
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  • He was not talking about an outward set of circumstances.
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  • This is not contentment in a place.
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  • This is contentment in a person.
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  • James Stewart wrote it this way, he said, "Christ is
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  • the redeemed man's new environment.
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  • The human body, by the acts
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  • of eating and drinking and breathing,
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  • is continually drawing for its strength
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  • upon the resources of its physical environment,
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  • so the Christian spirit
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  • by prayer and worship and surrender
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  • makes contact and keeps contact with its spiritual environment,
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  • which is Jesus Christ.
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  • So, the soul draws for its strength
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  • upon the supplies of power,
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  • which in Christ are inexhaustible."
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  • You'll never run out.
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  • I have been all over the country and met all kinds of people,
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  • and I'll tell you the happiest people I have met
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  • have not been the wealthiest people I've met.
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  • I've met some wonderful, successful, wealthy people
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  • who have it all together,
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  • but some of the people that I have met who are the happiest
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  • are people who are humble, living in humble situations,
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  • some on the mission field.
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  • And you know what, when I'm there with those people,
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  • they're the happiest people I've been around in my life.
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  • They have the person of Jesus Christ,
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  • and everything goes to him.
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  • Contentment in the place where God has stationed you.
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  • Contentment because of the power that God has given you
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  • that strengthens you.
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  • Here's the third one: contentment
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  • because of the people of God who support you.
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  • One of the things I love about Paul is he's a people person.
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  • I mean, I don't know how he did everything he did,
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  • all those churches he started, and all those letters he wrote,
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  • all those conflicts he was involved in,
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  • but in every place you look in his letters,
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  • you see people's names.
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  • You don't know who these people are,
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  • and maybe there's not anything in the Bible about them.
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  • I don't know who a lot of these people are
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  • that were Paul's friends, but I do know this:
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  • they were his friends.
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  • And in this letter in verses 14 through 17,
  • 00:12:59.000 --> 00:13:01.270
  • he says this, "Nevertheless you have done well
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  • that you shared in my distress."
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  • He's talking to the Philippians.
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  • "Now you Philippians know
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  • that in the beginning of the gospel,
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  • when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me
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  • concerning giving and receiving but you only.
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  • For even in Thessalonica you sent aid
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  • once and again for my necessities.
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  • Not that I seek the gift,
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  • but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account."
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  • Paul's main purpose, as I mentioned,
  • 00:13:26.270 --> 00:13:28.160
  • for writing this letter
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  • was to say thank you to the Philippians
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  • because they had sent him a ministry gift.
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  • He begins this section by telling of his own joy
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  • at receiving this gift.
  • 00:13:37.160 --> 00:13:39.090
  • He notes the interruption
  • 00:13:39.100 --> 00:13:40.190
  • that had occurred somewhere along the way,
  • 00:13:40.200 --> 00:13:42.210
  • and we don't know what that was all about,
  • 00:13:42.220 --> 00:13:44.110
  • but he knew they had tried to minister to him,
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  • and it wasn't happening, but now it is happening again.
  • 00:13:46.090 --> 00:13:49.140
  • And the gift that they sent to Paul from Philippi
  • 00:13:49.150 --> 00:13:52.150
  • was delivered by a guy named Epaphroditus,
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  • and in verse 18, we read, "I have all and abound.
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  • I am full.
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  • I have received from Epaphroditus
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  • the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma,
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  • an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God."
  • 00:14:05.150 --> 00:14:09.280
  • I love this little passage because it teaches us
  • 00:14:09.290 --> 00:14:13.180
  • that when we give to the things of the Lord,
  • 00:14:13.190 --> 00:14:16.010
  • three great things happen, and it's right here in the text.
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  • Giving brings blessing
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  • to the one who receives the gift.
  • 00:14:22.010 --> 00:14:24.190
  • Paul's very thankful for their generous gift.
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  • "Because they gave," he said, "I have all and I abound.
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  • I am full. I have everything I need.
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  • Thank you for your gift."
  • 00:14:32.250 --> 00:14:35.260
  • Giving brings blessing to God. Did you see that?
