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November 28, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • on "Turning Point."
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message, The Joy Of Victory.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Here in this section,
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  • Paul is gonna let us in on the secret.
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  • He's gonna tell us what it takes to win, what it takes to
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  • reach the goal, the goal that he had in his heart.
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  • As he looks over his shoulder, Paul is gonna tell us how
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  • he appraised the past.
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  • As he looks forward to the future,
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  • he's gonna help us understand his lofty goals.
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  • And as he moves back to the present, he'll help us
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  • with a strategy that, not only worked for him,
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  • but will work for any of us who will apply it to our lives.
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  • Let's begin with his liabilities of the past.
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  • In verse 7 and 8 he says this about what his life used to be.
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  • He said, "What things were gain to me,
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  • these I have counted loss for Christ.
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  • Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence
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  • of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have
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  • suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish."
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  • I don't know about you, but that's what happens to a lot of
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  • people when they come to Christ.
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  • All the things they made fun of and didn't want anything to do
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  • with, now become so precious to them.
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  • And all the things they thought were worthy of their time,
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  • and money, and experience,
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  • they no longer had any interest in them at all.
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  • When Jesus Christ comes to live within your heart, he doesn't
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  • just forgive you of your sin.
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  • The Bible says old things begin to pass away,
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  • and all things become new.
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  • That's what happened to Paul.
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  • It all changed one day when he was confronted by the Savior.
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  • As Paul evaluated his life, remembering that day on the road
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  • to Damascus, he used a word that is really interesting.
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  • He said that everything that he had before
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  • that that he thought was worthy, all of his gains,
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  • all of that now had become loss to him.
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  • And the word that he uses for "loss" from the language
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  • of the New Testament is an amazing word.
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  • It's only used twice in all the Bible here and in Acts 27.
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  • Paul said that, "When I became a Christian, everything that
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  • I thought was good before, I realized was not important.
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  • It was loss."
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  • The word in the Greek language was used in Acts 27
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  • of a very interesting moment in Paul's life.
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  • If you read the 27th chapter of Acts, you will discover
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  • that it records the story of a shipwreck,
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  • which Paul participated in. He was aboard the ship.
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  • And the story pictures how this ship was on its way for Italy
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  • and it was loaded with cargo. This was their gain.
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  • This was their way of doing business.
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  • They had wheat and other things aboard the ship.
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  • On the way to Italy, the ship hit a terrible storm,
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  • and the captain of the ship knew if he didn't offload the cargo,
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  • the passengers wouldn't live.
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  • The ship was broken apart, they offloaded the cargo.
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  • The passengers were able to make it and no one was lost, but
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  • the whole concept of taking all that was gain on that ship
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  • and in offloading it so that the passengers
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  • could be saved is the word that Paul uses here in this text.
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  • What he's saying is, "When I became a Christian,
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  • all the cargo that I thought was so good for me,
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  • I had to offload that.
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  • I had to get rid of it, so that I could become a Christian."
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  • Jesus said it this way.
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  • He said, "Whoever desires to save his life will lose it,
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  • but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
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  • For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world,
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  • and loses his own soul?
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  • Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"
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  • How many of you know that when you meet Christ,
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  • you get a whole new set of values?
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  • You get a whole new set of things, a whole new set of
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  • loves, and a whole new set of stuff that doesn't matter to you
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  • all that much anymore.
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  • That's what happens when Jesus Christ comes into your life.
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  • So, he looked at his past, he has a good understanding
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  • of his past.
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  • Now he's gonna talk about the possibilities of the future.
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  • Notice in verse 8 Paul says, "I do all of this.
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  • I see all of this.
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  • I understand this because I have some new goals.
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  • My new goals are that I may gain Christ and be found in Him,
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  • not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that
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  • which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which
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  • is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His
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  • resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings,
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  • being conformed to His death, if, by any means,
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  • I may attain to the resurrection from the dead."
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  • When Paul said he wanted to gain Christ, he is helping us
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  • understand that his new goal in life, which should be our goal,
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  • as Christians, this is how we should think.
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  • This is what we should be looking at.
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  • Now that Jesus Christ has dealt with our sin
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  • and we are in the family of God,
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  • our goal should be the goals that Paul set out here.
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  • First of all, he said that in his own life as he looked to
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  • the future, the one thing that he wanted to do more than
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  • anything else was to know the person of Jesus Christ.
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  • Many who consider themselves Christians have a knowledge
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  • of Christ, but it's just a head knowledge.
