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November 19, 2020
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Learn about the roadblocks; roadmaps; and results for a Christian life that’s beyond amazing.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Eachof us has just one life to live.
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  • Our life should count.
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  • It should matter.
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  • It should have purpose and,frankly, it should be amazing.
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  • But as I look around me, Isee lives lived in disarray,
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  • in defeat, and discouragement.
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  • I've been deeply burdened aboutthis because, you see,
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  • an unfulfilled lifeis just no way to exist.
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  • And from what I read in theScripture, God promises us
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  • a life of blessings beyond ourcomprehension, literally a life
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  • beyond amazing.
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  • So I asked a few friendsof mine, friends who I believe
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  • demonstrate a life beyondamazing, to sit down together
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  • with me and discusswhat it takes to live a vibrant
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  • and victorious life.
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  • We gathered together for a mealin San Diego and what
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  • you're about to see is a partof our amazing conversation.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I wanna thankyou for joining me today
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  • for this amazing discussion.
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  • Somebody asked me one day,"Well, since we live
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  • in this kind of time,what should we be focusing on?"
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  • And everybody wants to know whatto do, and I think God cares
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  • more about who we are,what kind of people we are.
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  • There's a bridge between whenyou become a Christian and when
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  • you go to heaven, and it shouldbe making a difference
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  • in our lives.
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  • And in this discussion today,we're gonna look at some
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  • of those characteristics and askourselves is there something
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  • we should be doing to move thisalong because the fact is that
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  • the Holy Spirit gives us thesequalities, they're gifts,
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  • but what most peopledon't understand,
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  • you've gotta open a gift.
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  • You've gotta receive it.You've gotta put it to work.
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  • And the Bible doesn't have anyproblem helping us understand
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  • that while the Holy Spiritis giving us all these gifts,
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  • we are commandedto put them into operation.
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  • You all know the Scripture whereit says, "Jesus came that we
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  • might have life, and that wemight have it more abundantly."
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  • Most Christians I know hearthat and they think
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  • that it's talking about heaven.
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  • But Jesus wasn't talkingabout heaven.
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  • He's talking about life now.
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  • So here's my question.
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  • Do you think most Christianstoday are living a life
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  • beyond amazing?
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  • Mandisa: Abundantly, for me,when I think about living life
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  • fully in relationship with theLord and walking with the
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  • authority that I know that he'sgiven me, I think very few of us
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  • are doing that but I thinkit's because it's hard to do
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  • something that you've not seenpatterned for you so I feel
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  • like, hopefully, this discussionwill maybe give a pattern.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: A lot of theChristian language that we hear
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  • today is a discussion of thingsthat people know about
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  • but they don't live it.
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  • Do we all here at this tableagree that it's possible
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  • that we could live that life?
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  • I mean, 'cause if we don't agreethat, we should just eat our
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  • dinner and go home, you know?
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  • David Green: To me,an abundant life with Jesus is
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  • all about following after him.
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  • I think that's when we seeabundant life, is when we follow
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  • after him and try to walkwith him as close as we can.
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  • Not that I've always done that,but I see that that's when we
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  • can live that abundant life.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: And you knowthat translates into the kind of
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  • life that the Bible talks about.
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  • Kirk, I know enough aboutthe athletic world to know
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  • that there's a fine line betweenliving your faith on the field
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  • and being the person everybodywatches, and the abundant life
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  • is possible even in the NFL?
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  • Kirk Cousins:Sure, absolutely.
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  • I think that through the NFL,you know, the Lord is certainly
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  • teaching me a lot.
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  • And so it's required great faithand I get on the bus every game
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  • wondering, you know,if something happens today what
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  • does that mean for my future,what does that mean
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  • for my security?
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  • And the Lord's teaching me,"Kirk, your security's not
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  • in a contract.
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  • Your security'snot in touchdown passes.
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  • Your security's in me.
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  • Just trust me."