  • 00:14:35.270 --> 00:14:38.160
  • From God's perspective, the Philippian gift was
  • 00:14:38.170 --> 00:14:40.210
  • a sweet-smelling aroma,
  • 00:14:40.220 --> 00:14:42.140
  • an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
  • 00:14:42.150 --> 00:14:45.220
  • When we give to the work of God, the Bible says
  • 00:14:45.230 --> 00:14:48.060
  • God takes note of it, and it's like
  • 00:14:48.070 --> 00:14:50.010
  • a sweet-smelling sacrifice that comes to the throne,
  • 00:14:50.020 --> 00:14:53.130
  • but here's the one that we don't often think about.
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  • It's not only a blessing to the people who get the gift,
  • 00:14:55.260 --> 00:14:58.210
  • it's not only a blessing to God,
  • 00:14:58.220 --> 00:15:00.080
  • but it's really a blessing to the one who gives the gift.
  • 00:15:00.090 --> 00:15:03.090
  • Paul told the Philippians they had done well,
  • 00:15:03.100 --> 00:15:06.050
  • and he described their gift
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  • as a fruit that abounds to your account.
  • 00:15:07.180 --> 00:15:10.290
  • He says when you give like that,
  • 00:15:11.000 --> 00:15:13.050
  • God is remembering what you're doing,
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  • and you are blessed and you have done well.
  • 00:15:15.150 --> 00:15:18.060
  • Every time you do something that's generous,
  • 00:15:18.070 --> 00:15:20.250
  • every time you do something for the kingdom,
  • 00:15:20.260 --> 00:15:22.220
  • every time you support the work of God,
  • 00:15:22.230 --> 00:15:25.050
  • whatever it might be,
  • 00:15:25.060 --> 00:15:26.240
  • you get blessed, God gets blessed,
  • 00:15:26.250 --> 00:15:29.010
  • and the people that get the gift get blessed.
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  • Three-fold blessing.
  • 00:15:31.250 --> 00:15:34.140
  • Here's something that you probably wouldn't pick up
  • 00:15:34.150 --> 00:15:36.050
  • if I didn't just kinda point it out to you.
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  • I almost missed it myself, but this is so cool.
  • 00:15:37.270 --> 00:15:41.140
  • In Philippians chapter 4,
  • 00:15:41.150 --> 00:15:44.060
  • Paul has been writing to these believers,
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  • and he's about ready to sign off;
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  • and here in the end,
  • 00:15:50.090 --> 00:15:51.260
  • he's gonna give a little end greeting,
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  • and I just wanna read this greeting to you
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  • and then explain to you why it's so exciting to me.
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  • "Greet every saint in Christ Jesus," verse 21.
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  • "The brethren who are with me greet you.
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  • All the saints greet you,
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  • but especially those who are of Caesar's household.
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  • The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
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  • be with you all.
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  • Amen."
  • 00:16:14.030 --> 00:16:15.120
  • Now, let me back up just a little bit and tell you
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  • that when Paul writes this letter, he's in Rome,
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  • and he wanted to go to Rome.
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  • I'm not really sure--I never have been able to figure out
  • 00:16:25.060 --> 00:16:26.240
  • why he wanted to go to Rome so much,
  • 00:16:26.250 --> 00:16:28.040
  • but Rome was like the big city.
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  • It was the number-one place,
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  • so he prayed and prayed and prayed,
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  • "Lord, I want to go to Rome, I want to preach in Rome."
  • 00:16:32.260 --> 00:16:35.200
  • And all of a sudden Paul's arrested,
  • 00:16:35.210 --> 00:16:38.150
  • and he goes to Rome and he's a prisoner.
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  • I just point that out 'cause when you pray,
  • 00:16:42.020 --> 00:16:43.170
  • you should be really specific about what you want, you know?
  • 00:16:43.180 --> 00:16:47.280
  • Because if you don't, God isn't obligated to answer
  • 00:16:47.290 --> 00:16:50.160
  • anything other than what you say, right?