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  • The knowledge Paul is talking about here it goes deeper.
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  • It's the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ.
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  • In verse 3 of John 17, this is the Lord's Prayer for us.
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  • "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only
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  • true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
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  • This is the prayer Paul prayed for the Ephesians believers
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  • in Ephesians chapter 1.
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  • He said, "That you may know what is the exceeding greatness of
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  • His power toward us who believe, according to the working of
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  • His mighty power, which he worked in Christ
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  • when He raised him from the dead."
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  • The knowledge of the person of Jesus Christ is what sets
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  • Christianity apart from all the other religions.
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  • A relationship with Jesus Christ is the key ingredient that makes
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  • Christianity different than any religion
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  • you have ever heard about.
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  • It's not enough for us just to know about a leader and
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  • subscribe to his agenda but when you become a Christian,
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  • you enter into a relationship with the living Son of God
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  • and you deepen that relationship.
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  • Paul said, "My goal is to know Jesus better."
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  • That's a wonderful goal to have in your life this year,
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  • "I want to get to know Jesus better."
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  • Then he said, "I want to know the power of Christ,
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  • and the power of his resurrection."
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  • As believers, we have known the power of Christ when he saved
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  • us, but Paul tells us that as we walk the Christian life,
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  • that power, that resurrection power that brought Jesus out
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  • of the grave right through the grave clothes and brought him
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  • back out alive and the same person he was before but
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  • with his glorified body, that kind of resurrection power,
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  • says the Scripture we have available to us.
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  • And I have to ask myself, and I'm sure you ask yourself,
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  • "Have I ever accessed that power?
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  • Have I ever in my life been at a place where there was no hope,
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  • but the power of God broke through?
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  • Have I ever had anything in my life that can only
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  • be explained because of God?"
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  • Paul wanted to see this in his life.
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  • He didn't want to just live a normal, natural Christian life.
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  • He wanted to live a supernatural life.
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  • He wanted to live a life that the power of God that was
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  • resident in the resurrection became his own personal power.
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  • Read his story and see if he didn't see
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  • that happen along the way.
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  • And then he said not only did he want to know the person of
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  • Christ and the power of Christ, he wanted to know the passion
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  • of Christ and the fellowship of his sufferings being conformed
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  • to his death.
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  • This is heavy stuff.
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  • This is not low hanging fruit.
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  • This is like I need to get up on the ladder and grab hold of this
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  • because the imprisoned apostle is actually praying for the
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  • opportunity of identifying with Christ in his suffering.
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  • The suffering that we go through is to bring us into the realm of
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  • the suffering of the Lord Jesus, as he went through his passion
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  • on the cross, his death, his burial, his resurrection.
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  • Peter wrote this about suffering to his readers, he said, "For
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  • to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us,
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  • leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps," hmm?
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  • And did you ever stop and think about what
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  • the Lord Jesus said about all this?
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  • He said, "Blessed are those who are persecuted
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  • for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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  • Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all
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  • kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
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  • Rejoice and be exceedingly glad,
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  • for great is your reward in heaven,
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  • for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
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  • Paul wrote in verse 29 of chapter 1 of this very epistle,
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  • "For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ,
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  • not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake."
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  • I don't know if you need it now, I don't know if you need that
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  • now but sometime you're gonna need it
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  • because it's just a part of life.
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  • Suffering isn't wasted activity.
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  • According to the New Testament, there is a tremendous advantage
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  • that comes to us when we suffer because Jesus Christ
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  • suffered for us.
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  • Romans 8:17 puts it this way, "If we suffer with him, we also
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  • will be glorified together."
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  • Paul wanted to know the person of Christ, the power of Christ,
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  • and the passion of Christ.
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  • One more, this was a little bit obscure in the text,
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  • but this is what the text says, "If by any means I may attain
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  • to the resurrection from the dead."
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  • Well, Paul's already attained to the resurrection from the dead
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  • through salvation.
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  • But the word "resurrection" here is an interesting word for
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  • resurrection, it actually means that, "I may attain to the out
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  • resurrection from the dead," and it's a veiled expression talking
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  • about the time when Jesus Christ comes back at the Rapture.
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  • When the dead in Christ shall rise at the time of the Rapture,
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  • the next event is the rewarding of the saints at the judgment
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  • seat of Christ.
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  • And Paul is speaking of that moment and he's saying,
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  • "one day I'm gonna stand before the Lord after the resurrection
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  • in heaven, and he's going to give out these trophies,
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  • and I don't want to be empty handed."