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  • And so the Lord has used the NFL
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  • to take me on a faith lessonand, as a result, I come out
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  • looking back, saying,"What an abundant life
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  • he's allowed me to live."
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  • Doesn't mean it was easy,doesn't mean it was always what
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  • I wanted, but it's beenan adventure, it's been
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  • a worthwhile adventure,and hearing and responding
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  • to the voice of God, as Davidmentioned, as you have said,
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  • is a key part to living thatabundant life.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Right, amen.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Yeah, I thinkwhen you ask are there some
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  • Christians that are leadinga life beyond amazing,
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  • there absolutely are.
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  • And, in fact, I sometimes thinkthey're the only ones
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  • that are doing it.
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  • There's a lot of Christiansthat aren't but I wouldn't be
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  • a believer if I didn't see otherbelievers living amazing lives.
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  • And I think you sort ofhave two messages.
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  • You have the one from the worldthat says, "A life beyond
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  • amazing is if you travel a lotand if you have a lot of fun
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  • experiences or you make tons ofmoney, if you do these things,"
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  • but the believers are saying,"No, there's a life that's
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  • amazing if you follow Jesus' waywhich means serving others,
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  • being generous, bonding deeplywith others, being vulnerable,
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  • letting go of shame, believingin God's love," and there's two
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  • very different messages andthat's why I think one of the
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  • best ways to lead peopleto Christ is to lead the amazing
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  • life Jesus has called us to.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Amen.
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  • Mandisa:Jesus is after a relationship.
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  • It's not just aboutSunday morning participation.
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  • It really is about a life thatyou live every single day
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  • in relationship with the Lord.
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  • And I think it's just so easyfor us to look at the outside,
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  • what we see in our churcheson Sunday mornings, and to think
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  • that that's all there is to it.
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  • I think that we are missingwhat he's really after,
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  • and that's after relationship.
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  • David: We talk about faithbut what is true faith
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  • in God's Word?
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  • And I think when we havethe true faith in God's Word
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  • then we will walk it out.
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  • And I think that hopefullyhappens in our life, that we'll
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  • walk closer to him and realizethat our faith in God
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  • and walking in his ways,that we'll see a different life.
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  • Kirk: You know, the Biblesays in Jeremiah that you will
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  • find me, the Lord says, when
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  • you seek me with all your heart.
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  • When it's not just a Sundaychurch attendance, check
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  • the box, but when you give yourwhole heart and you go all in,
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  • that's when God shows up andso I think that's the challenge
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  • is to live a life wherewe go all in with
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  • God and then watch him show up.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Right, that'sa good experience to have.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As I sat withmy friends and reflected on what
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  • was shared, I was reminded thata life beyond amazing
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  • is the kind of life Godwants us to live.
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  • How nine decisions rootedin the Spirit can transform us,
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  • empower us, and deliver a life,well, beyond amazing.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: What are the signsof a life beyond amazing?
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  • Among them, joy that is notdependent on circumstance,
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  • integrity that settlesfor no exceptions,
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  • and self-disciplinethat stands firm.
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  • But how do you get theminto your life?
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  • It takes a decision; actually,nine decisions each day
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  • to commit these into your heartand actions.
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  • Discover the steps to the lifeof blessings God has for you
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah'sinspiring book,
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing:9 Decisions That Will Transform
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  • Your Life Today."
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  • Order this transformational bookfrom Dr. Jeremiah today when you
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  • give a gift of any amountin support of this program,
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  • and if you give $60 or more,Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • in appreciation,his comprehensive
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing" set.
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  • It contains his book, his entireteaching series on CD or DVD,
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  • a correlating study guide,and the "Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • Scripture cards.
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  • Implement the 9 key decisionsfrom "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • in powerful and practical ways;plus, it includes a DVD
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  • Decide today to start livinga life beyond what you thought
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: What kindof people do we need
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  • to be to live in this culturethat is so messed up and hard to
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  • define and we don't know whereit's going and it always ends up
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  • where we didn't thinkit would be?