  • 00:16:50.170 --> 00:16:53.010
  • So now, Paul's in Rome, and he's in--he's a prisoner.
  • 00:16:53.020 --> 00:16:55.250
  • He's in chains, and he's a royal prisoner,
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  • which means he's not in a dungeon.
  • 00:16:58.070 --> 00:17:00.070
  • He's not looking at bars.
  • 00:17:00.080 --> 00:17:01.250
  • He's chained to Roman soldiers on four-hour shifts every day.
  • 00:17:01.260 --> 00:17:08.290
  • Paul wanted to win Rome, and he knew
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  • that he could never win Rome from the bottom up.
  • 00:17:11.290 --> 00:17:15.150
  • He needed to win Rome from the top down;
  • 00:17:15.160 --> 00:17:18.180
  • and if you remember your history in high school,
  • 00:17:18.190 --> 00:17:21.190
  • the Roman legions, the military,
  • 00:17:21.200 --> 00:17:24.060
  • that was it in Roman culture.
  • 00:17:24.070 --> 00:17:26.030
  • The military was everything.
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  • It was the hierarchy of existence.
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  • If you wanted to go to the top of Rome,
  • 00:17:30.230 --> 00:17:32.120
  • you had to go to the top of the Roman army.
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  • That's--that was everything,
  • 00:17:34.100 --> 00:17:35.280
  • so God in his wisdom, he puts Paul in chains.
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  • He gets to go to Rome.
  • 00:17:40.160 --> 00:17:41.250
  • All of a sudden he wakes up one day,
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  • and he's under arrest, and he's preaching,
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  • but not to very many people at a time.
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  • Just four here and four there.
  • 00:17:49.090 --> 00:17:51.000
  • By the way, if you were unsaved,
  • 00:17:51.010 --> 00:17:52.100
  • how would you have liked to have been chained to Paul
  • 00:17:52.110 --> 00:17:54.030
  • for four hours every day?
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  • Have you ever tried to witness to somebody
  • 00:17:55.250 --> 00:17:57.040
  • and they say, "I've had enough of that,"
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  • and they walk away?
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  • Not this time.
  • 00:17:59.250 --> 00:18:02.110
  • I mean, he had 'em for four hours,
  • 00:18:02.120 --> 00:18:04.050
  • every day he preached.
  • 00:18:04.060 --> 00:18:05.160
  • And you add that up, that's a lot of people.
  • 00:18:05.170 --> 00:18:08.200
  • When Paul went to Rome,
  • 00:18:08.210 --> 00:18:10.000
  • there weren't any Christians in the Roman Empire.
  • 00:18:10.010 --> 00:18:12.200
  • Did you hear what he said?
  • 00:18:12.210 --> 00:18:14.130
  • "I want to say thank you, and I want to greet you,
  • 00:18:14.140 --> 00:18:17.240
  • and especially those who are of Caesar's household.
  • 00:18:17.250 --> 00:18:22.170
  • I want to say hello to all the saints
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  • who got converted in the military,
  • 00:18:24.240 --> 00:18:27.060
  • who are a part of Caesar's household."
  • 00:18:27.070 --> 00:18:29.050
  • From all of them, he sends greetings.
  • 00:18:29.060 --> 00:18:32.040
  • Here's what I've learned from this.
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  • If you don't do what God calls you to do
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  • the way God calls you to do it, he'll do it anyway,
  • 00:18:35.100 --> 00:18:36.250
  • and you might find yourself
  • 00:18:36.260 --> 00:18:38.050
  • in some interesting circumstances.
  • 00:18:38.060 --> 00:18:40.290
  • But, oh, how God blessed Paul,
  • 00:18:41.000 --> 00:18:44.090
  • and you know what,
  • 00:18:44.100 --> 00:18:45.190
  • if you take this back to our lesson today,
  • 00:18:45.200 --> 00:18:48.220
  • do you think Paul could have won those men to Christ
  • 00:18:48.230 --> 00:18:51.110
  • if he had been discontent?