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  • How many of you know that when we get to heaven, the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ at the judgment seat of Christ, is gonna give
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  • rewards for those who have run the race as Christians?
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  • Not about salvation, this is about how we have
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  • lived as believers.
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  • And Paul says, "I don't want to be left out at that moment."
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  • You say, "Well, that's gonna be hard, all these Christians
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  • running around heaven with their trophies in their hands."
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  • No, that one last.
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  • The Bible says when we get these trophies, we're gonna catch them
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  • at the feet of Jesus.
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  • Oh, well, then it's not so important.
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  • Oh, yes, it is.
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  • I don't want to be left out of that ceremony.
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  • I don't want to be standing in the back watching everybody else
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  • as they worship the Lord with the trophies that were theirs
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  • because of their walk.
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  • You see, Paul has this all hinged together in his view of
  • 00:13:45.220 --> 00:13:48.060
  • the future, to know Christ, to know his power, to know more
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  • about his suffering, ultimately, to stand with him in glory at
  • 00:13:52.080 --> 00:13:55.220
  • the time of reward.
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  • Paul's vision for his life has jumped over everything
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  • and landed in eternity.
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  • And you say, "Well, that's not very good.
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  • What is he gonna do with the rest of his life?"
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  • That's a good question because that brings us to the third
  • 00:14:09.210 --> 00:14:13.210
  • major point in this text.
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  • Here are the responsibilities of the present.
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  • Listen carefully, "Not that I have already attained, or am
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  • already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that
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  • for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
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  • Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one
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  • thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and
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  • reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
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  • I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
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  • in Christ Jesus."
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  • I don't know what you say about that paragraph,
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  • but let me tell you what it is, it's aspirational.
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  • It's a guy who's got a whole lot of juice left in his veins.
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  • He's at the end of his life, and he writes this statement, which
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  • would be ambitious if you were just starting out in your 20s.
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  • He's lived this life.
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  • He's written these epistles.
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  • He spent time in jail.
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  • He's traveled the world.
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  • He's been the spokesman for Christianity.
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  • Is he satisfied with where he is?
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  • Absolutely not. Look at these words.
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  • This paragraph maybe has more athletic terminology
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  • in it than any other paragraph in the Bible.
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  • Let me point them out to you.
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  • Here is his breakdown of this.
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  • First of all, he says, "If you're going to live a life
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  • that's worthy of the calling to which you have been called, and
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  • will put you in the right place when you stand before the Lord,
  • 00:15:35.100 --> 00:15:38.030
  • number one, you have to develop the discipline to focus."
  • 00:15:38.040 --> 00:15:41.160
  • Verse 12, "Not that I have already attained or I'm already
  • 00:15:41.170 --> 00:15:45.080
  • perfect, but I press on that I may lay hold of that
  • 00:15:45.090 --> 00:15:48.230
  • for which Christ Jesus has laid hold of me."
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  • Paul is clear eyed about what he's supposed to be doing.
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  • He's not in doubt.
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  • He's got it focused.
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  • In the athletic world, the name of the game is concentration.
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  • If the athlete cannot concentrate, if he cannot teach
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  • himself to focus, he will not be able to compete.
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  • Players talk about being in a zone where their concentration
  • 00:16:11.030 --> 00:16:15.020
  • is so intense that it blocks out the rest of the world.
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  • They don't hear the crowd noises.
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  • They don't feel the pain of injury.
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  • They're focused and that same kind of concentration
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  • is a requirement for those who would gain Christ.
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  • We can't allow other things to divert us from this goal.
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  • We must not run on certainly.
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  • Our language must be that of the psalmist who wrote,
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  • "Whom have I in heaven but You?
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  • And there is none upon earth that I desire beside You."
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  • See, the problem with us isn't that
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  • we don't want to know Christ.
  • 00:16:46.130 --> 00:16:48.260
  • The problem isn't that we don't want to be rewarded when we--
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  • we all want that.
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  • But it never quite seems to get to many of us that
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  • if that's gonna be true, there's a different kind of
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  • way to live than the way we live.
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  • Our lives are so filled with so much activity,
  • 00:17:02.170 --> 00:17:04.180
  • so much stuff going on, children, grandchildren,
  • 00:17:04.190 --> 00:17:07.130
  • all kinds of sports events, all of this.
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  • So, what happens?