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  • We are told thatwhen the Holy Spirit
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  • completely controls the lifeof a believer, this is what
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  • it will look like:the fruit of the Spirit is love,
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  • joy, peace, longsuffering,kindness, goodness,
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  • faithfulness, gentleness,and self-control.
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  • God's description of a manfor all seasons.
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  • So in response to the question,
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  • "What kind of people should webe at such a time in history
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  • as this," here is God's answer.
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  • He calls us to be people of loveand joy and peace.
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  • He wants us to haveendurance in our lives.
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  • He wants us to have compassionfor those who need our help.
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  • We should be peopleof generosity.
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  • This is God's ideal personand, believe it or not,
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  • we can become like that.
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  • We were meant to be like that.
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  • Could I just say it this way?
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  • Christ died so that we could bethat kind of a person.
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  • The Lord Jesus Christ saidin John 10:10, "I have come
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  • that they might have life,and that they might have it
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  • more abundantly."
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  • Sounds like life beyond amazing.
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  • But there are some roadblocksthat we need to get out
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  • of the way if we're gonna getto the place we wanna be.
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  • If there's a gap betweenthe promise of what our Lord
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  • wants us to haveand what we're experiencing,
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  • what is causing it?
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  • What is happening to us thatthis abundant life that Jesus
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  • died for so that we could haveit seems to always be at the end
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  • of our fingers but not quitein our grasp.
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  • And I'd like to suggestto you the three things that
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  • I've thought of in preparationfor this that might help us
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  • understand this a little bit.
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  • First of all, I think for manyof us, we misunderstand
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  • our salvation.
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  • Most Christians todayview salvation strictly
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  • in the past tense.
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  • Salvation is somethingthat has happened to us.
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  • It's history.
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  • Our salvation, according to manyChristians, is a done thing.
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  • But the Bible doesn't viewsalvation like that,
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  • men and women.
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  • The Bible views salvationin three different tenses.
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  • The Bible views salvationlike this.
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  • I have been saved.
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  • If I've trusted Jesus Christ asmy Savior, as many of you have,
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  • you've become a Christian, thenyou can say of yourself, "I have
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  • been saved," and you point tothe day when you trusted Christ.
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  • But the Bible also teachesthat once you're saved,
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  • you continue being saved.
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  • You're saved eternally but it'strue that once you have been
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  • saved, as you go forward in yourlife, you are being saved.
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  • And one day, the Scripture says,you're gonna stand before the
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  • Lord and you're gonna be justlike him and then the Bible says
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  • you will be ultimately saved.
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  • So here's the way that works.
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  • You are saved from your sin,from the very penalty of sin.
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  • During your lifetimeas a Christian, you're gradually
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  • being saved from the powerof sin over your life and
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  • ultimately, one day, praise God,we're all gonna be saved
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  • from the very presence of sin.
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  • There won't even be any sin.
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  • But please hear me.
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  • If you get stuck in the pasttense, you won't be the kind
  • 00:11:44.320 --> 00:11:49.291
  • of person who can have a lifebeyond amazing because salvation
  • 00:11:49.325 --> 00:11:53.996
  • is more than just"I have been saved."
  • 00:11:54.029 --> 00:11:57.066
  • It's "I am being savedand I ultimately will be saved."
  • 00:11:57.099 --> 00:11:59.168
  • That's why Paul saidto the Romans that
  • 00:11:59.201 --> 00:12:03.739
  • "now is our salvation nearerthan when we believed."
  • 00:12:03.773 --> 00:12:07.610
  • What was he talking about?
  • 00:12:07.643 --> 00:12:09.311
  • Not past salvation;that was already done.
  • 00:12:09.345 --> 00:12:11.480
  • Not present salvation;they were all living that.
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  • The salvation of the future whenyou stand before the Lord
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  • and you are made like unto him.
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  • Sometimes we miss what Godwants for us in the Christian
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  • experience because we misapplythe concept of works.
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  • Here's the dilemmathat people have.