  • 00:18:51.120 --> 00:18:54.000
  • Do you think if he was complaining
  • 00:18:54.010 --> 00:18:55.100
  • every day when he was chained to those guys
  • 00:18:55.110 --> 00:18:57.010
  • about how bad the prison food was,
  • 00:18:57.020 --> 00:18:59.210
  • anybody would have ever come to know Jesus?
  • 00:18:59.220 --> 00:19:02.190
  • If you think he was in there complaining about--
  • 00:19:02.200 --> 00:19:04.150
  • here's what most prisoners complain about.
  • 00:19:04.160 --> 00:19:06.080
  • "I don't belong here.
  • 00:19:06.090 --> 00:19:08.000
  • I didn't deserve this. I didn't do anything wrong."
  • 00:19:08.010 --> 00:19:09.280
  • I don't think Paul probably ever talked about any of it.
  • 00:19:09.290 --> 00:19:11.290
  • He was so committed to telling people about Jesus Christ,
  • 00:19:12.000 --> 00:19:15.150
  • and in this moment that he had with these men,
  • 00:19:15.160 --> 00:19:18.130
  • to make sure he used every moment.
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:20.020
  • That at the end, he can send greetings to the Philippians
  • 00:19:20.030 --> 00:19:22.260
  • from all the people that got saved in Caesar's household.
  • 00:19:22.270 --> 00:19:26.190
  • That's where contentment will take you.
  • 00:19:26.200 --> 00:19:30.140
  • I have to keep going here pretty quick,
  • 00:19:30.150 --> 00:19:32.130
  • but there's one more.
  • 00:19:32.140 --> 00:19:35.050
  • Contentment in the place that God has stationed you,
  • 00:19:35.060 --> 00:19:37.260
  • because of the power that God uses to strengthen you,
  • 00:19:37.270 --> 00:19:40.240
  • because of the people of God that support you.
  • 00:19:40.250 --> 00:19:43.040
  • And finally, contentment
  • 00:19:43.050 --> 00:19:44.140
  • with the promise of God that sustains you.
  • 00:19:44.150 --> 00:19:47.040
  • "And my God shall supply all your need
  • 00:19:47.050 --> 00:19:50.050
  • according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  • 00:19:50.060 --> 00:19:53.030
  • Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever.
  • 00:19:53.040 --> 00:19:55.270
  • Amen."
  • 00:19:55.280 --> 00:19:57.210
  • Paul gets done thanking the Philippians
  • 00:19:57.220 --> 00:19:59.180
  • for their wonderful gift,
  • 00:19:59.190 --> 00:20:02.170
  • and then he says, "And, oh, by the way,
  • 00:20:02.180 --> 00:20:04.260
  • I just wanna remind you you've helped me.
  • 00:20:04.270 --> 00:20:07.160
  • Man, you are on God's A-list.
  • 00:20:07.170 --> 00:20:11.040
  • My God will supply all your needs
  • 00:20:11.050 --> 00:20:13.160
  • according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
  • 00:20:13.170 --> 00:20:16.050
  • This promise was reserved for people
  • 00:20:16.060 --> 00:20:18.090
  • who had gone out of their way to collect a gift
  • 00:20:18.100 --> 00:20:21.010
  • and send Epaphroditus with that gift to Philippi
  • 00:20:21.020 --> 00:20:23.270
  • to make sure he had his needs there as a prisoner.
  • 00:20:23.280 --> 00:20:27.220
  • That everything that he needed was there,
  • 00:20:27.230 --> 00:20:31.010
  • and then the apostle says, "And, oh, by the way,
  • 00:20:31.020 --> 00:20:33.250
  • you guys have got somebody that's looking out for you too.
  • 00:20:33.260 --> 00:20:36.210
  • My God will supply all your needs."
  • 00:20:36.220 --> 00:20:40.060
  • Not out of his riches, but according to them.
  • 00:20:40.070 --> 00:20:43.070
  • Do you know the difference between that?