  • 00:17:11.060 --> 00:17:12.160
  • Let's be honest, what happens is our spiritual goals kind of
  • 00:17:12.170 --> 00:17:15.110
  • just get pushed off the table.
  • 00:17:15.120 --> 00:17:18.040
  • And so, we come to church every week and thank God for that
  • 00:17:18.050 --> 00:17:20.160
  • 'cause that's important, but how many you know you can't live
  • 00:17:20.170 --> 00:17:23.070
  • the kind of life Paul's talking about off of what you can get
  • 00:17:23.080 --> 00:17:26.000
  • in a one-hour service on Sunday?
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  • Paul's talking about a different way to live, a different way to
  • 00:17:28.270 --> 00:17:31.250
  • think, a different way to focus, a different way to prioritize
  • 00:17:31.260 --> 00:17:35.060
  • the things in our lives.
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  • Such concentration doesn't come naturally.
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  • It has to be developed through training and effort.
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  • And when we focus our lives like this, then the routine work of
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  • each day, the moments we spend in relaxation, even the trials
  • 00:17:47.070 --> 00:17:51.100
  • and sufferings we experience,
  • 00:17:51.110 --> 00:17:53.180
  • all of them seem to fit into the picture.
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  • Here's maybe the most important thing about
  • 00:17:57.000 --> 00:17:58.250
  • our current strategy.
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  • This one we'll all resonate with.
  • 00:18:00.220 --> 00:18:02.070
  • This is in reach of every one of us.
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  • Not only do we need develop the discipline to focus,
  • 00:18:04.210 --> 00:18:07.200
  • but we need to develop the discipline to forget.
  • 00:18:07.210 --> 00:18:10.260
  • Verse 13, "Brethren, I do not count myself to have
  • 00:18:12.270 --> 00:18:15.270
  • apprehended; but one thing I do,
  • 00:18:15.280 --> 00:18:19.130
  • forgetting those things which are behind."
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  • Let's just stop for a moment.
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  • How many of you know that for a lot of people who call
  • 00:18:24.290 --> 00:18:27.140
  • themselves followers of Christ, they want to go forward,
  • 00:18:27.150 --> 00:18:31.100
  • but they're still living in the past?
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  • They can't get over the things of the past that have
  • 00:18:33.230 --> 00:18:36.200
  • so messed up their lives.
  • 00:18:36.210 --> 00:18:38.030
  • They became Christians, but how many of you know the enemy
  • 00:18:38.040 --> 00:18:40.250
  • of your soul wants to keep reminding you of every failure
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:43.180
  • you've ever had in your life.
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  • He wants to keep bringing it up.
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  • He wants to keep reminding you every time you try to do
  • 00:18:47.050 --> 00:18:49.160
  • something for God, he flashes it across the screen of your mind,
  • 00:18:49.170 --> 00:18:53.150
  • almost to intimidate you and say you're not worthy.
  • 00:18:53.160 --> 00:18:56.280
  • Here's what Paul said, "I'm doing one thing,
  • 00:18:56.290 --> 00:18:59.190
  • I'm forgetting the past."
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  • What did you have to forget? Well, let's stop for a moment.
  • 00:19:02.000 --> 00:19:05.050
  • He had a few things to forget that, I mean, I don't think I
  • 00:19:05.060 --> 00:19:08.270
  • would have want to go and preach and be reminded,
  • 00:19:08.280 --> 00:19:11.040
  • as I was going to the pulpit, of all the Christians
  • 00:19:11.050 --> 00:19:13.080
  • I'd put in jail before I was a Christian.
  • 00:19:13.090 --> 00:19:16.290
  • You're getting up to give a testimony and the enemy flashes
  • 00:19:17.000 --> 00:19:19.210
  • across your mind that you were standing at the feet of those
  • 00:19:19.220 --> 00:19:22.270
  • people who were stoning Stephen
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  • and you were holding their coats.
  • 00:19:24.150 --> 00:19:26.150
  • As you see how passionate Paul was as a preacher, you have
  • 00:19:28.140 --> 00:19:32.260
  • to understand he was exactly that passionate as a persecutor.
  • 00:19:32.270 --> 00:19:37.050
  • As good as he was as a preacher,
  • 00:19:37.060 --> 00:19:38.180
  • he was that good as a persecutor.
  • 00:19:38.190 --> 00:19:41.030
  • As good as he was at bringing hope and love to people,
  • 00:19:41.040 --> 00:19:45.010
  • he was that good at bringing harm and hurt to people.