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  • I'm supposed to be savedbut it's not by works.
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  • But then I am saved.
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  • Now what do I do?
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  • So let me help you with that.
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  • Two passages of Scripturethat are very clear.
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  • First of all, Ephesians 2:8-9,notice: "For by grace you have
  • 00:12:39.508 --> 00:12:43.646
  • been saved through faith,and that not of yourselves;
  • 00:12:43.679 --> 00:12:47.416
  • it is the gift of God,"now watch this, "not of works,
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  • lest any man should boast."
  • 00:12:50.152 --> 00:12:54.290
  • Or try this one.
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  • Paul wrote to Titus, his youngprotégé and he said, "Not by
  • 00:12:55.558 --> 00:12:58.227
  • works of righteousness which wehave done, but according to his
  • 00:12:58.260 --> 00:13:01.664
  • mercy he saved us, through thewashing of regeneration and the
  • 00:13:01.697 --> 00:13:05.367
  • renewing of the Holy Spirit."
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  • Paul, in both of these passages,reminds us clearly,
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  • indelibly, unconditionally,there is no such thing
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  • as being saved by works.
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  • You can't do enough worksto become a Christian.
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  • You were saved by the graceof God, apart from works.
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  • Everybody got that?
  • 00:13:22.885 --> 00:13:24.220
  • All right, now don't stop herebecause after Ephesians 2:8-9
  • 00:13:24.253 --> 00:13:29.325
  • comes Ephesians 2:10.
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  • Have you read that?
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  • "For we are His workmanship,created in Christ Jesus for good
  • 00:13:33.262 --> 00:13:38.434
  • works, which God preparedbeforehand that
  • 00:13:38.467 --> 00:13:41.804
  • we should walk in them."
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  • Not saved by good worksbut you're saved for good works.
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  • Same thing with Titus chapter 3.
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  • Here's verse 8 and same chapter.
  • 00:13:53.249 --> 00:13:55.184
  • This is even more powerful.
  • 00:13:55.217 --> 00:13:56.752
  • "This is a faithful saying,and these things I want you
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  • to affirm constantly,that those who have believed
  • 00:13:59.021 --> 00:14:01.624
  • in God should be carefulto maintain good works.
  • 00:14:01.657 --> 00:14:06.428
  • These things are goodand profitable to men."
  • 00:14:06.462 --> 00:14:10.132
  • So sometimes, we don't get whatwe should get out of this life
  • 00:14:10.165 --> 00:14:13.469
  • as Christians becausewe misunderstand salvation and
  • 00:14:13.502 --> 00:14:18.107
  • we think it's already over, thateverything has happened.
  • 00:14:18.140 --> 00:14:21.577
  • Sometimes, we don't get it rightbecause we misunderstand
  • 00:14:21.610 --> 00:14:24.146
  • how works are so wonderfullycommanded of us as believers.
  • 00:14:24.179 --> 00:14:28.784
  • And here's the third one, andthis is a little more mysterious
  • 00:14:28.817 --> 00:14:31.186
  • but if you've been around thechurch as long as I have,
  • 00:14:31.220 --> 00:14:33.555
  • you'll get this one in a hurry.
  • 00:14:33.589 --> 00:14:34.590
  • Sometimes, it's mistaken ideaof spirituality.
  • 00:14:34.623 --> 00:14:39.495
  • Here's what I know, menand women, after all these years
  • 00:14:39.528 --> 00:14:42.264
  • of studying this and I wanna bevery clear about this.
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  • The New Testament calls uponChristians to take action.
  • 00:14:44.700 --> 00:14:48.837
  • It does not tell us thatthe work of sanctification
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  • is going to be done for us.
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  • We are in the good fightof faith and we have
  • 00:14:54.610 --> 00:14:57.112
  • to do the fighting.
  • 00:14:57.146 --> 00:14:58.747
  • But thank God we're unable to doit for the moment we believe and
  • 00:14:58.781 --> 00:15:01.417
  • are justified by faith, we'reborn again by the Spirit of God,
  • 00:15:01.450 --> 00:15:04.520
  • we get the ability.