  • 00:20:43.080 --> 00:20:46.030
  • If I have a hundred dollars and I give you 10 cents,
  • 00:20:46.040 --> 00:20:51.010
  • I have given you out of my riches,
  • 00:20:51.020 --> 00:20:54.080
  • but I have not given you according to my riches.
  • 00:20:54.090 --> 00:20:58.100
  • That's not the right way to give.
  • 00:20:58.110 --> 00:20:59.200
  • You should give according to your riches.
  • 00:20:59.210 --> 00:21:02.120
  • If I have a hundred dollars
  • 00:21:02.130 --> 00:21:03.220
  • and I give according to my riches,
  • 00:21:03.230 --> 00:21:05.020
  • I have to give a gift
  • 00:21:05.030 --> 00:21:06.120
  • that's worthy of what God has given to me.
  • 00:21:06.130 --> 00:21:09.200
  • A lot of Christians never get that right.
  • 00:21:09.210 --> 00:21:11.230
  • They think they just have to give
  • 00:21:11.240 --> 00:21:13.030
  • out of what God has given.
  • 00:21:13.040 --> 00:21:14.130
  • No, the Bible tells us we're to give according.
  • 00:21:14.140 --> 00:21:16.220
  • The Bible says as God has prospered us,
  • 00:21:16.230 --> 00:21:19.180
  • according to what God has given us,
  • 00:21:19.190 --> 00:21:22.150
  • that's how we give.
  • 00:21:22.160 --> 00:21:24.110
  • What a great reminder,
  • 00:21:24.120 --> 00:21:26.180
  • and God tells us that in all of this,
  • 00:21:26.190 --> 00:21:30.060
  • we can find joy and contentment every day.
  • 00:21:30.070 --> 00:21:35.090
  • Contentment can be ours
  • 00:21:35.100 --> 00:21:37.030
  • in the place where God has put us.
  • 00:21:37.040 --> 00:21:40.180
  • It's always the result
  • 00:21:40.190 --> 00:21:41.280
  • of the power of God that strengthens us,
  • 00:21:41.290 --> 00:21:44.270
  • it's usually bolstered
  • 00:21:44.280 --> 00:21:46.070
  • by the people of God who support us,
  • 00:21:46.080 --> 00:21:48.240
  • and it's guaranteed
  • 00:21:48.250 --> 00:21:50.040
  • by the promise of God that sustains us.
  • 00:21:50.050 --> 00:21:53.280
  • Contentment is knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior,
  • 00:21:53.290 --> 00:21:56.280
  • knowing that all is well,
  • 00:21:56.290 --> 00:21:58.220
  • that you have everything you need.
  • 00:21:58.230 --> 00:22:03.050
  • A bishop of the early church
  • 00:22:03.060 --> 00:22:05.210
  • was a remarkable example of contentment
  • 00:22:05.220 --> 00:22:08.040
  • was asked his secret,
  • 00:22:08.050 --> 00:22:09.180
  • and the venerable old man said this:
  • 00:22:09.190 --> 00:22:13.020
  • "My secret consists of nothing more
  • 00:22:13.030 --> 00:22:15.060
  • than making the right use of my eyes.
  • 00:22:15.070 --> 00:22:18.170
  • In whatever state I am, I first of all look up to heaven
  • 00:22:18.180 --> 00:22:21.280
  • and remember that my principle business here
  • 00:22:21.290 --> 00:22:26.100
  • is to get there.
  • 00:22:26.110 --> 00:22:28.260
  • Then I look down upon the earth and call to mind
  • 00:22:28.270 --> 00:22:31.260
  • how small a place I shall occupy in it
  • 00:22:31.270 --> 00:22:34.120
  • when I die and I am buried.
  • 00:22:34.130 --> 00:22:38.260
  • And then I look around in the world,
  • 00:22:38.270 --> 00:22:40.120
  • and I observe how many there are
  • 00:22:40.130 --> 00:22:42.080
  • who are so much more unfortunate than myself.
  • 00:22:42.090 --> 00:22:46.210
  • Thus, I learned where true happiness is placed,
  • 00:22:46.220 --> 00:22:49.220
  • where all our cares must end,
  • 00:22:49.230 --> 00:22:52.000
  • and what little reason I have to complain.