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  • And all of that was in his memory bank, and all of that
  • 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:52.000
  • could have destroyed him, just like the things that we've done
  • 00:19:52.010 --> 00:19:54.210
  • in our past that we've been forgiven of them, but they
  • 00:19:54.220 --> 00:19:59.210
  • haven't been erased from our memory bank.
  • 00:19:59.220 --> 00:20:02.110
  • So, the enemy, if we're not careful,
  • 00:20:02.120 --> 00:20:04.020
  • grabs hold of those things.
  • 00:20:04.030 --> 00:20:05.160
  • And when we're trying to go forward with Christ,
  • 00:20:05.170 --> 00:20:07.210
  • when we're trying to win this race, he brings them all back
  • 00:20:07.220 --> 00:20:12.170
  • and they intimidate us and make it hard for us to go forward.
  • 00:20:12.180 --> 00:20:17.010
  • Let me tell you something, you have to come to the place like
  • 00:20:17.020 --> 00:20:19.090
  • Paul, where you make a conscious effort to say, "That's it.
  • 00:20:19.100 --> 00:20:23.050
  • I'm drawing a line in the sand. That stuff is past.
  • 00:20:23.060 --> 00:20:25.270
  • It's under the blood, it's forgiven.
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  • God has said he's no longer holding me accountable.
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  • If God can forget it by his grace, I'm gonna forget it.
  • 00:20:30.270 --> 00:20:33.280
  • Devil, you can't have my past, it's over."
  • 00:20:33.290 --> 00:20:38.040
  • Unless we do that, we will always be,
  • 00:20:38.050 --> 00:20:42.160
  • always be feeling defeated when we want to be victorious.
  • 00:20:42.170 --> 00:20:48.180
  • Let me tell you one other thing Paul had to forget.
  • 00:20:48.190 --> 00:20:50.110
  • He not only had to forget his failures,
  • 00:20:50.120 --> 00:20:52.100
  • he had to forget his successes. Remember that list.
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  • He was a Hebrew of Hebrews of the stock of Israel.
  • 00:20:55.170 --> 00:20:58.220
  • He was a persecutor of the church, all those things that,
  • 00:20:58.230 --> 00:21:02.050
  • according to his old life, would hold him up to
  • 00:21:02.060 --> 00:21:05.140
  • a high level of achievement. Those things were worthless
  • 00:21:05.150 --> 00:21:08.280
  • and Paul said it right in this passage.
  • 00:21:08.290 --> 00:21:10.130
  • "What things were gain to me,
  • 00:21:10.140 --> 00:21:12.140
  • those things I had to count loss."
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  • He forgot his failures and he forgot his successes.
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  • God wants us to be able to come to him with no baggage.
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  • He died on the cross to get rid of the baggage.
  • 00:21:23.220 --> 00:21:27.070
  • Now, we stand just compliant and ready to go forward.
  • 00:21:27.080 --> 00:21:31.040
  • That's what Paul is talking about.
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  • Don't get caught up in the things that have already
  • 00:21:33.230 --> 00:21:35.260
  • happened, over which you have no control.
  • 00:21:35.270 --> 00:21:39.010
  • Don't even get so caught up in the future
  • 00:21:39.020 --> 00:21:41.040
  • that you haven't yet experienced.
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  • Live in the present every day knowing that God is with you.
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  • He's forgiven you. He's got a plan for your life.
  • 00:21:46.090 --> 00:21:49.010
  • If you will walk with him every day, you can know
  • 00:21:49.020 --> 00:21:52.280
  • what the Apostle Paul is talking about has victory.
  • 00:21:52.290 --> 00:21:56.050
  • Well, we develop the discipline to focus
  • 00:21:58.050 --> 00:22:00.180
  • and the discipline to forget.
  • 00:22:00.190 --> 00:22:02.190
  • The final one is you have to develop
  • 00:22:02.200 --> 00:22:04.060
  • the discipline to follow.
  • 00:22:04.070 --> 00:22:06.080
  • Verses 13 and 14 have three athletic phrases in the verse,
  • 00:22:06.090 --> 00:22:12.020
  • the word "apprehended," the word "reaching forward,"
  • 00:22:12.030 --> 00:22:14.120
  • and the words "pressing toward."
  • 00:22:14.130 --> 00:22:17.070
  • Paul's desire is presented in these words as a foot race.
  • 00:22:17.080 --> 00:22:21.170
  • First, reaching forward refers to a race that you're in
  • 00:22:21.180 --> 00:22:25.170
  • and you're stretching forward to win the race.