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  • The New Testament methodof sanctification
  • 00:15:06.422 --> 00:15:08.490
  • is to remind us of that.
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  • Now, having been reminded of it,let's go do it.
  • 00:15:09.625 --> 00:15:15.030
  • Now, let me hurry quickly to theroadmap of a life beyond amazing
  • 00:15:15.064 --> 00:15:19.368
  • and I want you, if you haveyour Bibles, to turn to the
  • 00:15:19.401 --> 00:15:21.637
  • 2nd chapter of Philippians.
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  • I love the book of Philippians.
  • 00:15:24.907 --> 00:15:26.208
  • Do you love Philippians?
  • 00:15:26.241 --> 00:15:27.643
  • Yes, what a great book this is.
  • 00:15:27.676 --> 00:15:28.777
  • It seems like it speaksto so many things.
  • 00:15:28.811 --> 00:15:31.947
  • But I'm gonna read to you theseverses and, having explained to
  • 00:15:31.981 --> 00:15:35.017
  • you what I've explained to you,you'll sort of get this now in
  • 00:15:35.050 --> 00:15:36.819
  • the way that I hoped you
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  • would get it.
  • 00:15:38.887 --> 00:15:40.089
  • Philippians 2:12-13: "Therefore,my beloved, as you have always
  • 00:15:40.122 --> 00:15:44.293
  • obeyed, not as in my presenceonly, but now much more in my
  • 00:15:44.326 --> 00:15:48.430
  • absence," listen carefully,"work out your own salvation
  • 00:15:48.464 --> 00:15:54.069
  • with fear and trembling; for itis God who works in you both
  • 00:15:54.103 --> 00:15:58.240
  • to will and to dofor His good pleasure."
  • 00:15:58.273 --> 00:16:03.112
  • And you're gonna say, "Wait aminute, didn't you just tell me
  • 00:16:03.145 --> 00:16:05.014
  • you don't have to workfor your salvation?"
  • 00:16:05.047 --> 00:16:07.416
  • Yes, I did because that'swhat the Bible says
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  • and I'm not contradicting it.
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  • You're justnot reading carefully.
  • 00:16:11.320 --> 00:16:14.556
  • It doesn't say,"Work for your salvation."
  • 00:16:14.590 --> 00:16:17.493
  • It says, "Work outyour salvation."
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  • Some of you are so opposedto work out,
  • 00:16:20.462 --> 00:16:22.498
  • you won't even read that.
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  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:16:24.033 --> 00:16:26.602
  • In that same text,it says, "Work out your own
  • 00:16:26.635 --> 00:16:29.471
  • salvation with fear andtrembling; because
  • 00:16:29.505 --> 00:16:32.041
  • it is God who works in you."
  • 00:16:32.074 --> 00:16:36.011
  • So we're to work outwhat God has worked in.
  • 00:16:36.045 --> 00:16:40.649
  • God has given us these thingsthat we need.
  • 00:16:40.682 --> 00:16:44.620
  • But that doesn't meanwe just sit and hold them.
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  • What is really responsiblefor your Christian walk,
  • 00:16:48.624 --> 00:16:52.161
  • your Christian growth?
  • 00:16:52.194 --> 00:16:53.362
  • Is it just sit back and wait forthe Holy Spirit to zap you?
  • 00:16:53.395 --> 00:16:57.299
  • How many have been zapped?
  • 00:16:57.332 --> 00:17:00.502
  • No, and we wonder,"Why isn't this working."
  • 00:17:00.536 --> 00:17:03.372
  • Well, we're lookingfor the wrong thing.
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  • Each generation of believerscarries on its own debate
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  • over this question.
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  • But here's what Iwant you to know.
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  • The Bible holds the tensionbetween man's role and God's
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  • role in perfect balance.