  • 00:22:52.010 --> 00:22:55.090
  • I look up to heaven and I know that's where I'm headed."
  • 00:22:55.100 --> 00:22:58.100
  • Does it get any better than that?
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  • I don't think so.
  • 00:22:59.210 --> 00:23:01.210
  • The Bible says if you want hope,
  • 00:23:01.220 --> 00:23:03.220
  • you'll find it in the resurrection.
  • 00:23:03.230 --> 00:23:05.250
  • If you're looking for peace,
  • 00:23:05.260 --> 00:23:07.050
  • it's in the shed blood of Christ.
  • 00:23:07.060 --> 00:23:08.150
  • If you want joy,
  • 00:23:08.160 --> 00:23:09.250
  • it's in the joy of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:23:09.260 --> 00:23:11.160
  • If you want power,
  • 00:23:11.170 --> 00:23:12.260
  • you will one day rule with him forever.
  • 00:23:12.270 --> 00:23:15.140
  • If you're hungry, he's the bread of life.
  • 00:23:15.150 --> 00:23:17.160
  • If you're thirsty, he's the living water.
  • 00:23:17.170 --> 00:23:19.060
  • If you're naked,
  • 00:23:19.070 --> 00:23:20.160
  • he covers you with his righteousness.
  • 00:23:20.170 --> 00:23:22.260
  • If you're looking for health, he's the Great Physician.
  • 00:23:22.270 --> 00:23:25.130
  • If you want knowledge, he holds it in his hand.
  • 00:23:25.140 --> 00:23:27.150
  • If you're looking for rest,
  • 00:23:27.160 --> 00:23:28.250
  • he's the one who said, "Come unto me,
  • 00:23:28.260 --> 00:23:31.020
  • all ye who are weary and heavy laden,
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  • and I will give you rest."
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  • You want contentment, you got to get Jesus.
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  • If you don't get Jesus, you can't get contentment.
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  • You can have moments of it here and there.
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  • When you know Jesus and you love him
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  • and you serve him and you trust him,
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  • he is everything that you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Each of us has just one life to live.
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  • Our life should count.
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  • It should matter.
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  • It should have purpose
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  • and, frankly, it should be amazing.
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  • male announcer: Coming next time here on "Turning Point,"
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah presents an inspiring series
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  • that will change the way you live.
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  • In "A Life beyond Amazing:
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  • 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today,"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah reveals how we can overcome
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  • the disarray, defeat, and discouragement
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  • so common in today's world;
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  • and instead live a life of fulfillment,
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  • a life beyond amazing.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The life beyond amazing is the kind of life
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  • that will get you up early in the morning
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  • and keep you up late at night
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  • if you really get your arms around it.
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  • Jesus Christ didn't just die
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  • for us to live in eternity with his Father,
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  • he died so that we would have an abundant life on this Earth.
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  • announcer: You'll learn to claim
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  • the vibrant and victorious life God has for you
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  • as Dr. Jeremiah challenges you
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  • to make nine crucial decisions straight from God's Word.
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  • Join Dr. Jeremiah for the amazing conversation
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  • with four noteworthy Christians:
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  • Pastor and author Bobby Schuller,
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  • Christian music artist Mandisa,
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  • Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green,
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  • and NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins;
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  • all of whom exemplify a life beyond amazing.
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  • Discover more about what it means
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  • to live a life beyond amazing
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  • when Sheila Walsh interviews Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • during which he candidly shares
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  • how to live a faithful and fulfilled life,
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  • especially in light of today's world and culture.
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  • And, as always, study along
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  • as Dr. Jeremiah teaches straight from Scripture,
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  • explaining how nine decisions rooted in the Holy Spirit
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  • can transform us, empower us,
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  • and deliver a life beyond amazing.
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  • Claim the life God wants for you.
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  • Be with us as Dr. Jeremiah presents "A Life beyond Amazing:
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  • 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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