  • 00:22:25.180 --> 00:22:29.030
  • And then the word "apprehended" is another word
  • 00:22:29.040 --> 00:22:31.190
  • which means to complete.
  • 00:22:31.200 --> 00:22:33.250
  • Paul said, "Here I am at the zenith of my life.
  • 00:22:33.260 --> 00:22:37.130
  • All these things that I have done, all these churches I have
  • 00:22:37.140 --> 00:22:40.070
  • founded, all these epistles that I've written, all of these
  • 00:22:40.080 --> 00:22:43.070
  • people that have come to Christ, all these attributes
  • 00:22:43.080 --> 00:22:46.020
  • that I've stood before," and here's what he's saying,
  • 00:22:46.030 --> 00:22:48.180
  • "I don't consider myself to have arrived.
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  • I'm not there yet."
  • 00:22:51.090 --> 00:22:52.260
  • Instead of being proud of what he had accomplished in his life,
  • 00:22:52.270 --> 00:22:55.210
  • he's still on the hunt.
  • 00:22:55.220 --> 00:22:57.090
  • He's still hungry. He's still humble.
  • 00:22:57.100 --> 00:22:59.080
  • Listen to me, Paul took his spiritual growth seriously.
  • 00:22:59.090 --> 00:23:04.120
  • He didn't use it as something,
  • 00:23:04.130 --> 00:23:05.260
  • "If I get around to it, I'm gonna try to develop
  • 00:23:05.270 --> 00:23:08.050
  • my spiritual life a little bit this week."
  • 00:23:08.060 --> 00:23:10.060
  • It was his focus.
  • 00:23:10.070 --> 00:23:11.230
  • It was his drive.
  • 00:23:11.240 --> 00:23:13.140
  • It was the thing that meant more to him than anything
  • 00:23:13.150 --> 00:23:16.030
  • else he ever did.
  • 00:23:16.040 --> 00:23:19.050
  • He was looking for a prize, the crown of righteousness,
  • 00:23:19.060 --> 00:23:22.280
  • which God gives to those who walked with him.
  • 00:23:22.290 --> 00:23:26.040
  • You know, I feel so honored that even talk about this.
  • 00:23:26.050 --> 00:23:29.230
  • I'm so far out of the league of Paul, I only can tell you about
  • 00:23:29.240 --> 00:23:35.020
  • him with admiration.
  • 00:23:35.030 --> 00:23:38.040
  • But my goal, and my heart, and my vision, and my drive is
  • 00:23:38.050 --> 00:23:43.150
  • to follow the pattern that he has sent for us so that I can
  • 00:23:43.160 --> 00:23:48.150
  • be more like Christ and serve him with my heart.
  • 00:23:48.160 --> 00:23:52.290
  • You say, "Well, Pastor Jeremiah, I'm not even there, man.
  • 00:23:53.000 --> 00:23:55.050
  • I'm a Christian. I know I'm going to heaven.
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  • That's good enough for me."
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  • All right, if that's good enough for you, fine,
  • 00:23:59.290 --> 00:24:01.220
  • but don't expect the joy of the Lord in your life
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  • 'cause that's not how you get it.
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  • The Lord Jesus Christ didn't just come to this earth and die
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  • on the cross so he could forgive your sins and let you go on
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  • living like you always did, and then somehow jerk you into
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  • heaven at the last minute as a second thought.
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  • He saved you so that you would become like him.
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  • He saved me, so that every day that I live, I grow in my faith
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  • and develop the qualities that are in the Scripture
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  • that describe Christians.
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  • Let's don't give up on ourselves.
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  • Let's don't just mail it in.
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  • Let's don't just show up on Sunday and go to church and say,
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  • "Oh, well, that's enough spirituality for me.
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  • See you next week, Pastor."
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  • Let's get serious about it, that's what this is about.
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  • If nothing else comes out of it, it's this, if you want to know
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  • Christ, if you want to grow in Christ, get serious about it.
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  • Carve out some time to make it happen and then you can know
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  • the victory that Paul is talking about.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you want to stay on course and keep growing
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  • and keep moving toward the goal,
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  • don't lose sight of what the goal is.
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  • We're going to have heaven someday,
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  • we're gonna be with the Lord someday.
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  • Our anticipation is glory.
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  • It's not this earth, it's something heavenly.
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  • The Joy Of Maturity, here on "Turning Point."
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