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  • When you becamea Christian, you got everything
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  • you need for life in godliness.
  • 00:17:22.091 --> 00:17:23.892
  • How many of you believe that?
  • 00:17:23.926 --> 00:17:25.294
  • The Bible says it.
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  • We have to believe it.He said, "God gave us."
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  • What did he do?He put it in us.
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  • Like he puts ore in the earth,he puts these things in us.
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  • Not only that, the Scripturesays he gives us
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  • precious promises.
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  • What is that?That's the Bible, the guidebook.
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  • He gives us everything we need
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  • for a life in godliness and thenon top of that, he gives us
  • 00:17:44.680 --> 00:17:46.748
  • these precious promisesto help us.
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  • Here in Philippians, remember itsays, "Work out your salvation
  • 00:17:49.751 --> 00:17:51.954
  • with fear and trembling;for it's God who works
  • 00:17:51.987 --> 00:17:54.623
  • in you both to will and to doof his good purpose."
  • 00:17:54.656 --> 00:17:56.592
  • What would that look like?
  • 00:17:56.625 --> 00:17:58.794
  • Well, let me just tell youwhat it would look like.
  • 00:17:58.827 --> 00:18:02.297
  • Verse 14 comes next:"Do all things without
  • 00:18:02.331 --> 00:18:06.435
  • complaining and disputing."
  • 00:18:06.468 --> 00:18:09.304
  • That's a good place to start.
  • 00:18:09.338 --> 00:18:10.806
  • How many of you coulduse a little help there?
  • 00:18:10.839 --> 00:18:12.875
  • You probably complained'cause you couldn't find
  • 00:18:12.908 --> 00:18:14.743
  • your parking place this week.
  • 00:18:14.776 --> 00:18:16.745
  • And I know some of youcomplained 'cause somebody
  • 00:18:16.778 --> 00:18:18.580
  • sat in your seat when you cameto church this morning.
  • 00:18:18.614 --> 00:18:21.350
  • So you all need some work,that's what I'm telling you.
  • 00:18:21.383 --> 00:18:24.520
  • The reason why we need to workout what God has worked in
  • 00:18:24.553 --> 00:18:28.090
  • is 'cause it's notall working, amen?
  • 00:18:28.123 --> 00:18:33.262
  • And it goes on to say that whenwe do this, we'll become
  • 00:18:33.295 --> 00:18:36.698
  • blameless and harmless, childrenof God without fault in the
  • 00:18:36.732 --> 00:18:39.368
  • midst of a crooked and perversegeneration, among whom you shine
  • 00:18:39.401 --> 00:18:42.538
  • as lights in this world."
  • 00:18:42.571 --> 00:18:45.107
  • The Bible says that the reasonwe're not making more of an
  • 00:18:45.140 --> 00:18:47.242
  • impact on the world, why we'renot shining as light, is because
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  • we haven't taken seriouslythe opportunity we have to take
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  • the things that God has given usand max them out for his glory
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  • and for our good.
  • 00:18:56.318 --> 00:18:58.887
  • We're not just gonna sitand wait for God to make us
  • 00:18:58.921 --> 00:19:01.557
  • the peoplethat he's called us to be.
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  • The Bible won't allow that.
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  • If you don't know that, there'shundreds of other Scriptures I
  • 00:19:05.694 --> 00:19:08.197
  • could bring to you that call usto put on the new life,
  • 00:19:08.230 --> 00:19:11.833
  • to take off the old life,to walk in holiness.
  • 00:19:11.867 --> 00:19:14.970
  • These are commands.
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  • These are not suggestions.
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  • So what is character?
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  • What will we look likeif we develop
  • 00:19:20.175 --> 00:19:22.010
  • this character in our life?
  • 00:19:22.044 --> 00:19:23.478
  • People of strong characterare usually people
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  • that are very disciplined.
  • 00:19:25.781 --> 00:19:27.549
  • They have fortitude, integrity,ethical strength.
  • 00:19:27.583 --> 00:19:31.053
  • These are attributesthat will distinguish you
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  • from one another.
  • 00:19:33.455 --> 00:19:34.523
  • These are the thingsthat make you shine as a light
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  • in the darkness.
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  • You're a differentkind of person.
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  • Character is an attitudethat every young person, every
  • 00:19:39.461 --> 00:19:41.897
  • middle-aged person, and everyold person should have embedded
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  • in their minds.
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  • Character is returning extrachange at the grocery store.
  • 00:19:47.169 --> 00:19:50.172
  • Character is keepingappointments and being on time.
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  • Character is honoringyour commitments
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  • and honoring your word.
  • 00:19:55.477 --> 00:19:56.979
  • Character is choosingthe harder right instead
  • 00:19:57.012 --> 00:19:59.781
  • of the easier wrong.
  • 00:19:59.815 --> 00:20:01.316
  • Character is setting prioritiesthat honor God and family
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  • and country.
  • 00:20:04.453 --> 00:20:06.555
  • Character in marriage is workingthrough the tough times rather
  • 00:20:06.588 --> 00:20:09.858
  • than throwing in the toweland looking for divorce.
  • 00:20:09.891 --> 00:20:12.694
  • Character is being committed tothe wellbeing of your family and
  • 00:20:12.728 --> 00:20:15.264
  • friends, associates and others,even if it's personally costly.
  • 00:20:15.297 --> 00:20:18.900
  • And character is settinga good example.
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  • A married person of characteracts married all the time.
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  • A person of characteris self-disciplined
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  • and self-controlled.
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  • Character implies the courageto stand for what is right, if
  • 00:20:30.212 --> 00:20:32.881
  • necessary all alone, to opposewhat is wrong, and to make
  • 00:20:32.914 --> 00:20:36.184
  • the effort to discernthe difference.
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  • Character is being truthful inall things while being sensitive
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  • to the fact that sometimes truthhurts and needs not be spoken.
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  • Character is being selflessrather than selfish.
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  • Remember, character is the onlything that goes in the casket
  • 00:20:51.066 --> 00:20:54.403
  • with you to the hereafter.
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  • And believe it or not,it's the only thing that people
  • 00:20:57.072 --> 00:20:59.174
  • will remember about youwhen you're gone.
  • 00:20:59.207 --> 00:21:02.844
  • And it should be somethingwe desperately
  • 00:21:02.878 --> 00:21:05.447
  • want to develop in our lives.
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  • Here's where I'm at, folks.
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  • I can tell you we used to talkabout this years ago.
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  • We used to talk about character.
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  • We used to even teach itto our children in school.
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  • Do you remember that?
  • 00:21:17.192 --> 00:21:18.427
  • We had courses in character.
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  • Not now.
  • 00:21:19.895 --> 00:21:20.929
  • We've got charactersin our school but we don't have
  • 00:21:20.962 --> 00:21:22.864
  • any character in our school.
  • 00:21:22.898 --> 00:21:26.335
  • But that doesn't meanwe shouldn't do it, does it?
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  • Because nobody's beendoing it recently?
  • 00:21:28.370 --> 00:21:30.405
  • Would you say that oneof the great needs we have
  • 00:21:30.439 --> 00:21:32.607
  • in our culture is more peopleof character?
  • 00:21:32.641 --> 00:21:35.877
  • Don't you wanna bea person of character?
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  • I know I sure do.
  • 00:21:37.579 --> 00:21:38.780
  • I wanna learn everything I canabout what it means to be a man
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  • of God and have characterbecause, whether you like it or
  • 00:21:41.450 --> 00:21:45.287
  • not, at some point people whoseopinion matters will be paying
  • 00:21:45.320 --> 00:21:50.492
  • a lot of attention to youand to me.
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  • They'll be watchingwhat we do and how we react.
  • 00:21:53.695 --> 00:21:57.299
  • We might not even know itbut they'll be looking at you
  • 00:21:57.332 --> 00:21:59.801
  • for an example becausethey need an example to follow.
  • 00:21:59.835 --> 00:22:03.038
  • They'll be looking for a leader.
  • 00:22:03.071 --> 00:22:05.273
  • Maybe the childrenwill be looking for parents
  • 00:22:05.307 --> 00:22:07.409
  • to do the right thing.
  • 00:22:07.442 --> 00:22:09.311
  • And each time you enter a room,each time you go to a practice
  • 00:22:09.344 --> 00:22:12.614
  • or a meeting, every time youinvolve yourself in the life
  • 00:22:12.647 --> 00:22:15.550
  • of another human being, youhave the opportunity to leave
  • 00:22:15.584 --> 00:22:19.788
  • a positive legacy behind becauseyou're a person of character.
  • 00:22:19.821 --> 00:22:25.927
  • Ladies and gentlemen,what I've been talking about
  • 00:22:25.961 --> 00:22:29.264
  • is called sanctification.
  • 00:22:29.297 --> 00:22:31.233
  • And sanctificationis best defined in this word.
  • 00:22:31.266 --> 00:22:35.103
  • Sanctification is becomingin practice what you
  • 00:22:35.137 --> 00:22:38.073
  • already are in position.
  • 00:22:38.106 --> 00:22:41.610
  • Everything God calls us to be,we already are in his mind
  • 00:22:41.643 --> 00:22:45.914
  • but he calls us now to becomeevery day what we already
  • 00:22:45.947 --> 00:22:50.285
  • are in heaven.
  • 00:22:50.318 --> 00:22:52.487
  • You know, the greatestillustration of what
  • 00:22:52.521 --> 00:22:54.022
  • I've been talking to youabout today is this.
  • 00:22:54.055 --> 00:22:56.625
  • Almighty God has loved us beforethe foundation of the world.
  • 00:22:56.658 --> 00:23:02.631
  • And that would be enough,would it not?
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  • He loves us.
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  • But God didn't leave it at that.
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  • He loved us and he sent ushis own Son to prove it.
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  • God took action to demonstratehis love to you and to me.
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  • And if you've never receivedthat love because you've never
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  • understood how much he lovesyou, I'd like to ask you
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  • to do that today.
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  • God loves you so muchthat he didn't even keep his own
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  • Son in heaven with him.
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  • He sent his only begotten Son tothis earth, let him become like
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  • us, and go to the cross and paya penalty for our sin, which we
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  • could never have paid sothat we can have a standing
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  • before the Father.
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  • If you've never trusted Christ,ask yourself this morning,
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  • "Why not?"
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  • Maybe it's time for youto make that decision,
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  • to decide to become a Christian.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return with one more
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  • inspirational word to closetoday's "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • program right after this.
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  • announcer: Discover the stepsto the life of blessings
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  • God has for youin Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • inspiring book,"A Life Beyond Amazing:
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  • Order this transformational bookfrom Dr. Jeremiah today when you
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  • announcer: And now, with onelast word for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Let me say it again.
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  • God intends for your Christianlife to be amazing.
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  • However, some Christiansare not experiencing
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  • that kind of abundant life.
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  • And maybe that's you.
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  • That's the purpose in thisintroductory message you heard
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  • today about realizinga life beyond amazing.
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  • I want you to overcomethe roadblocks in your life,
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  • discover the roadmap, and reapthe results of the life Christ
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  • died to provide for you.
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  • Such a life begins with faithin Christ as Lord and Savior
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  • and continues with knowingand trusting in his Word.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahcontinues his conversation
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  • with Bobby Schuller, Mandisa,David Green, and Kirk Cousins.
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  • And he teaches howwe can make the decision
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  • to live a life of love.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God has givenus that love and he's stored it
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  • in a reservoir around our heartand it's out of that reservoir
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  • of God's love to usthat we love other people.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today
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  • for Dr. Jeremiah's series,"A Life Beyond Amazing."
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "A Life of Love,"here on "Turning Point."
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